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Trouble in Turkey
Trouble in Turkey
The Fallout of the Failed Coup

The attempted putsch and the purge that followed will leave Turkey weaker for years to come.

Trouble in Turkey
Erdogan: Israel Worse Than Hitler

The Turkish PM had extraordinarily ugly words for Israel, as riots nearly overran the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Turkish-Israeli relations are definitely back on the rocks.

Trouble in Turkey
Conspiracies Galore Threaten Erdogan’s Rule

A new recording purports to show Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan telling his son to hide millions of dollars stashed in his house. A host of conspiracy theories and scandals is now circling the PM, who is responding with wild theories of his own.

Trouble in Turkey
Lira Hits All-Time Low

The Turkish lira took a tumble on Friday, hitting an all-time low against the dollar amidst rising concerns about the latest political turmoil to hit Erdoğan’s government. Turkey is losing its margin for error. The politics and the economics are both going wrong in a country that not all that long ago was seen as a model for the Middle East.

Trouble in Turkey
Islamist Split Latest Threat To Erdoğan

The Economist calls it “one of the most audacious challenges ever to the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish prime minister.” In a police operation, a mayor, a construction typhoon, and the sons of three of Erdoğan’s cabinet ministers were arrested as part of a corruption probe. The juicy details were leaked to the press: “$4.5 million in cash packed in shoe boxes found in the home of the chief executive of a state-run bank; a money-counting machine and piles of bank notes discovered in the bedroom of a government minister’s son.”

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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