Erdogan unveils human rights reforms, raising skepticism among advocates

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday announced an 11-point human rights action plan, pledging to fortify freedoms and legal protections after years of democratic backsliding under his government.

Diego Cupolo | Human rights | Mar 2, 2021
al-monitor Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prays after laying a wrest of lowers in front of the July 15 Monument, in Ankara, on July 15, 2020, during the July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day's events held to mark the fourth anniversary of the failed coup. - Turkey commemorates, the fourth anniversary of a coup attempt which was followed by a series of purges in the public sector. Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images.

Elusive figure of Syrian war dies with secrets in Turkey

Heysem Topalca, a fugitive whose name was implicated in some of the most controversial chapters of Ankara’s Syria policy due to his alleged role in the Turkish intelligence operations in Syria, has died, taking all his secrets to the grave.

Fehim Tastekin | | Mar 2, 2021
al-monitor

Turkish politics has entered Clubhouse

Clubhouse, an invite-only chat app, is connecting people around the world and providing a platform for muffled voices in Turkey.

Pinar Tremblay | | Mar 1, 2021
al-monitor

Turkey silent as US Khashoggi report emerges

Ankara's silence following the declassification of a US intelligence report implicating the Saudi crown prince in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing speaks to its own contradictions on the issue.

Amberin Zaman | | Mar 1, 2021
al-monitor

Turkey emerges with ‘Pyrrhic growth’ from pandemic-hit 2020

Turkey’s economy grew 1.8% last year despite the pandemic, but not without major risks and downsides, including a smaller GDP in terms of dollars.

Mustafa Sonmez | Turkish economy | Mar 1, 2021
al-monitor