Writings by Abdullah Bozkurt

Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
Title Publication Date
Erdoğan Continues to Provide Sanctuary to Radical Kuwaiti Cleric Hakim al-Mutairi in Turkey Nordic MonitorApril 8, 2024
Turkey Tries to Persecute Dissidents Via Interpol Nordic MonitorApril 4, 2024
Erdoğan's Bodyguards: Thugs with Impunity Attack Protesters at Home and Abroad Nordic MonitorMarch 28, 2024
Will Erdoğan's Islamization of Turkey End Greek Orthodoxy There?   Nordic MonitorMarch 11, 2024
Turkey Escalates Covert Intelligence Activities in Europe and North America Nordic MonitorMarch 7, 2024
Turkish Businesspeople Incriminated in a Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Targeting U.S. Organic Food Market Nordic MonitorMarch 4, 2024
Turkey Has Threatened Greece with a Loss of Sovereignty over Islands in the Aegean Nordic MonitorFebruary 28, 2024
Pentagon Report Says ISIS Taps Turkey for Cash Transfers to Support Global Ops Nordic MonitorFebruary 26, 2024
Turkish Drug Trafficker Laundered Iranian Funds Through Breakaway Turkish Cyprus Nordic MonitorFebruary 23, 2024
No Remedy for Torture Victim Kidnapped by Turkish Intelligence, Held Captive at a Black Site Nordic MonitorFebruary 19, 2024
'Israel Must Be Destroyed,' Said Chief Middle East Advisor to Turkey's President Erdoğan Nordic MonitorFebruary 15, 2024
ISIS-K Exploits Turkey for Logistics, Fighter Transfers and Terror Attacks Nordic MonitorFebruary 12, 2024
The Spending in Erdogan's Secret Slush Fund Nearly Doubled in 2023 Nordic MonitorFebruary 8, 2024
Hamas's Turkish Benefactor Occupies Key Position in Ruling Party, Facilitates Access to Funding Nordic MonitorJanuary 29, 2024
Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party Opposed Sweden's NATO Membership, Voted Against It in Parliament Nordic MonitorJanuary 25, 2024
Senior Hamas Leader, Aided by Iran-Backed Hizbullah, Orchestrates Anti-Israel Events in Turkey Nordic MonitorJanuary 21, 2024
Turkish Intelligence Operatives Spied on a Graduate School on US Soil Nordic MonitorJanuary 18, 2024
Anti-Mossad Operations in Turkey Define the New Character of Erdoğan's Islamist Regime Nordic MonitorJanuary 14, 2024
Iran Uses Turkey as Hub to Support Houthis Nordic MonitorJanuary 11, 2024
Turkey's Secret Blacklist Targets Foreign Critics with Entry Bans and Deportations Nordic MonitorJanuary 7, 2024
Turkey's Intelligence Agency MIT Secures a Whopping 126 Percent Budget Increase for 2024 Nordic MonitorDecember 31, 2023
Turkish Agents Spied on German NGO in Frankfurt, Secret Intelligence Report Reveals Nordic MonitorDecember 28, 2023
Turkish Intelligence Set Up Special Anti-Mossad Unit to Crack Down on Israeli Ops Nordic MonitorDecember 24, 2023
Turkey Set to Adopt New Legislation to Attract Foreign Currency, Sparking Concerns of Abuse by Criminals, Terrorists Nordic MonitorDecember 21, 2023
Another Senior Hamas Financier Acquired Citizenship in Turkey Courtesy of Erdogan Gov't Nordic MonitorDecember 20, 2023
Turkish President's Son-in-Law Berat Albayrak Personally Authorized Torture at a Black Site Nordic MonitorDecember 17, 2023
Turkish Consulate in Canada Was Transformed into an Intelligence Hub, Secret Document Reveals Nordic MonitorDecember 14, 2023
Abu Ubaida of the Al-Qassam Brigades: A Poster Boy for the Erdogan Government, Radical Groups in Turkey Nordic MonitorNovember 30, 2023
Iran's Quds Force mentored Turkish Jihadist Killed by Israeli Drone in Lebanon, Confidential Documents Reveal Nordic MonitorNovember 26, 2023
