Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Internal Conflicts in Turkey and Erdogan’s Quest for Power

Atarurk Versus Erdogan: Turkey’s Long Struggle
The New Yorker - Elliot Ackerman

Erdoğan views himself as the father of a new Turkish identity, one aligned more closely with its Ottoman past.

The tension between secularism and religious fundamentalism is as essential to understanding today’s Turkish political life.

Erdogan’s revenge
The Economist

Turkey’s president is destroying the democracy that Turks risked their lives to defend.

Handled more wisely, the failure of the coup might have been the dying kick of Turkey’s militarists. Mr Erdogan could have become the magnanimous unifier of a divided nation, unmuzzling the press, restarting peace talks with Kurds and building lasting, independent institutions. Instead he is falling into paranoid intolerance: more like the Arab despots he claims to despise than the democratic statesman he might have become.