Turks Can Agree on One Thing: U.S. Was Behind Failed Coup

Turks of all stripes believe the United States was involved in the coup attempt, especially because the cleric suspected of leading it lives in Pennsylvania.
Austria is capital of radical racism, says Turkish foreign minister

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu makes comments after Austrian chancellor suggests ending talks on Turkey joining EU

Turkey scolds Austria in EU membership dispute

Turkey angrily rejects Austrian suggestions that its membership talks with the EU should be ended following the crackdown since a failed coup.
Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern on Wednesday called on the European Union to end membership talks with Turkey in the wake of a massive government crackdown following a failed coup.
Renzi: ‘Italian judges do not answer to Erdogan’

Rome and Ankara bickered yesterday (2 August) over an Italian investigation into accusations that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal laundered money.
BBC Türkçe, gazeteport and Diken news sites’ articles of probe into Bilal Erdoğan in Italy have been blocked.
The United States has not made any decision on whether to extradite Fethullah Gülen, the prime suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt according to Ankara, a U.S. official has told the Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s president President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (2 August) blamed Western countries for “supporting” the 15 July coup which left more than 270 people dead.
Erdogan Says West Supports Terrorism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused the West of supporting terrorism while criticizing his actions after an attempted coup against him last month.
The Scale of Turkey’s Purge Is Nearly Unprecedented

How the Turkish president’s sweeping purge of political opponents would look if Americans were targeted at a similar scale.
Turkey coup accused ‘traced via messaging app’

Thousands of people accused of taking part in an attempted coup have been traced via a messaging app, a senior Turkish official tells Reuters.
nytimes.com – The Editorial Board

Shaken by a failed coup attempt, Turkey ‘s government and many of its citizens are desperate for someone to blame. Instead of undertaking a thorough investigation of the facts, though, they have accused the United States of complicity in the

foreignpolicy.com – Peter Rough – May 29, 2014, 5:16 PM

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the secular Turkish Republic that replaced the Islamic Ottoman Empire, died in 1938, but Turks still define themselves as pro- or anti-Ataturk — though women need not say anything because their…

Turkey coup plotters’ use of ‘amateur’ app helped unveil their network

Turkish authorities identified thousands of undercover Gülenist operatives, whom they blame for the failed coup, after cracking messaging app ByLock

Yes, it’s a fact that Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe, will be the first European official to pay a visit to Ankara since the July 15 coup attempt when he comes on Aug. 3
The famous and proudly militaristic Turkish proverb, “Every Turk is born a soldier,” now perhaps should go with a suffix line, “But some plot coups and kill.”
nytimes.com – Stephen Kinzer – Aug 3, 5:46 AM

The sweeping purges and mass arrests since last month’s failed military coup in Turkey have confirmed many of the worst fears about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. They are the most recent in a long history of abuses. Over the last few

foreignaffairs.com – Aug 2, 8:18 PM

Two weeks after the failed Turkish coup attempt, there are still questions about the full extent of the plot and who, exactly, was involved. Still, it is possible to make some educated guesses. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has

How the Coup Attempt Has Strained U.S.-Turkey Relations

After last month’s attempted military coup, the Turkish government is accusing the United States of supporting the military’s failed takeover. Ceylan Yeginsu, The New York Times’s Istanbul reporter, explains the tension between the countries.
Senior American military officers at Incirlik Air Base scrambled to figure out what was happening, and reverberations were felt directly at the installation.

Turkey’s clash of Islamists: Erdogan vs Gülen

What does the power struggle between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and powerful Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen mean for Turks who want democracy?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer Presidential Press Service, via AP Pool. All rights reserved.Turkey is in crisis.

Engineering an uprising: what the democracy rallies in Turkey tell us

Since this initial mobilisation and the thwarting of the coup, the Turkish government has done all it can to sustain the momentum behind what it describes as a kind of popular uprising.

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Europe rights official urges Turkey to heed rule of law

The most senior European official to visit Turkey since last month’s “outrageous” attempted coup urges Turkey to act according to the rule of law.
None of the July 15 coup plotters is a Kemalist, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said in a Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group meeting on Aug. 2
Political reconciliation cannot be created by excluding the will of some 6 million citizen, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ has said, lashing out at the ruling and other opposition parties which have reached a common ground of solidarity against the July 15 coup attempt with the initiative of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Closed Universities in Numbers

15 of the 193 universities have been closed. There were 56,703 students and 2,808 academics at the closed universities.

The response to the failed coup in Turkey two and a half weeks ago has been swift, ruthless and wide-ranging.

Turkey, the EU and the death penalty: a chequered history

The abolition of the death penalty has been arguably the most symbolic result of Turkey’s EU accession process. To see it revoked would be a sad, backwards step for Turkey and for the EU.

Turkish President Erdogan meets Jean-Claude Juncker. PAimages/Virginia Mayo. All rights reserved.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed his regret for helping the Fethullah Gülen organization in the past and not being able to show the group’s real face to the people of Turkey
President Erdoğan has said, “I am saying frankly that I aided them though I personally disagree with many of their ideas. We thought we had a common feature. My god, my nation forgive me”.
What we may expect from recent Wikileaks on Turkish politics

How is it that socio-political disruptions in Turkey consistently boost the power of the ruling party?

Supporters of the AKP hold the portraits of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul. Thanassis Stavrakis /Press Association. All rights reserved. In his latest book, The Uprising, “Bifo” Berardi (2012) borrows some concepts from one of the most important figures in the study of cybernetics, Norbert Wiener, in order to describe the prevailing social impasse: instead of engendering a radical transformation or revolutionary upheaval, systemic disruptions in the social field increasingly consolidate and even give a boost to the power of the dominant paradigm, process, or group.

Turkey’s ‘Purge’ or ‘Purification’?

After the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey failed thanks to a massive response to protect democracy that united the media and the opposition, too, thousands of arrests and dismissals triggered a debate.

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