Stories written by Hilmi Toros

Q&A: Glass Half-full 15 Years After ICPD – Part 2

Fifteen years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the glass is half full, according to Purnima Mane, deputy executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). And not much better for the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) after 30 years.

EUROPE: The Czar Makes Up With the Sultan

Once the worst of enemies, involved in 12 wars in three centuries, Turkey and Russia have suddenly become the best of friends, forging strong bonds that could be a counterpoint to the European Union if it freezes Turkey out of full membership.

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Q&A: Women’s Special Water Needs Find Voice

Climate change and corrupt practices are considered root causes for a potential water crisis of global proportions, leading to scarcity where water is needed most and flooding where it is needed the least.

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Q&A: Climate Change Will Hit Water First

Whether through drought, floods, melting of ice or a rise in sea level, water will be the first to feel the effects of climate change, says Dr. Mark Smith, who heads the water programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's largest environmental network.

TURKEY: Long Friendship with Israel in Peril

For decades, isolated Israel could count on Turkey as its only Muslim friend, if not ally, in the tumultuous Middle East. After Israel's assault on Gaza, that friendship is in doubt.

TURKEY: ‘Plots’ Not Very European

In widespread sweeps, dozens of prominent personalities have been detained in Turkey - among them retired generals, active officers, academics and journalists - on suspicion of attempting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government.