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Is Turkey moving East or leaning West? The country lies between traditionally Christian Europe and predominantly Muslim Middle East. Recently, it has been in the headlines due to its growing Islamic movement, its limbo status at the gates of the European Union and its increasingly strained relations with historical ally Israel.

Worldfocus explores the evolution of modern Turkish identity, which has experienced a tug of war between traditional religion and modern democracy. The values of moderate Islamists are challenging the country's secular nationalists. Critics have labeled the democratically-elected ruling party fundamentalist.

We examine how the country has struggled to carve out a place for historical minorities, including Kurds, Armenians and Greeks. We also follow female athletes who are pioneering places in the traditionally male-dominated sports of soccer and weightlifting.

"Turkey Between East and West" is a collection of signature videos, Q&As, an online radio show, reporter observations and blogger perspectives.

Turkey between East and West

Arab world is transfixed by Turkish soap operas

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Arab world is transfixed by Turkish soap operas

For more than six centuries, the Ottoman Empire controlled Arab lands, leaving its imprint on art, language and food. Today, Turkey is wielding influence once again in the Arab world -- not militarily, but through its soap operas.

Posted: April 22, 2009 13:23   Comments: 4
Obama avoids “genocide” label in Turkey

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Obama avoids “genocide” label in Turkey

Visiting Turkey on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama encouraged dialogue with Armenia, acknowledging the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks but stopping short of calling them "genocide." A Worldfocus contributing blogger explores Obama's goals in Turkey and the Armenia question.

Posted: April 6, 2009 09:23   Comments: 2
Controversy surrounds water forum in Turkey

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Controversy surrounds water forum in Turkey

The Fifth World Water Forum, a meeting focused on water scarcity and management issues, began this week in Istanbul, Turkey -- a country dealing with its own water crisis as the government builds a controversial dam.

Posted: March 18, 2009 11:30   Comments: 3
Countries make diplomatic efforts to end Gaza conflict

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Countries make diplomatic efforts to end Gaza conflict

Robert Pastor of American University and the Carter Center discusses diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and others to end fighting in Gaza.

Posted: January 9, 2009 16:38   Comments: 9
Protesters worldwide march for and against Gaza strikes

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Protesters worldwide march for and against Gaza strikes

The fighting in Gaza has sent thousands of protesters into streets around the world, championing both for and against Israel's military campaign and Hamas rocket attacks.

Posted: January 7, 2009 10:28   Comments: 7
Turkish immigrants cement Islam in Germany

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Turkish immigrants cement Islam in Germany

As the immigration debate heats up in Germany, mosques are popping up and Turkish immigrants are rising up through the political system.

Posted: November 17, 2008 19:25   Comments: 18
Blog censorship silences free speech around the world

Blogwatch

Blog censorship silences free speech around the world

Many countries are increasing online censorship, sparking intense debate from bloggers.

Posted: November 7, 2008 15:56   Comments: 14
Armenia celebrates and looks to the future

Blogwatch

Armenia celebrates and looks to the future

Armenia faces challenges on many fronts as it celebrates the 17th anniversary of its independence.

Posted: September 24, 2008 08:53   Comments: 0
Turkish-Armenian relations warm in the aftermath of regional conflict

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Turkish-Armenian relations warm in the aftermath of regional conflict

A Worldfocus contributing blogger examines the motivations behind the presidential meeting and the impact of the Georgia-Russia conflict on the region.

Posted: September 9, 2008 13:14   Comments: 0
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