Monthly Archives: September 2015

Political Islamists and violence in Turkey

Faced with growing public discontent regarding his leadership and strong resentment of his meddlesome presidency, intrusive politician Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his band of political Islamist brethren have begun to resort more to brute force and violence than other means of intimidating opponents and critics. Continue reading

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Abuse of pre-trial detention in Turkey

In a country where perceptions have already colored reality due to so many lies, cheats and fabrications being perpetuated by embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s media and propaganda machine, sorting out legitimate criminal cases from ludicrous investigations and sham trials may not be easy. Continue reading

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49ers fight for rule of law in Turkey

Turkey’s disenfranchised judges and prosecutors who were abruptly removed en masse from their posts on July 16 have come together to form what is called the “49ers Platform” to say that enough is enough for the politicized judiciary that tramples on Turkey’s own traditional norms and standards as well as international and European values. Continue reading

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How corruption threatens democracy in Turkey

In hindsight, when considering the major corruption investigations of December 2013 that were derailed by crooked Islamist rulers, and the terrible democratic experience the nation has had to endure since then, I’m sure Turks now have a better and clearer understanding of the importance of the link between corruption and democracy. Continue reading

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The last battle against free press in Turkey

For the first time, Turkey’s chief political Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his associates in the government twisted anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws that are designed to protect the integrity of the financial system and prevent illicit funds transfers into a tool for cracking down on media outlets in order to muzzle the free, independent and opposition press. Continue reading

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