Leading the fight for freedom – in Turkey and elsewhere

For Westerners it is not bad to see why certain people love the present leader of their country. Also interesting to notice is how people are so afraid of those who utter an other idea than theirs.

Clearly we also see how certain political leaders are just used as marionettes by other political leaders and how foul play and perfidy may play a role in an international game of mikado.


To remember

  • US and EU governments have been generous in their affirmations of support for Turkey’s struggle against forces working to bring down its government.
  • Western governments hardly paused for breath before announcing business as usual with the new regime => can work with military dictators
  • Turkey’s government should be careful not to use the failed coup as an excuse to trample on the freedom of innocent citizens exercising their democratic right to dissent.
  • Last week leader of an opposition party addressed a crowd estimated at two million to protest about the state of justice in Turkey > a good number of them wouldn’t have been sad to see President Erdoğan ousted by a military coup = allowed to assemble + Mr Kılıçdaroğlu allowed to vehemently criticise the government.
  • still a state of emergency in force in Turkey


  • Turkey’s President Erdoğan = consistent in his denunciation of US-based Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gülen => behind Gülen more sinister forces are at work.
  • Gülen organisation initially supported Erdoğan’s AK Party but the alliance fell apart when Gülenists exposed AK Party “corruption” + More likely = Erdoğan used them to break the power of the army > unwilling to share power with an unelected shadowy cartel => Gülenists got angry + decided to get rid of him – possibly/probably aligning themselves with CIA, enemy of their new enemy.
  • “secular Kemalist” label = to lend a veneer of legitimacy to their previous overthrowing of elected governments, ensuring that a small US-friendly elite continued to hold reins of power => widely accepted that the CIA had a hand in all four successful coups in Turkey in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997.


Preceding articles

Bosphorus bloodshed

Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

2016 in review Politics #1 Year of dissonance

EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

Having been too busy with writing for others, leaving my own place quiet for some time

The 105th Caliph closing the mouths of those who try to speak out


Further reading

  1. US ‘politicians, bureaucrats & academics’ caught in Turkey’s failed coup attempt probe
  2. Turkey: “ex-CIA director’s allegations on Gülen’s forced removal are ludicrous”
  3. Constitutional Referendum paves way for one-man rule in Turkey
  4. Around the Web
  5. “Turkish money flowing into the hands of men who are committed to the annihilation of Israel is part of ideology, not humanitarian aid”
  6. Turkey turns away from NATO with US$2.5B plan to purchase Russian missile defence system
  7. Turkey’s coup a year on: How the murky events of one night changed the course of Turkish politics
  8. The Kurds: Washington’s Weapon of Mass Destabilization
  9. ‘Turkey’s 9/11’: One Year Later, Turkish Embassy Uses Coup Anniversary to Target Gulen
  10. Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms
  11. Decimated Muslim Brotherhood Still Inspires Fear. Its Members Wonder Why.
  12. Turkey dismisses thousands more police, civil servants and academics
  13. Defiant Erdogan attacks EU, promises to bring back death penalty
  14. Turkish-YPG clashes rage around critical sites in northern Syria
  15. Turkish court orders six rights activists held in custody: Hurriyet
  16. Turkey: Authorities Block Access to Wikipedia
  17. What We’re Not Being Told About Erdogan and Turkey
  18. Intel today diary — June 3 2017
  19. Turkey detains more than 1,000 over suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
  20. Gulen to be stripped of Turkey’s passport
  21. In Turkey there is talk of beheading and impaling Gulenists
  22. Turkish government seeks three-month extension to emergency rule


Turkey File

15 July You’d have to love your president!

Saturday, 15 July, was the first anniversary of a failed attempt by some officers in the Turkish armed forces to overthrow the country’s democratically elected AK Party government. The government has planned a week of meetings and other activities to commemorate the courage of Turkish folk who stood up against tanks and automatic weapons to ensure that the attempted coup was unsuccessful. Before the perpetrators backed down, 250 citizens had lost their lives and an unknown number had been injured.

US and EU governments have been generous in their affirmations of support for Turkey’s struggle against forces working to bring down its government. – somewhat quicker than they were this time last year, when they seemed to delay their reaction until it was clear to all that the coup had failed. That’s not surprising, I guess. When Egypt’s first and only democratically elected government…

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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