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Opposition divided on Turkish PM’s new charter offer | Hurriyet Daily News

The opposition front has delivered conflicted responses to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call for immediately submitting to Parliament all 48 articles on which the Constitution Conciliation Commission has reached agreement.

Among the three opposition parties represented at Parliament, the main opposition was skeptical towards Erdoğan’s motives, while another lent a cautious support, and the third is still trying to make up its mind. [Read the full article]

Istanbul police block protest by journalists demanding press freedoms | Fox News

Police have blocked hundreds of journalists from marching in Istanbul to demand press freedoms and denounce the harassment of colleagues during a spate of anti-government demonstrations last month.

Journalists were detained or targeted by police while covering the nearly three weeks of protests, and some who sided with protesters were sacked or resigned. [Read the full article]

Turkish Prime Minister’s power reaches even into daily bread | Digital Journal

Istanbul – As Ramadan continues in Turkey, so do protests that are quickly quelled by the Turkish Prime Minister whose wealth and power reach even into the formula for tasty bread.

Nearly six weeks has passed since the first protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Under the orders of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish police brutally quelled these protests with water canons and pepper spray. At least five people died, and thousands were injured. Protesters who had set up a tent city in Gezi Park were violently driven out, and nearby Taksim Square was blocked off by the police who regularly raided even tourists in the historic Taksim shopping district. Protests that spread throughout Turkey were often violently opposed, and many protesters were arrested (including doctors and lawyers who helped protesters). A lone man began peacefully standing at Taksim Square when it reopened, and soon standing men and women appeared throughout Turkey in silent protest. [Read the full article]

Turkey Talking a Dangerous Game | WSJ

If in doubt, blame the markets or foreigners—preferably both.

In the time-honored fashion of embattled governments, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking for scapegoats. Mr. Erdogan has long complained an “interest rate lobby” of foreign investors has been conspiring to force Turkey to raise rates. Beset by popular protests and a tumbling lira, that rhetoric has intensified. Now Turkish regulators are probing the recent selloffs of Turkey’s currency and stocks. [Read the full article]

Stand in solidarity with Turkey’s peaceful protesters | indexoncensorship.org

A Turkish student attacked while participating in anti-government protests died Wednesday. Ali İsmail Korkmaz suffered a cerebral haemorrhage after unknown assailants attacked him during a protest in the northwestern city of Eskişehir on 2 June.

Korkmaz is the seventh protester to die since the start of unrest on 28 May, when protesters first rallied against the government’s plan to turn Gezi Park — one of Istanbul’s important green spaces — into a shopping mall. The protest movement quickly snowballed, after police used tear gas to disperse the initial 50 protesters. [Read the full article]

The protest is only the beginning | ipolitics.ca

LONDON — In Brazil, the protesters wore halter tops and shorts. In Egypt, they wore headscarves and long sleeves. In Turkey, they wore more of the former, some of the latter, and quite a bit of face paint as well.

In each of these three places they looked different, used different slogans, spoke different languages. And yet the parallels among these three protest movements on three different continents in three countries run by democratically elected leaders are striking, not least for what they reveal about the nature of the modern street protest. [Read the full article]

Court releases Gezi Park protesters and Taksim Solidarity members charged by prosecutor | Hurriyet Daily News

An Istanbul court has ruled for the release of 12 Gezi protesters, including members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform that pioneered the nationwide demonstrations, who were charged with “forming an illegal group to commit crime” by the prosecutors.

The panel of judges said there was no concrete evidence for the arrest of the five people charged “establishing an illegal organization to commit crime,” including platform spokeswoman Mücella Yapıcı and Istanbul Medical Chamber General Secretary Ali Çerkezoğlu. The other seven protesters charged with “resisting the police” and “violating the demonstration and rally law,” were released for lack of evidence. [Read the full article]

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Taksim Square’s piano man plays for peace


Davide Martello was on a world tour with his custom-built electric piano when he found himself on Taksim Square. Now he’s become the soundtrack for Turkish protestors and has continued his tour with a new message: peace.


