http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/29/europ ... wikipedia/Turkey blocks Wikipedia over what it calls terror 'smear campaign'
By Hande Atay Alam, Merieme Arif and Joe Sterling, CNN
Updated 1941 GMT (0341 HKT) April 29, 2017
Ankara says Wikipedia portrays Turkey as coordinating with terrorist groups
Turkish government says access ban will be lifted once Wikipedia meets its demands
(CNN)Turkey has blocked access to Wikipedia over linking the nation to terror activity, the government said Saturday, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.
Articles and comments on the popular online encyclopedia showed Turkey "in coordination and aligned" with terrorist groups, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said.
"It has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena," the ministry said.
Turkey warned Wikipedia to remove such content, but the nonprofit encyclopedia refused, the government said.
Once Wikipedia meets Turkey's demands, the access ban will be lifted, it said.
OK Donald, your BFF is challenging you! Turkey or N.Korea ?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 ... ed-kurdis/NATO ally tests Trump: Turkey threatens to strike U.S. forces partnered with Kurds
By Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The war of words between Washington and Ankara over the U.S. military’s partnership with Kurdish paramilitaries in Syria escalated Wednesday, when a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested American troops could be targeted alongside their Kurdish allies in the country’s ongoing air war against the militias.
Senior presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said U.S. forces who are teamed up with members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, were in danger of being hit by Turkish fighters patrolling the volatile border region with Syria.
If YPG units and their American military advisers “go too far, our forces would not care if American armor is there, whether armored carriers are there,” Mr. Cevik said during an interview on Turkish radio station CRI TURK Wednesday. “All of a sudden, by accident, a few rockets can hit them,” he added, referring to partnered U.S. forces.
When asked to clarify that U.S. advisers or artillery positions would be in danger from Turkish warplanes, if they continued to support YPG operations in northern Syria, Mr. Cevik replied bluntly that they would.
Turkish court rejects Wikipedia's appeal over website's blocking
A Turkish court on Friday rejected an appeal by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia against a government decision to block access to its website, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey.
An Ankara court rejected the appeal from the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, Anadolu said. It quoted the court as saying that while freedom of speech was a fundamental right, it can be limited in cases where there is a "necessity for regulation".
Turkey's telecommunications watchdog said last week that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed a threat to national security.
The block on the site was prompted by two Wikipedia entries accusing Turkey of links to Islamist militant groups, local media have reported. The communications ministry has said Wikipedia was attempting to run a "smear campaign" against the country, saying some articles purported that Ankara was coordinating with militant groups.
Police in Turkey raid publisher's offices, confiscate 2,000 books
Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media.
The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti-terror police on Sunday.
According to reports, the offices were raided on allegations of ties to the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKPC). However police officials said the publisher, which has been raided countless times over the years, was selling books without the necessary permission.
Police confiscated books entitled “Stateless Kurds” and “Decisions more difficult than death” saying they were banned in the country, as well as several titles published in the 1980s and 1990s, without giving a reason, Dihaber news agency reported.
At least 2,000 books were confiscated while a member of staff, Mehmet Ali Varis, was detained and later released after questioning.
DC police chief: 'We will not tolerate' attack on protesters at Turkish Embassy ...
“Yesterday afternoon we witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the 1600 block of 23rd St. NW,” he said Wednesday at Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headquarters. ...
Newsham acknowledged that there may be a “diplomatic immunity issue” before promising accountability for those responsible for Tuesday’s incident. NBC News reported earlier Wednesday that the men who attacked the protesters are bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ...
The police chief confirmed that 11 people and one police officer were injured in Tuesday’s commotion, with nine receiving treatment at local hospitals.
He added that authorities had arrested a New York man and charged him with aggravated assault, while a Fairfax, Va., man was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer. ...
About two dozen demonstrators were present before the skirmish, which occurred as President Trump hosted Erdogan at the White House.
Trump Admin Faces Growing Calls For Response To Attack By Turkish Guards
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing calls for a forceful response to violence on American soil by Turkish presidential guards who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident is adding to U.S.-Turkish tensions compounded by a spat over U.S. war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.
