Monthly Archives: Haziran 2014

Turkish main opposite leader to present new evidence on PM’s audio leaks

Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said he will present a report recently issued by a UK-based audio forensic company, which suggests phone conversations between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son, Bilal Erdoğan, do not indicate … Okumaya devam et

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Turkish President Gül approves law subordinating judiciary to gov’t

President Abdullah Gül has approved a new judicial package that places the judiciary under the instructions of the government, thereby laying the groundwork for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to establish a judiciary that is totally subordinate … Okumaya devam et

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Itsukushima Shrine – Miyajima Island

Originally posted on Tokyobling's Blog:
The shrine on Isukushima Island, or Miyajima, is built into the flat tidal bay of the Setonaikai, a small sea surrounded by the main islands of Japan. In the old days the it was…

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Turkish gov’t targets judiciary, playing havoc with checks and balances

Ever since the government was confronted with a sweeping graft probe that went public in December of last year, it has taken steps aimed at crippling judicial review, thereby leaving the executive power unchecked. In an effort to block the … Okumaya devam et

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EU criticizes arbitrary tax penalty against independent daily Taraf

A high-ranking EU diplomat has criticized the Turkish government for handing the liberal-independent Taraf daily a multi-million dollar fine — which many believe was over the daily’s critical coverage — saying that such actions go against press freedom. Taraf on … Okumaya devam et

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AKP gov’t firmly dragging Turkish military into politics

A number of news reports that have recently made their way into the pro-government media suggest that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government may be working to drag the Turkish military into politics to ensure its support for … Okumaya devam et

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Turkish independent daily Taraf vows to resist gov’t pressure despite huge fine

The liberal daily Taraf, fined TL 5.5 million ($2.6 million) by the government in what is seen as pressure over its critical coverage, vowed on Thursday to resist government attempts to muzzle independent press in Turkey. “We won’t bend [to … Okumaya devam et

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Turkey’s business community deeply concerned about polarisation

Turkey is being dragged into a “dangerous polarization” in the public sphere, and the country needs to implement some urgent economic and judicial reforms before it can maintain its growth and stability, president of leading business group the Turkish Industrialists … Okumaya devam et

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Gezi’s symbolic ‘lady in red’ files lawsuit against PM Erdoğan

Ceyda Sungur, a young woman who became well known after a photograph of her being sprayed with tear gas at close range while wearing a red dress during last summer’s Gezi protests, has filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Recep … Okumaya devam et

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Egypt or Turkey: Journalism is the prime target

What happened with the three al-Jazeera reporters in Egypt goes far beyond a simple display of arrogance and bullying attributed to oppression; it is a huge blow to journalism. Indeed, June 23 will go down in history as a black … Okumaya devam et

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