After Israel’s Spies Hit Iran Hard, an Intelligence Official Loses His Job

After a series of damaging failures, a senior Iranian intelligence official lost his job and a Revolutionary Guards general was said to have been arrested.

#abtahi-mohammad-ali, #basij, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #khodayee-sayad, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mossad, #nuclear-weapons, #targeted-killings, #turkey

Frustrated Finland, Blocked from NATO by Turkey, Practices Patience

Finnish and Swedish hopes of being accepted as applicants by next week’s NATO summit meeting have been dashed by a Turkish government that says it is in no hurry.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finland, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #niinisto-sauli, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sweden, #turkey, #ukraine

A Domestic Political Fight in Sweden Gets Embroiled in Geopolitics

A move by right-wing lawmakers to remove Sweden’s justice minister has been dragged into a battle over the country’s efforts to join NATO.

#andersson-magdalena-1967, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #sweden, #turkey

‘We Have Not Forgotten Syria’: U.S. Envoy Vows to Protect Refugees

After 11 years of war, Syria has become a cautionary example of what can happen in a conflict with no end in sight, like the one that began 100 days ago in Ukraine.

#assad-bashar-al, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #turkey, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?

Brussels supports Kyiv’s battle against Russia, but gaining full membership to the bloc could take years. Is there another way to bind Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe?

#balkan-states, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #defense-and-military-forces, #draghi-mario, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #france, #georgia-georgian-republic, #great-britain, #hungary, #italy, #kosovo, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #moldova, #montenegro, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serbia, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

For NATO, Turkey Is a Disruptive Ally

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s block on NATO membership for Sweden and Finland is likely to be managed, but Washington and the rest of the alliance are annoyed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-sea, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finland, #kurdistan-workersparty, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sweden, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

Turkey Shows What NATO Really Is

This should be a moment of clarity.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finland, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #sweden, #turkey

Biden Seeks Swift Effort to Bring Finland and Sweden Into NATO

Speedy approval seems likely among most members of the alliance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey’s objections remain a sticking point.

#andersson-magdalena-1967, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finland, #niinisto-sauli, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sweden, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

#brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #extradition, #finland, #hungary, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sweden, #terrorism, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Turkey Offers to Evacuate Mariupol Fighters Despite Disagreements

Turkey has had a ship waiting for weeks in Istanbul to evacuate those remaining in the Azovstal steel plant, but Ukraine and Russia have not agreed to a plan, a Turkish official said.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #mariupol-ukraine, #prisoners-of-war, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

New Heights and Old Grudges as Turkey Crowns Its Champion

Trabzonspor claimed the title almost two weeks ago. Its team, and its fans, aren’t done celebrating.

#fans-persons, #fenerbahce-soccer-team, #soccer, #trabzon-turkey, #trabzonspor-soccer-team, #turkey

While Building a House, They Dug Up a Chamber for Ancient Gods

The discovery in Turkey led to a looting charge against the homebuilders and captured a time when the Neo-Assyrian Empire was the region’s dominant power.

#antiquity-journal, #aramaic-language, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #assyrian-civilization, #research, #turkey, #your-feed-science

Returning to Istanbul, a Place of Competing Identities

When Aatish Taseer first traveled to the Turkish city, he was closeted and just beginning his writing career. This time, he explores revolutions personal and political.

#baldwin-james-1924-87, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #istanbul-turkey, #travel-and-vacations, #travel2022, #turkey, #writing-and-writers

Turkey’s Plan to Draw Refugees Back to Syria: Homes for 1 Million

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will build homes, schools, hospitals and more in northern Syria, but experts question whether refugees will return willingly.

