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The demise of Turkish democracy

Events in Turkey since Dec. 17, 2013, are not a mere bump in the road but constitute a major setback for Turkish democracy. A total of 84 American foreign policy experts have written a...

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Very bad things are happening

Prominent figures, including the prime minister, have placed the Hizmet movement under the spotlight in election campaigns. The prime minister hurls grave insults, details of which I cannot repeat here. He also makes strong...

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When lawlessness becomes a way of life

The Turkish judiciary had long been kept under the control of the military-led establishment as a means of maintaining the status quo and thereby silencing those groups or citizens who expressed their dissatisfaction with...

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Did you say extradition?

The harshest explicit criticisms against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government’s latest efforts to undermine democracy and the judiciary have been voiced by the US Department of State in its annual human rights report...

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You cannot explain it!

An elderly man approached me as I was walking out of the mosque. He recognized me; apparently, he wanted to tell me something. He said, “I have been voting for these people for almost...

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The Hizmet movement and external forces

When a respectable theologian recently said, “The problem is whether these entities [religious communities] will knowingly or unknowingly become part of the intervention with Turkey,” this made explicit what has long been implicitly purported...

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Fethullah Gulen in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s most densely populated Muslim country, and in many respects has the potential to become one of the leading countries in the world. I have been living here for several years...

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Erdoğan — destroying his own legacy

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, remains the most powerful and charismatic man in Turkish politics today. Yet, despite the many positive steps he has taken during his term in office, with his increasing...