Turkey’s top religious affairs body has released a report on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), where it defined the group as a terror organization for the first time.
The story of an alleged assassination plot against President Erdoğan’s daughter, which had been picked up by several Turkish dailies in February this year, has been declared a fabrication
The PM’s Office has announced that it launched a probe after a video was shared on social media, allegedly showing a policeman insulting handcuffed workers lying on the ground in southeast Turkey
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has called on the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to resume ceasefire before visiting the family of a slain soldier.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has called on Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş to return to the country and “give account of putting pressure on people, instead of complaining about Turkey in Brussels.”
European Union Minister Volkan Bozkır will travel to a number of European countries this week in order to provide updated information about Turkey’s recent struggle against acts of terrorism and the Kurdish peace process.
Turkey’s crumbling Kurdish peace process

This atmosphere of mutual distrust and rivalry over northern Syria has played an important role in the erosion of the fragile foundations for peace.

Protest of Kurdish diaspora before EU Parliament, July 28, 2015. Protest of Kurdish diaspora before European Parliament, July 28, 2015. Demotix/Aurore Belot. All rights reserved.Turkey’s precarious peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) appears to have been officially shelved for now after the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,declared that it was impossible for peace efforts to continue any longer.

The Turkish town is seeing a repeat of the violence that affected residents before Turkey’s ceasefire with the PKK.
Post-Suruc Turkey

“Today, it is from the collective efforts around the Kurdish movement that we are learning what a society made up of free individuals might look like in Turkey.”

In the Gazi neighbourhood during the funeral of three of the people who died in Suruc. Several HDP party members and politicians hold the banner with the portraits: Figen Yuksekdag, to her right Sebahat Tuncel, to her left Ertugrul Kurkcu, and on the far left, Pervin Buldan.  Photographer: Ulas Yunus Tosun.

The false promise of Turkish democracy

In its first real test after the end of military control, Turkish democracy has failed. If democracy cannot keep its promise and bring peace, then what can?

Istanbul protest at government's cessation of peace process with PKK, July, 2015.Istanbul protest at government’s cessation of peace process with PKK, July, 2015. Demotix/Erhan Demirtas. All rights reserved.In spite of being one of the only polities in the Middle East considered as a democracy-model for other Muslim nations by American administrations, Turkey has had an uneasy relationship with democracy throughout its history.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Alevi-Bektashi Federation (ABF) head Baki Düzgün, his wife Yurdanur Düzgün and Alevi Culture Assoications (AKD) head Doğan Demir 80 kilometers northwest of the capital Ankara on Aug. 8, the second armed offensive against senior Alevi figures in a week.

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