jaredsxtn Wrote: Turkish protests are continuing into a second day, with little sign of quieting anytime soon. Protesters are furious about the Turkish governments decision to go ahead with replacing Taksim Square, a park in central Istambul, with a replica Ottoman-era army barracks that would have a shopping mall built within it.
The protests in one of the worlds most strategically important cities have the capability of effecting things far outside of their own borders. Turkey has been actively involved in the Syrian uprising, housing 377,154 Syrians in refugee camps and also supporting Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. The new internal problems are almost certainly not a welcome development for the government.
Thoughts on the powder keg that is Turkey and what it may mean not just locally, but regionally?
jamesn Wrote: jared we agree about most of what you say. I'm afraid that you are right about the US getting more involved. I hope not too much, but fear you are correct.
That Syria will be eventually be broken up along religious lines is something I have heard about Iraq for several years now. I'm kind of surprised that Iraq is still a country after their recent past. I'm surprised that MANY of the existing countries in that region of the world have survived.
Northeast Africa IS the middle east. Are Libya and Egypt in Africa or in the Middle East? Answer: they are both.
The only thing I would bet on in that region is that violence will continue long after you and I are gone.