The United States said Thursday it had summoned Turkey’s ambassador to the State Department, where the No. 2-ranked U.S. diplomat raised concerns about the security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington, after the guards were recorded on video violently breaking up a protest. Erdogan even witnessed the melee.
U.S. lawmakers demanded stronger action. Republican Sen. John McCain said the government should “throw their ambassador the hell out” of the U.S.
The calls came as the Trump administration acknowledged it had released two members of Erdogan’s detail after holding them briefly after the incident, which took place Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the U.S. capital. Even as officials vowed there would be an investigation, the guards were already safely back in Turkey with Erdogan, dampening any prospects for holding them accountable. ...
The guards’ release left the U.S. struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability. It also fueled the perception that the U.S. allows Turkey’s leader to bring strongman tactics with him when he visits the U.S. capital. Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.
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Good breakdown with stills from the videos.
Good breakdown with stills from the videos.
Turkey tests Trump's patience after protesters roughed up
Turkish officials, under pressure to prove loyalty to their autocratic president, are casting fresh blame on the United States following a violent clash last week between Turkish security guards and protesters in Washington.
And there’s not a whole lot the Trump administration can do about it.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Ankara to lodge a formal protest days after Washington police intervened to stop Turkish security officials from beating up protesters. The violence near the Turkish embassy came soon after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, and video caught Erdogan watching some of the skirmish.
The May 16 melee and subsequent diplomatic fracas have offered an astonishing glimpse into the growing hostility between America and Turkey, two NATO allies at odds over how best to fight Islamic State terrorists, among other disputes.
The State Department summoned Turkey’s ambassador for a dressing down and publicly condemned the brawl last week, but the White House stayed quiet. A senior administration official wouldn’t rule out future action by Trump but acknowledged Monday that Turkey is such a critical anti-terrorism partner that the U.S. is limited in how much it can retaliate.
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Trump probably wishes he could order his bodyguards to beat up protesters.
“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Volkonski wrote:Trump probably wishes he could order his bodyguards to beat up protesters.
"Get 'em outta here, get 'em outta here!"
"I'll pay your legal fees".
"I know that human being and fish can coexist peacefully"
--- George W Bush
--- George W Bush
Seem the US is no longer a reliable partner...
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1112446/middle-eastTurkey’s Erdogan approves troop deployment to Qatar
Reuters | Published — Friday 9 June 2017
ISTANBUL: President Tayyip Erdogan has approved legislation on deploying Turkish troops in Qatar, signalling support for the Gulf state as it faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism.
Turkey’s parliament pushed through the bill on Wednesday and Erdogan’s rapid approval of it, announced by his office late on Thursday, was followed by its publication in the Official Gazette on Friday, completing the legislative process.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran — charges Qatar calls baseless. Several countries followed suit.
Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years.
Turkish security detail members to be charged after DC brawl
A dozen members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail will face charges for their involvement in a violent attack on protestors in Washington, D.C., last month, two U.S. officials told The New York Times.
D.C. police planned to announce the charges on Thursday, according to the report, which said the State Department and Secret Service had also investigated the incident.
The charges come a month after a number of people were injured when Turkish government security forces charged protestors in front of the Turkish ambassador’s residence. ...
While lawmakers from both parties condemned the attack, the State Department said last month that it was "concerned" by the incident and summoned the Turkish ambassador for a meeting with a senior U.S. official.
Erdogan turning Turkey to mediveal status
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-l ... 9511d9c182Turkey to stop teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in high schools
JUNE 24, 20179:49AM
TURKEY will stop teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in high schools, deeming it controversial and difficult to understand, a senior education official says.
Critics say President Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamist-rooted AK Party are undermining modern Turkey’s secular foundations by pushing a conservative agenda, including tighter regulation of alcohol and other restrictions, since coming to power in 2002.
A chapter entitled Beginning of Life and Evolution will be deleted from the standard biology textbooks used in schools and the material will be available only to students who go on to university studies from age 18 or 19, Alparslan Durmus, head of the national education board said in an online address this week.
“We are aware that if our students don’t have the background to comprehend the premises and hypotheses, or if they don’t have the knowledge and scientific framework, they will not be able to understand some controversial issues, so we have left out some of them,” he said.
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is rejected by both Christian and Muslim creationists, who believe God created the world as described in the Bible and the Koran, making the universe and all living things in six days. The Bible presents that as the exact time needed for creation but the Koran says “days” actually means long periods of time.
