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Michael Collins: Things are Different (and sometimes much better) in the East

  • Posted on: 31 May 2011
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

The nation formerly known as the Ottoman Empire is building a strong foundation for a bright future. That nation is also addressing its scandalous recent past as it reaches out to old enemies. The dynamics producing real change in Turkey are well worth understanding. Turkey is on a path to rapid economic growth, cultural liberalization, and will emerge as a key player in world affairs.

The Turkish people elected a new government in 2002. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Prime Minister after his AK Party gained an absolute majority in the nation's unicameral legislature. The United States corporate media tagged the AK party as a threat to Turkey's secular democracy. This is, as usual, a perversion of the political and social realities.

Here are the key elements contributing to Turkey's success.

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Turkish Military Defies Civilian Rule

  • Posted on: 6 August 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

On July 24, an Istanbul Court ordered the arrest of 102 current and former high ranking Turkish military officers. The military responded by shielding the officers in locations that made arrests difficult, if not impossible. This provoked the current conflict between Turkey's constitutionally independent judiciary and the military. (Image)

The officers charged were allegedly part of Sledgehammer, the latest plan in a series of military plots and coups by the Turkish high command. The military and its allies were to blow up mosques, churches, and synagogues; then blame these acts on terrorists, Kurdish separatists, for example. In addition, the military planned to provoke the shoot down a Turkish aircraft by the Greek military and down a civilian airliner blaming it on terrorists.

Thanksgiving Day Onion and Open Thread: Talkin' Turkey Edition, Part Deux

  • Posted on: 26 November 2009
  • By: Open Thread

Concluding our two-part "Talkin' Turkey" holiday thread, we've this tape from the Onion archives that brings back fond (frond? fractured?) memories of the Bush Administration:

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and remember: This is an Open Thread.

Keystone Kondi's Kurdish Kaper

  • Posted on: 21 December 2007
  • By: Jeff Huber

Condoleezza Rice, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and 66th United States Secretary of State, arrived unannounced in the oil rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, just after Turkey's attacks on Kurdish targets in northern Iraq, to do what she does best: step into a bad situation and make it worse.

Keystone Kop-out