• Erdoğan’s long arms reach Switzerland

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants Turkish citizens in Switzerland to be followed for "insults" against him. According to Swiss resources, Erdoğan wanted Swiss government to provide intelligence about Turkish citizens living in Switzerland who criticize and comment about him. Erdoğan also

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  • 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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  • Erdogan’s Private Youth Army

    BURAK BERDIL Critics, including opposition lawmakers, are inquiring about Sadat's activities, suspecting its real mission may be to train official or unofficial paramilitary forces to fight Erdogan's multitude of wars inside and outside Turkey. Initially, the youth branches will be formed

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  • EU, US Have Little Leverage as Turkish Democracy Backslides

    Since quashing a July coup attempt, Turkey's president has used extraordinary powers from a state of emergency to arrest and purge thousands of opponents. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also vowed to back public demands to reinstate the death penalty and suggested submitting Turkey's long-sought goal of

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  • Turkish Prisoners Claim Post-Coup Abuses

    Detainees say safeguards for prisoners have been abandoned By THOMAS GROVE and MARGARET COKER ISTANBUL—Eight Turkish political prisoners were attacked by guards, some of them beaten unconscious, within hours of their transfer to a facility in Izmir on Aug. 4, the men wrote days later in a

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  • Meet the world’s worst jailer of journalists

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is bent on silencing all critical, opposition and independent voices in Turkey, writes Abdullah Bozkurt. This week’s detention warrants and home raids targeting the managers and editors of the centre-left daily Cumhuriyet, which came on the heels of

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  • A cult of personality dashes Turkey’s democratic dreams

    LITTLE MORE than a decade ago, Turkey appeared to be an emerging democracy with vibrant civil society and somewhat independent media. No longer. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has abandoned democracy and is building a strongman cult of personality. The latest descent came Monday when police

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  • Erdoğan prepares for a bloodbath

    MICHAEL RUBIN Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the failed July 15 coup attempt a “gift from God.” The Turkish government immediately blamed Erdoğan’s former ally-turned-rival Fethullah Gülen for being behind the plot, the genesis of which remains unclear, but the simple

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