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.

Avrupa’da yeni aşırı sağ ittifak: Avrupa Halklar ve Milletler İttifakı

Avrupa’da aşırı sağın 4. evresi, İtalya’da yükseliyor. 1980lerden bu yana öncülüğü bırakmamış olan Fransız “Milli Cephe” hareketi de İtalya içişleri bakanı ve başbakan yardımcısı Matteo Salvini’nin yeni oluşturduğu Avrupa Halklar ve Milletler İttifakı’na katıldı. Nisan ayının başında Salvini, partisi Kuzey … Continue reading

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Polls on Turkey’s Municipal Elections in 2019

AKP chair & President Erdoğan answered journalists’ questions on public broadcaster TRT, “I think all polling agencies will declare bankruptcy. They give us such irrelevant numbers that they can not find the results right.” PIAR Polling Agency announced their predictions for Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Aydın … Continue reading

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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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