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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We will not allow a Kurdish state on our borders: Erdoğan - MIDEAST

We will not allow a Kurdish state on our borders: Erdoğan

Hande Fırat – ANKARA

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will not allow the foundation of a Kurdish state on its southern border, reiterating earlier comments on the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

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Striking an Impossible Balance in Turkey - The Atlantic

Striking an Impossible Balance in Turkey

The U.S. war against ISIS depends on the Kurds—an inconvenient fact for Jim Mattis's visit to Ankara.

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Can a new party challenge Turkey’s ruling AKP? - MURAT YETKİN

Can a new party challenge Turkey’s ruling AKP?

Meral Akşener, a former deputy speaker of the Turkish Parliament, stated on Aug. 22 that she has officially started the process of establishing a new party, in a bid to build an alternative to President Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti). She made the statement in a ceremony to welcome Koray Aydın, a former deputy chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who decided to join Akşener’s movement.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

European egg crisis presents opportunity for Turkish exporters - Daily Sabah

European egg crisis presents opportunity for Turkish exporters

The egg crisis, which started in the Netherlands and also affected other European countries, has given birth to hope among Turkish egg exporters, who think that Turkey will fill the gap that will arise when Ukraine, which is their biggest competitor in the Middle East market, withdraws from this market in order to meet the demand that will arise in Europe, according to a report by Turkish daily Dünya.

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Erdogan's Turkey: Reliable Partner Or Western Foe? - The Media Line

Erdogan’s Turkey: Reliable Partner Or Western Foe?
By Charles Bybelezer | The Media Line August 22, 2017

Turkish president unleashes unprecedented verbal attack on Germany, as West ponders future ties with NATO member Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan forcefully inserted himself into Germany’s upcoming elections by urging Turkish foreign-nationals to boycott major parties, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats. “I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany,” he affirmed, “the Christian Democrats, SDP [Social Democrats], the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey, [therefore] support [other] political parties.” Germany has a large Turkish diaspora estimated at some three million people, many of whom will vote on September 24 when Merkel bids for a fourth term.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion - The Express Tribune

Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned a top Turkish general who played a key role in defeating last year’s failed coup and led a cross-border operation in Syria that he must accept a surprise demotion without rancour. In a rare show of tension between the military and Erdogan, Turkish media reported that Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakalli had wanted to resign from the armed forces after he was moved from special forces chief to a less significant position.

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Turkey Firms Ready $64 Billion Spending Spree to Leave Home - Bloomberg

Turkey Firms Ready $64 Billion Spending Spree to Leave Home
By Ercan Ersoy
and Asli Kandemir
August 21, 2017, 1:00 AM GMT+2 August 21, 2017, 10:42 AM GMT+2

Political turmoil, slower growth seen driving companies abroad
Bain expects more Turkish companies to invest in U.S., Europe

Robert Yuksel Yildirim had barely been at the family’s construction-materials business a year before the company won its first international contract. Now, it’s a conglomerate with interests in mining, ports and chemicals across 28 countries.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Opinion: With Erdogan, only straight talk helps | Opinion | DW | 20.08.2017

Opinion: With Erdogan, only straight talk helps

The Turkish president's attempt to move against supposedly "anti-Turkish" Germans elsewhere in the EU have been scuppered, for now. Some plain speaking by Berlin helped put a stop to it, says DW's Jens Thurau.

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Austria Joins Germany in Condemning Erdogan Interference | World News | US News

Austria Joins Germany in Condemning Erdogan Interference

Aug. 20, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Austria has joined neighbor Germany in its criticism of the Turkish President over inflammatory comments ahead of the European Union members' forthcoming elections.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Tells German Foreign Minister 'Know Your Place'

Turkey’s Erdogan Tells German Foreign Minister 'Know Your Place'
August 19, 2017 23:42 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the German foreign minister after he criticized the Turkish leader for interfering in Germany's upcoming elections.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The case for realism in Turkey-Europe relations - GÜVEN SAK

The case for realism in Turkey-Europe relations

“Not a day has passed in Turkey without a domestic security operation against an active ISIL cell,” a security expert noted the other day. “Just follow the news.” We had been talking about the Barcelona terror attack, but the conversation was coming back to Turkey very quickly.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

How Turkey has become a European TV drama powerhouse | News | Screen

How Turkey has become a European TV drama powerhouse

18 August, 2017 | By Tom Grater

International exports of Turkish TV could hit $350m in 2017.

The Turkish TV industry has grown enormously on the international stage during the last decade - with export revenues expected to hit $350m per year by the end of 2017 - it was revealed during a presentation at Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug 16).

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Gezi Park Revisited | Frontpage Mag

Gezi Park Revisited
Lessons from the 2013 uprising.
August 18, 2017 Robert Ellis

Faced with the narrow victory in April’s referendum and the prospect of a new opposition party, Turkey’s President Erdoğan has admitted he faces “a difficult period” ahead of the 2019 elections. For that reason, he has already hit the road to drum up support, and where better to start than the Black Sea region, where he enjoys staunch support.

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Turkey’s Drift from the West: From Transactionalism to Hostility

Turkey’s Drift from the West: From Transactionalism to Hostility

Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu August 17, 2017

For special access to experts and other members of the national security community, check out the new War on the Rocks membership. Print Friendly Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Turkey’s relations with its Western allies, in a downward spiral since 2013, are at a breaking point. Ankara not only accuses Washington of plotting last year’s abortive coup, but also blames it for arming and supporting Kurdish rebels that it sees as an existential threat. Bitter diplomatic spats unfold with one European country after another. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has already demoted Turkey’s strategic relations with Western partners to transactional ones, appears to be taking a new stance of outright hostility. His aggression is ideological, and here to stay.

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Erdoğan: prophetic leader or political suicide? | openDemocracy

Erdoğan: prophetic leader or political suicide?

Daniel Petcu 18 August 2017

If Erdoğan persists in his callous quest, it will only be a matter of time before he succumbs to increasing economic pressure that will threaten to leave the country destitute.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Marmara earthquake victims commemorated 18 years on - LOCAL

Marmara earthquake victims commemorated 18 years on

The victims of the 1999 Marmara earthquake, the worst seismic disaster in Turkey’s recent history that killed around 18,000 people and wounded 50,000, were commemorated early on Aug. 17 in the northwestern province of Kocaeli’s Gölcük district, the epicenter of the quake, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

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i24NEWS - There's something about Turkey

There's something about Turkey
08/17/2017

A drop in tourism shaved off nearly 1% of Turkey's GDP in 2016 - but visitors are beginning to return

“But is it really safe to go to Turkey?” That's the question being asked again and again by holiday-hungry travelers looking for their next destination.

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Turkey Says Iraq Kurdish Referendum Can Lead to Civil War | Financial Tribune

Turkey Says Iraq Kurdish Referendum Can Lead to Civil War

Turkey says Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region should reverse its decision to hold a referendum on independence, warning that the vote could lead to a civil war.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday that the referendum, slated for Sept. 25, would worsen the situation in a country “that is undergoing so many problems”, news outlets reported.

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Turkey’s imported athletes deliver medals but not national glory | Middle East Eye

Turkey’s imported athletes deliver medals but not national glory

Turkey has imported athletes from Ethiopia, Cuba and Azerbaijan to win on the world stage. But some Turks complain they bring hollow victories

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

30 billion dollar loss in tourism income - TAHA AKYOL

30 billion dollar loss in tourism income

Turkish tourism is coming to life and occupancy rates are increasing this year but it does not bring money in return since it does not attract western tourists with “money.”

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How will Turkey survive until 2019? - AHU ÖZYURT

How will Turkey survive until 2019?

Politics in Turkey is entering a highly stressful two years this fall. Since the referendum, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to be running a one-man show in decision-making and Ankara’s bureaucracy seems to be looking to his Beştepe residence for every small paper to be signed. So can this system survive until the necessary laws are passed? Will they even pass anyway?

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Turkish opposition claims Erdogan building private intelligence service

Turkish opposition claims Erdogan building private intelligence service

Turkey may have a new intelligence service. If so, it is probably illegal.

Turkey is reeling from an explosive report and subsequent media coverage of an alleged private intelligence service operating under and reporting to the president. Author Barin Kayaoglu Posted August 10, 2017 The daily newspaper Sozcu reported Aug. 9 that a new intelligence service has come into existence under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Sozcu's Aug. 10 issue was dominated by the story, aptly headlined “Shocking, Documented Allegation.”

