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Sunday, February 23, 2020

‘Rising signs of depression, in Turkey’ warns medical expert

‘Rising signs of depression, in Turkey’ warns medical expert
Barçın Yinanç

According to data from the Health Ministry, increasing number of people in Turkey suffer from depression, said Professor Mansur Beyazyürek. “Independent of their socio-economic level or political views Turks give signs of depression; this is across the board phenomenon,” Beyazyürek told Hürriyet Daily News.

More:‘Rising signs of depression, in Turkey’ warns medical expert

How crises provide easy victories to Turkey’s Erdoğan | Ahval

How crises provide easy victories to Turkey’s Erdoğan

Gökhan Bacık
Feb 22 2020 07:04 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Feb 23 2020 01:53 Gmt+3
When discussing coups d’état in Turkey, particularly the most recent coup attempt on July 15, 2016, we have to use theoretical hypotheses to make predictions since we do not have access to what transpires inside the state.

More:How crises provide easy victories to Turkey’s Erdoğan | Ahval

Turkey says will 'temporarily' close Iran border over virus fears, World News | wionews.com

Turkey says will 'temporarily' close Iran border over virus fears
AFP Istanbul, Turkey Feb 23, 2020, 07.00 PM(IST)

Iran confirmed eight deaths from the novel coronavirus on Sunday, the highest toll of any country outside China, as the supreme leader accused foreign media of trying to use the outbreak to sabotage a general election.

Turkey on Sunday announced it would "temporarily" close its land border with neighbouring Iran as alarm grows over a spike in new coronavirus infections.

More:Turkey says will 'temporarily' close Iran border over virus fears, World News | wionews.com

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Erdogan’s Turkey - The Jerusalem Post

Erdogan’s Turkey

Erdogan’s Turkey preaches democracy, fairness and justice while it remains steeped in anachronistic authoritarianism.

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Erdogan to Hold Syria Summit With Russia, France and Germany | Voice of America - English

Erdogan to Hold Syria Summit With Russia, France and Germany
By Agence France-Presse
February 22, 2020 01:51 PM

FILE - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 5, 2020.
ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he would hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on March 5 to discuss the situation in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib.

"We will come together on March 5 and discuss these issues," Erdogan said in a televised speech, following a phone call on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his tele-conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

More:Erdogan to Hold Syria Summit With Russia, France and Germany | Voice of America - English

Friday, February 21, 2020

Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey | Voice of America - English

Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey
By Jamie Dettmer
February 21, 2020 09:51 AM

LONDON - The Kremlin was scrambling Friday to reach a stopgap agreement with Ankara to halt fighting in northwest Syria amid growing fears that Russia and Turkey are on the brink of open warfare.

more:Kremlin Scrambles to Avoid Open Conflict With Turkey | Voice of America - English

Is Russia cozying up to Syria's Kurds amid rift with Turkey?

Is Russia cozying up to Syria's Kurds amid rift with Turkey?

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The United States has reportedly cautioned the Kurds not to fight Turkey in any potential escalation in Syria, but Russia appears to have moved closer to the Kurds, as suggested by Kurdish collaboration with the Syrian army in areas along Idlib’s boundaries with Afrin.

More:Is Russia cozying up to Syria's Kurds amid rift with Turkey?

Erdogan urges Putin to rein in Syria, end human crisis - ABC News

Erdogan urges Putin to rein in Syria, end human crisis
Turkey's President has urged Russia to “restrain" the Syrian government and to halt a humanitarian crisis unfolding in northwest Syria

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Turkey Asks America To Send Patriot Missiles To Its Border As Its Troops Die In Syria Airstrikes - The Drive

Turkey Asks America To Send Patriot Missiles To Its Border As Its Troops Die In Syria Airstrikes
The request will be politically complicated from the very start due to various factors, especially given how cool US-Turkish relations are at present.
BY JOSEPH TREVITHICKFEBRUARY 20, 2020

The Turkish government has reportedly asked its American counterparts to deploy a pair of Patriot surface-to-air missile system batteries along its southern border with Syria. This news came amid the announcement of the death of two Turkish troops, and the wounding of five more, in an airstrike in northwestern Syria. The request is politically fraught from the start due to a number of factors, including an ongoing spat between Turkey and the United States in part over the former's purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems and the risks of sparking a wider conflict if American air defenders were to shoot down a Russian combat jet.

More:Turkey Asks America To Send Patriot Missiles To Its Border As Its Troops Die In Syria Airstrikes - The Drive

Flare-up in fighting in northwest Syria pulls in Russian, Turkish forces - SWI swissinfo.ch

Flare-up in fighting in northwest Syria pulls in Russian, Turkish forces

By Khalil Ashawi and Orhan Coskun

AZAZ, Syria/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops in northwest Syria on Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in a sharp escalation of an intense battle over the last rebel bastions, Russian and Turkish officials said.

More:Flare-up in fighting in northwest Syria pulls in Russian, Turkish forces - SWI swissinfo.ch

Thursday, February 20, 2020

US predicts military coup in Turkey | Vestnik Kavkaza

US predicts military coup in Turkey
19 Feb in 6:53 Middle East Eye

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hulusi Akar are skeptical of the RAND Corporation report
A US think tank report on Turkey’s foreign policy has caused controversy in the country after it suggested a new military coup attempt was plausible and that the Turkish defence minister was extremely close to the US military, Middle East Eye writes in the article US think tank report ignites concerns over new military coup in Turkey. Released last month, the report by the RAND Corporation for the US army alleges that the Turkish government’s decision to expel hundreds of officers after a failed coup attempt in 2016 caused huge discontent in the Turkish military. “Mid-level officers are reported to be extremely frustrated with the military leadership and concerned about being removed in the continuing post-coup purges,” the report said.

More:US predicts military coup in Turkey | Vestnik Kavkaza

Turkish Soldiers' Deaths Ramp Up Tensions With Moscow  | Voice of America - English

Turkish Soldiers' Deaths Ramp Up Tensions With Moscow 
By Dorian Jones
February 20, 2020 04:47 PM

ISTANBUL - Tensions between Turkey and Russia escalated Thursday with the killing of the two Turkish soldiers in a Syrian airstrike. Moscow, which backs the Damascus government, accused Ankara of supporting terrorists in Syria.

More:Turkish Soldiers' Deaths Ramp Up Tensions With Moscow  | Voice of America - English

Turkey accuses EU of 'interference' on Libya

Turkey accuses EU of 'interference' on Libya
By EUOBSERVER

TODAY, 07:08
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday spoke out against the EU's new plan to launch a naval mission in March to enforce the UN's arm embargo with Libya. "I want to specifically mention that the EU does not have the right to make any decision concerning Libya," said Erdogan, accusing the EU of "interfering" in Libya. Turkey has sent hundreds of soldiers and militia to Libya.

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Turkey and Syria Trade Blows in Syrian Crisis Escalation | theTrumpet.com

Turkey and Syria Trade Blows in Syrian Crisis Escalation

BY WARREN REINSCH • FEBRUARY 19

The Syrian crisis intensified over the last two weeks when Syria and Turkey traded blows in northwestern Syria. The back-and-forth bombardments cost troops on both sides. As Russia continues to support Syria in the conflict, the question arises: Where will Turkey turn for help?

