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How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.

Another Victim of Erdogan's Wrath

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 02.05.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

In an unprecedented display of solidarity to bail out a bank that has been a target of a relentless campaign waged by the Turkish authorities for over a year, Turkish depositors flooded the branches of the bank across Turkey to save it from the president's wrath.

In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Erdogan Warns Of A 'Clash Of Civilizations'

Reuters | Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

ANKARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned of a "clash of civilizations" following the wake of the Islamist milita...

Turkish Soccer: Illiberal President Erdogan's Latest Victim

James Dorsey | Posted 01.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.

Turkish President Erdogan's Photo Ops Keep Getting Weirder

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no stranger to bombastic displays. Anyone who watched a giant hologram version of him deliver a speech can a...

Cold Turkey Limiting Freedom of Speech in Turkey

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Yohuru Williams

Such is the disappointing state of the press in Turkey where the Erdogan administration's actions have rightfully earned the suspicion of the Turkish people and democratic nations across the globe that fear, with good cause, that the assault on the media is only the beginning. Not all is lost for Erdogan yet.

Former Turkish TV Presenter Reportedly Detained Over Tweet

AP | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A former television presenter was detained by police on Tuesday for posting a tweet suggesting a cover-up in a government corr...

Turkish Teen Accused Of Insulting President Freed From Custody

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arr...

Breaking Bad Turkey!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Although, it is never too late to get back on the right track, Erdoğan and the current government should see the situation clearly: It's not possible to build a future on injustice.

Turkish President Defends Raids On Media Outlets

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Media

* Erdogan says raids nothing to do with press freedom * EU says the action is counter to European values * Lira touches ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bad News For U.S.-Turkish Cooperation: ISIS May Have Launched Attack From Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the U.S. and Turkey may finally reach an agreement on jointly combating the Islamic State. But in the meantime, Turkey appe...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Turkey, Reluctant Partner In Obama's ISIS Strategy, Frustrates U.S. Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey, with its resources, geographic position and potential regional sway, is uniquely suited to be the West's key partner against the...

Today's Empire Builders

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Empire builders appear to be back in style. They are with us today both in reality and in fantasy. They present the world with the same dilemma that has troubled victims in the past -- how does the rest of the planet deal with them.

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

Turkey's Opportunity With the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is an ace up the strategic sleeve of the Turkish state; it can be used to advance peace and preach unity.

Sophia Jones

Why Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight Extremists In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For weeks, Turkey has barred Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Syria to defend their ethnic fellows in Kobani against the Islami...

Should Turkey Remain in NATO After the Fall of Kobani?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Erdogan must be made to understand that if his increasingly authoritarian and benighted regime, one that strays ever farther from the secular foundations of Kemalism, is to preserve its chance to forge the economic partnerships with Europe, that chance passes through Kobani and its defense: That chance depends on the aid delivered to the heroines and the heroes of the beleaguered city.

Leaving No Escape Route for ISIS

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

This may well be Obama's last chance to change the widespread perception of being weak and indecisive, and restore America's image as the indispensable global leader because only the US can lead the battle against ISIS to a successful conclusion.

Joe Biden Apologizes For Saying Turkey Admitted To Border Security Failures In ISIS Fight

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to offer a mea culpa for his recent remarks on Turkey's role in con...

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Erdogan Needs a Spasm of Lucidity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.

Pope Francis Heads Back To The Middle East In November

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predomina...

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades.

New Era With a New Prime Minister in Turkey?

Sasha Toperich | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Sasha Toperich

Tough tasks await incoming Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. In the upcoming days, the Davutoğlu administration will show us whether it is possible to maintain a delicate balance between freedom of expression and national security without damaging democratic principles such as the rule of law and freedoms.

Turkey's Erdogan Sworn In As President

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2014 | World

ANKARA, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of r...