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After Istanbul voters rejected Turkish strongman Erdogan, he made them vote again -- and lost by the biggest landslide in 35 years

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (previously) was dealt a stinging rebuke in March, when voters in Istanbul overthrew his AK Party, which had run the city for 25 years; Erdogan had previously said "whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey." Read the rest

No peace in Hungary as thousands fill the streets, risking police violence, to protest slave labor law

Last week, Viktor Orban's authoritarian government rammed through a pair of massively unpopular laws: the "slave labor" law (employers can require up to 400 hours/year of overtime, and take up to three years to pay for it); and a law creating a parallel system of "administrative courts" dealing with "government issues" like voter fraud, overseen by political appointees from within Orban's regime. Read the rest

On Twitter, Trump cancels Putin G20 meeting, but Kremlin says they have not been notified of cancellation

Trump today canceled, via a tweet, his planned G20 meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Read the rest

Pompeo announces first U.S. penalties against Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi killing

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today said the United States will revoke entry visas for the Saudi men accused of torturing and assassinating Washington Post contributing journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Read the rest

Authoritarians used to be scared of social media, now they rule it

A new report from the Institute For the Future on "state-sponsored trolling" documents the rise and rise of government-backed troll armies who terrorize journalists and opposition figures with seemingly endless waves of individuals who bombard their targets with vile vitriol, from racial slurs to rape threats. Read the rest

Portuguese translation of Zuck's Empire of Oily Rags

Brent Longborough did me the enormous favor of translating my latest Locus column, Zuck's Empire of Oily Rags, into Portuguese, and sent it to me to publish.

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Charges dropped against Turkey's presidential thugs who were filmed brutally beating protesters in Washington

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington DC last year, he brought along his gang of goons who beat protesters so brutally that nine were hospitalized. US prosecutors dropped charges against against 11 of the 15 men accused of the bloody assault. In the video above you can see the suited thugs kicking people on the ground as police officers try to stop them. Read the rest

The in-depth tale of Bylock, the Turkish messenger app whose 1x1 tracking GIF was the basis for tens of thousands of treason accusations

A group of exiled Turkish human rights lawyers have published an in-depth history of how Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkish government has described Bylock, an encrypted messenging app, whose 1x1 analytics pixel was used as the basis for accusing tens -- if not hundreds -- of thousands of Turks of treason, with consequences ranging from loss of employment and ostracization to imprisonment, to torture, to suicide. Read the rest

A 1x1 tracking pixel was used as evidence of treason against 30,000 Turks, sent tens of thousands to jail

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkish government took reprisals against hundreds of thousands of people suspected to have been involved in the failed coup of 2016, one of the criteria they used for whom to round up for indefinite detention as well as myriad human rights abuses (including torture) was whether people had a cookie on their computers set by a 1x1 tracking pixel served by Bylock, which the Erdogan regime says is evidence of support of exiled opposition leader Fethullah Gülen. Read the rest

Study finds that people vote for strongman "dominance" leaders when they they feel out of control of their lives

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, London Business School organizational behavior scholars Niro Sivanathan and Hemant Kakkar used empirical methods to find the socioeconomic circumstances that predict when voters will elect "dominance-style" strongman leaders like "Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Rodrigo Duterte, Nicolás Maduro and Recep Erdogan." Read the rest

Turkish high school students will no longer be taught "controversial" evolutionary theory

Evolution is one of 170 topics that have been purged from the high-school curriculum by the Erdogan regime as part of its efforts to cozy up to the reactionary religious right that has backed its extreme authoritarianism. Read the rest

'Legendary Insult Comic' Jabba the Hutt teaches a MasterClass on comedy

If you're on Facebook, no doubt you've seen celebrities peddling their MasterClass online courses. If you're not familiar, for 90 bucks you get lifetime access to a course where masters teach their craft.

For instance, Steve Martin teaches comedy, Serena Williams teaches tennis, and Dr. Jane Goodall teaches conservation.

That's where this parody by Bellpond Films steps in. It imagines intergalactic gangster Jabba the Hutt as a stand-up comedian whose teaching a Masterclass on comedy. I especially appreciate the way he deals with hecklers.

Thanks, Hart Perez! Read the rest

Dozens of people arrested for wearing "hero" T-shirts in Turkey

Gökhan Güçlü is on trial in Turkey for participating in the failed coup against the Erdoğan regime last year. In July, Güçlü made authorities angry when he wore a T-shirt with the word "hero." Now, Turkey has made it a crime to wear similar T-shirts.

At "least 35 people have been arrested for wearing "hero" t-shirts in the last month," reports the Turkey Purge website.

Via Albawaba:

The latest was detained on Monday while drinking juice at cafe in Adana province, according to the website which was set up by exiled journalists to monitor post-coup rights abuses.

“There will be no more coming to courts wearing whatever they want,” Erdoğan said, according to the daily newspaper Hürriyet. “They will be introduced to the world like that.”

Erdoğan had previously called for defendants to be dressed in Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuits.

According to Turkey Purge, those arrested range from factory and hotel workers to university students. Many of those detained claimed that they had not been aware of the word’s meaning.

Some of them were reportedly arrested following tip-offs from members of the public.

Image: Author Пресс-служба Президента Российской Федерации / Wikipedia Read the rest

The National Enquirer is in the tank for Trump

The National Enquirer's circulation peaked in 1988 at 4 million, while today it averages 325,000 copies sold, mostly to low-income, over-80-year olds. Its best retailer is Wal-Mart. It does not publish any material critical of Donald Trump. Read the rest

The Malta Files: a European version of the Panama Papers, revealing a global web of corruption

On Friday, a variety of news outlets around the world published the Malta Files, a cache of 150,000 documents leaked "from a Malta-based provider of legal, financial and corporate services," revealing, among other things, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was secretly given a $25M oil tanker (!) by Azeri billionaire Mübariz Mansimov, a "friend" of Trump's who was present at the inauguration. Read the rest

Video shows Turkey's Erdogan watched from limo as his guards bashed protesters in Washington, D.C.

New video hit the internet today showing the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, looking on as armed security guards from his entourage violently attacked protesters demonstrating outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington. Read the rest

'Erdoğan's bodyguards' beat up protesters in D.C. while Turkish leader met Trump at White House

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House today.

While the two authoritarian heads of state chatted, Erdogan's thugs beat the crap out of Kurdish protesters nearby. Read the rest

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