Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Guardian: Turkey’s Sledgehammer Coup verdict: justice or Soviet-style show trial?

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Turkish court’s jailing of hundreds of military officers over Erdogan coup plot revives fears of return to authoritarian rule.   Simon Tisdall   The jailing of hundreds of army officers accused of plotting a coup against the government of prime minister … Continue reading

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Jailed Turkish Journalist and Deputy Mustafa Balbay: A call from where the law does not exist

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By Mustafa Balbay* Prison Number 1, Lower Ward F-3, Silivri/Istanbul What was experienced on Tuesday, Sept. 18 during the Ergenekon trial, provided a summary of the point to which our justice has reached. (The Ergenekon case is an alleged ultra … Continue reading

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Politics of democracy, or vengeance?

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Nuray Mert* Vengeance is a terrible human response against injustice and inhumanity. The principles of justice and equality, along with forgiveness, are the best cures to tame this terrible human response. Thus, it is only the politics of democracy that … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Sledgehammer Case in 15 Questions

According to the Sledgehammer Indictment, in December 2002, soon after the general elections of November 2002, a full‐fledged coup plan under the leadership of 1st Army commander Çetin Doğan was launched to topple the AKP government. The plot contemplated the bombing of mosques, … Continue reading

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Bianet: Torture and Ill-Treatment on the Rise in Turkey, TİHV Report Cautions

The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) published its annual report for the year 2011. Law enforcement officials subjected some 724 prisoners to torture and ill-treatment during the aforementioned period, the report said. That figure represents an increase in the … Continue reading

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The Washington Post: Turkey’s miscarriage of justice

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By Dani Rodrik, Published: September 22 After a patently sham trial, a Turkish court on Friday handed down lengthy jail sentences to more than 300 military officers convicted of planning a coup, code-named Sledgehammer, in 2003. Turkey’s courts have been working overtime to throw government … Continue reading

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The Foreign Affairs: Turkey Is No Partner for Peace

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How Ankara’s Sectarianism Hobbles U.S. Syria Policy Halil Karaveli September 11, 2012 At first glance, it appears that the United States and Turkey are working hand in hand to end the Syrian civil war. On August 11, after meeting with … Continue reading

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