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Monday, October 25, 2021

Erdogan aims to ′boost Turkish growth′ with lira depreciation | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 25.10.2021

Erdogan aims to 'boost Turkish growth' with lira depreciation The lira extended its fall into record-low territory after the Turkish president had pushed the central bank to cut interests rates to boost lending and growth. But the drawbacks are dire, say economist Erdal Yalcin. More:Erdogan aims to ′boost Turkish growth′ with lira depreciation | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 25.10.2021

Lira and geopolitical tensions

Lira and geopolitical tensions ANALYSIS | 10/25/2021 5:27:53 AM GMT Geopolitical tension The Turkish lira has taken a beating after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated that ambassadors from ten western countries, including the United States, France, and Germany, are no longer welcome in Turkey after these nations demanded the release of a well-known businessman, Osman Kavala. In 2016, Osman Kavala allegedly assisted in a failed coup attempt against Erdogan's government. Kavala has denied any ties to Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric based in the United States who is believed to be the mastermind behind the attempted takeover. President Tayyip Erdogan has taken offence to the request by Western countries as he deems that they are contesting Turkey’s independence and its judicial system. More:Lira and geopolitical tensions

Friday, October 22, 2021

Turkey's Erdogan threatens ambassadors over calls for Osman Kavala's release | Euronews

Turkey's Erdogan threatens ambassadors over calls for Osman Kavala's release COMMENTS By Euronews with AP, AFP  •  Updated: 21/10/2021 - 20:33 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed ten ambassadors over their call for the release of a jailed philanthropist. Erdoğan said that their demands were "irresponsible" and threatened to expel them from Turkey, according to national media. More:Turkey's Erdogan threatens ambassadors over calls for Osman Kavala's release | Euronews

Turkish lira continues to slide after interest rate cut

Turkish lira continues to slide after interest rate cut Oct. 22, 2021 Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 7:45 a.m. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish lira continued to slide and reached a record low against the U.S. dollar Friday, a day after the Central Bank sharply cut interest rates. It was another hit after a global financial watchdog placed Turkey on a list of countries to monitor for money laundering and terrorism financing. More:Turkish lira continues to slide after interest rate cut

Freedom of the press in Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightens the media thumbscrews - Qantara.de

Freedom of the press in Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightens the media thumbscrews Critics are in for a rough ride: in future, opposition media in Turkey that receives funding from abroad will have to disclose all sources of income. Journalists' associations fear a further attack on press freedoms. By Hilal Koylu More:Freedom of the press in Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightens the media thumbscrews - Qantara.de

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Turkey faces threat of ‘grey-listing’ by global finance watchdog | Financial Times

Turkey faces threat of ‘grey-listing’ by global finance watchdog FATF move would further dent country’s ability to attract crucial foreign capital More:Turkey faces threat of ‘grey-listing’ by global finance watchdog | Financial Times

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Top European court says Turkey should change law on insulting president | Reuters

Top European court says Turkey should change law on insulting president By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Europe's top human rights court called on Turkey on Tuesday to change a law regarding insulting the president under which tens of thousands have been prosecuted, after ruling that a man's detention under the law violated his freedom of expression. More:Top European court says Turkey should change law on insulting president | Reuters

How Erdogan’s Unorthodox Views Rattle Turkish Markets - The Washington Post

How Erdogan’s Unorthodox Views Rattle Turkish Markets By Onur Ant and Lynn Thomasson | Bloomberg Today at 1:35 a.m. EDT Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn’t like it when the country’s banks charge people relatively heavily to borrow money. That alone doesn’t make him unusual for a politician, given that cheap money can garner electoral support. What makes Erdogan extraordinary is his unorthodox argument for low interest rates and his determination to bring them about by wresting control of monetary policy from theoretically independent central bankers. More:How Erdogan’s Unorthodox Views Rattle Turkish Markets - The Washington Post

Turkey cenbank likely to do 'irrational' 100-pt rate cut -SocGen | Reuters

Turkey cenbank likely to do 'irrational' 100-pt rate cut -SocGen ISTANBUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank would likely cut its key rate by another 100 basis points on Thursday, after surprising markets with an equal easing last month, pushing the lira to a record low 9.8 versus the dollar by year end, Societe Generale said on Tuesday. More:Turkey cenbank likely to do 'irrational' 100-pt rate cut -SocGen | Reuters

