EU/Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan slams Austria's controversial Islam law

Hurriyet Daily News 3 March 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticized Austria on Feb. 28 for approving a controversial bill that revises the status of Muslims in the European

 

A parallel state within Turkey? How the country's democracy came under attack from two men's rivalry

Telegraph.co.uk 2 March 2015
By Raziye Akkoc

Last week, a court in Istanbul ordered 17 police officers to face trial on charges of trying to overthrow the Turkish government, joining a terrorist organisation and illegally

 

13-year-old taken from classroom to testify over Facebook post ‘insulting’ Erdogan

TODAY'S ZAMAN 2 March 2015

13-year-old U.R.E, an eighth grader at an elementary school in the Ayvalik district, was reportedly summoned to testify at the Ayvalik Cumhuriyet Prosecutor's Office for

 

Turkey's Illusions Hit Realities

The Gatestone Institute 1 March 2015
By Burak Bekdil

Apparently, the Turkish government does not want to confront ISIS. Instead of taking modest pride in managing to have averted a crisis, the Turkish leadership portrayed the

 

'Death to Turks' daubed on mufti building in Bulgaria

World Bulletin 1 March 2015

An Islamic community leader has described as "outrageous” the daubing of "death to Turks” on a religious affairs office in Bulgaria. On Sunday night, unidentified vandals

 

Journalist on trial for ‘insulting’ Erdogan says prosecution now part of ‘nature of journalism’

Today's Zaman 1 March 2015

Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar, who is being charged with insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his coverage of a graft probe that implicated members of Erdogan's

 

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

 
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