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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 07.08.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 ...

Turkey: A Model for the Islamic World or One for Regional Hegemony?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Will Erdogan be elected as Turkey's next president, and succeed in his attempts for transforming the presidency?

High Gas Levels Allegedly Ignored At Turkish Mine

AP | BERZA SIMSEK and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

SOMA, Turkey (AP) — Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the disaster that killed 301 workers in Turkey but company...

Turkish Authorities Detain 18 Over Mine Disaster

By DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — In the face of widespread anger over Turkey's worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager,...

Turkey's Many Occupational Hazards

Ozan Varol | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Ozan Varol

Where the failings of Turkey's democratic functioning have become as common as the failings of its coal mines, neither can be dismissed as mere occupational hazards. Both are pathological dysfunctions in need of immediate repair.

Turkish PM Defiant Despite Growing Anger Over Mining Accident

AP | SUZAN FRASER and BARRY HATTON | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister — a man the entire country expects to soon jump into the presidential campaign — should be on the ...

Turkish Prime Minister Accused Of Punching Protester, Staffer Kicks Another

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

UPDATE 2:13 PM: Another video from the donnybrook that is currently Turkish politics has emerged, this one featuring Prime Minister Erdogan himself as...

Turkey's Erdogan Says He Wants The U.S. To Extradite His Rival Gulen

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

* Gulen in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 * Erdogan accuses him of building "parallel state" * Erdogan al...