Posts Tagged ‘Turkey and Kurds’

In Twitter TT wars, AKP loses again… #DershaneyIeGelenADALET

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2013 at 17:05

After Occupy Gezi, there comes the second blow…

For the last 4 days, AKP’s plan to eliminate prep schools has been challenged in Twitter not by Gezi protesters but by Fethullah Gülen movement sympathizers. Private prep school network all over Turkey is one of the major recruitment hub for the Gülen movement (Cemaat). As the uneasy alliance between Erdoğan’s AKP and Gülen movement comes to an end, the former moves to weaken the latter. I am not sure to what extent this move will be successful. There are so many other stuff going on behind the doors that we cannot know in near future. However, the hashtag above remains to be number for 3 days now. Most contributor are “real names” unlike those pro-AKP users who heavily rely on politicized nicknames. Pro-AKP hashtags popped up regularly but could not stay long. Usual suspects who also triggered anti-Gezi hashtags could be seen but they could not lead substantive campaigning against Cemaat campaigning.  Cemaat members are known to hide their political identities but things change. Now they are actively campaigning against AKP’s use of state power.

News in Turkish here

Pro-AKP users rely on conspiracy theories, claiming ties to Israel etc, or blaming Fethullan Gülen as a conspirator with coup plotters or foreign powers. In the mean time, they cannot sustain their campaigning. According to Yasin Kesen who monitors social media/ Twitter accounts in Turkish on 11 November 11.778.156 tweet messages in Turkey were produced. On 18 November (yesterday) 14.145.780 messages were produced. You can guess who are the new comers… Cemaat attends the Twitter games now… and in the mean time, for the last 53 hours the same pro-Prep School hashtag remains at the top of Turkey TT list:

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Turkish PM responds to ‘Kurdistan’ criticisms

PM Erdoğan has justified using the word ‘Kurdistan’ in Diyarbakır, saying it was used frequently in the Ottoman past

Kurds’ division intended with Barzani visit: Main opposition CHP

The President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Massoud Barzani’s recent visit to Diyarbakır

Turkey’s Kemalists see secularist legacy under threat


Reuters World General News (UK) Monday, November 18, 2013        Français By Humeyra Pamuk and Gulsen Solaker, Ankara For decades his picture dominated Turkey, piercing blue eyes staring from hoardings, keeping watch over city streets and army barracks. Schoolyards echoed every morning to his oath: “Happy is he who can say ‘I am a Turk!’” Now


Barzani’s Diyarbakır visit and a renaissance for all Kurds

Some walls are being pulled down while some others are being built in the Kurdish context
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Barzani added to Peace Process probably to weaken Turkey based Kurdish movement… a politics roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2013 at 19:43
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan was aiming at hitting a few birds with one stone

Turkish PM hints at general amnesty, calls for support to Kurdish peace process

PM Erdoğan rounds off a busy weekend of rallies in southeastern Turkey, calling on all Kurds to embrace the ‘new spring atmosphere’ in Turkey

Emerging ‘Unipolarity’ in Turkey’s political landscape

The issues change almost on a weekly basis, but the problem only becomes worse – the AKP’s slide into the grey area between majoritarian democracy and authoritarianism.

Sırrı Süreyya Önder set to throw hat in ring for Istanbul mayor’s post

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder has ended weeks of speculation, announcing his candidacy

Istanbul mayor hopeful Sarıgül starts campaign


Şişli Mayor Mustafa Sarıgül, who recently joined the CHP with the hope of running for Istanbul mayor seat, has set the start date for his campaign

You Will Not Be Assimilated

Image from Radikal

A historic meeting and rally yesterday in Diyarbakir brought together PM Erdogan and the leader of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (aka Kurdistan), Masoud Barzani, amid a boisterous show of unity between Iraqi and Turkish Kurds and the Turkish government. People gave speeches in Kurdish as well as Turkish

Öcalan’s brother criticizes absence of PKK leader in Turkish PM’s remarks

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Mehmet Öcalan has complained that his brother was not mention during the speeches in Diyarbakır

Government’s proposal on test prep centers causes row

The Turkish government’s preparations for a draft to regulate the status of private institutions

Efforts for new charter fail: Parliamentary Speaker Çiçek

The Turkish Parliament’s charter panel appears to be living on borrowed time amid rumors
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Peace for the moment, now comes the AKP’s Kurdish stunt…

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2013 at 00:14
Turkey's PM Erdogan and President of Iraqi Kurdistan Barzani attend ceremony with Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan in Diyarbakir
Turkey‘s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani (R) attend a ceremony with Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan in Diyarbakir November 16, 2013. The president of Iraqi Kurdistan called on Turkey’s Kurds to back a flagging peace process with Ankara on Saturday, making his first visit to southeastern Turkey in two decades in a show of support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Barzani’s trip to Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast, comes as Ankara finalises billions of dollars of energy deals with his semi-autonomous region and amid mutual concern over the ambitions of Kurdish militias in the chaos of neighbouring Syria. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkey PM meets Iraqi Kurdish leader to shore up peace talks

