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Erdogan’s Ergenekon Farce Draws to a Close

Erdogan’s Ergenekon Farce Draws to a Close

The five-year farce known as the “Ergenekon” trial – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purge of military and political opponents under the cloak of an “anti-terrorism” prosecution – is now completed. On Monday, a special court pronounced the convictions ...

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The Paranoid Style in Turkish Politics

The Paranoid Style in Turkish Politics

Erdogan punishes his opponents on dubious conspiracy charges. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put his repressive side on display in June, when he denounced peaceful demonstrators in Istanbul’s Taksim Square as “provocateurs and terrorists” and turned water cannons and ...

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Turkey’s Cautionary Tale

Turkey’s Cautionary Tale

Turkey’s AKP used democracy to gain power. Now that they have power, they are systematically destroying freedom in their country. Today’s Turkey is a cautionary tale for the West. But Western leaders are loath to consider its lessons. Ever since ...

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Turkey and the End of Secularism?

Turkey and the End of Secularism?

At the weekend, Turkey had a referendum. The population of the nation voted to amend the constitution, a constitution that had been re-written in 1980. On Monday (September 13) Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul told reporters that: “All the articles in ...

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