“I’ve coined the term Erdocracy for the anti-democratic, anti-secularist regime Erdoğan is building in Turkey. He had recently demanded a law that would allow detention possible based on ‘reasonable suspicion.’”
“In 600 years, probably none of the 36 Ottoman sultans were so arrogant and excessive” as Turkey’s newly elected president. Tarik Günersel questions Erdoğan’s legitimacy in light of corruption accusations.
Tarik Gunersel describes the rise of ISIS in the Middle East – “the armed organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” – and how this radical body is feeding into the Turkish PM’s move away from all things secular.
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