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“Strange goings on in Turkey,” by Prof. Norman Bailey

Strange goings on in Turkey
Two recent decisions by Turkish prime minister Erdoğan make it look as though he is losing his grip.

With all the disputes and controversies swirling around the Geneva agreement between the G5+1 countries and Iran, it’s easy to lose sight of other significant events taking place in the region, such as two very strange decisions made in recent days by the Erdoğan government in Turkey.

In the first place, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to close the preparatory schools. A very large portion of these schools is operated by members of the Gulen community, followers of the Turkish Sunni sect leader Fethullah Gulen, who lives in exile in the United States. The Gulenists were initially strong supporters of Erdogan, but recently have loosened their ties, as he has taken steps they don’t like. This measure, however, goes to the heart of the movement, since it is in the prep schools that the Gulenists fashion the future leaders they diligently insert into the government, the armed forces and the private sector.

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