• Turkey’s trampling of freedoms is Europe’s problem too

    Today’s Turkey is not the same Turkey that I experienced 10 years ago when I first lived there. Those years were filled with optimism, greater civil liberties, significant steps towards democracy, a booming economy and international admiration. Universities had become spaces for critical debates,

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  • Turkey’s Intelligentsia Kneels to Erdogan

    SEVGI AKARCESME BRUSSELS — On July 27, just minutes before my flight from Brussels to Newark was due to take off, a United Airlines staff member approached and asked me to leave the plane. I felt humiliated by the unspoken assumptions of nearby passengers, but I was not shocked: I knew that

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  • Are we about to see a pogrom against Christians in Turkey?

    The conspiracy theory that the Patriarch of the Phanar was behind a recent coup attempt is dangerous for Christians Our sharp-eyed editor, Luke Coppen, has discovered two stories on the Internet about Turkey, in the wake of its recent coup attempt, that are so astonishing that they demand some

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  • Turkey: Losing the rule of law

    YAVUZ BAYDAR “When I understood that I was to be detained by a directive given from the top, my fear vanished,”novelist and journalist Aslı Erdoğan, who has been detained since 16 August, told the daily Cumhuriyet through her lawyer. “At that very moment, I realised that I had committed

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  • Government statement on the events in Turkey

    The Government considers that developments in Turkey since Friday night are deeply disturbing. Sweden condemns the attempted coup in the strongest terms and stands in solidarity with Turkey and its people. In response to the attempted coup, the Turkish Government is undertaking an extensive

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  • Call out Erdogan for authoritarian drift

    Visiting heads of state frequently make time in their Washington itineraries to deliver speeches on key issues. But as the Brookings Institution hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, events outside the venue took an ugly turn. Cell phone cameras caught Erdogan's security

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  • Obama ‘troubled’ by Turkish leader’s crackdowns

    President Barack Obama says he's troubled by the direction Turkey's leader is taking his country, especially when it comes to freedom of the press. He also is warning Iran to avoid "provocative" actions such as ballistic missile tests if it wants to benefit from sanctions relief offered under the

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  • A Muslim voice to be heeded

    The majority of Muslims openly and loudly reject violent extremism regardless of the religious or ethnic identity of the perpetrator, but that is not what the Western media focuses on. If we closely look into a broad poll, we will see hundreds of Muslim leaders denouncing terrorism, and one of

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  • US-based Muslim cleric on trial in absentia in Turkey

    FILE – In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, sits at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. A U.S.-based Muslim cleric, who has become Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief foe, went on trial in absentia in Istanbul on Wednesday,

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