More:Turkey and Syria Trade Blows in Syrian Crisis Escalation | theTrumpet.com

Germany shooting: 'Far-right extremist' carried out shisha bars attacks - BBC News

Germany shooting: 'Far-right extremist' carried out shisha bars attacks

A suspected far-right extremist has killed at least nine people in attacks on two shisha bars in a city in western Germany, officials say.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were many signs the attacker in Hanau had acted out of racism.

Federal prosecutors are treating the case as terrorism. Turkey says at least five of the dead were Turkish citizens.

More:Germany shooting: 'Far-right extremist' carried out shisha bars attacks - BBC News

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Future of EU-Turkey relations uncertain, U.S. elections may play a role - expert | Ahval

Future of EU-Turkey relations uncertain, U.S. elections may play a role - expert

Feb 19 2020 04:08 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Feb 19 2020 04:10 Gmt+3
It is impossible to predict the future of relations between the European Union and Turkey, but Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy and the results of U.S. elections will be decisive, according to Turkish academic Senem Aydın Düzgit.

More:Future of EU-Turkey relations uncertain, U.S. elections may play a role - expert | Ahval

Turkey's opposition parties call for dialogue with Assad

Turkey's opposition parties call for dialogue with Assad
Sibel Hurtas February 18, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkey's opposition parties have called on the Turkish government to engage in dialogue with Damascus administration to prevent further Turkish casualties in Idlib.

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Turkish judges postpone verdict in Amnesty International case

Turkish judges postpone verdict in Amnesty International case
Diego Cupolo February 19, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
A Turkish court has postponed its final rulings in the infamous Buyukada trial until April as the defendants use lengthy closing statements to enter every piece of evidence of their innocence into the record.

More:Turkish judges postpone verdict in Amnesty International case

Erdogan's Excellent Syrian Adventure - Antiwar.com Original

Erdogan’s Excellent Syrian Adventure

by Daniel Lazare

What’s a political strongman to do when his economy is weak and another round of financial turbulence is on the way? When political support is languishing and a series of budget-busting construction projects has people shaking their head in dismay?

More:Erdogan's Excellent Syrian Adventure - Antiwar.com Original

Opinion: Osman Kavala′s rearrest a hit to Turkey dissidents | Opinion | DW | 19.02.2020

Opinion: Osman Kavala's rearrest a hit to Turkey dissidents

The acquittal and immediate rearrest on new charges of the philanthropist Osman Kavala is a judicial farce. This is a huge disappointment to the opposition in Turkey, DW's Erkan Arikan writes.

More:Opinion: Osman Kavala′s rearrest a hit to Turkey dissidents | Opinion | DW | 19.02.2020

Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria

Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria
Turkish leader says talks with Russia over northwest Syria failed to achieve 'desired result'.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch an operation in Syria's Idlib region by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw behind Turkish military positions.

more:Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

EU adds Cayman Islands, Panama to tax haven blacklist, spares Turkey | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

EU adds Cayman Islands, Panama to tax haven blacklist, spares Turkey
in World Economy News 19/02/2020

European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU’s blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to avoid being listed, an EU document said on Tuesday.

more:EU adds Cayman Islands, Panama to tax haven blacklist, spares Turkey | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

bne IntelliNews - Turkey ‘dicing with lira nightmare part II’

Turkey ‘dicing with lira nightmare part II’
It's as if Turkey's economy has been pumped up on steroids warns Hakura.
By bne IntelliNews February 18, 2020
Turkey is repeating the mistakes that led to the 2018 lira crisis and another freefall for the currency may not be far off, according to an academic at international affairs think tank Chatham House.

Fadi Hakura, a consulting fellow who manages the Turkey Project at the London-based independent policy institute, warned: “Since the 2018 economic crisis, when the value of the lira plummeted and borrowing costs soared, Turkey’s economy has achieved a miraculous ‘V-shaped’ economic recovery from a recession lasting three quarters to a return back to quarterly growth above 1 per cent in the first three months of 2019.

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Prosecutors in Turkey seek detention of activist Osman Kavala hours after his Gezi Park acquittal - CNN

Prosecutors in Turkey seek detention of activist Osman Kavala hours after his Gezi Park acquittal
By Jomana Karadsheh and Sheena McKenzie, CNN

Updated 4:55 PM ET, Tue February 18, 2020

CNN reporter: No one expected this 'stunning' court ruling 03:22
Istanbul (CNN)Public prosecutors in Turkey issued an order seeking the continued detention of businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala on Tuesday, just hours after a court acquitted him and eight other defendants over the 2013 protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park.

more;Prosecutors in Turkey seek detention of activist Osman Kavala hours after his Gezi Park acquittal - CNN

Monday, February 17, 2020

Why Erdogan Aims to Seize Stake in No. 2 Turkish Bank: QuickTake - Bloomberg

Why Erdogan Aims to Seize Stake in No. 2 Turkish Bank: QuickTake
By Asli Kandemir
February 17, 2020, 6:34 AM EST

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already brought the central bank under his control, ousting the governor and installing a successor to drive interest rates lower and try to turbo-charge economic growth. Now he’s making a play for the country’s biggest private lender, Turkiye Is Bankasi AS, as he pushes to unleash credit in the economy. The problem? Isbank is part-owned by the main opposition party, not that that’s likely to get in the Turkish leader’s way.

More:Why Erdogan Aims to Seize Stake in No. 2 Turkish Bank: QuickTake - Bloomberg

'We don't want even five Syrians': Turkey reaches limits on Idlib's refugees | Middle East Eye

'We don't want even five Syrians': Turkey reaches limits on Idlib's refugees
With Ankara refusing to take any more refugees ahead of a potential attack on the city of Idlib, Syria's displaced are running out of options

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been camped out near the Turkish border with Syria since December - but there are no signs Turkey will allow them to cross over in the event of a Syrian government attack on the northwestern city of Idlib.

More:'We don't want even five Syrians': Turkey reaches limits on Idlib's refugees | Middle East Eye

Turkey's Economic Weakness Fuels a Slow-Burning Political Crisis

Turkey's Economic Weakness Fuels a Slow-Burning Political Crisis

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 17, 2020 | 10:00 GMT

Although the ruling party calculates that it has the political heft to withstand growing economic concerns, it has hedged its bets by pursuing an aggressive foreign policy that appeals to nationalism.

More:Turkey's Economic Weakness Fuels a Slow-Burning Political Crisis

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ankara discusses reopening ghost town in Cyprus - Turkey News

Ankara discusses reopening ghost town in Cyprus
ISTANBUL

The people of Turkey and the Turkish Cyprus will not accept deadlock as the fate of the long-divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, said Turkey’s vice president on Feb. 15.

Fuat Oktay’s remarks came during a meeting on the legal, political and economic aspects of reopening the abandoned town of Varosha (Maraş) -- empty for decades -- in the Turkish Cypriot city of Gazimağusa.

More:Ankara discusses reopening ghost town in Cyprus - Turkey News

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gezi trial verdict will be ‘funeral of civil society in Turkey,’ says defendant | Ahval

Gezi trial verdict will be ‘funeral of civil society in Turkey,’ says defendant

The next hearing for the Gezi trial, when an Istanbul court is expected to deliver a verdict, will be “a funeral of civil society in Turkey,” civil society activist and defendant in the case, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, told New York Times in an interview.

