Archive | July, 2016

Anushka Sharma calls Bollywood a fickle place

Posted on 27 July 2016 by admin

While she has established herself as an actress and even tasted success with her foray into production with ‘NH10′, Anushka Sharma initially ‘vehemently refused’ to enter Bollywood.

The actress attributes those days to a protected life for someone coming from an army background. Conceding that her exposure to movies was limited, she has been quoted saying, “When you’re not a part of an industry, your knowledge of that field is based on what you read and hear, and on the stereotypes that are attached to it.”

However, her perception changed when she went to audition for Aditya Chopra’s ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. After the ‘advertising’ like atmosphere at the studio comforted her, the filmmaker put her at ease.

Though the film became a hit, she wasn’t branded ‘the next big thing’. Recalling that there was nothing more than her work being appreciated then, the ‘Sultan’ actress told a daily, “I’ve gone through the phase where I’ve seen how fickle this place is. After ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’, I’ve seen people change. I’m glad my first film didn’t do that much for me, otherwise I wouldn’t have had this experience.”

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Diya Mirza says talent is not valued in Bollywood

Posted on 27 July 2016 by admin

Dia Mirza, who made her cinematic debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein in 2001, feels that talent is not valued in the Indian film industry.

“There is no value of talent in Bollywood. One gets a job due to profiling. To hit or being flop of films is the base of your report card. And, when it’s the base for the industry, then it’s quite impossible to reach the goal,” she said recently on a chat Show.

The 34-year-old actor, while speaking about her upcoming Indo-Iranian movie Salaam Mumbai, told ETV that, “This is for the first time that India and Iran are jointly making a film.”

She even gushed about the love and appreciation she received from the people of Iran during the shooting of her film.

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Kareena Kapoor UPSET with Deepika find out why!

Posted on 27 July 2016 by admin

Deepika Padukone’s recent statement saying, “I am not getting married and I am not pregnant,” may have been innocent. But the Begum of Bollywood who is currently pregnant for some reason thinks it is a dig at her. Blame her pregnancy hormones or just being extra sensitive but Kareena Kapoor Khan has taken this comment very personally. Says an insider, “While it makes sense for Dips to deny her engagement and marriage rumours, which have been doing the rounds, Bebo can’t understand why she denied being pregnant, because no one said she was! KKK is also annoyed at the unsaid implication that actresses who are in the family way are no longer serious about the career or scare producers away. Kareena is gearing up to begin shooting for her next film and with big belly and all, she will rock it.” We have no doubt she will.

Not to forget, an angry Kareena had recently even lashed out at the news mongers for discussing her pregnancy like a ‘national casualty.’ She had said, “I’m pregnant, not a corpse. And what maternity break? It’s the most normal thing on earth to produce a child. It is high time the media back off, and stop treating me any different than I ever was. Anybody who is bothered shouldn’t work with me… but my work goes on as is, like always. Stop making it a national casualty.

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The murder of Qandeel Baloch lifts the lid on misogyny in Pakistan

Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin


Qandeel Baloch, a 26-year-old former model and social media star became a household name in Pakistan for her bold, unapologetic videos celebrating her sexuality and, in turn, exposing the deeply ingrained misogyny and hypocrisy cutting across Pakistan’s social and class divide.

She pouted, she purred, she provoked – oozing confidence rarely seen in most Pakistani women her age or any age – and uploaded videos on social media platforms for her hundreds and thousands of followers, the majority of whom were young Pakistani men.

They watched her videos behind closed doors with glee, and then hissed and cursed her publicly for her so-called “un-Islamic and filthy ways.” In a country with reportedly one of the highest Google searches for pornography in the world, Ms. Baloch became the target for the self-proclaimed male and female moral and religious police.

As one Pakistani man told me: “She was like the forbidden fruit, tempting, eye candy that you knew was forbidden.”

In one of her most rebellious and a political acts, Ms. Baloch posed for selfies with an Islamic cleric. Perched next to the excitable figure while balancing his hat on her head and with a twinkle in her eye, she shook the clerics hand and talked to the camera explaining she had borrowed his hat because she did not have a headscarf to cover her head.

In that one moment alone she took on Pakistan’s religious lobby head-on by exposing hypocritical attitudes toward women.The video went viral and the backlash spread like wildfire, social media users in Pakistan called for Baloch to be taught a lesson or urged Baloch should change her behaviour.

