Monthly Archives: December 2016

Turkey’s crackdown on lawyers takes a toll

The unprecedented crackdown on lawyers who defend critics, dissidents and opponents of the authoritarian regime of Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, paint a dismal picture of how the criminal justice system has been turned into an instrument of oppression at … Continue reading

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Erdoğan nurtures jihadist mindset in Turkey’s police

As part of a nurturing campaign to raise an ideologically committed, new generation of religious zealots by Turkey’s Islamist rulers led by autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, radical groups have for some been infiltrating the nation’s main law enforcement agency, … Continue reading

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Russian ambassador’s murderer linked to Erdoğan family

More details have emerged on the secretive past of the killer of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, shedding further light on how he was radicalized by a network close to the first family under the permissive and even encouraging political … Continue reading

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As a journalist, I refuse to be intimidated

The autocratic regime in Turkey of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only broken an all-time world record in the number of journalists it has jailed, which now exceeds 150, but in the speed with which it moved to scapegoat … Continue reading

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Erdoğan waging a vicious campaign against the UN

A refusal to let up on UN bashing by Turkey’s autocratic president in an unprecedented and vicious campaign of discrediting the world body is mainly motivated by his growing fear of being dragged into the global spotlight and held accountable … Continue reading

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Embassies no longer safe in Turkey

The combination of both the deliberately ratcheted-up, vitriolic anti-Western diatribe by Turkey’s Islamist rulers and a surge in xenophobic incidents on the ground suggests that the storming of a foreign embassy in Ankara or consulate compound in Istanbul by thugs … Continue reading

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The Council of Europe must step up to tackle Turkey

While Turkey has quickly climbed to the top of the chart as the worst violator of rights in Europe under its autocratic Islamist leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Council of Europe, a 47-member body that champions rights, the rule of … Continue reading

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