German pharmaceutical giant plans to invest Turkey – Middle East Monitor

German pharmaceutical giant plans to invest Turkey October 18, 2021 at 3:50 pm The head of the German Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce said that German pharmaceutical giant plans to make investments in Turkey and establish a joint venture with the prominent Turkish pharmaceutical player, Anadolu News Agency reports. More:German pharmaceutical giant plans to invest Turkey – Middle East Monitor

Strong earthquake strikes off Turkish Mediterranean coast | International | bgdailynews.com

Strong earthquake strikes off Turkish Mediterranean coast Turkey's disaster management agency says a strong earthquake has struck off the Turkish Mediterranean coast More:Strong earthquake strikes off Turkish Mediterranean coast | International | bgdailynews.com

Turkish business association calls for central bank independence | Financial Times

Turkish business association calls for central bank independence Rare and thinly veiled critique of Erdogan’s economic policies comes as inflation rises and lira hits new lows More:Turkish business association calls for central bank independence | Financial Times

Turkey’s youth dodging vaccination calls despite rise in virus cases - Turkey News

Turkey’s youth dodging vaccination calls despite rise in virus cases ISTANBUL Despite a recent spike in COVID-19 infections Turkey’s young people are still dodging calls from officials and experts to get the coronavirus vaccine. More:Turkey’s youth dodging vaccination calls despite rise in virus cases - Turkey News

Turkey summons 10 ambassadors over call to release activist Osman Kavala

Turkey summons 10 ambassadors over call to release activist Osman Kavala Tue, 19 October 2021, 5:26 am·2-min read Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the ambassadors of France, the United States and eight other countries to protest a statement they issued that called for the release of imprisoned philanthropist and civil rights activist Osman Kavala in line with a European Court of Human Rights decision. The statement angered government officials who accused the countries of meddling in the Turkish judiciary. More:Turkey summons 10 ambassadors over call to release activist Osman Kavala

Friday, October 15, 2021

Cengiz Aktar's "The Turkish Malaise": Why is Erdogan gambling away Turkey's future? - Qantara.de

Cengiz Aktar's "The Turkish Malaise" Why is Erdogan gambling away Turkey's future? In his essay “The Turkish Malaise”, Turkish economist and writer in exile Cengiz Aktar provides a crisp, concise explanation for his nation’s rapid, recent backslide into dictatorship. By Christiane Schloetzer More:Cengiz Aktar's "The Turkish Malaise": Why is Erdogan gambling away Turkey's future? - Qantara.de

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Erdogan-linked foundation faces fresh barrage of accusations of nepotism, abuse - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan-linked foundation faces fresh barrage of accusations of nepotism, abuse A whistleblower has made claims that, in addition to hundreds of job hirings made at TUGVA's request, the organization was also allocated over 1,000 government-owned buildings to use as dormitories for its members. More:Erdogan-linked foundation faces fresh barrage of accusations of nepotism, abuse - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Turkish fires endanger world pine honey supplies - Digital Journal

Turkish fires endanger world pine honey supplies ByAFPPublishedOctober 10, 2021 Beekeepers Mustafa Alti and his son Fehmi were kept busy tending to their hives before wildfires tore through a bucolic region of Turkey that makes most of the world’s prized pine honey. More:Turkish fires endanger world pine honey supplies - Digital Journal

Inside the murky world of Istanbul’s taxi cartels | Turkey | The Guardian

Inside the murky world of Istanbul’s taxi cartels Turkey’s biggest city’s drivers caught in brutal power struggle between politicians, unions and wealthy licence holders More:Inside the murky world of Istanbul’s taxi cartels | Turkey | The Guardian

Friday, October 08, 2021

Turkey court keeps civil rights activist in jail despite EU pressure | News | DW | 08.10.2021

Turkey court keeps civil rights activist in jail despite EU pressure Osman Kavala told an Istanbul court the charges against him "are not based on any evidence." He's spent years in pretrial detention, and was arrested again on separate charges hours after a Turkish court acquitted him. More:Turkey court keeps civil rights activist in jail despite EU pressure | News | DW | 08.10.2021

Turkish lira swings on rumours of new central bank firing | Financial Times

Turkish lira swings on rumours of new central bank firing Currency rebounds as Erdogan’s administration denies reports that it would sack Sahap Kavcioglu More:Turkish lira swings on rumours of new central bank firing | Financial Times

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Turkey's parliament votes for Paris climate agreement

