Turkey http://kgou.org en World Views: March 28, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-28-2014 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise explains why Russia's ouster from the Group of Eight industrialized nations is mostly symbolic with little consequence, and Joshua Landis discusses the implications of the murder convictions of more than 500 supporters of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.</p><p>Later,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a conversation with political scientist <a href="http://www.rethinkinstitute.org/dr-fevzi-bilgin/">Fevzi Bilgin</a> about allegations against Turkey’s prime minister, and political instability ahead of Sunday's local elections.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:05:40 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 26144 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 28, 2014 Corruption Allegations In Turkey Make Sunday’s Local Elections Even More Important http://kgou.org/post/corruption-allegations-turkey-make-sunday-s-local-elections-even-more-important <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Turkey’s main opposition party recalled parliament this week for an extraordinary session to discuss allegations of corruption against four former ministers that have damaged Prime Minister </span>Recep<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tayyip<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Erdoğan’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> government ahead of Sunday’s local elections.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.rethinkinstitute.org/dr-fevzi-bilgin/">Fevzi Bilgin</a> is the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based <a href="http://www.rethinkinstitute.org/">Rethink Institute</a>, and an expert on his home country’s politics. He says the allegations involve billions of dollars in money laundering through international businessmen, and government officials receiving kickbacks from those operations.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 26014 at http://kgou.org Corruption Allegations In Turkey Make Sunday’s Local Elections Even More Important World Views: November 15, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-november-15-2013 <p></p><p>A little over a week ago, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, leaving thousands dead and devastating the city of Tacloban. Suzette Grillot also talks with Joshua Landis about a so-called "wild card" in Syria's civil war - private funding by wealthy donors.</p><p>Later, <a href="http://www.wola.org/people/adriana_beltran">A</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.wola.org/people/adriana_beltran">driana Beltrán</a>&nbsp;from the Washington Office on Latin America joins Suzette Grillot to discuss how clandestine criminal organizations infiltrate Guatemala’s judicial system.</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 17261 at http://kgou.org World Views: November 15, 2013 How The Typhoon In The Philippines Could Be A Diplomatic Teaching Moment http://kgou.org/post/how-typhoon-philippines-could-be-diplomatic-teaching-moment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands have died, and millions more have been affected by Typhoon </span>Haiyan’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> landfall in the Philippines earlier this month, and significant aid has poured in from the United States, Australia and Japan.</span></p><p>But <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/world/asia/chinese-aid-to-philippines.html?_r=0">paltry support for the Philippines from its neighbor China </a>could negatively affect that country’s image on the diplomatic stage.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:43:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 17186 at http://kgou.org How The Typhoon In The Philippines Could Be A Diplomatic Teaching Moment World Views: June 7, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-june-7-2013 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Suzette Grillot continues to host the program from Istanbul. A week since protests broke out across Turkey, she and Joshua Landis discuss where things stand in the normally peaceful and stable country.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">On Friday June 14 Iranians head to the polls to elect a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/tehran-bureau" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">The Tehran Bureau&nbsp;</a></em>founder and editor<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</em><a href="https://twitter.com/golnoushn" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Kelly </a><a href="https://twitter.com/golnoushn" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Niknejad</a>joins&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">World Views&nbsp;</em>for a look at the elections, and a conversation about Western journalism in the Islamic Republic.</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:59:33 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 7456 at http://kgou.org World Views: June 7, 2013 What You Need To Know About The Protests Sweeping Across Turkey http://kgou.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-protests-sweeping-across-turkey <p></p><p>Tens of thousands of Turks have joined anti-government protests expressing discontent with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s 10-year rule.</p><p><a href="http://joshualandis.com/">Joshua Landis</a>, the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, says the protests started over green space in the middle of Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Developers, with the backing of Erdoğan, want to build a large shopping mall.</p><p>“Very quickly political parties and the opposition parties joined in,” Landis says. “But much more than that, lots of middle-class people and particularly young students began to crowd into the squares.”</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:14:51 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 7267 at http://kgou.org What You Need To Know About The Protests Sweeping Across Turkey VIDEO: Oklahomans With First-Hand Accounts Of Protests In Turkey http://kgou.org/post/video-oklahomans-first-hand-accounts-protests-turkey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday marked the fourth day that riot police used tear gas in Istanbul and Ankara against protesters.</span></p><p>Demonstrations started Friday over plans to rip out trees and redevelop an area of Taksim Square in Istanbul, but quickly spread as urban, secular Turks vented frustration that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an authoritarian figure who wants to force his religious outlook on them.</p><p>KGOU's&nbsp;<em>World Views&nbsp;</em>host Suzette&nbsp;Grillot&nbsp;is in Ankara leading the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies "Journey to Turkey" program.</p><p>"We are half-a-mile away from the protests in Ankara – we can hear them from our hotel,” Grillot says. &nbsp;“But interestingly, life continues as usual outside the protest areas with people shopping and eating at outdoor cafes with little interest in what is happening."</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:36:26 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 7145 at http://kgou.org VIDEO: Oklahomans With First-Hand Accounts Of Protests In Turkey In Turkey, Protesters Say Prime Minister Has Gone Too Far http://kgou.org/post/turkey-protesters-say-prime-minister-has-gone-too-far After more violence overnight, protesters and police clashed again in Istanbul on Monday. <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22753418" target="_blank">As the BBC writes</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Police used tear gas to stop a group of demonstrators marching on the prime minister's office in Istanbul, the private Dogan news agency reports."<p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/02/188033451/protesters-in-turkey-vow-more-demonstrations" target="_blank">protests began Friday</a> and have spread to Ankara and other cities. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:06:55 +0000 Mark Memmott 7126 at http://kgou.org In Turkey, Protesters Say Prime Minister Has Gone Too Far World Views: May 31, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-31-2013 <p></p><p>Suzette Grillot reports from Antalya, Turkey, where she speaks with Middle East expert Joshua Landis about Turkey’s booming economy and domestic anxieties.</p><p><a href="http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/press-release/appointment-of-new-surveyor-of-the-queens-pictures-the-royal-collection" style="line-height: 1.5;">Desmond Shawe-Taylor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/dam/fjjma/ShawTaylorAndCocks/Anna%20Somers%20Cocks-w.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">Anna Somers Cocks</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> join the program to discuss art appreciation in the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">21</span><sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century. Shawe-Taylor is the Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, overseeing nearly 7,000 oil paintings and 3,000 miniatures from the </span><a href="http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/" style="line-height: 1.5;">British Royal Collection</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/dam/fjjma/ShawTaylorAndCocks/Anna%20Somers%20Cocks-w.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">Somers Cocks</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the founding editor and CEO of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.theartnewspaper.com/">The Art Newspaper</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 6999 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 31, 2013 How Turkey Became The Nicest House In A Rough Neighborhood http://kgou.org/post/how-turkey-became-nicest-house-rough-neighborhood <p></p><p>Over the last decade, Turkey has averaged at least five percent growth of gross domestic product per year with a per capita income now more than $17,000, according to the country’s Ministry of Finance.</p><p>Those numbers are only expected to rise, even as a revolution continues to boil over next door in Syria, Iran faces severe economic sanctions, and economies in Greece and Cyprus melt down.</p><p>Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says after Turkey’s attempt to join the European Union failed, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan forged a new path, facing neither East nor West.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 16:52:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 6923 at http://kgou.org How Turkey Became The Nicest House In A Rough Neighborhood