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Pressure Builds On Erdogan Following Turkey's Tragic Earthquake

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As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its second year, Washington is under pressure on another front as well - China, more so after the shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon last week, which U.S. officials believe to be part of a wider Chinese surveillance program. Three other UFOs shot down may or may not have been connected to this.

Attempting to change the narrative of his leadership following the devastating earthquake that has so far killed more than 35,000 people in Turkey (and nearly 6,000 in Syria), Erdogan has started mass arresting building contractors for violating codes. This attempt to shift the blame from a leader whose rise to power was helped by a tragic earthquake in the 90s appears to be falling on deaf public ears. Video evidence is now emerging of Erdogan using the same new buildings that crumbled in the quake to boost his 2019 election campaign, listing the new buildings at the epicenter of the earthquake as one of his top achievements as a leader. He even boasts about the “zoning amnesties” he gave out to contractors that allowed them to get housing built quicker by bypassing earthquake safety codes. In the meantime, Turkish authorities are arresting scores of journalists and social media users for spreading “disinformation” about the earthquake. On Wednesday alone, reports are that 78 people had been arrested for “sharing provocative posts” on social media. This is made…

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