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The rendezvous

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Ahead of the May 16 White House meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives reported to have written a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, urging him to concentrate more on Turkey’s appalling retreat from fundamental rights, which constitute the backbone of modern democracies.

Were they all members of the notorious Fethullah Gülen organization, also known as the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) gang, which Erdoğan and his government loves to hold responsible for whenever something bad happens.

On the agenda of the two leaders neither press freedom nor freedom of expression might be as dominant as cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the ways in which ISIL would be fought. Why would Trump be bothered with what has been happening to newsmen in Turkey while he himself has been in such antagonistic state of affairs with the American media? Would he indeed be impeached by the congress soon because of nasty undertakings – including but not limited to passing on sensitive operational intelligence to the Russian ambassador – as president?

Writing in the prestigious Financial Times, Gideon Rachman asserted that at the meeting the two presidents might........

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