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The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration

The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE



Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?

Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Turkey’s Democracy Is in Trouble as Leader Erdogan Gains More Power With Constitutional Change

Sunday’s referendum results will move the country to a system that potentially gives Erdogan enough political longevity to eventually achieve his desired “dictatorship Lite.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



Has Trump Deferred to Russia in Syria?

Some see U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as suggesting that Syrians are stuck with Assad and the Trump administration doesn’t object.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 READ MORE



Erdogan Hurls ‘Nazi’ Epithets as He Campaigns to Bolster His Power

Turkey’s president rips Germany and the Netherlands for blocking rallies among Turkish expats. Those rallies would support a referendum that could vastly increase Erdogan’s authority.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE



Russian Ambassador’s Assassination May Strengthen the Erdogan-Putin Relationship

The shooting of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, will slow but not interrupt the process of Russo-Turkish rapprochement, after a period last winter and spring when the two countries were boycotting each other.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 READ MORE



Will Turkey Leave NATO for Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Council?

Most likely it is an idle threat by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, perhaps an attempt at getting Europe to be silent about his human rights abuses.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Russia and Turkey Make Up: What Are the Implications for Syria and the Kurds? (Video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey on Monday for direct talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in a bid to further normalize relations between the two countries.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Declares Turkish-Backed Campaign Against Our Allies in Syria ‘Unacceptable’

Recent developments in Syria are reminiscent of the cartoon strip “Peanuts” scenario in which Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back. In this case, Washington is playing Lucy and the Kurds are playing Charlie Brown.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


Mr. Erdogan Leads Turkey









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Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Is Turkey’s Pivot to Russia Aimed at President Erdogan’s Survival?

Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim Binali has announced a significant about-face in the country’s Syria policy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Arab Nationalist Press Reacts to Erdogan’s Crackdown With Cries of ‘Dictator!’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s firing of some 50,000 educators, bureaucrats, police and military personnel in the wake of the failed July 15 coup attempt has provoked sharp criticism in Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE



Long Knives in Ankara: Victorious Erdogan Begins Purge of Judiciary and Army (Video)

Turkey’s president is taking advantage of the failed coup against him to oust those who are critical of him.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish Parliament Members Brawl Over Potential Constitutional Amendment

The proposed amendment, which would strip lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution, incited violence between members of opposing parties.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE



Saudi King’s Visit to Turkey Signals a Thaw in Tensions Between the Two Countries

King Salman made a stop in Turkey on Tuesday, after finishing a trip to Egypt over the weekend.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s Erdogan Brings Press Crackdown to U.S. as His Guards Manhandle D.C. Journalists (Video)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought along some bad habits and some bad actors in his security detail on his visit to Washington, where he traveled to participate in deliberations on nuclear weapons.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Threatened Europe With Refugees; Now He’s Demanding the U.S. Abandon Syrian Kurds

Reuters reports that Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan allegedly bullied European leaders and threatened to drown Europe in refugees if his terms were not met.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish-Russian Airspace Conflict Continues as Ankara-Backed Turkmen Flee Syria (Video)

Russia has rejected as “propaganda” renewed charges that its fighter jets had crossed Turkish territory. But it’s likely that Turkey’s complaint is actually about something else.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Slams Turkish President for Arresting Academics and Supporting Extremism (Video)

President Tayyip Erdogan recently criticized Noam Chomsky and other international scholars who signed a petition against the Turkish government’s current vendetta against Kurdish-Turkish citizens in the country’s southeast.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Turkish President Erdogan Cites Hitler in Case for Presidential System (Video)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday cited Hitler in support of his contention that a presidential system can coexist with a “unitary state,” i.e., with a nonfederal government.

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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Tries to Save Turkish Man’s Life With His ‘Lord of the Rings’ Expertise

A man faces jail time in Turkey over a Facebook post that compared a “Lord of the Rings” character with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, something the “Late Show” host couldn’t just stand by and watch without intervening.

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How Turkish President Erdogan Went Wrong: Dividing and Not Ruling (Video)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, was once seen as a political breath of fresh air and a beacon of change in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Justifies Russian Tourism Ban on Turkey by Claiming That the Country Supports Radicalism

Russian President Vladimir Putin explained his rationale for asking Russian tourists to leave Turkey last week, and it is ominous.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Missed Chance to ‘End Dictatorship’ as Erdogan Claims Victory in Turkey

“I’m horrified,” said one young voter in Istanbul. “I don’t want to live in this country anymore because I don’t know what is awaiting us.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Did the heavy-handed police action signal a new culture war, or was it a form of revenge over the recent election results in which President Erdogan got less power than he’d expected?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



How Turkey’s President Erdogan Damaged the AKP Brand

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) decisively lost its majority on Sunday, falling to only about 40 percent of the vote. The results are a major setback for President Tayyip Erdogan, who had wanted the kind of majority that would have allowed him unilaterally to change the Turkish Constitution.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE



On the Eve of the Turkish Election, Leftist Women Literally Turn Their Backs on Erdogan via Twitter

In Turkey, left-of-center and Kurdish women took to Twitter on Wednesday to post pictures of themselves turning their backs to President Tayyip Erdogan. And Erdogan responded with a statement that some said had derogatory sexual overtones.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Middle East Reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in North Carolina

If American mass media seemed reluctant to cover the murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a hate crime, the same was not true in the Middle East, where strong opinions were aroused.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes

In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, U.S. jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Mass Protests, Strikes in Turkey Over Erdogan’s Neoliberal Response to Miner Deaths

Turkey’s Public Workers Union Confederation announced a one-day strike to demand better worker safety, and political protests have broken out Friday in a number of Turkish cities over deaths of nearly 300 miners.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Tackles Turkish Takedown

Twitter has launched a legal challenge against the block placed on its services in Turkey.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Erdogan Turns Off Twitter









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Top Attempts by Dictators to Shut Down Twitter in Mideast (Including Turkey’s PM Erdogan)

Trying to close down social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has been a desperate ploy of dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Tens of Thousands in Turkey Protest Tyranny of the Majority

Tens of thousands of Turks demonstrated in Istanbul and other cities on Wednesday coming off the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



Heckling the First Lady

Michelle Obama’s confrontation with a lesbian activist signals the beginning of a push to turn up the heat on the president by the LGBT community; Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calling protesters “looters” exemplifies why his country is seeing so much unrest; meanwhile, as Occupy Wall Street participants exerted their First Amendment rights, their cellphones were being logged. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE


Turkey’s Erdogan









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Erdogan’s Facebook









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Egypt Threatens Protesters With Live Ammunition

After a crowd of Egyptians rushed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last week, officials invoked the law to say they would use bullets to protect important buildings in the future. (more)

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan









Posted on Jul 31, 2011 ENLARGE


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Erdogan, Peres and the Soufflés of Davos

Dear Mr. Prime Minister: I write with grave concern over your impertinent remarks to the president of Israel at the World Economic Forum last week, which threatened to delay dinner for hundreds of extremely important global thinkers.

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