AKP officials’ beautiful statements (!) on women… News roundup from Turkey…


More than 500,000 child brides married in Turkey in the last decade

504,957 girls between the ages of 16 and 17 got married according official data
Turkey needs to make imrovements for women?s political participation, reproductive health, education and labor force, according to the United Nations

10 maps that explain the global war between Erdoğan and Gülen

What went wrong between the Turkish PM and the Islamic scholar? Here are 10 maps that put Erdogan?s international crackdown against Gülenists into context
A decade of stellar political and economic performance had convinced many analysts that Turkey could act as a model for the rest of the Muslim Middle East. But, over the last few months, the government?s efforts to counter the influence of the Gülen movement have jeopardized many of Turkey?s achievements.
‘The response attributed to President Obama with regards to Mr. Gülen is not accurate,’ a White House official said in a written statement to daily Hürriyet

Turkey?s President Assails Plan to Muzzle Social Media

The remarks came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is facing a corruption inquiry, vowed to restrict sites like YouTube and Facebook.

Başbuğ?s release a sign of changing balances

Başbuğ’s arrest was actually one of the first open indicators of the coming confrontation between Erdoğan and Fethullah Gülen
Erdogan: Control, conflict, conglomerates
However, Haluk Sahin, a communications professor at Istanbul Bilgi University; Mustafa Alp Dagistanli, a journalist and author; and Serdar Akinan, Vagus.tv founder, see the prime minister’s approach as heavy-handed. Tulin Daloglu, ‘Turkey Pulse .

New leaked tape reveals PM Erdoğan reducing media boss to tears over report

A fresh recording of an alleged conversation between PM Erdoğan and a media boss was leaked, apparently featuring the owner of daily Milliyet being reduced to tears by Erdoğan?s harsh rebuke.

Film on ?Istanbul United,? alliance of rival fans during Gezi protests, to be shown at festival

A film on Istanbul United, an alliance of rival football fans that formed during last year?s Gezi Park protests, will be shown at the Istanbul Film Festival next month

Extraditing Gülen: A smart move for the PM?

By putting an old but influential figure on trial, the AKP government might create a ‘new hero,’ who would become more powerful and dangerous for its rule

Turkish-Qatari alliance in ?precious loneliness? league

PM Erdoğan is seemingly very busy in reversing Turkey?s democratic achievements through a set of legal and administrative moves

Turkey?s former Chief of Staff İlker Başbuğ released from jail after top court ruling

İlker Başbuğ’s release comes one day after the Constitutional Court ruled that his imprisonment was a ‘right violation’
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