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How has Erdoğan suddenly gone from role model to dictator?

Almost all the stories on Turkish politics penned by Western or West-obsessed Turkish writers start with the same cliche: “Once upon a time, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was a moderate, successful, exemplary Islamist democrat. Oh, we loved him so much. When the Arab Spring spread, many pointed to Erdoğan-led Turkey as a model for guiding the transformation of the Middle East. But those days are over. Suddenly - yes, suddenly - Erdoğan became an autocrat - no wait, he became more evil: a dictator.

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A bunch of false tweets aren’t more credible than millions of votes

Online social networking services like Twitter are now globally the very first places to go to check for breaking news on any subject.

But their open crowd-sourcing model comes with some challenges.

The biggest challenge is the accuracy of information shared. People tend to share news before checking facts or sources. Also, there are quite a number of people who purposefully spread false information. A rumor can be spread in a matter of seconds on social media and it doesn’t end with the Internet.

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Mavi Marmara, Gaza and natural gas in Eastern Mediterranean

The fifth hearing of the Mavi Marmara case was tried at the Caglayan court house in Istanbul last week on March 27. The next hearing will be on the date of May 26, 2014. As it is known, Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza was encountered by illegal intervention of the Israeli soldiers on May 31, 2010 where nine Turkish citizens died and 56 people got injured.

Following the attack of Israel, national (in Turkey and other countries such as Belgium, Spain, Italy, South Africa and Sweden) investigations and cases were brought against Israel in international judicial institutions like the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the September 27, 2010 dated UN report regarding the subject, it was stated that Israeli army had violated international laws. In the report, it was explained that Israeli soldiers be charged with first degree murder, caused torture or inhuman treatment, and violated a range of laws including those of International Human Rights Law.

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Uzun Adam ve barışı ıskalayanlar

ABD’nin 16. Başkanı, köleliği kaldırdığı için ‘Büyük Azat Eden’ (Great Emancipator) olarak anılan Abraham Lincoln’ün, Amerikalılar tarafından sevilip baş tacı edilmesi o kadar kolay olmadı. Köleliği kaldırmasının yanı sıra ulusun birliğini ve Amerikan ekonomisinin modernleşmesini sağlayan Lincoln’ü övmek yaşadığı dönemde bugün olduğu kadar basit değildi.

1865’te Amerikan İç Savaşı’nın bitişinden sonra dahi tarihçiler tarafından ‘çelişkili’ biri olarak değerlendirilen Lincoln, Güneyliler için yıllarca düşmanlık ve nefret objesi oldu. Entelektüellere göre o, kötü eğitim almış kaba bir çiftçi çocuğu ve iç savaşı kötü yöneten bir beceriksizdi. Bugün dahi, onun aslında ‘kölelik karşıtı’ olmadığını söyleyen çok sayıda kişiye ve kaynağa rastlayabilirsiniz.

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Turkey’s opposition has leadership issues

After enduring weeks of non-stop turmoil, voters in Turkey finally hit the polls in yesterday’s local elections. The 2014 local elections were widely seen as one of the most important in the country’s history due to a huge defamation campaign conducted internally and externally against Prime Minister Erdoğan.

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