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Around 200 Kurds clashed with Turkish nationalists in protest at the closure of the leading Kurdish party. Riot police used water cannons to try and gain control after Molotov Cocktails and stones were thrown by protesters in Istanbul.
The police separated the groups and dispersed protesters, in what was a third day of violence on the streets. Turkey's highest court More.. ruled to dissolve the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party, dealing a blow to government efforts to end decades of conflict in the EU candidate country.Around 200 Kurds clashed with Turkish nationalists in protest at the closure of the... more
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's top court on Friday banned a pro-Kurdish political party on charges of ties to Kurdish rebels, a decision likely to disrupt a struggling reconciliation process between the state and minority Kurds.
Hasim Kilic, head of the Constitutional Court, said the court also expelled Democratic Society Party chairman Ahmet Turk and another legislator, Aysel Tugluk, from parliament, barring them and 35 other party members from joining any political party for five years.
Kilic said the party had become "a focal point of activities against the state's unity" with its "actions and ties to the terrorist organization" — a reference to the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has fought for autonomy from the Turkish state since 1984.
"A political party does not have the freedom to praise acts or statements that involve terrorism and violence," Kilic said. "A political party must act in line with democratic social values."
The ban on the 4-year-old party was a setback for efforts to bring pro-Kurdish leaders into the political mainstream and it could escalate tension with the Kurds, who make up about 20 percent of Turkey's population of more than 70 million.
By SELCAN HACAOGLU (AP) – 1 hour ago
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It wasn't until he came across documents during his research at the British Museum that novelist Bram Stoker found the man who would serve as the perfect foundation for his classic gothic horror character, Count DraculaIt wasn't until he came across documents during his research at the British... more
ANKARA — Turkey's constitutional court will begin final deliberations next week on whether to outlaw the country's main Kurdish party on charges of links to separatist rebels.
The court said on its web site it would convene Tuesday to decide the fate of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), a process that Could take several days or weeks.
Turkey's chief prosecutor initiated the case in 2007, arguing the DTP had become a "focal point" of activities against national unity through its links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has led a bloody 25-year insurgency in the southeast.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community.
The court will make its ruling against a backdrop of a government drive to expand Kurdish freedoms in a bid to erode popular support for the PKK and encourage rebels to end the insurgency, which has claimed about 45,000 lives.
The DTP, which holds 21 seats in the 550-member parliament, says it has "no organic links" with the PKK.
However, it refuses to brand the PKK a terrorist group, party members often uphold the rebels and their jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan, and PKK banners are a fixture at DTP rallies.
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's government has approved a plan to open the country's first Kurdish-language department at a university as part of its efforts to reconcile with the Kurdish minority.
Kurds largely welcome the government's overtures to try to end the Kurdish conflict, which has killed tens of thousands of people as the rebels fight for autonomy in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.
Small scale violence continued Tuesday. For the third day in a row, stone-throwing Kurdish militants clashed with police across the nation in the wake of last week's anniversary of the 1978 founding of the rebel group.
The Cabinet's decision about the new university department was published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday in another step toward recognizing the once-banned Kurdish language.
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For all of those who hate Thanksgiving.......read this and know you aren't the only turkey Scrooge's in town. For those of you who love it........well.........you can "cluck, cluck" at this article.For all of those who hate Thanksgiving.......read this and know you aren't the... more
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Tomorrow many Americans will prepare and indulge in the annual Thanksgiving feast of turkey, gravy, stuffing and all the trimmings. Eating turkey, it has been said, can make you especially sleepy. But is this true, and does it have any basis in science?
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Craig walks us through the process of how they process Turkeys (I finally figured out how they get the feathers off the birds) and compares their process to the large factories. No gore! All description :)Craig walks us through the process of how they process Turkeys (I finally figured out... more
Vlad Tepes was a cruel man living in cruel times. The name Dracula was a title meaning “son of the Dragon” which was in reference to the fact that both he and his father belonged to an association of royal knights called the “Order of the Dragon.” In Romanian, Dracula has a double meaning which is “son of the Devil.” Enemies of Vlad Tepes began to use this meaning implying that he was the “son of the Devil” because as prince, Vlad was one mean son of a bitch. This double meaning is what inspired Bram Stoker to choose the name Dracula for his vampiric villain.
Vlad Tepes was a Prince of the Romanian province Wallachia and Lord of Transylvania. His realm was bedeviled by thieves, plotting nobles, corrupt merchants, and Turks - yet it was blissfully free of vampires. Vlad’s solution to the majority of these problems was impalement. Tepes was another title given to him (though probably never mentioned to his face) which means: “the Impaler.”
Vlad Tepes ruthlessly cleaned out the thieves and bandits of his territory to such an extent that according to legend, he was able to leave a golden cup outdoors in the center of his capital of Targoviste and none would dare steal it. Anyone caught stealing knew they would end up at the top of a long stake.
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A bar and tavern owner in Manhattan is unveiling the America's first 100 proof turkey which is infused with fruit flavoured and 100% proof vodka.
