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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stable Turkey: Enjoy every minute! - BURAK BEKDİL

Stable Turkey: Enjoy every minute!

On June 7, 2015 Turks went to the ballot boxes and deprived the ruling party, the Justice and Development (AKP), of its parliamentary majority for the first time since it came to power in November 2002. The next day Burhan Kuzu, today an MP and presidential advisor - and then a senior AKP member - said “The nation has chosen chaos. Now enjoy it.” Hence the AKP’s slogan, “Vote for Stability!” for the subsequent re-elections on Nov. 1. In October, then Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said “Peace and stability are our primary vision.” A day before the Nov. 1 election, he predicted that “Turkey will vote for stability.” He was – kind of - right.

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The Day - Turkey, Syrian Kurds on track for conflict in northern Syria - News from southeastern Connecticut

Turkey, Syrian Kurds on track for conflict in northern Syria

Published August 23. 2016 10:07AM | Updated August 23. 2016 8:58PM
By Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey signaled Tuesday it would step up its engagement in the Syrian war, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels massed along the border to assault one of the last Syrian frontier towns held by Islamic State militants.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Who Led The Turkish Putschists?

Who Led The Turkish Putschists?
08/22/2016 03:56 pm ET

Yavuz Baydar Columnist, co-founder of Punto24, Contributing Commentator: The Guardian

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Four-week threshold has been passed and, looking deeply into the most important question on the botched coup in Turkey, we still are left wondering who orchestrated this bloody attempt.

In other words, to use a phrase by Dick Cheney, ‘we know that we don’t know.’

And, this is rather bizarre.

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Turkish, US officials begin work on Gülen case - LOCAL

Turkish, US officials begin work on Gülen case

ANKARA

Legal experts and diplomats from Turkey and the United States have initiated work on the former’s demand for the immediate extradition of Fethullah Gülen from the U.S., a day before U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is set to pay a one-day visit to Turkey.

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Angela Merkel urges Turks in Germany to 'show loyalty to our country'

Angela Merkel urges Turks in Germany to 'show loyalty to our country'

Justin Huggler, Berlin

23 August 2016 • 12:51pm

Angela Merkel has called on members of Germany’s Turkish community to show “loyalty to our country”.

The call comes amid growing divisions between Turkey and the EU, and as Ankara recalled its ambassador to Austria in protest.

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And the message gets to Biden - MURAT YETKİN

And the message gets to Biden

Days after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey was announced for Aug. 24, a major attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) shook the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border.

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‘Can’t beat migrant smugglers without Turkey,’ says Merkel - EUROPE

‘Can’t beat migrant smugglers without Turkey,’ says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that cooperation with Turkey within the scope of the European Union’s migrant deal was right and without that deal the bloc would not be able to fight human smugglers.

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U.S. Risks Losing an Ally and This Jailed Prosecutor Knows Why - Bloomberg

U.S. Risks Losing an Ally and This Jailed Prosecutor Knows Why
Marc Champion
August 22, 2016 — 7:01 PM EDT

If Joe Biden wants to know why so many Turks are infuriated by the hesitant U.S. response to last month’s failed military coup, he could talk to Ilhan Cihaner.

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Erdogan’s new, strengthened position will give him more room to exert influence in the region

Turkey can regain regional leadership
23 August 2016

The Republic of Turkey was founded in the early 1920s by Kemal Ataturk out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. One of his governing principles was non-interference in the neighborhood. It was only in the 1990s that Turkey began to exercise a stronger influence in its region. However, due to increasing internal problems, the Turkish government has recently lost some of its foreign policy initiative.

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