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Remember when ANC was a terrorist organization under US view, or PLO or Arafat or FARC (this one is a terrorist group yet)…

When the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked and killed 24 Turkish soldiers in October 2011, the violence made headlines around the world. But it also highlighted the very different approach the Turkish media takes when it comes to covering highly politicised stories.

The administration of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, is often cited as proof that an Islamic government can exist within a democratic framework. Yet, when it comes to freedom of the press, the Erdogan government has a lamentable reputation – and it is growing worse.

It is not just about article 301, the ambiguous and controversial law that outlaws criticism of “Turkishness”. Nor is the criticism limited to the number of Turkish journalists behind bars.

In Turkey, there is a tacit obligation that the media follow the government’s wish for the PKK to be referred to as ‘terrorists’. However, global media outlets are not so easily dictated to, and Reuters found itself in the firing line when it continued to refer to the PKK as ‘rebels’.

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What scary me most in this article is the amount of fascist comments done afterwords. We are really in a systemic crisis. Its really scary the impunity of fascist ideas after Auschwitz! Read also here.

“Adolf is coming,” warned Liana Kanelli, Greek communist and Member of Parliament, during our July interview in her office in the parliament building in central Athens.

Were there no video of her being assaulted by a member of the Greek neo-fascist party Golden Dawn on a TV news program in June, Kanelli would have remained unknown in the United States. But the feisty lawmaker’s tussle showed the world how the Greek economic crisis—exacerbated by Northern European demands for more unpopular austerity measures—is opening a Pandora’s box of extremism.

Her political message is clear: the austerity measures imposed by the Troika (the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel amount to colonization. The forced wage and pension cuts, the privatization of public services, and the sale of public assets are letting foreign profiteers gobble up the nation’s resources at the people’s expense.

And now Kannelli sees the disturbing rise of fascism as furthering the goals of the EU’s conquest of Greece. “Golden Dawn is a very useful tool for the capitalist crisis,” she said. “They can be used for the dark part of the job.”

Golden Dawn is attempting to gain state funding for private security firms to patrol immigrant neighborhoods, Kanelli claims. The party dispatches motorcycle gangs to harass and intimidate immigrants in the streets of Athens. Kanelli and others accuse the police of protecting Golden Dawn during these hunts. The allegation isn’t shocking, since an estimated 50 percent of Greek police officers voted for Golden Dawn in the May and June elections.