#assad-bashar-al, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey

Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia

The move will almost certainly end the last trial aimed at serving justice for a heinous crime that caused global outrage.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #turkey

Prosecutor Asks Turkey to Turn Khashoggi Murder Case Over to Saudis

All 26 suspects accused in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist, in Istanbul in 2018 are Saudi nationals.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #khashoggi-jamal, #saudi-arabia, #turkey

Enes Kanter Freedom and the Consequences of Speaking Out

Enes Kanter Freedom has condemned human rights abuses in Turkey for years. Now he claims the N.B.A. is blackballing him as he focuses on abuses in China.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #carlson-tucker, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #fox-broadcasting-co, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #houston-rockets, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kaepernick-colin, #kanter-enes, #kasparov-garry, #lin-jeremy, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #stevens-brad-1976, #turkey, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #university-of-kentucky

For the U.S., a Tenuous Balance in Confronting Russia

Navigating between aiding Ukraine and avoiding an escalation with Moscow has led to a tangle of decisions and sometimes tortured distinctions over weapons and other elements of policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #military-aircraft, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Dr. Oz’s Heritage Is Targeted as Rivals Vie for Trump Backing

The Senate candidate’s Turkish background has emerged as a focus of David McCormick’s attacks in Pennsylvania’s G.O.P. primary.

#bridgewater-associates, #elections-senate, #endorsements, #mccormick-david-h-1965, #muslim-americans, #oz-mehmet-c, #pennsylvania, #powell-dina, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-politics-and-government

Parents Relying on Ukraine Surrogates Desperately Seek Their Newborns

The Russian invasion has disrupted a thriving hub of legal commercial surrogacy. Some couples are risking trips into the war zone to get their children.

#babies-and-infants, #canada, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #in-vitro-fertilization, #kyiv-ukraine, #lviv-ukraine, #national-public-radio, #parenting, #poland, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #premature-babies, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rescues, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #surrogate-motherhood, #tampa-fla, #turkey

Over Ukraine, Lumbering Turkish-Made Drones Are an Ominous Sign for Russia

The Bayraktar TB2 has become a rallying symbol for Ukrainians, who are singing songs about them and posting videos of their success.

#bayraktar-tb2, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #ukraine

Israel’s President Visits Turkey in Sign of Thawing Relations

In their highest-level meeting in 14 years, Israel and Turkey sought to rekindle an alliance after years of turbulence.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #herzog-isaac, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Subtle Shifts Raise Hopes for a Cease-fire in Ukraine

Both Russia and Ukraine appear to have softened their stance, with the Kremlin signaling a retreat on regime change and Kyiv expressing flexibility on NATO membership. But the two sides remain far apart.

#antalya-turkey, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #lavrov-sergey-v, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Surviving Migrants at Greek Border Say They Were Left to Die

The four men recalled a night of exhaustion, cold and fear when 19 died after being forced across the Turkish border.

#asylum-right-of, #deaths-fatalities, #drownings, #edirne-turkey, #europe, #european-union, #grandi-filippo-1957, #greece, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #mitsotakis-kyriakos, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rescues, #turkey

Soaring Energy Bills Deepen Crisis for Turks, and Erdogan

Hit by spiraling inflation, electricity bills have doubled for households and businesses in only a month.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-light-and-power, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #turkey, #wages-and-salaries

The Unrescued

After the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Afghans have been trying to escape. But how do we decide who deserves refuge?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #foreign-aid, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iran, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #nayeri-dina, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-nations-high-commissioner-for-refugees, #united-states-international-relations

Syria’s Kurds Wanted Autonomy. They Got an Endless War.

The Kurds of northeastern Syria dreamed of establishing an autonomous, multiethnic and gender-equal utopia. Instead, their breakaway region has been engulfed in conflict since its creation.

#democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdistan, #kurds, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Turkey’s Doctors Are Leaving, the Latest Casualty of Spiraling Inflation

Doctors, worn down by grueling hours and violence, are emigrating in rising numbers, undermining one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s signature achievements.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finances, #germany, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #labor-and-jobs, #relocation-of-business, #turkey, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Turkey Blames Greece After 12 Migrants Freeze to Death

A Turkish minister accused Greek border guards of taking the group’s clothes and shoes and then forcing them back across the border, a claim that Greece denied.

#border-barriers, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey

Heavy Snow Strands Motorists in Greece and Turkey

In areas more used to dealing with extreme heat, blizzard conditions caused chaos on roads and at airports.

