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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Turkey Has An Upcoming Election And Somehow Cock Rings Got Involved

Turkey Has An Upcoming Election And Somehow Cock Rings Got Involved

This is probably the weirdest thing you'll read about an already wild election.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in charge of Turkey for a long time, tightening his grip on power along the way at the expense of Turkey's democracy. Sunday's election is 18 months earlier than it would have been before Erdogan moved them up. Why'd he bump them up? Well, last year he got voters to give the presidency a lot more power. Those powers couldn't kick in until the president's next term, so Erdogan decided there's no time like

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Ince: From village to palace?

Ince: From village to palace?
By Karwan Faidhi Dri 12 hours ago

The post-2016 Turkey had been described as a country in which no one dared to say anything against incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he cracked down on his dissidents, following a failed military coup on July 2016 which he barely escaped. But two months ago someone rose, threatening to sit on Erdogan’s throne and wipe out his dreams of one-man rule. This was Muharrem Ince who is running for presidential election on Sunday and has become a source of hope for Erdogan’s detractors. But who is Ince? Where has he been all these years? How does he think about Kurds? What changes can he bring to Turkey?

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Opinion: Turkey election must result in rebirth of a nation | Opinion | DW | 23.06.2018

Opinion: Turkey election must result in rebirth of a nation

Sunday’s elections will be a milestone for Turkey. The election must result in the rebirth of a nation ready to heal its wounds. Any other outcome would be catastrophic, writes DW’s Seda Serdar.

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Turkey’s strongman might be losing his grip on the country. Here’s why that matters. – ThinkProgress

Turkey’s strongman might be losing his grip on the country. Here’s why that matters.

In a remarkable turn of events, President Erdogan is facing some real competition in Sunday's unpredictable elections.

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Turkey elections 2018: Latest polls as Erdogan threatened by Ince | World | News | Express.co.uk

Turkey elections 2018: Latest polls as Erdogan threatened by Muharrem Ince

THE Turkey elections will see voters decide whether Recep Tayyip Erdogan retains power as President, as he faces surprise competition from Muharrem Ince. What are the latest opinion polls predicting?

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Muharrem Ince, the man who could topple Erdogan | World | The Times

Muharrem Ince, the man who could topple Erdogan

If Turkey re-elects President Erdogan on Sunday they will give him huge powers, but a former schoolteacher has emerged as an impressive opponent, Hannah Lucinda Smith writes in Izmir

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Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections – Foreign Policy

Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections

The one thing that's clear about Erdogan's re-election bid is that everything is unclear.

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Erdogan Rules as Turkey's Mayor, But He May Be Losing the Cities - Bloomberg

Erdogan Rules as Turkey's Mayor, But He May Be Losing the Cities
By Taylan Bilgic
, Firat Kozok
, and Cagan Koc
June 23, 2018, 6:00 AM GMT+2

If the Erdogan era ends, it’s likely to be Turkey’s cities that deliver the knockout blow.

More diverse and less devout than President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s base in the hinterlands, Turkey’s three biggest cities -- Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir -- rejected the 2017 referendum that created the powerful post of president that’s up for grabs in Sunday’s vote.

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Will Erdoğan Cheat His Way to Victory? - The Atlantic

Will Erdoğan Cheat His Way to Victory?

Even if Turkey’s opposition curbs election fraud in Sunday’s election, the odds of overcoming his near-absolute control are low.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Nationalism and piety dominate Turkey's election

Nationalism and piety dominate Turkey’s election

June 22, 2018 10.11pm BST

Turkey goes to the polls to vote for president and parliament on Sunday.

As a scholar of the history and politics of the Middle East, I believe the most striking feature of the campaign is the ideological uniformity displayed by the main parties and their presidential candidates. With the exception of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party, candidates espouse strong sentiments of activist nationalism, Muslim piety or, sometimes, both.

