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Nicholas Birch

Turkey: Ankara Coup Investigation Credibility Under Attack

The credibility of a four-year investigation into a vast coup conspiracy in...

Turkey: Can Ankara Help Democratize Middle East while Democracy Faces Threats at Home?

It has been a whirlwind 18 months for Turkey's international reputation. Just...

Turkey: Erdogan Weighs in on Egypt, Ankara Confronts Democratization Dilemma

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 1 joined a growing...

Turkey: Scandal Shines Light on Judicial Gridlock

The flight of nine of 10 convicted terrorists who were recently released...

Turkey: Proliferation of Koran Translations Pushing Turks to “Verge of Division”

If you ask practicing Turkish Muslims, virtually all will tell you there...

Turkey: Monumental Big Statism

As Eurasianet's Nicholas Birch reported a few months ago, a large sculpture...

Turkey: Are PKK and Gulen Movement Burying Hatchet?

An armed Kurdish group slowly weaning itself off Marxist-Leninism and a powerful...

Turkey: Could a Caliphate Make a Comeback?

The foreign policy of Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP,...

Turkey: Traditionalist Opposition Party Attempts Radical Makeover

Could a revolution in Turkey within the political party founded by Ataturk...

Turkey: Ankara-Washington Differences Could Disrupt NATO Missile Shield Plans

Turkey’s misgivings about NATO plans to build ballistic missile interceptor system are...

Turkey: Gulen Movement Taking PR Beating in Arrest Row

Turkey's most powerful religious group, the Fethullah Gulen Movement, has been feted...

Turkey: Is a Kurdish School Boycott a Sign of the Future?

Have Turkey's Kurds discovered the power of Gandhi and Rosa Parks? It...

Turkey: Referendum Encourages Polarization

Turkish voters on September 12 will cast ballots on a constitutional referendum...

Top Concert Pianist in Turkey Provokes Culture War Skirmish

Fazil Say, Turkey's most famous concert pianist, is no stranger to controversy....

Getting Into the Turkish Military's Business

As Eurasianet's Nicholas Birch reported yesterday, the Turkish government and military are...

Military and Government in Turkey Engaged in a Test of Strength

A biannual meeting of leading Turkish political and military officials seems to...

Moderate Islamic Movement in Turkey Makes Mark with Language Olympiads

The stage erupts into flashing blue and white light. The music is...

Turkish Man Devotes Life to Bringing Shade to Parched Anatolian Plateau

Barren mountains and pasture scoured by ceaseless wind: the land west of...

Sufism in Turkey: The Next Big Thing?

A pretty garden and a table laden with cheese, ham and good...

Tougher Political Climate in Turkey Taking Toll on Journalists

Reporter Irfan Aktan quoted Piling, a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party,...

Turkey: Is Foreign Minister's Hometown a Harbinger of Economic Change?

An unprecedented thing happened last year in Konya, the capital of the...

Turkey: Twelve Senior Officers Jailed on Suspicion of Coup Conspiracy

Turkish authorities on February 24 jailed 12 senior military officers, both active-duty...

Turkey: Ankara's Rapprochement with Armenia Hits Snag

The future of the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation process appears increasingly fragile amid growing...

Turkey: Silicosis takes toll among textile workers

Mehmet Savasir was 24 when he learned he was dying. His treatment...

Turkey: Silicosis takes toll among textile workers

Mehmet Savasir was 24 when he learned he was dying. His treatment...

Turkey: Government Launches PR Offensive on Kurdish Question

Turkey's political leaders are taking to the road to explain their plans...

Turkey: Is Ankara Trying to Tame the Russian Bear?

There is an odd little detail at the back of a 1928...

Turkey: Female Theater Troupe Tackles Tough Social Issues

One night in late July, Arslankoy hosted Hamlet, dressed in a pink...

Turkey: IMF Talks Provide Way to Gauge Ankara's Fiscal Discipline

Turkey and the International Monetary Fund will be making a final push...

