Turkish Politics:

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126 Rationalinsanity15th Mar 2014 01:05:21 PM from Nova Scotia, Canada , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Earth Over All
The Turkish PM has doubled down again; saying that the kid who recently died was linked to terrorism. Its like he's trying to start more riots.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26594922
127 DeMarquis15th Mar 2014 02:41:37 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Maybe he is...
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
128 tricksterson15th Mar 2014 03:15:46 PM from Behind you with an icepick , Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
Should perhaps this be broadened to include general Turkish politics?
If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
129 DeMarquis15th Mar 2014 06:19:34 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
PM a mod.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
130 BestOf15th Mar 2014 06:25:32 PM from Finland , Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Done.
Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.
131 DeMarquis18th Mar 2014 07:41:47 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
132 Quag1520th Mar 2014 06:29:13 PM from Portugal , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Portugal according to Hetalia
Turkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site.

Turkey restricted access to Twitter hours after its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government's reputation ahead of local elections.

Some users trying to use Twitter were taken to a statement apparently from Turkey's telecommunications regulator (TIB). The statement cited four court orders as the basis for blocking the site, where some users in recent weeks have posted voice recordings and documents purportedly showing evidence of corruption among Erdoğan's inner circle. It said that action had been taken against Twitter as a "protection measure".

The firm published a message on Thursday advising users in Turkey that it was possible to send tweets using mobile phone text messaging.

He could have discredited the use of Twitter to leak things as a way to distract people, but no, he's just making them angrier. What an Idiot.
Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others.- Napoleon Bonaparte

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133 FFShinra20th Mar 2014 06:37:07 PM from Ivalice, apparently , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beware the Crazy Man.
I wonder if they'll go to war as a distraction...
Final Fantasy, Foreign Policy, and Bollywood. Helluva combo, that...
134 Rationalinsanity20th Mar 2014 06:44:45 PM from Nova Scotia, Canada , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Earth Over All
Turkey doesn't have an obvious target though. I doubt getting involved in Syria sounds appealing.
These lunatic murderers and thieves who are running the kleptocracy called Turkey would (with no doubt) be found guilty of treason and would be sentenced to life imprisonment under a fair legal system. With their online war with the Gülen order escalating, it's no wonder that the AKP government is getting more and more dictatorial day by day. The local elections are to be held on March 30th, and after that there will be a presidential election on August 2nd, and I seriously doubt the legitimacy of the outcome of these elections which will be held under this illegitimate government.

Under another government, the fact that the Gülen order could wiretap all the personal (and even some encrypted) phone calls of the Turkish PM would be horrifying, especially considering there is strong evidence that they are backed by the CIA, but all these fade to the background after learning all the crimes of the government.
136 Euodiachloris20th Mar 2014 09:31:50 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
...Isn't it funny how whistleblowing has uses...
"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
137 Achaemenid21st Mar 2014 04:12:25 AM from Blades , Relationship Status: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Mr?
Any chance there'll be one of Turkey's periodic military coups?
138 FFShinra21st Mar 2014 09:48:59 AM from Ivalice, apparently , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beware the Crazy Man.
If there is a coup, the Kemalist military would most certainly go to war in Syria...on Assad's side.
Final Fantasy, Foreign Policy, and Bollywood. Helluva combo, that...
[up][up]Highly unlikely.
140 Rationalinsanity21st Mar 2014 11:13:46 AM from Nova Scotia, Canada , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Earth Over All
[up][up]With all the crap going on at home? I would figure they would stay neutral and consolidate their own power base.
141 Silasw21st Mar 2014 12:04:50 PM from The UNITED Kingdom , Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
A procrastination in of itself
[up][up][up] Care to explain why?
"And the Bunny nails it!" ~ Gabrael

"If the UN can get through a day without everyone strangling everyone else so can we." ~ Cyran
142 FFShinra21st Mar 2014 02:32:52 PM from Ivalice, apparently , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beware the Crazy Man.
Ideologically, Kemalists would be very much in step with Assad, but more importantly, they're nervous about all these jihadist groups camping out in the south near the border.

It also helps give them a rally around the flag effect (not to mention gives them an excuse to destroy one of Erdogan's plots), and possibly gain back Damascus, which helps their relations with Iran (which is currently being cultivated by Ankara) and gives them leverage against the Kurds.

EDIT-

But that's all if there even is a coup, which is unlikely.

edited 21st Mar '14 2:33:22 PM by FFShinra

Final Fantasy, Foreign Policy, and Bollywood. Helluva combo, that...
Buck it, Dude
To do so would strain their relations with their NATO partners to no end though.
144 FFShinra21st Mar 2014 03:06:45 PM from Ivalice, apparently , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beware the Crazy Man.
Oh no doubt. But I'm sure thats also true with North Cyprus and with the current government's blind eye to jihadist groups.

Probably doesn't help that Turkey seems to slowly be moving away from Europe to be its own power center, partly out of ambition and partly out of still being left out of the EU.
Final Fantasy, Foreign Policy, and Bollywood. Helluva combo, that...
145 Greenmantle21st Mar 2014 03:28:31 PM from Greater Wessex, Britannia , Relationship Status: Hiding
On The Road Again
Mind you, the Twitter shutdown didn't work — even the Turkish President has used Twitter since it was "taken down".
"Britannia Rules the Waves (if only)"
146 MarqFJA21st Mar 2014 05:36:11 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
Turkey has a President? Didn't know that. He's a powerless figurehead, right?
Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
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"Exit muna si Polgas. Ang kailangan dito ay si Dobermaxx!"
Breaking news, it seems like Google Public DNS is blocked in Turkey.

This is big, because many Internet users had been using DNS servers like Open DNS and Google Public DNS to bypass the internet censorship since 2007, and the government passed over this. This is the first time a DNS server has been blocked in Turkey.

edited 21st Mar '14 11:57:47 PM by amateur55

Key security meeting leaked, government investigates 'espionage'

Turkey blocks access to YouTube after leaked recordings of key security meeting

Things have got even crazier, and I'm unable to comprehend what's been happening.

edited 27th Mar '14 9:27:52 AM by amateur55

150 SabresEdge27th Mar 2014 12:16:45 PM from the Ghost Fleet
Class-4 Autonome
So am I, honestly. I've read analyses here and there warning about potential threats the Turkish "Deep State" posed to democracy, but I hadn't expected them to materialize this quickly.

This looks like the executive branch deepening its powers at the expense of the institutions that are supposed to check it—nothing really new there, but frightening all the same.

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