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“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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New photo from Facebook May 25, 2017 at 10:25AM

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2017 at 09:25

Birleşik Krallık’ta, ABD’de ve Doğu Avruda’da (Türkiye de dahil edilebilir) gözetim (!). via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook May 24, 2017 at 11:40AM

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2017 at 10:45

Hollanda’dan hayvanların rahat geçişi için hazırlanmış bir köprü. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

So what the police achieved here exactly?

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 17:02

This happened yesterday. An old woman who was protesting her son’s situation was detained like this… 

In the meantime; 

Turkey’s unemployment rate rises to 12.6 percent, youth unemployment to 23.3 percent in February

Turkey’s unemployment rate was announced at 12.6 percent in the February period, with a 1.7 percent year-on-year increase, official data showed on May 15.
Some 2.04 million young people aged between 15 and 19, about a third of Turkey’s young population, were reported to have left their education as of 2015, according a new study by Bahceşehir University’s Center for Economic and Social Research (Betam).

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New photo from Facebook May 23, 2017 at 05:44PM

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 16:45

Reagan 1983’te Afgan mücahitlerle buluşurken…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

“Attack is the best form of defense: “Turkey Sends Diplomatic Note to US Following Assault of Presidential Bodyguards…

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 15:32

In the wake of Presidential bodyguards assaulting protesters in the US, Turkey has sent diplomatic note to the US on the grounds that the police stopping the bodyguards “caused a security weakness”
After a fracas between Turkish bodyguards and protesters in Washington last week, tit-for-tat diplomatic complaints were made about who had mistreated whom.
Kanter, a center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was stuck at a Bucharest airport for hours because Turkey had canceled his travel documents.
Turkey complains about ‘aggressive’ US police after Erdoğan protest brawl

Ankara asks US to ‘conduct a full investigation’ after Erdoğan’s bodyguards were shown beating demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy in Washington

Turkey has summoned the American ambassador to complain about the behaviour of US security personnel during a US visit by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that turned violent when Erdoğan’s diplomatic escort beat up protesters outside the Turkish diplomatic mission in Washington.

The violent scenes in the US capital were typical of Turkey, where anyone who criticizes the government is labeled a terrorist and treated with brutality

On 17 May, a slice of Erdoğan’s Turkey found its way to Washington DC. That day, a group of Kurdish Americans gathered outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence to protest against the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. There, they were beaten, threatened and attacked by the Turkish leader’s bodyguards. A total of 11 people were injured. Instead of the attackers, two protesters were arrested.

Turkey summons the US ambassador over “security lapses” after clashes erupted in Washington.

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Amnesty starts a campaign on Professional annihilation’ while “Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters…

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 14:37 – May 22, 7:32 AM

The dismissal of more than 100,000 Turkish public sector workers is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals. No end in sight: Purged public sector workers

Trial of 221 main suspects of July 15 coup bid begins amid heavy security and calls for death penalty.
Amnesty International on May 22 accused the Turkish government of implementing “arbitrary dismissals” of public sector workers since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, widely believed to have been masterminded by the followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

Failed coup attempt generals appear before court for first time

A trial begins into the prime suspects in last year’s failed coup, with prosecutors demanding up to 2,988 life sentences for top generals and others
Two Turkish teachers on 75-day hunger strike detained by police

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça have been on strike after losing their jobs in purge that followed coup attempt

Two Turkish teachers who are on their 75th day of a hunger strike have been detained by police in Ankara.

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New photo from Facebook May 23, 2017 at 11:27AM

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 10:30

Avrupanın en yüksek köprüsü. Millau Viaduct, Aveyron, Fransa. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages