Monthly Archives: March 2015

Political asylum from persecution in Turkey

The political asylum cases originating from Turkey will likely increase against the background of intensified political persecution of opponents and critics in Turkey by the growing authoritarian and Islamist regime that is bent on abusing the criminal justice system with partisan judges and prosecutors. Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s wealth

Turkey’s embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s massive personal and family wealth, which has been accumulated over the span of two decades since he became the mayor of İstanbul, the largest city in the country, is the most important dynamic in making him the key player among movers and shakers in Turkish politics. Continue reading

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Turkey and Jerusalem

Turkey’s political Islamist government shamefully managed to damage the country’s credibility and trust in foreign affairs and gained international notoriety for abusing the Palestine issue in general and the status of Jerusalem (al-Quds), which is considered holy by all Abrahamic religions, in particular. Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s skullduggery

In a classic textbook style of how an authoritarian leader behaves, Turkey’s “dictator-wannabe” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan employs tactics ranging from blackmailing of his opponents to co-opting or outright buying them off, from running smear campaigns to setting up plots to frame and discredit his challengers so that his one-man rule gets prolonged amid a sputtering economy, a constitutional crisis and a massive corruption scandal. Continue reading

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The robust Turkish Air Forces

Turkey’s modern air force with a 240-strong fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons serving as the main spearhead of its striking power is more than capable enough to counter newly emerging threats in Syria, the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea.
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Investigative journalist Mehmet Baransu

As part of an intimidation campaign to muzzle free, independent and critical media in Turkey, the nation’s top-notch investigative journalist Mehmet Baransu, who exposed the Turkish state’s dirty laundry — from military coup plots to massive profiling of unsuspecting citizens by the political Islamist government, from the killing of 34 Kurdish villagers in Uludere by F-16 fighters on faulty intel to hazardous rice imports that implicated three Cabinet ministers — was arrested on trumped-up charges by a kangaroo court in the authoritarian regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Continue reading

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Academic freedom no more in Turkey

The authoritarian regime of Turkey’s chief political Islamist, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has significantly curtailed the autonomy of institutions of higher learning such as academies and universities, dealing a deadly blow to academic freedom, independent thinking, critical research and free artistic expression, which are fundamental to ensure free, democratic and pluralistic societies. Continue reading

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