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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

timothy posted about 7 months ago | from the until-tomorrow dept.

Censorship 102

The Net may have briefly routed around Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan's DNS-based anti-Twitter censorship, but the minister's next move has been to mandate that Turkish ISPs block Twitter's assigned IP addresses. Reports Ars Technica: " This move essentially erases Twitter from the Internet within Turkey—at least to those people who don’t have access to SMS messaging, a foreign virtual private network or Web proxy service, or the Tor anonymizing network. 'We can confirm that Turkey is now blocking the IP addresses of Twitter after the previous DNS blocking technique proved ineffective,' said Doug Madory, of the Internet monitoring company Renesys, in an e-mail to Ars. A Turkish government webpage shows that there is an IP address block order in effect for 199.16.156.6, the primary IP address for twitter.com."

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Gee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559393)

Didn't see that coming.

Re:Gee.. Dadaist Reprise (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560437)

Turkey heightens your desire to sleep in your armchair Thanksgiving afternoon, overdone, it can be colon blocking.
  L-tryptophan may have briefly routed around your uvula in a gravy basted MSG based anti-somniferal sponsorship but the
gizzards next move has been to marinate with the Turkeys DNA to block carbohydrates assigned synaptic addresses. Reports Gordon Ramsay.

          This move essentially erases the nutritional value from the gizzard within Turkey at least to those people who have no access to KFC massaging, foreign virtual private spices , catering proxy service or the Toothy pre-chewing network. We can confirm that Turkey is now blocking the synaptic addresses of sleepers as DNA blocking techniques proved ineffective said Chef Boyardee, of the synaptic blocking Company; Rent-a-sauce in an email to Lars. A Turkey horsedoerves wedgeslice shows there is a PP block order in effect for 11.21.14 11:59 A.M. the primary PP time for synapses, Tom.

Whack-a-mole (3, Interesting)

Rinisari (521266) | about 7 months ago | (#46559407)

And now, if Twitter wants to, it can make Turkey play whack-a-mole by moving IPs every time one gets blocked...

Re:Whack-a-mole (5, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | about 7 months ago | (#46559961)

And now, if Twitter wants to, it can make Turkey play whack-a-mole by moving IPs every time one gets blocked...

Perhaps someone can persuade Twitter to get a cloudflare account, and use GeoDNS to send Turkey users to some IP addresses shared by a large number of legitimate websites, in order to maximize the amount of collateral damage Turkey will inflict if it keeps attempting to ban Twitter by blocking IP addresses.

Slashvertisement ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561113)

... Perhaps someone can persuade Twitter to get a cloudflare account ...

Slashvertisement attempt spotted !!

How much the cloudflare folks are paying you ??

Re:Slashvertisement ? (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 7 months ago | (#46561125)

How much the cloudflare folks are paying you ??

Nothing. I just happen to know that Cloudflare run a freemium proxy-based CDN service. There are of course other proxy-based CDNs they could use, where their site would share IP addresses with hundreds or thousands of other major websites such as CNN, Disney, etc.

Re:Whack-a-mole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561591)

ha. no.

There is a much cleaner solution that Turkish citizens have been using to stream Youtube videos forever. (Whack a mole of anonymous proxy servers)

This might actually be a litmus test to see how much a "democratic" government can push it's citizens around. AFAIK Turkey is the least theologically strongarmed Muslim country in the world. (eg, they treat their citizens with at least as much contempt as the US, Ireland and Italy do.)

Re:Whack-a-mole (1)

GbrDead (702506) | about 7 months ago | (#46562221)

I don't think Erdogan cares about collateral damage.

Re:Whack-a-mole (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 7 months ago | (#46562579)

Erdogan doesn't really give a fuck if you block cnn, bbc and others.

for him it would be a benefit.

Re:Whack-a-mole (1)

neonKow (1239288) | about 7 months ago | (#46564169)

I am not an expert, but my understanding of GeoDNS is that you would still have to own those IP addresses (at least in Turkey) to make that feasible. It doesn't seem like it would be that easy to clobber legitimate website's IP address.

Re:Whack-a-mole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561795)

And now, if Twitter wants to, it can make Turkey play whack-a-mole by moving IPs every time one gets blocked...

