#TurkeyCoup aftermath: Amnesty asks Independent monitors must be allowed to access detainees amid torture allegations…

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Amnesty International has gathered credible evidence that detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country. The organization is calling for independent


Turkey’s president would not be in power today had he succeeded more fully in his efforts to curtail critical media and control online speech. That fact gave a ray of hope to some of his critics that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan might…

Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen of plotting last week’s failed coup against


The Guardian view on Turkey: beware an elected dictatorship | Editorial

A brutal and indiscriminate reaction to the failed coup would threaten the values that defeated it

Funerals After Coup Attempt in Turkey

At a mosque in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey attended a funeral for some of those killed during the failed coup attempt this weekend.
The reclusive cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by President Erdogan for the failed coup in Turkey, suggests that the government could have staged the uprising.
Even before the weekend’s events, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had represented a quandary for E.U. foreign ministers, who are meeting in Brussels
Erdogan’s People

Faced with an influx of Syrian refugees, a conservative neighborhood in Istanbul struggles with the question of what it means to be a Turk.
A man survived after two tanks rolled over him during the July 15 failed coup attempt in the Üsküdar district of Istanbul. Video footage of the incident recorded by a nearby security camera showed Sabri Ünal, 34, attempting to stop the tanks by lying in front of them
Not A Video Game, It’s Just Turks Repelling A Coup

You have probably read enough about the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbaş has said the city ordered a space which will serve as a graveyard for the plotters of the July 15 failed coup attempt as no cemetery would accept their corpses, calling the plot “the graveyard for traitors”
Turkish police blocked yesterday the distribution of a satire magazine’s special edition published after the July 15 failed coup attempt, in a move its editors believed was aimed at making it pay a price for its previous cartoons mocking and criticizing the organization suspected of planning the overthrow bid
Istanbul-based AFP photographers Bülent Kılıç and Ozan Köse had close calls during the long night they spent on the streets of Istanbul capturing Turkey’s failed coup on July 15 night and July 16 morning
Beşiktaş’s German striker Mario Gomez has announced that he will leave Turkey because of the “political situation,” saying that it was a “difficult decision.”
Ratings agency S&P on July 20 downgraded Turkey’s sovereign credit rating after July 15 failed coup attempt
Erdogan’s Coup

The coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed because it was a coup. The previous military takeover, of Sept. 12, 1980, was immediately and totally successful because it was executed by the armed forces as whole, under the chain of command headed by the Chief of the General Staff Gen. Kenan Evren. The technical term for that sort of takeover is pronunciamento, Spanish for declaration. With all the armed forces acting as one, it is enough to declare that power has been seized to actually have it.

Erdogan supporters on the streets of Turkey

Crowds carrying Turkish flags streamed into Ankara’s Kizilay Square and Taksim Square in Istanbul in support of Erdogan.

Turkey’s Bitter Divisions Will Widen After The Failed Coup

Late Friday night, a faction within the Turkish military launched a violent and ultimately ill-fated coup attempt which will make democracy in Turkey ever more elusive.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Turkey to observe the principles of democracy as a Nato member state and has not ruled out the possibility of the country being ousted from the Alliance in the event of non-compliance. The EU has also threatened to suspend Turkey’s membership negotiations if it reintroduces the death penalty. Commentators argue that the West is in no position to issue threats.
Even before the attempted coup, Turkey was no longer a democracy, according to political scientist Dr Roy Karadag. He told EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche what Erdoğan has planned for Turkey next and why the EU refugee deal hangs in the balance.
Frail US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen rejects Turkish accusations he masterminded a coup attempt – but describes Turkey’s leadership as a ‘cult’.
Whatever happened on Friday 15 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has emerged stronger than ever and can now arrest anyone he wants on charges of treason, writes George Friedman.

Turkey’s attempted coup d’état – a ‘black mark on democracy’?

Politicians from the US to Egypt have fallen into chorus about holding up democracy against military usurpation following Turkey’s failed coup. The reality is that democracy’s ideals and procedures are being hollowed out.

