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Turkey’s fearful descent

Terror attacks—like the one on the Reina nightclub—shock. But the authorities are truly chilling

By Alev Scott   February 2017

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Reina evoked hedonism. The club was a caricature of high Istanbul living, of decadence divorced from reality. Isolated on a piece of prime real estate on the European bank of the Bosphorus, the club had a kind of naked showiness—water taxis ferried the super rich to its doors. Reina was not representative of Turkey’s “secular elite” but of something more stereotypically, lavishly “Western.”

The terrorist who attacked it at New Year turned everything on its head—the club became a place in the…

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