Saturday, March 5, 2016

Turkey's goose is simmering on a slow and steady fire

Does this not look like the beginning days of  a civil war? To me, it does.  Turkey's Erdogan has been in bed with the Western-backed jihadis in Syria from day one.  Unfortunately, for the wannabe caliph, if he thinks the West will come to his rescue because he has been its lapdog in their plot against Syria's Assad, the man is delusional.  From the adverse publicity against his government which is now on the rise, not only at the BBC but surprisingly, also in spite of  the "election mania" drenched USA media, we can surmise that the powers-that-be have decided that "Erdogan must go."
Karma is a bitch, a real nasty whore.

From BBC
Turkey police raid critical Zaman newspaper in Istanbul
Turkish police have raided the offices of the opposition Zaman newspaper, hours after a court ruling placed it under state control.

Police entered the building in Istanbul late on Friday, firing tear gas at protesters who had gathered outside.

Zaman is closely linked to the Hizmet movement of influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey says Hizmet is a "terrorist" group aiming to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

Mr Gulen was once an ally of Mr Erdogan but the two fell out.

Many Hizmet supporters have been arrested. ....

.....Last year, two newspapers and two television channels were put under state administration over their alleged links with the Hizmet movement....

From BBC
Zaman newspaper: Defiant last edition as Turkey police raid
Turkey's biggest newspaper, Zaman, has condemned its takeover by the authorities in a defiant last edition published just before police raided it.

Saturday's edition said Turkey's press had experienced "one of the darkest days in its history".

Turkish police raided Zaman's offices hours after a court ruling placed it under state control, but managers were still able to get the edition to print.

Zaman readers have protested against the takeover outside the offices.

Police dispersed the demonstration, numbering about 500 people, with tear gas and water cannon. The newspaper's supporters chanted "Free press cannot be silenced".

A number of the journalists returned to work on Saturday, but some of them tweeted that:
they had lost access to internal servers and were  not able to file articles
they were not able to access their email accounts
the newspaper's editor-in-chief Abdulhamit Bilici and a leading columnist had been fired

One reporter, Abdullah Bozturk, said attempts were also under way to wipe the newspaper's entire online archive.....

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