In honor of Thanksgiving's centerpiece dish...here are some quick links about the "other" Turkey:

Turkey is on the path towards Islamic, anti-Western dominance due to the ruling AKP party

Turkey is on the path towards democratic reform and stability compared to it's history of military coups

Nobel Laureate told to stay home from Istanbul writers gathering over remarks critical of Islam

Turkish government removes high-ranking officers over alleged 2003 coup attempt

Turkish PM Erdogan in Lebanon to attempt to reduce regional tensions

There's no doubt that Erdogan sees himself and his country as a rising regional and global power. Where he takes Turkey in the next couple years may directly affect the Middle East, Europe, the greater Islamic world and global geopolitics all at once.