Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Preaches to the Choir

Simon Johns | Posted 04.12.2014 | 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.

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.

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...

A City Without a Museum

Simon Johns | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Simon Johns

Some may argue that a city museum in Istanbul would be redundant. Istanbul is itself a living museum, they might say as they trip over unmarked relics and ruins that literally dot the streets here. But this lets people off the hook for the wholesale destruction Istanbul has faced on a near constant basis since, well, always. Istanbullus like to eulogise their city but don't seem particularly interested in preserving it.

Turkish Government Still Making a Hashtag of Social Media

Simon Johns | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Johns

After branding social media a "scourge" at the height of the Gezi Park protests in June, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has had a change of heart. The ruling AKP government recently hired a 6,000-strong brigade of social media operatives to direct public opinion and win hearts and minds.

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 ...

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.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Clegg Pledges End To 'Groundhog Day'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on 3 June 2013... 1) AN END TO 'GROUNDHOG DAY'? Three peers - Lords Cunningham, Mackenzie and Laird - and an MP...

Erdoğan to Brief Obama on Exxon's Latest Play

Shwan Zulal | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Shwan Zulal

It is clear that the short statement by Erdoğan was intended to make the Turkish position clear before heading to the US. Turkey has insisted and made it clear on numerous occasions that dealing with Kurdistan region and entering into oil deals are a matter of Turkish national interest.

Monsters, Courage and Politics: Erdogan's Conundrum

Gil Kazimirov | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gil Kazimirov

Erdogan is a shrewd, mature politician, intimately acquainted with this and other tenets of international relations. With him as captain, Turkey re-emerged as a financial behemoth in the region and flexed its political muscle. Yet he failed to foresee the ultimate direction of his ship: a painful choice between Scylla and Charybdis, the two mythical sea monsters.

Syria Bans Turkish Planes For Airspace

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK

Turkey has banned Syrian planes from flying in Turkish airspace, less than 24 hours after Damascus banned Turkish planes from entering Syrian skies, r...

'Russia Is Illegally Arming Syria'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK

Turkey has accused Russia of directly supplying arms to Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, after Turkish forces intercepted a Syrian plane en route ...

Assad ‘Regrets' Downing Of Turkish Jet

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has tried to ease tensions with Turkey, stating that he regrets the recent downing of a Turkish military jet that ent...

There is no Spring in Turkey, It's the Coldest Winter We've Ever Seen

Berke Alkan | Posted 06.01.2012 | Home
Berke Alkan

"Merhaba!", This how we say hello in Turkish. But, "Günah Keçisi" is what we were found saying after the Van earthquake, just as we did after the 1999 İzmit earthquake. What does this mean? Brilliant guess! We've found a scapegoat!