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Monday, June 26, 2017

102,000 suspects accused of Gülen links are ByLock users, Turkish communication authority says - CRIME

102,000 suspects accused of Gülen links are ByLock users, Turkish communication authority says

ANKARA

Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has said that it analyzed various messages of 102,000 suspects accused of being members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and determined that they were sent through ByLock, the group’s encrypted messaging application, Sabah daily reported on June 26.

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Main opposition CHP wants an end to Turkey’s year-long state of emergency - POLITICS

AM Main opposition CHP wants an end to Turkey’s year-long state of emergency

ANKARA
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has reiterated its call to the government to not extend the state of emergency, stressing the importance of “returning to normalcy” and “re-establishing democratic order” in Turkey.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Turkey's Identity Crisis - The Atlantic

Turkey's Identity Crisis

As politicians purposefully polarize their own society for political profit, the result is rage and violence.

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Austria cracks down on Turkish citizens with 2 passports - Europe - Stripes

Austria cracks down on Turkish citizens with 2 passports

By GEORGE JAHN | Associated Press | Published: June 24, 2017

VIENNA — With his rich Tyrolean accent, Mehmet Altin appears to be a native of the alpine Austrian province. But the campground operator who moved to a sleepy mountain village decades ago could lose his adopted country's citizenship, along with potentially thousands of others targeted by a crackdown on immigrants illegally holding both Turkish and Austrian passports.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

New clashes likely between Turkey, Europe

New clashes likely between Turkey, Europe

Once again, Turkey and the European Union appear destined for a head-on collision in their relations, one that looks very difficult, if not impossible, to avert.

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Letter From Ankara - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Letter From Ankara

Sinan Ülgen

Increasingly, Turkey’s leaders seek to reshape their country’s relationship with the EU away from the goal of accession toward a framework more focused on trade.

More:Letter From Ankara - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Arabs ousting Turkey from region

Arabs ousting Turkey from region

23 June 2017 17:25 (UTC+04:00) 3 Baku, Azerbaijan, June 23 By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Following 18 days of political and economic isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE, these countries, through the mediation of Kuwait, sent their requirements to Doha, consisting of 13 points.

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Turkey to stop teaching evolution theory in high schools: education board | Reuters

Turkey to stop teaching evolution theory in high schools: education board

By Tuvan Gumrukcu | ANKARA

Turkey is to stop teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in high schools, deeming it controversial and difficult to understand, a senior education official said, a move likely to alarm secular Turks.

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Germany Condemns Turkish Criticism of Berlin's New Liberal Mosque | World News | US News

Germany Condemns Turkish Criticism of Berlin's New Liberal Mosque

June 23, 2017, at 11:34 a.m.

BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) - The German government on Friday condemned Turkish criticism of a new liberal mosque in Berlin as interference in freedom of religion and opinion, adding further strain to an already fraught relationship.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Turkish Fantasyland and an Israeli nightmare - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com

A Turkish Fantasyland and an Israeli Nightmare

Turkey’s mix of make-believe statistics and political repression is going to end badly. Israelis shouldn’t be so confident it couldn’t happen to us.

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First ship carrying food departs Turkey for Qatar - ECONOMICS

First ship carrying food departs Turkey for Qatar

İZMİR/DOHA - Anadolu Agency Print Page Send to friend » Share on Facebook [First ship carrying food departs Turkey for Qatar ] A ship carrying 4,000 tons of food for beleaguered Qatar left Turkey early on June 22, marking a change in how essential supplies are being sent to the tiny Gulf state. The vessel, carrying dry food, fruits and vegetables, departed from İzmir in western Turkey.

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Turkey’s public-debt-to-GDP ratio lower than 26 EU states - Daily Sabah

Turkey’s public-debt-to-GDP ratio lower than 26 EU states

Fueled by fiscal discipline and effective public debt management, Turkey managed to display higher performance in terms of its public-debt-to-GDP ratio than 26 out of 28 EU economies last year

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MHP dissident Akşener to form new Nationalist Turkey Party - Daily Sabah

MHP dissident Akşener to form new Nationalist Turkey Party

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) dissidents led by former Minister of the Interior Meral Akşener have launched efforts to establish a new political party, which political sources in Ankara have stated will be known as the ‘Nationalist Turkey' party.

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What is the future of the Turkish automotive industry? - ERSU ABLAK

What is the future of the Turkish automotive industry?

The Turkish government is hell-bent over producing a national car brand. There are various reasons for that, but most importantly, having a national car brand would decrease the country’s trade deficit. If the national car is an electric one it would be even better because it would also decrease the deficit created by petroleum products. However, none of the big holdings in Turkey shared the government’s enthusiasm, because in order for a national car brand to be profitable it either has to be a very expensive luxurious brand or an average priced brand which can sell more than a million cars per year. Everybody knows that kind of a market does not exist in Turkey. So what to do?

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Erdogan tones down rhetoric in light of Qatar's fate

Erdogan tones down rhetoric in light of Qatar's fate

Will Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ever be welcome in Washington again? Many US legislators would like to think he wouldn't dare come back after the horrid events of May 16, when his security detail attacked peaceful protesters.

More:Erdogan tones down rhetoric in light of Qatar's fate

Turkey–EU relations: Like watching paint dry - BARÇIN YİNANÇ

Turkey–EU relations: Like watching paint dry

It is apparent now that the drop in tourists visiting Turkey, especially from Europe, is not only due to fear of terror attacks. Several countries have been hit by terrorism, but none have suffered such a big loss as Turkey.

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Why Erdogan Is Flooding Turkey’s Economy With Credit - Bloomberg

Why Erdogan Is Flooding Turkey’s Economy With Credit

Turkey is rushing $50 billion of loans to almost 300,000 companies.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Germany files espionage charges against alleged Turkish spy

Germany files espionage charges against alleged Turkish spy
6/21/17 8:10 AM

BERLIN — German prosecutors have filed espionage charges against a man accused of spying for Turkish intelligence on a Kurdish politician and activists.

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The Turkish Gandhi’s long march - The Washington Post

The Turkish Gandhi’s long march

By Can Dundar June 21

Can Dundar is the former editor in chief of the leading Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. He is now living in exile.

When Kemal Kilicdaroglu was elected as head of Turkey’s leading opposition party in 2010, he quickly earned the nickname of “Gandhi.” The moniker had more to do with his faint physical resemblance to the Indian independence leader than with any similarities in revolutionary credentials or background.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

U.S. Distaste For Turkish Leader Erdogan May Have Reached 'Tipping Point' | HuffPost

U.S. Distaste For Turkish Leader Erdogan May Have Reached ‘Tipping Point’

“If Erdogan is investing in the Trump administration, I can say that he will be disappointed,” Turkish opposition leader Hişyar Özsoy said

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Gulf diplomatic crisis: After Qatar, Turkey could be next target of Arab countries

Gulf diplomatic crisis: After Qatar, Turkey could be next target of Arab countries

In the middle of the diplomatic crisis, Qatar has found an ally in Turkey. The country has strongly criticised the measures against Qatar after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations that the Gulf nation backs terror groups and that its policies, including its support for Islamist groups, threatens the region. The Yemen government, Libya's eastern-based government and Maldives too followed suit.

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Turkey received €1bn in EU money to develop democracy

Turkey received €1bn in EU money to develop democracy

By Nikolaj Nielsen
BRUSSELS, Today, 18:46

Turkey has received almost €1 billion from the EU to support rule of law, civil society, fundamental rights, democracy and governance.

A European Commission spokesperson told EUobserver earlier this month some €979.6 million was paid out between 2007 and April this year with more likely to come given Turkey's continued candidacy for EU membership.

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How healthy is the Turkish economy really? | Business | DW | 20.06.2017

How healthy is the Turkish economy really?

Despite the ongoing political crisis, Turkey’s own statistical authority has given its economy good marks. German businesses are rejoicing, but experts remain skeptical.

