• Turkey’s anti-Kurdish crackdown continues

    Hundreds of officials from Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), have been arrested in yet another round of police operations targeting opponents of the government. Tom Stevenson reports from Istanbul. There was little attempt by Turkish security forces to hide their intent. In

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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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  • Handling Turkey’s Runaway Politics

    MARC PIERINI Following Turkey’s failed July 15 coup attempt, which caused deep shock in the country’s entire society and state apparatus, the Turkish authorities launched a massive crackdown on suspected followers of the movement of Fethullah Gülen, a former ally turned archenemy of the

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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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  • Ten thoughts on the Turkish way of trolling

    I’ve been writing about Turkey for more than a decade now. It’s a beautiful country, rich in history, and a complex society but, boy, in recent years their trolling has left a lot to be desired. It’s not just the internet trolls who have fallen far behind but also Turkish diplomats and even

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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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