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Local court rejects Enis Berberoğlu’s retrial demand unconstitutionally despite top court ruling

Duvar English A local court on Oct. 13 rejected former main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Enis Berberoğlu’s demand for a retrial despite a previous top court ruling, in a move that was deemed by the CHP leader as … Continue reading

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Construction on wind energy plant ongoing despite ban in Çanakkale

Seçkin Sağlam / DUVAR Construction on a wind energy plant in rural parts of the western province of Çanakkale are illegal as they continue despite a ban, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) provincial council member Nejat Önder said.  The area … Continue reading

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Osman Kavala’s wife Ayşe Buğra says they’re dealing with torture

Duvar English  Turkish prosecutors once again seek aggravated life imprisonment for Osman Kavala Dr. Ayşe Buğra, a renowned academic who is married to jailed businessman and activist Osman Kavala has said that she, her husband and his mother are dealing … Continue reading

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The defrosting of the Cyprus question

The more the merrier? Not always… Turkey is surrounded by conflict on every side: the Greece-Turkey conflict was simmering all summer, while northern Syria continues to be a hotbed of conflict, with one side hosting the protracted Kurdish conflict, and … Continue reading

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Journalism is a crime!

Imagine an official ceremony. In a hall full of thousands of people, in Turkey, let’s say, a national ceremony is being held. The ceremony opens with the playing of the national anthem. Everybody stands up and at attention. Except for … Continue reading

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Plan B for white collar workers in Turkey

Pınar Öğünç Uğur was born in 1980 in Turkey. He grew up when liberal president Turgut Özal was in power. He started his life from scratch. His father was a veteran of the “Cyprus Peace operation” and his mother was … Continue reading

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EU says presidential system hampers democracy in Turkey, membership talks at ‘standstill’

Duvar English The European Union’s executive has said membership talks with Turkey are at a “standstill,” citing eroding democracy and freedom of speech under the executive presidential system. The presidential system has centralized power in the hands of the executive … Continue reading

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Turkish gov’t to extend its crackdown on HDP to all opposition parties, says İYİ Party lawmaker

Duvar English İYİ (Good) Party lawmaker Hasan Subaşı has said that he believes the government will initiate a crackdown on all opposition parties like it did on the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), urging all parties in Parliament to stand up … Continue reading

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Turkish Lira’s value at lowest in 27 years

Duvar English – Reuters Turkey’s Central Bank announced that the real effective exchange rate (REER) of the lira hit the lowest level in 27 years, as souring relations between Ankara and Brussels added to the country’s geopolitical woes, bringing lira … Continue reading

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Turkey’s media watchdog threatens news media for reporting its irregular expenses

Duvar English Turkey’s media watchdog ‘wastes public funds with illegal wages, luxury trips’ Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) released a threatening message on social media following widespread reporting of its irregular expenses by news media on Oct. 6. … Continue reading

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Study indicates Turkish gov’t knew about COVID-19 the month before it announced the first case

Duvar English A study in an international medical journal with the byline of Deputy Health Minister Şuayıp Birinci indicates that the government was aware of the coronavirus in Turkey in the month prior to the announcement of the first case, … Continue reading

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Turkish parliament ratifies motion to extend cross-border ops in Iraq, Syria

Duvar English Turkish parliament on Oct. 7 ratified a motion extending authorization to launch cross-border operations in northern Iraq and Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Turkey’s presidency submits motion to extend cross-border ops in Iraq, Syria Ruling Justice and Development … Continue reading

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Top Turkish, Greek diplomats hold first meeting since crisis, agree on talks

Reuters The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece met on Oct. 8 for the first time since their dispute over energy exploration and territorial rights in the eastern Mediterranean, and agreed to hold bilateral talks on the issue, Turkish Foreign … Continue reading

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Opposition leaders slam Erdoğan for urging Muslims to have ‘patience’ in face of financial problems

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Oct. 8 paid a visit to Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) chairman Ali Babacan to congratulate him for the party that he established in March. Following their meeting, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s media watchdog ‘wastes public funds with illegal wages, luxury trips’

Duvar English An audit by Turkey’s Court of Accounts revealed that members of the Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) have been using public resources for pleasure, determining their wages and international travel costs as they wish, daily BirGün reported … Continue reading

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MPs denied entry into Ankara courthouse to observe HDP politicians’ hearing over Kobane protests

Duvar English Lawmakers of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) were denied entry into the Ankara courthouse late on Oct. 1. Turkish court arrests 17 HDP members, including Mayor Bilgen, over 2014 Kobane protests … Continue reading

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Turkish Parliament speaker announces support for return of death penalty

Duvar English Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes death penalty should be reintroduced for certain crimes. “I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and … Continue reading

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Prosecutors drop charges against CHP Istanbul chair in spat over Erdoğan aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English Istanbul prosecutors have dismissed criminal charges against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu in a case concerning her support for a fellow CHP official who allegedly photographed Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s property in … Continue reading

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Freedom of expression nonexistent in Turkey: German Foreign Ministry report

Duvar English Although the Turkish Constitution protects freedom of expression, citizens are not allowed to practice their right in reality, a report by the German Foreign Ministry said, Deutsche Welle reported on Sept. 30. Prison authorities in Turkey’s southeast ban … Continue reading

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Turkey’s coronavirus cases 20 times higher than official data shows, says main opposition deputy

Duvar English The number of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Turkey is 20 times higher than officially reported by the Health Ministry, said main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Murat Emir. Eating together isn’t safe … Continue reading

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