More:How healthy is the Turkish economy really? | Business | DW | 20.06.2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Istanbul's ancient Roma community falls victim to building boom | Reuters

Istanbul's ancient Roma community falls victim to building boom

By Paul Osterlund

ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Uygun Dum lives with 17 members of his extended family in a ramshackle shed with no hot water in Istanbul's Kucukbakkalkoy neighborhood.

More:Istanbul's ancient Roma community falls victim to building boom | Reuters

Turkish military hit by food poisoning scandal

Turkish military hit by food poisoning scandal

The latest controversy surrounding Turkey’s military involves its most valued asset: conscripts. In the past month, nearly 2,000 cases of food poisoning have hit the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). For much of last week, successive reports came out of five TSK units in Manisa province that 600 conscripts were hospitalized for severe nausea and vomiting. The incidents came in the wake of another bout in May, when more than 1,000 conscripts in Manisa sought treatment and Pvt. Husnu Ozel died because of food-borne illness.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Erdogan warns Turkey opposition chief over 'justice march' | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Erdogan warns Turkey opposition chief over 'justice march'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today warned the leader of the main opposition party against making a planned protest march from Ankara to Istanbul, telling him "don't be surprised" if legal proceedings were opened.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

US issues security alert for Istanbul, which Turkey refutes - ABC News

US issues security alert for Istanbul, which Turkey refutes

By The Associated Press

ISTANBUL — Jun 17, 2017, 6:12 AM ET

A U.S. Consulate in Turkey has alerted its citizens of heightened security in an Istanbul neighborhood because of a possible terror threat.

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Turkish arms industry aims to conquer new markets | Asia Times

Turkish arms industry aims to conquer new markets
Emanuele Scimia
By Emanuele Scimia June 17, 2017 5:55 PM (UTC+8)

Turkey’s budding military industry is trying to gain stable access to the Indo-Pacific market. Ankara is investing a great deal in its defense sector in a bid to ease dependence on foreign acquisitions and commercialize home-built weapons systems abroad.

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A Mosque Where Women and Men, Sunni and Shiite, Straight and Gay Can Pray Together

A Mosque Where Women and Men, Sunni and Shiite, Straight and Gay Can Pray Together

Associated Press
Updated: June 16, 2017, 11:14 PM IST

Berlin: Seyran Ates' vision of a liberal mosque where all Muslims can pray together — women and men, Sunni and Shiite, straight and gay — turned into reality Friday as dozens of people came together in Berlin to inaugurate a new house of prayer.

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Turkish teachers on hunger strike may be close to death, doctors say | Middle East Eye

Turkish teachers on hunger strike may be close to death, doctors say
#TurkeyCoup

Striking teachers have gone without food for about 100 days

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Turkey opposition chief accuses Recep Tayyip Erdogan of 'second coup' with purge | Zee News

Turkey opposition chief accuses Recep Tayyip Erdogan of 'second coup' with purge

Turkey`s main opposition leader accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday of staging a "second coup" with the crackdown that followed last July`s failed coup, as he presses on with a protest march to Istanbul from Ankara.

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Washington Isn’t Istanbul - WSJ

Washington Isn’t Istanbul
Erdogan’s bullies get police warrants for beating up protesters.
June 15, 2017 7:41 p.m. ET

Washington has enough problems today without having to add other nations’ bad habits to the local political culture. Thus it’s good news that the D.C. police have issued arrest warrants for 12 members of the security detail that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought to the nation’s capital last month.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spotlight: Turkey faces risks in support of crisis-hit Qatar - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkey faces risks in support of crisis-hit Qatar
Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-15 01:23:23|Editor: ZD

ISTANBUL, June 14 (Xinhua) -- As the crisis between Qatar and some Muslim countries continues unabated amid efforts for a settlement, Turkey's siding with Doha has been criticized for not serving the country's interests while ruining its chance of mediation.

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Turkey says talking with Kurdistan Region to correct referendum 'mistake'

Turkey says talking with Kurdistan Region to correct referendum 'mistake'

SULAIMANI – Turkey is continuing negotiations with the Kurdistan Region on a decision to hold a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, the Turkish presidential spokesman said. Addressing reporters at the presidential complex in Ankara on Wednesday (June 14), Ibrahim Kalin said a referendum would deepen the issues in the country.

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Turkish opposition party begins protest march from capital - NY Daily News

Turkish opposition party begins protest march from capital

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 8:34 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's main opposition party set off on a 425-kilometer (265 mile) march Thursday from the capital to an Istanbul prison to protest the conviction of one of its lawmakers. Thousands began walking from Ankara, with police at the scene.

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GE signs 10-year wind farm service deal with Turkey

GE signs 10-year wind farm service deal with Turkey
ISTANBUL, 11 hours, 49 minutes ago

GE Renewable Energy and Turkey’s Fina Enerji have broadened their cooperation into a comprehensive ten-year full service agreement (FSA), complemented by a two-year trial of GE’s Predix-powered digital wind farm solutions.

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Turkey 'frees opposition journalist pending trial'

Turkey 'frees opposition journalist pending trial'

15 June 2017 - 10:45 By AFP

A Turkish court has ordered the release pending trial of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet's online editor, who was arrested last month on terror-related charges, media reported Thursday.

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Opposition MP joins other lawmakers in Turkish prison

Opposition MP joins other lawmakers in Turkish prison

A prominent opposition member of parliament was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a Turkish court today, part of a widening crackdown by Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government against its critics.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Turkey opens Syrian border crossings for Ramadan visits - The Washington Post

Turkey opens Syrian border crossings for Ramadan visits

By Mehmet Guzel and Zeynep Bilginsoy | AP June 14 at 7:55 AM

KILIS, Turkey — Thousands of Syrian refugees are returning home for a visit during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after Turkey temporarily opened two border crossings with its war-torn neighbor.

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Turkish foreign minister visits Doha in show of diplomatic support | Euronews

Turkish foreign minister visits Doha in show of diplomatic support

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, is visiting Doha in a show of diplomatic support as Qatar fights a bitter feud with neighbouring countries over accusations it supports Islamist militants and Shi’ite Iran

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Why is Turkey standing up for Qatar? - BBC News

Why is Turkey standing up for Qatar?
By Selin Girit BBC News, Istanbul

"Thank you Turkey for the milk!" posted one Twitter user from Qatar, along with a picture taken in a supermarket whose shelves were full of Turkish-brand bottles.

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Trump's Conflicts of Interest in Turkey - Center for American Progress

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Turkey
By John Norris and Carolyn Kenney Posted on June 14, 2017, 12:01 am

Selling out America’s interests on the battlefield

In 2008, the Trump Organization inked into a multimillion-dollar branding deal with the Doğan Group, run by one of the most politically influential families in Turkey, to build a two-tower apartment, office, and shopping complex in Istanbul. The opening ceremonies for the complex in 2012 were presided over by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Iran pays Turkey part of $1.9 billion debt with natural gas supplies - Daily Sabah

Iran pays Turkey part of $1.9 billion debt with natural gas supplies

Iran paid off a part of its $1.9 billion debt to Turkey with natural gas supplies, member of Iran's Islamic Consultative Assembly energy committee Asadullah Karahani said Wednesday.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Turkey’s future is in Europe – nowhere else - MURAT YETKİN

PM Turkey’s future is in Europe – nowhere else

Amid the new crisis in the Middle East, in which Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has put his weight on Qatar’s side, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on June 13 that Turkey and the European Union could cooperate successfully by leaving behind certain recent problems.

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Final hearings into Zarrab, Halkbank executive case to start on Oct 30: US Judge - AMERICAS

Final hearings into Zarrab, Halkbank executive case to start on Oct 30: US Judge

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced on June 12 that final hearings into a case in which the Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab and the former chief executive of Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Atilla are accused of attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran will start on October 30, according to various media reports.

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Turkey-EU updating Customs Union: what advantages await Ankara?

Turkey-EU updating Customs Union: what advantages await Ankara?

