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A big night here in Istanbul as @ekrem_imamoglu upsets the apple cart in #Istanbulelections. There’s been back slapping & congratulatory hugging, car honking & flag waving on my drive across the Bosphorous tonight, but seems quieter than maybe expected. What happens next? #turkey
@ekrem_imamoglu Nothing quiet about this though. Watching on tv as @ekrem_imamoglu shouts to huge Istanbul crowd - Raise up your hands, raise them for the women, for the young, for democracy, law & justice. In this city, we build the future.

A pivotal moment for Turkey. #IstanbulElections
@ekrem_imamoglu Everything will be fine! The Istanbul victor @ekrem_imamoglu with the boy who spontaneously came up with his hashtag campaign! #herseycokguezelolacak

With that, a warm good night from a mood of positivity, and a few more car horns, at least for tonight, from a sultry Istanbul.
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In a major setback for Erdoğan, opposition candidate wins repeat election for #Istanbul mayor seat (again), 53.8%-45.3% #Turkey
"Today, 16 million Istanbul residents have renewed our faith in democracy and refreshed our trust in justice."

#Istanbul loss marks tectonic shift for #Turkey: decisive victory for Ekrem Imamoglu proves Erdoğan can be defeated, even on his home turf
Erdogan's gambit of challenging the results of the first #Istanbul election backfired badly.

Margin of victory for opposition:
March 31 = 13,000
Today = 800,000…
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#Erdogan’s nightmare has become a reality.
Viva @ekrem_imamoglu
Viva #Istanbul
#Erdogan tried every trick in the book, from flirting with #PKK’s Oclean, to liken @ekrem_imamoglu to #Egypt’s Sisi.
All failed.
#Imamoglu won.
Erdoganistan is officially in twilight!
#Erdogan made a major error of judgment when he ordered Istanbul re-run election.
Now, he may now try to portray himself as a democrat, but it is too late. The people of #Istanbul are the true abd BRAVE Democrats.
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#Istanbul #Reelection Today- ~6 hrs left to polls closing. High stakes. Hoping for a smooth, Democratic & peaceful process. It will be an intense evening count. I’ll report updates periodically. Reporting on the ground from #Turkey @sibeledmonds
#IstanbulReelection- 39 Districts, 10,560,963 Votes. That’s a lot of votes to count! Down to 2 Mayoral candidates: Ruling Party #AKP candidate Yıldırım vs Main Opposition Party #CHP Candidate İmamoğlu. Polls will close at 5:00 pm here (in ~6 hours).
Over 1/3 of #Turkey’s population lives in #Istanbul. A good chunk of national GDP & many many billion dollars District budget for the elected #Mayor. #AKP lost in mayoral elections of biggest cities: #Ankara, #Izmir & #Antalya, with #Istanbul as the “hottest tamale” TBD today.
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Less than 48 hrs to #IstanbulElection: Tension High.Last Minute Rash #AKP #PKK Move. No major changes in #Turkey #Currency in the last 2-week period. The “Real” Deals & Moves On #Russia #S400 after the elections (around end of June- Early July.Reporting from Turkey @sibeledmonds
Kurdish militant leader tells Kurds to stay neutral in #Istanbul #election… via @Yahoo
Via @ragipsoylu on #AKP efforts to galvanise Kurds in #Istanbul #election:

• Permitting Ocalan 2 meet his lawyers
• Candidate’s visit 2 Diyarbakir
• Describing parts of #Turkey as Kurdistan
• Leaking Ocalan note that calls neutrality in election
• Barzani invited 4 a visit
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Watching the so-called “Historic” #Istanbul Mayoral Candidates’ debates: The most boring live Pol debate I have ever watched. Partly due to not much experience in #Turkey media on this. The host sucks; terribly sucks with the most boring/flat questions... BORING!
I believe there is a YouTube version with English subtitles as well. Anyhow. Not worth it. Two candidates reading from the list of things they will do as a mayor- spending $X billion on training, $Y billion on daycare... and no one knows where all the money will come from ...
It is like two toddlers’ Christmas wish lists for Santa😂😂😂Zero controversial tough question from the host. Zero challenge. Just plain ridiculous & boring.
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New documents reveal #Turkey' founder Ataturk buys chemical warfare from Nazi Germany (1937) to use against Kurdish Alevi civilians of #Dersim.

