Turkey

Turkish president should veto Internet bill

San Francisco, February 6, 2014–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish President Abdullah Gül to veto the Internet bill passed Wednesday by the Turkish Parliament. The bill would grant the Turkish government unprecedented control over the Internet by allowing Web pages to be blocked without a court order, requiring mandatory data retention by Internet Service Providers, and […]

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Turkey’s economic feet of clay and hybrid political system

By Dr Aris Petasis* This particular article is a continuation of other articles I wrote and in which I support that sound economies rest on democratic government.  It is axiomatic for economic models that operate within faulty political systems to become unstable and to falter.

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The United States needs to tell Turkey to change course

By Morton Abramowitz, Eric Edelman and Blaise Misztal Whatever his achievements over the past decade, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is destroying his country’s parlous democracy. That is a profound problem for Turks and Turkey’s Western allies. Staying silent, out of fear that speaking out would harm some short-term interests, risks Turkey’s longer-term stability.

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The Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans to Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu

The Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans (Ec.Fe.Don) is the all world unifying organization of the Greek Community of Istanbul, 98% of which is presently living under expatriate conditions, because of the systematic violations of their human and minority rights, carried out by successive Turkish Governments during the period 1923-2004.

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Let us assume that the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce vision for Turkey is realised

By Dr Aris Petasis* This critique is a follow-up of my article, “The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce sees phantom economic benefits in an undefined solution to the Cyprus problem” (published in English in several international sites and in “Phileleftheros” newspaper in Greek on 03.12.2013.)

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Turkey Worst Jailer of Journalists for Second Year in a Row – CPJ releases annual prison census

New York.- For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world’s leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China. Together, the three countries accounted for more than half of all journalists imprisoned around the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists found.

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Erdogan Statements Destabilize The Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2013 – Members of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes informed key Washington policymakers of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent dangerous statements and their consequences. CEH leaders explained how Erdogan’s statements have injured the interests of the United States, Israel and the stability of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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International – or Bi-National – Religious Freedom?

By Endy Zemenides On December 4-5, the Archons are holding their second annual International Religious Freedom conference. Their first conference – in 2010 – caused quite a stir in the Greek-American community as they honored Egemen Bağış – Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs. They could not have picked a more dishonorable awardee, as Bağış has […]

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CPJ: Turkey Press Freedom Crisis Worsens Post-Gezi

Ankara, September 17, 2013.- Heated anti-press rhetoric, the firing of leading journalists, threats to restrict online speech, and a series of physical and legal assaults further damaged the press freedom environment in Turkey in the months following the Gezi Park protests that began last May.

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Will Erdoğan End His Career in Prison?

By Michael Rubin Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may think he is riding high. Despite the recent Gezi protests, he remains popular among a large segment of society and, during his last election, he surpassed 50 percent of the vote.

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