13 June 2017 15:47 (UTC+04:00) Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13 By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Today, on June 13, Turkey and the European Union are starting negotiations on updating the Customs Union. For Turkey, these negotiations are important as Ankara has set the economic development as a priority outcome of the talks.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

EU choosing to ‘re-engage’ with Turkey: Official - DIPLOMACY

EU choosing to ‘re-engage’ with Turkey: Official

Sevil Erkuş - ANKARA

Turkey and the European Union will hold a political dialogue meeting on June 13 in Brussels “to take stock of where both sides are in their relationship,” an EU official has told the Hürriyet Daily News.

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Turkey poised to set new record on exports - ECONOMICS

Turkey poised to set new record on exports

Barçın Yinanç - barcin.yinanc@hdn.com.tr

Turkey is set to break a new record in terms of exports, the head of the country’s exporters assembly has said, noting that the export industry has now begun displaying a positive trend following the upheaval after the July 2016 coup attempt.

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Turkey to hire Syrian doctors at migrant health centers - LOCAL

Turkey to hire Syrian doctors at migrant health centers

Syrian doctors and medical personnel will be employed at health centers for migrants, Health Minister Recep Akdağ has said, adding that there were a total of 27 migrant health centers in Istanbul.

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Hurriyet: Turkey’s economy grows 5 percent in first quarter of 2017, exceeds forecasts

Hurriyet: Turkey’s economy grows 5 percent in first quarter of 2017, exceeds forecasts
12 June 2017 | 11:27 | FOCUS News Agency

Ankara. Turkey's gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has increased by five percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to figures in the same period last year, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) showed on June 12, Hurriyet writes.
The growth forecast for the country was four percent.

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Egyptians boycott Turkish products over Qatar support | GulfNews.com

Egyptians boycott Turkish products over Qatar support

Cairo-Ankara ties have soured since 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi

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The son-in-law dilemma for Turkish justice - MURAT YETKİN

The son-in-law dilemma for Turkish justice

Amid the Qatar crisis which is straining the entire neighborhood, Turkish politics has become occupied with a son-in-law crisis where the courts are accused of positive discrimination in the case of the relatives of key political figures of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti).

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sympathies pour out for young Turkish teacher killed by PKK terrorists - Daily Sabah

Sympathies pour out for young Turkish teacher killed by PKK terrorists

Family, colleagues and students bid farewell Saturday to a 22-year-old music teacher killed by PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkey's Batman province.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Talking truth to Turkey – EURACTIV.com

Talking truth to Turkey

By Ludwig Schulz |

Ludwig Schulz looks at how scientific analysis can help counter President Erdoğan’s fake narrative of Turkey’s thriving democracy and why the European Union should reconsider its policy towards EU accession countries.

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Will Qatar’s Crisis Become Turkey’s Too? « LobeLog

Will Qatar’s Crisis Become Turkey’s Too?

by Giorgio Cafiero

The crisis unfolding in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is bad news for a host of countries around the world with vested interests in all six Arab Gulf monarchies. Turkey certainly sees the Qatar crisis as deeply unsettling and troubling. Turkish officials have, thus far, stood by Doha, which has established a ‘special relationship’ with Ankara that strengthened significantly after the “Arab Spring” uprisings of 2011.

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Democracy Is Perishing in Turkey—Here’s How You Can Help | Observer

Democracy Is Perishing in Turkey—Here’s How You Can Help
Erdogan has imprisoned a pastor from North Carolina without charges.
By John A. Tures • 06/09/17 11:30am

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to Washington, he was hoping to coerce Donald Trump into supporting his plans for regional domination. Instead, Erdogan and his security forces beat up protesters outside the Turkish Embassy, giving Americans a major spoiler alert as to how things are run in his country. Congress took the first step against this bullying, but there is more we can do as Americans.

More:Democracy Is Perishing in Turkey—Here’s How You Can Help | Observer

Turkey's 'American Idol' of Quran recitation backfires

Turkey's 'American Idol' of Quran recitation backfires

Each year the month of Ramadan arrives in Turkey with the special flatbread (pide) and increased competition among TV channels for popular Ramadan shows. This year, however, a new Ramadan show where men compete in reciting the Quran has generated strong opposition from Islamist groups.

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Narendra Modi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are two of a kind: strong leaders putting their democracies in peril — Quartz

Modi and Erdogan are two of a kind: strong leaders putting their democracies in peril

Ashok Swain and Bahar Baser
June 09, 2017 Quartz india

At the beginning of May, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s first post-referendum foreign visit was to meet India’s prime minister Narendra Modi. Despite Erdoğan’s controversial pro-Pakistan statement just before the trip, the pair was pictured sharing friendly hugs as the two vowed to tackle terrorism and extend economic relations.

More:Narendra Modi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are two of a kind: strong leaders putting their democracies in peril — Quartz

Crisis in the Gulf: Escalation or Negotiation?

Qatar: Why Turkey Steps Into the Fray

Turkey steps into the Qatar fray to protect its turf against the Saudis in the fight over Sunni supremacy.

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Power shifts in Turkey make local believers wary - Mission Network News

Power shifts in Turkey make local believers wary
PUBLISHED ON 9 June, 2017 BY Alex Anhalt

Turkey (MNN) — Miles Windsor of Middle East Concern says that as Turkey recovers from last summer’s coup, the government is taking some concerning steps to ensure safety for the country.

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Turkey, EU start project to keep refugee kids at schools | World | heraldcourier.com

Turkey, EU start project to keep refugee kids at schools

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey, the European Union and UNICEF have formally launched an EU-funded project to encourage Syrians and other refugees in Turkey to enroll their children in schools and prevent them from dropping out.

More:Turkey, EU start project to keep refugee kids at schools | World | heraldcourier.com

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Turkish journalist Can Dündar

Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Turkish journalist
Thursday, June 08, 2017

THE Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-Ifra), has been awarded to Turkish journalist and former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dündar.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

As Trump stumbles, Turkish economy comes back from brink of crisis

As Trump stumbles, Turkish economy comes back from brink of crisis

US President Donald Trump's underperformance on his pledges has directed global funds back to emerging economies, including Turkey. Propped up by the inflow of foreign capital, the Turkish economy has begun to pull itself together, returning from the brink of the crisis that occurred in the second half of 2016 when its growth rate had dropped to 1%. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government looks set to close the year with a growth rate of 3.5% to 4%, notwithstanding the many problems accumulated in the meantime, including the budget deficit, bad loan risks, a growing current account deficit, ossifying unemployment and double-digit inflation.

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Qatar crisis: Turkish parliament approves troop deployment | Middle East Eye

Qatar crisis: Turkish parliament approves troop deployment
#GulfTensions

Turkey's parliament fast-tracked legislation allowing troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar

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Turkey to provide Qatar with supplies, could fast-track troop deployment to kingdom | world-news | Hindustan Times

Turkey to provide Qatar with supplies, could fast-track troop deployment to Kingdom

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said isolating Qatar would not resolve any problems and said Ankara would do everything in its power to help end the regional crisis.

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EU court will audit Turkey assistance

EU court will audit Turkey assistance

Turkey had been allocated €4.48 billion ($5 billion) between 2007 and 2013

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Genel tumbles as co-founder Rothschild joins leadership exodus | Reuters

Genel tumbles as co-founder Rothschild joins leadership exodus

By Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso | LONDON

Genel Energy (GENL.L) co-founder Nathaniel Rothschild quit on Monday in the latest high-profile departure at the loss-making Iraqi Kurdistan oil producer, which will now be dominated by Turkish owners and focused on Turkey's gas market.

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Kurdish-backed militia launches Raqqa operation as another declares war on Turkey

Kurdish-backed militia launches Raqqa operation as another declares war on Turkey

The Syrian Kurdish militia and its Arab allies known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the start of the fight to liberate Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, just as another Kurdish group declared it was escalating its war against Turkey.

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World Bank raises Turkey’s economic growth forecast - ECONOMICS

World Bank raises Turkey’s economic growth forecast

ANKARA/WASHINGTON

The World Bank has raised Turkey’s economic growth projections for the next three years as uncertainties ease, tourism recovers and corporate balance sheets mend under the less severe impacts of the July 2016 coup attempt than previously estimated, according to its Global Economic Prospects report published on June 5.

