Monthly Archives: September 2014

As the lights fade on Turkey’s Internet

Here is my take on the darkness covering Turkey’s internet… Such paradoxes and such irony… Only a week after hosting the ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Ankara struck back at criticism of government Internet policies with full force. Taking up … Continue reading

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Turbulence in Turkish media continues with new changes, resignations

In the face of increasing government pressure and involvement in the Turkish media, changes continue to take place as the editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily and a critical columnist from Habertürk quit on Wednesday. İbrahim Yıldız, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, … Continue reading

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US’ Chollet says press freedom is fundamental in NATO member Turkey

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet has said Washington attaches great importance to freedom of the press, stressing that it is a fundamental right for the people. “Obviously, these press freedoms matter tremendously to the … Continue reading

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EU, US warn Turkey about tightening control over Internet

Recent amendments to the Internet law that violate privacy and aggravate censorship by further tightening state control over the Internet have received strong criticism from the EU and the US. Commenting on the latest amendments in an e-mail on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Transatlantic Trends: Turkey more willing to re-engage with EU, NATO

This year’s Transatlantic Trends, a survey of public opinion in the United States, Russia, Turkey and 10 European Union member states, found that Turkish respondents, who have been less engaged in the transatlantic relationship over the past several years, appeared … Continue reading

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KRG leader Barzani ‘disappointed’ over Turkey’s help against ISIL

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has signaled disappointment over Turkey’s role in the struggle against Islamist militants in Iraq, saying that although Turkey is sending humanitarian aid to the region, Arbil had expected more from Turkey, a … Continue reading

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Turkey: New indictment accuses Gezi protesters of ‘coup attempt’

A new indictment arising from the anti-government protests of last summer — commonly known as the Gezi Park protests — accuses 35 protestors, including leaders of a football fan club, of working to ‘overthrow the government’. Here is a summary … Continue reading

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Chuck Hagel in Turkey for talks to push for help with ISIL

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel paid a visit to Turkey on Monday to talk about the possible ways that Turkey can contribute as a member of a 10-nation core coalition in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq … Continue reading

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Negligence major factor in 10 deaths at İstanbul construction site

Turkey was shaken on Saturday evening by yet another deadly work accident in İstanbul — which this time claimed the lives of 10 workers when an elevator carrying the workers plunged to the ground from the 32nd floor. Negligence was … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s way of dealing with Halki Seminary and Athens raises new questions

Abdullah Bozkurt of Today’s Zaman here explains the ‘reciprocity’ policy of President Erdoğan, who he argues uses the mosque issue in Athens as a pretext to raise his appeal at his electorate levels. Here is his column: The way Turkey’s … Continue reading

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