Tag Archives: Turkey

Turkey needs some Brexit spirit to defeat Erdogan’s tyranny

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Some European observers, who, post-Brexit, view every referendum as a threat to stability, if not a Hitlerian device of mayhem, are talking about Erdogan’s referendum to give himself sweeping powers in the same breath as the Brexit referendum. Both the ‘Brexit and Erdogan referendums are illegitimate,’ says philosopher turned anti-democrat AC Grayling. A Europe ‘traumatised by Brexit’ hasn’t a leg to stand on when it comes to challenging the authoritarian Erdogan, says a writer for the Guardian. These attempts to link Brexit with Erdogan are beyond wrong. In truth, Erdogan’s campaign to weaken parliamentary democracy in order to sideline pesky oppositionists and to streamline political decision-making is far more in keeping with the Remainer / EU worldview than with Brexit. It’s another expression of the 21st-century elite turn against democratic ideals that the anti-Brexit sentiment, the establishment fury with the Trump throng, and Brussels’ power-grabbing constitutions — rejected by millions of Europeans — also express and embody.” (04/17/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/turkey-needs-some-brexit-spirit-to-defeat-erdogans-tyranny/

Democracy more dead

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Turkey’s democracy died today,’ CNN headlined its report on yesterday’s national constitutional referendum. The measure contained 18 significant changes designed to further empower the country’s already seemingly all-powerful President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. CNN is behind the times. Turkey hasn’t been a real democracy for some time.” (04/17/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/17/democracy-more-dead/

Turkey: Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge

Source: Reuters

“President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics, but opponents said the vote was marred by irregularities and they would challenge its result. Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and its three main cities, including the capital Ankara and the largest city Istanbul, looked set to vote ‘No’ after a bitter and divisive campaign. Erdogan said 25 million people had supported the proposal to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency, giving the ‘Yes’ camp 51.5 percent of the vote.” (04/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-referendum-idUSKBN17H0CU

Turkey: Historic vote on presidential powers under way

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Voting is under way in Turkey in a landmark referendum that will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be granted sweeping new powers. Mr. Erdogan’s supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency would modernize [sic] the country but opponents fear it could lead to greater authoritarianism. A ‘Yes’ vote could also see Mr. Erdogan remain in office until 2029.” (04/16/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39612562

Coup and counter coup, part 5: Jacobins and Grey Wolves in Turkey

Source: Notes on Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“The post coup atmosphere created the impression of an invincible block of the AKP and the MHP, backed by some parts of Kemalist (Jacobinism alla turca) opinion, which would provide a massive majority for the Presidential republic desired by Erdogan. The MHP did provide the votes in the National Assembly, for the super majority necessary to trigger a constitutional referendum. This was a complete turn about from the MHP’s previous position. The background to this turn is partly in the state-PKK polarisation, but also in an internal female challenge to the MHP leader Devlet Bahceli from Meral Aksaner. She is very popular with the Grey Wolf community and would have probably won a leadership election if a special party congress had been called.” (04/12/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/04/12/coup-and-counter-coup-v-jacobins-and-grey-wolves-in-turkey/

Erdogan isn’t as strong as he looks — that what makes him dangerous

Source: Antiwar.com
by Conn Hallinan

“At first glance, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to create an executive presidency with almost unlimited power through a nationwide referendum looks like a slam-dunk. The man hasn’t lost an election since 1994, and he’s loaded the dice and stacked the deck for the April 15 vote. … So why is Erdogan so nervous? Because he has reason to be. The juggernaut that Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) put together to dismantle Turkey’s current political system and replace it with a highly centralized executive with the power to dismiss parliament, control the judiciary, and rule by decree has developed a bit of a wobble.” (04/06/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/hallinan/2017/04/05/erdogan-isnt-as-strong-as-he-looks-thats-what-makes-him-dangerous/

Coup and counter-coup in Turkey

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“On July 20th 2016, a group of army officers up to at least the Brigadier General (one star general) level attempted to seize control of the Turkish state. On the morning of the 20th it was evident that the coup had collapsed though the government, along with its allies in the media, social media, think tanks and so on was eager to promote the idea of an unended coup which might spring back into life, like the villain in a horror film, at any moment over a long indefinite period of time. No follow-up coup materialised. The most that can be said for that unending coup mentality was that it is difficult to know how much of the army would have gone over if the coup organisation had captured or killed President Erdoğan. What the never-ending coup claims achieved was to legitimise and mobilise paranoia, intolerance, and authoritarian state reactions with regard to anyone who might be in opposition to the Erdogan/Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.” (03/14/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/03/14/coup-and-counter-coup-in-turkey-first-of-a-series-of-posts-on-turkey-since-15th-july-2016-and-background-topics/

Twitter confirms it was hacked as handles tweet swastikas

Source: New Indian Express [India]

“Several top Twitter accounts, including those of a German football club, a French ministry and BBC North America, were defaced Wednesday by pro-Turkish hackers with a message slamming ‘Nazi Germany’ and ‘Nazi Holland.’ … The message also featured a swastika and was followed by a video showing extracts of speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Twitter confirmed the attack. … The cyberattack comes after Turkish politicians were last week banned by The Netherlands and several German towns from holding rallies to woo expatriate support for an April 16 constitutional referendum on boosting Erdogan’s powers.” (03/15/17)

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2017/mar/15/twitter-confirms-it-was-hacked-as-handles-tweet-swastikas-1581663.html

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch regime warns citizens after Erdogan threat

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Netherlands has warned its citizens over travel to Turkey as a row between the countries shows no sign of abating. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation, accusing them of ‘Nazism.’ … The proposed rallies aimed to encourage a large number of Turks living in Europe to vote Yes in a referendum on 16 April on expanding the president’s powers. The plans were criticised by senior EU officials on Monday.” (03/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39254556

Turkey: Pilot of crashed Syrian jet rescued

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The pilot of a Syrian military aircraft that crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey has been found alive and taken to a hospital, officials say. The Syrian pilot ejected before the crash, in southern Turkey. He has some spinal fractures but is not in a critical condition, reports say.
It is unclear what caused the crash. An Islamist group which is fighting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said the plane had been shot down, but the Syrian government has not confirmed it.” (03/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39172115