Turkey

Don't Be a Turkey

Monica Parker | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Monica Parker

I sailed for a week in Turkey last summer and it was the best holiday of my life. I found the people to be lovely, open and kind. My heart breaks for what I fear will be a difficult point in their political evolution, as they struggle to carve out some very basic freedoms for their people, one of which is certainly a free internet.

Women's Rights: The March Backwards

Thilde Knudsen | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Thilde Knudsen

Spain is about to criminalise abortion; politicians in the UK repeatedly attempt to reduce the 24-week limit and today in Brussels, a Parliamentary hearing is discussing a European Citizens' Initiative that if successful would block European Commission (EC) development funding for maternal health.

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

Sara Firth | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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.

Turkey's Transgender Community Finds New Voice

Jody Sabral | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jody Sabral

While it seems Turkey's LGBT community have a long way to go to ensure legal recognition and protection, Michelle's new role in the media is a courageous new front in the fight for equality.

Turkey Faces The Internet's Most Powerful Force: Cats

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

First Turkey hated Twitter, then it really hated YouTube. Now, in news that confirms that the Turkish government well and truly hates the internet, it...

Turkey Moves To Block YouTube Following Similar Ban On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

The day after a court in Ankara ruled that the Turkish government’s recent endeavour to ban Twitter was illegal, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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...

Syrian Military Jet Shot Down By Turkish Armed Forces For 'Violating Air Space'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK

A Syrian jet was shot down by Turkish armed forces on Sunday following an incursion into sovereign air space. According to authorities in Istanbul, th...

Did Turkish PM Erdogan Get The Idea To Block Twitter From Louise Mensch?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

The Turkish prime minister has moved to silence anti-government protesters responsible for multiple demonstrations in recent weeks by blocking access ...

Turkish PM Blocks Twitter: 'I Don't Care What International Community Says'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK

The Turkish prime minister has moved to silence anti-government protesters responsible for multiple demonstrations in recent weeks following the death...

Erdogan Polishes His Iron Fist

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 17.03.2014 | 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).

Turkish Protesters Snap Best 'Oscars' Selfie Ever. Under Arrest. In A Police Van

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK

Turkish protesters found a unique way to keep their spirits high when they were arrested and bundled into the back of a police van – recreating Elle...

Paul Vale

30 Horrific Images From Second Night Of Clashes In Turkey After Burial Of Berkin Elvan

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

For the second evening, the two biggest cities in Turkey have descended into chaos after police fired tear gas and water cannon following the funeral ...

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...

Children Are the Key to Syria's Future

Catherine Cowley | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Catherine Cowley

As the war in Syria enters its fourth year, it's easy to lose hope. Even if there is a peace deal in the next few months - which, after the disappointments of the Geneva peace talks, seems as unlikely as ever - how will people recover, rebuild, and achieve any sort of reconciliation? How can Syria be a functioning country again?

The Future of Cypriot Football - A New Hope, or a False Dawn?

Tony Jimenez | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

The stage was set. The headlines were all but written. It was supposed to be an historic announcement with positive and profound implications for the future of Cypriot football. But instead, last week turned out to be yet another blot on the copy book of the island's national game.

New Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry Into the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The decision by the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament to initiate an in-depth and comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of the Kurdistan Region is a triumph for all those who have long argued for the need to increase understanding between the UK and the Kurdistan Region.

Cyprus Talks Re-Started: Will The New Hopes Survive The Old Methods?

Yeshim Harris | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Yeshim Harris

After a long break, a new round of talks has started again in Cyprus. Both communities are busy preparing their negotiation teams; their politicians and leaders are discussing their shared views and remaining differences; and external stakeholders are looking on with very visible interest...

Can You Find Kurdistan on a Map?

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ruwayda Mustafah

This picture was taken in the outskirts of Erbil city, Kurdistan. I was passing by a local café recently and decided to have tea with Gozleme, wh...

LOOK: Shocking Photos Of Protests In Turkey

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

A journalist was blasted off her feet by a water cannon as Turkish riot police tackled people protesting against the Prime Minister. Officers also ...

WATCH: How To Park A Boat

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK

Steady... Steady... STEADY!!! Too late. Not to worry, this rather reckless nautical manoeuvre was in fact deliberate as a cross-channel ferry c...

Book Review - The Assassin from Apricot City

Lucy Popescu | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

In The Assassin from Apricot City, Polish writer Witold Szablowski strikes an excellent balance between hard-hitting journalism, astute political analysis, and humorous observations. His reportage provides a fascinating insight into contemporary Turkey, its strengths and many contradictions.

Turkey's Drastic Rate Hikes Could Be the Start of a Dangerous New Phase

Jeremy Cook | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Turkey's economic issues have long been of concern to investors. Before the protests in Taksim Square provided us the media images to go with the political strife, tensions were already rising. The demonstrations merely made comparisons to the 'Arab Spring' possible for the broadcasters, which of course is exactly what that they wanted.

London, Kiev and Ankara - Three Challenges, One solution

Olivier Dupuis | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Olivier Dupuis

Among the numerous invisible elephants that haunt the seats of government of 27 of the 28 EU member-States is the particularly ghostly issue of the British question. The situation, however, is very real.

Turkish PM Delivers Speech As 10-Foot-High Hologram

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Tech

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has delivered a speech as a ten-foot hologram. Even though he was unable to attend in person, Erdogan d...