Turkey’s parliament votes for Paris climate agreement By Virgil Harper A few weeks before the UN climate conference in Glasgow, Turkey also ratified the Paris climate agreement. Parliament on Wednesday evening voted on a deal to tackle climate change, state news agency Anadolu reported. Climate activists are now calling on the government to take action. More:Turkey's parliament votes for Paris climate agreement

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

IKEA plans to shift more production to Turkey to shorten supply chain - Latest News

IKEA plans to shift more production to Turkey to shorten supply chain ISTANBUL  Sweden’s flat-pack furniture giant IKEA is planning to move more production to Turkey to minimise problems with global supply chains and increased shipping costs, the company’s chief financial officer for Turkey said on Oct. 6. More:IKEA plans to shift more production to Turkey to shorten supply chain - Latest News

Turkey sees price hikes amid near 20pc inflation - newkerala.com

Turkey sees price hikes amid near 20pc inflation Ankara, Oct 5: Turkey's economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has caused painful increases in prices of consumer goods for most people amid troublesome inflation that authorities are struggling to take under control. More:Turkey sees price hikes amid near 20pc inflation - newkerala.com

The firefighting women blazing a trail in conservative Turkey - La Prensa Latina Media

The firefighting women blazing a trail in conservative Turkey Online News EditorOctober 6, 2021 1 minute read By Ilya U. Topper Istanbul, Oct 6 (EFE).- The historic 100-year-old firefighting department in Istanbul since the summer has welcomed women in Turkey, a majority Muslim country ruled by the Islamic conservative AKP, to its ranks. More:The firefighting women blazing a trail in conservative Turkey - La Prensa Latina Media

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Erdogan’s Beef With Social Media Gets Louder After Facebook Outage

Erdogan’s Beef With Social Media Gets Louder After Facebook Outage Onur Ant (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc.’s massive outage on Monday spurred calls for a new digital “order” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a man with little tolerance for political criticism on social media. More:Erdogan’s Beef With Social Media Gets Louder After Facebook Outage

Behind bars: resisting the Turkish state, by Ariane Bonzon (Le Monde diplomatique - English edition, October 2021)

Behind bars: resisting the Turkish state In Turkey hunger strikes and death fasts are still tools of political resistance to the state. In an effort to curb them, the earlier policy of separating prisoners by affiliation gave way to the building of far harsher isolation prisons. What will be the effect of the current dismantling of Turkey’s rule of law? More:Behind bars: resisting the Turkish state, by Ariane Bonzon (Le Monde diplomatique - English edition, October 2021)

Monday, October 04, 2021

Protesters sit tight as President Erdogan’s trucks roll in to pave over Validebag Grove in Istanbul | World | The Times

Protesters sit tight as President Erdogan’s trucks roll in to pave over Validebag Grove in Istanbul Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul Sunday October 03 2021, 6.00pm BST, The Times The Validebag Grove was designated a protected area in 1999 but the authorities are planning to turn it into a “national garden” with paved paths and pavilions One of the last wildernesses in Istanbul is nestled between a gargantuan new mosque, a futuristic television tower and hundreds of drab concrete tower blocks. More:Protesters sit tight as President Erdogan’s trucks roll in to pave over Validebag Grove in Istanbul | World | The Times

Erdogan Finds Himself Stuck with Russia As He Burns Bridges with America - Bloomberg

Erdogan Says Bye-Bye Biden But Is Putin a Keeper? The Turkish leader may have no place to turn to but Moscow now that he’s burning his bridges to Washington More:Erdogan Finds Himself Stuck with Russia As He Burns Bridges with America - Bloomberg

Outgoing German chancellor Merkel to pay 'farewell visit' to Erdoğan | Daily Sabah

Outgoing German chancellor Merkel to pay 'farewell visit' to Erdoğan BY BETÜL USTA ANKARA DIPLOMACY OCT 03, 2021 12:13 PM GMT+3 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to receive outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "a farewell visit" in the coming days. The two leaders have established close cooperation and dialogue based on rational decisions during the Merkel era in Germany. More:Outgoing German chancellor Merkel to pay 'farewell visit' to Erdoğan | Daily Sabah

