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Turks Chose the Devil They Know -- and Stability Over Freedom

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- The Turkish electorate knows that the AKP is corrupt, has strong authoritarian tendencies and continues to plunder (but distributes some of) Turkey's resources. But they also know that it can deliver services as it did until 2011. Above all, the voters favor stability and economic predictability. Fundamental values such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and free and fair elections constitute much lesser concerns.

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...

Erdogan Opponent: 'Religion And Politics Should Be Kept Separate'

Reuters | Gulsen Solaker | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The main Turkish opposition candidate for president stressed the need to keep religion out of politics on Thursday and called for national...

Erdogan and the Bitter Lessons of Modern Muslim Leadership

Zafer Senocak | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Zafer Senocak

Erdogan's people wear suits. But the power that the Turkish state has appropriated no longer takes its references from enlightenment but from conservative values, from traditional Islam whose propagated fatalism was always the most powerful ally of repressive rulers. It is always the same lack of values and orientation that draws many people to Islam -- they hope to find in it something to hold on to. Why does Islam -- which once founded a highly sophisticated civilization and is possessed of a strong social consciousness -- fail so miserably as a reference for political and societal life in modern times?

Turkey's Electoral Dictatorship

Timur Kuran | Posted 06.14.2014 | World
Timur Kuran

If there is a silver lining in Erdoğan's transformation of Turkey, in barely three years, from a model for liberalizing Arab countries to a dictatorship resembling those overthrown in Egypt and Tunisia, it is that many Turks have a clearer understanding that liberal democracy requires sustainable checks and balances. Those who participated in ending the military's role as a political guardian now recognize that Turkey needs new institutions to protect basic freedoms and ensure limited government.

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.

Another Critical Barrier Down Between Turks and Armenians

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Yavuz Baydar

As the social awakening in Turkey proceeds below the surface about the crimes of humanity at the end of the Ottoman Empire, with the immense tragedy that brutally wiped out massive proportions of its Armenian subjects from Anatolia, so do the activities to help raise the awareness.

Courage Now Lies in the Grey...

Safak Pavey | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Safak Pavey

I come from a fragmented society. A country proud to serve as a bridge between Europe and Asia yet unable to bridge its' own differences. This became apparent for the whole world to see during the Gezi Park protests. The uprising came about not as power struggle nor as demands for political freedoms; not as an ethnic struggle or one for democracy.

Turkey Is Seeking Leadership of the Islamic World

Ed Koch | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Ed Koch

If the European Union and the United States had not urged Turkey to end the Turkish army's role as defender of the secularity of the Turkish state, the world, and certainly Israel, would be a safer place today. This a tragic example of unintended consequences.

Turkey Convicts Over 300 Military Officers Over Failed Coup

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- A Turkish court on Friday convicted 326 military officers, including the former air force and navy chiefs, of plotting to overthrow ...

Democracy and Bread: Turkey's Link Between the EU and the Middle East

Egemen Bagis | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Egemen Bagis

We can not and will not condone any political system that falls short of addressing the full democratic aspirations of its people. This includes the brotherly Egyptian people and certainly the oppressed and proud Syrian people.

Turkish Pride

Shai Baitel | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

While Erdoğan calls Israel a "spoiled child" it seems that he is actually the spoiled child, throwing tantrums when his strategies don't work out as planned, he doesn't get his will or is actually blamed for his actions.

Turkey as the New Norway?

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Brent E. Sasley

Without putting too fine a point on it, Turkey has in the last few months been acting like a petulant child that doesn't get its dessert before the meal.

Turkish Lessons, if Any, for Egypt

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Turkey has been cited as a model for the Arab world as it copes with the demands of greater democratization, economic prosperity, and political representation. But comparisons with Turkey should be approached with caution.

Politicians Who Look Like Turkeys (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Dan Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Is it just us, or is the political scene overrun by guys who look like turkeys? It's probably just us, but we thought we'd compile our favorites. ...