Sunday, November 23, 2014

Forget politicians, entrepreneurs are Turkey’s true leaders - CONTRIBUTOR

Forget politicians, entrepreneurs are Turkey’s true leaders

Elmira Bayraslı

It is easy to be depressed about Turkey these days. The country’s economy – once an emerging market miracle story – has started to slow down. As things unravel in Iraq and Syria, the country’s foreign policy has gone from zero to many problems – including strained relations with the United States. Socially, Turkey is increasingly moving away from the rule of law and democracy and toward one-man authoritarian rule. Journalists are harassed. Free speech and the right to protest are denied. Tensions between Turks and minorities, particularly the Kurds, have been resurrected.

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Kobanê, Turkey, and the Syrian Struggle - International Viewpoint - online socialist magazine

Kobanê, Turkey, and the Syrian Struggle

Sunday 23 November 2014, by Joseph Daher

An extended interview with Joseph Daher, a member of the Revolutionary Left Current in Syria, living in Switzerland, will be published in the forthcoming Winter 2015 issue of New Politics. Here we [New Politics] just post the questions dealing with Kobanê and Turkey. He was interviewed in Geneva on October 22, 2014, by New Politics board member Riad Azar, with some email updates.

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Istanbul police detains the organizer of the migrant boat catastrophe | Nation | Daily Sabah

ISTANBUL POLICE DETAINS THE ORGANIZER OF THE MIGRANT BOAT CATASTROPHE

ISTANBUL — The organizer of the refugee boat catastrophe on November 2 was detained by the Istanbul police in the house he had been hiding in since the accident.

The illegal immigrant transit from just north of Bosporus in the Black Sea ended in catastrophe when the boat sank, killing 28 out of the 40 on board.

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Hundreds of feminists march against murder and AK Party

Hundreds of feminists march against murder and AK Party

Feminists marched against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and for the protection of women during a mass demonstration in İstanbul on Sunday.

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Turkey synagogue to host worshippers despite governor threats - Al Arabiya News

Turkey synagogue to host worshippers despite governor threats

By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News
Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Turkish official said a landmark synagogue would remain a house of worship and would not be converted into a museum despite threats from the city’s governor, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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Mother prevents father from kidnapping child on plane to Denmark - CRIME

Mother prevents father from kidnapping child on plane to Denmark

Nurettin Kurt ANKARA

A seven-year-old boy whose father was attempting to take him to Denmark without the permission of his mother was prevented at the last minute at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport just before take-off.

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US, Turkey discuss boosting Syrian opposition

US, Turkey discuss boosting Syrian opposition

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November 23, 2014 - 1:53PM

Roy Gutman

Istanbul: United States Vice-President Joe Biden has assured Turkey the US planned to strengthen Syrian rebels and ensure a political transition away from the Assad regime, but he stopped short of committing to the regime change demanded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Istanbul to host 30th Session of COMCEC - Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency

Istanbul to host 30th Session of COMCEC
23.11.2014 [11:41]

Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

The 30th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) will be held in Istanbul on 25-28 November 2014 with the participation of the OIC Member States and relevant OIC, regional and international institutions.

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Biden fence-mending in Turkey

Biden fence-mending in Turkey

Roy Gutman, McCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014, 1:09 AM
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Vice President Biden assured Turkey on Saturday that the U.S. plans to strengthen Syrian rebels and ensure a political transition "away from the Assad regime," but he stopped short of committing to the regime change in Damascus demanded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Biden announces nearly $135 million in additional humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees, | Star Tribune

Biden announces nearly $135 million in additional humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees,

Article by: DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

ISTANBUL — Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Vice President Biden Mends Fences In Turkey, Pledges More Funds For Humanitarian Aid

Vice President Biden Mends Fences In Turkey, Pledges More Funds For Humanitarian Aid
By Marcy Kreiter@marcykreiterm.kreiter@ibtimes.com on November 22 2014 9:49 PM

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spent four hours talking with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul Saturday in what was seen as a fence-mending foray in the wake of Biden's remarks criticizing Turkey for not doing enough to keep Islamic State group supporters from joining the carnage in Syria. Biden and Erdoğan discussed a wide range of issues, including Iraq, Syria and Cyprus.

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Is Turkey Serving Up Assad For Thanksgiving? | In Homeland Security

Is Turkey Serving Up Assad For Thanksgiving?
November 23, 2014

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In a four hour long meeting, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed a transition of power in Syria. America has finally caved in to Turkey’s self-interested demands and their hunger to end Assad and Iran’s proxy for good. Turkey has vehemently assured the U.S.-led coalition that this refocus to regime change in Syria will be required in order in order to secure Turkey’s full support and cooperation in the war against the Islamic State (ISIL).

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See splendid Turkey on a budget: Take the bus

See splendid Turkey on a budget: Take the bus

The scents and textures of Turkey are hard to forget. You can see it all inexpensively if you travel by bus.

By Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press

CAPPADOCIA, Turkey – If all of Turkish history were on this bus, I'd be sitting next to sultans, whirling dervishes, Silk Road caravanners, Greek shopkeepers, apostles and olive growers.

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Turkey to bridge the Dardanelles in new mega project - thenews.com.pk

Turkey to bridge the Dardanelles in new mega project

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ISTANBUL: Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul, a minister said, revealing the latest in a string of mega projects under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Biden in Istanbul seeking to ease strains on Syria | Mid-East | Saudi Gazette

Biden in Istanbul seeking to ease strains on Syria
Last updated: Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:32 PM

ISTANBUL — US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aiming to ease strains over the crisis in Syria and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) group.

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Lockdown extended for Dutch jihadi bride - UPI.com

Dutch officials lock up jihadi teen bride
Teen's mom said she traveled to Syria for love.
By Mary Papenfuss | Updated Nov. 22, 2014 at 5:04 AM

A teenage Dutch girl is facing terrorism charges after traveling to Syria to marry an Islamist militant. But her mom says she only did it for love (Wikipedia).
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Officials in the Netherlands have extended detention for a Dutch teenager who traveled to Syria to marry an Islamist fighter.

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The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak – old Istanbul brought to life | Books | The Guardian

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak – old Istanbul brought to life

Elif Shafak’s novels resemble maps that use detailed keys to help readers to journey through them, so it’s not surprising that her latest book is about the building of an ancient city. The Architect’s Apprentice describes how Istanbul blossomed in the 16th century under its most revered architect, Mimar Sinan, who served three Ottoman emperors over 50 years. Each Sultan’s reign produced a cluster of mosques envisioned and executed by Sinan, many of which still exist today. Narrated by Sinan’s fictional disciple, this is, at its core, a story about a master and his student.

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