DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE: Turkey’s Leader’s Election Woes

Conn Hallinan
Thursday February 14, 2019 - 09:53:00 PM

“Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul—sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey’s authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections March 31, it is a prophecy Erdogan has more than fulfilled: the prisons filled with the opposition, the media largely silenced, the courts intimidated, the bureaucracy tamed, and more than 150,000 people fired. -more-


Bob Burnett
Friday February 15, 2019 - 09:14:00 AM

(Here's the outline of the "Green New Deal" released by Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (

1. Insist that the U.S. judicial process plays out and that Donald Trump and his corrupt associates are brought to justice. Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation -- into Russia's interference in the 2016 election -- and his report should be made public. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Politicians' Effects on Mentally ill People

Jack Bragen
Thursday February 14, 2019 - 09:51:00 PM

When Governor Schwarzenegger was in office, he slashed SSI benefits. And it was Pete Wilson who eliminated the California Renter's Credit, which was a few hundred dollars once a year, that meant a lot to us Social Security recipients. -more-

SMITHEREENS: Reflections on Bits & Pieces

Gar Smith
Saturday February 16, 2019 - 03:33:00 PM

It's not everyday someone has a chance to make headlines with a headline. Bernie Sanders hit one out of the ballpark on January 29, when he wrote an op-ed with the following bold-faced title: "The Bad News Is That We Have a President Who Is a Fraud, a Pathological Liar and a Racist." -more-