Cartoonists hit back: #ErdoganCaricature Dispatches from Turkey

#ErdoganCaricature: cartoonists hit back at Turkish leader’s clampdown – James Walsh – Oct 23, 7:20 AM – Cartoonist Martin Rowson urges cartoonists to caricature Turkey’s president Erdoğan, to highlight the trial of a Turkish cartoonist who lampooned him The cartoonist and author Martin Rowson has encouraged people around the world to draw… Turkish deputy PM … Read more

Denmark is still curious about the Release of attempted murder suspect… we are not…

Release of attempted murder suspect in Turkey not closed, says Danish PM Questions over Turkey’s release of the shooting suspect of a right-wing writer and critic of Islam in Copenhagen in 2013 have not been resolved, Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has said Release of Danish murder suspect ‘decision of Turkish judiciary’ Danish media had reported that Turkey … Read more

Turkish inaction ends but not for ISIS, fighter jets bomb PKK positions… Nejat Ağırnaslı, Sociologist, Dies in Kobane…

Nejat Ağırnaslı, Sociologist, Dies in Kobane bianet – Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı, a sociology graduate from Turkey’s prestigious Bosporus University, has lost life in Kobane while fighting against ISIS. He was 30 years old. According to his friends, Ağırnaslı left for Turkish fighter jets bomb PKK positions for first time since start of peace bid Turkish fighter … Read more

Some ups and downs, some caprices… Turkey Says No Deal Yet on U.S. Use of Bases in ISIS Fight

U.S. Troops to Use Bases in Turkey  NYT > Turkey by By ERIC SCHMITT and KIRK SEMPLE The agreement to allow American and coalition troops to use bases in Turkey in order to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq came after two days of talks in the Turkish capital Turkey Says No Deal Yet on … Read more

Erdoğan promises legislation against street violence… That is, total criminalization of democratic street politics…

  The emerging Middle East order: who can shape it and how? open Democracy News Analysis – by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen For the first time for decades, all sides to the conflict agree that terrorism has grown out of all proportions and poses a major threat to all. The current aerial bombardment by the US and its … Read more

Cengiz Aktar: Doğu demokrasisi

Doğu demokrasisi   “Demokrasi Batı’da, farklı insanlara farklı anlamlar ifade eder. Ama Asya’da demokrasi, vatandaşların özgür ve adil seçimlere hakları olduğu ve böylece kendi hükümetlerini seçme hakkına sahip oldukları anlamına gelir. Bir hükümet seçildiğinde, o hükümet politika saptama, uygulama ve kısaca hükümet etme konusunda serbest olmalıdır. (…) Vatandaşlar, seçme haklarının aynı zamanda sınırlar ve sorumluluklar … 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

So some authorities at work to fix Istanbul’s notoriously crowded Metrobus network… Istanbul news roundup…

Turkey seeks solution to metrobus crowds The authorities are set to implement a system aimed at solving problems in Istanbul’s notoriously crowded Metrobus network, which often works above its capacity Simit sellers removed from central Istanbul Street vendors selling simit, a local pastry enjoyed by all walks of life, have been removed from central spots across Istanbul … Read more

2 Eylül’de. Açık Oturum: İnternet Çağında Medya Özgürlüğü

Açık Oturum: İnternet Çağında Medya Özgürlüğü Tarih: 2 Eylül 2014, Salı Saat: 10:30-11:30 Yer: santralistanbul Kampüsü Katılımcılar:  Neelie Kroes (Avrupa Komisyonu Başkan Yardımcısı) Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz (İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi)  Melih Kırlıdoğ (Alternatif Bilişim Derneği) Dr. Agnes Callamard (Küresel İfade ve Bilgi Özgürlüğü Platformu Müdürü /Kolombiya Üniversitesi, Başkan Özel Danışmanı) Tartışılacak temalar arasında; basın ve medya özgürlüğü, internete ve sosyal medyaya … Read more

Süleyman Shah tomb claim “vehemently” denied by Foreign Affairs Ministry…

  Foreign Ministry vehemently denies bargain with jihadists over Turkish territory Foreign Ministry has categorically denied a report that Ankara has agreed to hand over the tomb of Süleyman Shah to jihadists in return for the release of 49 Turkish nationals Police remove shop signs in Arabic in Gaziantep amid refugee influx Officers have requested from Syrian … Read more

Embrace for more tension. One killed in Lice in statue destruction… 25 Turkish police officers arrested in İzmir…

One Killed in Lice bianet interviewed HDP Diyarbakır Provincal Organization Co-chair Zübeyde Zümrüt following the death of one person within the rising of tension in Lice over the statue of PKK co-founder Mahsum Korkmaz. Kurd shot dead in clash over statue with Turkish forces: rights group By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR Turkey (Reuters) – A Kurdish protester was … 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

“US Jewish group demands PM Erdoğan return award… Dispatches from Turkey…

US Jewish group demands PM Erdoğan return award AJC, a prominent Jewish organization in the US, has asked Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan to return a courage award he received in 2004, following his response to the recent Gaza operations US urges fair, transparent probe into detained Turkish police chiefs Washington has again called for ‘fair, transparent and … Read more

Pro-ISIL militants attacked a Shiite mosque in Istanbul… EFD Rights Watch…

ISIL ‘attacks Shiite mosque’ in Istanbul Hurriyet Daily News Members of ISIL attacked a Shiite mosque in Istanbul last week, a human rights association has claimed in report Governor suggests sending Syrians in Istanbul to camps in southeast Hurriyet Daily News Governor Mutlu said that new measures were being considered to deal with the rising number of … Read more

After Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, there comes the 2nd Presidential Candidate officially: Selahattin Demirtaş

Basically supported by Kurdish votes, a very good candidate who unfortunately has not much chance. Probably, he will get the 3rd position. As a person and politician, I believe he will remain to be a significant politician though… HDP announces co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş as presidential candidate The Peoples’ Democratic Party had stated that it would run with its … Read more