• Turkey Looks to Next US President for Policy Change

    The Turkish president’s head of international relations says next week’s U.S. presidential elections is an opportunity to reset deeply strained relations over the Syrian civil war and demands for the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who i…

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  • Mass Suspensions of Teachers Stoke Concern in Turkey’s Kurdish Region

    Educators in Turkey are at the center of a crackdown, with more than 12,000 teachers suspended for alleged links to the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK.  A third of them work in Diyarbakir, a predominantly Kurdish area.

    At the local office of the educators’ union, Egitim-Sen, a lawyer, gave advice to teachers recently suspended or charged on suspicion of supporting terrorism. Over a quarter of Diyarbakir’s 17,000 teachers have been affected by the crackdown. One teacher…

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  • Removal of Kurdish Mayors Raises Tension in Turkey

    In Turkey the removal of mayors accused of supporting the PKK Kurdish rebel group, and the PKK’s targeting of their government-appointed replacements are prompting growing fears for democracy in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeastern region. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir, the region’s main city.

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  • Removal of Kurdish Mayors Raises Tension in Turkey

    In Turkey, the removal of mayors accused of supporting the PKK Kurdish rebel group, and the PKK’s targeting of their government-appointed replacements are prompting growing concerns about democracy in the country’s southeastern, predominantly Kurdish region.

    A religious ceremony gives Bilal Ozkan, the state-appointed trustee, or mayor, a chance to meet the people of Diyarbakir’s Sur district.  The image of the Turkish flag, once all but invisible in this stronghold of Kurdish…

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  • Mass Suspensions of Teachers Stoke Concern in Turkey’s Kurdish Region

    Educators in Turkey are at the center of a crackdown, with more than 12,000 teachers suspended for alleged links to the Kurdish PKK rebel group.

    “At a very early hour in the morning, police came banging on my door,” one teacher said of the intimidatin…

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  • Turkey Shutters Popular Kurdish Kids Channel

    Groundbreaking Zarok TV was a first in Turkey: a children’s channel broadcasting in the Kurdish language. Its mix of popular international and homegrown programs was an instant hit. But Zarok TV is now off the air, and has been for several weeks. Its studios are sealed under an emergency rule decree, on charges of supporting terrorism. Apo Oguz, Zarok’s director, said there was no warning before the closure.

    “It was a big surprise for us,” Oguz said, “because the…

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  • Turkey Shutters Kurdish Children’s TV Channel

    As Turkey remains under emergency rule after July’s failed coup attempt, numerous Kurdish TV and radio stations have been shut down – accused of supporting the Kurdish separatist group, PKK. But the closure of Zarok TV, a children’s channel, has raised concerns that the target has more to do with the Kurdish language than terrorism. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish region and home to Zarok TV.

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  • Turkey’s Crackdown on Businesses Sparks Concern

    The Turkish government crackdown that followed the failed July coup is expanding to businesses, with the assets of major multibillion-dollar conglomerates seized, along with hundreds of smaller companies.

    Earlier this month, three of Turkey’s most pro…

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  • Ankara-Baghdad Tensions Escalate as Mosul Operation Begins

    With Iraqi-led forces starting their operation to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, diplomatic tensions have erupted again between Baghdad and Ankara over the operation.

    Warning about dangers of ethnic cleansing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a verbal salvo against Baghdad, demanding a role in the offensive.

    Why should Turkey not enter Mosul, Erdogan asked, arguing that his country has  a 350-kilometer border with Iraq, and pointing to the…

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  • Calls Increase for Investigation of Turkey’s Ruling Party

    As authorities in Turkey continue to make arrests in connection with July’s failed military coup, some observers there are asking why the crackdown has not affected the ruling AKP party, given that the coup attempt’s alleged ringleader, U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, once had close ties with the party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Arrest warrants were issued Friday for 189 judges and prosecutors, all accused of having links to Gulen. More than 30,000 people have been…

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