Erdogan concedes government phones are tapped

Erdogan concedes government phones are tapped

Turkey’s prime minister has said tapes purporting to be conversations with his son over money are a ‘shameless montage’ Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday voice recordings purportedly of him telling his son to dispose of large sums ...

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Turkey elections: On the campaign trail with the man hoping to deliver Erdogan a body blow

Turkey elections: On the campaign trail with the man hoping to deliver Erdogan a body blow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not only facing the most serious crisis of his 11-year leadership. His slipping popularity also means he faces the possibility of humiliation in his own back yard – with defeat for his candidate in elections for ...

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If the rest of the world really want to help Turkey

If the rest of the world really want to help Turkey

From Dani Rodrik’s weblog: Here is the one paragraph version of what is happening in Turkey. During the last decade in which he has been in power, Erdogan has allowed the Gulen movement to take control over the police, judiciary, ...

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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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– OPEN LETTER – Internet Censorship in Turkey

– OPEN LETTER – Internet Censorship in Turkey

The right to use the internet in Turkey is under imminent and major danger. With a new law just adopted, the Turkish Government has tightened its suffocating grip on the Internet, further curtailing the freedom of expression, the freedom of ...

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Boeing Delivers 1st Spy Plane To Turkey; Faces Penalties

Boeing Delivers 1st Spy Plane To Turkey; Faces Penalties

After several years of delays, Boeing has delivered an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to Turkey but faces penalties now being negotiated with the Turkish government. The aircraft, the first of a batch of four, has arrived at ...

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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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