Turkey's Diyanet Religious Directorate Stands Firm with Hamas, Issues Anti-Israel Fatwa Nordic MonitorNovember 22, 2023
Israel to Be Listed as Top Security Threat in Turkey's Secret Red Book Nordic MonitorNovember 18, 2023
Turkey Continues to Pursue a Revolving Door Policy for Release of ISIS Suspects Nordic MonitorNovember 16, 2023
Top Muslim Brotherhood Operative Intensifies Lobbying Campaign in Turkey for Hamas Nordic MonitorNovember 12, 2023
Hamas Campaign Raises Concerns of Increased Radicalization in Turkey Nordic MonitorNovember 9, 2023
Berlin Informant Spies on Dissidents for Erdoğan Regime Nordic MonitorNovember 2, 2023
A Turkish General Who Commands the Second-Largest Law Enforcement Agency Is Linked to the Mafia Nordic MonitorOctober 29, 2023
Turkey Exports Antisemitism, Radicalism to Diaspora in Sweden Nordic MonitorOctober 26, 2023
Turkish al-Qaeda Group Threatens Jews, Demands Jailing of Hamas Critics and Besieging of NATO Bases Nordic MonitorOctober 22, 2023
U.S. Keeps Turkey at Arm's Length, Sidelining the Erdoğan Government at Major Events Nordic MonitorOctober 19, 2023
Erdoğan Ally Turkish Hizbullah Called a Global Jihad Against Jews, Pledging Arms, Funds Nordic MonitorOctober 16, 2023
Antisemitism Fueled in Erdoğan's Turkey Amid Hamas Attacks and Israeli Response Nordic MonitorOctober 12, 2023
Turkey Aligns with Maduro Regime, Criticizes UN Report on Rights Violations in Venezuela Nordic MonitorOctober 3, 2023
Huge Surge in the Number of Russian, Iranian-Owned Companies in Turkey Amid Sanctions Nordic MonitorOctober 2, 2023
Detained Mobster Exposes Turkey's No-Questions-Asked Policy on Money Laundering Nordic MonitorSeptember 28, 2023
The Release of ISIS Suspects Gaining Momentum in Turkey, New Figures Reveal Nordic MonitorSeptember 21, 2023
President Erdogan Recruited Antisemitic Turkish Cleric Indicted on Sex Trafficking Charges Nordic MonitorSeptember 18, 2023
Extremist Turkish Cop Who Led Torture Sessions in Ankara Rewarded by Erdoğan Government Nordic MonitorSeptember 13, 2023
Turkish Intelligence Black Site for Secret Arms Transfers and Torture Chambers Exposed Nordic MonitorAugust 31, 2023
Erdoğan Advisor Threatens UN Troops in Cyprus with 'Ottoman Slap' Nordic MonitorAugust 30, 2023
Turkey's Chief of General Staff Created Secret Hit Squad for Extrajudicial Murders, Targeting Minorities Nordic MonitorAugust 24, 2023
ISIS Leader in Sudan Finances Operations through Turkey, UN Says Nordic MonitorAugust 17, 2023
Turkish Conference Advocating an Independent Circassia Risks Upsetting Russia Nordic MonitorAugust 16, 2023
Turkey Collaborates with Niger's Coup Leaders against U.S. and the West Nordic MonitorAugust 14, 2023
Turkey's Religious Arm Receives Fresh Capital to Advance Political Goals of Erdoğan Government Nordic MonitorAugust 10, 2023
Turkey Still on Financial Action Task Force's Grey List for Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Nordic MonitorAugust 7, 2023
Turkey's Islamist Rulers Expand Their Influence Operations in U.S. Nordic MonitorAugust 3, 2023
Germany Accuses Turkey of Running Intelligence Operations That Threaten the Country's Constitutional Order and Sovereignty Nordic MonitorAugust 2, 2023
Turkish President Erdoğan Is Grooming His Youngest Son Bilal to Succeed Him Nordic MonitorJuly 31, 2023
Turkey Cooperates with Wagner Group and Sanctioned Malian Officials to Aid War Against Ukraine Nordic MonitorJuly 27, 2023
