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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.

Turkish President Approves Interim Government

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November,...

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?

The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

Why Erdoğan Is Fighting Two Wars -- Against ISIS and the PKK

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Mustafa Akyol

ISTANBUL -- As the tough leader who gave the "terrorists" what they deserve, Erdogan can garner more nationalist votes for his party. Pro-PKK Kurds have lately emerged as the biggest obstacle to Erdogan's dream of drafting a new constitution with an all-powerful "presidential system" tailor-made for him.

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.

A Fragile Peace Between Turkey And The Kurds Is Collapsing

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

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

Sophia Jones

Turkish Voters Made History Last Night, Putting Erdogan's Power In Check. Now What? | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Voters issued an unexpected blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday night’s historic election by pushing his party out ...

Jailed Kurdish Leader Says Armed Struggle With Turkey 'Unsustainable'

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

By Daren Butler DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan said on Saturday his ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Rand Paul, Longtime Foe Of Nation Building, Is Ready Now To Redraw The Middle East | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Nation-builder" probably isn't a term Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would use to describe himself. The libertarian-leaning senator has built a...

Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Kurdish movement has managed to survive and grow for 30 years in the Middle East, where politics is a dangerous business. Whether in Iran, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, the Kurds are now one of the key players in the Middle East, having won the world's admiration for their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. Secular, democratic and a champion of women's rights, the Kurdish movement has emerged as the most serious rival to radical groups like ISIS.