Monthly Archives: March 2014

Third Bosphorus bridge to destroy historic landmarks in addition to forest

The construction of a third bridge over the Bosporus and the roads that will link it to İstanbul’s highways, already widely criticized for the massive destruction of forested land the project will entail, will also destroy some of İstanbul’s protected … Continue reading

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TZ analysis: AKP pledges more despotism if it wins big in local polls

The existing political indications and thought-provoking remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggest that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) may get more despotic under a discourse of “advanced democracy” if it wins a big victory in … Continue reading

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Data Show Turkey’s Tweeters Beating Ban

Tweets in Turkish are down but not out, even as Turkey’s prime minister tries to block Twitter inside the country. Here is a useful summary in MIT Technology Review, by Mike Orcutt: New data suggest that the efforts of Turkey’s … Continue reading

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My comment: Erdoğan – victim of his own success, and in denial

To be inclusive or not. To be transparent or not. To remain “clean” or not. To be respectful, understanding, compassionate and trustworthy or not. To seek national reconciliation regardless of the risks and odds, or not. What American foreign policy … Continue reading

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Turkish gov’t insists on Twitter ban, hints at further censorship

Recent statements from government officials indicate that it is unlikely there will be a reversal of the ban on Twitter, and that further restrictions are likely as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened to shut down Facebook and YouTube. … Continue reading

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Twitter debate in NYT: Turkey – A Case Study in the Reversal of Reforms

Here are the three views on twitter ban, published by NYT. Shut It Down, It Will Become More Powerful The Turkish prime minister thought he was portraying power and strength to his supporters when he lambasted social media and threatened to … Continue reading

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NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region

NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday that Russia had a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border and he was worried it could pose a threat to Moldova’s separatist Transdniestria region. The warning comes a day after Russian troops, using … Continue reading

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Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown in Turkey

Turkey’s abrupt ban on Twitter stirred concerns on Friday that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it grapples with internal turmoil. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has in the past threatened to block … Continue reading

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Q&A: How Turkey is still tweeting despite ban on Twitter

Not long after Turkey’s prime minister imposed a ban on Twitter, Internet users in Turkey went on – what else? – Twitter to find ways to circumvent the blockade. Twitter and Turkish news media also shared some tips, as did … Continue reading

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Swedish foreign minister Bildt: Twitter ban is ‘stupid’

Sweden’s foreign minister has taken to Twitter to tell Turkey its efforts to block access to the social media network were “stupid.” Carl Bildt says the blockade “isn’t working and also backfiring heavily.”  Bildt, known for being very active on Twitter, … Continue reading

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