Only if they would give a shit about their site being banned in Turkey, which is not how most bussinesses operate. Remeber when the "don't be evil" company agreed to filter their results in China?

They'll get right on that, I'm sure (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 7 months ago | (#46565315)

Paying to evade political censorship is every corporation's favorite thing to do.

fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559417)

DNS? IP's? at this rate it will be years before they get to the point where they can block it in any meaningful way

Good luck with that. (2)

pla (258480) | about 7 months ago | (#46559431)

Well now! That should buy them a whole five minutes of government-mandated third-worlditude. Good job, boys!

Remember, if they outlaw Twitter, only outlaws (and the Turkish President... And... Okay, just about everyone) will have Tweets!

Re:Good luck with that. (1)

jc42 (318812) | about 7 months ago | (#46559467)

So does this mean I'll have to finally get a twitter account, in sympathy and solidity with Turkish "outlaws"?

Those who refuse to learn (4, Insightful)

mudshark (19714) | about 7 months ago | (#46559447)

Cue the reverse proxy mirror sites in 3...2...1

Re:Those who refuse to learn (3, Informative)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 7 months ago | (#46560081)

It also caused a huge jump in VPN signups. http://torrentfreak.com/turkey... [torrentfreak.com]

The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (5, Informative)

bazmail (764941) | about 7 months ago | (#46559449)

What an embarrassment of a human being that guy is.

As well as being corrupt as all hell hes trying to stop people talking about it in the most clown-fuck stupid way. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan I am embarrassed to be a part of the same species as you.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (5, Interesting)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46559775)

And he rules the most advanced part of the Middle East. Besides tour groups carefully shepherded around the Valley of Kings by Egyptian soldiers Turkey is the one part of the area that tourists actually want to go to. Great job destroying your one decent source of revenue. Erdogan seems intent on undoing the work of Kemal Ataturk and bringing back the seventh century.

your nuts (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560469)

no way you could even pay me to want to goto turkey....

Re:your nuts (1)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561609)

no one would invite you anyways heebrewstein.

Re:your nuts (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 7 months ago | (#46565593)

You could pay me to want to do pretty much anything as long as I don't have to actually do them to prove I want to do them.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46560829)

Erh... no. Turkey was way more "western" shortly after Ataturk turned it towards the west than it is now after a few years of rule from this old, backwards man. He pretty much did everything in his power to turn back time in Turkey, undoing so much progress that it hurts to watch how this beautiful and so promising country has to suffer from that regime.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (-1, Flamebait)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561629)

That made no fucking sense. Maybe you should learn about a country first and read up on it before spouting stupid shit.

Turkey's economy is gangbusters after Erdogan disposed of the communist Kemalists. Of course this worries to no end because you fear real Turks in power. You hate Muslim people because your probably worried about some country in the Middle East that needs a subordinate Turkish government run by a moronic backward General. Ataturk is a fictitious leader who was basically a marxist and an idiot.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46563619)

What's a "real Turk"? The Bosporus version of a "real Scotsman"?

"Real" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46566627)

A "real" Turk is a one that fantasies they are pure racial descendents of original Asiatic Turks (rather than an amalgamation of local regional people's assimilated into Turkish identity by the assimilating Ottomans)

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (-1, Troll)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561603)

You seem concerned. Why? Ahhh, you hate Muslims probably. (israeli?prob) . Ataturk is a piece of communist shit.

Re: The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46562921)

Islamists are shittier

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (0)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 7 months ago | (#46565609)

Communist, Islamist... there is no difference in practical terms. They pray (or not) to different gods and they talk about different things but the end result for the "citizen" is pretty much indistinguishable.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (2)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#46559835)

That may be, but he is PM, isn't he? And don't be surprised if he gets reelected. He has plenty of supporters. There are growing numbers of people in Europe with views similar to his.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (0)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46560845)

Communism is the dictatorship of the proletariat, democracy is the dictatorship of the proles.

Sadly I don't really have a better idea for a government. Except maybe that we should put "you have to be at least THIS intelligent to vote" signs in front of election booths, similar to amusement rides and height.

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46560807)

I'm a human being and I resent being lumped together with something like that! I kindly ask you to take that statement back!