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Why is Turkey Fuming Over Erdogan Opening a Coca-Cola Factory? | Al Bawaba

Why is Turkey Fuming Over Erdogan Opening a Coca-Cola Factory?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has often framed himself as a "friend of Palestinians", has sparked anger in Turkey after he attended the opening of a factory belonging to Coca-Cola, accused by some of supporting Israel.

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Missing Dutch national found dead in Turkey :: WRAL.com

Missing Dutch national found dead in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — A Dutch national who was reported missing in Turkey has been found dead, officials and Turkish media reports said Monday.

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Turkey hunts more coup suspects, detains 30 for suspected PKK links

Turkey hunts more coup suspects, detains 30 for suspected PKK links

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police have launched operations to track down 33 former staff of a national scientific research agency who are alleged to have been involved in last year's failed coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Erdogan Warns Turkish Banks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week launched a fresh barrage of criticism and warnings at banks, charging that they are making unfairly large profits during a time of economic strain.

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Clock Ticking for Istanbul Earthquake

Geo-researchers say Istanbul could soon experience a devastating earthquake. Tremors have occurred repeatedly where the Eurasian and Anatolian tectonic plates meet. The question is: when will the next earthquake take place and how strong will it be?

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Turkey’s economy: The next casualty of Erdoğan’s state of emergency

As the leader consolidated power, he replaced his original reform agenda with cronyism, nepotism and graft. The failed coup made things worse.

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Turkey arrests 3 suspected Islamic State “executioners”

Turkey arrests 3 suspected Islamic State “executioners”
8/12/17 8:51 AM

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says three men suspected of carrying out murders on behalf of the Islamic State group were arrested.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

How will Akşener’s new party affect politics? - SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ

How will Akşener’s new party affect politics?

Although there are over two years until the next presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019, polls and forecasts about who will run against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are dominating the political agenda in Turkey.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Turkey’s Embattled Political Cartoonists - WSJ

Turkey’s Embattled Political Cartoonists
A Turkish tradition of satire and caricatures is disappearing in the age of Twitter and Erdogan
By Ned Levin,
Yeliz Candemir and
Erdem Aydin
Aug. 10, 2017 12:25 p.m. ET

Satirical cartooning may not be dead in Turkey, but it’s on life support. The country’s oldest satire magazine, Girgir, shut down in February amid a controversy over a cartoon depiction of Moses, who is a prophet in Islam as in Judaism and Christianity. The well-known cartoon magazine Penguen, whose jowly caricatures of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been a fixture at newsstands for years, closed this summer.

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'Nazis, Spies and Terrorists': Can the German-Turkish Relationship Be Saved? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Can the German-Turkish Relationship Be Saved?

In recent months, relations between Germany and Turkey have reached a new low. After a series of escalating spats, tourism and investment in the country have collapsed. Will it finally drive Turkish President Erdogan to change course?

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Turkey’s real fashion victims – POLITICO

Turkey’s real fashion victims

Turkey takes wardrobe malfunctions to new level as ‘Hero’ tops land dozens of people in prison on propaganda charges.

By Zia Weise

8/10/17, 4:05 AM CET
ISTANBUL — If you travel to Turkey these days, you might want to mind your sartorial choices.

Last week, an Azerbaijani national was detained and deported from the northeastern town of Kars, while across Turkey more than 30 unsuspecting citizens have been picked up by the police over the past month. Their alleged crime? Wearing a T-shirt.

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The Istanbul Research Institute … a lot more interesting than it sounds | Travel | The Guardian

The Istanbul Research Institute … a lot more interesting than it sounds

Right by the city’s retail-heavy İstiklal Caddesi is an elegant space offering tranquillity, free exhibitions and fascinating insights into old Istanbul

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Earthquake of 5.3 magnitude shakes Turkey's Bodrum - Cyprus Mail

Earthquake of 5.3 magnitude shakes Turkey’s Bodrum

August 8th, 2017 Reuters News Service Turkey 0 Comments
Earthquake of 5.3 magnitude shakes Turkey’s Bodrum

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 shook south-western Turkey near the Aegean coastal town of Bodrum on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

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Turkish Banker Is 'Incurable' Flight Risk, Feds Tell Judge - Law360

Turkish Banker Is 'Incurable' Flight Risk, Feds Tell Judge

By Pete Brush
Law360, New York (August 7, 2017, 5:34 PM EDT) -- An executive at Istanbul-based Türkiye Halk Bankası AŞ accused of helping Turkish trader Reza Zarrab evade U.S. sanctions against Iran is an "incurable" flight risk, federal prosecutors said Monday, opposing the banker's proposal to rent an apartment in New York and subject himself to monitoring.

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Retrograde steps for democracy in Turkey

Retrograde steps for democracy in Turkey

Trials have begun of those said to have been directly involved in coup against Erdogan’s regime and of prominent journalists

More than a year after the attempted military coup against Turkey’s government, trials have begun of 486 of those said to have been directly involved and against prominent journalists accused of collusion. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used the failed coup attempt as an excuse to jail over 50,000 people and has overseen the dismissal of more than 110,000 from government and public services suspected of supporting or sympathising with it. He made the coup a central case in winning a referendum on presidential rule which consolidates a decisive shift towards authoritarianism.

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Erdoğan admits ‘difficulty’ in 2019 elections - MURAT YETKİN

Erdoğan admits ‘difficulty’ in 2019 elections

Addressing his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) branch members in his Black Sea hometown of Rize on Aug. 7, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said the 2019 elections will be “difficult” and stressed that the party organization should work even harder.

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As Turkey's political divisions deepen, Syrian refugees in Istanbul worry about being caught in the middle - LA Times

As Turkey's political divisions deepen, Syrian refugees in Istanbul worry about being caught in the middle

The night of last year’s attempted coup in Turkey, Alaa Khaldi considered packing his bags.

The 31-year-old Syrian refugee from Damascus, who fled to Turkey in 2015, was worried that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would fall. Erdogan’s Islamist government has opened Turkey’s doors to more than 3 million Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country, and Khaldi thought a new government might roll up the welcome mat.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Turks spooked by 90s-style disappearances

Turks spooked by 90s-style disappearances

Those alarmed by Turkey’s dizzying descent into authoritarianism had found bleak solace in the fact that unlike the 1990s, when the conflict between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party was at its peak, at least the people aren't disappearing or losing their lives in extrajudicial killings.

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Turkey Has Lost Its Biggest Cheerleader: The U.S. Military - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Turkey Has Lost Its Biggest Cheerleader: The U.S. Military

Soner Cagaptay

The Cipher Brief August 4, 2017 A discussion of Ankara's strained relationship with the European Union, its a la carte approach to NATO, and the weakening of formerly solid U.S.-Turkey military-to-military ties.

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Turkey: Cold War-Era Origins Of Islamism And Its Rise To Power – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Turkey: Cold War-Era Origins Of Islamism And Its Rise To Power – Analysis August 6, 2017

By Behlül Özkan

he dichotomy between Kemalism and Islamism is one of the dominant paradigms in studies of Turkish politics. According to this paradigm, the Kemalists achieved a monopoly over the Turkish political establishment with the founding of the Republic in 1923, at which point they undertook far-reaching reforms with the aim of thoroughly modernizing Turkey politically, economically, culturally, and socially. These reforms, especially during the first decade of the Republic, resulted in lasting changes to many areas of Turkish life, such as the adoption of the Latin alphabet, Western dress, a civil code, and a modern educational system. The fiercest resistance to the reforms came from the traditionalists in Turkish society, namely the Islamists, who – along with the religious communities known in Turkish as cemaats – lost much of their former standing in politics between 1923 and the end of the 1940s. Accordingly, the aforementioned dichotomy between Kemalism and Islamism is, to some degree, a useful lens through which to understand this era. There is, however, a danger in viewing it as the main dynamic in Turkish politics and in assuming that it has been in full force throughout the whole 90-year history of the Republic of Turkey.

