Soner Çağaptay believes “Turkey’s Future Will Be Liberal… Dispatches from Turkey

If we survive, this might actually be true….

After Erdogan, Turkey’s Future Will Be Liberal

Erdogan won on Sunday, but the era of Islamist dominance is ending. Today’s young Turks want real democracy.
PM Erdoğan has vowed to hand over the leadership of the AKP after consultations, as he prepares to take over the presidency from Abdullah Gül on Aug. 28
Parliament Speaker Çiçek has harshly criticized the apparent ineffectiveness of the OSCE’s Minsk Group in resolving the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Salafi Switcheroo

It now appears certain that Turkey has provided military and medical assistance to ISIS (now Islamic State or IS) fighters over the past couple of years, allowing them refuge in and easy transit through Turkey to Syria. The Turkish IHH organization played a prominent role in this. I have written about IHH on this blog before, here and here, tracing its origin and links with intolerant Salafi-style Islam (particularly vicious in its IS incarnation — even al-Qaeda distanced itself from ISIS because it was too brutal!). Last year, I wondered how resistant Sufi Turkey was to the Salafi virus.

The Turkish government has denied claims that it has supported jihadist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), recently renamed the Islamic State – Aug 12 – Before their blitz into Iraq earned them the title of the Middle East’s most feared insurgency, the jihadists of the Islamic State treated this Turkish town near the Syrian border as their own personal shopping mall. And eager to aid any and all
CNNTürk laid off its social media editor after the removal of a tweet message by Atilla Taş from an article that stirred controversy during the presidential elections coverage
Demirtaş’s relatively strong performance shows the reward to be gained by embracing ‘inclusive policies,’ the HDP has said
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is preparing to start reshaping the political scene from his own Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) after being elected as the country’s 12th president in August.
Diplomacy is the business of subtly transmitting your messages. It is always what lies between the lines that matters, not what appears on the surface and at first glance.

Debates over end of PM’s term grows

Controversy surrounding the legitimacy and legality of President-elect and PM Erdoğan’s refusal to resign from his posts as ruling party leader and prime minister has grown further


Turkish air thick with intrigue

Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have won the presidential election, but now the contest to take over from him as prime minister and AK party leader begins

Forces loyal to al-Maliki were deployed across strategic locations in Baghdad on Aug. 10, Davutoğlu said

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