A couple months ago, I blogged here about some statistics that reflected the declining status of women in Turkey under the current Islamist government. As the Turkish ruling party (AKP) consolidates control, its increasingly shows itself more loyal to a hardline Islamist agenda than any serious reform. In Hurriyet today (alas, only the Turkish version) comes words that a senior AKP official in Istanbul has called for legalizing polygamy again. It is increasingly silly to talk about Turkey reforming and putting itself on a trajectory to join Europe; Turkey is on a trajectory for something else entirely.
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