Archive for 'Turkey'
This is a guest post by Ismet Inonu
A Turkish group called ‘Mentora Academies Trust’ which has no website and whose Chairman speaks no English, has declared it will receive £6-7 million pounds from the British government to run three schools in Oxfordshire on 500 acres of land. Enver Yucel, Chairman of the Turkey-based group, has [...]
This is a cross-post by Paul Canning
It’s Russia, Russia, Russia when it comes to ‘foreign gay news’ these days. But it’s a much bigger and badder gay world out there.
Although the video footage of gays being tormented by Russian Nazis is mainstream news, worse footage from Jamaica is failing to attract anything like the same attention. [...]
This is a cross-post from homo economicus
Having been accused of being a paid part of the global conspiracy to destabilise Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey I thought it was time to revisit Turkey via the foreign media angle which has included twitter for as Erdogan said:
“There is now a scourge that is called Twitter. The [...]
Posted: June 29th, 2013 under Turkey.
This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
The Turkish public sector trade union representing some 240,000 members has begun a two day strike accusing the Islamist Government of committing “state terror” according to today’s issue of the London Evening Standard. Two people have been killed and more than 1,700 people arrested as protests have spread to [...]
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is blaming social media for the outbreak of mass protests in Istanbul and other cities– which his government has been violently suppressing.
“There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to [...]
Posted: June 2nd, 2013 under Turkey.
The pianist and composer, a vocal opponent of Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan, has been given a suspended 10 month jail term for his ‘blasphemous’ comments on Twitter.
In one message he retweeted a verse from a poem by Omar Khayyám in which the 11th-century Persian poet attacks pious hypocrisy: “You say rivers of wine flow in [...]
That’s what Syrian President Bashar al-Assad alleged in an interview with a pro-Assad Turkish TV station, responding to a question about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent apology to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan:
The same person, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, was prime minister when the Marmara massacre took place three years ago. He is still prime [...]
I posted last year about the prosecution of pianist Fazil Say for ‘insulting Islam’. Now English PEN reports that six members of the PEN Turkey board have been summoned for questioning by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office in connection with their support for Say.
In June 2012, PEN Turkey’s website carried a statement condemning the prosecution of the [...]
Fazil Say, a leading Turkish pianist, is being charged with insulting ‘religious values’ after apparently making a series of facetious remarks about Islam back in April:
Akyol said Say’s tweets and retweets on social media cannot be considered as public remarks because only people who follow him can see them. In one tweet cited in the [...]
The Associated Press reports:
In Turkey, state television on Thursday broadcast the epic French documentary “Shoah,” about the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime. It was the first time the film has been aired on public television in a predominantly Muslim country.
“It is a historical event,” filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, 87, said in a [...]