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Seriously, who imprisoned journalists in Turkey?

Now I more often think that foreigners know very little about Turkey. They are so reluctant to learn more, yet they can’t stop themselves from writing assertive pieces.

Last week The New York Times Editorial Board strongly advised Twitter to refrain from cooperating with the Erdoğan government, saying it persecutes critics and political opponents.

I think the board members should spend some of their spare time to learn about Turkey and see that even the journalists who posted tweets threatening Prime Minister Erdoğan with execution continue their lives outsides bars.

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'Elit Devrimleri'

Son bir yılda dünyanın dört bir tarafından gelen sokak hareketleri ve siyasi kriz haberleri, geçtiğimiz yıl Türkiye’de yaşanan Gezi olaylarıyla başlayan ve 17 Aralık süreciyle devam eden Başbakan Erdoğan’ı devirmeye yönelik girişim nedeniyle bizleri daha da yakından ilgilendirdi.

Gezi olaylarının hemen bir ay sonrasında yaşanan Mısır darbesini, Türkiye’deki kamplaşmanın bir paralelini gördüğümüz için ve Mısır’la olan tarihsel bağlarımız, kültürel yakınlığımız nedeniyle yakından takip ettik. Ancak bize daha uzak olan Ukrayna gibi ya da daha da uzak olan Venezuela gibi, Tayland gibi ülkelerde de benzeri olaylar yaşanmaya devam ediyor.

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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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