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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan June 2015.jpg
Personal life
Date and place of birth February 26, 1954
Istanbul, Turkey
Parents Ahmet Erdoğan
Tenzile Erdoğan
Claimed religion Islam (Sunni)
Education Marmara University (whether he graduated is disputed)
Spouse Emine Gülbaran
Children Ahmet Burak Erdoğan
Necmettin Bilal Erdoğan
Esra Erdoğan
Sümeyye Erdoğan
Date & Place of Death Living
Manner of Death None. Living.
Place of burial None. Living.
Dictatorial career
Country Turkey
Military service None
Highest rank attained None
Political beliefs Islamism (Sunni)
Islamic Jihadism
Social conservatism
National Globalism (possibly)
Political party Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (English: Justice and Development Party)
Date of dictatorship August 28, 2014
Wars started Syrian Civil War (mostly by proxy)
Number of deaths attributed Arguably tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, due to his support of Islamist proxies

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is an Islamic fundamentalist Turkish politician, a former mayor of Istanbul, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and president since 2014. He is currently the leader of the People's Alliance (Cumhur İttifakı), an electoral alliance of Sunni Islamist and Turanid nationalist political parties that currently hold a supermajority of the seats in the Turkish Parliament. Although this alliance is not expected to exist past the 2018 Turkish Presidential election, it is likely that Erdoğan's own Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi; AKP) will adopt at least part of the platforms of its more radical partners as Turkey continues to transform into a dictatorship under Erdoğan's leadership.

Erdoğan won re-election in June 2018, giving him control over a presidency with expanded powers.[1] He officially received the expanded powers on July 8, 2018.[2]


Erdoğan has proven time and time again to be highly supportive of Islamist causes. During the Syrian War, Erdoğan provided tactical and financial support for Sunni Islamic jihadist groups fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.[3][4][5][6] In addition, he has sought to use those proxies to establish a sphere of influence in the northern part of the country, a move that is consistent with imperialist foreign policy.[7]

During a visit in the Gaza Strip, Erdoğan said he "hopes that his visit can contribute to the process [of establishing a Palestinian state]."[8] During the Syrian Civil War he supported the Muslim Brotherhood.[9] In 2013 Erdoğan beat the secular protests against the government violently down[10] and started to censor the media.[11]

In March 2014 he banned Twitter.[12]

Erdoğan received attention after he explained that America was not discovered by Christopher Columbus, but by a Muslim.[13]

Erdoğan leans pro-life on the issue of abortion, wanting to curb the practice.[14]

Dictator, fascist

Erdogan has been described as a: dictator[15][16][17][18][19][20][21] ethnic-cleanser, oppressor, Islamist[22][23] fascist.[24][25][26][27][28]


Erdogan exacerbates racism especially against Kurds.[29][30] And has expressed racism gainst others.[31]

He has unleashed a racist propaganda against the Kurds.[32] And attacks.[33] Erdogan's anti-Semitic Obsessions has been noted for ears.[34] And he has been condemned for vile anti-Semitic remarks.[35]


Own Hitler problem' and Nazi comparison

In a January 2016 speech, Erdogan used Hitler's Germany as an example of what a strong president can accomplish, raising fears about his objectives.[36] Yet, the Islamist oppressor Erdogan has an obsessive long record of Hitler / Nazi comparison, such as against The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, others in Europe.[37]

Erdoğan has been criticized for his opposition to Israel. Even John Kerry, who took a relatively anti-Israel stance under the Obama Administration, criticized Erdoğan for his equal enforcement of Zionism with Fascism.[38] He was also criticized by the conservative governor Rick Perry for his aggression against the Jewish state of Israel.[39] Erdoğan said that Hamas is a "resistance group".[40] After Omar Hassan al-Bashir caused a genocide against Christians, Erdoğan defended Bashir and answered: 'Muslims Don't Cause Genocide'.[41] In May 2017, Israel criticized Erdoğan for urging Muslims to overrun the Temple Mount in order to protect against "Judaization," among other anti-Israel comments.[42]

Disruptions towards other nations

In March 2017 Erdoğan accused Germany and the Netherlands as a legacy of Nazism and fascism in due to his dicision to ban some officials from the Turkish government, who come to speak about the referendum on the power of president Erdoğan.[43][44] Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Mr Erdogan's remarks inflammatory, and stated that: “What they are saying is not helping”, also the German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the Nazi comparisons must stop.[45]

