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The Rotten Something in the State of Turkey

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Gareth H. Jenkins recounts the ruling AKP’s decade-long trajectory toward increasing corruption and authoritarianism today in Tablet Magazine. It is ironic because the AKP’s initial rise to power, in 1999, coincided with what was comparatively one of modern Turkey’s most democratic moments.

As for the U.S. diplomatic cables, revealed by WikiLeaks, alleging that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dirty money stashed away in eight Swiss bank accounts? The government’s response was essentially to tar WikiLeaks as a Zionist enterprise, a response that, Jenkins concludes, was “probably more revealing about the nature of AKP rule than the allegations themselves … further proof not only of the widespread paranoia and anti-Semitism in the party but also of the government’s growing tendency to try to intimidate its critics into silence.”


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Lynne T says:

Amusing for the AKP to tar Wikileaks as sympathizers with Israel:

Israel Shamir: “Did you find any compromising facts about Russia? Or maybe it’s just the reputation of American foreign policy will suffer losses because of this complication?”

Julian Assange: “Well there are a number of reports in there of people going into America embassies and talking about their colleagues, and sometimes that is people speaking about corrupt Russian businessmen, or allegations of corruption by Russian generals, and of course the view of the American ambassadors themselves about what the state of Russian affairs is. But generally, I see that it’s mainly the US presidence and how it operates, and also the actions of the puppet states that it has, or the American client states: these states that are supported and propped up by the United States, that often engage in terrible human rights abuses, or covert pushes towards war, or money laundering, or other forms of corruption. And those are often known about by US embassies working in these countries, but that knowledge is concealed. So I think, over the long term, it is that latter category that is really going to start drawing attention.”


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