Branded the Piano Man of Taksim Square, Davide Martello went from complete obscurity to a global celebrity overnight, with images of him serenading both protesters and police now emblematic of the conflict between the Turkish people and their government.




Taksim detainees start hunger strike as prosecutor extends detention – report


Around 50 people who were detained because of the Gezi park protests in Istanbul began a hunger strike on Wednesday, as prosecutors extended their detention period and the death toll from the Gezi Park incidents rose to five, Turkish media reported.


The move by prosecutors was met with strong public reaction, with the Taksim Solidarity Platform and other human rights organizations and unions calling for the detainees’ immediate release, Radikal, a Turkish daily, reported.




Two different iftars in Turkey Taksim square


Two leftist Muslim groups hosted fast-breaking iftar dinner in a nearby pedestrian street by the Gezi Park on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The local municipality also hosted a dinner in Taksim Square.




Istanbul offers Iftar meal at Taksim Square, protests still going on


Istanbul’s Beyoglu Municipality organized the first Iftar, or fast-breaking meal, of this year at Taksim square on Tuesday, but anti-government protests were still going on around the square.


“It is very rare for the Istanbul government to organize iftar parties at Taksim Square. Usually they are prepared near Blue Mosque, in Uskudar and Fatih districts,” said Nuray Ozgen, a hotel manager.




Understanding Turkish PM Erdogan’s Racist Crack


Every Tuesday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses his Justice and Development Party (AKP) cohorts… Criticizing Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the center-left and secular Republican Peoples Party (CHP), Erdoğan declared, “Kılıçdaroğlu is striving every bit he can to raise himself from the level of a black person to the level of a white man.”




Can Erdogan’s Enemies Kill Him With Their Minds?


Recently, I asked whether Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan believed his own conspiracy theories about the anti-government protests that began in an Istanbul park at the end of May. His appointment this week of a new chief adviser suggests Erdogan may have embraced a dark fantasy world.


The new man with the prime minister’s ear, Yigit Bulut, previously was the editor-in-chief of the television station Kanal 24, and has been a point man for conspiracy theories about the Gezi Park protests. His analysis has included the following interesting ideas:


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How Turkey’s Leaders Are Exploiting Egypt’s Coup

If you’re reading the American press, you might think that the protests in Turkey have died down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Stranger still, if you are reading the Turkish press, you might conclude that you are in Egypt, because that seems to be the only topic of conversation.

This is why: Conventional wisdom has it that the Egyptian coup was a “nightmare” for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, putting an end to his ambitious foreign policy fantasies. To an extent, this is true.

Turkey reopens Istanbul park at heart of protests

Istanbul: Turkey reopened an Istanbul park at the heart of last month’s demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and protest leaders called a rally there for Monday evening in defiance of the city governor.

Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu announced the reopening three weeks after riot police expelled protesters from Gezi Park following a fortnight of frequently violent protests against plans to redevelop the area.

Ouster of Morsi: A setback for Erdoğan’s ‘new order’

The ancient land of the Pyramids and the land of ancient civilizations took a new stride on July 3 when its first-ever democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown in a military coup d’état. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was eying a new resurgent role for his country in the geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa with the partnership of a Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt met a huge setback.

The reverberations from the Egyptian coup have already started surfacing. Turkey, a major emerging player in the region, wholeheartedly embraced Morsi after his election victory, offering him all-out support to come out from the economic crisis and instability caused by prolonged instability after the fall of the decades-old Hosni Mubarak regime.

Turkey must release peaceful Taksim protesters

The Turkish authorities must immediately release peaceful demonstrators who were detained in Taksim yesterday. They must also investigate allegations of the excessive use of force after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi park, Amnesty International said.

“The authorities in Turkey have the duty to ensure people can peacefully gather and express their views,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International.

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Division around Erdogan threatening to rip Turkey at the seams


The mass demonstrations in Taksim Square against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, have come to an end. Now, only a few hundred people still stand in the square to show their dissatisfaction toward Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.


On the surface, there was no reason for the demonstration. In the decade Erdogan has been in power, his country’s GDP per capita has more than doubled, free education and medical care have been extended, and domestic legislation has come close to EU standards.




