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Turkey: Opposition Prepares Army of Monitors for Sunday’s Election

Turkey’s ruling and opposition parties have launched the final stretch of this year’s presidential campaign, with elections scheduled for Sunday, amid widespread concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will cruise to an easy win through irregular voting situations and possible election fraud.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on April 16, 2017, after the results of a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Erdogan on April 16, 2017 hailed Turkey for making a 'historic decision' as he …

Turkish Opposition Candidates Defy Erdogan: ‘Our Choice Is the West’

The major opposition candidates in Turkey’s presidential election, scheduled for June 24, have launched campaigns against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and have strategically avoided targeting each other, instead spending much of the week condemning Erdogan’s moves towards an Islamist dictatorship.

Five scenarios for Turkey's finely-balanced polls

Jailed Kurdish Candidate in Turkey Threatens Erdogan’s Power

Presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) gave a remarkable campaign speech to Turkish voters on Sunday. His supporters say Demirtas is the only real challenger to incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even though Demirtas is running with a rather large handicap: he is in jail.

Turkish pro-Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas has spent more than a year behind bars

Turkish Parliament Passes Controversial Voting Law, Brawl Ensues

A fistfight erupted on the floor of the Turkish parliament on Tuesday following the passage of a controversial election law, which critics denounced as a means for the ruling party to rig elections and make effective political opposition all but impossible.

Istanbul (CNN) — Lawmakers in Turkey brawled during a debate over constitutional amendments that would expand presidential powers, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Turkish Parliament Brawls Again over Arrests of Pro-Kurdish Deputies

A debate over the arrests of dozens of legislators representing the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) triggered another fist-fight in the Turkish parliament this week, where the atmosphere has become increasingly volatile between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and minority members.

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Turkish President Erdogan: ‘I Don’t Care if They Call Me a Dictator’

“I don’t care if they call me a dictator or whatever else,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a defiant speech this Sunday, objecting to those who have called the mass arrests of opposition legislators an alarming challenge to the nation’s democratic institutions.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he addresses the media before leaving for Turkmenistan at Esenboga Airport in Ankara August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Erdogan Keeps His Promise to Arrest Leaders of Pro-Kurdish, Pro-Christian Party

After repeatedly accusing its members of being “supported by a terrorist organization” and “backing suicide bombers,” the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally arrested the senior leadership of the Kurd-friendly People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in a midnight raid.

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Erdogan: A Childless Working Woman Is ‘Deficient,’ ‘Half a Person’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is continuing his campaign to promote Muslim procreation, criticizing a woman who has not had children as “half a person,” “deficient,” and “lacking” because she is denying the role Allah has determined for her as a housewife and mother.

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Kurdish Opposition Leader: Turkey’s Erdogan ‘Wants a Caliphate’

On Tuesday, Germany’s Der Spiegel published a lengthy interview with Selahattin Demirtas, leader of the Kurd-aligned HDP Party of Turkey. Demirtas leveled some serious allegations against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the Kurds stood in the way of Erdogan’s creating an Islamic State-style (ISIS/ISIL) “Caliphate” of his own, and warning that Erdogan’s war against the Kurds could make the already-fearsome refugee crisis in Europe even worse.

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Turkey’s Southeast Ravaged as Turks and Kurdish Separatists Fight On

Hurriyet Daily News offers a remarkable tour of the urban battlefield between Turkey and the PKK, as Turkish tanks and infantry roll through the ruins of the southeastern city of Cizre, a majority-Kurdish city that has long been at the center of the conflict between Kurdish separatists and the Turkish government.

Relative cry after a woman died at her home when a mortar hit it during a clashes at Sur district in Diyarbakir, on January 3, 2016. Tensions are running high throughout Turkey's restive southeast as security forces impose curfews in several towns including Cizre in a bid to root out …