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Rojava's Future: Four Models Explained - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Rojava's Future: Four Models Explained

Soner Cagaptay June 5, 2017

As Washington considers its next steps in northern Syria, it will need to weigh the geostrategic consequences of backing local Kurdish forces whose objectives may align or conflict with those of Russia, Iran, and various other actors.

More:Rojava's Future: Four Models Explained - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Monday, June 05, 2017

Cypriot leaders agree to return to talks | News | DW | 05.06.2017

Cypriot leaders agree to return to talks

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have accepted UN chief Antonio Guterres' invitation to return to the negotiating table. Guterres said he would consult with the UK, EU, Greece and Turkey on timing.

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Pa.-based cleric risks losing Turkish citizenship | News | witf.org

Pa.-based cleric risks losing Turkish citizenship
Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2017 3:02 AM

(Ankara, Turkey) -- Turkish authorities say Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for last year's coup, will lose his Turkish citizenship if he fails to return to Turkey within three months.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Taking advantage of Turkey’s state of emergency - MELİS ALPHAN

Taking advantage of Turkey’s state of emergency

A police operation in relation to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) was conducted at the Mersin Metropolitan Municipality in southern Turkey and 25 people were detained on Aug. 2, 2016. The same day, police came to the Ankara home of Erkan Karaarslan, one of the advisors of Mersin Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). They searched the house.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Turkey arrests editor-in-chief of Aydinlik opposition newspaper | News | DW | 03.06.2017

Turkey arrests editor-in-chief of Aydinlik opposition newspaper

The Aydinlik newspaper has reported the arrest of its editor-in-chief, Ilker Yucel. The apparent cause was an unpaid fine for an article about President Erdogan's son-in-law published in 2014.

More:Turkey arrests editor-in-chief of Aydinlik opposition newspaper | News | DW | 03.06.2017

Turkey's Alevi community fears more than just IS

Turkey's Alevi community fears more than just IS

News broke May 21 that a team of Turkish police officers with the Counter-Terrorism Department killed two Islamic State (IS) members who were preparing for an attack in the capital, Ankara. One suspected target was a prominent Alevi cultural foundation in Ankara. The terrorists had photos and floor plans of the building. This was not the first time a "cemevi" (an Alevi house of gathering and prayer) appared on IS' radar.

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Turkey's Corruption Perceptions Index ranking falls - Newsletters - International Law Office

Turkey's Corruption Perceptions Index ranking falls

June 05 2017

On January 25 2017 Transparency International published the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index, which reflects non-governmental organisations' and business world representatives' perception of public sector corruption and ranks countries on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The results are based on 13 research initiatives conducted by 12 international organisations in 176 countries.(1)

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Turkey’s influence network in Europe is leading to tension | Global Risk Insights

Turkey’s influence network in Europe is leading to tension

President Erdogan uses Turkey religious network in Europe to expand the government monitoring of opposition figures and gain popular support.

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Kurdish militants claim downing of Turkish military chopper | Fox News

Kurdish militants claim downing of Turkish military chopper
Published June 02, 2017
Associated Press

ISTANBUL – Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for a Turkish military helicopter crash that killed all 13 personnel on board two days ago near the Turkey-Iraq border.

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California passes a 1915 bill to block Turkish investments - Daily Sabah

California passes a 1915 bill to block Turkish investments

The California State Assembly passed a bill regarding the 1915 events that is calling for the divestment of California public funds from Turkish government-controlled financial instruments, to ensure taxpayer funds are no longer used in this manner.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

The repression goes on

The repression goes on

Turkey’s government is hounding opponents. Shortly after its narrow – and disputed – referendum victory in April, it extended the state of emergency and ran yet another purge of the police. The media had been silenced before the referendum and cannot hold the authorities accountable anymore. By Hans Dembowski

More:The repression goes on

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Arcelik’s spin and substance: A Turkish maker of white goods is looking outwards | The Economist

A Turkish maker of white goods is looking outwards

The firm’s success is a bright spot in Turkey

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Ramadan dinners in Istanbul reviving culture of neighborliness - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Ramadan dinners in Istanbul reviving culture of neighborliness
Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-31 22:21:04|Editor: ying

ISTANBUL, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Istanbul's Beyoglu district has been hosting Ramadan dinners everyday at the city's well-known Taksim Square during the holy Muslim month with a view to reviving the culture of neighborliness.

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World Highways - New tunnels for Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey

New tunnels for Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey

New tunnel connections are to be built in Istanbul and Izmir, along with a new bridge in Izmir. Work is due to start shortly on the Grand Istanbul Tunnel Project. This will be a three level tunnel and should help lower congestion in Istanbul, which suffers amongst the worst traffic jams of any city in the world.

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Turkey’s German Spy Network | RUSI

Turkey’s German Spy Network
Tessa Szyszkowitz
Newsbrief, 31 May 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spy network in Germany puts additional stress on the relationship between the two European powers.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Michael Flynn's lobbying firm made Fethullah Gulen documentary - Business Insider

'It was very hush-hush': Michael Flynn's lobbying firm didn't 'want anyone to know' about its work for Turkey

Natasha Bertrand

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, reportedly did not want anyone to know that it was working on a documentary commissioned by a Turkish businessman to help bolster Turkey's image in the wake of a failed coup attempt in July.

More:Michael Flynn's lobbying firm made Fethullah Gulen documentary - Business Insider

How did NATO’s second largest army fail to see a coup coming? - SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ

How did NATO’s second largest army fail to see a coup coming?

The release of a report penned by the parliamentary panel tasked with probing the deadly July 2016 coup attempt staged by the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) has ignited fresh debate on how the putsch was able to take place, why the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and Turkish Armed Forces failed to know about coup preparations in advance, and why the inquiry ignored the role of politicians.

More:How did NATO’s second largest army fail to see a coup coming? - SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ

Gülen ordered followers to leave Turkey by disguising themselves as Syrian refugees: Report - CRIME

Gülen ordered followers to leave Turkey by disguising themselves as Syrian refugees: Report

Fevzi Kızılkoyun – ANKARA

The U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen has ordered his followers to leave Turkey by disguising themselves as Syrian refugees, according to a report prepared by intelligence units about the activities of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), widely believed to have orchestrated the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt.

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Curfew in 43 Villages in Southeastern Turkey | Financial Tribune

Curfew in 43 Villages in Southeastern Turkey

Curfews were imposed in more than 40 villages in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir early on Tuesday as part of a security operation against the Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK, Turkish officials said.

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US begins sending weapons to Kurdish YPG in Syria | Syria News | Al Jazeera

US begins sending weapons to Kurdish YPG in Syria

Despite condemnation from Turkey, US sends arms to YPG ahead of upcoming offensive to recapture Raqqa from ISIL.

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Michael Flynn's firm apparently made an unfinished film targeting an Erdogan critic

Michael Flynn's firm apparently made an unfinished film targeting an Erdogan critic
6:33 a.m. ET

Michael Flynn, President Trump's short-tenured national security adviser, has taken the Fifth to avoid handing over personal documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he has reportedly agreed to turn over some business records demanded by the Senate panel investigating Russia's machinations in the 2016 presidential race. One thing the senators — and a federal grand jury in Virginia, and the FBI — will likely find, The Wall Street Journal reports, is a documentary-style film about Turkey that Flynn's consulting firm worked on last year but never finished. The film apparently makes up the bulk of the $530,000 the Flynn Intel Group was paid by Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman close to Turkey's president.

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Similar economic problems affect Egypt and Turkey | The National

Similar economic problems affect Egypt and Turkey

Patrick Werr

May 31, 2017 Updated: May 31, 2017 04:04 PM

Egypt and Turkey, whose economies and history have a lot in common, have become political adversaries over the last few years, with Turkey having thrown its support behind the government of Mohammed Morsi, whom Egypt’s army subsequently removed in 2013.

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EU countries move to block Turkey from hosting NATO summit: report – POLITICO

EU countries move to block Turkey from hosting NATO summit: report

The alliance meets in June to finalize the location of next year’s summit.

