September 2, 2015

A Muslim Cleric That America Should Support

John A. Tures*

Usually, when Americans hear the term "Muslim cleric," they cringe. Yet there's an Islamic religious leader who calls for peace and inter-faith dialogue, whose supporters are being rounded up by an increasingly authoritarian leader. Backing the right leader could be the key in the war against ISIS.

Intimidating the media, Erdoğan and Obama

Nazlı Ilıcak

US President Barack Obama’s speech to the African Union meeting is a word of advice for all Middle Eastern leaders who do not want to leave power. I strongly recommend especially Tayyip Erdoğan to read Obama’s statements carefully. Turkey came within an inch of being in the same league with the Central African nation Burundi. I hope that the Nov. 1 elections will remove the disgraceful shadow on our country through the wisdom of voters and set the wheels of democracy in motion again.

The US and Turkish dictators

İhsan Yılmaz

I do not remember how many times I have criticized the US government's ambivalent approach to Turkish democracy. It has generally centered on the concept of “Bon, pour l'Orient” (Good, for the Orient). That is, the de facto understanding of the US government has been that a limited, procedural, illiberal democracy is what Turks have deserved and this is all they can achieve, It would be an exaggeration to claim that the US treats the Turkish government's disrespect of human rights, democracy, pluralism and the rule of law in the same category as Saudi Arabia.

Ahmet Altan: Turkey will not allow mafia-style governance

Author and journalist Ahmet Altan has strongly criticized the government-led raids on Koza İpek Holding, saying if one truly wants to understand what is going on currently, they should watch mafia movies, adding, "And the joint reaction should be to say that the mafia will not be allowed to govern the country."

AfSV Statement on Media and Business Crackdown

The Alliance for Shared Values denounces the politically-motivated raids on Koza Ipek holding group, publisher of opposition Bugun daily, as well as the arrest of two British journalists and their translator. These disgraceful actions by President Erdogan and his oligarchy are aimed at silencing independent media in preparation for upcoming November elections, and at deflecting criticism resulting from massive government corruption, nepotism and failure to accept election defeat.

Gov’t plans to seize critical media group ahead of election

The Turkish government is reportedly planning to seize a big conglomerate whose media holdings are critical of the government ahead of the Nov. 1 general election by orchestrating falsified reports issued by the Finance Ministry's Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK), which is led by a partisan figure.

Dailies from İpek Media Group say they will not stay silent

The Bugün and Millet dailies of the İpek Media Group, which was raided by Turkish police on Tuesday as a part of a government-backed operation, in their Wednesday headlines proclaimed “We will not stay silent.”

FEM prep schools file complaint against Ministry of Education employees

A lawyer representing FEM prep schools in the province of Zonguldak has filed a criminal complaint against employees of the Ministry of Education and the Zonguldak Provincial Directorate for National Education on the grounds that they failed to implement a top court's ruling, the lawyer said on Tuesday.

Amnesty International expresses concern over state of journalists in Turkey

In the wake of Turkey’s latest government-backed crackdown against Koza İpek Holding, parent company of İpek Media Group, Amnesty International has expressed its grave concern over press suppression and the state of journalists.

Jurists define gov’t-led raid on critical media as act of despotism

The police raid on the Bugün daily, a media outlet critical of the government owned by Koza İpek Holding, on Tuesday has been slammed by a number of jurists as the crackdown is viewed as another act of intimidation by the interim Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

Press organizations condemn police raids against İpek Media Group

Press organizations have condemned police raids on Koza İpek Holding and its subsidiaries, defining the operation as “political” and aimed at silencing free media.