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Officially homophobic: “Turkish capital Ankara bans all gay rights functions…

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2017 at 15:11

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Turkish capital Ankara bans all gay rights functions

 
The governor’s office says the move has been taken on security grounds and to protect public order.
The governor’s office of the Turkish capital Ankara has banned the public showing of all films, exhibitions and events related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, citing “public sensitivities.”
The authorities in Turkey’s capital banned a German Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) film festival on Nov. 16, the day before it was due to start, citing “public safety” and “terrorism” risks.

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New photo from Facebook November 20, 2017 at 10:49AM

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2017 at 10:52

Bir akbaş ve bir kangal size selam gönderiyor. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/1heKubC

Interesting times… “Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2017 at 10:26

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Associated Press News

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Saturday of two United States prosecutors involved in putting a Turkish-Iranian businessman on trial for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to Turkey’s

The ECtHR has acknowledged objection of Işkırık, who stayed in prison for 4 years and 8 months on charge of “propagandizing for a terror organization” for doing victory sign in funeral and in a demonstration at his university.

We never asked proof on 9/11 from US: Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım criticized the administration of the U.S. President Donald Trump for asking for more evidence to extradite the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, the alleged mastermind of the July 15,2016, failed coup attempt.

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New Freedom House Report: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 16:16

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Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to influence elections, drive agendas and counter critics, says report

The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using armies of so called opinion shapers to meddle in elections, advance anti-democratic agendas and repress their citizens, a new report shows.

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New photo from Facebook November 16, 2017 at 03:13PM

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 15:18

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New photo from Facebook November 16, 2017 at 12:03PM

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 12:09

Yani çareler tükenmiyor…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/1heKubC

Complicated foreign relations. “purchase of S-400 from Russia ‘completed’ “Erdoğan slams US-Russia deal on Syria “Turkey no longer major Council of Europe donor…

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2017 at 10:26

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed an apparent consensus between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on Syria, in which the two leaders said “no military solution is possible” in war-torn country. Erdoğan said that anyone who does not believe in a military solution in Syria “should pull their troops out.”

Turkey says purchase of S-400 from Russia ‘completed’

Turkey has “completed” the purchase of the S-400 air-defense system from Russia, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Nov. 11.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet on Nov. 13 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi in Russia for their fifth meeting this year, with the Syrian crisis high on the agenda of talks.

Turkey no longer major Council of Europe donor: Minister

 
Turkey has informed the Council of Europe that it is withdrawing from being one of the six major donors to the European body.
Washington Post – Nov 12

On July 15, 2016, an American college professor named Henri Barkey convened an academic workshop about Iran at a hotel on an island near Istanbul. That night, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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As if…. “Massive stampede occurs while arriving to book fair in Istanbul…

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2017 at 12:00

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A massive stampede occurred on the road of book fair in Istanbul on Nov. 11 as fair-goers broke the barriers and stopped the traffic on one of the main highway of the province.
In other news: 
Three families that own Turkey’s largest conglomerates have dominated a list of the richest families compiled by the Ekonomist magazine this year
A political analysis group of 11 members from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has prepared a report after the April 16 referendum on charter changes, outlining a road map for the party to follow for the 2019 presidential elections.

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New photo from Facebook November 14, 2017 at 11:17AM

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2017 at 11:19

Bu arada Sintra, Portekiz. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/1heKubC

Meanwhile in #Europe: “Polish Nationalist Youth March Draws Thousands in Capital…

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2017 at 17:45

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A protest against Spain’s detention of leading separatists drew 750,000 people, police say.
Wall Street Journal – Drew Hinshaw – Nov 11, 11:36 AM

WARSAW—Tens of thousands of Poles marched across downtown Warsaw on Saturday, in an independence-day procession organized by a nationalist youth movement that seeks an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews or Muslims. The largely young

Carrying Polish flags and throwing red smoke bombs, tens of thousands of people on Nov. 11 joined a march in Warsaw organised by far-right nationalists to mark independence day, while counter-protesters rallied against fascism.

EU gives UK two weeks to spell out Brexit money

For Brexit talks to move on, the UK needs to clarify what it would pay – but outstanding issues remain on citizens’ rights and the Irish border too.

Macron’s party launches zealous training on the EU

Emmanuel Macron’s party has launched an online training programme to present its version of the EU’s history, objectives and operations to French citizens before the 2019 European elections. And to defend the president’s ideas. EURACTIV France reports.

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