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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Turkish dilemma: should they pay or should they go? | Al Bawaba

A Turkish dilemma: should they pay or should they go?

Published June 24th, 2016 - 16:30 GMT

It's now possible to pay for not going to the military service in Turkey. This became the starting point of making a documentary where PhD student Onur Bakır explores complex attitudes of society towards the military service and suggests another solution: giving people the choice to serve by working for an NGO, being a librarian or doing social work, like reforestation.

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How Turkey's journalists are fighting Erdogan's attack on press

How Turkey's journalists are fighting Erdogan's attack on press

Tens of print and media outlets have been either seized or forced to shut down by the Turkish authorities in the past few years. Hundreds of journalists have been jailed, intimidated or fined for their journalistic works. Space for independent journalism in the country has shrunk alarmingly.

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Erdogan calls for swift removal of Trump name from Istanbul Towers over The Donald’s ‘Islamophobia’ — RT News

Erdogan calls for swift removal of Trump name from Istanbul Towers over The Donald’s ‘Islamophobia’
Published time: 25 Jun, 2016 17:29

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for the immediate removal of the ‘Trump’ name from the Trump Towers Istanbul due to the likely Republican presidential nominee’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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EU being Islamophobic vis-a-vis Turkey - The Journal of Turkish Weekly

EU being Islamophobic vis-a-vis Turkey

They have been keeping Turkey waiting at their door for 53 years

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Pandora’s Box - FATİH ÇEKİRGE

Pandora’s Box

However you slice it, the result of the referendum in the United Kingdom to exit the European Union is the start of another era in Europe. After the era of princedoms, there came the era of nations. After the era of nations, comes the era of racism.

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False friends forever

False friends forever

Germany is facing a crucial question. How can the refugees be stopped? Demonstrating an alarming lack of historical awareness, Chancellor Angela Merkel is putting all her faith in an alliance with Turkey. Yet as events of the early 20th century clearly showed, Germany should never make its political destiny dependent on co-operation with the nationalistic Turkish state. An essay by Stefan Buchen

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As Turkey's Tourism Industry Suffers, Turkish Airlines Shifts its Strategy – Skift

As Turkey’s Tourism Industry Suffers, Turkish Airlines Shifts its Strategy

Benjamin Harvey, Bloomberg - Jun 24, 2016 11:00 am

— Brian Sumers

Temel Kotil is leaning over his seat, imploring a passenger behind him to take a glass of juice: “It’s fresh, try it,” he says as a flight attendant displays three different varieties on a tray.

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With Brexit Turkey Loses Its Biggest Champion in Europe - WSJ

With Brexit Turkey Loses Its Biggest Champion in Europe

Turkish officials see rising Islamophobia and anti-Turkey sentiment in Europe

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Turkey grants immunity to security forces fighting militants

Turkey grants immunity to security forces fighting militants
by Reuters
Friday, 24 June 2016 09:11 GMT

ANKARA, June 24 (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament has granted immunity from prosecution to members of the armed forces conducting counter-terrorism operations as security forces battle Kurdish militants in fighting that has killed thousands in the past year.

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Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia
24.06.2016

Before dawn in Istanbul, in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. A turbaned Turkish cleric kneels on a prayer carpet and prepares to recite verses from the Koran.

"In the name of God, the compassionate and the merciful..."

Nothing especially unusual – except the cleric is reading not in a mosque but what is officially a museum. And the museum is the Hagia Sophia, one of the single most emblematic edifices of human civilisation. A masterpiece of architecture, the Hagia Sophia was first built as a church in the sixth century under the Christian Byzantine Empire as the centrepiece of its capital Constantinople, today's Istanbul.

More:Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia
24.06.2016

Before dawn in Istanbul, in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. A turbaned Turkish cleric kneels on a prayer carpet and prepares to recite verses from the Koran.

"In the name of God, the compassionate and the merciful..."

Nothing especially unusual – except the cleric is reading not in a mosque but what is officially a museum. And the museum is the Hagia Sophia, one of the single most emblematic edifices of human civilisation. A masterpiece of architecture, the Hagia Sophia was first built as a church in the sixth century under the Christian Byzantine Empire as the centrepiece of its capital Constantinople, today's Istanbul.

More:Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia