EU/Turkey

Veteran journalist Can Dündar faces probe for ‘insulting’ Erdogan

Today's Zaman 23 February 2015

Journalist Can Dündar is facing an investigation on the charge of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a lawyer for Erdogan filed a complaint over an interview

 

Turkey sends hundreds of troops to seize key tomb in Syria

The Independent 23 February 2015
By Henry Austin

Dozens of tanks, drones and reconnaissance planes joined 600 Turkish soldiers on a night-time raid into Isis-­occupied Syria to evacuate the tomb of a revered Ottoman figure

 

A Revisionist Muslim History of America

sultanknish 19 February 2015
By Daniel Greenfield

Turkish President Erdogan’s claim that Columbus encountered a mosque in Cuba (the explorer actually saw a rock whose shape he compared to the dome of a mosque) and a Saudi Imam

 

Turkey: Justice vs. Islamist Justice

Gatestone Institute 19 February 2015
By Burak Bekdil

Listening to Ahmet Davutoglu, one might think he is Prime Minister of a country that ranks in the top 10 in press freedoms. Unfortunately, his country ranks 149th.

 

Four held for insulting Erdogan

The News International 19 February 2015

ISTANBUL: Turkey has stepped up arrests of activists accused of personally insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, detaining at least four people in the last four days on

 

Radical Muslim organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir calls ‘emergency’ meeting after Tony Abbott announces security crackdown

9news.com.au 18 February 2015

Controversial radical Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir has called an "emergency” press conference after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called for sweeping changes to Australia’s

 

How the Turkish state takes care of its kids

Hurriyet Daily News 13 February 2015
By Burak Bekdil

In 2012, the infant mortality rate in Turkey (for children under 1 year of age) was 0.12 percent. Between 2002 and 2012, child labor accounted for 2.6 percent of the labor

 

Turkish TV warned over use of ‘God’ instead of ‘Allah’

Al Arabiya 13 February 2015

A Turkish media watchdog has issued a formal warning to a private television channel after the station used the world "God” instead of "Allah,” Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily news

 

Widow of Paris attacker says she's being sheltered by Islamic State

The Columbian 13 February 2015

The widow of one of the assailants in last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris says she is being sheltered by the Islamic State in Syria, according to a purported interview in

 

Turkey: Legal breakthrough in favour of prosecuted singer Ferhat Tunç

artsfreedom 11 February 2015

The European Court of Human Rights has convicted Turkey of violating freedom of speech in the case of singer Ferhat Tunç. A Turkish court had sentenced Ferhat Tunç to three

 

Bad News: Davutoglu Wants "New Middle East"

Gatestone Institute 10 February 2015
By Burak Bekdil

When, in a recent speech, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to defend all faiths, "even Buddhism," a Buddhist friend sent a message saying that: "I understand we

 

Psychiatrist to face court for ‘insulting’ Erdogan in Facebook post

TODAY'S ZAMAN 10 February 2015

A Turkish psychiatrist is to be tried on charges of "insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for saying Erdogan's religiosity is "average Anatolian religiosity” in a lengthy

 

Turkey's crackdown on freedom of speech intensifies

Telegraph.co.uk 10 February 2015
By Raziye Akkoc

Turkish authorities including government agencies have stepped up their crackdown on freedom of expression online in 2014, with figures from Twitter showing the problem

 

Turkey’s Leader Vows to Take On Jewish/Armenian/Greek Lobby

FrontPage Mag 10 February 2015
By Daniel Greenfield

Oh great. It’s that vast Jewish-Greek-Armenian conspiracy again. Ever since the AKP Islamists hardened their grip on Turkey, its demented leaders have been competing to

 

AKP's views on sexuality create uproar

Al-Monitor 10 February 2015
By Pinar Tremblay

Facing domestic and international criticism over Turkey's skyrocketing murder rate for women, the Turkish government has established a parliamentary commission to investigate

 

Turkish FM pulls out of Munich forum to avoid Israelis

The Times of Israel 9 February 2015

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said he will not attend the Munich Security Conference, citing the presence of Israeli representatives at the event.

 

Jews in Turkey: Unending Discrimination

Israel National News 9 February 2015
By Uzay Bulut

It is really hard to please the Jew-haters. When Jews cannot protect themselves because they do not have a military, they are "cowards" and are persecuted in Turkey and

 

Turkey launches fresh raids over Erdogan wiretapping case

DW 9 February 2015

Turkish media reported on Sunday that the raids had been launched in several cities as a result of 21 arrest warrants issued by the prosecutor's office in Istanbul. It wasn't

 

Alevis gather in Istanbul to demand greater freedoms

Today's Zaman 9 February 2015

Thousands of people affiliated with the Federation of Alevi Foundations (AVF) staged a demonstration on Sunday in Istanbul's Kadiköy district to demand rights the demonstrators

 

Video Shows French Attacker Deported From Turkey

abcnews 6 February 2015
By Suzan Fraser

Turkish security camera footage shows a former criminal accused of attacking three soldiers outside a Jewish community center in France being deported from Turkey. A Turkish