Monthly Archives: Eylül 2014

Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to ISIL, denouncing barbarism

Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in their own countries, have issued an open letter denouncing so-called Islamic State (ISIL) militants and refuting their religious arguments. An array of Muslim leaders and … Okumaya devam et

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Turkey: Journalists attacked by Erdoğan’s bodyguards in NY, media outraged

Turkish and international media representatives have expressed outrage following the announcement that Washington-based Turkish journalists Adem Yavuz Arslan and Ali Aslan were forced out of the lobby of a hotel in New York and attacked by the bodyguards of President … Okumaya devam et

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Report: ‘Erdoğan uses special courts to muzzle Twitter users in Turkey’

A criminal court of peace in İstanbul, recently established by the government as a specially authorized court with extraordinary powers that contradicts with the universal rule of law, has made highly controversial rulings against Twitter, asking the micro-blogging site to … Okumaya devam et

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Report: Hostages had to wait for four hours at the Turkish border

One of the Turkish hostages who was released on Saturday along with 45 other Turkish nationals who were kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Turkey’s Consulate General in Mosul over three months ago has … Okumaya devam et

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Doesn’t Erdoğan know that ‘buffer zone’ is not a feasible idea?

It’s been over three months that we have been holding our breath, with many in Turkey keeping their frustration with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government on a leash, and the media had to act with complete restraint in … Okumaya devam et

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Nepotism in Turkey has reached new levels, intensified under AK Party rule

Due to a lack of meritocracy in the political culture, nepotism has always existed in Turkish society, but the problem has intensified and gained almost official status, political observers speaking to Sunday’s Zaman agree. Similar to many developing or underdeveloped … Okumaya devam et

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Erdoğan attacks Gezi protests, Bank Asya, Koç, NYT, rating agencies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not spare any criticism towards a wide variety of institutions, events and concepts after boasting of his government’s achievements while speaking at a High Advisory Council meeting of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD) … Okumaya devam et

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European court tells Turkey to end compulsory religion courses

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that Turkey’s compulsory religion course violates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) article regarding the right to education, and urged Turkey to switch to a new system in which students … Okumaya devam et

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Several top bureaucrats jump ship amid government profiling

A number of top-level bureaucrats have resigned or requested to leave their posts shortly after the new government came to office at the beginning of the month, signaling that ongoing profiling and a government witch hunt may have started to … Okumaya devam et

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Report: ISIL has sleeper cells in Ankara, İstanbul, Konya

Radical Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants allegedly have terrorist sleeper cells in three main provinces of Turkey — İstanbul, Ankara and Konya — and they are ready to attack at any time, US counter-terrorism officials warned … Okumaya devam et

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