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Monday, June 18, 2018

Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij | Euronews

Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij
By REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey’s military said on Monday.

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Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey - BBC News

Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey
By Chris Morris Reality Check correspondent, in Istanbul

Almost two years after a failed military coup in Turkey, the country remains under a state of emergency. What has happened during the crackdown?

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Countdown to the Turkish election: Erdogan beats the nationalist drum - Qantara.de

Erdogan beats the nationalist drum

When Turkeyʹs president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was first elected Mayor of Istanbul in 1994 he pledged not to resort to blaming Turkeyʹs problems on "outside powers, outside forces, or foreigners". Years later, with the weight of high office and a struggling currency upon him, that pledge is long gone. By Tom Stevenson

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Is Greece About To Lay Legal Claim To Atatürk And His Legacy? - Eurasia Future

Is Greece About To Lay Legal Claim To Atatürk And His Legacy?
Written by Andrew Korybko on 2018-06-18

It’s absurd to consider the founding father of the modern-day Turkish state as anything other than a Turk, but if the Greek Parliament passes the recently concluded “name deal” with Macedonia, then Athens will legally be obliged to regard everything in Greek Macedonia – including Atatürk, who was born in the regional capital of Thessaloniki – as having the “attribute” of being part of “Hellenic civilization, history, culture and heritage…from antiquity to the present day”.

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Five candidates compete in Turkey’s presidential race | | AW

Five candidates compete in Turkey’s presidential race
Polls put Turkish president Erdogan at around 45% of the vote.
Sunday 17/06/2018

ISTANBUL - When Turks go to the polls June 24 to elect a new head of state, they will have five major candidates from whom to choose. Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a field of three men and one woman who could force him into a run-off vote July 8 if he fails to win more than 50% in the first round. Here is an overview of the candidates:

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Turkey elections: Can Erdogan really lose? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 18.06.2018

Turkey elections: Can Erdogan really lose?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won every election in Turkey for the past 16 years. The current economic crisis means he is now in danger of losing his parliamentary majority — and re-election as president is far from certain.

More:Turkey elections: Can Erdogan really lose? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 18.06.2018

The puppy, populism and the dance: Elections in Turkey between sanity and insanity | Opinion | DW | 18.06.2018

The puppy, populism and the dance: Elections in Turkey between sanity and insanity

Ahead of Turkey's presidential election, author Ece Temelkuran praises her compatriots' unbroken spirit. She says it is a model for all who have begun to experience the maddening absurdity of right-wing populism.

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The Muharrem Ince phenomenon | Ahval

The Muharrem Ince phenomenon

When President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its coalition partner—the Nationalist Action Party (MHP)—called for early elections, they thought victory was assured. After moving Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections forwards a year and a half, to June 24 with only 60 days notice, they expected opposition parties would struggle to unite in a rival coalition and fail to field a presidential candidate capable of posing a threat to President Erdoğan’s 16-year tenure in power.

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In Erdogan Heartland, Lira Crisis Is Taking Toll on Businesses - Bloomberg

In Erdogan Heartland, Lira Crisis Is Taking Toll on Businesses

‘Anatolian Tigers’ are roaring less these days
By Asli Kandemir
and Cagan Koc
June 18, 2018, 4:00 AM GMT+2

Even in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s electoral stronghold, businessmen like Halit Ozkaya can’t help but complain about the currency crisis the president instigated just weeks before elections.

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Economic woes trump politics ahead of Turkey elections

Economic woes trump politics ahead of Turkey elections
18.06.2018

"The fridge is half empty. How are we supposed to fill the fridge at these prices?" says housewife Ayse Tatar, 54, as she shops for dinner at a bazaar in Istanbul's Uskudar district. According to a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign rally, an increase in the sale of refrigerators is proof that the economy is doing well. "If there is a refrigerator in every house, then we are on a certain level of prosperity," Erdogan had said.

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Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’

Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’
Barçın Yinanç - barcin.yinanc@hdn.com.tr

The social geographic map of Istanbul shows the city is divided into two parts with distinct lifestyles and political convictions, said urban expert Professor Murat Güvenç. ‘The AKP’s 16 years in office have not changed the basic dividing line which has been there for 25 years,’ said Güvenç.

