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Turks Tank Twitter?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan temporarily banned Twitter last week, followed by a brief ban on YouTube! OMG how did the peeps of Turkey survive for a day without it? lol The more important question is: why did that happen? Watch this 20 minutes on Turkey to get the background of protests that have occurred across the country for months, allegations of corruption again the government, and even the recent elections of March 30….all of which relate to what this story is really all about. Is Erdogan devolving into a dictator? Is Turkey turning into a theocracy? Doubtful, as the Professor pontificates about in this podcast.

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Keywords: Turkey, Prime Minister, AK Party, AKP, protests, corruption, Twitter, YouTube, banned, Hizmet, Gulen, election, politics, Republicans, urban, rural, conservative, liberal, secular, democracy, theocracy

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Venezuelan Violence; Socialism Showdown?

So why is Venezuela suddenly on fire with protest? A simple question, with no simple answer actually. A month of violent protest and crackdowns has gripped the country, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez. Related events? Everything always is. In short, we have a society in a ideological showdown with itself; a battle over socialism that might possibly be heading for its endgame. In this special long form podcast, the Professor tries to explain how policies and politics of the last decade and a half have now turned the great state of Venezuela into a ticking time bomb…with no clear picture of what will be left after the explosion.

Keywords: Venezuela, Maduro, socialism, Caracas, protests, violence, San Cristobal, Colombia, Panama, USA

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Ukraine Update: Crimea lost; Nazis Abound

Upon request, a Spring Break special update on the state of Ukraine. Or should we now say the former state of the Ukraine, as the Professor will explain how the Crimean Peninsula has now been lost, and will become part of Mother Russia once more. Also covered: concept of Sudetenland, why everyone is yelling “Nazis!”, how much Russians hate the US, and how the modern definition of sovereignty has now been officially smashed.

Keywords: Ukraine, Crimea, Crimean Peninsula, Russia, Sudetenland, Nazi, Germany, sovereignty, EU, US, NATO

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Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 3: Crimean Conundrum

In this third and final installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 days of mayhem in eastern and southern Ukraine…which have now crystalized on the Crimean Peninsula, a place that has raised the Russian flag! What the hell is that all about, and where will this Crimean crisis lead Ukraine, and the West, and of course the major player in all this, Mother Russia? WIll they intervene of invade? I give it 50/50 Vegas odds right now, which means its dead even. With the emphasis on dead.

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Keywords: Crimea, Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Russia, Europe, EU, European Union, Tartar

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Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 2: The Blow-up

In this second installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 months of misery and malcontents that led up to the last 2 weeks of outright outage and a Presidential purge. Now ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s fall from the halls of power have deep roots indeed, and even deeper repercussions for a now very uncertain Ukrainian future….

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Keywords: Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, Yulia Tymoshenko, Vladimir Putin, Soviet Union, Russia, Europe, EU, European Union, Poland, Germany

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