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Turkey's Electoral Dictatorship

Timur Kuran | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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.

Erdogan Chooses Soccer for First-Post Election Strike Against Islamist Opponents

James Dorsey | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In a symbolic gesture, Mr. Erdogan called on Turkish soccer legend Hakan Sukur to resign from parliament after his nameplate was removed from an Istanbul's Sancaktepe Hakan Sukur Stadium.

There is No Place in the European Union for This Turkey

Theo Summer | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Theo Summer

For 30 years, I have advocated accepting Turkey into the European Union, once the country has fulfilled the Copenhagen Criteria: institutional stability as a guarantee of democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and minority rights, a functioning market economy, and finally the pledge to embrace the goals of the political, economic and monetary union. If Erdogan continues as he has over the past two years, he will not fulfill these criteria. There is no place in the European Union for this Turkey.

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 04.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Erdogan's opponents and many international critics maintain that Erdogans' response to the Gezi protests was unnecessarily heavy-handed, smacked of abuse of power and his discourse was divisive and unbecoming of a statesman.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

It is tempting. But let's dodge a violation of Godwin's Law and instead look at what really matters: the alarming resurgence of religious fascism around the globe.

Erdogan Blasts Court Ruling Lifting Twitter Ban Because He's Erdogan

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he had to comply with the Turkish high court ruling this week to unbloc...

Turkey's High Court Rules Against Twitter Ban

AP | Posted 04.03.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court has ruled that the country's Twitter ban violates the right to free expression and has demanded that ac...

Municipal Elections in Turkey - Victory for Erdogan's Party

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has ruled Turkey for the past 12 years, which makes him among the longest serving leaders since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Topless Activists Surprise Turkish PM

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

Topless female activists were arrested after showing their disdain for Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during Sunday's highly contested municipal elect...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Elections Give Boost To Controversial Leader

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- On Sunday night, well before the results of local elections here came in, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood in front of...

Turkish Polls Boost Erdogan's Presidential Hopes

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Despite allegations of corruption and concerns about authoritarianism, Turkey's local elections have given Prime Minister Rece...

Turkey PM Faces Key Test In Local Elections

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday hailed what appeared to be a decisive victory for his party in local elections...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Businesses Fear Government Retaliation Ahead Of Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is widely feared in Turkey’s business world. From the country’s billionaires to its bankers, peopl...

Turkey's Prime Minister Gives Campaign Speech In Ridiculous Voice

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

It's a real shame that Turkey banned YouTube this week, because the nation could be having a field day with a campaign speech delivered yesterday by P...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's War On Social Media Could Scare Off Foreign Investment

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.27.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- When Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blocked Twitter last week, Deniz Oktar, a 29-year-old CEO and co-founder of ...

Twitter, Schmitter, and Turkey

David Sable | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
David Sable

"Twitter, mwitter," so said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to thousands of supporters at a rally in Istanbul last week where he vowed to close down social platforms.

No More Tweets From Turkey

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Turkey has been out of the limelight for some time. Expect it to return to center stage in the next few weeks. No one can predict what will happen. Erdogan can fail or he can succeed. Only time will tell.

Twitter War Turmoil In Turkey

Mashable | Posted 03.24.2014 | World

They really are occupying Twitter. One day after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced an attempt to "eradicate" Twitter, Turkish ...

Turkish Prime Minister Speaks To Massive Crowd

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | World

* PM says opposition, Islamic cleric form 'alliance of evil' * Anonymous recordings on YouTube purportedly expose graft ...

Turkish PM Slams Protesters After Boy's Funeral

Reuters | Posted 03.14.2014 | World

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, March 13 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned anti-government protesters on Thursday as "char...

Boycott Crimea's Bogus Referendum

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

President Vladimir Putin is confident that Crimea's current population -- which is 60 percent ethnic Russian -- will vote to join Russia. But as presently planned, the referendum will disenfranchise more than 1 million Tartars who have a right to participate.

2nd Audio Tape Targets Turkish PM

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2014 | World

* Erdogan says Gulen is plotting with opposition CHP * Prime minister says audio recordings are a "montage" * Policeman ...

Opposition Calls For Turkish PM Probe After 'Leaked' Tapes On Cash

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 02.25.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the subject of a corruption inquiry, state-run media said Tuesday, as oppositio...

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 02.25.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...