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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Containing the Afrin Crisis: Turkey's Goals and Military Challenges - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
January 31, 2018
Given the continued Islamic State threat in Syria, Washington cannot afford what is shaping up to be a bloody conflagration between allies it needs to eradicate the group.
More:Containing the Afrin Crisis: Turkey's Goals and Military Challenges - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Amberin Zaman January 31, 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have reportedly agreed to accelerate Turkey's deployment into Idlib a day after its convoy was struck by a car bomb.
More:Ankara-Moscow dealings still tangled as Idlib smoke clears
ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul has ruled for the release from jail of Amnesty International's Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, pending a verdict in his trial.
More:Turkey: court orders Amnesty chair released from jail - NY Daily News
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The Turkish President only knows one loyalty — to himself. No wonder he is incapable and acts like a congenital flamethrower in international relations.
More:Erdogan: Everybody’s False Friend - The Globalist
Semih Idiz January 30, 2018
Despite the success of Ankara's Syrian military operation in closing Turkish ranks around him, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised the possibility of a military confrontation between Turkey and the United States.
More:Olive Branch wins Erdogan friends at home, but risks standoff with US
ADANA - Doğan News Agency
Some 21 members of the religious Furkan Foundation, including its founder Alparslan Kuytul, were detained on Jan. 30 in the southern province of Adana on charges of “disturbing public order” and “establishing a criminal organization.”
More:21 members of religious Furkan Foundation, including head, detained in Turkey’s Adana
Amberin Zaman January 30, 2018
Article Summary A new report by the International Crisis Group warns that tension and violence involving Syrian refugees in Turkey is underdocumented and growing worse.
More:Hostility toward Syrians could explode in Turkey, ICG warns
Detentions part of widening crackdown against opposition to Ankara’s military incursion
More:Turkish doctors arrested after group criticises Syria offensive
The last thing the conflict in Syria needed was more external intrusion and the opening of another front. Turkey′s Afrin offensive has provided both. Once again, the Western powers and Russia have managed to foster a dangerous escalation. Commentary by Tom Stevenson
More:Turkey′s incursion into Syria: The Kurdish quagmire - Qantara.de
Ankara’s relationship with the western world has the risk of going further downhill
By Mustapha Karkouti, Special to Gulf News
Cracks in Ankara’s relations with other Nato members, particularly the US Administration, are increasingly isolating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They are also dangerously threatening to erode Turkey’s role as a reliable buffer zone between the European Union region and an unstable Middle East.
More:Nato in a spot after Erdogan’s Syria offensive | GulfNews.com
Monday, January 29, 2018
January 29, 2018 Staff Writer By James Phillips – – Monday, January 29, 2018
ANALYSIS/OPINION: All is not well with U.S.- relations. Earlier this month, President bitterly criticized U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish militias, saying: “A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders. … Our mission is to strangle it before it’s even born.”
More:Recep Tayyip Erdogan turns Turkey away from U.S. | Luxora Leader
By Kelsey LeBrun Keswani | January 29, 2018
If the four pillars of a democratic nation are equity, representation, freedom and justice, Turkey is dangerously close to losing its claim to democracy.
At least four journalists and reportedly more than 100 social media users were jailed this past week in Turkey as a result of posting comments critical of Turkish operations in Northern Syria on social media. On Friday, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called for their immediate release. “I recall that journalists should not be instructed on the content of their work and that press freedom must be respected at all times. It is a journalist’s job to present different views and inform the public, even if the content contains criticism,” OSCE’s representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir stated.
More:Turkey and the slippery slope of democracy: lessons for us all
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ignores appeals for restraint in northern Syria, appears to have gotten Washington to end support for the YPG.
More:Is US bailing on Syrian Kurds?
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Pinar Tremblay January 28, 2018
An Istanbul hospital covered up 115 cases of underage pregnancy, refusing to report the cases to police as required by law.
