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Monday, September 18, 2017

Turkey’s Academic Exodus is Destroying its Future :: Balkan Insight

Turkey’s Academic Exodus is Destroying its Future
A self-imposed exile

The mass flight of freethinking academics is one of the damaging consequences of Erdogan’s purge, as it is robbing the country of its most talented and creative citizens.

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Trade Profile: Turkey, Caught in the Middle - Stratfor Worldview

Trade Profile: Turkey, Caught in the Middle

Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Turkey has long benefited from the robust trade networks that pass through it. Advances in technology have diminished the role Turkey's geographic position plays in its economy today, if only slightly. Nevertheless, the location that historically has made the country a hub still gives it an advantage in industries such as shipping and logistics. Turkey's position, moreover, allows it to choose its regional trade partners. Having focused on expanding its economic ties with Europe for most of its modern history, Turkey understands the limitations of its relationship with the European Union. But as it works to diversify its trade ties with partners in the east, it will have to tread lightly to avoid jeopardizing its most important export market and the one to which it is closely legally bound.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Iraq's Abadi: Half of IS Families Detained Near Mosul Are Turkish

Iraq's Abadi: Half of IS Families Detained Near Mosul Are Turkish
September 16, 2017 8:23 PM

Turkish nationals make up half of the hundreds of families being held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the Islamic State group, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press Saturday.

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US Says It Won't Support Kurdistan's Push For Independence - Newsy Story

US Says It Won't Support Kurdistan's Push For Independence
Grant Suneson

In a surprise move, the Trump administration came out against a U.S. ally's bid for independence.

Kurdistan is an autonomous region in northern Iraq. The Kurds are thought to be the largest ethnic group without their own country — but they want that to change.

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Turkey summons German ambassador to Ankara over Kurdish rally in Cologne | News | DW | 16.09.2017

Turkey summons German ambassador to Ankara over Kurdish rally in Cologne

Turkey has summoned Germany's ambassador after more than 10,000 Kurds rallied in Cologne. The rally was in support of Kurdish independence as well as the jailed leader of the banned PKK.

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