Turkish Parliament accepts all-purpose Military Motion..

Turkish government gets OK for military operations in Syria, Iraq  Hurriyet Daily News Turkey’s Parliament passes a controversial motion to grant the army to enter Syria and Iraq, ostensibly to take part in the coalition against ISIL Turkey’s mandate includes ‘military action abroad, opening bases to foreign troops’ Hurriyet Daily News 2d  //  keep unread  //  hide … Read more

Fethullah Gülen ad in US papers condemns ISIS while Erdoğan slams New York Times over ISIL story…

Gulen Ad | ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation  Mavi Boncuk Mavi Boncuk | ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation Turkish President Erdoğan slams New York Times over ISIL story President Erdoğan has slammed the New York Times for a recent story claiming that Turkey is one of the biggest sources of recruits for ISIL militants   Erdoğan holds … 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

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

For the moment, all but one election polls show Erdoğan wins in the first round… “İhsanoğlu makes gentile gesture…

İhsanoğlu makes gentile gesture with symbolic donations to competitors Hurriyet Daily News Presidential candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu has made a gesture rarely seen in Turkish politics, donating a symbolic amount of money to the campaign bank accounts of his two rivals Hundreds march against Syrian refugees Hurriyet Daily News A crowd in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş marched … Read more

Erdoğan, cleared to be a prime minister while running for presidency [and already being de facto mayor of Istanbul]

Erdoğan cleared to run for presidency as prime minister Hurriyet Daily News Turkey’s top election body has ruled that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan does not need to resign as he campaigns to be the next president Dispatches from Turkey… Turkey: Prime Minister Looks Ahead  NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: 13-year-old involved in Soma protest faces jail up to 3 years…

Prosecutors demand up to three years in jail for 13-year-old involved in Soma protest A 13-year-old faces between six months and three years in jail for participating in a protest in the Aegean province of İzmir on May 17. US condemns ?apparent use of unprovoked violence? in Soma videos Washington has condemned the use of ‘unprovoked violence’ … Read more

AKP’s new target: Constitutional Court

Erdoğan now at odds with Constitutional Court Hurriyet Daily News The tendency actually started before the March 30 local elections, but it has continued afterward, despite the 45 percent Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan Turkey’s top judge downplays concerns over elections Hurriyet Daily News Constitutional Court President Haşim Kılıç has sought to temper concerns over … Read more

in Edirne, elderly woman resists construction at a park; in Ankara, all united to have a fair election result; in Batman BDP chases for lost votes in the dark….

Elderly woman resists construction at a park in northwestern Turkish city   A 75-year-old woman has stopped construction at a local park in the northwestern province of Edirne by sitting in front of the bulldozer.   Erdogan won the elections, but will he convince the Turkish people?   The prime minister governs a polarised nation, … Read more

Another #OccupyGezi victim: 15-year-old Gezi victim Berkin Elvan dies after 269 days in coma

Boy wounded in Turkey protests dies A teenager in a coma since he was struck on the head during anti-government protests in Turkey nine months ago dies in hospital, sparking clashes 15-year-old Gezi victim Berkin Elvan dies after 269 days in coma 3 Elvan’s family confirmed their loss this morning via a Twitter message In other news: … Read more

Cengiz Aktar: Devletin çöküşü

 Devletin çöküşü   Bu toprağın en belirgin özelliklerinden biri devlet geleneği. Doğu Roma ve Osmanlıdan süzülüp gelen, batılılaştırılma ve ulusdevletin inşasıyla dönüşen ama mülkün evvelliğini her daim muhafaza etmiş, hatta bu sayede pekiştirmiş bu yapıyı iyi tanırız. Adı kısaca Devlet Baba?dır. Her yerdedir, her şeye kâdirdir, herşeyi bilir. Oysa devlet kurumlarının devleti değil vatandaşı koruduğu, vatandaşın … Read more

Turkish President Abdullah Gül lost 80 thousand Twitter followers in one day…

President Abdullah Gül lost 80 thousand followers since yesterday after approving censorship law.   News in Turkish here. Unfollow campaign news here. *************** 2013 Media: Arrests, Assaults, Interventions, Layoffs While 59 journalists and 23 publishers were arrested in 2013; 186 journalists, 1 media outlet and 2 internet sites were subjected to attacks. ECHR ordered to … Read more

A very sad day for Internet Freedom in Turkey. AKP’s censorship law passed…

As Emre Kızılkaya of Hürriyet sums up: Pirate Party of Turkey recently elaborated what was expected in this Censorship Law. We will keep up the fight against which is getting closer to tyranny in Turkey… That was not future we hoped to have… Turkey poised to crack down on Internet usage USATODAY.com ? Feb 5 ? ISTANBUL … Read more

Justice a la Turca: Ergenekon judge admits accepting indictment w/out properly reading; Censorship demand on main opposition lawmaker was ?mistake?

Ergenekon judge says he wouldn?t have accepted indictment if he could properly read it   The chief judge of the Ergenekon coup plot case has admitted that he did not thoroughly read the original indictment, which came to more than 2,500 pages   Ali Ismail Korkmaz Case Suspects Stand Trial   8 suspects stood trial … Read more

Attempt to ban CHP deputy’s personal website… Towards worse web censorship…

Some friends argue that in the last wave of website bans Palo Alto Networks are involved… However, no certain evidence…  CHP deputy head reveals robbery, says ban on personal website a sign of ?pressure?   ‘We reported the robbery to the police, I did not dwell upon it too much. But when you look at the … Read more

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