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Monday, March 25, 2019

Erdogan draws huge crowds, but needs more than base to win

Erdogan draws huge crowds, but needs more than base to win
Jasper Mortimer March 25, 2019

Article Summary
Critics say Erdogan is using survival and terrorism rhetoric to whip up support and distract from the economy, hoping that voters will be drawn by appeals to their political identity.

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What does the Future Hold for Turkish Civil Society? – MIR

What does the Future Hold for Turkish Civil Society?
By Apolline Moulaire On Mar 24, 2019

While the Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s rise to power once made Turkey seem like the rising star of the Middle East, opinions about the country’s situation have evolved. In her recently-published book How to Lose a Country, Ece Temelkuran describes the seven conditions which show the slow decline of her country into dictatorship. Temelkuran notes that while the preconditions for authoritarianism were set long ago, the past few years have eroded democratic institutions. Since the 2016 failed coup attempt to overthrow Erdogan, the president has reinforced his seat in power by implementing new policies that tend toward authoritarianism while turning away from human rights and individual freedoms. Erdogan promotes a very patriarchal and religious frame of women’s role in society, reinstates discrimination against the Kurdish population, and weakens freedom of the press and expression by imprisoning journalists who dare to oppose his policies. While the situation was alr

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Grocery Stores Are at the Front Line of Turkey’s Latest Political Battle - The Atlantic

Grocery Stores Are at the Front Line of Turkey’s Latest Political Battle

The country’s leader is trying to strong-arm policy prescriptions for a teetering economy. But his critics say he could be making Turkey more fragile in the long run.

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Turkey Should Shift to a Gold Standard to Avoid The Soros Inflation Trap - Eurasia Future

Turkey Should Shift to a Gold Standard to Avoid The Soros Inflation Trap
Written by Adam Garrie on 2019-03-25

Just as was the case prior to last year’s presidential and general election in Turkey, in the run up to this year’s local elections, western currency speculators are doing all that they can to increase pressure against the Turkish lira. Turkey’s central bank has rightly stated that it plans to build up its reserves in order to better leverage external pressure. This is clearly a good short and even medium term solution but in the long term, Turkey must seriously consider a shift to a traditional gold standard.

More:Turkey Should Shift to a Gold Standard to Avoid The Soros Inflation Trap - Eurasia Future

Lira Rebounds as Turkey Central Bank Moves to Allay Market Fears - Bloomberg

Lira Rebounds as Turkey Central Bank Moves to Allay Market Fears
By Constantine Courcoulas

The Turkish lira rebounded, recouping losses after its worst day since a crash last year, as the central bank raised borrowing costs and signaled it was taking steps to bolster its official reserves.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Opinion | Erdogan wins the world’s top demagogue award | TheSpec.com

Erdogan wins the world’s top demagogue award
Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns New Zealanders that they’d better not try to take over his empire, Gwynne Dyer writes.

You can keep your Orban, your Netanyahu, your pathetic Boris Johnson. As for Donald Trump, he's really an icon of democracy, just slightly shop-soiled. The coveted title of World's Leading Demagogue has just gone to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyib Erdogan.

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Fitch Predicts Perpetuated Economic Contraction for Turkey | Asharq AL-awsat

Fitch Predicts Perpetuated Economic Contraction for Turkey

Sunday, 24 March, 2019 - 11:00

The international credit rating agency Fitch Ratings predicted a continued economic contraction in Turkey for 2019 citing the government’s inability to carry out needed adjustments in the aftermath of the Turkish Lira losing over 30 percent of its value against the dollar.

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In Istanbul, Erdogan remakes Taksim Square, a symbol of secular Turkey | World News, The Indian Express

In Istanbul, Erdogan remakes Taksim Square, a symbol of secular Turkey

This popular urban patch has been a symbol of the secular republic for nearly 100 years, but six years after deadly protests there, contentious changes have begun to alter its character in major ways.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Plummeting Lira Defies Turkey's Surprise Monetary Tightening - Bloomberg

Plummeting Lira Defies Turkey's Surprise Monetary Tightening
By Cagan Koc
and Constantine Courcoulas
March 22, 2019, 5:39 AM EDT Updated on March 22, 2019, 2:31 PM EDT

Central bank forces lenders to a more expensive funding rate
Lira leads losses in emerging markets; stocks and bonds fall

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Suspect in Utrecht shooting admits guilt to judge, prosecutors say

Suspect in Utrecht shooting admits guilt to judge, prosecutors say

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A man suspected of killing three people in a shooting aboard a tram in the city of Utrecht this week admitted his guilt to a judge on Friday and has said he acted alone, Dutch prosecutors said.

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Shock of Lira Crash Pushes Turks to Cushion Savings With Dollars - Bloomberg

Shock of Lira Crash Pushes Turks to Cushion Savings With Dollars
By Constantine Courcoulas
March 21, 2019, 10:15 AM EDT

Locals hold about $176 billion of foreign currency, a record
Turkey is gearing up for municipal elections on March 31

The stakes in Turkish elections this month could hardly be higher, if the behavior of local investors is anything to go by.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Dutch prosecutors: Utrecht shooting suspect had "...

Dutch prosecutors: Utrecht shooting suspect had "radicalized ideology"

by Reuters Thursday, 21 March 2019 10:22

AMSTERDAM, March 21 (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors said in a statement on Thursday that the man arrested on suspicion of shooting three people dead in Utrecht this week had a "radicalized ideology" but it was not yet clear whether he was motivated solely by a terrorist intent.

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Has misogyny become official state policy in Turkey?

Has misogyny become official state policy in Turkey?

Pinar Tremblay March 21, 2019

Article Summary

With Turkish police canceling the International Women's Day march in Taksim at the last minute and the president using the drama as an electoral distraction, it's time to ask if misogyny has become an official state policy in Turkey.

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Neglected Ankara threatens to snub Erdogan in mayoral poll | Financial Times

Neglected Ankara threatens to snub Erdogan in mayoral poll

Laura Pitel and Funja Guler in Ankara

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rarely shown much love for Ankara. Like many from his Islamist ruling party, the Turkish president is widely believed to view the capital of 96 years as a symbol of a secular republican project that severed links with a glorious Ottoman past.

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Western media still duped by Erdoğan | Ahval

Western media still duped by Erdoğan

The Washington Post's publication on Wednesday of an op-ed signed - but not written, perhaps not even read - by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exposed a bizarre divide of perceptions across the world.

While international media were busy reporting Turkey's tempestuous president showing gruesome video of the New Zealand massacre at one election rally after another, attacking the New Zealand government for being weak on the assassin and threatening to send Australians and New Zealanders back home in coffins, the Washington Post presented a reasoned leader calling for joint action against global terror carried out in the name of any religion.

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Erdogan’s government in panic over risk of electoral defeats

Erdogan’s government in panic over risk of electoral defeats

Kadri Gursel March 20, 2019

Article Summary

President Erdogan and his party are waging an election campaign of unprecedented vitriol and polarization, including a strong dose of religion, the main driver of which is the fear of losing big cities amid the country’s economic crisis.

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Turkey: Women's Rights Abuses Widespread and Systematic

Turkey: Women's Rights Abuses Widespread and Systematic

by Uzay Bulut March 21, 2019

"As the largest jailer of journalists in the world, it's no surprise that Turkey has the most female journalists behind bars... most detained on anti-state charges." — Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

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'Restoring' Istanbul Is Actually Destroying the City - The Atlantic

Destroying Istanbul to 'Restore' It

Many Istanbulites are concerned that the city’s plans for the future leave its storied past behind.

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Erdogan’s unsatisfied purge looks beyond the 2016 failed putsch | Financial Times

Erdogan’s unsatisfied purge looks beyond the 2016 failed putsch

Trial backdates ‘conspiracy’ to 2013 and blames the uprising on George Soros
David Gardner

The Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacked about 130,000 people, from teachers to policemen, and imprisoned 77,000 in response to an attempted coup in July 2016.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dutch police arrest new suspect in Utrecht tram shooting | News | DW | 20.03.2019

Dutch police arrest new suspect in Utrecht tram shooting

Dutch police have arrested another suspect in a shooting that killed three people in Utrecht. The attack, allegedly carried out by a Turkish-born man, is expected to bolster populist parties in provincial elections.

