Tagged: turkey

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Turkey’s Fading Democracy

Not long ago, Turkey was considered a model of constitutional democracy in the Middle East. For this reason, President Obama chose Turkey as his first majority-Muslim destination. But this 90-year old democracy is now...

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Erdogan’s heavy hand in Turkish media

Freedom House, a respected Washington-based nongovernmental organization, on Feb. 3 released the special report “Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media and Power in Turkey” focusing on government pressures and restrictions on the freedom of media in Turkey. Freedom House said...

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Toward a party state

A few years ago, we journalists asked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan some questions at a TV interview aired on a news channel. Eventually, the conversation settled on the issue of the presidential election....

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International reaction grows over reporter’s deportation

The repercussions of the deportation of Today’s Zaman journalist and blogger Mahir Zeynalov due to allegedly critical tweets about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan snowballed this weekend with statements from international rights and freedoms...

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The rentier state a la Turca

Rentier states derive their national revenues from the rent of indigenous resources to external clients. These resources could be natural resources, such as petroleum, as well as financial instruments, such as reserve currency. Since...

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Europe expresses serious concerns over Internet law

The European Commission and the European Parliament (EP) have criticized, in separate statements, a newly adopted Internet law in Turkey, saying that the law has raised concerns that the government is tightening its grip...

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Corruption Scandal and Ensuing Political Crisis

An observer recently quipped that Turkey is always on the news but for all the wrong reasons. The latest episode involves a wide – ranging corruption inquiry, the largest in the history of the...