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this Erdogan is on a big ego trip and in the end it looks like the West is losing a (for better choice of words) friend, and looking into the eyes of a new enemy!

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The Wall Street Journal. Emre Peker, Joe Parkinson, 13 hrs ago.


1/3 SLIDES ©*Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service/AP Photo
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of local administrators at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.
SIVAS, Turkey—Kemal Akinci’s reverence for Turkey’s president runs so deep that when his wife gave birth to triplets he named them after the leader: Recep, Tayyip and*Erdogan.


When news of a coup attempt broke in mid-July, the 33-year-old baker asked his wife to pray for him and rushed to the streets in protest, beginning 27 straight days of demonstrations in the medieval square in support of his hero. “I’m ready to give my life for the president, and that was the spirit of the crowd, too,” he said.

In the months since the failed coup, devotion such as his has moved from the fringe to the political mainstream, fortifying an Erdogan*personality cult that is now*reshaping Turkey’s democracy.

Across the country, Mr.*Erdogan’s image has become omnipresent, gazing from billboards, TV screens and newspapers. A biopic called “The Chief,” his nickname, is due for release around his birthday in late February. A song titled the “Erdogan*March” lauds what it calls the lion-hearted protector of the global Muslim community, and became a Twitter top trend in Turkey. When the president asked Turks to exchange their dollar savings for Turkish lira to stop the currency’s slide, thousands complied, fuelling a brief rally.

Bolstering the genuine public support, which pushed Mr. Erdogan’s approval rating to 68% after he put down the rebellion, is a fast-expanding architecture of power that many here regard as repression.
Since July, more than 125,000 mostly public employees have been purged, including 40,000 who are under detention. The government of Mr. Erdogan has closed more than*169*media outlets during the same period. It has jailed the entire top leadership of a*pro-Kurdish political party that won six million votes in an election last year.

Mr. Erdogan delivers daily hourlong speeches, which television stations that haven’t been shut down uniformly broadcast live.
With the opposition cowed or co-opted,*Mr.*Erdogan*appears almost sure to*achieve his longstanding ambition of overhauling Turkey’s constitution by establishing an executive presidency. Under Mr. Erdogan, his behavior over the past few years suggests, that would essentially mean one-man rule.

“I don’t care if they call me a dictator or whatever else. It goes in one ear, out the other,” Mr.*Erdogan*said*at an Istanbul university on Oct. 6 as he accepted the latest of some three dozen honorary doctorates.*“I have come to serve my people, not dominate over them.” The president’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment for this article.
Turkey is going through its most tumultuous time in decades. The murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Dec. 19 capped 10 days of violence, including bombings that killed at least 58 people—volatility that only strengthens Mr. Erdogan’s push for expanded powers.

His unfolding efforts to reshape Turkey place Mr.*Erdogan*in the vanguard of illiberal populism personified by leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Hungary’s Viktor Orban, the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. Mr.*Erdogan’s movement has been a long campaign against a secular elite installed early last century by Turkish independence hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and kept in power by the military.

His movement, sometimes called Erdoganismo, is an Islamist-infused cocktail of winner-take-all democracy, nationalism and nostalgia for the past glories of this onetime center of the Ottoman Empire. Those sidelined include the once-dominant secular and West-leaning intelligentsia, along with ethnic and religious minorities.

The secret to the power grab is a political base of religious Sunni Muslims who have seen their incomes rise, their formerly circumscribed rights restored, and their pride enhanced by Mr. Erdogan’s policies. Zealous support from this bloc, about half of*Turkey’s voters, has helped ward off challenges from critics and political opponents.

“The more they tried to stop*Erdogan, the stronger he got. Without realizing, they created a giant,” said Murat Toraman, a software entrepreneur in Sivas and councilor with*the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP.

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Supporters say Mr.*Erdogan, who has marshaled nine AKP election victories since 2002, has shown himself a benevolent and capable leader. Dismissing the idea he is autocratic, they credit his skill at developing trust and credibility across society.

The steep accumulation of Mr.*Erdogan’s power since the failed coup, as he rules by emergency decree, has spooked fellow members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

"His leadership is moving into a new phase. The narrative is transparent—Erdogan*is on a constant march toward absolute power,” said Marc Pierini, a former European Union ambassador to Turkey who’s now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Brussels.

Mr.*Erdogan*has used decrees to overhaul institutions from the military command to university leadership. When a bill to replace elected municipal leaders with trustees failed in parliament, Mr. Erdogan imposed it with a decree. Then his government ousted scores of pro-Kurdish mayors on terrorism charges.

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well I hope we can all be at peace. we meddle too much
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Meddling is our duty, our job as World wide Police Force. We decide without understanding the others culture or way of life...

We spend big bucks to have the CIA do studies of each country in the world. Then the book is never opened or used by those who should read it.

We can't continued on this same course for much longer. The very same reason given for the coming failure of Social Security. Money isn't there.

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I guess they plan to hold a few trials hoping to catch a few of the people behind
this coup attempt. I felt that they gathered a lot of people up quite quickly. So I wonder are they even part of any resistance to the president?

