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Turkey’s Gradual Revolution

Turkey’s Gradual Revolution

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced his latest package of democratic reforms, ultra-nationalist groups accused him of betraying the values of the republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, while Kurdish nationalists expressed frustration at the package’s perceived inadequacy. ...

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Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates

Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates

From the start of Syria’s civil war, rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have had no better ally than Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has effectively kept Turkey’s border with Syria open, allowing fighters a haven in the south ...

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Goat Droppings and Real Democracy

Goat Droppings and Real Democracy

“Goat droppings” is the polite translation for a graphic Turkish expression that describes something insipid: The idea is that goat pellets are relatively inoffensive, lacking the quality of real dung. The phrase is the perfect epithet for a package of ...

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Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria

Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria

Hakan Fidan Takes Independent Tack in Wake of Arab Spring On a rainy May day, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan led two of his closest advisers into the Oval Office for what both sides knew would be a difficult ...

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Erdogan taking Turkey back 1,000 years with ‘reforms’

Erdogan taking Turkey back 1,000 years with ‘reforms’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan this week unveiled his long-promised “reform package” to “chart the path of the nation” for the next 10 years — that is, through 2023, 100 years after the founding of Turkey as a republic. ...

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U.S. Taxpayers to Pay for Spread of Turkish, Qatar Islamism

U.S. Taxpayers to Pay for Spread of Turkish, Qatar Islamism

Millions of American taxpayer dollars will be spent promoting the Muslim Brotherhood’s band of Islamism to counter Al-Qaeda. Millions of American taxpayer dollars will be spent promoting the Muslim Brotherhood brand of Islamism to counter the Al-Qaeda brand of Islamism. ...

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Erdoğan’s split personality: the reformer vs the tyrant

Erdoğan’s split personality: the reformer vs the tyrant

The Turkish prime minister revealed the iron fist in his velvet glove this summer, but of which is his true character built? All summer long, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been in a very bad mood. The public squares and parks ...

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How Turkey blew its chance to lead this troubled region

How Turkey blew its chance to lead this troubled region

Whatever happened to the idea that Turkey was the coming power in the Middle East, with its surging economy and stable democracy under a mildly Islamic government which might be the model for Arab states as they ended decades of ...

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Turkey Embraces Crudest Anti-Semitism

Turkey Embraces Crudest Anti-Semitism

The new generation of Turks who so many commentators and American diplomats have characterized as enlightened democrats have begun to show their ugly, anti-Semitic faces. Egemen Bağış, Turkey’s Minister for European Union affairs, suggested the reason why the Bulgarian Foreign ...

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Turkey Caucus Should Speak Out on Anti-Semitism

Turkey Caucus Should Speak Out on Anti-Semitism

  I’ve written a number of times about the Congressional Turkey Caucus, the congressional organization which seeks to promote and encourage a strong U.S.-Turkey relationship. While many Caucus members simply join to burnish foreign-policy credentials or qualify for Istanbul junkets, ...

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