With local elections coming up, and some serious political movement at the federal level, I'm finding it necessary to learn some Turkish vocabulary. Hadi, let's review some old and new.
siyaset / politika politics
(Siyaset is also Arabic for 'politics.' Or asiyasiya? Maybe that's 'political'? Need an Arabic consult).
(Baş 'head', kent 'town')
başbakan prime minister
belediye başkanı mayor
(Belediye is 'municipality' in Turkish. In Arabic, I think it means country or countryside).
darbe coup d'état
tutucu / muhafazakar conservative
(The second comes from Arabic. One person said it's not commonly used, but the next day another person used it before tutucu.)
That's enough for now. I suspect Turkish politics are always interesting, but the situation is especially intriguing right now, with a Muslim scholar in Pennsylvania apparently initiating corruption busts, a Prime Minister whose new slogan is "Iron Will", and population that experienced a political awakening this summer.
You can get a grasp of the major plot lines from this great article from New York Times Magazine by Suzy Hansen.