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EFD Rights Watch: “Child bride” issue as vital as always… Not surprisingly Press Freedom Upside Down…

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2014 at 13:41

Investigation deepens into death of child bride in southeastern Turkey

 

An investigation into the death of a 14-year-old mother in the southeastern province of Siirt has been intensified

Father of child bride victim voices doubts on her circumstances of death

 

The case widens as the Family Ministry applies to become a party in the legal proceedings

 

False intelligence reports responsible of Uludere massacre: Report

The Uludere/Roboski massacre, in which 34 people were killed by an airstrike, was allegedly caused by false intelligence information, daily Taraf claimed

Press Freedom Upside Down!

No single policemen have been convicted of assault towards journalists during Turkey’s Gezi Resistance. While 59 journalists and 23 publishers entered 2014 behind bars, 13 defendants including 4 journalists have been convicted of “terrorism” charges according to Turkish Penal Code and Anti-Terror Act with 2 life sentences and a total of 1,609 years and 4 months of prison.

Turkey: With Mainstream Media Muzzled, Alternative Outlets Plug Gaps

After working as a respected journalist for 25 years in numerous capacities, including a stint as a columnist at one of Turkey’s largest newspapers, Serdar Akinan found himself in early 2013 at a career crossroads: would he continue working in the mainstream Turkish media or open up a pizza place?

Turkish human rights activist Zarakolu to live in Sweden for 2 years

PanARMENIAN.Net

Zarakolu’s son, Deniz Zarakolu, who is an editor at Belge Publishing House and a Ph.D. student at Bilgi University, was arrested weeks earlier, on Oct 7. On March 19, 2012, Zarakolu was formally indicted under the charge of “aiding and abetting an

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EFD Rights Watch: Gezi not an incident related to terror, prosecutor says…Apollinaire publisher on trial

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2013 at 00:59

The book, titled ‘Through the Eyes of Journalists: Resistance and Gezi Park Photographs,’ includes photographs taken by 21 photo journalists during the events

 The book, titled ‘Through the Eyes of Journalists: Resistance and Gezi Park Photographs,’ includes photographs taken by 21 photo journalists during the events

Gezi not an incident related to terror, prosecutor says

Ankara Public Prosecutor in charge of terror activities denied to oversee the Gezi Park case in the scope of terror crimes

Apollinaire publisher on trial in Turkey

Turkish publisher and translator of French writer’s Les Exploits d’un Jeune Don Juan accused of corrupting public morality

Füsun Erdoğan Addresses Turkey’s EU Minister

Jailed journalist Füsun Erdoğan urged Turkey’s EU Minister to prove the allegations on a letter sent to Swedish parliamentarians which claimed that she was a “bomber” and “assaulted people”.

Over 5,000 Turkish women applied for help due to violence in 2012: Ministry

The number of women in Turkey who sought the support of the Family and Social Policies Ministry due to domestic violence totaled more than 5,000 last year

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Ayşe Özer: KADININ YALIN HALİ

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2013 at 22:50

KADININ YALIN HALİ

Bünyesine bir sözcük dahi alamayacak kadar tam ve bütün müdür artık? Dengeler adına silahsız bırakılmış bir militan gibi şair olmayı seçer belki de. En fazla ikinci sınıf bir türkü barda kendi kendine vokal yapan bir şarkıcı gibi leyli de yar loylu da yar. Yanındaki bütün sandalyelerin boş olduğu hayli birinci sınıf bir lokantada kimseyle göz göze gelmemek için okuduğu gazetesini indirdiğinde “masayı çok meşgul ettin” bakışını tanır şef garsonun gözünde. Nasıl ki fuhuşun felsefesini yapmak yerine namusun bekçiliğini yapmayı seçmiştir seçici geçirgen çoğunluk, yalnızlığın felsefesini de kadına bırakır. Felsefenin eylemi içine almasına izin vermez, arkadan fermuarlı elbiselerinin fermuarını kapatabilmek için uzun kurdeleler bağlar o da. Evet, yalnızlık kadına mahsustur.

