Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Update – Turkish Politics, 30 January 2012

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The Last Castle is under Siege The last castle of democracy in Turkey, the opposition, is officially under siege. MHP is marginalized and intimidated by sex scandals, BDP lives under the threat of a closure case.  Now, it is time … Continue reading

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The Update – Turkish Politics, 11 January 2012

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Our Never Ending Shame: Persecuting Thought The author has finally come across the most definitive article on press freedom and human rights violations in Turkey, which appeared in no less a publication than New York Times. It is worth reciting … Continue reading

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Financial Times on “Erdogan’s growing authoritarianism”

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FINANCIAL TIMES Turkish laws fail to protect accused By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul 11.01.2012 ____________________________ A human rights report criticised Turkey’s legal system for inadequate protection of defendants, as prosecutors step up cases that could shape the country’s political future. … Continue reading

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The Update – Turkish Politics, 7 January 2012

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Eco-Genocide in Turkey AKP destroyed much that is good in Turkey during its 10 year reign.  Democracy, human rights, self-reliance of citizens, respect in institutions, press freedom and the value of truth.  Yet, none of its crimes against the society … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Ece Temelkuran fired under Erdogan and Gulen’s pressure, HEY Brussels, is there any democrat out there ?

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Firing Turkey’s Ece Temelkuran: The Price of Speaking Out Al-akhbar, By: Matthew Cassel Published Friday, January 6, 2012 For the first time in her nearly two-decade-long career, journalist Ece Temelkuran is without a job. The feature reporter and columnist, currently in Tunisia, writes … Continue reading

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Turkey: Has Gülen Movement Replaced Deep State?

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The December 26 trial of arrested Turkish journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener has pushed a shadowy organization known as the Gülen movement to the forefront of public attention in Turkey. The group’s influence has long been an open secret. … Continue reading

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The Update – Turkish Politics, 3 January 2012

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Creeping Sheriah Attempts in Turkey Up until recently, the fundamentalist undertones of this counter-revolution have been relatively subdued. However as AKP becomes more brazen by the absence of major resistance in the society and receives tacit encouragement from the USA … Continue reading

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