Pilot Purges Following 2016 Coup Attempt Still Weaken Turkish Air Force Nordic MonitorJuly 24, 2023
Turkey's Aggressive Spying Campaign in Foreign Countries Persists without Signs of Abating Nordic MonitorJuly 20, 2023
Turkey Teaches Foreign Exchange Students to Support Its Goals Worldwide Nordic MonitorJuly 19, 2023
How a Strongman Rules: Erdoğan Sidelines Turkish Parliament Nordic MonitorJune 28, 2023
Turkey's New Education Minister Tied to Tehran's Quds Force Nordic MonitorJune 27, 2023
Turkish Intel Kidnapping Critics in Europe Nordic MonitorJune 23, 2023
Turkey's New Intel Chief Hides Ties with Iran's Mullahs and Quds Force Nordic MonitorJune 15, 2023
Turkey's New Intel Chief Ibrahim Kalin Tied to al-Qaeda Financer Nordic MonitorJune 12, 2023
Beware of Turkey's Diplomatic Service -- Spymaster Now in Charge Nordic MonitorJune 8, 2023
Insider: Erdoğan Has Made Billions from Bribes and Kickbacks Nordic MonitorJune 1, 2023
UN: Turkey is Europe's Cocaine Hub Nordic MonitorMay 25, 2023
Erdoğan Regime Punches Sweden Again; Accusations of Election Interference Nordic MonitorMay 24, 2023
UN Taps Erdoğan Crony as Special Coordinator for Afghanistan Nordic MonitorMay 11, 2023
Erdoğan's Cronies to Flee Turkey in Case of Electoral Defeat Nordic MonitorMay 10, 2023
Turkey's MIT Uses 'Reporters' to Spy in Foreign Countries Nordic MonitorMay 1, 2023
SCOTUS: Turkish Bank Not Immune from U.S. Prosecution for Iran Sanctions Violations Nordic MonitorApril 27, 2023
UN Says Turkey Violated Arms Embargo by Sending Drones to Somalia Nordic MonitorApril 26, 2023
Turkish Hizbullah Joins Erdoğan's AKP Party Nordic MonitorApril 14, 2023
Turkey's MIT Expands Secret Ops in Greece Nordic MonitorApril 12, 2023
Erdoğan, Zelensky, and the Tortured Arms Dealer – A Story of Turkish 'Justice' Nordic MonitorApril 10, 2023
UN: Turkish Intel Torturing Victims in Syria Nordic MonitorApril 3, 2023
Erdoğan's Turkey Has Become a Conduit to Bust Iran Sanctions Nordic MonitorMarch 27, 2023
Senior Turkish Army General Implicated in 2002 Assassination Nordic MonitorMarch 20, 2023
How Qatar Mistreats its Foreign Workers -- Turks Fired and Stranded Nordic MonitorMarch 16, 2023
Muslim Brotherhood Eyes Turkey Earthquake Funds to Promote Islamism Nordic MonitorMarch 9, 2023
Turkey's Spy and Informant Network in the West: A Case Study Nordic MonitorMarch 8, 2023
Turkey Runs Secret Ops from Northern Cyprus Airport Nordic MonitorMarch 2, 2023
Erdoğan's Paramilitary Unit SADAT Peddles Conspiracies Amid Quake, NATO Expansion Nordic MonitorFebruary 23, 2023
Turkish Company Launders Funds for Hamas, Defies U.S. Sanctions Nordic MonitorFebruary 22, 2023
Turkish Intel Conducting PSYOPs to Save Erdoğan after Quake Nordic MonitorFebruary 16, 2023
Erdoğan's Bad Governance Exacerbates Turkey Quake Disaster Nordic MonitorFebruary 11, 2023
Azerbaijan Teams with Turkish Intel to Extradite Dissident; UN Cries Foul Nordic MonitorFebruary 9, 2023
Turkey Released Two-Thirds of ISIS Detainees, Sent over 1,000 ISIS Jihadists to Europe Nordic MonitorFebruary 6, 2023
Erdoğan Turns Turkey's Foreign Ministry into his Personal Intelligence Arm Nordic MonitorFebruary 2, 2023
Turkey Running Covert Ops in U.S., Canada, and Europe Nordic MonitorFebruary 1, 2023
Turkey Presses Further on Putting Controversial Oil and Gas Deal with Libya into Force Nordic MonitorJanuary 26, 2023
