Monthly Archives: October 2015

Erdoğan the freedom predator

The unlawful government takeover of Koza İpek Holding’s 22 companies, including the third-largest media outlet in Turkey, by abusing the criminal justice system is not a seizure of a bankrupt group to protect shareholders and the public at large, but rather is a blatant intervention in the mass media ahead of a crucial national election.
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Strategic patience in Turkey’s opposition

Turkey’s growing and increasingly resilient opposition has successfully employed what one may call “strategic patience” to wear down the authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Islamist associates, who have been throwing punches in every direction including useless ones into the air for some time.
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Hacking democracy in Turkey

After the failure of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “pre-election chaos” plan to shore up enough support for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to regain the majority, he has run out of all options except for one: to steal the election in plain sight on Nov. 1 and crush the ensuing uprising with brute force. Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s obsession with the Nobel Peace Prize

Even though he was not nominated, Turkey’s embattled president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s awkward dismissal of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize as being politically motivated reflects his desperate attempt to get away with helping out radical Islamist groups in Syria, Libya and other Muslim nations rather than his lifetime disappointment over not receiving one. Continue reading

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Turkey’s Justice Academy

Just as the ruling Islamist elite in Turkey has turned the taxpayer-funded public education system into a breeding ground for a young generation of Islamists, they have also seized the key judicial training institution called the Justice Academy in order to create a cadre of partisan and ideological judges and prosecutors for the perpetuation of their grip on the judiciary. Continue reading

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Journalist Bülent Keneş is political prisoner

Bülent Keneş, a veteran journalist of more than 20 years and Today’s Zaman’s editor-in-chief of eight years, was unlawfully arrested on trumped-up charges last Friday and is a political prisoner who should be treated as such under the circumstances.
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Erdoğan’s conspiracy theory extends to US, UK, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and others

By all accounts, the 1,453-page indictment against dozens of high-ranking anti-corruption investigators and Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is a frivolous compilation of far-fetched conspiracy theories tying veteran police chiefs, Mr. Gülen and other critics of the government to foreign powers without any evidence whatsoever. Continue reading

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