More:Istanbul hospital’s cover-up of teen pregnancy just tip of iceberg
Sibel Hurtas January 28, 2018
Article Summary Alarm grows in Turkey over the government’s intentions after a sixth extension of the state of emergency, declared over the 2016 coup attempt.
More:What lurks behind Turkey’s unending emergency rule?
Turkish troops captured a strategic hill near Afrin as Turkey intensified its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG group. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed again to "clean" Turkey's entire border with Syria.
More:Turkey-backed forces capture strategic hill overlooking Afrin | News | DW | 28.01.2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Mehmet Cetingulec January 26, 2018
Turkey is looking to Hollywood for support as its tourism industry struggles to rebound from terrorism, last year's coup and a decline in tourist spending.
More:Can Brad Pitt save Turkey’s tourism industry?
Friday, January 26, 2018
By Christian Berthelsen January 26, 2018, 5:49 PM EST
When gold trader Reza Zarrab was taken from a U.S. jail after agreeing to testify about Turkish efforts to help Iranian sanctions evasion, speculation flourished about the luxe confines he might have found himself in.
More:No Cushy Digs for Turkish Gold Trader Who Helped Convict Banker - Bloomberg
Turkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
More:Turkey's Erdogan vows to fight Kurdish forces as far as Iraq - BBC News
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Turks will now be able to use one card for multiple services, including public transport, business transactions
More:Premier Yildirim launches Turkey Card for all citizens
By Asli Kandemir
and Constantine Courcoulas
January 24, 2018, 9:00 PM EST
A government-backed credit boom that underpinned Turkish bank earnings last year is fizzling out and investors are about to get their first glimpse into how lenders are coping.
More:Here's What to Watch as Turkish Banks Kick Off Earnings Season - Bloomberg
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s Red Crescent is preparing for a potential outflow of refugees from Syria’s Afrin region, where a Turkish offensive against a Kurdish militia entered a sixth day, the aid group said on Thursday.
More:Turkish Red Crescent prepares for refugee wave from Syria's Afrin
Pinar Tremblay January 24, 2018
As many Turks openly say the president's party has lost its mojo, it really means Muslim Brotherhood networks are collapsing there; the reasons also help explain the rise and potential fall of the cult of Erdogan.
More:Muslim Brotherhood crumbling around Erdogan
A full-time employee in the EU worked 40.3 hours a week on average in 2016, Eurostat said Thursday, compared to an average of 49.4 hours worked by employees in Turkey.
More:Turkish employees work 9 hours more per week than European counterparts - Daily Sabah
By Cristina Maza On 1/25/18 at 9:34 AM
Refugees are more concerned with connecting to Wi-Fi than they are with accessing food and water, Kaan Terzioglu, the CEO of Turkish mobile phone operator Turkcell, said at a session of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
More:Refugees Want Wi-Fi More Than Food or Water, Says Turkish CEO
The poisoned olive branch
Turkey has launched its second military campaign in northern Syria. But this time it is not directed against Islamic State. Once again the Kurds are in the firing line. This move also has implications for relations with Russia. An analysis by Michael Martens
More:Turkish offensive in Syria : The poisoned olive branch - Qantara.de
Turkish official denies Trump raised concerns over military action in Kurdish enclave in Syria
More:Turkey disputes US version of Trump-Erdoğan phone call | World news | The Guardian
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Turkey’s recent military incursion into Afrin will be a test case in many ways.
January 24, 2018
Amid much fanfare, Turkey launched a military incursion into the northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin over the weekend. Mosques across the country held special “conquest” prayers for the victory of the country’s military. The Ottoman military band, Mehter, performed in the border provinces as a show of support for soldiers taking part in the operation. After the country’s top cleric’s call, thousands across the country gathered in mosques to pray for the servicemen.
More:How to Wage War in Syria and Win an Election in Turkey | The National Interest
Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-25 01:57:06|Editor: Mu Xuequan
ANKARA, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- One person was killed and 13 others wounded after two rockets launched from Syria's Afrin hit Turkey's border city of Kilis on Wednesday, the local governor said.
