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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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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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‘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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Haaretz: Turkey’s True Colors being Revealed

Haaretz: Turkey’s True Colors being Revealed

Citing a report from Youm7, Haaretz is reporting that the reason Huseyin Avni Botsali – Turkey’s Ambassador to Egypt – was expelled on November 23rd had to do with an active relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. The source of Botsali’s ...

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The Economist’s dilemma

The Economist’s dilemma

In an article titled “Erdogan’s Dilemma” published on Nov 18th 2013, The Economist claims that if he wants to keep power, he will have to change the AK party’s rules to let him stand for a fourth term as prime ...

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Turkey’s Cleavage Crackdown Goes to College

Turkey’s Cleavage Crackdown Goes to College

I hate to admit it, but the paranoid secularists who for a decade have been saying Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harbored a secret agenda are being proved right. For years I’ve been gently pointing out to those paranoid ...

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Erdogan Is Quietly Wooing America’s Enemies

Erdogan Is Quietly Wooing America’s Enemies

Turkey is looking around for new allies – and that is not good news for America. Although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long been essential to President Barack Obama’s strategy in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and ...

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Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Considering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gotten involved in telling Turks how many children they should have (at least three), what they should drink (the non-alcoholic ayran) and what kind of bread they should eat (whole wheat, preferably), ...

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Turkey in Disarray

Turkey in Disarray

Three years ago, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his country were soaring. The Turkish economy was booming and a model for growth and expansion. Erdogan, spurned by the EU for membership, was looking east. Never modest, he saw himself as ...

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