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The Turkish spirit

The Turkish spirit

By Daniela Blot on 6 August 2017

News Fire fighters of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality rescued people who trapped in their house due to flood with boats on July 27. On July 27, the rains came. The skies literally opened and Istanbul was subjected to rain, wind and hail; the likes of which hadn’t seen in recent memory. Within 20 minutes, 30 to 40 centimeters of rainfall were recorded. The rain was accompanied by walnut-size hail and according to photos shared on social media, some of the hail was as big as the size of an egg – so large it could barely fit in the palm of one’s hand. Thousands of cars were damaged by the hail, which broke windshields and caused major damage to vehicles damaged by the stones of ice. Fires broke out on both sides of the Bosporus, including one at the Haydarpaşa docks and another in a depot in Kağıthane.

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ERDOGAN’S Genocidal INCITEMENT | Frontpage Mag

ERDOGAN’S Genocidal INCITEMENT
Funding Palestinian Jew-hatred.
August 7, 2017
Joseph Puder

Turkey’s dictatorial president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent efforts to mediate between the Saudis, their Arab Gulf allies and Egypt on one side versus his Qatari ally (both are staunch supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood) on the other, have failed to materialize. At the same time, his war of words with Germany, and the European Union’s cold shoulder, has left the arrogant Erdogan with one avenue to make headlines - incite Muslims against Israel. His crude anti-Semitic incitement has gone hand-in-hand with his posturing as the leader of the Sunni-Muslim world.

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The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos - BBC News

The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos
By Damien McGuinness BBC News, Berlin

With its red-brick spire and stained-glass windows, St Johannes looks like any other 19th-Century Protestant church.

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Turkish Cypriots: Maronites can return to army-held villages | WPXI

Maronites can return to Cyprus villages held by Turkish army

by: MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS, Associated Press Updated: Jul 26, 2017 - 2:22 PM

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Turkish Cypriot authorities in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus said Wednesday they have lifted restrictions on Maronite Christians reclaiming homes and property in villages that have been under Turkish military control for over four decades.

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Guantanamo style? Turkey introduces court uniforms for failed coup defendants & terror suspects — RT News

Guantanamo style? Turkey introduces court uniforms for failed coup defendants & terror suspects
Published time: 6 Aug, 2017 18:31
Edited time: 6 Aug, 2017 19:37

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said defendants in the trials linked to last year’s failed coup as well as terrorism suspects will now have to wear a standard brownish prison uniform, following controversy in which an accused soldier wore a t-shirt saying ‘hero’ in court.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

How Erdogan’s Identity Project is Shaping Turkey’s Schools


Turkey’s education system became fodder for international news stories this summer after authorities announced they would no longer teach Darwin’s theory of evolution in high school. The move takes place in the context of a dramatic expansion of religious education under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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How Erdogan’s Identity Project is Shaping Turkey’s Schools</a>

Teachers, doctors, tax collectors: In Turkey's sweeping purges, ordinary people are branded enemies of the state

They gathered, as they have every few days since February, in a concrete plaza in western Istanbul beneath a large, rippling Turkish flag. Someone passed out snacks and orange soda. They donned vests, chanted slogans and danced to an old socialist song blaring from a portable speaker.

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Why Erdogan fired Turkey’s top cleric

On June 31, Mehmet Gormez, a Turkish cleric who headed the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), a government department that runs more than 85,000 mosques, bid farewell to his post he had occupied since 2010. Gormez’s term didn’t end until 2020, which is why his early departure triggered a heated discussion in the media and on social media. As with most other changes in the state bureaucracy, many people believed that the departure of the erudite theologian had something to do with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans to single-handedly build a “New Turkey."

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Tourism report signals wider issues for women in Turkey

In an article that could deliver a further blow to Turkey’s ailing tourism sector and international image, Forbes magazine on July 28 described Turkey as one of the 10 most dangerous places for solo female travelers.

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Robert Mueller wants W.H. docs on Michael Flynn's ties to Turkey

Investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller have asked the White House for documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a report Friday.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

#Germany’s Siemens wins tender for #Turkish wind power project

Turkey picked Germany’s Siemens (SIEGn.DE) as the winning bidder for a $1 billion (762.36 million pound) wind power project on Thursday, a sign Ankara wants to keep business separate from the widening diplomatic row between the NATO allies. Relations have deteriorated amid the crackdown that followed the failed coup in Turkey last year. The arrest last month of 10 rights activists, including a German, prompted Berlin to say it would review arms deals with Turkey.

Ankara has sought to reassure German investors, saying their business in Turkey is not at risk. Germany was Turkey’s top export destination, buying $14 billion worth of Turkish goods in 2016, according to IMF data.

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Turkish opposition: Govt blocks full probe into failed coup

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's main opposition party says the government is blocking a full investigation into last summer's failed coup attempt and using the state of emergency imposed in its wake to hide the truth.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

In Erdogan’s Turkey, the references to George Orwell are becoming more numerous | Prospect Magazine

In Erdogan’s Turkey, the references to George Orwell are becoming more numerous
During the height of the protests, participants knew a crackdown could follow. But the reality still seems far-fetched
by Hannah Lucinda Smith / August 3, 2017

It has become normal for George Orwell to creep into political conversations in Turkey: the parallels are too numerous to resist.
A year on from a failed coup attempt, more than 150,000 people have been arrested, fired, or driven into self-imposed exile. The group President Erdogan accuses of orchestrating the revolt are the shadowy followers of an Islamic preacher called Fethullah Gulen. Turks are told that they act as if they are secular—drinking alcohol and wearing revealing clothes—to cover their real pious identities. Consequently, anyone could find the finger of blame pointed at them. Being in possession of a one-dollar bill bearing a certain serial number has been enough to land some people in prison; for others, it was wearing a t-shirt printed with the word ‘Hero’ (both are claimed to be secret signs that Gulen’s followers use to communicate between themselves). Book dumping became common as the crackdown hit—no-one wants to be caught with one of Gulen’s tomes on their shelf.

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Turkish inflation falls in July, but seen rising again - Nasdaq.com

Turkish inflation falls in July, but seen rising again
August 03, 2017, 05:11:00 AM EDT By Reuters

By Ece ToksabayISTANBUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Turkish inflation returned to
single digits for the first time in six months on Thursday, but
analysts said the fall was likely to be temporary, prompting the
central bank to maintain its tight policy stance.
The consumer price index rose 0.15 percent month-on-month in
July, matching a Reuters poll forecast, while the annual
increase eased to 9.79 percent, the Turkish Statistical
Institute said.

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Democracy is dying – and it’s startling how few people are worried

A rough inventory of July’s contribution to the global collapse of democracy would include Turkey’s show trial of leading journalists from Cumhuriyet, a major newspaper; Vladimir Putin’s ban on the virtual private networks used by democracy activists to evade censorship; Apple’s decision to pull the selfsame technology from its Chinese app store.

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Turkey reportedly just axed its army, air force, and navy commanders in one move

Turkey reportedly just axed its army, air force, and navy commanders in one move

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Supreme Military Council (YAS) decided on Wednesday to replace the heads of the army, air force and navy, local media reported. The YAS, which meets every August, held a four-hour meeting chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday. The decisions made during the meeting will be presented to President Tayyip Erdogan for approval. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan)

More: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/252c0294-73ee-3d63-9474-c537ee437538/turkey-reportedly-just-axed.html?.tsrc=fauxdal">Turkey reportedly just axed its army, air force, and navy commanders in one move</a>

Monday, July 31, 2017

Istanbul hotels’ revenue loss hits 1 billion euros in 2017 despite ease in security concerns: Association - TOURISM

Istanbul hotels’ revenue loss hits 1 billion euros in 2017 despite ease in security concerns: Association

ISTANBUL

Istanbul hotels’ loss in revenue exceeded 1 billion euros in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period of 2015, despite a recent ease in security concerns, a leading sector association stated on July 31.

More:Istanbul hotels’ revenue loss hits 1 billion euros in 2017 despite ease in security concerns: Association - TOURISM

Tourism cannot exist without Germany - GİLA BENMAYOR

Tourism cannot exist without Germany

The very important statement in the title belongs to Hüseyin Baraner, the overseas representative of the Association of Turkish Travel Agents (TÜRSAB), who has been working in Germany in the tourism sector for the last 40 years. I have spoken recently with Baraner about the stroke the tourism industry received following the crisis between Turkey and Germany and how the damage can be averted.

More:Tourism cannot exist without Germany - GİLA BENMAYOR

Turkey plans religious marriages

Turkey plans religious marriages
By NEOnline | TB

The Turkish government on July 30 defended a controversial plan to allow state-approved clerics to conduct marriage ceremonies.