Turkish dictator Ataturk killed ten thousands of civilians in Dersim, Kurdistan in 1937-38

#twitterkurds #Kurdistan #Turkey #Istanbul
Poisonous gas bought from Nazi Germany were: Sulfur mustard (iperit), Phenacyl chloride (chloroacetophenone).

Documents show, Ataturk orders poisonous gas to be transported to Elaziz (Elazig) to be used against civilians in Dersim, Kurdistan.

#twitterkurds #Turkey
Ataturk proved to Hitler that killing civilians with poisonous gas is "not a crime" in 1937 and then Hitler walked in his path and did exactly the same to Jewish people in Germany.

Kemal Ataturk gassed Alevi Kurds in caves of Dersim, Hitler gassed jews in chambers of Auschwitz..
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#Breaking: Just in - Election authorities in #Turkey have ordered a new mayoral election in the city of #Istanbul, says they will have to vote again after the party #AKP of Turkish president #Erdogan lost the mayoral election in that city.
#Breaking: The people in #Istanbul are protesting the decision of the supreme court nullifying the mayoral election in the city. Banging pots turning on and off the light switches. #Turkey
#Update: Just in - The people in #Istanbul are now also gathering on the streets, after eating at night in fasting and their energy level back up at 100%.
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I guess this is the era of loony leaders engaged in loony actions, while applauded by the Loony majority in a Loony World!!!- - - “US designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization!”… #
We had the same “Loony-Conditions” before WWII. Hitter was “Elected”. So here’s A-Million-$ Question: When We Have Collective “Loony-Ness”, aka Loony Majority,Those Of Us in the Minority Are Called What? Loony or Sane?After all sanity (Normalness) Criteria Set By Majority, No?
I guess feeling a bit philosophical today. Got me thinking of the “Poisoned Well” Story. From there I came across Re-Elections 4 #Istanbul Until “Someone” gets the results he is after. Then, #Trump bending over 4 #Israel, again, designating another “Terrorist” org Based On zilch
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Seçim sonucu Analizi:

Erdoğan 25 yıldır hizmet verdiği #İstanbul'u kaybetti.

Melih Gökçek'in 25 yıldır hizmet verdiği #Ankara Kaybedildi.

Çeyrek asırdır aralıksız seçilen ve binlerce büyük projelere imza atan bir parti neden kaybetti?

Bazı Nedenleri sıralayalım...
* Ak Partinin Kadın politikalarındaki rezaleti.

Kadın için çıkarılan yasalar Batı yaşam tarzı baz alınarak yapıldı. "Kadının beyanı esastır" diyen aile bakanı zina edenlerin yanında yer aldı.

Ak Partinin kadın politikası aileyi dağıttı, Ak parti ise aile üzerine kurulmuştu.
*Damadın Hazineye atanması

Başkanlık seçimlerinden sonraki en büyük hayal kırıklığı Damadın hazinenin başına atanmasıydı.Bu atama ne etik nede ahlakiydi

Bırakın karşı mahalleyi Erdoğanı yıllarca iktidara taşıyan kendi kesimi bile bu atamayı hazmedemedi. Alınmalıydı ama alınmadı
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#Breaking: Just in - Turkish president Erdogan's party the #AKP has lost in #Istanbul! And The party leader of #CHP, Kemal #Kılıçdaroğlu has declared his victory. #TurkeyVotes

The CHP party has won in major key cities in Turkey.

