Friday, September 04, 2015

Istanbul: hundreds rally in support of migrants | euronews, world news

Istanbul: hundreds rally in support of migrants

04/09 00:12 CET

Protesters have gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim square to criticise Europe’s migrant policies.

Some of them carried banners depicting the image of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who was found on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum.

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Aylan Kurdi’s story: How a small Syrian child came to be washed up on a beach in Turkey - Europe - World - The Independent

Aylan Kurdi’s story: How a small Syrian child came to be washed up on a beach in Turkey

Surviving family members of Aylan Kurdi have revealed how the Syrian three-year-old came to be washed up dead on a beach in Turkey.

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Is Turkey driving down road to environmental disaster? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Is Turkey driving down road to environmental disaster?

Local citizens and environmentalists are blaming government greed for deadly floods in northwestern Turkey. On Aug. 24, in Hopa, Artvin (bordering Georgia), a massive flood claimed the lives of eight people, and three more were missing and presumed dead at the time of this writing. Buildings are in ruins and hundreds of cars are stuck in floodwaters and landslides. In the past decade, floods have claimed more than 100 lives, and locals lament the lack of efforts to prevent future disasters.

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Turkey pays hefty price for interest rate obsession - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey pays hefty price for interest rate obsession

Turkey’s government has become so obsessed with interest rates that it has come to resist rate hikes at the expense of much bigger financial troubles. The origins of the government’s theory of an "interest rate lobby" seeking to undermine the economy could be tracked to its Islamist roots and desire to install an interest-free banking system, illustrated by moves to expand the Islamic banking sector via public banks. And while encouraging interest-free banking, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government have exerted both open and covert pressure on the Central Bank to lower interest rates.

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Turkey: Challenging Times – Part 1

Turkey: Challenging Times – Part 1
Introduction

The general election result in June proved to be a body blow for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Ergogan, as it lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years. The President’s hopes of changing the constitution into a strong presidential system were dashed. Negotiations on forming a coalition between the AKP and the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), began soon after the election. By now, readers should know if either a coalition has been agreed or, failing that, a new election has been called.

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2 journalists freed from Turkish jail, official says | Fox News

2 journalists freed from Turkish jail, official says
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ANKARA, Turkey – Two Vice News journalists who were arrested in Turkey on terror-related charges have been released from jail, a Turkish government official said Thursday. Their assistant will remain jailed pending the conclusion of an investigation.

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4 detained in Turkey over deadly migrant capsize en route to Greek island

4 detained in Turkey over deadly migrant capsize en route to Greek island

Four people, suspected of human trafficking resulting in the death of 12 people, have been taken into custody Thursday in Turkey’s south-western province of Muğla, security sources said.

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Photographer who found Syrian toddler dead on Turkish beach: ‘I was petrified’ - The Washington Post

Photographer who found Syrian toddler dead on Turkish beach: ‘I was petrified’

By Andrew Katz September 3 at 3:39 PM

Aylan Kurdi was already dead when the shutter clicked.

The 3-year-old began his Wednesday dressed in a red shirt, blue shorts and shoes, set for his family's short but dangerous sea journey from Turkey to Greece. He was with his father, mother and brother, 5-year-old Galip. His day ended with him face-down in the sand — and a picture of his lifeless body turning into the latest symbol of Syria's war and Europe's struggle to handle a spiraling refugee crisis.

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Turkey slams EU over 'migrant cemetery' | The Daily Star

Turkey slams EU over 'migrant cemetery'
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday lashed out at EU states for turning the Mediterranean into a "cemetery" for migrants, accusing Europe of being responsible for the death of every single victim.

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