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Turkish man barred from donating blood after US official cites Chernobyl disaster - HEALTH

Turkish man barred from donating blood after US official cites Chernobyl disaster

ISTANBUL

A Turkish man living in the U.S. state of Florida was disqualified from donating blood after an official cited him as living in Turkey, which shares the Black Sea with Ukraine, at the time of the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, daily Habertürk reported on July 31.

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i24NEWS - 'It's really like a kind of death, not to be able to practice what you believe’

'It's really like a kind of death, not to be able to practice what you believe’

BERLIN - Seyran Ateş arrives at the interview in an armored car, accompanied by five bodyguards. An essential measure for her protection, deemed the Berlin authorities, after she received over a hundred death threats over the past month. Religious bodies in Egypt and Turkey issued fatwas against her, social media posts condemned her, and men on the street blocked her path while shouting “you will die.”

More:i24NEWS - 'It's really like a kind of death, not to be able to practice what you believe’

Democracy in Turkey teeters on brink of extinction - Mission Network News

Democracy in Turkey teeters on brink of extinction
PUBLISHED ON 31 July, 2017 BY Reagan Hoezee

Turkey (MNN) — One year after the Turkish military’s failed coup that killed nearly 250 people, democracy in Turkey is on the brink of extinction.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

How to Thaw a Frozen Relationship: 4 Ways to Improve EU-Turkey Ties | EuBulletin.Com

How to Thaw a Frozen Relationship: 4 Ways to Improve EU-Turkey Ties
Written by @Eubulletin | Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The EU-Turkey relationship has gone through many ups and downs during the last 50 years. While Turkey has become a strategic partner for the EU who is still formally engaged in its accession talks, the developments in the last four years have caused numerous cracks and frictions in the relationship. Since further degradation would, however, be undesirable, both sides should contemplate four ways to improve their relationship both in a short and medium run: revamp the EU-Turkey Customs Union; deepen the partnership on asylum and refugees; materialize key EU programs to support Turkey’s modernization; and pursue dialogues in areas of mutual interest.

More:How to Thaw a Frozen Relationship: 4 Ways to Improve EU-Turkey Ties | EuBulletin.Com

Turkish economic confidence index hits 4-year high - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish economic confidence index hits 4-year high
Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-28 22:05:07|Editor: Zhou Xin

ANKARA, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish economic confidence index hits the highest level since November 2013, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data released Friday.

More:Turkish economic confidence index hits 4-year high - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish women take to the street against violence

Turkish women take to the street against violence

World
Sunday 30 July 2017 - 9:08am

JOHANNESBURG – Hundreds of Turkish women took to the streets of Istanbul to protest against violence and animosity from men.

The protesters say men in the majority Muslim nation carry out violent attacks against them over their clothing choices.

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Turkish Court Frees 7 Newspaper Staff, Keeps 6 in Jail

Turkish Court Frees 7 Newspaper Staff, Keeps 6 in Jail

Friday, 28 Jul 2017 01:39 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul has decided to release seven journalists and staff of an opposition newspaper pending the outcome of their trial.

More:Turkish Court Frees 7 Newspaper Staff, Keeps 6 in Jail

Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Thaw a Frozen Relationship: 4 Ways to Improve EU-Turkey Ties | EuBulletin.Com

How to Thaw a Frozen Relationship: 4 Ways to Improve EU-Turkey Ties
Written by @Eubulletin | Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The EU-Turkey relationship has gone through many ups and downs during the last 50 years. While Turkey has become a strategic partner for the EU who is still formally engaged in its accession talks, the developments in the last four years have caused numerous cracks and frictions in the relationship. Since further degradation would, however, be undesirable, both sides should contemplate four ways to improve their relationship both in a short and medium run: revamp the EU-Turkey Customs Union; deepen the partnership on asylum and refugees; materialize key EU programs to support Turkey’s modernization; and pursue dialogues in areas of mutual interest.

More:How to Thaw a Frozen Relationship: 4 Ways to Improve EU-Turkey Ties | EuBulletin.Com

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Brussels Times - Political dialogue between EU and Turkey ends in disagreement

Political dialogue between EU and Turkey ends in disagreement
Thursday, 27 July 2017 16:07

A high-level political dialogue between EU top officials and Turkish ministers took place this week (25 July) in Brussels in the framework of dialogue and cooperation between the two sides. It was described as open, frank and even constructive but did not result in any common statement on the outstanding issues besides an understanding that the dialogue should continue.

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In court, a Turkish journalist delivers a searing attack on the government  - The Washington Post

In court, a Turkish journalist delivers a searing attack on the government

ISTANBUL — After spending more than seven months in prison on terrorism charges that could keep him there for years to come, Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist, appeared in an Istanbul court this week with a fleeting opportunity to publicly rebut his powerful accusers.

More:In court, a Turkish journalist delivers a searing attack on the government  - The Washington Post

Turkey’s latest trial of journalists is surreal even by its own standards

Turkey’s latest trial of journalists is surreal even by its own standards

Ahmet Sik and 16 others are accused of aiding the subversive movement they helped to expose

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Thomas Cook says demand for Turkish holidays picks up

Thomas Cook says demand for Turkish holidays picks up

Thursday, 27 July 2017 21:16

The tour operator Thomas Cook says that Turkey is back on the tourist map for both UK and German visitors. Despite growing tensions between Turkish and German government, Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser told that Turkey remained attractive for German tourists.

More:Thomas Cook says demand for Turkish holidays picks up

Globe editorial: Under Erdogan, Turkey descends into dictatorship - The Globe and Mail

Globe editorial: Under Erdogan, Turkey descends into dictatorship

Turkey’s presidency is a ceremonial role, or it was until Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country’s first directly-elected head of state in August of 2014.

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Turkish parliament passes new bylaws; critics fear muzzling

Turkish parliament passes new bylaws; critics fear muzzling
By SUZAN FRASER -
7/27/17 2:12 PM

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a series of contentious changes to its bylaws, which critics say aim to further curtail opposition voices.

More:Turkish parliament passes new bylaws; critics fear muzzling

Severing Ties with Erdogan – Handelsblatt Global

Severing Ties with Erdogan

Germany should demand Turkey’s suspension from NATO and cancel the refugee pact with President Erdogan, to deprive him of any leverage, the Left Party’s former leader writes.

More:Severing Ties with Erdogan – Handelsblatt Global

The Turkification of Poland: Kaczynski Vs. Duda - The Globalist

The Turkification of Poland: Kaczynski Vs. Duda

Why is Kaczynski, a staunch Catholic, leading his rightfully proud nation toward its own Turkification?

More:The Turkification of Poland: Kaczynski Vs. Duda - The Globalist

Israel-Turkey fallout deepens over Al-Aqsa mosque

Israel-Turkey fallout deepens over Al-Aqsa mosque

JERUSALEM - A fallout between Turkey and Israel deepened on Wednesday as the Jewish state hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s criticism of its constraints on Muslims visiting a sensitive holy site in annexed east Jerusalem.

More:Israel-Turkey fallout deepens over Al-Aqsa mosque

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Erdogan's Anti-Westernism Picks Up Speed - The Atlantic

Erdogan's Anti-Westernism Picks Up Speed

Turkey’s proclivity for detaining foreigners bespeaks an ominous path ahead for the increasingly repressive nation.

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Thousands of families hit by wrong urban transformation policies across Turkey - BUSINESS

Thousands of families hit by wrong urban transformation policies across Turkey

Gülistan Alagöz - ISTANBUL

Many Turkish people, who live in unstable buildings at high risk of collapsing during an earthquake have said “yes” to urban transformation projects with the hope of renewing their houses but thousands of them have been disappointed due to several wrong policies, which has paved the way for the appearance of hundreds of contractors who have not kept their promise to build.

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Turks savor small doses of heartwarming news

Turks savor small doses of heartwarming news

Good news is hard to come by in Turkey these days. From further arrests of journalists to endless diplomatic spats, things seem to be going from bad to worse. But that's not to say there isn’t any. An attentive reader can unearth some happy stories. Take today’s news, for instance:

Though Turkey's various crises continue to bubble, the recent news wasn't all bad. Author Amberin Zaman Posted July 26, 2017

The pro-government daily Yeni Akit reported that a pair of creative surgeons at a state-run hospital in the central Anatolian city of Nevsehir treated burn injuries on a four-year-old boy’s foot by grafting foreskin from a circumcised penis onto the affected area. The patient has been discharged and is recovering.