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Turkish students continue protests despite arrests, Erdogan’s accusations - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish students continue protests despite arrests, Erdogan’s accusations University students in Turkey continue their protests for access to dorms and affordable rentals, despite police pressure and Erdogan’s denial of a dorm problem. More:Turkish students continue protests despite arrests, Erdogan’s accusations - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Erdogan-Putin summit highlights Turkey's fragile balancing act - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan-Putin summit highlights Turkey's fragile balancing act Erdogan’s failure to achieve his goals in the high-profile meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin shows that Turkey’s balancing act with Russia and the United States is on the verge of a collapse. More:Erdogan-Putin summit highlights Turkey's fragile balancing act - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Top generals step down in ominous sign for Turkish military in Syria - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Top generals step down in ominous sign for Turkish military in Syria Top generals in charge of Turkey’s military operations in Syria have sought retirement amid escalating tensions in Idlib, fueling questions over Ankara’s Syria policies. More:Top generals step down in ominous sign for Turkish military in Syria - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The economic folly of Turkey's Recep Erdogan | TheHill

The economic folly of Turkey's Recep Erdogan BY DESMOND LACHMAN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s pride in his country’s recent interest rate cut calls to mind the apocryphal story of the mother’s pride in her son at a military parade. The source of her pride was that her son was the only one in the parade who, in her mind at least, was marching in step. More:The economic folly of Turkey's Recep Erdogan | TheHill

Friday, September 24, 2021

Turkey′s Diyanet religious body threatens secularism | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 24.09.2021

Turkey's Diyanet religious body threatens secularism Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs is rapidly becoming more visible, rich and powerful. Critics fear its leader is working to erode the separation of church and state. More:Turkey′s Diyanet religious body threatens secularism | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 24.09.2021

Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties ‘does not bode well’ – KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties ‘does not bode well’ INTERNATIONAL Posted: Sep 23, 2021 / 01:31 PM CDT / Updated: Sep 23, 2021 / 01:31 PM CDT ISTANBUL (AP) — The current course of U.S.-Turkey relations “does not bode well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. More:Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties ‘does not bode well’ – KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

Turkish lira drops to near record lows after Central Bank trims policy rate - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish lira drops to near record lows after Central Bank trims policy rate The move came following pressure from the Turkish president. People stand in front of a exchange office at Laleli in Istanbul, on March 22, 2021. - BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images September 23, 2021 Ceding to pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's central bank trimmed its policy rate by 100 basis points to 18% on Thursday, in an apparent bid to stimulate the economy in the midst of high inflation and mounting popular discontent at giddying prices. More:Turkish lira drops to near record lows after Central Bank trims policy rate - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Turkey to ratify Paris climate agreement, Erdogan tells UN - France 24

Turkey to ratify Paris climate agreement, Erdogan tells UN President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey was ready to finally ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. More:Turkey to ratify Paris climate agreement, Erdogan tells UN - France 24

Turkey is open for European travellers: Here are the five best things to do | Euronews

Turkey is open for European travellers: Here are the five best things to do The beaches in Turkey are magnificent   -   Copyright  Canva By Maeve Campbell  •  Updated: 20/09/2021 - 20:07 Now that the UK has scrapped its traffic light system, holiday-makers are booking trips to popular destinations previously off limits. Among the countries moved onto the Green list were Egypt, Sri Lanka, The Maldives and in Europe - Turkey. More:Turkey is open for European travellers: Here are the five best things to do | Euronews

Monday, September 20, 2021

Erdogan's waning patience: Four questions for Turkey's central bank | Reuters

Erdogan's waning patience: Four questions for Turkey's central bank By Jonathan Spicer and Nevzat Devranoglu ISTANBUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank has begun setting the stage for an interest rate cut long sought by President Tayyip Erdogan, although most analysts don't think it will pull the trigger this week after inflation jumped and the lira took a slide. More:Erdogan's waning patience: Four questions for Turkey's central bank | Reuters

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Erdogan visits US amid disagreements with President Biden | Joe Biden News | Al Jazeera

Erdogan visits US amid disagreements with President Biden Turkey hopes relations with the US – for years blighted by a litany of disputes – can be salvaged as President Erdogan attends the UN General Assembly. More:Erdogan visits US amid disagreements with President Biden | Joe Biden News | Al Jazeera

Opinion: Erdogan′s influence on the German election | Opinion | DW | 18.09.2021

Opinion: Erdogan's influence on the German election In the run-up to the German elections, Turkish-German chatrooms, Internet forums and social media are circulating advice on how to vote. Some of their recommendations amount to a call for a boycott, says Elmas Topcu. More:Opinion: Erdogan′s influence on the German election | Opinion | DW | 18.09.2021

