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What's Going On in Turkey?
It was terrible to hear about that this past weekend. A lot of people were killed in the process.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on July 18, 2016
Stephen, from what you write, I'm sorry the coup failed.
By: Snowbrush on July 18, 2016
the entire world seems to be giving into violence and religion. I would love to visit Turkey one day and hope it remains a secular country. religion stagnates progress.
By: Ellen Abbott on July 18, 2016
An interesting perspective from someone who has actually been there. Thanks for sharing, Stephen. I agree, Ataturk's vision of a secular Turkey has enabled it to grow and prosper for almost a century now. Compare this with the rest of the Muslim world who practices fundamentalist Islam or even Sharia law. If our fears (yes, I share your fears) come true and Erdogan succeeds in seizing autocratic control of the country and the military, Turkey will have a very bleak future. And the world will have another seriously flawed Islamist regime that will likely NOT be an active participant in making the world a safer place to live.
By: scott park on July 18, 2016
When we visited in 2013 it was a wonderful experience. The people are warm and friendly.
By: Daniel LaFrance on July 18, 2016
Istanbul is one of my favorite cities. A fascinating brew of cultures, a virtual bridge of east and west. A positive note in this last attempted coup is the resilience of the democratic spirit-the people supporting a duly elected leader even one who is unpopular and in trouble. Your photo file is lovely.
By: Tom Cochrun on July 18, 2016
It would be sad to see this beautiful nation become a war zone.
By: messymimi on July 18, 2016
I'm concerned that there will be one more insane country leader in the mid east.
By: red Kline on July 18, 2016
Turkey seems (seemed) like a modern, progressive country - I would hate for it to be thrown back to thinking more fitting for the middle ages.
By: Pixel Peeper on July 18, 2016
Thank you for the insight into Turkey's recent history. Normally military coups are bad things and when I heard about it my reaction was relief that it had failed, but it sounds like they are a good counterbalance to corrupt power. Intriguing.
By: Botanist on July 18, 2016
oh dear- it feels like we will all be in the midst of a religious war .... those poor people in Turkey- very scary and sad. Your photos are outstanding!
By: Kathe W. on July 18, 2016
Thank you for a much better look into the country now in the news and teetering. You really gave me an inside look that I don't get from the news and I now better understand what is going on. Well done.
By: Arkansas Patti on July 19, 2016
I know very little about Turkey and world affairs. But I DO love your pictures!
By: Val on July 19, 2016
I predict bloodbath. I hope I'm wrong.
By: Al Penwasser on July 19, 2016
Wow - tensions are rising all over the place. It's frightening and sobering that one or a few leaders can make decisions that destroy so much and so many. But journalists are always there, courageously fighting for what's right. That's impressive.
By: Robyn Engel on July 19, 2016
I always planned to return to Turkey and probably wont for the forseeable future now. The situations indeed sad. I find the Greeks are also wonderfully charming and hospitable, even though their country and Turkey dislike each other. Strange, when in some ways theyre so similar.
By: Jenny W on July 20, 2016
Very education post. I had no idea. R
By: Rick Watson on July 22, 2016
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