Monthly Archives: January 2015

UN takes up rights abuses by Turkey

Turkey’s deplorable human rights record, particularly regarding the terrible situation of press freedoms and a partisan judiciary, was registered at the highest level this week when many of the 193 UN member states raised serious concerns about the backslide that … Continue reading

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Iran’s role in the murder of Uğur Mumcu

Political Islamists and pro-Iranian senior officials in the Turkish government have hushed up a crucial investigation into the deadly Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam terrorist network, which was responsible for the murder of journalist Uğur Mumcu, a columnist with the Cumhuriyet daily. The … Continue reading

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Davutoğlu’s affront to the image of Turks abroad

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s off-the-cuff and cheap-shot public remarks made during visits abroad, reflecting the government’s fantasy of being the new Ottomans and made in order to bolster domestic political aims, has unfortunately reinforced the worrisome perception that Turkey, under … Continue reading

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Parallel lies and deception in judiciary

Turkey’s political Islamists are trying to sell what used to be an effective, streamlined and improved cooperation between the prosecutor’s office and the police force for the purpose of achieving greater prosecutorial success in court as proof that there is … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s renegade henchmen

The overzealous henchmen of Turkey’s authoritarian leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, are determined to use any means necessary, including provoking a war with Syria or staging bloody terrorist acts inside Turkey, to make sure the small oligarchic cadre of Islamists … Continue reading

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Building partisan civil service in Turkey

Since political Islamists and pro-Iranian factions took the reins in Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) after they effectively marginalized moderate conservatives, liberals and social democratic wings following the 2011 elections, they have been trying to rebuild the civil … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo a wake-up call for Turkey too

The restrained reaction of the ruling political Islamist establishment in Turkey to the despicable killing of 12 people at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the provocative headlines in government-subsidized media effectively “justifying” the attack have exposed once again the … Continue reading

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