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Discontent Is Brewing In Erdoğan’s Turkey

Brewing In Erdoğan’s Turkey

By
Güney Işıkara
Alp Kayserilioğlu
Max Zirngast

Turkey's autocratic president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is rushing to shore up the economy ahead of this month's elections. But the economy's woes are deeper than any macroeconomic tweak can fix.

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Analysis: Erdogan sees himself as a global Islamic leader with local elections to win

Analysis: Erdogan sees himself as a global Islamic leader with local elections to win

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, has a pre-election ritual that he sticks to: picking a fight with foreign governments.

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When terror is co-opted for political gain

When terror is co-opted for political gain

Turkey’s president is using the Christchurch terror attack to win support ahead of an election, but an expert says it’s an unsurprising move from the increasingly authoritative regime.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly shown an edited video of the Christchurch shootings at political rallies ahead of his country’s upcoming local elections.

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Denmark and Turkey Sign Offshore Wind Agreement - Offshore Wind

Denmark and Turkey Sign Offshore Wind Agreement

Denmark and Turkey have signed an agreement to extend their existing energy cooperation to include offshore wind.

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'Terrorist' or 'psychopath'? Complex picture of Dutch attack suspect

'Terrorist' or 'psychopath'? Complex picture of Dutch attack suspect
[AFP]
Charlotte VAN OUWERKERK

Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) - The prime suspect in a deadly shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht was known for a "rap sheet from here to Tokyo" but showed few signs of radicalism, according to residents and reports.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Erdogan in Election Blitz With Rivals at Gates of the Capital - Bloomberg

Erdogan in Election Blitz With Rivals at Gates of the Capital

By Selcan Hacaoglu , Firat Kozok , and Taylan Bilgic
March 19, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

For a man who wields almost unbridled power across his realm, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking this month’s local elections very seriously.

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Samuel Huntington and the Christchurch Massacre - Sigma Turkey

Samuel Huntington and the Christchurch Massacre

Posted by Robert Ellis | Mar 19, 2019 |

In the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre hatemongers are having a field day. As there were Turkish victims of the attack, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu travelled to Christchurch to emphasize Turkey’s common resolve against Islamophobia and xenophobia. Furthermore, Fuat Oktay called on the entire world to stop promoting some kind of provocative language.

Back home, Fuat Oktay’s call fell on deaf ears. The day after the attack, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is not known to mince his words, at an electoral rally in Istanbul invoked the threat of a new Crusader-Crescent war, and in a clear provocation showed video clips of the massacre. Last year Erdoğan made use of the same trope, and in an echo of Samuel Huntington’s prediction of a clash of civilizations, threatened Austria with a “crusader-crescent war” after Austria closed down seven mosques and expelled 40 imams. This is, in fact, curious, as Erdoğan together with the Spanish prime minister in 2005 proposed the creation of the Alliance of Nations.

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The land of lost languages: Turkish minorities struggle to keep their voices alive | Middle East Eye

The land of lost languages: Turkish minorities struggle to keep their voices alive

The Homshetsi, Laz and Syriac are among the peoples fighting to preserve their mother tongue and culture

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Erdogan Warns Opposition Candidate of `Serious Price' to Pay - Bloomberg

Erdogan Warns Opposition Candidate of ‘Serious Price' to Pay
By Onur Ant
and Firat Kozok
March 19, 2019, 2:18 AM EDT Updated on March 19, 2019, 5:58 AM EDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned an opposition candidate seen likely to beat his party’s nominee in municipal elections this month that running for office won’t shield him from potential legal action.

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The battle for leadership of the Muslim world: Turkey plants its flag in Christchurch - James M Dorsey - Global Village Space

The battle for leadership of the Muslim world: Turkey plants its flag in Christchurch – James M Dorsey
Dr. James Dorsey -
March 19, 2019

Dr. James M Dorsey

When Turkish vice-president Fuat Oktay and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu became this weekend the first high-level foreign government delegation to travel to Christchurch they were doing more than expressing solidarity with New Zealand’s grieving Muslim community. Messrs. Oktay and Cavusoglu were planting Turkey’s flag far and wide in a global effort to expand beyond the Turkic and former Ottoman world support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s style of religiously-packaged authoritarian rule, a marriage of Islam and Turkish nationalism.

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The Turkish Economy Explained - Strategy - Turkey

Turkey: The Turkish Economy Explained
Last Updated: 19 March 2019
Article by Seray Özsoy

Historically, Turkey's geographical position has been considered an ideal trading hub by also facilitating access to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Russia. After decades of remarkable economic performance, the Turkish economy slowed down during 2018—and the lira fell by almost a third against the dollar. Despite this, international investors are now seeing the real value in Turkey— precisely because of the newly depreciated lira.

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Turkey’s army of jobless swelling to record level

Turkey’s army of jobless swelling to record level

Mustafa Sonmez March 19, 2019

Article Summary
Despite extensive incentives and other initiatives to create jobs, Turkey’s government has failed to reduce the unemployment rate to single digits during its 16-year rule and is now likely to bring it up to 15%, the highest level in three decades.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Ankara Investigating Motives of Turkish Gunman Held in Utrecht Shooting | Asharq AL-awsat

Ankara Investigating Motives of Turkish Gunman Held in Utrecht Shooting
Monday, 18 March, 2019 - 19:15

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed Monday that the Turkish intelligence agency was investigating whether Monday’s attack in the Dutch city of Utrecht was personally motivated or an act of terrorism.

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Turkey Expresses Solidarity With Netherlands After Utrecht Shooting - Ankara - Sputnik International

Turkey Expresses Solidarity With Netherlands After Utrecht Shooting -

ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the deadly shooting attack in the Dutch city of Utrecht that claimed the lives of three people, expressing solidarity with the Netherlands.

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All eyes on Turkey's 3 biggest cities as local elections approach

All eyes on Turkey's 3 biggest cities as local elections approach

Jasper Mortimer
March 18, 2019
Article Summary

Turks suffering under 20% inflation and 13.5% unemployment may punish President Erdogan's coalition in March 31 elections in the nation's three largest cities.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised for insensitive content in Election Rallies - Daily Times

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised for insensitive content in Election Rallies

The mass shooting that occurred in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday, killed more than 50 worshippers of the Islamic faith after they became a victim of hate crime. The terrorist (which many around the world failed to acknowledge) Brenton Tarrant used a semi-automatic rifle and walked into a mosque continuously shooting at the followers, over and over again.

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Netherlands police hunt 37-year-old Turkish man Gokman Tanis after ‘terrorist’ shootings in Utrecht | South China Morning Post

Netherlands police hunt 37-year-old Turkish man Gokman Tanis after ‘terrorist’ shootings in Utrecht

Police said the shooter is on the run and German authorities were stepping up border security
Officials issued warning about Tanis – a 37-year-old man – told public not to approach him

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Christchurch shootings: Erdogan criticised for showing NZ video - BBC News

Christchurch shootings: Erdogan criticised for showing NZ video

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised for showing some of the New Zealand mosque gunman's video to bolster support at election rallies.

Mr Erdogan said part of gun suspect Brenton Tarrant's manifesto was to keep Turks from Europe.

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Turkey’s voters kept in the dark | Ahval

Turkey’s voters kept in the dark

The standard by which the modern world judges elections is whether they are free and fair.

In this case, “free” means that citizens entitled to vote have the right to register to vote and are free to make their choice, without external pressure. On this count, Turkey generally performs well.

