I thought it was a fake news but true: Licence Plates with the letters “FG” are banned…

FG are the first letters of outlawed Fethullah Gülen, the founder of Gülenist movement… News in Turkish here Ankara moves to prevent Gülen’s ‘Turkish Olympics’ language competition Four Turkish ministries have moved to take measures to prevent the “Turkish Olympics” international language competition, as part of steps taken against activities of the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen abroad … Read more

Looks like Ali Babacan, the only capable minister, will continue to do the dirty work….

PM convinces Babacan to run in Nov. 1 election before candidate list deadline Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu convinced former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan to stand as a candidate for the AKP in the Nov. 1 election on the last day before the deadline for the party to submit their candidate lists to the Supreme Election … Read more

Global call for Detained VICE News Journalists in Turkey…

Global Rights Groups Call for Turkey to Release Detained VICE News Journalists VICE News – Aug 30, 12:25 PM Global rights groups have issued calls seeking the immediate release of four journalists working for VICE News who have been detained in Turkey since Thursday without being charged. Turkish authorities took British journalists Jake Hanrahan and … Read more

Western Media cannot stop talking about Erdoğan’s Palace, out of jealousy of course;)

  Who lives in a £385m house like this? bbc.co.uk – Nov 6, 1:47 AM – Media playback is unsupported on your device 6 November 2014 Last updated at 10:36 GMT A controversial new 1,000-room palace built for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will cost about £385m ($615m) – nearly twice the previous estimate Recep … Read more

US just replied Erdoğan again. Turkey doing Ballet internationally but with the last legal package more authoritarian domestically…

Turkey’s Curious Ballet  NYT > Turkey Turkey is to allow Iraqi Kurds cross into Syria to fight Islamic State. US airdrops to Kobane were not wrong, Washington says after Erdoğan criticism Washington does not think the US airdrop of weapons to the Syrian border town of Kobane was wrong, Marie Harf has said PYD not terrorist under US … Read more

Old story, new case. Western critics of working Western Democracies are used to support Authoritarian regimes:

Turkey’s Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek today tweeted the message above.  Not that American media is in its best situation but Mr. Şimşek has the arrogance to question press freedom in US while his own country’s press freedom can even be compared to US’. Most of the time, authoritarian conservative critics rely on leftist critics or intellectual debates that … Read more

For the record, Turkey’s Finance Minister is busy with attributing holy-ness to Erdoğan’s Presidential logo…

The official presidential election campaign logo of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan includes the name of the Prophet Muhammed in Arabic, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek said on July 6. “Did you know that ‘Muhammed’ in Arabic is used in the logo of our presidential candidate, Mr. Erdoğan?” Şimşek wrote via his Twitter account. via  In other news: Rıdvan … Read more

Nice touch: “Prosecutors who launched Turkey?s graft probe removed from case

Prosecutors who launched Turkey?s graft probe removed from case amid fresh purge   90 of the 192 prosecutors in Istanbul?s Çağlayan Courthouse were reassigned, including two prosecutors in charge of the graft probe launched on Dec. 17   Turkish PM Erdoğan accuses Gülen movement of trying to ?steal national will?   Erdoğan has implicitly slammed … Read more

Cengiz Aktar: Avrupaalaycılık

Cengiz Aktar: Avrupaalaycılık Gittikçe gündelik dilimize bulaşan bir Avrupaalaycılık var. Avrupakuşkuculuğun yeni sürümü. Siyasetçiden sokaktaki adama kadar uzanan ve milletçe pek hoşumuza giden bir ?zavallı Avrupa? edebiyatıdır gidiyor. Cumhurbaşkanı?nın Londra?da Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti?ni kasten ?böyle zavallı bir birliğe, böyle yarım bir başkanlık olacak? diyerek tuz biber ektiği bir ruh hali. Bu yeni millî heyecanın arkasında avro bölgesinin içinde … Read more