Turkey aims for the bomb, slips from America’s grasp
For the first time since Atatürk, the mosque is again an essential and recognized element of the national life. The famous ‘headscarf spring’ saw the sweeping away of restrictions on veiled students in the universities. The Islamists have been quietly reigning in the consumption of alcohol. The High Command have suffered their first reverse since Atatürk died.
Yet Istanbul remains fantastic Istancool to the eyes of the world.
Richard Cottrell is a writer, journalist and former European MP (Conservative). His new book Gladio: NATO’s Dagger At The Heart Of Europe is coming in January of 2012 from Progressive Press.