“Fair”, in the case of elections, refers to all registered political parties having an equal right to contest the elections and campaign for voter support with meetings and rallies. It is here where Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, falls woefully short.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Financial Mirror dot com - POLITICS: Turkey's economic downturn threatens to haunt Erdogan in local elections

POLITICS: Turkey's economic downturn threatens to haunt Erdogan in local elections

17 March, 2019

Turkey’s upcoming local elections on 31 March may just see Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party losing control of some of the country’s key large cities.

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European Union To Turkey: Reform Or Stay Out - The Media Line

European Union To Turkey: Reform Or Stay Out
By Kristina Jovanovski

Halt to accession talks, recommended by European Parliament, could have an impact on E.U. funding for Ankara as well as foreign investment A recommendation last week by the European Parliament to suspend talks aimed at allowing Turkey to join the European Union could pave the way to an actual halt in the negotiations despite the vote being non-binding.

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Hard-hit by imports, Turkey’s potato farmers call on gov’t for help | Ahval

Hard-hit by imports, Turkey’s potato farmers call on gov’t for help

Turkey’s potato farmers are calling for government to step in to reduce soaring costs following a decision by Ankara to import and axe import duty on the food staple, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported on Sunday.

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Erdogan Uses New Zealand Shooting Footage in Turkey Campaign | Time

President Erdogan Uses New Zealand Mosque Shooting Footage in Turkey Campaign

Footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings that was pulled down by Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms has resurfaced as a campaign prop in Turkey.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Erdogan's former allies mull formation of new party - Region - World - Ahram Online

Erdogan's Former allies mull formation of new party

Turkey’s Erdogan is busy attacking former allies. But will rhetoric alone save him at the polls

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Roundup: More Turks move from cities to towns for better life - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Roundup: More Turks move from cities to towns for better life
Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-16 22:44:39|Editor: yan

by Zeynep Cermen

ISTANBUL, March 16 (Xinhua) -- The internal flow of population in Turkey has been changing direction over the past three years with more moving from cities to towns for a better life, the Turkish Statistical Institute reported lately.

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New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe - Hartford Courant

New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe
By By JOVANA GEC
| Associated Press |
Mar 16, 2019 | 1:30 PM
| BELGRADE, Serbia

The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire.

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Turkish unemployment surges to 13.5 percent, highest in nine years By Reuters

Turkish unemployment surges to 13.5 percent, highest in nine years
Economy

Mar 15, 2019 04:05AM ET

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's unemployment rate jumped to 13.5 percent in the November-January period, its highest level in nine years, official data showed on Friday, in a fresh sign of the impact of last year's currency crisis.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Encore! - Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk: 'My country is going towards authoritarianism'

Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk: 'My country is going towards authoritarianism'

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk tells us why evoking father figures in his latest novel "The Red-Haired Woman" is part of a larger reflection on power dynamics. We talk about his accidental muse, the city of Istanbul and the East-West culture clash at the centre of his literary trajectory. The Nobel Prize winner jokes about the fact that he still has a bodyguard in the fraught democracy of modern-day Turkey, even though he doesn’t consider himself to be a "political writer".

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Istanbul′s taxi drivers are suffering through Turkey′s economic crisis | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 15.03.2019

Istanbul's taxi drivers are suffering through Turkey's economic crisis

Rush hour traffic in Istanbul, the city of 15 million can be torturous. Especially for taxi drivers who are constantly stuck in traffic jams. At this point, they're pleased if they don't have to argue with their passengers about the price.

More:Istanbul′s taxi drivers are suffering through Turkey′s economic crisis | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 15.03.2019

Turkey: Friend or Foe? - GZERO Media

Turkey: Friend or Foe?

March 15, 2019

GZERO Media Turkey, a member of NATO, a key player in the middle east, and a nation with US military bases but is this authoritarian government American ally? Richard Haass, President, Council of Foreign Relations, doesn't think so and he shares his views on GZERO World.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ankara fumes as European Parliament votes to suspend EU talks

Ankara fumes as European Parliament votes to suspend EU talks
Ayla Jean Yackley March 14, 2019

Article Summary
The European Parliament called on the European Union to halt membership negotiations with Turkey, citing a failure to respect the bloc’s standards on human rights, while Ankara accuses the legislators of giving in to right-wing populism.

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Turkey's Erdogan opens giant city hospital in Ankara amid criticism from medics | Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan opens giant city hospital in Ankara amid criticism from medics
Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan opened one of the world’s largest hospitals in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, brushing aside criticism of what is the latest in a series of mega projects that have marked his 16 years in power.

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Erdogan: Turkey should develop its pharmaceutical industry

Erdogan: Turkey should develop its pharmaceutical industry
14 March 2019 18:00 (UTC+04:00)
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By Trend

Turkey should develop the sectors of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment manufacturing, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of a new hospital in Ankara, Trend reports via Turkish media.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

bne IntelliNews - Turkish markets: Garanti, Eximbank, Ziraat seek syndicated loan renewals

Turkish markets: Garanti, Eximbank, Ziraat seek syndicated loan renewals

By Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 13, 2019 Turkish private lender Garanti Bankasi along with state-controlled Turk Eximbank and Ziraat Bank have launched bookbuildings to refinance one-year syndicated loans, two unnamed loan bankers told Global Capital on March 12.

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Turkish scientist selected for young leaders’ program

Turkish scientist selected for young leaders’ program

Prof. Bilge Demirkoz joins Forum of Young Global Leaders, 5-year leadership program

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Turkish clothing brand DeFacto presents project at UN

Turkish clothing brand DeFacto presents project at UN

DeFacto introduces 'Dreams Made of Fabric' to promote gender equality, empowerment of women

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Istanbul railway connects European and Asian continents - Turkey News

Istanbul railway connects European and Asian continents
ISTANBUL

The train line connecting Istanbul’s European side suburb Halkalı with Gebze district of Kocaeli province on the east was opened to service with an official ceremony on March 12 with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan upon the completion of a six-year-long renovation process.

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Turkey hosts 4.7 million foreigners: Migration - Turkey News

Turkey hosts 4.7 million foreigners: Migration

Turkey is home to some 4.7 million foreigners from 192 countries, according to an official of migration office.

“It is not just Syrians living in Turkey. Today, we have 4.7 million foreigners among us. They contribute Turkey’s culture and create added-value,” said Gökçe Ok, deputy head of migration office of Interior Ministry, speaking at a meeting in central Konya province on March 12.

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How Turkey's local elections became 'matter of national survival'

How Turkey's local elections became 'matter of national survival'
Orhan Kemal Cengiz March 13, 2019

Article Summary
The continuing deterioration of Turkey's economy and the fact that the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has refrained from entering candidates in local elections in the country's west, where the HDP is supporting other opposition parties, could result in the ruling party’s loss of some larger cities, which could lead to early general elections.

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Turkey shuts down airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX

Turkey shuts down airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX

Turkish Transportation Ministry closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX planes to 'ensure flight safety'

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Turkish activists decry indictment seeking life sentences for Gezi protesters

Turkish activists decry indictment seeking life sentences for Gezi protesters

Ayla Jean Yackley
March 12, 2019

Article Summary

Opposition figures are accused of trying to force out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by leading demonstrations to save a park, yet they say the charges are an attempt to sway public opinion ahead of elections this month

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Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets' independence - IFEX

Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets' independence European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Two German journalists were compelled to leave Turkey on Sunday, 10 March 2019, after their press accreditations were not renewed for 2019 without any explanation. Jörg Brase, a journalist working for Germany's ZDF public broadcaster, and Thomas Seibert, reporter at the Tagespiegel newspaper, were long-term correspondents in the country.

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Turkey’s birthrate outpaces EU countries despite drop in fertility - Daily Sabah

Turkey’s birthrate outpaces EU countries despite drop in fertility

New figures announced Tuesday by Eurostat show that Turkey, despite a fall in its fertility rate, is still home to more births – 2.07 – than European countries, which have an average of 1.59 births Related Articles Turkey Turkey's fertility rate decreases, stands at 2.07 in 2017 Turkey Turkey's child population keeps shrinking, latest figures reveal One will grow up alone and two will be rivals, so have at least three. This common piece of advice to newlywed couples on the number of children they should have by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is being partially heeded according to recent data.

