Category: Turkey

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Patrick Cockburn: May’s visit to Turkey shows how desperate she is to strike trade deals

Erdogan will be seen as endorsing the destruction of Turkish democracy; he is replacing it with a presidential system as dictatorial and repressive as anything seen in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s

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Patrick Cockburn: Turkey faces long and difficult fight against Isis in Syria

The Turkish army is suffering unexpectedly serious losses in men and equipment as it engages in its first real battle against Isis fighters holding al-Bab

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Patrick Cockburn: Think the American political system will stop Donald Trump exercising ultimate power? The same was said about Turkey’s President Erdogan

Manic sensitivity to criticism is a hallmark of both men. In Trump’s case this is exemplified by his tweeted denunciation of critics such as Meryl Streep, while in Turkey 2,000 people have been charged with insulting the president

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Patrick Cockburn: There is nothing the Turkish government can do to stop Isis terror attacks on its soil

The killing by an Islamic State (Isis) gunman of 39 civilians in a nightclub in Istanbul is the latest massacre in Turkey, where such slaughter is now happening every few weeks. The perpetrators may differ but the cumulative effect of these atrocities is to persuade Turks that they live in an increasingly frightening and unstable Read more…

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Robert Fisk: This is the reason why we don’t dwell on Turkish deaths in the West

If a democratically-elected dictator wants to act as a conduit in a neighbour’s civil war, what does he expect but massacres in his own major cities?

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Juan Cole: Rebuking Fundamentalists, Funeral for Palestinian-Israeli Istanbul Victim draws Thousands

Western elites have to stop destabilizing the place for the sake of black gold

Peter Loo: The Kurdish revolution – a report from Rojava

The emphasis is on political decentralisation (democratic confederalism), a women’s revolution and the importance of ecology

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Juan Cole: Trump blames Muslim immigrants for Turkey, Berlin Violence

Gandhi said that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. If the German and American publics allow the radical trolls to win, that is where the whole world is going

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Patrick Cockburn: The assassination of the Russian ambassador is the latest sign Turkey is becoming weaker and more unstable

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to extend his authoritarian rule but his country beset by problems both home and abroad

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Pepe Escobar: Who profits from Turkey’s ‘Sarajevo moment’?

Let’s cut to the chase: Ankara 2016 is not Sarajevo 1914. This is not a prelude to WWIII. Whoever plotted the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov – a cool, calm, collected old-school diplomat – risks a mighty blowback. The assassin, Mevlut Mert Altintas, was a 22-year-old police academy graduate. He was Read more…

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