Monthly Archives: June 2015

Restoration in Turkey to take time

Resuscitating Turkey’s democracy and restoring the rule of law after the brief yet brutal authoritarian experimental rule of political Islamists will surely take some time as the country, under the caretaker government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), will continue wrangling over negotiations for a possible coalition government.
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Foreign policy in a coalition government

Given the fact that the junior coalition partner in the next government will likely take over the Foreign Ministry in line with established traditions, the second or third-largest opposition party has to dig Turkey out from the wreckage caused by 13 years of rule by the politically Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP).
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Turkish gov’t plotted with smuggler in Syria

The landmark defense put up by Turkey’s veteran anti-terror public prosecutors — who were unjustly detained in an Islamist-led hush-up of investigations into the government record of aiding and abetting radical groups in Syria including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — has helped to assemble the larger Turkish jigsaw puzzle by putting more pieces into the public domain.
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Turkey entangled in Saudi and Iranian interests

More troubling details have emerged about the extent of the damage done to Turkey’s national security under the country’s political Islamist rulers, who have become hostages to the entangling embrace of competing Iranian and Saudi interests in exchange for money and favors extended to the widely disliked group of goons clustered around embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Continue reading

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The Turkish experience

Having experienced a tumultuous political landscape for the last several years led by overzealous political Islamist rulers, this predominantly Muslim nation with a strong Sufi tradition officially began a restoration process after the June 7 national election that will soon take Turkey to a new stage where Islam, not political Islamists, is in perfect harmony with the rule of law, fundamental rights and democratic principles.
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Erdoğan’s guerilla warfare plan

After suffering a setback that bruised his ego, Turkey’s embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will likely flex what is left of his strength, most likely through post-election violence and economic difficulties, before a snap election that he hopes will help him get back in the saddle. Continue reading

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Turkey won, Erdoğan lost

The devastating blow dealt by voters in Turkey in the June 7 parliamentary election by depriving the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of the required number of seats to form the government alone has confirmed the electorate’s discomfort with the policies of the AKP and the country’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been pushing for further polarization and deepening divisions at the expense of an inclusive approach to governance.
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