US embassy warns, Germany, UK and Netherlands embassies closed in #istanbul for a possible terorist attack…

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2023 at 16:11

US Embassy issues warning about danger of terrorist attacks in Istanbul | The Independent

Diplomats warn of ‘possible imminent retaliatory attacks by terrorists against churches, synagogues … or other places Westerners frequent’

The decision followed those made by the Consulate-Generals of Great Britain and the Netherlands in İstanbul, both of which are temporarily closed, and warnings that “risk of terror attacks” could follow the Qur’an burning demonstrations in Sweden and Denmark.

Istanbul Airport Second World’s Most Connected – Travel Daily Media

According to a statement released by the airport’s operator, IGA, last Thursday, Istanbul Airport has the “second greatest connectivity” of any

Göztepe rated Istanbul’s most polluted neighborhood last year – Hürriyet Daily News

With air pollution in Istanbul increasing by 9 percent compared to the previous years, Kadıköy’s Göztepe neighborhood experienced the highest

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#Election2023- The main opposition alliance unveils its government program

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2023 at 23:36

The six-party Nation Alliance has unveiled its ambitious and comprehensive government program covering nine major areas, 75 subtitles with more than 2,000 targets to overhaul the governance system, economic policies, foreign policy, education and social policies for placing Türkiye into the league of high-income countries in the world.

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The 2023 Turkish general election is scheduled to take place on May 14, 2023. [2]

This election will be a tight test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule as he seeks to extend his rule into a third decade[3]

The polls suggest that the election will be closely contested, with many voters expressing anger towards the millions of refugees in Turkey and the deepening economic crisis [4]


Erdogan says Turkish elections to be held on May 14

Turkish president announces the date for the country’s presidential and parliamentary polls.

Politicians all over the world tell voters that the next election in their country will be “the most important one of their lives”; it’s a favored, and well-trodden, get-out-the-vote tactic in the United States and beyond. In 2023, though, there is one country where a claim about an election’s existential importance might really be true: Turkey.

This week, the country’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved up the date of the forthcoming Turkish presidential and parliamentary votes to May 14, a month earlier than expected, even as the country reels from a spiralling economic crisis and increasing social polarization.

Turkey tops ECHR list in total number of applications in 2022

Kavala was arrested in 2017 on charges that he helped to plan the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. He was cleared of these charges in February

Sixteen years without Hrant: The killing and the trial

Here is a summary of the events since Hrant Dink was put on trial for “insulting Turkishness” in 2004.
The 23-year-old Kemal Kurkut was shot dead in 2017 while he was entering the celebration area.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday signalled that he intended to call the next general election for May 14.

HDP: ‘We will run with our own candidate for presidency’

“Nobody should link HDP with any other political party, either a or b. HDP is a great power in Türkiye,” said Pervin Buldan of HDP.

Police officer slaps HDP İstanbul head, journalist who filmed the incident detained

members gathered to demand freedom for ill prisoners. Police dispersed the crowd.

Journalists of Kurdish media outlets: Behind bars for 6 months without indictment

Journalists in Diyarbakır called for justice for their colleagues: “Our friends are taken hostage since June 16 and still there is no indictment prepared. This is because there is no crime and there is no accusation to be made.”

Voters suffering from the president’s terrible economic policies might have finally had enoughCourts in Turkey generally bow to the wishes of the country’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This is unsurprising, given his purges of judges and prosecutors during his two decades in power. So last week’s court verdict sentencing Istanbul’s popular opposition mayor, Ekrem İmamoğlu, to more than two years in jail and banning him from public life followed a familiar pattern.

Report: Fewer journalists in prison but more face trials, fines in Türkiye

While the number of incarcerated journalists are significantly lower compared to the period after the 2016 coup attempt, the government is still using court cases to intimidate journalists, according to a monitoring group.
A vote has started to elect the board of Armenian minoriry foundations.
The extradition of Bulent Kenes is a key demand by Ankara to ratify Stockholm’s NATO membership.

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A charlatan played for the Putin’s hands, and Sweden’s NATO bid pauses- for the moment

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2023 at 16:45

I don’t believe in conspiracies much, so Paludan acted of his free will, but this does not change the fact that it was a stupid act that helped Russian ambitions in the last analysis. Fascists increasingly use Western freedoms to pursue their political goals…
The burning of the Qur’an in Stockholm has sparked criticism across the Islamic world and deepened a standoff with Turkey over Sweden’s bid to join NATO[1][2]. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden not to expect support for its bid for NATO membership after the incident[3]. Turkey expressed outrage after a far-right politician burns a Quran during an Islamophobic protest in front of its embassy in Stockholm[4].
Türkiye on Jan. 24 postponed NATO accession talks with Sweden and Finland, further denting the Nordic neighbours’ hopes of joining the Western defence alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Permit for demonstration at which anti-Islam provocateur burned Muslim holy book was paid for by far-right journalist linked to Moscow-backed media


Türkiye’s president cast serious doubt on NATO’s expansion on Jan. 23 after warning Sweden not to expect support for its bid for membership into the military alliance following provocative Quran burning incident.
First, a demonstration in Stockholm, protesting Türkiye’s requests from Sweden to extradite “terror” suspects where an effigy of President Erdoğan was hung by the feet, and then the burning of a copy of Qur’an in front of the Embassy of Türkiye scuppered Türkiye-Sweden NATO talks.

Timeline of political relations between Sweden and Turkey

Sweden’s bid for NATO membership faces a dead end after a rally by the far right burns the Quran.

Which European nations are handling the energy crisis best?

France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece are doing some things right, but face challenging times ahead, say experts.

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