By Saim Saeed

5/31/17, 9:28 AM CET

Updated 5/31/17, 1:45 PM CET

Eighteen EU countries and Canada will fight for Belgium to host the 2018 NATO summit instead of Turkey, Die Welt reported Wednesday.

More:EU countries move to block Turkey from hosting NATO summit: report – POLITICO

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

US Congress: Erdogan No Longer Wanted In America | The Globe Post

US Congress: Erdogan No Longer Wanted In America
By
Abdullah Ayasun

The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee has adopted a harsh language against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealing the depth of angst over the brutal crackdown on protesters during President Erdogan’s visit last week.

More:US Congress: Erdogan No Longer Wanted In America | The Globe Post

Monday, May 29, 2017

Contending with authoritarian Turkey: a measured realist perspective | openDemocracy

Contending with authoritarian Turkey: a measured realist perspective
Karabekir Akkoyunlu 29 May 2017

This obsession with personalities can fuel the very passions and tensions that such individuals feed on, and obscure the underlying factors that explain their rise in the first place.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ramadan dinner "earth table" hosted in Istanbul to mark first fasting break - Global Times

Ramadan dinner "earth table" hosted in Istanbul to mark first fasting break

A charitable Ramadan dinner known as "earth table" was hosted on Saturday evening in Istanbul's well-known Istiklal Avenue to mark the first fasting break of the holy Muslim month.

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Turkey, EU agree on 12-month calendar in accession bid - DIPLOMACY

Turkey, EU agree on 12-month calendar in accession bid

Fikret Bila - ANKARA

Turkey and the European Union have agreed on a 12-month calendar on the future of Turkey’s accession bid, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 25 while returning to Turkey from meetings with the bloc’s top executives and leaders of the European powerhouses.

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The Ala-Turca presidency: old wine in new bottles in the Kurdish case | openDemocracy

The Ala-Turca presidency: old wine in new bottles in the Kurdish case
Omer Tekdemir 27 May 2017

Erdogan may require a more pragmatic approach to the US and Russia, hence indirectly with the PYD and Assad, to open up space for himself in the region’s politics.

More:The Ala-Turca presidency: old wine in new bottles in the Kurdish case | openDemocracy

Friday, May 26, 2017

Charlemagne: How Trump, Putin and Erdogan unsettle the EU | The Economist

How Trump, Putin and Erdogan unsettle the EU

Liberal values and the rule of law meet capricious populism
Print edition | Europe
May 25th 2017

THE mood is brighter in Europe these days. It has not, admittedly, taken much to lift the spirits: reckless extremists came second, not first, in elections in Austria, the Netherlands and France; economic growth has accelerated beyond a snail’s pace; and Brexit, though probably disastrous for Britain, may not be catastrophic for Europe. Still, even the return of normality is a relief for a continent that has spent the past few years battling crises.

More:Charlemagne: How Trump, Putin and Erdogan unsettle the EU | The Economist

Turkey’s Tightrope Dance | Frontpage Mag

Turkey’s Tightrope Dance
The uncertain future of U.S.-Turkish relations.
May 26, 2017
Robert Ellis

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was recently in Washington in search of "a new era" in Turkish-U.S. relations, was also out with the begging bowl. At a meeting with 40 prominent U.S. investors, Erdoğan urged them to increase investments in Turkey and shared recent developments regarding Turkey’s investment environment and economic agenda. What he did not share was the increasingly repressive environment that Erdoğan himself has created in search of absolute power.

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Turkish economic confidence hits two-year high

Turkish economic confidence hits two-year high

by: Mehreen Khan

Economic confidence in Turkey is at its highest since the end of 2015, underscoring the economy’s quietly growing resilience following a series of political and security shocks over the last year.

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Senators: Turkey must waive diplomatic immunity for security guards involved in DC clash – POLITICO

Senators: Turkey must waive diplomatic immunity for security guards involved in DC clash

US lawmakers say Erdoğan’s security “engaged in a brutal, unprovoked, and inexcusable attack.”

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kurdish militants kill five Turkish security force members: military | Reuters

Kurdish militants kill five Turkish security force members: military

Four Turkish soldiers and a village guard were killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey, the Turkish military said on Thursday.

More:Kurdish militants kill five Turkish security force members: military | Reuters

Turkey: Neither Enemy Nor Ally | commentary

Turkey: Neither Enemy Nor Ally

Two of America’s illiberal allies in the Muslim world have just received expressions of support from President Trump. He rolled out the red carpet at the White House for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, and he rewarded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey with a congratulatory phone call after Erdogan “won” an apparently rigged referendum enhancing his already vast power. But while both Sisi and Erdogan appear to be in Trump’s good graces, they have reacted in very different ways to the American support they are receiving.

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EU raises human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan | Reuters

EU raises human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan

Senior European Union officials on Thursday pressed President Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey's human rights record while he pushed Brussels to deliver on promises of visa-free travel to Europe for Turks.

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Turkey and EU Pull Relations Back From the Brink But Tensions Remain - WSJ

Turkey and EU Pull Relations Back From the Brink But Tensions Remain

Nation and bloc say they will seek to move past the diplomatic, political crises of recent years

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Turkey's Leader Confronted by France, Germany at NATO Summit | World News | US News

Turkey's Leader Confronted by France, Germany at NATO Summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been confronted by key allies France and Germany with diplomatic complaints despite him traveling to Brussels to celebrate the unity of the NATO alliance.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Post-Referendum Turkish Economy: How to Write the New Chapter | EconoMonitor

The Post-Referendum Turkish Economy: How to Write the New Chapter

By Hatice Karahan on May 24, 2017
The Post-Referendum Turkish Economy: How to Write the New Chapter

Turkey has left its constitutional referendum behind, along with the associated political uncertainties. In fact, not only the referendum but also certain earlier developments including the parliamentary elections in 2015 and the failed coup attempt in 2016 caused the country to deal with uncertainties for a considerable period of time. As a result, the governments in charge could not go above and beyond to implement the policies required for the transformation of the economy. Now that the country seems to have a period of at least two years without any elections on the road, it is time for the government to thoroughly focus on economic priorities. That is indeed what the interested economic agents will be watching in the months and years to come. In that respect, there is no doubt that the success of the Turkish economy in the near future and beyond will depend on how it will maintain and take advantage of its strengths while fixing the weaknesses.

More:The Post-Referendum Turkish Economy: How to Write the New Chapter | EconoMonitor

The return of Ergenekon as ultranationalists replace FETÖ - BARÇIN YİNANÇ

The return of Ergenekon as ultranationalists replace FETÖ

When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power, the result took even its leadership by surprise. AKP leaders did not have the cadres to rule the country, as they were rather anti-establishment; they joined hands with the Gülenists.

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Watchdog: EU Should Make Human Rights Central In Talks With Turkey - Finance News - London South East

Watchdog: EU Should Make Human Rights Central In Talks With Turkey
Wed, 24th May 2017 14:30

ISTANBUL (Alliance News) - EU leaders should make clear to Turkey that deeper economic cooperation will depend on the country's willingness to end human rights violations and a crackdown on dissent at home, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday.

More:Watchdog: EU Should Make Human Rights Central In Talks With Turkey - Finance News - London South East

Turkey orders detention of Ankara municipality, ministries' staff - CNN Turk | Daily Mail Online

Turkey orders detention of Ankara municipality, ministries' staff - CNN Turk

By Reuters

ISTANBUL, May 24 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 139 staff from the Ankara municipality and two ministries in an investigation targeting supporters of the U.S.-based cleric accused of being behind last July's failed coup, CNN Turk said on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'Plan B' for worried Turks: move abroad

'Plan B' for worried Turks: move abroad

Since the failed coup in July, many Turks have been buying real estate in the United States and Europe to obtain residency permits. The concern grew even wider after an April 16 referendum granted the president broad powers, and there was a hike in the number of people trying to relocate.

