Author Archives: the Radical Democrat

About the Radical Democrat

Executive Manager at citizen journalism news agency dokuz8NEWS; Turkey-Europe Foundation Board Member. International Federation of Journalists registered journalist.

European Union still a priority for Turkey: 4th Reform Action Group Meeting concludes

Will Turkey’s strained EU relations turn to a new phase after the 4th Reform Action Group Meeting? Ministers from Turkish cabinet have announced an optimistic vision for relations with the union. (Original on dokuz8NEWS) Turkey’s ambitions to become a full … Continue reading

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“Avoid Social Media” says Religious Affairs Directorate

Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs has called on citizens to avoid using social media and indulge in “fasting on online relations during Ramadan” when majority of muslims in Turkey will be fasting from dawn till sunset.Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs … Continue reading

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Hunger strike & oath of silence in solidarity with imprisoned trans LGBTI+ activist Diren Coşkun

On day 20 of trans LGBTI+ activist Diren Coşkun’s “indefinite hunger strike”, her friend and one of the organisers of Istanbul Pride Irmak Keskin had started a 3-day hunger strike and taken an oath of silence. Today is the second … Continue reading

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Hunger strikes spread in solidarity with imprisoned trans-activist Diren Coşkun

Imprisoned trans LGBTI+ activist Diren Coşkun’s friends have started joining in hunger strike in order for Diren to be granted basic demands regarding treatment in prison. On day 20 of Diren Coşkun’s “indefinite hunger strike” and day 8 of Kıvılcım … Continue reading

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Banned theatrical play ‘Just a Dictator’ live-reading took place in Turkey

Actor Barış Atay’s one-man play “Just a Dictator” had been banned prior to its staging in Artvin on January 9, and across Turkey on January 24. Despite the increasing pressure, Acting Union, actors, theatre-houses are reclaiming the play, and conducting … Continue reading

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January 10 Working Journalists’ Day observed in Turkey

January 10 has been celebrated in Turkey as the Festival of Working Journalists between 1961-1971. The day has been renamed as “January 10 Working Journalists’ Day” in 1971 after several rights of the journalists have been revoked by Military Coup … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Rally got intervened in Istanbul

Jerusalem Rally that had been announced by youth groups in Istanbul was intervened by police and dozens were detained. Youth groups read out a press statement defying US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. (Original on dokuz8NEWS) … Continue reading

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New Istanbul Mayor to be Voted by Municipal Council

Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş has resigned on September 22, starting the process of a new vote on the municipal chair. Upon Justice & Development Party (AKP)’s Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş has resigned, municipal council will need to vote … Continue reading

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Demands for Secular Education under Violent Attack in Istanbul

An angry mob attacked activists and parents who demanded secular education, during a protest against new educational curriculum provisioning more religious education in Turkey. Education Movement had called for a protest against educational curriculum changes, starting at 5 pm in … Continue reading

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Women Protest against Pastures Being Opened for Construction

    One may get whatever percentage of votes he may… Eventually, if he diverges from the path to prosperity and peace for the bases, he will turn the people against himself. This photo below is from a protest in … Continue reading

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