Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. “Exposed to all kinds of humiliation and disrespect”

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    December 12, 2015 by AK

    Russia can’t always be at war with Turkey: at some point, it will have to patch up the relationship. One would think that the Turkish intelligentsia and students should be natural allies for any force opposed to Erdogan’s neo-Islamism and obscurantism. But Moscow has no qualms abusing and alienating members of those groups. This is …
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  4. “Reports of harassment and fear”

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    December 2, 2015 by AK

    Predictably, Russian authorities are working hard to make life intolerable for Turkish citizens living in Russia: …there were reports of harassment and fear in the Turkish student community. In the city of Saratov, police arrived at a student dormitory on Saturday and searched the rooms of about 20 students with sniffer dogs, selecting them specifically by …
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  5. 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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  6. Cheating by default

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    November 25, 2015 by AK

    This detailed map by the BBC tells the story. When I first saw a map of the area, at The Guardian, I could almost hear the pilot saying: “I’m not going to change course – it’s only five kilometers, man – avos’ pronesyot.” Doing the Russian thing, taking shortcuts. The BBC’s map is more detailed …
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  7. Is the Kremlin learning from Turkey’s anti-minority laws?

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    May 30, 2015 by AK

    The pending closure of Dmitry Zimin’s Dynasty Foundation is the latest episode in the Kremlin’ campaign against independent NGOs. True to the principle of rule by (as opposed to of) law, Putin has badgered them with two recent bills, on foreign agents and on undesirable organizations. “For our friends, everything; for our enemies, the law” is a Latin American saying but …
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