Turkey


Commemorating The One-Year Anniversary Of Turkey’s Failed Coup

Tens of thousands of people assembled on Saturday at a rally in Istanbul, commemorating one year since Turkey’s failed military coup. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressed the crowd and vowed to “chop off the heads” of those involved in the coup, Al Jazeera reports. The national unity march converged […]


Erdogan’s Bodyguards “Not Welcome” At G20 Summit

Germany released a warning to Turkey that certain members of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal staff are not welcome at the G20 summit in Hamburg after a brawl erupted between Erdogan’s security team and protesters in Washington D.C. The G20 summit is a global convention of the twenty […]


Division In The Gulf States

Tension has occurred in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting Islamist terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qaeda and The Muslim Brotherhood. They believe such action impinges on their security and stability. Diplomatic links have been closed, Qatari citizens living in […]


Defending Human Rights Is Not A Crime: Activists Detained By Turkish Government

Last week, eight human rights activists were detained without cause while attending a digital security and information management workshop at a hotel in Buyuada, Turkey, as a result of a raid conducted by security forces. These activists were all relatively high profile, and the group included members of Women’s Coalition; […]


Cyprus Reunification Peace Talks Resume

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, June 28th to resume peace talks to resolve the four decades-long dispute dividing Cyprus. Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci will be joined at the Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana by the foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers […]


Kurdistan Determines A Date For Independence Vote

A recent decision by Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence has been met with disapproval from both crucial allies and the United States. The vote on independence, set for September 25th, 2017, has been long in the making. Iraqi Kurdistan was granted autonomy in 1970, although it has continued to […]


Turkish Government Detains Amnesty International Turkey Chairman Over ‘Gulen Links’

After being detained last Tuesday, Taner Kiliç, the Chairman for Amnesty International in Turkey, and up to 22 other attorneys were officially arrested late Friday by a Turkish Court in the western province of Izmir. They were arrested under the accusation of using ByLock, an encrypted mobile messaging app that […]


As Turkey’s Ruling Party Elects Erdogan As Leader, Hope Of A Peaceful And Democratic Future In For The Country Fades

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected as the leader of Turkey’s ruling party, the Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, on May 21, 2017. This vote comes just weeks after the controversial Turkish referendum that gave Erdogan sweeping new powers and eliminated a constitutional amendment that required presidents […]