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Devil in Detail: Abortion drugs banned in Turkey

Devil in Detail: Abortion drugs banned in Turkey

By | July 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm | No comments

Pursuant to a month of heated discussions, Turkish government stated that they will not amend the existing laws on abortion in Turkey and restricted their changes to the subject of making caesar sections more difficult to implement. Social media whirled about a few days, press...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

The End of Hesitation

The End of Hesitation

By | June 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | No comments

"This cannot go on" said a journalist friend, referring to the oppression of the media, of Kurdish politics, the silencing of society and rising authoritarianism in Turkey. In return I asked: "Do you mean 'It is impossible for it to go on like this' or 'I will not let it go on...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion

The Perfect Shampoo for a War in Syria: “The Biomen Society” for Ultimate Obedience

The Perfect Shampoo for a War in Syria: “The Biomen Society” for Ultimate Obedience

By | April 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | No comments

Ece Temelkuran "Since you don’t wear a women's outfit you should not use women's shampoo! Now you have a 100 percent men's shampoo. If you are a man, you use Biomen!" says Hitler in a dubbed advertisement on Turkish TV channels. The shampoo ad explains a lot about the...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights

A ‘new approach’ to the Kurdish issue: a road leading nowhere

A ‘new approach’ to the Kurdish issue: a road leading nowhere

By | March 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm | One comment

Fréderike Geerdink I have not been blogging for over a week. I have been uncertain what to blog about. Recently I have written a lot about oppression of Kurds, and I felt I needed more variety in my subjects. So I was pondering what to write about. But today, I decided to...

Posted in: Featured, Kurds, Minorities

Turkey: Attacks on the Press: 2011. (CPJ)

Turkey: Attacks on the Press: 2011. (CPJ)

By | February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | No comments

The article is published on Committee to Protect Journalists web site. In a series of articles the Committee analyzes the attacks on journalists in several regions. Here's the one about Turkey: Discarding Reform, Turkey Uses the Law to Repress By Robert Mahoney A critical...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

A House Divided Against Itself: The Deteriorating State Of Media Freedom in Turkey

A House Divided Against Itself: The Deteriorating State Of Media Freedom in Turkey

By | February 8, 2012 at 3:36 am | One comment

Gareth Jenkins Most international attention has focused on the more than 100 journalists who are now in jail in Turkey as a result of what they have written or said. But more pernicious – and ultimately much more corrosive to freedom of expression – is the widespread...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Opinion, Turkey

Wealth tax weakens feeble social state in Turkey

Wealth tax weakens feeble social state in Turkey

By | February 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm | One comment

We who have lived in Turkey remember well the wealth tax of the 40's that forced most non-Muslims to poverty, to forced labor and to exile. But AKP government brought about a new social security system that will rival only the horrible memories of the past. Previously all...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights, Opinion, Turkey

Power of Symbols in Mass Perception in Turkey

By | December 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm | No comments

At this moment, 38 people are detained in Turkey pending arrest on charges relating to KCK, political structure of Kurdish PKK. Out of which more than 20 are journalists. These detentions are the last wave of recent arrests in Turkey including over 60 journalists, lawyers and...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Kurds, News, Opinion, Turkey

Oppressed, poorer, and merrier

Oppressed, poorer, and merrier

By | April 18, 2011 at 11:26 am | One comment

Last week, Turkey officially embraced General Elections season geared towards June 12. Mainstream parties came up with their candidates for each city and projects for their next term in the parliament. Promises range from increased unemployment payments to families to new cities...

Posted in: Elections 2011, Featured, Turkey

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