More:'Plan B' for worried Turks: move abroad

Monday, May 22, 2017

Amid complicated relations with U.S., Turkey hires longtime Trump lobbyist Brian Ballard

Amid complicated relations with U.S., Turkey hires longtime Trump lobbyist Brian Ballard

By Marc Caputo

05/22/2017 12:21 PM EDT

MIAMI — President Donald Trump’s longtime Florida lobbyist, Brian Ballard, has expanded his practice globally and just signed a $1.5 million contract with the government of Turkey, which will be represented by the firm’s new big hire, former Florida Congressman Robert Wexler.

More:Amid complicated relations with U.S., Turkey hires longtime Trump lobbyist Brian Ballard

Can Syrians sway future elections in Turkey?

Can Syrians sway future elections in Turkey?

The political value of 3.5 million refugees in Turkey, including 3 million Syrians, appears to be on the rise. Refugees could emerge as a crucial pool of voters in the three elections — municipal, parliamentary and presidential — in 2019. How can this happen?

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Turkish Businessman With Ties To Michael Flynn Hosts Conference At Trump Hotel : NPR

Turkish Businessman With Ties To Michael Flynn Hosts Conference At Trump Hotel

May 22, 20174:35 PM ET

The Turkish businessman who paid Michael Flynn $530,000 to lobby for the Turkish government is heading up a conference held at the Trump International Hotel, a few blocks from both the White House and the FBI. The event comes at a time when all of Trump's tangled interests are being scrutinized, but that doesn't seem to bother the participants.

More:Turkish Businessman With Ties To Michael Flynn Hosts Conference At Trump Hotel : NPR

Turkey coup: Alleged ringleaders face court, rowdy protesters | Middle East Eye

Turkey coup: Alleged ringleaders face court, rowdy protesters

US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is one of the 221 suspects blamed for the attempted 15 July putsch

More:Turkey coup: Alleged ringleaders face court, rowdy protesters | Middle East Eye

Turkey and the United States: At Loggerheads

Turkey and the United States: At Loggerheads

Unlike Trump, Erdogan does know what he wants – but, like Trump, he can’t get there.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Turkey's Erdogan Extends Emergency Rule

Turkey's Erdogan Extends Emergency Rule

May 21, 2017 2:53 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally extended the state of emergency declared after a failed 2016 military coup, saying the decree will remain in place until the country finds "welfare and peace."

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Two suspected ISIL militants killed in Turkish capital - CRIME

Two suspected ISIL militants killed in Turkish capital

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency

Two suspected militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) believed to be planning an attack in Ankara were killed in a police raid early on May 21 in the Turkish capital Ankara, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

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Erdogan vows fight Turkey’s enemies as he returns to lead party - The Globe and Mail

Erdogan vows fight Turkey’s enemies as he returns to lead party

Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ercan Gurses

ANKARA — Reuters

President Tayyip Erdogan pledged to fight Turkey’s enemies at home and abroad on Sunday ahead of his election as leader of the ruling AK Party, which will make him the first Turk in nearly 70 years to serve simultaneously as head of state and of a political party.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Istanbul’s prime market hit as investors rethink Turkish property

Istanbul’s prime market hit as investors rethink Turkish property

Prices at the top end are falling amid the depreciating Turkish lira and deteriorating political and economic conditions

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Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links | Reuters

Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links

By Humeyra Pamuk | ISTANBUL

Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for the owner and three employees of an opposition newspaper, a police source and the paper said on Friday, part of a continuing media crackdown that has alarmed rights groups and Turkey's Western allies.

The four are accused of committing crimes on behalf of the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, they said. Gulen is blamed by Ankara for masterminding last July's failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan, a charge he denies.

More:Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links | Reuters

From State of Exception to Anti-Coup Dictatorship in Erdoğan’s Turkey   | The World Financial Review | Empowering communication globally

From State of Exception to Anti-Coup Dictatorship in Erdoğan’s Turkey

May 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Governance & Regulation, Middle
By Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra

Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra maintain Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a poster case for the modern state of exception. This is a condition where constitutional and legal provisions in democracies, designed to temporarily empower rulers with absolute authority to defend the state in the face of perceived threats against it, are paradoxically deployed in perpetuity to abrogate both constitutionality and the rule of law in a drive to impose dictatorship beyond law itself.

More:From State of Exception to Anti-Coup Dictatorship in Erdoğan’s Turkey   | The World Financial Review | Empowering communication globally

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Do Turkish people still want into the EU? | All media content | DW | 18.05.2017

Do Turkish people still want into the EU?

The relationship between the EU and Ankara is under increasing strain since voters passed a referendum expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There was a time when the Turkish People sought membership in the EU. How do they feel now?

More:Do Turkish people still want into the EU? | All media content | DW | 18.05.2017

Turkey ready to retaliate against any threats, Erdogan warns | Reuters

Turkey ready to retaliate against any threats, Erdogan warns

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler | ISTANBUL

Turkey is ready to retaliate if it faces a threat from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will not shirk from launching a military campaign if need be, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

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Reports: Flynn, paid by Turkey, blocked military move they opposed; told Trump team about investigation - Chicago Tribune

Reports: Flynn, paid by Turkey, blocked military move they opposed; told Trump team about investigation

Associated Press

Days before President Donald Trump took office, incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn blocked a military plan against the Islamic State group that was opposed by Turkey, a country he had been paid more than $500,000 to advocate for, the McClatchy news service reported.

More:Reports: Flynn, paid by Turkey, blocked military move they opposed; told Trump team about investigation - Chicago Tribune

What Emmanuelle Macron means for Turkey - Independent Turkey

What Emmanuelle Macron means for Turkey

By Mark Fuechec

The election of the strongly pro-EU Emmanuelle Macron as president of France has bolstered the bargaining position of the European Union vis-à-vis Turkey, just when a foreign policy based on liberal values is more important than ever.

More:What Emmanuelle Macron means for Turkey - Independent Turkey

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Earthquake could hit Istanbul at any moment | Daily Mail Online

Massive earthquake could hit Istanbul at any moment with just SECONDS warning, say scientists

Epicentre on the North Anatolian Fault Zone could be below Istanbul
The city is home to more than 15 million people and thousands of tourists
Marmara section has not had a bad earthquake since 1766 and is due to rupture
A new report suggest the city they might only know seconds in advance
UN estimates 7.5 magnitude earthquake would kill 70,000 - 90,000 people

More:Earthquake could hit Istanbul at any moment | Daily Mail Online

Erdoğan went to White House with ‘armored official car brought from Turkey’ - AMERICAS

Erdoğan went to White House with ‘armored official car brought from Turkey’

ISTANBUL

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opted to use his own armored official car brought from Turkey during his first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House on May 16, Doğan News Agency has reported.

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Turkey tells US Syrian Kurdish fighters not welcome

Turkey tells US it won't accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region
Updated / Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:32

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told US President Donald Trump that his country will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region, but stopped short of criticising a US decision to arm them.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

So that meeting with Erdogan was kind of a bust, huh? - Hot Air Hot Air

So that meeting with Erdogan was kind of a bust, huh?

This morning I did a preview of today’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spurred in large part by the Washington Post publishing an op-ed written by exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. At that time I set my expectations rather low in terms of what might come from the meeting. Having watched their joint comments and read through the press pool’s description of what was discussed I’d have to say that those low expectations were met… barely. Here’s the thumbnail description from the New York Daily News.

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Spotlight: Trump, Erdogan vow to repair U.S.-Turkish relationship amid differences - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Trump, Erdogan vow to repair U.S.-Turkish relationship amid differences

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Tuesday to repair bilateral relationship fraught with difficulties in the past. However, division between the two sides still run deep.

More:Spotlight: Trump, Erdogan vow to repair U.S.-Turkish relationship amid differences - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The Fatal Flaw in Trump's ISIS Plan - The Atlantic

The Fatal Flaw in Trump's ISIS Plan

Robert Ford

When Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Washington next week, he and President Donald Trump will no doubt spend considerable time discussing the future of the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), America’s favored contingent in the war against the Islamic State. With U.S. assistance over the past two and a half years, the YPG-dominated anti-ISIS forces have recaptured some 7,400 square kilometers of northeastern Syria from the terrorist group. From Erdogan’s perspective, this strategy, embraced by the Obama administration and now Trump, is helping a Kurdish terrorist group that threatens Turkey’s security and territorial integrity—security and territorial integrity that NATO is supposed to help defend. Erdogan’s likely response: more pressure on America’s Syrian-Kurdish allies, even if that pressure undermines Washington’s goal of reducing the Arab-extremist threat in eastern Syria.

