Monday, July 27, 2015

Instead Of Fighting ISIS, Erdogan Pushes Turkey Toward Chaos And Despotism - Forbes

Instead Of Fighting ISIS, Erdogan Pushes Turkey Toward Chaos And Despotism

Melik Kaylan

In Turkey, an ISIS suicide bomb kills 30 and wounds many more in the Kurdish area town of Suruc. The Kurdish insurgent terrorists, the PKK, then start killing Turkish policemen and soldiers while ISIS attacks a Turkish military border post. Peace demonstrations ensue in some cities which police put down with the, by now, familiar methods of severity against civilians. Ankara and Washington reach an agreement allowing the US to use its bases inside Turkey against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Erdogan’s spokesmen announce that Turkey’s air force has conducted raids against both PKK and ISIS targets across the border. Turkish authorities arrest some 900 people nationwide, mostly Kurds, for allegedly belonging to terror networks. Turkish tanks shell Kurdish villages in Syrian borderlands near Kobani. Meanwhile, news leaks that the US has solid evidence of Turkish collusion with ISIS in months past. Let us pause here and dispel some of the fog.

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NATO concern over Turkey's attacks on PKK | SBS News

NATO concern over Turkey's attacks on PKK

Turkey has called an extraordinary meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels to discuss military operations against the self-proclaimed Islamic State group and Kurdish separatists.

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Rumors Dispelled -- Beijing Review

Rumors Dispelled
Riots in Istanbul have little influence on relations between China and Turkey
By Bai Shi

For Chinese citizens, Turkey is a popular destination. According to statistics from Go Turkey, the official tourism portal of Turkey, Chinese tourists visiting Turkey in the first quarter of the year has increased by 43.7 percent from 2014. Meanwhile, the total number of Chinese visitors in Turkey in the first six months this year has reached nearly 140,000.

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How the Turkish elections changed the foreign policy of Turkey | openDemocracy

How the Turkish elections changed the foreign policy of Turkey
Evren Balta 27 July 2015

Governments with declining electoral success may use adventurous foreign policy choices or make radical shifts in their foreign policies to gain re-election.

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Ankara’s risky offensive | European Council on Foreign Relations

Ankara’s risky offensive
Commentary

Cale Salih
27th July, 2015

Over the past several days Turkey has taken unprecedented steps in support of the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition. After years of being hesitant to confront IS, Turkey has now bombed the group in Syria for the first time, arrested suspected IS members in Turkey, and conceded to a longstanding US request – the use of the Incirlik airbase to launch attacks against IS.

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Construction of controversial prayer room in Istanbul’s Rumeli Fortress completed - LOCAL

Construction of controversial prayer room in Istanbul’s Rumeli Fortress completed

ISTANBUL – Cihan News Agency

The construction of a controversial prayer room inside Istanbul’s Rumeli Fortress has been completed amid a long-running dispute between Turkish architects and art historians.

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France, Sweden back Turkey's 'fight against terrorism' Anadolu Agency

France, Sweden back Turkey's 'fight against terrorism'

27 July 2015 22:12 (Last updated 27 July 2015 22:20)
The statements of support come as Turkish jets bomb outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq and Daesh in Syria

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Turkish help for Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing - Al Arabiya News

Turkish help for Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing

By Humeyra Pamuk | Reuters, Istanbul
Monday, 27 July 2015

The folded piece of paper with a photo of a four-month-old baby tells a story that will loom over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts when he visits Beijing this week.

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Turkey: Film & TV industry on the incline | KFTV News

Turkey: Film & TV industry on the incline

27/07/2015
by Andy Fry

Turkey’s domestic TV business has been booming in recent years, with all of the major broadcast networks spending substantial amounts of Turkish Lira on primetime drama series, and there are now signs that the country is starting to catch the attention of international producers.

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Rubber bullets branded by Turkey’s AKP? No, just toys…

Rubber bullets branded by Turkey’s AKP? No, just toys…

These photos have been widely circulated among Kurdish Twitter users in Turkey in the past days, with many describing the white spheres as rubber bullets decorated with the logo of the country’s ruling party, the AKP. The Twittersphere was furious that the party would be so brazen as to provide decorated bullets to the police to quell street protests over the weekend.

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Why Turkey and the PKK are resuming a deadly conflict | euronews, world news

Why Turkey and the PKK are resuming a deadly conflict

27/07 15:18 CET

The Turkish military has begun a major campaign against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) after a series of incidents apparently brought to an end a period of relative calm between the two sides.