As Tuesday’s hearing draws near, many in Turkey are worried Aksakoğlu, who spent seven months in pre-trial detention before his release last year, and the 15 other defendants in the case will be handed harsh sentences.

More:Gezi trial verdict will be ‘funeral of civil society in Turkey,’ says defendant | Ahval

Friday, February 14, 2020

Istanbul municipality launches legal battle against Erdoğan’s canal project | Ahval

Istanbul municipality launches legal battle against Erdoğan’s canal project

Feb 14 2020 03:30 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Feb 14 2020 03:32 Gmt+3
Istanbul municipality filed a legal complaint against the Ministry of Urbanisation and Environment on Thursday asking an administrative court to cancel the approval of an environmental impact assessment report on building a major ship canal through the city, Diken news site reported.

More:Istanbul municipality launches legal battle against Erdoğan’s canal project | Ahval

Dismissed by decree in Turkey: Social lynching, Erdogan's potent weapon - Qantara.de

Social lynching, Erdogan's potent weapon

After the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016, 134,000 people lost their jobs. Most of them are still unemployed and have to fight for health services and pensions. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. By Tunca Ogreten

More:Dismissed by decree in Turkey: Social lynching, Erdogan's potent weapon - Qantara.de

Turkey’s “Defense Line”: An Ideological Front

Turkey’s “Defense Line”: An Ideological Front
By Irina TsukermanFebruary 14, 2020

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,448, February 14, 2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey’s latest moves in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean should be viewed in the context of the recent Kuala Lumpur Summit, which announced the emergence of a new ideological bloc to counter Saudi Arabia consisting of Iran, Turkey, Qatar, and Malaysia. Turkey’s new geopolitical strategy is as much ideological as it is “defensive.”

More:Turkey’s “Defense Line”: An Ideological Front

How the Canal Istanbul Is Dividing Erdogan's Turkey | Time

The Multibillion Dollar Canal Carving a Rift Through Erdogan's Turkey

Cargo ships wait for their turn to enter the Bosporus Strait outside Istanbul in June 2018. Sergey Ponomarev—The New York Times/Redux
BY JOSEPH HINCKS / SAZLIBOSNA, TURKEY

Land prices are booming in Sazlibosna. Over a tulip-shaped glass of tea in one of the village’s cafes, local governor Oktay Teke says that a few years ago, a square meter of land here in the farming community northwest of Istanbul sold for as little as 10 Turkish lira, about half the price of a pack of cigarettes. Recently, speculators have flocked to the area, snapping up swathes of farmland and pushing prices to up to 700 lira ($126) per square meter.

More:How the Canal Istanbul Is Dividing Erdogan's Turkey | Time

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Netherlands: Two suspected letter bombs explode in the Netherlands

Two suspected letter bombs went off on Wednesday in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Kerkrade but no one was injured, police have confirmed.

The first explosion was reported shortly before 0800 CET at a postal sorting centre on Bolstoen, in northwestern Amsterdam.

Police said in a statement that one of the employees heard a "hissing sound" emitting from a letter and threw it away. A "slight bang" then occurred.

The letter bomb contained an extortion letter, demanding payment in bitcoins.

There were no injuries and an initial sweep of the building by experts found no other explosives.

Read more at: Two suspected letter bombs explode in the Netherlands | Euronews

EU to Give Turkey More Time to Avoid Tax Blacklisting: Sources | Investing News | US News

EU to Give Turkey More Time to Avoid Tax Blacklisting: Sources
Feb. 12, 2020, at 2:41 p.m.

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - European Union diplomats have reached a preliminary agreement to give Turkey more time to meet tax transparency requirements, two diplomatic sources said, in a move that could weaken the bloc's blacklist but at the same time avoid a new clash with Ankara.

More:EU to Give Turkey More Time to Avoid Tax Blacklisting: Sources | Investing News | US News

Syrian rebels shoot down Assad helicopter as Turkey drawn into war | World | The Times

Syrian rebels shoot down Assad helicopter as Turkey drawn into war
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
Wednesday February 12 2020, 9.00am GMT, The Times

Syrian rebels have shot down a regime helicopter in an escalation of violence in Idlib province that threatens to suck Turkey into full-blown war with President Assad.

More:Syrian rebels shoot down Assad helicopter as Turkey drawn into war | World | The Times

Turkey's Erdogan says interest rates will continue to fall - Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan says interest rates will continue to fall

ANKARA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the trend of falling interest rates in Turkey will continue after the central bank more than halved its key interest rate since July last year.

More:Turkey's Erdogan says interest rates will continue to fall - Reuters

Constitutional Court Rejects Request for Suspension of Canal İstanbul Project - english

Constitutional Court Rejects Request for Suspension of Canal İstanbul Project

193 MPs from the main opposition CHP had applied to the top court, requesting the annulment of an article of a law regarding the Canal İstanbul project.

more:Constitutional Court Rejects Request for Suspension of Canal İstanbul Project - english

Tensions escalate after Turkey killed 51 Syrian soldiers - CGTN

Tensions escalate after Turkey killed 51 Syrian soldiers

Tensions escalated Tuesday between Syria's government and rebel-backer Turkey as 51 Syrian soldiers were killed in northwest Syria and Ankara warned of a "heavy price" for any attacks on its forces after Russian-supported Syrian government forces had made gains in their campaign to eliminate the last insurgent bastion in the country.

more;Tensions escalate after Turkey killed 51 Syrian soldiers - CGTN

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Volatile Turkish lira slips again after attempt to quell selloff - Reuters

Volatile Turkish lira slips again after attempt to quell selloff
Nevzat Devranoglu, Daren Butler

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s lira slipped in volatile trade on Monday after new government limits on banks’ foreign-exchange helped the currency briefly erase Friday’s sharp losses before selling resumed.

More:Volatile Turkish lira slips again after attempt to quell selloff - Reuters

Turkey Nearly Killed Off Its Own Air Force

Turkey Nearly Killed Off Its Own Air Force

Michael Peck
,The National Interest•February 10, 2020

Perhaps it would have been easier not to get rid of those F-16 pilots.

Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots.

More:Turkey Nearly Killed Off Its Own Air Force

Sunday, February 09, 2020

The US has already lost Turkey

The US has already lost Turkey

Cem Gürdeniz
Last week, the RAND Company, which has a budget of $350 million and is supported by the US government and the CIA, released a report on Turkey. The 243-page report, entitled “Turkey’s Nationalist Course: Implications for the US-Turkish Strategic Partnership and the US Army” was compiled by 10 different authors, including a former Naval Officer Stephen Larrabee. Larrabee is an analyst who knows a great deal about the AKP and the Turkish politics, as do his colleagues Graham Fuller and George Friedman: he has published many articles and research about Turkey in the past. Nonetheless, this report did not have a large public impact in Turkey for two reasons. The first is that the importance of the Atlantic system, or we can say the United States, in Turkish public opinion, has weakened significantly. The number of people who treat every report published in the United States about Turkey as a holy text grows less and less by the month. Second, as we move away from a unipolar world and toward a multipolar world, the Asian century has begun, and the entire framework of geopolitcs is being reassessed.

