Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses after he received an honorary doctorate from Bayburt University in Bayburt, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Turkey is making international news. And, unsurprisingly, the news is gloomy yet again. Emboldened by his party’s electoral victory in November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set out on a crusade against academics. After 1,128

 

Investigation against Academic Signing Peace Statement

Investigation has been launched against Associate Professor Dr. Hülya Doğan, one of the signees of the peace statement which Erdoğan addressed saying “Those who benefit the state but betray it should be punished”.
Peace Block has made a statement of solidarity with the academics who have been called “crappy so-called academics” by Erdoğan over their statement “We will not be a party to this crime” and demands re-entering negotiations
Minister of Justice Bozdağ has said, “They don’t have the eyes to see and lack the capability to comprehend” referring to academics who signed the statement titled “We will not be a party to this crime”.
d8news.com – Jan 15, 5:41 AM

Technology Censorship Cumhuriyet Newspaper Website Blocked in Turkey Internet censorship watchdog TurkeyBlocks reports that access to the website of Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest mainstream newspaper, has been selectively blocked by the country’s

Peace Block has made a statement of solidarity with the academics who have been called “crappy so-called academics” by Erdoğan over their statement “We will not be a party to this crime” and demands re-entering negotiations
the Pulse of the Middle East – Jan 15, 1:18 AM

Author: Pinar Tremblay January 15, 2016 Turkey’s Diyanet, or Religious Affairs Directorate, announced through its website on Jan. 8 that it would be seeking legal advice on how to deal with people making allegedly perverted and twisted comments

 

The steps taken against the Turkish academics who signed a declaration regarding events in the Southeast of Turkey are extremely worrying development. They are no longer detained, but the procedures against them are ongoing. While reaffirming our

 

Turkey police headquarters hit by fatal car bomb attack

Five reportedly killed and 39 injured after bomb and rocket attack in Diyarbakir province blamed on PKK rebels

Five people have been killed and 39 wounded on Thursday in a car bomb attack by Kurdish militants on a police station and adjacent housing for officers in south-eastern Turkey, the provincial governorate has said.

Between October-December, 2015, 31 journalists, eight distributors have been put in prison, 15 journalists and two media groups and organs attacked, three Syrian journalists killed, 213 media employees unemployed and action taken on 93 persons including 42 journalists due to defaming the President. ECtHR has sentenced Turkey to 17,000 euro.

 

 

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