More than 60 cases were opened against journalist Erdal because of her news articles about “Ergenekon” and the “Sledgehammer” coup plan. Now she was in court with journalists Arslan and Beşer. The Media Association criticizes a “breach of international agreements”.
It was 22 years ago. Back then it was quite routine to smoke in a taxi — if you were a smoker of course. I sat in the front seat and lit my cigarette and it took just a few minutes to solicit the violent reaction of the taxi driver. He threw me out of the taxi. It was the first day of Ramadan and he objected to me not fasting. I was lucky that our quarrel ended without physical violence.
The raiding of several art galleries in İstanbul?s historic Tophane neighborhood on Tuesday night, claimed to have been caused by people angered by alcohol being served, has drawn wide-ranging reactions.
It looks increasingly as if the forthcoming process of drafting a new constitution will be dominated, initially at any rate, by the headscarf question. On the government side, a series of comments, from prime minister Erdoğan and those around him, give the impression that the core objective is a reversal of current restrictions on women who wear a headscarf.
There are those in Turkey considered by others and themselves as ulusalcıs, neo-nationalists. The most radical of them are associated by the government and prosecutors with Ergenekon, the secret network assumed to be preparing the way for another military takeover in Turkey.
Have Turkey’s Kurds discovered the power of Gandhi and Rosa Parks? It certainly looked that way in mid-September as thousands of school children across Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast stayed away from school to protest the lack of Kurdish-language education in Turkish state schools.
Members of the Solidarity Association of Prisoners’ Families were attacked by nationalists in Ankara. Some group members were harassed because they were thought to be plainclothes police officers. The police took 30 association members into custody because of “resistance”.