Twitter Banned in Turkey; Twitter Explodes

    March 21, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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The Washington Post reports today that Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has banned Twitter in his country.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

The rationale behind his obtaining a court order to block Twitter access in his country seems to be that unfettered communication within his country, as well as with the outside world, has made it easy for everyone to see the blatant corruption within his own government. So, like many good despots before him, he shot the messenger.

The problem is, the Twitter bird is an elusive prey. Even though young Turks can not log in to Twitter, per se, the Twitter SMS service is still available to them, which allows them to text out a Tweet. The Twitter overlords themselves made sure that bit of knowledge was out there.

The hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey has been ablaze. If the point of the action was to hide the activity of Turkey from the rest of the world, it seems to have gone over about as well as Barbra Streisand’s old stunt. Streisand tried to keep photos of her Malibu mansion off the Internet. In attempting to do so, she attracted loads more attention than she otherwise would have had.

Time Magazine reports that Erdogan has called social media “the worst menace to society”. And regarding Twitter itself, he declared, “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”

Turkey will be holding elections on March 30, whereby the fate of Erdogan and his ilk will be determined. We will see if this ends up being the moment where he jumped the shark.

Image via Twitter

  • Shein Ariely

    yi şanslar türkiye

    Erdugan is using the democratic system to change Turkey into an Islamist state-

    1: Erdugan declaration:
    *” democracy is like a train. You take it where you have to go, and then you get off”

    Remember; Islamist states are anti democracy>
    Example: Islamist Iran constitution

    2:Turkey in international index reports:
    *The democracy index shows:
    in 2002 Turkey scored 7 points out of 7,making it a “limited democratic regime”.
    In 2012 and 2013, Turkey dropped to only 3 points.

    *The press freedoms index:
    In 2002 Turkey was 99th out of 139 countries>
    By 2013 Turkey had fallen to 154th place out of 179 countries.

    3:In January 2014-Turkish counter-terrorism police have raided the offices of IHH, in an operation gainst suspected links to al-Qaeda.

    * Erdugan supports and is upported the Turkish IHH organization which supports
    iternational terror.

    *Danish Institute for international Studies:
    IHH is connected to Al Qaeda.In IHH offices Explosives,terror instruction
    manuals, weapons and Improvised explosive documents have been founded.

    *French intelligence report:
    IHH transfers firearms and money to Islamist terrorists to shelter apartments
    in various EU countries.
    IHH produce false documents which facilitated travel by Islamist terrorists.

    *IHH was connected to the slamist terror attack attempt at Los Angeles Airport.

    *IHH has sent several convoys to Islamist terrorists in Iraq Fallujiah

    4: Erdugan said that Hamas,Hisbullah terror organizations are his sister parties and he supports those terrorists>

    *” we consider the assassination of Bin Laden an Arab holy warrior” –said by Hamas leader

    *Hamas charter:”The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims kill the Jews

    • GreatContagion

      That last line.. is so awful it’s actually funny. I find it hard to believe people can be so hardline extremist in their religion that they actually believe genocide is the answer to anything.

      “We’ll get the Day of Judgement when the Jews are gone.”
      “We’re the chosen people, so, clearly, we should probably just kill all the rest. They’re taking up our chosen planet.”
      “God hates everything that isn’t us. Kill yourselves, or we can kill you, instead.”
      “Let’s just the place and get it over with.” …because genocide is the answer to people who want the same. For fuck’s sake. People.

      And it’s so damn hard to preach the idea of peace, because the guy in the same religion who wants peace between nations can’t exactly act to stop the guy who wants to murder everyone else. What are they gonna do, stand in the way of others? They’d just be the first to fall, and only be counted as so much more victory for the hateful one.

      How is it so hard for people to just embrace their own faith in whatever higher power(s) they believe in that (personally, just seems to) make existence a little less cold, and not give half a shit about how anyone else warms their soul?

      This isn’t even a new sentiment, but fucking SOMEHOW so many people in the world find it impossible to give up their hate masked in godly love.

  • Nikx Fabrizio

    Leave all this and just watch TV!
    you can try http://tvtoast.com
    Clean site without any ads, all channels are working,
    give it a try its really nice..

  • http://mikecurleymusic.com/ Michael David Curley

    What’s the policy on foreign nationals who are visiting staying in touch with a selfie.