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Monday, March 25, 2019

Erdogan draws huge crowds, but needs more than base to win

Erdogan draws huge crowds, but needs more than base to win
Jasper Mortimer March 25, 2019

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Critics say Erdogan is using survival and terrorism rhetoric to whip up support and distract from the economy, hoping that voters will be drawn by appeals to their political identity.

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What does the Future Hold for Turkish Civil Society? – MIR

What does the Future Hold for Turkish Civil Society?
By Apolline Moulaire On Mar 24, 2019

While the Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s rise to power once made Turkey seem like the rising star of the Middle East, opinions about the country’s situation have evolved. In her recently-published book How to Lose a Country, Ece Temelkuran describes the seven conditions which show the slow decline of her country into dictatorship. Temelkuran notes that while the preconditions for authoritarianism were set long ago, the past few years have eroded democratic institutions. Since the 2016 failed coup attempt to overthrow Erdogan, the president has reinforced his seat in power by implementing new policies that tend toward authoritarianism while turning away from human rights and individual freedoms. Erdogan promotes a very patriarchal and religious frame of women’s role in society, reinstates discrimination against the Kurdish population, and weakens freedom of the press and expression by imprisoning journalists who dare to oppose his policies. While the situation was alr

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Grocery Stores Are at the Front Line of Turkey’s Latest Political Battle - The Atlantic

Grocery Stores Are at the Front Line of Turkey’s Latest Political Battle

The country’s leader is trying to strong-arm policy prescriptions for a teetering economy. But his critics say he could be making Turkey more fragile in the long run.

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Turkey Should Shift to a Gold Standard to Avoid The Soros Inflation Trap - Eurasia Future

Turkey Should Shift to a Gold Standard to Avoid The Soros Inflation Trap
Written by Adam Garrie on 2019-03-25

Just as was the case prior to last year’s presidential and general election in Turkey, in the run up to this year’s local elections, western currency speculators are doing all that they can to increase pressure against the Turkish lira. Turkey’s central bank has rightly stated that it plans to build up its reserves in order to better leverage external pressure. This is clearly a good short and even medium term solution but in the long term, Turkey must seriously consider a shift to a traditional gold standard.

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Lira Rebounds as Turkey Central Bank Moves to Allay Market Fears - Bloomberg

Lira Rebounds as Turkey Central Bank Moves to Allay Market Fears
By Constantine Courcoulas

The Turkish lira rebounded, recouping losses after its worst day since a crash last year, as the central bank raised borrowing costs and signaled it was taking steps to bolster its official reserves.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Opinion | Erdogan wins the world’s top demagogue award | TheSpec.com

Erdogan wins the world’s top demagogue award
Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns New Zealanders that they’d better not try to take over his empire, Gwynne Dyer writes.

You can keep your Orban, your Netanyahu, your pathetic Boris Johnson. As for Donald Trump, he's really an icon of democracy, just slightly shop-soiled. The coveted title of World's Leading Demagogue has just gone to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyib Erdogan.

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Fitch Predicts Perpetuated Economic Contraction for Turkey | Asharq AL-awsat

Fitch Predicts Perpetuated Economic Contraction for Turkey

Sunday, 24 March, 2019 - 11:00

The international credit rating agency Fitch Ratings predicted a continued economic contraction in Turkey for 2019 citing the government’s inability to carry out needed adjustments in the aftermath of the Turkish Lira losing over 30 percent of its value against the dollar.

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In Istanbul, Erdogan remakes Taksim Square, a symbol of secular Turkey | World News, The Indian Express

In Istanbul, Erdogan remakes Taksim Square, a symbol of secular Turkey

This popular urban patch has been a symbol of the secular republic for nearly 100 years, but six years after deadly protests there, contentious changes have begun to alter its character in major ways.

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