More:The US has already lost Turkey

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Erdogan’s popularity drops to lowest level

Erdogan’s popularity drops to lowest level

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity rating has fallen to its lowest level since October 2018, according to a new survey.

More:Erdogan’s popularity drops to lowest level

Friday, February 07, 2020

Turkish Clothes Makers See Orders Shifting From Coronavirus-Hit China - The New York Times

Turkish Clothes Makers See Orders Shifting From Coronavirus-Hit China
By Reuters
Feb. 7, 2020
Updated 5:21 p.m. ET

ISTANBUL — Several fashion retailers that manufacture clothing in coronavirus-hit China are in talks with Turkish firms about shifting production to Turkey, two sector officials told Reuters, with one predicting new orders worth up to $2 billion.

More:Turkish Clothes Makers See Orders Shifting From Coronavirus-Hit China - The New York Times

Megalomania pushes Erdogan's ambition too far - Winnipeg Free Press

Megalomania pushes Erdogan's ambition too far
By: Gwynne Dyer

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems inclined to take on several conflicts at once.

TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not an "Islamist," in the extreme sense of the word. He doesn’t wear a suicide vest, he doesn’t behead people, he doesn’t even go around holding one finger up in the air to signify his hatred of those who fail to acknowledge the One True God. But he certainly does like the Islamists a lot.

More:Megalomania pushes Erdogan's ambition too far - Winnipeg Free Press

5 Places Where World War III Could Start in 2020 | The National Interest

Turkey:

Strains between Turkey and the United States have only grown over the past year. Tensions increased dramatically when the United States unexpectedly gave Turkey a green light to clear Syrian border areas of U.S.-supported Kurds, then immediately issued an about-face and threatened Ankara with sanctions. All the while, an arsenal of US nuclear weapons, by all accounts, remains at Incirlik Air Force base. Certain statements by President Erdogan suggested that he has immense aspirations for Turkey, aspirations which might include nuclear ambitions.

More:5 Places Where World War III Could Start in 2020 | The National Interest

Thursday, February 06, 2020

The new Turks - Syrians are putting down roots in Turkey | Europe | The Economist

The new Turks
Syrians are putting down roots in Turkey
But trouble knocks at the gates

Ten years ago it was just a big, sleepy village, says Mohammed Duveydar, a doctor from neighbouring Syria, as he looks out onto Reyhanli’s busy main street. When he visited before the war locals would turn in early and wake up before dawn. But habits changed after the refugees came. Reyhanli, a short walk from the border, now sealed off by a concrete wall, remains a poor and conservative town, but seems to have a bounce in its step. Since the start of the war next door, its population has nearly tripled, to about 250,000. Syrians, most of them natives of devastated Idlib, now outnumber Turks. The main streets are thick with shops. Young people, Syrian and Turkish alike, stay up late into the night, inhaling cups of coffee or narghile smoke at newly opened cafés. Some Turkish girls have started wearing the Islamic headscarf the Syrian way, says a teenager. Some Syrian women have started wearing it like the Turks.

More:The new Turks - Syrians are putting down roots in Turkey | Europe | The Economist

US scrapped secret drone program with Turkey over northern Syria invasion: report

US scrapped secret drone program with Turkey over northern Syria invasion: report
By News Desk -2020-02-051

Washington indefinitely suspended a crucial joint US-Turkish drone-based intelligence program with Turkey over the latter’s October ‘Operation Peace Spring’ invasion of northern Syria, according to four anonymous US officials speaking to Reuters.

More:US scrapped secret drone program with Turkey over northern Syria invasion: report

Turkey condemns EU for inviting wanted Kurdish politicians to conference | Ahval

Turkey condemns EU for inviting wanted Kurdish politicians to conference
Feb 06 2020 11:54 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Feb 06 2020 11:56 Gmt+3
Turkish Presidency spokesman İbrahim Kalın accused the European Parliament on Thursday of supporting terrorism by inviting representatives of Kurdish political groups banned in Turkey to a conference, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman referred to the 16th International Conference on the European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds, a two-day meeting that started on Wednesday.


More:Turkey condemns EU for inviting wanted Kurdish politicians to conference | Ahval

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Cold Turkey: investor exodus tests Erdogan's economic experiment - Reuters

Cold Turkey: investor exodus tests Erdogan's economic experiment
Jonathan Spicer, Can Sezer
7 MIN READ

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A run on the lira proved a pivotal moment for Turkey’s financial markets in 2018, prompting action from Ankara that has tilted the economy inward and frightened off foreign investors.

More:Cold Turkey: investor exodus tests Erdogan's economic experiment - Reuters

Turkish soldiers pay high price for Erdoğan's imperial pretensions | Ahval

Turkish soldiers pay high price for Erdoğan's imperial pretensions

Edward G. Stafford
Feb 05 2020 03:43 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Feb 05 2020 04:58 Gmt+3
The killing of eight Turkish military personnel in Syria on Monday highlights the price of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s foray into the neighbouring civil war.

Regardless of the veracity of his claim that Turkey exacted a five-fold payback on Syrian forces, these deaths of Turkish troops on foreign soil will sharpen the questions about what national interests are at stake in Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria.

More:Turkish soldiers pay high price for Erdoğan's imperial pretensions | Ahval

Pompeo: US Stands by Turkey in Idlib Fighting - News From Antiwar.com

Pompeo: US Stands by Turkey in Idlib Fighting

Pompeo says US condemns 'unjustifiable' Syrian assault on al-Qaeda-held Idlib
Jason Ditz Posted onFebruary 4, 2020CategoriesNewsTagsPompeo, Syria, Turkey
Following the Turkish military attacking and killing scores of Syrian military personnel on Monday in northern Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Syria and declared the US “fully supports Turkey’s justified self-defense actions.“

More:Pompeo: US Stands by Turkey in Idlib Fighting - News From Antiwar.com

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

The president of Turkey versus the world | The Japan Times

The president of Turkey versus the world
BY GWYNNE DYER
FEB 4, 2020

LONDON – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not an Islamist in the extreme sense of the word, but he certainly does like the Islamists a lot. In the heyday of the Islamic State in northern Syria and Iraq, it was Erdogan who kept the Turkish border open so that thousands of foreign fighters and their families could go to join that terrorist proto-state, which was a descendant of al-Qaida.

More:The president of Turkey versus the world | The Japan Times

Erdogan has lost the plot - The Hill Times

Erdogan has lost the plot

By GWYNNE DYER FEB. 4, 2020
Erdogan's intervention in Libya puts Turkey into a potential confrontation with France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, all of which back Haftar. So does Russia.

More:Erdogan has lost the plot - The Hill Times

Opinion | The Murder of a Ballerina - The New York Times

The Murder of a Ballerina

Violence against women in Turkey has increased in the past decade.

More:Opinion | The Murder of a Ballerina - The New York Times

Monday, February 03, 2020

Gender and authoritarian populism in Turkey: the two phases of AKP rule | openDemocracy

Gender and authoritarian populism in Turkey: the two phases of AKP rule

Unless a strong democratic left alternative appears, it will not be possible to curb and reverse the patriarchal anxieties of men.

