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Group.png Turkey   Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Turkey (orthographic projection).svg
Flag of Turkey.svg
Capital cityIstanbul
LocationEurope, Middle East
Leaders• Prime Minister of Turkey
• President of Turkey
Typenation state
Interest ofMorton Abramowitz, Sinan Ülgen
Member ofG-20, Global Counter Terrorism Forum, International Energy Agency, NATO, OECD, UN
SubpageTurkey/1993 Planned Military Coup
Turkey/Ambassador to Greece
Turkey/Central Bank
Turkey/Chief of the General Staff
Turkey/Deep state
Turkey/Deputy Prime Minister
Turkey/Foreign policy
Turkey/Leader of the Opposition
Turkey/Member of the Grand National Assembly
Turkey/Permanent Representative to NATO
Turkey/Permanent Representative to the UN
Turkey/Prime Minister
Turkey/Undersecretary of state
Turkey is a nation state at the south east corner of Europe.

Turkey is a nation state with a geographically important position.

Deep state

Full article: Turkish deep state

Turkey Deep state.jpg Sibel Edmonds states that Operation Gladio was more active in Turkey than in any other European nation state.[1] The 1996 Susurluk car crash dramatically exposed the Turkish deep state and can even be through to be the beginning of the exposure of the concept of the deep state.

Drug trafficking

Full article: Rated 4/5 Illegal drug trade

Sibel Edmonds has stated that Turkey is a key transit and refinement point for opium before it is shipped by deep state controlled planes from Afghanistan.[2] In 1996, Hüseyin Baybaşin claimed that the heroin distribution operations are controlled by former police chief and then-minister Turkish of the interior Mehmet Agar. In 1997 he claimed that Turkish president Suleyman Demirel and Turkish Prime minister Tansu Ciller were also involved.[3]

Sibel Edmonds has stated that when she was working for the FBI, Turkey was one of 4 countries which they were not permitted to monitor under FISA (the others being Belgium, UK and Azerbaijan).[4]

ISIS Oil trafficking

Russia's defense ministry claimed in December 2015 to have proof that Turkey was involved in the Islamic State oil trade.[5]


Events carried out

2011 Attacks on LibyaLibya"Perhaps one of the most egregious examples of US military aggression and lawlessness in recent memory", carried out under a pretext of "humanitarian intervention".
Evacuation from AfghanistanAfghanistanThe evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan, one of the largest airlifts in history


Related Quotations

1997 Turkish military memorandum“In Turkey we have a marriage of Islam and democracy. (...) The child of this marriage is secularism. Now this child gets sick from time to time. The Turkish Armed Forces is the doctor which saves the child. Depending on how sick the kid is, we administer the necessary medicine to make sure the child recuperates.”Çevik Bir
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan“The wannbe Sultan of a new Ottoman Reich, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, let his people vote in a referendum about new extensive powers for his office. Yesterday's "yes"/"no" vote was allegedly won by the "yes" side with 51.4% of the votes. This even though the "no" vote won in all major cities. In Turkey the vote in the major cities usually reflects the total. The campaign for the vote was very unfair with all state media and offices pushing for a "yes". Opposition politicians were put to jail or threatened with retribution. Media opposing Erdogan were suppressed or completely closed down.

There is significant reasons to believe that the vote count was fraudulently manipulated. On the day of the vote the election commission, stuffed with Erdogan cronies, suddenly allowed ballots without the official stamp to be counted. According to Turkish election laws each ballot, and each envelope of a postal vote, needs to be officially stamped before voting starts. This is supposed to prevent ballot stuffing with ballots printed outside of the official channels. The election commission has given no reason yet why it thought that such a last minute rule change, in opposition to the law, was necessary or even legal. Use of unstamped ballots was reported out of many election localities in rural areas where the "yes" votes now were the majority. Additionally video was recorded of local election workers stamping ballots after they had been used for voting.

The opposition is protesting and will go to court. But it will likely have little success. Erdogan has removed all judges and other legal personal that could go against him. An amateurish coup attempt against him, which he knew about before it happened, was used by him to clean all public offices of people not aligned with his party and program.