Flogging a dead horse | Ahval

Flogging a dead horse Robert Ellis Sep 18 2021 10:09 Gmt+3 In August, The Economist put the cat among the pigeons by stating flatly what most of us know and have for a long time believed, that Turkey’s EU accession process was dead. More:Flogging a dead horse | Ahval

Friday, September 17, 2021

Turkey launches audits in supermarkets against exorbitant pricing

Turkey launches audits in supermarkets against exorbitant pricing Xinhua 17th September 2021, 02:30 GMT+10 ISTANBUL, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish authorities on Thursday launched large-scale simultaneous audits in supermarkets to curb exorbitant pricing, in line with the government's efforts to fight against high inflation. More:Turkey launches audits in supermarkets against exorbitant pricing

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Turkish wall built to keep out refugees from Afghanistan | Financial Times

The Turkish wall built to keep out refugees from Afghanistan Europe and a faltering economy have put pressure on Erdogan to deter new arrivals More:The Turkish wall built to keep out refugees from Afghanistan | Financial Times

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Turkey Defies the European Court | Human Rights Watch

Turkey Defies the European Court Council of Europe Committee Should Trigger Infringement Proceedings (Istanbul) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should trigger infringement proceedings against Turkey at its September 14-16, 2021 meeting for its failure to implement the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) judgment ordering the release of the jailed human rights defender Osman Kavala, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Litigation Support Project said today. The three nongovernmental organizations made the recommendation in a submission to the committee providing a full update on the latest developments in the ongoing legal proceedings against Kavala. More:Turkey Defies the European Court | Human Rights Watch

Monday, September 13, 2021

Turkish-origin owners of BioNTech reveal how Pfizer rejected their jab - World News

Turkish-origin owners of BioNTech reveal how Pfizer rejected their jab LONDON Pfizer initially turned down the offer of developing a coronavirus vaccine because its executives thought the virus would be rapidly contained, according to a report by the U.K.-based daily Telegraph. More:Turkish-origin owners of BioNTech reveal how Pfizer rejected their jab - World News

Turkey talks with UN over returning Syrian refugees

Turkey talks with UN over returning Syrian refugees UNHCR says refugees should have right to voluntarily return in 'safe and dignified conditions' More:Turkey talks with UN over returning Syrian refugees

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Thousands Protest New Turkish Vaccine and Test Rules | World News | US News

Thousands Protest New Turkish Vaccine and Test Rules By Reuters | Sept. 11, 2021, at 11:29 a.m. By Dilara Senkaya ISTANBUL (Reuters) - More than 2,000 Turks demonstrated in Istanbul on Saturday against official coronavirus-related mandates including vaccinations, tests and masks, responding to new government measures and an inoculation push. More:Thousands Protest New Turkish Vaccine and Test Rules | World News | US News

Thursday, September 09, 2021

The Turkish lira receives the biggest blow questyear from the declarations of the "Governor" - Asume Tech

The Turkish lira receives the biggest blow questyear from the declarations of the “Governor” By Editorial Team September 9, 2021 The Turkish lira recorded one of the largest falls of the year amid speculations that the central bank intends to cut its main interest rate despite rising inflation. Inflation continued to accelerate and last month hit 19.25% at an annual rate. This is the highest rate in two years, which exceeds the interest rate The bank’s benchmark of 19%. More:The Turkish lira receives the biggest blow questyear from the declarations of the "Governor" - Asume Tech

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Turkey’s powerful top cleric called to tone down or resign - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey’s powerful top cleric called to tone down or resign Ever since he delivered the first sermon at the opening of Hagia Sophia as a mosque in July 2020 with a sword in hand, Ali Erbas has been on a meteoric rise of visibility. More:Turkey’s powerful top cleric called to tone down or resign - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Turkish hotels to close early after UK 'red list' dashes hopes | Reuters

Turkish hotels to close early after UK 'red list' dashes hopes By Ceyda Caglayan and Canan Sevgili ISTANBUL, Sept 3 (Reuters) - When Britain announced Turkey would stay on its "red list" of travel destinations last week, Onur Arican decided to close his boutique hotel on the Aegean coast early this year rather than wait out a summer season derailed by COVID-19 and wildfires. More:Turkish hotels to close early after UK 'red list' dashes hopes | Reuters

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Turkey's Forest Fires Highlight AKP's Political Response to Environmental Disaster and Climate Change

