Category Archives: AKP

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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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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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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Hollywood’s ‘Subliminal Anti-Erdoğan Film’ Detected by TRT

Turkish state-owned TRT has aired a commentary show regarding the agenda and the subject of the day was a Hollywood film named ‘Spectral’ where the depicted evil character is allegedly based on the physical appearance of Turkish President Erdoğan. (Original … Continue reading

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Turkish Minister Kaya deported from the Netherlands: Ankara-Amsterdam crisis in a nutshell

Turkish Minister of Family and Social Affairs, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has been declared persona-non grata in the Netherlands following a row of diplomatic tension between the two countries when Turkish government insisted on campaigning abroad on the week of … Continue reading

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The Traitors’ Cemetery: Burial place of Turkish coup plotters

Turkey has opened its first Traitors’ Cemetery in the aftermath of the July 15th coup attempt and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor announced that the first burial has taken place. (Original on Katoikos)   “There is a place needed, to be called … Continue reading

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Rainbow Colors Not Allowed in Istanbul Pride

The organized LGBTI movement in Turkey has been growing and gaining more recognition as a progressive force. Accordingly, its activities faced more repression. (original: Katoikos) Istanbul Pride does not have a very long history, yet it has recently become increasingly significant. … Continue reading

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