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Why Turkey’s export rise is hard to sustain

Why Turkey’s export rise is hard to sustain

Mustafa Sonmez March 12, 2019

Article Summary

A heavy reliance on imported inputs to manufacture goods for export casts a shadow on Turkey’s hype about headway in foreign trade.

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New Law In Turkey Has People In Film, TV Industries Worried About Censorship : NPR

New Law In Turkey Has People In Film, TV Industries Worried About Censorship

Peter Kenyon

A new law in Turkey, apparently aimed at emphasizing a more pious lifestyle, is having a chilling effect on filmmakers and television producers.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Turkey protests Belgian court ruling decision on PKK - The Washington Post

Turkey protests Belgian court ruling decision on PKK
By Associated Press
March 11 at 10:07 AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has summoned the Belgian ambassador in Ankara to protest a Brussels appeals court decision that said a Kurdish rebel group cannot be considered to be a terrorist organization.

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Leaked document sheds light on Turkey's controlled 'coup'

Leaked document sheds light on Turkey's controlled 'coup'

Some of the events of 16 July seem to have been forecast in the official document before they happened - or never happened at all (Photo: Reuters)

By Selcuk Gultasli and Andrew Rettman
BRUSSELS, Today, 12:15

The failed coup in Turkey in 2016 transformed its internal politics and EU relations.

But two and half years later, evidence is trickling out to support what the EU initially suspected - that president Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew what was going to happen and let it go ahead as a pretext to create one-man rule.

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Turkey: Reading the Runes - International Viewpoint - online socialist magazine

Turkey: Reading the Runes

Sunday 10 March 2019, by Uraz Aydin

Hats with the inscription “Turkish” in runic letters, wolf head tattoos – a rallying sign of ultra-nationalism – pendants and bracelets in the shape of a swastika openly sold on the street. The symbols of a nationalism of ethnicist and racist inspiration are in vogue especially among urban and secular youth anxious to differentiate their patriotism from the Islamic-Turkish nationalism of the Erdogan regime.

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Turkey Enters Recession, a Blow for Erdogan as Elections Near - The New York Times

Turkey Enters Recession, a Blow for Erdogan as Elections Near

By Carlotta Gall

March 11, 2019

Turkey has entered a recession, recording two consecutive quarters of falling economic growth, according to government figures released Monday, casting a blow for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of critical local elections at the end of the month.

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Turkish newspapers label Women’s Day marchers enemies | Ahval

Turkish newspapers label Women’s Day marchers enemies

Six pro-government newspapers on Monday called for a campaign against what they called enemies of the call to prayer, referring to women who jeered during the adhan coming from a nearby mosque during a celebration of International Women’s Day in Istanbul on Friday.

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Turkey enters first recession in a decade as elections loom - Alton Telegraph

Turkey enters first recession in a decade as elections loom

Cagan Koc, Bloomberg Published 5:24 am CDT, Monday, March 11, 2019

Turkey fell into its first recession in a decade, dealing a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country heads toward bellwether municipal elections this month.

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Turkey's economy tips into recession as lira crisis bites | Reuters

Turkey's economy tips into recession as lira crisis bites
Daren Butler, Ezgi Erkoyun

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s economy contracted a sharper than expected 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, its worst performance in nearly a decade and a clear sign that last year’s lira crisis has tipped it into recession.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Is Erdogan’s long-ruling AKP doomed to be divided? | Yavuz Baydar | MEO

Is Erdogan’s long-ruling AKP doomed to be divided?

The systemic crisis in Turkey displays itself at almost every level and layer of the political, social and economic sphere.

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Turkish lira likely under pressure after elections | Ahval

Turkish lira likely under pressure after elections

The countdown to Turkey’s March 31 local elections saw a mild lira depreciation that raised further questions about the performance of the Turkish currency. Despite the funding cost of the central bank remaining stable at 24 percent, the lira’s loss of about 2.5 percent in almost a week was puzzling since the central bank is unlikely to ease its monetary stance anytime soon.

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Zarrab case a “milestone” in Erdoğan’s path to autocracy, says U.S. prosecutor Bharara | Ahval

Zarrab case a “milestone” in Erdoğan’s path to autocracy, says U.S. prosecutor Bharara

Preet Bharara, the former Southern District New York prosecutor who oversaw part of the case against Turkish citizens charged with breaking sanctions on Iran, has said in a new book about his experiences that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s interference in the case was a “milestone along his unfortunate path to autocracy.”

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Turkish bank linked to Russian money laundering scheme in Netherlands | Ahval

Turkish bank linked to Russian money laundering scheme in Netherlands

Turkey’s second-largest private bank was one of two banks that moved some of the billions of euros funneled out of Russia in a money laundering operation into the Netherlands, Dutch News reported on Tuesday.

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Using smartphones may be banned for servicemen in Turkey?

Using smartphones may be banned for servicemen in Turkey?

7 March 2019 10:47 (UTC+04:00)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu -

Trend: Using smartphones, and in particular, internet and social networks, may be banned for servicemen in Turkey, Trend reports March 7 with reference to the Turkish media.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Is Erdogan's airport dream turning into nightmare?

Is Erdogan's airport dream turning into nightmare?

Pinar Tremblay March 6, 2019

Article Summary
The Istanbul New Airport's current and projected damage to ecosystems, its subpar construction and its woeful financial setup is turning the project into a grandiose failure — one that will cost the Turkish public dearly for decades to come.

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INTERNET BANS IN TURKEY - ASY LEGAL

INTERNET BANS IN TURKEY

Banning/Blocking Access to Certain Websites

Ali Yurtsever

I. OVERVIEW

Turkey’s first foray into the Internet was back in 1993, which is when the country was first included within the global network which we now call the internet. The first years saw very limited adoption and usage due to the poor infrastructure of the country to handle large number of users and also due to the high cost of having an internet connection. Therefore, Turkey did not intervene, regulate or otherwise block any internet publications until the early 2000’s. After the early 2000’s however, the internet adoption and usage started the spread and the number of users as well as the number of publications increased dramatically. This increase in usage and publications necessitated the need for some sort of regulation within the field, which otherwise would have turned into a free-for-all where anything goes.

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“New Istanbul” in Berlin : Turkish brain drainers versus guest workers - Qantara.de

Turkish brain drainers versus guest workers

Ever since the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, an increasing number of well-educated people are leaving the country and settling in Berlin. However, they do not want to have anything to do with the so-called "guest worker Turks". Ceyda Nurtsch on a relationship informed by prejudice, aversion and ignorance

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Turkey central bank keeps interest rates on hold ahead of election | Financial Times

Turkey central bank keeps interest rates on hold ahead of election

Decision comes as policymakers target inflation despite dramatic economic slowdown

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Erdogan Silence on U.S. on Election Trail Gives Markets a Break - Bloomberg

Erdogan Silence on U.S. on Election Trail Gives Markets a Break
By Selcan Hacaoglu
March 6, 2019, 5:28 AM EST

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is keeping uncharacteristically quiet these days.

Erdogan, known for his agitated speaking style, had nothing to say at four campaign stops Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s decision to strip some Turkish exporters of their preferential trade status. He also kept mum about U.S. pressure to halt Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defense system and install a multinational force in a planned Syria safe zone, over Ankara’s objections.

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Turkish Data Protection Authority Announced Data Leakage Of A Dutch Bank Revealing The Importance Of Effective Information Security - Data Protection - Turkey

Turkey: Turkish Data Protection Authority Announced Data Leakage Of A Dutch Bank Revealing The Importance Of Effective Information Security

Last Updated: 6 March 2019
Article by Ertuğrul Can Canbolat LL.M., S. İrem Akin and Baran Can Yildirim, LL.M.
ACTECON

Under Article 12/5 of the Turkish Data Protection Law, the data controllers are obliged to inform the Turkish Data Protection Authority ("DPA") in case the personal data processed on their behalf is acquired by others unlawfully. In line with this provision, ING Bank A.Ş. ("ING Bank") notified the DPA that personal data of almost 20 thousand people were unlawfully transmitted to third parties. Accordingly, the DPA on March 2, 2019 made an announcement on its website providing the details of the incident1.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Can The $350M Turkish Soaps Beat US TV Series? | Al Bawaba

Can The $350M Turkish Soaps Beat US TV Series?

