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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Istanbul: municipality to build water tanks to overcome drought – Middle East Monitor

Istanbul: municipality to build water tanks to overcome drought Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is to build water storage tanks for every building over 1,000 square metres to store rainwater so that citizens can overcome drought, local media have reported. Public buildings, shopping malls and commercial properties will have adequate drainage installed to help the system to be effective. More:Istanbul: municipality to build water tanks to overcome drought – Middle East Monitor

Turkey Experiences Intense Drought

Turkey Experiences Intense Drought January 11, 2021JPEG As 2021 begins, most of Turkey is experiencing severe drought. Numerous reservoirs around Istanbul—the country’s most populous city (15 million)—have reached their lowest water storage levels in 15 years. Crop production could be threatened if conditions persist. More:Turkey Experiences Intense Drought

Friday, January 15, 2021

Ankara municipality, UN ink pact to help women, children | Daily Sabah

Ankara municipality, UN ink pact to help women, children BY ANADOLU AGENCY ANKARA TURKEY JAN 14, 2021 4:14 PM GMT+3 Turkey's capital and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday inked a cooperation protocol to support women, children and young adults. Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş and UNFPA Turkey representative Hassan Mohtashami signed the protocol to support health and protection services for women, children and young adults with special needs, a statement by the mayor's office said. More:Ankara municipality, UN ink pact to help women, children | Daily Sabah

Russia crowds out Turkey in post-war Caucasus - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Russia crowds out Turkey in post-war Caucasus Having brokered a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Vladimir Putin is now giving priority to the development of transport links in the conflict-ridden region. More:Russia crowds out Turkey in post-war Caucasus - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Erdogan’s great game: The Turkish problem on the EU’s doorstep | Financial Times

Erdogan’s great game: The Turkish problem on the EU’s doorstep More than 15 years since accession talks began, tensions are on the rise between Ankara and Brussels This is the second part of a series exploring Turkey’s geopolitical ambitions. The first part of the series is Erdogan’s great game: Soldiers, spies and Turkey’s quest for power More:Erdogan’s great game: The Turkish problem on the EU’s doorstep | Financial Times

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Turkey President Erdogan says ready to repair frayed ties with Europe | Business Standard News

Turkey President Erdogan says ready to repair frayed ties with Europe Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday his country is ready to put its frayed relationship with the European Union back on track More:Turkey President Erdogan says ready to repair frayed ties with Europe | Business Standard News

Erdogan’s great game: Soldiers, spies and Turkey’s quest for power | Financial Times

Erdogan’s great game: Soldiers, spies and Turkey’s quest for power Turkish president’s muscular foreign policy has left Ankara more isolated from the west This is the first part of a series looking at Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s geopolitical ambitions, from his renewed push in Africa and the fringes of Europe to his troubled relationship with the EU. In Baku’s Freedom Square last month, thousands of marching Azeri soldiers in fur hats and braided coats celebrated their country’s victory in the Caucasus — and the man who made it possible: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. More:Erdogan’s great game: Soldiers, spies and Turkey’s quest for power | Financial Times

Monday, January 11, 2021

Turkish televangelist sentenced to 1,075 years for sex crimes | World news | The Guardian

Turkish televangelist sentenced to 1,075 years for sex crimes Adnan Oktar was detained in 2018 along with more than 200 other suspects in his group More:Turkish televangelist sentenced to 1,075 years for sex crimes | World news | The Guardian

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Can Turkish exports survive Erdogan's aggressive foreign policy stance? - International report

Can Turkish exports survive Erdogan's aggressive foreign policy stance? Dorian Jones 7 min Turkish exporters say they have become collateral victims of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's aggressive foreign policy. Ankara's push to exert its influence in the Middle East and Africa has provoked a strong reaction from the likes of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. But the increasingly high economic cost being paid by Turkey could be the impetus for a diplomatic reset. More:Can Turkish exports survive Erdogan's aggressive foreign policy stance? - International report

Turkey secures orbital rights after successfully launching 7th satellite | Daily Sabah

Turkey secures orbital rights after successfully launching 7th satellite ASpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from a launchpad in the U.S. state of Florida to deploy a new-generation Turkish communication satellite into orbit late Thursday. More:Turkey secures orbital rights after successfully launching 7th satellite | Daily Sabah

