Monthly Archives: May 2013

AP: Turkey debates alcohol sales and ad restrictions

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By SUZAN FRASER | Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish lawmakers on Thursday began debating a bill that bans all alcohol advertising and tightens restrictions on sales of such beverages — a proposal the government insists is aimed at … Continue reading

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UPI: Turkey’s late-night alcohol ban sends mixed signals

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ANKARA, Turkey, May 24 (UPI) — As widely expected, Turkey’s ban on late-night alcohol sales sent mixed signals about its perceived link to the politics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Western ally Erdogan, regarded as the kingpin in … Continue reading

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The EU’s Misguided Decision To Lift Syrian Oil Embargo

A man walks at a makeshift oil refinery site in al-Mansoura village in Raqqa’s countryside, May 5, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Hamid Khatib) The EU’s Misguided Decision To Lift Syrian Oil Embargo Developments in the Syrian civil war warn of a … Continue reading

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Turkey cancels Eurovision Song Contest over lesbian kiss

Gay activists are claiming Turkey’s official television channel will not show the annual competition over Finland’s entry standing up for marriage equality 16 MAY 2013 | BY JOE MORGAN, DAN LITTAUER Photo by Richard Frost/Gay Star News. Turkey will not … Continue reading

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Turkish police fire tear gas in clashes with Labor Day protesters

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By Gul Tuysuz and Ivan Watson, CNN Istanbul — Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons Wednesday at hundreds of protesters trying to hold May Day demonstrations in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square in defiance of a ban. The clashes came as police locked … Continue reading

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Whither Turkey’s fourth estate?

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Once again, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan managed to single-handedly dictate Turkey’s agenda, this time with comments made last weekend suggesting that ayran, rather than the alcoholic rakı, should be considered Turkey’s “national drink.” It was only the latest in … Continue reading

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The Battle of Taksim: Turkish Police Won, Democracy Lost

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By Emre Kızılkaya As I tweeted earlier in the day, Ottomans had around 60.000 soldiers in the Battle of Vienna. Today 40.000 Turkish policemen besieged Taksim to stop laborers organize a mass demonstration in the historically symbolic square of Istanbul, … Continue reading

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