Erdogan’s AKP: We Didn’t Start the Fire Why Turkey’s ruling party views environmentalism as a threat. By Erin O’Brien SEPTEMBER 2, 2021, 10:01 AM ISTANBUL—When a pine tree burns, according to the people of Mazikoy, a village on Turkey’s Aegean coast, it screams. Olive trees, too. As their insides burn, they let out a cry. At that point, it’s almost impossible to put the fire out. More:Turkey's Forest Fires Highlight AKP's Political Response to Environmental Disaster and Climate Change

Turkey travel updates and testing for COVID-19 | Daily Sabah

Turkey travel updates and testing for COVID-19 BY LEYLA YVONNE ERGIL TRAVEL SEP 02, 2021 8:42 AM GMT+3 Istanbul Airport’s international departures terminal. (Shutterstock Photo) Travel in, to and from Turkey has been complicated this summer, a sentiment echoed throughout most countries in the world. The following is a guide to the latest updates surrounding travel and Turkey, info on getting tested and resources for foreigners More:Turkey travel updates and testing for COVID-19 | Daily Sabah

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Turkish economy bounces back from pandemic at fastest rate in 21 years | Financial Times

Turkish economy bounces back from pandemic at fastest rate in 21 years Credit-fuelled rebound is welcome news for ruling party but adds to worries about high inflation More:Turkish economy bounces back from pandemic at fastest rate in 21 years | Financial Times

Erdogan's outreach to Taliban risks political backlash in Turkey

Erdogan's outreach to Taliban risks political backlash in Turkey Analysts say Turkish president wants to build ties with the militants to put pressure on adversaries More:Erdogan's outreach to Taliban risks political backlash in Turkey

Monday, August 30, 2021

Nation marks Independence War victory - Turkey News

Nation marks Independence War victory ISTANBUL The Turkish nation and Turkey’s diplomatic missions around the world will celebrate Victory Day today, marking the 99th anniversary of when Turkish armies succeeded in the Great Offensive under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against occupying Greek forces on Aug. 30 in 1922. More:Nation marks Independence War victory - Turkey News

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Turkish Airlines mandates PCR test, vaccine as daily COVID-19 deaths hit 255 | Ahval

Turkish Airlines mandates PCR test, vaccine as daily COVID-19 deaths hit 255 Turkish Airlines on Sunday announced that passengers travelling on domestic flights would be required to provide a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination. More:Turkish Airlines mandates PCR test, vaccine as daily COVID-19 deaths hit 255 | Ahval

Friday, August 27, 2021

Turkish foreign policy: Ankara – new guarantor of stability on the Hindu Kush? - Qantara.de

Ankara – new guarantor of stability on the Hindu Kush? Ankara's foreign policy apparatus is currently running at top speed. While politicians in the West busy themselves with evacuating Kabul and analysing the chaos, which not even optimists would term effective crisis management, Erdogan's Turkey seems to be one step ahead. By Ronald Meinardus More:Turkish foreign policy: Ankara – new guarantor of stability on the Hindu Kush? - Qantara.de

The fiction that Turkey is a candidate to join the EU is unravelling | The Economist

The fiction that Turkey is a candidate to join the EU is unravelling Many European voters don’t want a big Muslim nation in their club, even if it becomes more democratic More:The fiction that Turkey is a candidate to join the EU is unravelling | The Economist

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Turkey’s plans for new social media restrictions threaten five years in prison for spreading fake news - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey’s plans for new social media restrictions threaten five years in prison for spreading fake news The latest crackdown on online speech could see users jailed for posting fake news that critics say could criminalize dissent. More:Turkey’s plans for new social media restrictions threaten five years in prison for spreading fake news - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Who will defend the defenders in Turkey? | OpenGlobalRights

Who will defend the defenders in Turkey? In today’s Turkey, lawyers themselves are being targeted—just for practicing their profession in accordance with the law. More:Who will defend the defenders in Turkey? | OpenGlobalRights

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

U.S. CDC, State Dept warn against Turkey travel, ease India advisory | Reuters

U.S. CDC, State Dept warn against Turkey travel, ease India advisory By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department warned on Monday against travel to Turkey because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in that nation but eased its advisories for India. More:U.S. CDC, State Dept warn against Turkey travel, ease India advisory | Reuters

Monday, August 16, 2021

Turkey offering extra Pfizer shots for those wanting to travel | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

