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Turkish politics hijacked by political hooliganism

 …and here are my comments on the latest in Turkey: “Who do you think you are? You should know your place!” This was Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s blunt commentary on the tumultuous session of Parliament’s Justice Commission, where kickboxing … Continue reading

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Corruption probe into AKP government slowed, but not stopped

From a Reuters report: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan looks to have the upper hand in a civil war rocking Turkey’s political establishment, but his bid to break the influence of a potent Islamic cleric could roll back reforms and … Continue reading

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Hannes Swoboda interview: Erdoğan may still be strong, but he weakened Turkey

The leader of the second largest political group in the European Parliament (EP) said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “parallel state” theory, which he has been using to explain away corruption charges, is not convincing.Hannes Swoboda, the leader of … Continue reading

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Journalist sued by Erdoğan for ‘tweeting against me’

From a story by New York Times, signed by Tim Arango: … Under Mr. Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has gained a reputation for harassing and intimidating the news media. More journalists are in jail in Turkey than anywhere else in the … Continue reading

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Government’s push to restrict judicial powers meets severe resistance

On the third day of deliberations in the Justice Commission on Sunday, tensions escalated as deputies continued to fight over a bill that many see as a government attempt to control the judiciary through extraordinary powers. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip … Continue reading

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Turkey, graft probe and regime crisis: Power struggle, or deep rift on Turkey’s direction?

Here is my piece on what is behind the graft probe, corruption allegations published in Today’s Zaman:   There is growing confusion in the foreign media about what is taking place in Turkey, which does not go without notice. I witness … Continue reading

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Turkey moves towards ‘Shanghai Criteria’ on internet ‘freedom’

An amendment to Law No. 5651 on cybercrimes, recently introduced by a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), could pave the way for the government to censor the Internet and social media as well as profile … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s desperate PR gathering exposes ‘parallel journalism’

Seeing no way out from his political and legal impasse, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest move was to gather a group of journalists to a hastily arranged meeting in his office in Dolmabahçe Palace, İstanbul.  No doubt this was … Continue reading

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FAQ with Turkey’s graft probe

Here is Q&A with FT on graft probe and its impact: Is this the end of Erdogan? No – or at least, not yet. Mr Erdogan’s initial response has been to centralise power still further, with tighter control over the … 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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