Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why Mr. Gülen was targeted

The main difference between Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the politician who became Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is that the former is vehemently opposed to the use and abuse of Islam as a political ideology and party philosophy while … Continue reading

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Saving the soul of Turkey

Perhaps Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already lost the battle against the judiciary over massive corruption investigations involving senior members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), businessmen close to him and even his relatives. He … Continue reading

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Corruption scandal will consolidate Turkish democracy

Right off the bat, I would like to say this: Don’t let your heart be troubled much by what has been happening in Turkey recently. When all the dust settles in the aftermath of corruption, money laundering and racketeering involving … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s imagined enemies

If this massive corruption investigation, perhaps the biggest in the history of our republic, is only the tip of the iceberg as some seem to have suggested, then the national security of Turkey is very much at risk of being … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s propagandist think tanks

Powerful Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s definition of democracy, which is limited to the ballot box, resembles marriage vows in which couples are asked to speak up or forever hold their peace. This simple, or rather simplistic, definition of … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s rhetoric and reality

One of the main problems that Turkish and foreign interlocutors of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan complain of is that he employs fiery rhetoric, with a special emphasis on drama, to score points with his home base of political … Continue reading

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Erdoğan game plans have faltered

The real challenge to the legacy of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Turkish political landscape now comes from Erdoğan himself as he has been rapidly moving from a progressive stand through which he was able to appeal to … Continue reading

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