Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Jakarta Post: Media freedom remains major challenge in Turkey

Pandaya, The Jakarta Post, Istanbul | Sat, 06/16/2012 All of the 33 employees of Hedef Halk, a local newspaper in the Black Sea province of Samsun, Turkey, quit after the owner signed a protocol that would stop the newspaper from … Continue reading

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BBC: Turkey: Kurd with lemon accused of supporting terror

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that a Kurdish man who is deaf, illiterate and unable to speak be jailed for 25 years for supporting terrorism. Possession of a half-lemon was cited as evidence against Mehmet Tahir Ilhan. Lemon can ease … Continue reading

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AFP: Zeal of Turkey’s ruling Islamists worries EU diplomats

Turkish authorities accuse the so-called Ergenekon network of being behind several plots to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (File photo) Sunday, 10 June 2012 By AFP ISTANBUL European Union diplomats are expressing growing concern at what they … Continue reading

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The Guardian / Mehdi Hasan: In Turkey the right to free speech is being lost

Erdogan is using a series of alleged plots to justify a crackdown on dissent that threatens basic freedoms. Mehdi Hasan, Sunday 10 June 2012 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has been described as ‘Putinesque’ by critics. Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty … Continue reading

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The New York Times / Thomas Friedman: Facebook v brick-and-mortar politics

  By Thomas L. Friedman ISTANBUL — I had just finished a panel discussion on Turkey and the Arab Spring at a regional conference here, and, as I was leaving, a young Egyptian woman approached me. “Mr Friedman, could I … Continue reading

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The Economist: The Kurds and Turkey : Massacre at Uludere

The political aftershocks of a killing of Kurds still reverberate Jun 9th 2012 | ULUDERE | The Economist TURKEY’S treatment of the Kurds has a grim new symbol. On December 28th Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish smugglers crossing into Turkey from Iraq, killing … Continue reading

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My body, my decision

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There are seven billions inhabitants in the world, seven billions definitions of a woman. Motherhood, caregiver, fragile, sexy, femininity, guilty, purity and many others…  Sadly, majority of these seven billions forget a very basic reality; above all, she is a … Continue reading

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