July 18, 2008 |
Turkey's political crisis has taken a turn for the worse. The chief prosecutor, who has accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of anti-secular statements and actions, has presented his argument to the Constitutional Court. The court is expected soon to bar Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from politics and disband his party. The only result this struggle can produce is political instability in an important U.S. ally. Yet the U.S. government has been curiously quiet about this assault on Turkey's democracy.
February 5, 2012 |
M any in Washington have been debating whether Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) could be a model for the Arab Spring , as our neighbors in the Middle East aspire to get rid of totalitarian regimes and become true democracies. But the reality in Turkey makes clear that the AKP model does not hold. On Nov. 9 I visited the Silivri prison where hundreds of journalists , publishers, military officers, academics and politicians are being held.
November 15, 2011 |
No matter where our family chooses to celebrate Thanksgiving, I look forward to being transported to Hawaii. That's because we prepare our turkey island-style. It looks and tastes nothing like the bland stuff that the Pilgrims might or might not have eaten. The flavor reminds me of a beachside luau: salty, smoky and dripping with juices. The meat is shredded like pulled barbecued pork or chicken. We call it kalua (kah-LOO-ah), which means "made in the earth," or, more literally, the hole.
November 23, 2009
RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN has been the protagonist of an epic liberalization of politics in Turkey. The victory of his mildly Islamist AK Party in a 2002 general election was itself a breakthrough; even more so was his government's defeat of repeated attempts by the military and courts to remove it from power. Mr. Erdogan is pushing through historic reforms of Turkey's treatment of its Kurdish minority and recently took a major step toward opening the country's border with Armenia. Yet, as his tenure lengthens, it is becoming evident that...
June 16, 2008
Turkey stunned the Czech Republic with three goals in the final 15 minutes, including two in three minutes, for a 3-2 victory yesterday that lifted the Turks into the European Championship quarterfinals. The Czechs were in control 2-0 on goals by Jan Koller and Jaroslav Plasil before Turkey staged its comeback in the rain in Geneva, Switzerland. Arda Turan scored in the 75th minute, Nihat Kahveci tied it off a mistake by goalkeeper Petr Cech, and Kahveci won it in the 89th with a sharp shot off the crossbar and into the net. · SWITZERLAND...
November 25, 2009
Road races intended to work off those holiday calories are popular this time of year, but this, the largest race overall in Montgomery County, is the only one on Thanksgiving morning to truly welcome runners of all ages. Practiced runners can take on the 10K; exercisers who favor community spirit over competition are ideal for the two-mile walk-run; and kids 8 and younger -- even toddlers just learning to walk -- get to chase the turkey in the 50-meter tot trot. Thursday. 10K begins at 8:30 a.m.; two-miler at 8:50 a.m.; tot trot at 9:45 a.m. YMCA...