Turkey: Football Referee, Barred for Being Homosexual, Fights for Rights

Turkey's football authorities are at the center of a developing scandal, in...

Turkey: UFO Believers Seek to Shed "Quack" Status

But the images he has filmed since 2007 from the suburban Istanbul...

Turkey: UFO Believers Seek to Shed "Quack" Status

But the images he has filmed since 2007 from the suburban Istanbul...

Turkey: European Union Court Ruling Could Expand Women's Rights

A European Court of Human Rights ruling in early June could turn...

Turkey: Can Turkey's Main Secularist Party Make a Comeback?

Nationwide, the CHP only managed to get 2 percent more votes than...

Turkey: Massacre Puts Government on Defensive on Support for Paramilitaries

The May 4 massacre of a wedding party that left at least...

Turkey: Hopes Fading for a Turkish Truce with Militant Kurds

Recent attacks carried out by Kurdish militants that left 10 Turkish soldiers...

Turkey: Erdogan's AKP Party Looks to Sweep Local Elections

Turkey's Islamic-rooted governing party looks set to solidify its hold over domestic...

Turkey: Prosecutors Start Digging for Suspected Kurdish Mass Graves

Suphiye Baykura has lost count of the number of morgues and prosecutors'...

Turkey: Well-Known Actor Faces War Crimes Charges after Talk-Show Confession

A well-known actor risks being the first Turk to face war crimes...

Turkey: The Mystery Man Behind Turkey's Biggest-Ever Political Trial

As a baby-faced 28-year-old hauled in for fraud, the man sitting in...

Turkey: Government Launches Kurdish TV Channel

Late December was an especially hectic time for Nilufer Akbal. A leading...

Turkey: Ancient Pagan Temple Site Yields New Archeological Clues on Origins of Farming

It's the last day of the excavating year at Gobekli Tepe, the...

Turkey: Ancient Pagan Temple Site Yields New Archeological Clues on Origins of Farming

It's the last day of the excavating year at Gobekli Tepe, the...

Turkey: Court Ruling Represents "The End of the Beginning" of Secular-Islamist Tension

The refusal of Turkey's constitutional court to ban the governing Justice and...

Turkey: "Muslim Calvinists" in Anatolia Show How Piety Can Blend with Modernity

"Tell me where Allah is and I will give you an orange....

Turkey: Free-Speech Issue Remains a Sensitive Subject

Under ordinary circumstances, Mehmet Tursun's emotional outburst probably would have been overlooked,...

Turkey: Arrests, Court Case Reveal that Turkey is Dangerously Polarized

Simmering tension between Turkey's secular establishment and popular religious-minded government is reaching...

Turkey: Rare Fish Saved From Extinction But Fishermen's Future Still In Balance

Locals call it Bend-i Mahi, Fish River. It is an apt name....

Theologians Take Conservative Turkish Clothing Designer to Court

Two liberal theologians have taken Turkey's most famous Islamic clothes designer to...

Turkey: Examining the Nuances of the Mosque-State Debate

In early May, Olli Rehn, the European Union's enlargement commissioner, characterized the...

Oldest Temple on Earth Discovered in Turkey

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Turkey: An Islamic Radical Group Resurfaces, Striving to Embrace Peaceful Change

Huseyin Yildirim carries a heavy weight on his shoulders. While he says...

Oldest Temple On Planet Discovered Near Turkish-Syrian Border

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Archeologist: 12,000-Year-Old Temple Complex Discovery in Turkey is a "Supernova" of Data

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Oldest Temple Complex Yet Discovered is Unearthed in Near Turkish-Syrian Border

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Turkey: Newly Found Temple Complex Predates Mesopotamian Civilization by Over 5,000 Years

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

German Archeological Team Uncovers Temple Complex in Turkey Older than Stonehenge

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Turkey: Temple Complex, Mesopotamia, Stonehenge

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Turkey: Discovery of 12,000-year-old Temple Complex Could Alter Theory of Human Development

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in...

