Monday, September 01, 2014

Kurdish peace bid in new government program as a first - POLITICS

Kurdish peace bid in new government program as a first

ANKARA

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has marked yet another threshold in documenting the ongoing peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), explicitly presenting the issue as a matter handled by intelligence officials for last few years.

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Future of Internet freedoms in Turkey bleak, say forum participants

Future of Internet freedoms in Turkey bleak, say forum participants

September 01, 2014, Monday/ 17:56:45/ E. BARIŞ ALTINTAŞ / ISTANBUL

Internet freedoms in Turkey will likely face further restrictions and activists protecting free speech on the Internet will continue to experience further pressure, the participants of a forum held at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul on Monday morning have said.

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Battle lines drawn in struggle for influence over Turkish judiciary - Yahoo News UK

Battle lines drawn in struggle for influence over Turkish judiciary
Reuters
By Ozge Ozbilgin and Daren Butler

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One of Turkey's most senior judges warned against government interference in the judiciary on Monday, signalling a looming struggle for influence over the courts as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues a drive against his political foes.

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Team USA’s flaws exposed in win over Turkey | Crossover Chronicles

Team USA’s flaws exposed in win over Turkey

Posted by Philip Rossman-Reich on Aug 31, 2014 17:02

This was never a perfect edition of the U.S. Senior National Team.

The superstars of the NBA opted to skip the trip to Spain and left the task of defending their World Championship to a group of young, unproven stars and a still-recovering Derrick Rose. There was a lot of 3-point shooting, not a lot of defense, not a lot of size and not a lot of experience.

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Hydropower: a view from Turkey - International Water Power

Hydropower: a view from Turkey
1 September 2014

Hydropower is experiencing a renaissance as the world looks to power economic development with reduced carbon emissions. Companies who want to profit from this, however, must appreciate local conditions and understand the geotechnical and regulatory risks involved, writes Serhat Demirel, Business Development Leader at Golder Associates, Turkey.

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Historic garden to be razed for mall

Historic garden to be razed for mall

September 01, 2014, Monday/ 17:53:35/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

A once-vast historic garden dating back to at least the 17th century in İstanbul's Zeytinburnu district has been rezoned for commercial use and opened to construction, the Birgün daily reported on Monday.

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FT: Obama will need to convince Erdoğan to close borders to ISIL oil

FT: Obama will need to convince Erdoğan to close borders to ISIL oil

September 01, 2014, Monday/ 16:32:16/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ANKARA

Nicholas Burns, a former US ambassador to NATO, said on Sunday that the United States will need to convince President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to close Turkey's borders to the export of oil from wells under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Documents Show NSA and GCHQ Spied on Partner Turkey - SPIEGEL ONLINE

A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is 'Partner and Target' for the NSA

By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer and Holger Stark

Documents from the archive of whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal wide-scale spying against Turkey by America's NSA and Britain's GCHQ. They also show the US worked closely with Ankara to battle Kurdish separatists.

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Solar Power In Turkey Takes Its First Steps On The World Stage

Solar Power In Turkey Takes Its First Steps On The World Stage

Solar power has been one of the hot topics in the Turkish energy market in recent years. Considering the immense potential of solar energy, especially in the south of

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Syrians build health care network in Turkey - Yahoo News UK

Syrians build health care network in Turkey
Al JazeeraAl Jazeera – 5 hours ago

Kilis, Turkey - On a dusty, shadeless hilltop in the Turkish border town of Kilis, Syrian mothers, toddlers, and elderly cram into a makeshift medical centre housed in an abandoned bakery. Some 500 patients will seek treatment here today, though officially the centre does not exist.

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Writer Hürtaş: Sexual violence a taboo topic in Turkey

Writer Hürtaş: Sexual violence a taboo topic in Turkey

September 01, 2014, Monday/ 14:37:38/ YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN / ISTANBUL

Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations, but most often the news reports tell only some parts of the stories of violence and other parts remain unspoken.

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Turkey Has Stepped In To Help Gazans Where Arab Countries Didn't

Turkey Has Stepped In To Help Gazans Where Arab Countries Didn’t

By Global Post | September 1, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey — Even before Nael Salamah introduces himself, he hurriedly whispers in Arabic, “Don’t tell her anything about what has happened, she doesn’t know our mom and brothers are dead.” He’s talking about his 14-year-old sister, Ahid, who has been in a hospital in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, for two weeks.

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Former NSA Agent Edward Snowden Says US, UK Spied On Turkey : World : Chinatopix

Former NSA Agent Edward Snowden Says US, UK Spied On Turkey
Ren Benavidez | Sep 01, 2014 05:05 AM EDT

Former NSA agent Edward Snowden released documents showing confidential information about the United States and United Kingdom's spying on Turkey.

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Policeman caught taking selfie as man attempted suicide on Istanbul bridge - LOCAL

Policeman caught taking selfie as man attempted suicide on Istanbul bridge

ISTANBUL

A man committed suicide in the morning hours of Sept. 1 in Istanbul, jumping into the waters of the Bosphorus Strait from the Bosphorus Bridge. However, the tragedy has been overshadowed by controversy after a police officer was photographed taking a selfie while police teams were trying to talk the man down in the background.

