FROM Ömer Taşpinar
After the Coup in Turkey: A State of Emergency Since the failed coup just a week ago, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rounded up some 10,000 soldiers, academics and government workers. A more extended purge is expected, even as Turkish officials reassure NATO allies it will continue to meet international obligations. But the nation is sharply divided between cities and countryside, between secularism and religion. There are fears for democracy. Meantime, Turkey demands that the US extradite Fethullah Gülen, accused by Erdoğan of orchestrating the coup. At this morning's news conference, when asked about the demand for Gulen's extradition to Turkey, Obama told reporters, "I told President Erdoğan that they should present us with evidence that they think indicates the involvement of Mr. Gülen or anyone else who's here in the United States and it would be processed in the way that it is always processed."
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?