Saturday, February 13, 2016

Why did Erdogan's bodyguards beat up these Ecuadorian women? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Why did Erdogan's bodyguards beat up these Ecuadorian women?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan embarked on a Latin America trip between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4. The main goal of his trip was to expand trade relations with Chile, Peru and Ecuador. On Feb. 4, Erdogan gave a speech at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (National Higher Studies Institute) in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. During his speech, a group of female protesters were heard screaming “Fuera Ecuador Erdogan” ("Get out of Ecuador, Erdogan") and "Asesino" ("Murderer"). Some of the protesters had "asesino" written on their hands as well. Their protest lasted less than a minute before they were brutally attacked by Erdogan's Turkish bodyguards. The women were forcefully removed from the room and claimed to have been assaulted; the bodyguards punched their heads, vaginas and breasts. As the female protesters were being dragged out of the auditorium, Erdogan said, “As we see now, there are sometimes disrespectful characters as well. Appropriate responses will always be taken to handle these disrespectful people.”

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Russia’s Syrian Intervention Gives West A Chance To Re-Engage Turkey – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Russia’s Syrian Intervention Gives West A Chance To Re-Engage Turkey – Analysis

By YaleGlobal Online February 13, 2016

As Russia intervenes in Syria, the West could improve ties with defense, energy and refugee assistance for Turkey.

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Tourism: Turkey looks for chance at BIT, 'safe country' - Tourism - ANSAMed.it

Tourism: Turkey looks for chance at BIT, 'safe country'
Deputy minister Yayman, tension with Moscow to be solved

12 February, 17:03

(by Cristiana Missori) (ANSAmed) - MILAN, FEBRUARY 12 - ''Tension with Russia will get solved with time. Our relations date back to centuries ago.

Those who talk about Asia cannot abstain from talking about Turkey and Russia, who have always been the great protagonists of the area''. These were the words pronounced at the Milan international travel fair BIT by the Turkish deputy minister of culture and tourism, Huseyin Yayman.

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Escalating Turkish Civil War Sees Young Fighters on Front - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Children of the PKK: The Growing Intensity of Turkey's Civil War

Emin Ozmen/ DER SPIEGEL

The civil war is escalating in southeastern Turkey, with the government pledging to stamp out militant Kurds. Young Kurds, who used to hurl stones and Molotov cocktails, are now fighting on the front lines in several cities.

It was midday on a Thursday at the end of December when Rozerin Çukur left her home, supposedly to pick up class notes from a friend. She never returned.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria: Turkey

100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria: Turkey
AFP
Published Feb 12, 2016, 5:43 pm IST
Updated Feb 12, 2016, 5:43 pm IST
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had reacted furiously to the international pressure, even threatening to send the refugees into EU states.

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No haven for refugees

No haven for refugees

Turkey′s military has been leading operations in the east of the country for months. The clashes have cost hundreds of lives so far. Ceyda Nurtsch spoke to Bilgin Ayata, assistant professor of political sociology at Basel University, about the political motivation behind the conflict and its impact on Turkey′s citizens

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Around 1,000 tourism facilities up for sale in Turkey: CHP deputy - TOURISM

Around 1,000 tourism facilities up for sale in Turkey: CHP deputy

ANKARA - Doğan News Agency

A total of 908 tourism facilities are for sale in Turkey’s Aegean coastline amid the diplomatic crisis with Russia and security concerns, a Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has said.

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Kurdish forces said to take air base near Turkish border | Reuters

Kurdish forces said to take air base near Turkish border
BEIRUT | By Suleiman Al-Khalidi

Kurdish fighters backed by Russian bombing raids have driven Syrian rebels from a former military air base near the border with Turkey, a group that monitors the war said on Thursday.

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Erdogan to EU: 'We're not idiots,' threatens to send refugees

Erdogan to EU: 'We're not idiots,' threatens to send refugees

By Eszter Zalan
BRUSSELS, 11. Feb, 17:41

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against the EU on Thursday (11 February) and threatened to send millions of refugees in Turkey to the bloc’s member states, just as NATO agreed to deploy ships in the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.

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