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The Cemetery of Traitors

The Turkish soldiers who are buried but not at rest

On the outskirts of Istanbul, cut into the rough earth of a newly-constructed cemetery is a single, unmarked grave. The Cemetery of Traitors has been prepared specially for Turkish soldiers who died in the failed coup of 15th July, and the grave belongs to a major who shot an unarmed civilian before being killed himself. His family refused to accept his body, so it was brought here, where, according to Istanbul’s mayor, Kadir Topba¸s, “those who pass by will recite curses.”

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In Prospect’s September issue: Paul Johnson argues that there is no getting away from the fact our economic prospects have got worse post-Brexit. Paul Wallace attempts to outline how the government will try and deal with that situation, while Nicolas Véron suggests that The City of London will decline outside the European Union. On a brighter note, Clive James explores what we can learn from the television show Mad Men. Also in this issue: Patience Wheatcroft, the Conservative peer, suggests that Brexit might not be a done deal with a rebellion in the Lords possible. Thomas Chatterton Williams explores the work and Beyoncé and argues that black artists are failing to say anything profound and James Dyson outlines how he would rule the world.
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