Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Erdogan Targets Intelligentsia

Zerohedge is reporting that Turkey is firing all of its university deans as part of a wider crackdown in the wake of the failed coup attempt:
Erdogan Unleashes Unprecedented Crackdown: Fires All University Deans; Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-19/erdogan-unleashes-unprecedented-crackdown-fires-all-university-deans-suspends-21000-

Turkey's Board of Higher Education has requested the resignations of all 1,577 university deans, effectively dismissing them.
The Telegraph may have been the original source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/19/turkey-demands-resignation-of-every-university-dean-in-country-a/

Sputnik reported a few months back that Erdogan loathes academics: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160121/1033464155/erdigan-abhors-academics.html

You know a purge is occurring when academics are targeted. The press is next, if they've not already been purged.

I have friends in Turkey, including former students. I hope they are safe and well.

I am reminded of this song by Leonard Cohen



  1. Is not that which all dictators do? Intellectuals and journalists first

  2. It's a disgrace that Turkey is even in the NATO. A bigger disgrace that we are supporting Turkey all because they are a "DEMOCRACY." This "coup" was probably engineered by Erdogan himself to gain an absolute Islamic authority over Turkey.


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