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Turkey’s coming police state Turkey’s new security bill curbs freedom of expression and legalises suppression of dissent.

Turkey’s coming police state: Turkey’s new security bill curbs freedom of expression and legalises suppression of dissent.

This is an Article by David Lepeska, a freelance writer based in Istanbul, Turkey and appeared on Aljazeera. The link to the Article can be found here and is worth a read:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/02/turkey-coming-police-state-150225121446232.html

*Thoughts and opinions expressed are solely those of the author (David Lepeska). I do not own the copyright. The original can be accessed at the link above.

**My re-blogging/sharing of this Article does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions of Mr. Lepeska or Aljazeera.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’

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By Mick Krever, CNN

The Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, who left his post just a month ago, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he could no longer stand behind his government.

“I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy,” he said. “We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat.”

Ford left Syria in February 2012 amid the escalating civil war. He remained ambassador until earlier this year; the embassy has been extremely active on social media.

Syria is holding presidential elections on Tuesday, but ballots are only being cast in areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, and his only two opponents were government-approved.

“There really is nothing we can point to that’s been very…

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Turkish PM: U.S. elections hampering Syria action

**Due to certain media restrictions and other freedom of expression issues in Turkey I wish to add: the thoughts and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. My re-blogging/sharing of this Article does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions contained in this re-blogged/shared Article.

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See more of Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday at 2100 CET, 2300 CET, 1700 HKT and 2200 HKT on CNN International’s “Amanpour” program or here at Amanpour.com

(CNN) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the United States is “lacking of initiative” on Syria and suggested that could be because of the upcoming U.S. election.

During a wide-ranging interview in Istanbul with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Erdogan discussed the 18-month crisis in Syria and touched on a number of other topics, including Iran’s suspected nuclear program.

“Right now, there are certain things being expected from the United States. The United States had not yet catered to those expectations,” the prime minister said when asked whether he was surprised the United States is not offering anything but “nonlethal support” to the opposition.

“Maybe it’s because of the elections — maybe it’s because…

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