Anger over new powers for Turkish authorities online

Protesters shout slogans and gesture during a protest against Turkish government's newly proposed restrictions on the use of internet, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, on February 8, 2014
Restricted access to the internet in Turkey saw widespread demonstrations in Istanbul last year

Last year Turkey entered the headlines for briefly blocking Twitter and YouTube. Now, with both unblocked, activists are using them to highlight a new set of concerns about internet freedom………….

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Erdoğan’s timely pilgrimage before the elections.

Public Opinion Surveys of Turkish Foreign Policy (EDAM)                                     Türkçe 2015/2 According to EDAM’s second public opinion survey in 2015, the Turkish public favors the European Union as the lead partner in order to have a stronger economy and foreign policy. While the poll suggests there are meaningful differences between political constituencies, the EU has emerged
German Marshall Fund of the United States, February 26, 2015 Ilter Turan * Relations between Turkey and its partners in the Atlantic Community are not what they used to be. The shifts in Turkish foreign policy emanate from three sources: the altered policy environment after the end of the Cold War, the ideological proclivities of
AICGS Issue Brief, No. 48, February 2015 American Institute for Contemporary German Studies ~ The Johns Hopkins University By M. Murat Erdogan * Turkey’s election on 10 August 2014 was historic. After victories in three general elections (2002, 2007, 2011), three local elections (2004, 2009, 2014), and two referenda (2007, 2010), Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader

Kurdish leader seeks Turkey peace

 

The jailed leader of Turkey’s main Kurdish rebel group urges his followers to end a 30-year armed struggle and seek a democratic peace.
TUR02. Istanbul (Turkey), 28/02/2015.- A handout picture provided by Prime Minister Press Office shows Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan (C) Interior Minister Efkan Ala (3-L) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers Sirri Sureyya Onder (3-R) and Pervin Buldan (2-R) attending a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey 28 February 2015. Adullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) called for the organization to disarm after more than 30 years of conflict with Turkey, according to a statement read out by his representatives on 28 February. Ocalan, in jail since 1999, has been holding peace talks with the Turkish government in recent years in an effort to resolve the conflict. Many Kurds in Turkey say the state has systematically discriminated against them over the decades. (Turquía, Estanbul) EFE/EPA/TURKISH PRIME MINISTER PRESS OFFICE /HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A handout picture provided by Prime Minister Press Office shows Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan (C) Interior Minister Efkan Ala (3-L) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers Sirri Sureyya Onder (3-R) and Pervin Buldan (2-R) attending a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey 28 February 2015. Adullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) called for the organization to disarm after more than 30 years of conflict with Turkey, according to a statement read out by his representatives on 28 February. Ocalan, in jail since 1999, has been holding peace talks with the Turkish government in recent years in an effort to resolve the conflict. Many Kurds in Turkey say the state has systematically discriminated against them over the decades. (Turquía, Estanbul) EFE/EPA/TURKISH PRIME MINISTER PRESS OFFICE /HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

 

Turkish gov’t, mediator party mark start of Kurdish talks toward political solution, disarmament

 

The HDP has announced a call by the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to hold a congress in spring to discuss disarmament in Turkey

Ottomanipulation

 

I don’t think you need a seismic detector anywhere in Turkey these days to determine if Mustafa Kamal Ataturk is not rolling over in his mausoleum in Ankara. The man who dragged Turkey so hard that the fez fell off and who de-scripted the calligraphically beautiful Ottoman language has been superseded by a leader no less contested, President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan is a polarizing figure, imposing his will in much the same way that military-backed leaders have done in Turkey’s past. And the comparisons between him and the old line of sultans is in the air these days. Calling formandatory learning of the old Ottoman script, no matter how appealing to academic Ottomanists, is suggestive of more than historical nostagia. Building a huge palace of some 1,150 rooms (there were only 1,001 nights in the Arabian Nights epic) at a cost of around 490 million euros ($615 million) and then deciding that it should be called a kulleye, with all the religious connotations this conjures in Turkey, is eyebrow-raising to say the least.

Is Twitter giving in to Turkish censorship?
Al-Monitor
In an email interview with Al-Monitor, Altiparmak, who teaches at Ankara University, indicated he and his colleague from Istanbul’s Bilgi University were determined to follow up on their warning. “Twitter’s transparency report confirms the points we

1,150 policemen stand guard at Turkey’s presidential palace

 

A total of 1,150 policemen stand guard at Turkey’s newly built 1,150-room presidential palace, which has caused debates with its humongous size and cost.

 

In Turkey, Even Snow Can Be Tainted by Politics

 

After a snowball breaks his window, a shopkeeper is accused of killing the offender, and some say a speech by the president may have planted the seeds of the killing.

 

Reflections on responses to the Falk-Davutoglu interview

 

 

Turkey’s democratic future is dependent on a government and political opposition that foster national unity and a pluralist political culture and values of power sharing.

 

Funeral of Necmettin Erbakan.Funeral of Necmettin Erbakan. Myrat/Wikcommons. Some rights reserved.I appreciate the invitation by openDemocracy to submit my reflections on theRichard Falk interview and the responses that followed. Let me begin by saying that I am not a specialist on Turkey. That said, I have been going to Turkey since 1971, lectured, participated in conferences by a diverse group of organizations, co-authored and co-edited books and articles, and most recently co-authored the book, Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring, in which Turkey is substantially covered, in press with OUP.

 

The government’s proposal for a presidential system is effectively one-man rule without the checks and balances of the US system, prominent legal scholar Ergun Özbudun tells the Hürriyet Daily News, adding that the AKP is distorting the facts to suggest that presidential systems are the most successful models around the world
All women in Turkey have said they were exposed to sexual or physical violence after they turned 15 years old, according to a survey

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