Monthly Archives: July 2014

Erdoğan admits arrest operation against police officers carried out on his instructions

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted on Tuesday that an operation staged on July 22 against dozens of high-ranking police officials who had carried out the Dec. 17 bribery and corruption operation was done upon his instructions. Speaking on a … Continue reading

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Turkey: Police officials who carried out graft operation detained in raids

As many as 100 high-ranking members of the police force were detained in a large-scale operation which began late Monday night/early Tuesday morning in over 20 provinces as part of the government’s attempt to contain an embarrassing graft scandal which … Continue reading

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Nearing the end of political Islam

All the immense humanitarian tragedy, suffering and despicable terror on the part of the Israeli state aside, the political implications of the Gaza assault have an utterly important point for the Zeitgeist, as the so-called Arab Spring fades into an … Continue reading

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Erdoğan gov’t transforms Turkey into a land of oppression and bans

An upward trend of democratic achievements and efforts to make Turkey a more civilized and democratic country have been reversed recently — particularly after the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) grew more authoritarian and intolerant toward criticism starting from … Continue reading

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Construction of controversial, huge İstanbul hilltop mosque continues

High on a hill on the Asian side of Istanbul overlooking the Bosporus, squads of engineers and workers are constructing a giant mosque complex that will rival the city’s Sultan Ahmet and the Süleymaniye mosques in size, but not necessarily … Continue reading

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Cyprus 40 years on: a grandmother’s vision

In a few days, 40 years will have passed since the invasion of Cyprus by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in response to a coup d’état by Nikos Sampson, a Cypriot fascist, that deposed the then-Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios. Much … Continue reading

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RSF: Complaint against TZ’s Keneş shows intensifying intimidation on journalists in Turkey

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has criticized a legal complaint filed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş, saying it is a cause for concern and part of a campaign of intimidation against journalists. RSF Europe … Continue reading

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Turkish gov’t to curtail right to defense, undo legal reform

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government has drafted a single-article bill aimed at curbing the rights of defendants and the lawyers who represent them, in what opposition parties say will be a major blow to the right to … Continue reading

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Turkey: Early elections in the autumn?

With less than a month to go before the presidential elections, the indications are that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is already close to securing victory in the first round. The gap between Erdoğan and Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the joint candidate … Continue reading

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Why Iran is the key for Kurdish independence

Despite their cunningly tactical and determined backing of their own peace process, Turkey’s from-head-to-toes-politicized Kurds are raising their voices to make Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan choose: either the Kurds of the entire region, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), … Continue reading

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