Monthly Archives: December 2013

Erdoğan’s battle for state control: Witch-hunt underway?

Here is my latest article for Al Jazeera: In what looks like a perfect political storm, the vessel called Turkey is now in uncharted waters, increasingly adrift. During the last ten days that shook the country – following a police … Continue reading

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Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash a Firestorm of Tranquility On West

In a 45-minute video posted on Tibetan websites Thursday, Tsuglag Rinpoche, leader of the Buddhist extremist group Kammaṭṭhāna, threatened to soon inflict a wave of peace and tranquility on the West. Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, … Continue reading

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Özarslan, Transparency International, on Turkish crisis: ‘When the media closes its eyes, the whole country goes blind’

Tenders are announced in various ways, including the website of the Public Tenders Institution. But we have no way of knowing who is given which offer and what conditions are made for certain tenders. The fees paid for objecting to … Continue reading

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Jan Erik Zürcher on the crisis: ‘AKP may break up’

Here, I share the latest – and a rare – comment by the great historian Jan Erik Zürcher on Turkey’s lrecent ordeal. Barely six months after the end of the massive “Gezi Park” protests in Istanbul prime minister Tayyip Erdoğan … Continue reading

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Analysis: Investors question Turkey’s political stability

Turkey’s government is in disarray, comments Walter Kurtz, in an analysis for BusinessInsider: It is quite common for governments, particularly in countries with an authoritarian leadership (and Turkey’s leadership has been acting in that fashion), to blame whatever the mess … Continue reading

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Ex AKP deputy: ‘Unprecedented scandal that a suspect minister remove police from its duty’

Ertuğrul Günay, who resigned from the AKP in a protest against Erdoğan’s way of dealing with the massive graft probe, said today that it was a ‘Scandal that I had never seen in my life, that a minister superior to … Continue reading

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Erdoğan pushing boundaries, threatening judiciary repeatedly

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he would prosecute Turkey’s top judicial body if he had the authority because it “committed a crime.” Today, speaking at a rally in Manisa, he said he was filing a legal complaint … Continue reading

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Two views on Erdoğan’s ordeal

Is Erdoğan in serious political trouble? Is it the end? Here are the views of two keen observers of Turkey. An excerpt from what Andrew Finkel writes in his blog for New York Times: ‘Absolute power corrupting absolutely tells only … Continue reading

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Anti corruption riots in Taksim as Erdoğan returns to Istanbul

  As reported by AP: Turkish riot police blasted opposition protesters with water cannons, tear gas and plastic bullets in İstanbul on Friday in scenes reminiscent of the summer’s mass anti-government demonstrations.  Some of the protesters threw rocks and firecrackers … Continue reading

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Three more AKP deputies resign

By making manifesto-like statements in which they harshly criticized the ruling party’s position against a sweeping corruption investigation, three deputies from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced on Friday that they were parting ways with the party, adding … Continue reading

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