Will Turkey Weather the Middle East Storm?

Will Turkey Weather the Middle East Storm?

Kemal Dervis – A cycle of terrible violence has taken over much of the Middle East. Its center has shifted from Iraq (where sectarian strife has recently escalated again) to Syria, but it encompasses Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia as ...

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The Problem Is Authoritarianism, Not Islam

The Problem Is Authoritarianism, Not Islam

Is Islam fundamentally incompatible with democracy? Time and again events compel us to ask this question. And yet it is a question that obscures more than it illuminates. Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia are very different countries, but one thing that ...

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Gulen-AKP Clash Is Now in the Open

Gulen-AKP Clash Is Now in the Open

That there was a covert power struggle between the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party [AKP] and “The Service,” a sociopolitical Islamic movement under the spiritual leadership of Turkish Sunni man of religion Fethullah Gulen is known. This struggle broke ...

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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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Turkish PM Erdogan threatens to sue Times over open letter

Turkish PM Erdogan threatens to sue Times over open letter

Critics of Mr Erdogan accuse him of being increasingly authoritarian Turkey’s prime minister has threatened legal action against a UK newspaper for publishing an open letter criticising his handling of recent protests. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Times of “renting ...

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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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Is Walmart Wealth Funding Radical Islamic Schools in the U.S.A.?

Is Walmart Wealth Funding Radical Islamic Schools in the U.S.A.?

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD The Walton Family Foundation is shelling out millions (pdf) to fund charter schools with alleged ties to militant Islam throughout the country. At the schools, which have been “inspired” by Imam Fethullah Gulen, students are ...

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Gulen Movement Funded by Heroin Via the CIA?

Gulen Movement Funded by Heroin Via the CIA?

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD Gulen Movement Funded by Heroin Via the CIA? Court records and the testimony of former government officials show that Fethullah Gulen, who presently resides in Pennsylvania, has amassed more than $25 billion in assets from ...

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