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Turkey’s president Erdogan deserves to lose

Turkey’s president Erdogan deserves to lose

What does a president have to do to destroy the trust of Turks? Debauching the currency, poisoning relations with Europe and America, locking up tens of thousands of innocent people, muzzling the press, reigniting a civil war and fiddling with the constitution to gain the powers of a sultan surely ought to be enough. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has done all that and more in recent years.

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Facebook favors Erdoğan-related content over opposition news in Turkey - Stockholm Center for Freedom

Facebook favors Erdoğan-related content over opposition news in Turkey

By SCF - June 22, 2018 Share

Turkey’s online news outlet T24 published an article on Friday saying that when they have tried to boost the reach of content on Facebook about the opposition parties in Turkey, particularly news reports on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş and the country’s main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Muharrem İnce, the social media company responded much later to these types of promotion applications than to any news related to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Video: Turkey tracks down the opposition, beyond its borders - France 24

Video: Turkey tracks down the opposition, beyond its borders

Ahead of Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, our reporter went to meet members of the Turkish opposition, who have received little airtime in the state-controlled media. Since the 2016 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, thousands of opposition supporters have fled Turkey and found refuge in Europe. On the continent, they believed they would be safe and enjoy freedom of speech, but in reality they are forced to live in hiding and fear being arrested.

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Erdogan Seeks Unprecedented Powers in Weekend Vote - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Turkey's All-Powerful President Grabs for More

The elections in Turkey on June 24 will determine President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's future and his legacy. He is currently at the zenith of his power and is looking to add even more. But he remains desperately afraid of losing it all.

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Rally In Izmir For Turkish President's Main Rival Has Huge Turnout

Rally In Izmir For Turkish President's Main Rival Has Huge Turnout
June 22, 2018 11:10 GMT

AFP News Agency

The main rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the election set for June 24, Muharrem Ince, held a major campaign rally in the city of Izmir. Organizers claimed that 2.5 million people turned out on June 21, but that could not be independently confirmed. Some polls indicate that Erdogan will not get a majority of the votes in the first round, which would force a run-off on July 8.

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Some Turks leave country rather than live under Erdogan

These Turks would rather leave their country than continue living under Erdogan

GlobalPost

June 22, 2018 · 10:45 AM EDT
By Marga Zambrana
and Zekine Türkeri

Bilal Dündarlioğlu, a 34-year-old information technology engineer from Niğde, in Turkey’s Central Anatolia region, says he loves his country.

And in the next breath, he explains why he wants to leave.

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Fake Turkish opposition leaflets distributed in Ankara | Ahval

Fake Turkish opposition leaflets distributed in Ankara

Fake leaflets purporting to have been printed on behalf of opposition political parties have begun appearing in Ankara two days in advance of a crucial snap election, independent news site T24 said .

The counterfeit Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leaflets, purporting to have been issued by the party’s Ankara youth branch, call for the south of Turkey to be made into a Kurdish state.

The fake leaflets published in the name of the youth branch of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) call for the headscarf to be banned altogether, a reference to the party’s long-abandoned former policy of not allowing headscarved women in universities or to work in the public sector.

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Portrait of the Orientalist Friedrich Schrader: One of Turkey's Germans - Qantara.de

One of Turkey's Germans

The orientalist and journalist Friedrich Schrader was one of the first and most active cultural mediators between Germany and Turkey. Today, the founder of the "Osmanischer Lloyd" has been largely forgotten. By Ceyda Nurtsch

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Turkey Polls: Many Want Erdogan Out but the Youth Hold the Key

Turkey Polls: Many Want Erdogan Out but the Youth Hold the Key

Turkey Polls: Many Want Erdogan Out but the Youth Hold the Key

The Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Turkey are on. All Turkish citizens 18 years of age are eligible to vote but privates and corporals serving in the armed services, students in military schools, and convicts in penal institutions, excluding those convicted of negligent offences, cannot vote.