Yalnızlık bir yolculuksa o yol kadının kendisine çıkar. Dünyaya Ay’dan bakar gibi kendine bakabilir böylece. Özgürlüğünün bedeli hep yalnızlık olur kadının. Özgürleştikçe yalnızlaşan, yalnızlaştıkça özgürleşen. Yalınlıktan gelir nasılsa kelimenin kökü. Etimoloji tesadüfleri sevmez, velakin sefil bir bilim olabilir çoğu zaman.

“Yalnız Kadınlar Sokağı var mı?” Sorusunun yanıtı hep olumsuzdur kitapçılarda. Kitabın stokları tükenmiş. Tükenir elbet. Yalnız kadınlar tükenmez. Neredeyse her sokak yalnız kadınlar sokağı artık. Belediye adresler karışmasın diye her birine numara vermeli. Best seller olmuştur kitap. Kadının yalın hali yok satmaktadır. Kitabın sorulduğu kitapçıların yüzünde bildik bir gülümseme. Bu bakışları bir yerlerden hatırlar kadın. Mesela benzincide, oto sanayide, futbol maçında, araba yıkama servislerinde, araç muayene istasyonlarında, araba park ederken, erkek iktidar alanlarında yani her yerde, sesini biraz fazla çıkardığı, orada olmaması gerektiği halde olduğu her yerde vardır bu gülümseme. Hem kadınların hem de erkeklerin yüzünde olur. Oysa başında sinek kadar kocası olduğu halde yalnız olan ne kadar çok kadın vardır. Kendi içinde yalnız. Kendini bile bulamadığından. Kadının kadınlığından değil, yalnızlığından erkeğin faydalanması olabilir evlilik çoğu kez.

-Doğru dürüst uyuyamıyorum doktor.

-Peki, horluyor musunuz?

-Bilmiyorum uykuma tanık olan kimse yok ki.

Uykusuna tanık olan kimsesi olmamaktır yalnızlık. Hani o kimsesizlerin kimsesi cumhuriyetin-her şeyi devletten de beklememek lazım gerçi- ve onun Fransa’dan önce bizlere verdiği seçme ve seçilme hakkının kurtaramadığı. “Kurtardığın Türk kadını sana bağlılığını sunar” madalyonları vardı eskiden. Ha işte o madalyonun bir de öbür yüzü var. Sokakta “gelsin koca, gelsin devlet” diye bağırır kadın örgütleri “Asla yalnız yürümeyeceksin” der bir spor kulübünün sloganıyla, oysa o düşük desibelli sesler bir futbol kulübünü cezalandırmak için kullanılır ancak. “Gökyüzünde yalnız gezen yıldızlar yeryüzünde sizin kadar yalnızım” şarkısının nakaratını tribün coşkusuyla ve taraftar sesiyle söyleyecek kadar büyük bir kitledir artık yalnız kadınlar. Yalnızlık çok seslidir.

Beyaz dantel gecelikli, narin vücutlu, veremli kadınlar olurdu o eski zaman filmlerinde. Sevdiği adamın terk ettiği kadın verem olur, kan tükürürdü ipek mendillere. O zarafet de yoktur modern zamanlardaki kadının yalnızlığında. Kimse elinden tutmadığı için topuklu pabuçlarının üzerinde, kendi ayakları üzerinde durmaktan parmak uçları nasırlı, bakışlar hep ufka kenetli.  Bir narin ince porselen fincandı kadın, biri onu hunharca aldı kutunun içinden, bir antikacıda umursanmamış olmanın hüznüyle kırık parçaları bir lavanta kesesinin içindedir şimdi.

Yalnızken biri daha büyür içinde. Lamba cini gibi ikide bir çıkıp dile benden ne dilersen der. Haydi şımart kendini. Ya da dik dur der ona işyerinde tacize uğradığında. O içindeki her kimse kadın değil. Kendisine sahip çıksın diye var ettiği hermafrodit bir varlık sanki.