More:The Fatal Flaw in Trump's ISIS Plan - The Atlantic

Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights

By SUZAN FRASER
Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish opposition members and human rights defenders are urging President Donald Trump to raise the issue of Turkey's deteriorating human rights and democracy in talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday.

More:Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Turkish TV blockbuster reveals Erdogan’s conspiratorial, anti-Semitic worldview - The Washington Post

A Turkish TV blockbuster reveals Erdogan’s conspiratorial, anti-Semitic worldview

By Aykan Erdemir and Oren Kessler

“The Last Emperor” is Turkey’s newest television blockbuster, consistently rating among Turkey’s top dramas since its February premiere. Every Friday night, 1 in 10 viewers tunes in to relive the last years of Abdulhamid II — an absolutist, pan-Islamist Ottoman sultan who resisted the secular-reformist Young Turk movement until it finally overthrew him in 1909. The series, airing on state television in three-hour episodes, promotes a worldview uncannily similar to that of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: A free press, secularism and democracy are the work of foreign powers, religious minorities and godless liberals, and ultimately serve to erode national identity, honor and security.

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Turkey support for EU membership waning - BBC News

Elif Shafak: Turkey support for EU membership waning

Elif Shafak, the Turkish novelist and writer who lives much of her life in London, says public support in Turkey for joining the EU has waned recently amid anti-Western rhetoric.

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Authorities aim for smart Istanbul - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Authorities aim for smart Istanbul

ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The authorities on Monday spoke of transforming Istanbul into a smart city by means of high technology and innovation.

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A new reality: Kurdish statehood - YUSUF KANLI

A new reality: Kurdish statehood

However Turkey would like to perceive it, and despite Turkey’s great efforts, a Kurdish reality has been created in northern Iraq over the past two decades.

Is there anyone who remember the operation “Poised Hammer” or the “No-fly zone” in that region to protect the Kurds from the wrath of Saddam Hussein, the ruthless dictator of Iraq? Who was behind those efforts?

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UPDATE 2-Turkish jeans retailer Mavi to list on Istanbul bourse | Reuters

Turkish jeans retailer Mavi to list on Istanbul bourse

By Dasha Afanasieva and Ezgi Erkoyun

May 15 Turkish clothing retailer Mavi Giyim plans to list on Istanbul's stock exchange, the company said on Monday, in what will be a test for the exchange 10 months after a coup attempt shook investor confidence in the region.

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Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and how democracies die

Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and how democracies die

Turkey’s slide into a repressive autocracy serves as a warning to American citizens

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Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey - ABC News

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey

By josh lederman and vivian salama, associated press

WASHINGTON — May 15, 2017, 7:36 AM ET

The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to U.S. interests in the volatile Middle East.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

What Mr. Trump should say in his toughest meeting yet with a foreign leader - The Washington Post

What Mr. Trump should say in his toughest meeting yet with a foreign leader

PRESIDENT TRUMP will face what may be his toughest meeting yet with a foreign leader this week when he welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House. Mr. Erdogan is a blustery and autocratically minded man, rather like Mr. Trump, and he comes to Washington with a list of demands that senior U.S. officials rightly regard as unacceptable. Mr. Trump would do best by saying so directly — while urging the Turkish ruler to consider a change of course.

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Interregnum in Turkey-EU Relations | Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Interregnum in Turkey-EU Relations

Turkey’s three decade dream of European Union membership is on the brink. Turkey’s EU accession is dying, but neither side has officially called for termination. This deteriorating situation can also be referred to as an interregnum that has placed precarious Turkey-EU relations in limbo. Never before in the history of the modern Turkey have Turkish decision-makers and European leaders made critical public statements about each other, expressing uneasiness over the current state of relations. The only way out of this impasse is the renewal of committed EU accession talks for Turkey.

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Turkey's Erdogan and Trump: Kindred spirits, divergent agendas | TheHill

Turkey's Erdogan and Trump: Kindred spirits, divergent agendas
By Edward G. Stafford, opinion contributor - 05/14/17 09:00 AM EDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet President Trump in the White House on Tuesday, May 16. Although the two countries are NATO allies since 1952, the relationship has never been a fully harmonious one, requiring compromises and tolerance for behavior the other party opposed, or at least did not support (for example, the invasion of Cyprus in 1974 by Turkey; the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the U.S.).

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tour bus tips over in Turkey, killing at least 24 people | The Seattle Times

Tour bus tips over in Turkey, killing at least 24 people
Originally published May 13, 2017 at 4:34 am Updated May 13, 2017 at 10:36 am

ISTANBUL (AP) — A tour bus tipped over Saturday on a serpentine mountain road in Turkey, killing 24 people as it fell off a cliff and hit a car, Turkish authorities said.

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Why a Washington visit by Turkey’s president might be awkward | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Why a Washington visit by Turkey’s president might be awkward
By: Laura King, Associated Press
May 12, 2017 Updated: May 12, 2017 at 7:29 am

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Washington next week for his first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. A White House statement announcing the visit next Tuesday gave no hint of tensions, saying the two will “discuss how to further strengthen our bilateral relationship and deepen our cooperation to confront terrorism in all its forms.”

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trump to meet with Turkey’s Erdoğan | TheHill

Trump to meet with Turkey’s Erdoğan
By Mark Hensch - 05/10/17 08:08 PM EDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit Washington on May 16, according to the White House. President Trump will meet with the Turkish leader at the White House during his visit.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sultan Erdogan | Frontline

Sultan Erdogan

The mandate for enhanced presidential powers, notwithstanding the narrow margin of victory, tightens President Erdogan’s grip on power in Turkey. By JOHN CHERIAN

The whirlwind campaign launched by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to enhance presidential powers has succeeded narrowly. The country’s Election Commission officially confirmed the win for the “yes” camp in the referendum on the new Constitution. The Election Commission stated that 51.41 per cent of the electorate voted in favour of the amendments backed by the President and the ruling AK (Justice and Development) Party. Those who voted against the controversial amendment constitute 48.59 per cent of the electorate, showing how sharply polarised Turkey is now.

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Erdogan's authoritarian style and pragmatic foreign policy turn some Turkish Islamists against him - LA Times

Erdogan's authoritarian style and pragmatic foreign policy turn some Turkish Islamists against him

Last month’s constitutional referendum may have yielded a victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, enshrining vast powers for him and his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, but the results were far closer than his supporters were expecting, largely because of growing discontent within Turkey’s conservatives.

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Can Syrian refugees become boon to Turkey's economy?

Can Syrian refugees become boon to Turkey's economy?

As xenophobia appears on the rise, with 3 million Syrian refugees under “temporary protection” in Turkey, the headline of this story could raise many eyebrows. But let’s emphasize immediately that a large number of the refugees in Turkey are there to stay. A 2015 report by the Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) shows 78% of the Syrians in Turkey would opt to stay if possible. Yet there has not been much discussion about how to minimize the social and economic impact of this humanitarian crisis.

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Trump's Plan to Arm Kurds Lays Bare the Strategic Vacuum in Syria - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Trump's Plan to Arm Kurds Lays Bare the Strategic Vacuum in Syria

James F. Jeffrey

Foreign Policy

May 9, 2017

The administration's plan to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State could further inflame tensions with Turkey and Iran.

