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Monday, September 28, 2020

Turkish lira skids to new lows as Caucasus clashes weigh | Reuters

Turkish lira skids to new lows as Caucasus clashes weigh
By Daren Butler, Nevzat Devranoglu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The lira skidded to record lows against the dollar, euro and pound on Monday amid concern that Turkey could get more involved in a fast-escalating conflict in the Caucasus, despite last week’s surprise rate hike meant to support the currency.

More:Turkish lira skids to new lows as Caucasus clashes weigh | Reuters

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Turkey's government steps up measures to protect women from domestic violence | Daily Sabah

Turkey's government steps up measures to protect women from domestic violence
BY DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL TURKEY SEP 27, 2020 2:59 PM GMT+3

A woman holding a placard reading "We don't want to die" during a protest of the murder of Pınar Gültekin, the latest victim of femicide, in Kayseri, central Turkey, July 25, 2020. (AA Photo)
The brutal killings of women at the hands of their spouses in Turkey, which raised a public outcry in recent years, prompted the government to boost measures to stop domestic violence. The Sabah newspaper reported on Saturday that women will be provided police protection even if they do not press criminal charges against their assailants for fear of reprisal.

MoreŞTurkey's government steps up measures to protect women from domestic violence | Daily Sabah

Saturday, September 26, 2020

‘This isn't a colony!’ Ankara snaps at Washington over risk that US pharma might exit Turkey if it fails to repay $2.3bn debt - Editorials 360

‘THIS ISN’T A COLONY!’ ANKARA SNAPS AT WASHINGTON OVER RISK THAT US PHARMA MIGHT EXIT TURKEY IF IT FAILS TO REPAY $2.3BN DEBT
SEPTEMBER 26, 2020ADMIN

‘This isn’t a colony!’ Ankara snaps at Washington over risk that US pharma might exit Turkey if it fails to repay $2.3bn debt

US Ambassador David Satterfield is treating Turkey like a colony, Ankara’s well being minister Fahrettin Koca stated, commenting on the escalating row over the skyrocketing debt Turkey owes to American drug firms.

More:‘This isn't a colony!’ Ankara snaps at Washington over risk that US pharma might exit Turkey if it fails to repay $2.3bn debt - Editorials 360

Friday, September 25, 2020

Turkey orders dozens of arrests including opposition mayor | Turkey | Al Jazeera

Turkey orders dozens of arrests including opposition mayor

Warrants relate to 2014 protests in Turkey sparked by the seizure of mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane by ISIL.

More:Turkey orders dozens of arrests including opposition mayor | Turkey | Al Jazeera

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Turkey yields to markets, raises interest rates as lira tanks

Turkey yields to markets, raises interest rates as lira tanks

The central bank hikes its benchmark rate for the first time since 2018, hoping to curb double-digit inflation and a currency that is plumbing record lows.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Turkey considers new restrictions as infections rise

Turkey considers new restrictions as infections rise

New COVID-19 cases and death rates in Turkey have returned to levels not seen since May, prompting officials to consider tighter restrictions following a partial reopening of public schools.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Neither Biden nor Trump bodes well for Turkey - Mehr News Agency

Neither Biden nor Trump bodes well for Turkey

TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) – Faruk Logoglu says Biden has been consistently anti-Turkish throughout his political career and Trump doesn't see Turkey as an ally, so it is up to Turkey to review its outlook and policy toward the US.

Due to the US position in the economic, political, security, and military spheres, the country has taken many unilateral steps in the international arena in recent decades, which has led to the formation of a trend in its foreign and economic policy.

More:Neither Biden nor Trump bodes well for Turkey - Mehr News Agency

Virus fears hit stocks, FX; Turkey's lira slides for the 7th day | Financial Post

Virus fears hit stocks, FX; Turkey's lira slides for the 7th day

Medha Singh
Publishing date:Sep 21, 2020  •  Last Updated 23 hours ago  •  2 minute read
Article content
Most developing world stocks and currencies fell on Monday as a rise in domestic COVID-19 cases and fears over another lockdown in Europe hit risk appetite, with the Turkish lira plumbing new lows as focus turned to a central bank meeting this week.

More:Virus fears hit stocks, FX; Turkey's lira slides for the 7th day | Financial Post

Saturday, September 19, 2020

OPINION | The EU's Munich Moment | Vocal Europe

OPINION | The EU’s Munich Moment

Inside Europe Robert Ellis

History has an unfortunate habit of repeating itself, and this could happen when the EU’s European Council meets on 24 – 25 September. The Council meeting, which was called by President Charles Michel in August, will in particular discuss relations with Turkey and the standoff in the Eastern Mediterranean.

More:OPINION | The EU's Munich Moment | Vocal Europe

Friday, September 18, 2020

How Turkey’s former central bankers would dodge a crisis | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo | 590 AM · 106.9 FM

How Turkey’s former central bankers would dodge a crisis
Kalamazoo, MI, USA / WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo | 590 AM · 106.9 FM
Syndicated Content
Sep 17, 2020 8:53 AM

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Jonathan Spicer

ANKARA (Reuters) - Veterans of Turkey's central bank have some advice for today's policymakers, who are on the frontlines of Ankara's unorthodox battle against a record-low lira and the economic impact of coronavirus: raise interest rates now and get back to basics.

More:How Turkey’s former central bankers would dodge a crisis | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo | 590 AM · 106.9 FM

Analysing the Effects of Turkey’s Social Media Regulation Bill - JURIST - Commentary - Legal News & Commentary

Analysing the Effects of Turkey’s Social Media Regulation Bill
Akshita Tiwary
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 11:30:52 PM
Edited by: Khushali Mahajan | Rajiv Gandhi National U. of Law, IN

On July 29th, 2020, the Parliament of Turkey passed a controversial bill to regulate content posted on social media platforms, which will come into effect on October 1st, 2020. The bill is expected to have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech and expression within the country. Several human rights groups are viewing it as a political tactic to curb criticism against government functionaries within the country, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The passing of the bill is a concerning development, especially amidst the pandemic when social media platforms exist as one of the few alternatives through which people can assess and denounce wrongful government actions.

More:Analysing the Effects of Turkey’s Social Media Regulation Bill - JURIST - Commentary - Legal News & Commentary

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Turkey’s Two-State Proposal Riles Divided Cyprus Before Vote

Turkey’s Two-State Proposal Riles Divided Cyprus Before Vote
By Selcan Hacaoglu and Firat Kozok
September 17, 2020, 8:10 AM EDT

Turkey on Thursday explicitly floated the concept of a two-state solution for divided Cyprus, a proposal sure to alarm the Mediterranean island’s internationally recognized administration and hobble a proposal to resume reunification talks.

More:Turkey’s Two-State Proposal Riles Divided Cyprus Before Vote

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into a Chinese Client State

Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into a Chinese Client State

With few friends left in the West, Ankara is counting on Beijing for help.

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Turkey’s arrest of lawyers draws international criticism | WTVB | 1590 AM · 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County

Turkey’s arrest of lawyers draws international criticism
Coldwater, MI, USA / WTVB | 1590 AM · 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County
Syndicated Content
Sep 15, 2020 6:14 AM

By Daren Butler

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish and international lawyers' groups have voiced concern over the arrest of dozens of lawyers, saying they had been doing their job when representing clients accused of links to the network Turkey blames for an attempted coup in 2016.

More:Turkey’s arrest of lawyers draws international criticism | WTVB | 1590 AM · 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Turkey's smart game: keeping the EU divided

Turkey's smart game: keeping the EU divided

By MALIK AZMANI

BRUSSELS, TODAY, 07:05
After a little over a year in Brussels as an MEP, and closely following the EU's foreign affairs, it astonishes me how ineffective the European Union leverages its power on the world stage.

At this very moment, a mid-sized power named Turkey is punching above its weight by interfering in multiple conflicts in the Mediterranean region in a bid to defend its geopolitical interests and we are letting it happen right under our noses.

More:Turkey's smart game: keeping the EU divided

New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey's northern coast

New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey's northern coast
by Jennifer Hattam | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 03:00 GMT

Two recent deadly floods have sparked fresh warnings about unchecked development in the country's Black Sea region

More:New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey's northern coast

Monday, September 14, 2020

Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island - Big Think

Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island

'Kanal Istanbul' would create a second Bosporus – and immortalise its creator

More:Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island - Big Think

Turkish ship at centre of row with Greece returns to coast - BBC News

Turkish ship at centre of row with Greece returns to coast

A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over oil and gas exploration in a disputed area of the Eastern Mediterranean has returned to waters near southern Turkey.
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the move as a "positive first step".
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the move did not mean Turkey was "giving up on our rights there".
Tensions flared when Ankara sent the research ship to survey an area claimed by Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

More:Turkish ship at centre of row with Greece returns to coast - BBC News

In Turkey, Weak Lira Powers Fresh Gold Rush - WSJ

In Turkey, Weak Lira Powers Fresh Gold Rush

Turkish households bought record volumes of gold this summer—and safe-boxes to keep it at home

More:In Turkey, Weak Lira Powers Fresh Gold Rush - WSJ

Sunday, September 13, 2020

bne IntelliNews - Moody’s hits Turkey with downgrade to all-time lowest rating in unscheduled move

Moody’s hits Turkey with downgrade to all-time lowest rating in unscheduled move

Turkey's Moody's grade is at its lowest level since the country received its first rating from the agency at the beginning of the 1990s. (Chart by @e507)
By Akin Nazli in Belgrade September 12, 2020
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded its rating on Turkey by one notch to B2, taking it to five notches below investment grade, while maintaining the Negative outlook, the rating agency said on September 11 in an unscheduled rating action.

