Tag Archives: Prime Minister Erdogan

In Turkey, new steps to control the internet

On February 5, the Turkish Parliament passed a law that further tightened the government’s control over the internet. The government already blocks some 40,000 internet sites, but the newly enacted legislation goes well beyond previous restrictions. 

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The Divan and Gezi Park

With good reason, Turks take pride in their traditions of hospitality.  And seldom will you meet any one who has visited Turkey from abroad who will not mention the real warmth that Turks can show to visitors. Thus, it is … Continue reading

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Turkey Tightens the Noose on Freedom of Speech

It should have surprised no one when another Turkish journalist was fired this past weekend for criticizing the government.  Yeni Safak columnist Murat Aksoy commented on CNN Turk that “the state has collapsed and the government has not been able … Continue reading

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Sexual violence in the Gezi crackdown

Prime Minister Erdogan often portrays himself as a father figure for his citizens, and particularly for the women of Turkey.  He has – with good reason – publicly spoken out on reported attacks on women wearing headscarves.  He worries about … Continue reading

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Make up your mind Minister! Terrorists or “a Vibrant Civil Society”

The June 29th edition of the New York Times published an opinion piece by Turkey’s EU Minister Egemen Bagis in which Bagis attempts to explain away the ugliness of this past summer.   In effect, he argues, the Gezi protests … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Erdogan gives green light for police intervention

AKP rally in Ankara’s Sincan district was entitled as “Respect for the National Will.”  Photo by Hurriyet News Photo by Amnesty International In the latest Amnesty’s short video blog, the Amnesty Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner, reported from Gezi Park today … Continue reading

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Amnesty welcomes the Meeting between the Representatives of the Protesters and Prime Minister Erdogan

Tolga Bozoglu/European Pressphoto Agency The Turkish government’s mixed signals regarding its response to the wide spread protests in Turkey continues. On the one hand, Prime Minister Erdogan rebuffed Members of European Parliaments’ (MEPs) calls to end the excessive use of … Continue reading

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Erdogan’s ominous message

In a speech today, Prime Minister Erdogan seemed to suggest that the excessive force thus far employed by Turkish security forces would only intensify going forward, warning that the protests would be ended within 24 hours: “We have not responded … Continue reading

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Abuses against protestors in Turkey: Amnesty calls for Urgent Action [Updated]

With tens of thousands of protestors crossing by foot across the bridge connecting the Asian and European sides of the city it is clear that the protests in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey are intensifying.  News reports indicate that “police … Continue reading

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In Erdogan’s Turkey, even children get sued

In a previous posting, we noted in passing that Prime Minister Erdogan is suing seven high school students for publicly calling him “lightbulb Erdogan.”  Another student faces a two-year sentence in prison for throwing darts at the Prime Minister’s photograph. … Continue reading

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