More:Gender and authoritarian populism in Turkey: the two phases of AKP rule | openDemocracy

Turkish inflation comes in higher than expected | Snap | ING Think

Turkish inflation comes in higher than expected

Despite a range of administrative and tax measures, monthly inflation in Turkey came in higher than expected in January, maintaining the uptrend

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Erdogan Meets Zelenskiy In Push To Boost Trade Between Turkey, Ukraine

Erdogan Meets Zelenskiy In Push To Boost Trade Between Turkey, Ukraine
February 03, 2020 09:45 GMT
UPDATED February 03, 2020 10:49 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy following their joint media conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on August 7.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is holding talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in Kyiv to stimulate commerce between their countries.

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Erdogan Keen to Spare Russia Ties as Turkey Hits Syrian Forces

Erdogan Keen to Spare Russia Ties as Turkey Hits Syrian Forces

Selcan Hacaoglu and Firat Kozok
,Bloomberg•February 3, 2020

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey tried to keep a deadly clash with Syrian forces from drawing in regional powerbroker Russia as it ordered retaliatory strikes.

Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian were killed and seven people wounded Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major opposition bastion in Syria, where government forces backed by the Russian air force are trying to vanquish onetime al-Qaeda affiliates and Turkey-backed rebels.

More:Erdogan Keen to Spare Russia Ties as Turkey Hits Syrian Forces

Turkish students given suspended jail sentences over 2018 Syria protest

Turkish students given suspended jail sentences over 2018 Syria protest
03.02.2020
An Istanbul court on Friday sentenced 27 students from the country's top-ranking university to nearly a year in jail over 2018 protests against a Turkish military operation in northern Syria, state news agency Anadolu reported.

The court case is against 30 defendants, all of them from Istanbul's Bogazici University. The 27 were charged with spreading terrorist propaganda for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Anadolu said.

More:Turkish students given suspended jail sentences over 2018 Syria protest

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan Criticises Arab Silence Over U.S. Middle East Plan - The New York Times

Turkey's Erdogan Criticises Arab Silence Over U.S. Middle East Plan
By Reuters
Feb. 1, 2020, 2:44 p.m. ET

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ANKARA — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations for not speaking out against the U.S. Middle East plan which he said endorsed the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands.

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Turkey’s Latest Power Grab Has Europe On Edge

Turkey’s Latest Power Grab Has Europe On Edge

Oilprice.comFebruary 1, 2020
Conflicts in the Middle East attract an entanglement of interventions, any of which could turn the region into a powder keg, and Turkish intervention in Libyan civil conflict adds a new dimension. Turkey’s parliament approved a bill to deploy Turkish troops to Libya to assist and advise the forces of Government of National Accord against the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Greece, Israel and Cyprus denounced the Turkish decision as provocative and destabilizing for the region. Behind these military and diplomatic maneuvers lie a struggle for energy and political power.

more;Turkey’s Latest Power Grab Has Europe On Edge

Putin’s thin red lines in Syria rattle Erdogan

Putin’s thin red lines in Syria rattle Erdogan

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still has limited options in wake of Syria's retaking of a key town in Idlib province.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Alarm as Turkey’s ruling party moves to empower night watchmen

Alarm as Turkey’s ruling party moves to empower night watchmen
Diego Cupolo January 30, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
A revived nighttime security force in Turkey may soon get the same powers as regular police, drawing protest from lawmakers and civil rights advocates.

More:Alarm as Turkey’s ruling party moves to empower night watchmen

Turks question ‘quake taxes’ after deadly tremor

Turks question ‘quake taxes’ after deadly tremor
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Mustafa Sonmez January 30, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkey’s citizens have paid billions of liras in special taxes introduced after a massive quake disaster in 1999, but two decades on, the country still has a long way to go in quake-proofing buildings and other precautionary measures.

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How Far Can Turkey Challenge NATO and the EU in 2020? - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

How Far Can Turkey Challenge NATO and the EU in 2020?
MARC PIERINI
JANUARY 29, 2020

Summary:  Today’s Turkey is more nationalist and more inclined to assert its political and military power than in recent years. To deal with Ankara, NATO and the EU must be firm, resolute, and yet cooperative.

More:How Far Can Turkey Challenge NATO and the EU in 2020? - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Turkish central bank keeps end-2020 inflation forecast at 8.2% | Nasdaq

Turkish central bank keeps end-2020 inflation forecast at 8.2%

JAN 30, 2020 2:47AM EST

ANKARA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Turkey's Central Bank is maintaining its mid-point inflation forecast for end-2020 at 8.2%, Governor Murat Uysal said on Thursday. The bank also forecast that the inflation will fall to 5.4% at the end of 2021, Uysal said, adding that it is expected to stabilize at around 5% in the medium term.

More:Turkish central bank keeps end-2020 inflation forecast at 8.2% | Nasdaq

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Turkey Preparing for Possible Earthquake in Istanbul - Georgia Today on the Web

Turkey Preparing for Possible Earthquake in Istanbul

Turkish government is actively preparing for a possible strong earthquake in Istanbul, the country’s largest city and economic hub, says Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

More:Turkey Preparing for Possible Earthquake in Istanbul - Georgia Today on the Web

Turkish court keeps businessman jailed after lawyers walk out | News | WTVB

Turkish court keeps businessman jailed after lawyers walk out
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 7:57 a.m. EST
By Ali Kucukgocmen

SILIVRI (Reuters) - Defense lawyers walked out of a Turkish courtroom on Tuesday in protest against judges in the case of businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who was again remanded as a trial continued over his involvement in 2013 protests.

More:Turkish court keeps businessman jailed after lawyers walk out | News | WTVB

Why President Erdogan is wrong about Turkey's earthquake preparedness - The National

Why President Erdogan is wrong about Turkey's earthquake preparedness

Friday's Elazig earthquake, which left 39 dead, shows that fears over Turkey's unpreparedness for more like it amount to more than just what the president called 'negative propaganda'

More:Why President Erdogan is wrong about Turkey's earthquake preparedness - The National

Monday, January 27, 2020

Financial Times: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assertive foreign policy shakes international order

Financial Times: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assertive foreign policy shakes international order

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan is applying his assertive foreign policy at the expense of deterioration of relationships with allies and neighbors, reports Financial Times.

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Turkish rescuers find last quake victims; death toll hits 41

Turkish rescuers find last quake victims; death toll hits 41

ANKARA – Turkish emergency teams on Monday recovered the bodies of the last two missing quake victims from the rubble of a collapsed building, raising the death toll from the powerful tremor that hit eastern Turkey to 41.

More:Turkish rescuers find last quake victims; death toll hits 41

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Alevis′ fight for recognition in Turkey | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 26.01.2020

The Alevis' fight for recognition in Turkey

For decades now, Alevi Muslims in Turkey have fought for official recognition as a religious community. The state has persistently ignored court judgments in their favor, meaning they are also denied financial support.

More:The Alevis′ fight for recognition in Turkey | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 26.01.2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Turkish leader slams 'propaganda' as quake deaths rise to 29 - StarTribune.com

Turkish leader slams 'propaganda' as quake deaths rise to 29
By ANDREW WILKS Associated Press JANUARY 25, 2020 — 6:40PM

ANKARA, Turkey — The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey climbed to 29 on Saturday night as rescue crews searched for people who remained trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, officials said.

more:Turkish leader slams 'propaganda' as quake deaths rise to 29 - StarTribune.com

Opinion: Merkel, Erdogan and a Faustian refugee bargain | Opinion | DW | 24.01.2020

Opinion: Merkel, Erdogan and a Faustian refugee bargain

All quiet on the Turkish front? Despite oppression at home and abroad, Erdogan can blackmail the chancellor into silence due to his role in refugee policy. It is too high a price to pay, says DW's Marcel Fürstenau.

