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Rundle: politics keeps it simple, stupid in global shift to outrage

Outrage is sweeping the world. But it’s more complicated than a rightward push. Crikey’s writer-at-large examines Turkey, the UK Independence Party and nationalism abroad.

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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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Through porous borders, a new world order flows

Turkey, Greece, Syria, Brazil, Afghanistan, Obama, Cameron, Assange … something is shifting, as borders of even first-tier nations become porous and action once off the table now is very much on.

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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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The power of standing still: Turk’s silent protest goes global

A silent protest in Turkey has sparked a global social media sympathy campaign. A defiant stand by one protester in Taksim Square overnight has reignited the campaign, writes Turkish-Australian Erdem Koç.

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Tear gas v Twitter: a Turkish protester tells his story

Turks have taken to the streets in protest against their Islamist Prime Minister. An Australian who joined them in Istanbul last weekend, Erinch Sahan, explains why he did so — and why you won’t hear about in the Turkish media.

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Turkey on fire: a blind eye to police brutality in Istanbul

Police brutality has been escalating in Turkey as tensions flare between protesters and the government. Amnesty International’s Turkish director says without accountability, the violence will get worse.

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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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Obama magic still works: Israel, Turkey breakthrough

Those who thought US President Barack Obama had failed to deliver on his Middle East tour spoke too soon. The rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is a significant step, says Charles Richardson.

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A window of opportunity for a Kurdish Spring

Recent developments in the increasingly fragile Iraqi and Syrian states have ignited hopes for a Kurdish homeland, writes Jack Davies, an Australian freelance journalist based in Turkey.

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NYT lost in translation … Bolt’s ex exists … Sunrise not broken …

Nice to see Andrew Bolt’s one-time fiancée Sue Walshe coming out in Saturday’s Age following Crikey’s revelations last Tuesday that she actually existed and that the duo were definitely engaged. Plus other media news.

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Is Turkey the only solution to the Syrian slaughter?

While the world is focused elsewhere, the Syrian government continues to defy regional pressure to end its slaughter of its own citizens.

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Turkish generals fire their last shot

Turkey’s politicians, with very different experience, know that they have to hold the line.

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Banning wanky terms like referenda

Crikey readers have their say.

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Turkey blazes the trail for a democratic Mid-East

It’s a bad time to be an autocrat, especially in the Middle East, but incumbents in democracies are not doing too badly — and few better than Turkey’s prime minister Recep Erdogan, who won re-election for a third term at the weekend with a substantial majority.

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A chilly drive through Turkey

Pleasure-seeking humans are invariably drawn to sunny skies and welcoming climes. Which would explain the absence of fellow tourists in Turkey when Nicola Heath visits in February, driving to freezing cold Gallipoli and barely-crowded Ephesus.

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Istanbul: eat a borek, wander bookstores and soak up the exotic

Possessed of a vast history and sitting at the border between Europe and Asia, Istanbul, Turkey exists in popular imagination as both exotic and cosmopolitan, writes Nicola Heath.

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Der Spiegel | EUROPE|

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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Financial Times | LINKS|

US and Turkey no longer pals?

Turkey — along with Brazil — voted no for tougher sanctions against Iran by the UN, but the sanctions were passed. Is it the relationship between the US and Turkey — long-term allies — now tarnished?

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Israel shoots itself into a corner

Daily Media Wrap: The Israel navy has stormed a pro-Palestinian flotilla bound for Gaza yesterday, killing at least nine people, raising the ire of the diplomatic community. Will the incident isolate Israel further?

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Washington Post | LINKS|

Is Iran’s nuclear deal a Turkey?

Iran has attempted to defuse some of the international concern over its nuclear program by agreeing to ship its uranium off to Turkey to be enriched. But if you read the details of the deal, it’s all a farce, explains Glenn Kessler: Iran’s nuclear ambitions are as strong as ever.

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New York Times | EUROPE|

Istanbul: the next Haiti?

Istanbul, a hastily erected city of 10 million people, is at risk of a major earthquake. NY Times examines who would happen if a Haiti-like earthquake were to hit, including a mapt predicting which Istanbul suburbs would suffer the most deaths.

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We think we’ve got problems — Greece has a backlog of 30,000 refugees

Rather than self-righteous indignation on asylum seekers, we need to regain our sense of perspective — in Greece, there is an estimated backlog of at least 30,000 refugees waiting to be processed, writes Tony Barrell.

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Turkey debates a deal with terrorists

Turkey’s government is showing that an “Islamist” party can become a force for democracy and progress, challenging so many of our usual assumptions about Muslims, terrorism and the Middle East.

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The image makeover that Israel didn’t want

Israel is alienating more and more of its traditional allies and its criticism of the Goldstone report — which accuses Israel of targeting citizens in its attacks last Dec-Jen — may further damage its relationship with the US, writes Patrick Seale.

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