Erdogan's reinvention of Turkey isn't funny

Jan 23, 2015

Erdogan's reinvention of Turkey isn't funny

by Marc Champion

As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminds Turkey of its roots through cosplay, the continued purging of judicial institutions as well as the jailing and intimidation of journalists in that country make the debates in France over free speech look quaint by comparison.

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 ...

Paris attacks suspect entered Syria on Jan 8, Turkey says

Jan 13, 2015

Paris attacks suspect entered Syria on Jan 8, Turkey says

The suspected female accomplice of Islamist militants behind last week’s attacks in Paris was in Turkey five days before the killings and crossed into Syria on Jan. 8, Turkish officials said on Monday. France launched a search for 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene after police killed ...

Jan 7, 2015

EU wants explanation from Turkey on migrant smugglers

The European Union wants Turkey to explain how human traffickers could have taken two cargo ships filled with migrants out of the country and sent them toward Italy without Turkish authorities noticing. European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Tuesday that “given what has happened ...

Jan 4, 2015

Turkey gives go-ahead for first new church in century

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has authorized the building of the first church in the country in nearly a century, officials said Saturday. The church is for the tiny Syriac community and will be built in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy on the shores of the ...

'Massacre' averted as Italians seize crowded, runaway migrant ship

Jan 1, 2015

'Massacre' averted as Italians seize crowded, runaway migrant ship

The Italian Coast Guard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe by intercepting a runaway freighter that was on a collision course with the country’s rocky shoreline with 768 people on board. In the second major maritime drama of recent days, officers revealed ...

Dec 30, 2014

Eight missing after migrant boat sinks off Turkey: reports

The Turkish Coast Guard was searching Monday for eight people believed to be Syrian migrants missing after their boat capsized off southwestern Turkey while on its way to Greece, news reports said. Rescuers have found two people alive but were still searching for eight ...

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Dec 26, 2014

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday pledged to join forces to fight Islamic State insurgents who are holding swaths of Iraq and Syria. “ISIS threatens not only Iraq’s and Turkey’s security but the entire region,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told a joint news conference ...