• 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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  • 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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  • Over 30 Turkish diplomats, families seek asylum in Germany

    Nearly three dozen Turkish diplomats and family members have claimed asylum in Germany over alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition leader Fethullah Gulen, whom the government in Ankara claims to have masterminded the failed July 15 coup attempt. German Interior Ministry

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  • Turkey’s New Maps Are Reclaiming the Ottoman Empire

    Erdogan’s aggressive nationalism is now spilling over Turkey’s borders, grabbing land in Greece and Iraq. NICK DANFORTH In the past few weeks, a conflict between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkey’s role in the liberation of Mosul has precipitated an alarming burst of Turkish irredentism. On

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  • How Turkey’s government became the country’s top tycoon

    The Turkish government’s crackdown after the July 15 coup attempt has been expanding rapidly in the business sector, targeting companies accused of financing the so-called Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization, as Ankara has designated the Gulen community, which it accuses of planning and

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  • LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Farewell, Bagdat Caddesi

    New York has Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills has Rodeo Drive. And for many years, Istanbullus – the ones with money – have had Bağdat Caddesi. On this long, broad avenue on the city’s Asian side, you could purchase a new Ferrari or Alfa Romeo, a suit from Burberry’s, a handbag from Louis

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