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These Turks would rather leave their country than continue living under Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won victory in landmark elections that could hand him near-unchecked power. Erdoğan has overseen a major crackdown on dissent and the press since a failed coup in July 2016 and many Turks told PRI they'd rather leave their country than continue living under a ruler they say has grown increasingly authoritarian.

Justice

Turkey jails more journalists than any other nation. Those in detention are all terrorists, Erdogan says.

Turkey has arrested about 150 journalists since last year's failed military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The country is now the world's leading jailer of journalists. But as trials begin, Erdogan is insisting that none of these editors and reporters are being tried for their professional work. They're all terrorists, he says.

Conflict

President Trump, will you remove US nuclear weapons from Turkey?

The United States keeps a stockpile of 50 nuclear weapons at a US air base in Incirlik, Turkey. As Turkey votes in a referendum Sunday that could give broader — critics say authoritarian — powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it's worth asking whether Turkey should continue to host US nuclear arms.

Global Politics

These Turks would rather leave their country than continue living under Erdoğan

Updated

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won victory in landmark elections that could hand him near-unchecked power. Erdoğan has overseen a major crackdown on dissent and the press since a failed coup in July 2016 and many Turks told PRI they'd rather leave their country than continue living under a ruler they say has grown increasingly authoritarian.

Conflict

'The Kurds have no friends but the mountains'

With Kurdish fighters in the city of Kobane trapped between ISIS attacks and Turkish indifference, anger inside Turkey is building. Nineteen Kurdish protesters were killed overnight, and it looks like Kobane may still surrender to ISIS despite US airstrikes.

Belief

Turkey's president wants his country to 'raise a more pious youth'

Fatma takes the public bus to her Istanbul high school about 20 miles away. In Istanbul traffic, the ride can take hours. Fatma and her family are angry about the length of her journey, because there is a neighborhood school minutes away. But that school was converted to a religious institution, known in Turkey as an “imam hatip” school.

Justice

Turkey jails more journalists than any other nation. Those in detention are all terrorists, Erdogan says.

Turkey has arrested about 150 journalists since last year's failed military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The country is now the world's leading jailer of journalists. But as trials begin, Erdogan is insisting that none of these editors and reporters are being tried for their professional work. They're all terrorists, he says.