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Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

Turkish Police Fire Water Cannon At Protestors

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2013 | World

(Adds detentions, crowd dispersed) By Umit Bektas ANKARA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Turkish police fired water cannon and tear...

Why Bashar Has the Upper Hand?

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

One would assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worried. Well he doesn't seem to be too worried. Why? Why should he? It is the United States and its allies that need to worry. And let me tell you why.

Germany's Arms Sales and the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.

Striking Workers Face Off With Police In Turkish Capital

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

By Jonathon Burch and Daren Butler ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 17 (Reuters) - Turkish riot police backed by water cannon faced off with arou...

Erdogan's Sultanic Verses: Is Taksim Another Tiananmen?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For Turkey's hard-fought reputation as a moderate, regionally influential power, the unfolding drama risks undermining Turkey's stability and carefully constructed balance between modernism and Islam.

Second Turkish Protester Killed

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.04.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a...

Turkey's Deputy PM To Meet With Protesters

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2013 | World

* Deputy PM apologises for initial police violence * Thousands take to streets for fifth day * Second demonstrator kille...

Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters In Ankara

Reuters | Posted 08.03.2013 | World

ANKARA, June 3 (Reuters) - Turkish police fired teargas at protesters in the capital Ankara on Monday, a Reuters witness said, in the fourth day of ...

Brutal Police Crackdown Against Protesters Continues In Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.02.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's president on Monday defended the right of citizens to protest, in strong contrast to the dismissive s...

Tens Of Thousands Take To Streets In Turkey

Reuters | Jonathon Burch and Humeyra Pamuk | Posted 06.02.2013 | World

* Erdogan calls protesters looters, dispute ideological * Tens of thousands gather in four biggest cities * Police fire tear gas in Ankara, Izmi...

Can Erdogan Now Deliver His End of the Bargain With Israel?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

. Nonetheless, as the Syrian crisis continues to threaten the security of all the Levantine states and the Iranian issue continues its slow boil, greater cooperation should be expected between the two. The rapprochement is real; the question is, does it matter?

Cyprus Financial Crisis: Turkey & Reintegration Forgotten?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will Turkey support and Cypriot Turks be expected to reintegrate into a unified Cyprus if the Kremlin is handed even a bigger role in the economic future of the Island and the exploitation of its natural gas reserves?

Members Of Group Behind Ankara Embassy Bombing Arrested

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's state-run news agency says police is rounding up dozens of people suspected of membership in a left-wing militant group tha...

Suicide Bombing At U.S. Embassy In Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 04.03.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — In the second deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in five months, a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in Ankara o...

Turkey's New Role or Awakening the Sleeping Levantine Giant

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

The reemergence of Turkey in Arab politics has many in Turkey and the region asking if veering Ankara's politics back towards the Levant is a wise policy.

Turkey Is Waging An 'Art War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE | Posted 09.22.2012 | Arts

A resurgent Turkey has launched a concerted effort to get cultural artifacts back from museums around the world. Although many museums deny that their...

Politics and Policies: Dealing With Ankara No Turkey Trot for Damascus

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Turkey is a real force to be reckoned with in the Levant. And if memories serve well, upsetting the Ottoman Turks never proved to be a very intelligent policy. Upsetting modern-day Turks may not differ.

Motorcycle Bomb Wounds 15 Policemen

AP | By SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 05.01.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- A remote-controlled bomb mounted on a motorcycle exploded in Turkey's largest city Thursday, wounding 15 police officers and one civ...

The Passions of Erdoğan

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 03.03.2012 | World
Brent E. Sasley

Erdoğan, and his government, should step back and reassess. Clearly, it needs to react to the French decision on the Armenian genocide. But it should do so more cautiously, with more thought put into the specifics of the reaction.

Turkish Foreign Policy: What Would Ataturk Do?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The notion that Erdogan and the AKP are pursuing a foreign policy based on an Islamist agenda reflects a common fallacy, that ideological principles are the main driving force behind the foreign policy of Turkey.