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The witch hunt to find foreign funds in Turkey

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Last week, all of a sudden, my YouTube comments section was filled with aggressive comments attacking me for supposedly receiving “foreign funds.” As is often the case with these coordinated attacks, it took me a while to figure out exactly what was going on, but then I realized it had to do with my comments on Afghan refugees.

Following the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan and as the Taliban have been increasing control of the country, more Afghans are deciding to flee their home. Many young men are afraid they will be forced to join the Taliban, and the ones who have been working for the Afghan government are afraid they will be prosecuted and even killed. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently estimated that soon “around 10 million Afghans are going to be refugees.” Most of these refugees are or soon will be heading to Turkey. Journalists in the Turkish city of Van, on the border with Iran, have been taking videos of hundreds of Afghans walking through the mountains, crossing the Turkish border. The AKP government’s de facto open door policy has been continuing since the Syrian Civil War. Currently Turkey is home to around 4 million Syrian refugees and around 500,000 Afghans. The resentment towards refugees in Turkey has grown to the point where anyone........

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