Well, nothing new in Turkish judiciary: “Constitutional Court rejects Osman Kavala’s application…

Constitutional Court rejects Osman Kavala’s application Bianet :: English The General Assembly of the Constitutional Court has concluded that arrested businessperson and rights defender Osman Kavala’s right to personal liberty and security has not been violated. Turkey: the rise and fall of the Kurdish party that threatened Erdoğan World news: Turkey by Bethan McKernan in Istanbul Dissenters … Read more

How banal a regime can be? Demirtaş not released despite ECtHR ruling, citing ruling’s ‘translation’ issues

Court refuses to release Demirtaş despite ECtHR ruling, cites ‘translation’ issues Bianet :: English The court has stated that it was not able to obtain a Turkish translation of the ECtHR ruling and therefore a legal review could not be made. Erdogan attacks Europe court’s order for Demirtas’s release BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkey’s … Read more

Turkey’s bootleg booze problem continues: “Ninety-two dead from Turkish bootleg booze in two months

Religiously motivated pressure on alcholic beverages has an increasing toll… Ninety-two dead from Turkish bootleg booze in two months | Ahval Ninety-two people in Turkey have died of poisoning from bootleg alcohol since October, Turkish news website Diken reported on Wednesday. The deaths occurred in at least 13 provinces including Izmir, Istanbul and Bursa, Diken said. … Read more

#Europe agenda: Tragically funny: “Paris mayor mocks ‘absurd’ fine for hiring too many women

Paris Deputy Mayor: ‘It will be an honour to pay the fine’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition Paris authorities are being fined €90,000 for promoting too many women to senior positions in 2018. Paris mayor mocks ‘absurd’ fine for hiring too many women BBC News | Europe | World Edition City mayor Anne … Read more

Europe’s human rights unequivocally demands the release of Demirtaş; Let’s see the excuses from the Turkish judiciary…

Europe’s human rights court calls on Turkey to release Demirtas Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Dec 22, 6:41 AM ANKARA (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights called on Turkey to immediately release prominent Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, ruling on Wednesday the justification for his years of detention was cover for limiting pluralism and SELAHATTİN DEMİRTAŞ: … Read more

Three UNESCO-Turkey related news: “144,000 trees to be cut down for quarry expansion in UNESCO-listed forest in Thrace…

Reports: 144,000 trees to be cut down for quarry expansion in UNESCO-listed forest in Thrace Bianet :: English The company operating a quarry in Strandzha Forests in Turkey’s north west has reportedly applied to the ministry for expansion as the allegations have been brought to the parliament. Art of miniature added to UNESCO list Hurriyet Daily News … Read more

Erdoğan shrugs off US sanctions but we do not know yet what to come when Biden administration actually begins…

Erdoğan shrugs off sanctions, vows to pursue Turkey’s sovereign rights | Ahval Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday dismissed sanctions against Turkey, vowing the Those threatening Turkey with sanctions will be disappointed: Erdoğan Hurriyet Daily News Those who threaten Turkey with sanctions will end up disappointed, the nation’s president said on Dec. 19. Erdoğan on US … Read more

“Contemporary #Istanbul opens virtually…

Contemporary Istanbul opens virtually Hurriyet Daily News Contemporary Istanbul‘s (CI) new virtual initiative “Virtual Contemporary Istanbul” was launched at an online press conference held on Dec. 16 Visitors can access the preview for two days for free on: virtual.contemporaryistanbul.com/ Turkish court rules against Istanbul opposition municipality aid programme Ahval The Turkish Court of Accounts has ruled against an opposition municipality of Istanbul aid … Read more

Hi there: “264 children aged 12-14 stood trial for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan in six years… “Dozens of Turkey’s pro-Erdoğan rectors have no research record

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264 children aged 12-14 stood trial for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan in six years Duvar English – Neşe İdil – Dec 16, 4:34 AM A total of 128,872 probes were launched in six years over ‘insulting’ President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with prosecutors having evaluated 36,066 complaints and launching criminal cases for 11,371 of them in just 2019. According … Read more

“Turkey is the second worst jailer of journalists after China” (CFP)- “Over 9,500 convicted of insulting Erdoğan

CPJ: Turkey is the second worst jailer of journalists after China Bianet :: English According to the 2020 report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 274 journalists were in jail in relation to their work across the world on December 1, 2020, exceeding the high of 272 in 2016. Over 9,500 convicted of insulting … Read more

“Digging for Our Families” A documentary by Nikolia Apostolou (@NikoliaA)

My old friend Nikolia made a short documentary on a group of young Cypriot scientists, both Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot, that are looking for the people from the Cyprus Conflict. They’re trying to heal the island’s wounds and bring the two sides closer. I could not access through my Prime account in Turkey yet but for … Read more

#Anthropology roundup: A list of interesting podcasts by American Anthropological Association (@AmericanAnthro)

  A Startling Link Between Neanderthals and COVID-19 SAPIENS by Daniel Salas [no-caption] Angus Krieg SAPIENS host Chip Colwell speaks with evolutionary geneticist Hugo Zeberg about his surprising discovery of a connection between Neanderthal DNA and a greater risk for severe COVID-19. Zeberg is also a researcher at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary … Read more

MIT Technology Review comments on the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google… #Cyberculture roundup…

We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says. MIT Technology Review by Karen Hao / Summary container all summary markers are relative to this container: do not change the id (3) On the evening of Wednesday, December 2, Timnit Gebru, the co-lead of Google’s ethical AI team, announced via … Read more

Opportunism of Turkish authorities during pandemic: Banning alcohol sales during weekend curfews,  imposes age restriction on LGBTI+, rainbow-themed products and more…

Reports: Turkey bans alcohol sales during weekend curfews Bianet :: English Social media users lashed out at the ruling party after reports that shops that are allowed to stay open during curfews are banned from selling alcoholic drinks. Turkey imposes age restriction on LGBTI+, rainbow-themed products Bianet :: English The new restriction has been imposed to “protect … Read more

Turkey has its #Metoo moment in Turkey’s literature: #uykularınızkacsın [May they lose sleep]

An author committed suicide last night after his harassing messages were revealed. Some publishers stopped working with several authors who were accused of harassment…   ‘Me too’ movement in Turkey’s literature: ‘May they lose sleep’ Bianet :: English After women exposed the harassment of writer Hasan Ali Toptaş, women have started compiling lists of “male … Read more