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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...

Protests in Turkey: The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

Hasan Turunc | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Hasan Turunc

Ongoing protests in Turkey represent a popular outburst against gradual encroachment on civil liberties and suppression of dissenting views by the Islamist-rooted government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

What is happenning in Istanbul?

Defne Suman | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Defne Suman

People who are marching to the center of Istanbul are demanding their right to live freely and receive justice, protection and respect from the State. They demand to be involved in the decision-making processes about the city they live in.

Taksim Is Not (Yet) Tahrir

James Dorsey | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Comparisons between Taksim and Cairo's Tahrir Square that has come to symbolize the ability of the street to topple a government are tempting. To be sure, there are superficial similarities but these are outstripped by the differences.

A Baklava Republic: Greece Regressing From EU Into Recklessness Of Turkey And Beyond

Vanessa Andris | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
Vanessa Andris

These are the Baklava Republics, countries characterized by a rule of law that serves individual agendas and leaders proud of their willingness to destroy everything in the name of defending their dignity.