#athens-greece, #greece, #istanbul-turkey, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #turkey

In Turkey, an Exhibit Meant to Highlight Kurdish Suffering Provoked a Furor

A recent art show in a major Kurdish city in Turkey aimed to uplift a region crushed by years of conflict. It ended up serving as a reminder of how toxic the subject of Kurds remains in Turkey.

#art, #diyarbakir-turkey, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #peoples-democratic-party-turkey, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #turkey

At Least 16 Dead After Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Greece

The wreck late Friday in the Aegean Sea, the third in Greek waters in three days, was another reminder of the risks asylum seekers face.

#aegean-sea, #drownings, #greece, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling, #turkey

Cashing In Grandma’s Gold Coins, a Turkish Family Struggles to Get By

As inflation soars and the value of Turkey’s currency plummets, one couple described how working families can’t make ends meet and have had to cut back on basic necessities as well as life’s smaller pleasures.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #credit-and-debt, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #istanbul-turkey, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Foreign Drones Tip the Balance in Ethiopia’s Civil War

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pulled off a stunning reversal in the year-old conflict with the help of armed drones supplied by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran.

#ahmed-abiy, #arms-trade, #drones-pilotless-planes, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #ethiopia, #iran, #nagorno-karabakh, #quds-force, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Turkish Currency Hits a New Low, Again

The Central Bank has cut interest rates, even as inflation continues to soar, deepening President Erdogan’s disputed economic plan and setting off a new plunge in the lira.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Many Turks Can’t Afford Bread, and Bakers Can’t Afford to Make It

Squeezed by rising costs, price controls and plunging sales, bakers warn of ruin, while their impoverished former customers line up for government-supplied loaves.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #imamoglu-ekrem, #istanbul-turkey, #turkey

How Inflation Affects Turkey’s Struggling Economy

Even before the pandemic, Turkey was trying to ward off financial meltdown. The crisis has accelerated as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his unorthodox policies.

#currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #foreign-investments, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #recession-and-depression, #turkey, #unemployment

Inflationary Wave Changes Political Terrain for Right-Wing Populists

The leaders of Turkey, Hungary and Brazil are all grappling with problems posed by the global rise in prices ahead of national elections.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hungary, #inflation-economics, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #turkey

Turkey’s President Follows His Own Advice Even as Economy Slips

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly isolated as he clings to an economic prescription that few endorse but that he believes will bear results before elections.

#currency, #davutoglu-ahmet, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #karamollaoglu-temel, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-peoples-party-turkey, #turkey

Jailed Journalists Reach Record High for Sixth Year in 2021

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom monitoring group, said 293 journalists were behind bars this year, more than a quarter of them in China.

#beijing-china, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #simon-joel-1964, #turkey

Little Amal, a Refugee Puppet, Looks for Home

In “The Walk,” a 12-foot tall, 9-year-old Syrian girl named Amal trekked from Turkey to Britain to find her mother. In a politically divided continent, were any minds changed?

#athens-greece, #calais-france, #europe, #france, #gaziantep-turkey, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #italy, #lan-david, #london-england, #puppets, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rome-italy, #syria, #theater, #turkey, #zuabi-amir-nizar

As Turkey Chafes at Erdogan, He Gets Spikier Abroad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled an appearance at the global climate talks over a perceived slight, part of a pattern of creating international dramas to bolster his domestic standing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #global-warming, #group-of-twenty, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #wildfires

Turkish President Steps Back From Expulsions of 10 Western Diplomats

The threatened expulsions had risked severe economic consequences and a rupture in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kavala-osman, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Erdogan Threatens to Expel 10 Western Ambassadors

The move follows a statement from the envoys demanding the release of a prominent philanthropist jailed since 2017.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-court-of-human-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kavala-osman, #turkey

Turkish Opposition Begins Joining Ranks Against Erdogan

With an eye on elections, six parties are working on a plan to end a powerful presidency and return to a parliamentary system.