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Germany Bans Arms Shipments to Turkey

Germany Bans Arms Shipments to Turkey

The freeze sets an important precedent of linking arms exports to human rights, says TRNN's Shir Hever

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Earth to Erdogan – Handelsblatt Global

Earth to Erdogan

Recent arrests of human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director and a German citizen, have set Turkey on a collision course with the EU.

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Turkey Backs Down to Germany – Handelsblatt Global

Turkey Backs Down to Germany

The interior minister withdraws allegations that German companies were funding terrorism, but arrests of Germans may prevent a quick remedy.

More:Turkey Backs Down to Germany – Handelsblatt Global

Passengers claim airline pilot was ′afraid′ to fly to Turkey | News | DW | 25.07.2017

Passengers claim airline pilot was 'afraid' to fly to Turkey

Angry customers stranded in southern Germany say that a flight from Stuttgart to Ankara was canceled because of political fears. The airline denies this, but some people are calling for a customer boycott.

More:Passengers claim airline pilot was ′afraid′ to fly to Turkey | News | DW | 25.07.2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Recep Erdoğan’s Arabian tightrope – POLITICO

Recep Erdoğan’s Arabian tightrope

Ankara looks to support Qatar without alienating Riyadh.

By Zia Weise

7/23/17, 10:01 PM CET

ISTANBUL — Diplomatic nuance may not be Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s strongest suit, but Turkey’s combative leader is trying to tread carefully in his current voyage through the Arabian Peninsula.

More:Recep Erdoğan’s Arabian tightrope – POLITICO

View from abroad: Turkey’s increasing isolation - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

View from abroad: Turkey’s increasing isolation
Irfan HusainUpdated July 24, 2017

AS Turkey’s President Erdogan extends his purge, thousands have been locked up and await trial for their alleged role in last year’s attempted coup. Ten of them are German citizens who face terrorism charges. In today’s Turkey, any suspected links to the Gulenist movement are equated with terrorism. Thus, schoolteachers, university professors, civil servants, judges and prosecutors — apart from tens of thousands of police and military personnel — have been suspended, sacked or jailed.

More:View from abroad: Turkey’s increasing isolation - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Turkey withdraws blacklist of German firms accused of financing terrorism – POLITICO

Turkey withdraws blacklist of German firms accused of financing terrorism

By Connor Murphy

7/24/17, 5:02 PM CET

Updated 7/24/17, 5:25 PM CET

Turkey formally withdrew a list of nearly 700 German businesses it had accused of having ties to terrorism, attributing the charges to a misunderstanding, a German government spokesman said on Monday.

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Europe’s Turkey woes – POLITICO

Europe’s Turkey woes

By Saim Saeed

7/24/17, 9:20 AM CET

The ongoing diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara continues, and much of the German press devoted front pages to the matter. Frankfurter Allgemeine quoted German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier saying, “To stop [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan is a question of self-respect.” Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on its front page that Erdoğan rebuffed German criticism and said Turkey is a “country of laws.” Right-leaning Die Welt led with: “The federal government should set a deadline for Turkey.” Leftist paper Die Tageszeitung led with an opinion piece on Turkish-Germans being made to feel unwelcome.

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Turkey’s eastward shift can be halted

Turkey’s eastward shift can be halted

Western re-engagement with Ankara brings benefits for Europe and the Middle East

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Turkish Parliamentarians forbidden from bringing up the “Kurdistan” and the “Armenian Genocide”

Turkish Parliamentarians forbidden from bringing up the “Kurdistan” and the “Armenian Genocide”

On 20 July 2017, Turkey’s Great Assembly has adopted a new law, prohibiting its parliamentarians from insulting Turkey’s glorious history by using the words, “Armenian Genocide”, “Kurdistan” and “Kurdish regions”.

<a href="">Turkish Parliamentarians forbidden from bringing up the “Kurdistan” and and the “Armenian Genocide”</a>

How blunt can Turkish caricaturists be?

How blunt can Turkish caricaturists be?

Would Erdogan rather be compared to Hitler or an animal? An exhibition of Turkish caricatures in Germany shows where the boundaries of free speech are in Turkey a year after the failed coup attempt.

<a href="http://m.dw.com/en/how-blunt-can-turkish-caricaturists-be/a-39754228">How blunt can Turkish caricaturists be?</a>

Turkey's emboldened opposition

Turkey's emboldened opposition

In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government has been working to centralise political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic. This month's massive rally in Istanbul was a rare exception. By Sinan Ülgen

<a href="http://en.qantara.de/content/kemal-kilicdaroglus-justice-march-turkeys-emboldened-opposition">Turkey's emboldened opposition</a>

'Hero' T-shirt prompts wave of arrests

'Hero' T-shirt prompts wave of arrests in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish police have over the last week detained at least 15 people for wearing a T-shirt with a slogan the authorities
argue is a veiled message backing the alleged mastermind of last year's failed coup.

<a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/hero-t-shirt-prompts-wave-of-arrests-in-turkey">'Hero' T-shirt prompts wave of arrests in Turkey</a>

Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release

Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release

Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by Orlando Rodriquez
Reuters

The statement came after Germany told all citizens traveling to Turkey to exercise caution following the jailing of a human rights activist.

More: <a href="http://leicesterpost.com/2017/07/22/turkey-reissues-warrant-for-4-activists-after-release/">Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release</a>

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Totally Wasn’t Us: Turkey Denies Role in Map Outlining US Presence in Syria

Totally Wasn’t Us: Turkey Denies Role in Map Outlining US Presence in Syria

A spokesman from the offices of the Turkish president has stated that Ankara was not involved in the publication of a map that showed, among other things, the location of US military positions in Syria. The map was published by a Turkish state-run news agency.

<a href="https://sptnkne.ws/eXvM">Totally Wasn’t Us: Turkey Denies Role in Map Outlining US Presence in Syria</a>

Reuters says Turkey blacklisted 680 German companies, not 68

Reuters says Turkey blacklisted 680 German companies, not 68

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday also condemned comments by Germany's economy minister warning companies off investing in Turkey and said the country should "pull itself together" as a dispute between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies escalates.

<a href="http://newburghgazette.com/2017/07/22/reuters-says-turkey-blacklisted-680-german-companies-not-68/">Reuters says Turkey blacklisted 680 German companies, not 68</a>

Goodbye Past, Hello Future: Turkey 'Drifting' From NATO to Eurasia

Goodbye Past, Hello Future: Turkey 'Drifting' From NATO to Eurasia

Germany deliberately provoked a crisis in Berlin-Ankara ties which may have added significantly to Turkey further distancing itself from NATO, Turkish military expert Soner Polat told Sputnik.

More:<a href="https://sputniknews.com/world/201707221055785107-germany-turkey-relations-nato-policy/">Goodbye Past, Hello Future: Turkey 'Drifting' From NATO to Eurasia</a>

Friday, July 21, 2017

Turkey Is Undergoing A Radical Shift, From Pluralism To Islamic Populism

Turkey Is Undergoing A Radical Shift, From Pluralism To Islamic Populism

For reformists like me, the disappointment runs deep.

<a href="http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_596fcfcfe4b062ea5f8efa0f">Turkey Is Undergoing A Radical Shift, From Pluralism To Islamic Populism</a>

Turkey’s growing repression leads to a showdown with Germany

Turkey’s growing repression leads to a showdown with Germany

A human-rights activist’s arrest is more than Angela Merkel can tolerate
Europe
Jul 21st 2017

AFTER months of diplomatic tiptoeing, Germany’s patience has run out. On July 18th a Turkish court ordered that six human rights activists, including a German trainer who had been detained during a training workshop with Amnesty International, a human-rights group, should be officially arrested. Two days later Germany’s foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, cut loose.

<a href="https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21725457-human-rights-activists-arrest-more-angela-merkel-can-tolerate-turkeys-growing-repression">Turkey’s growing repression leads to a showdown with Germany</a>

Erdogan will regret alienating Angela Merkel

Erdogan will regret alienating Angela Merkel

(CNN)Over the past few months, relations between Turkey and Germany have become increasingly fraught.

