Turkish regime scared, censors Dear Kitty blog


This Canadian TV video says about itself:

New censorship law in Turkey takes restrictions further

3 April 2018

A new censorship law in Turkey takes current restrictions even further and tightens the government’s control on what people can and can’t see online. Platforms like Netflix and YouTube could all be affected — the internet as Turkey knows it is becoming the next battleground for freedom of expression in a country where it’s already very limited.

Welcome to The National, the flagship nightly newscast of CBC News

Today, I heard that the Turkish Erdogan regime is censoring Dear Kitty. Some blog. This is sad news for the Turkish readers of my blog. I hope they will find ways to circumvent this government censorship. I have discussed not only human rights with them, but also, eg, William Shakespeare’s King Lear play and visual arts.

In a way, this is good news as well. It shows that the dictatorship in Turkey feels scared and insecure. Else, they would not ban a little weblog without Big Business or Big Government support. This ban is a portent that Erdogan’s regime will not last forever.

Most corporate media depict Internet censorship as something which is mainly or exclusively a problem with, eg, China or Russia; economic and political rivals of the NATO military alliance’s governments.

However, my blog has never had any censorship problems with Russia. Even though the Putin government will probably not like my blog posts on Pussy Riot oppositionists or on Greenpeace actions against Arctic (including Russian Arctic) oil drilling. I was in China earlier this year for ten days. Because of birds, not of politics. While I was in China, I could not only read, but also write my blog posts. Also before and after that stay I am not aware of any censorship of my blog affecting my Chinese (or my Russian) readers.

The NATO countries’ establishment usually do not depict the Turkish regime as a foe, like they depict Russia or China. They depict this important member of the NATO miltary alliance as part of the ‘free world’. If the Erdogan dictatorship wages bloody aggressive war in Syria, then they get support from NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg. And billionaire-owned Facebook silences voices critical of the bloody Turkish invasion of northern Syria; like it silences other not pro-Erdogan voices. If the Erdogan government invades Iraq, then they get no objections from NATO. If they massively kill their own people in Cizre or other cities, then the establishment of the ‘free world’ is as silent as the graves of the civilian victims of that. Though Turkey has far less inhabitants than Russia or China, the number of jailed journalists in Turkey is the highest in the world. However, eg, the German government sometimes helps their Turkish NATO colleagues against journalists. Likewise with oppression of LGBTQ people in Turkey. Likewise with oppression of women in Turkey. Etc. All of them subjects mentioned at Dear Kitty. Some blog. Information for which we now pay the price of being censored.

Today, I received this email:

Knox (Automattic)

Jul 17, 13:29 UTC

Hello,

A Turkish authority has issued an order to block your WordPress.com site: https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

Unfortunately, we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for everyone in Turkey. We will not be challenging this order in court, but if you wish to discuss what the legal avenues of appeal may be, please get in touch as soon as possible. There is usually a very short period of time in which objections can be lodged. We may be able to remove the block in certain circumstances if you decide to completely remove the content at issue, though we would not want to encourage doing so in cases of political censorship. Again, please reply back to this e-mail to discuss the possible options.

As a result of this order, your site is now inaccessible for Internet visitors originating from Turkey. They will instead see a message explaining why the content was blocked.

Visitors from outside of Turkey are not affected.

You and your readers may be interested in these suggestions on bypassing Internet restrictions:

For your reference, we have attached a copy of the complaint. No reply is necessary, but please let us know if you have any questions.

Knox | Community Guardian | WordPress.com

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Istanbul 6th Criminal Judgeship of Peace 2018-3996 Misc.pdf

The attachment shows that Turkish authorities, along with Dear Kitty. Some blog, have banned many other Internet sites; including many WordPress blogs. Like https://thefreeonline.wordpress.com/, a blog which I know well. They especially hate my blog post on the Erdogan regime bombing opponents of ISIS in Iraq.

Please, all you bloggers reading this who are not censored in Turkey (yet): reblog this blog post and the information in it.

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German spies help Turkish Erdogan regime


This video says about itself:

Germany: Protesters march in solidarity with Rojava in Hamburg

8 July 2017

Anti-G20 protests continued on Saturday in Hamburg, for the third consecutive day. Protesters marched through Hamburg city centre under the banner “Solidarity without borders”.

Protesters were seen carrying flags in solidarity with the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria, in response to opposition for Kurdish autonomy by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was present at the two-day summit.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

GERMANY: Spooks have been spying on Turkish left-wing organisations, issuing a 38-page report on their operations in the country.

Domestic intelligence suggested that 2,550 people are members of groups including the communist DHKP-C, TKP/ML and MLKP.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution report says that the groups are operating peacefully in Germany, but are supporting groups in Rojava, northern Syria and Turkey.

So, the German government is helping the dictatorship of their NATO ally Erdogan in Turkey. Even though the German government, behind closed doors, admits that the Erdogan regime supports jihadist terrorism. The Erdogan regime, massively violating human rights in Turkey and waging aggressive wars in Syria and in Iraq.

