Author Archives: claireberlinski
We’re a little tired of hearing what the Turkish people think from politicians and pundits, especially pundits who clearly have never spoken to a Turk in their lives. We decided we’d ask the Turkish people directly. It’s strange how few … Continue reading
Roger Simon interviews me about the IHH and Murky in Turkey here, on PJTV.
For what it’s worth, Israeli intelligence is predicting that one ship on the scheduled Lebanese flotilla will carry “a number of nuns.”
For those of you who don’t have time to watch three hours of unedited footage from the IHH headquarters, here are my conclusions about what they represent. You don’t have to take my word for it. You have access below … Continue reading
Many thanks to Flotilla Facts for providing a handy summary of the information we’ve posted below. Following the extensive debate whether the IHH is a humanitarian or a terrorist organisation, Claire Berlinski, an American journalist based in Istanbul, decided to visit … Continue reading
All the footage is up now. Thanks for your patience. There has been much debate in the media about whether Turkey’s İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri İnsani Yardım Vakfı is a charity or a terrorist entity. The IHH, which sponsored the … Continue reading
I discuss visiting the headquarters of the IHH, the organization behind the Gaza Flotilla.
A media war is actually quite different from a real one. Whatever is really happening, however little of it we understand, is obviously minatory and extremely dangerous. The best thing journalists can do under the circumstances is to stop playing with fire unless they have something real to report. Continue reading
Almost everyone in Turkey subscribes to one of two conspiracy narratives about this party or its antagonists. In the first, the AKP is a party of religious deception that seeks to bring all elements of the government under its control. Its hidden goal is the eradication of the secular state, the wrenching of Turkey from the West, and, ultimately, the imposition of Islamic law. In this narrative, the specter of the sect leader Fethullah Gülen, who has undefined ties to the party and has taken exile in Utah, arouses particular dread. His critics fear he is the Turkish Ayatollah Khomenei; they say that his acolytes have seeped into the organs of the Turkish body politic, where they lie poised, like a zombie army, to be awakened by his signal. Continue reading