The Turkey takes three days to prepare for the Thanksgving Holiday. 100 proof vodka is infused in the bird for three days before the final cooking. Peach, Raspberry, Cherry and Apple flavoured vodkas are also part of the turkey's base. 100 proof vodka is also lightly placed in the gravy as well.
The bar is also including a free taxi ride in the city for those who order the holiday speciality, but no one under 21 is allowed to join the feast.
Wonder if turkey sandwiches made with the left overs would get you drunk?
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Turkey's government laid out long-awaited plans Friday to reconcile with the country's large Kurdish minority and end a separatist war that has cost tens of thousands of lives, prompting the main opposition party to storm out of parliament in protest.
Opponents accused the government of pandering to terrorists. Many also fear that its "democratic initiative" is part of a wider plan by the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which has Islamist roots, to dismantle a secular, centralized state model in which the military for decades played a controlling role. Opponents see acknowledgement of Turkish military abuses against Kurds as an attempt to undermine the military.
Under the plan outlined Friday, Turkey would get a new constitution to replace the current one, which was drafted by a military junta in the early 1980s. Private broadcasting in the Kurdish language would be made legal, adding to the public Kurdish-language channel launched in January. The government would also establish an independent body to deal with complaints against the security forces. Villages given Turkish language names since the 1950s would get their former Kurdish names back.
"Our slogan is 'more freedom for everybody,' " Interior Minister Besir Atalay told deputies. He outlined what he called "an open-ended process" aimed at "ending terrorism and raising the level of democracy" throughout the country.
The government is treading a fine line between its nationalist and secular opponents, and the aspirations of ethnic Kurds, who make up about one-fifth of Turkey's population. Mr. Atalay made http://diary.ru/~barbiker no mention of the sensitive issue of a pardon for an estimated 4,000 armed members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, hiding out in mountains in Turkey and northern Iraq.
Ahmet Turk, the leader of a Kurdish nationalist party that shares its support base with the PKK, gave qualified support to the government's peace plans.
The walkout in parliament came as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, of war-mongering after it declined to support the government's plans. Talking to reporters in parliament afterward, CHP leader Deniz Baykal called Mr. Erdogan's words "crude slander."Turkey's government laid out long-awaited plans Friday to reconcile with the... more
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's government announced bold new measures Friday aimed at reconciling with minority Kurds and ending an insurgency that has dragged on for 25 years, but there was no mention of the sweeping amnesty sought by Kurdish rebels.
Interior Minister Besir Atalay told Parliament the government wants to remove all restrictions on the use of the once-banned Kurdish language, create a committee to fight discrimination, restore Kurdish names of villages and establish an independent body to deal with complaints against security forces.
"It is an open-ended, dynamic process," Atalay said.
The rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, launched its fight for autonomy in 1984 and tens of thousands of people have died, with human rights abuses committed by both sides. Fighting has ebbed, but Turkey's civilian and military leaders have acknowledged that force alone cannot solve the problem. Making peace with its Kurdish opponents would also help Turkey in its struggling bid to join the European Union.
Some of the proposed measures would require legislative approval. The ruling party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a strong majority in parliament, and would likely pass the measures despite opponents who say the plan would ignore the sacrifices of slain soldiers and undermine the unity of the state.
"We aim to expand all our citizens' political rights and freedoms," Atalay said. "The democratic overture does not intend to harm our unitary state and national unity, but to strengthen it."
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Turkey: 14 year old Ceylan Önkol was allegedly struck and killed by a morter round as she tended the family sheep. A poorly conducted investigations has the family, Local media and NGO's demanding an explanation and justiceTurkey: 14 year old Ceylan Önkol was allegedly struck and killed by a morter... more
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Turkey on Tuesday hailed the "surrender" of Kurdish rebels in support of plans to end a 25-year conflict as thousands greeted militants released after more than 24 hours of questioning.
Rebel commanders insisted that they were not giving up arms yet and would fight on to achieve their rights a day after a 34-strong "peace group" of militants and sympathizers came in from Iraq carrying a list of proposals to end the violence.
Prosecutors initially released 25 of the group -- most of them Turkish Kurdish refugees -- pending trial on charges of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and asked a court to put five others under formal arrest on similar charges, Muharrem Erbey, a lawyer following the proceedings, said.
The judge, however, also released them pending trial, he told AFP, adding that the four children who came with the group were not questioned.
"Welcome peace ambassadors! Kurdistan is proud of you!" chanted thousands of Kurdish demonstrators waiting outside the border area as the group, including rebels dressed in combat fatigues, climbed aboard a bus to travel to Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
The rebels made V-signs for victory as people lined along the road applauded them.
Speaking earlier in the day, Interior Minister Besir Atalay welcomed the group's arrival as a boost to Ankara's two-pronged plan to expand Kurdish freedoms and keep the PKK under military pressure.
"We expect these (surrenders) to continue. Let me underline that the (PKK) fighters in the mountains see that their way is a dead-end," Atalay was quoted by the Anatolia news agency as saying.DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Turkey on Tuesday hailed the "surrender" of... more