Turkey slumps alarmingly in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index
Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 23.20.30Money in a shoebox. Viral image.

In the last twelve months, the Turkish state has appeared significantly more corrupt. That is the underlying message of Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, released December 3.

Turkish Police to Get More Search Powers

A bill passed by the Turkish Parliament gives the police wider latitude to conduct searches and the government greater control over the judiciary.
Turkey is being governed from the massive recently built presidential palace, President Erdoğan has said, in an apparent bid to assert his authority over the prime ministry
Rise in Security Expenditures Turning Turkey Into Police State
AINA (press release)
Istanbul Bilgi University’s NGO training and research center was established in 2003. The NGOs told us they were not informed about public expenditures in the areas where they were working. So in 2009 we prepared a guide for NGO members to enable .

I want to share with you an article I just published in Current History. The December 2014 edition of Current History has a collection of articles on the Middle East by prominent scholars that give excellent analyses and updates for different countries in the region.

Here’s my take on Turkey:

The Turkish government revisited a fresh implementation of what is called ‘paid military service’ on the eve of next year’s parliamentary elections
It’s Erdoğan as you’ve never seen him before – except maybe you have
According to Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, Turkey fell 5 points and 11 ranks compared to 2013, remaining under 50 points.
Turkey: seeing Kurdish politics through a narrow prism

With its stance on Kobane, Ankara is in danger of undoing advances in the Kurdish peace process. It must act boldly now to set things back on course.

Pro-Kurdish graffiti in Diyarbakir, Turkey, October 2014. Image credit: William Gourlay. All rights reserved.

Turkish president ramps up his criticism of international institutions
The decision comes a day after Turkey’s public policies over Alevi places of worship, have been labeled as discriminatory by the top European court on human rights
Ecologists and residents ofFatsa have begun standing guard around the clock to prevent a company from following through on plans to use cyanide in gold extraction on a 10-hectare forested area.

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