EU/Turkey

Spanish city of Burjassot officially recognized Armenian Genocide

Public Radio of Armenia 4 February 2015
By Siranush Ghazanchyan

The city council of Burjassot, a city in Spain, in on-going January session approved a petition, officially recognizing Armenian Genocide and condemning crimes against humanity

 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan 'planning to launch political dynasty'

Telegraph.co.uk 4 February 2015
By Nick Squires

Turkey’s president is reportedly planning to launch his son and daughter into politics in what his opponents fear could be a move towards creating an enduring political

 

Turkey revokes passport of exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen

The Guardian 4 February 2015

The Turkish government has cancelled the passport of ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gulen, local media reported on Tuesday, the latest salvo in a bitter feud between the US-based

 

Fethullah Gulen: Turkey’s Eroding Democracy

The New York Times 4 February 2015
By FETHULLAH GULEN

SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable

 

Turkey's Erdogan: I want to be like the Queen of England

i24 news 2 February 2015

Turkish president says he does not want sultan-like powers, points to UK as example Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he’s trying to amass

 

Turkey: Broadcasters fined for airing music video scenes of sexuality

artsfreedom 2 February 2015

The Turkish Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) has fined two music tv channels for airing music videos with scenes of sexuality, reported Hurriyet Daily News. RTÜK

 

Gülenists in Turkey cooperating with Israel’s Mossad, Erdogan says

Hürriyet Daily News 2 February 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said Jan. 31 that the Gülenists in the country, which he dubs "the parallel structure,” have joined forces with the Israeli intelligence

 

Turkey Tries to Cover Up Arming of Al-Qaeda

The Clarion Project 31 January 2015
By Ryan Mauro

The Turkish government, ostensibly a NATO "ally,” has been forced to admit that its intelligence service funneled arms to Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. The so-called

 

Facebook censors images of Prophet Mohammed

The Telegraph 31 January 2015
By Raziye Akkoc

Facebook has agreed to block pages showing images of the Prophet Mohammed after a Turkish court ruling, despite its chief executive giving his support to freedom of speech

 

Hollande urges Turkey to 'break taboos' on Armenia WWI killings

The Daily Star 31 January 2015

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called on Turkey to take new steps towards the "truth" behind the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, saying "it is time

 

Journalist tried for 2 yrs in prison for insulting Erdogan on Facebook

BGN News 30 January 2015

Bekiroglu had been detained by Adana National Police Cyber Crimes Unit on 5 February 2014. The indictment prepared by the prosecutor has been accepted by the 6th Adana

 

Erdogan's Saudi Dilemma

U.S. News 30 January 2015
By Semih Idiz

The death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has highlighted the importance Turkey attaches to this key Gulf state despite deep political differences between the

 

Assad: Erdogan is ‘personally responsible’ for Syrian chaos

Rudaw 30 January 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "is personally responsible” for the turmoil in Syria and the surge in Islamic terrorism in the region, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

 

Turkey expects US to extradite Fethullah Gulen

World Bulletin 30 January 2015

Turkey expects the U.S. to extradite U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen if Ankara filed a request, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday. Gulen is accused of trying

 

Islamic Terrorism: The Taboo Topic

Gatestone Institue 28 January 2015
By Uzay Bulut

The political violence of the Koran is eternal and universal. The political violence of the Bible was for that particular historical time and place. This is the vast difference between Islam and

 

Assad: Erdogan is ‘personally responsible’ for Syrian chaos

RUDAW 27 January 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “is personally responsible” for the turmoil in Syria and the surge in Islamic terrorism in the region, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said

 

Erdogan to deem EU Islamophobic if Turkey’s bid rejected

Today's Zaman 26 January 2015


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey is testing whether the European Union is really against Islamophobia, implying that the bloc would be Islamophobic if Turkey's bid is rejected. "We are testing Europe. Will Europe be able to accept a country that has a Muslim population?

 

Turkey's Dance with Jihadists

The Gatestone Institute 26 January 2015
By Burak Bekdil


Turkish columnist Anmet Hakan was curious why the articles of the Turkish Penal Code that regulate "praising crime and criminals" were never applied to Islamists, while Turkish prosecutors, citing the same article, have the habit of indicting thousands of other individuals. On January 16, Muslims in Istanbul's devout Fatih

 

Turkey Suspects 8,000 People from 90 countries Attempting to Join IS

abna24 24 January 2015

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson reported that Turkey has a list containing the names of 7,833 people from 90 countries who are suspected of trying to join the

 

Former Miss Turkey 'questioned by police' over poem criticising President Erdogan

The Independent 23 January 2015
By Heather Saul

A former Miss Turkey winner was reportedly questioned by police after posting a satirical poem on social media mocking the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Merve