More:bne IntelliNews - Moody’s hits Turkey with downgrade to all-time lowest rating in unscheduled move

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Istanbul limits size of weddings, parties as virus spreads

Istanbul limits size of weddings, parties as virus spreads
September 12, 2020
1:12 pm
Associated Press
NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ISTANBUL (AP) — The governor of Istanbul has banned boating companies from hosting weddings and similar gatherings as part of new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey’s most populous city.

More:Istanbul limits size of weddings, parties as virus spreads

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

What is at stake in the eastern Mediterranean crisis? | Financial Times

What is at stake in the eastern Mediterranean crisis?
Competition over gas and regional rivalries fuel stand-off between Turkey and neighbours

Competition over gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean has combined with bitter regional rivalries to fuel dangerous tensions between Turkey and its neighbours in recent months.

More:What is at stake in the eastern Mediterranean crisis? | Financial Times

Erdogan thinks big - Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, takes to the world stage | Europe | The Economist

Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, takes to the world stage
He is posing as the voice of Muslims everywhere and of the global South

Europe
Sep 8th 2020
ISTANBUL

PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN likes to cut to the chase. Others may think the multilateral dispute over territorial waters, continental shelves and hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, which has brought Turkey close to war with Greece, is complicated. For Turkey’s leader, however, it is simply an “example of modern colonialism” by European countries, as he put it in a speech on September 1st. “The era of those who for centuries have left no region unexploited from Africa to South America, no community unmassacred and no human being unoppressed is coming to an end,” he added.

More:Erdogan thinks big - Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, takes to the world stage | Europe | The Economist

GE Renewable Energy Brings Two More Wind Farms to Life in Turkey

Renewable Energy Brings Two More Wind Farms to Life in Turkey

GE Renewable Energy announced that it has completed the installation and commissioning of the 53 MW Kirazli and 32 MW Meryem wind farms in Turkey. These two wind farms are part of a bigger order made a year ago with Turkerler and RT Enerjito supply five wind farms. In total, the five onshore wind farms at Kirazli, Meryem, Sile, Pamukova and Mahmut Sevket feature forty-nine of GE’s 3 MW onshore wind turbines, with a total capacity of 158 MW will provide renewable energy to the region, powering the equivalent of 183,000 homes.

More:GE Renewable Energy Brings Two More Wind Farms to Life in Turkey

Why Mediterranean tensions may not benefit Erdogan at home

Why Mediterranean tensions may not benefit Erdogan at home

An equitable resolution to the crisis with Greece and France would be great for Turkey, but even that may not help the Turkish president’s approval ratings.

More:Why Mediterranean tensions may not benefit Erdogan at home

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Turkey: Strict new measures announced to fight virus – Middle East Monitor

Turkey: Strict new measures announced to fight virus
September 7, 2020 at 9:21 pm | Published in: Coronavirus, Europe & Russia, News, Turkey

Turkey on Monday announced strict new measures to fight the novel coronavirus, as the daily infection numbers in the country recently crossed 1,000 and beyond, reports Anadolu Agency.

“In all provinces, no standing passengers in public transportation will be allowed,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after an over four-hour Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara.

More:Turkey: Strict new measures announced to fight virus – Middle East Monitor

Friday, September 04, 2020

Turkey’s push to win over the Maghreb: The gateway to Africa

Turkey’s push to win over the Maghreb: The gateway to Africa
By Frida Dahmani, Larissa Samba
Posted on Friday, 4 September 2020 18:22

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and Tunisian President Kais Saied, inspect a military honour guard at the airport, in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (Slim Abid/Tunisian Presidency via AP)
For several years, the Turks have been working to strengthen their ties with Algiers, Tunis and Rabat. This strategy is all the more crucial since Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engaged his country on several fronts in the region.

More:Turkey’s push to win over the Maghreb: The gateway to Africa

Exclusive: How a pro-Trump Black group became an off-the-books Turkish lobbying campaign | Salon.com

Exclusive: How a pro-Trump Black group became an off-the-books Turkish lobbying campaign
A Salon investigation reveals a strange tale of Black Trump surrogates who tried to leverage Turkish billions

ROGER SOLLENBERGER - KATHLEEN O'NEILL
SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 10:00AM (UTC)
This article is the first in a two-part series.

In 2018, officials with a controversial pro-Trump nonprofit called the Urban Revitalization Coalition (URC) — which recently lost its tax-exempt charity status and made headlines earlier this year with suspicious cash giveaways to Black voters — facilitated an off-the-books foreign influence campaign on behalf of powerful people in Turkey, according to social media posts and people familiar with the organization.

More:Exclusive: How a pro-Trump Black group became an off-the-books Turkish lobbying campaign | Salon.com

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Erdogan’s Love for Ottoman Empire Should Worry The World | Time

Why Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Love Affair with the Ottoman Empire Should Worry The World

At the end of August, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated the Islamic New Year with aplomb. Fresh off his conversion of the monumental Haghia Sophia to a mosque, he converted another former Byzantine church, the fourth-century Chora church, one of Istanbul’s oldest Byzantine structures. The day after that he announced the largest ever natural gas depository in the Black Sea. This followed another recent discovery of natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean. Both of these areas are hotly contested zones of international competition between the powers around these seas.

More:Erdogan’s Love for Ottoman Empire Should Worry The World | Time

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Turkish Inflation Pendulum Swings Higher With Lira at Record Low

Turkish Inflation Pendulum Swings Higher With Lira at Record Low

Cagan Koc

The lira’s latest downswing is taking a toll on Turkey’s inflation outlook.

The emerging world’s worst performer against the dollar last month, Turkey’s currency has fallen victim to a campaign of stimulus that’s consisted of steep interest-rate cuts alongside a surge in fiscal spending and a government-sponsored credit push.

More:Turkish Inflation Pendulum Swings Higher With Lira at Record Low

Turkey braces for a perfect economic storm - Asia Times

Turkey braces for a perfect economic storm

Turkey's monetary policy is fixated on defending the value of the lira no matter how myopic the measures

More:Turkey braces for a perfect economic storm - Asia Times

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Erdogan Calls for Stricter Laws on Turkish Lawyers Accused of Terrorism Links - The New York Times

Erdogan Calls for Stricter Laws on Turkish Lawyers Accused of Terrorism Links
By Reuters
Sept. 1, 2020, 8:12 a.m. ET

ANKARA — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Tuesday for the suspension of lawyers accused of links to terrorism, following protests over the death of a hunger-striking lawyer last week.

More:Erdogan Calls for Stricter Laws on Turkish Lawyers Accused of Terrorism Links - The New York Times

Turkey Announces Arrest of a Major Islamic State Militant - The New York Times

Turkey Announces Arrest of a Major Islamic State Militant

The country’s interior minister said Mahmut Ozden, described as a top Islamic State figure in Turkey, had been planning attacks and kidnappings.

More:Turkey Announces Arrest of a Major Islamic State Militant - The New York Times

Mikis Theodorakis issues urgent plea for Greek-Turkish understanding - ΤΑ ΝΕΑ

Mikis Theodorakis issues urgent plea for Greek-Turkish understanding

You will say Erdogan is in power today. Certainly, Turkey has changed. What will not change unto the ages is that Turkey is our neighbour and will always be.

More:Mikis Theodorakis issues urgent plea for Greek-Turkish understanding - ΤΑ ΝΕΑ

Monday, August 31, 2020

Turkey Is Among The Countries Dealing With A Spike In COVID-19 Cases : NPR

Turkey Is Among The Countries Dealing With A Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Officially the country reports more than 268,000 cases and more than 6,300 deaths. But some doctors doubt the government's statistics, and say they're overwhelmed by the number of sick people.

