A Conversation on Turkey’s Failed Coup

July 23, 2016

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Turkey expert Dr. Joshua W. Walker. On July 15, Turkish citizens were startled by the appearance of Turkish armed forces on the streets of Ankara and Istanbul. Two bridges connecting Istanbul’s European side to the Asian continent were...

Purge Risks Weakening Turkish Security Forces

July 22, 2016

Erdogan will likely use the momentum of the crackdown to support his efforts to increase the presidency’s executive powers. The short-lived coup attempt in Turkey was launched by a section of the armed forces on July 15 by the so-called Peace at Home Council. During the ensuing hours, 145...

Who is Fethullah Gulen?

July 20, 2016

Is the Turkish Islamist a modernizer or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Followers of Fethullah Gulen say he preaches a new, modern form of Islam. Critics charge that he is a power-hungry wolf in sheep’s clothing preparing to convert secular Turkey into an Islamic republic—a conspirator who has...

Turkey Coup is Erdogan’s Warning

July 18, 2016

The Turkish coup attempt may have collapsed almost before it started, but its blunders hide dangerous contests for control of the state. It is no surprise that many have regarded the failed Turkish coup d’état as a false flag event—one masterminded by the government itself. After all, in...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

February 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion...

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

February 02, 2014

Incompatible visions for Turkey’s future are behind the recent spat. The de facto dispute between the Gulen Movement (GM), led by Fethullah Gulen, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved into the public sphere since the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) crisis last...

Turkey’s Corruption Crisis: A Political Probe

January 29, 2014

Turkey’s recent corruption probe is politically motivated. Corruption cases have a devastating impact on political parties. Turkey was recently hit by a corruption probe that shook the country's government. On December 17, 2013, Turkish police detained over 50 people as part of...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

January 23, 2014

The AKP will reassert their authority at the ballot box, but they will feel the heat from the Kurdish vote. Turkey is about to embark on a year and a half of pivotal elections — local elections in March, a presidential election in August, and general elections in June 2015. Whatever the...

Turkey: We, the 50 Percent… (Part 2/2)

July 04, 2013

For the 50 percent who didn't vote for Turkey's Erdogan, protests have been the only alternative. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Demonstrations Outside the Gezi Park It was mostly the elderly, who cooked at home and brought food to protesters in Gezi...

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