Diyarbakir (Turkey) (AFP) – Turkey’s prime minister welcomed the leader of Iraq’s autonomous north to his country’s own Kurdish-dominated territory for the first time Saturday, in a visit designed to kickstart a stalled peace process. Tens of thousands of Kurds turned out to watch Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan greet Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani in the Kurdish heartland of Diyarbakir
Baydemir ile Erdoğan arasındaki diyalog
BDP’s Diyarbakır Mayor, Osman Baydemir with PM Erdoğan. Here they are even in a more cordial pose:
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Turkish PM Erdoğan hopes to revive stalled peace process with Diyarbakır visit

PM Erdoğan is hoping to use his joint visit with Masoud Barzani to Diyarbakır as a strong means to revive the currently stalled peace process

Tatlıses: Oğlum olursa adı Barış olacak
After such a long time, it is a pity that Şivan Perwer comes home welcomed by an authoritarian leader and sings with İbrahim Tatlıses who is known to be the Establishment’s Kurdish singer…
Kurdish iconic musician returns to Turkey after 37 years of exile

Şivan Perwer will perform a concert with İbrahim Tatlıses as part of Barzani’s Diyarbakır visit
Erdoğan and Barzani whom Erdoğan labelled him as a “tribal leader”.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani urges support for peace process in Diyarbakır rally with Turkish PM Erdoğan

Masoud Barzani, has lent his full support to the Turkish government’s peace bid during a joint rally with PM Erdoğan
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Bülent Arınç says he is to retire from politics… A TR politics roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2013 at 16:52

Arınç'tan flaş açıklama

One of Erdoğan’s long lasting men Bülent Arınç is to retire.. News in Turkish here


Diyarbakır meet key to Kurdish peace: PM Erdoğan

A meeting with KRG leader Barzani in Diyarbakır will represent a historic day, PM Erdoğan says, but the BDP has said it shows traces of electioneering


Gülen movement rules out forming political party now or in future

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s “Hizmet” Movement denounced claims that the movement plans to establish a political party

Erdoğan seeks Barzani help in Kurdish bid and elections

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s invitation to Masoud Barzani, the President of KRG

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One of the toughest reaction to Erdoğan from his deputy, Bülent Arınç… A Turkey news roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2013 at 18:03

Ruling party deputies also question Erdoğan’smotives …

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s vow to crack down on mixed-gender student accommodation has created a reaction from his own party
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vow to crack down on mixed-gender student accommodation has created a reaction from his own party. DHA photo

 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vow to crack down on mixed-gender student accommodation has created a reaction from his own party. DHA photo

EU’s Füle hopeful for ‘balanced solution’ to Turkey’s mixed-sex accommodation debate

Meeting with EU’s Stefan Füle Nov 8, Turkish officials assured the EU that the government will find a “balanced solution”

Turkish main opposition leader accuses gov’t of criminalizing students

The recent pressure on university students by the government amounts to a “criminalization” of students, CHP head says

EU’s Füle meets Turkish opposition

As the first meeting of the day, Füle gathered with Peace and Democracy Party co-chair Gültan Kışanak and People’s Democratic Party co-chair Ertuğrul Kürkçü

Erdoğan’s infamous talk on mixed-sex accommodation:

Confusion in ruling AKP on student controversy

Members of the ruling AKP have sought to limit the damage from PM’s controversial remarks

Turkey’s Prime Minister Courts Controversy Once More

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had tempered his often divisive public comments after protests a few months ago, stirs anger by attacking a new target: coed dormitories.

Ankara criteria for private life

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his party members at the Kızılcahaman retreat

The Erdoğan Doctrine: I am conservative, so I can intervene

When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan set forth in 2001 with his buddies

Turkey 2014 is not Iran 1979, but Orwell’s 1984

Many see Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s desire to prohibit coed student apartments


Turkish university students in probe to be barred

Students will be suspended from the university during a legal probe, according to new regulations

Be tougher in women’s issues, EU commissioner tells Turkey

Stefan Füle has called on Turkey to take a tougher stance on gender inequality

Turkey ‘stopped helping’ al-Qaeda near Syria border: Report

Turkey has recently ceased aiding al-Qaeda-linked groups near the Syrian border, PYD leader Muslim has reportedly said

Turkey’s new border wall angers Kurds on both sides of Syrian divide

Locals shocked at building of ‘unnecessary and divisive’ new border wall, which they claims risks Kurdish peace talks

The Turkish authorities have started erecting a wall on the frontier with Syria in what is being seen as an attempt to divide the Kurdish majority populations on both sides of the border, prompting protests and hunger strikes, and jeopardising peace talks.

