Last night state of emergency was declared for three months. Today it is announced that European Convention on Human Rights are suspended temporarily citing the French case. I do not know how this will change our daily lives. For the moment, for those friends abroad who are anxious about us, we continue our daily lives. I am in my office, trying to work on some papers I am writing and meeting with prospective undergraduate students. This is the time for prospective students. They have to make their choices before 2 August. Yesterday my mother called me, she asked me if I was in trouble: “I know you do not like Gülen but you were invited to his followers’ events for speeches.” I was happy to see mum made a rational description. When I was in college, she would think I would be involved in every single demonstration she saw in the news, and she would make my already sad life sadder. Over years, I had only one belief left: We can only live in peace in a democratic society and my opposition to ruling power is only in relation to defending democratic rights. If there is a witchunt to include us all just because we are in a democratic opposition, then so be it…
Syrians in Turkey are denied full rights but Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has offered a basic level of sanctuary
President is perceived to represent lower-class and religiously conservative sections of society, and under his rule people have become better off
For the thousands of Turks who gathered outside Istanbul’s city hall on Tuesday evening, one man loomed large. At the end of the street, a giant image of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, stared down on the crowds.
President Erdoğan is now more concerned about seizing extra powers to deal with internal opposition than in cosying up to Brussels
Tanks on the street, parliament under attack and fighter jets buzzing over the Bosphorus: Turkey’s failed military coup, which led to the deaths of at least 232 people, has underlined the fragility of democracy in a country that thought it had left military adventurism in the past.
5 of these 6 military aides are under arrest, meaning they're at least suspected. The one who isn't is a former aide pic.twitter.com/J4tkr8fV0x
— Selim Koru (@SelimKoru) July 20, 2016
The secret-spilling group’s latest publication claims to shed light on the circumstances of Turkey’s recent armed uprising and the crackdown that’s followed.
— Frank Nordhausen (@NordhausenFrank) July 20, 2016
Conspiracy, paranoia, and real plots: the bizarre history of Turkey’s military coups
The exemplar was the 2008 Ergenekon accusations, where hundreds of defendants — a mixture of military officials and civil leaders — were blamed for a secret plot to overthrow the government. That plot possibly existed, in some form or another, but it …
Bad news for Turkey’s democracyTribune-Review
Turkey’s ‘Arab Spring’ moment: No Sisi and no more GulenMehr News Agency – English Version
Turkey’s Faltering DemocracyCommon Dreams (press release)
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