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Turkey's Prime Minister Is Stepping Down. Here's Why That's Alarming.

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.05.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu -- Turkey’s leading political figure, at least on paper -- announced Thursday that he plans to step down ...

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.

Elif Shafak: The Situation In Turkey Today Is 'Very Scary'

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.14.2015 | World

Elif Shafak is a Turkish novelist and essayist whose celebrated works include “The Bastard of Istanbul" and "The Architect's Apprentice." The WorldP...

Turkey at a Crossroads After the Ankara Bombing

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Today Turkey is more divided than ever before at home and more susceptible to foreign powers. Russia violates its airspace and ISIS violates its territorial space. Its time to mend fences at home and on the border.

Only a Truly New Turkey Can Shed Light on Ankara Massacre

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.

The Peshmerga, the West's Best Defense Against the Islamic State

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

An anti-ISIS conference was held in Paris on June 2. The only armed forces that, so far, have stood up to the beheaders, the only ones capable of holding a front a thousand kilometers long, the only ones that have not yielded an inch of ground -- the Kurdish armed forces, the army of the Iraqi Kurds and its heroic Peshmerga -- were not invited.

Turkey's President Vows To Resign If Opposition Can Find A Golden Toilet Seat

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Irritated by accusations of lavishness, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to resign if the leader of the main opposition...

Embracing Turkey's Moderate Middle

Erol Yayboke | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Erol Yayboke

The solution to Turkey's current political turbulence lies squarely in the middle of two polarized factions. It is in our best interest to support the rise of the radical moderates.

Turkish State TV Punished For Favoring President

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Media

ISTANBUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Turkey's state-run broadcaster has been penalized for favoring President Tayyip Erdogan in its coverage of the country...

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...

Can Abdullah Gül Save Turkish Democracy?

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

On Thursday, Abdullah Gül, Turkey's last indirectly elected president, will leave office after seven years. Between now and the elections, the most critical question for Turkish democracy is what kind of role Gül sees for himself in the "new Turkey."

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.

Women's Political Participation on the Rise in Turkey

Melis Figanmese | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Melis Figanmese

In southeastern Turkey, a region where 45 percent of women cannot read or write, women are making unprecedented gains. The first woman mayor of Hakkari, Dilek Hatipoglu, was elected and Fatma Toru became mayor of Konya's Meram district.

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.

Turkey: CHP Leader Says He Would Consider Stepping Aside For Sarigul

Joe Lauria | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Joe Lauria

Kilicdaroglu has consistently bashed Erdogan on both domestic and foreign policy in the midst of a deepening gulf in Turkish society between secularists and Islamists that threatens more street violence.

Democracy Is Coming to Turkey?

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elcin Poyrazlar

Mr. Prime Minister, the Turkey with politically pressured columnists, intimidated hand-holders and beaten-up art gallery attendees is not the "progressive" democratic country you talk about.