Students now beaten at ODTÜ. A human rights roundup.

It looks like AKP power consolidates as center right and old patterns of malpractices emerge.

Erdoğan?s trial by criticism

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Turkish Pre by Mehmet Barlas
Just as novelist Halide Edip Adıver wrote a book titled ?Türk?ün Ateşle İmtihanı? (Turkish trial by fire) Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s test with criticism will be the subject of a book one day.

Brutal police versus vulgar protestors
Hurriyet Daily News
The first episode was in Dolmabahçe, Istanbul, where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an held a meeting with rectors of universities from all around the

PM, you are on wrong road against the youth

Is it really so difficult, acting with understanding towards the younger generation? Is it really that difficult to, as the government, create platforms to lend an ear to what the youth of the nation have to say?

Their reactions are childish, ideas are old

by Sanem Altan
In one of the newspapers out there, I recently saw a photograph of a young woman throwing an egg. This did not seem to me to be a reflection of any justified anger, but rather the action of a student who has never experienced true injustice in her life.

What is the meaning of ?innocent protest??

What is the meaning of an ?innocent student protest?? When students possess certain ideologies, does this suddenly mean they are no longer innocent, that they are somehow dirtied?

Erdoğan should listen to the students
Today’s Zaman
Even though we can never be sure that the most recent student protests were orchestrated behind the scenes by Ergenekon, one thing is for sure: If the

Divine beating

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by DOĞU ERGİL
Proverbs often reveal the prevalent cultural traits of a society. ?Beating is from heaven? or ?Keep the stick on the backs of the women and the child in her womb? are sayings that exalt violence in Turkish tradition.

The chicken or the egg?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by AYŞE KARABAT
For me, militarism is not only related to the army and demanding that it has power, but includes applying militaristic values, such as all kinds of violence, paying attention to militaristic values such as wearing uniforms, paying utmost importance to a hierarchy, and trying to act like a small and unimportant part of a huge and powerful machine. In short, militarism to me is the opposite of individualism.

AK Party?s stalemate and hosts? acrimony by MARKAR ESAYAN

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by Markar Esayan
We recently entered into another heated atmosphere of debate, this time over the latest student protests and how they were supressed by police.

37 Trials against Taraf Newspaper in One Day

from Bianet :: English
Taraf newspaper writer Neşe Düzel is litigated over an interview with M.Ş. Gençdal, spokesman of a group of the Quandil group that entered Turkey last year upon the call of imprisoned PKK leader Öcalan. Düzel is facing prison terms.

When will prosecutors investigate Ergenekon?s anti-Christian activities?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Op-Ed by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

In my column dated May 23, 2009, I had briefly mentioned the Ergenekon organization?s heightened level of interest in missionaries and this organization?s members? activities where missionaries are concerned. In this piece I had stated the following:

New Judges for “Sledgehammer” Coup Case and Dink Murder Trial

from Bianet :: English
The president judges of the “Sledgehammer” Coup Plan trial and of the Hrant Dink murder trial were reassigned. The decision of the Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors came just 2 days before the first hearing of the “Sledgehammer” trial.

“No Compulsory Religious Education with Alevis”

from Bianet :: English
Alevi Bektashi Federation President Balkız criticized that the inclusion of Shiism in the curriculum will not solve any problems. “They will continue Sunni propaganda by using Shiism”, he said.

Policeman Tried for Beating Journalist

from Bianet :: English

Police officer Tuncay Aktaş is on trial because of beating journalist Ozan Özhan. He is charged with “actual bodily harm”. The trial is being continued on 15 December at the Beyoğlu 2nd Magistrate Criminal Court.

ÇYDD and ÇEV Accused of Indexing Thousands of People

from Bianet :: English
The indictment on the Support for Modern Life Association and the Contemporary Education Foundation revealed the organizations’ connections to terrorist organizations. Both associations were searched in the scope of the “Ergenekon” investigation.

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