#Update: To give a perspective the #AKP party has won every mayoral election in over 45 years in #Istanbul in #Turkey... This is a huge blow to Turkish president Erdogan's party.
#Update: Ekrem İmamoğlu the new Mayor of the party #CHP in #Istanbul, is considered to be an major victory according to LGBT groups and feminists in #Turkey for equality and freedoms. #TurkeyVotes
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Preliminary observations on #TurkeyElections:
1) The opposition (#Nation bloc) making major gains, including the capital Ankara & Antalya.
2) HDP proved to be kingmakers - swayed votes to the #Nation bloc.
3) AKP losing significant votes & mayors to its #Peoples bloc partner MHP.
Preliminary prediction on #TurkeyElections: AKP cadres have seen that #Erdoğan's strategy of framing the elections around the theme "existential threat" has backfired, and will start complaining of losing votes, municipalities, & spoils to their ultranationalist partner #MHP.
Of #Turkey's 12 largest cities, the opposition is winning at least 7: #Ankara, #İzmir, #Adana, #Antalya, #Mersin, #Eskişehir, & #Diyarbakır. The largest city #Istanbul is a toss-up! #Bursa, too, is too close to call. AKP is losing Turkey's economic power houses. #TurkeyElections
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🇹🇷 Elections locales en #Turquie dans un climat économique très dégradé par rapport aux présidentielles et aux législatives de juin 2018.…
🇹🇷 Dans ce contexte, l'opposition espère faire basculer plusieurs villes majeures :

➡️#Ankara, où @mansuryavas06 du #CHP (centre-gauche laïque) semble bien placé pour l'emporter
➡️#Istanbul, où @ekrem_imamoglu (CHP) est au coude-à-coude dans les sondages avec @BA_Yildirim (AKP)
🇹🇷 La troisième ville du pays, #Izmir, est un bastion du CHP et devrait le rester, mais l'opposition CHP+İYİ (nationaliste laïque) espère aussi gagner les grandes métropoles d'#Adana, #Bursa ou #Antalya et de nombreuses villes moyennes.
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Aujourd'hui, jour d'élection municipale importante en #Turquie.

Vu la propagande négative dans les médias envers ce pays, voici un thread sur cet élection, ses enjeux et les éventuels conséquences de ses résultats.
1- Cet élection municipale est la première après la réforme de la constitution et le passage vers le régime présidentielle et vient après les élections présidentielles en juin 2018 qui a vu la victoire de #Erdogan avec 52% des voix
2- Pour ces élections:

