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Archive for 'Turkey'

Erdogan’s thugs attack protesters in Washington [updated]

The Washington Post reports:
A Turkish state news agency said guards for visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were involved in a violent clash with demonstrators in Northwest Washington on Tuesday in an incident that D.C. officials said left nine people injured.
Turkey’s semiofficial Anadolu news agency and similar accounts by pro-government outlets confirmed what many on social [...]

Putin’s candidate for president

Moving on to more substantive and critical matters…
Donald Trump gave an interview on foreign policy to The New York Times which ought to disturb anyone who cares about preserving NATO, defending democracy at home and abroad, and upholding human rights.
Jeffrey Goldberg writes at The Atlantic:
Fulfilling what might be [Vladimir] Putin’s dearest wish, Trump, in this [...]

Turkey’s descent

The news coming out of Turkey now is as bad as can be.  Anne Appelbaum was on The World Tonight comparing the situation to a Bolshevik purge, when Lenin would keep a list of “future enemies” to be liquidated when the time was ripe – in this case secularists and Kemalists.
In the latest developments on [...]

The dilemmas posed by the coup in Turkey

Last night’s events in Turkey provide a useful reminder as to what a coup (whether or not it’s successful) really is.
a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.
Generally one can predict how people will respond to dramatic news stories but this one has revealed some less obvious fault lines.  Dislike for Erdogan [...]

How Erdogan targets British Turks via the Turkish Consulate in London

This is a cross-post from As Turkey Sleeps.
Erdogan’s anti-democratic actions have caused much negative publicity in recent years – so much so that any positive work he did in the early part of his rule has now been totally wiped out by his autocratic behaviour.  Now when his name is mentioned only one word comes to [...]

The utter death of democracy in Turkey

Whatever thin patina of democratic freedom remained in Turkey vanished Saturday when the Erdogan regime forcibly took over the country’s largest (and opposition) newspaper Zaman and turned it into a government propaganda outlet.

The last “free” issue of Zaman was released the day before it was seized. The headline read, “Constitution suspended,” above an excerpt from [...]

Was Berat Albayrak picked as sacrificial offering in the oil trade with the ISIL?

This is a cross-post from As Turkey Sleeps.
As Italian prosecutor Manuela Cavallo’s launching an investigation into money laundering claims about Bilal Erdogan, who recently moved to the Italian city of Bologna with his family, made it into news reports, another initiative, the Russian Federation kicked off at the United Nations, has raised the possibility of [...]

Is the ‘Deep State’ using Erdogan to take revenge against its enemies?

This is a cross-post from As Turkey Sleeps.
The deep state (or state within a state) is believed to be a secret network of military officers and their civilian allies who for decades suppressed and even murdered perceived opponents of Turkey’s secular order.  It allegedly functioned as a kind of shadow government, spreading false propaganda to [...]

Erdogan’s European lobby group UETD-UK holds political conference in a British school!

This is a cross-post from As Turkey Sleeps.

It is abundantly clear to anybody following political events in Turkey over the past few years that Erdogan’s government continues to silence free speech, restrict freedom of expression and abuse the rule of law.  This has resulted in journalists being arrested, media channels being closed down and judges jailed.   The dictatorial tendencies [...]

Most encouraging headline I’ve seen in awhile

From The Washington Post:

The deciding factor in this election was the emergence of the People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, which came in fourth with 12 percent of the vote. For a political party to enter Turkey’s parliament, it has to pass a threshold of 10 percent of the total vote. The HDP did so and [...]