Turkey Will Either Lose Erdogan or Democracy

Turkey Will Either Lose Erdogan or Democracy

There are two reasons Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not survive the current government corruption scandals in Turkey. And if he does, the cost to the “Turkish model” will be enormous. The first is, well, the corruption charges. ...

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European court: Denying Armenian ‘genocide’ is no crime

European court: Denying Armenian ‘genocide’ is no crime

STRASBOURG, France – Denying that mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 were genocide is not a criminal offense, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday in a case involving Switzerland. The court, which upholds the 47-nation ...

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Turkey: lecturing not listening

Turkey: lecturing not listening

Through all the disappointments that have followed the Arab spring, liberals inside and outside the Middle East have been able to say that Turkey was standing proof that Islam and democracy were compatible. But what has been happening recently suggests ...

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U.S. Charter School of Influential, Turkish Islamist Raided by FBI

U.S. Charter School of Influential, Turkish Islamist Raided by FBI

The school is part of the charter school network of Fethullah Gulen, a powerful Turkish Islamist who resides in Pennsylvania. The FBI raided a Turkish-run charter school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. No information has been given to the public ...

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Powerful Islamist Org. Ramps Up War on Free Speech in West

Powerful Islamist Org. Ramps Up War on Free Speech in West

The primary objective of the OIC is to pressure Western countries into passing laws that would ban ‘negative stereotyping of Islam.’ The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries, has released the latest edition of its ...

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As alliances crumble, Turkish strongman Erdogan faces elections on shaky footing

As alliances crumble, Turkish strongman Erdogan faces elections on shaky footing

ANKARA, Turkey — After dominating Turkish politics for a decade, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is entering election season on uncertain footing — without the support of key groups that had powered his previous electoral wins and facing divisions within ...

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Ahmet Üzümcü ‘optimistic’

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ahmet Üzümcü ‘optimistic’

The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday, landed in Oslo on Sunday to begin three days of traditional prize events. Ahmet Üzümcü said he’s “optimistic” that ...

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‘Not freedom but treason’: Erdogan slams Turkish media over whistleblowing

‘Not freedom but treason’: Erdogan slams Turkish media over whistleblowing

Turkish PM has equated whistleblowing to “treason” when he slammed a Turkish daily for leaking state documents that included information on government’s profiling of citizens and surveillance on activities of religious groups. “I now see that some media groups are ...

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Pragmatic Erdogan takes a U-turn

Pragmatic Erdogan takes a U-turn

Discovering at the eleventh hour that Turkey was about to be marginalised over Geneva II and regional diplomacy in general, the prime minister has thrown himself whole-heartedly into the thick of it. What a difference 24 months can make. In ...

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Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

Turkey – for almost a century the most secular and moderate nation in the Muslim world – seems to be flirting with its Islamic caliphate roots, dreaming of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days, jihad, conquest and superiority over the “infidel” West. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey Turks are being ...

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