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  July 25, 2016

Turkey's Night of Long Knives


Scholar Vijay Prashad discusses whether Turkey's failed coup was a false flag operation, a badly botched but real attempt providing Erdogan an opportunity to purge the Turkish state of its secular components - TRNN and Newsclick Joint Production
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biography

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of twenty books, including The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution (LeftWord and University of California Press, 2016) and co-editor of Land of Blue Helmets: The UN in the Arab World (University of California Press, 2016) as well as editor of Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. Vijay is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (leftword.com) and is a columnist for Frontline and AlterNet as well as a frequent contributor to The Hindu, Himal and Counterpunch.


precis

Was Turkey's failed coup a false flag operation, as many are saying? Or was it a badly botched but real attempt providing Erdogan an opportunity to purge the Turkish state of its secular components? Erdogan is using this attempted coup as an opportunity to accelerate the Islamisation of Turkey's administration and further concentrate power in his hands. These deep and wide purges underway now will significantly weaken the Turkish military and the state. The demand of some of the AKP sections for Gülen's extradition from the US and subsequent stand-off over Incirlik airbase, can lead to unravelling of the whole region.


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