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Turkey Suffers From Terrorism Because Erdogan Targets Political Opponents Instead

John A. Tures | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Erdogan's crackdown on political rivals coupled with a disproportionate number of bombings at Kurdish rallies and other parties makes you wonder what's really going on.

It's No Surprise That Turkey's Erdogan Likes Adolf Hitler's Government

John A. Tures | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Late Friday afternoon, reports circulated that Erdogan expressed admiration for Hitler's Nazi government. If it was a statement made by a democratic figure, it would be treated as a bad joke in poor taste. But for the authoritarian Erdogan, it's a rare instance of his honesty, showing how the strongman really feels.

Putin Orders Sanctions Against Turkey After Warplane Downed

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of...

Turkish President's Push For A New Constitution Sparks Heated Debate

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

Turkey's elections this past Sunday returned the Freedom and Justice Party, or AKP, of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to majority rule, raising ...

Turkey Is Heading Into the Abyss, Thanks to Erdogan

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 10.15.2015 | 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.

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

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2015 | 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 Is on the Road to Armageddon

Behlül Özkan | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The current situation in Turkey is nothing short of apocalyptic. Radical Islamists who have turned the country into a "jihadi highway" to Syria -- while Ankara has looked the other way -- are now carrying out attacks within Turkey itself. The AKP's Syria policy from 2011 onward has been the single greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the Turkish Republic.

Analysis From Turkey: Their Biggest Political Decision in 100 Years

John A. Tures | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Now, the current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks a presidential system that would resemble the French regime with its potent presidency, wielding power George W. Bush or Barack Obama could only dream about.

Race to the Bottom

Endy Zemenides | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Endy Zemenides

We have shown the unfortunate tendency of abandoning sticks once we've reached for the carrots. For the sake of human rights around the world, hopefully we can recommit to a balanced approach.

Turkey Hits Back At Criticisms Of Its Foreign Policy

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | World

* EU said Ankara drifting away from bloc on foreign policy * Turkey says contributes but kept out of decision-making By ...

Not Everyone's In Awe Of The Insanely Opulent Turkish Presidential Palace

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled the new presidential palace on Wednesday, a sprawling and ornate complex that reportedly cost over $3...

Cracking the ISIS Conundrum -- Obama and the Arab World Part II

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Obama and his peripatetic Secretary of State John Kerry have worked hard to fashion a coalition of countries that would participate alongside the U.S. in "degrading and destroying" ISIS. So far, the support from the EU partners and the Arab partners has been more rhetorical than actual.

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...

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...

Turkish PM Defiant Despite Growing Anger Over Mining Accident

AP | SUZAN FRASER and BARRY HATTON | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister — a man the entire country expects to soon jump into the presidential campaign — should be on the ...

Turkey's Erdogan Says He Wants The U.S. To Extradite His Rival Gulen

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

* Gulen in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 * Erdogan accuses him of building "parallel state" * Erdogan al...

Turkish President Rules Out Job Swap With Erdogan

AP | Posted 04.20.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signaled that he doesn't want to swap jobs with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when th...

The Turkish Elections: A Pyrrhic Victory For Everyone

Cengiz Çandar | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Cengiz Çandar

As much as they were a victory for Erdogan, the latest local elections added to polarization. Against Erdogan's 45 percent stands a dedicated 55 percent who opposed him and which might block his election chances for the presidency. This suggests that the elections resuls are a "Pyrrhic victory for everyone." In a sense, Turkey as a whole has lost because it is so divided and because Erdogan's actions in the campaign tarnished Turkey's image abroad.

All Eyes On Erdogan

AP | DESMOND BUTLER and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that has toppled four Cabinet ministers. He ha...

Turkey Protests: 'The Worst Is Yet To Come'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

The death of Berkin Elvan -- a Turkish teenager who died after being hit by a tear-gas canister on his way to buy a loaf of bread during last summer's...

Turkish PM Slams Protesters After Boy's Funeral

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2014 | World

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, March 13 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned anti-government protesters on Thursday as "char...

Turkey Renews Permit To Send Troops To Syria

AP | Posted 10.04.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Parliament has extended by a year a mandate that allows the military to send troops into Syria if t...

The Streets of Istanbul

Glyn Vincent | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Glyn Vincent

The crowd of about 500 people spilled out under the trees along the margins of the amphitheater. Mostly they were young students and activists, some professionals and a smattering of smiling older residents taking in the action.

Riot Police Use Tear Gas, Water Cannons On Protesters

Reuters | Daren Butler | Posted 08.04.2013 | World

ISTANBUL, June 5 (Reuters) - Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the deputy prime min...

Turkey's Protests Get Personal

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 08.04.2013 | World

Brash and stubborn, Turkey's leader doesn't shrink from a scrap. His voice booms when he gets on a podium and his folksy zingers enthrall supporters a...