Published March 5th, 2019 - 20:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism announced on Monday that the country’s TV industry exceeded $350 million.

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that Turkish TV series achieved remarkable success, second only to the U.S. in export volume.

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Turkey reopens key border crossing with Syria

Turkey reopens key border crossing with Syria

Turkish trucks had to transfer goods to Syrian trucks at Oncupinar border gate for last 8 years

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Turkish supreme court blocks coal plant, as wave of new projects stalls

Turkish supreme court blocks coal plant, as wave of new projects stalls
Published on 05/03/2019, 5:52pm

Local opposition won a legal ruling against a major project on the Black Sea coast – the latest challenge to Turkey’s plans to expand coal use

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Canada to revoke status of Kurdish charitable foundation over PKK funding | Ahval

Canada to revoke status of Kurdish charitable foundation over PKK funding

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has said it will be revoking the charitable foundation status of an charity based in Toronto, Canada after discovering it may have supplied funding to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) following an audit, pro-government Sabah newspaper reported.

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Even Talk of Rate Cut in Turkey Would Be Too Much for Market - Bloomberg

Even Talk of Rate Cut in Turkey Would Be Too Much for Market
By Cagan Koc
March 5, 2019, 7:42 AM EST Updated on March 5, 2019, 8:31 AM EST

Turkey’s central bank will have to choose its words carefully as it charts its course back toward interest-rate cuts.

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Blowing Hot and Cold - Kilinc Law & Consulting

Blowing Hot and Cold Energy Law

Turkey needs to do more to reduce its emissions. But is this coal-producing nation doing enough to develop the renewables that will increase national energy security and cut the country’s dependence on imported oil and gas?

Turkey’s increasing energy demand – rising at 4 per cent a year and therefore one of the world’s fastest growing – is highly dependent on imports, mainly oil and natural gas. Only a quarter is secured from domestic resources. While there is pressure for Turkey to become greener, the country sends out mixed messages. Its use of coal is expanding with plans for 80 new power stations, doubling its current capacity and reducing dependence on imports.

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US to end preferential trade status for Turkey | MEO

US to end preferential trade status for Turkey
US says Turkey is "sufficiently economically developed" and can no longer take part in US trade preference program.

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Monday, March 04, 2019

Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting. - The New York Times

Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting.

By Carlotta Gall

March 4, 2019

ISTANBUL — At a recent rally to open the campaign before municipal elections in March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heckled by a group of public workers demanding jobs. But he was having none of it.

More:Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting. - The New York Times

Turkish government’s 45-billion lira pre-election employment drive on shaky ground | Ahval

Turkish government’s 45-billion lira pre-election employment drive on shaky ground

With weeks remaining until Turkey’s March 31 local elections, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is well aware of the danger that public discontent with a year of weak economic performance could translate to a serious loss of votes.

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Friday, March 01, 2019

A Turkish ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria: Prospects and Policy Implications - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

A Turkish ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria: Prospects and Policy Implications

Michael Eisenstadt and Soner Cagaptay
March 1, 2019

Establishing such a zone in the northeast would give Ankara and the United States a unique opportunity to work together, provided Washington can convince its European allies to participate as well.

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Erdogan Threatens to Reverse Local Election Results

Erdogan Threatens to Reverse Local Election Results
March 01, 2019 3:37 PM

Dorian Jones

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose AK Party is facing major defeats this month in local elections, is being accused of behaving like a "dictator" after his threat to remove victorious pro-Kurdish mayoral candidates.

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Record number of Turks apply for UK Ankara Agreement visas | Ahval

Record number of Turks apply for UK Ankara Agreement visas

According to British immigration statistics announced on Thursday, 7,607 Turkish nationals last year applied for an Ankara Agreement visa, a specific type of visa for Turks who want to establish businesses or become self-employed in the Britain, BBC Turkish reported . The number of Turkish nationals applying for that type of visa was 5,205 in 2017 and 3,506 in 2016.

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Coup: Turkey reinstates nearly 60,000 passports revoked

Coup: Turkey reinstates nearly 60,000 passports revoked
Agency Reporter by Agency Reporter
March 1, 2019

Turkey on Friday lifted passport restrictions on nearly 60,000 people with alleged ties to failed coup in 2016, the Interior Ministry said.

A total of 57,191 passports are now clear of restrictions following investigations, the ministry said on its website.

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The Immigration Crisis in Turkey ,syrian refugees - Komorebipost

The Immigration Crisis in Turkey
written by Sura Kazan 1 March 2019

Komorebi Post: The Syrian refugees have been on the news for the past few years and we’ve heard multiple stories about them. While the United Nations and related bodies have tried their hardest to help those affected by the Syrian civil war. This is partly due to the risk of infiltration by the IS (Islamic State). We’ve all heard stories of migrants- success stories as well as seriously alarming tales of those who might pose a threat to the countries they reside in.

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One interfaith couple's story: Our three weddings – civil, Muslim, and Christian - Qantara.de

Our three weddings – civil, Muslim, and Christian

On Christmas Eve 2014 Michael Blume asked his wife Zehra whether he should help a thousand women and children, victims of IS violence, leave northern Iraq. After all, sheʹd been known to say yes to all kinds of questions in the past. Andreas Malessa recounts the story of their unusual relationship

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Exxon-Mobil discovers massive natural gas field in Cyprus - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Exxon-Mobil discovers massive natural gas field in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil on Thursday announced the discovery of a natural gas field containing an estimated 5 to 8 trillion cubic feet (TCF) inside Cyprus's exclusive economic zone.
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Erdogan blasts former friends as traitors while word of new rival spreads

Erdogan blasts former friends as traitors while word of new rival spreads

Amberin Zaman February 28, 2019

Article Summary
As Turkey's municipal elections approach, rumors are flying that former allies of the president will form a rival party.

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Turkish economic woes seen weighing on Erdogan party in elections | Reuters

Turkish economic woes seen weighing on Erdogan party in elections
Orhan Coskun, Tulay Karadeniz

ANKARA (Reuters) - With Turkey’s local elections a month away, support for President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party is being eroded by a deterioration in the economy, according to opinion polls and political party sources.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Erdogan's War on Turkey's Rising Food Prices Leaves Casualties

Erdogan's War on Turkey's Rising Food Prices Leaves Casualties

February 26, 2019 11:15 AM
Dorian Jones

Erdogan's War on Rising Food Prices Leaves Casualties Embed share The code has been copied to your clipboard. width px height px Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The URL has been copied to your clipboard No media source currently available 0:00 0:02:30 0:00 Direct link Erdogan's War on Rising Food Prices Leaves Casualties Share See comments ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared war on food inflation. With food prices rising nearly 30 percent and looming critical local elections next month Erdogan is turning to unconventional methods to rein in costs.

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Fact or Fake - Brexit flashback: Is Turkey joining the EU?

Brexit flashback: Is Turkey joining the EU?

Date created : 26/02/2019 - 12:36
By: Catherine Nicholson

Is Turkey joining the EU? That was a claim made back in 2016, in one of nearly 1,600 pro-Brexit adverts run by the official Brexit campaign, "Vote Leave" and two associated campaigns, "BeLeave" and "DUP Vote to Leave". At the time the advert was produced, Turkey was involved in accession negotiations. This means it had applied to be a member and was negotiating with the EU - but the process is not a guarantee of membership.

