The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) on Dec. 8 decided to suspend the observer status of the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), citing concerns that the body is no longer sufficiently independent from the state’s executive and legislature branches.
Some foreign chefs on cooking programs shown on Turkish TV are engaging in spying activities as they travel around the country, Yiğit Bulut, a chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has claimed
Wall Street Journal – Yaroslav Trofimov – Dec 9, 5:00 AM

In 1910, during a war against rebels in remote Yemen, a young officer of the Ottoman Empire liked to entertain his soldiers with music: French and Italian operas that he played every night on a gramophone in the desert. The youthful musical

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A new Venice Commission report states that Turkey “went too far” in their response to the failed July coup attempt. The report, from the Council of Europe’s consitutional experts, acknowledges that Turkey did have “good…

Ankara’s clampdown on Kurdish politicians has been so thoroughgoing that it has left those who remain free expecting arrest at any moment.
Fitch Ratings has announced that it revised the Turkish banking sector outlook for 2017 from “stable” to “negative” amid several risks

CHP leader under fire from within for honoring controversial journalists
Hurriyet Daily News
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has touched off controversy within his party after honoring arrested journalists who were arrested after the July 15 coup attempt but who were alleged to have aided the infamous Ergenekon and ..

WikiLeaks reveals emails from President Erdogan’s son-in-law ‘proving ISIS connection’
Daily Mail
WikiLeaks has released a tranche of more than 57,000 personal emails from the account of Turkey’s Minister of Oil Berat Albayrak. Albayrak is the son-in-law of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The emails span a six-year period from 2000
Turkey Is Next? WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands Of Controversial Emails From Erdogan´s Son-In-Law Berat AlbayrakiTech Post
Wikileaks: Turkish Energy Minister Indirectly Involved In ISIS Oil TradeOilPrice.com
WikiLeaks Berat’s box dump: Over 57000 emails released from Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat AlbayrakInternational Business Times UK
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Anti-semitism at work:

Forestry Minister Veysel Eroğlu has predicted that the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen will “end up dying in the U.S. and be buried in a Jewish cemetery.”
Greek judges are this week hearing the cases of eight Turkish soldiers whom Ankara wants Greece to extradite to Turkey. The men were allegedly involved in the failed coup in July and escaped to Greece in a helicopter on the night of the putsch. Greece’s political leaders and judges must not be intimidated by threats from Turkey, commentators warn, and demand asylum for the soldiers.
177 media outlets have been closed in total as part of three Statutory Decrees put into effect during the State of Emergency, 11 of them reopened. Balance sheet of unemployment has reached 2,500.
EXCLUSIVE: DNC Official Shared Political Intel With TurkishGovernment Officials, Paid For Pro-Turkey Op-Ed
Daily Caller
The emails, which number more than 57,000, were originally released by a hacker collective called RedHack, but they received little attention in the American press until they were published on Monday by WikiLeaks. The documents, almost all of which are ..

Security services in Turkmenistan are taking dozens of alleged followers of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen into custody, according to their family and friends.

German citizens with diplomatic passports have started to be investigated and searched in detail at passport control offices at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport after the deputy speaker of Turkish Parliament was temporarily held in an airport in Germany
WikiLeaks have published the email archive of President Erdogan’s son-in-law, showing links between the family and the terrorist group.
WikiLeaks claims its proven Turkish minister has links to ISIS
AMN Al-Masdar News (registration)
Thousands of emails have been released by WikiLeaks that came from Turkish minister Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, …
Press trade bodies outlets from Turkey and all over the world will share messages with the hashtags #GazetecilikSuçDeğildir and #FreeTurkeyJournalists in order to draw attention to arrested journalists. A demonstration will be organized in front of Silivri Prison on December 10.
The hashtag “#FreeTurkeyJournalists” circulated on Twitter on Dec. 9 by Turkish and international press organizations as part of a social media campaign to bring attention to 146 journalists imprisoned by decree laws

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