Ties with ISIS and other Syrian Islamist rebels

Erdogan has been accused of having once helped the terrorist group ISIS,[46] involving oil trade[47], giving free passage to fighters[48] and allowing arms shipments to ISIS.[49] And it was reported in 2015 that Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014.[50]


  1. Gauthier-Villars, David; Candemir, Yeliz (June 24, 2018). Erdogan Wins Another Term as Turkey’s President. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  2. Toksabay, Ece; Solaker, Gulsen (July 8, 2018). Turkey's Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers. Reuters. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  15. Turkey's Fascist Slide Güney Işıkara, Alp Kayserilioğlu, Max Zirngast, Jacobin, Nov 10, 2016. Turkish president Erdoğan is wielding the state to attack anyone who won't capitulate to his authoritarian rule.
  16. Erdogan: The Dictator's Republic, Imbd, 2017
  17. Turkish journalist goes on trial for insulting Erdoğan in 'fascist dictatorship' column SCF, June 28, 2018
  18. What does Erdoğan want? Robert Debeuf, EU Observer, Mar 4, 2020. "Shameful...unacceptable....blackmail...dictator." European leaders didn't spare their words to condemn Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after his decision on Friday (28 February) to open its border with Greece and let refugees enter into Europe. On Monday, Erdoğan stepped up his game warning that "millions" of refugees would come to Europe. He also said he refused €1m in extra cash, saying "we don't want this money". Despite this statement, former Nato secretary-general Willy Claes said on Belgian television that Erdogan is "a dictator" and that "all he wants is money".
  19. Will Biden Turn His Words Against Dictator Erdoğan Into Action?Adulrahman Taleb, Greek City Times, Nov 16, 2020. Furthermore, Biden openly attacked dictator Erdoğan and called him an “autocrat” and promised that he will work with the opposition parties.
  20. Erdogan should be very, very worried': What the Biden presidency means for Turkey Natasha Turak, CNBC, Dec 31, 2020. In an interview last January, Biden called Erdogan an “autocrat,” criticized his actions toward the Kurds..
  21. Netanyahu hits back at 'Turkey's dictator Erdogan', France 24, Mar 13, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a "dictator" and "a joke"...
  22. J’Accuse Erdogan Alon Ben-Meir, Globalist, July 9, 2020. The weaker Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at home politically, the longer the list of the Turkish President’s transgressions gets.

    A preliminary list of Erdogan’s transgressions

    For evidence, it is useful to assemble the list of transgressions that seem to be the only category Erdogan still seems to “excel” in. Most fundamentally, Erdogan is violating every article of human rights in his own country, while being keen on destabilizing other countries by exploiting their weaknesses and resources in order to promote his nationalist agenda.

    I count altogether 13 specific major transgressions:

    1.Erdogan continues to commit gross human rights violations in Turkey by using the failed 2016 military coup as an excuse to silence the media. Based on a judiciary that, for the most part, barely deserves that name, Erdogan has jailed over 150 journalists, incarcerated around 80,000 suspected of affiliation with the Gülen movement and purged 150,000 military officers and civil servants.

    2.Erdogan engages in a systematic operation of ethnic cleansing against minorities in Turkey and northern Syria.

    He invaded Syria to both prevent the Syrian Kurdish community from establishing autonomous rule, and to entrench for Turkey a permanent foothold in the country, which is bound to only prolong the conflict and further destabilize the region.

    3.Erdogan systematically persecutes his own Kurdish community and continues a 50-year-old war against the PKK, which he views as a terrorist organization.

    He also steadfastly refuses to resume negotiations with the Kurds — which account for as much as 20% of Turkey’s population — and end the carnage that has taken the lives of approximately 40,000 on both sides.

    4.Erdogan purchased Russia’s S-400 air defense system which, once operational, NATO fears would seriously compromise the alliance’s intelligence sharing and technology — apart from being fully incompatible with NATO systems.

    5.Erdogan invested heavily in promoting his Islamic agenda by supporting anti-Western Islamist extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and even ISIS.

    6.Erdogan uses Islam as a political tool by building mosques and other Islamic theological institutions. He also sends his imams to teach and preach his brand of religious nationalism in many countries in the Middle East and the Balkans.

    7.Erdogan violated U.S. sanctions against Iran by laundering up to $20 billion in an oil-for-gold scheme from 2012-2018, and he continues to cooperate and trade with Tehran in defiance of Western interests.

    8.Erdogan made a deal with Putin in late 2019 to patrol northern Syria while working closely with Moscow and Tehran to delineate their spheres of influence in the country. He is thus leaving Syria de facto a divided state under their control, while significantly diminishing what’s left of Western influence.

