• Monday Talk with the Purged Former Turkish-NATO Officer

    Vocal Europe: Can you talk about yourself? When did you first enter the military, what kind of official positions have you so far held? What was your last responsibility as a Turkish military official at NATO Headquarter in Brussels? Purged Officer: I joined Turkish Military in 1985. I started

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  • Turkey’s anti-Kurdish crackdown continues

    Hundreds of officials from Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), have been arrested in yet another round of police operations targeting opponents of the government. Tom Stevenson reports from Istanbul. There was little attempt by Turkish security forces to hide their intent. In

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  • Erdoğan rebukes EP’s Schulz: Who the hell are you?

    In a strong reaction to a threat made by European Parliament President Martin Schulz to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Schulz disrespectful, daring him to do whatever he can and saying “Who the hell are you?“ Talking to a group of farmers in

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  • Handling Turkey’s Runaway Politics

    MARC PIERINI Following Turkey’s failed July 15 coup attempt, which caused deep shock in the country’s entire society and state apparatus, the Turkish authorities launched a massive crackdown on suspected followers of the movement of Fethullah Gülen, a former ally turned archenemy of the

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  • Turkey’s Purge Extends Far Beyond Plotters Of Failed Coup

    BORZOU DARAGAHI Zelal Ekinci woke up the morning of September 2 to a flood of text messages and missed calls. The bad news was confirmed. The professor of pediatric medicine had lost her job of 14 years at Kocaeli University near Istanbul. Neither her years of experience as a teacher nor her

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  • In Turkey, You Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    TL250.000. Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Turkish Liras. This is the figure (~$80k) a lawyer asked from the family of a suspect arrested in connection with the Turkish coup attempt on July 15. “This is the price for being kicked out of the bar,” the lawyer justified. And there is only a slim

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  • U.N. judge caught in Turkeys’ post-coup dragnet

    A Turkish judge on the U.N. court trying crimes from the Yugoslav wars and the Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Turkey in connection with July's coup attempt, the court's president said. Turkey has ignored requests to visit Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay since his arrest on Sept. 21, despite his

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  • Ten thoughts on the Turkish way of trolling

    I’ve been writing about Turkey for more than a decade now. It’s a beautiful country, rich in history, and a complex society but, boy, in recent years their trolling has left a lot to be desired. It’s not just the internet trolls who have fallen far behind but also Turkish diplomats and even

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