The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will try to escalate tension out of its rising sense of panic ahead of the June 7 parliamentary election, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said, while vowing to conduct his own party’s campaign in a “humane and friendly” way.
The fate of the Kurdish peace process depends on the election success of his party in the June 7 parliamentary election, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said, citing his party’s success as a potential facilitator in the laying down of arms by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
A total of six imprisoned defendants out of 22 involved in the case of 21-year-old Hasan Ferit Gedik were released on April 7.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidate list for the June 7 parliamentary elections mirrors its resolve to embrace different segments of society in order to reach its oambitius goal of exceeding the 10 percent election threshold by deciding to enter the elections as a party.
A spectacular social media war has begun, with Turkey’s pro-gov’t ‘trolls’ losing the latest battle against an apparently more organized virtual opposition.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has confidently said his party will pass the 10 percent election threshold, even predicting that it will get as many as “25 percent of the votes.”
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with representatives of the Alevi communities in Istanbul late March 21, after which many of the representatives stated they did not expect concrete solutions to their problems before the upcoming elections in June.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has reacted strongly against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments about the eventuality of coming to terms with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the civil war there.
Thousands of people in Istanbul have marched to mark the first anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, the youngest Gezi protests victim. 'Throughout the 12-year that the AKP ruled the country, hundreds of kids have been killed in the streets,' HDP co-chair Demirtaş said during the ceremony.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected Turkey’s appeal to a ruling that said high school students must be allowed to opt out of religious education classes, which are currently compulsory
Dozens were detained around Turkey on Feb 13 in a boycott of school, while police used anti-riot vehicles and water cannons to disperse the protesters consisting of union members, teachers, parents and students
Only if a student’s ID in says he or she is Christian or Jewish will they be exempted from Islamic religious classes at schools, Turkey’s authorities say in a new regulation
A group of Alevi associations partnered with the Eğitim-Sen teachers’ union staged a rally on Feb. 8 in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district against compulsory religion classes and forming the education system according to religious rules.
Municipalities run by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have started recognizing cemevis as places of worship, while also pledging to meet the needs of cemevis, or Alevi houses of worship
When considered in retrospect, it can be observed that the murder of Mumcu did not only aim at a journalist, and freedom of the press. I was part of a bigger picture - 1993 was a very bad year for Turkey.
Trust in the judiciary is at its lowest level in Turkey today, but the country’s judicial body will be better in future after recent elections also resulted in leftist and Kemalist judges joining the body, according to a high-ranking ruling party member.
HDP co-chair Demirtaş said that PM Davutoğlu should have thanked Turkish daily Cumhuriyet for its decision to reprint a selection of the latest issue of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Several leading Alevis associations have decided to hold a large rally in Istanbul on Feb. 8, as well as further meetings with government and opposition representatives.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
The biggest threat to the Turkish state cannot come from any of the minorities. Irrespective of how serious of threats may come from a minority, the Turkish state and nation is strong enough to stand against and deal with that menace.
Bartın is a small and lovely Black Sea coastal city. It is only about a three-hour drive from Ankara.
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