Unexpected Victories for Democracy in Turkey and Mexico
Another election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries last weekend, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two very large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both very important to the United States.
In the run-up to the …
Turkey Has a Long Road Back to Democracy
Whenever Islamists lose elections, it is to be celebrated. In that spirit, we should celebrate Turkey’s national election, in which (as Jim, John, Jay, and Pat note) the AKP — the “Justice and Development Party” run by Recep Tayyip …
Turkey’s Voters Slap Down an Autocrat
It’s hard to exaggerate the importance of Turkey’s election yesterday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has run a one-man political show in Turkey for 13 years with his AK party dominating politics. It has now in the words of the …
From the last Morning Jolt of the week, breaking and sad news:
Awful News Out of Ankara
Back when I lived in Ankara, I went into this building plenty of times — I begin today in shock.
Turkish police say …
Turkey’s Long Road Back to Democracy
In my 2012 e-book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, I outlined the scheme hatched by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s then-prime minister and leader of its ruling Islamist party (AKP), to rewrite the country’s constitution. The plan was to …
John, you will remember Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist who spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum a couple of weeks ago. Let me do a little quoting from my journal:
Akyol says that he is demonized by Turkey’s ruling …
Is It Almost Time to List Turkey as a State Sponsor of Terror?
According to Israeli intelligence, Hamas has moved its outside-Gaza headquarters from Damascus to Istanbul; it is headed by Saleh al-Arouri, whom Israel Hayom calls “an infamous arch-terrorist believed to be responsible for dozens of attacks against Israelis.”
Arouri recently plotted …
Oh, Turkey, You Used to Be So Different From All the Others . . .
Over in the Morning Jolt, I take a look a Turkey’s role in the killa flotilla and take a trip down memory lane:
There’s video, but the world doesn’t want to believe its lying eyes. …