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The Future Of Democracy In Turkey

Let me make it official: I will not be visiting Turkey anytime soon, now that the country is no longer a democracy. I know that its constitution says otherwise, but the facts are what they are: if you cannot accept opposition and dissent, then only absolutism remains. In the case of Turkey, there is an additional religious angle to the situation, and that reinforces the undemocratic forces at play.

Too bad, because the videos made by Helge Pedersen’s GlobeRiders on their Silk Road adventure taught me already years ago that Turkey and the surrounding countries are worth an extended visit. I wouldn’t mind traveling that Silk Road on a motorcycle, if only I had the funds! But I will not spend time in a country with an oppressive regime, just as my parents refused to go to Spain during the days of Franco.

More pictures from the 2011 Silk Road trip after clicking the picture...

More pictures from the 2011 Silk Road trip after clicking the picture…

Supplementary question for no extra credits: what are the chances I have to add the USA to my list of no-go countries after Tuesday?

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