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Sadness beyond words:Veteran investigative journalist Ahmet Şık is arrested(yet again)A great person of integrity,impeccable professionalism http://pic.twitter.com/kGFpn6gmSl
— Sezin Öney (@SezinOney) December 30, 2016
Asli Erdoğan bursts into tears as she describes spending 132 days in an Istanbul prison on account of her links to pro-Kurdish newspaper
Asli Erdoğan, one of Turkey’s most celebrated novelists, was released from jail Thursday, looking exhausted after 132 days of pre-trial detention, declaring that she could barely believe she was free.
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On Thursday, the 29th of December 2016, President Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US as well as new economic sanctions targeting Russia’s intelligence agencies. Both measures were part of the American response to Russia’s alleged interfering in the 2016 Presidential elections.
Russia’s digital response was immediate. Within an hour of Obama’s announcement Russian diplomats and diplomatic institutions took to Twitter in order to condemn the US President. The Russian embassy in London published the Tweet seen below labeling the President a lame duck.
The US will deport dozens of diplomats, and has named specific individuals implicated in the cyberattacks.
UPDATE (3:55 p.m. ET): Story updated to include statements from Rep. Paul Ryan and spokesman for Vladimir Putin.
President Obama has issued an executive order that levies a multitude of sanctions against Russia in retaliation for what the president calls, “the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election.”
The United States formally accused Russia of tampering with the 2016 election.
Since 2014, we’ve chronicled the reality-challenged internet proposals of the scandal-haunted EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger; now, on the eve of Oettinger’s promotion to EU budget chief, MEP Julia Reda lists the 10 normal web activities that Oettinger has sought to ban, from sharing snippets of 20 year old news articles to quoting three-word newspaper headlines to creating and operating a search engine.
What Do Internet Users Hide by VPNs? – Research and Infographics
PR Newswire (press release)
It should come as no surprise that Turkey closes the five leading countries in VPN usage. After popular social nets were blocked in Turkey, including WikiLeaks, technology sites and Twitter accounts, multiple Turkish users have made use of VPNs for Turkey.
(updated below [Fri.])
Julian Assange is a deeply polarizing figure. Many admire him and many despise him (into which category one falls in any given year typically depends on one’s feelings about the subject of his most recent publication of leaked documents).
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#Eurosphere – Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM, Romanian left proposes new PM candidate…In Uncategorized on December 30, 2016 at 12:33
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Turkish justice at work: Journalist Ahmet Şık Taken Into Custody- GOOD NEWS Necmiye Alpay, Aslı Erdoğan, Zana Kaya ReleasedIn Uncategorized on December 30, 2016 at 00:23
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Alperens have a tendency to hate Christmas/New Year celebrations (and a tendency to confuse Christmas and New Year ) and a few years ago they were chasing a suited Santa Claus in Bolu:
türkçe links to original Turkish article
(Sözcü Newspaper, 27 December 2016)
Future ISIS astronaut cadre in a light-hearted moment.
Shocking details about Astrophysicist Raşid Tuğral, a graduate
of Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara, who was
killed last year after joining the ranks of the radical religious
terrorist group ISIS, have come to light. The Voice of America (VOA)
has broadcast Tuğral’s story under the headline “Falling into ISIS’s Trap”.
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Countries have agreed proposal that should come into force by midnight, says Turkish foreign minister
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