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Turkey Blocks Access To Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook (itpro.co.uk) 94

Turkey has blocked Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube, according to censorship monitoring site, Turkey Blocks. From a report on IT Pro: The group broke the news today around 1am local time, saying the government was throttling these services. This is a method of slowing down websites to the extent that they become difficult to use or unusable. Initially, issues with the social media and messaging apps detected on national provider TTNet, Turkcell, and they were soon reported on other big internet providers as well. The block follows the arrest of 11 politicians from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) overnight in the south-east of the country. Many reports are linking the social media block to these arrests, with the HDP the main opposition party to that of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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  • Turkey and Kurds (Score:2, Insightful)

    by unixisc ( 2429386 )

    And this, is the reason that the US can't have an open-ended alliance w/ the Kurds. The Kurds, whether in Iraq or Syria or even Turkey, would be happy to join forces to combat Jihadist terror in their lands, be it ISIS, Saddam, Shias or Sunnis. Just one problem - Turkey

    If the US followed a policy that made sense, it would have endorsed an independent Kurdistan, where not just Kurds, but Christian Assyrians, Chaldeans, Yazidis all could have lived peacefully - they would not have been a wannabe Islamic t

    • by Zontar_Thing_From_Ve ( 949321 ) on Friday November 04, 2016 @12:24PM (#53213271)

      As far as Turkey goes, Trump is right about NATO. It is a Cold War relic, given that the membership still reflects what it was when the Soviets were the adversary. Since 2001, when Islam replaced Communism as the main enemy of the West, it makes more sense to form a new alliance of non-Muslim countries in the periphery - Russia, Israel, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and some others. Maybe expand that alliance to the East to include Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka. But keep Turkey out!!!

      I liked your suggestion of an independent Kurdistan, but I can't get on board with this one. The only thing keeping the Baltic States independent is NATO. I have no doubt that if not for NATO Putin would have already manufactured a crisis in them where ethnic Russians were supposedly at risk and used that to justify invading them. The whole reason NATO exists is to protect member states from Russian invasion. That's a real threat. Russia has even tried to intimidate Finland and Sweden, the first one especially, by warning them of the dire consequences of joining NATO. However, Russian threats to both have pushed them closer than ever to joining as his air force's fly bys have made both think that they may have to join to be protected.

      Additionally your lists are well-intentioned but not likely. Ehtopia and South Sudan are of questionable stability. Cyprus is completely under the control of Turkey in the north (it invaded in the early 70s to "protect" ethnic Turks and it never left). Serbia and Russia have some bizarre ties that don't really to me make a lot of sense, but they exist nonetheless and Serbia is if anything somewhat of a Putin apologist. Greece has always been kind of iffy in NATO although they have dropped the constant anti-American bs that propped up some pretty bad governments they had in the past. Thailand is now so pro-China that their usefulness to the USA is really under question. The Philippines have a president who is either mentally ill or at best badly playing over head in a game he can't win. Myanmar is still too closely tied to China, although that may change. I'm not sure that Sri Lanka wants to do much more than focus on their own issues at the moment.

      • The alliance I'm talking about is one meant to contain Islam. There is nothing stopping the US from signing multilateral agreements protecting the Baltic states (including Sweden & Finland) from Russia. The reason NATO existed was to protect member states from a Soviet invasion and a Communist takeover. It's inane to pretend that today's Russia has the same global geopolitical goals as did their Soviet predecessors.

        My list was based on the fact that all the countries in question are either externa

        • >It's inane to pretend that today's Russia has the same global geopolitical goals as did their Soviet predecessors.
          Is it now? The same leaders that basically led the Soviet lead into its fall, also got to lead Russia when it rebuilt post Soviet. We are entering a era where Russia is starting to finish its Cold War Recovery.
          We already had a Crimean war, where we got a "axaaxaxaxa" as a passager plane was shot down.
          We had Soviet pilots come on record with their Soviet stuff, and what is essentially bullyi

    • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )

      And this, is the reason that the US can't have an open-ended alliance w/ the Kurds. The Kurds, whether in Iraq or Syria or even Turkey, would be happy to join forces to combat Jihadist terror in their lands, be it ISIS, Saddam, Shias or Sunnis. Just one problem - Turkey

      Correction, 2 problems: you forgot Iraq. Any independent Kurdistan would take a large chunk of land(with a lot of oil) from Iraq. Iraq doesn't want to give up control of that area and would firmly resist any policy that could cause it. If the US supported a Kurdistan then Iraq would very quickly turn to others(namely Russia, but possibly China) for support. It's sad too, as the Peshmerga have made strong gains against Daesh in Iraq and are one of the more effective groups fighting in Syria.