Turkish Intel Agency MIT Responsible for 2015 Murder of Downed Russian Pilot in Syria Nordic MonitorJanuary 19, 2023
Key Erdoğan Advisor Nurtured in Tehran's Quds Force Network Nordic MonitorJanuary 18, 2023
Turkey's Aggressive Spying Activities on German Soil Continue, Secret Document Reveals Nordic MonitorJanuary 16, 2023
Sweden's Islamist Party Leader Claims Muslims Profiled by Intelligence, Rights Violated Nordic MonitorJanuary 12, 2023
Erdoğan/Saudi Tensions over Muslim Brotherhood Revealed Nordic MonitorJanuary 9, 2023
Tehran Unites Turkish Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Istanbul Nordic MonitorJanuary 4, 2023
Yet Again: Turkish Courts Continue Freeing ISIS Jihadists Nordic MonitorJanuary 2, 2023
Turkey: Russia's Backdoor to Beat Sanctions Nordic MonitorDecember 19, 2022
Erdoğan Sold Out Turkey's Mosul Consulate in 2014 to Get ISIS Oil Nordic MonitorDecember 15, 2022
Another Case of Turkish Courts Going Easy on ISIS Nordic MonitorDecember 14, 2022
Erdoğan Places Bounties on Critics Abroad -- Targeted in New Jersey Nordic MonitorDecember 12, 2022
The Turkey/Russia S-400 Missile Saga: Sitting in Storage Nordic MonitorDecember 8, 2022
Palestinian Police to be Trained in Turkey by Iran-Linked Official Nordic MonitorDecember 5, 2022
Turkish Journalist Serving 297 Years in Prison for Criticizing Erdoğan and Jihadists Nordic MonitorNovember 30, 2022
Turkish Delight: Depravity in Northern Cyprus Nordic MonitorNovember 28, 2022
Erdoğan's Secretive Paramilitary Group Discusses Deployment to 'Palestine' and Kashmir Nordic MonitorNovember 24, 2022
Erdoğan Allows Iran's Quds Force to Resume Operations in Turkey Nordic MonitorNovember 21, 2022
Erdoğan Government Hiding ISIS Activity in Turkey -- A Revolving Door Policy Nordic MonitorNovember 18, 2022
Turkish Spying Operation in Greece Revealed Nordic MonitorNovember 16, 2022
Russia to Install and Man Air Defenses Inside Turkey, Close to NATO Bases Nordic MonitorNovember 14, 2022
Al-Qaeda Linked Erdoğan Agent Stirs Up Trouble in Sweden Nordic MonitorNovember 7, 2022
Update: Turkey Continues to Spy on Critics Abroad in 2022 Nordic MonitorNovember 3, 2022
Turkish Officials Spy on Dissidents in U.S. Using DHS Website Nordic MonitorNovember 2, 2022
Turkish Intel Ran Antisemitic Websites, Financed by Erdoğan's Family Nordic MonitorOctober 31, 2022
Biden Called Turkish PM to Warn of False Accusations Against the U.S., but Turkey Remained Unmoved Nordic MonitorOctober 27, 2022
Turkish-Pakistanti Cyber Army Targets U.S. Nordic MonitorOctober 24, 2022
Ankara Had a Spy in Düsseldorf Government; Going After the Gülen Movement Nordic MonitorOctober 20, 2022
Euro Agency Hires Jihad-Linked Turkish Spymaster to Combat 'Islamophobia Nordic MonitorOctober 13, 2022
Scoop: Turkey Plans to Provoke Greece Using Clandestine Operations Nordic MonitorOctober 10, 2022
Erdoğan's Judiciary Goes Easy on Jihadists in Turkey Nordic MonitorOctober 6, 2022
Turkey's Intel Agency Escaped Auditing, Hides Its Spending in a New Veil of Secrecy Nordic MonitorOctober 5, 2022
Erdoğan Allows Iran's Ally Hizbullah to Operate in Turkey -- Monitoring NATO Installations Nordic MonitorOctober 3, 2022
How Erdoğan Exports Islamism: 406 Schools in 49 Countries Nordic MonitorSeptember 29, 2022
U.S. Designated Key Operatives of IRGC Quds Force Who Work with Turkey's Intelligence Chief Nordic MonitorSeptember 26, 2022
Meet Nuh Yılmaz, Erdoğan's Chief Propagandist Nordic MonitorSeptember 22, 2022
