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Who will succeed Erdoğan? Bring up the Bodies

By Abraham Thicke Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has led his country for nearly 15 years, first as Prime Minister and latterly as president. During this time, Turkey’s economy has burgeoned, with millions enjoying benefits that eluded most Turks during the last century. But Erdoğan, despite early signs to the contrary, has …


Gezi’s Bitter Harvest

By Abraham Thicke In late May 2013 the Gezi Park protests erupted in Turkey, sparked by the violent eviction of a group of environmental activists from the eponymous park in central Istanbul. Unrest spread rapidly across Turkey, fuelled by social media and widespread dissatisfaction with the government. It was not …


Peace at Home, Peace in the World

By Abraham Thicke Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent brief, though highly anticipated, encounter with US President Donald Trump was overshadowed by a fight involving his security team and protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Washington DC. Nine people were hospitalized. What provoked the brawl is disputed, though video footage …


Another Morning Another Detained Academician

Turkey’s veteran journalist Hasan Cemal writes for T24: I opened my computer early in the morning; an e-mail showed up. “Hello Mr. Hasan, At about 5:20 am, four or five civilian policemen from terrorism unit came in with a search warrant in their hands. They took two laptops and two mobile …