Turkey’s dispute with Europe feeds Erdogan’s power thirst

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 18, 2017 The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte this week saw off a serious populist challenge from bleach-blonde Islamaphobe Geert Wilders, but in so doing he has unwittingly given another demagogue the leg-up he needs to achieve

Turkey’s Shock Waves Slam Middle East

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs July 30, 2016 The fascist coup of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – for that is what it is – has thrown a large boulder into the boiling, muddy waters of the Middle East. Turkey’s fellow Sunni Muslim

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cheer at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir Reporting Turkish coup crumbles, crowds answer call to streets, by Nick Tattersall and Ece Toksabay An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble

Week in Review

 New work on Facts and Opinions, and random observations from the week past: In Think, Commentary, Natural Security columnist Chris Wood writes of ecosystems as life-support systems in We’re All In This Together, a perspective that challenges the outdated biological understanding that

Analysis: Turkey’s military, Islamists, and prime minister

International affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe examines the contentious roles of the military and Islamists in the desperate quest by Turkey’s prime minister to cling to political power. Excerpt: Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has spent a decade trying to curb the political

Analysis: Political survival of Turkey’s PM at stake

International affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe examines the mess that Turkey’s Prime Minister made for himself, and which now threatens his political survival. Excerpt: Turkey’s bullish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is locked in a struggle for political survival with a United States-based Muslim