Der Spiegel: The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

By Maximilian Popp Millions of Muslims around the world idolize Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who likes to present himself as the Gandhi of Islam. His Gülen movement runs schools in 140 countries and promotes interfaith dialogue. But former members describe … Continue reading

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The New York Times: Turkey Feels Sway of Reclusive Cleric in the U.S.

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25 April 2012 By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSU / The New York Times ISTANBUL — When Ahmet Sik was jailed last year on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, he had little doubt that a secretive movement linked to a … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE: QUITE IMAM CASTING LONG SHADOW IN TURKEY

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INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE QUITE IMAM CASTING LONG SHADOW IN TURKEY  ” The movement has strong affiliations or sympathy in powerful parts of Turkey’s media, including the largest daily, Zaman, and, Turkish analysts say” ” We are concerned there is a a … Continue reading

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AKP lies exposed: How does AKP manipulate people about the opposition by using the Erdoğan controlled-media ?

AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN A keen competition among the political parties for the upcoming election continues. Prime Minister Erdogan refers to the history of CHP in his rallies. The arguments he keeps on and on are as follows: 1. … Continue reading

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Robert Fisk: Has Recep Tayyip Erdogan gone from model ‘strongman’ to tin-pot dictator?

By Robert Fisk – Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to be one of Barack Obama’s cuddliest allies. Religious but secular, powerful but democratic, independent but a reliable Nato chum, he was the kind of guy the White House and the Pentagon … Continue reading

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The Red Line and the Rat Line

Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was … Continue reading

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Turkey: Atop a Powder Keg?

Now, with a widespread perception that the game is rigged, the ballot will lose its appeal and worryingly, the street’s reaction could end up being more radical and resilient this time. Looking at the Turkish Twittersphere, the fuse is already … Continue reading

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2014 TURKISH LOCAL ELECTIONS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS BY DR OZAN ÖRMECİ

2014 TURKISH LOCAL ELECTIONS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS 31 MART 2014 Turkish people went to polls for municipal elections yesterday. Early results show that the governing Justice and Development Party (JDP) and its authoritarian leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had their sixth consecutive … Continue reading

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Q & A: Turkey’s Twitter Ban

How did the Turkish authorities block Twitter? Authorities in most countries have the ability to restrict access to websites that are deemed illegal under local laws. In the case of Turkey, the recently passed internet bill allowed for the blocking … Continue reading

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Turkey – Toxic climate for media a week ahead of elections

Turkey – Toxic climate for media a week ahead of elections Reporters Without Borders – Sat, 22 Mar 2014 Thomson Reuters Municipal and regional elections regarded as a key test for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government will be held … Continue reading

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