Re:The Turkish PM is a fucking imbecile (-1, Troll)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561605)

You seem concerned. Why? Ahhh, you hate Muslims probably. (israeli?prob) . Ataturk is a piece of communist shit.

The Turkish people seem to love him you Zionist craphole.

Hello Recep, meet Tor (2)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 7 months ago | (#46559459)

What does he think he's going to achieve with that? More people will get smarter on the internet and in the end, his state's ability to spy on its own citizens will suffer.

Re:Hello Recep, meet Tor (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 7 months ago | (#46560085)

And gues what happend with VPN services over the last few days? http://torrentfreak.com/turkey... [torrentfreak.com]

Re:Hello Recep, meet Tor (1)

scarboni888 (1122993) | about 7 months ago | (#46560517)

WEll he's got to do something, hasn't he? Otherwise he'll be seen to be doing nothing.

Re:Hello Recep, meet Tor (5, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46560871)

Well he's got to do something, hasn't he? Otherwise more people would hear the corruption allegations.

Because that's the actual reason for the twitter ban. Twitter has been used time and again to publish various recordings of phone calls Erdogan allegedly made concerning how to move money "out of the way". Of course he's not really fond of those being published and circulated.

Maybe he should ask Mrs. Streisand how trying to silence stuff worked for her.

Censorship requested by people (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559485)

Source [stargazete.com] , google-translated:
The people asked for the ministry that on twitter, laws are broken (insults, privacy laws etc).
Twitter was contacted by the ministry and did nothing, so a court ordered that the only way to preserve Turkeys peoples right is to block twitter.

Re:Censorship requested by people (0)

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki (895364) | about 7 months ago | (#46559537)

So if the people says we gotta kill dem jews then the government should refurnish some shower rooms and stock up on poison gas.

Re:Censorship requested by people (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560217)

So if the people says we gotta kill dem jews then the government should refurnish some shower rooms and stock up on poison gas.

Well if we change "jews" to "Google Glass users" then the prevailing Slashdot opinion is that yes, we need to open some cans of Zyklon B.

Re:Censorship requested by people (2)

dnaumov (453672) | about 7 months ago | (#46559611)

Source [stargazete.com] , google-translated:
The people asked for the ministry that on twitter, laws are broken (insults, privacy laws etc).
Twitter was contacted by the ministry and did nothing, so a court ordered that the only way to preserve Turkeys peoples right is to block twitter.

This is not how the internet works. You don't get to dictate what a service provided by a company located in another country does or does not offer. And the sooner your realise that your futile attempts to "erase" said service from "your internet" by various blocking methods, the faster you stop making a moron deserving utter humiliation out of yourself.

Re:Censorship requested by people (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46559783)

"You don't get to dictate what a service provided by a company located in another country does or does not offer. "

This privilege is reserved for the French, who with much better technology have been equally unable to make Net censorship work.

Re:Censorship requested by people (3, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 7 months ago | (#46560095)

This is not how the internet works. You don't get to dictate what a service provided by a company located in another country does or does not offer. And the sooner your realise that your futile attempts to "erase" said service from "your internet" by various blocking methods, the faster you stop making a moron deserving utter humiliation out of yourself.

Are you talking to the Turks, or US Media companies?

Re:Censorship requested by people (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 7 months ago | (#46560147)

When you control law enforcement, it's pretty easy to terminate any domestic sources. And as China has shown, it's not difficult at all to "erase a service from internet". The tiny minority that knows how to circumvent the measures is irrelevant, as your target is the masses.

Re:Censorship requested by people (1)

eyrieowl (881195) | about 7 months ago | (#46561051)

China has built a very sophisticated and complex operation with tons of controls to "erase a service from the internet". There's nothing simple about it...I highly doubt Turkey has the ability to put in place anything like China's operation any time in the next 5 years.

Re:Censorship requested by people (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 7 months ago | (#46561637)

Developing IT infrastructure is and extensive process.

Cloning it after it's been developed is cheap and fast.

Re:Censorship requested by people (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 7 months ago | (#46561999)

It always is, though. Back in 30s, in Stalinist USSR, before some bigwig was dragged to Lubyanka cellars only to emerge with a hole in the back of his skull, there was usually a "letter from angered workers and peasants" posted on the title page of Pravda, which demanded that the Party show strength and determination by killing the traitorous vermin etc.