Erdoğan Supports the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Network Nordic MonitorSeptember 21, 2022
Turkey's Indigenous Defense Industry Struggles Amid Sanctions Nordic MonitorSeptember 19, 2022
Erdoğan Seeks Putin's Financial Help Ahead of Turkish Elections Nordic MonitorSeptember 13, 2022
ISIS Operated Freely in Turkey over the Past Decade Nordic MonitorSeptember 8, 2022
Iran and Russia Use Turkish Banks to Avoid Sanctions Nordic MonitorSeptember 7, 2022
Erdoğan Protects ISIS Network in Turkey Nordic MonitorSeptember 5, 2022
Erdoğan Allows Al-Qaeda in Syria to Use Turkish Banking System Nordic MonitorSeptember 1, 2022
Iraq Says Turkey Has Violated Its Sovereignty 22,742 Times Since 2018 Nordic MonitorAugust 29, 2022
Erdoğan Blocks Visits by UN Human Rights Group Nordic MonitorAugust 25, 2022
Erdoğan Forms Alliance with Turkish Hizbullah, Releasing its Prisoners Nordic MonitorAugust 18, 2022
Erdoğan Purges Turkish Intel to Hide Corrupt Tehran Ties Nordic MonitorAugust 15, 2022
Erdoğan's Personal Lawyer Vouched for al-Qaeda Leader Killed by the U.S. Nordic MonitorAugust 11, 2022
Turkish Public School Textbook Promotes Armed Jihad Nordic MonitorJuly 25, 2022
Erdoğan's Courts Free ISIS Terrorists Nordic MonitorJuly 21, 2022
Indicted Erdoğan Operative Sought Surveillance and Framing of Dissidents in U.S. Nordic MonitorJuly 18, 2022
Associates of Erdoğan Defrauded Ukraine of $5 Million in Arms in a Con Deal Nordic MonitorJuly 14, 2022
Turkey: Advocating for Alliances with the U.S. and Israel Can Be Criminal Nordic MonitorJuly 12, 2022
Erdoğan 's AKP Provides Cover for Organized Crime Figure from Iran Nordic MonitorJuly 7, 2022
Turkish President Erdoğan's Cronies Defrauded Czech Bank of Over 400 Million Euros Nordic MonitorJune 30, 2022
Two Judges Handpicked by Erdoğan Rule Rights of ISIS Executioner Were Violated Nordic MonitorJune 27, 2022
Turkish Courts Continue to Let ISIS Suspects Go after Brief Detentions as Part of Revolving Door Policy Nordic MonitorJune 22, 2022
Turkey Continues to Deploy Syrian Fighters to Libya Nordic MonitorJune 16, 2022
Erdoğan Sheltering Saadi Qadhafi from UN, INTERPOL Nordic MonitorJune 15, 2022
Erdoğan Secured the Release of a Convicted Jihadist Who Was Serving a Life Sentence in the UAE Nordic MonitorJune 13, 2022
Turkey's Religious Arm Gears Up for Intensive Campaign Among the Diaspora for Erdoğan's Re-Election Bid Nordic MonitorJune 9, 2022
Turkey's 'Divide and Conquer' Plot for Sweden and Finland in Their NATO Bid Failed Nordic MonitorJune 8, 2022
Hamas Operatives Granted Turkish Citizenship, Assumed Turkish Names to Avoid Global Scrutiny Nordic MonitorJune 6, 2022
Cocaine Trafficking Case of Erdoğan Associate Appears to Be a Tactic to Deflect Pressure Nordic MonitorJune 2, 2022
Turkish President Erdoğan's Operative in the U.S. Busted on Fraud Charges Nordic MonitorJune 1, 2022
Turkey's Erdoğan Not Ready to Give Up on Muslim Brotherhood Nordic MonitorMay 30, 2022
Will Erdogan Trade Sweden and Finland for Support to Invade Syria? Nordic MonitorMay 24, 2022
Turkey Nominates Human Rights Abuser to UN Human Rights Committee Nordic MonitorMay 18, 2022
U.S. Designation Reveals Turkey Functions as a Hub for ISIS Financial Lifeline Nordic MonitorMay 11, 2022
Former Spymaster Pulls the Strings of Turkey's Far-Rght MHP, an Ally of the Erdoğan Government Nordic MonitorMay 9, 2022
Disclosure Reveals Highest Echelon of Turkish Government Involved with Criminal and Terrorist Networks Nordic MonitorMay 2, 2022