Iranian MP Urges Erdogan to Apologize to Turkish Nation


Member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ebrahim Aqamohammadi called on Erdogan to extend an apology to the Turkish nation and avoid intimidation in a move to prevent further escalation of the crisis.




Erdoğan’s Disdain Extends from Jews to Blacks


Every Tuesday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses his Justice and Development Party (AKP) cohorts. Speaking before a friendly audience, he often lets his guard down and lets the real Erdoğan shine through. Alas, increasingly it’s apparent that the real Erdoğan is not only an anti-Semite—ranting and raving about Jews or some amorphous “interest rate lobby”—but also a racist.




In The Shadow Of Tahrir, Taksim Simmers


Taksim and Tahrir—two squares where, in recent weeks, women stood side by side with men to participate in protests against the ruling party, against the party that won in so-called democratic elections.


While the media coverage is focused mainly on Egypt right now, protestors in Turkey aren’t giving up, either. There are those who take to the streets, mainly in the evenings, and scream out their anger and fears. Others have decided to participate in silent protests, standing still for minutes at a time. And then there is the type of nightly protest, an increasingly popular one:  at 9 pm, people all around Turkey blow into whistles, drum against pans or honk their car horns while waving the Turkish flag.




Ten thousand gather for Erdogan in Germany


Turks living in the European Union demanded respect to democracy in Turkey and voiced their support for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a rally on Sunday that brought together over ten thousand people from several EU states in Dusseldorf in the west part of Germany.




Police Disperse Taksim Square Protesters With Tear Gas After Governor Warns Demonstrations Are Illegal


ISTANBUL — Turkish police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who tried to enter a cordoned-off park near Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square on Saturday, hours after the city’s governor warned the demonstration was illegal and participants would be dispersed.


A few thousand people converged on the square, with the aim of entering Gezi Park, whose redevelopment plans sparked anger and morphed into nationwide anti-government protests in June. Organizers had planned to serve notice to authorities of a court decision that has annulled redevelopment plans for Taksim and break through police cordons.


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English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Third Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turkish court annuls Erdogan’s plan to raze Gezi Park

A Turkish court has blocked a government decision to redevelop Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which had sparked protests that drew 2.5 million people to the streets nationwide. The ruling marks a victory for the opposition.

The administrative court justified its ruling, made last month but only revealed by Turkish media on Wednesday, by saying that the government had failed to sufficiently consult the “local population” about the redevelopment project. The decision represents a blow to a project strongly backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.


Turkish court scraps plan to redevelop Taksim Square

A Turkish Court has cancelled plans to redevelop Taksim Square, according to court ruling from early June obtained by Reuters. The authorities planned to turn the park into a monument to the Ottoman Empire, which sparked mass protests last month.

The court ruled in early June during the height of the unrest that the government’s plan to rebuild the square broke preservation rules, that it spoiled the square’s identity and broke other regulations, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs.


The Streets of Istanbul

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — Walking the busy streets of Besiktas, a lively, upscale neighborhood in Istanbul, the other evening, I had the impression that the discord that so recently convulsed Turkey’s capital was over; there was little evidence that the protests that made headlines around the world had ever occurred. Life was back to normal. Well dressed, young cosmopolitans and university students filled the brightly lit modern cafes, bars and shops. Western music blared from passing cars. The only visible sign of the recent civil unrest were the tattered letters and pictures that had been taped to a sculpture depicting the eagle mascot of the local soccer team, which had taken a leading role in the Taksim Square demonstrations.

Then Alper Boyer, an Istanbul interior designer, led my wife and I up a street toward the darkened precincts of the neighborhood park and everything changed. We heard amplified voices and, suddenly, all around us, the sound of banging pots. Looking up, I saw men and women hanging out their apartment windows hitting their kitchen ware with wooden spoons. In the center of the park, a small amphitheater was lit up and jammed with people listening to a speaker. The crowd of about 500 people spilled out under the trees along the margins of the amphitheater, many sat on spread-out newspapers drinking tea and coffee and smoking cigarettes. Mostly they were young students and activists, some professionals and a smattering of smiling older residents taking in the action.


