Erdoğan targeted another journalist while… Turkey’s top election body calls OSCE report ‘groundless’

Journalist Amberin Zaman reacted PM Erdoğan calling her a “nasty woman”, saying that she was targeted. “Well, if not others, have I insulted Islam?” she asked in today’s article.
PM Erdoğan faced new questions over his attitude to the media and women after he branded a prominent female journalist a ‘shameless woman’ and told her ‘to know your place’
The OSCE accused the Turkish election board of printing ballots arbitrarily
The Alevi Foundations Federations, which comprises of more than 900 associations, have declared their public support to Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu for the upcoming presidential election

The price of Erdogan’s popularity

BBC News | Europe

Weighing up the man tipped to lead Turkey as president

Senior figure resigns from Turkey’s ruling AKP

Hurriyet Daily News

Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat, a senior member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has announced that he will step down from Turkey’s ruling party.

Divisive Erdogan Favorite in Turkey President Vote
ABC News
“He doesn’t seem to appreciate that even if you have the majority behind you, that does not necessarily give you power to do whatever you want,” said Ilter Turan, professor of political science at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. “In the event he wins 
Erdogan presidency could kick off AKP power struggle

RIGHTS – Turkey takes record for removal requests from Twitter– Turkey was the country with the greatest number of removal requests from Twitter in the first half of 2014, according to the social media site’s biannual transparency report released July 31. Turkish courts or government agencies applied to Twitter

Central Asia’s Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” with Suspicion

SultanTurkish serials like Magnificent Century have proven a hit in Central Asian countries. Until they get banned. Screenshot taken from a YouTube video uploaded by Muhteşem Yüzyıl.

Taner Kılınç, who lives in Arhavi near the Georgian border, photographs couples in their wedding outfit
Baris Caycioglu’s family has avoided discussing politics of late. With Turkey’s first presidential election less than a week away, they can’t quite seem to agree on which candidate to vote for.
İhsanoğlu'nun afişindeki bütün parti isimleri kaldırıldı
Yüksek Seçim Kurulunun (YSK), AK Parti ve HDP’nin isimlerinin kaldırılmasına karar verdiği cumhurbaşkanı adayı Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu’nun seçim afişinden CHP ve MHP’nin isimleri de kaldırıldı.

Despite initial hype, there’s still a long way to go in the Cyprus dispute

open Democracy News Analysis – by Charalampos Tsitsopoulos

As with most conflicts, the Cypriot dispute is a very complicated one. A plethora of political, cultural and economic variables should be factored in when contemplating a solution.


Reflections on bi-communal relations in Cyprus

open Democracy News Analysis – by Christos Efthymiou

A veteran of the bi-communal movement in Cyprus discusses the initiative’s beginnings, its challenges, and its hopes for the future


Turkey’s 1st LGBT tabloid magazine, GayMag, has hit the shelves with some heavyweight support: Mariah Carey

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