More:Opinion: Merkel, Erdogan and a Faustian refugee bargain | Opinion | DW | 24.01.2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Culture in Turkey: Is Erdogan purging Turkish state theatre? - Qantara.de

Is Erdogan purging Turkish state theatre?

At least 150 theatre professionals were recently fired without reason in Turkey, just days before they were expecting to receive permanent contracts. Creatives accuse the government of a politically motivated purge. By Pelin Unker

more:Culture in Turkey: Is Erdogan purging Turkish state theatre? - Qantara.de

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Erdogan's Libya strategy: Jump first, think later

Erdogan's Libya strategy: Jump first, think later
Semih Idiz January 23, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
By openly taking sides in Libya, Turkey could end up undermining the clout it believes it has gained in that country.

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Ugur Mumcu: 27 years after murder, Turkey's journalists still face violence - The National

Ugur Mumcu: 27 years after murder, Turkey's journalists still face violence

years after the high-profile killings of journalists hrant dink and uger mumcu, turkey's journalists still face violence while their attackers receive impunity

More:Ugur Mumcu: 27 years after murder, Turkey's journalists still face violence - The National

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Moderate earthquake shakes Turkey, no casualties reported

Moderate earthquake shakes Turkey, no casualties reported
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted Jan 22, 2020 4:31 pm AST
ANKARA, Turkey — A moderately strong earthquake shook buildings in western Turkey on Wednesday, causing a few derelict structures to collapse, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

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Asia Times | How Turkey dumped ‘no problems with neighbors’ policy | Article

How Turkey dumped ‘no problems with neighbors’ policy

By JOSEPH DANA

What happened to Turkey’s soft foreign policy? Not so long ago, Turkey’s famed “no problems with neighbors” policy was the darling of international geopolitics. In the 2000s, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spent a decade building Istanbul into a global nexus point of travel, trade and influence. State-owned Turkish Airlines began flying to places like Mogadishu to project the country as a unifying force on the international stage. At home, Turkey invested in energy infrastructure to position itself as a vital transit hub linking hydrocarbon-rich areas in the Middle East with Europe.

More:Asia Times | How Turkey dumped ‘no problems with neighbors’ policy | Article

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Caribbean leaders boycott Pompeo talks as row grows over US relations | US news | The Guardian

The Guardian: Trinidad and Tobago PM joins Barbadian counterpart in turning down meeting with US secretary of state in Jamaica

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Istanbul’s natural gas supplier announces instalments for monthly bills | Ahval

Istanbul’s natural gas supplier announces instalments for monthly bills

Istanbul’s natural gas supplier, İGDAŞ, has given customers the option of payment instalments for monthly bills following multiple price hikes in 2019 of almost 40 percent that are straining households. 

The Turkish government last imposed in August an increase in natural gas prices for the fourth time in less than one year. Accordingly, natural gas prices increased by 15 percent for domestic and 14 percent for industrial usage.

More:Istanbul’s natural gas supplier announces instalments for monthly bills | Ahval

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Build museums and libraries, not a canal in Istanbul | Ahval

Build museums and libraries, not a canal in Istanbul

Ali Abaday
Jan 19 2020 10:23 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jan 19 2020 04:48 Gmt+3
Here’s a question to start with: If you had a marker and a blank piece of paper and were asked to draw a quick sketch, what would you draw?

In the last few months, discussions about plans to build a new canal in Istanbul have been the top agenda in Turkey. Many people are opposed to the idea of digging a new strait from one end of Istanbul to the other, which Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan has called “his greatest dream”. Of course, like every other topic in recent years, the Istanbul Canal project has split the country in half.

More:Build museums and libraries, not a canal in Istanbul | Ahval

Democracy failure prompts right-wing populism: Turkish author on Erdogan's rise from 'reformer to populist'

Democracy failure prompts right-wing populism: Turkish author on Erdogan's rise from 'reformer to populist'

ANI19 January 2020
By Nivedita Giri

Ankara [Turkey], Jan 19 (ANI): Ece Temelkuran, a prominent Turkish journalist and author, says that right-wing populism is not a passing by political fancy and that it is "a global phenomenon generated by the failures of social equality, also called democracy."

More:Democracy failure prompts right-wing populism: Turkish author on Erdogan's rise from 'reformer to populist'

The Turkey-Russia Tango Over Syria and Libya - The Globalist

The Turkey-Russia Tango Over Syria and Libya

Is Turkey turning into a Russian puppet? Vladimir Putin is showing a remarkable ability to reverse Erdogan’s Syria ambitions.

More:The Turkey-Russia Tango Over Syria and Libya - The Globalist

EU significantly reduces financial aid to Turkey

EU significantly reduces financial aid to Turkey
22:33, 18.01.2020
Region:World News, Turkey
Theme: Politics

The EU has cut Turkey’s financial aid by three quarters, DW reported.

The so-called pre-entry aid, which is intended to carry out reforms, was cut in 2020 for Turkey by 75 percent of the previously planned amount. Ankara will receive only 168 million euros under this program, 150 of them are for improvements in democracy and the rule of law, and another 18 million are for villages development, the publications of the Funke media group reported referring to a letter from the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

More:EU significantly reduces financial aid to Turkey

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sixty percent of voters approve of Ankara mayor - survey | Ahval

Sixty percent of voters approve of Ankara mayor - survey
Jan 17 2020 06:46 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jan 17 2020 08:12 Gmt+3
Some 60 percent of Turkish voters are happy with the performance of Ankara mayor Mansur Yavaş, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kadir Has University.

Yavaş, the opposition alliance’s candidate, was elected mayor in local polls last year in March. Ekrem İmamoğlu, another opposition politician, achieved a similar success in Istanbul, by defeating the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the March polls and a rerun election in June.

More:Sixty percent of voters approve of Ankara mayor - survey | Ahval

bne IntelliNews - Nobody surprised as Turkey’s central bank bows to Erdogan with another rate cut

Nobody surprised as Turkey’s central bank bows to Erdogan with another rate cut

By bne IntelliNews January 16, 2020
Analysts saw the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) bowing to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on January 16 by cutting its benchmark one-week repo interest rate by another 75bp to 11.25%.

More:bne IntelliNews - Nobody surprised as Turkey’s central bank bows to Erdogan with another rate cut

Turkish barbers have established a strong brand in Britain, forcing others to change their practices | inews

Turkish barbers have established a strong brand in Britain, forcing others to change their practices

Last year, 675 new barbers’ salons opened, making them the fastest-growing independent sector

More:Turkish barbers have established a strong brand in Britain, forcing others to change their practices | inews

Turkish public believes Turkey has no friends - but Turks | Middle East Eye

Turkish public believes Turkey has no friends - but Turks

New study indicates that historical grievances and nationalist policies are making Turkey's population feel ever more isolated

More:Turkish public believes Turkey has no friends - but Turks | Middle East Eye

Thursday, January 16, 2020

′Cartoons for Future′ on show in Turkey | Arts | DW | 16.01.2020

'Cartoons for Future' on show in Turkey

The climate crisis might not the most pressing issue in Turkey, but citizens' awareness is growing. Interest for the traveling exhibition "Cartoons for Future," currently in Izmir, is proof that attitudes are changing.

