Sunday, July 05, 2015

The end of Turkey’s ‘opposition camp’ fantasy - NURAY MERT

The end of Turkey’s ‘opposition camp’ fantasy

By paving the way for the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate as the new speaker of parliament, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) “disappointed” not only the Republican People’s Party (CHP) but also leftist democrats and liberals.

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Turkish Inflation Slows In June Amid Falling Food Prices | ESM Magazine

Turkish Inflation Slows In June Amid Falling Food Prices

Turkish consumer price inflation slowed more than forecast in June as food prices fell on an annual basis.

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Report: Syrian refugees to be moved out of Turkish city centers, tourist towns

Report: Syrian refugees to be moved out of Turkish city centers, tourist towns

Provincial governors in southern and western Turkey have ordered local authorities to round up homeless Syrian refugees living in provincial capitals and popular tourist towns and send them to refugee camps, according to a report on Saturday.

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PKK says it will not withdraw from Qandil

PKK says it will not withdraw from Qandil

SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said it would not withdraw its forces from the Qandil Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan, following an Al-Monitor interview with Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, published Thursday in which he called for the guerilla group to leave Iraqi territory. More:

Istanbul’s third airport to be operational by 2018: State airports authority - ECONOMICS

Istanbul’s third airport to be operational by 2018: State airports authority

ISTANBUL

The new under-construction airport in Istanbul will be operational by 2018 with two landing fields and one terminal, General Directorate of State Airports (DHMİ) head Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım has vowed, amid recent delays in building work.

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Turkish General Staff to meet on possible Syria incursion - POLITICS

Turkish General Staff to meet on possible Syria incursion

Uğur Ergan - ANKARA

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has recalled the commanders of troops deployed along part of its border with Syria to the capital Ankara, for a meeting during which they will discuss a possible military incursion into Syria.

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Turkey ... beyond Istanbul - Travel - NorthJersey.com

Turkey ... beyond Istanbul
July 5, 2015 Last updated: Sunday, July 5, 2015, 1:21 AM
By KATHLEEN LYNN

As a pale moon glowed in a deep blue sky, our hot-air balloon joined an armada of balloons drifting over exotic white volcanic formations, dipping into valleys close enough to see the stunted twigs of grape plants and the spring bloom of purple and yellow wildflowers. The sun began to rise over a ridge of white-and-red rock, lighting up the balloons as they floated over the earth.

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On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion | Reuters

On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion
KARKAMIS, Turkey | By Faruk Yuce

From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus.

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Solidarity rallies in Lisbon and Istanbul in support of Greek ‘no’ vote | euronews, world news

Solidarity rallies in Lisbon and Istanbul in support of Greek ‘no’ vote

05/07 03:33 CET

As Greeks prepared for Sunday’s referendum, solidarity came from protesters in several other European cities.

In Portugal, which has had its own international bailout, hundreds of demonstrators marched through the capital Lisbon in support of those planning to vote ‘no’.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

6th Jazz in Ramadan fest kicks off with percussionist Okay Temiz

6th Jazz in Ramadan fest kicks off with percussionist
Okay Temiz
July 04, 2015, Saturday/ 17:00:00/ ARSLAN AYAN / ISTANBUL

The Jazz in Ramadan festival, with a program offering live, soulful evening performances by internationally renowned Muslim jazz musicians during the holy month of Ramadan, kicked off its sixth edition with veteran Turkish fusion jazz percussionist and drummer Okay Temiz and the Roma Orchestra at Istanbul's UNIQ Open Air Stage on Saturday night.

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ANKARA, Turkey: Galatasaray signs Podolski from Arsenal | National Sports | The News Tribune

Galatasaray signs Podolski from Arsenal

The Associated PressJuly 4, 2015 Updated 5 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Super League Champion Galatasaray has signed Germany forward Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on a three-year contract.

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200 Turkish intellectuals launch campaign against intervention in Syria

200 Turkish intellectuals launch campaign against intervention in Syria

Two hundred Turkish intellectuals and artists have started a signature campaign calling for a continuation of the settlement process with the Kurds, which seeks to address the concerns and demands of Turkey’s Kurdish minority, while warning against any possible military intervention in Syria.

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Turkey: We don’t want war but will fight if threatened, PM | Middle East Confidential

Turkey: We don’t want war but will fight if threatened, PM

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu presented Turkey’s position regarding the ongoing chaos in the Middle East amid speculations that it would intervene in Syria, making it clear that Ankara will not take any decisions likely to “put the country at risk” but that “all measures are ready” if Turkey’s security is threatened.

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Syria is recruiting Kurds to carry out assassinations and attacks inside Turkey

Syria is recruiting Kurds to carry out assassinations and attacks inside Turkey

Saturday, 04 July 2015 15:13

Fahd Jassem Al-Fraij

Arabi21 has obtained two documents that expose the role of the Syrian regime in supporting Kurdish forces hostile to Turkey for them to carry out terrorist attacks, including political assassinations, in Ankara and Istanbul. The documents are behind the wide-scale military operation Turkey intends to undertake in Northern Syria, according to the source who supplied them.

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Turkey’s Electoral Maelstrom

Turkey’s Electoral Maelstrom

Friday, 03 July 2015 12:52
By Richard Falk

If I were Turkish, and not merely a sympathetic observer and part time resident, I would write an Open Letter to the opposition political parties that had separately and collectively achieved several goals in the June 7th elections:

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Turkey and the US meet halfway - VERDA ÖZER

Turkey and the US meet halfway

“We are exchanging messages with the PYD [Democratic Union Party]. Our dialogue channels are open. The course of Turkey’s relations with the PYD depends on their attitude. Tal Abyad is a test case for them.”

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Debt crisis a chance for EU to address past mistakes in Cyprus - The Globe and Mail

Debt crisis a chance for EU to address past mistakes in Cyprus

LAWRENCE STEVENSON

Lawrence Stevenson is managing director at Callisto Capital.

There is a Cypriot proverb that says: “A fool throws a stone into the sea and all the wise men cannot get it out again.” Fourteen years ago, I wrote in my thesis at the Sorbonne that the European Union had thrown several stones in the sea over the years in the process of mishandling the Cyprus file. The EU’s strategy has kept the island divided and has hurt the West’s relations with a key North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally, Turkey. But, for both Cyprus and Greece, the current financial crisis may provide an opportunity to retrieve those stones and calm the sea.

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Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark | i24news - See beyond

Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark

Organizers hope Shakespear's Othello will spread unity among long divided communities

Cyprus's Othello Tower, named after the ill-fated Shakespearean hero, reopened Thursday after a facelift with a performance of the tragedy that organizers hope will spread unity among long-divided communities.

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