Just north of tyranny in Syria, Turkey turns more authoritarian every day

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Turkey has a lot to worry about these days.

ISIS recently displaced some 200,000 refugees from the Kurdish town of Kobane into Turkey.  The Syrian regime military has made 3 million Syrians into refugees, half of which now reside in Turkey.  And the same regime now threatens to topple a rebel stronghold in Aleppo.

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“If Aleppo were to fall, we in Turkey would really be confronted with a large, very serious, worrisome refugee crisis,” Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently told reporters, as if the refugee crisis wasn’t already sufficiently large, serious and worrisome.

But while tyranny in Syria is something for Turkey to worry about, many Turks are worried about something else: namely, their own growing authoritarian regime.

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Turkey’s longtime prime minister and newly elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just built himself a 1000-room, $615 million presidential palace–four times the size of Versailles–all while flipping the traditionally passive role of Turkish president to…

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