More:1 killed in Turkey's border city Kilis by rockets from Syria - Xinhua | English.news.cn
Idrees Ali, Arshad Mohammed 5
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged Turkey to curtail its military operation in northern Syria and warned it not to bring U.S. and Turkish forces into conflict on Wednesday but analysts said he has little leverage to halt its NATO ally’s offensive there.
More:Trump warns Erdogan to avoid clash between U.S., Turkish forces
Semih Idiz January 23, 2018
Military experts say taking Afrin will be a tactical success for Ankara, but Turkey’s Kurdish concerns in Syria appear to be far from over
More:Erdogan scores big with Afrin operation, but problems remain
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
January 23, 20185:27 PM ET
Peter Kenyon - Square
Turkey's military offensive in northwest Syria, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch," has alarmed several countries and led to an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. It pits U.S. ally and NATO member Turkey against a Kurdish fighting force armed and trained by the United States as part of the fight to defeat ISIS in Syria.
More:Understanding Turkey's endgame in Syria - CNN
January 23, 20185:27 P
AP Turkey's military offensive in northwest Syria, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch," has alarmed several countries and led to an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. It pits U.S. ally and NATO member Turkey against a Kurdish fighting force armed and trained by the United States as part of the fight to defeat ISIS in Syria.
More:Why Are U.S. Allies Killing Each Other In Syria? : Parallels : NPR
Amberin Zaman January 22, 2018
In the chaos of Turkey's offensive in Afrin, Syria, both the Turks and Syrian Kurdish militants continue to claim the upper hand and dismiss each other's casualty reports as propaganda.
More:Conflicting reports emerge as Turkey's Olive Branch rakes Afrin
The Netherlands said Tuesday that there have been enough signs for Turkey to exercise self-defense and launch the Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin to protect its borders.
More:There are enough signs for Turkey to exercise self-defense in Afrin: Netherlands - Daily Sabah
Turkey’s operation on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria aims to halt YPG expansion near Turkey’s border, facilitate refugee returns and empower Ankara-backed FSA forces, writes analyst Ömer Özkizilcik.
More:Analysis: Why Turkey Wants a ‘Secure Zone’ in Afrin — Syria Deeply
Turkey Detains 91, Including Politicians, Journalists, Over Syria Comments | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Turkey arrested dozens of people overnight for “spreading terrorist propaganda” about its Syrian incursion, state media said on Tuesday, raising to nearly 100 the number of such detainees, including politicians, journalists and activists.
More:Turkey Detains 91, Including Politicians, Journalists, Over Syria Comments | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
Germany's government has faced a slew of criticism over German-made tanks that Turkey deployed in its push into Syria. Some politicians have called for an immediate halt to arms exports to Turkey and nixing a key deal.
More:German government under fire over Leopard tanks in Syria | News | DW | 23.01.2018
Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape.
More:Arms for Hostage? Germany Explores Yücel Deal with Turkey - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
January 23 2018, 12:00pm, The Times
The first Turkish soldier has been killed in its offensive inside Syria, as Ankara’s attack on the Kurdish enclave around Afrin enters its fourth day.
More:First Turkish soldier dies in Syria offensive | World | The Times & The Sunday Times
Monday, January 22, 2018
“I am going to commit a massacre, and I will kill you all!” said the husband. Police knew Ali Yardım was a violent man, so did the judges.
More:Releasing criminals in Turkey becomes a habit
Why Mexico and Turkey are the most attractive emerging markets in 2018 than India, China - The Financial Express
Mexico and Turkey are showing themselves to be the most attractive emerging markets in 2018 based on a range of metrics including growth, yields, current-account position and asset valuations analyzed by Bloomberg.
More:Why Mexico and Turkey are the most attractive emerging markets in 2018 than India, China - The Financial Express
Amberin Zaman January 22, 2018
Article Summary In the chaos of Turkey's offensive in Afrin, Syria, both the Turks and Syrian Kurdish militants continue to claim the upper hand and dismiss each other's casualty reports as propaganda.