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Senior ISIL leader arrested along with three others in Istanbul - CRIME

Senior ISIL leader arrested along with three others in Istanbul

ISTANBUL

A senior Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader based in Istanbul, along with three other suspected ISIL members, were arrested on July 27.

Halis Bayancuk, a senior ISIL leader based in Istanbul, also known by his jihadi nickname “Abu Hanzala,” was arrested on July 27 after being detained on July 24 along with his wife in an anti-terror police operation against ISIL-linked suspects in Istanbul, after a suspected ISIL suicide bomber killed 31 mostly young people in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district on July 20.

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Turkish technology firm boss distributes $27 million to employees after sale - BUSINESS

Turkish technology firm boss distributes $27 million to employees after sale

Ayşe Arman - ISTANBUL

The sale of a company is usually bad news for its employees, but that wasn’t the case for Yemeksepeti.com, the leading Turkish firm in online food ordering, as more than 100 of its employees were given bonuses totaling $27 million following the company’s sale last May for $589 million, the firm’s CEO, Nevzat Aydın, has said.

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China sees potential in Turkey but lack of trust still a problem - DIPLOMACY

China sees potential in Turkey but lack of trust still a problem

Barçın Yinanç - barcin.yinanc@hdn.com.tr
Turkey’s importance has increased in the eyes of China but a lack of trust as a result of a large information deficit continues to be the main problem obstructing the full potential of bilateral ties, according to Umut Ergunsü, a young academic living in China

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Bomb warning issued for Istanbul, media reports claim - LOCAL

Bomb warning issued for Istanbul, media reports claim

ISTANBUL

The Istanbul Police Department has issued of bomb attack warnings on crowded places in central Istanbul, such as metro stations and bus stops, several media reports said, in an unclear, controversial move in the wake of the Suruç bombing that left dozens dead and more than a hundred others injured near Turkey’s southeastern border early last week.

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PKK 'never respected' peace process: Turkey | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

PKK 'never respected' peace process: Turkey

Agence France Presse

LISBON: Turkey's foreign minister said Monday that Kurdish rebels "never respected" the peace process with Ankara, with a cease-fire now in tatters after a series of attacks and cross-border offensives.

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Turkey: Kurdish Forces Not Targeted in Syria | Al Jazeera America

Turkey: Kurdish forces not targeted in anti-ISIL offensive in Syria
Kurdish force and monitoring group accuse Turkish military of shelling Kurdish stronghold in Syria
July 27, 2015 8:36AM ET

Turkey said Monday that its military is not targeting Syrian Kurds, after Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused Ankara of shelling Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria overnight.

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Police issue memo warning officers of terrorist attacks in Taksim, Istanbul

Police issue memo warning officers of terrorist attacks in Taksim, Istanbul

An internal police memo making the rounds on social media warning personnel of possible terrorist attacks at crowded locations in Istanbul, particularly at the metro station in Istanbul’s central Taksim district on the European side, has been revealed to be true.

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Istanbul rocked by violent protests - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Istanbul rocked by violent protests
AFP — Published about 19 hours ago

ISTANBUL: Turkish protesters battled security forces on Sunday in intense clashes in a flashpoint Istanbul district where a leftist activist was killed during police raids earlier this week, a photographer said.

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EC Report: Lifting Turkish Truck Quotas By Europeans Would Boost Trade, Jobs | Global Trade Magazine

EC Report: Lifting Turkish Truck Quotas By Europeans Would Boost Trade, Jobs

A recent report prepared by the European Commission revealed that trade volume between member states of the European Union and Turkey would increase by $3.84 billion a year if quotas imposed on EU-bound Turkish cargo trucks were lifted.

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ISIS exists because world ignored al-Assad, Turkey says - CNN.com

ISIS exists because world ignored al-Assad in Syria, Turkish leader says

By Mick Krever, CNN

Updated 2101 GMT (0401 HKT) July 27, 2015

London (CNN)ISIS' existence is the result of international inaction against the Bahsar al-Assad regime, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

ISIS "is a product of a crisis, not only a cause of a problem," he said.

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Europe and US divided on Turkish airstrikes – POLITICO

Europe and US divided on Turkish airstrikes

Differences over mission likely to dominate NATO meeting set for Tuesday.

