Turkey: Current Politics and Policies

A recent New Yorker article described current political trends in Turkey.   The article describes an interesting conflict between Turkish military leaders, who perceive the influence of Islam as a threat to Turkey’s secular government, and the popular Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pronounced er-DO-WAN) who is inclined to relax the bans on Islamic social and cultural practices, like head-covering for women, put in place by Mustafa Kemal or Ataturk, but who has not tried  to convert Turkey into an Islamic theocracy.

Here is a link to the article:  https://agoshdarnminute.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-new-yorker2.pdf  .  It will open with a program called Nitro.  Use controls in the upper left corner to enlarge the print so it can easily be read.

I plan to post a comment on this subject in the future.   I will re-visit my earlier essay on Turkey, especially my reference to David Riesman’s book, “The Lonely Crowd”.  This article will provide some updated information about some of the issues.

It seems likely that Turkey will play an important role in the developing issues involving Iran, the United States, Russia, China, and Israel.

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