<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/opinions/turkey-germany-hakura-opinion/index.html">Erdogan will regret alienating Angela Merkel</a>

The stripping of Turkish citizenship by the state

The stripping of Turkish citizenship by the state

Imagine your day being interrupted by a call from an old friend from home. You are delighted to hear his voice, and inquiries about mutual friends come gushing to the forefront of your mind. But he interrupts your happy inner conversation. "You and your wife are on a list," he says. "You have been accused of serious crimes. If you don’t return, you will be stripped of your nationality." What happens next is a blur. You feel lightheaded. You hang up. But the words keep playing on your mind. Over and over again. "Stripped of your nationality." "No longer a citizen." "Stateless."

More:<a href="http://news.trust.org/item/20170721123142-hbx0v/?source=gep">The stripping of Turkish citizenship by the state</a>

Germany warns citizens of Turkey risks amid arrests

Germany warns citizens of Turkey risks amid arrests

The German government has warned its citizens and firms they face the risk of "arbitrary" arrest in Turkey.

More: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40667592#">Germany warns citizens of Turkey risks amid arrests</a>

Germany steps up economic pressure on Turkey in rights row

UPDATE 4-Germany steps up economic pressure on Turkey in rights row (BAS)
Reuters
Jul. 20, 2017, 12:44 PM

(Adds Turkish foreign minister)

By Madeline Chambers

BERLIN, July 20 (Reuters) - Germany told its citizens on Thursday to exercise caution if travelling to Turkey and threatened measures that could hinder German investment there, in a sign of growing impatience with a NATO ally after the detention of rights activists.

More: <a href="http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/r-update-4-germany-steps-up-economic-pressure-on-turkey-in-rights-row-2017-7-1002192302">Germany steps up economic pressure on Turkey in rights row</a>

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Turkey’s democracy | Jordan Times

Turkey’s democracy

Jul 19,2017 - Last updated at Jul 19,2017 0 0 googleplus0 0 0 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan marked the first anniversary of last year's failed July 15 coup by sacking 7,563 soldiers and police officers.

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Turkey’s Year of Turmoil by Carl Bildt - Project Syndicate

Turkey’s Year of Turmoil

STOCKHOLM – It has been one year since the failed coup in Turkey, and questions about the country’s future still abound.

More:Turkey’s Year of Turmoil by Carl Bildt - Project Syndicate

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Negotiating Missile Defense in the Turkish Bazar | Defense Update:

Negotiating Missile Defense in the Turkish Bazar
By
Tamir Eshel -
Jul 19, 2017

Turkey is negotiating a mega deal worth billions of dollars in a ‘Turkish Bazar’ style, where the European Eurosam consortium faces a competing offer from the Russians, through their largest missile exporter Rostec, as Ankara opens its missile defense program to foreign bidders.

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How US-Turkey relations have gone from bad to worse | TheHill

How US-Turkey relations have gone from bad to worse
By Edward Stafford, opinion contributor - 07/19/17 03:00 PM EDT

One year after the failed coup attempt of July 15, Turkish relations with the U.S. have gone from uneasy and challenging to difficult and strained; a return to the halcyon days of warm relations soon is unlikely, in part because such days rarely if ever existed.

More:How US-Turkey relations have gone from bad to worse | TheHill

Turkey Can Ally With Syria's Kurds Someday - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Turkey Can Ally with Syria's Kurds Someday

David Pollock

July 2017

Most Kurds are now seeking rights in their respective countries, while downplaying the pan-Kurdish dream, giving Turkey more room to separate the PYD from the PKK instead of lumping them together.

More:Turkey Can Ally With Syria's Kurds Someday - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Eight suspects arrested for planning attack on main opposition’s ‘justice march’ - CRIME

Eight suspects arrested for planning attack on main opposition’s ‘justice march’

KAYSERİ – Anadolu Agency

Eight suspects were arrested on July 19 for planning an attack on the “justice march,” a 450-km walk led by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

More:Eight suspects arrested for planning attack on main opposition’s ‘justice march’ - CRIME

Turkey publishes over-upbeat growth forecasts: IMF - MarketWatch

Turkey publishes over-upbeat growth forecasts: IMF

Published: July 19, 2017 2:17 a.m. ET By Yeliz Candemir

ISTANBUL--The Turkish government has published overly optimistic forecasts of the country's economic performance for years, a sign that Ankara has to further improve the clarity and reliability of reporting on the country's finances, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

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Turkey and the Kurds are on the brink of war -- and the Pentagon is right in the middle of it

Turkey and the Kurds are on the brink of war -- and the Pentagon is right in the middle of it

Turkey and the US-backed YPG forces -- which have been helping the coalition fight ISIS in Syria -- have been clashing off and on since at least April.

At the end of that month, the two sides exchanged rocket fire, which Turkey says killed 11 YPG fighters. In early July, Turkey deployed troops to the Kurdish-held border in northwest Syria, which the YPG commander called "a declaration of war."

More:Turkey and the Kurds are on the brink of war -- and the Pentagon is right in the middle of it

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Torrential rain leaves Istanbul awash - BBC News

Torrential rain leaves Istanbul awash

By BBC

Commuters could only stand and watch as fast flowing water flooded metro tracks Commuters in Istanbul faced quite a major challenge getting to work after torrential rainfall caused major flooding in the city and turning roads into rivers.

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CHP leader challenges President Erdoğan to discuss July 15 coup attempt in TV debate - POLITICS

CHP leader challenges President Erdoğan to discuss July 15 coup attempt in TV debate

ANKARA

The leader of the main opposition party has reiterated his challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a televised debate over the July 15 coup attempt, after he was harshly accused of supporting coup plotters for calling the putsch a “controlled coup.”

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Even through all his bluster, Erdogan's fear is obvious

Even through all his bluster, Erdogan's fear is obvious

Turkey is commemorating the first anniversary of the July 15 failed coup — the official Martyrs and Democracy Day. The list of state-sponsored celebrations is quite impressive, with nonstop TV shows rewriting that night. A webpage titled “July 15 activities” presents a documentary, songs about the attempt, the names of those killed, and the images of monuments built in Ankara and Istanbul for the victims. It also displays posters designed to capture the key moments of the coup attempt. Since July 11, these images have decorated cities throughout Turkey. Most of them are quite problematic, however.

More:Even through all his bluster, Erdogan's fear is obvious

Was Turkey's Coup For Real? | HuffPost

Was Turkey’s Coup For Real?
07/17/2017 09:33 am ET

Much speculation exists about the coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016. Some even call it a “false-coup,” which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan organized in order to justify a crackdown against oppositionists. There are many other instances when a military tried to remove the civilian head of government. Case studies suggest a pattern, which can be used to evaluate the events in Turkey one year ago.

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Turkey extends state of emergency after coup anniversary - France 24

Turkey extends state of emergency after coup anniversary

Latest update : 2017-07-17
Turkey on Monday extended emergency rule for another three months, almost a year after it was imposed in the wake of last July's failed military coup.

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Turkey’s Erdogan turned a failed coup into his path to greater power - The Washington Post

Turkey’s Erdogan turned a failed coup into his path to greater power
By Ishaan Tharoor July 17 at 1:00 AM

Over the weekend, Turkey marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his elected government. You probably know the story: On July 15, 2016, a mutinous faction of soldiers staged a short-lived insurrection that was confronted by mass protests in Istanbul and elsewhere. More than 250 people were killed, including many civilians, and thousands injured before order was restored.

More:Turkey’s Erdogan turned a failed coup into his path to greater power - The Washington Post

‘Who will stop Erdoğan?’ – POLITICO

‘Who will stop Erdoğan?’

Divisions over Macron’s housing tax in France. May’s fractious cabinet gets top billing in London.

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Turkey’s emboldened opposition | Inquirer Opinion

Turkey’s emboldened opposition
By: Sinan Ülgen - @inquirerdotnet
05:05 AM July 17, 2017

ISTANBUL — In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has been working to centralize political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic. This month’s massive rally in Istanbul was a rare exception.

More:Turkey’s emboldened opposition | Inquirer Opinion

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Juncker: EU's hand remains outstretched to Turkey - StarTribune.com

Juncker: EU's hand remains outstretched to Turkey
Associated Press
July 16, 2017

BERLIN — The head of the European Union's executive body says the EU's hand remains outstretched to Turkey but is renewing warnings that Ankara will not get EU membership if reinstates the death penalty.

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The Loneliness of Recep Tayyip Erdogan - The Atlantic

The Loneliness of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

His lifelong resentment of secularists has decimated Turkish democracy.

