Unexpected move from Constitutional Court, probably hurts Erdoğan’s ambitions: “Turkish court blocks school closures

Turkish court blocks school closures

Turkey’s constitutional court overturns a law closing down a network of schools run by a US-based opponent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The U.N. has expressed deep concern over attacks and discriminatory acts on Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, while also calling for active measures to be taken in an effort to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination.
Complaints of 30 people, 2 of them were lawyers, who were allegedly tortured by police during Gezi Park Resistance in Eskişehir province were nonsuited since “it wasn’t a systematic torturing.”
Turkey has banned three websites with a court ruling for disseminating Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) propaganda.
Co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş urged both the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) and the military to ease tensions in the southeastern Anatolian region following recent violent incidents, a day before he is set to meet Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as part of coalition talks.
HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş told KCK didn’t mention a total ceasefire. He indicated that incidents were reflected differently on the media.
PM Davutoğlu emerges from a coalition with the CHP, underlining both parties’ desire to see an effective administration
The HSYK dismisses 49 officials amid accusations that they delivered thousands of irregular rulings in favor of wiretapping
A prosecutor has appealed the acquittal of a former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy on charges of being a member of an outlawed terrorist organization.
PM Davutoğlu and his delegation came together with CHP Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and four members of CHP. First meeting of coalition was held in CHP Headquarters.
With no party securing a single majority in parliament, the ruling AK party seeks coalition partners.
Religion, class, and Turkey’s new left

A response to Kenan Malik, arguing that though he is right to worry about identity politics, in the case of Turkey he is worried about the wrong people.

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