More:Conflicting reports emerge as Turkey's Olive Branch rakes Afrin
Ankara’s latest military offensive in Syria and its domestic agenda are leading to a cul-de-sac with the EU.
More:Tillerson 'concerned' at Turkey's Syria offensive - CNN
Ankara’s latest military offensive in Syria and its domestic agenda are leading to a cul-de-sac with the EU.
More:A Sea Change for Turkey in Europe - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
22 Jan 2018, 3.38 pm GMT
London, 22 January (Argus) — Turkey's energy regulator EPDK launched a new power tariff for users who consume at least 50 GWh/yr from April, in a bid to "incentivise transition to a competitive market".
More:News - Argus Media
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian officials are in contact with the Turkish leadership over Ankara’s military operation against Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria’s Afrin region, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
More:Kremlin says in touch with Ankara over north Syria operation
A Turkish media report says Turkish troops conducting military operations in Turkey's southeast have been hit by an avalanche.
More:Report: Avalanche kills 2 soldiers, injures 7 in Turkey - Daily Press
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained 24 people for allegedly “spreading terrorist propaganda” on social media related to Ankara’s military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, the interior ministry said on Monday.
More:Turkey detains 24 people over social media comments on Syria, ministry says
Sunday, January 21, 2018
By Sheena McKenzie, Gul Tuysuz and Jonny Hallam, CNN Updated 10:48 AM ET, Sun January 21, 2018 01
(CNN)Turkey launched a ground operation across the border into northern Syria on Sunday, in a move likely to raise tensions with the United States.
More:Turkish military enters Syrian city after days of airstrikes - CNN
Saturday, January 20, 2018
ISTANBUL — Turkish warplanes carried out airstrike against Kurdish fighters in Syria on Saturday to open a long-anticipated offensive on Afrin, an enclave for the Kurdish militias backed by the United States.
More:Turkey launches airstrikes in Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters - The Washington Post
Dissident Turkish journalists have taken refuge with foreign information platforms. The latest of these, in Arabic, has some rather dubious supporters however. By Joseph Croitoru
More:Turkish exiles′ news portal "Ahval": Hardly politically neutral - Qantara.de
Friday, January 19, 2018
Sevil Erkuş - ANKARA
Turkey will submit a position paper to launch a visa liberalization dialogue with the EU. The draft document has proposed to conduct the issue about the anti-terrorism law through the “formula of a working group between Ankara and the Council of Europe (CoE),” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told Hürriyet Daily News on Jan. 18.
More:Turkey to propose EU ‘CoE formula’ for visa liberalization
Thursday, January 18, 2018
by Reuters Thursday, 18 January 2018
By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's main business lobby on Thursday called on the government to end the state of emergency as parliament was expected to extend it for a sixth time since it was imposed after an attempted coup in 2016.
More:Turkey business lobby calls for end to emergency rule
By George Pierpoint, BBC UGC and Social News Dilay Yalcin, BBC Monitoring
18 January 2018
News reports of a spate of underage pregnancies in Turkey have sparked anger online.
One hundred and fifteen girls, including 39 from Syria, have been treated at a single hospital in Istanbul in less than five months.
News website Hurriyet Daily reported 38 girls became pregnant before the age of 15, and 77 before turning 18.
The age of consent is 18 in Turkey and all cases of pregnancy under the age of 15 are classified as child abuse.
More:Child pregnancies reignite sexual abuse debate in Turkey - BBC News
The Central Bank will keep interest rates on hold, in line with expectations, according to a statement released by the bank on Jan. 18.
More:Turkey’s Central Bank keeps rates unchanged
By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press
January 17, 2018 08:37 PM
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the United States owes Turkey an explanation for saying it is supporting the creation of a border security force in northern Syria — a proposal that has drawn furious reaction from Ankara.
