Springtime for Putin?

My latest column in SPEAR’S takes a look at how the deepening isolationism in the West is proving to be very fruitful territory for Russia’s Vladimir Putin – but don’t mistake it for strategic success. Putin is largely a distraction from the more difficult questions of what forces have put us in the place we […]

Thailand’s Exit From Democracy – A Fait Accompli Enforced Down A Gun Barrel

On Sunday 7th August 2016 ordinary Thais were forced, at gun point, to take part in the junta’s sordid “Constitution Referendum”. These hardworking and decent Thai people did so knowing that if they campaigned against the referendum they could be arrested, tried in a military court and thrown into one of Thailand’s horrific prisons for […]

British Envoy Comments on Gülen’s Role in Coup Attempt

This weekend Hurriyet has published a very interesting interview with Richard Moore, the U.K. ambassador to Ankara, who comments on the recent attempted military coup against the elected government. Moore is emphatic that there was no intervention on behalf of the U.K. or United States, and also elaborates his opinion on Gülen’s involvement. You are […]

Translated Testimony of Gen. Hulusi Akar

Below is a complete English translation of the testimony given by General Chief of Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar to prosecutors. This document was originally leaked in the newspaper Hurriyet, and represents a direct link between the coup leaders and Fethullah Gülen. General Akar was held hostage by other members of the […]

How Gülen Has Fooled the U.S.

In reading this excellent article in Hurriyet by Ezgi Başaran on Fethullah Gülen’s false image as a moderate, peace-loving visionary, I couldn’t help but sympathize with the experience described in her introduction: “Approximately two months ago, I was sitting across a table from two British academics who pin themselves as Turkey experts. The conversation became […]

The Real Face of Fethullah Gülen

It is widely known that Fethullah Gülen has invested millions of dollars into creating and sustaining a false public image (the story of how a Foreign Policy poll was rigged is but one example). For the most part, the investment has been successful – the majority of the media reports coming out this past week […]