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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Turkey’s Gulen crackdown hits Canada - The Globe and Mail

Turkey’s Gulen crackdown hits Canada

Patrick Martin

A crackdown on Gulen followers in Turkey has spilled into Canada, creating a deep divide in the Turkish community in this country.

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Turkish gold trader loses bid to recuse U.S. judge | Reuters

Turkish gold trader loses bid to recuse U.S. judge

By Nate Raymond

A U.S. judge has rejected a request to recuse himself from overseeing the case of a Turkish gold trader accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, calling it untimely and without merit.

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Turkish media boss quits after email 'scam' fuels press freedom fears | Reuters

Turkish media boss quits after email 'scam' fuels press freedom fears

By Tuvan Gumrukcu | ANKARA

The head of one of Turkey's largest media groups, Dogan Media, quit on Friday after hackers released what they said were emails showing him yielding to editorial pressure from members of President Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Why is Turkey reviving an Ottoman sultan?

Why is Turkey reviving an Ottoman sultan?

In Turkey, there has been an unmistakable revival of the image of Sultan Abdulhamid II. The powerful Ottoman monarch who ruled the empire single-handedly from 1876 to 1909 is praised with a flood of articles in the pro-government press, endless messages on social media and various conferences and panels. The speaker of the Turkish parliament, Ismail Kahraman, a confidant of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even hosted an “International Symposium on Sultan Abdulhamid II and His Era,” at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, a relic from the latter-day Ottoman Empire. The great sultan, Kahraman said, “is a mariner’s compass to give us direction and enlighten our future.”

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Chains of command | The Economist

Chains of command
Since the coup, the army is on a short leash
Oct 1st 2016 | ISTANBUL | From the print edition

LIEUTENANT Mehmet Ali Celebi has not sat in a gunship cockpit for years, but will jump back in at a moment’s notice if the Turkish army comes calling. A promising helicopter pilot, Mr Celebi was sentenced to 16 years in jail in 2013, framed by policemen who uploaded numbers belonging to Islamist radicals onto his phone. He was released a year later, along with hundreds of other secularist officers who had been locked away on trumped-up charges by prosecutors close to the Gulen community, a secretive Islamic movement.

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Erdogan suggests Moody s can be bought after Turkey rating cut - Yahoo7

Erdogan suggests Moody's can be 'bought' after Turkey rating cut
AFP on September 29, 2016, 10:56 pm

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday attacked Moody's after it downgraded the country's sovereign debt rating to "junk" status, appearing to suggest the ratings agency could be bought off.

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