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'People are smiling again': opposition finds its voice before Turkish elections | World news | The Guardian

'People are smiling again': opposition finds its voice before Turkish elections

Despite a climate of fear after crackdown, opposition rallies have drawn large crowds

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Muharrem Ince, Can A Former Science Teacher Beat Erdogan? - Worldcrunch

Muharrem Ince, Can A Former Science Teacher Beat Erdogan?

Boris Kálnoky
DIE WELT
2018-06-21

ANKARA — On a recent campaign stop in the eastern city of Van, presidential candidate Muharrem Ince of the social-democratic and secular opposition party CHP made a proposal for how to address the Kurdish problem: Invite all parties to a parliamentary committee, the 54-year-old said, and broadcast the discussions live on television.

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Turkey has a chance to oust Erdogan the tyrant

Turkey has a chance to oust Erdogan the tyrant
By Elisha Maldonado June 21, 2018 | 8:11pm

Turkey has a chance to oust Erdogan the tyrant An election banner of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Getty Images Will Recep Tayyip Erdogan actually, finally, lose? That we’re asking the question at all tells you how much Turkish politics have shifted under the Islamist strongman’s feet. A Bloomberg poll this month found Erdogan clinging to a bare majority ahead of Sunday’s presidential election — but remember: We’re talking about an increasingly authoritarian leader who has found a way to hold on to power and win every election for the last 16 years. Regardless, something’s happening here — and what it is has become clear.

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Bending the Internet: Turkey Tests the Limits of Online Control

Bending the Internet: Turkey Tests the Limits of Online Control

Since the Gezi Park protests in 2013 and the attempted military coup in 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party have stepped up their efforts to monitor and control internet use. Erdogan's administration has launched bots, harassed members of the opposition online, passed tighter laws and developed domestic apps to better police the internet. Despite these efforts, the Turkish president will probably never reach the same level of control over cyberspace that his counterparts in Iran and China have attained. As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gradually consolidated his power over the past 15 years, he has steadily increased his control over the internet as well. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) initially limited their online interventions to filtering content they labeled objectionable, such as pornography and depictions of homosexuality.

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As Turkey Faces Economic Troubles, Syrian Refugees Are No Longer Welcome

As Turkey Faces Economic Troubles, Syrian Refugees Are No Longer Welcome

By Abdullah Ayasun Last updated Jun 21, 2018

Turkey is heading for parliamentary and presidential elections, the issue of Syrian refugees has become a central topic of the political debate as opposition parties and presidential candidates pledge to revisit Ankara’s policy toward Syrians.

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Turkey re-ups Ballard Partners lobbying contract – Florida Politics

Turkey re-ups Ballard Partners lobbying contract
Drew Wilson

Ballard Partners added a load of lobbying clients after an expansion to Washington D.C. last year; one of the biggest was pleased enough to ink another contract with the firm.

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Could Turkey′s opposition reset ties with the EU? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 22.06.2018

Could Turkey's opposition reset ties with the EU?

Turkey's main opposition party is giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his biggest challenge in years. Can they win the election — and win back Brussels? Teri Schultz visits the CHP's EU headquarters.

More:Could Turkey′s opposition reset ties with the EU? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 22.06.2018

Bully-boy Erdoğan is a threat to Turkey – and the world | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian

Bully-boy Erdoğan is a threat to Turkey – and the world Simon Tisdall

The Turkish president is a dictator in all but name. Turkish voters should kick him out

The prospect of a triumphantly re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdoğan armed with sweeping new presidential powers is deeply alarming to many Turks, but it is also a scary prospect for the international community. Since taking national office 15 years ago, Erdoğan has turned from neighbourhood bully-boy into geostrategic threat. Under his choleric, resentful tutelage, Turkey has ceased to be a reliable friend of Europe and the US. If he gets his way in Sunday’s polls, Erdoğan, a dictator in all but name, is likely to foment further instability in Syria and throughout the Middle East region.

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