Hay o biyolojik saatin zembereğine! Biyolojik saat bas bas bağırırken kentli bile olsa evlenmeden çocuk yapamadığından kadın, gerekli spermi elde ettikten sonra boşar kocasını ve yalnız kalır yine. Kocasının soyadıyla meşhur olmuş bir aktrist ise erkek tarafı dava açar, “zinhar bizden değildir” der. Tek başına ayakta durabilme yetisi ile yaratılmıştır da erkeğin kaburgasından, dişlerindeki elma kokusu büyük günahını hatırlatmaktadır her öpüşünde. Erkeğin özgürlüğü çok eşlilikle, kadının özgürlüğü yalnızlıkla bir aradadır.

Bir şairin cümlelerini düzeltemez bir bilgisayar programı. Altını kırmızıyla çizer durur da, o yüklemsiz tümceler hep yüklemsiz kalır. Yüklemsiz tümceler gibi altını çizer toplum yalnız kadınların. Önemli yerlerin altını çizer gibi makyaj yapar kadın da. Saklamak ister hayatın yorgunluğunu. Sonra mutfakta bir kavanoz düşer, kırılır. Kadın ağlamaya başlar. Neye ağlıyorsa ona ağlayamaz genellikle. Kendini kullanılmamış hisseder. Var ettikleri ile var olamamanın acısıyla, kendi kendine yalan söylemeye başladığından bu yana kimseye inanmadığından içli içli ağlar kavanozun kırılışına. Sessizliğin sesinden ürküp de, ses olsun diye açtığı televizyonda bir izdivaç programı: elinde mikrofon tutan bir adam, ekranın yan tarafında 35 yaşında olduğu, evinin arabasının olduğu yazılı. 20-25 yaşlarında bir kız arayası. En az on yaş fark olsun tabii ki, kendine baksın kadın da. Her gece ağlayarak uyuyan bir kadına göz çevresi kremi neylesin. Herkesin giderli şarkılardan nasibini aldığı bir dönemde aşk için, aşkla, aşk şiiri yazamaz artık kimse. “Bir kedim bile yok anlıyor musun?” diye şarkı söyleyen kadının bahçesine bir dolu kedicik bırakılır sonra. Kedi senin köpeğin olsun be abla! Severiz biz kelimenin ilk anlamını. Kavramlar düşer, el yordamıyla karanlıkta bulduğu kırıntıları aşk zanneder bazen kadın da. Sevgi Soysal’ın Tante Rosa’sı gibi 12 öyküde tamamlanır bazen kadınca bilemeyişleri. Bazen yazsan roman olur.

Kadının, kadınlığın yalın halinde bir gizli özne vardır muhakkak. O yüklemsiz tümcenin altını bütün yazı programları çizse de, şair orada çok şey demek istemiştir. O büyük mısraın şairi de sadece o mısraın yanına imza atmış, “bu benimdir” demişse bir bildiği vardır. “Bu yalnızlık benim ilişmeyin”. Bu da benim, ilişmeyin.

Oh boy, Turkish police chief says “Social media prompts police suicides.. A social fabric roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2013 at 17:05

Social media prompts police suicides, says Turkish chief

Turkey’s general police director has blamed social media for the rise in police officer suicides in the country

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Turkish Red Crescent ‘blames science’ for AIDS infection via blood transplant

The Turkish Red Crescent has blamed ‘flaws of science’ for the death of a patient who was infected with HIV following a blood transfusion

Turkish women want bigger role in politics

Currently, only 26 of 2,950 mayors and 110 of 3,979 provincial council members are women

Ruling AKP deputy insists on single-sex education as option

A senior member of the ruling AKP, who has been vocal in his objection to mixed-sex education, insisted that what he said was solely meant to offer an alternative in the educational system

Turkey’s Family Ministry aims to prevent divorces

The Family and Social Policies Ministry is working on a project in which the family ombudsman will offer psychological support to married couples who are seeking to get a divorce.

