EU/Turkey

'Just say no to a coat-wearing Santa,' culture minister urges

Hurriyet Daily News 19 April 2010

The modern image of Santa Claus is a creation of the Coca-Cola Company that does not reflect the real gift-giving figure on which the icon was based, says Culture Minister Ertug(rul Günay, calling

 

Turkish Cypriot hard-liner wins presidential election

RussiaToday 19 April 2010

Voters in the self-proclaimed Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have elected Dervis Eroglu as their next president. Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu won on Sunday, April

 

Christian Turks Tortured to Death for Evangelism Remem-bered on 2-Year Anniversary

WorldNetDaily 16 April 2010
By Bob Unruh

A new video about the martyrdom of three Christian workers at the hands of Islamic activists in Turkey reveals that while the government's case against the alleged killers continues in turmoil and confusion, the Christian community in the Muslim nation views the tragedy as the will of God.

"Malayta," available now as the April 18 third anniversary of the deaths approaches, is from Austin Stone Community Church, Voice of the Martyrs and Family Christian Movies. It tells the story of the martyrdom of Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske and Ugur Yuksel. The three, who were working at a Christian publishing house, had agreed to meet with several young Muslim men who expressed interest in the Bible.

 

Protests after Turkish minister calls homosexuality 'a disease'

PinkNews.co.uk 16 April 2010

Gay rights activists held a protest over a Turkish minister who said that homosexuality was "a disease". Aliye Kavaf, the minister for women and family, made the remarks last month. She said: "I

 

Turkish public institutions failing to employ women, says minister

Hurriyet Daily News 16 April 2010

Public institutions are failing to employ women in high positions, the country’s labor minister said Friday during an address to a women’s entrepreneurial conference in Istanbul. The labor

 

Turkish unemployment up to 14.5 percent

UPI 16 April 2010

The unemployment rate in Turkey rose a full percentage point to 14.5 percent in January, the Turkish Statistics Institute in Ankara said Friday. The agency said 230,000 people became newly

 

Separating Islam From Terrorism

FrontPage Magazine 15 April 2010
By Robert Spencer

Barack Obama has removed all mention of Islam from the National Security Strategy document, which during the Bush Administration said: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”

Obama apparently agrees with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said Monday: "Islam and terrorism cannot be mentioned together, because they are contradictory to each other.”

 

EU Uncritical of Turkish Constitution Plan

ISN, Center for Security Studies (CSS) 13 April 2010
By Robert M Cutler

The EU should recall Talleyrand’s dictum that "the devil is in the details” when evaluating Turkish constitutional amendments proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara,

 

Pro-Kurdish Politician Türk Attacked

Bianet  13 April 2010

Ahmet Türk, former co-chair of closed Democratic Society Party, was attacked after a court hearing in Samsun. Türk was taken to hospital and underwent surgery because his nose was broken. Erhan

 

Translations: Mili Gorüs - Now and Then

blogspotKitmanTV 12 April 2010

Milli Görüs, is essentially an Ottoman-islamic movement inspired by Necmettin Erbakans writings. The political parties propagating his views were often banned because they violated Turkey’s secularist legislation.

Following the ban of the Virtue Party (FP) the movement split up in the Felicity Party representing Erbakan’s old guard, and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) led by younger and more pragmatic politicians around Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 

High school website defaced with flags, guns, and rap

The Tech Herald  12 April 2010
By Steve Ragan

After an image of a Turkish flag, handgun, and awkward rap video replaced the main page, the Eden Prairie High School's website was shut down Sunday, and replaced with a generic "unavailable” error

 

Judiciary accuses Turkish government of targeting its independence

Hurriyet Daily News 12 April 2010

Hasan Gerceker, the head of Supreme Court of Appeals, accused Turkey’s ruling party of threatening judicial independence as high-ranking judicial members convened in Ankara on Monday to evaluate the

 

A Muslim Brotherhood for Turks

Gates of Vienna, KitmanTV 11 April 2010

Many thanks to Kitman for the translation and subtitling of this news report from German TV about the Turkish radical Islamic organization Millî Görüs.

 

Paris: 6000 Turks Gather...

GalliaWatch 9 April 2010

Here is a 30-second video of last night's intimate gathering of 6000 Turks at the Zenith Theater in Paris. See my preceding post.

 

Turkish soldiers go on trial for anti-government plot

A Turkish admiral and 16 other suspects went on trial Friday on charges of involvement in a plot to discredit and unseat the government, Anatolia news agency reported. It was one of several cases

 

Journalist Detained for Speaking Kurdish at Court

Bianet  9 April 2010

Mehdi Tanrikulu, editorial manager of the Kurdish Azadiya Welat newspaper, was arrested upon his claim to make his defence in court in Kurdish. Tanrikulu faces imprisonment of up to ten years. He

 

Turkey's Erdogan meets Sarkozy in Paris despite EU divide

France24 8 April 2010

France reiterated its opposition to European Union membership for Turkey during a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, and a minister said the two countries had agreed to

 

Television becomes Turkey's new weapon to seduce the Arab world

France24 8 April 2010

After using enhanced diplomacy and trade to bolster ties with Middle Eastern neighbours, Turkey now has a new weapon to seduce the Arab world: a state television channel in Arabic accessible to more

 

ECHR: Turkey Pays € 400,000 for Torture

Bianet  8 April 2010

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) convicted Turkey of torture in the case of six people who were arrested because of alleged connections to the Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) 13

 

Bosnian colleges draw Turks avoiding headscarf ban

Reuters India 6 April 2010

About 1,000 Turkish students have left home to attend university in Bosnia, attracted by the low cost of living, good food and -- for women -- the right to wear an Islamic headscarf. World On

 
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