More:Turkey Is Among The Countries Dealing With A Spike In COVID-19 Cases : NPR

Friday, August 28, 2020

Escalation or mediation in the Eastern Med?: Turkey and Greece at loggerheads over maritime sovereignty - Qantara.de

Turkey and Greece at loggerheads over maritime sovereignty

Will German attempts at mediation avert the Eastern Mediterranean crisis? Greece has accused Turkey of conducting illegal explorations for shale gas close to the Greek islands. Yet Ankara maintains that the waters are part of the Turkish continental shelf. Ronald Meinardus reports from Istanbul

More:Escalation or mediation in the Eastern Med?: Turkey and Greece at loggerheads over maritime sovereignty - Qantara.de

Turkish lawyer dies on hunger strike demanding fair trial

Turkish lawyer dies on hunger strike demanding fair trial

Ankara, Aug 28 (AP) A human rights lawyer on hunger strike in a Turkish prison to demand a fair trial for herself and colleagues has died, an attorney''s group said.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques | The Art Newspaper

Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church will remain “open to all”, Turkish government promises—but restricted access may not be the primary worry

More:Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques | The Art Newspaper

How much does Erdogan’s 'coercive diplomacy' benefit Turkey?

How much does Erdogan’s 'coercive diplomacy' benefit Turkey?

If mishandled, Turkey’s threats of military action could trigger an uncontrolled escalation, leaving Ankara facing difficult choices.

More:How much does Erdogan’s 'coercive diplomacy' benefit Turkey?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Turkey, Greece stick to their guns in escalating Med dispute

Turkey, Greece stick to their guns in escalating Med dispute

ANKARA – Turkey and Greece both vowed Wednesday to defend their competing claims in the eastern Mediterranean as the neighbors and NATO allies remained locked in a tense dispute over offshore energy exploration rights.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

IS suspect detained in Istanbul has plans for "sensational" terror attack - Xinhua | English.news.cn

IS suspect detained in Istanbul has plans for "sensational" terror attack

ISTANBUL, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) detained by the Turkish police in Istanbul has plans to carry out a "sensational" terror attack, Demiroren news agency reported Tuesday.

More:IS suspect detained in Istanbul has plans for "sensational" terror attack - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Is Turkey’s opposition losing Istanbul to Erdogan?

Is Turkey’s opposition losing Istanbul to Erdogan?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is employing a panoply of unfathomable methods to peremptorily take over city municipalities he lost in the last election.

More:Is Turkey’s opposition losing Istanbul to Erdogan?

Discussing the Future of Social Media-Driven Protests With Zeynep Tufekci | by Alex Kantrowitz | Aug, 2020 | OneZero

Discussing the Future of Social Media-Driven Protests With Zeynep Tufekci

‘Of course it’s performative, but you know what? It’s a better world if brands feel they have to be performative’

More:Discussing the Future of Social Media-Driven Protests With Zeynep Tufekci | by Alex Kantrowitz | Aug, 2020 | OneZero

Sunday, August 23, 2020

6 dead, 10 missing as flooding hits Turkey's Black Sea coast - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

6 dead, 10 missing as flooding hits Turkey’s Black Sea coast
Published Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020 | 11:18 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Flooding caused by heavy rains has killed six people along Turkey's Black Sea coast and left 10 others missing, including some rescue workers, officials said Sunday.

More:6 dead, 10 missing as flooding hits Turkey's Black Sea coast - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

Friday, August 21, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan announces massive Black Sea gas discovery - The National

Turkey's Erdogan announces massive Black Sea gas discovery

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says natural gas reserve is 320 billion cubic metres

More:Turkey's Erdogan announces massive Black Sea gas discovery - The National

UPDATE 2-Turkey holds rates in favour of back-door steps to support lira - Reuters

UPDATE 2-Turkey holds rates in favour of back-door steps to support lira
Ali Kucukgocmen, Jonathan Spicer

By Ali Kucukgocmen and Jonathan Spicer

ISTANBUL, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Turkey’s central bank held its benchmark interest rate steady as expected on Thursday despite the lira hitting record lows this week, and it paved the way to more back-door measures that have tightened credit and slowed the currency’s decline.

More:UPDATE 2-Turkey holds rates in favour of back-door steps to support lira - Reuters

İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu slams removal of banners against canal project - english

İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu slams removal of banners against canal project

İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu has talked about the removal of their banners against the Canal İstanbul project by the Governor's Office: “If they will take action, my advice is this: Don’t bother with banners, my social media posts have been there for months.”

More:İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu slams removal of banners against canal project - english

In Turkey, doctors fear coronavirus numbers are higher than the government admits  | The World from PRX

In Turkey, doctors fear coronavirus numbers are higher than the government admits

Turkey’s reopening follows a national lull in the coronavirus infections. But the country’s largest association of doctors says that based on its own research, the actual number of cases of the coronavirus in Turkey is much higher than reported figures.

More:In Turkey, doctors fear coronavirus numbers are higher than the government admits  | The World from PRX

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Turkey Finds Energy in Black Sea as Erdogan Vows a New Era - Bloomberg

Turkey Finds Energy in Black Sea as Erdogan Vows a New Era
By Cagan Koc, Selcan Hacaoglu, and Asli Kandemir
August 19, 2020, 5:36 PM GMT+3 Updated on August 19, 2020, 11:21 PM GMT+3

Turkey has discovered energy in the Black Sea, most likely natural gas, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Wednesday, but gave no indication of the size and depth of the find, nor how difficult it will be to extract.

More:Turkey Finds Energy in Black Sea as Erdogan Vows a New Era - Bloomberg

Turkey Finds Energy in Black Sea as Erdogan Vows a New Era - Bloomberg

Turkey Finds Energy in Black Sea as Erdogan Vows a New Era
By Cagan Koc, Selcan Hacaoglu, and Asli Kandemir
August 19, 2020, 5:36 PM GMT+3 Updated on August 19, 2020, 11:21 PM GMT+3

Turkey has discovered energy in the Black Sea, most likely natural gas, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Wednesday, but gave no indication of the size and depth of the find, nor how difficult it will be to extract.

More:Turkey Finds Energy in Black Sea as Erdogan Vows a New Era - Bloomberg

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Turkey's lira recovers from all-time low; EM shares decline | Financial Post

Turkey's lira recovers from all-time low; EM shares decline
Author of the article:
Reuters
Susan Mathew
Publishing date:Aug 19, 2020  •  Last Updated 11 hours ago  •  2 minute read
Article content
Turkey’s lira firmed on Wednesday after the central bank signaled higher borrowing costs, while upbeat sentiment after the S&P 500 index hit a record high overnight proved brief as an index of emerging market stocks erased early gains.

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The Long Fight: Protecting Turkish Women from Gender-Based Violence | Balkan Insight

The Long Fight: Protecting Turkish Women from Gender-Based Violence
Gulsum Kav
Gulsum Kav is at the forefront of a movement to protect women from gender-based violence and murder in Turkey. It is a long and difficult fight.

More:The Long Fight: Protecting Turkish Women from Gender-Based Violence | Balkan Insight

Turkey Considers Quitting Treaty On Violence Against Women : NPR

Turkey Considers Quitting Treaty On Violence Against Women

The Turkish government is considering pulling out of a treaty designed to prevent violence against women. But the proposal prompted opposition and protests.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Turkish lira tanks amid policy mistakes | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 17.08.2020

Turkish lira tanks amid policy mistakes

Turkey's currency hit a record low against the US dollar, as investors are worried about the risk of rising inflation and even a balance-of- payments crisis. Depleted foreign currency reserves add to the woes.

More:Turkish lira tanks amid policy mistakes | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 17.08.2020

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Turkey's daily virus infection rate at highest in 45 days

Turkey's daily virus infection rate at highest in 45 days

ISTANBUL (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 infections in Turkey hit its highest level in 45 days on Saturday, the country's health minister said as he announced 1,256 new cases.

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Turkey’s Central Bank Is in a Bind Forward of Charges Day: Eco Week | Fintech Zoom - World Finance

Turkey’s Central Bank Is in a Bind Forward of Charges Day: Eco Week
by JUNG MIN-SEO August 16, 2020 in Banking

(Bloomberg) — Turkey’s central bank is in a bind and buyers are about to learn how coverage makers remedy the dilemma of appeasing a president preoccupied with low rates of interest and the necessity to elevate borrowing prices to manage the lira rout.

More:Turkey’s Central Bank Is in a Bind Forward of Charges Day: Eco Week | Fintech Zoom - World Finance

Friday, August 14, 2020

Gold rush at Turkish bazaar a test of trust for lowly lira | The Mighty 790 KFGO | KFGO

Gold rush at Turkish bazaar a test of trust for lowly lira
/ The Mighty 790 KFGO | KFGO
Thomson Reuters
Aug 14, 2020 3:50 AM

By Ezgi Erkoyun and Jonathan Spicer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Hasan Ayhan followed his wife's instructions last week and took their savings to buy gold at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar as Turks scooped up bullion worth $7 billion in a just a fortnight.

