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Turkey to lift ban on Twitter

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:03pm
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The government of Turkey says it is lifting a recent ban on Twitter after a court ruling declared that the ban violated freedom of expression.

From the Associated Press:

Turkey’s government said Thursday it is lifting its ban on Twitter, a day after the country’s highest court ruled that the block is a...

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Giving up US control of internet naming while #Twitterisblocked in Turkey

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:15pm
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One of the memes hitting the blogosphere recently has been that the US just “gave up control of the internet”.

This week on Canto Talk, Legal Insurrection’s Mandy Nagy explained why that wasn’t the case. (Skip ahead to 14:50 for Mandy’s appearance; she also gives us her regular Obamacare update).

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What a bunch of Turkeys: “Santa Punched in Face”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11:52am
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Christmas is a celebration of “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men”, and Santa Claus is famed for spreading joy to children throughout the world.

However, reports from Turkey and the Balkans show that the image of Saint Nick is taking a beating. Literally.

From the Hurriyet Daily News, which covers Turkey and...

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Hezbollah chief praises Iran nuke deal, say U.S. wanted broader talks with Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:09pm
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In an interview airing now on Lebanese OTV television, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discusses the Iranian nuclear deal (summary translation via NOW Lebanon):

The Iran nuclear deal has significant repercussions.

The region’s peoples are the biggest winners from this deal because regional and international forces have been pushing for war with...

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Kurds in Syria declare autonomy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 3:18pm
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While everyone has been focused on the Obamacare and Iranian-nuke debacles, the Kurdish region of Syria declared itself autonomous, which combined with the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq and the large Kurdish region in Turkey, may mark a significant step towards the establishment of a Kurdish state.

Since the Kurds are not...

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Not exactly Breaking News: Turkey is run by Islamists who don’t like Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:31pm
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But you knew that, because we have been following the antics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for years.

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Erdogan blames the Jews for Egypt and he has video! (so do we)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 12:22pm

Don’t say we didn’t warn you repeatedly about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his administration:

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It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00am

Why not?

The Kurds out number Palestinians several times over, and unlike Palestinians, have a real ethnic and cultural distinction from surrounding Arabs (and in Turkey, Turks). But for Europeans drawing lines on maps and Turkish national ambitions, there should h...

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Turkish Court Sentences Ex-Military Chief to Life in Prison

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2:18pm

A former military chief in Turkey was sentenced to life in prison and more than a dozen others received lengthy prison sentences after a court handed down verdicts Monday in a long-standing case that has divided the country.

From the New York Times:

A Turkish court sentenced dozens of high-ranking military officers, politicians,...

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Turkish Police Crack Down as Protesters Return to Taksim Square

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 2:33pm

Police in Turkey were cracking down Saturday on protesters who returned to Taksim Square, a site that has been the subject of protests for over a month.  Reports indicate that police are using water cannons and tear gas against the protesters.

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Turkish Court Blocks Gezi Park Redevelopment Plans

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 4:51pm

In a June decision that was just published Wednesday, a Turkish court ruled that plans to redevelop Istanbul’s Taksim Square and adjacent Gezi Park must be canceled.  The site was a trigger point for protests that grew into a larger anti-government movement, fueled by opposition to what many have criticized as the...

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister blames “Jewish Diaspora” for Gezi Park protests

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:16am

We have noted time and again that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hostility towards Israel seemed pathological, not political. 

It’s not just Erdogan.  The Turkish Foreign Minister has praised the martyrs against Israel.

Now the Deputy Prime Minister has has suggested a Jewish conspiracy behind the protests centered around Gezi Park.

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Facebook and Twitter refuse to “cooperate” with Turkish gov’t crackdown on protesters

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:15am

Turkey appears to be following through on its threats to take over more control of Twitter and Facebook postings, after protests heavily driven by social media have engulfed the country for weeks.  But the social media giants do not appear to be cooperating with demands to share more user data with...

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Dinner in Turkey may give you gas and you’ll get hosed

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 3:23pm

We covered the continuing protests in Turkey yesterday, Protests in Turkey reignite after relatively quiet week.

Not so sure I want to visit right now.

I hear that dinner in Istanbul may give you gas:

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