Turkish PM Erdogan in Need of Alliance Against Imam Gülen- The Plot Thickens

Erdogan finds himself in serious trouble, since followers of the U.S. residing Imam Fethullah Gülen are harassing him with successive corruption investigations. With his reputation as an autocratic leader who crushed protests against  the demolition of a park with 130,000 teargas grenades, Erdogan can forget about support outside of Turkey. Gülen does it better abroad. […]

Turkey: The Repression Continues

AKP Keen to Polarize Turkey Further By Peter Edel After the occupation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park had been ended by the riot police most of the traces were removed.  All that remained was a small corner where the victims were commemorated with photographs and texts. However, this memorial site now belongs to the past as […]

Turkey: America’s NATO Ally with Chinese Weapons?

Turkey’s View Turns Towards the East By Peter Edel Earlier this year NATO stationed American, German and Dutch Patriot air defense systems in Turkey, to offer protection against an unlikely missile attack from Syria. Turkish defense specialists were introduced this way to the special qualities of the Patriots. A fortunate concurrence of circumstances, since Turkey […]

Turkey and the Paradox of Democracy

“After the party rallies of last weekend ‘civil war’ was written on many walls in Istanbul…” By Peter Edel Over the last few weeks Turkey has seen lots of protests against the ruling Justice- and Development Party (AKP). It all started last month when environmentalists occupied the Gezi Park near Istanbul’s Taksim Square. The activists […]

Reyhanli-Gate: The Cover Up & Changing Story on the Turkey-Syria Border Town Bombing

Did the Rift between the Turkey’s AKP Government & Imam Fethullah Gülen’s Cult Lead to the Death of 52 Turkish Citizens? By Peter Edel Reyhanli, a town in the Turkish province of Hatay near the Syrian border, was hit last month by a double bomb attack – 52 dead victims, a sad record. Seventeen Turkish […]

BFP Exclusive: Fethullah Gulen’s New Controversy in the Netherlands

By Peter Edel In no country has the Fethullah Gülen movement become more of a political issue than in The Netherlands. A television item in 2008 resulted in questions in parliament to the Minister of Social Affairs about a possible negative influence by the movement on the integration of Turks in Dutch society. Subsequently the […]