U.S., Turkey Still Split on Syria

U.S., Turkey Still Split on Syria

Syria has become Turkish prime minister Erdogan’s albatross. It also continues to undermine American-Turkish relations. After sitting on the fence for two years, President Obama has crossed off military options, and focuses on pushing the various sides to the negotiating ...

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Nov 10, 2013 Ataturk Remembrance Day

Nov 10, 2013 Ataturk Remembrance Day

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was commemorated on Nov. 10 2013, the 75th anniversary of his passing with official and unofficial ceremonies across the country and abroad. In Washington DC, the first statute of Ataturk was ...

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Things are Getting Serious in Turkey: Is a Military Coup out of the Question?

Things are Getting Serious in Turkey: Is a Military Coup out of the Question?

Not too long ago, the answer to the question above would be: “Yes, a military takeover, of the kind frequently experienced in Turkey in the past, is no longer an option.” This would be the answer, not only because the ...

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Erdogan Is Quietly Wooing America’s Enemies

Erdogan Is Quietly Wooing America’s Enemies

Turkey is looking around for new allies – and that is not good news for America. Although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long been essential to President Barack Obama’s strategy in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and ...

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Signboard bearing Atatürk motto on Turkishness removed in eastern Turkey

Signboard bearing Atatürk motto on Turkishness removed in eastern Turkey

In a move that comes amidst Turkey’s renewed efforts to end the Kurdish conflict in the Southeast, a sign featuring a famous saying by founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has been removed in the city of Diyarbakır. ...

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Turkey’s Jewish community in decline

Turkey’s Jewish community in decline

Rumors that Jewish families are leaving Turkey have been making the rounds for a long time now, but as relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorate, those rumors are slowly becoming facts. Turkey’s Jews interpret the hostility to Israel they hear day and night from ...

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Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Considering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gotten involved in telling Turks how many children they should have (at least three), what they should drink (the non-alcoholic ayran) and what kind of bread they should eat (whole wheat, preferably), ...

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Female, male students living together against our character: Turkish PM

Female, male students living together against our character: Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned female and male students’ staying under one roof, vowing to take measures against this. “This is against our conservative, democratic character,” the prime minister said during a closed-door meeting Nov. 3 with ...

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Turkish female MP makes historic plea to preserve Turkey’s secularism

Turkish female MP makes historic plea to preserve Turkey’s secularism

Nov 1, 2013 was an historic day in Turkey as headscarved deputies were allowed for the first time since the 1930’s to sit in Parliament. A disabled female MP addressed the ruling Islamist party AKP in a rousing speech that ...

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Turkey in Disarray

Turkey in Disarray

Three years ago, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his country were soaring. The Turkish economy was booming and a model for growth and expansion. Erdogan, spurned by the EU for membership, was looking east. Never modest, he saw himself as ...

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