June 12, 2012

Turkey's Facebook Arrests

Michael Rubin, Contentions

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s transformation of Turkey into a police state grew a little more complete earlier this week with the arrest of the mayor and two other officials in Van, a predominantly Kurdish city in southeastern Turkey.

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