by wjw on July 19, 2016

AKPThe Turkish government is now using last week’s coup as a bridgehead toward complete control of the country’s education system.  1500 university deans have been ordered to resign, and the licenses of 21,000 teachers have been revoked.  These teachers mostly worked at private institutions, many of which had been founded by the Gülen organization as part of its educational mission.

The government knows who the Gülenists are, because when the AK/Gülen alliance was in effect, the government helped find jobs for these people.  Now the Gülenists are officially deemed terrorists and putschists intent on destroying order in Turkey.

In addition:

  • 6,000 military personnel have been arrested, with more than two dozen generals awaiting trial

  • Nearly 9,000 police officers have been sacked

  • Close to 3,000 judges have been suspended 

  • Some 1,500 employees of Turkey’s finance ministry have been dismissed

  • 492 have been fired from the Religious Affairs Directorate

  • More than 250 staff in [Prime Minister] Yildirim’s office have been removed.

  • Turkey’s media regulation body on Tuesday also revoked the licenses of 24 radio and TV channels accused of links to Mr Gulen.

In other news, as a result of the coup and its aftermath Wikileaks has released years of internal emails from Turkey’s ruling AK party. The first installment of the treasure trove involves hundreds of thousands of emails, all of which you can read yourself (provided you read Turkish).  Enjoy!

John F. MacMichael July 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Looks like Gulen is going to serve as the same sort of all purpose boogeyman role that Trotsky did for Stalin.

pixlaw July 21, 2016 at 8:06 am

Gulen’s in PA, right? Uh-oh. Pennsylvania’s an open-carry state, both for firearms and ice-axes.

TRX July 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

All this, and nobody has burned the Reichstag yet?!

wjw July 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Well, the putschists did attack the parliament building, which was one of the reasons the Turks turned against them. It’s hard to picture a more antidemocratic action than that.

TRX July 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm

I guess they liked the architecture a lot. Back when the movie “Independence Day” came out, I saw people stand and cheer in the theater when the aliens started zapping the District of Columbia.

Nathanael July 22, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Looks like the coup was a fake, a setup by Erdogan.

The merchant class is not going to tolerate what Erdogan is currently doing. It’s bad for business. So we won’t see a Hitler outcome. I’m trying to remember what the standard outcome is, historically, when the guy making himself dictator trashes the economy in the process. I think he usually gets assassinated by his second-in-command.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post:

Contact Us | Terms of User | Trademarks | Privacy Statement

Copyright © 2010 WJW. All Rights Reserved.