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© (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File) FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo pro-government supporters protest on the road leading to Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge,background left. Turkish lawmakers approved a three-month state of…

Twenty-nine Turkish police officers went on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday accused of involvement in the July 15 failed coup, the first trial of the alleged putschists to open in the city.

The suspects, 24 of whom are under arrest, went on trial at the gigantic courthouse by Silivri prison outside Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The first hearings are expected to last four days and the session began with the reading out of the names of the accused as well as the indictment. This was expected to be followed by arguments for the defence.
The suspects are charged with refusing to obey orders to protect President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup.

If convicted, 21 suspects each face three life sentences and the other eight officers could be handed prison terms of between seven-and-a-half and 15 years.

Five months after the coup, small-scale trials of suspects have already began in the provinces but this is by far the most significant process to begin so far.
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A lot of tourist were either killed or injured in this shooting in Turkey. Vacations
are meant to be pleasant, and full of memories with pictures to help remind.

Yet when the become entangled in a Terrorist plot to cause as much chaos as possible in a very short time frame, well these memories most of us don't want to carry around.

Most everyone killed had so much more life left to live. Yet now so many families will never again see a New Year coming as a great thing. It will be marked as painful..



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Most of the 39 people slain at a popular Istanbul club were from other countries.

The Washington Post ... Erin Cunningham, Kareem Fahim, 7 hrs ago.

ISTANBUL — Leanne Nasser was a bright-eyed Arab Israeli teenager, in Istanbul with friends for New Year’s, despite her father’s concerns about safety. Fatih Cakmak, who survived a bomb attack only weeks ago, was hired to work security for a popular nightclub.
Both were among those who died early Sunday when a gunman, brandishing an assault rifle, stormed Istanbul’s famed Reina club on the banks of the Bosporus, gunning down unsuspecting New Year’s revelers in a rampage that was one of the city’s worst mass killings in recent memory.
The assailant remained at large Sunday night, and unidentified except for blurred glimpses of him in security camera footage that showed gunshots sparking off the pavement and victims crumpling to the ground. Thirty-nine people were killed, many of them foreigners, in the latest in a string of assaults that have roiled Turkey as it battles insurgents at home and across the border in war-torn Syria. At least 70 people were wounded.
Among the victims of Sunday’s attack, in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district, were an Iraqi student, a Turkish police officer and two Lebanese fitness trainers. Authorities were working Sunday to identify the dead; citizens of at least eight countries, including Turkey, were killed in the assault.
“Please answer my comment, and tell me you have not died,” one Facebook user, Sheery Rudan, posted on the profile photo of 22-year-old Mustafa Jalal, an Iraqi student from Kirkuk. The school in Istanbul where he studied, Kemburgaz University, announced his death on Twitter.
Hassan Alaa, who was close to Jalal, struggled with the news of his boyhood friend’s death. Jalal, an only child, was active, outgoing, and loved cars and swimming, he said.


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At least 39 people were killed and another 69 wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2017, according to Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin called it a "terrorist attack" and told reporters the gunman first shot a police officer and a civilian as he entered the club in Ortakoy district. According to officials, at least 15 foreign nationals are among the dead, including citizens from Israel, Belgium, Lebanon, Jordan, France, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The attacker took advantage of the chaos and fled the scene and police has confirmed that a manhunt is under way.

(Pictured) Flowers for the victims of the attack are placed outside the Reina nightclub


“I can’t believe this. We would have breakfast together every day,” Alaa said when reached in the Iraqi city of Irbil. “And now he’s gone. Before he left for the club, he wished me a happy birthday and we were joking around.”

The assault, which targeted a posh, sprawling venue popular with Istanbul’s elite, recalled similar attacks on a concert hall in Paris in 2015 and a nightclub in Orlando in 2016. And like those attacks — with a disproportionate tally of young victims, all of whom had been enjoying a night out — the carnage on the Bosporus left Istanbul reeling from a similar sense of shock and grief.
In Paris and Orlando, assault rifles were used to target largely cosmopolitan and international crowds. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for those attacks. The extremist group has carried out attacks in Turkey in recent years, but there was no claim of responsibility for the massacre early Sunday.
It began just after 1 a.m., when the assailant shot dead a 22-year-old police officer, Burak Yildiz, and a chauffeur for a tourism company, Ayhan Arik, on the street outside the club, according to Turkish media reports. The sound of gunshots sent panicked patrons scrambling for cover at the waterside as the gunman came inside, witnesses said.
One patron, professional soccer player Sefa Boydas, described on Twitter the chaos at the club. In a series of posts that were later deleted, Boydas said he did not see who was shooting, but he noted that police arrived on the scene quickly. He carried his girlfriend, who was wearing high heels, he said, out of the club to safety.
“At first we thought some men were fighting with each other,” a Lebanese woman who gave her name as Hadeel told the Reuters news agency. She was in the club with her husband and a friend.
“We heard the guy screaming Allahu akbar,” she said, Arabic for “God is great.”
“We heard his footsteps crushing the broken glass,” she said. “We got out through the kitchen. There was blood everywhere and bodies.”
Others did not survive.

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this Erdogan is on a big ego trip and in the end it looks like the West is losing a (for better choice of words) friend, and looking into the eyes of a new enemy!
Erdogan is more pro-Putin than Trump. All will be well on 20 January 2017.
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