19 August 2016   Leave a comment

Turkey has undergone incredible changes since the coup attempt last month was put down.  Many have been arrested on suspicions of complicity with the plotters and many  schools and charitable organizations have been shut down.  President Erdogan has taken complete control of the government apparatus and he seems to be oblivious to concerns over due process or human rights.  It is hard to imagine Turkey returning to democratic government any time in the near future.

The Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) operates in the Xinjiang Province of China and it claims to represent the interests of the Uighur ethnic group.  Over the last few years the Uighurs have been demanding greater autonomy from the central government in Beijing.  There have been an increasing number of violent actions and there is much evidence that the TIP has been receiving support from Daesh (the Islamic State).   Additionally there are many Uighurs fighting in Syria in defense of Daesh.  Ultimately, these fighters will end up back in China to work against the central government.

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Posted August 20, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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