‘My Body, My Decision’

PROVOCATIVE. POWERFUL. INSPIRING. Just some of the many words that sum up “My Body, My Decision”, an online protest against the upcoming abortion bill, due to be presented to the Turkish parliament this month. With a comfortable majority in the house, the ruling Justice & Development Party — better known by its Turkish acronym, AKP — look set to pass their drastic cut on the time limit, in place since 1983, in which a woman can legally abort the foetus, from 10 weeks down to four.

Alongside the AKP’s rising no-holds barred approach to molding the nation — riding on the crest of their unprecedented 3rd term of office & much-touted “model democracy” for the Middle East — their latest crack at pleasing their core voter base (conservative / religious / Islamic / Islamist — take your pick) has brought a storm of idignation onto the streets, as well as online.

Entering the fray from the outset, one of the few independent news sources in Turkey, Bianet.org (who also report in English), kickstarted their own campaign of outrage with staff members scrawling their message to the AKP goverment across their own bodies & posting the rather creative results on their website. Sensing the mood, Bianet then opened their platform to the public: Continue reading “‘My Body, My Decision’”

HDN: RedHack Leaks Turkish Army Staff Documents

FIRST THE POLICE, then just about any government ministry you care to mention, now Turkey’s crack hacking force RedHack have broken into databases of NATO’s 2nd largest army, the Turkish Armed Forces.

Leaked into the public domain via Twitter Tuesday morning (12 June), the link to Google Docs detailed army personnel of the 2nd Commando Brigade.

According to the Hürriyet Daily News, who finally broke the story in English by Tues. evening, RedHack also explained their intention behind the leak:

“Think of what foreign agencies are capable of achieving if we were able to obtain this list. Here is a small example of the situation the country’s protectors are in.”

The group continued their message, saying: “We will criticize – in our own way – an army that chose so stubbornly not to give rights to its non-commissioned officers and denied U.S. involvement in the Uludere massacre. The sons of ranking officers [in this army] are sent to study abroad while conscripts are made to march toward certain death.”

RedHack continued to say that the Turkish Armed Forces chose to be “an army of the United States instead of an army of the [Turkish] people.”

The hacking group added they did not publicize any information that could put the military personnel in danger. “What we have made public is what was already known to foreign [intelligence] services and to the [Fethullah Gülen] community. We are on the side of the people and the righteous,” the message from RedHack said.

Source: HDN: RedHack Leaks Turkish Army Staff Documents