What the hell just happened to Turkey?

And "to" seems the right word, because this was done to Turkey by Recip Tayyip Erdogan and his political machine.  International electoral monitors cite fraud; so too does the powerful Republican People's Party.  That hardly matters, it seems.  Turkish election officials will not allow a recount. And so even if cheated, it is a victory for … Continue reading What the hell just happened to Turkey?

Turkey’s Coup Signals A Generational Shift to Islamism

On Friday, a faction of the Turkish military tried to overthrow presidential strongman Recep Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party and increasingly the man of Turkish politics.  They failed; first, they didn't kill or capture Erdogan in the opening moments of the coup, then they failed to shut off the Internet and media so … Continue reading Turkey’s Coup Signals A Generational Shift to Islamism