for a pro-AKP columnist: “From Vatican to CIA, all allied to bring AKP down…

Abdurrahman Dilipak'tan flaş operasyon açıklaması: Uluslararası bir komployla karşı karşıyayız

One of the vocal pro-AKP columnist Dilipak’s claim are widely shared at Star , a staunchly pro-AKP daily, here

Unfortunately, what I observe is that this paranoid belief system is not peculiar to some but a general attitude in AKP circles while they have entered a state of denial on the graft probe…

A news roundup here: 

Justice minister warns judicial board not to make individual statements


Bekir Bozdağ warned the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors on issuing statements, saying that he was the only authority being entitled to do so

Conservatives indifferent to corruption if economy is OK


Corruption is not necessarily a high moral issue for a majority of conservatives in Turkey, according to a prominent scholar who has given his take on the current graft scandal in an interview with HDN

Turkish probe marks AKP-Gulen power struggle

Recent corruption investigations reflect the rivalry between the ruling party and the influential conservative movement.

Q&A: political fallout in Turkey


Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing his biggest political crisis for years amid a corruption probe that has shaken his government

Turkish PM denounces ‘conspiracies’ against government


Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his opponents are concerned not with corruption or justice but damaging Turkey’s power

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has vowed to fight off a corruption crisis circling his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow would fail just like mass anti-government protests last summer.

Dog Fight


The present political situation in Turkey reminds me of a vicious, no-holds-barred dog fight, teeth and claws aiming for the opponent?s most vulnerable spots (ministers? sons arrested for corruption, shoeboxes full of millions of dollars found stashed under a bed; the arresters are themselves arrested or removed from office; AKP ministers forced to resign, one claiming on TV that since PM Erdogan approved all this, he should resign too; theories thrown out by AKP and its media that the Gulen Movement is behind this, followed by Erdogan and Gulen taking their gloves off and cursing each other; other theories that evil ?foreigners? are behind it; Erdogan calling criticism of him ?treason??.) I won?t repeat the details of current events as the news has been full of them.  I do, however, recommend an OpEd by Andrew Finkel here.


En Turquie, la crise gouvernementale révèle la fragilité de M. Erdogan

Le Monde (France) samedi 28 décembre 2013, p. 18 Décryptages Bayram Balci * Les tensions au sein du camp islamiste pourraient profiter au président Gül. Depuis juin 2013, le gouvernement de M. Erdogan fait face à de spectaculaires expressions de mécontentement populaire. Touché dans son autorité, le charismatique premier ministre subit un nouvel échec

The Filth in Erdogan?s Closet


The International New York Times (USA) Saturday, December 28, 2013. p. 8 By Andrew Finkel * Istanbul ? A wave of early morning police raids in Turkey on Dec. 17 gave the world a sudden glimpse into the murky inner workings of the country?s ruling elite, pulling back the curtain on astonishing scenes of bribery


Turkey: Up from the depths

The Guardian (UK) December 28, 2013, p. 56 Editorial The ?deep state? burst up from the depths in Turkey this week, threatening not only Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s hold on power but the country?s hard-won reputation as a modern society. The idea that, behind the facade of apparently normal institutions, shadowy forces are at

Turkish leader?s turmoil may stem from a former ally


The Washington Post (USA) Sunday, December 29, 2013, p. 6 By Holly Yeager and Lyndsey Layton Faced with a deepening political crisis, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies have been squaring off with courts, police and prosecutors. But behind it all, Erdogan?s government largely sees the hand of Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic

The politicians? sons, the gold dealer and the pop star: a Turkish tale of corruption


Sunday Telegraph (UK) Sunday, December 29, 2013, p. 36 Glen Johnson in Istanbul and Richard Spencer Just a year ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the dominant face of Turkish politics and an important Middle Eastern power broker who was both trusted by the West and open to the East. He had governed for a decade

Turquie : la crise politique fragilise l?économie


Le Figaro (France) no. 21585, samedi 28 décembre 2013, p. 21 Le Figaro Économie Anne Cheyvialle La livre turque atteint un plus bas historique, la Bourse est en forte baisse. Le scandale politico-financier qui secoue la Turquie depuis une dizaine de jours et fait vaciller le pouvoir en place de Recep Tayyip Erdogan fragilise l?économie.


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