Post Tagged with: "turkey"

Confronting Homeland Security’s ‘SSSS’ Watch List

Confronting Homeland Security’s ‘SSSS’ Watch List

May 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 05/21/15 By Michael Shank It’s official. The Department of Homeland Security has placed me on a travel watch list. Every time I travel abroad, I now have “SSSS”, which stands for Secondary Security Screen Selection, on my boarding documents. That means I get an extra rigorous full-body screening, […]

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Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

April 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 4/17/15 By Michael Shank As Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan made his rounds recently in the Middle East, talking with Iran about ending sectarianism in the region, and with Egypt about freeing political prisoners, he would’ve done well to start at home. There’s much to do, and Erdogan […]

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How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

March 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/12/15 By Michael Shank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent attack on the West for “hate speech” and misattributing terrorism during the Paris attacks is ironic. Erdogan is erroneously doing both already: labeling the Gulen movement a terrorist organization and using hate speech to characterize it. In fact, […]

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Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

February 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

FOX NEWS 02/01/14 By Michael Shank From a political perspective, defending Turkey’s blend of political Islam and neoliberal economic policies was not terribly difficult a decade ago. After all, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan helped build the 17th largest economy in the world and what would be the sixth largest […]

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Academic Freedom in Turkey Under Seige

Academic Freedom in Turkey Under Seige

December 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

HUFFINGTON POST 12/10/13 By Michael Shank It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can’t get a break. They were first targeted in America, via discrimination aimed at the Turkish American community centered […]

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Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

December 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/02/13 By Michael Shank It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can’t get a break. They were first targeted in America, via discrimination aimed at the Turkish […]

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To Stop Al-Shabab, Help Somali People

To Stop Al-Shabab, Help Somali People

September 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

USA TODAY 9/23/13 By Michael Shank Focus on African security missing development needs. Last month, at the beginning of a trip to Somalia, my twitter feed started buzzing with breaking news about explosions in Mogadishu. A local rebel group, al-Shabab, claimed credit. Their tactic was fairly unsophisticated: break the Ramadan […]

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Syria Needs Real Help, Not American Bombs

Syria Needs Real Help, Not American Bombs

August 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/27/13 By Michael Shank If the United States was genuinely interested in preventing an escalation of violent conflict in Syria, we would impatiently pursue all preventive mechanisms available to us – from international law to international diplomacy to international weapons inspection – before adding more […]

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When Washington Welcomes A Nonviolent Muslim

When Washington Welcomes A Nonviolent Muslim

June 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

POLITICO 06/02/12 By Michael Shank CBS News “60 Minutes” recently produced a show about Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, spurred by concern about the so-called Hizmet movement’s alleged connection to a growing network of high performing and nationally ranked charter schools in the US.  These schools rank in Newsweek’s top […]

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White House, Congress Choosing Wrong Path on Iran

White House, Congress Choosing Wrong Path on Iran

May 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

ROLL CALL 05/23/12 By Michael Shank Recent Istanbul negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 and this week’s Baghdad negotiations have tempered, albeit temporarily, the cry for war. It was close under President George W. Bush, who rallied regime-changers to invade, but it is worse now. The Pentagon publicly prepares plans, […]

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