Bayram work: Turkey slams Germany’s Spiegel magazine and US embassy in Turkey…

Turkey on Sept. 14 angrily criticized leading German news magazine Der Spiegel for a special edition that called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “a dictator,” saying the edition was provocative and showed a “distorted mindset”
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President Erdoğan had an opportunity for creating a sense of national unity. His wide-ranging purges have put paid to any idea of that

The British embassy in the capital Ankara has announced it will be closed on Sept. 16 over security concerns, while Germany has also temporarily closed its embassy, all other consular offices and a school in Turkey, reportedly due to fears of a possible terror attack
An alleged member of the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) was included on the speakers list of a U.S. congressional panel on Sept. 14, discussing the aftermath of the coup attempt in Turkey, at a time when Ankara is pressing the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gülen, the Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher and the main suspect in the coup probe
Ankara has warned officials in the United States that they should detain Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen before he escapes to another country, in a temporary detention request sent by the Turkish Justice Ministry to Washington on Sept. 13
Turkey’s Intelligentsia Kneels to Erdogan

Tens of thousands have been detained, while others, like me, are driven into exile. Yet Turkish liberals bow to despotism.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu have criticized an “unacceptable” statement by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara regarding the controversial appointment of trustees to a number of municipalities in Turkey’s east on terrorism charges
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sept. 12 defended the suspension of 28 mayors over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, saying it was a long-overdue move
Evaluating the trustee appointments to municipalities, President Erdoğan following the bairam salaat has said “To me, this is a late step taken. This step should have been taken earlier”.
The Turks’ notion of a vast Western conspiracy to undermine their country, with the United States mostly to blame, has its roots in a post-World War I treaty that was never carried out.
Brothers critical of Turkish government arrested after TV programme

Ahmet Altan, a former newspaper editor, and his brother Mehmet, a prominent academic, have been taken into custody for ‘subliminal messages’


Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected

We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the region in which it exerts a leading role, to protest the vendetta the government is waging against its brightest thinkers and writers who may not share their point of view.

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As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed July coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s administration has urged countries in Eurasia to shut down schools associated with the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen. But outside of Azerbaijan, the call does not seem to be swaying Eurasian governments.

For the words they used on a TV program, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan were detained on Saturday.

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