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Erdogan Needs a Spasm of Lucidity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.

Pope Francis Heads Back To The Middle East In November

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predomina...

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

Claude Salhani | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades.

New Era With a New Prime Minister in Turkey?

Sasha Toperich | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Sasha Toperich

Tough tasks await incoming Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. In the upcoming days, the Davutoğlu administration will show us whether it is possible to maintain a delicate balance between freedom of expression and national security without damaging democratic principles such as the rule of law and freedoms.

Turkey's Erdogan Sworn In As President

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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...

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.

The Ottoman Revival That Is Anything but Brotherly

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Sami Moubayed

Last July marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. It also marks the beginning of the end of the once all powerful and glorious Ottoman Empire.

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...

Prime Minister Tries To Rope U.S. Congress Into Blaming Israel For Anti-Semitism

The Daily Beast | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Israeli actions in Gaza ‘surpassed what Hitler did to them.’ Now he’s digging in deeper in a letter sent on his be...

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...

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...

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...

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's Erdogan Prepares for Another Showdown After Mine Accident

James Stafford | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
James Stafford

The mining accident has already reinvigorated the corruption scandal and the investigations that had been largely quashed by Erdogan in the run-up to 30 March local elections, in which the AKP won an unexpectedly significant victory.

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 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...

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

Get Your Mosque On at the Hagia Sophia

Janis Powers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Janis Powers

Since today's Hagia Sophia suggests a house of multiple faiths, many visitors may feel confused, subconsciously or not, about their relationship with the building.

Sophia Jones

'No Other Government Has Been So Radical Against Women'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.18.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- There are few things that shock Pinar Ilkkaracan, one of Turkey’s most prominent women activists. For three decades, she has battled wha...

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

James Dorsey | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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.