The new powers of the presidency will only come into force after the next election for the presidency. But everyone expects that Erdogan will use them right away. With the issue of the referendum put aside Erdogan is now free to escalate interior and exterior conflicts. We can expect new Turkish operations in Syria as well as in Iraq to be launched soon.

In the 1990s I extensively traveled in Turkey - alone, by local buses and mostly in the east. The country was waking up and in an intellectual and commercial growing phase. During the last years a new wave of conservatism has stopped that move. My friends there report of stagnation.

Turkey does not have the economic and intellectual power to become a new Ottoman Reich. It will fail in new expansive endeavors. But the attempt alone will be destructive for Turkey as well as for the countries around it.

Turkey is no longer a democracy. It is now a one man dictatorship with an expansive and distinct Islamist agenda. To change that will require the removal of Erdogan through some act of force.”
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Wayne Madsen“The Turkish Gray Wolves and the pan-Turkic National Action Party (NAP) made common cause with the neo-cons and their Israeli friends. The Wolves and the NAP considered the peoples of Soviet Central Asia to be "captive Turks." The Turkish right-wing nationalists foresaw a nuclear-armed Turkey extending from Thrace to the central Asian steppes.”Wayne Madsen28 May 2007
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu“It is not possible to give up our rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean just because sanctions will come or because the EU will criticize us.”Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu14 December 2020



1960 Turkish coup d'état
1980 Turkish coup d'état
2016 Istanbul airport attack
Bilderberg/1959The 8th Bilderberg and the first in Turkey. 60 guests.
Bilderberg/1975The 24th Bilderberg Meeting, 98 guests
Bilderberg/2007The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
Ergenekon trials
Le Cercle/1998 (Istanbul)Other dates uncertain
Operation Cage Action Plan
Susurluk car crashA seminal but still rather poorly understood deep event. It led to the coining of the phrase "deep state", and by extension "deep politics" and "deep politician".


Groups Headquartered Here

A Group Headquartered HereDescription
Academics For Peace
Ankara UniversityImportant Turkish university
Bilkent UniversityRanked among the top Turkish universities
Boğaziçi UniversityTurkish elite university with strong ties to the American educational system.
Hacettepe UniversityFaculty of Medicine is ranked the best in Turkey.
Istanbul Bilgi UniversityA private university located in Istanbul, Turkey.
Istanbul Technical UniversityMany of the graduates take role in the development of Turkey.
Kadir Has UniversityEstablished in 1997 by billionaire Kadir Has
Kadıköy Maarif CollegePrestigious high school in Istanbul
Koç HoldingThe largest industrial conglomerate in Turkey,
Marmara UniversityA leading institution of higher education in Turkey for 124 years
Robert CollegeA long established school with many Turkish Bilderbergers among its alumni.
Sabancı UniversityFounded under the guidance of the Sabancı family, with Bilderberg connections.
Turkey/Central Bank
Turkey/Deep state'Derin devlet' is a deep state network based in Turkey. Repeated indiscretions resulted in its partial exposure, leading to the English phrase 'deep state' to refer to the phenomenon of a 'state-within-a-state or 'shadow government'.
Turkish Industry and Business AssociationPossible deep state milieu, under suspicion because it so well represented at the Bilderberg. Identifies with Western interests.
Yildiz Technical UniversityTurkish engineering school
Özyeğin UniversityTraining future Turkish businesspeople


