Turkey on the Brink

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Yesterday’s explosions in Istanbul that killed 17 people and injured more than 150 others took place in the context of the extremely tense Supreme Court deliberations that could outlaw Turkey’s ruling moderate Islamic AKP party. (The Hurriyet article I flagged points out that the Court has other options at its disposal that range from dismissing the case, as the non-binding court reporter recommended, to simply imposing a fine or removing the party’s public financing.) At the risk of oversimplifying, the case grows out of the longstanding tug of war between Turkey’s increasingly popular religious parties and its “old guard” secular […]


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