Why Liberals Are Not Taken Seriously On Erdogan

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Turkey’s referendum caught sweeping international media attention. However, despite the extensive anti-Erdogan rhetoric, Turkish citizens voted to change their system to a Presidential one.   While many liberals lamented this development, the referendum spoke volumes as to the disconnect between mainstream liberal media and wider public opinion in Turkey.   Below is a hypothetical guide which Liberals appear to follow …

Russian Ambassador killed in Ankara: The implications

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In an extraordinary development, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has  been shot dead whilst giving a speech at an art gallery. The shooter is reported to have shouted “this is for Aleppo”. The shooting comes as tensions simmer between Turkey and Russia over events in Syria, with President Erdogan having to perform a tactical ‘retreat’ earlier this year …

The Remiss Fondness of Western Mainstream Media for Fethullah Gulen

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The coup attempt Turkey faced on 15th July 2016 had repercussions both domestically and internationally. One of the bizarre things to arise out of the coup attempt was the subjective approach and coverage of Western mainstream media. I allude to this point in my previous article . In this article however, I am specifically analysing the level of involvement Gulenists …

Erdogan the latest addition to a growing list of disillusioned US allies

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Erdogan’s visit to Russia has drawn much debate and discussion, centering around whether it is a humbling realisation of the realities of the region after years of the former’s bravado over Syria and shooting down a Russian jet, or a political ploy to put pressure on the US following the attempted coup. Rarely are these matters black and white, and …

And Then There Was One…

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

With Davutoglu out of the picture, it is most likely that Erdogan will bring in a ‘loyalist’, cementing his de facto control of the party. Gul broke his silence on the Gezi Park protests. Davutoglu broke his silence over the Kurdish issue. One can only speculate when the party will break its silence on Erdogan’s ambition.