Archive | January, 2015

Jesters alone do not a court make, Mr President!

On 28 January, Washington-based watchdog organization Freedom House published its “Freedom in the World 2015” report and listed Turkey among the ‘Partly Free’ countries where freedom of expression, civil society, and the rule of law suffered significant reversals during the past year.  Freedom House said “Turkey drifted further from democratic norms, with Prime Minister Erdoğan […]

Pride, pomp, and circumstance – Erdoğan Style

It has been easy to dismiss the Turkish president’s almost daily reinvention of traditions and the pomp and ceremony that go with it as silly and contrived. By receiving the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at his ostentatious new palace, in a theatrical, melodramatic setting, flanked by 16 men dressed in historical costumes, Mr Erdoğan once […]