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Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Writer, academic and ex-Istanbullu Claire Berlinski watches events in Turkey with a heavy heart but little surprise. To those interested in the region, she’s a leading voice on Twitter.

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Turkish PM v Twitter: government can’t stop social media tide

Social media has inspired much of the protest movement in Turkey. Now the government wants to unplug the networks. Good luck, writes Turkish-Australian academic Erdem Koc.

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‘Damn your international policies!’: tensions rise in Turkey

A reporting ban imposed after a bombing in Turkey has led to accusations PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is orchestrating a cover-up, and the country will be dragged into war with Syria. Turkish journalism lecturer Erdem Koç reports.

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The road ahead for Turkey

Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is steering the country closer towards realistic prospects of joining the European Union, and has had his package of constitutional EU-friendly reforms endorsed by a majority of voters. However, some commentators argue that a great deal more will be needed to embolden Turkey’s future.

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Turkish tensions rising over northern Iraq

While America’s role in Iraq is being fiercely debated, facts on the ground are making it increasingly irrelevant with the situation in northern Iraq rapidly becoming a purely regional question.

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Tarring democrats with the “Islamist” brush

A range of observers keep telling us that Australia and other western countries face a terrorist threat from “Islamists”. No doubt the threat is real, but I’ve been saying for years that this term for it is unhelpful and offensive.

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