Monthly Archives: April 2014

Erdoğan considers a new election system to boost the strongest party

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that the government has been working to change the electoral system to the “first-past-the-post” model, known to be a system that favors the strongest party in elections. Responding to reporters’ questions following midday prayers … Continue reading

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The Erdogan/Gul Prisoner Dilemma

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
During the Cold War, strategists often turned to game theory to explain deterrence and the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD). The United States and the Soviet…

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New directive allows construction in Turkey’s forests

A new directive published in the Official Gazette on Friday allowing commercial activity in Turkey’s forested areas has caused concern among environmentalist groups, according to Today’s Zaman.The directive allows the laying of pipelines, the construction of energy plants, warehouses, communication … Continue reading

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Erdoğan threatens judges, prosecutors in party group speech

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who claims that there are “gangs” inside the Turkish judiciary, has vowed to “purge those gangs and networks from courthouse hallways.” Today’s Zaman reports: Speaking at his Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) parliamentary group … Continue reading

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My comment, TZ: Erdoğan vs Twitter

At the moment, it is like Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vs. the rest of the world. Not really there yet but, by any account, almost. The motto is: In order to advance further, you must detect or create enemies, … Continue reading

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Turkey: Planned amendments to MİT bill too weak, commission likely to fail

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is planning to make a few minor changes to a draft law on the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and establish a parliamentary commission to monitor the activities of the intelligence agency, but … Continue reading

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Critics say Turkey no longer state with rule of law with MİT bill

A draft law that gives extraordinary powers to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is likely to deal further blows to the democratic credentials of Turkey as the law seeks to suspend the rule of law and turn the country into … Continue reading

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Turkey might export domestic political tension to diaspora

Domestic political tension caused by a sweeping graft probe may be transmitted to Turkey’s diaspora through election rallies to be held in Europe by contesters in Turkey’s upcoming presidential race, analysts fear. “In times of elections, people from Turkey who … Continue reading

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TZ: ‘Over 100 AK Party affiliated judges appointed to high criminal courts’

More than 100 judges who previously served within the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) have been appointed to positions in high criminal courts, Today’s Zaman has learned. The appointments were made following the adoption of a law proposed by … Continue reading

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Rift deepens between Turkish gov’t, top court with Erdoğan’s heavy criticism

A deepening conflict between the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and the Constitutional Court took on a new dimension on Saturday, when the prime minister directed harsh criticism at the court’s judges over some of their recent rulings … Continue reading

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