What a pity. “Only a fourth of planned malls completed in Turkey this year. Dispatches from Turkey…

Only a fourth of planned malls completed in Turkey this year Only 16 of the planned 64 malls in Turkey have been able to be completed this year due to cancellations or postponements in investments, a sector report has shown.   New US Ambassador to Turkey presents credentials The new U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, presented … 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

EFD Rights Watch: “27 Acquitted, 1 Convicted For Insult in Twitter Case

27 Acquitted, 1 Convicted For Insult in Twitter Case  Bianet :: English İzmir 22nd Assize Court ordered the acquittal of 27 out of 28 defendants charged with “igniting public to violating laws and insulting” during the Gezi Resistance.   Turkish scribe sentenced to prison for insulting Erdoğan in book on Gezi protests A journalist has been sentenced … Read more

Government turns back to #OccupyGezi activists, targets Çarşı #çArşıYalnızDeğildir

Turkish football fans face life in prison for ‘coup attempt’ during Gezi protests Prosecutors accused members of çArşı of ‘attempting to overthrow the gov’t’ in Arab Spring-like fashion Workers at Istanbul construction site block road denouncing ‘poor labor conditions’ The protest comes as 10 construction workers were killed in a labor accident Torun Center Workers: We Are Not … Read more

After all boasting about other issues, Erdoğan seems to have been told to be careful about anti-semitism

    Turkey may play quiet role in US coalition against Islamic State Turkey may find it hard to play a public role in the coalition the United States is building to strike at Islamic State targets in Iraq and possibly Syria for fear the militant group might retaliate against dozens of Turks held hostage. Ross Wilson … Read more

“Coronation” finally. Erdoğan, the 12th President

  Erdoğan Takes Oath As 12th President  Bianet :: English Having received his official election results, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was sworn in as president this afternoon. US denies that low-profile Erdoğan delegation sends ulterior message The US denied reports that it sends a low-profile delegation to Erdoğan’s oath to convey a message to Ankara Official Gazette publishes presidential … Read more

Next week events (1): “Governance or Ungovernance: A Strategy Workshop for Internet Activists #ungov

Governance or Ungovernance: A Strategy Workshop for Internet Activists 3rd of September, 2014 at MMO [1] Istanbul, Turkey https://iuf.alternatifbilisim.org/gov_ungov_workshop.html * Are you confused about all the complicated and overlapping institutions that claim to be working on Internet governance? * Are you unsure about how activists concerned with local censorship and surveillance fit into these global structures? … Read more

Turkey’s new PM to be chosen in AKP Congress where 13 Media Institutions banned.

6,000 people honor Atatürk’s memory by forming his portrait **************** ‘AKP chair, not leadership, is changing hands’ Here are the first impressions from the ruling party’s congress in Ankara Accreditation Barrier for 13 Media Institutions by AKP 13 media institutions, including Cihan News Agency, were restrained from broadcasting AKP congress on the account that they weren’t accredited. These … Read more

Journalist Ceyda Karan (@ceydak) targeted by pro-AKP media and political trolls #CeydaKaranYalnizDegildir

Ms. Karan has been a particular target since Gezi Park Protests. AKP circles used to like her a lot but as she gradually became critical of the government, increasing symbolic violence she had to endure. In the new wave of (obscenity included) intimidation, another female columnist Amberin Zaman was the first target (her column here). Then came … Read more

A staunchly pro-AKP columnist desires for a Pol Pot style government…

Yusuf Kaplan in an article entitled, 20 suggestions for Erdoğan, published in AKP’s Pravda, Yeni Şafak declared that: 19- Bogaziçi, Bilkent and ODTÜ, which are being the volunteer agencies of other cultures, should be ‘demolished’ and in their place pilot universities, which are similar to Ivy League universities in the U.S.A. that trace the American culture and world … Read more

In the anniversary of PKK’s attackes began, guerilla chief’s statue erected.

News in Turkish The statue is in a Diyarbakır village. It is for “Mahsum Korkmaz, also known as Agit, was the first commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s military forces.” ************** Turkey ruling party favours Davutoglu as new PM: report Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has strongly backed the naming of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as the new premier … Read more

Soner Çağaptay believes “Turkey’s Future Will Be Liberal… Dispatches from Turkey

If we survive, this might actually be true…. After Erdogan, Turkey’s Future Will Be Liberal  NYT > Turkey by By SONER CAGAPTAY Erdogan won on Sunday, but the era of Islamist dominance is ending. Today’s young Turks want real democracy. PM Erdoğan vows to hand over AKP leadership after consultations PM Erdoğan has vowed to hand over the … Read more

“You don’t worth my shoe” – Dispatches from Turkey

You don’t worth my shoe, angry MP yells at male colleagues Turkish Parliament has witnessed a rare moment of protest when an infuriated MP told her male colleagues that she might hurl her shoe at them. ‘But it doesn’t worth,’ CHP deputy Aylin Nazlıaka concluded Turkey: A future of anxiety and unknowns Although Erdogan’s election is worrisome, … Read more

Deputy PM warns AKP’s Twitter trolls; CHP dissidents alert; Nothing much heard about MHP

  Deputy PM warns AKP rookies to ‘calm down’ Turkish deputy Prime Minister Arınç urges younger members of the ruling party AKP to ‘calm down’ after a row within the party over who will lead it after Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s term Davutoğlu aide appointed as PM’s chief advisor An adviser to FM Davutoğlu has been appointed as … 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

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