#aksener-meral, #davutoglu-ahmet, #demirtas-selahattin, #elections, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #kilicdaroglu-kemal, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #turkey

Turkey Sours on Syrians, but Not in This Sleepy Town, Jolted Awake

As calls increase in Turkey for Syrian refugees to go home, Kilis, a border town transformed by the newcomers’ energy, has embraced the change.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #immigration-and-emigration, #kilis-turkey, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Seven years after they were captured by the Islamic State, some members of the Iraqi religious minority are still being held captive by fighters in Syria. Others are with families of ISIS militants.

#human-trafficking, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

Amid Tensions With U.S., Erdogan Praises Ties with Russia

Meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said “there is no path back” from Turkish-Russian military deals opposed by the West.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #syria, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

Google is getting caught in the antitrust net

Google is getting caught in the antitrust net

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Being a global company has its perks. There’s a lot of money to be made overseas. But the biggest US tech companies are finding out that there’s also a downside: Every country where you make money is a country that could try to regulate you.

It’s hard to keep track of all the tech-related antitrust action happening around the world, in part because it doesn’t always seem to be worth paying close attention to. In Europe, which has long been home to the world’s most aggressive regulators, Google alone was hit with a $2.7 billion fine in 2017, a $5 billion fine in 2018, and a $1.7 billion fine in 2019. These sums would be devastating for most companies, but they are little more than rounding errors for a corporation that reported $61.9 billion in revenue last quarter.

Increasingly, however, foreign countries are going beyond slap-on-the-wrist fines. Instead, they’re forcing tech companies to change how they do business. In February, Australia passed a law giving news publishers the right to negotiate payments from dominant internet platforms—effectively, Facebook and Google. In August, South Korea became the first country to pass a law forcing Apple and Google to open their mobile app stores to alternate payment systems, threatening their grip on the 30 percent commission they charge developers. And in a case with potentially huge ramifications, Google will soon have to respond to the Turkish competition authority’s demand to stop favoring its own properties in local search results.

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#antitrust, #apple, #eu, #google, #policy, #regulation, #tech, #turkey

Twitter users in Turkey can now emoji-react to tweets

Starting today, Twitter is testing Tweet Reactions in Turkey for a limited time. Users in the region will be able to react to tweets using 😂 , 🤔 , 👏 , 😢, in addition to ❤. But if you can’t remember the chaos that ensued when the heart react replaced the favorite star in 2015… brace yourself.

Last year, Twitter added emoji reactions to DMs, but this isn’t the same set of emojis. This announcement comes after Twitter surveyed users in March about how they’d react (ha) if the platform were to adopt a Facebook-like way to engage with tweets, and what emojis they’d want to communicate with. In the survey, some of the proposed emoji sets included “agree” or “disagree” buttons, a dislike button, or Reddit-like upvotes and downvotes. But Twitter found from its survey that users were concerned about getting negative emoji feedback.

“Although ‘frustration’ and ‘anger’ are also common emotions people feel while reading Tweets, and some people want to express disagreement with Tweets, we’re not incorporating these as emoji reactions right now,” Twitter said in a press release. “Our goal is always to support healthy public conversation and we want to see how our current set of emoji will impact conversations.”

Unlike Facebook, which added reactions in 2015, Twitter isn’t testing an “angry” reaction, which was proposed in its survey. This is likely due to users’ hesitancy around negative responses, but still — if you’ve never been on the receiving end of an ill-intended “ha ha” react… Good for you! And it’s not as though arguments don’t happen on Twitter without emoji reactions.

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Twitter says that it wants emoji reactions to give people an easier way to show how they feel, which would — in a perfect world — lead to improved expression and participation in public conversation.

This test is only the latest feature that Twitter has tinkered with in the last week. You may also notice interest-based communities, full-width photos and videos, and new safety features cropping up on your feed. With this particular experiment, Twitter said that it will continue to consider community feedback as it tests additional emoji reactions. Based on user responses, it may expand the test’s availability to other regions.

Users in Turkey can experiment with this feature on iOS, Android, and web, which will roll out across the country in the coming days.

#apps, #emoji, #reaction, #turkey, #twitter