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Ozgur Ogret

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Police and protestors gather at Gezi park
Turkey

Gezi Case: Turkey Must Reject Conspiracy Theory As Justice

The indictments filed against prominent liberal figures after the 2013 Gezi park protests show the government doesn't care about defending the constitution.

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ISTANBUL — The current round of indictments prepared by Turkish prosecutors regarding the "Gezi Events' of 2013 shows that the time for judicial scandals and slanderous conspiracy theories are far from over. The criminal charges filed against businesspeople, artists and journalists — including such prominent names as Osman Kavala, Mehmet Ali Alabora and Can Dündar —reminds us of other troubling episodes from the past such as "Ergenekon" and "Sledgehammer." It proves that the methods of the Fethullah Gülen movement (which dominated Turkey's judiciary from 2008-2013 ) has since been fully adopted by the ruling Justice and Development Party — even if their onetime alliance with Gülen's movement is long over.

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Protestors took to the streets of Istanbul to rally against the referendum results on April 17.
Turkey

A Sacred Right To Celebrate? 7 Questions After Istanbul New Year’s Attack

ISTANBUL — The New Year's Eve terrorist attack at a popular nightclub in an upscale neighborhood of Istanbul has left 39 dead and dozens wounded. As Turkish authorities continue their search for the suspect, the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility Monday for the attack at the Reina nightclub, which some have noted came after loud public debates about the celebration of Western secular holidays. Here are seven questions and answers to better understand what happened, as well as the broader context in Turkey, and beyond.

1. What is the symbolic meaning of the nightclub Reina?

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Dec. 22
Turkey

The End Of Turkey’s Ottoman Dreams

Ceding to Russia's influence in Syria is a “rare public humiliation,' for Erdogan and his ambitions to make Turkey a world diplomatic power.

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ISTANBUL — Although he later tried to correct himself, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on the record saying these simple words: "We have entered Syria to end the rule of Assad, nothing else." Let me remind you that the word of a president, prime minister and foreign affairs minister is binding for the state under international law. It is clear that people at such positions should repeat this simple rule of law to themselves everyday in the mirror while shaving. They are frequently confused about the difference of making a populist speech at the square of a small town and governing a state.

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Sunset over Istanbul
Turkey

What Divides Turkey And The EU Goes Deeper Than Politics

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ISTANBUL — Over the years, as Turkey's European Union membership process stalled, I have seen plenty of blame on both sides. Ultimately, I never believed Turkey would become a full EU member, as the process was full of insincerity from both Ankara and Brussels. Now, it is over.

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