This weekend, Ms. Baloch was drugged and strangled to death in the name of “honour.” Her brother Waseem, 25, now in police custody after going on the run, confessed to killing his sister because, he said, “Girls are born to stay at home” and bring honour to the family. He went on to say he had no regrets over killing his sister and for him the video with the Islamic cleric was the final straw.

According to her brother, he killed her in the family home in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, as their parents slept upstairs, proving once again that in Pakistan, like other parts of the world, a woman is not even safe in her own home.

This is the same home from where Ms. Baloch says she was forced into an abusive marriage with an older man at the age of 17 and, in her own words, endured years of “torture” from her ex-husband. She gave birth to a son and then a few years later escaped to build her own life.

Ms. Baloch is the latest woman to be murdered by a family member in so-called “honour killings” in Pakistan. Since May, there has been an increase in reported honour killings across Pakistan; women beaten and burnt to death. In one recent case a young woman’s brother slashed her throat and watched her bleed to death. Her crime? She was accused of talking to a man on the phone.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reports more than 1,000 women were killed for “honour” in Pakistan in 2015. The prosecution for such crimes remains woefully low, with family members often forgiving the killers, who are also family members, so they walk free.

There has been a huge reaction to Ms. Baloch’s murder in Pakistan and amongst the Pakistani diaspora around the world. Her death has opened a Pandora’s box of misogyny even amongst Pakistani women and many other Muslim women, who are leading the hate charge by labelling Ms. Baloch online and on social media as a “prostitute,” “a filthy, dirty woman,” a “fornicator” and a non-Muslim.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan continues to betray women like Qandeel Baloch, as do these so-called sisters drowning in hypocrisy and hate.

Shaista Aziz is a British freelance journalist who writes about race, gender and Islam.

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Road safety is a necessary priority

Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin

Crossing the street while staring into your phone and hunting for Pikachu, Squirtle or Magikarp won’t get you in trouble with the law, despite Toronto city council’s efforts to have you busted.

That doesn’t mean it’s smart to play Pokémon Go or any mobile game, or to text while walking in traffic, even though such distracted strolling remains legal.

Toronto streets are likely to be less hazardous in coming years, thanks to a remarkable road safety plan approved by city councillors on Thursday. But not so safe as to warrant outright carelessness on the part of device-obsessed pedestrians.

While debating this worthwhile safety plan, city councillors indulged themselves in an embarrassing overreach. They asked Queen’s Park to change the Highway Traffic Act to specifically prohibit using “a hand-held wireless communication device or hand-held electronic entertainment device” while in a roadway.

Texting behind the wheel and texting while walking through an intersection are “the same,” according to Councillor Frances Nunziata, author of the controversial motion. She overlooked the rather obvious fact that a driver operates a machine capable of killing and maiming while the pedestrian is operating, well, a pair of feet.

The province was quick to reject council’s proposed ban, with Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announcing on Friday that the government had no intention of changing existing legislation to accommodate Toronto’s worry about texting while walking. He noted that the city has the power to enact a ban on its own if it really wants to go that way.

Council would be ill-advised to do so.

City hall should back away from this overly intrusive initiative, just as it retreated on the contentious issue of banning road hockey and basketball nets on local streets. This prohibition was yet another well-intentioned safety measure that simply went too far.

Bowing to calls to “let the kids play,” councillors voted on Friday to lift the ban on romping in the street. Instead, it will be permitted during daylight hours, on roads with a speed limit of 40 km/h or less. It’s the right thing to do. Kids today could certainly benefit from more opportunity to exercise.

Parents still concerned about children playing street hockey might find some comfort in the road safety strategy, also approved this past week. It sets an ambitious goal — outright elimination of traffic fatalities — and has a budget of more than $80 million over five years to get the job done.

The plan sets out a variety of measures to boost safety, including better street lighting, longer pedestrian crossing times at intersections, more midblock pedestrian crossings, expanded use of audible crossing signals, lower speed limits on key streets, stricter enforcement of traffic rules, and higher fines for speeding in school zones.

That kind of intervention is needed with Toronto suffering 65 traffic-related deaths last year — a 10-year high.

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Last-Ditch Rebellion Against Donald Trump Fails

Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin

Chaos erupted on the floor of the Republican National Convention Monday as fervent opponents of Donald Trump fought and lost an ugly, public rebellion to derail him.

