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How Does Turkey Look From the U.S.?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

"What does Turkey look like from abroad?," is the most common question I've been hearing recently when I contact someone in Turkey. What can I say? Since last May, Turkey's image in the U.S. has noticeably been going somewhere we don't want to know...

It's Still the Same Old Same Old in Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The latest picture of Turkey shows that people need to be more aware of the influences that have molded them over thousands of years so as to be able to face the problems that come with change.

Is Turkish Democracy at a Dead End?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 03.13.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

These days, shocking events have been taking place one after another in Turkey. Watching what's going on is very perplexing. Because Turkey is seven h...

Police Dismissed In Turkey After Launching Graft Probe

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says at least two police officers were removed from key posts in the city of Izmir hours after polic...

Another Major Setback For Turkish PM Erdogan

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

ANKARA, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A Turkish court blocked a government attempt to force police to disclose investigations to their superiors, officials sai...

Let's 'Talk the Talk' and 'Walk the Walk'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The way Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan behaves shows us that he still doesn't fully understand and that he has not fully internalized democracy. He is viewed more and more as an autocrat rather than a democrat. Yet it is during our most difficult times that we learn the most.

Turkish PM Says He Is Target Of Graft Investigation

AP | Posted 02.25.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says he believes he is the ultimate target of a corruption and bribery probe of his allies that has sh...

Turkish PM Reshuffles Cabinet Amidst Corruption Scandal

Reuters | Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay | Posted 12.27.2013 | World

By Dan Williams ISTANBUL, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Turkey's opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of tryi...

Turkey Arrests 8 In Massive Corruption Probe

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.23.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Eight people detained for questioning this week as part of a massive corruption probe targeting allies of Prime Minister Recep...

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

The "Tarboush" Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

AK Party's New Democratization Package: Politics Without Shackles, Democracy Without Obstacles

Egemen Bagis | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Egemen Bagis

Now we have crossed a critical threshold for our democracy and our EU accession process. Turkey is at a new beginning and on its journey towards an even brighter future -- it is proudly distancing away from the shackles of the past.

The Ergenekon Coup Trials' Verdict: A Message from Turkey for Egypt's Coup Generals?

Galip Dalay | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Galip Dalay

While Egypt's military led coup leaders have been in a victorious and upbeat mood since the coup, there has been a completely opposite picture among Turkey's coup plotters and deep state elements on August 5, as Ergenekon case's verdicts were read out.

Turkey Moves to Prevent Protests in Stadiums and on Campus

James Dorsey | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's government has announced a series of measures to prevent soccer stadiums and university campuses from becoming major protest venues. In doing so, Mr. Erdogan is taking a leaf out of the playbook of Egyptian military strongman Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

'Inclusive' or 'Democratic' Egypt?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Allowing Egyptians to resolve the current crisis and define their own future would normally be the most appropriate and longer-term constructive policy. However, it is evident that some on either side of the political divide are seeking to draw battle lines.

Turkey's Dark Clouds for Election Year 2014

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The verdicts coming out of the Ergenekon trial are clear indicators that Turkey's old power establishment has not only been silenced and marginalized, but also are targets of punishment. Whichever way one looks at the political landscape, it is clear that 2014 will be typified by many dark clouds on the horizon for the country's leaders.

Obama, Turkish Prime Minister Talk Syria

AP | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama and Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn), have dis...

When The Onion Edits Turkish PM's Speeches

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke at a Ramadan dinner in Ankara on Wednesday, criticizing the opposition for relying upon provocation and slander.

Death Toll In Turkish Protests Rises To 5

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 07.10.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's parliament banned a union from approving construction projects, with opposition parties saying Wednesday the group of archi...

Can Democracy Flourish in the Muslim Mideast? Consider Turkey

Eric Black | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Eric Black

To me, and I assume to most Americans, the idea of military rule seems roughly the opposite of democracy. But in Turkey, it seems to have been a vital element in keeping democracy on track.

Turkey: Military Overthrow Of Morsi 'Unacceptable'

AP | Posted 09.03.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey, which had formed an emerging alliance with Egypt's ousted Islamist leader Muhammed Morsi, on Thursday slammed the democ...

Turkey Turning to the East

Semra Sevi | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Semra Sevi

With Turkey's prospects for joining the European Union stagnating, the country is reaching out to Muslim and Arab countries as an alternate form of political and economic support. In this light, Turkey can serve as a role model for the Muslim world and for neighboring Arab countries.

Turkey's Women Need Unity in Diversity

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

I personally saw many covered women who first supported the Gezi protests, when they became an open target of angry and violent crowds just because they chose to wear pious clothes, felt a threat to their lifestyle and remained quiet, fearing they would lose their democratic right to wear what they want.

WATCH: Couple Weds In Midst Of Turkish Protest

Posted 06.24.2013 | Weddings

In the middle of Istanbul's Taksim Square, a protestor wearing a wedding dress and another wearing a suit and tie stood out. They were Barish an...

How Did Protesters in Turkey Get Labeled 'Terrorists'?

Gizem Akyil | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Gizem Akyil

The protests that cannot be diminished by the words of the prime minister, the governor of Istanbul, or others, who simply called the protesters "terrorists." Nor can it be understood by simply comparing it to the Arab Spring.