More:′Cartoons for Future′ on show in Turkey | Arts | DW | 16.01.2020

Turkey announces it will build 'settlements' in occupied Syria - The Jerusalem Post

Turkey announces it will build 'settlements' in occupied Syria

Turkey wants to settle mostly Arab Syrian refugees in Kurdish areas of Syria, rather than in areas around Jarabulus which Turkey also occupied.

More:Turkey announces it will build 'settlements' in occupied Syria - The Jerusalem Post

In Turkey, Erdogan's Proposed Istanbul Canal Project Is Controversial—and It Could Shape the Next Presidential Race

In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.

More:In Turkey, Erdogan's Proposed Istanbul Canal Project Is Controversial—and It Could Shape the Next Presidential Race

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Turkish clerics defy 1,400 years of edicts with home loan U-turn | Back Page | unionleader.com

Turkish clerics defy 1,400 years of edicts with home loan U-turn

Turkey’s top Islamic authority is challenging 1,400 years of religious thinking, with a new ruling on the fraught topic of usury.

According to the High Board of Religious Affairs, interest on home loans doesn’t violate Islam’s proscriptions against usury as long as the loan comes from a Turkish state bank and goes to buy a home in a government housing project.

More:Turkish clerics defy 1,400 years of edicts with home loan U-turn | Back Page | unionleader.com

ANALYSIS: Turkey becoming a second Iran - Israel National News

ANALYSIS: Turkey becoming a second Iran

For the first time, the IDF has added Turkey to the list of security threats Israel faces in annual security assessment.

More:ANALYSIS: Turkey becoming a second Iran - Israel National News

Erdogan’s Purge of Gulenists Has Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another

Erdogan’s Purges Have Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another

Turkey expelled alleged sympathizers of Fethullah Gulen from government jobs after the 2016 coup attempt. Other Islamic sects, and one in particular—the Menzil—are now filling the vacuum.

More:Erdogan’s Purge of Gulenists Has Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another

Controversy Growing in Turkey Over Erdogan's Massive Canal Project   | Voice of America - English

Controversy Growing in Turkey Over Erdogan's Massive Canal Project  
By Dorian Jones
January 15, 2020 07:40 PM

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's project to provide an alternative route to the Bosporus waterway is becoming increasingly mired in controversy.  

Erdogan is presenting his "Canal Istanbul" initiative as preserving Istanbul, but environmental and financial concerns are escalating over the grandiose scheme, dubbed as the construction project of the decade.

In freezing rain, thousands of people in Istanbul queued for hours to sign a petition protesting Erdogan's canal plan.

More:Controversy Growing in Turkey Over Erdogan's Massive Canal Project   | Voice of America - English

Turkey lifts more than 2-year block of Wikipedia | Your Valley

Turkey lifts more than 2-year block of Wikipedia

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:25 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday lifted its more than two-year ban on accessing Wikipedia, weeks after the country's highest court ruled that the block violated freedom of expression.

More:Turkey lifts more than 2-year block of Wikipedia | Your Valley

Turkey Caps the Year With Biggest Monthly Deficit on Record - Bloomberg

Turkey Caps the Year With Biggest Monthly Deficit on Record
By Cagan Koc
January 15, 2020, 3:15 AM EST Updated on January 15, 2020, 4:09 AM EST

A spending splurge during back-to-back elections last year, and efforts to revive the economy through fiscal stimulus, pushed Turkey’s monthly deficit to a record high.

More:Turkey Caps the Year With Biggest Monthly Deficit on Record - Bloomberg

Monday, January 13, 2020

Erdogan's ties with Turkish army gets alarmingly personal

Erdogan's ties with Turkish army gets alarmingly personal
Metin Gurcan January 13, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The extraordinary personalization of Turkey’s civilian-military relations is deinstitutionalizing the Turkish military structure and causing internal power struggles within the army ranks.

More:Erdogan's ties with Turkish army gets alarmingly personal

Rauf Denktas: Life dedicated to Turkish Cypriots

Rauf Denktas: Life dedicated to Turkish Cypriots

Turkey commemorates 8th death anniversary of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' founding father Rauf Denktas

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Turkey-Northern Cyprus Water Pipeline Disrupted | OOSKAnews

Turkey-Northern Cyprus Water Pipeline Disrupted
13 Jan 2020 - 08:21 by Local Press Report
NICOSIA
Hurriyet Daily News
The fresh water supply from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has suffered a disruption, Turkey’s agriculture and forestry minister said on Jan. 11. Bekir Pakdemirli told reporters in Turkey’s southern Mersin province that the Turkey-TRNC water pipeline didn’t break and that the reason for the disruption has yet to be ascertained.

More:Turkey-Northern Cyprus Water Pipeline Disrupted | OOSKAnews

Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan | World news | The Guardian

Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan

President, in charge for past 17 years, faces domestic political threats as troops sent to Libya

More:Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan | World news | The Guardian

Istanbul launched Erdoğan’s political career, and could also end it | Ahval

Istanbul launched Erdoğan’s political career, and could also end it

David Lepeska
Jan 13 2020 01:48 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jan 13 2020 01:53 Gmt+3
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan first made his political mark as Istanbul mayor in the 1990s. Now, in the wake of last year’s electoral defeats for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the city’s new mayor and a huge infrastructure project could prove to be Erdoğan’s political undoing.

more:Istanbul launched Erdoğan’s political career, and could also end it | Ahval

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Back to the Ottomans? - Turkey is set to send troops to Libya | Middle East and Africa | The Economist

Turkey is set to send troops to Libya
But it will need to cut deals with Russia, as well as regional players

From weapons purchases to energy deals to Syria, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have had no shortage of things to ponder in the past couple of years. At a meeting in Istanbul on January 8th, they added another to the menu, chewing over the war in Libya, into which Turkey had just waded. When they emerged, the two strongmen called for a ceasefire starting on January 13th.

More:Back to the Ottomans? - Turkey is set to send troops to Libya | Middle East and Africa | The Economist

Turkey Says Ceasefire Will Be Implemented in Syria's Idlib Jan. 12 - The New York Times

Turkey Says Ceasefire Will Be Implemented in Syria's Idlib Jan. 12
By Reuters
Jan. 10, 2020

ISTANBUL — Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Friday that it had agreed with Russia that a ceasefire will be implemented on Sunday in northwestern Syria's Idlib region to stem the flow of civilians uprooted by the violence.

More:Turkey Says Ceasefire Will Be Implemented in Syria's Idlib Jan. 12 - The New York Times

Friday, January 10, 2020

Turkish retailers put security tags on chocolate bars as thefts increase | Ahval

Some Turkish shops have started attaching security alarms to chocolate bars because of a rise in theft, Dünya newspaper reported on Friday.

Retailers are placing the security tags on an increasing amount of goods, which now also include packets of nuts, Dünya said.

