A Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker was temporarily suspended from the Turkish parliament on Jan. 13 for using the word “genocide” in reference to the World War I mass killings of Ottoman Armenians in 1915, during heated discussions on changes to the constitution
 
Turkey appears to be on course for a referendum on constitutional reform after a number of contentious articles were passed by parliament

A small picture in the big picture of Erdogan’s Turkey

 

The judicial arm of the Erdogan leadership has decided to make an example of her: even the most moderate critics will not be tolerated.

Istar Gözaydin, academic and social activist. On the morning of December 20, Prof. Dr. Istar Gözaydın, a public intellectual and leading scholar on state-religion relations in Turkey, was detained on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization. There was no reason to believe the accusations or any legal evidence to ground them. She was just another voice, silenced in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in July 15. Not only for the established opposition, but for anyone who voices criticism of Erdogan´s leadership these days, it is just a matter of time before they suffer a similar fate.

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al-monitor.com – Jan 13, 2:05 AM

Author: Pinar Tremblay January 13, 2017 In the midst of a controversial constitutional amendment process and the possibility of another election or referendum approaching, Turkey is making drastic changes to its citizenship laws without any public

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