#TurkeyReferendum A nay-sayer video producer says if the video gets viral, he will probably be arrested and as it gets viral, he is arrested…

Here is the video: There are strong implications, but they are still implications…. A young citizen, Ali Gül, says at the end of the video what he expects and that happens… ************* Erdogan’s Turkey: The Absurd Trial of Journalist Ahmet Sik – SPIEGEL ONLINE – International DER SPIEGEL – Spiegel Online – Mar 3, 4:50 … Read more

Life is hard. “Erdoğan brands Dutch government ‘Nazi remnants and fascists’ – video…

Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants – Erdogan  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkey’s president brands the Dutch “Nazi remnants” as a row grows over a cancelled Rotterdam rally. Erdoğan brands Dutch government ‘Nazi remnants and fascists’ – video World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Guardian Staff Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brands the Netherlands “Nazi … Read more

August was another month of tragedy for journalists and also LGBTQ+ Community in Turkey…

Stop the press: Turkey’s crackdown on its media goes into overdrive theguardian.com – Constanze Letsch – Aug 28, 10:00 PM Since the attempted coup, the government has ordered more than a hundred outlets to close and arrested 48 journalists More journalists detained in operation against Gülen  Hurriyet Daily News Detention warrants have been issued for a … Read more

Turkish conservative social engineering: Building more prisons; Freeing headscarf for students, banning make-up, tattoos and piercings

Gov’t frees headscarf for students, bans make-up, tattoos and piercings  Hurriyet Daily News A government decree changing the regulation on the dress code in public schools is published in the Official Gazette Turkey is Building 207 Prisons, 103 Courthouses  Bianet :: English Justice Ministry has announced that they will build 207 new prisons and 103 courthouses with … Read more

Headscarf allowed in Turkey’s parliament… Age old Islamist politics of playing the victim should finally end…

Secular Turkish Government Permits Religious Symbol Four female lawmakers were welcomed into Parliament with Islamic head scarves, which for some was an unwelcome break with secular traditions and for others a sign of the nation?s maturing democracy. The peace process and the enmity of politics One of the persisting responses to Turkey?s Kurdish issue and … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Shameful Miranda Investigation… Germany elections… Ukraine and Europe…

Czech communists to return in office for first time since 1989 The Czech parliament voted yesterday (20 August) to dissolve itself, triggering an early election that could hand the Communist Party a share of power for the first time since a bloodless revolution ended the party’s totalitarian rule two decades ago. Opinion polls show that … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Google faces European privacy probe… Headscarf debate in France… Cyprus…

Google faces European privacy probe from BBC News | Europe | World Edition Six European data protection bodies are to launch coordinated investigations into Google’s privacy policy   Islamic headscarf debate rekindled in France from BBC News | Europe | World Edition Court ruling tests power of French secularism Slovenia dismisses Cyprus comparisons from FT.com … Read more

Towards elections: What if current political leaders were women? A campaign to increase awareness for more women candidates…

Check out the blog of Necati Özkan, a political consultant, for more of these campaign posters. If they were women, they would probably be housewives, not politicians… Who’s calling Turkey a police state? | Cengiz Çandar by Cengiz Çandar Freedom of speech is part of the daily routine in Turkey. Western attacks on the Turkish … Read more

Towards elections: TÜSİAD comes back to political stage with a draft constitution

  TÜSİAD formulates draft constitution by YAVUZ BAYDAR Will the people of Turkey manage to mobilize for preparing and adopting a democratic constitution? The question is vital in what Ümit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD), calls ?the watershed elections? approach.   I vote for TÜSİAD?s constitution by KERİM BALCI We … Read more

A Financial Times piece on “Turkey’s contemporary art scene

Turkey’s contemporary art scene Financial Times Galvanised by the Istanbul Biennial, which kicked off in 1987, the city has witnessed an explosion of commercial galleries ? there are now more than 200 Taner Ceylan?s ?1881? Turkey Becomes 15th Biggest Economy in the World in National Income From U.S.A.K. Blog by USAK Thursday, 25 November 2010 Journal of … Read more

In the mean time, 3 generals suspended…

It is not even surprising any more and now I expect from the government some substantive democratic moves… Two Generals and an Admiral Sacked from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White This week three high-level military officers were suspended by government ministers for their alleged involvement in the Sledgehammer anti-government coup plot, one of several that are part … Read more

New TESEV report: Discrimination and Headscarf Ban.

Prof. Dilek Cindoğlu focuses on headscarfed women with professional jobs and explains how they are exposed to discrimination from all all sides of the political spectrum. Report in Turkish can be downloaded here.

A BBC piece on “Bringing Turkey’s coup leaders to book

Bringing Turkey’s coup leaders to book Jonathan Head By Jonathan Head BBC News, Istanbul Troops seal off main road in Ankara (15 Sept 1980) Hundreds of thousands of people were detained after the coup and many were tortured For 30 years, the officers who led the last military takeover in Turkey have lived secure in … Read more

Who gives a s*hit any more? Chief of Staff did not attend the President’s reception…

The army is in a losing battle. They have lost most of their ground. It seems that they cannot even control their (supposedly) tightly sealed structure (ie. latest spy operation) I personally do not give a shit; better not to see uniformed people among civilians… Turkey’s Chief of Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner, right, shakes hands … Read more

Ataturk?s Voice restored.

Ataturk?s Voice from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White Documentary footage from 1936 has been restored so that for the first time Ataturk?s voice can be heard as he opens parliament. (click here) I find it interesting that, although he is not saying anything complicated, he continually refers to a piece of paper in his hand. … Read more

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