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A plan to sway US elections. What about Turkey's?

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21.04.2017

Almost all the U.S. newspapers and websites carried the same headline: "Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. elections."

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is not linked to any such think-tank. Rather, we thought it was not linked to think tanks, terrorist groups, and clandestine political parties. But as the saying goes in Turkish, "Don't look at the titles, but the deeds."

The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) carries out election observations in member countries "to assess the extent to which elections respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability." On paper, as all things on paper do, this definition looks so good; you applaud the intention and the hard work they must be putting in. The ODIHR seems the sole beacon of........

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