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Turkish woman’s murder trial makes waves in public opinion

Turkish woman’s murder trial makes waves in public opinion
Jasper Mortimer February 25, 2019

Article Summary
When a female university student fell to her death from an office tower in May 2018, police were initially inclined to believe her male hosts' version of the story, but a trial has brought to light new evidence against the men.

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An ongoing crisis: Freedom of speech in Turkey | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW | 26.02.2019

An ongoing crisis: Freedom of speech in Turkey

Turkey leads the world in imprisoned journalists and continues to arrest anyone who voices opposition to the Erdogan government. As local elections approach, the current pressures on a free media are expected to remain.

More:An ongoing crisis: Freedom of speech in Turkey | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW | 26.02.2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

Turkey: The big business of academic ghostwriting | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW | 25.02.2019

Turkey: The big business of academic ghostwriting

In Turkey, many students are using ghostwriting services to write final papers and dissertations. DW takes a look at what has become a booming business.

More:Turkey: The big business of academic ghostwriting | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW | 25.02.2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Erdogan Is Sowing a Turkish Obsession in Latin America | Fast Forward | OZY

Erdogan Is Sowing a Turkish Obsession in Latin America

By Wesley Tomaselli

Latin America needs new trade partners, and Turkey wants new friends. That’s spawning an unlikely trade relationship.

In a small town in southern Colombia, just before lunch, 51-year-old Marina Ortiz soaks up a tangy soap opera called Me Robó Mi Vida. Dramatic violin music opens a scene. Nothing unusual, until you realize that the actors’ lips aren’t moving in sync with the words you hear. This is a Turkish soap that’s dubbed over. And the soaps are just one sign of Turkey becoming increasingly visible in this region.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

For Turkey, it’s a choice between Ikhwanism and Ba’athist-Islamist blend | | AW

For Turkey, it’s a choice between Ikhwanism and Ba’athist-Islamist blend

Having burned bridges with reformists and Kurds at home, Erdogan will be unable to return even to a minimal democratic order.

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Erdogan’s latest answer to Turkey’s woes – dig another hole | Mark Bentley | AW

Erdogan’s latest answer to Turkey’s woes – dig another hole

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have finally lost his touch with voters.

Turkey’s currency crisis may not be over. It’s perhaps time that Erdogan’s self-labelled “crazy projects” were.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Turkish Rights Crackdown, Global Outcry Both Intensify

Turkish Rights Crackdown, Global Outcry Both Intensify

February 22, 2019 3:40 PM Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities have issued hundreds of arrest warrants for military personnel accused of involvement in a 2016 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. All are accused of links to the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for masterminding the botched takeover.

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Controversial judicial decisions cause Turkey’s biggest problem to resurface

Controversial judicial decisions cause Turkey’s biggest problem to resurface

Last week Turkey witnessed two important judicial decisions. The first one was about an appeals court’s rule that upheld the convictions of journalists and executives from Cumhuriyet newspaper.

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Inside Europe: Turkey′s war on ′food terrorism′ | Media Center | DW | 22.02.2019

Inside Europe: Turkey's war on 'food terrorism'

The Turkish president has declared war on food inflation. Food prices are soaring by 30 percent, after last year's collapse of Turkey's lira currency. Growing discontent with the economic crisis is threatening Recep Tayyip Erdogan's control of key cities ahead of local elections. But Erdogan accuses food sellers of price gouging and is taking radical measures. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.

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A Craze for Atatürk Gives New Cachet to Turkey’s Founding Father - WSJ

A Craze for Atatürk Gives New Cachet to Turkey’s Founding Father
Popularity of ‘M. Kemal’ highlights secularist revival, but Erdogan keeps legacy in check ahead of election
By David Gauthier-Villars
Feb. 22, 2019 2:30 p.m. ET

KARADENIZ EREGLI, Turkey—Hundreds of families, children in tow, lined up outside a bookstore in this industrial town on a recent Sunday, taking part in a publishing phenomenon: a 500-page best seller on Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the father of modern Turkey.

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Countdown to Turkeyʹs local elections: Thank God for tomatoes! - Qantara.de

Countdown to Turkeyʹs local elections: Thank God for tomatoes!

The AKP is currying favour with the electorate using religion and cheap vegetables. At the same time, it is attempting to suppress any news that might cause unrest among party supporters. By Bulent Mumay

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Not-so-splendid isolation: Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare - Qantara.de

Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare

Turkey’s emergence as a regional power has provoked suspicion, shaking the balance of power in the Middle East and beyond. As a result, relations with many regional players have deteriorated over the last decade. With diplomatic ties to the West currently at an historic low, is Turkey likely to end up out on a limb? By Stasa Salacanin

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Turkish businessman who testified before Mueller sued for racketeering

Turkish businessman who testified before Mueller sued for racketeering

A Turkish-American entrepreneur subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller has been sued for racketeering.

Yalcin Ayasli, who founded the airline BoraJet, accused Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who has ties to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of taking over the now-defunct airline through violence and extortion, reported Courthouse News.

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Ankara condemns European Parliament committee call to suspend Turkish EU accession — RT Newsline

Ankara condemns European Parliament committee call to suspend Turkish EU accession

Turkey has criticized as “unacceptable” a vote by the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee calling for the suspension of EU accession negotiations with it. The committee called on the European Commission and member states on Wednesday to formally suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey, citing disregard for human rights and civil liberties, influence on the judiciary, and disputes over territory with Cyprus and other neighbors. “It is absolutely unacceptable that the non-binding, advisory draft report is calling for a total suspension of our accession talks to the EU,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Thursday. “We expect the necessary corrections to be made and the final report to be more realistic, impartial and encouraging,” Reuters quoted him as saying. “Only such a report will be taken into consideration by our country.”

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Erdogan: New canal to be built in Ankara

Erdogan: New canal to be built in Ankara
21 February 2019 12:25 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 21

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

A new canal with a length of 9.2 kilometers will be built in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports via the country's media.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Not-so-splendid isolation: Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare - Qantara.de

Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare

Turkey’s emergence as a regional power has provoked suspicion, shaking the balance of power in the Middle East and beyond. As a result, relations with many regional players have deteriorated over the last decade. With diplomatic ties to the West currently at an historic low, is Turkey likely to end up out on a limb? By Stasa Salacanin

More:Not-so-splendid isolation: Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare - Qantara.de

Women in Turkey: The headscarf is slipping - Qantara.de

The headscarf is slipping

Not long ago women in Turkey fought to cover their hair, yet now it seems the headscarf has fallen out of favour. Seventeen years into Erdoganʹs rule, some things are floundering – including the assumption that Turkish society is becoming increasingly conservative. By Christiane Schlotzer

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Erdogan: Turkey no longer able to face new refugee flow – Middle East Monitor

Erdogan: Turkey no longer able to face new refugee flow

February 19, 2019 at 7:59 pm

The Turkish president said on Tuesday that Turkey would not be able to shoulder a new potential migration wave on its own, Anadolu Agency reports. Speaking in Istanbul at the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process on Migration, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that building higher walls with barbed wire was no way to prevent irregular migration.

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Turkey’s agricultural decline drags down related industries

Turkey’s agricultural decline drags down related industries

Article Summary

The alarming decline in Turkey’s agriculture, the core reason behind soaring food prices, is having a spillover effect on agro-industries, especially the food and beverage sector as well as other industries that manufacture inputs for the agricultural sector.

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Is Turkey’s Economy in Recession? Three Gauges Say Yes: Chart - Bloomberg

Is Turkey’s Economy in Recession? Three Gauges Say Yes
By Ziad Daoud
February 19, 2019, 10:08 AM EST

Official statistics on Turkish gross domestic product won’t be out until March 11, but three economic indicators suggest the economy slipped into recession at the end of 2018, according to research by Bloomberg Economics. While the magnitudes differ, gauges for industrial production, banking credit and manufacturing PMI all point to a contraction in the fourth quarter.

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Turkey needs to step up investment in renewables to curb emissions – The European Sting - Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology - europeansting.com

Turkey needs to step up investment in renewables to curb emissions

February 19, 2019 by OECD

Turkey will see its greenhouse gas emissions continue their steady rise of recent years without concrete actions to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources, according to a new OECD report.

