Ramadan becomes political battleground in Turkey

Source:al Monitor Date:16Apr2022

The suhoor gathering in Agri organized by the AKP youth branch has gone viral after Halil Ibrahim Selcuk, head of AKP’s youth branch in Agri, posted a video of the gathering on social media. The

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Turkey’s Erdogan Accused of Playing Politics with Pandemic

Source:Balkan Insight Date:25Apr2020

A ban on city authorities from aiding those worst hit by the economic fallout of COVID-19 is a thinly-disguised attempt to exact revenge for a string of losses in local elections last year,

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Erdogan move to block minister’s resignation exposes Turkish power struggle

Source:Financial Times Date:13Apr2020

Those ambitions — and his popularity in rightwing circles — have put him at odds with Mr Erdogan’s son-in-law, the finance minister Berat Albayrak, who is viewed by many within the AKP as the

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Turkey’s Fight Against Coronavirus Fails to Heal Divisions, Opponents Say

Source:New York Times Date:10Apr2020

The government’s initial response to the outbreak appeared to have public support. A survey by pollster Metropoll on Wednesday showed a strong rise in Erdogan’s approval rating to

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Ankara cracks down on efforts by medical groups, opposition to address pandemic

Source:al Monitor Date:01Apr2020

As countries around the world try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, medical groups and opposition figures in Turkey are finding the limits of their operating space as Ankara works on

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Islamist Parties in Turkey: A Perpetual Matryoshka

Source:Middle East Forum Date:20Mar2020

Notwithstanding the awkward title, this analysis by Turkey expert Mr Burak Bekdil draws excellent conclusions about Turkey’s right-left divide and the prospects for a regime change:  

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Talking Turkey, Islamism, and Genocide on Capitol Hill

Source:Middle East Forum Date:17Dec2019

Editor’s Note:  I dopn’t agree with the discourse and conclusions, but this article is a jewel to demonstrate  how the American policy debate about Turkey is proceeding. I wish the

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Ruling party rebel Babacan could end Erdoğan’s government

Source:Ahval News Date:01Dec2019

The website adminstrator doesn’t agree with Mr Babahan’s view of CHP, but the article is a good read anyhow:   It is vital for conservatives, secular Alevis, Kurds and Turks who

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Turkey’s ruling AKP sees slide in support, main opposition gains votes – survey

Source:Ahval News Date:15Nov2019

No Operation Peace Spring dividend for AKP   Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) saw an almost 10 percent drop in support since the 2018 parliamentary elections with 32.7

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Fears of foul play hang over Turkish referendum

Source:al Monitor Date:11Apr2017

This al Monitor report addresses a growing fear among Turkey’s beleaguered opposition. That foul play will determine the outcome of Sunday’s ballot, rather than voters’ conscience.  While the

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