Monthly Archives: June 2015

An Egyptian tale: Sisi Baba and 40 thieves

Here’s the story by Nizar Manek and Jeremy Hodge on Foreign Affairs: December 9, 2014, at the headquarters of one of Egypt’s most powerful anti-corruption bodies, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA), Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb gathered state officials to inaugurate … Continue reading

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Will the AKP pay a price for this ‘rubble’ – or get away with it?

Turkish politics has now entered a critical phase. The early twists and turns may continue, but it appears somewhat clear that a coalition without a role given to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will not be in the making. … Continue reading

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Demirel symbolised all the shortcomings of Turkey’s civilian politics

Soon after Kenan Evren, his illegitimate antagonist in politics, Süleyman Demirel, an iconic figure symbolizing the essential nature of ruling Turkey, also left the world stage. With the departure of these two men, en era has definitely ended in Turkish … Continue reading

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Enter Gül, but then what?

In my article for The Guardian titled “Turkey’s people have acted to prevent an autocratic nightmare” (June 10), I shared the following observation: “[President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan lost his daredevil gamble. He now faces defeat and eventual isolation.” Far-fetched though … Continue reading

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Turkish elections: Each vote, worth of gold

It came as a great moment of relief for Turkey. In what can be described as a historic decision on Sunday, Turkey’s voters came in between Erdoğan and his nightmarish ambitions to grab power, blocking his once seemingly unstoppable move … Continue reading

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MetroPoll’s Sencar: ‘The AK Party Islamists have shown that they do not care about democracy’

This week’s guest for Monday Talk has said that as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been identified with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and since Erdoğan’s image has been eroded, the AK Party’s image has been eroded as well. … Continue reading

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