Turkey Interrupted: Derailing Democracy

Turkey Interrupted: Derailing Democracy

by Abdullah Bozkurt


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This book strives to explain what has happened in Turkey in 2013 and 2014 following the onset of major corruption investigations incriminating people close to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including his son Bilal Erdogan, various ministers, and several business people. It shows how veteran police chiefs, previously hailed as heroes and awarded with letters of recognition by Erdogan himself, suddenly turned into villains after they exposed an unprecedented graft network within the Turkish government. The book reveals that the so-called parallel structure, which was invented by Erdogan as part of global conspiracy, is nothing but a slanderous farce used to distort facts, shift blame, and scapegoats for Erdogan's own troubles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935295693
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
Publication date: 05/07/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Abdullah Bozkurt is the Ankara Bureau Chief for Today's Zaman, Turkey's best selling English daily. He contributes to the paper as a regular columnist. Bozkurt worked as the Bureau Chief in New York City covering the United Nations for the Turkish daily Zaman, the largest circulated paper in Turkey. He also served as Washington Correspondent for the paper covering the State Department, Capitol Hill, and Pentagon.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 How Erdogan Governs Turkey 1

Scare, Divide, and Rule 1

Shadow Cabinet of Advisors 5

Predictability No More 9

A Psychological Profile of Erdogan 14

Bad Crisis Management: The Soma Disaster 19

Specter of a Totalitarian Regime 22

Political Fundamentalism 26

Spin Machine and Propaganda 29

Chapter 2 Massive Corruption in Government 35

Tip of the Iceberg 35

Consolidating Democracy after Scandal 39

House of Cards Collapses 43

Derailing the Corruption Probe 47

Money Trail 51

Iran's Role in Corruption Case 55

Parallel State Lie Fails to Convince 60

Chapter 3 Judiciary Woes 67

Interference into the Judiciary 67

Abusing the Criminal Justice System 71

Hate Crimes Get Worse 76

Law of the Jungle 80

Rushed Bills Weaken Turkey 84

Chapter 4 Political Islamists Polarize 89

Failure of Political Islamists 89

Engagement vs. Exploitation 93

Undermining the Fight with Islamophobia 96

New Army of Political Islamists 101

Chapter 5 Education and Prep Schools 107

Frontal Assault on Free Enterprise 107

Arbitrary Rule 111

Erdogan Is His Own Worst Enemy 115

Girls' Education Hampered 119

Chapter 6 Smear Campaign against Gülen 125

Why Mr. Gülen Was Targeted 125

Gülen's Defense 130

Gülen's Contribution to Pluralism. 135

Debunking the Smear Campaign 139

Chapter 7 Abusing Foreign Policy 145

Hollow Rhetoric and Empty Promises 145

Saving the Iranian Suspect 150

False Flag Operation 154

Troubles Spill over the Border 158

EU Commissioner Duped 163

Erdogan: Divider-in-Chief 167

Backlash against Turks Abroad 171

Chapter 8 Muzzling the Free Press 175

Battle Plan against Free Press 175

Sub Judice Rule 180

Right to Dissent 184

War against Arts and Culture 189

Parliamentary Opposition Restricted 193

Chapter 9 Post-Grdogan Era 199

Erdogan Becomes a Liability 199

Truth and Reconciliation 203

Battle Won, War Lost 207

Stability 211

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