In case you missed it, there was a rather odd paragraph in the December Sun-Times expose of CMSA's relationship with the Gulen Movement and its success in having a charter approved through the obscure, appointed state charter commission.
Here's the paragraph:
Hardly. They love the guy. He's an utterly empty vessel.
Fast forward to this week, and this beautifully written piece in the NYT by Suzy Hansen: Whose Turkey Is It? Read the whole thing; it explains in the clearest terms the lurch toward despotism that the Turkish people are enduring. This is just a clip here, and I admit it's a juicy one, but even out of context it gives you the sense of a deeply corrupt political partnership:
So, there's that. But like I say, read the whole thing. The photography alone is worth it. This horrific Turkish government, it was until a short while ago a partnership between a political party and a social/religious movement. These people being rounded up? The folks doing the rounding up were probably closely connected to some of the tour guides for the parade of Illinois Democrats, the total number of which may be unknowable.
Meanwhile, Turkey unravels.
I'm writing this to ask how it's possible that Illinois Democrats can continue to take these trips and accept all of these awards without acknowledging the deeply political nature of that behavior. There are people in the Turkish streets --- people not featured on the guided tours-- who might appreciate a little more critical thinking on the part of these fawning American visitors.
As for the charter schools connections--- well, I'll continue to present the evidence over time. Sometimes you have to point out every single tree before someone says, "Hey, it's a forest!"