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Amnesty International has gathered credible evidence that detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country. The organization is calling for independent
Turkey’s president would not be in power today had he succeeded more fully in his efforts to curtail critical media and control online speech. That fact gave a ray of hope to some of his critics that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan might…
Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen of plotting last week’s failed coup against
The coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed because it was a coup. The previous military takeover, of Sept. 12, 1980, was immediately and totally successful because it was executed by the armed forces as whole, under the chain of command headed by the Chief of the General Staff Gen. Kenan Evren. The technical term for that sort of takeover is pronunciamento, Spanish for declaration. With all the armed forces acting as one, it is enough to declare that power has been seized to actually have it.
Late Friday night, a faction within the Turkish military launched a violent and ultimately ill-fated coup attempt which will make democracy in Turkey ever more elusive.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials have blamed Gulen staying in self-imposed exile in the United States and his …
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The president will take this chance to weaken the media, judiciary and military. He has one-man rule in his sights
How heavily the bloody coup attempt in Turkey has traumatised the country may be beyond anyone’s imagination. Needless to say, the perpetrators, in what seemed like an ill-planned, fast-forward action, have delivered a deadly stab to the country’s already wounded democratic system, which had been sending an SOS out to the world for some time.
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, weeps at the funeral for his top campaign manager and teenage son, who died during the failed coup attempt. Thousands of mourners attended the funeral ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday, where Erdogan burst into tears as he addressed the crowd. He promised to carry the country into the future in unity and soildarity. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images
President Erdoğan seems intent on purging his enemies. The EU must use all its diplomatic powers to steer him away from reinstating capital punishmentThe military coup that was launched, and that failed, between Friday night and Saturday morning, showed the two faces of today’s Turkey in sharp relief. On the one hand, there was the old tendency of the military to take responsibility for the nation, with officers casting themselves as the guardians of law and order and the secular state. On the other, there was a new sense of pride in even flawed democracy that brought people, young and old, religious and not, into the streets to oppose an illegal seizure of power. The people won; so far, so good.
Accelerated drive towards an authoritarian state could unsettle international creditors and damage relations with US
US jets have resumed operations against Isis from Turkey but the upheaval has shown how at odds the nominal allies are US jets have resumed operations in the fight against Islamic State after being grounded for two days at an airbase in southern Turkey amid uncertainty over what the country’s failed coup might mean for bilateral ties and for the war itself.
In standing up to their military the Turkish people have at last broken with the past and tamed the army – but at what price?At about 11pm on Friday, I was passionately debating Pokémon Go at a dinner party in Istanbul when someone announced that a military coup was taking place. “Really – actual jets? Tanks at the airport – seriously?” Everyone was incredulous, scanning their phones, until someone spotted a helicopter from the balcony. Reality hit home, and we hastily took our leave. In corner shops middle-class locals were stocking up on water and – bizarrely – pet food.