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(5) The heroic citizens of Turkey – Adam McConnel

I did not really sleep after laying down around 06:30 (16th July).  A mixture of fear, tension, and hyper-alertness kept me awake.  So at about 08:00 I moved back to the TV after listening for what might be going on outside.  I could still hear gunfire, but it was further away. On television were scenes of soldiers on the bridge ...

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What we experienced Friday night (4) – Adam McConnel

After 03:00 and President Erdoğan’s arrival in Istanbul, I continued to flip through the channels, watching the various scenes unfold.  After this point it was clear that the coup would not succeed — despite what was being reported internationally.  The failure of the international press on this count is all the more notable because the only thing they had to ...

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What we experienced Friday night (3) – Adam McConnel

After President Erdoğan appeared on TV, we learned that he would be coming to Istanbul.  But the situation in Istanbul at that moment was nightmarish.  Erdoğan was on the air for quite some time as he kept fielding journalists’ questions, but even as he spoke, sporadic gunfire could be heard coming from the bridges and helicopters were passing overhead in ...

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What we experienced Friday night (2) – Adam McConnel

After the junta’s “official” statement that was  broadcast by the TRT around midnight, my grim expectation was for all other TV channels to be also occupied and taken off the air.  So I began to surf whatever was “still” available even more intensely.  Observers have wondered why the coup plotters didn’t shut down public media as one of their first ...

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What we experienced Friday night (1) – Adam McConnel

During Friday night’s coup attempt against Turkey’s democratically elected political leadership, I tried, from time to time, to keep an eye on what the international media, including specifically the NYT, were reporting about the situation.  What I saw was shocking and disgusting, and for most of the night I couldn’t bring myself to do more than scan the thoroughly abhorrent ...

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The Real Story Behind the Turkish Coup – Eric Margolis

September 1961. Geneva, Switzerland. A Turkish classmate of mine named Turgut burst into my room, crying, ‘those bastards just hanged my father!’ The ‘bastards’ in question were Turkey’s generals. They had  overthrown the civilian government of Adnan Menderes and hanged my friend’s father. Since, then, the mighty Turkish armed forces has tried to overthrow the government about every ten years. ...

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Why Is Erdogan Being Demonized in the West – Soumaya Ghannoushi

Many masks have slipped since Turkey’s failed military coup last Friday, such that a great many on the right and the left alike, who never tire of eulogising about democracy and human rights, the masses, and people power have been exposed as little more than pseudo liberals and fake democrats. Ironically, the same western “experts”, “analysts” and “commentators”, who had ...

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Coup Attempt in Turkey: Many Failures, Many Prospects – PODEM

What Happened? The days of July 15th and 16th have marked one of the most critical and significant landmarks in the history of Turkey. The nation was threatened with an extremely serious assault as a group from within the Armed Forces attempted a coup on last Friday evening. The first scenes the public witnessed were the blocked bridges overarching the ...

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Press Release Regarding the Coup Attempt of July 15 in Turkey – YTB

What Happened? A group within the Turkish army associated with Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) headed by Fetullah Gulen, currently residing in the U.S. State of Pennsylvania, attempted a coup in Turkey on July 15. The coup attempt, which claimed the lives of 240 people so far, failed thanks to the exemplary resistance of Turkish nation together with other state institutions. ...

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A New Era In Turkey: Did They Just Vote For A New “Democratic Dictator”?

Alejandro A. Chafuén Many Western observers are making ominous predictions about the future of Turkey under the re-empowered leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This past Sunday, Erdogan won the presidential election. HisJustice and Development AK Party has been in power since 2002 and there are fears that he will become increasingly authoritarian. Turkey is increasingly becoming relevant on the world stage. ...

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