Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

US, Turkey Declare Economic War

Relations between the US and Turkey a key American ally and home to NATO&;s second-largest army hit a new low on Friday, with the presidents of both countries rhetorically declaring economic war on each other.

Turkey’s Strongman Still Vulnerable After Election Victory

Turkey, NATO’s second-largest member, is bracing for further violence and chaos following the victory of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an election that cemented his near-dictatorial powers.Celebratory gunfire rang across the streets of Istanbul and other Turkish cities early on Monday after his victory, with about 52.5 percent of votes, was announced (observers said fraud was minimal).

Standoff Between Turkey, West Accelerates as Syrian Kurdish City Sacked

After the fall of the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin on March 18, the Turkish operation in Syria has entered a particularly dangerous phase, with relations between the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US fast approaching a make-or-break point.Turkey on the next big Kurdish-held city in Syria: Manbij.

Turkey Purge Continues as EU Nods to Erdogan

Police fired tear gas and detained over 200 in Istanbul and other Turkish cities on Monday, as protesters gathered on May Day to mark the 40th anniversary of a 1977 massacre of leftist demonstrators.It was one of the many repressive measures the Turkish government has undertaken to consolidate power in the aftermath of the referendum two weeks ago

Council of Europe Downgrades Turkey as Erdogan Bombs Kurds

The Council of Europe watchdog voted to put Turkey on a human rights monitoring list on Tuesday amid widespread claims of fraud in a that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authoritarian powers.The amendments to the Turkish constitution that passed by a narrow margin of just under 3 percent “do not comply with our fundamental and common understanding of democracy,” rapporteur Marianne Mi

Fraud Allegations to Test Turkish President Erdogan’s New Authoritarian Powers

While protests and complaints of fraud are unlikely to overturn Erdogan’s narrow referendum majority, his victory may turn out to be a Pyrrhic one. Keeping the economy afloat and ensuring stability in a deeply divided country pose huge challenges to the Turkish president — and to NATO and the US.

Changing Turkish-Russian Relations

 By: Paul Antonopolous Changing Turkish-Russian Relations Turkey appears unable to grasp Russia&;s resolve and long-term planning  ovember 24 2015 will forever mark the turning in Turkish and Russian relations. The Russian Sukhoi Su-24M tactical bomber jet was shot down by two Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.