- 57 millions d'électeurs appelés aux urnes
- 194 000 bureau de vote
- des bureaux de vote en prison
- des bureaux mobiles pour malades, vieux
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Living through first local elections in #Turkey After 32 years!!! The dynamics & methods are so different than US- In some ways cute & funny. Every 15 min Painted vans blasting music for each different party passing by my house!!! My dog’s been going nuts for the past 14 days!!!
The District Head showed up at my door this morning (at 8!)- gave me all the documentations and location for info for the voting boots. I am so Not used to this. Very interesting. Very different!!!
When compared with USA the cost of running for office is sooooo much lower. TV spots not in the equation. Volunteers, a few painted-postered vans making rounds, and yes: music, music, music.
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At least 1,337 journalists have been killed while covering the news since 1992. Their names form The #LastColumn logo. Each time a journalist is killed, their name will be added to the logo. #pressfreedom
In this thread, we share the final work of 24 journalists who were killed in line of duty since 1992. #LastColumn @CPJLastColumn
Marie Colvin’s #LastColumn was published on February 19, 2012. Three days later, she was killed alongside French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik when Syrian forces struck their makeshift press center in Homs, Syria.
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#Breaking: Clashes today between Syrian refugees and Turkish people in Esenyurt, Istanbul #Turkey, leaves at least 12 people wounded.
#Update: I am hearing from multiple sources that this was a clash between Syrian Refugees who have settled in #Istanbul and were shops owners, and the Turkish Muslim brotherhood were smashing up their shop windows. #Turkey even Turkish riot police needed to come between them.
#Update: Out of multiple local sources on the ground they say that Turkish men from the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood were harassing a young #Syrian girl. Then a few Syrians responded back to defend the girl when then the Turkish men smashed the windows of the shops and looted it.
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Just sat down to read @amnesty's new report on human rights in #Turkey. Some highlights: 57,000 detainees are currently in prison without indictment/pending trial (over 20% of the prison population) [1/5]…
At least 529 academics (including some of #Turkey's brightest minds) are charged with terrorism propaganda for signing a declaration for peace in Kurdish-majority areas. President of Turkish human rights foundation, former chair of Turkish medical association, are in prison [2/5]
Of 129,411 public sector workers dismissed since 2016 failed coup (which killed 250 people) at least 121,928 couldn't overturn their dismissal (despite government lauding a commission to correct unfair dismissals). Passports revoked, can't work in public sector, stigmatised [3/5]
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My First #Sashimi since I left #USA 4.5 Months Ago. I love (Love x Love) #Turkish food BUT I also love #Japanese #Thai #Mexican #Vietnamese Cuisines. 4.5 Months is a LONG Time to Go Without Any Other World Food! Another Reason to Visit Big City #Istanbul Once-In-A-While;-)#Turkey
Not bad- nothing really special, but for the craving will do. Using Farm-Raised salmon was the main bummer (Tasteless!!). Seaweed salad a bit too sweet- not vinegary enough. Any how ... I guess this is the best I can get in #Istanbul as far as #Japanese food goes;-)
Soooo to make the long story short, had this been a mind-blowing-Ly good eat experience, then, I would have shared with you the name of the establishment. But in this case: I won’t;-)
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I'm starting a new thread on the naẓar amulet for protection against the Evil Eye. Now, the Evil Eye and the symbolism surrounding it is a widely acknowledged and historically relevant phenomenon across many cultures, so I'm just going to focus on the blue-eyed glass talismans.
Our journey starts in ancient #Mesopotamia, where 100s of votive figures were found in the excavation of the temple of Tell Brak. The most exclusive feature of these idols were their eyes. These amulets go back to 3300 BC and are the oldest eye amulets discovered.
The Evil Eye is a common term to refer to a specific curse being cast, intentional or unintentional, by the jealous looks of others towards the success of the one they envy. The ocular amulet is than in fact the charm meant to ward off the true Evil Eye.
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I’m an avid history geek 🤓 and I got this idea from @GippersChutzpah!
My follower count is currently stuck in the mid ages. I’ll tweet some Jewish history milestones from along the years, according to my follower count. So come on, I’m 4 followers short of the first story...
On 13/12/1204, Moshe Ben Maimon AKA #Maimonides (Greek) and Ha’Rambam (Hebrew), died at 69 in Egypt.
A Philosopher, Physician, Astronomer and one of most important #Jewish Scholars of all times.
Buried in Tiberias @Israel, upon final request to be buried in the ancient homeland
WOW! 3 followers away from yet another milestone of #JewishHistory!
So far we learned about some pogroms 😠(1171 France, 1190 England) and Maïmōnídēs dying 😢(1204 Egypt).
JewishHistory is filled with sorrow and darkness but it gets better in the 2nd half of the 20th century 😉
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1. I know with #Khashoggi murder Trump-Saudis deals are likely to garner more interest especially the fact that KSA uses Trump Hotel in DC. But the real story that @washingtonpost and @nytimes likely ignore for their own financial interest is Trump Tower in #Istanbul.
2. I am relatively certain @Trump family is receiving funds from Al-#Qaeda and possibly #ISIS affiliates there. #Turkey's allied to these groups. 2001 AUMF declared a state of war currently exists against them. Pundits wrongly say @RealDonaldTrump can't be charged with treason
3. for Russia. But there's zero argument that he can't be charged with conspiring with Al-Qaeda. @WhiteHouse, @WHNSC staff & @SenateGOP @HouseGOP who knew & didn't report to @FBIWFO can be charged too. In 2021 Dem AG should seek life without parole for treason in Florence.
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There exists some debate among Islamic scholars and historians about the engraved signet ring of the #prophet Muḥammad. The most common reading of the engraving is "Allāh Rasūl Muḥammad", while others argue that "Muḥammad Rasūl Allāh" is historically correct.
The oldest sources do indicate that the opposite of popular belief could be correct. In a ḥadīth reported by #Muslim and al-Bukhārī the Prophet says: “I have acquired a ring of silver and engraved on it Muḥammad Rasūl Allāh, and no one should have an engraving like this.”
In another ḥadīth reported by al-Bukhārī, Anas ibn Mālik says: "The engraved signet ring of the Prophet is three lines: Muḥammad on one line, Rasūl on one line and Allāh on one line."
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At the start of this story I wrote that I was SURE #Khashoggi had been told “by someone he trusted״ that it was safe to go to the Istanbul consulate. That he was observant & no fool.
Khalid told Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so."
this is Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US - who then said "the reports that suggest that Jamal Khashoggi went missing in the Consulate in Istanbul or that the Kingdom’s authorities have detained him or killed him are absolutely false"
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