US Congress members have written a letter to Kerry about Turkey’s crackdown on media organizations linked to Gülen

In the footsteps of the murders of Hrant Dink and Nihat Kazanhan
Today’s Zaman
After an investigation was launched into Ergenekon — a clandestine organization nested within the state trying to overthrow or manipulate the democratically elected government — unresolved murders came to an abrupt halt in Turkey. The defendants in .

Municipalities run by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have started recognizing cemevis as places of worship, while also pledging to meet the needs of cemevis, or Alevi houses of worship
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the example of the U.S. system is “too tight” for Turkey.
Istanbul hospitals refuse abortions as government’s attitude hardens

Activists say few state hospitals agreed to perform non-emergency terminations, while president Erdoğan repeatedly compares abortion to murderMost Istanbul hospitals are violating the law by refusing to carry out abortions, women’s rights groups in Turkey have established. 

I guess the big smiles that appeared on the faces of many Turks after the electoral victory of Syriza in Greece were frozen when they heard that Alexis Tsipras had forged a coalition with the right-wing Independent Greeks party.
Turkey and Western allies need to be in full cooperation in order to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), former British Defense Secretary and a prominent member of the governing Conservative Party, Dr. Liam Fox has said.
Bank Asya headquarters is pictured in Istanbul

Bank Asya headquarters is pictured in Istanbul February 4, 2015. Turkey has taken control of Bank Asya, the Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The action by Turkey’s banking regulatory authorities follows a run on deposits at Bank Asya last year when the lender became embroiled in the power struggle between Erdogan and Gulen, whose followers had set up the bank. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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In their good days, Erdoğan and Gül had attended the very opening of Bank Asya…

A man uses an ATM machine of Bank Asya in Istanbul

A man uses an ATM machine of Bank Asya in Istanbul February 4, 2015. Turkey has taken control of Bank Asya, the Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The action by Turkey’s banking regulatory authorities follows a run on deposits at Bank Asya last year when the lender became embroiled in the power struggle between Erdogan and Gulen, whose followers had set up the bank. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Today’s Zaman (Turkey) February 04, 2015, p. 11 Dogu Ergil Kurdish fighters have liberated the Syrian town of Kobani, located at the border between Turkey and Syria. After an intense 134-day-long battle with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, they earned a hard-won victory. In October 2014, when ISIL showed up at
Kenan Evren, Turkey’s former coup leader and president, has started receiving Alzheimer’s treatment at a military hospital in the capital Ankara, daily Sabah reported on Feb. 4.
The mother of Sakarya Governor Hüseyin Avni Çoş is standing against municipal teams tasked with removing trees by a lake in the southern Turkish province of Isparta.
Geerdink, who rejects charges, is indicted for making “terrorist propaganda” in social media and her opinion articles.
‘If they’re doing it to get on my nerves and distract me from my work, they’re successful. If they’re doing it to scare me, they aren’t successful. I feel strong,’ Diyarbakır-based Frederike Geerdink tells IPI
Frederike Geerdink, a Dutch journalist based in Diyarbakır who was detained by the police last month for her tweets, has been charged with “PKK propaganda”
A Turkish court will try a Dutch journalist on charges she disseminated “terrorist propaganda”, a move that is likely to deepen Western fears over press freedom in the NATO member state.
According to bianet’s tally, men killed at least 27 women in January. On the other hand, no suspects were found in 7 women murder cases.
The Savings Deposit Insurance Fund seized 63 percent of the shares in Bank Asya
The core tenets of a functioning democracy — the rule of law, respect for individual freedoms — are also the most basic of Islamic values.
Seven municipal police officers have been acquitted of ‘misconduct’ and ‘intentionally starting a fire’ charges
A Kahramanmaraş court has ordered an aviation company to pay 756,000 Turkish Liras of compensation to the family of late Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu, former head of the Great Union Party (BBP), who had died in a helicopter crash in 2009.
Reading Ahmet Davutoğlu’s comments
Open Democracy
Murat Belge is editor of Iletisim Publishing House and Yeni Gündem and is Head of the Department of Comparative Literature at Bilgi University. Related Articles. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in conversation: Part 1 · Richard Falk · Ahmet .
The Two Faces of Twitter

Defending freedom of speech or bowing down to censorship?
Intelligence cooperation between Ankara and European countries has recently improved, leading Turkey to expel over 1,000 over suspected jihadist links, Turkey’s Paris envoy has said
Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Finland’s Foreign Trade Minister Lenita Toivakka have signed a Joint Economic and Trade Committee agreement
Murat Çelikkan from Truth Justice Memory Center claimed bianet that the real reason behind Perinçek’s conviction by Swiss Courts was not denying the “genocide” but his discriminative discourse.
Observatoire de la Turquie et de son environnement géopolitique (IRIS) Janv. 2015 Séminaire avec Kadri Gürsel et Anne Hagood , animé par Didier Billion * La Turquie est fréquemment vilipendée par de nombreux médias occidentaux pour son « double » ou « triple jeu » à l’égard de l’organisation État islamique/Daesh, et des combats qui […]

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