Events of the Week in Cartoons: 10-14 June 2013
The Turkish situation is interesting. Ostensibly, the dispute is over development of a park in Istanbul, but many feel that its really a protest at what secular-minded Turks see as “creeping Islamism“. This affair has become the largest protest in Turkey in decades. The government backed down… if you combine this with the Iranian election and the Egyptian coup, could one conclude that Islamism has hit its apogee, and is now on the downturn? It’s too early to say, but it’s a possibility. Islam isn’t going away any time soon (or any time later, either), but the scarier elements in it may very well have woken up sensible Muslims to what’s going on… let’s hope so.
Sergei Yolkin looked at this week’s highlights: Prokhorov won’t run in the Moscow mayoral election, Obama decided not to go on safari, and Erdoğan offered to put the future of the trees in Gezi Park up to a referendum.
14 June 2013