Turkey’s Leadership Watches Uneasily as Egypt’s Brotherhood Stumbles

As Egypt’s Islamist government totters amid mounting pressure from opposition protesters and the military, its allies in Ankara are watching with growing unease.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who weathered a month of nationwide protests against his own government in June, has invested heavily to forge a strong alliance with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, born from shared strategic interests and shared roots in political Islam. The collapse of the Islamist government in Cairo would mark the removal a key ally for Ankara and could further undermine Turkey’s bid to become a regional model for emerging Arab democracies.


As Egypt burns, Erdogan still talks Gaza visit

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was non-committal Tuesday on whether he will visit the Gaza Strip in the near future, as the chaos in Egypt makes it unlikely he will enter the region through Rafah.

The Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reported that Erdogan told reporters after a speech to his parliamentary group that the date of his oft-delayed trip has not yet been set.


Egyptian nightmare for Erdogan

ISTANBUL- While the Turkish government spent much of the last couple of years branding itself as a paradigm for Egypt and other Arab Spring countries, the reverse is now taking place: Egypt is becoming the nightmare scenario for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The violent phase of the protests in Istanbul, Ankara and other Turkish cities is over, for now, but the struggle to set their legacy has only just begun, and Erdogan would be well-advised to take a lesson from the mistakes of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

True, the danger of a military coup in Turkey at the moment is close to zero, if only because Erdogan has locked up an entire army college (some 330 officers) on charges of plotting against him. But the parallels between the two countries run far beyond the superficial. For the record, so too did Egyptian still-President Mohammed Morsi try to purge the army last year, although he only removed a few top generals.


Peace With Kurds in Peril as Erdogan Reels From Protests (1)

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on anti-government protests in western Turkey may make it harder for him to offer concessions to Kurds in the southeast, where he’s trying to end a three-decade war.

Kurdish militants have already begun leaving the region after the government started talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has been fighting there since 1984. Erdogan has promised wider freedoms for Kurds, who are seeking a degree of self-rule, without saying what form they will take.


Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan Reaffirms Committment to Lead Istanbul 2020 in Buenos Aires

Embatteld Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s intention to lead the Istanbul 2020 Olympic bid team into Buenos Aires for the final vote in September has been reaffirmed by the delegation in Lausanne Wednesday. The Istanbul team, along with contenders Tokyo and Madrid are in the Olympic Capital for key presentations to 84 International Olympic Committee (IOC) members who are present for an extraordinary session.

GamesBids.com originally reported in March that Erdoğan would attend the 2020 bid city election after bid Chief Hasan Arat said he could confirm the fact following a conversation with government officials. In recent years, it has become common for top national leaders and royalty to attend the final presentations ahead of the vote – among many others, U.S. President Barack Obama helped promote Chicago while Russia’s Vladimir Putin spoke in English for Sochi’s winning bid.


It’s Not a Conspiracy, Mr. Erdogan!

Brazil, South Africa, Chile and Indonesia. What fundamental problem do all of these countries in turmoil have in common that Mr. Erdogan’s Turkey does not have to contend with? Better yet: What is the scourge all of these countries still face that Turkey actually excels in? Gross income inequality. Why then, asks Stephan Richter, does Turkey’s Prime Minister work so hard to get his country into trouble with financial markets?


Opinion: Mursi is a knockoff Erdoğan

There were many optimists amongst those who hoped and dreamed that President Mohamed Mursi’s rule would be a significant transition in the history of Egypt. However, Mohamed Mursi—the last-minute candidate who originally stood for election as nothing more than a prospective substitute for Khairat El-Shater—has been an utter disappointment. Rather than following in the footsteps of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mursi became a distorted version of this model. In the end, Mursi was nothing more than a knockoff Erdoğan.

