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MIT Report Raises Concerns About Far-Right Movements: AKP’s New Strategy?

Bahadır Özgür, a prominent journalist for Gazete Duvar, recently shed light on a report by the Turkish Intelligence Service, known as MIT, focusing on the rising far-right movements in Western countries. This report comes at a crucial time, just after İbrahim Kalın’s appointment as the head of MIT. The document’s publication coincides with MIT’s 97th anniversary and has sparked debate over its implications for Turkey’s internal politics and the ruling AKP party’s strategies.

Key Takeaways from MIT’s Report:

  • MIT’s report underlines the growing concern about the implications of far-right movements in Western countries, especially noting their anti-Islamic rhetoric.
  • Economic instability, the pandemic, unemployment, and income inequality are identified as catalysts pushing governments towards extremist narratives.
  • Immigrants and Muslims are highlighted as the primary targets of these movements.
  • Far-right groups are characterized by their decentralized nature, leveraging online networks and encrypted communication channels like Telegram for coordination.
  • Young individuals, particularly those aged 13-18, are the main focus of far-right propaganda, recruited through gaming platforms, social media, and fitness clubs.

Alarm Bells in Erdoğan’s Regime:

Özgür’s analysis raises questions about the timing and intent behind the report’s release, pondering whether it’s a strategic move by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to construct a new ‘existential wall’ for itself amidst internal and external threats. He suggests that the report might be used to broaden the definition of internal threats to include anything from social media activities to fitness clubs.

Recent developments, such as arrests related to social media posts on immigrants and refugees, and the ongoing crackdown on dissent, are cited as examples of the regime’s broadening scope of what constitutes a threat. This expansion, according to Özgür, is part of a larger strategy to consolidate power and respond to internal contradictions within the regime.

Moreover, Özgür points out the regime’s inability to label the far-right as a clear ‘enemy,’ given the complex nature of these movements and their overlap with some of the cultural and political elements the AKP has previously championed. This complexity, he argues, is leading to a radicalization of the regime’s self-defense mechanisms.

Looking Ahead:

The report and Özgür’s analysis indicate that the upcoming local elections and the subsequent four-year period will be pivotal for Turkey’s internal dynamics. The regime’s response to global economic and political shifts, and its handling of the rising far-right tendencies as outlined by MIT, will likely shape its regulatory approach and overall strategy in the near future.

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