Monthly Archives: February 2014

Turkish voters shift away from Erdoğan

Signs of public distress and unease with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have become increasingly visible as new evidence in the massive corruption scandal incriminating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his family was recently leaked to the … Continue reading

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Money trail in corruption case

In a January meeting of European Parliament leaders in Brussels with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the vice chairman of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, said it would be very surprising for a … Continue reading

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Predictability in Erdoğan’s Turkey

The most significant damage beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has inflicted on Turkey in a frantic effort to rescue himself, his children and close associates from legal troubles amid massive corruption, money laundering and illegal land-zoning deals was a … Continue reading

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Criminal justice system at mercy of Erdoğan

If beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gets his way and convinces his old pal President Abdullah Gül to sign recent bills into law, written ostensibly in the name of democratic reforms and judicial overhaul, then Turks will experience the … Continue reading

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Iran created perfect storm for attacks on Turkey

Lurking in the shadow of the massive corruption and money-laundering web that has apparently entangled senior Turkish government officials including Cabinet ministers, Iran’s pervasive influence has created a perfect storm in Turkey, its main regional rival. With billions of dollars … Continue reading

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Gülen’s defense against Erdoğan’s onslaught

In April 2011, I asked the main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu about what he thought of the slanderous remarks uttered by his deputy İsa Gök. Gök had targeted Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen while at the speaker’s podium in Parliament. Without … Continue reading

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Truth and reconciliation in post-Erdoğan era

Given that a slow-motion civilian coup has been taking place in a European Union candidate country where the rule of law has been suspended, the principle of the separation of powers has been discarded, human rights abuses have become rampant … Continue reading

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