Turkmenistan: Keeping the West Hanging

Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, during a two-day visit to Turkey, didn't give...

Turkey: Headscarved Graduate Students Lead Libertarian Movement

Two Turkish headscarf-wearing graduate students, Neslihan Akbulut and Hilal Kaplan, constitute an...

Turkey: Culture Warriors Take Aim at Alcohol

As clips go, it seems pretty inoffensive: scenes of men doing Lords...

Turkey: Culture Warriors Take Aim at Alcohol

As clips go, it seems pretty inoffensive: scenes of men doing Lords...

2008: A Metalhead Odyssey in Istanbul

On February 12, the day a film in which they starred made...

Turkey: Conspiracy Investigation Revives Concern About the "Deep State"

An ongoing investigation in Turkey into a gang suspected of high-profile killings...

Turkey: Parliament Set to Mull Lifting Headscarf Ban at Public Universities

Turkey's parliament is set to begin debate on February 6 on ending...

Turkey: Freedom of Speech Again an Issue

Turkey's troubled record on freedom of expression is again in the spotlight...

Turkey: Freedom of Speech Again an Issue

Turkey's troubled record on freedom of expression is again in the spotlight...

Turkish President's Visit to Washington Heralds Upturn in Bilateral Ties

Less than three months ago, the United States and Turkey seemed poised...

Plight of Istanbul Roma Focuses Attention on Flawed Urban Renewal Plans

Their clarinetists revolutionized Roma music and their flamboyant dancers once were featured...

Turkey is Winning the Battle, but Can It Win the War?

Slenderly built, his face wrinkled from years of sun and a diet...

Turkey: European Court Delivers Landmark Religious Rights Ruling

In a landmark decision that highlights the tensions between Turkey's idiosyncratic secularism...

A Turkish Raid into Iraq Could Have Significant Economic Ramifications for Ankara

Turkey's parliament, by a 507-19 vote on October 17, authorized a military...

New Trans-Caucasus Railway Project Gets the Go-Ahead

Barely a decade ago, the city of Kars had to fight hard...

Turkey: Drought Raises Concern about a Possible Environmental Catastrophe

A shepherd since childhood, 60-year-old Kamil Gurel reckoned he knew the terrain...

Turkey: The Political Process Experiences a Quiet Revolution

There was much fanfare in early June when the governing Justice and...

Turkey: Scientists Face Off Against Creationists

Turkish secularists put an end on May 20 to the mammoth marches...

Turkey: High Court Invalidates Presidential Vote

Turkey's Constitutional Court, in a decision with potentially profound repercussions for domestic...

Turkey Grapples with Constitutional Crisis Surrounding Presidential Vote

Turkey's presidential vote was cast into disarray April 27, as opposition politicians...

Ankara Protest Opens Window on Turkey's Brewing Culture War

Draped in flags, 370,000 Turks rallied in Ankara on April 14 against...

Ankara Protest Opens Window on Turkey's Brewing Culture War

Draped in flags, 370,000 Turks rallied in Ankara on April 14 against...

Turkey: Punk Rockers Face Prison Time for Protest Song

Five Turkish punk rockers and their agent face up to 18 months...

Turkey Opens Restored Armenian Church

Abandoned since the slaughter of Anatolia's Armenians more than 90 years ago,...

Turkey’s Dissident Intellectuals Grow Accustomed to Life with Bodyguards

Waving a yellow press card usually opens doors in Turkey. It didn’t...

Will He, or Won't He: Turkey's Prime Minister Mulls Controversial Run for the Presidency

Traditionally sensitive to politics, international investors appear unaffected by growing tensions in...

Turkey Acts to Expand Caspian Basin Energy Presence

Seizing on an opportunity created by Turkmenistan's political transition, Turkey is trying...

Taming Turkish Nationalism a Challenge in Accused Killer's Hometown

The murder last week of Turkish-Armenian editor Hrant Dink continues to make...

Papal Visit Focuses Attention on Minority Rights Issues in Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI's four-day visit to Turkey, which concluded December 1, appears...