|Good Riddance to...|
"Erdogan just succeeded in getting the constitutional changes he sought pushed through the Parliament. Not only will a vastly larger amount of power be vested in the executive branch, but Erdogan will be eligible to remain in office as President until 2029...The office of the Prime Minister is being scrapped entirely and Erdogan will be able to appoint one or more vice presidents with no confirmation required by Parliament. He will also inherit the ability to declare a “state of emergency” at any time without consulting the legislative branch, giving him even more executive authority.
One Turkish MP literally handcuffed herself to the lectern in protest as the changes were being considered. It’s tough sledding for them, however, considering that Erdogan has been locking up people by the tens of thousands. ... Facebook and Twitter are frequently shut down and the government recently launched an investigation into ten thousand social media users for “posts which support terrorism” on those networks. You probably won’t be hearing from them again any time soon.
And in the meantime, businesses are closing down while the strength of the nation’s currency is collapsing.".......
|"Thank you, my pet."|
Siz hoş geldiniz."
PLO-UPDATE: "Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. ...
In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations."....... Funding the PLO dictator Abbas and his Crime Family only incentivizes them to remain intractable in negotiations and to reject democracy. Just as in Cuba and Iran, Obama sides with the dictators over their captive people. He came into office with Gitmo terrorists chanting his name, and leaves office to the cheers of PLO terrorists at the UN.