In the last few days, Turkey detained more than 1K police offices, attacked Kurdish positions in Syria and kept bickering with the EU….

Over 1,000 Police Officers Are Detained in Raids in Turkey NYT > Turkey by By PATRICK KINGSLEY In the biggest sweep since the referendum on presidential powers, those arrested were accused of being “secret imams” for the American-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. 9,103 Police Officers Suspended Security General Directorate has announced that 9,103 law enforcement staff members have … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “Turkish parliamentary commission approves bill for tighter website blocking While “Turkey’s requests to remove content from Twitter up 156 pct in second half of 2014

US envoy indirectly joins presidential system debate in Turkey ‘Our President does not exercise full power to do anything, anywhere, at any time’ Turkey’s requests to remove content from Twitter up 156 pct in second half of 2014 Turkey topped the list with a total of 477 requests, made up of 328 court orders and 149 requests … Read more

A social fabric roundup: from the Guardian archive- A visit to a Turkish harem, Illegal Procedures in abortion cases…

A visit to a Turkish harem: from the Guardian archive, 18 January 1843 from World news: Turkey | The Countess of Grosvenor describes her visit to a harem – but does not find much to recommend in the lifestyle of its women At ten a.m. Mme. Macrioniti, the wife of an Armenian merchant, came … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “A Single Person Arrested in Mob Attack Against Alevi-Kurdish Family, “William Burroughs’ Turkish publishers’ obscenity trial postponed and more..

A Single Person Arrested in Mob Attack Against Alevi-Kurdish Family from Bianet :: English Officials arrested the traditional Ramadan drummer as part of their investigation into the attack against an Alevi-Kurdish family in the eastern province of Malatya. Opposition deputies who arrived in the province also castigated the authorities for their inadequate response to the … Read more

Spiegel: Erdoğan, the misogynist and a social fabric roundup…

AFP Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has never been much of a feminist, but women in Turkey are enraged by his latest comments on abortion. Critics say he is trying to distract attention from a scandal involving a massacre of Kurdish civilians last year. ************** Turkish Society?s Views on Abortion since 1990 Support for … Read more

Campaign site: Say no to Abortion Ban!

TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN’S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING “NO!”   A roundup of news from Turkish politics:  Erdogan’s Turkish Spring: Crosscurrents in the Bosphorus Forbes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By James D. Zirin Thousands of women took to the … Read more

Serhatcan Yurdam storified women’s abortion protest in Kadıköy

Thousands of women march in Istanbul to protest against the possible introduction of severe limitations on abortion. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images The Guardian:  Turkish women join pro-choice rally as fears grow of abortion ban Thousands of women joined a pro-choice rally in Istanbul on Sunday amid growing fears that Turkey‘s Islamist government intends, in effect, to … Read more

Kürtaj tartışmalarıyla ilgili bir imza kampanyası:

İmza kampanyasına katılmak için: Kamuoyuna, Bizler, Başbakan Erdoğan?ın AKP Kadın Kolları Kongresi?ndeki konuşmasında, kürtaj ve sezaryen gibi üreme pratikleri üzerine yaptığı açıklamaları kınıyoruz. Bu açıklamaları, kadınların bedenleri üzerindeki denetimi devletin ana meselelerinden biri olarak gören genel siyasal yaklaşımın parçası olarak görüyoruz. Söz konusu otoriter ve muhafazakâr yönelimin bu alandaki kamu politikası ve yasal çerçeveyi nasıl … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s wanna-be bedroom coach, says that Abortion is ‘murder,’

Today in Beşiktaş a feminist group protested Erdoğan’s latest – not any more funny- ranting: via Twitter PM Erdoğan counters growing pressure over Uludere massacre with arguments beyond reason… For the first time, I began to hear some rumors that he might in fact be in need of psychiatric help… via Twitter Abortion is ‘murder,’ … Read more