“NATO calls emergency meeting at Turkey’s request… Let’s see how Turkey will explain its position…

Turkish PM: No troops into Syria BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkey says it has no plans to send ground troops into Syria to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, as it continues air strikes on IS positions. Turkish court approves blocking of Kurdish websites An Ankara Criminal Court of Peace has approved a decision … Read more

ISIS kills a Turkish soldier; For some Turkish leaders, A pretext to go to war in Syria…

Turkey’s key air base poised to host anti-ISIL coalition aircraft As Obama and Erdoğan finalized a deal, the İncirlik military base in southern Turkey is expected to open to anti-ISIL aircraft in early August Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Isis across Syrian border World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk Turkey is building a ‘modular wall’ along part … Read more

#TwitterBlockinTurkey As their ugly relations with ISIS appear, Turkey’s autocrats try to start media blackout!

Turkish court issues media ban over Suruç bombing A court has ordered a publication ban on photos and videos of the deadly bombing in southeastern Turkey in the latest instance of gag orders on the media after major crises. Suruç Explosion Protesters Attacked Once Again in İstanbul Bianet :: English The police attacked Suruç Explosion protesters in … Read more

Coalition talks as slow as possible, while “Turkish PM orders local party HQs to be ready for possible snap election

Turkish PM orders local party HQs to be ready for possible snap election Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has made phone calls to the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial chairmen, asking them to be ready for any possible snap election. Erdoğan’s denial of ‘Dolmabahçe Agreement’ sparks row A senior governmental official has denied reports suggesting that President … Read more

He is not supposed to be the one to negotiate for coalition but still cites red lines…

Erdoğan cites Istanbul airport and bridge projects as his own coalition red line Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to oppose any coalition talks that pledge to suspend “major projects,” such Istanbul’s under-construction new airport and third bridge. Ruling AKP vows to decrease 10 percent election threshold Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said his coalition talks with … Read more

After all delaying tactics, coalition talks start today in Turkey…

No preconditions for coalition: Turkish PM Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is heading into the coalition government formation process with no preconditions nor prejudices. HDP open to coalition with unwilling AKP: co-chair Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ has said her party has not closed the door on … Read more

Meet Turkey’s new environmental rebel(s): Havva Ana #YesilYolaDurDe

  A controversial and obviously destructive Black Sea project led by a businessman close to Erdoğan’s circles triggered local resistance. Many elder women were at the front yesterday, and today we got the good news that the project is halted for the moment… Here is what Turkish military police doing to an elder local woman: … Read more

The Anti-Capitalist Muslims…. a social fabric roundup…

  The anti-capitalist Muslims Jul 18th 2013, 14:13 by WITH his scruffy beard, baggy trousers, plastic slippers and prayer beads, Ihsan Eliacik seems the archetypal conservative Muslim. He is anything but that. At a gathering of anti-government protesters in Istanbul?s secular Besiktas neighbourhood he was applauded when he railed against Turkey?s prime minister, Recep Tayyip … Read more

Today the Park is open again… A roundup… #direngeziparkı

  İstanbul Taksim Streets yesterday… Turkish magazine releases ?Gezi Park? issue online after disbanding Recently folded history magazine NTV Tarih has uploaded its last issue online, one week after NTV?s owners disbanded the publication here is the website: www.yasarkenyazilantarih.com(Written history while it?s still living). Municipality skips tent plans, settles for iftar tables at Gezi Park Istanbul?s … Read more

Istanbul under the spell of Ramadan. An Istanbul news roundup…

I should be wandering around to actually observe what goes on but let me have some peace of mind back in Erikli here… Ramadan?s Iftar: The Break Fast of Champions from Istanbul Eats by admin Ramadan drummer of Istanbul hopes the beat will go on from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk Drummers fear for future … Read more

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