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Faces of Erdogan’s Purge: Journalists Detained in Turkey

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:30pm 7/29/2016 at 3:30pm
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Turkish journalist Mahir Zeynalov spent this morning tweeting pictures and bios of some of the journalists detained by the Turkish government.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to think they have connections to Fehtullah Gülen, who he blames for the coup, or at least that is the excuse for the round up.

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Turkey Shuts Down 130 Media Outlets, Detains 47 Journalists

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:30am 7/28/2016 at 8:30am
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has shut down over 130 media outlets as he continues his crackdown on a failed coup two weeks ago.

Erdoğan believes Fethullah Gülen’s followers orchestrated a coup that failed miserably. Now anyone he suspects supports the scholar will lose their job or be detained without...

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Turkey: Ambassador Purge Next, Reports of Detainees Being Raped, Tortured

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 25, 2016 at 4:00pm 7/25/2016 at 4:00pm
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Turkey continues to purge people after a failed coup two weeks ago. Authorities said ambassadors are next while Amnesty International reported authorities have raped and tortured the detainees already behind bars.

Turkey blames the Gülen Movement and have said everyone purged has connections to the group. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said they...

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Internet hunt: Find anti-Israel academic boycotters also boycotting Turkey

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:15pm 7/23/2016 at 7:15pm
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The Turkish purge of academia, which has been ongoing long before the recent failed coup, has accelerated since the coup attempt.

Over 1500 university Deans were dismissed, travel for faculty restricted, and faculty abroad ordered home.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, President Erdogan expanded the purge, as we reported earlier.

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Turkey: Hospitals, Schools, Unions Among Those Shut-down By Erdogan Crack-down

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12:30pm 7/23/2016 at 12:30pm
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As Mary noted when she wrote about Erdogan’s issuance of a three-month state of emergency, the purges have indeed continued and dramatically expanded beyond their initial scope: “What began as an effort to root out members of the military and security forces directly involved in the July 15 coup attempt has been...

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American Studies Association discussing possible academic boycott of Turkey, but why stop there?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:20pm 7/21/2016 at 6:20pm
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Yesterday I asked the question, in light of the academic purge in Turkey, Will anti-Israel academic boycotters now also boycott Turkish universities?

As noted in that post, over 250 university presidents and major university associations have condemned the academic boycott of...

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Turkey Parliament Approves Three Month Emergency

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 2:30pm 7/21/2016 at 2:30pm
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The Turkish parliament has formally approved a three month state of emergency after a failed coup last Friday. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promises its needed to protect Turkey’s democracy:

“The aim is to rapidly and effectively take all steps needed to eliminate the threat against democracy, the rule of law and the...

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Will anti-Israel academic boycotters now also boycott Turkish universities?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8:30pm 7/20/2016 at 8:30pm
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It was one of the most notorious statements of the academic boycott movement against Israel.

Shortly after the American Studies Association adopted the academic boycott of Israel in December 2013, and a firestorm of condemnation by University Presidents and associations erupted, then ASA President Curtis Marez justified singling out Israel because “one...

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Erdogan Reaches Out to Obama About Extraditing Gulen

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:00pm 7/20/2016 at 1:00pm
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reached out to President Barack Obama about extraditing Fethullah Gülen, who he blames for the failed coup on Friday. The White House said:

“The president made clear to President Erdogan that the United States doesn’t support terrorists and doesn’t support individuals who conspired to overthrow a...

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As EU-Turkey Deal Falters, 3 Million Migrants Wait to Cross into Europe

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 11:30am 7/20/2016 at 11:30am
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With terrorists associated to the Islamic State striking one European city after another, Secretary John Kerry went on CNN saying, the ISIS was “on the run.” The blood wasn’t yet washed off the pavements of Nice, France where an Islamist mowed down 84 people to death, an Afghan ‘refugee’ went on a ...

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Turkey Purge Continues: 15,200 Teachers Fired, Deans Asked to Leave

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 4:30pm 7/19/2016 at 4:30pm
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to purge those allegedly involved in the failed coup on Friday. Today, the Education Ministry sacked 15,200 teachers, canceled 21,000 licenses at private schools, and asked deans at universities to leave:

“Our ministry is carrying out extensive efforts aimed at public personnel in central and rural...

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EU: Turkey Prepared Purge List Before Failed Coup

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 18, 2016 at 1:30pm 7/18/2016 at 1:30pm
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European Union commissioner Johannes Hahn told the media he believes President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made his purge list before the coup:

“It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage,” Hahn said.

“I’m very concerned....

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Turkey Tells U.S. Keeping Gülen is a ‘Hostile Act’

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 1:00pm 7/17/2016 at 1:00pm
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Turkish authorities have demanded the U.S. extradite Fethullah Gülen, leader of the Gülen Movement, because they believe he orchestrated the coup. They even said keeping him in the states is a “hostile act” towards the regime:

“I do not see any country that would stand behind this man, this leader of the...

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UPDATE: Operations Resume at Incirlik Air Base

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 4:30pm 7/16/2016 at 4:30pm
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*UPDATE* Turkey has resumed operations at Incirlik air base after they cut it off due to the failed coup.

The U.S.’s airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) have stopped due to...

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Reports: Failed Turkey Coup Kills Hundreds, 3,000 Detained

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:30am 7/16/2016 at 10:30am
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed his forces have successfully defeated the coup attempted by some in the military, which left over 250 dead and thousands injured. He promised a swift and quick retaliation for those who retaliated against him. It didn’t take him long:

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Military Coup underway in Turkey against Islamist President – LIVE UPDATES

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 15, 2016 at 4:29pm 7/15/2016 at 4:29pm
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There was an attempted coup in Turkey on Friday.

Military officials backing the coup claimed initial success, but as events developed during the day Friday, the coup appeared to faulter and be on the verge of collapse.

We will have a full UPDATE at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

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Istanbul Update: 41 Dead, 239 Injured

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 3:00pm 6/29/2016 at 3:00pm
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The terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport left 41 dead, including 10 foreign nationals, and 239 injured.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said that the evidence they have points to the Islamic State as the culprits.

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