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Erdogan uses fake news to blame Henri Barkey 4 coup attempt

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Erdogan uses fake news to blame Henri Barkey 4 coup attempt

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:51 pm

An Egyptian MP accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being one of the pioneers of banned Muslim Brotherhood group and said that he should be prosecuted by international courts.

Mustafa Bekri, an Egyptian MP and editorial writer of El Isbui newspaper, spoke about Turkey’s relationship with Muslim Brotherbood and other terrorist organizations. Bekri insisted that Erdogan is an international member of Muslim Brotherhood and should be prosecuted by international courts for international terrorism.

In an interview with ANF, Bekri pointed out the relationship between Qatar, Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood and said Erdogan even met with the leaders of the organization in Egypt several times. “Erdogan is protecting Muslim Brotherhood and is one of the pioneers in it. They are provoking people against Egyptian regime and its institutions. Turkey is also supporting Muslim Brotherhood financially” Bekri said.

Bekri thinks that Erdogan desires to establish Ottoman rule in the region. “His greed is seen clearly by the people in Arab countries” he said.

Bekri accused Turkey and Qatar of inciting insurgencies in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon and said: “We know that Turkey took the fugitive ISIS members from Syria and Iraq and transported them to Libya in order to provoke disturbance in the border region between Libya and Egypt.”

“Turkey opened its doors to the terrorists. They sent the terrorists into Syria and Iraq, helped them cross the border and provided them support. And for these crimes Erdogan should be prosecuted by international courts. People in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya were victimized because of these crimes by Erdogan” Bekri said.

The Egyptian MP called upon the international community to interfere with the situation in Turkey and Erdogan, calling him one of the leading figures responsible for terror.

Bekri also said that Turkey and Qatar should be kicked out of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

On the Kurdish issue, Bekri harshly criticized Turkey’s politics against the Kurds and said: “We know that Turkey is using a heavy hand against Kurds. In my point of view, Turkey’s practices are racist. Kurds constitute a significant portion of society in Turkey .Therefore they should have the same rights as Turks. They should have political parties and right to political participation.”

https://anfenglish.com/features/egyptia ... urts-23134
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Re: Egyptian MP: Erdogan should be prosecuted by internation

PostAuthor: Benny » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:43 am

Many thanks Anthea! Very interesting article! Maybe I am wrong, but it is not often that you see such outspoken support for Kurds from this side? I mean, an Egyptian MP?

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Re: Egyptian MP: Erdogan should be prosecuted by internation

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:04 am

Benny wrote:Many thanks Anthea! Very interesting article! Maybe I am wrong, but it is not often that you see such outspoken support for Kurds from this side? I mean, an Egyptian MP?

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I cannot remember ever seeing any support from an Egyptian MP - not easy to find information :ymdevil:
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:23 am

A fake news campaign blames an innocent American for a coup attempt in Turkey

On July 15, 2016, an American college professor named Henri Barkey convened an academic workshop about Iran at a hotel on an island near Istanbul. That night, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that quickly failed but triggered a massive campaign of repression which continues to this day. Barkey went through with his conference, spent a couple of days in Istanbul and flew home.

To Barkey’s astonishment, he soon became a target of the world’s newest political weapon: fake news, in the form of a feverish, government-sponsored campaign. Pro-Erdogan media claimed that Barkey was on the island of Buyukada not to discuss Iran’s foreign relations with fellow academics but to direct the coup operation on behalf of the CIA.

To those who know the professor, a stereotypically tweedy 63-year-old intellectual who has combined teaching at Lehigh University with stints at Washington think tanks and the State Department policy planning staff, the claims were literally laughable. But the real-world consequences have not been. The five Turkish scholars who attended the conference have been defamed and stripped of their passports; one was detained for two weeks.

On Friday, the Turkish press reported that a prosecutor had issued a warrant for Barkey’s arrest. The indictment also charges Metin Topuz, a U.S. consular employee whose detention several weeks ago triggered a diplomatic spat in which both countries temporarily suspended the issuance of visas. Topuz did not attend the conference, and Barkey says he has never met him.

Last month, one of Turkey’s best-known philanthropists and liberal activists, Osman Kavala, was arrested and jailed. One of the two charges against him is “contact with Henri Jak Barkey and foreigners who were among the organizers of the [July 15, 2016] coup attempt,” according to court papers. Kavala was also not at the conference, but Barkey says they spoke briefly at a restaurant in Istanbul. “Knowing me,” the professor ruefully told me, “is enough to send someone to jail for life.”

Kavala, Topuz and Barkey are just three among some 150,000 people imprisoned, fired or sanctioned by Erdogan’s government in the past 16 months, including 150 journalists and 6,000 university employees. But the case is a good example of how fake news has become a tool for authoritarian governments that have watched closely how Russia — and President Trump — have used it.

The first lesson is that not just facts but basic plausibility are unimportant when concocting charges. Social media can be used to make anything sound convincing to the followers of a Trump or Erdogan. The Turkish ruler’s propagandists claimed, for example, that Barkey enlisted the notorious convicted murderer Scott Peterson as muscle. Peterson is imprisoned in California. But no matter: An American journalist also named Scott Peterson happened to be at the meeting.

Once the fake news is floated, political leaders can demand investigations while claiming they only want to learn the facts. Their main objective is not prosecutions, but advancing a political narrative. In Erdogan’s case, the point is to suggest that the United States is responsible for the coup attempt — a lie that he is attempting to leverage into concessions from Washington. Above all, he wants the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based cleric accused of masterminding the coup. Erdogan may also be trying to fend off charges that his government offered millions of dollars to former national security adviser Michael Flynn in exchange for Gulen.

Hence the warrant for Barkey and arrests of Topuz and Kavala, an internationally admired secular activist. Erdogan has referred to him as “Turkey’s [George] Soros,” in reference to the liberal U.S. financier; he also claimed that Kavala and Topuz are connected, without further explanation.

That’s the trick: to use fake news without accepting responsibility for it. Erdogan’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, offered me another demonstration of that last week when I asked him, during his visit to Washington, whether the Turkish government really believed that Barkey directed the coup. “Whether Henri Barkey managed the coup or not, I don’t know,” he replied, claiming that he was unaware of the allegation.

He then said that Turks were inclined to believe that the United States must have something to do with the coup because of Washington’s failure to hand over Gulen. “Sometimes perception becomes more important than facts,” he concluded.

That, of course, is exactly Erdogan’s objective. And if his repression seems far removed from the tactics of Trump, it’s worth recalling that the president and the media that support him are even now promoting the manifestly false story that Hillary Clinton corruptly influenced the sale of a uranium company to Russia and are demanding a criminal investigation. No wonder Trump said as he met the Turkish strongman in September, “We’re as close as we have ever been.”

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