• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Underage, underpaid and unwelcome

    As ever increasing numbers of Syrians flee their homes in search of refuge in Turkey, employers in their adoptive country have taken advantage of their destitution. In sweatshops in Istanbul, the Telegraphfound children as young as five working for a pittance to help their families

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  • Turkish post-coup crackdown sparks democracy fears

    SUZAN FRASER A dozen police officers, joined by officials from Turkey's treasury and the county's broadcasting watchdog, marched into the pro-Kurdish IMC-TV television station, sealed off its control rooms and forced the channel off the air during a live program on democracy. The station had

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  • Purge in Turkey intensifies brain drain

    As more academics are targeted at home, more students look to move abroad The attempted coup of July 15, coming after a series of terrorist attacks in recent years, has intensified a trend long in the making in Turkey: young, educated and affluent Turks are quitting home to make new lives

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  • The state versus the people

    Turks’ rights are being violated, writes Abdullah Bozkurt. My newspaper, Zaman, which had the largest circulation in Turkey, was unlawfully seized by my government back in March, turned into a government mouthpiece overnight, and shut down in July with 160 other media outlets. I was one of

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  • Can a Post-Coup Turkey Get Along with Europe?

    IVAN KRASTEV SOFIA, Bulgaria — As I was boarding a Turkish Airlines flight to Ankara some days ago, a flight attendant handed me a slickly produced brochure telling the story of the failed coup attempt of July 15. It praised the Turkish people and their spirited defense of democracy, and it

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