Monthly Archives: June 2013

Center for American Progress: Erdoğan Is Gone, Way Gone

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SOURCE: AP Photo Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses his supporters and lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. By Michael Werz | June 27, 2013 Three weeks ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was … Continue reading

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The Economist: Majoritarianism – Zombie democracy

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A note to Turkey’s prime minister, among others: winning elections is not enough “BUT I’ve won three elections!” Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s embattled prime minister, growls at his critics. On the face of it, his case is compelling: surely, many … Continue reading

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Erdogan organizing “the mother of all witch hunts” in Turkey

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Thanks to Washington Post we learn that Gezi Parki is not a unique event, but a manifestation of a broader trend in emerging economies for more democratic, responsible and transparent governance[1]. In Brazil, the Roussef administration seems to have gotten … Continue reading

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A Turkish daily defames CNN’s anchor Christian Amanpour

Turkish daily Takvim has published a bogus interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, where she “admitted” that the CNN editorial board made her cover recent events with the express interest of destabilizing Turkey for international business interests, among a long list … Continue reading

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CPJ: Journalists detained, beaten, obstructed in Istanbul

Journalists were attacked, detained, and obstructed while reporting on clashes between police and protesters on Sunday. (Reuters/Serkan Senturk) Istanbul, June 17, 2013–Anti-press violence intensified in Istanbul on Sunday as police aggressively sought to obstruct reporters covering demonstrations against the government, … Continue reading

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Breaking: Pacifist protest in Taksim #Duranadam (standing person)

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Goverment brutally crushed #Gezi in #Turkey, but not the spirit & creativity: Now #DuranAdam (standing person) at #Taksim. Disproportional creativity of #OccupyGezi against disproprtional force of govt #Taksim: #DuranAdam (standing person). Five hours ago began, people began joining the standing-still: recapture … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Turkey: A Weekend of Police Abuse

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Human Rights Watch: Many Protesters Arrested; Hospital Targeted June 17, 2013 The lobby of the Divan Hotel near Taksim Sqaure in Istanbul, Turkey after police teargassed the entrance on June 15, 2013. The police assault on a peaceful crowd in … Continue reading

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