Turkish Hizbullah Is Back In New Sheep’s Clothing

Turkish Hizbullah is back — in a new guise as a political party, Huda-Par. Hizbullah (not related to Lebanon’s Hezbullah) has been around for a few decades, wreaking havoc of one kind or another.

You Will Not Be Assimilated

A historic meeting and rally yesterday in Diyarbakir brought together PM Erdogan and the leader of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (aka Kurdistan), Masoud Barzani, amid a boisterous show of unity between Turkish Kurds and the Turkish government.

Europe 1000 AD to Present

Syrian Maelstrom

The looming question is should there be a military response to the recent gas attacks that killed over a thousand civilians in Syria.

Tel Aviv Graffiti


Advocating for The High Road in Washington

Now that I’m tweeting, Facebooking, and in general traveling about like a dervish, I want to make sure I don’t neglect my blog! There are a number of interesting things happening, which I’ll pontificate about shortly, but for now, let me just announce, for anyone interested, that on Wednesday I testified before the US Senate […]

Erdogan Tweets!

In spite of calling Twitter one of the greatest menaces to society, it seems that PM Erdogan and President Gul partake liberally of that evil themselves.

Egypt and Turkey: Illiberal Democrats, Undemocratic Liberals, and the Third Way?

Ömer Taşpınar has written an insightful essay examining what Egyptians are debating about Turkey and what the Turkish media are saying about Morsi and the Egyptian coup. The Turks, not surprisingly, “talk Turkey through Egypt” — just replace Mohammed Morsi with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.  Not surprisingly, the pro-Morsi camp in Turkey is mostly AKP supporters. But the crux of […]

Reset: Erdogan and Egypt

The Turkish public’s new expectations are in part a result of AKP’s success — a new, global economy, an expanding middle class, better educated youth. Instead of applauding them, it appears the the government is afraid of them. Gezi protesters are not coup-loving Tahrir Square denizens. Yet. Maybe never.

Getting Around the Censors

China’s censors blocked searches for “big yellow duck” in an attempt to foil creative ways people have come up with to commemorate the 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square. The photo reimages the tanks facing down a man. The Wall Street Journal discusses other creative takes on Tiananmen on its anniversary, including an Angry […]