In the meantime, “Hakan Atilla Found Guilty in US Sanctions Case

Turkish Banker Is Convicted in Plot to Evade Iran Sanctions New York Times – Benjamin Weiser – Jan 3, 11:10 AM A Turkish banker was convicted on Wednesday of taking part in a billion-dollar scheme to violate American sanctions against Iran, in a case that painted a picture of high-level corruption in Turkey and heightened tensions … Read more

#Europe agenda: “Should Germany ban AKP election campaign” while President Erdoğan bids up by claiming: “Germany ‘aids and harbours terror’..

Debate: Should Germany ban AKP election campaign?  euro|topics The city of Gaggenau in south-west Germany has cancelled an event at which the Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ was to appear, stressing that this was not a political decision against the campaign for Turkish constitutional reform but a decision based on security concerns. President Erdoğan plans to … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Turkey rated ‘not free’ [Again] in internet freedom in new Freedom House report…

Report here Turkey rated ‘not free’ in internet freedom in new Freedom House report Internet freedom in Turkey has been rated “not free” in the latest annual report by the Washington-based watchdog Freedom House, a downgrade from its “party free” status last year Message of Solidarity From Margaret Atwood to Aslı Erdoğan on PEN’s Day of The … Read more

Black Monday: Cumhuriyet daily raided, its chief editor and many columnists detained…

Prominent #Cumhuriyet columnist & #Turkey rep for @globalfreemedia @KadriGursel reported among journos slated for detention.His house raided — Amberin Zaman (@amberinzaman) October 31, 2016 Cumhuriyet is one of the last reporting newspapers in Turkey; I do not say even say oppositional-just reporting. — Sezin Öney (@SezinOney) October 31, 2016   Turkish police … 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

Despite Turkey’s objections Moody’s downgrades Turkey’s sovereign debt rating to ‘junk’ level….

Turkish officials criticize Moody’s cut Turkey’s credit rating to ‘junk’ level Senior Turkish officials have criticized the cut to Turkey’s sovereign credit rating by ratings agency Moody’s, claiming that the move is “biased” and does not reflect the realities of Turkey’s macro indicators Moody’s downgrades Turkey’s sovereign debt rating to ‘junk’ level Moody’s cut Turkey’s sovereign debt … Read more

This old lady is arrested because her son-in-law could not be found:(

There are increasing number of arrests or firings not much related to the coup attempt… like the Ergenekon trial that was gradually derailed, anti-coup trials seem to have already derailed… Mother-in-law of prime coup attempt suspect Adil Öksüz arrested The mother-in-law of one of the prime suspects wanted for his alleged role in the July 15 coup attempt, has … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “France burkini highest court suspends ban…

France burkini highest court suspends ban BBC News | Europe | World Edition France’s highest administrative court suspends a ban on controversial full-body “burkini” swimsuits in a town on the Mediterranean coast. The burkini as a mirror  open Democracy News Analysis – by Adam Seligman Unless we are willing to live with the discomfort of what is … Read more

#DigitalDiplomacy a la Turca: “Ankara voices ‘disappointment’ to Swedish envoy over age of consent tweet…

Ankara voices ‘disappointment’ to Swedish envoy over age of consent tweet The Foreign Ministry has summoned Sweden’s chargé d’affaires in Turkey, upon a claim from Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom that Turkey had legalized sex with underage children Chemical castration of sex offenders in Turkey condemned by women’s groups  World news: Turkey | by Constanze Letsch … Read more

For the record, The European Court of Human Rights ruled: “Turkey YouTube ban violated freedom of expression

Turkey YouTube ban violated freedom of expression: European Court of Human Rights The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Dec. 1 that Turkey had violated conventions on freedom of expression when it banned YouTube for more than two years Demirtaş Responds to Davutoğlu: Did You Investigate Crime Scene?  Bianet :: English Recrimination continues between HDP Co-Chair … Read more

For the level of Turkish politics: “Turkish official ‘barks’ after tweet by fake Ankara mayor….

‘Bismillah’ campaign song debate heats up between AKP, opposition AKP Deputy Chairman Bekir Bozdağ has said his party will object the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decision to ban the use of “Bismillah” (in the name of God) in the AKP’s campaign jingle. Turkish official ‘barks’ after tweet by fake Ankara mayor A tweet by a parody account … Read more

Erdoğan’s palace to be protected by commandos… Open Source Analysis of The IS Attack on Kobane… “NATO calls on Turkey to join EU sanctions against Russia as Putin visits Ankara…

The IS Attack on Kobane: Open Source Analysis – aaronstein1 – Nov 30, 6:55 AM – Yesterday, the Islamic State detonated four suicide car bombs in the embattled town of Kobane. One VBIED detonated just inside the Mursitpinar border gate. After the explosion, clashes broke out between the YPG and the Islamic state in … Read more

For the record, “International judges warn of ‘party politics’ at HSYK, Turkey’s Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors

International judges warn of ‘party politics’ at HSYK A top international judicial association has called on Turkey to ‘keep party politics out of the election process’ for the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors Government draws up plans against failure at judicial body elections Disappointed by the first two rounds of the elections at the HSYK, the … Read more

In a couple of hours, AKP leadership attempts to rule our Abdullah Gül from the PM scenarios…

AKP spokesperson just Hüseyin Çelik declared that the AKP convention to choose the new PM will be on Aug 27,  a day before Gül’s retirement from the Presidency… This decision is apparently to prevent Gül’s return to party… Outgoing President Gül signals return as AKP seeks road map for post-Erdoğan era Outgoing President Gül has signalled that he … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “Machete attacker gets away with TL 9,000 fine… “Shiite Mosque attacked twice in two days

  Pro-Erdoğan group hacks Armenian weekly’s website, threatens community with ‘eradication’  Hurriyet Daily News Hackers posted PM Erdoğan’s photo and threat messages Mosque belonging to Shiite community suffers second attack in two days A mosque belonging to the Shiite Caferi community in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district was vandalized just a day after being subject to an arson attack … Read more