Easter from Iraq - great thread ( 1- 15 at time of posting ) from Rukmini ! Timely for Easter but relevant message for all.
#TheBeatles painting Easter eggs with orphans from the Church of England during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night", London, 25 March 1964
( Much more on Turkey Referendum , including poling inside an outside Turkey , at Twitter Timeline.)
#CHP leader Kiliçdaroglu accuses the Supreme Election Council of not respecting the rule of law by changing rules and regulation on Sunday.
#CHP leader Kiliçdaroglu: at least 50% of the population said no the constitutional changes,therefore it cannot become a social contract.
#Erdogan pledges to immediately begin discussions on the issue of the death penalty, putting it to a referendum if necessary.
President #Erdogan:we are expecting states that are our allies to respect the national will in order to fight terrorism.
President #Erdogan : Turkish citizens abroad have suffered a lot, and we know that, but they did not withdraw from democracy
#Turkey's president: the constitution used to be changed by parliament or through coup, this is first time it comes directly from the people
President #Erdogan:This is very important,...it supports unity, fraternity and harmony among the citizens of the country. I thank them.
Turkey: Main opposition party CHP (S&D) claims that 'No' won and published results are rigged.
CHP to contest 37% of ballot boxes....
CHP: Elex Council accepted 1.5 million votes w/out seals. We are going to challenge ~ 2.5 million vote @WasHatti
#TurkeyReferendum: MHP leader Bahçeli hails referendum result as a 'very important success' http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/live-yes-votes-513-pct-no-votes-487-pct-in-turkeys-referendum-on-executive-presidency.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112061&NewsCatID=338 …
#CHP opposes 60 % of the referendum results bcs of unofficial (unstamped) envelops. They say 1 Mill votes irregular http://www.sozcu.com.tr/2017/gundem/son-dakika-chp-sandiklarin-buyuk-kismina-itiraz-etti-1798314/ …
#BREAKING Turkey's two main opposition parties say to challenge referendum result
#TURKEY | ERDOGAN CONGRATULATES PM, MHP HEAD, BBP HEAD FOR VICTORY: AA
Supreme Election Board says 76% of ballots opened, Yes vote is 50,36%.
Opposition parties CHP and HDP report widespeard irregularities, claim the counting is not over.
NO votes lead in Turkey's 3 big cities: ISTANBUL 51.6 % ANKARA 50.6 % İZMİR 68.5 % TURKEYWIDE 51.6 % YES, 48.4 % NO #turkeyreferandum
CHP system showing much closer results....and note that is with 84.96 % of the vote.
Results from majority of opposition cities w/big populations are not being disclosed. This is getting really disturbing.
Aye or Nay for the presidential system? For up-to-date results, follow Turkey's key referendum with Daily Sabah http://sabahdai.ly/referendum2017
LIVE — President Erdoğan: We have faith in the common sense of the Turkish people, results will hopefully show this #TurkeyVotes
Turks and Kurds in #Turkey go to the polls to vote for the constitutional amendments
Turkey to vote in watershed referendum on presidency http://ow.ly/CMYi30aSBbt
Turkey's Erdogan says 'YES" vote will bring stability to Turkey.
"A 'No' vote will give hope to people of Turkey." Turkish voters tell us what they expect from the referendum: http://aje.io/3su5
#HDP's co-chair Figen Yuksekdag is in prison, and does not have right to vote
Very high levels of tension and suspicion being reported across the board, even for a Turkish election.
Two people killed in fight that broke out at a polling station in a village in Çermik district of Diyarbakır/Amed.
Good morning from Berlin where all eyes are on Turkey as Turks vote in historic referendum. Erdogan wants to give Germany a lesson (ChartSF)
As Turkey votes in a landmark referendum on a new constitution, here is a rundown on what would change http://u.afp.com/4AJq
Trump closest military advisors tell UK on DPRK: pre-emptive strike is on the table
South Korea condemns failed test , warns of punitive action if there are further provocations - nuclear test or a long-range missile launch.
Notes on the failed missile launch.....
So how does Kim Jong -Un react with a failed missile launch that also is a huge loss of face ?
Great photo by @JeremyKohCNA of North Korean soldiers in night-vision goggles during Saturday's parade
Mattis:“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. [He] has no further comment”
Here are some North Koreans for you. Important to remember that the people are not the same as the regime.
Candidates % measured by voters declared - Macron : 23% ; Le Pen : 22% ; Fillon : 20% Melénchon : 20%.
Jean-Luc Melenchon drew tens of thousands to a rally on Sunday , underlining his status as a contender in the French Presidential Election.
Here's what you need to know about France's upcoming elections: http://aje.io/kn9l
The puzzle of Macron.....
Here's what's happening in the French election campaigns http://dlvr.it/NvMhjS
Europhile German president begs France NOT to vote for Marine Le Pen in French election http://ln.is/www.express.co.uk/ne/Yvd1H …
EU may summon Le Pen for “investigation” right before the election
French elections: from a teacher to a shepherd, underdogs struggle for the voter's ear http://dlvr.it/Nv1SMm
Hard knock life.......
'The sustained budget surpluses envisioned by Eurogroup for Greece are simply unprecedented' ... - http://politicsonline.gr/the-sustained-budget-surpluses-envisioned-by-eurogroup-for-greece-are-simply-unprecedented-httpsftalphaville-ft-com201704132187231the-eurogroup-is-asking-greece-to-do-something-unpreceden/ …
If EU plans early retreats from the UK in medicines and banking regulation, would they please do the same in defence.
British public opinion remains opposed to UK military action in Syria, by 42% to 25% (ComRes/Independent/S Mirror)
Corbyn tells the Indy he is convinced polls will turn around due to popularity of party policy:
Odds & Ends.....
( Original post at 4:08 Am - not much fresh US Politics at that time...)
Watch how many times McMaster stresses "Chinese leadership" in this interview. Trump strongly believes China needs to influence its neighbor
Misrata Municipal Council plans legal action against opponents -
Tripoli faces renewed power cuts as Wafa gas line blocked yet again - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/15/tripoli-faces-renewed-power-cuts-as-wafa-gas-line-blocked-yet-again/ …
Tobruk call for Tunisian boycott after Tunis customs seize containers - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/15/tobruk-call-for-tunisian-boycott-after-tunis-customs-seize-containers/ …
( For more information on VBIED explosion near of stopped convoy of Kafraya and Foa in Rashdin neighborhood in Aleppo , go to Saturday's blog post.)
Any mention of Shia victimization is taboo; it is unprogressive, Islamophobic, and it is "disempowering" to Sunnis.
Toll of death by suicide attack against Fua-Kafraya civ at rashtedeen crossing n rebels controlled area r: 95 children 15 women 17 elderly
Decision was made 2completely evacuate Fua & Kfarya cities from ALL 3000 men & militants in a 2d phase. No 1 expected2 remain in the cities.
Gas masks being distributed in E. Damascus on rumors of another chemical weapons attack (via @SARReport )
7- Reports now that at least 100 people died in the attack on evacuees from Shiite villages in North Syria. What a tragedy. @akhbar
BREAKING: VBIED explosion near of stopped convoy of Kafraya and Foa in Rashdin neighbourhood in #Aleppo. #A24
A witness of today's massacre ( 155 murdered ) gives account of event. English subtitle. Fwiw.