Political polarization is visible in Istanbul’s socioeconomic map and it has been there for 25 years, according to urban expert Murat Güvenç.

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gulftoday.ae | Michael Jansen: Erdogan won’t cave in easily

Michael Jansen: Erdogan won’t cave in easily

June 18, 2018

On June 24th, Turks go to the polls to elect both president and parliament under a new system of governance which has granted the executive branch wide powers over the legislature and judiciary. Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled for 15 years, designed the new arrangement for himself but is under greater challenge than ever before by an opposition reinvigorated by repression and mismanagement.

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Muharrem Ince: Erdogan rival kindles opposition hopes – is it enough?

Muharrem Ince: Erdogan rival kindles opposition hopes – is it enough?
18.06.2018

Muharrem Ince, a 54-year-old firebrand lawmaker from Turkey's staunch secularist camp, has breathed new life into the weary opposition ahead of critical elections, drawing massive crowds to his rallies, coloured with selfies, dances and songs on the stage. Ince uses populist rhetoric as equally effectively as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, promising to end what he calls the "one-man rule" and to tackle economic problems. An animated character, Ince paces the stage, sharply attacking Erdogan in fiery speeches that take aim at the expensive presidential palace and voicing concerns about stubborn unemployment and a decline in democratic norms.

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'Mother Meral': The woman trying to drive Turkey's Erdogan from - KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

'Mother Meral': The woman trying to drive Turkey's Erdogan from office
Posted: Jun 18, 2018 6:02 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 6:02 AM
By Gul Tuysuz and Isil Sariyuce CNN

ADANA, Turkey (CNN) -- Quarrels between men end when a woman throws her headscarf on the ground, according to Turkish tradition.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces strong Turkey election challenge - Washington Times

Energized Turkish opposition puts Erdogan in real danger of losing power

ISTANBUL — It was supposed to be an easy win.

A prolonged state of emergency after a failed coup attempt and a constitutional referendum that delivered Turkey’s president sweeping new powers should deliver strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an easy win in Turkey’s June 24 snap elections, a vote moved up from November 2019.

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TV weather forecasts get better ratings than Erdoğan, says challenger | Ahval

TV weather forecasts get better ratings than Erdoğan, says challenger

Muharrem İnce, the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate, responded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s refusal to engage in a live TV debate with him, saying television weather reports attract better ratings than Erdoğan.

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Erdoğan follows CHP candidate’s election promises and criticism | Ahval

Erdoğan follows CHP candidate’s election promises and criticism

For the third time since the campaigns for elections in Turkey on June 24 took start, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a change in his policies, following the main opposition Republican People’s candidate Muharrem İnce’s promises and criticism on the same issues, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Saturday.

Muharrem İnce recently criticised that while the bridges built before Erdoğan was toll-free during the eid holiday, this was not the case for bridges built during his term in office via public-private partnership.

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Erdogan, Ince square up for heavyweight Turkey poll fight - Journal du Cameroun

Erdogan, Ince square up for heavyweight Turkey poll fight

Published on 17.06.2018 at 10h54 by AFP

With a week to go to crucial Turkish elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival Muharrem Ince are trading blows in an unexpectedly bruising fight to win control of the country.

Erdogan prides himself on his formidable campaigning skills but Ince, a fiery orator from the left of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), has shown he can match the president’s famed charisma and rhetoric.

As the clock ticks down to the June 24 polls, the pair are holding several rallies daily, often visiting the same key battleground town within days of each other in what now appears to be the biggest ballot box challenge of Erdogan’s career.

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The Festival Cappadox: Powerful art in dark times in Turkey | Ahval

The Festival Cappadox: Powerful art in dark times in Turkey

Fulya Erdemci was sitting under a mulberry tree in the garden of a hotel built into the rocks in the style of the local cave architecture used for centuries in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. For the fourth time, Erdemci is curator of the annual Art-Festival Cappadox taking place between the June 14 and July 9 in the town of Ortahisar.

More:The Festival Cappadox: Powerful art in dark times in Turkey | Ahval