Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- June 5, 2013

Erdogan's Aim: Suffocate The Right To Protest In Turkey -- Simon A. Waldman and Emre Caliskan, Haaretz

When only pro-Erdogan demonstrations are given official backing and dissenters are greeted by tear gas – then there's no meaning to the right to protest in Turkey.

Despite the initial Turkish media blackout of events on the streets of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Izmit, Adana, Bursa and other major Turkish cities, social media and the international press have been flooded by shocking images of heavy-handed police tactics against Turkish activists voicing their right to protest.

A peaceful demonstration against government sponsored urban development of a central Istanbul park, one of the last green spaces left in the urban sprawl of central Istanbul, has been met, day after day, with volleys of tear gas and water cannon. According to a non-governmental doctors' association, over 1,000 were injured from last Friday’s protest alone.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Why Turkey Matters -- Bruce Walker, American Thinker

Insight: Erdogan wounded, not felled, by Turkish protests -- Ralph Boulton, Reuters

Erdoğan Threatens Vigilante Justice -- Michael Rubin, Commentary

Turkey's Protests May Shape the Entire Middle East -- Micha'el Tanchum, Jerusalem Post

After Assad victory over rebels in Qusayr, what’s next for Hezbollah? -- David Enders, McClatchy

Is There Any Exit from the Syrian Civil War? -- Georgy Gounev, American Thinker

Why does Syria need Russian arms? -- Fyodor Lukyanov, Russia In Global Affairs

Do democracies have the guts for diplomacy on Syria? -- Mark Leonard, Reuters

Lebanon Inches Toward Disaster -- Rajan Menon, Atlantic Council

Why this China-US summit must succeed -- Christian Science Monitor editorial

Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims -- Mohan Malik, World Affairs

Report: Asians the World’s Wealthiest by 2017 -- Anthony Fensom, The Diplomat

10 things you might not know about India -- Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News

Cristinanomics: Argentina’s crazy plan to save the economy through money laundering. -- Douglas Farah, Foreign Policy

A Weak U.S.: The next president will have to get serious. -- Conrad Black, NRO

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