Seeds: Once the embodiment of a Muslim-majority democracy in a region primarily led by authoritarian Muslim regimes, Turkey has become increasingly unstable. This is because Turkey has taken in more refugees, banned Twitter, and put an oppressive president, who has jailed many anti-government protesters (including a famous British academic) into a power. The new president has also launched airstrikes against the Kurds in Iraq, a move some consider dangerously aggressive.
Core: More recently, the Turkish government seized a newspaper that released anti-regime content titled, “Zaman.” Now, the paper is publishing content that is strictly pro-government, and people are calling it a “propaganda machine.” The paper constantly praises the President within its content, which is especially telling, given that insulting their new president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is now considered a federal crime.
Skin: While the press reports the bombings that plague the Turkish people, there is little coverage of the increasing control of President Erdogan. However, many think that other prominent countries should be alarmed by the increasing control the President is wielding.
Leaves: The United States and European nations have yet to do anything about this crisis, besides condemning the current president for his actions. Some believe world leaders are reluctant to take further action because they rely on Turkey to take in the majority of the refugees, and do not want this to stop. Ironically, as seen here, Turkey is clearly becoming less willing to to do so, of its own accord.
Food For Thought: Do you think other nations should be concerned about the situation in Turkey? Do you think the president’s actions are telling of a more far-reaching plan for dominance? What do you think about government control over free press?