More:Amid spat with Turkey, Tillerson denies Syria border force | The Olympian
We are not creating a Syria border security force at all, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, pushing back at controversy
More:US owes Turkey explanation on border force: Tillerson
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
by Ozay Mehmet on 17 January 2018
Now, at the start of a New Year, it may be the right time to redefine Turkey-EU relations on a brand-new footing of mutual trust and respect.
More:Why Turkey And EU Need A New Partnership
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli recently declared that his party would give full support for the re-election of President Tayyip Erdoğan, the chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti).
More:The AKP-MHP convergence in Turkish politics
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Turkey’s currency has weakened both against the U.S. dollar and the euro, as geopolitical risks escalate over a possible military operation by Turkey in the Afrin region of northern Syria.
More:Turkish Lira falls amid escalating geopolitical concerns
The Press Museum in Istanbul charts the development of press-related technologies, taking visitors on a journey through Turkish press history and showing them portraits of well-known journalists along the way.
More:Istanbul museum charts Turkish press history
U.S.-based non-governmental organization Freedom House has reduced Turkey’s status from “partly free” to “not free” in its latest annual report.
More:Freedom House reduces Turkey’s status to ‘not free’ in annual report
İpek Özbey - ISTANBUL
Three key parties, including two currently represented at the Turkish Parliament, risk falling below the 10 percent threshold in the next parliamentary election, according to Bekir Ağırdır, the general director of respected polling company Konda.
More:Three big parties at risk of dropping out of Turkish Parliament in next election: Pollster
Monday, January 15, 2018
1/15/18 11:10 AM
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has revealed the planned route for an ambitious canal in Istanbul that would link the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea — a project President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once dubbed one of his “crazy projects.”
More:Turkey reveals route of ‘crazy’ Istanbul canal project
By Selcan Hacaoglu
January 14, 2018, 3:59 PM GMT+3 Updated on January 15, 2018, 3:13 PM GMT+3
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of establishing an “army of terror” along the Turkish border, as his country drew closer to open confrontation with U.S.-backed Kurdish troops in neighboring Syria.
More:Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Creating `Army of Terror' on Turk Border - Bloomberg
By Lida Filippakis / Published on: 15-01-2018, 12:19
After years of turbulent negotiations, Turkey and the European Union are entering a phase in which their relations are more focused on enhanced co-operation in certain areas, rather than a full EU membership of Ankara, analysts said.
More:Turkey-EU relations: What now?
More:<a href="Turkey’s Abdullah Gül discovers political spine, maybe"></a>Turkey’s Abdullah Gül discovers political spine, maybe
Always cautious before, former president and ally dares push back against Erdoğan, fueling chatter Gül might run against him in 2019.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
The Twitter account of Spiegel editor-in-chief Klaus Brinkbäumer has been hacked and used to apologize for bad news published about Turkey. The magazine has published extensively on Turkey and its relations with Germany.
More:Spiegel editor′s Twitter account hacked to post pro-Turkey message | News | DW | 14.01.2018
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After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara's drive for full membership, analysts say.
More:Turkey and the EU: time for plan B? | German News | Expatica Germany
January 14, 2018, 6:39 AM IST
Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey would conduct military operations in Syria’s Afrin if Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militants do not withdraw in a week.
More:Turkey to launch military operations in Syria | The Siasat Daily
Saturday, January 13, 2018
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
Turkey criticized a joint statement of southern EU member states on the Cyprus issue as both distorted and unhelpful on Jan. 12.
More:Turkey blasts 'distorted' EU Cyprus declaration
Friday, January 12, 2018
Turkey has cleared thousands of workers of being coup plotters. But months of misery and dire prison conditions have left their mark
More:Turkey's other coup victims: Innocents thrown in filthy jails for using an app | Middle East Eye
12 Jan 2018|Isaac Kfir
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has redefined Turkey’s foreign policy, making it more independent and nationalist. The key to the new policy is a shift in Turkey’s security concerns, as the country has become less fearful of and closer to Russia (a traditional enemy) and Iran (a regional competitor and a possible supporter of Kurdish independence), while also successfully resurrecting Necmettin Erbakan’s Islamist foreign policy.
