LRB · Seymour M. Hersh · The Red Line and the Rat Line

lrb.co.uk ? Seymour M. Hersh ? Apr 6 ? Obama’s change of mind had its origins at Porton Down, the defence laboratory in Wiltshire. British intelligence had obtained a sample of the sarin used in the 21 August attack and analysis demonstrated that the gas used didn’t match the batches?
here are some critiques to Mr. Hersh’s arguments:

In the mean time, yet another claim here:

Turkey admits Reyhanli was attacked by al-Qaeda – Al-Monitor

the Pulse of the Middle East ? Author: Tulin Daloglu April 4, 2014 On May 11, 2013, Reyhanli, a Turkish town on the border with Syria, was attacked with twin car bombs, leaving behind an official toll of 52 deaths and 146 injuries. But the mystery of who attacked Reyhanli

Turkey?s EU Minister calls for realism about opening new chapter along Greek presidency

Hurriyet Daily News

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has acknowledged opening a new negotiation chapter with the EU during the ongoing presidency of Greece does not seem possible

Turkey and EU to hold committee meet in June

Hurriyet Daily News

A meeting between senior officials from Turkey and the European Union will be held in June upon a common understanding between the two parties

Turkish FM lobbies for UNSC, complains of Gülenist letters

Davutoğlu has lobbied for Turkey’s UN Security Council candidacy in New York on April 5. Foreign Minister has also complained of letters Gülenists wrote to foreign officials

Turkey says EU meeting postponed for more comprehensive content

Hurriyet Daily News

A scheduled meeting between senior officials from Turkey and the EU has been postponed by mutual will in order to garner more comprehensive content, Ankara said

 

Trouble in Turkey’s Elections

erikmeyersson.com ? Erik ? Apr 6, 2:10 AM ? (Note: This post may be updated) My previous post documented a peculiar relationship between the share of invalid ballots and higher voting share of the ruling AKP government in last week’s local elections in Turkey. In both Ankara and Istanbul?

Exploring Erdoğan?s unwavering support in Turkey

open Democracy News Analysis – by Emrah Celik and Kumru Toktamis

The fear of possible military coups have never left the collective imaginary of all forms of Turkish public, including the conservative constituency.

With the March 30 local elections, the authoritarian turn in Turkish politics, and probably its regional belligerence as well, is legitimized as the ruling party gained almost 44 % of the votes. Common sense may refer to this moment of electoral victory as a democratic one. However, democracy is less about winning elections and more about how the opposition is treated

In Turkey’s political contest, rule of the law is the real loser

open Democracy News Analysis – by Emma Sinclair-Webb

The events of the past three months threw a stark light on the way the AKP government and Gülenists used the justice system in the past for common political ends. The result has been a clear erosion of the rule of law. Turkey?s voters deserve better than that.

Polls to be repeated in Ağrı as BDP candidate declares his ‘love’ to city

Hurriyet Daily News

Elections for the municipality of Ağrı will be repeated on June 1

Ankara mayor Gökçek begins new term, endorses Erdoğan ‘presidency’

Ankara’s incumbent mayor Melih Gökçek has begun his fifth term, promising to celebrate Erdoğan’s ‘presidency’ in four months

Erdoğan?s new presidency move

It is a valid question to ask whether Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan would say that he was ready to ?negotiate? the candidacy

Turkey?s election failings may lead to yet another legitimacy crisis for Erdoğan

open Democracy News Analysis – by Halil Gurhanli

In line with the AKP government?s rudimentary understanding of ?democracy? that considers it synonymous with elections, Erdoğan has reiterated countless times that the solution to all problems, including the allegations against his government, lay in that holy of holies: the Ballot Box.

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