Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Washington Times: Washington’s misplaced support for Turkey’s Erdogan

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Sunday, December 23, 2012 – Looking for Luke by Luke Montgomery TAOS, New Mexico, December 23, 2012 – For over a decade now, US administrations have hailed Turkey’s Islamist AKP government led by Prime Minister Erdogan as a model of … Continue reading

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Turkey university entrance exams to test religion

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Marking a first in the mainly Muslim yet ardently secular Turkey, two Turkish universities will now require students to answer questions about religion in their entrance exam. Questions about religion will be introduced in two Turkish university entrance exams next … Continue reading

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Turkey: Is Atatürk Dead? Erdogan Islamism Replaces Kemalism

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Turks continue to idolize their staunchly secularist founding father. But democratic reforms have all but obliterated his Westward-looking vision. The photograph shows a pair of men in dusty work clothes, saluting proudly as they stand at attention inside a gutted … Continue reading

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Turkey: Taraf, A Feisty Newspaper and Vocal Government Critic, Goes Quiet

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When the liberal daily Taraf was launched some five years ago, it was presented as prime evidence of how much Turkey has moved forward. Staffed with muckraking journalists who were especially committed to exposing the misdeeds of Turkey’s powerful military, … Continue reading

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Erdogan: Separation of powers an obstacle

On 18 December Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the separation of powers as the government’s main obstacle, saying it was preventing them from introducing “further services.” “Even during our own governing tenure, we are having some troubles. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Ergenekon conspiracy trial approaches endgame

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By Daren Butler | Reuters – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-old battle with secularist opponents in Turkey is approaching a decisive moment as nearly 300 people charged with attempting the violent overthrow of his government prepare their final defenses. In a courthouse within a huge … Continue reading

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Turkey extends lead in reporter jailing league

LEADING NEWS SOURCE FOR TURKEY AND THE REGION New York – Agence France-Presse This file photo shows a protest held in Istanbul against the jailing of journalists under charges of terrorism. DHA photo   Turkey has more journalists in jail … Continue reading

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