Bernie Sanders with a big surprise win in Michigan. Plus: From solving Europe’s refugee crisis to saving Syria, everything depends on Turkey. But is Turkey becoming part of the problem?
Today on the show, we’re looking at Bernie Sanders’ big upset win over Hillary Clinton in Michigan. She was up 20 points in pre-vote polling. He beat her. We’re talking with Tad Devine, top strategist for the Sanders campaign, about the win and what now. Then we turn to Europe, its refugee crisis and Turkey. They’ve just struck a big deal with Turkey to stop the flood of boats into Greece. Critics say they’re doing a deal with an emerging dictatorship. This hour On Point, Sanders, Europe, Turkey.
-- Tom Ashbrook
Turkey's Dangerous Game
Ömer Taşpinar, professor of national security strategy at the National Defense University. Non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Co-author, with Phillip Gordon, of "Winning Turkey." (@otaspinar)
From Tom’s Reading List
The Wall Street Journal: Turkey Broadens Clampdown Against Erdogan Rivals — "Turkey detained the executives of a top conglomerate and appointed a trustee to take over a leading opposition newspaper on Friday, as authorities expand their crackdown on perceived rivals of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
The Economist: Turkey Cracks Down on Zaman, an Opposition Newspaper -- "The takeover of Zaman is part of a much wider crackdown on dissent. In January this year, prosecutors placed more than 1,000 academics under investigation for petitioning the government to end armed operations against Kurdish insurgents in the south-eastern part of Turkey. Parliament has been asked to strip five leading members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of their immunity. Scores of journalists have been sacked for criticising government policy. In January a local reporter was shot in the leg in Cizre, a southeastern town, by police while filming clashes that have since reduced parts of the city to rubble."
New York Times: Democracy's Disintegration In Turkey -- "Turkey was once on track to be a model Muslim democracy, though it now seems unlikely that Mr. Erdogan ever believed in democratic principles. The fact that he is moving the country ever further from that path raises serious questions about whether Turkey can continue to be a trusted member of NATO, which was founded as a security alliance based on common values."
This program aired on March 9, 2016.