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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)

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