Monthly Archives: October 2016

Erdoğan mocks the EU’s calls for rule of law, by two severely oppressive decrees

Early this morning, we the deeply concerned, woke up to yet another nightmare. After the closure of 16 Kurdish media outlets on Saturday, it was daily Cumhuriyet’s turn to be raided; its staff being taken away by the police. Here … Continue reading

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This one is the news story Turkish media will obstinately pretend it doesn’t exist

Nobody in the large crowd disagreed with Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chairman of the Pro-Kurdish party, HDP. Speaking at a protest rally in Diyarbakır the day after two mayors of the city were arrested, he mentioned the total lack media coverage, saying: … Continue reading

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Three months on: Turkish coup attempt covered with blood and a ‘deep’ mystery

‘It is not possible to say that all of those who have joined the attempt belong to that community.’ This was the response – to a question asked by a member of the parliamentary commission in Ankara – of Ümit Dündar, … Continue reading

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Erdoğan determined to take full control over Turkey’s half-seized universities

As much as most of the fundamental institutions and key sectors of Turkey, President Erdoğan is determined to modify the genetics of the educational system, in a way that it loses much of its secular nature and focus on raising … Continue reading

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Islam is being injected into the genetics of Turkey’s crumbling education system

Islam will be the chief ruling element of the Turkish educational system, from A to Z. This is one of the major consequences of the coup attempt in July 15 which despite the public promises of Erdoğan did not only … Continue reading

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Turkey faces isolation in Mosul

The more Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drives his policy on having a say over Syria’s future and insists on expand­ing influence along his country’s southern border, the more resentment from the neighbour­hood he faces. On the eve of the … Continue reading

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‘All these are the consequences of a successful coup, not a failed one!’

Did Ayşe Yıldırım sense that her foresight would target her? ‘The passport you hold in your hand may have already been lost,’ my colleague had written in daily Cumhuriyet two weeks ago, warning everybody about the curbing of a fundamental … Continue reading

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EU’s debit card scheme some relief for the Syrian refugees stuck in Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized the European Union on Monday, saying the bloc had failed to fulfill its pledge to provide 3 billion euros of aid for migrants as part of a landmark deal to stem refugee flows to Europe. … Continue reading

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