Social media and mosques deserve credit for repelling the Turkish coup: Daily Bullshit, September 14-15, 2016

Turkey

It appears that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not deserve the credit he was given for inspiring a resistance to the coup, although “mosque networks, which are overseen by the Directorate of Religious Affairs, a government agency, coordinated a nationwide resistance through salah,” and deserve partial credit. But Twitter users recognized a coup attempt-in-progress amid considerable confusion, sounded an initial alarm, and “protestors organized and mobilized through digital networks, including Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, and SMS.”[1]

[O]ur comprehensive analysis of the data detected high levels of organic mobilization against the coup—first online, then through mosque networks, and finally on the ground—as early as 9:47 PM EEST (Eastern European Summer Time), long before Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made their appeals on live television at 11:05 PM EEST and 12:25 AM EEST, respectively. . . . opposition against the coup would have advanced regardless of high-level political speeches: it was a natural political reflex of the people.[2]

H. Akin Unver and Hassan Alassaad, “How Turks Mobilized Against the Coup,” Foreign Affairs, September 14, 2016, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2016-09-14/how-turks-mobilized-against-coup


For-profit colleges

In truth, for-profits were a fiasco long before the financial crisis, but it appears that politicians saw them as a way to claim they were doing something about job training following the crisis.[3] This was part of the scam, of course, as these same politicians were also hastening to continue and accelerate the defunding of public education.

Michael Stratford and Kimberly Hefling, “For-profit colleges spell trouble for politicians who backed them,” Politico, September 14, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/for-profit-colleges-228128


  1. [1]H. Akin Unver and Hassan Alassaad, “How Turks Mobilized Against the Coup,” Foreign Affairs, September 14, 2016, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2016-09-14/how-turks-mobilized-against-coup
  2. [2]H. Akin Unver and Hassan Alassaad, “How Turks Mobilized Against the Coup,” Foreign Affairs, September 14, 2016, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2016-09-14/how-turks-mobilized-against-coup
  3. [3]Michael Stratford and Kimberly Hefling, “For-profit colleges spell trouble for politicians who backed them,” Politico, September 14, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/for-profit-colleges-228128

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