IPv6 needed (2)

jonfr (888673) | about 7 months ago | (#46559499)

It is clear that twitter and other such websites need to move into IPv6 space to avoid censorship. Twitter is not on IPv6 today.

ping6 -c 4 twitter.com
unknown host

Re:IPv6 needed (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559625)

It is just as easy to block a host by the upper 64 bits of its IPv6 address as it is to block a host by its IPv4 address. You get a bazillion addresses with your IPv6 allocation, but it's actually easier to block you on IPv6, because all your addresses are contiguous, whereas it's not unusual to have multiple discontiguous allocations of IPv4 addresses. That is one of the reasons for the big address space: To be able to give everyone more addresses than they will ever need so that nobody needs to get a second allocation, thus keeping the routing tables small.

Re:IPv6 needed (1)

jonfr (888673) | about 7 months ago | (#46560029)

While that is true to some extent. It is also the amount of IPv6 addresses out there. I doubt Turkey or anyone for that matter can block all of the IPv6 address all the time. The block file would be huge if it was to be done. I am also not sure if current censorship software supports IPv6 blocking. It might do so already, but I don't keep up with those things.

Twitter can get its own /32 range. That is a lot of IPv6 addresses to have. Even if you just use one /64 block at the time. Maybe we need 512-bit IP address space (that way above massive IP address space) to prevent censorship for good.

Re:IPv6 needed (2)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 7 months ago | (#46560105)

I doubt Turkey or anyone for that matter can block all of the IPv6 address all the time. The block file would be huge if it was to be done.

I think you are unfamiliar with something called summary routes. https://learningnetwork.cisco.... [cisco.com]

Re:IPv6 needed (3, Insightful)

petermgreen (876956) | about 7 months ago | (#46560593)

Twitter can get its own /32 range.

And that whole range can be blocked in one go.

What matters for avoiding blocks is not merely having lots of addresses, it's having lots of addresses spread out through the address space so that people can't effectively block you without either causing massive collateral damage or painstakingly hunting down your addresses.

Re:IPv6 needed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559637)

That would not achieve anything. IPv6 addresses are not encrypted and they can still be blocked.

Re:IPv6 needed (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 7 months ago | (#46561401)

Don't IPv6 packets get encapsulated in IPsec? That seems to suggest that they are indeed encrypted.

Re:IPv6 needed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561793)

No, IPsec is an end-to-end encryption scheme. To route any packet - whatever the protocol - there needs to be addresses. If you encrypt addresses then intermediate routers cannot send your packet anywhere. So even if you are tunneling with IPsec you have to wrap it all up in another IP packet - with addresses for the router.

Not sure how you got a score of 2.

Help out their dissidents (5, Informative)

Nimey (114278) | about 7 months ago | (#46559529)

Follow these directions to set up Tor obfuscated bridges and give them a path around the censorship:

https://www.torproject.org/pro... [torproject.org] (if you run Debian or Ubuntu)
https://www.torproject.org/pro... [torproject.org] (more generic instructions)

More information in this email the Tor project sent out last year, including how to make an unpublished bridge that's harder to censor:
https://lists.torproject.org/p... [torproject.org]

Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (5, Interesting)

gtall (79522) | about 7 months ago | (#46559577)

King Abdullah of Jordan had this to say of Erdogan: “Erdoan once said that democracy, for him, is a bus ride,” King Abdullah said. “‘Once I get to my stop, I’m getting off,’ [Erdoan said].”

The King saw little difference between Erdogan and Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and considered Erdogan to be a softer version of Morsi. Of Morsi, he said Morsi had no depth. Now it appears Erdogan has little depth as well, attempting to ban Twitter will only advertise it for Turks.

Right now, Erdogan is favored to win the next election, but how will the Turks feel in a few years when they realized they got off the democracy bus along with Erdogan.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (3, Insightful)

MightyYar (622222) | about 7 months ago | (#46559673)

but how will the Turks feel in a few years when they realized they got off the democracy bus along with Erdogan.

Sadly, they will elect him as the one who most represents their view of the world. It just shows how poorly democracy works when you have widespread ignorance. The same thing happens in the US, though we fell into a two-party system that forces people to get under the same tent.