    9.Erdogan sent troops to support Libya’s Government of National Accord in an effort to establish a strong foothold in the country, exploiting its oil and gas and threatening the free flow of energy from the Eastern Mediterranean.

    10.Erdogan violated a UN arms embargo while resisting NATO’s peace plans in Libya, including exercising extreme aggression against NATO ally France’s warship enforcing the embargo.

    11.Erdogan blocked a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland and regularly intimidates Greece, a NATO member state, violating the country’s airspace with Turkish military jets.

    12.Erdogan is adamant about drilling for gas in the territorial waters of Cyprus and has begun plans to expand drilling off the coast of the Greek island of Crete.

    In that pursuit, he remains at odds with Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Israel over ownership of natural resources, threatening to use force to secure “his share” which could burgeon into a violent conflict.

    13.Last but not least, Erdogan perpetuated the heated conflict with Cyprus over his demand that his puppet — the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus — enjoy equal political power to the Republic of Cyprus, which is four times larger in population and territory and is an EU member state.
  23. Italy’s Draghi slams Erdoğan as a ‘dictator’ after Sofagate Giorgio Leali, Politico, April 8, 2021. Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi slammed Turkish Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
  24. Exiled novelist Aslı Erdoğan: Turkey has a fascist regime. It is not yet 1940s Germany, but 1930s TurkeyPurge, Aug 6, 2018
  25. Turkish Editor slams EU deal with Erdogan's fascist government, Kareem Shaheen, Guardian, January 19, 2016
  26. Turkey turning into "fascist dictatorship", MEPs told Martin Banks, The Parliament Magazine,, Nov 8, 2016 A leading Turkish opposition parliamentarian says that Turkey has been turned into a "fascist dictatorship" under its President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
  27. Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Birth of a Dictator von John Blau, Handelsblatt, Dec 8, 2016.
  28. Opinion: Turkey takes a big step toward nationalist fascism Omer Taspinar, Washington Post, June 25, 2018
  29. Kurds in Turkey increasingly subject to violent hate crimes, DW, Oct 22, 2019. Hate speech and racism across Turkish society provide a breeding ground for these brutal attacks, said Eren Keskin, the rights group's co-director. Attacks are rising, she said, because the state is not consistently prosecuting the perpetrators of such violence. Keskin says that the societal oppression under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development party and the rise in hate speech and violent attacks cannot be separated. "Kurds are attacked so often, women are subjected to such violence, and there is so much hatred on social media. Because they [the perpetrators] know the state is behind them. They feel so safe — they know that nothing will happen to them. Because there is no sanction by the state," the human rights expert told DW. Yet anti-Kurdish sentiment is nothing new, she underlined. In the 1990s, the state used force against Kurds. It was more opaque then, she said — whereas now the violence is carried out in broad daylight.
  30. Turkey's Racism Against Kurds Is Systematic Jwan Dibo, The Levant, June 16, 2020. ... So, Turkish racism toward Kurds is systematic because it has political, ideological and historical roots and backgrounds. This excessive racist mobilisation has made the Turkish state always ready to threaten and attack any Kurdish attempt to liberate and obtain rights, inside and outside Turkey. On this basis, Turkey has occupied several Kurdish cities in Syria since 2018 in attempting to undermine the Kurdish Regional Self-rule Administration in Syria. Likewise, in September 2017, Turkey threatened to invade Iraqi Kurdistan in the wake of the independence referendum. Turkey fights legitimate Kurdish aspirations everywhere even on behalf of all countries that persecute the Kurds, especially Iran. Since 2002, the year Justice and Development Party (AKP) took over the government in Ankara, and since 2018, the year when the form of ruling shifted from parliamentary to presidential, religion has also been used against Kurds who oppose Erdogan. Erdogan has described dozens of times his opponents of the Kurds as atheists, in reference to the supporters of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Kurdistan and the supporters of Democratic Union Party (PYD) in western Kurdistan. He ordered the imams of mosques to recite verses from the Qur’an before the assault of Afrin and other Kurdish cities in Syria, and described his aggression as a conquest, a metaphor for historical Islamic conquests. The most potent common principle between Erdogan’s party and its ally, the far-right National Movement Party, is hostility of Kurds and fighting their ambitions and efforts for emancipation and attaining rights regardless of formulas.
