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Toronto Star Columnist Haroon Siddiqui: Division in AK Party is healthy in long run

“There is a kind of […]

The rentier state a la Turca

Rentier states derive their national revenues from the rent of indigenous resources to external clients.

These resources could be natural resources, such as petroleum, as well as financial instruments, such as reserve currency. Since rentier states are not dependent on revenues from domestic taxation, the relationship between the state elite and citizens is developed through a […]

Erdogan’s standing shaken in Turkish corruption scandal

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an oddity in modern Turkey: victorious in three consecutive elections and leader of a party that has held an undisputed majority since 2002. Now his seemingly solid grip on power has been shaken as never before, with four of his ministers embroiled in a corruption scandal and Mr. […]

Protesting Turkish prosecutor piles pressure on PM

Prosecutor Muammer Akkas says he has been removed from a high-level graft case compromised by police who refuse to arrest more suspects.

ISTANBUL—A Turkish prosecutor accused police on Thursday of obstructing his pursuit of a high-level graft case, adding to public scrutiny of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government as it hunkered down defiantly.

Three ministers had resigned […]

Tayyip Erdogan’s fatal flaws exposed: Siddiqui

Anytime the prime minister of Turkey gets into trouble, some western commentators read it as a failure of “political Islam” and “Islamic democracy.” This is strange, given that his many unparalleled successes in office since 2002 were never proffered as proof of the success of his faith.

Remove that distorted lens and you will see Tayyip […]

Turkish Prime Minister Rejects Calls For Resignation

Turkish Prime Minister Rejects Calls For Resignation

People hold placards reading ‘Shame to thieves with Boxes’ during a demostration on December 29, 2013 in Istanbul against corruption and the Government. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the judiciary as he tried to tamp down a corruption probe that has shaken his government and […]

[Political Scandal a la Turca] What is happening in Turkey right at this moment?

Over the past two years, Turkey has been witnessing one scandal after another at such a head-spinning pace that, let alone foreign observers of Turkey, Turks themselves find it hard to grasp the scandal at hand before another one breaks out. Right at this very moment, the country is shaken by a massive bribery investigation, […]

Will Turkey’s Erdoğan Cause His Own Downfall?

The revolution always eats its children: in France, in the Soviet Union, in China, and, now, in Turkey.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, one of the most remarkable figures in the modern Middle East, is fast discovering that the authoritarian measures he has increasingly relied on to govern Turkey, and the cult of personality he has […]

The Filth in Erdogan's Closet

ISTANBUL — A wave of early morning police raids in Turkey on Dec. 17 gave the world a sudden glimpse into the murky inner workings of the country’s ruling elite, pulling back the curtain on astonishing scenes of bribery and graft.

The head of the state-controlled financial giant, Halkbank, had $4.5 million secreted in shoe […]

Corruption Scandal and Ensuing Political Crisis

An observer recently quipped that Turkey is always on the news but for all the wrong reasons. The latest episode involves a wide – ranging corruption inquiry, the largest in the history of the republic, connected to cabinet ministers, busi- nessmen, and international facilitators. The inquiry quickly led to a political crisis, thanks to attempts […]