Turkish regime arresting many journalists

This video says about itself:

Ankara residents react as Turkey’s state of emergency comes into effect

22 July 2016

The atmosphere on Thursday morning in Ankara, on the day Turkey’s three-month state of emergency came into effect, was more sombre than it was the previous night.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Arrest warrants against 42 Turkish journalists

Today, 09:52

The Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants against 42 journalists, the commercial broadcaster NTV reported. Among those who are to be arrested is a well-known political commentator, former parliamentarian Nazli Ilicak. She has been critical of [President] Erdogan and his campaign against the Gülen movement, which, according to Erdogan, caused the failed coup of July 15th.

The Turkish government in the aftermath has cracked down on more than 60,000 people that are accused of supporting the coup attempt. These are soldiers, police officers, judges, teachers, university lecturers, civil servants and journalists.

The coup attempt was rather ham-fisted. However, even the most stupid military coup plotter will not ever involve over 60,000 judges, teachers, university lecturers, civil servants and journalists in his plans.

They were arrested, fired, dismissed from active service or a judicial investigation has been initiated against them.
Death penalty

Erdogan said that the reintroduction of the death penalty is conceivable. That caused much international criticism of Turkey.

Turkey Coup: Authorities investigate those claiming attempted takeover was a hoax: here.

Turkey ‘fires 1,700 military officers and closes dozens of media groups’ after attempted coup. Generals and admirals include those dismissed from the military and 45 newspapers, 16 television stations and 23 radio stations have been ordered to close: here.

WikiLeaks publishes many Turkish regime emails

Erdogan and his AKP party attack democracy in Turkey, cartoon

From Al Jazeera today:

Turkey: WikiLeaks releases thousands of AKP emails

WikiLeaks publishes trove of nearly 300,000 emails allegedly belonging to Turkish President Erdogan‘s ruling party.

Birce Bora

WikiLeaks has published 294,546 emails along with thousands of attached files from 762 mail boxes that allegedly belong to the primary email domain of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The most recent email in the trove released by the whistle-blowing organisation on Tuesday was sent on July 6, 2016. The oldest dates back to 2010.

“It should be noted that emails associated with the domain are mostly used for dealing with the world, as opposed to the most sensitive internal matters,” WikiLeaks said on its official website.

WikiLeaks said it obtained the emails a week before Friday’s attempted coup.

“WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government’s post-coup purges.

We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state,” the organisation said.

WikiLeaks previously claimed that the Turkish government would attempt to censor the distribution of the documents, and urged the Turkish public to be ready to bypass any government attempts at blocking access to the material.

Turks will likely be censored to prevent them reading our pending release of 100k+ docs on politics leading up to the coup,” the organisation said on Monday via Twitter.

“We ask that Turks are ready with censorship bypassing systems such as TorBrowser and uTorrent. And that everyone else is ready to help them bypass censorship and push our links through the censorship to come.”

WikiLeaks later claimed that its infrastructre was “under sustained attack,” following its announcement of the imminent publication of the AKP emails.

“We are unsure of the true origin of the attack. The timing suggests a Turkish state power faction or its allies. We will prevail & publish,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

Turkey blocks WikiLeaks over release of AK Party emails: here.

Turkey: Work travel ban on academics after failed coup: here.

Turkey suspends European Convention on Human Rights in wake of coup: here.

Suspected coup supporters in Turkey beaten, raped while detained: Amnesty: here.

In the wake of the 15 July coup attempt, a three-month state of emergency was declared all over Turkey in accordance with “suggestions” from the National Security Council. Declaring a state of emergency following a coup attempt that aimed to completely suspend democracy will solve none of the country’s problems but only serve to realize the system of governance envisioned by the coup plotters: here.

Turkish regime sacks teachers on spurious ‘pro-coup’ allegations

This video says about itself:

RAW: Police fire water cannon, crackdown on ‘secular’ teachers’ protest in Turkey

20 December 2014

Police used water cannon and tear-gas on protesters during a teacher’s union demonstration in Ankara, Saturday, detaining more than 100 people. The demonstration, organised by the teachers’ union Egitim-Is (Education and Science Workers’ Union) kicked-off in central Tandoğan Square, marching under the banner of “Secular Education and respect for labour.”

Read more here.

From the BBC today:

Turkey coup: 15,200 education staff suspended

22 minutes ago

More than 15,000 education staff in Turkey have been suspended after last week’s failed coup, as a purge of state officials widens still further.

