Share this post with Digg

https://i2.wp.com/i.imgur.com/wbOnv.jpg

Municipality elections was a warning and it seems that AKP officials did not get the message and became somewhat increasingly arrogant after the referendum. The following news roundup demonstrate how they become exactly like whom they replaced. A social engineering commanded from above. Not in all cases, AKP may be the real culprit, but the party leadership is sort of responsible in growing repressive social environment… Organized protests against a TV serial; further limitations on alcoholic beverages; PM’s arrogant attitude against works of art; growing web censorship…

Alcohol Limits in Turkey

New York Times
By THE NEW YORK TIMES ISTANBUL ? A Turkish regulatory agency has introduced a decree placing severe restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol.

Turkey Puts Severe Restrictions on Alcohol

from NYT > Turkey by By THE NEW YORK TIMES
A regulatory agency has introduced a decree placing severe restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol.

Turkey Bans Alcohol-Related Promos in Sports

from Yahoo news
ANKARA ? Turkey’s tobacco and alcohol watchdog has banned use of alcohol-related content in sports activities and sports-associated promotion campaigns, sponsorship agreements and commercials.
The peace monument by Turkish sculptor Mehmet ...

The peace monument by Turkish sculptor Mehmet Aksoy is pictured in Kars, northeastern Turkey, January 9, 2011. The fate of a giant peace monument symbolising reconciliation between Turks and Armenians has caused a row in Turkey after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan branded it “monstrous” and called for its demolition. The unfinished monument by renowned Turkish sculptor Aksoy consists of two concrete figures more than 30 metres high who face each other on an hill in the northeastern city of Kars. Picture taken January 9, 2011.? Read more »REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The ?monstrous? statue row

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has drawn angry reactions over his critical remarks concerning a monument located in the eastern province of Kars. Erdoğan criticized the monument in public on artistic grounds and described it as a ?monstrosity,? adding that necessary action should be taken for its removal. Many hope that Erdoğan, as a politician who was jailed for reciting a poem, should care deeply about freedom of expression and avoid insulting the work of an artist in public.

Turkey watchdog slams channel for sultan portrayal

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s state broadcasting board has ordered a television channel to issue an apology over a controversial series featuring an Ottoman sultan for invading his privacy with scenes from his harem.

Retro-Ottomanism Causing a Stir on Turkish TV

Mustafa and Süleyman

by JOOST LAGENDIJK
After reading Ayse Karabat?s column in Sunday?s Zaman on the hotly debated TV series ?Magnificent Century,? I came to the conclusion that she said all the right things so there was no further need for me to put my own thoughts in writing.

A ?freak statue? and a hiccup of politics

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
The paradox is that this society is scarred by sharp disagreements and divisions of opinion despite the remarkable path of reform trodden over the past decade. When I ended 2010 with an article naively conveying expectations that this year would be the year of tolerance, it was for a reason. Including this newspaper, each and every institution and social segment has within it differences of opinion and, yes, this is the norm of every democratic order.

Turkish PM sues students over theater play

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey’s prime minister has filed suit against 16 people from the Beyoğlu Kumpanya art group on allegations that the group insulted him during a play last year.

Turkey watchdog slams channel for sultan portrayal

How democratic are our Muslims?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Islamic traditionalists represent the majority among the conservatives who feed life into the ruling AKP.

“Organized” Intolerance against “Magnificent Century” Series

from Bianet :: English
After a statement of Deputy PM Arınç against the series “Magnificent Century”, members of the Felicity Party protested in front of the Show TV building. MHP members demanded to cancel the series. The history advisor and scriptwriter do not agree with the reactions.

The magnificent controversy

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
The ?Magnificent Century,? a historical drama that depicts Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Lawmaker as drinking alcohol and wooing women, has led to a big controversy in the country ever since its first episode was broadcast last week. Many who criticize the show for distorting historical facts and insulting Süleyman want it to be banned, a demand that is open to democratic debate.

“Organized” Intolerance against “Magnificent Century” Series

from Bianet :: English
After a statement of Deputy PM Arınç against the series “Magnificent Century”, members of the Felicity Party protested in front of the Show TV building. MHP members demanded to cancel the series. The history advisor and scriptwriter do not agree with the reactions.

Tagged in: ,

%d bloggers like this: