Civil Liberties

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarf in military

epa01245427 A Turkish Muslim woman with a headscarf rests after a pro Islamist demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, 02 February 2008. Turkey's ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party) agreed with Ultra Nationalist party MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) to lift a decades-old ban on Islamic headscarves in universities, where the headscarves are still forbidden (also in highschools and primary schools).  EPA/KERIM OKTEN

Turkey on Wednesday said it was lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces. SBS The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in… Turkey lifts ban… Read More »

John McCain: Attacking The Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

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“We need to learn the lessons of history.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a staunch defense of the free press Saturday, noting that attacks on the media are “how dictators get… Mary Papenfuss The Huffington Post Speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” to be aired Sunday, McCain took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s volleys against the… John McCain: Attacking… Read More »

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

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Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. Hungarian Free Press  A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district.. The renowned philosopher… Hungary is removing… Read More »

Venezuela pulls Spanish-language CNN from air for ‘distorting truth’

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered the suspension of CNN’s Spanish-language service from Venezuela’s airwaves on Feb. 15, accusing it of distorting the… Caracas Hurriyet U.S.-based ‘CNN en Espanol’ became unavailable on Venezuela’s major cable providers minutes after a… The network had… Venezuela pulls Spanish… Read More »

Triggs: public servants should know human rights obligations

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Public servants should at least be aware of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party and the obligations they entail, says Gillian Triggs — and many do want to know how to do their… David Donaldson The Mandarin Public servants need to remember their obligations under international human rights treaties, despite… Triggs: public servants… Read More »

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

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More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected… Constanze Letsch The Guardian On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed… Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah… ‘I feel like I… Read More »

Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax

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San Francisco: Last northern summer, Dr Simon Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown… The Canberra Times New York Times One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died – with a link to funeral… Yet another message informed Barquera, director of… Invasive spyware’s odd… Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

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U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

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A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his… BBC The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the… Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who… Chinese man trapped… Read More »

Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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A large number of Australian cartoonists have supported international efforts to get their colleagues out of detention in Malaysia, Turkey and Manus Island but, as Dr Martin Hirst discovered, there’s… Martin Hirst Independent Australia  Where’s #FreeSpeech Bill when we… The Australian’s highly… Media Sauce: Where’s… Read More »

Why Americans Shouldn’t Normalize The Hijab

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The endgame of hijab culture in Islam is totalitarian. Luma Simms The Federalist For all their talk of ‘renegades,’ Playboy and The Huffington Post are hawking the banal conformity of this age: Anything but Western Christendom. In an article on… Why Americans Shouldn’t… Read More »

Theresa May’s visit to Turkey betrays our liberal values

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The prime minister is so desperate for trade deals that she is embracing a regime of full-frontal authoritarianism. This tawdry tour shames Britain Sarah Olney The Guardian And so the Brexit cavalcade gathers pace. After paying court to Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, Theresa May will fly to… Theresa May’s visit… Read More »

Trans Activists Attack Feminists For Displaying ‘Genital-Based Womanhood’

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Trans and feminist ideology are fundamentally irreconcilable, which means I hate to break it to you, trendy progressives, but intersectionalism is stillborn. Joy Pullmann The Federalist Pop some popcorn, because some bitches and fake bitches are having a catfight about pu–ies. Left Twitter is saying white… Trans Activists Attack Feminists For… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

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When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Which Martin Luther King Are We Celebrating Today?

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Newburyport, Mass. — Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ideologies celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jason Sokol The New York Times He is rightly lionized and sanctified by whites as well as blacks, by Republicans as well as Democrats. It is easy to forget that, until…. Which Martin Luther King… Read More »