CHP prepares report on ‘social deterioration’ in Turkey – POLITICS – Hurriyet Daily News

This is a must-read article by Hurriyet Daily News, a leading Turkish newspaper. The article reports that a report prepared by the main opposition CHP deputy chair Lale Karabıyık about “social deterioration” in Turkey during the 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has alleged increasing rates of homicide, sexual abuse, drug addiction and sexual assault incidents.

Source: CHP prepares report on ‘social deterioration’ in Turkey – POLITICS

This is deeply worrying for people in Turkey.

However, the article should also be deeply worrying for people in Europe, especially in Germany, with Angela Merkel increasingly trying to win favor with Erdogan, the leader of the Justice and Development Party.

Thoughts?

Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist | Freedom House

This is an outstanding, must read report by Freedom House. Check it out!

via Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist | Freedom House.

Freedom House is a US.-based non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Freedom House was founded in October 1941.

After reading this report one is reminded on the huge variation of freedoms in the World. Those that live in free society need reminding of the benefits from time to time. On the other hand those that live in relative freedom have certain moral responsibilities to help those who live in countries where freedom is curtailed.

The article provides excellent graphics and links to individual countries.

As I reflected on the article my mind once again reflected on the questionable achievements of President Obama’s foreign policy.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Do you think that President Obama’s foreign policy is linked to less freedom in the World?

Thoughts?