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(New Europe)   Eight months after Twitter was called "a menace to society" Turkey which wants to get into the EU badly passes a law that tightens its control over the Internet. So no cursing guys   (neurope.eu) divider line 13
    More: Ironic, Europe, Turkey, Twitter, internet, Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, society  
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1460 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Feb 2014 at 8:48 AM (51 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-02-06 08:52:11 AM  
5 votes:
Adverbs and other modifiers, Subby. How do they work?
2014-02-06 09:58:08 AM  
4 votes:
In other news, this guy Erdogan (the PM) wasn't such a shiathead when he first took power - he resolved issues with the Kurds, got the Turkish economy back on its feet, and improved education dramatically - there's a university in every province of Turkey now and textbooks are free. He also reformed the Turkish constitution in 2010, improving it to fall more in line with the EU standards.

The problem is that more recently, he's turned more towards being an authoritarian shiathead. He still hates Armenians, tearing down a sculpture that promoted peace between the countries. The government has exerted more and more control over the media, adding in restrictions to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, censorship of television and internet content, and developing business/economic levers to use on the media companies.

Now, these initial protests all started over a redevelopment program in Istanbul. Basically, the government wanted to build a mosque, bulldoze a park, and I think put in a new bridge. The administrative board that's supposed to review these decisions told them no. The government put pressure on them to allow it, and got a higher tribunal to reverse the decision. This pissed people off, and an Occupy-style camp was put up in the park to stop the destruction.

At this point, it appears that the government loses its farking mind. There's like 50 people hanging in the park stopping bulldozers, and the government calls out the goon squad, tear gassing the entire joint, burning down tents and property, and actually killing a guy. At the same time, there's a media blackout on the whole thing.

Well, word gets out on social media, and from the end of May to June, it jumps from about 50 environmentalists going camping to something like 2.5 million people getting out and telling the government to fark off. Unions organize labor strikes. A full page ad is run in the New York Times. Slogans are coined, the stock market tanks, and the EU basically told Turkey to forget about it until they get their house in order.

Throughout this whole thing, Erdogan has basically been oblivious, dismissive, unrepentant, and insulting. The rest of the government has made attempts at damage control here and there along the way, but he's called protesters "looters", dismissed the protest movement as an international conspiracy combined with internal traitors, and basically failed to recognize that this was actually a populist movement protesting against the very things that were happening.

It seems like bulldozing a park to put up a shopping mall was basically the spark that ignited the powder keg. The conflict had been a long time coming, is my understanding, but a completely toneless, authoritarian, brutal response to what is essentially a local zoning issue has thrown the whole country on its head.

So, what's the end game? Well, Erdogan, as PM, is appointed by the President, I believe. The current president is finishing up a seven-year term and there will be public elections for the first popularly-elected president of Turkey held in August this year. The Turkish Parliament is required to hold elections no later than every four years, but those can be called sooner by the PM. The last parliamentary elections were held in 2011, so that has to be done no later than June, 2015, I believe. Hopefully, that will clean up some of the mess that the government has become over there.
2014-02-06 08:52:18 AM  
3 votes:
I had to read the headline about 5 times to figure out what it was saying. Good jorb.
2014-02-06 09:04:49 AM  
2 votes:
Never has a headline been in such dire need of commas.
2014-02-06 08:49:16 AM  
2 votes:
F*ck you, Turkey.
2014-02-06 11:52:27 AM  
1 votes:
There's actually a majority of sane, rational people in Turkey.  I have several Turkish friends and they're perfectly normal people, who make fun of and are embarrassed by the same idiots we're complaining about.  There's some idiots everywhere, so give them a chance.
2014-02-06 10:50:43 AM  
1 votes:
Do not let this sh*tstain backwards hellhole into the EU.
2014-02-06 10:31:06 AM  
1 votes:
Jesus, subby, learn how to use commas.
2014-02-06 09:59:05 AM  
1 votes:

maxheck: Sad part being, Turkey used to be held up as a model progressive, secular Asian democracy.

Then the Teabaggers took over...


It's almost funny how our own Teabaggers completely miss the correlation, too.
2014-02-06 09:42:05 AM  
1 votes:
Barricaded Gunman:

FTFA: The new law will let the Turkish telecommunications authority block websites without a court order, provided the site violates privacy or its content is deemed to be "insulting."

As long as your government can shut down anything it doesn't like, you can sit in the back of the room with the rest of the hateful, misogynistic dickbags from your part of the world. Once you f#ckers struggle your way into the 14th century, you can ask again.


Sad part being, Turkey used to be held up as a model progressive, secular Asian democracy.

Then the Teabaggers took over...
2014-02-06 09:30:08 AM  
1 votes:
FTFA: The new law will let the Turkish telecommunications authority block websites without a court order, provided the site violates privacy or its content is deemed to be "insulting."

As long as your government can shut down anything it doesn't like, you can sit in the back of the room with the rest of the hateful, misogynistic dickbags from your part of the world. Once you f#ckers struggle your way into the 14th century, you can ask again.
2014-02-06 09:15:25 AM  
1 votes:
It's called a comma. Learn to use it, please.
2014-02-06 08:55:00 AM  
1 votes:
This is a request for grammar police.
 
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