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Turkey towards Emergency Rule, escorted by its ‘Genetically Modified Media’

Signs of a merge between militarist nationalism and corrupt political Islam become stronger every day. If true, Turkey faces its most destructive counter-force and a final test of the resilience of its already shaken and rattled parliamentary system. With its key … Continue reading

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Gardner: ‘Turkey’s overarching problem is Mr Erdogan’

”Turkey has fallen hostage to the ambition of one man: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After voters in June stripped the ruling Justice and Development party of its majority, denying the neo-Islamist AKP a fourth triumph, he has all but hijacked … Continue reading

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EP’s Oomen-Ruijten: Judicial independence no longer exists in Turkey

European Parliament rapporteur on Turkey Ria Oomen-Ruijten has said it is impossible to talk about judicial independence in Turkey following the Turkish government’s recently establishment of firm control over the judiciary.   Speaking in Brussels at a news conference after … Continue reading

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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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EU launches probe into claims of corruption in Turkey’s EU ministry, Bağış

European Commission has launched a probe into claims of tender rigging and illegal recruitment that allegedly took place in an agency linked to Turkey’s EU Affairs Ministry while former EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış –who was implicated in the corruption … 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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US report labels Dec 17 as ‘scandal, slams Turkish gov’t, calls for respect for rule of law

The US State Department has expressed concerns over rule of law and judicial independence in Turkey, saying “law enforcement and the judiciary were subject to executive branch influence as the government reassigned thousands of police and prosecutors during the December … Continue reading

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Despite amendments, Turkey’s intel bill worrisome, identical to regime change

A parliamentary commission on Monday approved a proposal to make changes to 15 articles in a controversial bill on the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), but the draft is still worrisome for various reasons, according to legal experts and opposition politicians, … 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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AKP engineering media via advertisements – and loans

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been putting pressure on media outlets by using public advertisements and loans from public banks in an attempt to restructure the media to serve its own interests.   One of the AK … Continue reading

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