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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 27 – Rising Fascism

Posted by feww on July 25, 2017

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Journalists in Turkey face up to 43 years in prison

Background summary:

  • Your only right is to remain silent. If you say anything, you could be imprisoned for decades without so much as a sham trial.
  • “[Erogan’s] government closed down by decree over 160 media outlets, most linked to the Gülen movement or Kurdish media. The number of journalists in pretrial detention on the basis of their writing and journalistic activities surged to 144 by mid-November, making Turkey once again a world leader in jailing journalists.”
  • Currently, more than a  dozen journalists at Cumhuriyet, a leading opposition newspaper in Turkey, are charged with aiding a terrorist organization, and face up to 43 years in prison.
  • More than 160 journalists have already been imprisoned in Turkey without trial, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Turkey Reports Nos. 01 – 27 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 10

Posted by feww on March 13, 2017

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What Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Benito Mussolini, Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe Have in Common, and…

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 10 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 07

Posted by feww on February 2, 2017

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Turkey Purges 150,000 Civil Servants and Counting

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 07 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Presentation: Whose Strawman is Donald Trump?

Posted by feww on January 25, 2017

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Trump vs. Hitler: 14 Striking Similarities, Two Minor Differences

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  • Presentation is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Presentation: Speak Now!

Posted by feww on January 17, 2017

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“Speak Now, or Forever You’ll Be Silenced”

[Prepared by affiliated political scientists]

  • Presentation is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 06

Posted by feww on December 20, 2016

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Turkey Playing Both Sides of the Fence

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 05

Posted by feww on December 14, 2016

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Turkey Slides into Fascism

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Report is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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Resurgence of Fascism and Remilitarization in Japan

Posted by feww on March 29, 2016

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Another Abeshit Day in Japan’s Ignominious History

Despite its pacifist Constitution, Japan’s controversial “security laws” took effect today, enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the nation’s total and utter defeat in World War II.

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution outlaws war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state.

In the Constitution, which came into effect on May 3, 1947, following Japan’s defeat in World War II, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of belligerency and aims at an international peace based on justice and order.

The Article 9 also forbids Japan from maintaining an army, navy or air force. Therefore, the Self Defense Forces are supposed to be extensions of the national police force.

The full text of Article 9 in Japanese is

“ 第九条  日本国民は、正義と秩序を基調とする国際平和を誠実に希求し、国権の発動たる戦争と、武力による威嚇又は武力の行使は、国際紛争を解決する手段としては、永久にこれを放棄する。

二  前項の目的を達するため、陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない。国の交戦権は、これを認めない。”

The official English translation of the article is

“ ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized. ”

In July 2015, however, Abe’s Cabinet decided to unilaterally reinterpret the clause. The new legislation allows Japan to use force by exercising its right to “collective self-defense.”

“It makes a mockery of constitutional constraints on government power if governments can, through executive decree, reinterpret those constraints away. To permit such a reinterpretation of Article 9 would throw into question the integrity and meaning of all other provisions of the Constitution, and thus undermine the normative power of the entire Constitution,” said Craig Martin is an associate professor at the Washburn University School of Law.

“And of course this particular reinterpretation would gut one of the three pillars of Japan’s constitutional order. In short, it poses a serious risk to the rule of law and principles of democracy in Japan.”

“Prime Minister Abe changed the interpretation of the Constitution by force. Is it OK to change the Constitution’s pacifism so easily?” said Katsuya Okada, head of the main opposition Democratic Party, on Monday.

“We have to stop the ‘reckless driving’ of the Abe administration. This is the last chance to realize the politics in which it is possible to change ruling parties,” Okada said.

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Democracy in Spain Mainly Falls Flat …

Posted by feww on January 27, 2010

Nuclear Waste? YES PLEASE!

How many mad town councilors does it take to risk contaminating a region with nuke waste?

Small Spanish town of Asco in the northeastern Catalonia region, needed only a handful—seven.

Despite strong opposition from the regional government and repeated street protests by the town residents, Asco town council voted by seven votes to two to bid for a nuclear waste dump in the region.

The dump would reportedly cost about a $1 billion to erect and creates 300 jobs for less than five years.

Apparently, those stats were good enough for the the town mayor, Rafael Vidal.

“We have the opportunity to build an Asco…which will spur controversy but doubtless bring important revenues to the local economy,” Mayor said in comments broadcast on a TV channel, Reuters reported.

The president of the Catalan regional government, Jose Montilla, has already declared his objections to building a nuclear dump in Catalonia, though the region has 3 of Spain’s eight nuclear power plants.

“Catalan power stations produce 40 percent of all of Spain’s power. We’ve done our bit,” he said.

“Spent nuclear fuel in Spain is currently stored on site in power stations, but the government predicts they will begin to fill up in 2013. The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, has urged Spain to begin work on a purpose-built site.” Reuters reported.

Spain’s socialist govt under its Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero has promised to freeze building nuclear power plants, but will allow the existing outlets  to operate for at least 10 more years.

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