More:Gold rush at Turkish bazaar a test of trust for lowly lira | The Mighty 790 KFGO | KFGO

Farming in Turkey’s Mountains

Farming in Turkey’s Mountains

June 8, 2020

Tourists know Turkey’s Antalya province for its beautiful Mediterranean resorts, but coastal tourism isn’t the only major contributor to the region’s economy. Further inland, farming takes over as the dominant source of revenue and serves as the backbone for rural Turkey.

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Economic policy reversal fraught with political risks for Erdogan

Economic policy reversal fraught with political risks for Erdogan

Ankara’s bid to warm the pandemic-hit economy has backfired, forcing a policy reversal that threatens to aggravate popular grievances and heighten political risks for Erdogan.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Erdogan accuses Macron of 'colonialism' and 'spectacle' in Lebanon

Erdogan accuses Macron of ‘colonialism’ and ‘spectacle’ in Lebanon
Thursday, 13 August 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of “colonial” aims in Lebanon on Thursday and called his recent visit to Beirut a “spectacle”, amid growing tensions between Ankara and Paris.

more:Erdogan accuses Macron of 'colonialism' and 'spectacle' in Lebanon

Turkish Police Arrest 25 Women Demanding Turkey Remain in Women’s Rights Treaty | Democracy Now!

Turkish Police Arrest 25 Women Demanding Turkey Remain in Women’s Rights Treaty
HEADLINEAUG 13, 2020

In Turkey, police arrested 25 women at a protest in the capital Ankara Wednesday as they called on the Turkish government to reverse plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention — a European treaty on gender-based violence

More:Turkish Police Arrest 25 Women Demanding Turkey Remain in Women’s Rights Treaty | Democracy Now!

Charlemagne - Fethullah Gulen shares blame for Turkey’s plight | Europe | The Economist

Fethullah Gulen shares blame for Turkey’s plight
The exiled imam did much to cripple democracy

You might think that by now Turkey had run out of handcuffs. But although the wave of arrests related to the bizarre coup attempt that rocked the country in the summer of 2016 has certainly slowed, it has not stopped. Every week seems to bring a new round-up of suspected members of the Gulen community, or cemaat, the Islamist movement that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for the coup. At least 41 people, many of them soldiers, were detained on July 27th. Warrants for over two dozen others were issued last week.

More:Charlemagne - Fethullah Gulen shares blame for Turkey’s plight | Europe | The Economist

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Why the Turkish lira is in free fall | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 11.08.2020

Why the Turkish lira is in free fall

The Turkish currency has hit record lows against the euro and US dollar, despite efforts by its central bank to stop the rot. The fall comes as the effects of the global pandemic and poor economic policy converge.

More:Why the Turkish lira is in free fall | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 11.08.2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Turkish Lira’s Fall Drives Concerns for Euro - WSJ

Turkish Lira’s Fall Drives Concerns for Euro

Further weakening in the currency could dampen Turkey’s appetite for European imports and strain businesses’ ability to repay loans to European banks

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Erdogan Has Hidden an Economic Disaster Deep in Turkish Banks

Erdogan Has Hidden an Economic Disaster Deep in Turkish Banks
And he won’t be able to keep the game going for much longer.
BY CHRIS MILLER | AUGUST 11, 2020, 1:48 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not usually known as an economic innovator. But for the past year, his government has been running a high-stakes economic experiment. The test: How long can Turkey hide the fact that it is spending far beyond its means? Normally when governments spend more than they tax, the difference appears as a budget deficit. They fund that deficit by issuing bonds, which are traded on international markets and so are easy to track. If the debt load grows too large, and if borrowing costs spike, then then country must default or seek a bailout. This type of debt crisis isn’t pleasant, as Argentina or Greece or Pakistan could attest, but it is at least straightforward and familiar.

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Turkey's collapsing lira: government is running out of options for embattled currency

Turkey's collapsing lira: government is running out of options for embattled currency

Gulcin Ozkan, Professor of Finance, King's College London
The Conversation11 August 2020
The Turkish lira hit its weakest ever level against the US dollar on August 7, trading at 7.36 at one point, having lost nearly 20% of its value since the beginning of the year. It comes almost two years to the day since Turkey was last hit by a massive currency crisis, following the economic sanctions imposed by the US government after Turkey detained American pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charges.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Erdogan’s Turkey battles the ghosts of Sèvres, 100 years later - The Washington Post

A century-old treaty haunts the Mediterranean

By
Ishaan Tharoor
August 10, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. EDT

A hundred years ago, French, British and Italian officials convened in a famous porcelain factory southwest of Paris to carve up the Ottoman Empire. The Treaty of Sèvres, signed Aug. 10, 1920, concluded months of fitful negotiations among the victors of World War I and paved the way for the remaking of the modern Middle East. It imposed terms on the defeated Ottomans widely seen as even more punitive than the measures dictated to Germany by the Treaty of Versailles earlier that year, forcing the empire to rescind all its claims to lands in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Catastrophic fall of lira could be blessing in disguise for Turkish tourism

Catastrophic fall of lira could be blessing in disguise for Turkish tourism

Harry S. Johnson
August 7, 2020 18:12

Turkish lira keeps hitting record lows against the major currencies on exchange markets due to years of debt accumulation and the unwillingness of President Erdogan to increase interest rates.

More:Catastrophic fall of lira could be blessing in disguise for Turkish tourism

Erdogan's Neo-Ottoman Aspirations Inspire Islamists :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Erdogan's Neo-Ottoman Aspirations Inspire Islamists
by Hany Ghoraba
Special to IPT News
August 7, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's once hidden agenda of reviving a modern version of the Ottoman Empire is not so secret in light of recent moves. The world has watched Erdogan use draconian and oppressive methods to beat down domestic critics. The conversion of Hagia Sophia – formerly a Byzantine cathedral – into mosque last month was a symbolic step to inspire Islamists who are longing for a new caliphate. Erdogan's state-controlled media already are calling for the Muslim world's first superpower.

More:Erdogan's Neo-Ottoman Aspirations Inspire Islamists :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Turkish women rally against domestic violence as ruling party contemplates leaving key rights convention - CNN

Turkish women rally against domestic violence as ruling party contemplates leaving key rights treaty
By Gul Tuysuz, CNN

Updated 6:57 PM ET, Wed August 5, 2020

Demonstrators wearing protective face masks hold up placards with names of women during a demonstration for a better implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Istanbul on Wednesday.
(CNN)Women poured into rallies across Turkey on Wednesday over fears of Ankara's potential withdrawal from a European treaty on gender-based violence.

More:Turkish women rally against domestic violence as ruling party contemplates leaving key rights convention - CNN

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Erdogan’s Target in Hagia Sophia Stunt was Ataturk’s Legacy | Balkan Insight

Erdogan’s Target in Hagia Sophia Stunt was Ataturk’s Legacy

Aykan ErdemirBIRNAugust 4, 202012:14
The re-designation of this iconic building as a mosque was not just a sop to the Turkish President’s Islamist fans – but another blow at the memory of the statesman whose legacy haunts and frustrates him.

More:Erdogan’s Target in Hagia Sophia Stunt was Ataturk’s Legacy | Balkan Insight

Behind An Emboldened Erdogan: Is Turkey Preparing To Go Nuclear?

Behind An Emboldened Erdogan: Is Turkey Preparing To Go Nuclear? 
byJai Menon-Aug 4, 2020 04:28 AM

Based on a neo-Ottoman strategic vision of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, over the last decade, it has generated animosity in virtually all neighbouring countries, and some who are not neighbours too.

More:Behind An Emboldened Erdogan: Is Turkey Preparing To Go Nuclear?

bne IntelliNews - Turkish doctors dispute official coronavirus infections count

Turkish doctors dispute official coronavirus infections count

By bne IntelIiNews August 4, 2020
The Ankara Chamber of Doctors said on August 4 that almost 1,000 people are contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) every day in the Turkish capital—if correct, the claim exposes Turkey’s official virus figures as severely inaccurate. The government-approved data state that the daily nationwide tally of new cases is running at around that level.

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Monday, August 03, 2020

Turkey’s lira slides as Central Bank raises inflation forecast

Turkey’s lira slides as Central Bank raises inflation forecast

Despite state bank efforts to bolster Turkey’s currency, the lira fell to its lowest point since May against the dollar this week, prompting fears of a renewed currency crisis.

More:Turkey’s lira slides as Central Bank raises inflation forecast

Turkish health officials watch for COVID-19 cases to rise after holiday

Turkish health officials watch for COVID-19 cases to rise after holiday

Turkish health officials are calling for increased precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 as citizens conclude festivities for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Erdogan’s Egregious Economic Experiment - The Bulwark

Erdogan’s Egregious Economic Experiment
The Turkish president is acting as if the laws of economics don’t apply to him.
by DESMOND LACHMAN AND JOHN KEARNS AUGUST 2, 2020 5:35 AM

Controlled macroeconomic policy experiments are rare. Yet that is what President Recep Erdogan seems to be offering in Turkey with his highly unconventional economic policies. He might help us better understand how macroeconomics works but it is likely to come at a high cost for the Turkish public.

