justworld How to be a hero president of a fake democracy

How to be a hero president of a fake democracy

As Turkish President Recep Erdoğan celebrates the result of a free and fair referendum that is likely to see him as president into the 2030s, here is another presidential leader who specialises in free and fair elections. This leader also recently revised his country’s constitution. Article 1 says “this country shall be a democratic, legal …

Read Article Read More

justuk 2016 – the year of post democracy

2016 – the year of post democracy

As we say goodbye to 2016, Israel are annoyed by America’s refusal to veto a UN resolution. They say that as the region’s only democracy, they should receive greater support from the world’s leading democracy. Theresa May has jumped in, criticising John Kerry over his comments on the make up of a democratically elected government. …

Read Article Read More

justworld Trump – politics, faith and US evangelicals

Trump – politics, faith and US evangelicals

Americans are nice people – really they are! This is what I am reminding myself frequently at the moment. I’ve met many Americans, and they are generally very kind generous, warm-hearted people. Some have followed their national stereotype of being entertainingly gullible, but have always been pretty decent. Based on the Americans I have met, …

Read Article Read More

justworld So was Gülen behind the coup? Parallel state or deep state?

So was Gülen behind the coup? Parallel state or deep state?

For anyone interested in Turkey, the events of 15th July were shocking. Whatever the criticisms of Erdoğan’s premiership and government, he does have a very strong political mandate from the ballot box. The attempted coup was a blatant attack on democracy. That night saw a significant loss of life. It is strange that most Western …

Read Article Read More

justworld Understanding Turkish Coups, Erdoğan vs Gülen

Understanding Turkish Coups, Erdoğan vs Gülen

The big cities in the west of the country (Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir) was historically where the wealth was. Here you would find the liberal intelligentsia, who celebrated Ataturk. They saw themselves as the educated, secular proponents of modern Turkey. They were the politically active and would look down on the köy (village) people in …

Read Article Read More

justworld Understanding Turkish coups, Ataturk vs Nursi

Understanding Turkish coups, Ataturk vs Nursi

We’re told that the majority of Turks think Gülen was behind the coup. But then, wouldn’t you, if to say otherwise means you are accused of being a Gülenist and risk losing your job? As an outsider looking in, it can seem very difficult to follow accusation and counter accusation. As a Brit who used …

Read Article Read More