Turkey use same misleading stats on rapes in Sweden as used by Islamophobes to prove Muslims in Sweden are rapists. http://pic.twitter.com/H8HpSmoYR1
— ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) August 19, 2016
A car bomb hit police headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Elaziğ on Thursday morning, killing three police officers and wounding 217 people. Hours later another bomb blast tore through a military vehicle in the Hizan district of the Bitlis province, killing four and wounding seven others. Authorities are blaming the attacks on Kurdish militants, who frequently target police in Turkey’s mainly-Kurdish southeast
Much is made of male circumcision (or sünnet) in Turkey, a ritual that many believe marks the first step of a boy becoming a man. Photographer Bradley Secker has gained access to Istanbul’s Circumcision Palace, which claims to have performed more than 100,000 of the operations since it opened in 1976.
The EU will fail in anchoring policy reform in Turkey as a result of becoming hostage to inter-governmentalism and the zero-sum-game dynamics associated with it.
James Stavridis, NATO supreme allied commander, testifying on Capitol Hill, 2013. Now retired, calls on Obama Administration in Foreign Policy magazine, to be ‘nice to Erdogan’.Molly Riley/ Press Association. All rights reserved.Western interpretations of the botched coup in Turkey and its aftermath are varied. Nevertheless, if one draws a vector that represents the divergent arguments a consensus view with two components can be detected: (i) a readiness to accept the Turkish government’s argument that the coup was staged by the Islamic Gülen Movement that infiltrated the Turkish state institutions, including the military; and (ii) expressions of concerns about the future of democracy in Turkey given the announcement of a state of emergency and the extent of the post-coup purges.
Vía Erkan’s Field Diary http://ift.tt/2blVAQy