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The Turkey, Russia, Iran Nexus

The Turkey, Russia, Iran Nexus

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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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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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From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy

From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy

According to the Bipartisan Policy Center: The Middle East remains a major foreign policy challenge for the United States, despite attempts to pivot away from it. A cooperative and strong Turkey could be an important partner in helping rebuild the Middle ...

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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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This Food Video Will Make You Cry

This Food Video Will Make You Cry

In travel or in our daily lives, at restaurants or at markets, we pass by others, forgetting that all the people we interact with are just like us… human: full of happiness and pain and hope. In Turkey, we tried ...

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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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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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Couple stranded by cruise in Turkey receives outpouring of support

Couple stranded by cruise in Turkey receives outpouring of support

From Tampa Bay Times: CLEARWATER — A Clearwater couple is finally getting help in an American hospital in Turkey after Royal Caribbean cruise lines abandoned them at a rural hospital, leaving them with only hand gestures and guidebook Turkish to ...

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