The Turkish Bell Jar [pdf file]
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From the New Left Review, Çaglar Keyder presents a very interesting analysis of Turkey, the decisions it is facing and the societal transformations it is undergoing
..."Against a background of high unemployment and fragile economic recovery, the neo-Islamist AKP is submitting its supporters among the urban poor to the programmes of the IMF, Pentagon and Kemalist elite. Internal pressures on NATO's Middle East bridgehead and EU candidate member."
And as a side comment on Erdogan's recent anti-adultery laws and the resulting furor, let me point out two things:
1. To fellow Greeks: adultery over here was decriminalized sometime in the early 80s by PASOK over the loud protests of the "righteous", church-going right.
2. It's a good thing that the state of Virginia won't be applying for EU membership anytime soon, since it is one of the 23 US states, where adultery is considered a crime (while having sex out of wedlock is considered a crime in ten)! In the American Bible Belt Erdogan's Islamic party would be considered way too permissive I fear...