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Archive for 'Turkey'

ANZAC Day 100th Anniversary

100 years since the landing on Gallipoli. I’m posting something I wrote back in 2010:-
Today, 25th April is ANZAC day, which in Australia and New Zealand is the equivalent of Armistice Day.  It commemorates the landing of the ANZAC forces in Gallipoli during the First World War, where they were ultimately defeated by the [...]

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You may recall Yusuf Yerkel, the former PhD student at SOAS University and current adviser to Turksih Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was photographed in the wake of the Soma mine disaster kicking an anti-government protester while two policemen held him down.

Now The Independent reports:

The Turkish prime minister’s aide Yusef Yerkel has allegedly been [...]

Erdogan vs. “Israeli sperm”

Reacting to justified public outrage over the mine disaster in western Turkey which killed at least 282 miners, the Turkish government seems to be in the process of self-destructing.

Taner Kurucan, the man who was punched several times by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday amid protests in Soma has said that he expects an [...]

Shadowy Turkish group ‘Mentora Academies Trust’ to receive millions of pounds to run UK schools!

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 [...]

Three missing gay stories: Iran, Turkey, Belarus

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. [...]

Turkey – Erdogan Global Twitter Conspiracy

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 [...]

Act Now! General strike in Turkey – our solidarity needed right now

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 [...]

Erdogan calls Twitter a menace to society

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 [...]

Fazil Say convicted of blasphemy

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 [...]

A Turkish-Israeli alliance against Syria?

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 [...]