Back in 2013 Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s days were numbered as the Gas for Gold scandal broke, ensnaring 16 of Erdogan’s allies. By July 2016 Erdogan was running from a coup that threatened to end his Presidency. But Erdogan gained the upper hand, blaming the coup attempt on former ally and U.S. charter School scourge Fethullah Gulen. Bloody revenge was loosed as over 300 Coup conspirators were killed. And a crackdown on the free press criticizing Erdogan’s authoritarian leanings saw to it that at least 200 journalists were imprisoned and 120 news outlets shutdown.