Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a desperate man. He is faced with turmoil at home and abroad, the Turkish lira is crashing and internationally he is in the doghouse. Erdogan’s project, to launch his Justice and Development Party (AKP) as conservative democrats, was initially met

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  • Erdogan: Democracy Respecter?

    Derek Davison* Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, had some harsh wordson Wednesday for Americans who are criticizing their new president-elect, Donald Trump: “The West will continue to welcome tyrants who have blood on their hands with red carpets and label anyone who criticizes

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  • Erdoğan rebukes EP’s Schulz: Who the hell are you?

    In a strong reaction to a threat made by European Parliament President Martin Schulz to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Schulz disrespectful, daring him to do whatever he can and saying “Who the hell are you?“ Talking to a group of farmers in

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  • EU Threatens Turkey With Economic Sanctions In Bold Move

    Turkey-EU relations braced for a major showdown after the Turkish government renewed its push for bringing the death penalty back, leading to mutual recriminations, trading barbs over recent days. To reveal the gravity of the situation and its meaning for the EU, European Parliament (EP)

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  • Egypt slams Erdogan’s ‘double standards’

    Egypt condemned what it described as “irresponsible” statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the Egyptian government. Earlier on Thursday, Erdogan said during an interview with Qatari channel Al-Jazeera that he accused “the Egyptian regime of providing support to the

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  • U.N. judge caught in Turkeys’ post-coup dragnet

    A Turkish judge on the U.N. court trying crimes from the Yugoslav wars and the Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Turkey in connection with July's coup attempt, the court's president said. Turkey has ignored requests to visit Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay since his arrest on Sept. 21, despite his

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  • France Urges Turkey to Respect Rights in Aftermath of Coup

    France's foreign minister urged Turkey on Monday to respect fundamental rights and freedoms in the aftermath of the country's failed military coup, saying democracy is the best defense against those trying to defy it. Jean-Marc Ayrault said during a joint news conference with his Turkish

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  • Turkey Barges Into the Mosul Fight

    It’s been clear from the start that the American and Iraqi-led battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State presented a logistical and strategic puzzle — even a possible nightmare — in which the interests of multiple countries and sectarian groups had to be reconciled and their roles

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    MICHAEL RUBIN In December 2001, U.S. forces had Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora, a rugged cave complex in eastern Afghanistan not far from the Pakistani border. Rather than tighten the noose with U.S. forces, however, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put Afghan tribal

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