 

Ahmet Kaya would stand next to both Gezi protestors and Barzani, his widow says

Ahmet Kaya would support both to the Gezi Park protests and the recent Diyarbakır visit from the KRG, his widow says

 

Women employment in Turkey shows high rise but low quality

Despite women’s participation in labor market rises in Turkey, most of them are employed at works that require less qualifications or don’t provide social security.

 

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Gov’t actions revitalize Kemalism. “One million plus visits to Atatürk Mausoleum on Nov 10… A social fabric roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2013 at 15:07

One million plus visits to Atatürk Mausoleum on Nov 10

One million people visited the Anıtkabir mausoleum of the nation’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in the capital Ankara

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Turkey’s student houses spark culture war

Prime minister’s move to stop males and females from living together has sparked a furious debate over how far he is encroaching on individual rights

Headscarved women become more active, Turkey’s first lady says

First Lady Hayrunisa Gül said the women with headscarves have become more apparent in the Turkey because they have begun to be more involved in life

What happened to Turkey’s Islamized Armenians?

Al-Monitor

Yielding to heavy pressure, Istanbul‘s Bogazici University backed down from hosting the conference, and the event had to move to the privateBilgi University. The detractors, however, did not stop there. Furious demonstrators bullied the participants

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I wond what Scandinavians feel as Erdoğan’s Interior Minister believes that “Mixed-student apartments home to terrorist and illegal organizations

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2013 at 00:09

Since government’s delusional conservative politics do get domestic and global reactions, it now aims to use the “security” card. However, connections made are hard to hold logically, only the ideologically determined conservatives get them….


Mixed-student apartments home to terrorist and illegal organizations, interior minister says

Muammer Güler brought another dimension to the debate on mixed-student housing, arguing that many apartments harbored terror activities

Turkey‘s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen arrive at a news conference at the Government Banquet Hall in Helsinki, November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Turkey, EU revive membership talks after three-year freeze

Turkey and the European Union began a new round of membership talks on Tuesday (5 November), months after EU member states delayed them in protest over a Turkish crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

EU and Turkish negotiators spoke optimistically about a new momentum in Turkey’s long-stalled membership drive after they met in Brussels to begin talks on a new chapter, or policy area, of accession talks, the first opened in more than three years.

 

Turkish PM protested with ‘one minute’ remark during speech at Finnish business forum

A woman was forcibly removed from a session of business forum for protesting PM Erdoğan
Police detain 11 as students occupy Ankara University faculty building

Students expressed their opposition to YÖK with a number of protests across Turkey
Turkish main opposition rebuffs government’s intention on student houses

PM Erdoğan’s suggestion that new regulations could be drawn up to prevent male and female students from living together has sparked uproar
Sarp Kuray Sentenced to Life Again

Istanbul 9th High Criminal Court sentenced Sarp Kuray to life sentence again, a verdict that has previously been overthrown by ECHR due to lack of fair trial.
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Conservative regulatory discourses dominate the Turkish politics at the moment…

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2013 at 13:32

Turkish PM says gov’t ‘has to intervene’ in mixed-sex accommodation

Turkish Prime Minister has reiterated remarks opposing mixed-sex accommodation of students

 

Turkish PM vows to ‘intervene’ in mixed-sex student housing

france24.com – 5/11/13 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated his intention to oppose mixed-sex student accommodation, saying his government must ‘intervene’. “It’s not clear what is going on in these places. They are all mixed up

 

Turkey’s women image ‘conservative’

The majority of Turkish society sees women as homemakers, a survey shows.

 

More bans on smoking to be introduced in Turkey

A non-smoking section in the outdoor areas of cafes and restaurants will be obligatory, according to an action plan

Jailed PKK leader Öcalan may have new visitors before elections

The government may consider letting journalists to visit Öcalan to revive the stalled peace process

BDP Responses to Government’s Imrali Remarks

BDP Group Interim Chairperson Buldan told bianet on the recent remarks of Justice Minister Ergin on the off-listing of Imrali visitors who criticized the peace process.

