• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The last nail in the coffin of Turkish democracy

    By Okan Turna On July 15, 2016 Turkey witnessed an unprecedented coup attempt by a faction within its armed forces. While the attempt was still ongoing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government were quick enough to blame Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic scholar who lives in

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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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