TURKISH MEDIA ATTACKS: Press freedom watchdog concerned over physical attacks on Turkey reporters

  Ankara, Turkey VIJAY SHAH via KIRA TVERSKAYA/Index on Censorship   Index on Censorship, an organisation championing press freedom and the rights of media workers, has expressed concern over a wave of physical attacks and assaults against journalists in Turkey, … Continue reading TURKISH MEDIA ATTACKS: Press freedom watchdog concerned over physical attacks on Turkey reporters

TURKISH CARGO: Mexico City added as new freight hub

Ankara – VIJAY SHAH via Avrupa Gazete Cargo airline Turkish Cargo has announced it will be operating new flights to Mexico City from October this year, according to Anglo-Turkish news site Avrupa Gazete today. The firm, one of the fastest growing in Turkey, currently operates 84 destinations for the transit of cargo, and the capital of Mexico will become Turkish Cargo’s eighth Latin American hub. Currently the airline delivers to 300 destinations across five continents.   The new routes will be serviced with Boeing 777F craft, and will in fact consist of two separate legs due to the distance involved. … Continue reading TURKISH CARGO: Mexico City added as new freight hub

TURKEY COUP: Taraf journalists in ‘unfair’ trial

Istanbul, TURKEY VIJAY SHAH via Index on Citizenship Free expression advocate Index on Citizenship has launched a campaign this month to free several Turkish journalists who have been detained in the wake of the failed coup against president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which took place in July with the loss of 250 lives. In the crackdown that followed, thousands of police officers, generals, military stuff and others have been fired, transferred and arrested as the Erdogan administration seeks to purge the country of coup plotters and supporters. On the 2nd September (this past Friday), the final leg of a trial involving … Continue reading TURKEY COUP: Taraf journalists in ‘unfair’ trial

FIGHTBACK AGAINST DAESH: Syrian forces take back large areas of Manbij

Manbij, SYRIA VIJAY SHAH via The Jerusalem Post & Reuters   In breaking news, the Israeli English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post reports via the Reuters news agency that Syrian forces, with backing from the American military have succeeded in taking back forty per cent of the city of Manbij, which was previously part of the self-declared ‘caliphate’ of Daesh (so-called Islamic State). The city lies in the Aleppo governorate, thirty miles from the Euphrates river in north Syria, and is around 40-50 kilometres from the Turkish border. Manbij had witnessed heavy fighting and casualties in the past few months as the … Continue reading FIGHTBACK AGAINST DAESH: Syrian forces take back large areas of Manbij

NORTH TURKEY POLICE ATTACK: Two police officers murdered by unknown assailants

  Trabzon, TURKEY VIJAY SHAH via Ace Worldwide News Group/Dogan News Agency/Hurriyet As Turkey still reels from several bombings in Istanbul and Ankara and an attempted coup by a faction of the armed forces last Friday, more tragedy struck today as a number of ‘unknown assailants’ opened fire on a group of police officers in the Maçka district of Trabzon province in northern Turkey, which borders the Black Sea. Two officers were reported killed, according to the English-language version of the newspaper Hürriyet, via Ace Worldwide News Group and local news organisation, the Doğan News Agency.   The police officers were … Continue reading NORTH TURKEY POLICE ATTACK: Two police officers murdered by unknown assailants

GOSSIP: A Turkish proverb

  “Who gossips to you will gossip of you” An old Turkish proverb relating the importance of not gossiping and backbiting about other people or indulging yourself in other people’s gossip. It may be riveting and appeal to the darker side of our curiosity, but the proverbial dung can fly in all directions. You may revel in hearing about what the gossiped-about person allegedly got up to, but how do you know the gossip is not spreading your muck around too? The negative form of gossiping, as opposed to just sharing information around, is in my opinion one of the lowest … Continue reading GOSSIP: A Turkish proverb