More:Deconstructing Turkey’s foreign policy | The Strategist
Criminal courts refuse to implement constitutional court ruling
More:Turkish courts defy order to release two jailed journalists
Thursday, January 11, 2018
New Istanbul airport will be among world’s largest; rails to link China, Europe
By Asia Times staff January 12, 2018 6:10 AM (UTC+8)
While Turkey’s decision to go ahead with canal that will slice through Istanbul continues be met with skepticism, it is just one of many developments that could transform transportation in the region, the Journal of Commerce reports.
More:Erdogan’s ‘crazy’ canal only one part of massive transport push | Asia Times
Soner Cagaptay January 11, 2018
The next domino in Erdogan's consolidation of power may soon fall, and Washington should view any short-term spike in his nationalist rhetoric through this domestic political lens.
More:Will Turkey Call Early Elections? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
When Turkey’s President Erdogan came to Washington in May, apart from his security detail beating up protesters, he had a meeting with 40 prominent U.S. investors where he urged them to increase investments in Turkey. The Turkish Ministry of the Economy also launched an image campaign under the slogan “Come to Turkey, discover your own story!” to attract foreign investors. The following should act as a cautionary tale.
More:Turkey: A Cautionary Tale
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Semih Idiz January 10, 2018
Turkish liberals lament the state of Ankara-EU relations, but pro-government analysts believe developing practical ties with key European powers is better than waiting at the EU’s door.
More:Do improved ties with France, Germany signal end to Turkey’s EU bid?
January 8, 2018
Turkish democracy is dying. Of the three parties in the country’s legislature that oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the leader of the first — the Peoples Democracy Party (HDP) — has been jailed by Erdogan. The leader of the second — the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) — has said he wants to join forces with Erdogan. And the leader of the third, and main opposition faction — the Republican People’s Party (CHP) — has been labeled a “national security issue” by Erdogan’s deputy prime minister.
More:To Save Turkey’s Democracy, the Country’s Opposition must Offer Erdogan a Grand Bargain
last updated: 10/01/2018
The Good Party has gathered ground since its foundation last October, emerging as a serious contender to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in next year's presidential elections.
More:Turkey's Good Party emerges as serious challenger to Erdogan | Euronews
The new report from Pharmaceuticals Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of pharmaceutical industries.
More:Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Report Turkey – satPRnews
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Amberin Zaman January 9, 2018
The Turkish president has renewed threats to move against Syrian Kurdish forces, playing to his nationalist base with promises to secure Turkey's borders, but is unlikely to take action yet for fear of Russian retaliation.
More:Erdogan's border-security bluster a snarl at Moscow
Seven firms to receive ecolabel certifying that their products are environment-friendly
More:Turkey to launch ecolabel for textile, paper, ceramics
Northern Cyprus looks set to be ruled by a right-wing coalition sceptical of reunifying the island after the party of the isolated statelet’s prime minister failed to gain an overall majority.
More:Turkish Cyprus PM fails to win majority | EurasiaTimes
Monday, January 08, 2018
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Turkish scientists a €2.5 million ($2.9 million) grant to analyze the DNA of 1,500 people who used to live in the Anatolian region – the Asian part of present-day Turkey – during the Neolithic period.
More:Turkish scientists to crack Neolithic-era DNA code, European funding awarded
Jan. 8, 2018, at 8:02 a.m.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's nationalist opposition said on Monday it would back President Tayyip Erdogan in the 2019 election, signaling continued right-wing support crucial to his narrow victory in a constitutional referendum last year.
