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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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An influencer (@mervetasskin) was on trial today for obsenity

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2023 at 13:55

… and she showed up at the court with style.


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“Book burning is idiots’ view” says the Swedish Consulate

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2023 at 21:24

Some officials’ reaction during an Islamist protest outside the Istanbul Swedish consulate. via

Event in front of Turkish embassy will further inflame tensions between two countries

Turkey has condemned a demonstration involving the burning of Qur’ans in Sweden on Saturday, further inflaming tensions between the two countries amid Stockholm’s Nato bid.

Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun responds by saying this is an “intellectually lazy, dull, and purposefully ignorant depiction of Türkiye.”

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#Istanbul welcomes the international mafia: Australia’s most wanted gang leader caught

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2023 at 18:49

Istanbul police have caught the leader of the Comanchero, one of the leading drug gangs in Australia, sought with red notice.
Ngakuru, the Comanchero Motorcycle Club leader and alleged drug smuggling mastermind, was caught in Sarıyer, İstanbul on Friday and handed over for deportation.

Stretching out to fill it’s 54.36 acre lot (220 decameters), the largess qualifies use of the term “Gracious Plenty”, the Rami Library’s military barracks origin is literally turning a sword into a plowshare that has a max seating capacity of 4,200 people and runs 24/7.

‘The city thirsts’: water in Istanbul: past, present, and future

An aerial view of the Aqueduct of Valens or Bozdog˘an Kemer in Istanbul, seen from the south, looking towards the Golden Horn. The 4th-century bridge

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Turkey vs. Sweden: NATO membership, Erdoğan effigy, A student’s internship

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2023 at 16:39

Peaceful Sweden is taking blows from Turkey recently…

Swedish government distances itself from hanging of presidential dummy in Stockholm stunt by Kurdish group

  • Both Nordic nations lifted restrictions on weapons exports to Ankara, and Sweden amended its constitution to toughen domestic anti-terror laws.

Ratification will have to wait at least until after elections in May or June, says senior official

Turkey is unlikely to vote on Sweden and Finland’s accession to Nato before pivotal domestic elections expected in May or June this year, according to a senior Turkish official.

The university acknowledged that in connection with the refusal of the request for internship of a student from Türkiye, connections were made to Sweden’s Nato application by a professor, which was “unacceptable” and noted that the university has apologized to the student.

In the meantime:

Swedish company LKAB has discovered what’s claimed to be Europe’s biggest deposit of rare earth metals, promising a critical boost in the continent’s trade security and green transition.

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New photo from Facebook January 14, 2023 at 07:12PM

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2023 at 19:15

İsviçre’nin Lauterbrunnen Şehri. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Trolls again… Özgür Özel of CHP exposes ‘troll army of Interior Minister Soylu’

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2023 at 13:19

Some of my major recent work focuses on pro-government political trolls. I have tracked them since the Gezi Park protests, and alliances within the troll community have continuously changed. Pro-Soylu Ebabil group gradually became a contender to the so-called Pelikan group in recent years.
Here are my writings on this topic (chronologically):

Saka, E. (2022). Researching Political Trolls as Instruments of Political Conservatism in Turkey: A Historical Framework and Methodological Reflections on a Discourse Community. In The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology. Routledge.

Saka, E. (2021). Networks of Political Trolling in Turkey after the Consolidation of Power Under the Presidency (pp. 240-255). In Digital Hate. The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech. Indiana University Press.

Saka, E. (2019). Social Media and Politics in Turkey. A Journey through Citizen Journalism, Political Trolling, and Fake News. Lanham: Lexington Books 

Erkan Saka (2018): Social Media in Turkey as a Space for Political Battles: AKTrolls and other Politically motivated trolling, Middle East Critique, DOI: 10.1080/19436149.2018.1439271

Karatas, D., & Saka, E. (2017). Online political trolling in the context of post-Gezi social media in Turkey. International Journal of Digital Television, 8(3), 383-401. doi:10.1386/jdtv.8.3.383_1


Group Deputy Chairman: “Gendarmerie and Security General Directorate tweets responding to CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu were posted by the person managing the troll army. Minister Soylu has a troll army of eight thousand.”

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#Istanbul inflation: Over 92 percent!

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2023 at 15:19

Golden Horn Metro Bridge, Istanbul


The İstanbul Chamber of Commerce has released the inflation statistics for December.



Biennial will be held for the first time in the world at Zorlu PSM in Istanbul, bringing the art world and the digital world together in nine different locations around the world between January and February.

Chamber of commerce reports Istanbul inflation rate as 93 percent

The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) has reported an annual inflation rate of 92.97 percent in December in Istanbul

Polemic continues between Ministry of Interior and Mayor of İstanbul – english – Bianet

The terror investigation that the Ministry of Interior started about the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) is continuing, and so is the polemic


Uniquely in Istanbul: Afro-Arabic Sufi Music 


Sunday nights welcome a crowd in the intensely packed upstairs of an Üsküdar neighborhood cafe. The musicians sit in a circle — vocalists, percussionists, an oud and rebab player, and sometimes a ney (flute) player — the audience gathers around them.

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Sweden frustrated: “Sweden can’t meet some Türkiye demands for NATO bid”

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2023 at 11:39

Move towards peaceful relations represents cause for alarm for more than 4m refugees in Turkey since 2011

Top Turkish and Syrian defence and security officials have held their first public meeting in more than a decade, in a dramatic shift towards normalising relations between the two countries after Ankara backed rebels during Syria’s civil war.


Moscow on the Med: A Faraway War Transforms a Turkish Resort Town

Tens of thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have settled in Antalya, on Turkey’s southern coast, hoping to avoid the fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine and start new lives.

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