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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdogan got more popular than ever | Christopher de Bellaigue | World news | The Guardian

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdoğan got more popular than ever

After a decade in power, Turkey’s ruler presides over a new form of democracy that the west neither likes nor understands: an authoritarian regime that exalts the will of the majority

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan exploiting failed Turkey coup to crush dissent, tighten grip on power - Washington Times

Turkey’s Erdogan exploiting failed coup to crush dissent, tighten grip on power

By Frederic Puglie - Special to The Washington Times - - Monday, August 29, 2016

ISTANBUL — After a searing summer that has already featured a failed military coup, spectacular terrorist attacks and now a new war across the border in Syria, Turkey’s cultural elite is watching with increased unease as authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rides a wave of nationalism that they fear will be used to brand his critics as enemies of the state.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Obama to meet with Turkey's Erdogan on Asia trip

Obama to meet with Turkey's Erdogan on Asia trip
Updated: August 29, 2016 — 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON - President Obama will meet with the president of Turkey next week when he travels to Asia for meetings with world leaders.

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US urges halt to Turkish, Kurdish clashes in northern Syria

US urges halt to Turkish, Kurdish clashes in northern Syria

By SUZAN FRASER and ZEINA KARAM
Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara.

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European Tourists Shun Erdogan’s Turkey | .TR

EUROPEAN TOURISTS SHUN TURKEY FOR POLITICS Central & Eastern Europe - Turkey -
Date 29.08.2016

EUROPEAN TOURISTS SHUN TURKEY FOR POLITICS

‘Politics has nothing to do with tourism’ – at least according to Egypt’s tourism minister Yehia Rashed asked by a reporter whether the strict punishments of journalists would not deter Western tourists. He answered diplomatically: “Tourism is a social process, not a political one.”

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″What happens on the Bosphorus affects us all″

Talking Turkey
″What happens on the Bosphorus affects us all″

The West′s attitude toward Turkey matters. For an outcome that reflects democratic values and is favourable to Western and Turkish interests alike, Western diplomats need to escalate their engagement with Turkey. Essay by Sweden′s former foreign minister, Carl Bildt

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Dutch FM critical of how Turkey handled attempted coup - NL Times

Dutch FM critical of how Turkey handled attempted coup
Posted on Aug 29, 2016 by Janene Pieters

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs criticized the way in which Turkey reacted to a failed coup in the country in July during his visit to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara n Monday. According to the Dutch minister, there should be limits to how far the Turkish government is willing to go.

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