Posts Tagged ‘Erdogan’

  1. The real coup II, or, Everything is secret

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    July 23, 2016 by AK

    Zia Weise reports on politico.eu about the ongoing purges in Istanbul: It is easy to laugh this off as baseless paranoia, but stories abound of men calling the police on their government-criticizing wives, of village headmen keeping lists of suspicious residents, and neighbors informing on each other. In Düzce, a town halfway between Istanbul and Ankara, …
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  2. Robert Amsterdam’s new client

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    July 21, 2016 by AK

    ​I learned of Robert Amsterdam when he was representing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos as their international lawyer. Amsterdam’s relentless criticism of Russia’s legal system, which he witnessed in action at the first Yukos trial in 2003-4, was spot on but too few cared to listen back then. He remained a vocal critic of Putinism for …
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  3. Erdogan’s black hundreds?

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    July 17, 2016 by AK

    Looking back at the fateful night of July 15-16, the feel-good tweets about the Turkish nation standing as one against the perfidious military now seem delusional. In the early hours of the coup, there were no reports of angry crowds taking to the streets; instead, there were tweets about people shaking hands with soldiers manning the tanks. Then …
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  4. Unlike Erdogan, Putin does not need to purge Russia’s submissive judiciary

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    July 17, 2016 by AK

    Erdoğan’s ongoing purge of the judiciary is unsurprising: apparently, an influential group of appellate judges was one of the few barriers left on his march to absolute power – although the magistrates’ motives may have little to do with the rule of law. During his years as an active politician, Berlusconi was hounded by the so-called …
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  5. Now this is the real coup

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    July 16, 2016 by AK

    As reported by politico.eu: The punishment came swiftly for 2,745 judges who were dismissed by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors on suspicion of being connected with the abortive coup… A member of the country’s highest constitutional court, Alparslan Altan, was detained on Saturday… The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors terminated the membership of five of its …
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  6. Erdogan’s favorite coup, or, Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Turkey

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    July 16, 2016 by AK

    My first impression of the failed coup in Ankara and Istanbul is that, despite the hundreds of dead and wounded, it was not quite for real: the plotters did not try to kill or capture Erdoğan and his key lieutenants, to incapacitate the security forces, to destroy AKP offices, and to neutralize the Erdoğan-loving imams. (And they …
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  7. Not as good as 1963 but quite a (half-)year

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    June 28, 2016 by AK

    Leicester City, Trump, Brexit, England losing to Iceland, and now, Erdoğan apologizing or at least writing something as close to an apology as the man can manage without killing himself. Russia’s loss to Wales, although a face in the mud experience, was hardly the first of its kind and does not belong on this catalogue …
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  8. Playing with fire in Hatay

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    December 2, 2015 by AK

    The more I read about the history of Hatay, Turkey’s appendage-like province disputed by Syria, the more I am convinced that its status remains a sore point for Ankara. Also, Turkey’s military is in solidarity with Erdogan on the need to hold on to what they see as Turkish ethnic territory, which may extend beyond the …
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  9. The Turkoman People’s Republic

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    November 28, 2015 by AK

    The Russian speakers of Eastern Ukraine were not at risk of being killed by Ukrainian forces until Russia’s allies or puppets began the war in Donbass. The Turkomans of Syria have been at risk since the start of the civil war in Syria, that is at least from 2011. It’s understandable that Turkey – especially …
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  10. Any good to come out of this?

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    November 27, 2015 by AK

    The Russian government seems to be overreacting to the Su–24 crisis, threatening wide-scale economic sanctions against Turkey that are certain to hurt Russian consumers. (Bombing Voronezh in response, again.) Is this Putin taking personal offense – an ego contest between the two authoritarians, Putin and Erdogan? Putin has complained that Ankara did not contact him first …
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