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As Turkey Is Flooded With State-Sponsored Fake News, Confusion Abounds on America | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

As Turkey Is Flooded With State-Sponsored Fake News, Confusion Abounds on America
by Burak Bekdil
OPINION

In 2018, the Turkish police began to raid onion wholesalers on suspicion that they were artificially raising onion prices and trying to “illegally overthrow” the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pro-government headlines included “Police find onions in onion storehouse,” which in America would be a headline from The Onion. At around the same time, Erdogan claimed the US was plotting to economically damage Turkey just as his government signed a deal with US management consultant McKinsey to help Ankara implement a new medium-term economic program.

More:As Turkey Is Flooded With State-Sponsored Fake News, Confusion Abounds on America | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Friday, July 31, 2020

Serdar Denktash announces run against Akinci in October election - Cyprus Mail

Serdar Denktash announces run against Akinci in October election
By Evie AndreouJuly 31, 2020113

Serdar Denktash has announced he will be running as candidate in the elections in October for a new Turkish Cypriot leader.

Denktash, former head of the Democratic Party (DP) in the north, will run as an independent.

More:Serdar Denktash announces run against Akinci in October election - Cyprus Mail

Erdogan Enlists Hagia Sophia and Hasankeyf in Turkey's Culture War | Foreign Affairs

The Mosque, the Dam, and Erdogan’s Widening Culture War
The Linked Fates of Two Cultural Heritage Sites in Turkey
By Nick Danforth
July 31, 2020

Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Turkish Presidential Press Office / Reuters
In recent weeks, the Turkish government has courted international condemnation for its handling of the country’s unique cultural heritage. In early July, rising waters from a new dam flooded the archaeological site of Hasankeyf, leading The New York Times to declare that the ancient valley had been “lost to ‘progress.’” Then, soon after, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia—the ancient church turned mosque turned museum—would be changed back into a mosque. Critics have fretted about what this will mean for the building’s ornate Byzantine mosaics, highlighting the growing material toll of Erdogan’s religious and authoritarian policies.

More:Erdogan Enlists Hagia Sophia and Hasankeyf in Turkey's Culture War | Foreign Affairs

New law on Turkish bar associations : Damaging judicial impartiality - Qantara.de

New law on Turkish bar associations

Damaging judicial impartiality
While the government claims the new lawyers' act will be more pluralistic and democratic, lawyers believe it will harm the right to free trial and split them down political lines. By Ayşe Karabat

More:New law on Turkish bar associations : Damaging judicial impartiality - Qantara.de

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Muddying the waters - Turkey and Greece avoid coming to blows, for now | Europe | The Economist

Turkey and Greece avoid coming to blows, for now
But a dispute over drilling rights is far from settled

On patmos, a small Greek island popular with jet-setters, flags flew at half-mast on July 24th. Church bells tolled every hour in protest against Turkey’s transformation of the Hagia Sophia, in Byzantine times the grandest cathedral in Christendom, from museum to mosque. That was not the islanders’ only concern. Coastguards, together with almost all the Greek navy and air force, were placed on high alert after Turkey announced on July 21st that the Oruc Reis, a drilling ship, would carry out ten days of exploration for oil and gas in a disputed area of the south Aegean.

More:Muddying the waters - Turkey and Greece avoid coming to blows, for now | Europe | The Economist

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Turkish lira hits record low against the euro amid selling, sanctions risk

Turkish lira falls to a fresh record low against the euro amid investor selling, sanctions risk
PUBLISHED TUE, JUL 28 202012:02 PM EDT
Natasha Turak

The lira was briefly trading at a record low of 8.1733 to the euro just after 10 a.m. London time on Tuesday. The euro, which is also at its strongest level against the dollar in almost two years, has gained about 22% on the lira year-to-date.

More:Turkish lira hits record low against the euro amid selling, sanctions risk

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Turkey considers ‘draconian’ social media legislation | South Carolina Public Radio

Turkey considers ‘draconian’ social media legislation
By LYDIA EMMANOUILIDOU • 1 HOUR AGO

Turkey’s Parliament on Tuesday began debating legislation that would give the government more control over foreign social media companies operating in the country.

More:Turkey considers ‘draconian’ social media legislation | South Carolina Public Radio

Violence against women: Femicide on the rise in Turkey - Qantara.de

Femicide on the rise in Turkey

The recent murder of Turkish student Pinar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend has sparked outrage in Turkey. Women's rights activists are calling for the government to tackle the widespread problem of femicide in the country, but their calls are being met with silence from the government and in some cases even tear gas and rubber bullets by police. By Daniel Bellut

More:Violence against women: Femicide on the rise in Turkey - Qantara.de

Monday, July 27, 2020

A curtain on history

A curtain on history

Had Turkey been a member of the EU, its President couldn’t just have told the world that it was all about the ‘sovereignty’ of Turkey.

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Turkish lira drops towards record low against euro | Financial Times

Turkish lira drops towards record low against euro

Investors’ unease over monetary policy contrasts with optimism on EU economic plans

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How Erdoğan and Orbán pulled off the modern coup | Shout Out UK

How Erdoğan and Orbán pulled off the modern coup
Democracy has been subverted in plain view by those purporting to act in its name
by Oliver Walsh 27/07/2020

On March 30, 2020 Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz allies in the Hungarian parliament used coronavirus as a pretext to push through a law that suspended elections, criminalised free speech and gave the prime minister the authority to rule by decree indefinitely. Hearing echoes of twentieth-century European coups, many decried the ‘end of democracy’ and the establishment of a dictatorship.

More:How Erdoğan and Orbán pulled off the modern coup | Shout Out UK

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Opinion | The Next Global Flash Point - The New York Times

The Next Global Flash Point

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the West has retreated. That leaves Turkey and Russia to fill the vacuum.

More:Opinion | The Next Global Flash Point - The New York Times

What Remains Of Turkey's Democracy? - Analysis - Eurasia Review

What Remains Of Turkey’s Democracy? – Analysis
July 25, 2020 Neville Teller 0 Comments
By Neville Teller

Once a shining example to the world of a national liberation movement brought to  vibrant, democratic reality, Turkey has been reduced in the last two decades to a near-dictatorship, with well over 100,000 political and media opponents to the government languishing in prison, hundreds of thousands of websites and social media platforms banned, and strict censorship imposed on those media outlets still permitted to operate.

More:What Remains Of Turkey's Democracy? - Analysis - Eurasia Review

Friday, July 24, 2020

Turkey′s long history of femicides | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 24.07.2020

Turkey's long history of femicides

The recent murder of Turkish student Pinar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend has sparked outrage in Turkey. Womens' rights activists are calling for the government to tackle the widespread problem of femicide in the country.

More:Turkey′s long history of femicides | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 24.07.2020

Libyan civil war: Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya? - Qantara.de

Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya?

Relations between France and Turkey reached an historic low in June after Turkish ships allegedly targeted a French warship in the Mediterranean, resulting in France suspending its role in Operation Sea Guardian while accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya. By Stasa Salacanin

More:Libyan civil war: Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya? - Qantara.de

Turkey Retreats From Modernity - WSJ

Turkey Retreats From Modernity
Hagia Sophia is a mosque again, and Atatürk’s secular experiment is over.
By Charlotte Allen
July 23, 2020 7:07 pm ET

This Friday marks the end of Turkey’s experiment with secular modernity. That’s when regular Islamic religious services begin at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. The 1,500-year-old structure had served as a museum and symbol of Turkish tolerance until President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decreed the change earlier this month.

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bne IntelliNews - Turkey’s policy rate held again as central bank weighs risk of inflation overshooting

Turkey’s policy rate held again as central bank weighs risk of inflation overshooting

Will it be a case of "Hold on tight" for Turkey's central bank from here on in?
By bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2020
Turkey’s central bank held its policy rate steady at 8.25% for a second consecutive month on July 23, meeting the widely-held market expectation. It said that there was a risk of inflation overshooting its year-end projection.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Next Rate Move for Turkey May Be Up But It’s Set to Hold for Now

Next Turkey Rate Move May Be Up But It’s Set to Hold for Now
Cagan Koc

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s first interest-rate hike since 2018 may be in play later this year but economists are unanimously predicting the central bank will extend its current pause on Thursday.