Court delays trial into publisher over French author Apollinaire’s book

A local court postponed its ruling in the case re-launched against a Turkish publisher

Turkish mayor stops hunger strike over Syria border wall

The mayor of southeastern Nusaybin town, Ayşe Gökkan, ended a nine-day hunger strike


Nolle Prosequi in Footage Erase Investigation

While a prosecutor has stopped to investigate further the investigation regarding the erasing of surveillance footage in Ali Ismail Korkmaz case, another investigation on expert and suspect policeman is underway

Eye-Loser Gezi Protestor Sentenced to House Arrest

Çağdaş Küçükbattal, a Gezi Resistance protestor who lost his eye due to a gas bomb canister, was put under house arrest.

Turkish lira hits five-week lows, focus on US data

Turkey’s lira weakened and was expected to remain volatile today

Truck full of heavy weapons seized near Syrian border in Adana

A cargo truck full of bazookas, missiles, bombs and guns has been seized in southern province of Adana



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Conservative regulatory discourses dominate the Turkish politics at the moment…

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2013 at 13:32

Turkish PM says gov’t ‘has to intervene’ in mixed-sex accommodation

Turkish Prime Minister has reiterated remarks opposing mixed-sex accommodation of students


Turkish PM vows to ‘intervene’ in mixed-sex student housing – 5/11/13 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated his intention to oppose mixed-sex student accommodation, saying his government must ‘intervene’. “It’s not clear what is going on in these places. They are all mixed up


Turkey’s women image ‘conservative’

The majority of Turkish society sees women as homemakers, a survey shows.


More bans on smoking to be introduced in Turkey

A non-smoking section in the outdoor areas of cafes and restaurants will be obligatory, according to an action plan

Jailed PKK leader Öcalan may have new visitors before elections

The government may consider letting journalists to visit Öcalan to revive the stalled peace process

BDP Responses to Government’s Imrali Remarks

BDP Group Interim Chairperson Buldan told bianet on the recent remarks of Justice Minister Ergin on the off-listing of Imrali visitors who criticized the peace process.


Ruling AKP faced previous coup attempts before 2010, says Turkey’s justice minister

The Turkish justice minister said there have been hidden coup attempts during the rule of the Justice and Development


Turkish Parliament to solve ‘trousers’ problem

Parliament’s Constitution Commission will hold a meeting in the coming days in a bid to resolve the controversy over the ban on trousers for female deputies.


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EFD Rights Watch: “an on line (internet) monument to commemorate women who lost their lives due to domestic violence….

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2013 at 22:55

Anıt Sayaç - Şiddetten ölün kadınlar için dijital ANIT

The Monument Counter is an on line (internet) monument to commemorate women who lost their lives due to domestic violence. It is also a counter that is updated every day.

It has been announced that between January and September 2012 that 125 women lost their lives due to domestic violence. The Monument Counter has been therefore conceived as a device to generate public awareness concerning the rising number of deaths due to domestic violence and bring unknown data into light. This website will have the names of dead women and is not only an awareness raising mechanism directed against society concerning domestic violence but also is a monument for the dead women.

The counter masks a rising threat while also reporting about the continuity of violence. The Monument Counter does not only demonstrate a worrying increase, a burdensome accumulation but also invites an urgent count down. As the counter counts up, hope vanishes. It disappears one by one.


82 Students Expelled From Residence Due to Gezi Protests

82 university has been expelled from state-run student residences in Samsun for attending Gezi Resistance protests – a penalty that also included the suspension of their scholarships and loans.

General staff apologizes to BDP for language use on report of soldier stabbed in southeastern Turkey

The Turkish general staff apologized to the BDP after publishing a report on Oct. 30 about a soldier allegedly stabbed by militants connected to the PKK in the southeastern town of Cizre

IHD Calls For “Life Action” to Release Sick Inmates

Human Rights Association (IHD) called for a 2-day action that will demand the immediate release of 526 sick inmates (with 154 in serious condition) across Turkey’s prisons.

Well-known steps in the Roma People Package

The steps announced by the Turkish government in relation with the Roma people have fallen short of meeting the expectations.