 

Ruling AKP faced previous coup attempts before 2010, says Turkey’s justice minister

The Turkish justice minister said there have been hidden coup attempts during the rule of the Justice and Development

 

Turkish Parliament to solve ‘trousers’ problem

Parliament’s Constitution Commission will hold a meeting in the coming days in a bid to resolve the controversy over the ban on trousers for female deputies.

 

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Erdoğan’s latest election stunt: “Female, male students living together against our character

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2013 at 18:21

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Cover of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

His preferred election agenda is to play for conservative hearts and minds so we will hear more of this line of statements…. 

Female, male students living together against our character: Turkish PM

Turkish PM Erdoğan has condemned female and male students’ staying under one roof

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Turkey forges ahead with trade deals in Middle East

While Turkey eyes more commercial opportunities in other countries, it signs a trade deal with the Ras al Khaimah Free Trade Zone, the UAE’s one of the rising star that has over 6,000 companies

Turkey’s ‘Rockin’ Imam’ Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries

By day, he’s in charge of a small mosque in a village in southeastern Turkey. By night, Ahmet Tuzer becomes the lead singer in the band FiRock, which mixes Sufi mysticism and psychedelic rock.

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EFD Rights Watch: “an on line (internet) monument to commemorate women who lost their lives due to domestic violence….

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2013 at 22:55

Anıt Sayaç - Şiddetten ölün kadınlar için dijital ANIT

The Monument Counter is an on line (internet) monument to commemorate women who lost their lives due to domestic violence. It is also a counter that is updated every day.

It has been announced that between January and September 2012 that 125 women lost their lives due to domestic violence. The Monument Counter has been therefore conceived as a device to generate public awareness concerning the rising number of deaths due to domestic violence and bring unknown data into light. This website will have the names of dead women and is not only an awareness raising mechanism directed against society concerning domestic violence but also is a monument for the dead women.

The counter masks a rising threat while also reporting about the continuity of violence. The Monument Counter does not only demonstrate a worrying increase, a burdensome accumulation but also invites an urgent count down. As the counter counts up, hope vanishes. It disappears one by one.

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82 Students Expelled From Residence Due to Gezi Protests

82 university has been expelled from state-run student residences in Samsun for attending Gezi Resistance protests – a penalty that also included the suspension of their scholarships and loans.

General staff apologizes to BDP for language use on report of soldier stabbed in southeastern Turkey

The Turkish general staff apologized to the BDP after publishing a report on Oct. 30 about a soldier allegedly stabbed by militants connected to the PKK in the southeastern town of Cizre

IHD Calls For “Life Action” to Release Sick Inmates

Human Rights Association (IHD) called for a 2-day action that will demand the immediate release of 526 sick inmates (with 154 in serious condition) across Turkey’s prisons.

Well-known steps in the Roma People Package

The steps announced by the Turkish government in relation with the Roma people have fallen short of meeting the expectations.

ODTÜ plans have nothing to do with Ankara Mayor Gökçek: Minister

Minister Eroğlu underlined the removal of trees for ODTÜ road plan should not be considered as a result of an individual initiative by Gökçek

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The Guardian on a quest: Who really invented the doner kebab?- A social fabric roundup

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2013 at 14:06

Who really invented the doner kebab?

The Guardian (UK) Tuesday, October 29, G2, p. 3 James Ramsden Kadir Nurman died this week in Berlin at the age of 80, leaving in his wake the kind of legacy many of us can only dream of. For Nurman was the inventor of that king of midnight feasts, the doner kebab. Or so they

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Another Döner kebab Another Döner kebab (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Up to 91,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth every year in Turkey: UN

Ensuring gender equality is a must to decrease this number, UNFPA‘s representative says

Turkish people want to save money, but cannot

Turkish consumers say they want to save money, but could not due to their high debts, according to the latest ‘Consumers’ Saving Tendencies Survey’

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