Welcome to the parallel universe: Richard Falk’s interview with PM Davutoglu

Through his references to things that are mundane, Erdogan speaks to people’s pockets. And through his references to God and the ancestors, he speaks to people’s hearts.
OGUZ ALYANAK

This article is a response to a conversation between Richard Falk and Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, which took place on 28th September–see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. There was much internal debate at openDemocracy about whether or not to publish the series. Read the Editor in Chief’s reasons for doing so here, along with the many other responses to Davutoğlu published in this series, listed to the right under ‚Related Articles‘.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan participates with the Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu in opening ceremony of the new Turkish Embassy in Berlin. Theo Schneider/Demotix. All rights reserved.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan participates with the Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu in opening ceremony of the new Turkish Embassy in Berlin. Theo Schneider/Demotix. All rights reserved.

If you find yourself wondering which Turkey the Prime Minister Davutoğlu speaks of in this interview, let me assure you that you are not alone. It certainly is not the Turkey that I think of when I remind myself of the Roboski massacre, the Reyhanlı bombings, the Gezi uprising or the corruption probe in 2013. Neither is it the Turkey that remained a spectator to the killing of Kurds by ISIS in the border town of Kobane, nor the country where journalists and researchers constantly face the fear of being linked to a terrorist organization or risking detention as they express their criticism of the government. (more…)