Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media in Istanbul February 3, 2014. Dozens of their colleagues are in prison or on trial, thousands of faceless opponents hound them on Twitter, and phone calls from government officials warn them over their coverage - all hazards of the trade for Turkey's journalists. Government critics who refuse to be muzzled can find themselves sacked. Others avoid trouble, such as the broadcaster which screened a documentary on penguins last June while police sprayed thousands of demonstrators in Istanbul with tear gas. What has erupted in the past few weeks - a probe into alleged corruption at the heart of Erdogan's government - might seem like a gift to Turkey's cowed and long-suffering press.   REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: MEDIA PROFILE HEADSHOT POLITICS)

Turkey facing international isolation as US warns coup crackdown could threaten Nato membership

Turkey has been warned it could face international isolation, including suspension from Nato, as world leaders told the country’s authoritarian president not to overplay his hand after the failed coup.

Following a night of long knives which saw thousands arrested or dismissed from their posts on suspicion of involvement in the putsch, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, led calls from both the US and the EU for restraint.

  • xavier

    what a bunch of limp wrists. You want to really get his attention?
    1) Immediately call in all the debts and shut off the credit spigot
    2) All Turkish soldiers are cut off from any NATO planning and meetings
    3) No more Turkish visitors to Europe or other NATO countries
    4) Put out feelers to the Kurds and find any Kemalists left standing. Time for some serious mayhem in Turkey.
    5) Don’t let the Greeks hand those soldiers who fled there. Pump them for info about the state of the army and the AKP. Then hide them, they can be the nucleus of a neo Kemalist group.

    • Genny Venable

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    • terrence22

      And don’t let the Turks export anymore oil, to anyone, especially ISIS.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Kurds really need their own country.

  • lolwut?
    • Raymond Hietapakka

      After Fukushima, what are a few more radioactive particles going to do to us, floating around in our air?

  • canminuteman

    I was in the ammo business in the army, and one of our regular tasks (never did it personally) we had was traveling to Turkey to inspect NATO stockpile s of artillery ammo to ensure our NATO allies weren’t expending it on their own people.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …”The Turks have no friends”…

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Another secret plan from the CIA failed but the leader is living safe in the US with his extradition pending something that will not forward.

  • ismiselemeas

    Get the nukes out first though.

  • ismiselemeas

    Why are there no photos of dead people in the street? I’ve seen a few dead soldiers but no photos of dead civilians. 300 is a large number.

  • Clausewitz

    Remind me again on what part of the North Atlantic Turkey resides?