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Dozens of Turkish police detained over 'anti-government plot': media | Reuters

Dozens of Turkish police detained over 'anti-government plot': media

ISTANBUL Mon Sep 1, 2014 2:14am EDT

(Reuters) - Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said.

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Erdoğan appoints aide who denounced 'murder attempts by telekinesis' as economic adviser - ECONOMICS

Erdoğan appoints aide who denounced 'murder attempts by telekinesis' as economic adviser

ANKARA - Reuters

Newly inaugurated Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has appointed his close aide Yiğit Bulut to be his chief economics adviser, his office said on Aug. 30, a move likely to alarm investors already concerned over the management of the country's finances.

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President Erdoğan, PM Davutoğlu to be absent at opening of judicial year in act of protest - POLITICS

President Erdoğan, PM Davutoğlu to be absent at opening of judicial year in act of protest

ANKARA
Turkey’s top government officials will be absent at the opening of the judicial year, in protest at the scheduled speech of the Union of Bar Associations head

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Raffles Istanbul | C&IT

Raffles Istanbul

1 September 2014 by Rob McKinlay , Be the First to Comment
C&IT's Venue of the Week is Raffles Istanbul hotel, which opens today (1 September) in the Turkish metropolis.

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Leading Turkish Jews Protest Anti-Semitism over Israel's Gaza Op - Latest News Briefs - Arutz Sheva

Leading Turkish Jews Protest Anti-Semitism over Israel's Gaza Op

A group of prominent Turkish-Jews have released a letter in protest of the "racist" way in which they and the wider Jewish community has been targeted in response to Israel's military operation against terrorists in Gaza.

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Turkish Jews write an open letter protesting government’s call to denounce Israel — JNS.org

Turkish Jews write an open letter protesting government’s call to denounce Israel
Posted on August 31, 2014 by JNS.org.

(JNS.org) Several prominent Turkish Jews have written an open letter reprimanding their government for publicly asking the Jewish community to denounce Israel’s operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

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Erdoğan's ‘new Turkey' governed by cyber militia

Erdoğan's ‘new Turkey' governed by cyber militia

Illustration: Cem Kızıltuğ
August 31, 2014, Sunday/ 05:40:23/ AHMET DÖNMEZ / ANKARA

A group of behind-the-scene individuals from social media, websites and some other media outlets receive orders from a “small oligarchic elite” at the top of the bureaucracy to immediately launch defamation campaigns and character assassinations against people and give the final word on many issues in the “new Turkey."

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Turkey arms up to South America, Africa and Asia | neurope.eu

Turkey arms up to South America, Africa and Asia
31.08.2014 - 22:20

To boost arms exports by 14% before the end of this year, Turkey will head to South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

As reported by SES Türkiye in Istanbul, the country’s Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM) is setting up liaison offices and will participate in international arms fairs in these areas in order to improve Turkey’s trade relations.

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Basketball roundup: US battles past Turkey

Basketball roundup: US battles past Turkey
Associated Press 12:27 a.m. EDT September 1, 2014

BILBAO, Spain – They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.

Instead, the Americans were the ones on the ropes for nearly three quarters.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kurd Rebels Fighting Islamic State Boost Hand for Turkey Talks - Bloomberg

Kurd Rebels Fighting Islamic State Boost Hand for Turkey Talks
By Selcan Hacaoglu Aug 31, 2014 11:00 PM GMT+0200

After fighting the Turkish army for decades, the Kurdistan Workers Party is now confronting a foe that’s shared by its erstwhile enemy, strengthening the group’s hand in talks on a political settlement.

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Basting Turkey's New Prime Minister :: Middle East Forum

Basting Turkey's New Prime Minister

by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
August 28, 2014

As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ascends today to the presidency of Turkey, his hand-picked successor, Ahmet Davutoğlu, simultaneously assumes Erdoğan's old job of prime minister. What do these changes portend for Turkey and its foreign policy? In two words: nothing good.

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Market pressure keeps Babacan in new Turkish Cabinet - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Market pressure keeps Babacan in new Turkish Cabinet

Ali Babacan, deputy prime minister in charge of the economy, retained his post in the new Turkish Cabinet, announced Aug. 29 by Ahmet Davutoglu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s successor in the prime minister’s seat. This comes as good news for international financial investors, who credit Babacan as a guarantor of Turkey’s economic policies. It is also good news with regard to sustained economic stability at a time when risks are on the rise. Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, too, retained his post.

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President Erdoğan, PM Davutoğlu to be absent at opening of judicial year in act of protest - POLITICS

President Erdoğan, PM Davutoğlu to be absent at opening of judicial year in act of protest

ANKARA
Turkey’s top government officials will be absent at the opening of the judicial year, in protest at the scheduled speech of the Union of Bar Associations head

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Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks - Yahoo News

Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks
AFP

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey's army chief has warned that the army will do whatever is necessary if its "red lines" are not respected in peace talks with Kurdish rebels.