  31. Fehim Taştekin (@fehimtastekin) Tweeted (Oct 25, 2019): Arabs ought to live in Idlib as it is a desert: Erdoğan – Duvar English via @duvarenglish.
    • newsperplexed (@newsperplexed) Tweeted (Oct 25, 2019):
    @fehimtastekin @DuvarEnglish It’s hard to count on all the layers a statement like that is racist: 1. Arabs being more genetically suited to deserts instead of arid climates in Turk is racist. 2. Turkey uprooting Kurds from their homes and replace them with Arabs partly on basis of suitability is racist.</blockquote>
  32. The Long Kurdish Struggle Rosa Burc, NYTimes, Oct. 22, 2019. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s war is an ethnonationalist attack on Kurds and their aspirations. On Oct. 12, Hevrin Khalaf, a 35-year-old Kurdish politician, was stopped at a checkpoint outside the town of Tel Abyad in northeastern Syria by Turkey-backed Syrian Arab militias. Four days earlier, Turkey and its proxies had invaded northern Syria and destabilized the relatively peaceful region, displaced more than 100,000 people, unleashed racist propaganda against the Kurds and moved to destroy Rojava, the Kurdish experiment in democratic self-governance. Ms. Khalaf, who was the secretary general of the Future Syria Party, played a vital role in fostering Kurdish-Arab friendship and worked for a joint future in a postwar Syria. Turkish-backed militiamen pulled Ms. Khalaf out of her car and struck her head and legs with metal objects. They grabbed her by her hair and dragged her until skin was peeled off her scalp. And then they shot her in the head, according to her autopsy report. The killers were filmed shouting insults while firing.
  33. Erdogan's anti-Kurdish pogroms – a call for international solidarity Aug 7, 2021.  Last Friday afternoon, in the district of Konya in south-central Turkey, seven members of a family were murdered by anti-Kurdish racists in the neighborhood where they had lived for twenty-four years. This, alone, should illicit international condemnation of the attack and solidarity with Kurds in Turkey... President Erdogan has pursued an increasingly oppressive approach towards expressions of Kurdishness and Kurdish self-organization, and his position has been reinforced by the vicious ethnic nationalism of the MHP, on which the AKP government has depended for support since 2015. It has been noted that no MHP bills have become law, but that is to miss the point. They have shifted the government’s frame of reference further and more firmly to the right. For Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) the Kurds provide a scapegoat on whom all troubles can be blamed. Nationalist Turks might be finding it difficult to feed their family, but they are urged to unite with the government against this enemy within. And the violence and unrest this creates itself becomes an excuse for the government to call for citizens to rally round the nation and support strong central leadership. We saw how this worked with the attacks against the HDP in the run up to the November 2015 general election. Meanwhile, attacks on Kurds in Syria and Iraq are used to distract from troubles at home and provide a focus for Turkish patriotism.
  34. "'Spawn of Israel’: Erdogan's anti-Semitic Obsessions." The pro-Erdogan Islamist newspaper blaming the Jews for Turkey’s mining disaster is just the tip of the iceberg: The Turkish PM’s anti-Semitism is deeply rooted and is now spreading more widely in Turkey. Günther JikeliKemal Silay, Haaretz,, May. 22, 2014
  35. US condemns Erdogan 'anti-Semitic' remarks, AFB, France 24, May 19, 2021. Washington (AFP). The United States on Tuesday sharply criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what it called "anti-Semitic."
  36. Levine, Robert. The Uninformed Voter. United States, Outskirts Press, 2020, p. 35.
  37. Erdogan made headlines in 2016 when he "favorably compared his vision of an executive presidency with Nazi Germany." Steven A. Cook, Erdogan’s Hitler Problem, CFR, Jan 4, 2016.
    The Turkish presidency is seeking to clarify President Erdogan's recent remarks in which he favorably compared his vision of an executive presidency with Nazi Germany. This is not the first time he has said outrageous things only to walk them back. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a Hitler problem. When he was asked last Friday to comment on his strong desire to establish what Turks call an “executive presidency” and how that might affect the “unitary structure” of the Turkish state, Erdogan replied, “There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany.” In the firestorm of criticism that followed, the Turkish presidency sought to clarify Erdogan’s remark. The Guardian quoted an anonymous official stating, “There are good and poor examples of presidential systems and the important thing is to put checks and balances in place…Nazi Germany, lacking proper institutional arrangements, was obviously one of the most disgraceful examples in history.” The same official also accused the president’s opponents of purposefully distorting his remarks. Fair enough, but one has to wonder why Nazi Germany was the first example Erdogan could think of...

