Turkish novelists Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak accused of being Western stooges by pro-government press

Press reports say high-profile novelists are part of ‘international literature lobby’ recruited by western powers to attack Turkey’s government Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a session at the Turkish parliament. Photograph: Depo Photos/Rex Alison Flood Major Turkish authors … Continue reading

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Gezi and Ferguson: American historian Louis Fishman’s Reply to pro-AKP columnist Ceren Kenar

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Ever since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Turkish pro-government press has been quick to highlight injustices carried out by that city’s police department and lack of due process in the case. Sounds well intentioned, right? Unfortunately, not like much … 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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