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Yigal Schleifer

Turkey: Ankara Preparing for Syria Military Action?

As the battle against the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq...

Human Rights Watch Warns About Turkey's "Authoritarian Drift"

Critics of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) government have for years...

Turkey: Despite Hostages' Release, Ankara's ISIS Crisis Continues

The release a few days ago of the group of 49 Turks...

Turkish Food Exporters Still Eyeing Russian Market

As previously reported on this blog, with Moscow blocking imports of food...

Turkey: Pistachio Power?

The little pistachio may be best known as the main ingredient in...

Moscow's Food Blockade Starting to Hurt EU

Russia's embargo on foodstuffs coming from several western and European countries may mean...

Turkey: ISIS Recruiting in Turkish Cities?

By now, it's a well-established fact that foreign fighters looking to join...

Turkey: Concerns Over Sharp Decline in Internet Freedom

As part of the effort to boost its image and role on...

For Some Israelis, "Turkish Coffee" Leaves a Bitter Taste

In Israel, coffee served with sludgy grounds at the bottom of the...

Turkey: Sizing Up Ankara's Connection to ISIS

With the power of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS,...

Turkey to Boost Food Exports to Russia (and Greece Objects)

While European and North American food producers might be worried about the...

Turkey: After Presidential Win, How Will Erdogan Reshape the Political Order?

It says something about Recep Tayyip Erdogan's political audacity and his Justice...

Turkey: What Would an Erdogan Presidency's Foreign Policy Look Like?

With the battle against the militants of the Islamic State (IS) heating...

An Iconic Istanbul Dairy Shop Faces Eviction Threat

Kaymak, the beguiling Turkish version of clotted cream, seems to have a...

Turkey: What Sunday's Presidential Election Means for Turkish Democracy

Late last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in...

Russian-Ukrainian Food Fight Heats Up, Going Regional

With Russia and Ukraine facing off over the fate of the small...

Cyprus's Cheese Battle Rages On

Salty and rubbery, halloumi -- the national cheese of Cyprus -- hardly...

Turkey: With Gaza Crisis, Ankara Tries to Rebuild Regional Role

The last few years have seen Ankara's regional role in the Middle...

Turkey: A Wine Route Grows in Thrace

Perhaps the most prominent recent trend in Turkish winemaking is producers complaining...

Turkey: Syrian Refugees Facing Growing Backlash?

In a blog post in May, I described the "urbanization" of Turkey's...

Turkey: Erdogan Unveils Preordained Presidential Candidacy

As he had long suggested he would do, Turkish Prime Minister Recep...

Turkey: The Opposition's Intriguing Presidential Candidate Choice

On August 10 Turks will for the first time have the opportunity...

On the Range with the Last of Istanbul's Water Buffalo Milkmen

Fehmi Ozsut is a true Istanbul original....

Turkey: Iraq Crisis Impacts Ankara's Kurdish Policies

Turkey's recent approach to regional Kurdish issues has been highly contradictory....

Turkey: ISIS Advance in Iraq Creates New Troubles for Ankara

The rapid advance by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and...

Turkey: Amnesty Researcher Discusses New Gezi Report

Last October Amnesty International released a report looking at the summer's Gezi...

Turkey's Internal Political Tensions Again Play Out in Washington

The annual Washington conference of the American-Turkish Council (ATC), perhaps the best-known...

Turkey: Liquor Store Signs to Go Dark

When the Turkish parliament passed last year strict new regulations on where...

Turkey: A Year Later, Gezi Park Protests Still Reverberating

It goes without saying that the Gezi Park protests, which started a...

Ukraine: Political Crisis Impacting Output of "Europe's Breadbasket"

Thanks to the rich soil of its steppes, Ukraine has long been...

Turkey: The Irritable Mr. Erdogan

Turks are used to seeing their mercurial Prime Minister make a scene...

Turkey: Mine Tragedy Shines Light on Workplace Safety Concerns

Yesterday's tragic mining accident in western Turkey, which left at least 245...

Turkey: The "Urbanization" of the Syrian Refugee Crisis Poses Challenges for Ankara

The recent news that a Syrian woman in Istanbul was arrested for...

A Further Look at How the Ukraine Crisis is Testing Turkey-Russia Ties

As noted in a  recent post on this blog, Russia's moves regarding...