New Hampshire delegate Gordon Humphrey, who has been working with the Delegates Unbound and Free the Delegates groups, tried to force party leaders on Monday to approve their rules for the convention on a roll-call vote, rather than a voice vote as is normally done.

The idea was that with a public roll call, a majority of delegates might defect.

“Donald Trump is so ignorant of anything that he hasn’t a clue what is going on here in general or in detail,” said Humphrey, a former senator who backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the primary season.

The bid for a roll-call vote failed, but caused an ugly moment in Trump’s march to the nomination.

The unrest began when Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack took up the resolution to approve the rules and asked for a voice vote, as the anti-Trumpers lined up behind behind microphones waiting to demand a roll-call vote. Many delegates cried “Aye!” but were soon followed by a roar of “No!” from the crowd. Womack then declared “without objection” that it had passed ― even as delegates from Virginia, Utah and a handful of other states screamed in protest.

Virginia delegate Ken Cuccinelli led dozens of his state’s delegates in chanting “point of order” and then “roll-call vote,” as Trump supporters in other states chanted “USA” and “We want Trump.”

Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), who was about to officiate the moment, did not take to the podium while the pro- and anti-Trump factions delivered their competing chants.

One delegate from Tennessee wearing a Trump button said, “I wish it came down to a fistfight. That would be easier for me.”

 “I have never seen anything like this. There’s no precedent for this,” Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) told reporters on the floor. “The podium has been abandoned. No one is standing at the podium. I want a roll-call vote.”

Humphrey and his cohort nearly got the vote because they had managed to get majorities of nine state delegations to ask for one. The rules required seven states to ask.

The Trump campaign and RNC leaders, though, demonstrated the power of holding the gavel. While the stage was empty, RNC officials apparently convinced enough delegates to rescind their demands, leaving just six states seeking the vote.

About 20 minutes later Womack reappeared, redid the voice vote, again declared that it had passed, but this time offered the Utah delegation the opportunity to ask for the roll-call vote. He informed them, however, of the delegates who had changed their minds and had withdrawn their support for a roll-call vote ― dropping them below the threshold they needed. “Accordingly, the chair has found insufficient support for a recorded vote,” he said.

“That was the plan that was developed over the course of the day,” one top RNC official said on condition of anonymity.

Although C-SPAN reported that state delegates from Iowa and Colorado had staged walkouts in the wake of the voice vote, the state pens for Iowa and Colorado were never fully emptied in dramatic fashion.

However, a group of delegates did at least try to spark a mass walkout through the time-tested organizing tool of a group text.

Eric Minor, a delegate from Washington, which was rumored to be considering a walkout too, told reporters that all the Trump opponents wanted was a vote.

Humphrey had said the roll-call vote would have given him and like-minded Republicans one last chance to empower their fellow delegates to get rid of Trump.

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Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin

Sohail Gandhi

Just an old country doctor

Last week, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) announced that it had reached atentative agreement on a Physicians Services Agreement (PSA) with the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH). Physicians were shocked as the OMA hadn’t even informed them that they had resumed negotiations with the MOH.

There is rather a lot of very animated discussion about the agreement amongst physicians. Certainly the Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) group has spoken out publicly against the agreement. There’s been quite a bit of discourse amongst various OMA sections about how this came about as well.

Normally, of course, medical politics should be of little interest to the general public outside of the same kind of morbid curiosity that occurs when one is watching “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. However, I actually think the general public should pay more interest to this particular contract, because if it’s approved it’s going to significantly damage health care in the province for the next four years. It will hurt your ability to get a family physician if you don’t have one. It will increase wait times for diagnostic tests and specialists. It will decrease Ontario’s already low physician to patient ratio (currently seventh out of the 10 provinces).

While the agreement itself is supposed to be confidential until it’s ratified, it’s already been leaked to so many media sources that it’s essentially a public document. So let’s review it.

First, the agreement proposes a fixed Physicians Service Budget (PSB) in each of the four years of the contract. Currently the manner in which the system works is that physicians get paid for each service they provide a patient. So a fixed budget essentially means that there is going to be a limit on how many services patients get.

This is clearly a win for the bean counters and bureaucrats at the MOH who want a predictable budget. However, no one knows for sure what will happen if patients want more services than is budgeted for. It’s to be referred to a joint MOH/OMA committee of some sort. But then what?

