Wed 27 Jan, 2016 03:56 am
Turkey has long been heralded by western countries as beacon of stability in the middle east and a "model" country with the political Islam peacefully co-existing with democracy.
Now it's painfully different. Erdogan has ruined the democratic pace of his country turning his eye rather to establishing the authoritarian rule. The Gezi Park protests were the turning point and the recent events with the Russian military jet shot down by Turkey and the data testifying to Erdogan strong support of Daesh terrorists only prove the drastic change of course by Erdogan. As for me, it's really scaring!
But even more worrisome is the lack of any relevant reaction on part of western countries. There should be some punishing sanctions against turkey ir something of the sort imo.
Wed 27 Jan, 2016 07:55 am
And what is your opinion regarding Russia and Vladimir "Polonium" Putin?
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Wed 27 Jan, 2016 11:01 am
I went to a lecture on Friday where the speaker shared your view. Very frightening what has been happening, and escalating, in Turkey over the past 6 - 10 months.
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Wed 27 Jan, 2016 11:16 am
Be careful what you say over your phone or what you write in your e-mails to and from Turkey.
Turism is going down.
What wstern countries should do something. ?
We have EU which is clueless.
and the different countries are not really united.
USA is turning away from EU.
Turkey has gotten a lot of money to help to take care of Syrian refugees, but want serious talk about being EU members and free travelling in EU and no isa anymore.
Merkel is for new discussions about Turkey being a member of EU
Walter Hinteler
Wed 27 Jan, 2016 11:49 am
When you look today's/yesterday's news about those two leading journalists ... it's really getting worse and worse in Turkey.

And the trouble is that no country really "can" do a lot - some how everyone seems to need Turkey for something.
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Wed 27 Jan, 2016 11:57 am
I am a member of a dance collective. A dance friend travelled to Turkey last year to study. She told us about the difficulties people (particularly academics and ethnic Kurds) were experiencing while she was there and the warnings she received. Several of the people she was introduced to are now in prison and several of the neighbourhoods she visited have been levelled.

She is lucky that she was able to collect the music and dance knowledge that she did. Some of those resources have been lost forever now. Terribly sad and disturbing.
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