Jan 15, 2015

Netanyahu returns fire over Erdogan jibe on Paris rally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who blasted him this week for “daring” to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris. “I believe his shameful remarks must be repudiated by the international community, because the ...

Erdogan's guards: now clad in chain mail

Jan 13, 2015

Erdogan's guards: now clad in chain mail

Spear-carrying guardsmen, warriors bedecked in chain mail, gleaming golden helmets and even a few fake mustaches thrown in for good measure — Turkey’s president has spared nothing in a dramatic remake of his palace ceremonial guard. On Monday, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas could have ...

Jan 2, 2015

Man arrested over failed attack near Istanbul presidential office

Turkish police said Thursday a suspected “terrorist” armed with grenades and old guns was arrested after a failed attack near the office in Istanbul of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police chief Selami Altinok said the “attack” was launched by a man suspected of being ...

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Dec 2, 2014

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for Southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. He said Russia can’t implement the South Stream project because of the European Union’s opposition to ...

Nov 27, 2014

Turkish court bans reporting on corruption investigation of ex-ministers

A Turkish court has banned media from reporting on a parliamentary investigation into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers, a move the opposition says amounts to protecting thieves. Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now president, has called the corruption scandal this year a plot ...

Turkish president says women not equal to men

Nov 25, 2014

Turkish president says women not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being accused of blatant sexism after declaring that women are not equal to men and claiming feminists in Turkey reject the idea of motherhood. The devoutly Muslim president said Sunday that biological differences mean women and men can’t ...

Turkey rejects criticism over press freedom

May 14, 2014

Turkey rejects criticism over press freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejected criticism that his government is muzzling the press, telling parliament that media freedom is worse in the West. “We will not bow to these monuments of arrogance,” he said. Earlier this month, U.S.-based watchdog Freedom ...

Apr 7, 2014

Recep Erdogan's pyrrhic victory

by Sinan Ülgen

The triumph of Turkey's beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party in last week's local elections is unlikely to ameliorate the country's internal conflicts, much less revive its tarnished international standing.