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Turkey's Left Reels As AKP Makes Unexpected Comeback

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

ISTANBUL -- In June, Turkey’s leftists rejoiced. The controversial, conservative religious party that ruled Turkey for 13 years was pulled from powe...

Could An American Ally Lose Its Democracy This Weekend?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.31.2016 | World
John A. Tures

Turks denied their increasingly autocratic regime the ability to rule by decree earlier this Summer. But a do-over election, following a brutal anti-Kurd and anti-opposition media campaign, shows that President Erdogan and his allies will stop at nothing to win, even if it means killing democracy along with Turks and Kurds who cross the majority party.

As the Election Draws Near in the 'New Turkey'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.26.2016 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It seems undecided what role voters will play in this election. Unfortunately, Turkey seems to be rolling towards uncertainty and the Nov. 1 election may be the only way out if it, resulting in a reconfiguration of political forces.

Unity Is the Only Way Out for a Troubled Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.20.2016 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

In these dark days, for many analysts what happened on Oct. 10 in Ankara was the end of the Turkish Republic. Not in the sense of the territorial integrity of the country, but the rage and polarization among different groups.

Turkey Is Heading Into the Abyss, Thanks to Erdogan

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 10.15.2016 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- Erdogan has divided the country on ethnic, sectarian and lifestyle levels in an unprecedented manner. Traumatized by the terror attack, Turkey will first need to facilitate free and fair elections, then form a coalition government and then go about rehabilitating the country's deep divisions. Rooting out domestic ISIS cells must be a priority. The alternative is the Pakistanization of Turkey. We cannot afford to let this happen.

Erdogan, You Are to Blame

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.14.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

We're switching between Turkish TV channels. It's Monday evening, October 12, and in Turkey they're burying the victims from the country's worst terrorist attack in modern times. Newsanchors have tears in their eyes.

Did Turkey's Regime Just Kill Its Own People at a Peace Rally?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.12.2016 | World
John A. Tures

Turkey's government would have you believe that Kurdish terrorists killed more than 100 Kurdish party faithful at a peace rally. It's clear the Erdogan regime thinks the world is pretty stupid to believe that. Amazingly, Western leaders are buying it.

Kurdish Activists Grieve, Protest At The White House

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of Kurdish activists gathered at the White House on Sunday night to mourn the deaths of more than 100 people killed in two bombin...

Dozens Killed As Twin Blasts Hit Peace Rally In Turkish Capital

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.15.2017 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Two bombs went off at a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 246 in the...

Why Turkey Aims for ‘Zero Problems' With Russia's War in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.09.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.

Turkey Dragged A Kurdish Man Behind An Armored Vehicle. Then It Got Worse.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

The Turkish government has entered damage control mode after the release this weekend of images that appear to show authorities dragging the body of a...

Post-Erdogan

David L. Phillips | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Though the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will win a plurality in Turkey's parliamentary ballot on November 1, the elections mark the beginning of the end for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's Erdoğan Is Hanging On For Dear Life

Behlül Özkan | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- We could be witnessing the beginning of the end for Erdoğan and his circle. He evidently hopes that if fighting with the PKK resumes, the resulting chaos will turn the tide in his favor in the Nov. 1 elections. But this desperate strategy is fraught with peril.

The U.S. Is Betraying the Kurds -- Again

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Turkey's offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region -- the Kurds.

A Muslim Cleric That America Should Support

John A. Tures | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
John A. Tures

Usually, when Americans hear the term "Muslim cleric," they cringe. Yet there's a Muslim leader who calls for peace and inter-faith dialogue, whose supporters are being rounded up by an increasingly authoritarian leader. Backing the right leader could be the key in the war against ISIS.

Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
John A. Tures

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?

Turkey's PM Fails To Form Coalition Government

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.04.2017 | World

ANKARA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu formally ended attempts to form the next government on Tuesday after weeks of coalit...

Selling Out the Kurds

Stephan Richter | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Stephan Richter

The U.S. military is now helping Turkey's hardliners achieve their goals against the very Kurdish fighters whose close coordination with U.S. bombers have pushed ISIS back from Kobane and disrupted its supply lines.

The Kurdish Elephant

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
John Feffer

The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.

A Fragile Peace Between Turkey And The Kurds Is Collapsing

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

A fragile ceasefire in Turkey has threatened to fall apart this week, as conflict flared again between the government and the militant Kurdistan Worke...

Here's What's Behind Erdoğan's New Airstrikes -- And Why They Could Backfire

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly attacked ISIS in Syria. Why now? Just what is going on? There may not be any coherent strategy, but here's what I think are the key issues driving policy.

Turkey Is Finally Doing Something Useful in the Fight Against ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Before the United States dispatched its F-15's and F-16's over the skies of Iraq and Syria last fall, the administration worked furiously behind the scenes to assemble an anti-ISIL coalition that would prove durable.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Has Left the Future of the Region Blurrier Than Ever

Shlomo Avineri | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Shlomo Avineri

JERUSALEM -- Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the agreement has empowered Iran regionally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite regime lavished praise on the agreement, rightly recognizing that enhanced international legitimacy and financial resources will enable Shia Iran to provide greater backing. Assad's other major regional ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah (which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization), also supports the deal. Vladimir Putin's Russia is also happy to have received U.S. assistance, however indirectly, in strengthening Assad's hold on power.

In the Middle East, Islamists Are not the Enemies of Democracy

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
John L. Esposito

The majority of Muslims see no real contradiction between Islam and democracy. Today, the most profound struggles in the Middle East are between democratic visions, whether secularist or religious, and authoritarianism, whether secularist or religious.

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.