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Attacks on women journalists hurting their reputations

Attacks on women journalists hurting their reputations

Verbal attacks by members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its sympathizers against journalists that are critical of them are more difficult for women journalists to cope with, as they also sometimes have to endure sexually abusive language and slurs.

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How a women-only beach split Turkish society - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

How a women-only beach split Turkish society

The debate on the women-only beach in Antalya hints at the extreme poliarisation within Turkish society.

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Turkish Deputy PM Babacan to maintain oversight of economy - for now - ECONOMICS

Turkish Deputy PM Babacan to maintain oversight of economy - for now

ANKARA - Reuters

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new government, senior officials told Reuters late on Aug. 30, a move likely to ease concerns of a turf war within the Cabinet.

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Central Bank Did Not Bow Before Erdogan

Central Bank Did Not Bow Before Erdogan
2014-08-30 13:46:51
The last few days have been very intense in terms of political and economic events. On Wednesday the congress of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) nominated then-Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuoglu (elected almost unanimously) as the new chairman of the AKP, replacing Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had also nominated him as prime minister. On Friday the new Cabinet, in which Ali Babacan has kept his post of deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs, was announced by Davutoglu.On Wednesday, while the AKP congress was witnessing the customary diatribes of Mr. Erdogan and those of Mr. Davutoglu, in fact less customary, the Monetary Policy Committee (PPK) of the Turkish Central Bank was deciding not to change its interest rate policy. The PPK kept the one-week repo rate (the policy rate) at 8.25 percent, ending the period of successive cuts that has lowered the policy rate from 10 percent to its current level in three steps. I had already asserted that the last cut of 50 basis point

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[Photo Story] İstanbul faces ecological disaster with crazy projects

[Photo Story] İstanbul faces ecological disaster with crazy projects

Drought and water shortages have been at the top of the country's agenda recently. The rainfall this year has been insufficient and the reservoirs are at worryingly low levels. In addition, the wetlands north of the megacity of İstanbul, which are on the migration route of migratory birds, are being destroyed. Not only the wetlands but also the forests are being ravaged during the construction of the third airport and the third bridge of Istanbul. This is an ecological disaster.

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Young entrepreneurs take pulse of İstanbul's street art via free app

Young entrepreneurs take pulse of İstanbul's street art via free app

Street art enthusiast or not, you must have, at least once in your life, felt some fascination about this form of art, which breathes life into soulless walls, perhaps heightening a sense of mystery, adventure or romance for some, particularly for İstanbulites, who aren't as accustomed to seeing this urban decoration as their counterparts in Western cities.

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Impatience grows in Turkey over Syrian 'guests' - Yahoo News

Impatience grows in Turkey over Syrian 'guests'
AFP
By Neyran Elden 10 hours ago

Istanbul (AFP) - Cengiz, a street seller who plies his trade selling bread rings in the centre of Istanbul, is usually a fervent supporter of Turkey's newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But on one issue, he begs to differ.

"I support Erdogan. But I must say he made one error and that's to allow the Syrians into our country," he said.

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BÜLENT KORUCU - Turkey witnesses journalism's funeral service

Turkey witnesses journalism's funeral service

The period of time which began with the Dec. 17 and 25 corruption and bribery investigations, and which has been characterized by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan himself as the “Second War of Independence,” will leave behind much permanent damage.

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From Afghanistan to Turkey, a refugee’s extraordinary journey from an ‘ordinary war’ - RIGHTS

From Afghanistan to Turkey, a refugee’s extraordinary journey from an ‘ordinary war’

Mehmet İren—ISTANBUL
Farzad Shafai, an Afghan refugee, arrived in Turkey four years ago. Against all odds, he managed to make it into university. Unending bureaucracy stands between him and his future

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Media is a punch bag, Internet next battleground - CİHAN

Media is a punch bag, Internet next battleground
ISTANBUL - 30.08.2014 11:30:55

Bugün, Evrensel, Yurt, Birgün, Zaman, Yeni Çağ, the Cihan news agency, Samanyolu Haber TV, Aydınlık, Ulusal TV, Kanaltürk and Today's Zaman.
Those are the names of the 12 news outlets that were banned from covering a key event in Turkish politics on Thursday, when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said farewell to its leader, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in what was termed the turning point for a “regime shift.”

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Who’s the bigger Turkey? | New York Post

Who’s the bigger Turkey?

By Post Editorial Board

August 30, 2014 | 7:44pm

Remember the hue and outcry when the news broke that the National Security Agency had been monitoring the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

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Erdogan meets with Israeli diplomat -- a first in 6 years | The Times of Israel

Erdogan meets with Israeli diplomat — a first in 6 years

Turkish president-elect shakes hands with chargé d’affaires despite scathing criticism of Jerusalem, most recently over Gaza war

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Farmers protest Turkish economic policies

Farmers protest Turkish economic policies
By Abdennour Toumi

Mardin, Turkey – Last week, fire and barricades blocked the roads for three days as farmers protested their electricity and water being cut off to irrigate their corn fields. In the southern districts of Derik and Kiziltepe.

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