http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/29/europ ... wikipedia/Turkey blocks Wikipedia over what it calls terror 'smear campaign'
By Hande Atay Alam, Merieme Arif and Joe Sterling, CNN
Updated 1941 GMT (0341 HKT) April 29, 2017
Ankara says Wikipedia portrays Turkey as coordinating with terrorist groups
Turkish government says access ban will be lifted once Wikipedia meets its demands
(CNN)Turkey has blocked access to Wikipedia over linking the nation to terror activity, the government said Saturday, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.
Articles and comments on the popular online encyclopedia showed Turkey "in coordination and aligned" with terrorist groups, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said.
"It has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena," the ministry said.
Turkey warned Wikipedia to remove such content, but the nonprofit encyclopedia refused, the government said.
Once Wikipedia meets Turkey's demands, the access ban will be lifted, it said.
OK Donald, your BFF is challenging you! Turkey or N.Korea ?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 ... ed-kurdis/NATO ally tests Trump: Turkey threatens to strike U.S. forces partnered with Kurds
By Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The war of words between Washington and Ankara over the U.S. military’s partnership with Kurdish paramilitaries in Syria escalated Wednesday, when a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested American troops could be targeted alongside their Kurdish allies in the country’s ongoing air war against the militias.
Senior presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said U.S. forces who are teamed up with members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, were in danger of being hit by Turkish fighters patrolling the volatile border region with Syria.
If YPG units and their American military advisers “go too far, our forces would not care if American armor is there, whether armored carriers are there,” Mr. Cevik said during an interview on Turkish radio station CRI TURK Wednesday. “All of a sudden, by accident, a few rockets can hit them,” he added, referring to partnered U.S. forces.
When asked to clarify that U.S. advisers or artillery positions would be in danger from Turkish warplanes, if they continued to support YPG operations in northern Syria, Mr. Cevik replied bluntly that they would.
Turkish court rejects Wikipedia's appeal over website's blocking
A Turkish court on Friday rejected an appeal by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia against a government decision to block access to its website, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey.
An Ankara court rejected the appeal from the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, Anadolu said. It quoted the court as saying that while freedom of speech was a fundamental right, it can be limited in cases where there is a "necessity for regulation".
Turkey's telecommunications watchdog said last week that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed a threat to national security.
The block on the site was prompted by two Wikipedia entries accusing Turkey of links to Islamist militant groups, local media have reported. The communications ministry has said Wikipedia was attempting to run a "smear campaign" against the country, saying some articles purported that Ankara was coordinating with militant groups.
Police in Turkey raid publisher's offices, confiscate 2,000 books
Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media.
The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti-terror police on Sunday.
According to reports, the offices were raided on allegations of ties to the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKPC). However police officials said the publisher, which has been raided countless times over the years, was selling books without the necessary permission.
Police confiscated books entitled “Stateless Kurds” and “Decisions more difficult than death” saying they were banned in the country, as well as several titles published in the 1980s and 1990s, without giving a reason, Dihaber news agency reported.
At least 2,000 books were confiscated while a member of staff, Mehmet Ali Varis, was detained and later released after questioning.
DC police chief: 'We will not tolerate' attack on protesters at Turkish Embassy ...
“Yesterday afternoon we witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the 1600 block of 23rd St. NW,” he said Wednesday at Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headquarters. ...
Newsham acknowledged that there may be a “diplomatic immunity issue” before promising accountability for those responsible for Tuesday’s incident. NBC News reported earlier Wednesday that the men who attacked the protesters are bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ...
The police chief confirmed that 11 people and one police officer were injured in Tuesday’s commotion, with nine receiving treatment at local hospitals.
He added that authorities had arrested a New York man and charged him with aggravated assault, while a Fairfax, Va., man was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer. ...
About two dozen demonstrators were present before the skirmish, which occurred as President Trump hosted Erdogan at the White House.
Trump Admin Faces Growing Calls For Response To Attack By Turkish Guards
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing calls for a forceful response to violence on American soil by Turkish presidential guards who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident is adding to U.S.-Turkish tensions compounded by a spat over U.S. war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.
The United States said Thursday it had summoned Turkey’s ambassador to the State Department, where the No. 2-ranked U.S. diplomat raised concerns about the security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington, after the guards were recorded on video violently breaking up a protest. Erdogan even witnessed the melee.
U.S. lawmakers demanded stronger action. Republican Sen. John McCain said the government should “throw their ambassador the hell out” of the U.S.
The calls came as the Trump administration acknowledged it had released two members of Erdogan’s detail after holding them briefly after the incident, which took place Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the U.S. capital. Even as officials vowed there would be an investigation, the guards were already safely back in Turkey with Erdogan, dampening any prospects for holding them accountable. ...
The guards’ release left the U.S. struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability. It also fueled the perception that the U.S. allows Turkey’s leader to bring strongman tactics with him when he visits the U.S. capital. Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.
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Good breakdown with stills from the videos.
Good breakdown with stills from the videos.
Turkey tests Trump's patience after protesters roughed up
Turkish officials, under pressure to prove loyalty to their autocratic president, are casting fresh blame on the United States following a violent clash last week between Turkish security guards and protesters in Washington.
And there’s not a whole lot the Trump administration can do about it.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Ankara to lodge a formal protest days after Washington police intervened to stop Turkish security officials from beating up protesters. The violence near the Turkish embassy came soon after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, and video caught Erdogan watching some of the skirmish.
The May 16 melee and subsequent diplomatic fracas have offered an astonishing glimpse into the growing hostility between America and Turkey, two NATO allies at odds over how best to fight Islamic State terrorists, among other disputes.
The State Department summoned Turkey’s ambassador for a dressing down and publicly condemned the brawl last week, but the White House stayed quiet. A senior administration official wouldn’t rule out future action by Trump but acknowledged Monday that Turkey is such a critical anti-terrorism partner that the U.S. is limited in how much it can retaliate.
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Trump probably wishes he could order his bodyguards to beat up protesters.
“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
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― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Volkonski wrote:Trump probably wishes he could order his bodyguards to beat up protesters.
"Get 'em outta here, get 'em outta here!"
"I'll pay your legal fees".
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