More:Turkey's Nationalist Opposition to Back Erdogan in 2019 Election | World News | US News
Once passionately desired by its strongman leader, the likelihood of EU membership for Turkey looks to have been put to bed
More:Macron's snub sends Erdogan further into Putin's embrace | Asia Times
NICOSIA – Anadolu Agency
According to the unofficial parliamentary election results on Jan. 8 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the National Unity Party (UBP) won the election with 35.44 percent in the snap general election.
More:PM’s ruling party wins election in Turkish Cypriot poll
By andrew dalton, associated press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jan 7, 2018, 10:35 PM ET
"In the Fade," a German film that tackles terrorism from multiple, and multicultural, perspectives won the Golden Globe on Sunday for best foreign language film.
"How'd that happen?" said a stunned Fatih Akin as he accepted the award. "Thank you for elevating this movie even though it's in a foreign language."
More:Germany's 'In the Fade' wins Golden Globe for foreign film - ABC News
Four-year-old Elif and two-year-old Hira were killed by their father Ali Yardım on Jan. 2 in Istanbul’s Maltepe district. Their mother Dilek Yardım, who was seeking a divorce from Ali, said at the funeral on Jan. 4 that she had repeatedly applied to the authorities to have a restraining order issued against her husband. But she was unable to get one.
More:Turkey needs more women in local governance
Saturday, January 06, 2018
By Catherine Hardy
last updated: 05/01/2018
Emmanuel Macron warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the rule of law and ruled out progress in Turkey's EU membership bid as the French president hosted his Turkish counterpart in Paris.
More:'Turkey is worn out with waiting for EU accession' - Erdogan | Euronews
By Sara Stefanini
The collapse of talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders late last year all but extinguished hopes that the island would ever be united.
More:Two votes, one last chance for Cypriot reunification – POLITICO
Friday, January 05, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its EU accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.
More:Macron says 'no progress possible' on Turkey EU bid
During a tense press conference, France's Macron said progress isn't possible in Turkey's EU membership bid because of human rights concerns. Turkey's Erdogan responded that journalists are "gardeners" of terrorism.
More:Macron questions Turkey′s EU credentials, Erdogan condemns journalists | News | DW | 05.01.2018
ANKARA – The Turkish interior ministry on Thursday dismissed the high-profile mayor of the central Istanbul district of Besiktas, sparking opposition accusations that it was politically motivated.
More:Turkey ousts mayor of Istanbul district as opposition cries foul
Turkey’s economy is booming — officially, at least. Skyscrapers are sprouting up and exports are strong. But high inflation means that many in Turkey are feeling the pinch.
More:The dark side of Turkey’s economic boom | All media content | DW | 05.01.2018
Semih Idiz January 4, 2018
Ending 2017 on a comparatively higher note, recent conversations and visits between officials from European countries and Turkey could help nudge both sides to better relations in 2018.
More:Is ice finally thawing between EU, Turkey?
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Selahattin Demirtas plans to relinquish his post as co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party, as Ankara continues to repress political opposition.
More:Demirtas steps down as Turkey's Kurds ponder new strategy
ANKARA, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Turkey's Interior Ministry removed the opposition mayor of Istanbul's Besiktas municipality from office on Thursday, accusing him of links to the 2016 attempted coup and corruption.
More:Turkey removes opposition party mayor from office -... | Daily Mail Online
'Scandalous Decision': How A Turkish Banker's Conviction In U.S. Is Roiling Ankara : The Two-Way : NPR
January 4, 201812:44 PM ET
A federal trial in New York City, which saw a Turkish banker tried on allegations of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran, ended Wednesday with his conviction on five of six charges — including bank fraud and several conspiracies to defraud American financial institutions.
More:'Scandalous Decision': How A Turkish Banker's Conviction In U.S. Is Roiling Ankara : The Two-Way : NPR
READ IN: Türkçe Fehim Tastekin January 3, 2018 0 1 3 5 6 Article Summary Turkey’s unexpected military-cooperation deal with Sudan and leasing of Suakin Island have rekindled Ottoman fears in the region.
