Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.
The recently -- and Putinesquely -- elected President Erdoğan likes to refer to his state as the "new Turkey," just as Atatürk and his Nazi admirers did. That by itself may not mean much, but the label signifies the same: a Turkey that radically breaks with what was before. Erdoğan can run and scream all he wants; he is Atatürk's kid.
The verdicts coming out of the Ergenekon trial are clear indicators that Turkey's old power establishment has not only been silenced and marginalized, but also are targets of punishment. Whichever way one looks at the political landscape, it is clear that 2014 will be typified by many dark clouds on the horizon for the country's leaders.