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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?

Of course Erdogan's dictatorship (although technically it is no dictatorship) can theoretically be defined as benevolent. It is solely a question of the definition of the "benefit of the population as ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

As a Turkish liberal who does not support conservatives and as a voter who spent many times watching the opposition speeches my answer is: It depends what you call cheating. If you mean stealing ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

It's unclear. There have yet to be credible international election observers who have made a statement as to the accuracy of the vote count. Some opposition politicians have contested the counts of ...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

Lowering interest rates makes it easier to borrow money. This allows businesses to grow using borrowed money, without having to pay high interest rates. The question assumes that allowing your ...
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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?

"Benevolent dictatorship" is not very easy to assess (Wikipedia): Many dictators' regimes portray themselves as benevolent, often tending to regard democratic regimes as messy, inefficient and ...
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Why did the Tunceli province, in the center of Turkey, vote so much against Erdoğan in the presidential elections?

One reason may be due to the demographics of the Tunceli region, which includes significant populations of Dersim Alevi Kurds, Armenian Alevis and Christian Armenians. Tunceli is the only region in ...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

First of all, don't be fooled by the usual personalisation. It appears as the result of choices made by Erdogan, but these things never depend on a single person, Erdogan is just acting in this way to ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

As noted, offical analysis from foreign observers will come later. However the Opposition leader Mr Ince, said that "the election was unfair" but "there was no significant difference between official ...
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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?

A "benevolent dictator" requires conditions that are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in reality. Benevolence requires a dictator spending resources on promoting the public good. But as Bruce ...
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Does the 16th April Turkish referendum result actually have any meaningful effect?

Yes, as the Office of the President is largely ceremonial now. In this referendum, there are a few notable changes to the constitution that will give the President more official powers as seen below. ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

In addition to the other answers here, there have been reports of OSCE election monitors from outside Turkey being barred from entry, which has stoked concerns of how free and fair the elections were. ...
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Why does Turkish president Erdoğan feel so threatened by exiled cleric Feytullah Gülen?

There are five tenets of fascism: Ultranationalism (national rebirth into the glory of the 'good old days'), Totalitarianism (citizens are naturally on the leader's side, so everyone against the ...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

What are the benefits of what Turkey is currently doing in relation to the Lira? None, the events of the past 2-3 years are the consequence of Erdogan destroying the independence of the Turkish ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

İnce's comment about fraud not amounting to ten million votes is specious. The important thing was not the difference between Erdoğan and İnce's vote; it was the number of votes in excess of 50%+1 ...
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What "crimes against the sovereignty of the state and its bodies" were children accused of in Turkey?

The crimes could have involved social media or physical signs. The children could go to jail for 1-4 years. For Erdogan, prosecuting children is not new. In the past few years, there have been several ...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

For people who are seeking for more complete answer: Debasing currency value increases export and tourism, as already mentioned in other posts. But it is missing a very important fact that %80-85 of ...
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Why did the Tunceli province, in the center of Turkey, vote so much against Erdoğan in the presidential elections?

A really big majority of Tunceli are Alevites and it is the only province in Turkey which still can be seen as an Alevite province as the origin of anatolia is Alevitism but was assimilated during ...
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What kind of gain did president Erdogan achieve from Hagia Sophia?

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a politician known for his Islamist political leanings, in a country that with an avowedly secular government since Attaturk massively reformed Turkey from 1923-1938 creating ...
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Erdogan and the people he fired

Turkey's unemployment rate is about 11% and it's working age population would be about 48,000,000 (I'm using about 60% of the population as an estimate) so filling 160,000 positions is just 3% of ...
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