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  •  Support for his party (AKP) (8+ / 0-)

    was in the low 40% range before these latest events and if this drops to less than 40% all bets are off.

    There are also signs that the AKP is cracking and may splinter. So far 7 MPs have resigned from the party in the past 10 or so days.

    Additionally, the stock market is down more than 33% and the Lira has lost more than 22% of its value so far since the Gezi Protests began. The economy is also showing signs that there will probably be a major recession in 2014.

    There are also major protests tonight in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir calling for the government to resign.

    For some reason I can't rec this diary or comments but I would if I could.

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:28:22 AM PST

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    •  Thanks InAntalya. (3+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya, cotterperson, Jim P

      I do quite a bit of business in Turkey and hear from those with which I deal that business owners are increasingly unhappy with the policies of the government.  I had been looking at expanding that business and am concerned about what is happening.

      "Stay close to the candles....the staircase can be treacherous" (-8.38,-8.51)

      by JNEREBEL on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:32:57 AM PST

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    •  Can you offer any insight (0+ / 0-)

      . . . into the role of the Gulen movement in Turkey? Or more pertinently, does it have anything to do with the corruption investigations? From what I have read about it in English-language media, it seems kind of comical or sinister, depending on one's view, like some mysterious godman-behind-the-curtain pulling the strings of state from exile in Pennsylvania. It's been interesting to note that the movement seems to have turned on the AKP government recently.

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