More:Erdogan's Ottoman dream causes storm in Red Sea
Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:18 AM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has slammed the conviction in New York of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade sanctions as a "legal disgrace," and says it hopes the decision will be overturned.
More:Turkey: US trial of Turkish banker 'legal disgrace' - NY Daily News
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Turkey’s trade deficit widened by 37.5% in 2017 to $77.1 billion, data from the country’s customs and trade ministry showed.
The country’s foreign trade volume accounted for $391.3 billion, rising 14.7% in the January-December 2017 period, according to ministry data, Hurriyet Daily reported.
More:Turkey Trade Deficit Widens 38 Percent | Financial Tribune
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Wednesday found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, after a nearly four-week trial that has strained diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkey.
More:U.S. jury finds Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran dodge sanctions
Turkey's main opposition party has called for a parliamentary inquiry after the directorate of religious affairs said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry.
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Turkish citizens will now be able to apply for Chinese visas online, Ankara’s ambassador to Beijing stated on Jan. 3.
“Chinese visa applications for citizens of Turkey have been changed to an appointment system via the internet as of Jan. 1.
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday visits Paris for talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, seeking to start the New Year by warming relations with the European Union after a torrid 2017.
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By Jo Glanville On 1/3/18 at 3:30 AM
The Turkish courts were busy over Christmas.
On Christmas Day, 17 journalists and executives from Turkey’s oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, went on trial, accused of supporting terrorist organizations.
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ISTANBUL Special to The Globe and Mail Published 11 hours ago Updated January 2, 2018 Nearly 18 months after the Turkish government survived a violent coup attempt and responded with mass arrests and firings, the fate of more than 100,000 Turkish citizens rests with an opaque government-appointed commission that will decide whether they get their jobs back.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to order a mistrial in the case of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
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Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018 9:33pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions resumes its work in a New York City courtroom.
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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Erdogan’s Turkey: The Role Of A Little Known Islamist Poet « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
By Svante Cornell on January 02, 2018 at 3:14 PM
When President Trump announced that the US had recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the region prepared for violence. Aside from a few days of sporadic protests, relatively little happened. Most Arab leaders – Saudi Arabia chief among them – took the decision in their stride. The one major exception was Turkey. This intriguing op-ed explores why the NATO ally has reacted as it has. Read on! The Editor.
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“Deep trouble” in Turkey’s relationships with Europe and the United States was a recurring theme in the December address of Michael Meier — representative to America and Canada for Germany’s Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), or the Foundation for Social Democracy. His introduction to the Middle East Institute (MEI) and FES’ eighth annual Turkey Conference, at Washington, DC’s National Press Club was an appropriately gloomy preface to the discussion of Turkey’s troubled past and present.
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Turkish citizens have woken up in the New Year to face a series of price hikes across various fields, from electricity to bridge and highway tolls.
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January 2, 2018 Neil Thompson Merke
Given the long history of failed Turkish-EU ascension talks and the continuing political upheaval in Turkey, the issue of Turkey joining the EU has long been a moribund one. But speculation is now mounting that by voting to leave the European Union, Britain will inadvertently create a kind of blueprint for a closer kind of customs union, one that can be used to improve ties with politically sensitive countries such as Ukraine or Turkey without actually bringing them into the EU. This would allow for better economic ties without the need for the kinds of fundamental political reforms which are a prerequisite for EU membership. It would also circumvent the requirement for the free movement of labor, which has become a cause celebre of anti-Brussels nationalists across the Continent.
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Controversy has erupted over calls to turn the museum back into a mosque
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Monday, January 01, 2018
January 1, 2018
ErdoganIn his new year message, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out that there will be important changes in the country. In his words, local elections in 2018 and parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019 are such critical periods.
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President Tayyip Erdoğan said on the last day of 2017 that Turkey would “continue to take risks” in its foreign policy, especially in regional issues, in 2018. Indeed, 2018 may well be a difficult year for the country, considering prospects in the areas of diplomacy, democracy and the economy.
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