Civil Society

New draft law seeks to paralyze Turkish civil society

Groups across the ideological spectrum say the law, aimed at keeping Turkey from being blacklisted by the international money laundering watchdog, includes articles that will severely hamper their work.

Amberin Zaman | Civil Society | Dec 23, 2020
al-monitor Representatives from Amnesty International and other nongovernmental organizations attend a press conference on Feb. 27, 2019, to condemn attacks on civil society groups in Turkey after the indictment of imprisoned philanthropist Osman Kavala. Kavala's next hearing is Feb. 5, 2021. Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images.

Death toll mounts as Iraqi Kurdish protests continue

The unrest in Iraq's northern Sulaimaniyah province has left at least nine people dead.

Al-Monitor Staff | Civil Society | Dec 10, 2020

US unveils new round of Iran sanctions, Pompeo pledges more to come

Targets in the latest round of sanctions include an Iranian charitable organization and Iran's intelligence minister.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran-US tensions | Nov 18, 2020

Miracle rescues in Izmir provide Turks hope following earthquake

A second 3-year-old girl is saved from the rubble, bringing optimism to Izmir even as the number of deaths rise from the 7.0-magnitude quake.

Nazlan Ertan | Civil Society | Nov 4, 2020

Iraqi cleric pushes for elections, new social contract, in support of prime minister

Iraqi cleric Ammar al-Hakim, the head of Iraqioun parliamentary bloc and Hikma movement, is seeking to chart a nonsectarian alternative to the existing political structure.

Ali Mamouri | Institution building | Oct 16, 2020