More:Next Rate Move for Turkey May Be Up But It’s Set to Hold for Now

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Turkey court halts five-day broadcast ban on opposition channel TELE1 | Middle East Eye

Turkey court halts five-day broadcast ban on opposition channel TELE1

Administrative court in Ankara says Turkish media watchdog's ban breached press freedoms and citizens' rights

More:Turkey court halts five-day broadcast ban on opposition channel TELE1 | Middle East Eye

Monday, July 20, 2020

Google doodle celebrates female Turkish astrophysicist Dilhan Eryurt | Space

Google doodle celebrates female Turkish astrophysicist Dilhan Eryurt
By Meghan Bartels 10 hours ago

It's the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Google Doodle program is celebrating by commemorating the scientific legacy of Turkish astrophysicist Dilhan Eryurt.

More:Google doodle celebrates female Turkish astrophysicist Dilhan Eryurt | Space

US court upholds Turkish banker's conviction in Iran case - StarTribune.com

US court upholds Turkish banker's conviction in Iran case
By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press JULY 20, 2020 — 11:35AM

NEW YORK — A Turkish banker was properly convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions in a case that strained relations with Turkey, a federal appeals panel said Monday.

The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan concluded that Mehmet Hakan Atilla received a fair trial after he was arrested in 2017 during a business trip to the United States.

more:US court upholds Turkish banker's conviction in Iran case - StarTribune.com

Libyan civil war: Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya? - Qantara.de

Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya?

Relations between France and Turkey reached an historic low in June after Turkish ships allegedly targeted a French warship in the Mediterranean, resulting in France suspending its role in Operation Sea Guardian while accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya. By Stasa Salacanin

More:Libyan civil war: Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya? - Qantara.de

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Brazil's Bolsonaro says coronavirus restrictions kill economy - by Carolina Mandl, Leonardo Benassatto

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that lockdown
measures used to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus “kill” and
have “suffocated” the country’s economy. 



Read more at: Brazil's Bolsonaro says coronavirus restrictions kill economy - Reuters

Abandoning secularism in Turkey | Palatinate Online

Abandoning secularism in Turkey

By Kathryn Ellison

The recent decision by the Turkish Council of State to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a Mosque has led to outcry from global Christian organisations and increased tension between the Turkish and Russian governments. While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for the decision is clearly based on a desire to appeal to the Islamic fundamentalism of the country’s religious right, it demonstrates how increasing cultural nationalism could potentially threaten ongoing ceasefire negotiations in Libya as well as Turkey’s image on the international stage.

More:Abandoning secularism in Turkey | Palatinate Online

Friday, July 17, 2020

Lives Lost: A Doctor Dubbed Turkey's Medical 'Robin Hood' - The New York Times

Lives Lost: A Doctor Dubbed Turkey's Medical 'Robin Hood'
By The Associated Press
July 17, 2020
Updated 10:56 a.m. ET

ANKARA, Turkey — Dr. Murat Dilmener sometimes bent hospital rules in Istanbul to ensure patients without health insurance got the treatment they needed. He frequently saw poor Turks for free at his private clinic and persuaded more affluent ones to sponsor medical student scholarships.

More:Lives Lost: A Doctor Dubbed Turkey's Medical 'Robin Hood' - The New York Times

CHP applies to Constitutional Court over multiple bar law - Turkey News

CHP applies to Constitutional Court over multiple bar law
ANKARA

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) applied to the Constitutional Court on July 16 to annul a controversial law known as the “multiple bar” amendment that now permits Turkey’s bar associations to split into smaller groups.

More:CHP applies to Constitutional Court over multiple bar law - Turkey News

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hagia Sophia will open outside prayer time: Turkey

Hagia Sophia will open outside prayer time: Turkey

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Hagia Sophia could open to visitors outside prayer times and its Christian icons will remain, religious officials said on Tuesday, after a court ruling paved the way for it to become a mosque.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Erdogan Is Erasing Ataturk’s Stamp On Turkey - BNN Bloomberg

Erdogan Is Erasing Ataturk’s Stamp On Turkey
Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg News

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Under normal circumstances, the most important news out of Turkey last weekend would have been a new law that, critics say, represents a blow to the country’s already weakened judicial system. But you might have missed it for the furor over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to convert the famed Hagia Sophia museum, one of the world’s top tourist destinations, into a mosque.

More:Erdogan Is Erasing Ataturk’s Stamp On Turkey - BNN Bloomberg

Turkish current account data shows superficial recovery | Foreign Brief

Turkish current account data shows superficial recovery
In Daily BriefJuly 13, 2020William O'Neil

REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The Central Bank of Turkey is expected to announce today that the country ran a $4 billion current account (CA) deficit in May, a decrease from a $5.1 billion deficit in April.

Reduced domestic consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the falling value of the lira is responsible for May’s reduced CA deficit, making Turkish exports relatively cheaper for foreigners and imports from the EU, collectively Turkey’s largest trading partner, significantly more expensive.

More:Turkish current account data shows superficial recovery | Foreign Brief

Turkey approves zoning for Qatari royal family land along Istanbul canal - report | Ahval

Turkey approves zoning for Qatari royal family land along Istanbul canal - report

The Turkish authorities have issued zoning plans for the land purchased by the Qatari royal family along the route of Kanal Istanbul, a shipping canal project designed to bypass Istanbul’s Bosporus waterway, Sözcü newspaper reported on Monday. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, mother of Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, purchased, through a company established in Turkey, 4.4 hectares (10.8 acres) of land, which was registered as farmland, in Istanbul's Arnavutköy district in December 2019.

More:Turkey approves zoning for Qatari royal family land along Istanbul canal - report | Ahval

Brussels Edition: Tested by Turkey - Bloomberg

Brussels Edition: Tested by Turkey
By John Ainger and Jonathan Stearns
July 13, 2020, 1:12 AM EDT

Tensions with Turkey will dominate today's first in-person meeting of EU foreign ministers since the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Strains within the EU itself are possible as it gropes for a strategy to address Turkish challenges ranging from energy drilling off Cyprus to involvement in the Syrian and Libyan civil wars. The latest irritant is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to reconvert the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to a mosque. EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell sent conciliatory signals last week after a visit to Turkey, telling the European Parliament ''what we're trying to do is avoid any kind of confrontation.'' The question these days is not only whether Ankara agrees, but also whether EU national capitals do too.

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Turkey’s fertility rate is now below the replacement rate » MercatorNet

Turkey’s fertility rate is now below the replacement rate
Making it more like Europe than the Middle East

by Marcus Roberts

Turkey is a young country with a quickly growing population. Nearly a quarter of Turkey’s 84 million people are children, below the age of 15, while less than 9 per cent are elderly (over the age of 65). Turkey’s population is also a quickly growing one: in the last fifty years it has nearly trebled in size.

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Outbreak treats Turkish women harsher than men, study shows - Turkey News

Outbreak treats Turkish women harsher than men, study shows

Sixty-six percent of women feel tired due to the coronavirus outbreak, while this rate was 47 percent for men, according to the results of a survey conducted by independent market research company Ipsos.

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Good News for Freedom: Turkish Youth Don’t Believe in Erdogan | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Good News for Freedom: Turkish Youth Don’t Believe in Erdogan
by Burak Bekdil

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not lost a single election, including municipal elections and referenda, since his AKP (Justice and Development) party came to power in November 2002. This is ostensibly a flawless performance for a politician. But Erdogan wants more than just win one election after another. In 2012, he declared his political mission to be “raising devout generations.” That is a far more ambitious mission than just winning at the ballot box.

More:Good News for Freedom: Turkish Youth Don’t Believe in Erdogan | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Sunday, July 12, 2020

US Economy: Coronavirus’s Spread Broadens Across U.S.

New coronavirus infections topped 15,000 in Florida, the largest one-day increase in any state since the start of the pandemic, while more than half U.S. states—including some that avoided a significant surge in the spring—were reporting steady climbs in new cases.

The number of daily infections in the U.S. surpassed 60,000 for a third consecutive day on Saturday, after reaching a record of more than 66,000 ases the previous day, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed.

Read more: Coronavirus’s Spread Broadens Across U.S. - WSJ

Turkey revokes experience requirement for central bank deputy governor | Financial Post

Turkey revokes experience requirement for central bank deputy governor

ISTANBUL — Turkey has revoked a requirement that central bank deputy governors have 10 years prior experience and dropped a rule that banks set aside 20% of annual profit, the official gazette showed on Sunday.

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Erdogan’s Big Gamble on the Hagia Sophia - The Globalist

Erdogan’s Big Gamble on the Hagia Sophia

Turkey’s president, desperate to boost his popularity at home, further damages his country’s international standing.

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Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law - GulfToday

Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law
19 hours ago

Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray.

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Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law - GulfToday

Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law
19 hours ago

Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray.

