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Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2015

Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against the Kurdish PKK militia. By doing so, he has shown that he is willing to derail the peace process in his country for the sake of clinging to power. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, leading Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas calls for a cease-fire between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Interview Conducted By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Hope for Democracy: A Personal View of the Turkish Elections

Hope for Democracy: A Personal View of the Turkish Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2015

Growing up, I was never particularly interested in Turkish politics. But Gezi Park changed my view of the country of my forefathers. Last Sunday's election made me proud. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Challenger: The Man Who Could Save Turkish Democracy

Erdogan's Challenger: The Man Who Could Save Turkish Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2015

If the governing party of Turkish President Recep Erdogan wins the June elections, it will likely amend the constitution to solidify his power. Selahattin Demirtas may be the only man who can stop him. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

One Hundred Years of Silence: Turks Slowly Take Stock of Armenian Genocide

One Hundred Years of Silence: Turks Slowly Take Stock of Armenian Genocide

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2015

Officially, discussion of the Armenian genocide is taboo in Turkey, even 100 years after the crimes. But the issue is becoming harder for the country to suppress and many Turks are rediscovering their long-lost Armenian identities. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

The Tofeq family has been at war almost constantly since the late 1950s, with grandfather Khorshid, his son Dedewan and his grandson Zyran all having become Peshmerga fighters. All three generations are now battling a new enemy: Islamic State. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

Bound for Syria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

Bound for Syria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

Young Kurds from Germany are joining PKK's fight against Islamic State in Syria. Security officials are concerned that tensions between Salafists and Kurds in Germany could rise once they return home. By Jörg Diehl and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

The terrorist group PKK represents the West's last hope in the fight against Islamic State. Their lonely resistance to the advancing jihadists will result in lasting changes to the region. Some developments are already well advanced. By Ralf Hoppe, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2014

How does Islamic State think? How do its followers see the world? SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey to hear about the extremist group's vision for the future. Interview Conducted by Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2014

For weeks now, the world has grown worried as Islamic State jihadists have tried to take the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria. As the US has stepped up airstrikes, Turkey's actions have revealed that it is pursuing its own contradictory political agenda. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]



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