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The Cost of Repression: Turkey on May Day

The Cost of Repression: Turkey on May Day

(By Emma Sinclair-Webb @esinclairwebb ) With a reported 39,000 police officers and 50 water cannon vehicles, plentiful supplies of teargas, and a complete shutdown of the public transport system in the city,…

Twitter strikes Back at Turkish Gov’t Ban in Courts

Twitter strikes Back at Turkish Gov’t Ban in Courts

TWITTER HAS LAUNCHED a legal challenge against the block placed on its services in Turkey. Turkey effectively put up a wall between it and Twitter last week. Initially travellers to its domain were sent to a government website before a Turkish court…

Turkey:  Is Twitter Mightier than Prime Minister Erdogan?

Turkey: Is Twitter Mightier than Prime Minister Erdogan?

(By Erdağ Göknar via IslamiCommentary) Erdağ Göknar Claiming that Twitter has not responded to Turkish court requests to suspend specific accounts, the Turkish communications ministry blocked Twitter last Friday. Ruling Prime Minister…

The New Cold War and the Middle East

The New Cold War and the Middle East

(By Victor Argo) Cold War times are back in Europe. Russian troops are standing in Crimea. The peninsula in southern Ukraine is known for its sparkling wine and the conference of Yalta…