A frog in a pot of water.
So my bud Jeff’s awesome blog post inspired me today to tackle some political issues. I’m not an analyst, I’m not going to have anything intelligent to say about half of this stuff, but quality of life and freedom of speech have taken a troubling turn for the worse, and we expats are whispering to each other that soon, perhaps sooner than we think, this will not be a nice place to live at all.
Even as records of human rights violations and censorship- even persecution- of the press mount, Turkey continues to court the EU. It’s ridiculous.
So, introducing Twitter Tuesday, wherein I present you links from my Twitter feed that point to troubling signs of a troubled future. Since I just decided to do this ten minutes ago, today’s links will only be from the last 24 hours.
I am not providing commentary or telling you what to think beyond THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT THE BRAKES ON THE RUNAWAY TRAIN TO CRAZY TOWN THAT IS THIS ADMINISTRATION. Which has been my response to every single one of these news stories. nb- Turkish newspapers like hurriyet and todays zaman are notoriously censored, so the juıciest bits always come from sources from abroad.
4. They’re trying to knock down a lovely public park, one of the only green spaces in Taksim, in order to build yet another shopping mall. Protesters have not yet been violently disbursed with tear gas, but wait for it.
So, happy Tuesday, all!
UPDATE! Hours after a wrote this, news started trickling in that protesters in Gezi were, in fact, violently disbursed with tear gas.