• Turkey’s anti-Kurdish crackdown continues

    Hundreds of officials from Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), have been arrested in yet another round of police operations targeting opponents of the government. Tom Stevenson reports from Istanbul. There was little attempt by Turkish security forces to hide their intent. In

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  • Turkish Prisoners Claim Post-Coup Abuses

    Detainees say safeguards for prisoners have been abandoned By THOMAS GROVE and MARGARET COKER ISTANBUL—Eight Turkish political prisoners were attacked by guards, some of them beaten unconscious, within hours of their transfer to a facility in Izmir on Aug. 4, the men wrote days later in a

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  • Turkey stops Kurdish broadcasts: Official

    Turkish authorities have stopped broadcasts of 10 mostly Kurdish language television channels under state of emergency rules imposed in the wake of the July 15 coup bid, a local official said Thursday. The channels including Zarok TV -- the first Kurdish children's channel -- stopped

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  • Turkey continues to lose the publicity war

    SEMIH IDIZ Turkey is its own worst enemy when it comes to public diplomacy. Ankara was angered, for example, by the slow way the United States and Europe reacted to the July 15 coup attempt. It showed little interest, however, in questioning why this was so. Instead, it was back to the

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  • Pro-Kurdish party leader faces 5-year jail term in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey — Prosecutors in Istanbul are demanding five-year prison terms for the leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party and a senior party member who are accused of engaging in "propaganda for a terror organization." In an indictment released on Friday, the Istanbul chief prosecutor's

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  • A glimmer of hope

    European Parliament Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri has commentated how the civilians were leaving the basement in Sur; “There are serious human rights violations taking place and the desperation of many people is getting bigger”. Minister for European Union Bozkır has reacted; “Piri has lost

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  • US-Turkey: The strained alliance

    It's a diplomatic relationship that is deeply in crisis, but one that remains of crucial importance to both countries. Rarely have relations between the US and one of its key Nato allies been so poor as those between Washington and Ankara. "Damage limitation" may be an understatement to

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  • Russian FM claims has evidence of Turkish soldiers in Syria

    Sergei Lavrov the Russian Foreign Minister claimed on Sunday that Russia is in possession of evidence that Turkish soldiers are currently in Syria. In an interview with Russian Ren-TV, Lavrov called Turkey’s activities near the Syrian border “creeping expansion” according to a report by

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  • A graveyard of ambition

    Turkey is where European foreign policy went to die ONE of Turkey’s more forlorn sights is tucked down an Ankara side street inside the EU affairs ministry. At the top of a small staircase lurks a poster depicting a sprawling tree, its lower branches bereft and leafless but its top half a lush

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