Erdogan bodyguards attack two Turkish journalists in New York

first_img RSF_en News September 27, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Erdogan bodyguards attack two Turkish journalists in New York News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey News April 28, 2021 Find out more Two US-based Turkish newspaper reporters were verbally attacked and manhandled by bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the lobby of a leading New York hotel and in the street outside while Erdogan was meeting with US Vice-President Joe Biden in the hotel on 25 September.The reporters were Adam Yavuz Arslan of Bugün and Ali Halit Aslan of Zaman. Both newspapers are critical of the Erdogan government.Arslan said the president’s nephew, Ali Erdogan, who is a member of his security detail, evicted him from the hotel at the behest of one of the president’s advisers. Once he was on the street, two other advisers, Senol Kazanci and Aydin Ünal, threatened him. “Your existence is a crime,” one of them said.Two unidentified men then physically attacked Arslan in the street in front of the hotel.The other reporter, Aslan, who has US as well as Turkish nationality, was also forced to leave the hotel by Erdogan’s bodyguards. They initially asked all the reporters in the hotel’s café to leave, but then named just Aslan and said he had to go, without giving a reason. Local police intervened to protect hm.“We condemn this attack on two Turkish journalists on US soil by President Erdogan’s bodyguards,” Reporters Without Borders programmes director Lucie Morillon said. “It is unacceptable that Turkish government representatives had no qualms about assaulting two journalists, outside their country and during a major bilateral meeting, and it shows how the Turkish authorities are now taking a much tougher line with the media.”Morillon added: “Reporters Without Borders calls on the Turkish authorities to punish those responsible for this violence, which obstructed the work of these reporters.”An English-language daily, Zaman as well as Bugün supports the Gülen movement, accused by Erdogan of seeking to overthrow his government. The authorities have been trying crush all dissent ever since last year’s Gezi Park protests. Journalists are often censored and, in some cases, are attacked, arrested and jailed.Reporters Without Borders and two other free speech groups wrote an open letter to President Erdogan this week voicing alarm about freedom of expression in Turkey, which is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia They were evicted from the hotel where Erdogan was meeting Joe Biden, one was assaulted in the street outside News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Receive email alerts to go further Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Oxford academics urge climate cost redistribution

first_imgTwo Oxford academics have published a paper arguing that rich countries must pay for the introduction of low carbon technology in poorer nations if significant emissions reduction is to be achieved.The paper controversially focuses on “clean-coal” technology, despite the fact that coal is an industry that many argue should be phased out in the drive for emissions reduction. Drs Arunabha Ghosh and Kevin Watkins argue that in the medium term, for which interim climate change targets will be set, this is simply not feasible, and so reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants should be a primary aim.Neil Bowerman, Oxford DPhil student and Executive Director of Climatico, (a group specialising in analysis of climate change policy) fully agrees with the recommendations of the paper, but warns that a focus on “clean coal”, which at full capacity would capture “at maximum 85% of emissions” is “at best a temporary solution and at worst a false distraction” from the more pressing task of reducing overall emissions. Aside from tar sands, coal power is “still the most polluting form of energy we have” and will never be clean enough to serve as a long-term solution.The paper, “Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change – Why Financing to Technology Transfer Matters”, explains that worldwide emissions must halve by 2050 to avoid a global temperature increase of 2°C. By contrast, current estimations show emissions increasing by 45% during this period, with 90% of this growth coming from developing countries. In India alone, it is expected that a 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant will be constructed each week, on average, until 2030.Ghosh and Watkins assert that the key to reducing these projections is technological change, yet this is expensive. Unsurprisingly, only rich countries have the money and resources to put low emissions technology into action: the best performing coal power stations in developed nations are 50% more efficient than the average plants in India and China. Developing nations are loath to pay for costly clean technology which would come at the expense of poverty reduction. The investments that are needed are staggering: achieving 45% thermal efficiency by 2030 would cost India $5.2-8.4 billion more than planned per year.Emphasising that climate change is a global problem, that developed countries have had the greatest emissions over time, and that developed countries have the greatest capability to pay, Ghosh and Watkins argue, “Rich countries should finance the full incremental cost of the transition to higher efficiency.” They further explain, “This can be done through the creation of a Low Carbon Technology and Finance Facility to mobilise around $50 billion a year by 2020 through the public purse, with additional amounts leveraged through private investment.” The academics believe that this is the key to a meaningful agreement in the Copenhagen climate conference this December.Mae Penner, Chair of OUSU’s Environment & Ethics Campaign, agreed with the paper’s recommendations, stressing the international nature of the climate change problem. “We in Britain cannot separate our future from that of developing nations whose emissions are set to skyrocket in the next few decades: their ability to become low-carbon will define the future of our shared planet, so it is essential that we offer them as much support as we can.”This view is shared by Alice Heath, University College JCR President, who emphasised that “The blunt truth of climate change is that poorer countries who have emitted virtually no CO2 will suffer the most.”last_img read more


Letter to the Editor: Mayor Winnecke Shell Games

first_imgLetter to the Editor: Mayor Winnecke Shell GamesMayor Winnecke has spent his time as Mayor playing a Shell Game with Evansville’s finances, hoping we don’t catch on.With each passing year, the “Shells” gets bigger and bigger, with more money being moved and shifted around so we, the public, don’t realize the true financial situation Evansville faces.He can hide the “Shell Games” from the citizens, but he can’t hide it from the State Board of Accounts.According to the SBOA 2014 Audit:“Although the General Fund showed a balance of $307,140 as of December 31, 2014, the fund would have shown a deficit balance of $5,888,660 as of December 31, 2014, if not for the following items:The Wastewater Utility prepaid the 2015 payment in lieu of taxes payment totaling $2,428,000The City did not pay the General fund’s portion of hospitalization bills for the 3rd quarter of 2014 totaling $3,767,800.”In reality, we began 2015 $5,888,660 in the hole.Mayor Winnecke is borrowing tomorrow’s paycheck to pay for today’s bills.  And with each passing year, the amount he has to borrow grows higher and higher.This type of action, much like it is in our everyday homes, is unsustainable.  We simply cannot continue to treat our finances this way.I call upon Mayor Winnecke to have a frank and open dialog with the citizens of Evansville about the true nature of our city’s finances.  We cannot continue to shift and move money around, playing accounting tricks, and deceiving the public about our true financial situation.These certainly are not the actions of a #StrongCity.Thank you,Matthew NevilleEvansville FOOTNOTES: Our next “will be posted on this coming Wednesday ?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is:  If the election was held today who would you vote as the next Governor of Indiana?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more