Here is the report:
INTERNATIONAL REFERENDUM OBSERVATION MISSION Republic of Turkey – Constitutional Referendum, 16 April 2017
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Unlevel playing field in Turkey's constitutional referendum: preliminary conclusions by international observers https://t.co/VJ23jx5T1r
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Leaders such as Turkish president look at Trump and Putin and conclude democracy can be made to be what you want it to be
The Turkish vote to give Recep Tayyip Erdoğan virtually dictatorial powersseems hard to understand for Europeans accustomed to traditional forms of postwar democratic pluralism. Far from being an aberration, however, Turkey is following an growing trend for autocratic “strongman” leaders that has echoes around the world.
This approach of recognizing and respecting the differences and commonalities between one’s own and others’ knowledge, of listening and thinking through both, has been called ‘border thinking’.
In Istanbul, Nil Mutluer grabbed her 3-year-old daughter and raced with a suitcase toward Turkey’s coast. The former sociology-department chair at the city’s Nisantasi University narrowly escaped the nation’s looming dragnet. “Authorities had already begun questioning colleagues at the airports,” said Dr. Mutluer, a Western-leaning liberal who took a ferry to Greece en route to an academic post in Berlin.
A striking beginning for a newspaper story isn’t it? An academic single mother escapes with only one suitcase and her three years old daughter, via Greece to boot! Touching too – exactly the sort of human interest story of victimisation that the western gaze seems to demand from its news outlets.
A couple of months after that story was published, the Turkish correspondent of another major European news outlet, herself a Turkish citizen, contacted me. Having finally discovered what has been happening to Academics for Peace since the beginning of the year, she told me that she had interviewed a number of other academics who had left Turkey and that she would like to include my story in her article as well.