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Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 31.10.2014 | 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 | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

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 ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Please Spy On Us

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 11 June 2013... 1) PLEASE SPY ON US So, the NSA/Prism revelations must have hardened British public o...

Could the 10 Year Illness Be Afflicting Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan?

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK
Professor Ian Robertson

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan has held power for 10 years, during which period his country has experienced unprecedented economic growth and international prestige... Erdoğan has to realize for the sake of Turkey's future is actually the hardest thing for any human being to appreciate - that his own judgment is in danger of being distorted by 10 long years in power.

Turkey: Democracy on Trial

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK
Robin Lustig

The more I think about it, the more parallels I see between the Thai tensions then and the Turkish tensions now

The Power of the Crowd

Julie Meyer | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Meyer

The anti-government protests in Turkey have made one thing clear: Erdogan, the Prime Minister, is not listening to his focus group. As any business owner knows, the thing about focus groups is that you don't always get to choose them. And with new media, you certainly don't get to choose who rates and criticises you in the public sphere.

The New Turkish Republic

Jody Sabral | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

These are interesting times in Turkey, times in which an open conversation, although often unforgiving, is taking place between factions who have long disliked each other, politically speaking.

Time to Worry: Turkey Is Becoming USA

Ziya Meral | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

There is one country Turkey has never been likened to, and yet, the more closely I follow the developments in Turkey, the more I see how valid it is to point out: Turkey is becoming like the USA after 10 years of AK Party rule. What makes me to come up with such a ridiculous observation?

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'A Shabby And Panicked Response'

panonychus | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 4 June 2013... 1) 'A SHABBY AND PANICKED RESPONSE' You've got to the hand it to the Tories. Even in t...

There Is Real Anger at Erdogan's Authoritarianism, But a Turkish Spring Is Unlikely

Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Could this lead to a Turkish Spring? Unlikely. Turkey is a politically polarised country. Public discontent and frustration with AKP policies is growing but yet unlikely to become the majority. Erdogan and his party still believes they have the conservative majority behind them...

Turkish-Kurdish Peace: It Is Different This Time

Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Arriving at a peaceful settlement will take some time and will require a great deal of honesty as well as transparency. But the short answer is yes, this time it is different and there is reason to be hopeful for peace.