Friday, January 08, 2021

Biden's America and Erdogan's Turkey Are Trapped in a Double Fantasy

Biden and Erdogan Are Trapped in a Double Fantasy Why Washington and Ankara don’t get each other at all—and need each other anyway. BY ASLI AYDINTAŞBAŞ, JEREMY SHAPIRO | JANUARY 6, 2021, 3:16 AM A year ago, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden sat with the New York Times editorial board and said “I am very concerned about [Turkey],” according to a video that caused controversy in Turkey over the summer a few months ago. Biden said the United States should take a different approach from the Trump administration and engage with a broad cross-section of Turkish society, promote the opposition and “speak out about what we think is wrong.” Biden seemed to think it was possible to bring Turkey back into the transatlantic community and even improve its worrisome human rights record. More:Biden's America and Erdogan's Turkey Are Trapped in a Double Fantasy

Migrants and entrepreneurship in Germany: Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci – a rare success story? - Qantara.de

Migrants and entrepreneurship in Germany Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci – a rare success story? When news broke that a vaccine against COVID-19 developed by a Turkish-born couple in Germany had promising results, many media reports placed the ethnic background of these scientists above the importance of the story itself. While migrant entrepreneurship might still be regarded as something rare in Germany, research shows that more and more migrants are launching their own businesses. By Sertan Sanderson More:Migrants and entrepreneurship in Germany: Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci – a rare success story? - Qantara.de

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Erdogan’s China woes: the vaccine and the Uighurs - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan’s China woes: the vaccine and the Uighurs Turkey’s reliance on China for a COVID-19 vaccine has stirred anxiety in nationalist and Islamist quarters that Ankara might give concessions on the Uighur issue in return. More:Erdogan’s China woes: the vaccine and the Uighurs - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Waiting for Joe | Ahval

Waiting for Joe Robert Ellis Jan 07 2021 02:42 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Jan 07 2021 02:50 Gmt+3 U.S. President-elect Joe Biden faces a formidable task: he must try to bring together a divided society, while at the same time repairing the damage done by his predecessor abroad. Take Syria, for example. Not that the U.S. track record in the region is particularly impressive. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 helped give rise to the Islamic State (ISIS), an organisation rooted in former Baathist officers. More:Waiting for Joe | Ahval

Turkey: Dozens arrested as students protest Erdogan university pick | NRS-Import | DW | 06.01.2021

Turkey: Dozens arrested as students protest Erdogan university pick Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Istanbul, despite a city ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Police have arrested 36 people since the protests began on Monday. More:Turkey: Dozens arrested as students protest Erdogan university pick | NRS-Import | DW | 06.01.2021

SpaceX plans night launch of Turkish satellite from Florida - UPI.com

SpaceX plans night launch of Turkish satellite from Florida ByPaul Brinkmann ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX intends to launch a Turkish communications satellite, the Türksat 5A, from Florida on Thursday night. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:28 p.m. aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. More:SpaceX plans night launch of Turkish satellite from Florida - UPI.com

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Istanbul, Ankara water supplies drop to critical levels | Ahval

Istanbul, Ankara water supplies drop to critical levels Jan 05 2021 08:22 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Jan 05 2021 09:24 Gmt+3 (Re-leads with information on Ankara) Dams supplying water to Turkish capital Ankara and the country’s most populous city of Istanbul are holding critically low levels of water, according to water authorities. Istanbul dams have hit their lowest water level in 15 years, at 19.79 percent,Ihlas news agency reported on Tuesday. More:Istanbul, Ankara water supplies drop to critical levels | Ahval

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Turkey’s Slow-Motion Economic Crisis | Balkan Insight

Turkey’s Slow-Motion Economic Crisis Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan and Selva DemiralpIstanbul, Washington DCBIRNJanuary 5, 202111:41 Banks cannot engineer a balance between exchange rates and interest rates in a country with free capital flows, where banks’ funding conditions are affected by the global economic environment and by country risk. As Turkey has demonstrated, using banks for this purpose destroys both internal and external economic balances. More:Turkey’s Slow-Motion Economic Crisis | Balkan Insight

China-Turkey extradition treaty and implications on Uyghurs | ORF

China-Turkey extradition treaty and implications on Uyghurs AYJAZ WANI Ankara will face pressure from within and outside its Parliament if it ratifies the extradition treaty with China. More:China-Turkey extradition treaty and implications on Uyghurs | ORF

Turkish police clash with students protesting Erdogan-appointed university head | Reuters

Turkish police clash with students protesting Erdogan-appointed university head By Reuters Staff ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police clashed on Monday with students who protested against President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of a new rector at one of the country’s top universities, saying the process was undemocratic. More:Turkish police clash with students protesting Erdogan-appointed university head | Reuters