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Turkey Elections

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...

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

From Political Prisoner To Turkey's Youngest Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

LICE, Turkey -- Rezan Zugurli is soft-spoken and unassuming, but she radiates charisma. You would never peg her as a fighter. But a fighter she is....

The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.07.2014 | 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.

The Turkish Elections: A Pyrrhic Victory For Everyone

Cengiz Çandar | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Cengiz Çandar

As much as they were a victory for Erdogan, the latest local elections added to polarization. Against Erdogan's 45 percent stands a dedicated 55 percent who opposed him and which might block his election chances for the presidency. This suggests that the elections resuls are a "Pyrrhic victory for everyone." In a sense, Turkey as a whole has lost because it is so divided and because Erdogan's actions in the campaign tarnished Turkey's image abroad.

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 05.30.2014 | 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 ...

Turkey's Dark Clouds for Election Year 2014

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The verdicts coming out of the Ergenekon trial are clear indicators that Turkey's old power establishment has not only been silenced and marginalized, but also are targets of punishment. Whichever way one looks at the political landscape, it is clear that 2014 will be typified by many dark clouds on the horizon for the country's leaders.

Turkey's 'Kurdish Question' Takes Center Stage After Elections And New Bloodshed

HURRIYET/Worldcrunch | Ismet Berkan | Posted 09.27.2011 | World

ISTANBUL - Sometimes it helps to discuss matters openly. Yes, the 30-year-old Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) is a terrorist organization with blood on i...