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Winds Of Change – The Case For Renewable Energy In Turkey - Energy and Natural Resources - Turkey

Turkey: Winds Of Change – The Case For Renewable Energy In Turkey
Last Updated: 19 February 2019
Article by Levent Lezgin Kilinc

As one of the world's fastest-growing energy markets, Turkey has been increasing its drive towards greater self-sufficiency for several years. To satisfy its annual 300bn kilowatts of electricity consumption, the current energy mix has been quite well-balanced: a quarter of electricity generation is hydro-based, while roughly a third comes from natural gas and another third from coal.

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Turkish appeals court confirms jail terms for Cumhuriyet staff: paper

Turkish appeals court confirms jail terms for Cumhuriyet staff: paper

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish appeals court upheld the convictions of journalists and executives from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, a case which has raised concerns about media freedom under President Tayyip Erdogan.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Top suspect in Istanbul nightclub shooting denies charges | Miami Herald

Top suspect in Istanbul nightclub shooting denies charges

The Associated Press

February 18, 2019 08:13 AM,

The main suspect on trial for the New Year's Eve attack that left 39 people dead in Istanbul has denied being the shooter.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said Abdulkadir Masharipov on Monday rejected all charges against him, including membership in a terror group and murder.

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Turkey seeks flourishing congress tourism | MENAFN.COM

Turkey seeks flourishing congress tourism

(MENAFN) Turkey was confirmed to be seeking development in its congress tourism, as the country sees great potential in the sector.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Central Bank of Turkey Lowers Reserve Requirement Ratios to Increase Liquidity | Al Bawaba

The Central Bank of Turkey Lowers Reserve Requirement Ratios to Increase Liquidity

Published February 17th, 2019 - 09:14 GMT via SyndiGate.info

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) on Saturday lowered reserve requirement ratios to provide more liquidity in domestic markets.

"Turkish lira reserve requirement ratios have been reduced by 100 basis points for deposits and participation funds with maturities up to 1-year, and for other liabilities with maturities up to (and including) 3-year.

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Turkey sits out anti-Iran meeting - Blitz

Turkey sits out anti-Iran meeting

February 16, 2019

Turkey says it will not attend a U.S.-sponsored summit set to be chaired by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today because it’s “anti-Iran.” This United States and Poland set up the meeting to organize allies against Iranian influence.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Trump to nominate Satterfield ambassador to Turkey | Reuters

Trump to nominate Satterfield ambassador to Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Satterfield, a veteran diplomat with deep experience in the Middle East, to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey, the White House said on Friday.

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US-Turkey Relations From a New Right Perspective - Conservative Daily News

US-Turkey Relations From a New Right Perspective

Posted by: Andrew Aleksi-Lankinen in Opinion, Trending Commentary, World News February 14, 2019 0

US-Turkey relations have gotten ever more complicated, and sadly readers rarely get an honest look into this topic by the people they trust to cover the news of the day.

It is crucial in an age of liars and demagogues who seek to distort everything their critics say, that readers know that just because they give a take about what the diplomatic relations should be, that doesn’t mean at all they support everything the leader does.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Turkey fails to win green light for safe zone at Syria summit

Turkey fails to win green light for safe zone at Syria summit
Ayla Jean Yackley February 14, 2019

Article Summary
Iran and Russia’s leaders tell President Recep Tayyip Erdogan he must acquire consent from Damascus to launch an offensive in northeast Syria against Kurdish forces.

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Turkey’s Erdogan facing resistance to his dictatorial rule – People's World

Turkey’s Erdogan facing resistance to his dictatorial rule
February 14, 2019 7:54 AM CST By Conn Hallinan

“Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul—sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey’s authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections March 31, it is a prophecy Erdogan has more than fulfilled: the prisons filled with the opposition, the media largely silenced, the courts intimidated, the bureaucracy tamed, and more than 150,000 people fired.

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Shockwaves of Turkey's Market Tremors Keep Pounding Economy - Bloomberg

Shockwaves of Turkey's Market Tremors Keep Pounding Economy
By Cagan Koc
February 14, 2019, 5:02 AM EST Updated on February 14, 2019, 6:32 AM EST

The economic fallout from Turkey’s currency crash last summer just kept on getting worse toward the end of the year.

Industrial production capped 2018 with its biggest plunge since June 2009 following three months in contraction, according to data released by Turkstat on Thursday. Led by a double-digit fall in manufacturing, output dropped an annual 9.8 percent in December. Industry fared worse than every estimate compiled by Bloomberg.

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U.S. ally Turkey looks to Russia and Iran to protect its interests

U.S. ally Turkey looks to Russia and Iran to protect its interests

Analysis: The U.S. organized a global conference on the Mideast in Warsaw, but Turkey's leader is at a summit with Russian and Iranian leaders instead.

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Spotlight: Turkish government struggles against soaring prices ahead of polls - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkish government struggles against soaring prices ahead of polls

by Burak Akinci ANKARA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Ahead of mayoral and municipal elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared war against inflation that risks to jeopardize his ruling party's election bid amid an economic downturn.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Turkey's Erdogan Is Due for Another Rebuke - FPIF

Turkey’s Erdogan Is Due for Another Rebuke

With municipal elections on the horizon, Turks are likely to note that imprisoning the opposition hasn’t exactly raised living standards.

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Turkish Directors Find Homes at Berlin, Other Global Film Festivals – Variety

Turkish Directors Find Homes at Berlin, Other Global Film Festivals
By Nick Vivarelli

Political turbulence is making it tough for filmmakers in Turkey with ambitions to make movies that can travel globally. But despite many impediments, Turkish auteurs are still managing to maintain a significant presence on the festival circuit.

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Turkish Lira Exchange Rate Forecasts - TRY Faces Uphill Struggle As Central Bank Battles Inflation And Poor Credibility

Turkish Lira Exchange Rate Forecasts - TRY Faces Uphill Struggle As Central Bank Battles Inflation And Poor Credibility

Posted by Elaine Housten in GBP to TRY, and modified 13 Feb 2019 14:35
Turkey's Central Bank Faces Credibility Crisis as Economy Slips Closer to Recession

Turkish central bankers are coming under renewed criticism over their handling of monetary policy in response to high inflation leading some market participants to forecast a difficult year for the Turkish Lira (TRY) and Turkish economy in general.

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Turkey's construction industry struggles on | Turkey News | Al Jazeera

Turkey's construction industry struggles on
Fantasy homes sitting vacant have become a stark reminder of Turkey's financial struggle.

by Stefanie Dekker

Empty high-rises and homes fit for royalty have become symbols of Turkey's struggling economy.

Construction has been at the heart of the country's growth but inflation and a devalued currency are threatening to take the industry from boom to bust.

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Dutch to investigate foreign-funded weekend schools as Turkey backs 12 - DutchNews.nl

Dutch to investigate foreign-funded weekend schools as Turkey backs 12 Education

February 13, 2019

Netherlands and Turkey flag pins The Dutch cabinet is to set up an investigation into informal weekend schools in the Netherlands following the news that Turkey is to fund 12 Saturday and Sunday schools for children aged six to 17. The aim is to find out which countries as well as Turkey are funding informal schooling, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said. The investigation has been launched, Koolmees said, because he ‘shared MPs concerns’ about the development.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Muslim Influence is Declining in Turkey - World Religion News

Muslim Influence is Declining in Turkey

Pushing political Islam has the opposite effect

The results of a survey released by Konda research have made it clear Turkey is going towards a more secular future. This is surprising as the present government pursues political Islam. The poll has compared views touching on multiple lifestyle aspects among present-day Turks with those polled in 2008. About 55 percent described themselves as pious in the earlier survey. In contrast, only 51 percent responded the same in 2018. The same decade witnessed the rise in the number of individuals “without belief” or atheists from two percent to five percent. The findings by Konda suggests that a rising number of Turks, although religious and conservative, feel much less restricted by Islamic rules. They are also more aware when it comes to the rights of women. They are also much more tolerant of multiple religious viewpoints.

