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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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Randal O’Toole – Refugees or Immigrants?

Early this week, the Antiplanner listened to a presentation in Greece about the Syrian refugee crisis. The presenter noted that almost all members of the European Union had signed theDublin agreement defining how countries should treat refugees. A major exception, however, was Turkey, which treated people fleeing Syria as potential immigrants rather than refugees. The speaker made it sound as ...

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Alex Nowrasteh – Economics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Civil War has produced about 5.8 million Syrians seeking refuge or asylum elsewhere–a scale of population displacement unseen since World War II. Although the flow into Europe dominates the news, most of the registered Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East. Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan are the main recipients of the immigration wave, receiving roughly 1.1 million, 2.7 million, ...

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Turkey Integrates Syrian Refugees by Treating Them like Economic Contributors

The ongoing civil war in Syria has displaced millions of people, many within Syria itself, but the majority of refugees are trying to find new homes and political asylum outside their war-torn homeland. Macedonia has closed its border with Greece, preventing passage through the Balkan trail to Western Europe, so thousands of Syrian refugees are accumulating in Greece each week. ...

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Syria Crisis Prompts Turkey’s New Openings to Its Alevis

Everyone in Turkey agrees that one of the most vital issues facing the country is the situation of Alevis. It is a top-priority societal issue that has to be handled with urgency. Alevis constitute the country’s largest minority, estimated between 12 and 15 million people. Given Turkey’s population of 76 million, this is a significant number. In short, Alevis are ...

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Yılmaz Ensaroğlu- Expectations from the Democratization Package

One should not expect a cure-all magic package but appreciate every single positive step because improvements take place through small steps extended over a period of time in Turkey. In the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey the state is defined as “a democratic, secular and social state … respecting human rights, loyal to the nationalism of Atatürk and based ...

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John B. Taylor* – The Road to Recovery

As Hayek taught, freedom and the rule of law drive prosperity. Burdened by slow growth and high unemployment—especially long-term unemployment—the American economy faces an uncertain future. We have endured a painful financial crisis and recession, the recovery from which has been nearly nonexistent. Federal debt is exploding and threatening our children and grandchildren. In my view, the reason for this ...

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