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Monday, May 20, 2019

Turkey starts new civil service purge | World | The Times

Turkey starts new civil service purge
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
May 20 2019

Turkey has issued warrants for the arrest of 249 foreign ministry officials in another purge nearly three years after a failed coup.

Ninety-one staff have already been detained in police operations across 42 provinces. The chief prosecutor’s office in Ankara said yesterday that it initiated the operations as a result of investigations into irregularities in the foreign service entrance exams.

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Is New Istanbul Airport Already In Danger Of Failing? - Live and Let's Fly

IS NEW ISTANBUL AIRPORT ALREADY IN DANGER OF FAILING?
MATTHEW MAY 20, 2019

Will Istanbul’s beautiful new airport fail on account of clouds and fog? Some experts fear the answer is yes.

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Spotlight: Turkey's ruling party changes strategy for Istanbul election do-over - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkey's ruling party changes strategy for Istanbul election do-over
Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-20 20:08:23|Editor: ZX
ANKARA, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The two blocs of Turkish political landscape are getting ready for their strategies to appeal voters of Istanbul, the biggest city of the country, for the re-run of mayoral election on June 23.

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Turkey world’s second largest beekeeping country

Turkey world’s second largest beekeeping country

Turkey is one of few self-sufficient countries on beekeeping, head of Ankara Beekeepers Association says

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Turkey and the New Scramble for Africa: Ottoman Designs or Unfounded Fears? - Lawfare

Turkey and the New Scramble for Africa: Ottoman Designs or Unfounded Fears?
By Zach Vertin Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Turkey has emerged as an important, but confusing, actor in the greater Middle East and beyond. Its policies have oscillated as its role has expanded, and it now plays an important role in the Horn of Africa as well as with its neighbors. Zach Vertin, a colleague in the Brookings Foreign Policy program, assesses the changes in Turkey's foreign policy and explains how the country's domestic politics and the ambitions of the Erdogan regime interact with the broader strategic realities the country faces.

Daniel Byman

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Turkey ranks 95th among 155 countries worldwide in Islamic values | Ahval

Turkey ranks 95th among 155 countries worldwide in Islamic values

Turkey placed 95th among 153 countries in Islamic values, with non-Muslim countries nabbing the top 40 spots, according to an annual study by two academics at George Washington University.

New Zealand topped the list of the 2018 index of Islamicity  while no Muslim-majority country made it into the top 40, the survey conducted by Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs, and Scheherazade Rehman, director of the EU Research Center at the university, found.

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Centenary of Atatürk’s landing on Samsun marked across Turkey - Turkey News

Centenary of Atatürk’s landing on Samsun marked across Turkey
SAMSUN

Turkish people celebrated the Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day on May 19, marking the centenary of the starting point of the Turkish War of Independence and the emergence of modern Turkey.

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Erdogan Finds Himself in a Geopolitical Cul-de-Sac

Erdogan Finds Himself in a Geopolitical Cul-de-Sac

The concrete “cracks” reportedly found at the construction site of what will be Turkey’s first nuclear power plant may be nothing compared to the cracks starting to re-emerge in the country’s relationship with Russia.
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Erdogan Finds Himself in a Geopolitical Cul-de-Sac

Islamist coups helped Erdogan

Islamist coups helped Erdogan
Sunday, 19 May 2019 | Anwar Alam

The possible death of democracy in Turkey will have wide ranging ramifications in the region too. Already low in democratic indicators of governance, the failure of democracy in Turkey would convince many in the region that democracy is alien to Muslim/Islamic culture and tradition. Second a ‘democratic vacuum’ in the region would continue to provide a conducive condition for the development of ISIS and other kind of Islamist terrorist forces globally and regionally.

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