Posts Tagged: AKP
For better or worse, the refugee crisis underscores that Turkey is part of Europe. Pretending otherwise could have disastrous consequences.
Turkish President Erdogan has created a cult of personality in which he is the ultimate protection against the chaos he plans.
After the recent Ankara bombing, a reporter on the Turkish resistance becomes a member.
To reverse his fortune at the polls, Erdogan reignited Turkey’s war with the Kurds, stood silent while mobs attacked his opponents, and unilaterally altered the constitutional role of his office.
Turkey's offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region — the Kurds.
It's not just liberals that have soured on Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It's the country's often overlooked ethnic minorities.
If the AKP wants to truly strengthen Turkish democracy, it must stop seeing people who stand up quietly but defiantly as a threat to the country’s stability.
The unrest gripping Turkey has less to do with Islam than with the AKP’s policies of privatization, its push to centralize authority in the hands of the country’s executive branch, and its silencing of the media.
The United States has a real opportunity to encourage Islamists to express their frustrations through peaceful means.
Europe and the U.S. should back the beleaguered Turkish government because of the role a democratic Turkey can play in both stabilizing and liberalizing the Middle East.