Additionally, the OMA has agreed to what are referred to as “progressive discounts” on billings over $1 million. Obviously, this was done because of optics. It could be sold to the general public as cutting back on “fat cat” doctors. The fact that the reason the billings are so high is that patients needed the services (doctors can only bill if patients need to see them) is ignored.

The OMA also gave up the demand to have independent binding arbitration in the negotiation, violating a promise made by OMA President Virginia Walley on the day of her inauguration.

Most alarmingly, it appears that the OMA, while publicly agreeing to a Physicians Human Resource Committee, MAY have had some back door discussions about the possibility of DECREASING the number of medical students that graduate every year. This at a time when there are still about one million people without a family doctor!

So why would the OMA give up all of this? Isn’t the goal of a bargaining agent to get MORE for the people you represent? The answer is that the OMA obtained some guarantees to “co-manage” the health care system in return. The OMA hierarchy seemingly grasped at the opportunity to give itself more power.

But why is this bad for patients? Turns out, in the mid 1990s, the OMA struck a similar deal with then-Premier Bob Rae’s government. It allowed for a fixed Physicians Service Budget, progressive discounts (in that agreement it was 33 per cent) on physicians who billed above a certain level, enshrined the OMA as a “partner” in jointly finding savings in the health care budget and turned a blind eye to the medical school cutbacks of the early 1990s. Sounds familiar, no? So what happened?

Predictably, the government abandoned its responsibilities to find savings at the first sign of public outcry. (What’s that you say? Politicians actually flip-flop on promises they made in the interests of political expediency? Who knew?) Because the government never kept its end of the bargain, the PSB was always over the fixed budget. However, the government insisted physicians stick to their end, and slapped progressive claw backs on their billings to keep the fixed budget at the agreed-upon rate.

Angered by the betrayal, physicians left the province in droves, leading to, at one point, three million people without a family physician.

The so-called high billers did what any other human being would do. Say you normally get $30 for performing a service, up to the first 1,000 pateints. After 1,000 you only get $20 for the same job. You’re going to do the first 1,000, but are less likely to do more. The specialists who were over the limit wound up just taking more time off. Problem was, patients still kept getting sick -and now had to wait longer to be seen.

I can completely understand why the Ministry of Health would propose an agreement like this. The Liberals don’t care, they just want peace with the doctors before the 2018 election. The way the agreement is set up, the crisis from its bad decisions will likely hit in 2019 and 2020, by which time it’ll be the responsibility of the next government to fix.

However, I think it’s absolutely shameful that the Ontario Medical Association has ignored the evidence of what happens with this type of agreement. We’ve been there and done that, and these clauses never work. They sold out the patients of Ontario in the naïve hope that they will be given more power in the health care system. For the sake of my patients, I hope this agreement is not ratified by the membership of the OMA.

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Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin

The Hon. John McCallum, Minister for Immigration, refugees and citizenship had a meeting with all the MPs and stake holders of Brampton and discussed the most relevant issues with view to bring about essential changes as per the promise made by the liberal party of Canada during the election campaign last year.

The minister consulted the stakeholders regarding the number of new comers to be welcomed in 2017 and beyond and how best they can be supported to become successful members of the community. The minister also asked the participants about their views on priorities of stream for Canada’s immigration planning.

He emphasized the point that immigrants do help in bringing jobs, innovation and economic growth. They build many successful businesses and organizations. With aging population across Canada, immigration is a possible solution. He asked the views of participants about the role of immigrants in economic growth and innovation. What is the right balance between attracting global talent for high growth sectors on one hand and ensuring affordable labour for businesses that have historically seen lower growth, on the other hand? There was an active participation both from the members of parliament and the invited stakeholders.

Canada is a destination choice for students and workers from all over the world. There is need to integrate international students and temporary foreign workers who come here to study or work. After their successful innings, they should graduate to be the permanent residents ultimately becoming citizens thereby becoming integral part of the Canadian communities said – “MP Ramesh Sangha for Brampton Centre”.

The minister brought out that success of immigration system depends upon system we use to process the applications and service we provide in 21st century. There is a need for modernizing the system of processing in an efficient way. The minister sought the suggestions on this issue as well as assured the audience that the government working to address all these issues and by end of the year, will definitely come out with the programmes and technology that will meet the requirements of future in efficient ways.

