Fistfight, violent brawl accompanies debate on constitutional reform in the parliament, but President Erdoğan already declared: ‘That referendum will take place’

CHP’s Fatma Kaplan: To Hell with Your Presidential System, to Hell with Your Ambition  Bianet :: English   Beaten while warning AKP MPs who weren’t complying with voting procedures during discussions on 3rd Article of constitutional amendment talks, CHP MP Fatma Hürriyet Kaplan has protested the incident on parliamentary rostrum. ‘That referendum will take place,’ vows President … Read more

In the mean time, Cyprus peace talks: “all you need to know”

Cyprus peace talks – all you need to know World news: Turkey | by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Rival leaders of the Mediterranean island, which has been split since 1974, are meeting in Geneva for a summit The purpose of the Geneva talks is to end the partition of the island between the predominantly Turkish … Read more

#Eurosphere – Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM, Romanian left proposes new PM candidate…

Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Romania’s president rejects a candidate who would have been the country’s first female, Muslim PM. [Ticker] Romanian left proposes new PM candidate – Headline News   Romania’s social democrats have nominated former telecommunications minister Sorin Grindeanu for prime minister, a … Read more

Many Religious movements canceled their Sunday (today) meetings…

 Religious movements cancel their Sunday meetings  Hurriyet Daily News   A number of religious movements in Turkey have canceled events scheduled to be held on Dec. 25. The movements announced that their meetings would be held over the internet, as they refrained from explaining the reasons for the cancelations Turkish court approves verdicts against policemen for killing … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “EU wants to know if Facebook lied about Whatsapp…

EU wants to know if Facebook lied about Whatsapp – Headline News   Facebook said in 2014 that linking WhatsApp’s phone numbers with Facebook was not possible. In 2016, it became possible, and it happened. Idiocraski: the apocalyptic situation in Poland after a year of trumpism Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow   It’s been a year … Read more

After the Karlov assasination; check out the Iranian security checking out the Turkish security in the Turkey-Russia-Iran tripartite meeting in Moscow…   Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course  NYT > Turkey by By ALI VAEZ   Two of the Middle East’s powers are setting themselves up for a fight. It’s not too late to avert one. Russia, Turkey and Iran agree on joint Syria action   Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to jointly act on Syria, … Read more

Russian investigation team has arrived but pro-gov’t Turkish dailies claim to have found the culprit in Karlov assassination…

  All of Erdoganist papers blame “FETO” a.k.a Gulen Gr behind the Russian Amb assassination -font page. Just like that. Case is solved. Next? — ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) December 20, 2016 Pro-AKP talking heads think it was either US, CIA or NATO behind assasination of Russian Amb in Ankara. All jealous of improved TR-RU … Read more

Turkish justice: “Police who shot dead Gezi protester fined $2,800”

Police who shot dead Gezi protester fined $2,800  Hurriyet Daily News   A court in Istanbul has fined a police officer who shot dead a protester during the 2013 Gezi Park protests. Turkey’s high court receives 60,000 applications since July 15 coup attempt: Top Judge  Hurriyet Daily News   Some 60,000 individual applications have been made to … Read more

Erdoğan’s latest remarks on Turkish military operations in Syria confuses Russians…

Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule: President Erdoğan President Erdoğan admits that Turkey crossed into Syria to get rid of President Bashar al-Assad having previously highlighted the fight against ISIL Erdoğan’s remarks on Turkish operation ‘to end al-Assad rule’ to be discussed during Lavrov visit  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent assertion that the Turkish military operation … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Tahir Elçi remembered…

Killing of Diyarbakır bar head Tahir Elçi becoming unsolved murder, widow says The killing of Tahir Elçi, the Diyarbakır Bar Association head who was killed in an armed clash in November 2015 in Diyarbakır, is becoming an unsolved murder, his wife has said, as she commemorated the first year of her husband’s death. Only Power Rules: Turkey After … Read more

“Turkish lira hits lowest level since at least 1981”

  Turkish lira hits lowest level since at least 1981 Subscribe to read: Turkish lira hits lowest level since at least 1981 Already a subscriber? Sign in here Free delivery to your home or office, Monday to Saturday FT Weekend – a stimulating blend of news and lifestyle Unlimited access to all content What … Read more

“International coalition slams Cumhuriyet arrests, media closures”

International coalition slams Cumhuriyet arrests, media closures – Silvia Morales – Nov 2 A coalition of 14 leading international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations today condemned as an “extraordinary attack on press freedom” the jailing of top journalists with Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper and the via Can Turkey’s Democracy Survive President Erdogan? … Read more

For the record; #Redhack hacks led to a high level resignation at Doğan Media Group…

A major shake-up at Doğan Media Doğan Media Group coordinator Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ announced his resignation from the post, approved by the group’s Honorary Chairman Aydın Doğan on Sept. 30 RedHack Leaks Reveal the Rise of Turkey’s Pro-Government Twitter Trolls The Daily Dot Leaked emails from the Turkish government provide new details of how Turkey’s pro-government … Read more

Only a few, literally, critical legacy media outlet remains in Turkey after the last raids…

I guess, Cumhuriyet, Sözcü, Halk TV are the only few media outlets that remain to be classified as critical of government… Hayatın Sesi TV Sealed Bianet :: English Regie room of Hayatın Sesi TV has been sealed, its Youtube broadcast shut down. Continuing its broadcasting on social media, channel staff said “We are here and not … Read more

Turkish military official in Syria… #EuphratesShield #Cerablus

Turkish Special Forces: From stopping a coup to the frontline of the ISIL fight The Turkish Special Forces are playing a key role in the operation launched at 04.00 a.m. on Aug. 24 to back the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to free the Syrian town of Jarablus from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant … Read more