Turkey Seeks to Undermine Russia Sanctions, Profit from Ukraine Crisis Nordic MonitorMarch 23, 2022
Exclusive: Qatar Funds Al-Qaeda-Connected Group in Turkey Nordic MonitorNovember 24, 2021
Turkish President Erdoğan's Family Foundation Involved in Surveillance of Dissidents Abroad Nordic MonitorOctober 27, 2021
Taliban's Comeback in Afghanistan Energizes Turkish Islamists Nordic MonitorAugust 17, 2021
Brazil Seizes 1.3 Tons of Cocaine on Jet Linked to Turkey's President Nordic MonitorAugust 11, 2021
Turkish Educator Kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan by Erdoğan Regime Nordic MonitorJuly 19, 2021
Erdoğan and Cronies Enrich Themselves from Turkey-Qatari Defense Deals Nordic MonitorJuly 15, 2021
Al-Qaeda Turkish Group IBDA/C Endorses Erdoğan, Maintains Its Operations in Turkey Nordic MonitorApril 14, 2021
Turkey Rushes to Censor Article on Leaked Aegean Invasion Plans Nordic MonitorApril 3, 2021
Turkey Planned to Invade 131 Disputed Aegean Islands and Islets Nordic MonitorMarch 20, 2021
According to Turkey's Judiciary, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Is a Criminal Nordic MonitorMarch 11, 2021
Istanbul Provincial Chairman of Turkey's Ruling Party Was Monitored for Links to Terrorist Group Nordic MonitorMarch 1, 2021
Turkish Diplomats Continue to Spy on Critics in Germany, Greece and Switzerland, Secret Documents Reveal Nordic MonitorFebruary 24, 2021
Anti-Erdoğan Alliance Deepens Despite Turkey's Reconciliation Efforts in Region Nordic MonitorFebruary 21, 2021
Turkey's Paramilitary SADAT Teamed Up with Convicted Felon in the US to Act against India Nordic MonitorFebruary 11, 2021
Turkey Wants Dissident Academic and Journalist Extradited from UK on False Charges Nordic MonitorFebruary 3, 2021
Germany Refuses to Extradite Turkish Dissident Nordic MonitorJanuary 30, 2021
How Erdoğan Stashes His Secret Wealth Nordic MonitorDecember 31, 2020
Mafia Becomes a Partner in Turkey's Islamist-Far-Right Governing Coalition Nordic MonitorDecember 1, 2020
Turkish Prosecutor Cited Washington Post Column of David Ignatius as Evidence of Crime Nordic MonitorNovember 27, 2020
Turkey Has a Plan for the Invasion of Greece, Secret Documents Reveal Nordic MonitorJune 15, 2020
Turkish Embassy in Washington Spied on Critical Journalist Nordic MonitorJune 9, 2020
Turkey's President Erdoğan Underwent Surgery for Cancer, Suffers from Epilepsy Nordic MonitorMay 24, 2020
Turkish Spy Agency MIT Targets Government Critics in Australia Nordic MonitorMay 22, 2020
Jihadist Charity Fukara-Der Continues to Operate in Turkey, Raise Funds in Germany Nordic MonitorMay 22, 2020
Turkish President's Chief of Staff Arranged Hospital Care for Foreign Jihadist Wounded in Syria Nordic MonitorMarch 16, 2020
Turkish Media Mogul Turgay Ciner Worked with US-indicted Iran Sanctions Buster Nordic MonitorMarch 5, 2020
Erdoğan's Secret Keeper Says Lausanne Treaty 'Expired,' Turkey Free to Grab Resources Nordic MonitorFebruary 24, 2020
Middle East Forum Blog
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Research on Turkey, June 16-30, 2020 July 5, 2020
Nonviolent Islamism in the News
Title Publication Date
Muslim states agree to media blitz in fight against Islamophobia Today's ZamanApril 22, 2012
Swiss concerned with potential backlash in Muslim markets Today's ZamanMarch 21, 2012
Rising Islamophobia blamed for hate crimes against Turks in Europe Today's ZamanAugust 23, 2009