MENA Mashup: Ali Abuminah, The ICC, House of Saud, and Turkey

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 7:31 pm

Ali Abuminah will be here for Sunday’s FDL Book Salon!

The Palestinians are making progress towards unity between themselves…

 

MENA Mashup: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

By: Friday April 25, 2014 6:42 pm

Several recent articles had caught my eye, and prodded me to look back on the real Benghazi clusterf*ck…!

Jamie Kirchick’s Strange Stories on Serbia

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 3:23 pm

According to documents registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, the firm 30 Point Strategies employed Noam Neusner to lobby journalists and others on behalf of the governments of Serbia and Turkey in 2011.

One of the journalists Neusner contacted multiple times, according to the records, was Jamie Kirchick .

MENA Mashup: I/P Peace Farce, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:20 pm

Looking at the Israeli actions… Israel puts in tenders for more settler units in the east Jerusalem. As talk of releasing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard infuriates US intel community.

Sunday READ – 23 March 2014

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 9:30 am

Hundreds of thousands of people have trekked across Spain to protest austerity they claim is destroying their country. Under the banner of “No More Cuts!” the protesters are calling for an end to the Spanish government’s “empty promises.”

Turkey: Erdoğan Swears to “Eradicate Twitter”

By: Friday March 21, 2014 4:12 pm

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to “eradicate Twitter and their kind and end this breach of privacy and defamation” just hours before Twitter was banned in Turkey. An urgent court decision has been passed within the framework of several laws, one of which is an anti-terror law. The Telecommunications Institute has announced that the ban is directed against defamation, violation of privacy, and misinformation.

Twitter Blocked in Turkey, But #OccupyGezi’s Social Spirit Keeps Turks Tweeting

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 7:00 pm

With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that Turkey is a population simultaneously in love with social media’s liberating potential while also uniquely well educated in how to circumvent digital road blocks.

The Turkish Way of Avoiding Censorship

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 7:07 pm

rime Minister Erdoğan, in his weekly address to his group in Parliament, defended the bills expanding censorship and surveillance by referring to the recently released tapes of phone conversations that revealed corruption at extreme levels.

Turkey: Internet Censorship Is on the Decline? Not a Chance!

By: Monday February 3, 2014 6:30 pm

In order to increase censorship and surveillance online,  the Turkish government is proposing changes to Law No. 5651, otherwise known as the “Code of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by means of Such Publications.”

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