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Marc Champion

Can Erdogan's Enemies Kill Him With Their Minds?

The appointment of a new adviser by Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggests that the Turkish leader holds some bizarre ideas about the source of his country's civil unrest. 

Recently, I asked whether Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan believed his own conspiracy theories about the anti-government protests that began in an Istanbul park at the end of May. His appointment this week of a new chief adviser suggests Erdogan may have embraced a dark fantasy world.

The new man with the prime minister's ear, Yigit Bulut, previously was the editor-in-chief of the television station Kanal 24, and has been a point man for conspiracy theories about the Gezi Park protests. His analysis has included the following interesting ideas: