WHEN TWITTER DIPLOMACY FAILS
(…) A few days ago, we engaged in a rather harsh Twitter exchange with Petrit Selimi, Kosovo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and (until this week) a regular Balkanist reader.
(…) For the first time in history, a “blog” is accused of silencing political power. Why aren’t there any international organizations out there to help politicians who’ve been criticized by blogs? Where is the justice? We reject the “yellow press” accusation Selimi and a few of his followers (as well as supporters of Erdogan, whose police gassed us in Istanbul this summer while we were sitting at a restaurant) lodged at us. We actually think we did the job many people in the government did not do.
TWEETING THE KOSOVO ELECTIONS
(…) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his host Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci were able to fan the flames of nationalist discontent, and right before a sensitive election. And Thaci’s plan to maintain his grip on power using Erdogan seems to have worked.
(…) Turkish police under the PM’s command spent the summer spraying anti-government protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets. Five people were killed and another 8,000 were injured. Yet with Kosovo’s elections over, it seemed that nobody in the region would have to worry about the reptilian autocrat from Ankara and his Ottoman fantasies anymore.
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