Following a week during which President Obama focused on trying to reduce tensions and helping build trust between police and the communities they serve, it appears he failed as Friday's "Day of Rage" is spilling over...
Shortly after the Turkish police asked “citizens” to report those who support terrorism & crime, the first casualty of Erdogan's witch hunt was unveiled: a former university rector who had no involvement in the coup, but was a government critic, tweets that he is being arrested.
Having lost the presidential primary in dramatic fashion against Donald Trump, the man originally considered a frontrunned for the GOP candidacy, Jeb Bush, laid out his "vision" to reclaim the Republican Party from Donald Trump’s “nativist rhetoric." Picking the Washington Post as his chosen op-ed venue, Bush said that Trump does not represent the future of the GOP or what it stands for.
Fethullah Gulen, accused by Erdogan of orchestrating the attempted military coup that rocked Turkey, turned the accusation against his political rival suggesting that Erdogan’s ruling AKP party had staged the uprising. "There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup [by r Erdogan’s AKP] and it could be meant for further accusations” against Gulenists and the military, he said.
Last night, a poorly organized, badly planned, quasi-coup took place in Turkey which led to Erdogan further retrenching his authoritarian position in the country. This morning, the president's own "counter-coup" began with the purdhing of 2,745 judges across the country, as well as the issuance of arrest warrants for 140 appeals court members. Erdogan's path to full, authoritarian power is now open.
While we are delighted that Niantic has been unquestionably successful with its adaptation of an "April Fools" joke in the form of Pokemon Go, we are a little concerned that he has also unleashed the Zombie Apocalypse.
Turkish President Erdogan has called on the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of being behind Turkey's failed coup attempt. Moments earlier Turkey's Minister of Labor went one step further, and accused America of being behind the coup on live Television, as it was harboring Gulen.
Turkish authorities on Saturday halted American-led strike missions against the Islamic State that are flying from the Incirlik air base, the first major impact of the coup on the broader allied campaign against the group. “At this time, Turkish authorities are not permitting aircraft to depart Incirlik,” an American military official said on Saturday morning. The American official said the United States was seeking an explanation for the decision and other details.
Unleash the revisionist history. The missing 28 pages from the 9/11 report begin as follows: "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government..."