July 28, 2016

Erdogan Fires All Discontents, Country Now Completely Silent

Surprising no one, Turkish President Erdogan is now saying that he wants the army under his control. Before the failed coup, Erdogan was already making the international community squeamish with his massive power grabs. The futile coup attempt only gave him the green light to really purge the system of his enemies. However, a move this bold would require a constitutional amendment, meaning opposition parties in parliament would need to support it. Normally that would be hard to do, but who is going to criticize Erdogan now that he’s already banished thousands from the government, thrown journalists in jail and shut down media outlets? Erdogan is so weary of criticism, that just yesterday he ordered the shutdown of three news agencies, 16 television channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishers. So things will probably be quiet at work these next few days.

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