Why do we award tax dollars to schools owned by sketchy foreign entities with an anti-semitic past?
Turkish politics rarely makes a blip in the American media. Modern Turkey, which formed after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s, was secularized by Young Turks (Attaturk, not Ugyur, and friends). The Turks sided with the Allies during World War II, which led to their charter membership in the United Nations. Adjacent to the Middle East, the Asia part of Turkey has provided the United States with a militarily strategic location since then. However, aside from casual mentions relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is little media coverage in Turkey.
This news blackout, however, changed this summer when an attempted coup cropped up, only to be duly quashed by the Turkish government. The coup itself was a pretty much a joke. The plotters took over the national media, only to have President Erdogan use Face Time to call his supporters into the streets. Erdogan put the blame on Fetullah Gulen, an imam who claims to support a moderate form of Islamism and whose followers were believed to have infiltrated the government. Oddly enough, Gulen has been living in Saylorsburg, PA for the last 17 years, and has a network of 140 charter schools across 26 states.