A lot has happened since my last post and there have been a lot of ups and downs in my race against the clock to complete the European leg of my world run.
In the midst of the recent upheaval in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan has called Twitter the worst ‘menace’ to society. To be sure, these still hold, and while diplomats have stepped out of the halls of power and into the real world long ago, they now have to step into the virtual world ‘where the wild things are’ as well, if they want to be an effective force of good for their country.
One year ago today, on a bitterly cold winter evening, a Turkish fighter jet attacked a group of its own citizens who were crossing the border from Iraq. A total of 34 civilians were killed, most of them children.
A crisis awaits Iraq following Turkey’s extensive dam building project claims Azzam Alwash, the director of one of the country’s largest non-governmental environmental organisations, Nature Iraq. Yet little attention is being give to his proposed methods to avert catastrophe.
A group of protestors forced their way into Northcliffe House today, to draw attention to the Kurdish crisis in Turkey.
The most popular sports team in the world at the moment, according to the number of fans on official Facebook sites, is Galatasaray, with almost 4.5m fans.
How you can help free an outstanding young American journalist imprisoned for reporting on human rights abuses
The excellent young American journalist Jake Hess – who is a good friend of mine – has just been imprisoned in Turkey in extremely worrying circumstances. Hess has been factually reporting from Southern Turkey for over a year now on way the Kurdish civilian population is being treated. Here’s a sample of his excellent reporting:
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