Monthly Archives: June 2014

Erdoğan stirs backlash against Turks abroad

The blatant interference of Turkey’s top political Islamist, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, into other country’s affairs comes with a hefty price tag, which his countrymen will have to pay irrespective of whether citizens care about the reputation of their leader globally … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s spin machine

Perhaps drawing on an example set by Iran’s authoritarian and highly intrusive regime, Turkey’s beleaguered prime minister and the presumptive nominee for the presidency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who called Iran his second home, has built a potent propaganda machine to … Continue reading

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Culture wars in Muslim nations

Egypt will only return to reclaim its well-deserved title of leading the Arab world when it seriously starts addressing challenges that have placed its fundamental cultural values, rooted in arts, heritage, religion, media, education and youth, under a strenuous stress … Continue reading

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Erdoğan: divider-in-chief

After exporting the divisive themes in Turkish society to some 3 million expats living in Germany a month ago with his controversial visit ahead of the presidential election, Turkey’s divider-in-chief, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did the same in Austria … Continue reading

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Political fundamentalism in Turkey

With increasingly aggressive and intolerant posturing, Turkey’s controversial prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been rapidly transforming what used to be a successful progressive party, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), into an organization that mainly features the characteristics … Continue reading

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Master puppeteer: Iran pulls ISIL strings

If the government in Turkey, dominated by political Islamists, keeps downplaying the serious warnings raised by Celalettin Lekesiz, the governor of Hatay, a border province, about the alarming activity inside Turkish territory of the militant organization the Islamic State of … Continue reading

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Erdoğan to weaken Turkey further with hasty laws

Millions of dollars spent by the European Union and the Council of Europe (CoE) on programs to help Turkey overhaul its criminal justice system and train members of the judiciary and police have all been wasted, thanks but no thanks … Continue reading

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