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ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.

The Greek Secret

Andy Manatos | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Andy Manatos

Amid the degeneration and loss of freedom and wellbeing of millions, an ember of civility and civilization in the form of a video entitled "The Greek Secret" has emerged. It is sweeping around the world.

Stoking the Fire: Anti-Semitism and Intellectuals in Today's Turkey

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Umut Özkırımlı

The Turkish government and its "organic intellectuals" have been stoking the fire of polarization and exclusion for quite some time now. Yet the fire of anti-semitism, and more generally racism, bears few resemblances to other fires.

NATO and Turkey: Is Fighting Terrorism Really a Priority?

Norm Kurz | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Norm Kurz

With Recep Tayyip Erdogan now sworn in as Turkey's new President, his successful efforts to prolong his rule after two terms as Prime Minister have observers comparing his popularity to that of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Turkey Votes in Erdogan and Votes Out Its Founding Ideology

Galip Dalay | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Galip Dalay

As Erdoğan changes his role from being the Prime Minister and the chairman of the Justice and Development Party to being the president of the Republic, he has struck a conciliatory tone by recognizing the content and imperatives of his new job.

Can Abdullah Gül Save Turkish Democracy?

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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."

Nature's Beauty and History's Horrors Intersect on Anniversary of Ukrainian Holocaust Massacre: Mourning on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

As you stroll along the clifftops of this stunningly beautiful town in western Ukraine, gaze at the river in the ravine below languidly looping back o...

Second Guessing Syria

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Jack Moline

Late in 2012, I attended a small briefing with a senior White House security official. Each of the dozen people there had a chance to speak, and most took the opportunity to lobby for something. I asked this question: Who are we rooting for in Syria?

My Letter To Erdogan, AKA Turkey's Autocratic Leader

Gülsah Tüfekci | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Gülsah Tüfekci

Oh Tayyip, you've done it again, an absolute majority in the presidential elections. You speak to your supporters about a "new era." Your advocates love cheering you on, but your opponents take in those words with terror and angst.

President Erdoğan to the Rescue?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Ultimately defeating ISIL and bringing stability to Iraq and Syria can only be accomplished via political compromise on all sides and international cooperation. Turkey can play a key role as a regional champion for the region's Sunni and Kurdish communities.

Will Erdoğan's Victory Mark the Rise of Illiberal Democracy?

Ali Hakan Altinay | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Ali Hakan Altinay

We live a world with an ever-increasing global peer review. Material or moral superiority of the West is no longer a foregone conclusion. The quicker the West sheds the illusion of the default superiority, the faster all of us can start the essential work of making liberal values relevant and compelling in a post-western world. In other words, Turkey has an Erdoğan problem, but all of us have a larger liberalism problem. This conundrum is relevant beyond Turkey. Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Hungary's Viktor Orbán and India's Narendra Modi may be manifestations of a similar phenomenon. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the liberal West told the rest of the world: "Be like us to become rich" while the 21st century is producing many illiberal ways to enrich societies.

Report: Erdogan Wins Turkey's Presidential Election

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone towar...

Turks Vote In First Direct Presidential Election

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 08.10.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone towar...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Presidential Election Unlikely To Bring Any Surprises

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.08.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Just two days before the country's first direct presidential election, Turkey’s dark horse candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu still feels li...

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tells Women not to Laugh in Public

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

Rather than being worried about women's laughter, Deputy Prime Minister Arinc and Prime Minister Erdogan should be more concerned about their government's increasing slide into authoritarian rule.

Sophia Jones

Turkish Residents Forced Out By Gentrification Take Aim At Presidential Shoo-In

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- At a coffeehouse here in the low-income neighborhood of Fikirtepe, a group of men with greying beards and wrinkled faces sit around a tabl...

Erdogan's 'Reassuring' Words to Turkey's Jews Are Anything But

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Implied in his words, and those of other government leaders, is that the Jewish community would be better off -- and safer in their own country -- if they condemned Israel's actions outright. This is where things get dicey.

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Says Women Shouldn't 'Laugh In Public'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Women shouldn’t laugh in public. Or at least that’s what Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc seems to think. “Where a...

Turkish Prime Minister Returns Jewish American Award

AP | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the g...

Erdogan: Israel More Barbaric Than Hitler

AP | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion...

Erdogan's Presidential Campaign Bears a Logo

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

Turkey's first directly elected presidential race dominates the political climate. There are three nominees but only one has a campaign logo, so only ...

Turkish PM Erdogan Launches Presidential Bid

AP | DESMOND BUTLER and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party on Tuesday nominated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to run in Turkey's first directly elected presi...

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 PM Says the EU Elections Are A Sign Of Rising Racism

AP | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says the European Parliament election results this week strongly indicate the threat of rising racism ...