Mohamed Mursi surrounded himself with militants and extremist figures with a tendency for “revenge,” issuing frightening and repulsive statements that only served to terrorize the Egyptian people or anybody who cares about the country at all. His sharp tone and discernible messages are beyond what the Egyptian people can tolerate or forgive. It is for these very same reasons that the Egyptian people rejected Hazem Abu-Ismail who insulted the military establishment and mocked the Egyptian people; Safwar Hegazi who insulted Al-Azhar and its well-respected Grand Sheikh; Assem Abdel Maged who threatens all who defies Mursi; and Wagdi Ghoneim whose words are filled with hatred and poison. Mursi did not renounce such figures, rather he continues to regard them as his loyal supporters and defenders. The Egyptian people view Mursi’s silence towards their inflammatory statements and rhetoric as a form of tacit consent.

Taksim Square From a Teen’s View – http://www.care2.com/causes/taksim-square-from-a-teens-view.html

While CNN reports on violent clashes in Istanbul, and the State Department issues a Travel Alert, I meet my Turkish friend, Elif, on a boat on the Bosporus. As we move through the waters that separate Asia from Europe, she talks about what’s happening in Taksim Square, where most of the protests have been centered.

“It’s complicated,” she says. “Sometimes people are dancing and celebrating, and then outside my high school my friends are being attacked.”


Boyko Marinkov: Taksim protest group gets support from Kurdish movement, which gives potential to protests in Turkey – http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=f3307

Boyko Marinkov with the Institute of Balkan Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in an interview with FOCUS News Agency about the tension in Turkey and possible ways to appease public discontent and riots


Regional stability after Taksim: A Hellenic view – http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/Regional-stability-after-Taksim-A-Hellenic-view-318483

As the fog of the post Iran and Afghanistan wars dissipates, it is clear that the state of Hellenism as personified by Greece and Cyprus has declined in the face of the emerging hegemony of Turkey in the region.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his neo-Ottoman Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey has reinforced its regional claims in the Aegean Sea and in Cyprus through its new-found strategy of “Strategic Depth.” Davutoglu’s views “Turkey as the epicenter of the Balkans, Middle East and the Caucasus, the center of Eurasia in general and [as] the Rimland Belt, cutting across the Mediterranean to the Pacific.”


Majority rule: Turkey’s Taksim Gezi Park protestors must join the electoral process or perish – http://theworldoutline.com/2013/07/majority-rule-turkeys-taksim-gezi-park-protestors-must-join-the-electoral-process-or-perish/

Anyone who has watched the news from Turkey in the last month cannot help but admire the courage of the protesters who have braved tear gas, fire hoses, and rubber bullets to remain in occupation of Taksim Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul.

What began as an environmental protest against urban renewal and the destruction of Istanbul’s remaining open spaces has grown into a much more comprehensive criticism of the corrupt manner in which the contracts were given to relatives of senior politicians, the utter disregard of citizen input, and, ultimately, of the way the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan does business.


Turkish court rejects appeal of injunction on Taksim project – http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=112302

An İstanbul court has rejected an appeal by the Ministry of Culture of its ruling to put on hold a government project to build a replica of the Topçu Barracks as part of the Taksim rejuvenation project, which has led to violent clashes in the last month.


Turkish Intellectuals: ‘We Are Worried’ – http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/145680-turkish-intellectuals-we-are-worried/

ISTANBUL—A month after large-scale protests erupted throughout the country, Turkish intellectuals are warning about the dangers of a growing polarization and tension in the country.

A hundred prominent Turkish people, including writers and artists, signed a petition published as a full-page advertisement in a number of mainstream local papers last Saturday.


Taiwanese travelers urged to exercise caution in Turkey – http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aall/201307020027.aspx

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taiwanese visitors to Turkey are advised to take precautions to ensure their personal safety even if the protests in Taksim Square in Istanbul have subsided, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA) said Tuesday.

David Wang, director-general of MOFA’s Department of West Asian and African Affairs, said the ministry’s yellow travel alert for Turkey issued when the riots erupted in May remained in place.


Turkish Jews worried after politician links diaspora to protests – http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2013/07/03/Turkish-Jews-worried-after-politician-links-diaspora-to-protests.aspx

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish deputy prime minister linked the “Jewish diaspora” to recent anti-government unrest, drawing condemnation from world Jewish leaders on Tuesday and concern among Turkey’s Jews the comments could make them targets of popular anger.

