In the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, a Nazi judge has to answer for sacrificing an innocent man to appease the bloodlust of an angry crowd, swearing he had no idea how it would lead to the Holocaust.
If Barack Obama and John Kerry give in to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's demand to extradite Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, it will lead to more than his imprisonment and/or execution.
Foreign countries interested in condemning Armenian genocide should not only draw distinctions between Turkey and the actions of the Ottoman Empire. They should make the same distinction between Erdogan and the people of Turkey, who do not always support him.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - No Muslim family should engage in birth control or family planning, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
The satirist read a crude poem about the leader on German TV.
"You cannot consider insults and threats press freedom or criticism," Erdogan said.
Erdogan's crackdown on political rivals coupled with a disproportionate number of bombings at Kurdish rallies and other parties makes you wonder what's really going on.
Late Friday afternoon, reports circulated that Erdogan expressed admiration for Hitler's Nazi government. If it was a statement made by a democratic figure, it would be treated as a bad joke in poor taste. But for the authoritarian Erdogan, it's a rare instance of his honesty, showing how the strongman really feels.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing
A new constitution could change the government into a U.S.-style presidency.
ANKARA -- Erdogan has divided the country on ethnic, sectarian and lifestyle levels in an unprecedented manner. Traumatized by the terror attack, Turkey will first need to facilitate free and fair elections, then form a coalition government and then go about rehabilitating the country's deep divisions. Rooting out domestic ISIS cells must be a priority. The alternative is the Pakistanization of Turkey. We cannot afford to let this happen.
In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?
ISTANBUL -- The current situation in Turkey is nothing short of apocalyptic. Radical Islamists who have turned the country into a "jihadi highway" to Syria -- while Ankara has looked the other way -- are now carrying out attacks within Turkey itself. The AKP's Syria policy from 2011 onward has been the single greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the Turkish Republic.
Now, the current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks a presidential system that would resemble the French regime with its potent presidency, wielding power George W. Bush or Barack Obama could only dream about.