RICH PEOPLE: Free, compulsory, quality education for the masses is for YOU, not them. Please stop fighting it. Thank you.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 7 months ago | (#46559717)

Since the elections come up in less than a week from now, I'm cooking up my popcorn.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561149)

It will go stale by then =(

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561653)

You gonna cry?

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 7 months ago | (#46567977)

You gonna cry?

If freedom of the internet loses another notch, yes, I might shed a tear over that, it would "suck". I've cried over less.

He's trying to get re-elected. Maybe blocking free speech is a tactic that will win it for him in his country, I don't know, hence the curiosity and the popcorn popping. I'm curious to see if his 'strategy' works out for him or not.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (2)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 7 months ago | (#46560113)

You appear to be under a naive misunderstanding that ignorant masses are something that elite does not want.

This opinion is in a direct conflict with all known human history.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (2)

MightyYar (622222) | about 7 months ago | (#46560355)

I'm suggesting that the elite are short-term thinkers and perhaps poor students of history. Thus my all-caps plea to rich people.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46563273)

Also, appealing to elites is futile. Nothing is going to change unless the ignorant masses learn not to want elites. But apparently twitter mivitter and facebook shmacebook are just not important enough for the majority of Turks.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 7 months ago | (#46564181)

Of course they aren't. Most Turks are rural people. Their main concerns are purity of Islam in Turkey and next crop season.

Euronews just aired a clip on pro-Erdogan demo, people were shown as saying to camera that Ergodan hasn't gone far enough, and that he should ban the entire internet in the country if "they continue to insult our prime minister".

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561645)

You seem really worried. Tell us why? Most Americans could give a shit.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 7 months ago | (#46568217)

Erdogan's popularity is mostly due to a push back against previous governments and the tight military control of the governments, which have been repressing religious citizens and minorities. When you shake up the system seeking to reform a broken system there are a couple of results; you either get a reformer, or you get someone seeking power.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559803)

This must be black spots on the sun. Our Vladi does Putirendum on Crimea and sends tanks all over, This bitch Clinton compares him with Hitler, in Syria this asshole who is at power there annihilates his own country in Egypt and other north African countries democracy and human rights had a nice day a lots of water flew in the Nile since, Chinese want to have a fight with Japanese over some small piece of rock, the Poles want to invade Russia with all 3 cavalry units. From all only Brits behave at least so it seems - they course aloud but at least the Downing Street knows it better and is not going to do much (says leaked memo). From all these asshats in the West and in the East I thought Turkey was going its own easy way especially after the Highland Turks i.e. Kurds wanted to give up the military struggle but now not even Turkey is saved from the radiation. Maybe the flare last year did not miss earth at all?

"Military struggle"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46562173)

...that's nice way of putting terrorism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdistan_Workers'_Party

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560109)

, but how will the Turks feel in a few years when they realized they got off the democracy bus along with Erdogan.

Most will be happy, because the majority doesn't want a secular democracy. Then there will be a minority that will try to revolt, only to be crushed time and time again.

I've traveled inside Turkey for long enough to know it's the armpit of Europe.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 7 months ago | (#46560321)

It's not in Europe, thankfully.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 7 months ago | (#46561417)

The Kemalists seemed to be under the delusion that they are. Whereas the bulk of the population is more connected to their Turkestani, Seljuk & Ottoman roots. Erdogan now is more interested in leading the Islamic world, where he's more likely to succeed due to Iran being Shiite, Saudi Arabia being weak, Egypt being unstable and there being 5 (potentially 6) Turkic countries in the Muslim empire - Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Potentially, Xinxiang as well, if the Uyghur jihadis get their way.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561667)

Kemalists are morons.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 7 months ago | (#46562001)

Kemalists were not under any such delusion - they were gradually moving the country into Europe, not assuming that they were already there.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 7 months ago | (#46562365)

they were gradually moving the country into Europe

Won't that block the Phosphorus (or the Hesperus, whatever it's called)?

That'll make the Black Sea overflow.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (1)

dkf (304284) | about 7 months ago | (#46563279)

Kemalists were not under any such delusion - they were gradually moving the country into Europe, not assuming that they were already there.

So they're responsible for the North Anatolian Fault [wikipedia.org] ? Much is explained.