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‘An Embarrassment’: Posters Celebrating Defeat of Turkey Coup Backfire | Al Bawaba

‘An Embarrassment’: Posters Celebrating Defeat of Turkey Coup Backfire

Giant billboards with paintings representing the defeat of last year's failed coup have sparked controversy in Turkey, with critics saying they are defaming the once-powerful military.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making the Most of a Coup - Stratfor Worldview

Making the Most of a Coup

No state leader likes the thought of putschists plotting to bring him or her down. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan certainly knows how to make the most out of a coup attempt. In the year since a faction of the military tried to overthrow his administration, the Turkish president has neutralized a large swath of his political opposition, undertaken major reforms to enhance his powers and stayed the course with his expansionist foreign policy. And though his agenda still faces several obstacles ahead, Erdogan will keep invoking the victimhood narrative to maintain a tight grip on power at home while balancing an increasingly complex set of relationships abroad.

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The Latest: Erdogan: Coup-plotters should wear Gitmo outfits

The Latest: Erdogan: Coup-plotters should wear Gitmo outfits

7/15/17 4:23 PM

ISTANBUL — The Latest on the first anniversary since Turkey quashed last summer’s coup attempt (all times local):

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he wants hundreds of people who are on trial for plotting last year’s failed coup to appear in court wearing the same type of outfit — similar to those that were worn by detainees at Guantanamo.

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Turks commemorate 1 year since coup try with massive march

Turks commemorate 1 year since coup try with massive march
By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and SUZAN FRASER -

ISTANBUL — Waving large red Turkish flags, tens of thousands joined a national unity march in Istanbul on Saturday, converging at the iconic July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge to mark the anniversary of the failed military coup attempt that 250 people died resisting.

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The Latest: Erdogan to marchers: You saved Turkey's future | Depend On WOKV - Jacksonville's News, Weather, and Traffic | www.wokv.com

The Latest: Erdogan to marchers: You saved Turkey's future

July 15, 2017 6:04

ISTANBUL - The Latest on the first anniversary since Turkey quashed last summer's coup attempt (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Turkey's president has likened the defeat of last year's July 15 military coup attempt to Turkey's independence war nearly a hundred years ago.

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In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup

In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup

Tuvan Gumrukcu and David Dolan

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Turks rallied to mark the anniversary of last year's failed coup on Saturday, in an outpouring of mass support for President Tayyip Erdogan that lay bare the divisions of a society riven by widespread purges.

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Inside Erdogan’s Prisons - The New York Times

Inside Erdogan’s Prisons

Safak Pavey

ISTANBUL — I have been a member of Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul for the opposition Republican People’s Party for the past six years. It has forced me to become a specialist in the Turkish prison system as President

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In the year since Turkey’s failed coup, democracy has become near dictatorship | Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu | Opinion | The Guardian

In the year since Turkey’s failed coup, democracy has become near dictatorship
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exploited the crisis to lead a purge against all oppositional voices to rule by decree. It could have all been handled so differently

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Hunger-striking pair become symbols of Turkey purge

Hunger-striking pair become symbols of Turkey purge
Posted on 14 July 2017 - 12:13pm

ANKARA: An Ankara academic and teacher who have been on hunger strike for over four months after being sacked in the wake of Turkey's failed coup have emerged as symbols of the biggest purge in the country's history.

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Turkey Economy Rebounds | Financial Tribune

Turkey Economy Rebounds

It was a very difficult time for Turkey. A few months after a failed coup on July 15, 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was asking people to sell their dollar-denominated savings and instead buy the local currency–lira.

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Meral Aksener, Turkey's Iron Lady and Challenger of Erdogan | Time.com

Turkey's 'Iron Lady' Meral Aksener Is Getting Ready to Challenge Erdogan

Jared Malsin / Istanbul Jul 14, 2017

Meral Aksener doesn’t run from fights. Turkey’s former interior minister is known informally as asena, or she-wolf. When the country's military took steps in 1997 to remove the government from power, she took a stand against its leaders. A general threatened to have the young lawmaker impaled “on an oily spike that we’ll put in front of the ministry.” Testifying about the conversation in court in 2013, she brushed the comment off. “I did what I was supposed to do,” she said.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Support from five continents for detained human rights advocates in Turkey - IFEX

Support from five continents for detained human rights advocates in Turkey

IPS Communication Foundation - Bianet , Canadian Journalists for Free Expression , International Federation of Journalists , PEN American Center , Index on Censorship 14 July 2017

As a reaction against human rights advocates being taken into custody in Turkey, 41 rights organizations and defenders from five different continents have made a statement demanding the release of the detained advocates and made a call to the Government and ministries.

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'I can't forget it': Turkey's failed coup one year on - CNN.com

'I can't forget that night'
Fear and optimism in Turkey one year after failed coup

By Gul Tuysuz and Alper Tugra Cakici, CNN

Updated 1142 GMT (1942 HKT) July 14, 2017

Ankara, Turkey (CNN) -- On the night of July 15 last year, tanks rolled into the streets of Turkey's two largest cities. Soldiers blocked the famous Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, bombs struck the parliament building in the capital Ankara, and a helicopter stolen by rogue pilots was shot down by an F-16 jet.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hundreds of miles away at a seaside resort when the coup, mounted by a faction of the military, got underway. By the time Erdogan emerged to address the nation via FaceTime hours later, it had already begun to fizzle.

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After the coup: Turkey’s lira one year on

After the coup: Turkey’s lira one year on

It’s been a humbling 12 months for the Turkish lira. On the one-year anniversary of the country’s failed coup, the lira ranks as the world’s worst performing currency outside the frontier markets since July 15 last year.

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A year after the coup attempt, Turkey wrestles with the truth

A year after the coup attempt, Turkey wrestles with the truth
Erdogan still blames elusive Islamic cleric but few allies share his conviction

by: Mehul Srivastava in Ankara

Standing outside Istanbul’s Ataturk airport a year ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed across the ocean to the man he blamed for an attempted coup that had almost wrenched Turkey out of his grasp.

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One year after the failed coup in Turkey, the crackdown continues | World news | The Guardian

One year after the failed coup in Turkey, the crackdown continues

Mass jailings and sackings and the suspension of the rule of law by President Erdoğan have deepened Turkey’s divisions

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Year after Turkish coup, thousands feel wrongfully punished | Fox News

Year after Turkish coup, thousands feel wrongfully punished
By MEHMET GUZEL and AYSE WIETING
Published July 13, 2017

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey – Abdullah Korkmaz worked as a teacher and elementary school principal in Turkey for 18 years before he was caught up, like more than 100,000 other public sector workers, in the expansive crackdown on civil servants that followed an attempted military coup a year ago.

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Coup bid 'martyrs' become new heroes of Erdogan's Turkey

Coup bid 'martyrs' become new heroes of Erdogan's Turkey
[AFP News]
Gokan GUNES
AFP News14 July 2017

People have come from far and wide to this sleepy Anatolian village in central Turkey to recite prayers, take selfies or just think quietly.

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Anniversary of Turkish coup | Euronews

Anniversary of Turkish coup

It began with a distant rumble. A rumour, the dull roar of unauthorised military jets flying low over the Turkish capital. When the first tanks began to roll through the streets of Ankara and Istanbul at around 10pm, members of the public rushed out to prevent what they feared might occur: a coup d’etat. They were met with gunfire, as rogue soldiers used their element of surprise and blocked off Istanbul’s Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Bosphorus bridges.

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Turkey's trauma after night of the tanks - BBC News

Turkey's trauma after night of the tanks
By Mark Lowen BBC Turkey correspondent

Sabri Unal bears the scars of Turkey's failed coup - quite literally.

On the night of 15 July last year, he joined thousands on the streets to resist the rogue soldiers attempting to seize control.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

'I was offered $250,000 for Erdogan coup phone' | Euronews

Turkey 'I was offered $250,000 for Erdogan coup phone'

The Turkish journalist at the centre of the intervention that changed the course of a coup attempt last year has told Euronews that she was offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for the phone on which she broadcast a live message from president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Had the Ottoman Empire been saved rather than sunk

Had the Ottoman Empire been saved rather than sunk
Imagine the mayhem that might have been avoided

If Jul 13th 2017 WHEN a Serb gunman shot an Austrian archduke in the summer of 1914, the nations of Europe tumbled into war with all the grace of bowling pins. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, whose ally Russia declared war on Austria, whose ally Germany declared war on Russia, whose allies France and Britain declared war on Germany and Austria. By early August the continent was in flames.

