Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A Donald Trump presidency would test the alliance to breaking point at a time when it faces threats across a wide range of fronts

Turkish democracy remains under threat despite Erdogan’s election setback

For the neo-Ottoman Turkish Prime Minister, the project for Gezi Park is an iconic step towards the return of a muscular Islamic state

The nominally secular Turkish state has distanced itself from its erstwhile alliance with Israel. The region is now on the brink

‘Turkey’s decision to escalate tensions with Israel is an effort to reassert itself as the leader of a neo-Ottoman Empire’

Erdogan’s Islamist party is capitalising on the disunity of its opposition — and engaging in novel approaches to buying votes — as it steamrolls to another election victory

British journalists pride themselves on their freedom to write without fear of censorship (but with due regard for good taste and our sometimes draconian libel laws). In a thoughtful posting on his blog, however, the Guardian‘s veteran political commentator Michael White wonders whether he and his fellow writers aren’t being too complacent. He starts out by examining a worrying crackdown on Turkish journalists by the country’s supposedly moderate Islamic government but broadens his argument to look at self-censorship closer to home. Read on to the end for a very honest exposure of the predictable targets that the Guardian‘s fearless writers habitually aim at, and the subjects that are traditionally taboo for them: 

Bizarre new Turkish alcohol laws implemented by the Islamist AKP government are curtailing the civil right to a good time

‘When Western journalists note in a casual aside that press freedom has experienced certain setbacks under the AKP, they are failing to do justice to the severity of this calamity and its ramifications for Turkey and the region’

Britain should support Turkey’s European ambition. Criticising Israel’s policy on Gaza is not the way to do it