More:Turkish retailers put security tags on chocolate bars as thefts increase | Ahval

The Istanbul Canal project: Erdogan's dream, Istanbul's nightmare - Qantara.de

Erdogan's dream, Istanbul's nightmare

Turkey's President Erdogan wants to create a second Bosphorus. The cost to the economy and environment would be enormous – and that's why Istanbul's mayor is attempting to stop the plan. A bitter power struggle is raging. By Daniel Derya Bellut

More:The Istanbul Canal project: Erdogan's dream, Istanbul's nightmare - Qantara.de

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Pressure on journalists in Turkey continues to snowball, reporters warn | Morning Star

Pressure on journalists in Turkey continues to snowball, reporters warn

Kurdish journalist Seda Taskin
JOURNALISM in Turkey is “a dangerous profession,” with hundreds of media workers locked up by an authoritarian government which brands them terrorists, according to press freedom groups in the country.

More:Pressure on journalists in Turkey continues to snowball, reporters warn | Morning Star

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Could Turkey be “big winner” from Soleimani killing?

Could Turkey be “big winner” from Soleimani killing?
Cengiz Candar January 8, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Some observers assert that the killing of the Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani will increase US reliance on Turkey for its future military operations in the Middle East and enhance Turkey's overall geopolitical positioning, but such thinking may prove to be wishful thinking.

More:Could Turkey be “big winner” from Soleimani killing?

Putin, Erdogan launch Turkish Stream

Putin, Erdogan launch Turkish Stream

The presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched the Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

President Erdogan opens ‘the fortress’ base for spy agency MIT in Ankara | World | The Times

President Erdogan opens ‘the fortress’ base for spy agency MIT in Ankara
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
Wednesday January 08 2020, 12.00am GMT, The Times

President Erdogan has unveiled the new headquarters of the Turkish national intelligence services in Ankara, a vast complex that has been dubbed “the fortress”.

More:President Erdogan opens ‘the fortress’ base for spy agency IT in Ankara | World | The Times

Turks reluctant to follow Erdogan’s Libya policies | Thomas Seibert | AW

Turks reluctant to follow Erdogan’s Libya policies

A new poll suggests Erdogan’s arguments on Libya have failed to convince Turkish voters.

More:Turks reluctant to follow Erdogan’s Libya policies | Thomas Seibert | AW

Danish firm to produce wind equip. with Turkish partner

Danish firm to produce wind equip. with Turkish partner

The joint venture company "Resolux Turkey" will begin production of wind turbine tower internals by end of January

more:Danish firm to produce wind equip. with Turkish partner

TurkStream gas pipeline will bring Moscow, Ankara closer than ever

TurkStream gas pipeline will bring Moscow, Ankara closer than ever
Diego Cupolo January 7, 2020

ISTANBUL — Following a visit to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin will join his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday to open the TurkStream gas pipeline, a major energy project that analysts say will deepen ties between the two nations and expand Moscow’s political leverage in the region.

More:TurkStream gas pipeline will bring Moscow, Ankara closer than ever

U.S. killing of Iranian commander threatens regional stability: Turkish FM - Xinhua | English.news.cn

U.S. killing of Iranian commander threatens regional stability: Turkish FM
Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-07 03:28:57|Editor: ZX

ANKARA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, threatens peace and stability throughout the region, said the Turkish foreign minister on Monday.

More:U.S. killing of Iranian commander threatens regional stability: Turkish FM - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Erdogan opens a Pandora's box | Claude Salhani | AW

Erdogan opens a Pandora's box

Ankara's mercenary plans could put Turkey and the rest of the region in uncharted and dangerous territory.

More:Erdogan opens a Pandora's box | Claude Salhani | AW

US - Iran Tension: Why Turkey Remains On The Sidelines Of Latest Conflict

US - Iran Tension: Why Turkey Remains On The Sidelines Of Latest Conflict
By Palash Ghosh

Turkish officials have warned the U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani may trigger new conflicts in the region.

During the weekend Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with both Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and Iraqi President Barham Salih to offer his condolences and to urge peace through diplomatic means.

Erdogan reportedly told Salih Turkey would “not allow Iraq to become a field of regional and international conflicts.”

More:US - Iran Tension: Why Turkey Remains On The Sidelines Of Latest Conflict

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Opinion: The sultan′s power is dwindling | Opinion | DW | 05.01.2020

Opinion: The sultan's power is dwindling

Over the past 16 years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has progressively increased his power. But since last year, his influence has been waning, writes DW's Daniel Bellut.

More:Opinion: The sultan′s power is dwindling | Opinion | DW | 05.01.2020

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Istanbul mayor suggests referendum for canal project | Ahval

Istanbul mayor suggests referendum for canal project
Jan 04 2020 03:25 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jan 04 2020 03:29 Gmt+3
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the mayor of Istanbul, said on Friday that people living Turkey’s largest city should have a say on plans to build an artificial waterway to circumvent the Bosporus Straits, Duvar news site reported.

Kanal Istanbul, one of the mega projects of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been strongly criticised by environmentalists due to the extensive and irreversible harm it will cause if built.

More:Istanbul mayor suggests referendum for canal project | Ahval

Before Libya, Turkey’s main military operations abroad – EURACTIV.com

Before Libya, Turkey’s main military operations abroad
EURACTIV.com with AFP Jan 3, 2020

After Turkey’s parliament passed a bill on Thursday (2 January) approving a deployment of armed forces to Libya, here is a look back at some of the other Turkish military operations abroad.

The deployment to Libya is aimed at shoring up the UN-backed government in Tripoli, which has been under sustained attack since April by military strongman General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Turkey’s regional rivals.

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Friday, January 03, 2020

Turkish consumer price inflation accelerates sequentially in December - EconoTimes

Turkish consumer price inflation accelerates sequentially in December

Friday, January 3, 2020 11:43 AM UTC
Turkish consumer price inflation accelerated in the month of December. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, the headline inflation accelerated to 0.74 percent sequentially from prior month’s 0.69 percent. On a year-on-year basis, the consumer price index came in at 11.84 percent from prior month’s 11.92 percent.

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New Gas Pipeline Deal Gives Europe Access To Eastern Mediterranean Reserves, Angering Turkey

New Gas Pipeline Deal Gives Europe Access To Eastern Mediterranean Reserves, Angering Turkey

Scott CarpenterContributor

Greece, Israel and Cyprus today signed an agreement to build an undersea pipeline to ferry natural gas from offshore fields in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, a project that would ease the European Union’s energy dependence on Russia.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Turkish Islamists react to Turkey-Iran religious protocol | Ahval

Turkish Islamists react to Turkey-Iran religious protocol
Jan 01 2020 11:37 Gmt+3

Turkish Islamists took to Twitter to respond to a religious cooperation agreement between Turkey and Iran, HalkTV reported on Tuesday. 

Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, and Iran's The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Iran's primary organisation for implementing and leading cultural outreach outside of the country, have signed a protocol to increase collaboration in religious matters, such as organising symposiums, joint religious training programmes and translation of religious texts.

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Istanbul Canal: Erdogan′s dream, Istanbul′s nightmare | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 01.01.2020

Istanbul Canal: Erdogan's dream, Istanbul's nightmare

Turkey's President Erdogan wants to create a second Bosporus. The cost to the economy and environment would be enormous — and that's why Istanbul's mayor is attempting to stop the plan. A bitter power struggle is raging.

More:Istanbul Canal: Erdogan′s dream, Istanbul′s nightmare | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 01.01.2020