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Dictatorship in Turkey?
« on: January 09, 2017, 11:35:25 AM »
Listening to the news sounds like  Turkey is headed deeper into dictatorship.

If he is successful in his latest moves the office of Prime Minister will disappear - leaving President Erdoğan in supreme power. Possibly until 2029 if he wins the next election. There are many Turks very unhappy about this, some having already left the country.

This makes it even less likely for Europe to want Turkey as a member but, last year, I seem to remember that progress in those talks would be a condition of Turkey's cooperation over Syrian refugees. And, if Assad wins, given his history of exacting retribution, that problem may spike again.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/erdogan-s-turkey-the-end-of-democracy-1.2927686
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/01/stream-violence-turkey-shows-president-erdogan-control-freak/

And he wants to get all buddy-buddy with theTrump.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/erdogan-trump-gulen_us_58739c0ee4b02b5f8589e1cb

Well,  the times are still interesting . . .
« Last Edit: January 09, 2017, 11:54:28 AM by Gloucester »
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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2017, 11:50:59 AM »
My wife is from there, and it is indeed really bad.  Her parents have talked about moving to the US, but mostly as an emergency if things become intolerable. But they sent my sister-in-law to school in NY because they don't think she should stay either. My mother-in-law was staying with us when Trump was elected, and her cynical response was "Well, now you know what we've been going through."
I don't think Europe was ever serious about EU membership, even last year, and Erdoğan mostly used the talks as an excuse to dismantle the secular army that opposed him. I don't see things changing for the better anytime soon, the main opposition party is old and inept. There was a glimmer of hope when his party lost elections a couple of years ago,  but then he never formed a government and restarted a war with the Kurds to inflame everyone's nationalist tendencies, and it worked, snap elections brought them back to power. People are so gullible.
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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 12:05:27 PM »
Thinking more on it the conditions Erdoğan wanted may have related to trade and allowing more Turks to emmigrate to Europe. Looks like they might not wait for changes in legislation.

I hope your wife's parents remain safe, Firebird, but will Turkey still be a country worth living in? It is a country of so much potential in so many ways, yet it is also another that seems to be sowing the seeds of its own destruction.
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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 01:08:10 PM »
Let's see if there are any people who aren't willing to gobble up what said dictators are stuffing down peoples throats.

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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2017, 01:48:07 PM »
Let's see if there are any people who aren't willing to gobble up what said dictators are stuffing down peoples throats.

The last lot that tried that are all  awaiting arrest or actually in prison, in their thousands! Erdoğan has a strong popular base, like Trump. There are always millions who accept the lies,  the propaganda from media sources becoming less and less independant.

Then, when it's too late . . . Well, it's too late.
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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 03:23:52 PM »
I hope your wife's parents remain safe, Firebird, but will Turkey still be a country worth living in? It is a country of so much potential in so many ways, yet it is also another that seems to be sowing the seeds of its own destruction.

My in-laws are semi-retired. Moving halfway around the world at their age and out of their element would be really hard. Plus there's this feeling of abandoning their country. If they leave, who's left? I sympathize with that. The fact that they're even considering it is stunning to me. 
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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2017, 03:40:43 AM »
If Kemal Atatürk were alive today he'd be turning in his grave.

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Re: Dictatorship in Turkey?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 06:51:53 AM »
Unfortunately, it does look as if the least shitty of shit countries will not get to keep that title for long... For many of the same reason as they were demoted to a shit country in the first place in the footnotes of The Gray Tome.  :(
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