Monthly Archives: March 2012

Turkish News Folder, 21 March 2012

What Happened to Judicial Reform? On Monday, yet another special prosecutor launched an inquiry into the statements of released journalist Ahmet Şik, claiming defamation of judiciary.  Şik had said “Those who put us behind the bars without cause shall suffer the … Continue reading

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What Happened to Judicial Reform?

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On Monday, yet another special prosecutor launched an inquiry into the statements of released journalist Ahmet Şik, claiming defamation of judiciary.  Şik had said “Those who put us behind the bars without cause shall suffer the same fate”. This development … Continue reading

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Analysis: Sivas: A tale of painful indifference

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I visited Sivas in 2008, 15 years after the massacre at the Madımak Hotel. I vividly remember the eerie feeling that came over me as I was walking by the site of arguably one of the most traumatic events in … Continue reading

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CHP Continues To Battle against the So-Called Education Reform

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Republican People’s Party (CHP) has made a second application to Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek to nullify the approval of the education reform bill at a meeting of Parliament’s Education Commission, after examining audio tapes from the stormy meeting, Hurriyet Daily … Continue reading

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Kilicdaroglu Protests Madimak Hotel Ruling

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An Ankara court dropped a high-profile case over the deadly 1993 torching of a Sivas hotel yesterday, ruling that the charges against the suspects exceeded the statute of limitations. Thousands of people protested the ruling outside the court, and clashes … Continue reading

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Turkish News Folder, 13 March 2012

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Ground Breaking Promises from CHP Leader Kilicdaroglu CHP chairman Kilicdaroglu made historic statements during his interview with veteran broadcaster Ali Kirca in Sky Türk 360 channel. He started by commenting on intra-party politics. After the two extraordinary conventions, CHP became … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch condemns Turkish Government’s judiciary policy

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Finally, impartial international human rights monitoring group Human Rights Watch issued a report on the Turkish judiciary which confirms CHP’s views: – Turkey‘s international credibility as a rising regional power will be compromised as long as it imprisons journalists, Kurdish political … Continue reading

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Turkish News Folder, 5 March 2012

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CHP President Kilicdaroglu: “Lift my immunity!” Turkey’s AKP dominated courts added another injustice to their current record by sending a deposition to the Grand assembly to have CHP leader Kilicdaroglu’s immunity lifted.  His crime?  Embezzlement? Political patronage? Influence peddling?  Bid … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: CHP’s Counterproposal 1+8+4

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CHP deputy chairman and head of the party’s Science, Management and Culture Platform Prof Dr Sencer Ayata evaluated the new education reform proposal to daily VATAN. –As someone who has dedicated his career to academia, do you agree with the … Continue reading

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Ground Breaking Promises from CHP Leader Kilicdaroglu

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CHP Chairman Kilicdaroglu made historic statements during his interview with veteran broadcaster Ali Kirca in Sky Türk 360 channel. He started by commenting on intra-party politics. After the two extraordinary conventions, CHP became a party that people trust commented chairman … Continue reading

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