Citizens of Turkey on Wikispooks

Semih Akbil192721 June 1986Spokesman for the Turkish government after the invasion of Cyprus. Attended the 1975 Bilderberg
Gündüz Aktan7 August 194119 November 2008Single Bilderberger Turkish diplomat
Yıldırım Aktürk1941Connections in the Turkish government. Member of the Board of Directors of TUSIAD
Mustafa Akyol1972Single Bilderberg Turkish journalist and author
Ali Hikmet Alp5 December 1932Turkish diplomat
Fuat Alpkartal1902April 1978A Turkish politician who attended the 1959 Bilderberg
Ertuğrul Apakan1947
Tekin Ariburun3 October 190313 October 1993Attended the 1959 Bilderberg as Commander of the Turkish Air Force. Briefly acting President of Turkey in 1973.
Senem Aydın-DüzgitSingle Bilderberger academic
Aslı Aydıntaşbaş24 February 1973Turkish journalist, deep state connections
Mehmet Ağar30 October 1951Turkish politician who escaped the Susurluk car crash after being forewarned. Reportedly in charge of heroin trafficking through Turkey. Arrested and served time in jail. Released in 2013
Mehmet Ali Ağca9 January 1958
Ali Babacan4 April 19678 times Bilderberg visitor, Turkish politician
Egemen Bagiş23 April 1970Bilderberg Turkish politician
Galip Balkar193611 March 1983Assassinated by Armenians while Turkish Ambassador to Yugoslavia
Evren BaltaTurkish Bilderberger academic
Mehmet BayarTurkish politician
Uğur Bayar1 May 1957Turkish businessman and financier.
Deniz Baykal20 July 1938Turkish perennial politician, had to resign after 2010 sextape
İlker Başbuğ29 April 1943Chief of the General Staff of Turkey.
Erdem Başçı1966Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey from 2011-2016
Burhan Belge1 February 189912 January 1967Turkish diplomat. First husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, father of Murat Belge
Enis Berberoğlu1 April 1956Turkish politician and journalist sentenced in 2017 to 25 years in prison on spying charges
Feyyaz Berker7 October 192522 August 2017spooky Turkish businessman, Turkish Industry and Business Association chair
Selahattin Beyazit1931Turkish Bilderberg Steering committee
Dinc Bilgin1940Turkish media mogul whose media empire was seized by the Turkish government in 2002.
Çevik Bir1939Turkish general who organized 1997 'soft' coup.
Mehmet Ali Birand9 December 194117 January 2013Turkish journalist
Nuri Birgi1907198623 Bilderbergs, Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO
Cem Boyner3 September 1955Turkish businessman
Ümit Boyner28 September 1963Double Bilderberg President of the Turkish Industry and Business Association
Ali Bozer28 July 192530 September 2020Became acting Prime Minister of Turkey for 9 days in 1989 after attending two Bilderbergs
Sedat Bucak31 October 1960Survived the 1996 Susurluk car crash.
Selin Sayek Böke24 August 1972US born Turkish politician who attended the 2015 Bilderberg
Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil190830 December 1993Attended the 1975 Bilderberg as Turkish Foreign Minister
Yavuz Canevi1939Attended the 1986 Bilderberg as Governor of the Turkish Central Bank
Huseyin Celem28 September 1937Turkish diplomat who attended the 1993 Bilderberg in Greece as Turkish Ambassador
İsmail Cem15 February 194024 January 2007Turkish politician, Robert College alumnus, double Bilderberg
Hasan Cemal1944Turkish writer who published on the Armenian Genocide. Opponent of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Ahmet Ünal Ceviköz6 November 1952Former Turkish ambassador to the UK. He attended the Bilderberg for the first time in 2019.
Süreyya Ciliv1958Turkish businessman
Canan DagdevirenTurkish academic who attended the 2018 Bilderberg.
Selva DemiralpBilderberg economist
Süleyman Demirel1 November 192417 June 2015Turkish PM
Kemal Derviş10 January 1949UNDP administrator, 4 times Bilderberger, Brookings
Vecdi Diker190813 July 1997US-educated Turkish engineer and Directorate of Highways. Early Bilderberg guest.
Hrant Dink15 September 1954January 2007
Haluk Dinçer1962Spooky Turkish businessman, Turkish Industry and Business Association chair
Suzan Sabancı Dinçer1965Double Bilderberger Turkish businesswoman
Tayyibe Gülek Domac1968Turkish economist
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Events Participated in

Bandung Conference19551955IndonesiaImportant conference for the global south; participants soon became prime targets for US foreign policy


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