• Can Erdogan get away with murder?

    MICHAEL RUBIN Tens of thousands of political prisoners now languish in Turkish prisons. Few have seen, or hope to see, a court room anytime soon. Rumors are rife about the mistreatment—rapes, beatings, and electrical shocks—of Turkish prisoners, including political prisoners and July 15 coup

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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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  • To Transform Turkey, Erdogan Needs Chaos

    Everybody is struggling to understand why Turkish authorities would arrest lawmakers of Turkey’s third largest opposition party unless they wanted another cycle of violence. It cannot be more obvious than this: The latest crackdown on Kurdish politicians is an open invitation to a civil war in

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  • How will Erdogan purge the prisons?

    MICHAEL RUBIN Having either precipitated or taken advantage of a bungled coup last July, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on the warpath, vowing vengeance against an ever-growing list of enemies real and imagined. It is one thing to throw tens of thousands into prison, but what will Erdogan do

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  • Erdogan Purge Against Gulenists Could Prove Lucrative

    ROBERT OLSON The power struggle between the Turkish state and the Fethullah Gulen-led Hizmet Movement continues to reverberate in Turkey. The number detained, arrested, jailed, and dismissed from their jobs since the July 15 coup attempt has reached well over 100,000, 40,000 of whom have been

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  • ‘They Took Mommy Away’ — Orphans Of Turkey Purge

    MAHIR ZEYNALOV Omar’s daydream was suddenly interrupted with loud ringtone coming out of his pocket. When he reached his cellphone, Omar distanced the phone as far away from himself as possible to see who on the other end of the call was. Without the glasses, in addition to the glare of the

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  • Turkey crackdown: Has Erdogan gone too far?

    Turkish deputy PM Mehmet Simsek defends Turkey's post-coup actions, and we debate the future of the South China Sea. In this week's UpFront, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek defends the crackdown and mass arrests following the failed coup attempt in July. And in the Arena, we'll

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