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Friday, March 05, 2021

John Bolton on Halkbank: “Trump Wanted To Make an Impression on Erdoğan” - DER SPIEGEL

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton “Trump Wanted To Make an Impression on Erdoğan” In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton discusses the case against Turkey’s Halkbank, which has been accused of helping Iran circumvent American sanctions. He says Donald Trump and Turkish President Erdoğan were in close contact about the issue. More:John Bolton on Halkbank: “Trump Wanted To Make an Impression on Erdoğan” - DER SPIEGEL

Erdogan's Erratic Rule Presents a Risk to the World | Time

How Erdogan's Increasingly Erratic Rule in Turkey Presents a Risk to the World BY IAN BREMMER MARCH 4, 2021 11:38 AM EST Over the past 18 years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consolidated more power than any leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. He has transformed Turkey’s politics, faced down a military coup, and rewritten the country’s constitution to give his presidency additional power. But his combative style and autocratic instincts have earned him critics at home and abroad. His biggest political problem at the moment is economic: unemployment stands near 14%, inflation remains in double digits, and the pandemic grinds on. More:Erdogan's Erratic Rule Presents a Risk to the World | Time

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey kills 11 | Military News | Al Jazeera

Military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey kills 11 A lieutenant general among the dead after in an army helicopter crash in southeast Turkey that left two others wounded. 4 Mar 2021 An army helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey on Thursday, killing 11 military personnel and injuring two others, the defence ministry said. More:Military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey kills 11 | Military News | Al Jazeera