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Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army | Foreign Policy

Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army

The Turkish president has brutally cleansed ranks and is building a new army with some strange bedfellows.

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Turks in Germany divided over Erdogan | All media content | DW | 12.07.2017

Turks in Germany divided over Erdogan

Berlin's Kreuzberg district is home to a large Turkish population - earning it the title of 'Little Istanbul.' While residents there are divided about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, they are determined not to let politics interfere with friendships.

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Turkey detains director of film on July 15 coup attempt - The Washington Post

Turkey detains director of film on July 15 coup attempt
By Associated Press July 13 at 5:33 AM

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says a film director has been detained on suspicion of links to a U.S.-based cleric who Turkey blames for last summer’s failed coup.

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In a mental state of emergency

Turkey one year after the attempted coup

In a mental state of emergency
The recent ″March for Justice″ organised by CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu proved a wake-up call, even for secular, politically reticent Turks. Finally people have realised that, without a voice in politics, they will slowly but surely forfeit their identity. By Yavuz Baydar

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Is Turkey’s main opposition starting to act like one? - International - Jerusalem Post

Is Turkey’s main opposition starting to act like one?
ByFerhat Gurini
July 12, 2017 21:44
Even under heavy government censorship and alleged election fraud Turkish opposition might surge forward, unless a total crackdown by the government is commenced.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A year later, Turkey is a divided society | Arab News

A year later, Turkey is a divided society

As the first anniversary of the coup attempt in Turkey approaches, the country has entered a week of commemoration activities. Despite the trauma, the immediate post-coup period revealed a glimpse of possibility for a new Turkey. It was an opportunity to purge the ever-present deep state, an institutionalized threat to national sovereignty, and serve as a wakeup call for the country’s unapologetic leaders.

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Legacy of Turkey coup attempt likely to have ramifications for decades to come - The National

Legacy of Turkey coup attempt likely to have ramifications for decades to come

A year on from the failed coup, the country remains under a state of emergency as president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has embarked on one of the most far-reaching purges in Turkey's modern history

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Ankara may be counting on US-Russian rivalry in Syria

Ankara may be counting on US-Russian rivalry in Syria

The Syrian crisis has taken many unexpected turns since 2011. The involvement of local and global powers has not only complicated matters but also produced unwanted results for neighboring countries such as Turkey and Iraq.

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Turkey's Erdogan says lifting emergency rule out of question - France 24

Turkey's Erdogan says lifting emergency rule out of question

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday ruled out an immediate end to the year-old state of emergency imposed after a failed coup, saying it could only be lifted once the fight against terrorism was finished.

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Turkish academics flee abroad to an uncertain life incognito

Turkish academics flee abroad to an uncertain life incognito
12.07.2017

Ayse Yildirim set out to attend an academic conference in Germany in October last year, little suspecting that she would not be permitted to return to Turkey.

Yildirim – not her real name – is a professor of law and a member of the "Academics for Freedom" network.

More than 1,100 academics have signed the network's petition calling for an end to military deployments in Turkey's Kurdish regions.

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Doyen of Turkish cinema dies at 83 - Daily Sabah

Doyen of Turkish cinema dies at 83

Turkish film and theater actor Fikret Hakan passed away while undergoing treatment for lung cancer at the age of 83.

His real name was Bumin Gaffar Çıtanak, yet he was known as Fikret Hakan in the theater and film world. He was born on April 23, 1934 in the province of Balıkesir to a nurse mother and a literature teacher father. When Hakan's father was transferred to Galatasaray High School in Istanbul, the family moved to the city When he was at high school, he was interested in journalism and worked with the Istanbul Express newspaper, for which veteran journalists Abdi İpekçi and Halit Kıvanç also worked and was owned by Mithat Perin. He started earning money when his stories began to be published, which caused him to drift away from school. He first performed at Ses Theater as a clown in the "Three Doves" operetta in 1950. Then, he changed his name and acted in "Leblebici Horhor" and "Afrodit."

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Turkey's coup: questions linger one year on

Turkey's coup: questions linger one year on
[AFP News]
Fulya OZERKAN

Just before midnight on July 15, 2016, a tear-stained anchorwoman, clearly under duress, appeared on Turkish state television to announce the purported seizure of power by the army.

Shortly after she read the statement -- said to be in the name of the armed forces -- war planes bombed Ankara and tanks surged into the streets of Istanbul in a night of violence that left 249 people dead.

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Turkey: Dissents on hunger strike | All media content | DW | 11.07.2017

Turkey: Dissents on hunger strike

Turkish artists and intellectuals petitioned the government to release two teachers who have been on a hunger strike for 111 days. The two went on hunger strike in Ankara in March to protest the loss of their jobs after Turkey sacked a raft of public sector workers following a failed coup in July last year.

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It will be ‘comforting’ if EU says Turkey cannot be accepted as member: Erdoğan tells BBC - DIPLOMACY

It will be ‘comforting’ if EU says Turkey cannot be accepted as member: Erdoğan tells BBC

It will be “comforting” for Turkey if the EU says frankly that it cannot accept the country as a member, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.

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A very difficult period for Turkey in international relations - Emre Gönen - Daily Sabah

A very difficult period for Turkey in international relations

Turkey and its Western allies must find a way to mend their frozen relations and prevent things from getting totally out of hand

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: "They Should Look Up What Dictator Means!" | ZEIT ONLINE

"They Should Look Up What Dictator Means!"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his image in Germany, his troubled relationship with politicians and journalists in the country and his view of the case of imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel

Interview: Giovanni di Lorenzo

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Monday, July 10, 2017

In search of a Turkish Macron - James in Turkey

In search of a Turkish Macron

Monday 10 July 2017 0

In search of a Turkish Macron Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is not the man who can defeat President Erdoğan, but he’s laying the ground for someone who could The statistics, oft-repeated, are very impressive. The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party walked, rain or shine, along the 432-kilometre road connecting the country’s capital to its largest city. It took 24 days for him and his followers, often numbering in tens of thousands, to complete the route.

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Tillerson Marks Failed Turkish Coup Anniversary

Tillerson Marks Failed Turkish Coup Anniversary

July 09, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has marked the anniversary this week of last year's failed coup coup in Turkey, praising the courage of the Turkish people in defending democracy but failing to mention the widespread government crackdown that has followed since.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Turkey’s main opposition prepares ‘world’s biggest petition’ for jailed journalists, academics - POLITICS

Turkey’s main opposition prepares ‘world’s biggest petition’ for jailed journalists, academics

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has been preparing what it claims to be the “world’s biggest petition” for jailed journalists and academics in Turkey.

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One year on from the failed coup, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is more autocratic than ever | Opinion | The Guardian

One year on from the failed coup, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is more autocratic than ever

This week is the first anniversary of the failed coup against Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a coup he has used since to further alienate his opponents. Most recently, on 16 April, he won a referendum to become head of state and head of government simultaneously, emerging as the most unassailable Turkish politician since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk established the secular republic in 1923.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

The American AKP

The American AKP

Djene Bajalan Michael Brooks

The Republican Party has more in common with Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian AKP than GOP leaders would like to admit.

In May, the American public was treated to an extraordinary spectacle: a violent confrontation between Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security detail and a crowd of predominantly Kurdish protesters.

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Lawmakers propose halting F-35 sale, visas after Turkish embassy fight | TheHill

Lawmakers propose halting F-35 sale, visas after Turkish embassy fight
By Ellen Mitchell - 07/07/17 05:27 PM EDT

Several lawmakers are looking to withhold military equipment and visas from Turkey in an attempt to force its government to comply with U.S. law after the May attacks on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.

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Turkey Detains 29 Suspected Islamic State Militants in Istanbul: Anadolu | World News | US News

Turkey Detains 29 Suspected Islamic State Militants in Istanbul: Anadolu

July 7, 2017, at 6:45 a.m.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained 29 suspected Islamic State militants in Istanbul, 22 of them foreign nationals, believed to be preparing to travel to Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

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Turkey’s justice march: Democracy bouncing back? - MURAT YETKİN

Turkey’s justice march: Democracy bouncing back?

A couple of hours after main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu entered the provincial borders of Istanbul on July 7, with 40 kilometers left to go to reach his target, I was having lunch with a diverse group of people.

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