GREECE: Hidir Gonik was released from prison yesterday after he was arrested in February on charges of “human trafficking” for supporting revolutionary Turgut Kaya who faces extradition to Turkey.

Mr Kaya has been on hunger strike since his arrest claiming he faces torture if the Syriza government hand him over to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian regime.

Mr Gonik was accused of helping Mr Kaya enter the country illegally and denies the charges against him.

Turkish regime attacks Pride demonstrators


Istanbul police attacks Pride demonstrators

Translated from BELGA news agency, 1 July 2018:

Police stop Gay Pride in Istanbul

The Turkish riot police on Sunday in Istanbul cracked down on hundreds of people who planned to take part in a Gay Pride march. Tear gas was used to disperse people.

The local authorities also this year decided to ban the Gay Pride for security reasons. It is the fourth year in a row that the organization of Gay Pride in Istanbul is being stopped.

Yet hundreds of people, with banners and rainbow flags, had gone to the Istiklal shopping street to take part in the parade.

The police, however, succeeded in preventing the passage of the LGBTQ activists, eg, by blocking streets with water cannons. With the help of tear gas, batons and police dogs, the participants in the Gay Pride were subsequently pushed back. According to the activists, the police also used rubber bullets for that action.

‘The governor once again has committed a crime by discriminating against a specific group of society’, the organizers react in a statement on Sunday.

Turkey is one of few countries in the Middle East that does not prohibit homosexuality. But violence against LGBTQ people has increased significantly in recent years.

‘Erdogan-ISIS mass murder collusion in Turkey’


This 24 August 2016 video by France 24 says about itself:

Turkey offensive in Syria: “Erdogan always favoured ISIS over the Kurds

By Steve Sweeney:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Erdogan‘s party accused of ordering deadly Isis suicide bombing

A Turkish news agency claims it obtained a classified EU intelligence report saying ‘there is reason to believe… forces within [Erdogan‘s party] commissioned’ the attack

TURKEY’s ruling party is alleged to have ordered Isis to carry out a deadly bomb attack that killed more than 100 people at a 2015 opposition election rally in Ankara.

The Ahval news website claimed it had been leaked a three-page European Union intelligence report that was released three days after the attack on a peace rally near Ankara train station which killed 109 people and injured at least 500 in October 2015.

The document was allegedly circulated as an urgent top classified briefing note that claimed “the modus operandi of the attack (suicide bombers) points to Da’esh.”

It concluded: “Given the circumstances (arriving buses with demonstrators not searched, police almost absent at the huge demonstration), there is reason to believe that in this case, forces within the AKP commissioned the Da’esh operatives.”

The bombing remains one of the worst attacks in Turkish history, targeting a rally of peace activists, trade unionists and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) supporters.

It occurred only months after the June 2015 elections in which the AKP lost its parliamentary majority and the pro-Kurdish HDP won its first seats in the Grand Assembly.

The report suggested that with another election looming in November 2015, “the last thing Erdogan really wants at this juncture is a Kurdish peace.”

Police were criticised for hindering emergency services in the aftermath as they blocked a road and fired tear gas at those wounded by the blast.

A trial hearing last November heard suspect Suphi Alpfida allege that police officers in Gaziantep knew about the bombings beforehand and personally knew the leaders of the Isis cell responsible.

It is alleged that police failed to act on an active arrest warrant leaving Isis mastermind Yunus Durmaz, who allegedly planned the Ankara attack and Suruc bombing, free to conduct the massacres.

Speaking at a rally today Mr Erdogan said he would approve the hanging of jailed presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas if Parliament requested it.

Mr Demirtas responded: “This is the election promise of a presidential candidate in 2018 Turkey, can you imagine? I would sacrifice my life a thousand times for the people and won’t ever take a step back.”

The European Union intelligence and situation centre had not responded to the Star’s request for comment at the time of going to print.

Turkish currency crisis looms as Erdogan appoints son-in-law as finance minister: here.

Free rapper Ezhel from Turkish dictatorship


Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Against the Turkish rapper Ezhel ten years imprisonment was demanded because he rapped about marihuana.

Ten years imprisonment. Turkish dictatorship-loving President Erdogan is emulating, even surpassing Spanish dictatorship-loving ex-Prime Minister Rajoy who had rapper Valtónyc convicted to 3,5 years in prison for criticizing the king.

Erdogan and Rajoy are also both corrupt.

The Rajoy regime last year helped the Erdogan regime by arresting a Turkish German author.

Fortunately, Rajoy was sacked recently. That should happen to Erdogan as well, as soon as possible.

The rapper, whose real name is Ömer Sercan Ipekçioglu, encourages drug use according to the Turkish authorities.

The 28-year-old rapper was arrested in Istanbul last month. The public prosecutor will provide a photograph that has been placed on social media as proof. On it, the rapper can be seen with a cannabis plant. Also the video below of his song Geceler, in which he raps that light under the influence of marijuana looks fiercer, was a pretext for the rapper be arrested.

