Over the past fifteen years Recep Erdogan has gone from being a mayor in Turkey to its prime minister and when that got boring, he decided to become President of Turkey. When he became prime minister there actually were newspapers and magazines that were legally allowed to write about the government without having to clear things with Recep. His Justice and Development party now rules the nation. In an election held early in the year, this party fell to only receiving 39% of the vote. Well, if one is the Big Guy in a nation, he created a “threat” from Kurdish groups seeking to obtain their rights and transformed them into a terrorist group bent on taking over the nation. Two months ago his party gained over 40% of the vote.
The European Union led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached out to Erodgan with a plan. The EU would give Turkey over $8 billion if they prevented Syrian immigrants to head for Europe. One condition of this agreement was that Erdogan would adhere of EU guidelines on freedom of the press. Turkey now has the most journalists in jail of any society in the world. Well, Recep is furious at this example of “colonialism” which seeks to take away his right to take away the freedom of Turks!