The Ministry of Education accused them of links to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric the Turkish government says was behind Friday’s uprising.

Mr Gulen denies any involvement with the coup attempt.

Probably correctly so. Theologian Gulen does not have many supporters in the Turkish armed forces. The coupmongers did not say they based themselves on Gulen’s interpretation of Islam. They said they based themselves on the autocratic secularist ideology of previous military dictatorships in Turkey.

So, accusing 15,200 teachers of involvement in the coup attempt would be false, even if they all would really be Gulen supporters.

The officers in the coup attempt acted rather ham-fistedly. But it is ridiculous to think that even these ham-fisted officers would involve 15,200 teachers in the coup, with the cover of the coup being blown extremely soon as a consequence.

It is also very improbable that these 15,200 teachers are really all Gulen supporters. Probably, this is a mass sacking of everyone about whom the Erdogan regime thinks, correctly or incorrectly, that they are critical of the government.

Turkey’s High Education board has also ordered the resignation of over 1,500 university deans, state media reported.

It comes after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed to take action against Mr Gulen’s supporters.

“I’m sorry but this parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country,” Mr Yildirim said, according to Reuters. …

Thousands of soldiers, police and officials have been detained or sacked since Friday’s coup attempt.

More than two dozen generals, including former air force chief Gen Akin Ozturk, have been remanded in custody pending the setting of trial dates. Gen Ozturk denies any involvement.

Meanwhile, the UN urged Turkey to uphold the rule of law and defend human rights in its response to the attempted coup.

In a statement, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the mass suspension or removal of judges was “cause for serious alarm”. He expressed “deep regret” at suggestions the death penalty could be reinstated.

See also here.

Turkish navy ships still missing since attempted coup – as it remains unclear which side admirals are on. The commander of the Turkish navy has not been heard from since the failed coup: here.

Turkish military coup fails, repression follows

This video says about itself:

Turkey: Aftermath of a Failed Coup

18 July 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to purge state bodies of the “virus” that had caused the revolt, after the failed military coup on Friday.

TURKEY’S President Erdogan has called the just concluded coup attempt that saw parliament bombed and 250 people killed ‘a gift from God… because this will be a reason to cleanse our army’. This is what is now happening with 6,000 people detained including 3,000 soldiers arrested (among them 50 senior officers). The whole of the state apparatus is now being purged with 2,700 judges sacked in the last 24 hours: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

People power is what’s needed now

Monday 18th July 2016

WE CAN be glad that the attempted coup in Turkey at the weekend failed as quickly as it did. The toll of 265 dead, while barbaric for a military clique’s Friday-night adventure, could also have been much higher.

There are many complaints to be made of Turkey’s conservative-Islamist AKP government but an armed takeover would have plunged the country further into darkness.

It is laudable that all opposition parties condemned the coup, but particularly strong is the statement made by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) that it was “opposed to any kind of coup under any circumstances and as a principle.”

It is indeed a principled statement, given the renewed oppression and bloody assaults perpetrated by the government against the country’s Kurdish minority, for which the HDP stands up.

The party’s prescription in response to the coup is clear-sighted: deepening Turkey’s democracy and ending the division of society that the AKP has both nurtured and fed off.

Regrettably, the AKP is unlikely to take this path. Instead there are signs that it will use the takeover bid to further its existing goals.

The government’s response so far has been to blame the followers of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who had a falling out with AKP chiefs some years ago.

There appear to be a fair few Gulen supporters in the Turkish Establishment who’ve chosen to make life difficult for the AKP.

Turkish commentators seem sceptical that the Gulenists are behind the putsch, as the wording of a statement read out on television by the plotters appealed to Kemalist principles — those of the country’s first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

That those principles include secularism, as opposed to the Islamism of the AKP, should not derail the thinking of progressives.

The horrors that resulted from the 1980 takeover, when leftwingers in particular were crushed under the boot of the state while the pro-IMF military government pushed through reforms to aid big business, should disabuse people of any support for a coup.

Let’s not forget, either, that bloody attacks on Turkey’s Kurdish population are hardly the preserve of the AKP.

Government forces have periodically massacred the Kurds for a century while trying to wipe out their social and cultural existence.

And while Turkish support for Syrian Islamists is well documented, the country for long before was one of the US’s “cops on the beat” in the region. (It’s also worth recalling the US suggestion that the Turkish military overthrow the government after it refused to back the Iraq war in 2003.)

