Disturbing breaking news. Turkish military staging a coup as military forces sweep through the streets in the capital of Ankara. For much of the last century, Turkey has had a long history of being a stable secular democracy, and I feel for what its people are facing in the uncertainty of the moment. Turkey is of course an important partner for the US in many realms, including in the fight agaist Isis and as a pathway for those seeking refuge from Syria. US/NATO bases in Turkey are a major presence. Turkish stability is important to the world. News reports say that no one saw this coming, although this is the fifth such action since 1960. As MSNBC reports it, the military has often seen its role as countering civilian governments from becoming too anti-secular, in this case in moving towards an Islamic state. President Erdogan has been elected by wide margins and yet his critics say that he has become increasingly autocratic. Internal divisions in the military are part of the picture. Still a story very much in progress. These are all random observations. The perspectives of those with more knowledge would be appreciated. Stay tuned.