Meanwhile in Ankara… A social fabric roundup…

A collapse of AKP’s 20 years of municipality policies…

Not better on the justice front…

The Financial Times – Philippe Sands – May 16, 8:36 AM

Istanbul has long been special to me, the place where I fell in love 30 years ago with the woman I would marry, drinking mint tea at a small café by the Ortakoy Mosque in the shadow of the Bosphorus Bridge. Now I’m back —

The president had said he backed reintroducing the death penalty for plotters of the 2016 coup.

Turkey’s president is destroying civil society, hardly noted when he was here last week

Imagine a seminar in London. Around the table are Blairites and Corbynistas, Ukippers and Remainers, Scottish Nationalists and Tory Eurosceptics, Islamists and English Defence Leaguers, radical feminists and transgender activists. All discussing Britain’s political future, with deep disagreements but with mutual respect.

Erdoğan ends UK state visit by calling jailed journalists ‘terrorists’

Turkish president ignores call from Theresa May not to lose sight of defending democracy

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has ended his three-day state visit to the UK by insisting that all the journalists locked in Turkish jails were terrorist criminals, ignoring a warning from Theresa May not to lose sight of democratic values as he sought to defend his country from “the extraordinary pressures of a failed coup and Kurdish terrorism”.

Letter by Osman Kavala at 6th Month of His Arrest

Osman Kavala, who has been in prison since November 2017, has sent a letter. Still pending his indictment, Kavala has written, “Unless the presumption of innocence is embraced as the key element of the judicial process from the beginning, this imbalance will persist.”

The young Turks rejecting Islam

Some young Turks in conservative areas are losing their faith and raising difficult questions.

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