TURKEY: Thanks to Aid & Allah

Since last May when the Democrats (led by Celál Bayar) upset the old Republican People's Party (TIME, May 22), strange things have happened to the Turks. This week U.S. Air Secretary Thomas K. Finletter and aides dropped in for a quick look. He would find a country of energy and action, of democratic ferment and confusion.

Peasants, who never before dreamed of going over the head of the village headman, now stomp into governors' offices with complaints, happily buttonhole parliamentary deputies on the street.

Ankara has become a spectacular mudslinger's paradise. Competing in strong invective, Democrats charge Republicans were corrupt,...

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