Turkish Politics

Football Is a Political Weapon in Turkey

Patrick Keddie | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Sport
Patrick Keddie

What is the political potential in Turkish football? What will happen to a sport on the brink of collapse? Where is Turkey heading under the ruling AKP? And what does it mean to be Turkish in the 21st century?

Blood Disorder: Turkey's Never-Ending Civil Strife

Simon Johns | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK
Simon Johns

Violent death on the streets in Turkey is not "the new normal," as some feared this Tuesday. It's the same old, same old. (I grew up in the UK during the height of the IRA's mainland bombing campaign, so it's been the same old for most of my life).

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).

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.

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!

Things are Getting out of Control in the Southeast of Turkey

Berke Alkan | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK
Berke Alkan

First of all, I'd like to explain why I wanted to be a blogger on The Huffington Post. The reason is simple. Everything that you are reading and watching about Turkey is distorted. I'm not saying that these things are lies. I'm just saying that they are not the whole truth.

Tell me What you ask About Turkey, I'll tell you who you are

Ziya Meral | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

Ever since Turkey's AK Party emerged, foreign observers have been asking one primary question; is Turkey becoming an Islamist nation and turning again...