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My comment on ‘democracy’ package: Too late, far too little

Here is my comment for TZ: Parliament’s stormy sessions ended with an approval of a “reform” package, and with a recess until March 26, all is now set for local election campaigns — and the judgment of the voters. Now … Continue reading

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“Venceréis, pero no convenceréis”

Here is my column in TZ: I am asked, by whoever I meet, whether or not we should be worried about Turkey, its people and the region. Of course, we should be. With decisive steps we are being dragged into … Continue reading

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American companies reject claims that they proved telephone recording is fake

fter the release of scandalous voice recordings that purportedly show Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son Bilal Erdoğan discussing how to “get rid of” large sums of money cached in their homes and those of their relatives, pro-government … Continue reading

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Erdoğan orders private TV channel to interview minister in prep school row, recording shows

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allegedly ordered a TV manager to conduct a live interview with the education minister to present the government’s narrative on prep schools, a new voice recording posted on YouTube has revealed. According to Today’s … Continue reading

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Erdoğan insists voice recordings fake as opposition calls on gov’t to resign

A voice recording leaked on the Internet on Monday evening, which allegedly features Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan instructing his son to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid an ongoing corruption operation, has sent shockwaves through the country, with … Continue reading

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Turkish opposition calls for Erdoğan’s resignation

During his party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu played a leaked voice recording allegedly of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son Bilal.   In the new voice recording published online … Continue reading

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Deeply concerned about freedom of expression, Turkish journalists ring alarm bells

The draconian Internet law approved by President Abdullah Gül has caused serious concern among Turkish journalists as the country experiences one of the most serious democratic crises in its history. Here is a new report by Today’s Zaman:   “The … Continue reading

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New Calls For Obama To Confront Turkey, in an open letter

Experts and former officials from both parties sent a letter to the White House Thursday, asking the administration to speak out on Turkey’s poor record democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. More than 80 top foreign policy figures … Continue reading

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My Comment: Why Erdoğan can not deliver what Turkey’s Kurds demand

The summary of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) later performance under the iron grip of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls for an analogy: Earlier stages of the AKP rule — until mid-2011 — meant that most of the necessary ingredients … Continue reading

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Turkish Parliament gives government more control over judiciary, while such acts impact badly on economy

Turkey’s Parliament approved a law giving the government more control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors on Saturday, after heated debate and a brawl in which an opposition member of Parliament was hospitalized.   Here are the details: The … Continue reading

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