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Why did the West Fail to Condemn the July 15 Coup Attempt of Turkey?

Introduction The attitude of the West in general against July 15, 2016, coup attempt in Turkey was really upsetting. Governments of the EU countries and USA kept away from giving a clear and strong support to Turkey’s democratically elected government during and aftermath of the failed coup attempt. On the coup night representatives of Western  governments waited to speak out ...

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Why Turkey should matter to Europeans

In fact, the answer is so simple: There a disaster approaches to Europe and European leaders are doing nothing about it. And Turkey is the only country in the region to cooperate for preventing this incoming disaster. Turkey has been a stabilized and unitary country that has not gone to any war since WWI. And Europe has not experienced a ...

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Why is the EU disappointing that much?

Turks have been blamed for a while, with turning into anti-western. Does this really make sense? How could a nation that has already been a part of the Western world, as the history says, and always taken its place there, turn into anti of it? What makes this possible? No need to go that much back, let’s take the history ...

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Why Tank Man is worth everything but Turks nothing

It was June 4, 1989 when an “Unknown Protester” opposed the tanks that were patrolling around Tiananmen Square after crackdown on protests against the Chinese government. Known as the Tank Man, the unknown protestor had become the symbol of braveness and heroism; though he surely deserved such recognition. Nobody certainly knows what has happened to him later, but that one ...

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Turkey’s July 15 Revolution

Turkey’s July 15 resistance against the coup attempt is no less than the British, American or French revolutions. It has the main characteristics of the classical revolutions. Now Turkey is among the countries that have a saga to support the democratic system. Revolutions are defined as periods in which fast and comprehensive changes in political systems take place. Thus, a ...

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What if the attempted coup in Turkey had succeeded? – Halil Berktay

his inner/outer dialectic has fooled many (including well-known Turkey specialists like Erik Jan Zurcher, of whom more later). Hence I came up with a different view. I repeated it at a 4th August SETA panel in Ankara, and again on a 7th August late-night 24TV program. I am grateful to Scott Sherman for publishing my response in full, as well ...

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Military Coup Attempt: What I saw and lived

15 July 2016 night has a peculiarity about being a historical night in anyway. The uprising of a group of soldiers in Turkish Arm Forces has been counteres by the honorable stance of politicians, media and public. Meanwhile Turkey was so district and had a democratic posture against to juntas. I’m at esplanades since I first heard the treason felony. As ...

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Why do the People of Turkey Resist the Coup Attempt?

Turkey faced a brutal revolt by a group established in the military on the night of 15 July 2016. For those who have followed closely the attacks in the recent 3 years particularly starting along with an attack to the National Intelligence; Gezi Protests, and the reactions to the government’s historical resolution process with PKK in 2013, this coup attempt ...

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The Coup Leader Must Be Held Accountable – İbrahim Kalın

On July 15, a rogue faction within Turkey’s military attempted to suspend the Constitution, impose martial law and enforce a nationwide curfew. As troops and tanks blocked traffic crossing from Asia to Europe over the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, a number of government buildings including the Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the intelligence headquarters were heavily assaulted. During a series ...

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(6) For those who do not understand – Adam McConnel

As someone who lived through the night of 15-16 July, there are two aspects of the situation that I find disturbing.  The first is the event itself, which was truly terrifying.  The second has been the attitude of journalists and other intellectual commentators both inside Turkey and abroad. As the coup attempt emerged and then failed, reporters and pundits struggled ...

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