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay’s office said his comments, made to reporters in the town of Kirikkale and published on the Cihan news agency website on Monday, were taken out of context.


The Heart of Erdogan’s Darkness – http://frontpagemag.com/2013/michael-van-der-galien/the-heart-of-erdogans-darkness/

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming more authoritarian by the day. His government has announced it will use every tool available to investigate and punish protesters, critics in the media, and social media users. Additionally, Ankara has started to openly threaten foreign websites such as Twitter and Facebook, hoping they will end up betraying their users.

Whenever he gives a speech to his followers or appears on TV, Erdogan repeats that foreigners, not Turks, are the driving force behind the protests that have engulfed Turkey for the last month. For example, he regularly refers to a sinister “interest rate lobby” that, together with certain “foreign capitals,” works to destroy the economy. Since not even he can deny that the ones doing the actual protesting are Turkish, Erdogan and his henchmen can only conclude that they are traitors deserving of the harshest possible punishment.


Thinking Beyond Erdogan – OpEd – http://www.eurasiareview.com/02072013-thinking-beyond-erdogan-oped/

Reactionary v. Revolutionary Positions

To be reactionary, means quite simply, to react to an existing [constructed] reality. Being a revolutionary however means one changes the existing reality. Reactionary positions and revolutionary positions are often at odds, as the former merely works within the existing framework of the status-quo. It is precisely these types of actions – reactionary positions – that dominate mainstream “Islamist” discourse en masse. An example of which is the reaction of Muslims to the events in Turkey and Egypt. Although these reactions are largely the expression of positive Islamic sentiments however they remain ‘reactionary’ so long as they do not transcend the existing dismal reality through the adoption and promulgation of an alternative strategic vision. Furthermore, the political turmoil in Turkey should be seen as an indication of the failure of ‘reformist’ politics.


Lauder harshly criticizes Erdogan deputy for blaming Jewish conspiracy for Turkish mass protests – http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/13706/erdogan_deputy_suggests_foreign_jews_are_behind_protest_movement

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s deputy Beşir Atalay has come under fire for saying that the recent mass protests against the Turkish government had been organized by the foreign media and the Jewish Diaspora. Outside forces had triggered the protests against the Erdogan government at Istanbul’s Gezi Park, Atalay reportedly said on Monday, although his office issued a statement on Tuesday denying that the deputy prime minister had made those remarks.

Atalay was quoted by the newspaper ‘Hürriyet’ as saying: “There are some circles that are jealous of Turkey’s growth. They are all uniting, on one side the Jewish Diaspora. You saw the foreign media’s attitude during the Gezi Park incidents; they bought it and started broadcasting immediately, without doing an evaluation.” Atalay also said that the international media had played a key role in what he called “the conspiracy” but added that “the ones trying to block the way of great Turkey will not succeed.”


Turkey: Erdogan’s Deputy Blames ‘Jewish Diaspora Conspiracy’ for Gezi Park Protests – http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/485530/20130702/turkey-s-deputy-pm-blames-jewish-diaspora.htm

Turkey’s deputy prime minister Besir Atalay has blamed the Jewish diaspora for the anti-government protests in Gezi Park which have rocked the country.

Atalay also accused international media of playing a role in the “conspiracy” and fuelling unrest in the country.



Taksim Square

Taksim Square (Photo credit: gregg.carlstrom)


Some interesting articles surrounding what has been going on at Taksim Square and Gezi Park and the impact of these events for either side of the conflict. What impresses me very much is the “Taksim Square Book Club”. You will find Al Jazeera’s Photo essay right here and further articles underneath of it:


In Pictures: The Taksim Square Book Club – http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/06/2013624105477515.html


Taksim Revisited – Analysis – http://www.eurasiareview.com/27062013-taksim-revisited-analysis/

The protests constitute an alarm call for both government and opposition. They should bring home to the AKP the realization that Turkish democracy, all its deficiencies notwithstanding, has come of age.


