Turkish gov’t’s disrespect towards the funerals of fighters fallen in fight against ISIS continues… AND of course Turkey’s top court declares secrecy for hearings in case of Syria-bound intel trucks…

The Supreme Court of Appeals has declared “secrecy” for all hearings in a case against the four prosecutors who ordered the stopping and searching of Syria-bound intelligence trucks in January 2014 and a staff colonel involved in the incident
Aziz Güler

Aziz Güler among tens of others whose corpses remain at the Turkey’s border with Syria. These citizens of Turkey volunteered to fight against Islamic State and were killed in battle. Turkish government do not allow their corpses enter Turkey again. Families and friends of those fallen still await for the funerals…

Turkey’s parliament hosted a collective protest by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the national assembly gathered for its procedural opening ceremony on Oct. 1
Hürriyet columnist and CNN Türk program host Ahmet Hakan legally requested a security detail to be appointed by the Turkish government 17 days before a physical attack targeting him on Oct. 1, legal documents show

Assault of Ahmet Hakan is latest sign of deteriorating conditions for media under government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The violent attack on Hürriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan has drawn condemnation from international officials, who expressed concern about the state of freedom of expression in Turkey
The co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has called on other political parties to coordinate efforts to secure the Nov. 1 elections in constituencies in eastern and southeastern Anatolia, rather than leave the matter to the security forces.
Main Opposition Party (CHP) Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, HDP Co-Chairs Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ and AKP Spokesperson Çelik condemned the attack against journalist Ahmet Hakan.
Members of Turkey’s ruling AKP have “strongly condemned” a physical attack against Hürriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan, who had previously been targeted with politically-motivated threats.
Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has condemned recent attack on journalists while also criticizing those that would attempt to profit from such provocations.

Turkey Can’t Be Europe’s Gatekeeper

Keeping Syrian refugees bottled up in Turkey is not the solution for the E.U.’s failure to address the crisis.
Turkey’s interim government and opposition parties are at odds on the prospect of moving polling stations in the upcoming Nov. 1 snap election, with the main opposition party leader saying such a step would make the results “shady,” raising questions over “the presence of the state” in certain places.
Journalist Hasan Cemal has denied allegations that he “defamed the Turkish president,” during an appearance in an Istanbul court
Turkey has declined six places to 51st out of 140 economies in this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index, mainly due to the deterioration in the country’s institutional structure and rising political uncertainties holding back private investments.
All voters in Turkey need to feel safe enough to go to the ballot boxes, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara John Bass has said amid debates about the ramifications of moving polling stations in some southeastern districts due to recent violence
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has elaborated on his notion of being “local and national,” while staging another attack on the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which he said deceived the country by presenting itself as an entity which respects the Turkish flag

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