Unlucky geography, power and ego draw Turkey away from democracy
Published: 4:00 AM, July 6, 2016
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, strode onto a stage a month ago looking down upon a sea of a million fans waving red Turkish flags. They were celebrating the 15th-century conquest of Istanbul by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, the golden moment of Turkey’s Muslim ancestors triumphing over the Christian West.
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