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Suspicious envelopes of powder at 5 İstanbul consulates set off alarms

Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) and police teams searched the Belgian Consulate and three other consulates in İstanbul on Friday. TODAY’S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL Suspicious envelopes containing samples of a yellow powder were found at the German, Canadian, French, Belgian and American consulates in İstanbul on Friday, prompting units from the Prime Ministry’s Disaster … Continue reading

Turkey attacks the Kurds in Syria

Reuters Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.     The air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK, Hurriyet said. They were launched … Continue reading

Occupation hypocrisy: Gaza vs. Cyprus

By Victor Davis Hanson LIMASSOL, Cyprus | Cyprus is a beautiful island, but it has never recovered from the Turkish invasion of 1974. Turkish troops still control nearly 40 percent of the island — the most fertile and formerly the richest portion. Some 200,000 Greek refugees never returned home after being expelled from their homes … Continue reading

Jihadi gift shop in Turkey sells Islamic State gear

  An entrepreneur in Turkey has taken Islamic clothing to a level we could not have predicted. According to Joseph Dana, the Middle East correspondent for the London-based magazine Monocle, a non-descript store in Istanbul called Islami Giyim is selling Islamic State-inspired clothes. IS is the extremist group that has captured wide swathes of northern … Continue reading

Islamist Turkey Plans “Gay Prisons”

by Daniel Greenfield No sorry, nothing to see here. It’s a Muslim government which means it can’t be bigoted. Time to get outraged about an Italian pasta company or a failing internet browser. Turkish homosexual rights groups expressed alarm at a government-led project to build prisons only for criminals who declare themselves as homosexuals, saying … Continue reading

After Twitter, YouTube bans, Turkey targets Google

Turkish internet providers set up servers ‘masquerading’ as the search site, Google security expert warns By AFP WASHINGTON — Google says Turkey has been intercepting its Internet domain, redirecting users to other sites in the latest battle between Ankara and Web giants. In a weekend post on Google’s security blog, software engineer Steven Carstensen said … Continue reading

After Twitter, Turkey moves to block YouTube

Ban comes after leak to video-sharing site of top-brass in Anakara discussing a military intervention in Syria By AP ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities were moving to block access to YouTube on Thursday following similar action against Twitter, the country’s state-run news agency said The ban comes after an alleged audio recording of a meeting between the … Continue reading

Turkey’s New Jihad: Christian Armenians

Print This Post Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation. In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on … Continue reading

Obama BFF: Turkey PM threatens to ‘wipe out’ Twitter

“We will wipe out Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says,” premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an election rally in the western province of Bursa. (File photo: Reuters) AFP, Ankara Turkey’s combative prime minister warned on Thursday that he would eradicate Twitter after a number of audio recordings anonymously posted on social … Continue reading

Obama BFF Erdogan threatens to ban Facebook, YouTube

Proposed Internet crackdown follows online publication of corruption allegations against Turkey’s PM   By Suzan Fraser   Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey. (photo credit: AP Photo/File) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister has threatened drastic steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and … Continue reading

The Erdogan tapes

After the evening of Feb. 24, Turkey will never be the same. Around 9:00 p.m., recordings of five telephone conversations appeared on YouTube alleged to be between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son, Bilal Erdogan. The conversations are said to have taken place Dec. 17 and 18. Was this the anticipated big bang expected to change the course of political developments … Continue reading