This Turkish music video is called Ezhel – Geceler (Official Video) 2018.

“In Turkey Ezhel is a big name”, says NOS correspondent Melvyn Ingleby to NOS Radio 1 News. “His videos are viewed millions of times.”

According to Ingleby, he was not arrested because of drugs, but for the comments that the rapper made on the government. “He has been making music about drugs for years, as many other Turkish rappers do.” Ezhel also has many political texts in his music. “Eg, he rapped that there is no future in Turkey, that the newspapers are full of lies and that if someone writes the truth, then that person wil go to jail.”

If the rapper is found guilty, then he can get a prison sentence of five to ten years. Amnesty International calls for the release of Ezhel. On Twitter, the human rights organization writes that the arrest of the rapper is a violation of the freedom of expression.

In the Netherlands the rapper is popular among Turkish and Moroccan youths. In April, Ezhel gave his first performance in the Netherlands in TivoliVredenburg. The hashtag #FreeEzhel is used on social media to draw attention to Ezhel. There is also an online petition, which has now been signed more than 125,000 times.

Turkish dictator Erdogan unwelcome in Britain


This video says about itself:

Torture in Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey: Amnesty finds evidence of torture including rape of detainees

10 August 2016

Amnesty International petitions against Turkey’s post-coup crackdown on the political dissent.

Petition link here.

“There are well-founded fears for people’s rights and freedoms in Turkey, as a crackdown of exceptional proportions continues following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016.

At a time of great fear and uncertainty the government must not trample over people’s rights in the pursuit of justice.

Abuses that took place during the attempted coup must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice, but human rights must be upheld – not disregarded – during this process.

The state of emergency does not override Turkey’s obligations under international law and should not discard hard-won freedoms and safeguards.

Nobody can feel safe when human rights are not upheld.

Tell President Erdogan rights hard-won cannot be taken away, even during a state of emergency.

Turkish authorities must respect human rights as they carry out investigations, releasing people where there is no evidence of criminal acts and granting fair trials.

The prohibition of torture is absolute and can never be compromised or suspended. Amid torture allegations, independent monitors must be given access to detainees in all facilities. All detainees must have regular access to lawyers and family members.

The state of emergency must not be used as an excuse to crack down on peaceful dissenting voices or for widespread purges in civil society, media, the judiciary, education and other sections of society.

Censorship of media simply for criticising government policy is unlawful, even in a state of emergency.

Workers’ rights to challenge their suspensions or dismissals, in fair and transparent procedures, must be upheld.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Opposition over Erdogan‘s state visit to Britain is growing

OPPOSITION to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s state visit to Britain tomorrow is growing among MPs, human rights activists and community campaigners.

A cross-party group of MPs has signed an early day motion expressing concern over his visit in light of the upcoming Turkish election “in an environment where dissenting views and challenges to the ruling party are penalised so severely.”

Mr Erdogan is expected to meet Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday and dine with the Queen at some point during his three-day visit.

Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign co-secretary Rosa Gilbert said the group is organising a protest outside Downing Street from 10am on Tuesday because Mr Erdogan is a “war criminal, terrorist and Isis-supporting” president.

She said: “It is well-documented that the Turkish state has financially and militarily backed jihadists in Syria including during its invasion and occupation of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

“In the process of its invasion, the Turkish air force killed Anna Campbell, a British citizen, using military hardware built in Britain and bought from May’s government.

“It is therefore depressingly unsurprising that the British government has rolled out the red carpet for its Nato ally.

“But this visit must be opposed strongly by all those who are disgusted by the debasement of basic humanitarian values by the collusion of the UK in Turkey’s sordid war on Kurds, serving only to cause displacement and genocide in order to line the pockets of arms companies and the Treasury.

Theresa May is sending a loud message that the lives of Kurds and the freedom of the thousands of political prisoners in Turkey are secondary to the destructive policies which strengthen imperialist interests in the Middle East.

“Like [Israel’s Benjamin] Netanyahu and Prince Bin Salman [of Saudi Arabia] before him, Erdogan is not welcome here.”

Solidarity with the People Of Turkey spokesman Arif Bektas said that it is “insulting” for British authorities to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with someone who silences the press and imprisons dissenting politicians.

“It is an embarrassment that someone who has turned Turkey into an open-air prison and who targets anyone who does not think like him will be a guest here,” he said.

“It is a disgrace to work with dictators for economic and military profit. The state must cancel the visit and acknowledge Erdogan’s oppression and human rights violations.”

Protests against Erdogan clash with tyrant’s fans in central London. Turkish nationalists seen giving fascist Grey Wolves salute: here.

FRIENDS of a British woman killed by Turkish forces in March while she was fighting alongside the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) occupied the roof of an Airbus factory in Bristol yesterday. They were protesting at the company’s ongoing sale of military hardware to the Turkish army while the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was at Downing Street meeting Prime Minister Theresa May: here.