Turkey’s Prime Minister: The Jews Are Out to Get Me!

On Sunday, I wrote a post which mentioned that the Economist, usually a strong supporter of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (better known by its Turkish acronym, the AKP) had endorsed the secular opposition. “The best way for Turks to promote democracy would be to vote against the ruling party,” the Economist’s editors declared, citing the Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s authoritarian streak and his crackdown on the press.

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Turkey’s Prime Minister: The Jews Are Out to Get Me!

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