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A. K. P-NESS: The Condition of Being AKP, Turkey's Ruling Islamic Party

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The AKP, the Islamic ruling party in Turkey, the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, the Justice and Development Party which brought neither justice nor development--

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The AKP, seven years in office spent worrying about whether a woman should touch a man's hand, and calling it modernity--

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The AKP, seven years in office, squeezing the heads of women into headscarves, covering their bodies in bedsheets, and calling it freedom--

The AKP, seven years in office with a prime minister who has grabbed responsibility for both women's ovaries and men's testes (and use thererof) by encouraging, at the top of his lungs, the production of at least three children in each family, and calling it democracy--

The AKP, seven years in office, still banning thousands of websites, in the name of morality--

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The AKP, seven years in office, still spewing nonsense that the reason Turkey was spared epidemics in the 16th century was due to the Islamic religious ablution five times a day--

The AKP, seven years in office, and its education ministry still distributes maps to students that depict Armenia, Bulgaria and Georgia residing within Turkish borders--

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James (Cem)Ryan is a writer living in Istanbul, Turkey. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he holds a Ph.D. in literature.

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