Talk:Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
I'm getting the impression that the writers of this article hadn't heard of Erdogan before the Istanbul protests... He is a very complex figure who needs to be seen in the context of modern Turkish history. I love the novels of Orhan Pamuk (particularly 'Snow') so I've always had a little thing for Turkey, such a fascinating country. MarcusCicero (talk) 12:42, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
- Please add stuff. I knew about him before but didn't really care until he started saying stupid things. He seems to have got on top of Turkey's silly inflation (4000 Lire to the pound I seem to recall) and he's negotiated a peace deal with the Kurdish rebels. SophieWilder 12:46, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
- I think also I was wary of starting off at the wrong end and ending up with a rather bland, even-handed piece with no bite. Having moaned about the Michael Jackson article starting that way i wasn't going to make the same mistake. So I made a different one. Oh well, it's a wiki. SophieWilder 12:50, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
This article is a bit too positive
Erdogan is an obvious authoritarian who curtails press freedom, freedom of assembly and while he's nicer to the Kurds than other Turkish leaders, he still oppresses with them. While he hasn't banned opposing political parties, his opposition is incredibly weak(Due to his stranglehold on Turkish media), much like Putin. He has also been accused of forcing Islam into a very secular Turkey's politics.
Also, what is happening in Turkey is the opposite of Egypt, we have a an authoritarian taking power for themselves away from the military where in Egypt the opposite happened.
End to the Kurdish conflict?
AKP isn't the first Islamist party to hold power in Turkey. The Democrat Party between 1950-60 and Welfare Party from 1996-7 held power in Islamist governments - AKP simply is the first Islamist party never to be overthrown by a military junta.