Re:Democracy is like a bus trip for Erdogan (0, Troll)

zymano (581466) | about 7 months ago | (#46561663)

That's why there are elections. Thank you for your input 'idiot'.

EU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559793)

And yet they are still complaining that they can't be a member of the EU.
(And the population of the old members of EU wants to get out)

Re:EU (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 7 months ago | (#46561787)

To be honest. Given what's going on within the EU I wouldn't be surprised if this had come from there.

Re:EU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46562249)

What things, going on within the EU, were you thinking of in particular?

Re:EU (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 7 months ago | (#46564577)

A good idea would be for Western European countries, like Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, et al to leave the EU, while countries like Turkey, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Kosovo et al get membership. Heck, since they are now into pissing off Russia, they could even give membership to Chechnya.

kick htem out of nato (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46559901)

either restore comunications or kickem out of nato....

i odnt expect the western leaders to do such cause they need a controllable dictator there....

Re:kick htem out of nato (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46560885)

Now? Heh, the only reason the old man dares to have some balls is that he knows that his control of the Bosporus is in this climate surrounding the Crimea is more interesting to the western nations than ever before.

turks = niggers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560293)

I read a lot. Especially about things... about history. I find that shit fascinating. Here's a fact I don't know whether you know or not. Turks were spawned by niggers.

Conflicted (4, Funny)

TranquilVoid (2444228) | about 7 months ago | (#46560377)

Honestly not sure what to think of the guy. On the one hand he's suppressing free speech, but on the other he's blocking Twitter.

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560395)

Coming soon to the UK(TM)!

Just 199.16.156.6 blocked? (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about 7 months ago | (#46560407)

199.16.156.38 and 199.16.156.230 are also showing up as IP addresses for twitter.com. So that could help someone maybe (hint: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts)

Fucking Assholes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560499)

'nuff said.

How quaint (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46560895)

Still trying to silence the "rumors" (my lawyer said I should call them rumors instead of what I really think of them) concerning his corruption, embezzlement and money laundering with ancient means of the average tinpot dictator?

Well, when you're backwards oriented and stuck in the past, new media are probably not going to be your forte.

your lawyer must be busy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46563335)

You talk to your lawyer before posting? Calm down, Erdoan won't sue you. He will just block Slashdot.

It won't work (1)

OricAtmos48K (979353) | about 7 months ago | (#46561693)

The whole population quickly learned hownto use VPNs and DNS changes. I am posting on ./ from my kettle right now, it is easy folks.

twitter needs to go TOR (Hidden Service) (1)

burni2 (1643061) | about 7 months ago | (#46561919)

Why,

the connection is encrypted, the url identifies a certain cryptographic key specifically(now anonymous onion routing sounds phoney yeah?)

And TOR is extremly hard to censor (except for Chuck Norris and North Korea.)

Also slashdot should go TOR(.onion)

Bomb them. (1)

geekymachoman (1261484) | about 7 months ago | (#46562329)

I can't resist. Sorry. It's a 15 year anniversary for me. So don't mod me to harshly.

Bomb them. I thought you guys(American gov and their European puppet states) go bombing oppressive governments(bringing democracy).. or at LEAST sanction them into economical submission. Make couple of thousands die of hunger, bomb couple of bridges, a hospital.. a school all with depleted uranium.

Oh yeah... silly me.

Wtf (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 7 months ago | (#46562889)

Isn't Turkey a member of the EU? How can one man act as a dictator and order the shutting down of political opposition voices? Or in this case, their "printing press"?

Re:Wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46563095)

It's not. But EU would have nothing to say, because France is world champion of twitter censoring and having a position against Turkey would have an impact on France.

Re:Wtf (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 7 months ago | (#46568279)

You're confusing EU with Eurovision.
However on that note I do think that Eurovision countries do have strict policies towards open Twitter access.

Has he started screaming about the Jews again? (1)

gelfling (6534) | about 7 months ago | (#46563987)

And how this is all their fault? Don't worry, he will. He always does.

People of Turkey, please delete and reboot gov (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46565249)

People of Turkey, please delete and reboot gov!

Who the fsck panders to the fscking politician and their fscking whims these days?

Delete the fscking government and reboot!

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