Turkish democracy faces a constitutional crisis amid fears that the ruling Islamic party will undermine secular ideals. Hundreds of thousands have protested the selection of a presidential candidate whose wife covers her head. On May 1, 2007, Diane Rehm hosted Mark R. Parris, Director of Turkey 2007 and Yasemin Congar, Washington bureau chief and columnist for the Turkish newspaper Milliyet to discuss the present and future issues in Turkey.
European leaders were clear in their joint call for journalistic freedom, a credible investigation [into Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged killing and dismemberment by Saudi operatives] and accountability for any wrongdoing. In stark contrast, the American president chose to parrot Saudi denials and pitch an unsubstantiated and improbable explanation.