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The New Sultan of Turkey

A diminutive 63-year-old with dyed blond hair and a raspy smoker’s cough, Mücella Yapici hardly fits the profile of a criminal mastermind. But Turkish judicial authorities see it differently. Since last year, the architect and urban planner has been on trial for organizing and maintaining an “illegal criminal organization.” If convicted, Yapici could face 30 years in jail.

 

Why Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan May Be the Next Putin
Slate Magazine
Erdogan’s 2008–2013 prosecution of leading generals and officers, as well as journalists, politicians, and other prominent secularists, under the guise that they had been involved in the so-called Ergenekon conspiracy to undermine the state, has

 

A court in Turkey sentenced Meral Tutcali to one year in prison for the offense of “insulting a public official” by sharing a satirical news story.
The title of this article should have been “Zaytung and 5G or you can surf the net faster as long as you behave as I want you to.” President Tayyip Erdoğan spoke about Turkey’s mobile network at an event earlier this week.
Rethink Paper (Rethink Institute) No. 23, April 2015 Turkey Task Force On Sunday, June 7, 2015, Turkish citizens are headed to the polls once again. The elections will be nationwide general elections for 550 seats in the Turkish Parliament.The major issues that have permeated the electoral climate are the potential switch to presidentialism, trampled rights […]
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) have recently announced their manifestos for the June 7 general elections.
June 7 looms large for the AKP
Today’s Zaman
When the 2011 elections rolled around, the AKP postured itself as the party bravely in the face of military threats to overturn the government, as reflected in the Ergenekon and Balyoz coup trials. Its promised voters civilian-based, legitimate .
People across Turkey, particularly children, celebrated Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day on April 23, though the deaths of three people in three separate cities and unfavorable weather conditions darkened the festivities

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