Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Global Politics

You think American politics is a mess? Check out Turkey

Turkey has democratic institutions, but they aren't working well at the moment. There is a corruption scandal, popular protests and concerns about an increasingly authoritarian government. Turkish author Elif Shafak says the problem is that Turks are conditioned to seek a strong father figure who can save them.

Global Scan

It's so cold that __________ (fill in the blank)

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It's cold. So cold, in fact, that all sorts of seemingly improbable things have become probable, and we share a few of them. Meanwhile, around the world, life goes on. In Turkey, police and politicians are locked in a power struggle. And in Syria, an al-Qaeda affiliate has shocked many with their quick rise to power. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

'We'll be home for Christmas' may be a reality for Pussy Riot and the Arctic 30

Russia's President Vladimir Putin seems to have once again pulled off a PR "master stroke" by having a routine amnesty law expanded to free two groups at the center of global human rights protests, just before the Sochi Olympics. The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, is suffering from renewed ethic violence. And the illegal practice of shark finning —stripping sharks of their fins — proves hard to end in Costa Rica. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Development & Education

Environmental concerns at core of Turkish protests

Ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey began as a way to protect a rare green patch in the nation's largest city. Though they later swelled to object to the government's treatment of their demonstrations, the movement's environmental roots could lead to greater awareness of increasing endangerment of the country's natural resources.

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Justice

Turkey jails more journalists than any other nation. Those in detention are all terrorists, Erdogan says.

Turkey has arrested about 150 journalists since last year's failed military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The country is now the world's leading jailer of journalists. But as trials begin, Erdogan is insisting that none of these editors and reporters are being tried for their professional work. They're all terrorists, he says.

Global Politics

These Turks would rather leave their country than continue living under Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won victory in landmark elections that could hand him near-unchecked power. Erdoğan has overseen a major crackdown on dissent and the press since a failed coup in July 2016 and many Turks told PRI they'd rather leave their country than continue living under a ruler they say has grown increasingly authoritarian.

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.