      In regards

      • Sell the Peshmerga real weapons and Iraq won't touch them. It's not as if Iraq has any of their oil right now, it's being sold by Kurdistan to... Turkey. The problem for the KRG is their only choices to sell to as a land-locked region are Turkey, Iran or Iraq.

        • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )

          Sell the Peshmerga real weapons and Iraq won't touch them.

          We already have special forces...I'm sorry, "advisors"....embedded with the Peshmerga in Iraq/Syria, so we probably aren't too far away from arming them if we haven't already. There's even photos [dailymail.co.uk] of special forces fighting with Kurds in Syria (if you need proof besides the beards that they are special forces, in the second picture the soldier in the back is carrying an FN SCAR which is only issued in special forces in the US military).

        • A quick history of the past 40 years would quickly tell you what a batshit crazy idea that would be. ISIS, Al Queda and many other groups are the result of meddling in politics and wars and supplying arms in that region by the west. It is sad to see that some people think more of the same is the way to fix it.
      • The US did help set up the first government in Iraq, but it doesn't owe the current government in Baghdad anything, particularly given the way they've been drifting towards Iran and enabling what's known as the Shi'ite Crescent that starts in Iran and goes thru Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Given that Iraq is working against US interests by getting in bed w/ Iran, the US needs to trim their coverage. That's why supporting an independent Kurdistan makes sense. If it broke away, and if the US allowed the Sunn

    • This post completely misses the point that we're supporting the extremist jihadist rebellion in Syria against the more secular Assad specifically because he refused in 2009 to allow the Qatar to Europe gas pipeline to be built through Syria (citing his allegiance with Russia).

      And yes, NATO is out of date, the USSR is gone, but that doesn't mean we ended our conflicts with Russia. And ISIS is just not a priority right now. After all, our government knows what the effect of supporting religious extremists in

      • The reason Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey support the Sunnite insurrection to topple Assad has nothing to do w/ any oil or gas pipeline. It is historical, and dates back to the regime of Assad's father, Hafez, who ruled Syria as the strongest military power in the region besides Iraq during the 70s, 80s and 90s.

        The Baath Party in both Syria and Iraq is/was a nominally secular party, dominated by minority Muslim sects in alliance w/ non Muslims. In Iraq, Saddam's Baath coalition consisted of Sunnis, Turk

        • Yes, the Sunnis are against Assad. Please tell me, when did I ever say otherwise?

          My point was about why the US was arming and supporting religious extremists against Assad.

          And whoever downvoted me, don't take my comment as an indirect support of Trump. It is absolutely not. When you've personally helped a drug trafficker escape justice thanks to your sister's professional connections as a judge, then you can't claim the moral high ground on drugs anymore.

          I am surprised to read that Europe is dependent on Russian gas - I have read so many stories here on /. on how European countries have excess solar capacity and can't figure out how to consume all of it. Maybe run their grid right up to places like Kharkiv, Tallinin and so on and get as many Teslas into those countries as possible

          In Europe, the goal is to replace natural gas energ

  • It's people doing it to and with other people. The question is why is this happening again and again?

    Fear, stupidity or what else is causing this it on one side, pathology on the other?

  • As a reminder... (Score:5, Informative)

    by darkain ( 749283 ) on Friday November 04, 2016 @12:09PM (#53213133) Homepage

    As a reminder for anyone who may need Facebook for communication of any kind (especially in countries attempting to prevent free speech), Facebook officially runs a Tor hidden service.

    Details: https://www.facebook.com/faceb... [facebook.com]

    Tor Hidden Service: https://facebookcorewwwi.onion... [facebookcorewwwi.onion]
    (or as they call it, Facebook Core WWW Infrastructure)

  • by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Friday November 04, 2016 @12:41PM (#53213407)

    "Turkey Blocks Access To Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook"

    Correction: "Turkey Thinks They Blocked Access To Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook"

  • by Orgasmatron ( 8103 ) on Friday November 04, 2016 @01:02PM (#53213559)

    Here are a couple of links that I hope are not in any way connected to this:

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/... [foreignpolicy.com]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

    The youtube clip is 8 years old, and has approximately the same borders as the new October map. This has been simmering for 98 years, and seems to be gathering steam in recent years. Note that Turkey is following the long established practice of demanding territory where ethnic Turks live while refusing to give up territory where non-Turks live [infogalactic.com].

    Erdogan has been consolidating power since the failed plot to remove him [duckduckgo.com], which was about 4 months ago now. (Also see Sledgehammer [infogalactic.com].)

  • How's the circumvention going?

  • Mustafa Kemal was truly cutting edge when he led the creation of modern Turkey. Freedom of the press was core to his plans. He's rolling in his grave because of what they're doing now.

  • Now everyone you want to suppress the speech is most likely using tor, and you can't read what the hell they're talking anymore.

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