    Then he has a series of making Nazi comparisons to others.

    -2017: Turkey hurls “Nazi” allegations to boost its president’s support, Economist, Mar 15, 2017.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan reckons an anti-European frenzy will help him win a constitutional referendum.

    Erdogan: If You Call Me Dictator, I Will Call You Nazi, The Globe Post, Mar 24, 2017.

    Turkish president has said he would keep throwing Nazi slurs as long as he is called “a dictator,” refusing to tamp down his pugnacious rhetoric in a war of words with European nations that has spun out of control in recent weeks.

    Alissa J. Rubin, Erdogan Calls Dutch ‘Nazi Remnants’ After Turkish Minister Is Barred, The New York Times, Mar 11, 2017.

    PARIS — The Dutch government on Saturday intensified a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and its NATO allies in Europe by refusing to let the Turkish foreign minister fly into the Netherlands to campaign on behalf of a referendum that would augment the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

    In response, Mr. Erdogan compared the Dutch to “fascists” and said they were “Nazi remnants,” echoing the description he used for the Germans last Sunday, after two Turkish politicians campaigning for Mr. Erdogan scrapped rallies when the German government told them it could not guarantee their safety.

    Mr. Erdogan accused Germany of using “Nazi practices” to block him from campaigning, drawing a rebuke from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who called the comparison “completely unacceptable” and said the remarks trivialized the suffering of the Nazis’ victims.

    Lizzie Dearden, Harriet Agerholm, Erdogan calls Dutch government ‘Nazis’ after Turkish foreign minister’s plane prevented from landing in Netherlands, Independent (UK), Mar 11, 2017.

    Protests at Dutch embassy in Turkey as diplomatic row escalates

    Germany Turkey Tensions on Rise following Nazi Comment by Erdogan, VOA, Mar 19, 2017.

    Turkish President accuses German chancellor of Nazi practices in escalating war of words ahead of Turkish referendum.

    Turkish President Erdogan calls Germany's Merkel “Nazi”, Armenpress, Mar 20, 2017.

    Ankara launched a new wave of anti-German rhetoric..

    Germany says Erdogan has 'gone too far' with Nazi jibe, AFP PTI Berlin, Mar 20 2017.

    Germany's FM Sigmar Gabriel branded Erdogan's comments "shocking".

    Andrea Shalal, Germany rejects Erdogan's 'absurd' Nazi comparison, calls for calm, Reuters, March 6, 2017

    David Rising and Josh Lederman, Merkel: Turkish comments about Nazis trivialize to victims, Associated Press, March 9, 2017

    BERLIN (AP) — Comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials accusing Germany of “Nazi practices” cannot be tolerated and need to stop, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament on Thursday.

    In her strongest comments so far about Erdogan’s statement, Merkel said the Nazi comparisons were “sad” and “so incredibly misplaced that one really can’t comment, but they cannot be justified.”

    “We will not allow the victims of the Nazis to be trivialized,” she said. “These comparisons with the Nazis must stop.”

    -In 2018: Turkey daily portrays Merkel as Hitler, decries 'Nazi mentality', France 24, Mar 26, 2018.

    -In 2020: With Nazi reference, Turkey's Erdogan escalates dispute with Greece over migrants, The Associated Press, March 11, 2020.

    Greece calls comments unhelpful, has denied accusations it has mistreated migrants.

    -In 2022: Erdoğan likens removal of Dostoyevsky from curricula in Europe to ‘Nazi mindset’, Duvar English, Mar 9, 2022.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called the removal of Dostoyevsky’s works from academic curricula in some European countries a "Nazi mindset." Meanwhile, social media users mocked Erdoğan for his pronunciation of Dostoyevsky as “Dostoviski,” as “viski” means “whisky” in Turkish.

    - In 2023: Robert Semonsen, Turkish FM Compares Sweden to Nazi Germany After Court Ruling, Europeanconservative, April 6, 2023.

    The Turkish foreign minister’s remarks do not bode well for Sweden’s eventual accession into NATO.
  42. Danan, Deborah (May 10, 2017). Israel Rebukes Turkish Envoy Over Erdogan Call for Muslims to Swarm Temple Mount. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  46. Why isn’t the media covering Turkish President Erdogan’s ties to ISIS
  47. Russia says it has proof Turkey involved in Islamic State oil trade
  48. For Western jihadists, path to ISIS runs through Turkey
  49. Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it?
  50. Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas

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