ODTÜ plans have nothing to do with Ankara Mayor Gökçek: Minister

Minister Eroğlu underlined the removal of trees for ODTÜ road plan should not be considered as a result of an individual initiative by Gökçek

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BDP co-chair denied İmralı visit by justice ministry… A politics roundup…

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2013 at 15:02


BDP co-chair denied İmralı visit by justice ministry

A Peace and Democracy Party delegation departed on the morning of Oct 14 for İmralı Island without BDP Co-Chair Demirtaş

KCK disappointed over democratization package, gives gov’t three demands

Kurdish militants noted that the government’s democratization package failed to address their expectations, stating three demands to advance the peace process

BDP eyes forming alliance with main oppositon CHP in Turkish local elections

The People’s Democratic Party is seeking to establish an alliance with the main opposition Republican People’s Party to yield better results

Peace process has de facto ended, BDP co-chair says

The government has de facto ended the peace process, Peace and Democracy Party co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said

Kurdish Question

The BDP and KCK expressed their disappointment with the latest “democracy package” and stated that this may be “the end of so-called peace process”

BDP’s crisis deepens as group meetings canceled

The Peace and Democracy Party has unexpectedly canceled its parliamentary group meeting scheduled for today

Erdogan Stokes the Sectarian Fires

Much like his hero Menderes in the late 1950s, Erdogan is dividing Turkey into hostile camps.

Changing the election system may open the door to presidential system

The new democracy package that was announced last week initiated a debate in Turkey


Surprise consensus for Turkey’s charter plans

The Constitution Conciliation Commission will mark its second anniversary on October 19

Turkish PM backs oath decision as opposition hits hard

The Turkish prime minister and the opposition party leaders engage in a row over the abolition of the student oath, obligatory on each school day, during the parties’ group meetings

Turkish PM denies law allowing detention of ‘potential’ protesters

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has dismissed reports of plans for a new regulation on detentions

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Politics roundup: “Proposed electoral system likely to favor ruling AKP…Ruling AKP’s Çelik corrects PM’s advisor: “Our prime minister is not a socialist

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2013 at 18:25

Proposed electoral system likely to favor ruling AKP

The narrowed constituency election model would favor large parties and hinder party representation in Parliament, but would lower intra-party authoritarianism, according to analysts

Our prime minister is not a socialist: Ruling AKP’s Çelik

Prime Minister Erdoğan is a conservative and democratic person, but not a socialist, Çelik says

The curtain finally rises: PM Erdoğan announces the long awaited ‘Democracy Package’

The package contains important but limited improvements. What it leaves out, however, may be its most significant feature, alongside the presentation.

In a press statement made on September 30, PM Erdoğan disclosed the long awaited package of reforms addressing democratic concerns. Discussions on which areas of democratic governance would be strengthened via the package and which issues might be left out has occupied the domestic agenda for quite some time.

Nationalists stage protests against package across Turkey

The “Idealist Hearths” have staged country-wide protests against the lifting of the student oath and partial liberalization of the use of Kurdish

Turkish PM tells BDP ‘to see glass as half full’ over democratization package

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has advised senior Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies “to see the glass as half full” regarding the democratization package

Former Turkish minister faces life sentence over murder allegations

An Ankara court has accepted an indictment asking for life sentence for former Interior Minister Mehmet Ağar


Political leaders meet at reception marking Turkish Parliament’s new legislative year

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek hosted a reception on the occasion of the opening of the new legislative year, with the attendance of high state officials and their spouses

CHP deputy Mehmet Haberal takes oath two years after election

The main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Zonguldak deputy Mehmet Haberal took his Parliamentary oath on Oct. 2


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The Guardian piece: “Erdoğan’s split personality: the reformer v the tyrant… Package aftermath…

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2013 at 20:53


Erdoğan’s split personality: the reformer v the tyrant

The Turkish prime minister revealed the iron fist in his velvet glove this summer, but of which is his true character built?

All summer long, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been in a very bad mood. The public squares and parks of Istanbul and several other Turkish cities were taken over by protesters he angrily dismissed as “riff-raff”, turning the full coercive power of the state on the largely peaceful demonstrators.


5 Reasons Why Erdogan’s Package Is More About Elections than Democracy

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed the details of the much-anticipated democratization package at a press conference in Ankara today.
For an untrained eye, the package might look like a small, but important step towards a better democracy, as it includes several improvements especially for minorities.

BDP unsatisfied, finds package insufficient

The opposition parties, particularly the Kurdish political groups, expressed their disappointment with regard to the democratization package
Democratization package leaves Alevi demands unanswered

Members of the Alevi community have expressed their unhappiness about the lack of measures in the package
EU welcomes package, will follow implementation

The European Union said it welcomed the democratization package announced by the Turkish government

Turkish PM unveils reforms after summer of protests

Some critics say Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s proposals do not go far enough in driving Turkey’s faltering democratisation

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, unveiled the first big package of liberalising reforms in years on Monday, making overtures to the large Kurdish minority and proposing that headscarved women be allowed to sit in parliament and be civil servants for the first time in the history of the Turkish republic.

Turkish PM announces details of ‘democratization package’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is revealing the details of a much-anticipated democratization package

Turkey lifts ban on headscarf, to introduce Kurdish education with democracy package

Turkey will lift the ban on the wearing of headscarves in public institutions and will introduce education in Kurdish in private schools


Turkish Parliament opens for painful term

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will announce the democratization package today, which he has said will contain “surprises”

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