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Democracy in Crisis: What we can learn from Turkey's populist regime

Democracy in Crisis: What we can learn from Turkey's populist regime

I fucked up on Twitter last week when sending out a story I wrote about Kurds and other activists who were attacked by Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security forces outside of the Turkish ambassador's Washington, D.C. residence. Instead of typing "Turkish security forces," I inadvertently wrote "Trump security forces." I deleted the tweet and regretted the error—but the mistake was telling.

Despite the differences between Trump and Erdogan, the physical attack on Americans by foreign security personnel should serve as a stark warning to us.

The videos of the attack are striking in the precise determination of the violence. Against the Turkish...

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