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Russia Is Exploiting Syria's Kurds And America's Frustrations to Complicate The Fight Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Syria peace talks begin in Geneva, America's key partners on the ground feel neglected, excluded and increasingly receptive to a man ...

Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Turkey's Kurds

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Stefan Ihrig

JERUSALEM -- The renewed violence in the Turkish southeast owes a lot to an undigested history of violence against all sorts of ethnic and otherwise defined enemies of the Turkish state.

Turkey Cannot Effectively Fight ISIS Unless It Makes Peace With the Kurds

Ömer Taşpınar | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Ömer Taşpınar

Erdogan doesn't fully support the eradication of jihadist groups in Syria. The reason is simple: the Arab and Turkmen Islamist groups are the main bulwark against the expansion of the de facto autonomous Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Thus, Erdogan tries hard after each ISIS attack to create a "generic" threat of terrorism in which all groups are bundled up together without any clear references to ISIS. He is trying to present the PKK as enemy number one.

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.

Vice Journalist Released After 131 Days In Turkish Prison

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.06.2016 | Media

Vice News has confirmed that journalist Mohammed Rasool has been released on bail from a Turkish prison after 131 days behind bars. Rasool was a...

Fate of Turkish Democracy To Be Tested By the AKP and Its Archival, The Pro-Kurdish HDP

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Yavuz Baydar

As the Kurdish conflict with severe measures threatens to bury whatever remains of hopes to establish peace, indications from the HDP camp, represented as the third largest group in Turkish parliament with 59 deputies of 550 are also clear.

The Bloody Cost Of Turkey's Crackdown On Kurds

The New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2015 | World

ISTANBUL — A major Turkish military operation to eradicate Kurdish militants in Turkey’s restive southeast has turned dozens of urban dis...

Syria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

Kaya Genc | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's downing of a Russian military jet will help little in improving this much strained relationship. But it can clarify the basic political tensions which Turkey's Turkish and Kurdish politicians need to come to terms with, and get over, if they want to forge a new mode of coexistence inside Turkey's borders.

Top Kurdish Lawyer Shot Dead During Press Conference In Turkey

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.28.2015 | World

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Breeding Intolerance: Turkish Soccer Fans Disrespect Islamic State Victims

James Dorsey | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish fans twice in two months disrupted moments of silence for victims of Islamic State attacks in Ankara and Paris in a demonstration of the kind of intolerance bred by religiously-cloaked authoritarianism in countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

European Fighter Just Back From Front Lines Against ISIS Says West Should Stay Vigilant

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.20.2015 | World

There were two weeks to go before summer break at the Swedish high school where Jesper Söder taught when he quit. Söder, then 24, had conco...

Turkey: Polarized At Home, Fraught Ties Abroad

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

For Erdogan, coalition government and power-sharing remains anathema. It is a concept he does not understand, grasp or accept. According to Erdogan's world view, politics remains a zero-sum game of winner-takes-all.

Clashes In Turkey's Kurdish Southeast Kill At Least 3

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Turkish security forces backed by helicopters imposed a curfew in parts of a town in the largely Kurdish southe...

Erdoğan: Liberator or Dictator?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The scandals, the palaces in the Bosporus, the prosecution of his opponents, Taksim Square and the violent confrontation with the young protesters, the hundreds of journalists in jail.. In the eyes of some of those who believed in him the liberator now seemed a dictator.

Turkey To Return To Single-Party Rule After Sweeping Election Victory

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

Turkey looked set to return to single-party rule after the Islamist-rooted AK Party swept to victory in a general election on Sunday, a major ...

Turks Return To Polls In Crucial Election

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.01.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks headed to the polls Sunday for the second time in five months in a crucial election that will determine whether the ruli...

Could An American Ally Lose Its Democracy This Weekend?

John A. Tures | Posted 11.01.2015 | 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.

Violent Clash Erupts In Tokyo Between Turks, Kurds Ahead Of Election

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.26.2015 | World


Erdogan, You Are to Blame

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.14.2015 | 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.

A Perfect Storm: The Syrian Civil War Is Spilling Into Turkey

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Mustafa Akyol

ISTANBUL -- The three ISIS attacks in Turkey in the past four months are reflections of the war in northern Syria between ISIS and secular Kurdish forces. The bombing in Ankara shows that ISIS is a major threat not just in the ever-tense southeastern cities, but even now in the very capital of the country. And yet in the pro-government media, there is an ideological insistence on seeing ISIS as a transient phenomenon -- not as an actor in itself but as a "pawn" of a giant Western conspiracy aimed at destabilizing the region and weakening Turkey.

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&nb...

Pro-Kurdish Party Claims 128 Dead In Peace Rally Bombing

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.11.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Twin bombings in the Turkish capital Ankara killed 128 people, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on S...

PKK Militants Claim Deadly Attack On Turkish Soldiers

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.06.2015 | World

ANKARA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Kurdish militants said on Sunday they had killed 15 Turkish soldiers in an attack on a convoy of armored vehicles in south...

Diyarbakir Vice

Monica Gutierrez | Posted 09.04.2015 | Travel
Monica Gutierrez

The mention of Diyarbakir -- where two journalists and their translator were documenting clashes between members of the pro-Kurdish PKK and security forces -- rushed unforgettable memories to my mind, this time with the concept of Vice bizarrely intertwined with the Kurdish city.

A Muslim Cleric That America Should Support

John A. Tures | Posted 09.02.2015 | 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.