Turkey: The Erdogan-Gulen showdown
- "A political fight to the death had just broken out between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, and his former allies in the movement of Mr Gulen... The prime minister argues that the Gulenists have set up a 'parallel state' within the bureaucracy, following orders from Pennsylvania and pursuing an agenda of their own." [more inside]
There were thousands of Russians protesting the widespread ballot stuffing
discovered during the elections last sunday
. Russian police arrested hundreds of protesters who had gathered in Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square, including Alexei Navalny
. Protestors raised awareness using Twitter hashtags like #триумфальная (Triumfalnaya), but pro-Kremlin spammers were prepared
to drown them out using 2000 automated twitterbots
they'd created earlier this year. (related
Rioting spreads to Egypt. Plans had been percolating online
for the past several weeks about a "Day of Revolution" in protest of the corruption of the Mubarak government, and widespread unemployment, similar to those seen in Tunisia
. In response to the online coverage through social networks
, the government has responded
by blocking access to Twitter.
It has also been reported that police have fired into the crowds, resulting in several deaths
, and that the presidential family has fled the country.
Misreading Tehran: Leading Iranian-American writers revisit a year of dreams and discouragement.
"With a full 12 months now between us and the election, the time is ripe to start revisiting the hype and hope in a year of writing: which stories were overblown, what stories were missed entirely, and what can be gleaned about Iran's annus horribilis
from a more thorough understanding. FP
asked seven prominent Iranian-Americans, deeply immersed in both the English- and Persian-language media, to look through the fog of journalism at what actually happened in Tehran -- and why so many of us got it so wrong." [Via]