Reader’s links for Aug. 19 – 2016

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  1. Twitter Suspends 235,000 Accounts for Extremism (moroccoworldnews, Aug 19, 2016)
    http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/08/194623/twitter-suspends-235000-accounts-extremism/

    “Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism over the last six months, as part of a continuing effort to keep people from using the social network for extremist causes, the company said Thursday.

    The company has also expanded the teams that review reports of misuse of the networking service, which had become a go-to tool for some terror and extremist groups looking to get their message out…”

  2. DW drops Egyptian journalist after ‘FB post calling for acid attack’ on activist Mahienour (ahram, Aug 19, 2016)
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/239223/Egypt/Politics-/DW-drops-Egyptian-journalist-after-FB-post-calling.aspx

    “Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has said it has ended its relationship with a freelance journalist due to comments he apparently made on social media calling for violence against well-known activist Mahienour El-Massry.

    Earlier this week activists began circulating online a Facebook post apparently written by a Nagy Abbas on his FB page, identifying himself as a journalist for Deutsche Welle Arabic, in which he urges readers to “kidnap Mahienour and give her a quarter-litre of acid to drink and pour the rest on her face.”

    El-Massry, a prominent leftist rights activist from Alexandria, was released last week from prison after serving a 15-month sentence on charges relating to a protest in the spring of 2013.

    The media company said on their Arabic website that Abbas “clearly called for conducting an illegal act against Egyptian rights activist Mahienour El-Massry,”

    DW added that as a broadcaster “it does not tolerate such actions in any form,” confirming that it has ended the journalist’s contract and might pursue further legal action.”

  3. Merkel says Germany, Turkey have ‘special connection’ (hurriyetdailynews, Aug 19, 2016)
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/merkel-says-germany-turkey-have-special-connection.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103016&NewsCatID=351

    “There is a “special connection” between Germany and Turkey that will continue to endure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

    “There is … a special connection between Germany and Turkey. This will remain so. Turkey is an important partner as a NATO member. It is important for the solution of conflicts,” Merkel told a network of German media outlets on Aug. 18, particularly referring to the ongoing Syrian crisis.

    “I am thinking especially of the drama that is going on in Syria. Turkey took in 3 million Syrian refugees. This is a great achievement. This makes it the country that has made the greatest contribution to the solution of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria,” she added.

    Turkey and the EU agreed on a migrant deal in mid-March in which Turkey agreed to help curb the flow of migrants into the bloc in exchange for visa-free travel for its citizens to the bloc, EU funds for Syrian migrants in Turkey, and accelerated membership talks.

    “What makes the German-Turkish relationship special is that more than 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany,” Merkel added.

    Meanwhile, Germany’s interior minister praised Turkey on Aug. 18 for the country’s “excellent cooperation” in fighting terrorism, in an apparent effort to defuse a dispute with Ankara after a leaked government memo accused Turkey of being a “hub” for Islamist militants.

    Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Aug. 17 that he did not regret the leak, but the following day he struck a conciliatory tone, saying exchanges of information with Turkey on movements of supporters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were good, Reuters reported.

    “I can say that the cooperation with Turkish colleagues, security services, police and my colleagues is excellent,” de Maiziere said at a news conference on domestic security.

    The government report, disclosed by German public broadcaster ARD this week, described Turkey as a “hub” for Islamist groups and said President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an had an “ideological affinity” to Hamas in Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and armed Islamist groups in Syria.

    ARD said the report was confidential and commissioned by the Interior Ministry upon a parliamentary request from the leftist Linke party.”

  4. Turkish PM calls on US to arrest Gülen immediately (hurriyetdailynews, Aug 19, 2016)
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-calls-on-us-to-arrest-gulen-immediately.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103036&NewsCatID=338

    “PM Binali Y?ld?r?m has called on the United States to arrest U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who is accused of leading failed coup attempt of July 15.

    “We want something that we have the right to from our strategic partner, the U.S. We are saying that there is a terrorist organization and it caused a lot of people to die. Please do what is necessary and temporarily arrest him. Don’t harbor him in your country,” he said in Ankara on Aug. 18.

    It is “clear as daylight” that the coup was plotted by Gülenists, he told foreign chiefs of missions serving in Ankara.

    “I’m sure that the U.S. will take the necessary steps. The U.S. cannot ignore the people’s stance that prevented a coup,” he added…”

  5. Turkey Plays Down U.S. Suggestions of NATO Exit After Failed Coup (bloomberg, Aug 19, 2016)
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-19/nato-without-turkey-u-s-talk-after-coup-is-dismissed-in-ankara

    “The failed coup in Turkey may have revived a debate in Washington over whether the country should remain in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and a host to U.S. nuclear weapons, but the response in Ankara and some U.S. diplomatic circles is simply puzzlement.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said last month Turkey’s post-putsch crackdown risked violating the military bloc’s standards of democracy, prompting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to issue a statement of reassurance that Turkey’s 64-year membership is solid.

    “What was he smoking?” James Jeffrey, a former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, said of Kerry’s comments. Kicking Turkey out of NATO would leave the U.S. “very disadvantaged vis-à-vis Russia and weakened with regard to Iran,” he said.

    Turkish officials from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on down have accused the U.S. of aiding the coup plotters by harboring the reclusive cleric they blame for the July 15 revolt, Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan responded to the attempt to oust him by purging tens of thousands of suspected Gulenists from the military, police, civil service, academia and media. He’s also moved to repair ties with Vladimir Putin that frayed after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet along the border with Syria last year.

    Kerry’s rebuke about NATO’s democracy “requirement” was later downplayed by the State Department, though some influential U.S. foreign policy voices picked up where the former presidential candidate left off, arguing that Turkey no longer shares America’s values or objectives in the Middle East.

    “It would be one thing to overlook the way the Turks have behaved if Ankara were indispensable to U.S. efforts in the Middle East and Central Asia,” Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations and Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum wrote in article for the Wall Street Journal last week. “It is not.”

    Others, including the nonpartisan Stimson Center in Washington, have questioned the wisdom of leaving an estimated 50 short-range nuclear missiles at Incirlik, the Turkish-run air base less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Syria where power was cut during the coup and the commander was arrested for taking part. The Congressional Research Service later concluded the weapons were safe….”

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