Monthly Archives: April 2015

Turkey is no longer a democracy

The open defiance of Turkey’s Islamist rulers and their partisan hacks in the judiciary of the landmark court judgment that ordered the release of a wrongfully jailed senior journalist and dozens of anti-corruption investigators from long pre-trial detention is yet another clear piece of evidence that political Islamists in Turkey do not believe in the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy at all. Continue reading

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Turkey’s snub of Indonesia

The completely miscalculated choice by Turkey to ditch a key conference in Jakarta that marked the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference that led to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and celebrated the 1955 gathering of Asian and African leaders in the Indonesian city of Bandung to discuss the role of the developing world in world affairs was yet another indication of how the political Islamist government has made a mess of its handling of Turkish foreign policy. Continue reading

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Real motives behind pope bashing in Turkey

The fingerprints of a vitriolic and hateful narrative increasingly being adopted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the firebrand political Islamist, and his brethren in the government are all over the strong reaction Turkey has displayed against Pope Francis, who described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians as the first genocide of the 20th century. Continue reading

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Partisan taint of Turkey’s top court, ECtHR remains beacon of hope

With a recent partisan ruling that dismissed individual petitions claiming massive rights violations suffered by anti-corruption investigators at the hands of government — cases that prominent jurists considered solidly supported by evidence — Turkey’s Constitutional Court proved that it has turned into a rubber stamp judicial institution that approves the arbitrary actions of authoritarian Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. That leaves the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as the last and best hope for defending the rule of law and fundamental rights in Turkey. Continue reading

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Turkey’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China

Turkey’s relations with China that were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2010 were dealt a significant blow a year later when increasingly assertive political Islamists in the Turkish government started playing a game of proxies with the Uyghurs of Chinese nationality as part of their short-sighted vision of a regime change in their southern neighbor, Syria. Continue reading

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How Turkey’s Islamist gov’t helped al-Qaeda and ISIL

More evidence is emerging that implicates senior officials in Turkey’s political Islamist government of aiding and abetting radical groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), presenting the risk of the NATO-ally country earning a reputation of being a state that sponsors terrorism. Continue reading

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Turkey hampers science and tech development

Concerted efforts in recent years by Turkey’s political Islamist government to impose a politicized religious ideology at the expense of educational enlightenment have really taken a toll on the country’s science and technological development while forgoing precious investment in research and innovation. Continue reading

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