Turkish Quake Death Toll Rises to 26

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ABC News – Bertan Ayduk – Mehmet Guzel – 4 hours ago

Colleagues and friends wept as rescue workers pulled out the body of Sebahattin Yilmaz from beneath the debris of the Bayram Hotel ? one of two hotels that

When judiciary facilitates rape

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

We have another embarrassing judicial scandal nowadays. A 13-year-old girl, N.Ç, was forced to have sex with over a hundred men in Mardin 7-8 years ago. Twenty-six of the rapists were identified, and they were put on trial.

TMK and TCK Dismissive of ”News” and ”Journalists”

from Bianet :: English

According to the BIA Media Monitoring Report for the second quarter of 2011, 68 journalists went to jail till July, 12 of them because of their news, writings and utterances. Turkish courts decided for prison sentences of 44 years and 8 months in total in April, May and June.

Rape ruling must be corrected, says Turkish deputy prime minister

from Hurriyet Dailynews by YOZGAT – Anatolia News Agency
A high-court ruling to uphold minimum sentences in the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl has ‘left a stain’ on Turkish legal history, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said, adding that the courts must correct the ‘big mistake.’

Activists seeking justice in lingering Festus case

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
As another hearing in the four-year Festus Okey death case is set for next week, activists call for more people to become parties to the case. ?Our fight is about the wider discrimination about refugees,? says one activist

Scholars Resign From Turkish Academy of Sciences

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
A recent ruling allows the government to appoint members of the prestigious Academy of Sciences  (TÜBA) in Turkey in place of the usual method of election by existing members. The reason given for the change was that the academy membership was a closed club, with members voting in only those in their own circles. Members say that this ruling means the academy loses its autonomy and will undermine scientific standards for admission. In response to the ruling, according to Carter Findley, resignations have begun to pour in on the TÜBA list-serve, including the resignation of a former president of the academy.

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