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Erdogan's controversial presidential system - a balance sheet News

Erdogan's controversial presidential system - a balance sheet

The Reform of the Turkish system of government was preceded by a months-long mud battle between supporters and opponents. The government argued that with the new System decisions "could be faster, more effective and stable" to be like - in addition, red tape would be reduced. The Opposition was represented, in turn, is of the opinion that this step would lead to a "One-man rule. Some critics even saw in the new system of government, a nail in the coffin of Turkish democracy.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Converting the Hagia Sophia - Turkey’s president is playing religious politics | Europe | The Economist

Turkey’s president is playing religious politics
He wants to turn Justinian’s cathedral from museum back to mosque

It was born as a church, one of the icons of the Byzantine world, before being converted into a mosque by the Ottoman Turks and into a museum by their secular-minded successors. But now it would be transformed again. Workers squeezed a bland wooden minbar into a corner of the nave and a mihrab into a nearby portico, drew panels and screens to obscure the dazzling 13th-century Christian frescoes looking down from the vaults and the dome, and unfurled a red carpet over the marble floor. A muezzin summoned the faithful to prayers. The Hagia Sophia was now a mosque.

More:Converting the Hagia Sophia - Turkey’s president is playing religious politics | Europe | The Economist

Erdogan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, But Will It Help Him? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Erdogan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, But Will It Help Him?
Soner Cagaptay

July 10, 2020

Turkey’s president seems focused on cementing his legacy and boosting his popularity with voters, but the move is more likely to damage the country’s international brand.

More:Erdogan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, But Will It Help Him? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Political transition on the Bosphorus?: Turkey's "woke" Generation Z haunts President Erdogan - Qantara.de

Turkey's "woke" Generation Z haunts President Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to win over the millions of young Turks who will soon be of voting age. Yet many of the country's youth are in rebellious mood and openly reject him and his policies. By Sinem Ozdemir and Daniel Derya Bellut

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Ancient relics get swallowed up in Turkey's push to go green - StarTribune.com

Ancient relics get swallowed up in Turkey's push to go green

Turkey's government has forged ahead with hydroelectricity, but archaeologists say program swallowed national treasures.

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Thursday, July 09, 2020

Turkey needs a serious fight against inflation | Financial Times

Turkey needs a serious fight against inflation

Micromanagement tools and restrictions on capital mobility are not the answer

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A way forward for the United States and Turkey

A way forward for the United States and Turkey

Turkish-US relations, while fraught with tension, must also align with a mutual interest in stability in the Middle East and preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

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US to start Cyprus military training, defying Turkey

US to start Cyprus military training, defying Turkey
AFP•July 8, 2020

Turkish troops parade in July 2019 in the northern part of Nicosia in Cyprus, where the United States plans to start military training of the Republic of Cyprus forces (AFP Photo/Birol BEBEK)
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Washington (AFP) - The United States said Wednesday it plans to conduct military training with Cyprus for the first time, defying NATO ally Turkey, which warned of destabilization.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Is a Man Without a Plan in Libya

Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan

Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernable strategy.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Britain extends lifeline to Turkish tourism by lifting quarantine rule

Britain extends lifeline to Turkish tourism by lifting quarantine rule

Turkey hopes visitors from the United Kingdom will help offset the deep losses its coronavirus-hit tourism industry is expected to suffer this summer season and is pushing the European Union to reconsider its "safe list" that excluded the Mediterranean destination.

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USA: What 1.1 million foreign students contribute to the U.S. economy

The Trump administration said on Monday that foreign universitystudents will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught
online - clouding the future of tens of thousands of enrollees and
potentially straining budgets at schools struggling to reopen during the
coronavirus pandemic.

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What 1.1 million foreign students contribute to the U.S. economy - Reuters

Turkish Textiles, Apparel Sector Struggles in Wake of COVID-19 – WWD

Turkish Textile Sector Struggles in Wake of Pandemic

The industry is expected to contract by 20 percent this year as the sector battles with overseas brands about order payments.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Turkey vows to retaliate if EU imposes new sanctions - Chinadaily.com.cn

Turkey vows to retaliate if EU imposes new sanctions
Xinhua | Updated: 2020-07-07 10:19

ANKARA - Turkey on Monday vowed to retaliate the European Union if the bloc decides to impose new sanctions on Turkey due to disagreement over the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Turkey′s Erdogan fears Generation Z | News | DW | 05.07.2020

Turkey's Erdogan fears Generation Z

Millions of young Turks will soon be of voting age and President Erdogan wants to win them over. Yet many of the country's youth feel rebellious and openly reject him.

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Friday, July 03, 2020

‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Leader of CHP party addresses a number of pressing issues in interview with the Independent Turkish
Kilicdaroglu wants newly formed political parties to join forces with the opposition Nation Alliance

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Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused - Bloomberg

Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused
By Cagan Koc
July 2, 2020, 12:47 PM EDT Updated on July 3, 2020, 3:14 AM EDT

A pickup in Turkey’s inflation is becoming hard to ignore even for a central bank that spent almost an entire year cutting interest rates.

Faster cost increases for food and energy kept inflation accelerating for a second month in June. Consumer prices rose an annual 12.6% after a gain of 11.4% in May, more than the median of 12% in a Bloomberg survey of 22 analysts.

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Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again

Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again
"You say to us: 'Please don't turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque.' Do you mean Turkey should bow to your will?"

Hagia Sophia is the symbol of Istanbul and Turkey’s most popular tourist attraction. Every year, millions of visitors take in its gigantic brick dome and elaborate frescoes, which have earned the building UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site status.

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque - BBC News

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque
2 July 2020

The Hagia Sophia has huge significance as a religious and as a political symbol
A Turkish court has delayed a decision on whether the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul can be converted into a mosque.

The Council of State - Turkey's highest administrative body - said it would make a ruling within 15 days, after a hearing lasting just 17 minutes.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Turkish lawyers protest draft bill on bar associations

Turkish lawyers protest draft bill on bar associations

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ANKARA, Turkey — Thousands of lawyers gathered outside Istanbul’s main courthouse Tuesday to protest a ruling party-proposed bill that would amend Turkish laws on attorneys and bar associations, changes the protesters allege is intended to silence lawyers with views that run counter to the government’s.

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Turkey cuts natural gas price for industry, freezes hike in electricity prices for 3 months | Daily Sabah

Turkey cuts natural gas price for industry, freezes hike in electricity prices for 3 months
BY DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL ENERGY JUN 30, 2020 6:50 PM GMT+3

Workers are seen in a Turkish Wagon Industry (TÜVASAŞ) plant in the northwestern province of Sakarya, Feb. 21, 2020. (DHA Photo)Turkey’s Petroleum Pipeline Company (BOTAŞ) has cut natural gas prices for the industrial sector by up to 12.5%, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Tuesday, while the country’s energy watchdog announced that the current tariff on the cost of electricity will remain in force for the next three months.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: Will He – Or Won’t He? - The Globalist

Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: Will He – Or Won’t He?

Facing ever shakier voter support, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally be ready to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

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Turkey targeting Dutch-Turks through Diyanet, says Netherlands committee | Ahval

Turkey targeting Dutch-Turks through Diyanet, says Netherlands committee
Ewout Klei and Arnout Maat
Jun 26 2020 10:34 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jun 26 2020 10:45 Gmt+3
Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Diyanet, is trying to exert its influence over Dutch-Turks - including through fear, intimidation, and threats - according to a new report released by a parliamentary committee in the Netherlands.

The "Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Unwanted Influence from Unfree Countries" published its long-awaited report on Thursday on foreign interference in Dutch domestic affairs. Turkey is considered to be an "unfree" country by the committee.

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Turkish central bank surprises with no rate cut for first time in year

Turkish central bank surprises with no rate cut for first time in yearJune 25 2020 11:39 PM

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Turkey’s central bank held off on cutting interest rates for the first time since governor Murat Uysal took over in July, unexpectedly offering relief for markets.
The Monetary Policy Committee left its key rate at 8.25% yesterday, in line with the forecasts of just two economists in a Bloomberg survey. The rest of the 20 analysts predicted another cut.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hopes fade for unity in Turkish opposition to Erdoğan | World news | The Guardian

Hopes fade for unity in Turkish opposition to Erdoğan

Local election gains by the HDP in 2019 have been eroded by a government crackdown

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Deep Sea Rivals: Europe, Turkey, and New Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Lines | EuBulletin.Com

Deep Sea Rivals: Europe, Turkey, and New Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Lines
Written by @Eubulletin | Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

In a world of pandemics, forever wars, and great power showdowns, it might come as a surprise that Europe’s next crisis is emerging from disputes over maritime law. In the eastern Mediterranean, a scramble is under way between countries in the region for access to recently discovered gas fields. Conflicting legal claims to the fields are merging with old and new conflicts, and have led to the creation of a new geopolitical front in the eastern Mediterranean that should cause Europeans substantial concern. At the heart of these tensions lies the unresolved dispute in Cyprus and long-standing antagonism between Turkey and Greece, around which a broader front of anti-Turkey forces is lining up. These disputes have also now grown to encompass the civil wars in Libya and Syria, and have drawn in states from as far afield as the Gulf and Russia.

