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Turkey news and analysis from The Nation
October 11, 2018
Pulp Fiction in Istanbul, or, the Looming Turkey-Saudi Cold War
The disappearance, and probable brutal murder, of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Turkish soil could crater an already troubled geopolitical climate.
September 5, 2018
The Syrian War Is Still Raging, but the Battle Over Reconstruction Has Already Begun
Russia is pushing for Western funding—with little success.
August 30, 2018
Syria’s Government Is Preparing a Climactic Attack on the Last Rebel Stronghold
“People are terrified. The battle for Idlib will be soaked in blood.”
April 25, 2018
Erdogan’s Revenge and the Kurdish Dilemma
After 4,000 years of continuous habitation, there is no Kurdish presence left in Afrin.
February 8, 2018
Turkey’s New Constitutional Crisis Could End the Rule of Law
In refusing to release unjustly detained journalists, the lower courts are aiding President Erdogan’s repression.
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January 26, 2018
Showdown in Afrin: Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds Threatens That Country’s Most Democratic, Pluralist Force
The Kurds have said they will fight to the death before they give up an inch of Afrin.
January 11, 2018
Turkey’s State of Emergency
Could the Kurdish issue be the one that ultimately shakes Erdoğan’s seemingly unbreakable grip on power?
December 21, 2017
In Turkey, Repression of the Kurdish Language Is Back, With No End in Sight
Since 2015, scores of Kurdish media organizations, associations, language schools, and cultural institutions have been shut down.
November 7, 2017
Turkey Is Sliding Deeper Into Dictatorship
The arrest of noted human-rights defender Osman Kavala marks an escalation in the Erdoğan government’s ferocious campaign against all critics.
October 25, 2017
Iran’s—and Russia’s—Influence Is Growing in Iraqi Kurdistan
Baghdad’s seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk, aided by Shiite militias close to Tehran, has forced the Kurdish government to freeze its independence-referendum results.