• 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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  • 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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  • Unprecedented Scale of Turkey’s Purge in Numbers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBa25LxdfyE Which year was the worst in history? When one considers the Syrian war, ISIS’ terrorism, countless mass killings, and the worst refugee crisis since World War II, many think 2016 is a 'good' contender for the title. Of course, it’s an

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • 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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