Turkey’s opposition stages massive rally in a show of strength against Erdogan
ISTANBUL — Tens of thousands of Turks came out in force in an Istanbul suburb on Sunday in a direct challenge to their president as they called for an end to a state of emergency that has been in place since a failed coup in July 2016.
The mammoth protest — organized by the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP — was a rare display of public dissent in a country where tens of thousands have been jailed as part of a systematic post-coup purge of dissidents and other government opponents. Even small demonstrations in central Istanbul have often been met with a harsh police response.
But Sunday’s rally, which organizers claimed drew more than a million people, marked a triumphant end to a march started by opposition leaders in Ankara three weeks ago.
The lawmakers and others walked from the capital, Ankara, to Istanbul’s seaside — a journey of about 280 miles. That walk, led by the mild-mannered CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, ended up breathing new life into an opposition that just months ago was on the verge of irrelevance.
Turkey has arrested Amnesty International’s local director
IT WAS the sort of intervention on behalf of a persecuted opposition politician that Amnesty International carries out hundreds of times a year. In 1998, after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then the mayor of Istanbul, was jailed for a speech in which he read out a religiously themed poem, the human-rights group termed him a “prisoner of conscience” and wrote to the government demanding his release. Nineteen years later, Mr Erdogan, now Turkey’s president, presides over an increasingly authoritarian regime. And his police force has arrested Amnesty International’s own staff along with other human-rights activists. So it was to Mr Erdogan that the group found itself writing last week to demand the release of detainees. He shows little sign of softening.
More than 50,000 people have been jailed in the purges that followed the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15th last year. But the latest arrests nevertheless shocked human-rights advocates, if only because their colleagues were the targets. On July 5th Turkish police detained ten human-rights activists attending a cyber-security training session, on suspicion of membership in an “armed terrorist organisation”. Those arrested include Idil Eser, the director of Amnesty International’s Turkish branch, and two foreign trainers. A month earlier, the chairman of the branch’s board, Taner Kilic, had been jailed on similar accusations.
Other rights organisations and a few politicians—including Kati Piri, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, and Carl Bildt, the former prime minister of Sweden—have called for the activists to be freed immediately. But on July 11th Turkish authorities extended the ten activists’ detention for another week. They will observe this weekend’s national commemoration of the anniversary of the failed coup from jail. ...
But though Western governments have mostly let pass Mr Erdogan’s claims that he is simply pursuing those involved in the coup, arrests of Amnesty International staff make it hard for them to keep ignoring the situation. “The use of criminal proceedings against human-rights defenders...is unfortunately an increasingly frequent phenomenon” in Turkey, says Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights. Mr Muiznieks notes that Turkey was one of the first signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights, which it has abrogated during the state of emergency that has been in place since the coup.
Turkey's 'Iron Lady' Meral Aksener Is Getting Ready to Challenge Erdogan
Meral Aksener doesn’t run from fights. Turkey’s former interior minister is known informally as asena, or she-wolf. When the country's military took steps in 1997 to remove the government from power, she took a stand against its leaders. A general threatened to have the young lawmaker impaled “on an oily spike that we’ll put in front of the ministry.” Testifying about the conversation in court in 2013, she brushed the comment off. “I did what I was supposed to do,” she said.
As she once defied the military, her supporters hope she can stand in the way of the collapse of Turkey’s democracy, one year after another attempted coup. A veteran nationalist, Aksener campaigned vigorously against a constitutional overhaul proposed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that is set to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with one dominated by his own powerful presidency. Erdogan won a narrow, disputed victory in the referendum on April 16, but Aksener won herself a far higher profile. She drew throngs to raucous campaign rallies around the country where she urged the public to vote ‘no.’ Huge crowds chanted, “Prime Minister Meral!”
Now, Aksener’s name (pronounced “Ak-she-ner”) has been whispered as a possible challenger to Erdogan in the presidential election expected in 2019. Aides reveal to TIME she is planning to announce a new political party. Speaking to TIME at her Istanbul home in May, her face lit up when she spoke about how she rattles Erdogan. “I ruin his comfort zone,” she says, “because he knows I am a real competitor.”
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