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In the Panic to Prevent Irregular Migration and Save Schengen, The EU Is Losing Sight of the Bigger Picture in Its Relations With Turkey

Crispin Blunt | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Crispin Blunt

Turkey has been propelled into a tailspin and it is increasingly difficult to see how it can recover. Ordinary Turkish citizens face economic, security, and political challenges akin to those faced by some of their Arab neighbours. This stems from their own Government's failed and failing authoritarian policies. Furthermore, Erdogan hangs over Turkey the prospect of a constitutional referendum to move towards a more presidential system. Given the management of the last election, full dictatorship is now alarmingly close.

EU Confirms Refugee Crisis 'Too Tricky' to Fix

Ralph Burgess | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Ralph Burgess

The EU has finally confirmed refugee crisis "too tricky" to fix and have paid off the Turkish mafia to do the job, to the relief of everyone. After 1...

Refugees: There Is a Better Way

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Refugees want above all to be safe, and to have some hope that they can build a new and better life for themselves and their children, either in a new home or back in their old home once the conflict is over. Europe's voters want their governments to show that they are on top of the crisis, not paralysed into inaction.

The Second Edition of the World Tourism Forum Held in Istanbul

Zorica Loncar | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Zorica Loncar

The second edition of World Tourism Forum was held in Istanbul between 4th to 6th February. Considering that the summit is in its second year this was...

Turkey President Erdogan 'Talks Man Out Of Suicide' On Christmas Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.12.2015 | UK

Extraordinary video footage has captured the moment that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked a man out of jumping off a bridge on Christmas ...

Turkey's President Tried To Ban A Meme That Compared Him To Gollum, And That Was A Big Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Comedy

Internet users everywhere have joined together in solidarity with a doctor who faces jail because he compared the Turkish President to a 'Lord Of The ...

Experts To Decide If Gollum Picture Is An Insult To Turkish President

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

A Turkish man's freedom has been placed in the hands of a committee of experts who must decided whether Gollum, the fictional character from The Lord ...

Three Weeks After Saying 'Je Suis Charlie' Facebook Starts Censoring Images Of Muhammad

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Tech

Twenty days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a powerful statement in support of Charlie Hebdo and the freedom to offend, the social media gia...

Turkish President Preaches to the Choir

Simon Johns | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Johns

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent string of off-key statements are music to the ears of both his supporters and an opposition that loves to poke fun from the sidelines but offers scant intelligent counterpoint.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.

Syrian Border Town Of Kobane 'About To Fall' To Islamic State

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK

The Islamic State group is about to capture the Syrian border town of Kobane, Turkey's president said on Tuesday, as outgunned Kurdish forces struggle...

#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading '1984'?

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

When the Home Secretary said "British values will prevail in the end" against extremism, if she's talking about freedom of speech, then she's certainly missed a trick. The fact that surfaces with the revelation of these measures under the banner of "British Values" is in reality a demonization of a single community - a community just like any other.

Did Turkish PM Erdoğan Slap A Female Protester In Soma?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

Footage has emerged apparently showing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan getting into scuffle in a crowd of protesters in the mining disast...

These Pictures Show Just How Angry Turkey Is About The Mine Disaster

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

Sorrow has turned to fury in the wake of Turkey's worst mining disaster in its history, with the death toll after the tragedy now at 274, with a furth...

Ankara's Votes: The Turkish People Standing Up to Be Recounted

Sara Firth | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Sara Firth

'Don't sleep Ankara, make your voices heard' - just one of the chants that rose from the thousands strong crowd as they gathered outside the Electoral Commission building (YSK) early Tuesday afternoon.

Pictures Of Syrian Warplane Shot Down By Turkey's Armed Forces

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Dramatic pictures have emerged showing the Syrian military jet shot down on Sunday by Turkey's armed forces for reportedly "violating Turkish air spac...

Erdogan Polishes His Iron Fist

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

Right now, Turkey is no place to be an activist - or a journalist. There are currently 50 behind bars for doing their jobs. Last year, it came top of the pile for journalists imprisoned, with Iran and China following close behind (source: Committee to Protect Journalists).

40 Incredible Pictures Of Violence In Turkey After Death Of 15-Year-Old Boy

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale and Tahira Mirza | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Istanbul has suffered a second night of chaos after police fired tear gas on anti-government protesters following the burial of Berkin Elvan o...

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested - Part 3

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

I turn back into the main street and approach the riot officers. "What are you doing here? Open your bag!" shouts one of them. "I'm a journalist," I say, waving my press card. He grabs my arm, opens up my bag and pulls out my gas mask: that's all the proof he needs.

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested - Part 2

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

It's late evening when I receive a text from someone I was sitting with earlier. "Police are coming, things are starting, watch out, we're running..." In front of me in Taksim Square, riot policemen are assembling alongside the infamous 'TOMA' riot control vehicles. Between them and thousands of heckling protesters, a group of activists are joining hands to form a human chain.

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

The handcuffs are digging into my wrists. To my left a riot policeman is rough-handling a young detainee who can't stop crying. It's hot, I haven't eaten for hours, and I don't have my press card. Istanbul was supposed to be a stopping point on my way to visit my grandparents. I never thought I'd end up in police custody in front of a man insinuating that I was linked to a deadly bombing.

Deconstructing the Anti-Government Protests in Turkey

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

For the past three weeks, the park, along with the square, has become a hub of activity, with thousands of encamped protesters confronting water cannon and tear gas-wielding riot police. But despite the harsh rhetoric and the violence, the reality is that Prime Minister Erdogan has little to fear.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'The Longest Slump In A Century'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 12 June 2013... 1) 'THE LONGEST SLUMP IN A CENTURY' Forget (our anaemic) growth for a moment - focu...

Protesters Clash With Police In Taksim Square After Erdogan Warns 'Tolerance' Has Ended

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

Turkish riot police have fired tears gas upon protesters in Taksim Square on Tuesday evening following a day of clashes between demonstrators and the ...