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Three Reasons Why Turkey Is So Polarized

The ruling Justice and Development Party can bridge the gaps by not responding to the provocations of the Kemalists.
A demonstrator reacts to security forces during a peace day rally at Taksim square in central Istanbul September 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTX133J7

Last week, I had a chance to speak with a Lebanese intellectual who moved to Istanbul couple of months ago. After some small talk, she shared with me her most profound observation about Turkey: "This society is so polarized."

"You are right," I replied. "Thank God, we don't kill each other via civil wars, but yes, we Turks are very, very polarized."

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