Monthly Archives: October 2020

Animal rights activist partners with Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu on app aiming to protect street animals

Duvar English An app that aims to the track, document, provide basic needs and homes for street animals in Istanbul is being developed via a partnership between animal rights activist and businesswoman İpek Kıraç and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, news … Continue reading

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Researchers say new model shows Turkish inflation almost four times official tally

Reuters Turkish monthly inflation was almost four times greater than the official rate in September, according to a new model developed by a group of academics and researchers based on more frequent data than the government statistics office. Turkey’s official … Continue reading

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Police block leftist youth groups’ press statement, detain members in Istanbul

Duvar English A group of youth organizations, including Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Youth Assembly, were blocked from reading a press statement in Istanbul’s Kadıköy and detained violently by police, Mesopotamia Agency reported on Oct. 25. Joined by New Democrat … Continue reading

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US suspends Turkey visa services after reports on potential terror attacks

Reuters  The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Oct. 23 that it was temporarily suspending all American citizen and visa services in Turkey over credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens in Istanbul. “The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received … Continue reading

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Man faces ‘terror charges’ after sharing Minister Soylu’s remarks aired on Gülen-linked TV station

Duvar English Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into a man on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” after he tweeted Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu’s remarks previously aired on the now-closed Samanyolu TV, which was among the … Continue reading

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Erdoğan tells workers to ‘enjoy nice cup of tea’ if they ‘can’t bring home bread’

Duvar English Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a citizen who said he couldn’t bring home bread that he should enjoy a nice cup of tea, a video posted by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chair Veli Ağbaba … Continue reading

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Black Sea town faces environmental destruction due to hydroelectric power plant

Pelin Akdemir / DUVAR Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning determined that a second environmental impact assessment report would not be required for a hydroelectric plan project in the Black Sea district of Şavşat, although a regional court cancelled the … Continue reading

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Russia urges UNESCO to release restoration report on Hagia Sophia’s conversion as soon as possible

Duvar English Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged monitoring experts of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to release their report on the conversion of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque as soon as possible. ‘Turkish gov’t failed to … Continue reading

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Berberoğlu applies to Constitutional Court following lower courts’ refusal to comply with retrial order

Duvar English Former Republican Peope’s Party (CHP) former Enis Berberoğlu on Oct. 26 applied to the Constitutional Court following two local courts’ refusal to implement the top court’s ruling in his case. The application was filed by Berberoğlu’s lawyer Yiğit … Continue reading

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Turkish miners relaunch protest march: We yell because we’re angry, hungry!

Osman Çaklı – Cihan Başakçıoğlu / DUVAR Miners who wished to march to the capital in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman to demand months of unpaid wages were met with a gendarmerie blockade on Oct. 26. Workers from Ermenek … Continue reading

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Council of Europe ramps up pressure on Turkey to recognize right to conscientiously object

Nuray Pehlivan / DUVAR The Council of Europe has ramped up pressure on Turkey to adopt legal regulations on the issue of conscientious objection. In 2006, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favor of an appeal lodged … Continue reading

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Turkey violated CHP leader’s rights by fining him for criticizing Erdoğan, top Europe rights court rules

Duvar English The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu right in his case against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kılıçdaroğlu in 2018 applied to the ECHR on the grounds that … Continue reading

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Coal power plant to pollute 24 provinces across Turkey, make millions ill over decades

Duvar English A coal-powered thermal power plant in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir will impact the well-being of more than 11 million people over the course of 35 years, Turkey’s first health impact report for an energy facility revealed … Continue reading

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CHP leader urges First Lady to burn her Hermes bag following Erdoğan’s call to boycott French goods

Duvar English Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged First Lady Emine Erdoğan to burn her Hermes handbag following President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call to boycott French goods. Kılıçdaroğlu said that the people already can’t … Continue reading

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Gov’t rejects opposition’s demand for budget discussions to be aired on parliament TV channel

Duvar English Opposition deputies from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and İYİ (Good) Party on Oct. 27 demanded that the parliamentary discussions on the 2021 budget proposal be aired live on the official TV channel of … Continue reading

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Turkish court sentences US consulate employee to more than 5 years in jail over ‘aiding Gülenists’

Reuters An Istanbul court on Oct. 27 sentenced a local U.S. consulate employee to jail on charges of aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain ties between Turkey and the United States. … Continue reading

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Hatay residents who lost homes to forest fire await gov’t aid weeks later

Burcu Özkaya Günaydın / DUVAR Residents of the southernmost Turkish province of Hatay who lost their homes in forest fires that scorched through the region want officials to help them in restoring their lives, but have not received any support … Continue reading

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Turkish Central Bank says it has no target on exchange rates as lira plunges to another record low

Duvar English – Reuters Turkey’s Central Bank Governor Murat Uysal said that it has no target on exchange rates as the lira touched a new low for a third day on Oct. 28. The bank raised its mid-point inflation forecast … Continue reading

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CHP EU Representation’s Short Video / Long Live Turkish Republic

Long Live Turkish Republic ! Turkish Progressive Voice, CHP EU Representation releases a short video in English to commemorate the 97th anniversary of Turkish Republic. Today marks 97th anniversary of our Republic ! Republic to be crowned by democracy… “Forward, … Continue reading

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Turkey marks 97th anniversary of Republic Day

Duvar English Turkey is set to mark the 97th anniversary of its republic’s founding day on Oct. 29, with celebrations expected to take place across the country. A ceremony took place in Anıtkabir, Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s maouseloum … Continue reading

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