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Talking with Former Head of Israeli Spy Agency

Talking with Former Head of Israeli Spy Agency

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the United States next month, he will address AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the most influential pro-Israel lobby in D.C. It is a reality of American politics that any national official ...

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Turkey 2014: A New Adventure by Lewis Carroll

Turkey 2014: A New Adventure by Lewis Carroll

The past few weeks in Turkey have been an absurdist’s lesson in how to create a tin pot state. Citizens have watched, appalled, as a problematic but working republic comes under ever-tighter, ever more blatant governmental control. Recently, this control ...

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EU Sparks Fly Over Turkey’s Civil Rights as Entry Bid Languishes

EU Sparks Fly Over Turkey’s Civil Rights as Entry Bid Languishes

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced calls to ease curbs on free speech and let judges operate independently in order to breathe fresh life into the country’s languishing bid to join the European Union. Long stalled by Europe’s economic ...

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Turkey’s Wrong Turn

Turkey’s Wrong Turn

The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was in Brussels last week seeking to repair relations with Europe, but the first place to look for a solution is within himself for the political disaster he has created at home. Once ...

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The United States needs to tell Turkey to change course

The United States needs to tell Turkey to change course

Whatever his achievements over the past decade, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is destroying his country’s parlous democracy. That is a profound problem for Turks and Turkey’s Western allies. Staying silent, out of fear that speaking out would harm ...

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In Scandal, Turkey’s Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media

In Scandal, Turkey’s Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled an investigative reporter who has published a number of leaked documents related to a widening corruption scandal a traitor. Mr. Erdogan’s lawyers have also filed suit against a newspaper columnist, once a reliable ...

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Erdoğan’s Self-Inflicted Crisis

Erdoğan’s Self-Inflicted Crisis

The dramatic battle between Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its erstwhile ally, the “Hizmet” religious movement led by the self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, has begun to expose the massive rule-of-law violations that these two groups employed to ...

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There Are Much Bigger Problems In Turkey That Could Derail Its Alliance With America

There Are Much Bigger Problems In Turkey That Could Derail Its Alliance With America

While the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces an extensive corruption investigation targeting his inner circle, the country’s problems far exceed domestic graft. Turkey is entangled in several shady endeavors that could eventually jeopardize its standing as a ...

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Turkey At The Barricades

Turkey At The Barricades

The dreams of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, for the recrudescence of the Ottoman Empire are evaporating under the Istanbul sky. His party The Justice and Development party (AKP), is in disarray; a major corruption and bribery scandal ...

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Why is the US being drawn into the game?

Why is the US being drawn into the game?

As expressed in a New York Times article from Dec. 21, 2013, “Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [sic] on Saturday continued his embrace of what has traditionally been the strategy of Turkish politicians facing a crisis: Blame foreign powers, in ...

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