“US Congress Passes Resolution Condemning Assault by Erdoğan’s Bodyguards…

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2017 at 17:58

New York Times – Malachy Browne – May 26

The New York Times reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, including armed members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington last week. Many of the protesters were American


The US congress passed a resolution condemning President Erdoğan’s bodyguards assaulting the protestors outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017 during Erdoğan’s visit.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter as part of an investigation launched into him in Turkey for being a member of an armed terrorist organization.

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A new project on Syrian refugees in Turkey: “Why am I in Turkey?” (@nedenTRdeyim)

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2017 at 12:33


We can only understand each other, when we know the other’s story.

There are over 3 million refugees living in Turkey. When we turn on the news in Turkey and look at international media all we see and hear are numbers of how many refugees are in Turkey or how many are fleeing to Europe from Turkey. By lumping these people into numbers it distances ourselves from understanding, Who they are ? What is your story?

Call them what you want refugees, migrants, at the end of the day they, just like you and me, human. They are seeking a better life, and live. It’s personal life experiences that touches people to create empathy, which reminds them they too share the same experiences in different forms and ways.

Project W.A.I.T (Why am I in Turkey) aims to publish 120 stories of individuals from various cities in Turkey. By sharing the stories of refugees in Turkey to the world, we hope that it will create bridges and also combat the negative outlook at people who are seeking a better life. Only when we understand each other, only then we can work to build a common future.

W.A.I.T is a project run by the Dialogue for Common Future Association. Which believes and promotes a vision for Turkey where its future is shaped by creating dialogue not by conflict and polarization. Where fundamental rights and liberties are not negotiated. Where the politics based on values rather than rational interests is denied — the common interests are realized only through the means of dialogue.

If you would like to share your story sign up by clicking here.

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#Europe agenda: Trump goes to Europe…

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2017 at 11:58




Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel are setting the EU on course for reforms and deeper integration of the Eurozone. However countries in Central and Eastern Europe are critical of the plans, fearing that a core Europe will leave them behind. How should the region position itself? Is conversion to the euro the only way to avoid being left on the periphery?

Manchester explosion: Witnesses share their stories

Powerful stories from people who were at Manchester Arena on Monday night.
Salman Abedi, 22, is the man suspected of having killed 22 people and injured 59 in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

Hungarians march against Orban crackdown

Thousands of protesters, on Sunday, called on Hungarian leader to repeal laws against foreign funded NGOs and a top university in Budapest.
Thousands of protesters marched through Budapest on Sunday in a demonstration against tough laws targeting foreign-backed NGOs and higher education institutions, amid rising tensions between Budapest and Brussels.

‘Mercron’: The EU’s new power couple

Freshly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the new power couple leading the charge against anti-European populists and trying to put the struggling EU back on track, analysts say.

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