Washington (GPA) – GPA Editor Jim Carey spoke with Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan on Radio Sputnik’s Fault Lines program to discuss the current state of affairs in Turkey.
Jim Carey spoke with Nixon and Stranahan to discuss recent events in Turkey, primarily the recent snap election called by Turkish President Recep Erdogan. As Jim wrote about the elections earlier this week:
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is likely worried about these elections as they are seemingly unprepared to put forward many candidates. While most of this is likely a result of the ongoing purges, crackdowns, and arrests by the AKP, even party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu seems unlikely to rise to the challenge of defeating Erdogan. Government spokesman Bekir Bozdag expressed this confidence by AKP following the election announcement, saying the CHP was reluctant to run Kilicdaroglu “because they do not believe he can compete with our president.”
The CHP is expected to announce their candidate in the coming days but it is still unclear how prepared they are to make their electoral case in under two months. Erdogan, on the other hand, is prepared and is likely to make some important gains to his personal power if this election goes the way he wants.
Nixon and Stranahan also brought up the current state of press freedom in Turkey, as compared to the western media which is a complicit partner with imperialism. For more information on the latest purge news, we suggest following us but also an outlet we often republish: Turkey Purge.
Near the end of the interview, the discussion also turned to Iran and the possibility of conflict with the country following Netanyahu’s ridiculous presentation on the dreaded “Iranian nukes” earlier this week. Some war gaming went on, and we’d recommend further reading on the time that the US lost their own simulated war with Iran, in an exercise known as “Millennium Challenge.” Jim will be back on to discuss Iran more next week, but in the meantime here’s more on the embarrassing war game here.
— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 3, 2018