Erdogan: Now Round Up The Journalists

220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganWe have followed the rapid destruction of the secular government and civil liberties in Turkey under the authoritarian rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan — assisted by the long-standing and continuing support of the Obama Administration of Erdogan. Erdogan used the recent failed coup to push his effort to create a de facto Islamic regime and to complete his work in arresting his critics, including forcing the resignation of thousands of secular academics, and suspending all civil liberties in a proclaimed state of emergency. Recently, Erdogan threatened the United States that he wants his greatest critic, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, delivered to him and that a failure to yield to his demands would be a “big mistake.”  Now, he has ordered the round up of journalists despite the fact that journalists helped him stay in power during the coup by bravely continuing to broadcast during the coup.  In addition, his government is now arresting people who express doubt (with many internationally) about the coup.  Erdogan has been known to use trumped up events to expand his power and many believe that he is not only using the coup as an excuse but engineered the coup.  His government now says that anyone raising such concerns is likely a coup plotter and should be arrested.

Erdogan’s government has declared a state of emergency and suspended all civil liberties.  It has also issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists who will join over 13,000 people detained in the wake of the July 15 coup bid.  Erdogan is using the coup (which many believe was staged) to wipe out the supporters of one of his greatest critics: US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Yet, Erdogan remains our close ally as he eradicates the most fundamental rights of free speech, free press, due process, and democratic government. Amnesty International has announced that it has “credible evidence” of the beating and torture of detainees.

Erdogan’s Islamic parties are continuing to stay in the streets to guarantee that there is no more trouble as he “cleanses” the government, schools, media, and other parts of society of any critics.

22 thoughts on “Erdogan: Now Round Up The Journalists”

  1. The United States has always preferred to support ‘stable’ (read dictatorships) regimes that go along with our geo-political needs, rather than take chances with democracies…just like every other imperial nation, ever.

    This is not a surprise; what is surprising is that Americans haven’t figured out over the last century that this is how our foreign policy works, and are always surprised and outraged when it happens.

  2. The US seems to retain “allies” for militarily strategic reasons, regardless of the depravity of the regime.

  3. Dieter, As a member of the fascist Education Industry your absence from the Cal State post is noteworthy.

  4. Anyone see the connection between this post and the Cal State post.

  5. Erdo Gan!
    Erdo Gan!
    Greatest dictator in Alabam!
    Clear across this great big land…
    There ain’t dork like Erodgan!

  6. Hmmm. It looks like in Turkey the papers don’t have an Evening Edition. Instead, they have an Evening Rendition!

    We need an Ogden Nash to write about this guy. Maybe he would say something like this:

    Alas, poor Erdogan,
    We have word-again!
    Of something absurd-again!
    What a turd-again!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. The failed coup looks more and more to be staged. The response has obviously been planned for some time.

  8. I fear the Kurds will be the next scapegoat for him to go after and persecute.

    1. He is already going after the Kurds, they’re fighting a war on 2 fronts against the Government forces and Daesh, just as well the West are helping out.

  9. The only coup happening in Turkey is that that has been happening since Erdogan’s accession to power conducted by Erdogan.

  10. Why the US has not stepped in is beyond me. For one thing, teachers are never organized. But he is replacing 20,000 teachers who what?

  11. After watching the sanitized Demicratic Cinvention where Bernie Signs were removed from the hall….I think I get a whiff of tyranny.

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