The Guardian piece on Asli Erdogan…

Turkish author Asli Erdogan on her 136 days in jail  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Turkish author Asli Erdogan was jailed for 136 days over her links with a pro-Kurdish newspaper. Doorstep demand BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Asli Erdogan could face life in jail after being accused of involvement in … Read more

Human Rights Watch 2017 report unsurprisingly criticizes Turkish authorities…

World Report 2017: Turkey Human Rights Watch – Jan 12, 6:35 AM On July 15, 2016, elements of the military attempted to carry out a coup d’état against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. The attempted coup left at least 241 citizens and government Human Rights Watch criticizes Turkish authorities … Read more

Fistfight, violent brawl accompanies debate on constitutional reform in the parliament, but President Erdoğan already declared: ‘That referendum will take place’

CHP’s Fatma Kaplan: To Hell with Your Presidential System, to Hell with Your Ambition  Bianet :: English   Beaten while warning AKP MPs who weren’t complying with voting procedures during discussions on 3rd Article of constitutional amendment talks, CHP MP Fatma Hürriyet Kaplan has protested the incident on parliamentary rostrum. ‘That referendum will take place,’ vows President … Read more

In the mean time, Cyprus peace talks: “all you need to know”

Cyprus peace talks – all you need to know World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Rival leaders of the Mediterranean island, which has been split since 1974, are meeting in Geneva for a summit The purpose of the Geneva talks is to end the partition of the island between the predominantly Turkish … Read more

As Obama to travel to Turkey for G20 summit “Assailants open fire in front of main opposition CHP headquarters in Ankara…

Assailants open fire in front of CHP headquarters in Ankara Unknown assailants opened fire late on Oct. 26 at the Republican People’s Party (CHP) headquarters in Ankara, the party’s deputy head has said  Academic Murat Belge details frustration of being betrayed by the AKP BGN NEWS Academic Murat Belge details frustration of being betrayed by the … Read more

Kurdish news agency #DİHA in Diyarbakır raided by Turkish security forces, 10s detained; Turkey recruits more militias against Kurdish guerillas…

A video from the scene: A list of detained DIHA employees: DIHA agency website currently blocked in Turkey: http://www.diclehaber.com/en   Ongoing censorship blocks Kurdish, critical, data-based media … Today’s Zaman–Aug 16, 2015 The majority of sites that have been blocked are Kurdish media outlets, including ANF, ANHA, the Dicle News Agency (DİHA), Rojnews and … Almost 400 … 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

A significant sign: “President Erdoğan, PM Davutoğlu fall behind CHP leader in TV ratings

President Erdoğan, PM Davutoğlu fall behind CHP leader in TV ratings Ahead of Turkey’s crucial election scheduled for Nov. 1, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has topped President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in television ratings figures, according to data published by the Turkish media. President slams Nokta magazine editors as ‘dishonorable’ President Recep Tayyip … Read more

In the end, “More than 20 Cizre civilians dead during eight-day curfew…

More than 20 Cizre civilians dead during eight-day curfew: Relatives More than 20 civilians died in the southeastern town of Cizre of the Şırnak province in clashes during the eight-day curfew between Sept. 4 and 12, eyewitnesses and relatives of the dead have elaborated on how the civilian deaths occurred. What Happened in Cizre While Governor Says … Read more

By suspending elected mayors, Turkish state is killing Kurdish civilian politics softly…

Mayor of Turkey’s Cizre suspended by ministry over terror charges Turkey’s Interior Ministry has suspended the mayor of a southeastern town over inciting people to armed uprising and terror propaganda. A curfew which was implemented late Sept. 4 in the Cizre district of Şırnak would be removed as of 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 12. Post-curfew photos tell … Read more

A day passed since the #Dağlıca attack and Turkish army cannot even number its casualties…

Undisclosed number of Turkish soldiers killed in major PKK attack An undisclosed number of Turkish soldiers were killed on Sept. 6 in a major attack in the southeastern province of Hakkari conducted by the outlawed PKK, marking a crescendo in a deadly stream of attacks since July. One security source told Reuters that 16 Turkish soldiers … Read more

VICE News Condemns Turkish Government But war on media is an aspect of election campaigning for Turkey’s autocrats…

VICE News Condemns Turkish Government Over Detention of Its Journalists on Terrorism Charges VICE News – Aug 31, 12:25 PM A Turkish court leveled formal charges of terrorism at two VICE News journalists and their colleague on Monday, as global rights groups have called for the reporters to be released. The two British journalists, Jake … Read more

13 scandals of restoration from Turkey… A social fabric roundup…

In Photos: 13 of Turkey’s historic heritage sites destroyed by erroneous ‘restoration’ The “SpongeBob” castle in Istanbul has rekindled debate on Turkey’s failure to protect heritage sites. Click through to see 13 sites across Turkey, destroyed due to erroneous restorations In photos: 25 hilarious reactions to the tourist beating Turkish shopkeepers ‘If this tourist forms a political … 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

Despite 2 pro-Kurdish members, Turkey’s first election gov’t dominated by AKP…

Turkey’s first election gov’t comes with more firsts Turkish PM Davutoğlu’s interim government, approved by President Erdoğan, is the first one that a Kurdish problem-focused party takes part. It also features the first minister wearing the Islamic headscarf. MAIN FOCUS: Turkey seeks caretaker government | 26/08/2015  euro|topics Following the failure to form a government, the Turkish President … Read more