Is loneliness the AKP’s or Turkey’s fate? by Dr. Selim Savas Genc (Fatih University), Today’s Zaman

This Article “Is Loneliness the AKP’s Or Turkey’s Fate?” by Dr. Selim Savas Genc (Fatih University), published in Today’s Zaman, February 26, 2015 can be found at the following link:

http://www.todayszaman.com/op-ed_is-loneliness-the-akps-or-turkeys-fate_373693.html

It is a well written article and pretty much sums up the atmosphere in Turkey.

*Due to certain media restrictions and other freedom of expression issues in Turkey I wish to add: the thoughts and opinions expressed in this Article are solely those of the author: Dr. Selim Savas Gench and Today’s Zaman. My re-blogging/sharing of this Article from Today’s Zaman here does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions contained in the Article. You should make up your own mind about the thoughts and opinions expressed in this Article.

**The Article and images are copyright by Today’s Zaman. I do not own the copyright and its sharing/posting here is permissible fair use.

Men support women’s rights in Turkey… by wearing miniskirts

Updated 1507 GMT (2307 HKT) February 23, 2015

This is a very recent article (Feb. 23, 2015) written by Monica Sarkar. The original can be found here: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/22/europe/turkey-men-miniskirts/

Turkish men wearing skirts demonstrate in Istanbul to support women's rights in memory of 20-year-old murdered woman Ozgecan Aslan on February 21, 2015.

Woman in Turkey: I urgently need 7,000 Turkish Liras by BELGİN AKALTAN

Woman cleaning house, orhun hakan yalincak

I urgently need 7,000 Turkish Liras

This was an article by Belgin Akaltan and it appeared in a Turkish newspaper called Hurriyet. Over the past several years divorce has become increasingly difficult for woman in Turkey. In some parts of Turkey (not all), viewing woman as chattels is considered the norm. Despite all the purported progress towards EU membership and equality (including positive discrimination legislation), the cultural norms have not changed much and don’t seem to be getting better. The original Article can be found at this link and is re-blogged/shared below:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/i-urgently-need-7000-turkish-liras.aspx?pageID=238&nID=70154&NewsCatID=469

*Due to certain media restrictions and other freedom of expression issues in Turkey I wish to add: the thoughts and opinions expressed in this Article are solely those of the author (Belgin Akaltan). My re-blogging/sharing of this Article by Belgin Akaltan (and published in Hurriyet) does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions contained in the Article/Letter. You should make up your own mind. Further, I do not own the copyright and have therefore only posted the link above.

Turkey’s coming police state Turkey’s new security bill curbs freedom of expression and legalises suppression of dissent.

Orhun Hakan Yalincak

Turkey’s coming police state: Turkey’s new security bill curbs freedom of expression and legalises suppression of dissent.

This is an Article by David Lepeska, a freelance writer based in Istanbul, Turkey and appeared on Aljazeera. The link to the Article can be found here and is worth a read:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/02/turkey-coming-police-state-150225121446232.html

*Thoughts and opinions expressed are solely those of the author (David Lepeska). I do not own the copyright. The original can be accessed at the link above.

**My re-blogging/sharing of this Article does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions of Mr. Lepeska or Aljazeera.

Court of Appeal strikes down state immunity rules that prevent embassy employees seeking justice – Diarmuid Laffan

UK Human Rights Blog

SudanBenkharbouche & Anor v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan [2015] EWCA Civ 33, 5th February 2015 – read judgment

This judgment concerned the conjoined appeals of Ms. Benkharbouche and Ms. Janah which arose from employment law claims brought against, respectively, the Sudanese and Libyan embassies. Certain of their claims, such as those for unfair dismissal, were founded on domestic law. Others, such as those under the Working Time Regulations 1998, fell within the scope of EU law. All were met with pleas of state immunity under the State Immunity Act 1978.

The Court of Appeal’s judgment provides a neat illustration of the relative remedial potency, on the one hand of human rights claims based on the European Convention on Human Rights by way of the Human Rights Act 1998, and on the other, those based on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights via the doctrine of ‘horizontal direct…

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Surviving Charlie Hebdo cartoonist pledges not to give in to ‘gang of killers’

Amanpour

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Just two weeks after an attack that left him wounded and his colleagues dead, one of the survivors of the Charlie Hebdo massacre talked to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Laurent Sourisseau, who goes by the name Riss and is now head of publication for the magazine, recounted what it was like to witness and survive the massacre on January 7, which left 12 dead.

“I was in the room where the killers burst into the room, opened the door. They appeared with submachine guns and a colleague who was in front of me was in front of him. As soon as I saw this scene, they started to shoot,” he told Amanpour.

“Then I lay down on the floor with my face on the ground. And then I just heard the sounds of gunfire. I could just hear the gunfire. I didn’t even hear any…

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