President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed a strong disapproval for the arts and culture of the Turkish Republic during the unveiling of plans for Istanbul’s new Atatürk Culture Center (AKM) on Nov. 6.
The article titled “arrested FETÖ member found dead at hospital” in the daily Hürriyet drew my attention. It was written in two columns with a photo of the brigadier general giving a salute.
I wrote an article on June 17 entitled “The need for seriousness in the struggle against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ)” after an investigation into the daily Sözcü newspaper began.
The judicial process that led to the arrest of Turkish social activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala involved some quirky judicial practices – aside from the inherent controversy of the case.
Osman Kavala, known for his philanthropic civil society work, was detained by police at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport on the night of Oct. 18.
The Good Party, established last week under the leadership of Meral Akşener, has emerged as a new factor in Turkey’s political scene that must be taken into account by all other actors.
My recent article on who opposed the 2010-11 “tape operations” against Deniz Baykal, who was main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader at the time, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, was based on a new prosecutor’s indictment.
The text was signed by Yunus Yazar, the head of the Turkish police’s intelligence department, on Feb. 7, 2008, but the part reading “Identification of the person on whom a cautionary judgement will be imposed” was left blank.
I was not aware of the surprise waiting for me when I read the indictment describing illegal wiretapping and monitoring of former main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).