Turkey

Turkey's Democracy In Flux

May 28, 2014

Steve Scher talks to  Dr. Kemal Kirişci, a Turkish political scholar  at the Brookings Institute, about what is next for our NATO ally. Turkey’s leaders are restricting speech, political activities and religious freedoms. 

This post was updated at 4:00 a.m. ET Thursday:

The death toll in Turkey's worst mining disaster has risen to 282. Rescue teams recovered eight more bodies on Thursday. Hope is fading for the estimated 150 miners trapped below ground.

This post was updated at 7:10 p.m. ET.:

Crowds angered over a mine explosion in western Turkey that claimed at least 274 lives clashed with police on Wednesday near the site of the disaster in Soma.

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Turkey used to be neutral. Like the Switzerland of the Middle East. But the Turkish government's recent, tougher stance on Syria has blown that neutrality out of the water. And Turks themselves aren't too happy about it.
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