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Renewed vision for US-Turkey relations

Renewed vision for US-Turkey relations

The United States and Turkey have had a complicated relationship in recent years. Yet, events over the last few months suggest both countries understand the strategic importance of their ties and the need to place a renewed focus on strengthening the relationship. Commercial ties between the U.S. and Turkey represent one of the pillars of enduring shared interests and offer a path to regain traction in the relationship.

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Turkish ruling party sets up mobile food stalls to lure votes

Turkish ruling party sets up mobile food stalls to lure votes
Amberin Zaman February 12, 2019

Article Summary
Turks are lining up in the thousands to buy subsidized vegetables at mobile stalls in Istanbul and Ankara as the ruling party attempts to fight soaring food prices ahead of elections.

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China issues Turkey safety alert after Ankara’s ‘vile’ statements about treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang | South China Morning Post

China issues Turkey safety alert after Ankara’s ‘vile’ statements about treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang

Turkey becomes third country subject to Beijing travel advice after Canada, where Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is detained, and Sweden – where tourist row rankles

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Ads In Disguise: How To Comply With Regulations In Turkey - Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment - Turkey

Turkey: Ads In Disguise: How To Comply With Regulations In Turkey Last Updated: 12 February 2019 Article by Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar, LL.M. and Merve Altınay Moroğlu Arseven

In today's digital world, brands, as well as individuals, use social media and internet effectively and actively. Users can follow up any content, news, article, and photo online and can share their comments through social media. In addition, more consumers now prefer online shopping and are interested in user comments. In response to these consumer behaviour trends, companies adopt new marketing strategies, by focusing on time spent online by consumers. While the traditional media loses its popularity and receive less investment, the advertisement on digital platforms are now seen as a rising star. In 2017, the total global amount of media investment rose by 4%, and 37% of this investment was made to the advertisement in digital platforms, and Turkey is not an exception to the changing trends: Indeed, in 2017, the share of the investments made on advertisement in digital platforms is 25.9% of the total media investment, and such share has been raised 19.7% compared to 201

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Turkey May Have to Face Its Protesters in U.S. Court - Bloomberg

Turkey May Have to Face Its Protesters in U.S. Court

The government may face a lawsuit over what happened outside its ambassador’s Washington residence in May 2017.

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I lost my country. Let me help you save yours

I lost my country. Let me help you save yours
Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran sets out in How to Lose a Country the path from democracy to dictatorship

Ece Temelkuran

The fighter jets are breaking the dark sky into giant geometric pieces as if the air were a solid object. It’s July 15th, 2016; the night of the attempted coup in Turkey. I am piling pillows up against the trembling windows. I guess they’ve just dropped a bomb on the bridge, but I can’t see any fire. People are talking on social media about the bombardment of the parliament building. “Is this it?” I ask myself. “Is tonight the Reichstag fire for what remains of Turkish democracy and my country?” On TV, a few dozen soldiers are barricading the Bosporus bridge, shouting at the startled civilians: “Go home! This is a military takeover!”

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Past Misdeeds Are Coming Back to Haunt Turkey's Central Bank - Bloomberg

Past Misdeeds Are Coming Back to Haunt Turkey's Central Bank
By Paul Abelsky
and Cagan Koc
February 12, 2019, 5:22 AM EST Updated on February 12, 2019, 9:03 AM EST

High rates squeezing economy as it slides toward recession
Policy makers increasingly taking their cue from the market

Past dithering on inflation is hampering the Turkish central bank’s ability to prop up the weakening economy.

While the lira crashed and prices soared over the summer, Governor Murat Cetinkaya and colleagues hesitated until September before finally raising interest rates. The legacy of that delay means the central bank is trying to quell inflation and keep investors on side for fear of unsettling the currency even as Turkey slides toward recession. The result: an economy painfully squeezed by real rates that Morgan Stanley estimates are double the level for emerging markets as a whole.

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Time to clear the clouds over Turkey | FT Alphaville

Time to clear the clouds over Turkey

Carlos Hardenberg of Mobius Capital Partners argues that Turkey must return to it's initial recipe of reform and prudence

When I moved to Istanbul in 2006, an old friend who had lived in Turkey for decades shared an important observation with me: trying to fully understand the country is like drinking the local Raki. Initially crystal clear, the drink is then mixed with water which makes it turn cloudy. Drinking a few glasses of this tasty spirit (a must with a fresh sea bass) will cause you, at the very least, some confusion.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning | KALW

Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning
By Peter Kenyon • 7 hours ago

Turkey has been governed for most of the past two decades by a party steeped in political Islam. So when a pollster recently surveyed personal beliefs, there was a finding that stood out: Levels of piety were flat, or even declining, compared with a decade ago.

The apparent shift is not seismic, but it has Turks talking about where their country is headed.

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Netflix drama ‘The Protector' ushers a new dawn in Turkish television industry - The National

Netflix drama ‘The Protector' ushers a new dawn in Turkish television industry

A new generation of young Turkish filmmakers are ripping up the rulebook on homegrown drama with their new Netflix series

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Turkey to scrap VAT on books, printed media, Erdogan says - Nasdaq.com

Turkey to scrap VAT on books, printed media, Erdogan says
February 10, 2019, 10:50:00 AM EDT By Reuters

Reuters

ISTANBUL, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Turkey will cut value-added tax (VAT) to zero on books, magazines and newspapers in a regulation that parliament is to discuss next week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

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Turkish current account returns to deficit in December | Business Recorder

Turkish current account returns to deficit in December
Fawad Maqsood February 11, 2019

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s current account is expected to go back into deficit in December after four months of surpluses, a Reuters poll showed on Monday, as the economy takes a hit from falling tourism revenues.

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Turkey opens government vegetable stalls in battle with inflation | Reuters

Turkey opens government vegetable stalls in battle with inflation
Ezgi Erkoyun

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Battling a sharp rise in food costs, Turkish authorities opened their own markets on Monday to sell cheap vegetables directly to shoppers, cutting out retailers who the government has accused of jacking up prices.

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How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold | Reuters

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold
Corina Pons, Maria Ramirez

EL CALLAO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela’s most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Turkish, American businesspeople support $75 billion bilateral trade volume target - Daily Sabah

Turkish, American businesspeople support $75 billion bilateral trade volume target

The $75 billion trade volume target set by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump was welcomed by Turkish and American businesspeople. On Feb. 4-8, a delegation of 52 American businesspeople visited the Turkish capital Ankara and met their Turkish counterparts, discussions were held on how to accomplish the bilateral trade volume of $75 billion, which currently hovers slightly above $20 billion.

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The geopolitics of the Syrian conflict: Getting Erdogan on board - Qantara.de

Getting Erdogan on board

Recently, while considering the future of war-torn Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the Adana agreement signed over two decades ago between Turkey and Syria. How this should be interpreted depends on which side you are on, as Ayse Karabat explains

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Turkey's local elections: Playing ping-pong with the Syrians - Qantara.de

Playing ping-pong with the Syrians

In the run-up to local elections in Turkey, the government and opposition are trying to instrumentalise the refugee issue for their own ends. Experts warn against a rhetoric of division. Hilal Koylu reports from Ankara

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Turkish Food Fight Spreads With Fines, Raids as Inflation Stings - Bloomberg

Turkish Food Fight Spreads With Fines, Raids as Inflation Stings
By Cagan Koc
February 10, 2019, 9:50 AM EST

Turkey has found that fighting words alone aren’t enough to deter the people it blames for runaway food inflation.

After weeks of bashing those deemed price-gougers as traitors and even terrorists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party is backing up threats with deeds. Fines are on the way after raids of wholesale food markets in five provinces on Feb. 6 uncovered “exorbitant” price increases of up to 800 percent for certain items, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Sunday.

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