Social coup

How smartphones and social media played a pivotal role in Turkey’s failed coup, and the plotters failed to realise the crucial role of modern communications.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.
Turkey May Review Relations With US if Washington Fails to Extradite Gulen
Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials have blamed Gulen staying in self-imposed exile in the United States and his …
Deputy mayor of Istanbul shot in the head at his officeNewstalk 106-108 fm
EU, Nato and US send warnings to Turkey as its post-coup crackdown continuesThe National
Erdogan Is Blaming the Coup on a Shadowy Turkish Cleric Who …Foreign Policy (blog)
The Weekly Standard (blog) –
Turkey’s Justice Ministry has sent four dossiers to the United States over the extradition of U.S.-based scholar Fethullah Gülen, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has announced

After Turkey’s failed coup, Erdoğan’s brutal clampdown | Yavuz Baydar

The president will take this chance to weaken the media, judiciary and military. He has one-man rule in his sights

How heavily the bloody coup attempt in Turkey has traumatised the country may be beyond anyone’s imagination. Needless to say, the perpetrators, in what seemed like an ill-planned, fast-forward action, have delivered a deadly stab to the country’s already wounded democratic system, which had been sending an SOS out to the world for some time.

Turkey coup attempt: Police and officials purged

Turkish officials say that nearly 8,000 police officers have been suspended on suspicion of having links to the weekend’s failed coup.
Following the failed coup in Turkey the government has had 6,000 people arrested and removed more than 2,700 judges and public prosecutors from their posts. The fact that a majority of the population resisted the coup was by no means a victory for democracy, some commentators believe. Others are relieved that a military dictatorship has been prevented and place their hopes in the opposition.
Turkey’s President Erdoğan has blamed his former ally Fethullah Gülen, a Muslim cleric currently living in exile in the US, of orchestrating the attempted coup. Gülen has roundly rejected the allegations. While some commentators say Erdoğan himself was behind the coup others pin the blame squarely on Gülen and his followers.

Turkey coup aftermath: between neo-fascism and Bonapartism

Predictions about the consequences of Turkey’s failed coup focus on how it fulfils Erdoğan’s desire for an omnipotent presidency. But the danger that awaits is much greater than that.

Turkey’s President Erdoğan mourns victims of failed coup – video

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, weeps at the funeral for his top campaign manager and teenage son, who died during the failed coup attempt. Thousands of mourners attended the funeral ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday, where Erdogan burst into tears as he addressed the crowd. He promised to carry the country into the future in unity and soildarity. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

The death penalty must not be the legacy of Turkey’s quashed coup | Mary Dejevsky

President Erdoğan seems intent on purging his enemies. The EU must use all its diplomatic powers to steer him away from reinstating capital punishmentThe military coup that was launched, and that failed, between Friday night and Saturday morning, showed the two faces of today’s Turkey in sharp relief. On the one hand, there was the old tendency of the military to take responsibility for the nation, with officers casting themselves as the guardians of law and order and the secular state. On the other, there was a new sense of pride in even flawed democracy that brought people, young and old, religious and not, into the streets to oppose an illegal seizure of power. The people won; so far, so good.

It has been reported that a custody order has been issued for President Erdoğan’s top Military Aid Colonel Ali Yazıcı and Colonel Tevfik Gök; Private Secretary of Minister of Defence Fikri Işık has been taken into custody.

What we learned from the coup attempt in Turkey

Coup attempt could have long-term repercussions for Turkey

Accelerated drive towards an authoritarian state could unsettle international creditors and damage relations with US

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Friday’s failed coup (15 July) was a “gift from God”, giving him the chance to re-shape the country, and purge the country’s elite from enemies, who accuse him of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.
European foreign ministers will urge Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan today (18 July) to respect the law and human rights in dealing with defeated coup plotters, but have limited leverage over their strategic neighbour

Turkey coup: Soldier attacked by ‘baying’ crowd

Footage shows the moment a soldier surrenders and is pulled from his tank by a police officer, after being attacked by a crowd.

Coup attempt highlights widening faultlines in Turkish alliance with US

US jets have resumed operations against Isis from Turkey but the upheaval has shown how at odds the nominal allies are US jets have resumed operations in the fight against Islamic State after being grounded for two days at an airbase in southern Turkey amid uncertainty over what the country’s failed coup might mean for bilateral ties and for the war itself.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed that the government will discuss with the opposition reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey, following the failed military coup attempt of July 15

Turkey has defeated a coup – and unleashed a violent mob | Alev Scott

In standing up to their military the Turkish people have at last broken with the past and tamed the army – but at what price?At about 11pm on Friday, I was passionately debating Pokémon Go at a dinner party in Istanbul when someone announced that a military coup was taking place. “Really – actual jets? Tanks at the airport – seriously?” Everyone was incredulous, scanning their phones, until someone spotted a helicopter from the balcony. Reality hit home, and we hastily took our leave. In corner shops middle-class locals were stocking up on water and – bizarrely – pet food.

The United States top diplomat on Sunday denounced claims made by Turkey’s labor minister of American involvement in Friday’s coup.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

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