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NYT editorial: Turkey’s Internet Crackdown

Here is the NYT editorial: President Abdullah Gul, Turkey’s head of state, has now joined Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the government’s assault on free speech. On Tuesday, Mr. Gul approved a new law, passed earlier by Parliament, that … Continue reading

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Koplow: False Friends / Why the United States Is Getting Tough With Turkey

  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu did something extraordinary when they emerged from a January 12 bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Friends of Syria conference in Paris. Such occasions are usually … 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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Censorship: President Gül approves tighter control of Internet

Turkey’s president announced his approval of the new law tightening control over the Internet, bolstering embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but deepening concerns about free speech and the rule of law.   Gül said on his Twitter account he … 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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Chronology of Dec 17: Day to day events turn into a tale of the slow-motion collapse of separation of powers

Dec. 17, 2013: On the morning of Dec. 17, Turkey wakes up to a bribery and corruption operation. Simultaneous operations in İstanbul and Ankara take place after an investigation that included allegations of land being opened up to illegal city … Continue reading

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Turkey’s laws against terrorism financing under scrutiny

Turkey’s laws on money laundering and terrorism financing have been under scrutiny at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris this past week.   Here is a summary by Today’s Zaman: The FATF, an international body that sets … Continue reading

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Who did it? Tensions Grow over Murder of Kurdish Activists in Paris, as the Probe comes closer to Truth

Here is the story by Der Spiegel: The triple murders in January 2014 of Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) activists in Paris may ultimately emerge as one of the most audacious political killings to take place in Western Europe in years. … Continue reading

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Towards impunity? Turkey’s corruption suspects eluding case in stages, groups

Thirteen more suspects, including former Halkbank General Manager Süleyman Aslan, all of whom were detained after the breaking of a graft probe on Dec. 17, 2013, on charges of receiving bribes, money laundering and planning to circumvent international sanctions on … Continue reading

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