Europe: The reality facing Turkey in the wake of protests – http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130627171338

The streets of Istanbul have been calm for a while. Apart from sporadic conflicts and the “standing men” facing the Ataturk Culture Center in Taksim Square, there have been no further violent protests. Those “standing men” want to make their voices heard by standing for hours, but it is not clear what their demands are. Some say they are demanding freedom, while others say: “Well, my friend was here so I am standing here, too.” Some say they are protesting the press and others the government. Of course in a democratic country, they have the right to any kind of non-violent protest.


Liberalism, the left and lack of politics – http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/liberalism-the-left-and-lack-of-politics.aspx?pageID=238&nID=49603&NewsCatID=436

We have witnessed the leftist and liberal perspective make an appearance in the aftermath of the Taksim protests. Our biggest problem with the Left is their attempt to make a revolution out of a resistance movement shaped by the highest socio-economic classes, in other words, the bourgeois. Our biggest problem with the liberals, on the other hand, is their unwavering faith that they have already found the unquestionable truth. The common ground that brought the left and the liberals together is mundane. There is no philosophical solidarity or merging of perspectives on a world view. The name of the common ground is the anti-political.


Erdogan Seeks to Further Curb Turkish Army’s Power – http://www.voanews.com/content/erdogan-seeks-to-further-curb-turkish-army-power/1690642.html

ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government, which faced a wave of street protests and riots this month, moved on Thursday to amend an article of the Armed Forces charter cited by generals in the past to justify coups as defense of public order.


Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey, Putting Nation at Crossroads – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323300004578557693146971554.html

ISTANBUL—As mayor of Istanbul in the late 1990s, Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly read a poem that included the lines: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” The Islamist message earned him a few months in jail from Turkey’s military-backed secular government.


Erdogan’s Carrot-and-Stick Approach To Protests a Loser – http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/erdogan-stick-carrot-protests-policy.html

It is becoming more or less clear what survival strategy the government and the prime minister will adopt.

This strategy can be summarized as a “witch hunt” against those seen as instigators of protests, while taking some steps to soothe the intensive criticism of the government.


Erdoğan Is Gone, Way Gone – http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/news/2013/06/27/68219/erdogan-is-gone-way-gone/

Three weeks ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was set to enter the history books as Turkey’s most successful politician since the Republic’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. But bad mismanagement of a fortnight of urban protest has irreparably damaged Prime Minister Erdoğan’s political legacy and his party.


Turkey protests rattle Erdogan – http://www.arabnews.com/news/456274

WHAT started as a small environmental protest at Gezi Park in Istanbul quickly escalated into nationwide anti-government demonstrations that pulled together artists, feminists, soccer clubs, Kemalist-secularists and Kurds after riot police cracked down on the protesters. Undeterred by the harsh response of the government, demonstrators resorted to nonviolent civil disobedience using humor, music and art to protest the government.


Turkey seeks to tighten control over Twitter – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23079607

The Turkish government has asked Twitter to set up an office inside the country so company representatives can be reached more easily.


Where do Kurds stand on Gezi resistance? – http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/where-do-kurds-stand-on-gezi-resistance-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=49533&NewsCatID=396

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his Parliamentary group speech June 25 thanked his “Kurdish brothers” once again. I think we can discuss this for days: Is Erdoğan right in thanking the Kurds?

The police move came as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that foreign-led conspirators he alleges are behind the anti-government movement in his country also are fomenting the recent unrest in Brazil.

Related article: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Erdogan-Turkey-Brazil-hit-by-same-conspiracy-4616283.php

The people in Brazil and Turkey alike have been fooled by their respective government for far too long. You might wonder why it actually errupted. I am very confident that there are no conspiracies going on in Turkey and Brazil. I would call it “too many people have been fooled for far too long and now they stand up to give some feedback”. You might call it conspiracies, Tayyip. At the end of the day is what happens in both countries somehow part of what one would call “freedom of speech” where people express their opinion.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. (Abraham Lincoln)

The time where the government communicated what people had to think and to believe is over. The people will stand up sooner or later to claim their rights. And there is nothing you can do about it.

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