The words of Turkey’s Communist Party should be borne in mind by any interested in peace and justice: “It is a lie that any of the sides in this conflict represent the interests of the people.

“The only power that can overthrow the AKP is the people’s power, there is no alternative to it.”

While the AKP will likely use the coup attempt as an excuse to strengthen its grip on power, blaming whomever it finds convenient, friends of all peoples in Turkey should show solidarity with those demanding a deepening of democracy and urging the unity of all working people in opposition to sectarian strife.

Turkey’s coup may have failed – but history shows it won’t be long before another one succeeds. Too late did Erdogan realise the cost of the role he had chosen for his country – when you can no longer trust your army, there are serious issues that need to be addressed: here.

ISIS terror in Turkey, why?

This video says about itself:

Turkey’s Regional Ambitions Fuel Attacks Within its Own Borders

29 June 2016

Baris Karaagac says the Turkish state must give up its aggressive, Neo-Ottomanist foreign policy if it wants to contain terrorist attacks.

Why the ISIS bloodbath at Istanbul airport especially now?

Turkey’s “double game” on ISIS and support for extremist groups highlighted after horrific Istanbul attack. Turkish President Erdoğan has long been accused of helping ISIS and other extremist militants fight Kurds and Assad: here.

From Paris to Istanbul, more ‘war on terror’ means more terrorist attacks: here.

Alex Lantier writes today:

Turkish opposition politicians publicly questioned the role of the security services and of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the attacks. İdris Baluken, deputy parliamentary group leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), said: “When bombs are going off in a place such as Atatürk Airport, we wonder what this country’s government, interior minister, intelligence and police are doing,” he said.

The timing of the attacks also raises questions as to whether they are a message aimed by ISIS to top levels of the Turkish and NATO military and political leaderships.

The attacks came as the AKP was trying to carry out a broad shift in its foreign policy, setting it on course for a confrontation with ISIS, just as ISIS also faces serious setbacks in Iraq after the loss of Fallujah to Iraqi government forces. Until recently, Turkey was locked in a bitter confrontation with Russia, having recklessly shot down a Russian warplane last year over Syria, where Russian forces allied with the Syrian government were attacking jihadist militias. Moscow also accused Turkey of complicity with ISIS.

Not only the Russian government said that. So said the Israeli government, Turkish journalists, Turkish MPs, United States Vice President Joseph Biden, and many others.

In recent weeks, however, Turkey has been moving closer to Russia and also trying to deepen its ties with Israel.

The day before the attack, [Turkish Prime Minister] Yıldırım announced that a “normalization process had begun” with Russia, after Erdoğan wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin to apologize for the shooting down of the Russian jet. At the same time, Turkey was preparing initiatives to improve ties with both Israel and Egypt, whose military dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in a putsch that toppled a Muslim Brotherhood government allied to the AKP.

It appears likely that, with this latest bloody attack, ISIS was sending a signal to the Turkish regime that ISIS and its regional allies still can do considerable damage to Turkey, should the AKP government turn on them.

The Istanbul airport bombing: Blowback from the war in Syria: here.

Trump abuses Istanbul atrocity for promoting torture

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Using Istanbul Attack To Push Torture, Waterboarding

29 June 2016

Donald Trump wasted little time trying to capitalize on the Istanbul terrorist attack. He thinks more waterboarding and torture could have prevented the bombing. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Donald Trump responded to the deadly bombings that ripped through Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday with renewed calls for torture.

“We can’t do waterboarding but they can do chopping off heads, drowning people in steel cages, they can do whatever they want to do,” Trump told attendees at a St. Clairsville, Ohio rally. “You know, you have to fight fire with fire.”

At least 36 people were killed and over 140 were wounded in multiple suicide bombings at one of the world’s busiest airports. Turkish officials have said Islamic State [ISIS] fighters were likely responsible for the attack.

“Folks, there’s something going on that’s really really bad,” Trump said at the rally. “All right? It’s bad. And we better get smart and we better get tough or we’re not going to have much much a country left, okay? It’s bad. Terrible.””

Read more here.

Trump Amps Up His Call For Torture: ‘We’re Going To Have To Do Things That Are Unthinkable’. Trump, long a champion of waterboarding, is tightening his embrace of torture: here.

Coal Baron Promises Huge Layoffs, Then Tells Workers To Vote Trump: here.