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Thursday, August 01, 2019

The closing of the Turkish mind

The closing of the Turkish mind

An authoritarian state can do many things to get rid of democratic types but ultimately the government must attack the institutions that produce and sustain them. This is what Erdogan and his allies have sought to do. AP

Suzy Hansen
Aug 1, 2019 — 1.49pm

Ilhan Uzgel learned he had been fired while driving his Honda Civic from the village of Ayas to Ankara, after a visit to his ailing, elderly father. A little after midnight, one of his former research assistants called his cellphone. “Ilhan Hocam,” the student said, using a Turkish honorific (“my teacher”) bestowed on educators. “Your name was on the list.”

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