Turkey: Q&A with Freedom House's Press Freedom Report Project Director

For those who follow Turkey closely, that Freedom House moved the country...

Turkey: Assessing the Syrian Quagmire and its Costs for Ankara

Like the rest of Syria's neighbors, Turkey has found itself dealing with...

Turkey: Ban Lifted, But Trials Continue for Twitter and Its Users

Although Turkey's short-lived ban on Twitter is now over, that doesn't mean...

Turkey: Looking Ahead to 2015, Ankara Tries New Tack on the Events of 1915

The annual April 24 commemoration of the Ottoman-era mass killing of Armenians...

A Uyghur Food Truck to Hit the Streets of Boston

[UPDATE: As of April 28, Boston's Uyghur food truck is officially in...

Ukraine: The "Chocolate War" with Russia Opens Up a Dairy Front

Although the rules of conflict forbid the targeting of civilians, that hasn't...

Turkey: Touring Istanbul's Megaprojects

"Alternative" tourism is all the rage these days. Rio has its favela...

Turkey: Makers of Booze Singing Financial Blues

When Turkey's parliament last summer passed a new law that curtailed when...

Turkey: After Election Win, What's Next for Erdogan?

By now, Turks have grown accustomed to being cast in the role...

Turkey: "Mesopotamian Truffle" Season is Here

Keme, aka the "Mesopotamian Truffle," is a vaguely potato-like fungi that grows this...

Turkey: Local Elections Yield Contested Results and Little Resolution

Sunday's local elections in Turkey might have yielded results, but they offered...

Turkey: As Ruling Party Loses Way, Can the Opposition Find Its Path Back to Political Relevance?

Turkey watchers in Washington were afforded a rare sighting a few months...

Turkey: Another Day of Bombshell Leaks and Bans

Turkish politics have entered a surreal vortex where every day produces evermore...

Turkey: Even Before Votes Cast, Sunday's Local Elections Already Tainted

Despite its citizens going to the polls in the wake of military...

With Porous Twitter Ban, Turkey Joins an Unsavory Club

What does Turkey have in common with Iran, North Korea, China and...

Turkey: The Erdogan-Gulen Fight, Now Playing in Washington

Ever since Turkish Airlines introduced a few years back direct flights from...

Turkey: Bread Becomes Symbol of Protest After Boy's Death

As described in a Turko-File blog post yesterday, the Tuesday death of...

Turkey: Death of 15-Year-Old Boy Revives Gezi Protest Movement

A massive police crackdown may have put an end to the occupation...

Azerbaijan: Grape Expectations for Local Wine's Global Potential

With its newfound oil and gas riches, Azerbaijan has been able to...

Turkey: Ankara's Crimea Conundrum

As the images distributed the other day by the Turkish press of Russian...

Turkey: Government Now Claims Trials That Helped it Consolidate Power Were a Sham

The massive Ergenekon and Balyoz trials, which helped send a large number...

Turkey: Country's Rampant Wire Tapping Reaches Erdogan

The release of a recording of what sounds like Turkish Prime Minister...

Cruising Istanbul's Mean Streets with the City's Roving Sahlep Vendors

Sahlep, a hot, milky drink made from the powdered root of a...

Turkey: A Conspiratorial State of Mind

As Eurasianet's Dorian Jones pointed out in a recent article, in response...

Making Italian Wine with a Georgian Accent

Carlo Catani, an activist with the Slow Food movement, was at a...

White House Gets a Little Tough on Turkey, Urged to Get Tougher

Back in 2011, during the height of what was then still optimistically...

Turkey: Government Tightens Control Over Judiciary

Back in the summer of 2010, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party...

Sochi's Food Russian or Georgian? Let the Games Begin!

Along with covering figure skating, luge and skiing, the Sochi winter games...

Turkey: Will Erdogan Sink Reconciliation Process with Israel?

These days, the words related to Middle East diplomacy that probably inspire...

Why Turkey's Waters Are Losing Their Fish

By now, it's not secret that Turkey -- although blessed with a...

Turkey: What's Behind Government's Troubling Proposed Internet Law ?

Over the last decade, the Turkish government has instituted a series of...

Turkey: Ankara Offering Something Rotten to its Diplomatic Corps

Since becoming foreign minister in 2009, Ahmet Davutoglu has used the annual...

Reading Between the Buns: Tehran's Burger Boom

With all the attention focused on the negotiations over Iran's controversial nuclear...

