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Turkey | Turkey’s Boğaziçi University dismisses its first academic, bringing total to 7,317

Noémi Levy-Aksu, an assistant professor of history at Turkey’s prestigious Boğaziçi University, has been dismissed from her position, the GazeteDuvar.com news website reported on Thursday.

This is the first time Boğaziçi University has dismissed one of its academics since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Turkey | The quest to quell opposition leads to ‘academocide’

by Candan Badem

Turkey’s Islamist government dismissed 330 academics from state service under a state of emergency decree last week, without any legal due process or evidence. Half of them are from Academics for Peace, a group of more than 2,000 academics who signed the January 2016 petition “We will not be party to this crime”, urging the government to stop violence against civilian Kurds.
I am among those who were dismissed by an earlier decree on 1 September 2016 for being a Gülenist, a follower of the man blamed by the Turkish government for being behind last year’s coup attempt.
As an openly secular, atheist person and a vocal critic of Fethullah Gülen and political Islam in general, my dismissal as a Gülenist was like a bad joke. Three days after the dismissal, my office and home were searched by the police and I was detained. A book by Gülen found in my university office was enough of a reason for my detention. This was again like a bad joke, because, for one thing, reading Gülen’s books is not a crime and, for another, I had used passages from that book against Gülen in social media.

Turkey | 6 Turkish journalists referred to court on 24th day of detention

Six journalists who were detained in an operation on Dec.25 were finally referred to court on Tuesday, the 24th day of their detention.

Police teams detained the six journalists — DİHA news manager Ömer Çelik, one of the editors of the Diken news portal, Tunca Öğreten, the Birgün daily’s accounting supervisor Mahir Kanaat, DİHA reporter Metin Yoksu, the Etkin News Agency’s Derya Okatan and the Yolculuk daily’s Eray Sargın — during simultaneous raids in İstanbul and Diyarbakır.

Britain, Turkey, Greece meet to discuss Cyprus settlement

Foreign ministers of Britain, Greece and Turkey met in Geneva on Thursday in an attempt to thrash out a security deal for a reunited Cyprus, a conflict rooted in Britain’s colonial past and Greek and Turkish rivalry.

For the first time in decades, the three countries were to tackle a 1960 treaty which allows intervention in Cyprus, a pretext used by at least one of them to intervene on the island in the past.

Turkey | Two leaders of Turkish left party persecuted by the establishment but strike back

As the state of emergency regime of Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP steps up its persecution of working class and Kurdish opposition, two prominent leaders of the younger generation of the Revolutionary Workers’ Party (DIP) have been submitted to persecution. Levent Dölek, Deputy Chairperson of DIP and a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of Istanbul University, was among a group of social fighters at the university who were expelled from their posts by a government decree. Mert Kükrer, on the other hand, a leader of the Ankara branch of the party and research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Middle East Technical University of Ankara, was, for a second time, threatened by the administration of his university with expulsion in an act that blatantly makes opportunistic use of the state of emergency reigning in the country since the failed coup of 15 July this year.