Around 450 Turkish diplomats, military officers, judges and other public officers have applied for asylum in Germany, according to a report by Der Spiegel
Turkish police raided Belge Publishing House in Istanbul on May 7, seizing 2,000 books, daily Cumhuriyet has reported
New York Times – Carol Giacomo – May 6, 11:30 AM

ISTANBUL — With some 163 of their fellow journalists in jail, the men and women of Turkey’s news media are understandably fearful. Many of those who avoided prison as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sweeping crackdown on alleged

Screenshot from Wikipedia’s English-language page on Turkey.

Just two weeks after a referendum in which voters narrowly approved far-reaching constitutional amendments that will increase the power of the presidency, a Turkish court ruled that the volunteer-driven international online encyclopedia Wikipedia should be blocked in Turkey.

 

Erdoğan vows to say ‘goodbye’ if EU does not open accession chapters

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will walk away from its long-running European Union membership process if Brussels does not open new accession chapters.
The prison history of the Kurdish movement goes back to the foundation of the Republic. Even though it is not exactly known how many people were sent behind bars due to the Kurdish question, it can be said that the figure is over 300,000. A large portion of this figure belongs to the post-1980 period. In general, it can be seen that the mass arrests take place during the periods in which violence and tension caused through the Kurdish question climbs. Our file, which examines the prison experience of the Kurdish movements, consists of three chapters. The first chapter includes the data of the period between 1925-2010 and its analysis. The second chapter examines the date as to KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) operations, which started in 2009 and still continue. The final chapter involves the chronology of the political parties preceding the Kurdish question from 1990 to date (from the HEP to HDP), and prison experiences of the figures who served as chairs of these parties. Prepared by: Nuri Fırat / Yılmaz Yıldız
Since 2009, the operations that have been launched against the people and institutions linked with the Kurdish movement have been usually carried out under the name of “KCK”. Prepared by Nuri Fırat / Yılmaz Yıldız

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