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Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin

    Dr. Hasan Askari

 The terrorist incident in the French city of Nice on July 14 has, once again, demonstrated the international character of terrorism with local roots. Eighty people were killed by a lone person who drove his big-size truck into the crowd. As the Nice incident has come after the terrorist attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, it is being viewed as a part of the wave of terrorism across the territorial boundaries of the states.

 There is no evidence available as yet to suggest that all these attack were planned and directed jointly by one leadership. The international dimension in the Nice attack is the extremist ideology that justifies the use of all kinds of violence against those who do not share that ideology or are seen as enemies. Ideological inspiration provided a shared framework for all those involved in the terrorist attacks in all these countries. However, the people carrying out the attack have their local grievances. Almost all of them are alienated from the local system and have strong grievances against the political and economic system in which they live.

 Two issues have to be investigated about the July14 incident in France. Was this an act of an individual person alone or was it a collective act, involving a global network of terrorism. For terrorist activity one does not have to be linked with a global network. A single person alienated from one’s political and economic system can get inspired by an extreme ideology. A person can acquire that ideology through modern communication technology. While sitting in one’s home, a person can use internet and social media to learn and acquire an ideology and then that person can decide to do what one drive did in a French city.

 Alternatively, a terrorist organization based in one country establishes its network in another country. This branch or network mobilizes people to its ideology and links it with the followers of the ideology elsewhere. The central command of that terrorist organization uses its country network for resorting to violence in that country.

 Who are the people who get inspired by an extremist ideology or join a global network for engaging in terrorism? Invariably, these are relatively young or middle aged people who develop strong grievances against the government system of their country. They come to the conclusion that the political and economic system is unjust and exploitative that does not offer them any hope for the future. They view the political and economic arrangements as discriminatory towards them. This type of alienation makes the young people vulnerable to extremist appeals

 In France, a large number of Muslims from North Africa live. They are mainly from Tunis, Morocco and Algeria. There are also some Muslims from the Middle East and South Asia but they are lesser in number. These Muslims, especially those from North Africa have developed a lot of resentment against the French political system. The young and the middle aged people find them excluded from the social and economic processes in France. Most of them live the life of poverty and denials. Less people have high education or modern skills. All this reduces their job prospects. A good number of young people live a life of poverty and under-development.

 The other grievances pertain to their linguistic and cultural identity. Islam has become a mark of their identity and they want to practice it publicly. The growing Islamic religiousness has come in conflict with the traditional French cultural policy of integration of all into French culture based on French social traditions, European Free economy and either Christian social norms or complete secularism. This has caused conflict with a good number of Muslims who want to assert their Islamic-cultural identity. The French state has shown more impatience towards the Hijab of Muslim women than any other European country. The French law came hard on Muslim girls when they attempted to use Hijab and Islamic dress code in the state-sponsored schools.

 This caused much alienation among Muslim youths. Some of them, not all, became vulnerable to extremist interpretation of Islam that could easily be available on internet and social media. These modern means of communication also enabled them to create networking with those who already subscribe to such ideology. This gave rise to the young radicalized Muslim youth that wanted to change the conditions around him.

 A few of the alienated and radicalized youth actually resort to violence either as an individual act or as a part of network of ideological motivated people.

 The challenge that French and other European countries face is how to deal with the angry population especially because the violent incident give rise to extreme right wing anti-Muslim sentiments that undermine inter-communal relations. If the state security agencies start targeting all youth who are not while-European, it will increase resentment in the targeted population.

 The police and security agency need to work through the Muslim community leaders and their organizations, including the mosque organization, to create a dialogue on the grievances of the community, especially the young people.

 The Muslim community leaders should themselves pay more attention to the problems of the community and pursue a regular dialogue with the youth. They need to engage the community for constructive cooperation. There is also a need of creating inter-faith forums for improved interaction among the followers of different religions.

 If the challenge of extremism and terrorism is to be addressed, the state needs to adopt a more humane disposition towards those who feel excluded from political and societal processes. The community should also come forward to improve its internal dynamics and strengthen interaction with other communities as well as the state system. Countering terrorism and extremism has be a joint effort involving the state and the society.


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Turkey Detains Over 7,500 People As Crackdown Widens After Bloody Coup Attempt

Posted on 21 July 2016 by admin

At least 7,500 people have been detained since the bloody coup attempt in Turkey, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows to “clean all state institutions of the virus” of Fethullah Gulen supporters.