President Donald Trump has his work cut out for him next week in his first meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While many issues crowd their agenda, the situation in northern Syria will be the most difficult. Tensions remain high between the United States and Turkey about the role of the Syrian Kurdish PYD and its military wing YPG in the fight against the Islamic State, following a Turkish air attack on YPG bases along the Iraqi-Syrian border on April 23. In private and publicly, at an Atlantic Council meeting on April 28, Erdogan stressed that he is ready to act further against the PYD.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Erdogan's Fragile Referendum Coalition | Foreign Affairs

Erdogan's Fragile Referendum Coalition
Crafting a Coherent Domestic Agenda Will Be Difficult
By Galip Dalay

In an April 16 referendum, Turkish citizens voted in favor of a measure that will fundamentally change the nature of Turkey’s political system. Although the republic has a long history of such votes—seven referendums, and three of them during Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule—this one surpassed all others in terms of its political significance. By a narrow margin (only 51.4 percent voted “yes”), the tally will result in the scrapping of Turkey’s parliamentary political system, which predates the establishment of the modern Turkish republic. The new presidential system will vest significantly more power in the executive and will likely further the development of a two-party presidential system (though it will not terminate the existence of smaller parties) with an excessively powerful president holding most of the cards.

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Odds appear stacked against success of Erdogan-Trump meeting

Odds appear stacked against success of Erdogan-Trump meeting

Omens for the long-awaited meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump at the White House on May 16 do not bode well. Despite the smiles both leaders will no doubt have for the cameras, all the signs are that their talks will be tough.

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Trump approves Pentagon plan to arm Syrian Kurds despite Turkish objections - LA Times

Trump approves Pentagon plan to arm Syrian Kurds despite Turkish objections
W.J. Hennigan

President Trump has authorized a controversial Pentagon plan to supply weapons to Kurdish militias fighting Islamic State in Syria despite strong objections of the Turkish government, which views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

EU-DIGEST: Turkish US Diaspora: Meeting Congresswoman Frankel South Florida Turks deplore President Erdogan's disrespect Human Rights

Turkish US Diaspora: Meeting Congresswoman Frankel

Several local South Florida Turkish civil organization reps. met with Congresswoman Lois Frankel FL-D, at a productive and animated luncheon meeting on Tuesday May 8, in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Syrian Kurds are now armed with high tech US weaponry - Business Insider

Syrian Kurds have been armed with high-tech US weaponry that the Pentagon denies supplying

Daniel Brown

Syrian Kurdish fighters are now armed with high-tech American weapons and equipment, but the Pentagon denies supplying it to them, Military Times reports.

According to the Times, some Kurds are now outfitted with M4 rifles, infrared targeting lasers, night-vision goggles, advanced optics, combat helmets, body armor and first-aid kits, digital camouflage uniforms, cold-weather clothing and chest rigs that hold ammunition.

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Turkey's Erdogan calls France's Macron, agrees to meet: Turkish presidential sources | Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan calls France's Macron, agrees to meet: Turkish presidential sources

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called French President-Elect Emmanuel Macron by phone on Monday to congratulate him on his victory in Sunday's presidential elections, Turkish presidential sources said.

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Reinstating the Death Penalty Would Be 'Reddest of Red Lines' in Turkey's Plan for EU Membership

Reinstating the Death Penalty Would Be 'Reddest of Red Lines' in Turkey's Plan for EU Membership
By Josh Lowe On 5/8/17 at 1:55 PM

Reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey would completely block the country from joining the EU, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said.

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High-profile resignation rocks Turkey’s secular opposition CHP

High-profile resignation rocks Turkey’s secular opposition CHP

In the wake of Turkey’s historic April 16 referendum, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is facing a shakeup. The CHP’s rising star, US-educated economist Selin Sayek Boke, resigned from her positions as deputy chair and party spokesperson May 6.

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The Turkey Trap | Frontpage Mag

The Turkey Trap
Erdogan thinks he can blackmail Trump.
May 8, 2017
Kenneth R. Timmerman

Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming to Washington, DC, on May 16 loaded for bear.

He has an ambitious agenda and apparently feels he can achieve it all because he holds “trump” cards against the President of the United States.

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Strongmen usher in age of undiplomatic diplomacy - Livemint

Strongmen usher in age of undiplomatic diplomacy

PM Narendra Modi’s sensitive meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week is perhaps a sign of how diplomacy is going to be done now

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Turkey’s new indigenous 'kamikaze' drones set to be used in anti-terror ops, to defend borders - BUSINESS

Turkey’s new indigenous 'kamikaze' drones set to be used in anti-terror ops, to defend borders

A Turkish defense company is set to introduce a series of new drones with high-tech capabilities to be used in anti-terror and security operations, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on May 7.

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Trump to Tell Turkey: We’re Going to Take Raqqa With the Kurds | Foreign Policy

Trump to Tell Turkey: We’re Going to Take Raqqa With the Kurds

The White House is poised to greenlight an Obama administration plan to seize the last bastion of the Islamic State in Syria.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Turkish referendum rallies in Europe made headlines. Did they affect election results? - The Washington Post

Turkish referendum rallies in Europe made headlines. Did they affect election results?

By Fotini Christia and Tugba Bozcaga

Turkey’s recent referendum, which ended its parliamentary system by transferring all executive powers to the president, has been a source of contention within its borders, as well as outside them. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, along with his government ministers and MPs, led active “Yes” campaigns in an array of European countries. Those rallies and public meetings targeted not only active AKP supporters, who are the overwhelming majority of Turkish immigrant populations in Europe, but all Turks eligible to vote.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

The Latest: Dutch work to prevent Turkish death penalty vote - StarTribune.com

The Latest: Dutch work to prevent Turkish death penalty vote
Associated Press

The Dutch government says it will look into ways of preventing people from voting in the Netherlands in a possible Turkish referendum on reintroducing the death penalty.

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Turkey's accelerated drift from Europe

Turkey's accelerated drift from Europe

There is a cloud looming over the future of Turkey-EU relations. (Photo: William John Gauthier)

By Sebnem Arsu
ISTANBUL, Today, 17:41

Once hailed as a rising Muslim democracy, aspiring to become a member of the European Union, Turkey now faces a stalemate with the bloc. Some member states consider full accession a dead deal and call for deeper economic cooperation instead.

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As Turkey’s Erdogan savors new powers, there are whispers of dissent among his loyalists | SOFREP

As Turkey’s Erdogan savors new powers, there are whispers of dissent among his loyalists

By SOFREP 05.05.2017#Foreign Policy Email Share Tweet

ISTANBUL — The scenes of Turkey’s bloody and abortive military coup last July still scar Uskudar, an old waterside district of Istanbul that was a deadly front of violence that night and remains, nearly a year later, a wellspring of the nation’s rage.

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Berlin would bar Turks voting in Germany on Turkish death penalty - Cyprus Mail

Berlin would bar Turks voting in Germany on Turkish death penalty

Germany said on Friday it would not allow Turks to vote on its territory in any Turkish referendum on reintroduction of the death penalty – a measure proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan after July’s failed army coup attempt.

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Erdogan Visit: A Diplomatic Disaster

Erdogan Visit: A Diplomatic Disaster
SEEMA MUSTAFA
Friday, May 05,2017

NEW DELHI: All that could possibly go wrong with a dignitary visit went wrong even before Turkish President Recep Erdogan arrived in India. It was touted as a visit by a leader who seems to be set to stay, right wing, authoritarian, controversial but clearly there was, or at least should have been, a reason for the effort undertaken by both governments to facilitate Erdogan’s trip to India.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Erdogan’s Futile Yearning for Omnipotence - The Globalist

Erdogan’s Futile Yearning for Omnipotence

Turkey has become too diverse demographically, too big economically and too complicated politically for one person to shape in his own image.

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No end in sight for Erdogan's purges after referendum

No end in sight for Erdogan's purges after referendum

On a flight back from India this week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the West for criticizing Turkey’s state of emergency, in place since the botched coup attempt in July 2016. Speaking to journalists accompanying him on the trip, he said, “The West, which fails to see the state of emergency in France, is attempting to criticize a process that we are carrying out in tranquility. What has the state of emergency in Turkey done? Has it taken away anything from [businesspeople]? Has it affected businesses?” He argued that without the state of emergency, the authorities would have failed to have struggled as well as they have against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara calls the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO) and holds responsible for the coup attempt.

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