Mar 21 2014

Daily News Flash with Adele Stan on Turkey’s Twitter Ban, Thailand’s Unconstitutional Elections, and US’s Inhumane Immigrant Detention

Uprising’s guest expert Adele Stan, longtime chronicler of the right wing, and senior Washington correspondent for, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Turkey’s government has shut down Twitter, claiming it is a menace to the Turkish Republic. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan sent out one final tweet last night to his more than 4 million Twitter followers, before the service was disabled. That tweet was of a nationalistic, slickly produced video showing Turks running to their flag. Twitter and other social media sites were seen as responsible for mobilizing millions of protesters to the streets last year who are worried that Prime Minister Erdogan is moving the country away from its secular tradition. Erdogan, who is currently embroiled in a corruption scandal, defiantly backed his Twitter ban saying, “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” Click here for a Washington Post article about the story.

And in other international news, a high court in Thailand has declared that country’s recent elections are unconstitutional and called for new elections. The decision was based on the fact that some parts of the country were unable to vote on the same day as others as a result of anti-government protests. Thailand has been grappling with internal political conflict for many months now with a popular mobilization that wants to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over corruption and other problems. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story.

We turn to the on-going hunger strike by immigrants held at the privately run Northwest detention center in Washington State. Activists advocating for the rights of immigrant detainees are reporting that hunger strikers have been threatened with force feeding, jeopardizing their asylum cases and even deportation. The threats prompted the ACLU to send lawyers who are now meeting with strikers and prison officials. While hundreds of detainees began the strike last week it is not clear how many have continued it. At least two are under medical observation. Click here for an Al Jazeera America article about the story.

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