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    • Joe
    • 03.06.13 | 01:57 (IDT)

    Kemalism embraced Islam to a certain extent. However, as I tried to point out, there has been certain tension between the army, the judicial power and the current government, because of the Islamic character of AKP. Erdogan is no idol, but neither are the leaders of the opposition (Kemalists or ultra-nationalists), and I doubt that the democratic problems of the country would change should any of them become the parties in power. My only point was to indicate what I consider to be misconceptions in the article that seem to be too common when looking at Turkey from European-Western eyes i.e. implying that the main problem for freedom and democracy in Turkey is Islamization.

    from the article: In the eyes of the youth in Istanbul, Erdogan is Turkey's Mubarak
    First published 17:50 01.06.13 | Last updated 17:50 01.06.13
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