Over a quarter million people have left Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt and the ruthless crackdown on civil liberties by president Erdogan that followed. Most of those who left are students and academicians as well as entrepreneurs and affluent business people who are leaving with their extended families and their money. In 2018 alone, 113 thousand Turkish citizens emigrated, compared to 67 thousand in 2017. According to many Turkish intellectuals, this time it is different; a real despair is setting in among the religiously moderate Turkish elites who see no hope for improvement in their society after 17 years of the Erdogan quasi-dictatorship. This flight of capital, both monetary and human does not bode well for Turkey as a developed nation and a source of stability in the volatile Eastern Mediterranean.
Baruch Pletner is an entrepreneur, a scientist, an inventor, and a private pilot. He is passionate about education, the outdoors, and the war on globalism. Baruch holds a PhD degree from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. Born in Kiev to Zionist parents, Baruch spent the first ten years of his life in the Soviet Union getting an education in the evils of communism. Though both of his grandfathers were killed defending the USSR against Nazi invaders, Baruch was a victim of rampant anti-Semitism from as long as he can remember, making his departure for Israel in 1973 a very welcome event. In Israel, Baruch served in the Air Force as a Fire Control Officer in a HAWK surface to air missile battery and took part in the First Lebanon War. While his career in engineering took him to Boston, Baruch has remained an ardent Zionist and supporter of the Jewish Nation, the Torah, and the Land of Israel. Fluent in three languages and a student of history and the classics, Baruch has been writing for tsarizm.com as the Hi-Tech Traditionalist for a number of years, covering the war on globalism, Russia, and Israel. Baruch resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife of 33 years and their two dogs and one cat.