Monthly Archives: January 2014

Erdoğan risks the wrath of the US

This may come as a shock to you, but Turkey has never had a single successful legal case concerning a money laundering scheme with terrorist financing in its long and bloody history of battles with homegrown and regional terrorist networks, … Continue reading

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Herman Van Rompuy’s take on Erdoğan

Since corruption in government of an unprecedented magnitude was exposed on Dec. 17 of last year, Turkey has been on a slippery slope sliding toward anarchy, where the rule of law does not apply to the political leadership that was … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s plan to contain corruption scandal

Perhaps Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has discovered the ultimate battle plan to fight those seeking to expose corruption in government. He has reverse-engineered best practices on how best to cope with corruption and started to attack each … Continue reading

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Intimidation toward press on ‘sub judice’ rule

One of the points Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan often invokes to defend himself against damaging revelations that have implicated senior members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, as well as his son and prominent … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s battle plan against free press

The massive corruption investigations that broke on Dec. 17, 2013, although they received a temporary setback with the government-orchestrated reshuffle of prosecutors and judges, exposed a major scheme by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to create a media landscape in … Continue reading

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Erdoğan becomes a liability

There are worrying signs that Turkey’s beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who faces major legal troubles originating from massive corruption investigations that implicate his son and people very close to him, has been burning bridges to save himself and … Continue reading

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Political Islamism and language troubles

We did not know that Turkey’s chief foreign policy officer and top diplomat, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, has also been wearing another hat: chief translating officer. Last night, speaking on a government mouthpiece television station, he took a jab at … Continue reading

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