Monthly Archives: September 2014

Why Gülen is indignant about corruption

One of the main reasons why Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has been so disturbed by the massive graft scandal that was exposed during then-Prime Minister and now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime is that he saw that his lifetime ideal … Continue reading

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Muting freedom of speech in Turkey’s world of football

Fearing peaceful protests by fans such as holding up placards critical of the government, Turkey’s authoritarian regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has now turned its attention to cracking down on freedom of speech, which was being exercised freely as … Continue reading

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The judiciary, last bastion of democracy, at risk

The election for Turkey’s key judicial council, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), on Oct. 12 will determine whether the last bastion of democracy will remain an independent and competent body in relation to other branches of the … Continue reading

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Power politics in Turkish capital

Sooner rather than later, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will find himself paralyzed amid opposing pulls from several strong factions from within the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) as well as from political master Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has his … Continue reading

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Turkey’s bad trade deal with Iran

The last action Parliament performed in terms of legislation before going into recess on Sept. 10 was to approve a controversial preferential trade agreement (PTA) with Iran when, in fact, a large number of crucial bills and international agreements had … Continue reading

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Erdoğan regime sends wrong signals about ISIL

The regime of Turkey’s chief political Islamist, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and its alleged links to extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, most specifically the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — also known as ISIS and the … Continue reading

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Al-Qadi troubles in Turkey-US ties

Senior officials at the US Department of Treasury including Secretary Jack Lew and Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen must be in the crosshairs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his loyalist public prosecutors, who … Continue reading

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