Press release issued by the Registrar
Akdas v. Turkey (no 41056/04)
SEIZURE OF THE NOVEL Les ONZE MILLE verges BY Guillaume Apollinaire and conviction of the publisher hindered public access to a work belonging to the european literary heritage
Violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression)
of the European Convention on Human Rights
The applicant, Mr Rahmi Akdaş, was born in 1958 and lives in Bandırma. He is a publisher and in 1999 published the Turkish translation of the erotic novel Les onze mille verges by the French writer Guillaume Apollinaire (?The Eleven Thousand Rods? ? On Bir Bin Kırbaç in Turkish), which contains graphic descriptions of scenes of sexual intercourse, with various practices such as sadomasochism or vampirism………………………..
Will Turkey ever become a member of the European Union? Brussels seems to be constantly criticising Turkey and, according to two Dutch journalists who spent a year in Istanbul, the Turks are fed up with the whole situation.”
by David Casa
We keep receiving contradictory information regarding the possibility of Turkey eventually forming part of the EU. What do you think the future holds in this respect?
from U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK
By Ayse AKGUL (JTW)
A German doctor refused to treat a 16 year old boy last week because his name is Cihad ( the Turkish version of Jihad), the youth’s father said Friday.
It’s fairly clear that the question of Iran and its nuclear program is going to be one of the major foreign policy issues facing Turkey in the coming months, posing a serious challenge both to Ankara’s “zero problems with neighbors” policy and to its relations with its western allies.
The spat about the Armenian Constitutional Court ruling on the ratification of the Protocols hoped to be signed between Turkey and Armenia continues with no end in sight. Since the court decision, Turkey has seemed to focus its argumentative energy on the historical commision the Protocols would establish. While it was unclear from the beginning just what such a commission would look like, the Turkish government claims that the Armenian Constitutional Court’s reference to a specific article of the Armenian Declaration of Independence hinders the implications of the Protocols. The article in question reads that Armenia will not retreat from its position that the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constituted a genocide.
The ardent debate on the axis shift in Turkish foreign policy, which focused on the ideological nature of Turkey’s growing integration with its eastern neighborhood, has overshadowed another critical point: the operational compatibility of new commitments with the ongoing EU harmonization process. Some concerns arise as these seem to be mutually exclusive… Really?
Turkish foreign policy officials don’t like it, but the term “Neo-Ottomanism” — often used to describe Ankara’s active regional diplomacy these days — seems to be sticking around. In a new article up on the World Politics Review website, I take a look at why Ankara dislikes the term so and what the proper definition of “Neo-Ottomanism” might be. You can read it here.