Turkey offering extra Pfizer shots for those wanting to travel By Syndicated Content Aug 16, 2021 | 5:22 AM ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is allowing people who were inoculated with Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine to take an additional Pfizer dose as it looks to ease travel to countries that have not approved the Chinese shot, the health ministry said on Monday. More:Turkey offering extra Pfizer shots for those wanting to travel | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Turkey’s Current-Account Deficit Narrows Sharply on Tourism - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Current-Account Deficit Narrows Sharply on Tourism By Burhan Yuksekkas August 13, 2021, 9:31 AM GMT+2 Turkey’s current account remained in deficit for a 20th month but the shortfall narrowed sharply with a surge in services income, driven by gains in tourism. More:Turkey’s Current-Account Deficit Narrows Sharply on Tourism - Bloomberg

Turkey: Anti-foreigner sentiment boils over in Ankara riots | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 14.08.2021

Turkey: Anti-foreigner sentiment boils over in Ankara riots There are approximately 4 million refugees in Turkey, and they are increasingly the objects of hostility — as the recent riots in Ankara have shown. Experts warn that the situation is likely to escalate in future. More:Turkey: Anti-foreigner sentiment boils over in Ankara riots | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 14.08.2021

Germany names Israel, Turkey, US as high-risk COVID areas | Reuters

Germany names Israel, Turkey, US as high-risk COVID areas Reuters BERLIN, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The German government has upgraded Israel, Turkey and the United States to having a high COVID-19 risk, triggering a minimum five-day quarantine requirement for those who are unvaccinated, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said on Friday. More:Germany names Israel, Turkey, US as high-risk COVID areas | Reuters

Friday, August 13, 2021

Wildfires in Turkey: Politics ablaze as forests burn in Turkey - Qantara.de

Wildfires in Turkey Politics ablaze as forests burn in Turkey The ruling Justice and Development Party's inadequate preparedness and apparent poor and slow response to the large-scale devastating wildfires ravaging the country has unleashed a fresh political debate in Turkey. By Ayşe Karabat in Istanbul More:Wildfires in Turkey: Politics ablaze as forests burn in Turkey - Qantara.de

Syrian Refugees Targeted in Ankara Night of Violence | Voice of America - English

Syrian Refugees Targeted in Ankara Night of Violence By Dorian Jones August 12, 2021 10:12 AM A firefighter extinguishes goods of a shop burnt during riots against refugees in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 11, 2021. ISTANBUL - The Turkish capital, Ankara, has been hit with a night of violence against Syrian refugees. Turkey currently hosts over four million refugees, and with more coming from Afghanistan and there are growing fears of rising social tensions. More:Syrian Refugees Targeted in Ankara Night of Violence | Voice of America - English

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Turkey's Media Regulator Fines Broadcasters Over 'Demoralizing' Wildfire Coverage | Voice of America - English

Turkey's Media Regulator Fines Broadcasters Over 'Demoralizing' Wildfire Coverage By Ezel Sahinkaya, Hilmi Hacaloglu August 11, 2021 05:11 PM Firemen and local volunteers extinguish a wildfire in Oren, in the vacation region of Mugla, Aug. 6, 2021, as Turkey struggles with its deadliest wildfires in decades. WASHINGTON/MUGLA, TURKEY - As wildfires spread through Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean provinces, the country’s media regulator fined at least six news outlets after warning broadcasters that continuous coverage of the fires may demoralize the public. More:Turkey's Media Regulator Fines Broadcasters Over 'Demoralizing' Wildfire Coverage | Voice of America - English

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Turkey’s modest fashion market hits its stride

Turkey’s modest fashion market hits its stride Turkey is quickly becoming a global center of modest fashion — a retail sector that caters to women in Muslim countries who often seek out clothing with more coverage than mainstream brands tend to offer. More:Turkey’s modest fashion market hits its stride

Wildfires have burned more than Turkey’s forests - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Wildfires have burned more than Turkey’s forests The Turkish government’s conduct during the wildfires that engulfed Turkey’s coastline has not only led to devastation of the country’s forests, but also caused loss of the nation’s sense of solidarity in the wake of natural disasters More:Wildfires have burned more than Turkey’s forests - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey temperatures may increase 6.5 degrees in 80 years: Expert | Daily Sabah

Turkey temperatures may increase 6.5 degrees in 80 years: Expert BY ANADOLU AGENCY ANKARA ENVIRONMENT AUG 11, 2021 9:44 AM GMT+3 Amid the climate crises taking over the planet, Turkey is trying its best to curb the problem; however, climate change seems to be winning the fight. More:Turkey temperatures may increase 6.5 degrees in 80 years: Expert | Daily Sabah