In the wake of Friday’s failed overthrow, Erdogan has carried out an enormous purge of Turkey’s state institutions. The country’s Interior Ministry has fired close to 9,000 people thus far, among them 30 governors, state-run media reported Monday.

Turkey has blamed Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in self-exile on a Pennsylvania compound and Erdogan’s arch-rival, of orchestrating the botched coup. Gulen, who has a global following, denies any involvement and has instead accused the government of possibly staging the coup.

Thousands of Turks filled Istanbul’s iconic Taksim square Saturday night in support of Erdogan, who says he survived an assassination attempt Friday night. Turkish leaders have called on the people to continue rallying in support of the government.

The number of people who died in clashes during the attempted coup has risen to at least 290, according to Turkey’s foreign ministry, with more than 1,400 injured.

Some people were reportedly injured or killed by helicopters firing at them from the sky, others when renegade forces fired at civilians and barreled through crowds in tanks. Coup plotters detonated bombs, destroying parts of the parliament complex in Ankara. And at one point early Saturday night, a Turkish fighter jet shot down a helicopter that had been hijacked by apparent coup plotters and was firing at will.

Though the violence that broke out immediately after the coup attempt has largely simmered down, there were still clashes reported on Sunday.


At Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, security forces fought with suspected pro-coup forces who resisted arrest and threatened to open fire, a senior Turkish official said, later adding that Turkish law enforcement successfully detained 11 “members of the coup faction” without exchanging fire.

“The cleansing is continuing,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Sunday, adding that the number of people detained ― which so far includes suspected pro-coup judicial officials, civil servants and military personnel ― could go up past 6,000.

At least 2,389 soldiers and 29 generals have been taken into custody. Turkey has also detained several thousand judges accused of supporting the plot to overthrow the government.

Erdogan insisted Sunday that Turkey was not after “revenge.” But some people, especially critics of the president and the Turkish state, fear the crackdown will inevitably include vocal opponents of all stripes.

Erdogan remains a wildly popular leader among large parts of the population, though critics and human rights organizations note his rule has become increasingly authoritarian.

Since assuming the presidency in August of 2014, Erdogan has pushed to rewrite the constitution to enable an executive presidency. While he is undoubtedly the most powerful leader in Turkey in practice, his role as president is technically more of a ceremonial position.

The failed coup could also lead to further strife in a country already struggling with alarmingly regular terror attacks, polarizing politics and a decades-long conflict with Kurdish separatists. Over 2.7 million Syrian refugees currently live in Turkey as war rages just over the border.

While many Turks ― including government critics and even opposition parties ―opposed the failed coup, there is a very real fear that Erdogan could capitalize on the ensuing nationalism to consolidate his grip on power.

“We want the rule of law to work properly in Turkey,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told France 3 television. “This is not a blank check for Mr. Erdogan.”

Some Turks are now voicing concern over human rights violations, after unverified photographs on social media appeared to show some detainees stripped down to their underpants and huddled together. One photograph shared by a Turkish official appeared to show men wearing nothing but underpants, some of whom were lying on the concrete, surrendering at the gendarmerie headquarters in Ankara on Sunday.

Other Turks have called for coup collaborators to be put to death. The Twitter hashtag #idamistiyorum, meaning “I want the death penalty,” went viral over the weekend. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has signaled that Turkey may “consider legal changes” to the current ban on the death sentence, considering the gravity of the situation.

Turkish police have called on citizens to report people who “support terrorism” or who spread “criminal information” online, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Sunday. Turkey considers the Gulen movement to be a terrorist organization.

While Erdogan has made fiery statements calling on the United States to hand over Gulen, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Turkey had not yet filed a formal request for extradition.

“The United States is not harboring anybody, we’re not preventing anything from happening,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union” broadcast. “We think it’s irresponsible to have accusations of American involvement when we’re simply waiting for their request.”

As Turkey’s roundup of suspected coup plotters continued into Sunday, Erdogan’s top military aide, Colonel Ali Yazıcı, was one of many taken into custody. High-profile arrests also included Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik Air Base, which was used by U.S. forces and the U.S.-led coalition to launch airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State across the border in Syria.

Turkey, a NATO member, temporarily closed the airspace above Incirlik following the coup attempt after reports emerged that suspected coup plotters had tried to use the base to refuel hijacked aircraft.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State has warned of “increased threats” of terrorism in Turkey.

“In light of the July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time,” the July 16 travel warning read.

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