I think Merkel is in love

Merkel was in town (in İstanbul) recently and shared these photos on her Instagram account. Merkel holds Istanbul meeting with journalists, NGOs on … Ahval–Jan 24, 2020 Germany’s Angela Merkel flies to Istanbul for Libya talks with … Foreign Brief–Jan 23, 2020 Merkel’s Turkish delights: Erdogan showers German … RT–Jan 24, 2020 Germany’s Merkel in Turkey for talks on Libya, Syria Middle East Monitor–Jan 24, … Read more

#Kobane updates. Turkey agrees to let US use US air base in Turkey…

  Turkey ‘agrees to US air base use’  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkey has agreed to let the US use its military bases in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, senior US officials say Student of prestigious Bosphorus University killed while fighting ISIL in Kobane Hurriyet Daily News A student … Read more

Being in NY makes a difference, it seems, Erdoğan says there might be military support to U.S.-led coalition; “Turkey-Egypt Relations: Incentives to Normalize…

Erdogan says Turkey may give military support to U.S.-led coalition By ece toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey could give military or logistical support to U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Tuesday. “We will give the necessary support to the operation. The support could be military … Read more

67 police officers, most handcuffed to be humiliated, detained in ‘parallel state’ probe in Turkey. Dispatches from Turkey…

67 police officers detained in ‘parallel state’ probe in Turkey A total of 67 people were detained as part of two investigations conducted by the anti-terror unit, one into ‘espionage’ allegations and the other into the ‘illegal wiretapping’ PM Erdoğan’s outbursts ‘hurt Turkey’s standing in the world,’ Washington says ‘We certainly believe comments like these undercut Turkey’s … Read more

Anti-semitism now explicit and politically strong…

Yeni Akit is way below journalistic standards. However, his chief editor is a permanent guest in PM Erdoğan’s trips and its news function to target individuals with real damaging results… Ziya Meral‏@Ziya_Meral : Shocking.. Turkish newspaper Akit publishes crossword with pic of Hitler, keywords under it “We are searching you” Ahmet A. Sabancı ‏@ahmetasabanci : Turkish newspaper Akit’s crossword … Read more

“Neo-Ottoman” kitsch in Turkish pavillion at Paris trade… Dispatches from Turkey

Turkish pavillion at Paris trade show raises eyebrows Social news Mental patients receive inhuman treatment in Turkey’s hospitals, report reveals Mental patients are tied to their beds for hours, isolated in rooms for days, and have no privacy, an NGO report revealed Syrian refugees in Turkey start to work in service sector An increasing number … Read more

Like “’21st century book burning,’… #TwitterBannedinTurkey

’21st century book burning,’ U.S. official blog slams Ankara   The official blog of U.S. Department of State has published a vitriolic post, slamming Turkey’s blocking of Twitter as ’21st century book burning.’ Erdogan’s shabby attempts to stifle his critics are doomed | Observe editorial Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempted ban on Twitter was a foolish mis-step Recep … Read more

AKP officials’ beautiful statements (!) on women… News roundup from Turkey…

source More than 500,000 child brides married in Turkey in the last decade 504,957 girls between the ages of 16 and 17 got married according official data Women?s participation in politics ?still low? in Turkey Turkey needs to make imrovements for women?s political participation, reproductive health, education and labor force, according to the United Nations 10 maps that … Read more

Turkey’s Council of State annuls controversial regulation on judicial police BUT gov’t de facto plots a coup by controlling police and army against Judiciary…

  Turkey’s Council of State annuls controversial regulation on judicial police The regulation obliged those carrying out investigations to inform their superiors Turkey: court overturns move blocking probe   ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? A Turkish high court has suspended an attempt by the government to funnel all corruption investigations through top police and judicial officials Turkish Armed Forces … Read more

While ministers’ sons are arrested, AKP leadership denies corruption, targets US Ambassador Ricciardone

4 major newspapers that function as AKP spokespersons today targeted the ambassador: Ricciardone refutes claims US ‘behind Turkey graft probe’ Hurriyet Daily News-3 hours agoShare US’ Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone has refuted Turkish media reports that United States was “behind” the ongoing graft probe in   Turkey’s governing AK party embroiled in internal strife over corruption claims Irish … Read more

Açık Toplum Vakfı Raporu: “Yalnız ve Endişeli Ülke: Türkiye”

  – Diğer ülkeler hakkında en olumsuz düşüncelere sahip toplumlar sıralamasının lideri kim? – Küresellik-yerellik skalasında Türkiye hangi kampın lideri? – Uluslararası hukuka saygıda sondan 3’üncülüğü kim kaptı? AB ve BM’ye güven soruşturmasında Müslüman ülkeler ortalamasının 7 katı güvensizlik hangi toplumda saptandı? – Ekonomik güce ya da askeri güce önem veren ülkeler ayrımında AB11 ülkeleri … Read more

Part 3 of Arzu Geybullayeva piece: Where does religion end and politics begin in Turkey: through the prism of The Gezi Park protests-

Part 3 The talk of a different Turkey There was much hope vested in the new government of Turkey and its new charismatic Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan who previously as Istanbul?s mayor did much for the city?s development- enhanced water supply, cleared slums, tackled the environment issue and even planted thousands of trees. … Read more

Politics roundup: much-anticipated democratization package might be announced on Monday, Sept 30…

  Turkish PM sets date for the announcement of much-anticipated democratization package The government?s much-anticipated democratization package is likely to be announced on Monday September 30, PM Erdoğan said Romantic intrigue complicates wiretapping scandal at Turkish prime ministry institution Twelve were detained in an operation on illegal wiretapping Turkish main opposition leader slams government?s foreign … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Ekşi Sözlük is the target of organized attacks…

As recently stated Ekşi Sözlük is one of the major internet sites that harbored an internet user culture in Turkey. From time to time, it has been targeted by conservative or Islamist citizens who are quite annoyed with the existence of such a major independent site despite the growth of Facebook and Twitter. There are … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Utku Kali, a Turkish soldier, may face 25 years in jail for leaking ‘Reyhanlı bombing files’

Turkish soldier may face 25 years in jail for leaking ‘Reyhanlı bombing files’ A military prosecutor has demanded 25 years imprisonment for the gendarme accused of leaking secret documents on the Reyhanlı bombings-linked terrorist activities   ********* This year?s Internet Villain is: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Our prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was named Internet Villain … Read more