Turkey: With Mainstream Media Muzzled, Alternative Outlets Plug Gaps

After working as a respected journalist for 25 years in numerous capacities,...

Turkey: State Institutions Fall Victim to Fallout from Graft Probe

Thanks to the continuing domestic strife created by the massive ongoing graft...

More on Yerevan's Tale of the Smoked Crocodile

Yerevan-based Marianna Grigoryan finished 2013 off with what might be Eurasianet's wildest...

Turkey: With Graft Scandal, Erdogan's Very Bad Year Gets Even Worse

Without a doubt, 2013 will be a year Turkey’s powerful leader, Recep...

Turkey: Antep Baklava Now Both Protected and Threatened

Turkey's European Union membership bid may be permanently stalled, but things have...

In Eastern Turkey's Yogurtlands

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the area around eastern...

Georgia's "Underground" Wine Tradition Gets UNESCO Protection

What does kvevri, the Georgian method of making wine inside large clay...

Turkey: Ankara Testing Out "Zero Problems With Neighbors" 2.0

Well-meaning and with lofty goals, Turkey's "zero problems with neighbors" foreign policy...

Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Considering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gotten involved in telling...

Turkey: What's Next for Government's Tunnel Vision?

For its 90th birthday, the Turkish state Tuesday gave itself and its citizens...

Death of Doner Kebab "Inventor" Stirs Debate

Fast food entrepreneur Kadir Nurman recently died in Germany, leaving this world...

Turkey: The "Erdogan Effect" Hits Ankara's Balkans Diplomacy

While Turkey's foreign policy in the Middle East has faltered over the...

Turkey: What to Make of Culinary Neo-Ottomanism?

One of the culinary trends to take hold in Istanbul over the...

Turkey: Four Years Later, Normalization Accords with Armenia Still Dead

When they were signed in Switzerland in October of 2009, the normalization...

Turkey: Making the Case for a "Slow Fish" Movement

Unlike other things, when it comes to fish, size does matter....

Turkey: Policy Group Suggests Way Forward on Kurdish Reform

Turkey may be involved in a peace process with its Kurds, but...

Turkey: Amnesty International Researcher On the Watchdog's New Gezi Protests Report

In a comprehensive report released today, Amnesty International takes a look at...

Turkey: Ankara's New Democratization Package Gets Mixed Reviews

For months now, Turkish officials had been promising they would soon unveil...

Turkey: A Kurdish Beer's Struggle to Enter the Local Market

The Wall Street Journal has a great story about the travails of...

Turkey: Going One-on-One With the Cheesemakers of Kars

Food writer and blogger Katie Parla certainly leads an enviable life, splitting...

Photographing Grandma's Cooking Hands

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti has been traveling around the world in the...

Turkey: Photographing the Grill Masters of Gaziantep

Photographer Dave Hagerman is the picture-taking half of the visually-arresting and wonderfully-written...

Georgia: Lifting of Russian Wine Embargo to Have Limited Economic Impact?

While the recent lifting of the Russian embargo on Georgian wine was...

Turkey: "Alcohol Not Your Friend," Ankara to Tell Citizenry

Thanks to sweeping new alcohol regulations passed by their parliament a few...

Turkey: Relations with Egypt Go from Bad to Bizarre

As discussed in a previous post, Turkey's vocal criticism of the recent...

Turkey: Ergenekon Case Ends with Heavy Sentences and Big Questions Unanswered

After a lengthy five-year trial, a Turkish court today delivered its verdict...

Turkey’s Complex Egypt Problem (and Problematic Egypt Complex)

In the early days of the 2011 Tahrir revolution in Egypt, a...

Can Georgian Wine & Produce Be Considered Bio Weapons?

Georgian wine and produce may again be appearing in Russian stores after...

Turkey: Destruction of Historic Istanbul Vegetable Gardens Continues

The other day I wrote about the latest disturbing urban development in...

Turkey: Istanbul's Historic Lettuce Fields Fall Victim to Urbanization

Istanbul’s Yedikule gardens present something of an incongruous sight: good-sized agricultural fields...

Turkey: “Kneejerk Anti-Westernism” Could Complicate Ankara’s Foreign Policy

While much of the attention in the wake of the crackdown on...

Turkey: New Law Bottles Up Turkish Wine's Revival

Turkey's recently passed alcohol law, which limits advertising on booze and the...