Sunday, February 01, 2015

Infographic: Turkey’s human rights record in ECHR rulings - RIGHTS

Infographic: Turkey’s human rights record in ECHR rulings

Güven Özalp - Brussels

On Sept. 24, 2012, Turkey allowed its citizens to file individual applications at the Constitutional Court, creating another path to exhaust domestic remedies before applications to the ECHR. As a result, the drop in applications against Ankara at the ECHR appears to be more due to the new, longer domestic process, than it is to improvements in Turkey’s human rights situation.

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Turkey’s Erdogan gets dragged into Indonesia selfie debacle - Al Arabiya News

Turkey’s Erdogan gets dragged into Indonesia selfie debacle

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Sunday, 1 February 2015

The social media war on Felix Siauw, an Indonesian Muslim preacher who issued a fatwa claiming that taking self-portraits was a sin, has taken an international twist, with some online users posting a photo of Turkey’s president with an Indonesian official as part of their campaign against the cleric, reported the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

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Flights, ferries and trains cancelled as storm continues to effect Istanbul - Daily Sabah

Flights, ferries and trains cancelled as storm continues to effect Istanbul
DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL

Dozens of flights and ferries were cancelled on Sunday as the southwestern storm continues to plague the Istanbul and Marmara region.

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Why Turkey’s Erdogan wants to be more like Queen Elizabeth | Al Bawaba

Why Turkey’s Erdogan wants to be more like Queen Elizabeth

Al Bawaba

Turkey’s president has big aspirations. He doesn’t want to be a sultan, but he does want to be like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The comments by Recep Tayyip Erdogan were made on the state-run TRTchannel on Thursday, and were quoted by AFP.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Turkey and the development of democracy in the Middle East

Turkey and the development of democracy in the Middle East

Yaşar Yakış
Sunday, 01 February 2015 09:00

The evolution of democracy in the Middle East in its contemporary sense has gone through various stages. The first was the Ottoman period. With the exception of Iran and Morocco, almost all Middle Eastern countries were part of the Ottoman State for centuries. It is reasonable to say, therefore, that both democracy and the absence thereof must have been at comparable levels across the region for centuries, though some areas may have experienced better democracy than others.

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The US needs Turkey in the war against ISIS | TheHill

The US needs Turkey in the war against ISIS

By Derya Berk

Until the United States realigns its policies in the region and finds ways to empower the Turkish state to continue combating ISIS both militarily and diplomatically, ISIS will continue murdering innocent civilians and journalists.

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The Peninsula Qatar - Turkey and the Gulf

Turkey and the Gulf
February 01, 2015 - 3:24:41 am
Dr Khalid Al Jaber

Are new steps being taken towards enhancing ties between the Gulf and Turkey? If not, I think it is time to take some serious measures in this direction. The chill in relations between the two sides witnessed in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the coldness marking the relations due to the crises in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and more specifically the Gaza Strip, in addition to some economic and investment issues, do not augur well for the region. We can notice that relations on Turkey have formed around two axes – first led by the UAE and Saudi, which is conservative in its approach, and the second by Qatar and Kuwait, which is more flexible, both of which are moving in different directions.

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Smoking ban extends to public places in Turkey

Smoking ban extends to public places in Turkey

Turkey plans to introduce new measures and limitations on the use of tobacco to tackle smoking addiction in public places, Turkish media reported.

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The Guide To Know In Istanbul

The Guide To Know In Istanbul

Istanbul is a city that reveals itself in layers. The iconic sights are obviously in the first layer and are automatic experiences in anyone’s initial visit to the city. But this dynamic city of different cultures that puts both history and the cutting edge on view at the same time has so many interesting, hidden pockets that a good guide/organizer is instrumental to seeing it all. That’s where Eda Sokmen and her company Istanbulite come in.

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Heavy storm in İstanbul cancels 229 domestic and int'l flights

Heavy storm in İstanbul cancels 229 domestic and int'l flights

The Department of Meteorology announced wind speeds of up to 100km/hr in a storm set to heavily impact İstanbul as well as the rest of the Marmara region.

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Turkey, Armenia and the tragedies of wars - Yahoo Maktoob News

Turkey, Armenia and the tragedies of wars

The Battle of Gallipoli was one of the most critical scenes in Turkey's history. Britain and France opened an overseas front in Gallipoli in East Thrace and tried to overcome the Ottomans. The Russian Empire was promised the capital Istanbul by the two of Entente Powers of World War I. It was a fight for the survival of a nation, a struggle for life or death.

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New Greek Defense Minister Prompts Turkey To Scramble Jets

New Greek Defense Minister Prompts Turkey To Scramble Jets
Reuters
Posted: 01/30/2015 12:20 pm EST Updated: 01/30/2015 12:59 pm EST
PANOS KAMMENOS

ATHENS, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompted Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets on Friday, just days after he took office, by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996.

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How to fight Istanbul rednecks - BLIND SPOT

How to fight Istanbul rednecks

BELGİN AKALTAN - belgin.akaltan@hdn.com.tr

Ha ha… You are naïve. You started reading this thinking there is a way of fighting the rednecks of Istanbul. No darlings, there is no way to fight them. They win all the time. They outnumbered you and me a long time ago… They are everywhere. They have taken the city…

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Why is Turkey censoring lingerie, antique books? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Why is Turkey censoring lingerie, antique books?

When did Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been praised by international media for its democratic reforms during its first few years in power, start to turn into what it is today — a ruthless political machine that cracks down on free speech with increasingly potent tools, insisting on its "unconstitutional" course as was seen in the Jan. 28 debate at the parliament?

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Turkey’s Central Bank caves on interest rates - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey’s Central Bank caves on interest rates

Exasperated with long-standing political pressure, Turkey’s Central Bank seems to have caved in, moving to meet the demands of the president and the government to lower interest rates.

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ECtHR: Turkey's violations account for more than the other 46 states combined - CİHAN

ECtHR: Turkey's violations account for more than the other 46 states combined
ISTANBUL - 30.01.2015 17:47:13

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) conducted its annual press conference in Strasbourg on Thursday, where it was revealed that Turkey single-handedly surpassed the remaining 46 states in the Council of Europe (CoE) in terms of cases involving violations of the right to freedom of expression in 2014.

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JOOST LAGENDIJK - Manipulating poisonous myths

Manipulating poisonous myths

Is it because Turkey's negotiations with the European Union are going nowhere so nobody really cares anymore what is being said about that process? Or is it because President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pushed so many other buttons last week -- on the need for Turkey to move to a presidential system, for instance -- so everybody quickly forgot the claims he made about the EU?

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