Turkey: Getting worse before it gets better | Brookings Institution

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington think-tank, Brookings Institution, reports that the raid on Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet is just the latest in the Turkish leadership’s clampdown on democratic civil society institutions in the aftermath of the coup attempt in July.

Source: Turkey: Getting worse before it gets better | Brookings Institution

The conclusion is alarming, citing the rise of authoritarianism and populism, with democracy increasingly on the ropes.

Increasingly Americans worry that a Trump presidency will erode democracy and ultimately will weaken the US. Clinton has her faults but she is a highly accomplished politician, with an outstanding grasp off foreign affairs. Sadly, the US regards Turkey as a strategic ally and is wary of pressuring Erdogan‘s government, which has recently reached out to Russia increasing global tension.


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Cover of the The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915-1916 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an article published first in the news...

This is an article published first in the newspaper, New York Times on December 15, 1915. It is on the Armenian Genocide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many people in Europe who do not want Turkey as an EU member and who like me think that President Erdogan cannot be trusted further than he can be thrown. Doubtless, there are groups in Germany who do not want Turkey in the EU and who would want matters delayed until the year 3000, the date David Cameron quoted.

Dr Alf says that he wonders whether more migrants will come to Germany and Europe before the end of this year and the German elections next year but I do not wonder at all because as we can see already, migrants somehow manage to travel from Egypt and Libya rather than Turkey and Turkish border guards can be bribed for less than £100 GBP to let refugees and economic migrants loose.

Turkey can take in migrants, be seen to comply with the letter of Merkel’s migrant deal but still circumvent it whilst holding out her hand for £6 billion GBP a year and EU membership.In this regard she has conned the EU leadership and is trying to fool the rest of us.

Turning now to Erdogan’s answers to specific points, the Armenian genocide of three million people was conducted by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire who made the Armenians march over hostile terrain without food or shelter much like the US cavalry did to the Red Indians forced off their land at gunpoint during what they described as the “March of tears”. Along the way the Turks would set fire to Armenian families and make them dance until they burned to death whilst being watched by cheering crowds. In the end some 3 million Armenians perished leaving hardly any of them alive.

Erdogan says he is fighting ISIS when in fact his doctors are allegedly treating ISIS fighters, his nurses are nursing them back to health, and his son is reportedly engaged in oil smuggling ISIS oil which provides them additional funding.

Erdogan clearly dreams of founding a new Ottoman Empire using EU taxpayers money; he has the golden palace already and now dreams of a new “Salafist Principality” free of Kurds, Iranians and stretching into Northern China to the East and with a growing presence in the EU.

John Gelmini