By Antoine Sander

27/7/15, 7:03 PM CET

Updated 27/7/15, 7:30 PM CET

Europe and the United States have staked out different positions on Turkey’s airstrikes on ISIL in Syria and Kurdish forces in Iraq, setting the stage for tense divisions at an emergency NATO meeting Tuesday.

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Opinion: Erdogan on the warpath | Opinion | DW.COM | 27.07.2015

Opinion: Erdogan on the warpath

Turkey is bombarding "IS" strongholds - but also those of the Kurdish PKK. That fact is endangering the peace process between Ankara and the Kurds, says Turkey correspondent Reinhard Baumgarten.

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Waste disposal project in Turkey’s Aegean district delayed as EU withdraws grant - GREEN

Waste disposal project in Turkey’s Aegean district delayed as EU withdraws grant

BODRUM – Doğan News Agency

The European Union (EU) has pulled its grant, worth 30 million Euros, for a solid waste disposal plant project, which was to be constructed in Turkey’s Aegean resort town of Bodrum, due to complications about on land allocation.

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Roundup: Cyprus leaders announce breakthrough in reunification talks | GlobalPost

Roundup: Cyprus leaders announce breakthrough in reunification talks

NICOSIA, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The leaders of the estranged Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus announced an important breakthrough Monday on one of the thorniest chapters of their negotiations for the reunification of the eastern Mediterranean island.

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NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request - US News

NATO holding rare emergency meeting to review Islamic State threat, Turkey's reaction
The Associated Press

Associated Press
July 27, 2015 | 1:44 p.m. EDT
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JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.

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Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability - US News

Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability

Associated Press
July 27, 2015 | 2:37 p.m. EDT
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By DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending a period of relative calm that has been a boon for Turkey's democracy and economy.

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Turkey Policeman Killed in Istanbul Clashes

Turkey Policeman Killed in Istanbul Clashes
World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: July 27, 2015 02:22 IST

Istanbul: A Turkish policeman was killed on Sunday during clashes with protesters in the flashpoint Istanbul district of Gazi which have raged for the last three days following the death of a leftist activist during raids by the security forces.

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Turkish Bombing of Kurds Carries Risk of Instability - The New York Times

Turkish Bombing of Kurds Carries Risk of Instability

Turkey's unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending a period of relative calm that has been a boon for Turkey's democracy and economy.

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How Turkey Fights the Islamic State

How Turkey Fights the Islamic State

by Burak Bekdil
July 27, 2015 at 4:00 am

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (the Islamic State, or IS) has been the number one target for the world's democratic nations, since it captured large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq last summer and declared caliphate under sharia law in the lands it controls. The United States and its allies have been waging a war against IS at a distance. So is NATO ally Turkey, at least theoretically, and not at a distance.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Lamplight | Lost Coast Outpost | Humboldt County

LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Lamplight

James Tressler / Today @ 7:46 a.m. / Letter From Istanbul

It’s not every day someone offers to buy you something for your home – especially your boss – and as newlyweds, we really didn’t want to miss the opportunity. My director, wanting to get us a wedding gift, had insisted Özge and I could pick out something we wanted, and let her know so that she would go and buy it. We decided on a lamp for the flat.

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CHP ready to take on burden of coalition for Turkey’s interest - POLITICS

CHP ready to take on burden of coalition for Turkey’s interest

Şükrü Küçükşahin / Deniz Zeyrek – ANKARA

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) is prepared to assume the responsibility of forming a coalition for the sake of Turkey, despite being well-aware of the consequences, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, just days after “exploratory talks” on a deal between the CHP and the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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EU urges Turkey to preserve PKK 'solution process'

EU urges Turkey to preserve PKK 'solution process'
By Mustafa Pazarlı -
Jul 26, 2015

‘Terrorist groups must not spoil the process and the ceasefire must be preserved,’ says EU foreign policy chief

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Two Turkish soldiers killed, four injured in southeast blast -army - Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail

Two Turkish soldiers killed, four injured in southeast blast -army

July 26th, 2015 International 0 Comments

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and four were in injured by a car bomb and homemade explosives near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir overnight, the military said on Sunday.

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White House says Turkey has right to defend against Kurds

White House says Turkey has right to defend against Kurds

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels.

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European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | High Representative Federica Mogherini speaks to Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

High Representative Federica Mogherini speaks to Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
25/07/2015

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, had this afternoon a phone call with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

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