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Made in Turkey? US ally seeks to edge out China - Asia Times

Made in Turkey? US ally seeks to edge out China
Turkish President Erdogan hopes to win more investment as the US moves to decouple from China
By JAMES M. DORSEY
JUNE 23, 2020

A Turkish-US business council is projecting Turkey as a trading alternative to China with the help of influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close associate of President Donald Trump.

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Erdogan’s Ambitions for Turkey in Libya Are Growing

Erdogan’s Ambitions for Turkey in Libya Are Growing

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BloombergJune 23, 2020
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- If it looks like nation-building, smells like nation-building…. A flurry of Turkish measures and announcements suggests President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions in Libya are no longer restricted to protecting the government in Tripoli and enabling it to negotiate as equals with Khalifa Haftar, the rebel commander.

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Turkey allows top lawyers to march, ending standoff - Midland Daily News

Turkey allows top lawyers to march, ending standoff
Updated 8:51 am EDT, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Tuesday allowed a group of top lawyers to continue a symbolic march into the capital of Ankara, ending a more than 24-hour standoff between the lawyers and police.

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Hedging Bets: Turkey Positions Itself As Supply Chain Alternative To China - Analysis - Eurasia Review

Hedging Bets: Turkey Positions Itself As Supply Chain Alternative To China – Analysis
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By James M. Dorsey

A Turkish-US business council is projecting Turkey as a trading alternative to China with the help of influential US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close associate of President Donald J. Trump.

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Turkish lawyers stage sit-in protest near capital

Turkish lawyers stage sit-in protest near capital
6/22/20 2:11 PM
ANKARA, Turkey — The heads of several Turkish lawyers’ associations on Monday began a sit-in demonstration after police blocked the group from marching to the capital, Ankara.

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Turkey implements uniform TL 900 fine for not wearing mask | Daily Sabah

Turkey implements uniform TL 900 fine for not wearing mask
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL TURKEY JUN 21, 2020 3:31 PM GMT+3

One person properly wears a mask, as two others keep theirs open on İstiklal Avenue, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 21, 2020. (DHA Photo)
The government ended confusion on fines regarding mask requirements enacted against the COVID-19 pandemic with a new regulation. Starting on Monday, anyone found not wearing a mask in cities where they are compulsory will be fined TL 900 ($131).

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Turkish opposition mayors outshine Erdogan with kindness campaigns | Financial Times

Turkish opposition mayors outshine Erdogan with kindness campaigns
Leaders in Istanbul and Ankara win plaudits for their efforts to relieve Covid-19 hardship

Birol Suzer thought he had been the target of a practical joke when two men came into his grocery shop and said they wanted to pay off some of his customers’ debts.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Erdogan says Turkey lost ground in coronavirus fight - Reuters

Erdogan says Turkey lost ground in coronavirus fight
Jonathan Spicer, Irem Koca

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey had lost some ground in its battle with the coronavirus but a focus on hygiene, masks and social distancing will protect people and help the economy rebound in the second half of the year.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Turkey Now Has Swarming Suicide Drones It Could Export - The Drive

Turkey Now Has Swarming Suicide Drones It Could Export

This is yet another wake-up call to the threat that low-end weaponized hobby-like drones pose and how widespread they will become.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Intel: Bolton says Trump sought to drop charges against Turkish bank at Erdogan’s behest

Intel: Bolton says Trump sought to drop charges against Turkish bank at Erdogan’s behest

Jun 18, 2020

President Donald Trump allegedly sought to convince the Justice Department to drop charges against Turkey’s Halkbank at the request of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Wall Street Journal reported in an overview of former national security adviser John Bolton’s tell-all book.

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Is Turkey already done with executive presidency?

Is Turkey already done with executive presidency?

Restoring the parliamentary system makes a nifty slogan for the Turkish opposition, but the panacea for the clogged political establishment is more demanding.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UN elects veteran Turkish diplomat as General Assembly president

UN elects veteran Turkish diplomat as General Assembly president

Volkan Bozkir becomes first Turkish national to head General Assembly ahead of the historic meeting.

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Amberin Zaman breaks down US-Turkey relations and the Kurdish question in Syria

Al-Monitor senior correspondent Amberin Zaman explains the background to the Kurdish question in Syria, US-Turkey relations, and what to expect next in the now nine-year war, as well as observations and advice for young journalists covering conflict and the Middle East.

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Turkish businesses call for mandatory masks to stop second COVID-19 wave | Ahval

Turkish businesses call for mandatory masks to stop second COVID-19 wave
Jun 17 2020 05:00 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jun 17 2020 05:02 Gmt+3
Turkish businesses have called for the mandatory use of medical masks in public to stave off a second wave of contagion, Daily Sabah reported on Wednesday, after coronavirus infections spiked since Turkey eased prevention measures earlier this month.

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Istanbul mayor Imamoğlu would beat Erdoğan in presidential election, pollster says | Ahval

Istanbul mayor Imamoğlu would beat Erdoğan in presidential election, pollster says

Ekrem İmamoğlu, who became a figurehead for Turkey's political opposition by winning an election for Istanbul mayor last year, is more favoured than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to become the next president, the president of pollster Avrasya said on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

'Erdogan's anti-Semitism has done great harm to Turkey' - www.israelhayom.com

'Erdogan's anti-Semitism has done great harm to Turkey'

Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Senior Director of the Turkey Program at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discusses the real challenges Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will face in 2023 and what must be done to rehabilitate Turkish democracy after he is out of office.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Turkey begins its coronavirus antibody testing [Video]

Turkey begins its coronavirus antibody testing

AFP UK14 June 2020
Turkish authorities begin COVID-19 antibody tests across the country. Antibody testing will determine whether the Turkish public has gained immunity against the coronavirus. Households are randomly selected, and each tested person undergoes a nasal swab and gives blood samples.

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18 people injured in Turkey earthquake

18 people injured in Turkey earthquake

At least 18 people have suffered injuries in an earthquake of 5.7 magnitudes that stuck the eastern Turkish province of Bingol on Sunday.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Politics and COVID-19: Coronavirus sees political polarisation in Turkey deepen - Qantara.de

Coronavirus sees political polarisation in Turkey deepen

Rising tension between the Turkish government and the opposition fuels speculation of an early election as they battle over COVID-19 financial aid campaigns, triggering further polarisation. By Ayse Karabat

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How Islamists are Ruining Islam - by Mustafa Akyol

How Islamists are Ruining Islam
Mustafa Akyol

If religion does not remain in the sublime domain of eternal truths, and if it descends into interference with worldly affairs, it becomes a destroyer of all, as well as of its own self.

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Erdogan’s bewildering character | Arab News

Erdogan’s bewildering character

ABDULRAHMAN AL-RASHED

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become a prominent figure in the region’s politics because of his involvement in the area’s problems and wars. Most Arabs have gradually become aware of his true identity, previously hidden by the propaganda spread by his allies, the extremist Islamist groups that moved to Turkey to live under his protection.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Feature: Istanbulites fill Bosphorus shores to swim, sunbath amid easing COVID-19 restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Feature: Istanbulites fill Bosphorus shores to swim, sunbath amid easing COVID-19 restrictions

ISTANBUL, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's largest city Istanbul's shores along the Bosphorus Strait has been recently transformed into a resort town, as it was filled with residents in swimsuits amid the further easing of the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Turkish medical association says coronavirus lockdown eased too soon - Reuters

Turkish medical association says coronavirus lockdown eased too soon

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s top medical association criticised the decision to ease restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, saying moves were not backed by science and had come too soon, before the country had overcome the pandemic’s initial wave.

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Hard landing - Life is tough for Turkish businesses | Business | The Economist

Life is tough for Turkish businesses
But the pandemic may bring opportunity as well as woes

Kale group, an aerospace and construction conglomerate, had been making and assembling engine parts for America’s f-35 stealth fighter jet since 2005. But when Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, purchased a missile-defence system from Russia last year, the American government booted its nato ally from the f-35 programme. Turkey’s air force has ordered 100 of the planes but has taken delivery of none. Turkish firms lost contracts worth an estimated $9bn. Kale was among those most affected. And then came covid-19.

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Seven reasons why President Erdogan looks vulnerable | Financial Times

Seven reasons why President Erdogan looks vulnerable

The Turkish leader is meeting frustrating setbacks both at home and abroad

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Turkey passes controversial 'nightwatchmen' bill

Turkey passes controversial 'nightwatchmen' bill

Critics of Turkey's nightwatchmen bill accuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to build a loyal 'militia'

Turkey's parliament passed a controversial bill on Wednesday giving neighbourhood patrols greater powers, with critics accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to build a loyal "militia".

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