Monday, August 09, 2021

Turkey's Trendyol raises $1.5 bln, valuing it at $16.5 billion | Financial Post

Turkey's Trendyol raises $1.5 bln, valuing it at $16.5 billion ISTANBUL — Turkish e-commerce firm Trendyol, backed by Chinese internet giant Alibaba, said on Monday it had entered into agreements to raise $1.5 billion from a number of high-profile investors, valuing the company at $16.5 billion. More:Turkey's Trendyol raises $1.5 bln, valuing it at $16.5 billion | Financial Post

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Forest fires raise calls for new climate policies in Turkey – POLITICO

Forest fires raise calls for new climate policies in Turkey The blazes highlight climate change policies in Turkey, one of six nations that has not ratified the Paris Agreement. More:Forest fires raise calls for new climate policies in Turkey – POLITICO

Friday, August 06, 2021

Turkey’s deadly fires raise the heat for Erdogan | The Economist

Turkey’s deadly fires raise the heat for Erdogan The president’s reputation as a capable manager is in ashes Aug 7th 2021 ISTANBUL The fires crept up the hills, scattered and grew, helped by the wind, and raced down towards the shore. In some places, desperate locals rushed to the sea, filling up plastic buckets with water to ward off the flames approaching their homes. Others ran or drove for their lives. The sky turned grey, then orange. By the time the smoke had cleared, stretches of Turkey’s coastal paradise, once covered in pine forests and olive trees, were in ashes. More:Turkey’s deadly fires raise the heat for Erdogan | The Economist

Turkey's forest fires kindle larger questions on offset permanence | S&P Global Platts

Turkey's forest fires kindle larger questions on offset permanence Author Kanchan Yadav    Silvia Favasuli    Vandana Sebastian Editor Adithya Ram Forest fires have been raging in many parts of the world putting carbon credit projects at risk and posing a significant challenge to the permanence of the credits generated. Forests generate some of the biggest offsets of carbon dioxide and yet, thousands of tons of CO2 emissions are added in the atmosphere every year due to forest fires. Australia, California, Oregon, Brazil, Russia, Western Canada, Greece and Turkey are among countries susceptible to forest fires. More:Turkey's forest fires kindle larger questions on offset permanence | S&P Global Platts

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Turkey’s MLI Strategy—and its Impact on Turkish Investments in Netherlands

Turkey’s MLI Strategy—and its Impact on Turkish Investments in Netherlands Aug. 4, 2021, 9:01 AM Abdulkadir Kahraman and Mahmut Aydemir of EY discuss the draft law on ratification of the Multilateral Instrument which has been submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkish Parliament Plan and Budget Committee, and the impact the Turkish approach will have on the Turkey–Netherlands tax treaty. More:Turkey’s MLI Strategy—and its Impact on Turkish Investments in Netherlands

Turks Wage War on Social Media as Raging Fires Turn Political - The New York Times

Turks Wage War on Social Media as Raging Fires Turn Political President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under a concerted attack by his opponents over his handling of the worst forest fires in decades. More:Turks Wage War on Social Media as Raging Fires Turn Political - The New York Times

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Why turkey needs a disaster management strategy  | Devdiscourse

Why turkey needs a disaster management strategy  Since the beginning of the 21st century, Turkey has faced greater disruption and destruction from natural disasters than it has in the past decades. More:Why turkey needs a disaster management strategy  | Devdiscourse

Turkish inflation likely to have reached the cyclical peak | Snap | ING Think

Turkish inflation likely to have reached the cyclical peak Annual inflation in Turkey maintained the upwards trend in July but is likely to have reached its cyclical peak. Therefore, we expect the central bank to remain on hold in August and the coming few months More:Turkish inflation likely to have reached the cyclical peak | Snap | ING Think

Citizens send 'global call to #helpturkey' on social media as more than 100 wildfires rage on

Citizens send 'global call to #helpturkey' on social media as more than 100 wildfires rage on By FPJ Web Desk Forest fires continued to rage across Turkey's south and southwestern coastal resort towns, forcing evacuations of several villages and tourism facilities. More:Citizens send 'global call to #helpturkey' on social media as more than 100 wildfires rage on

bne IntelliNews - ISTANBUL BLOG: Reduced to tossing bags of tea, Erdogan’s having a bad wildfire crisis

ISTANBUL BLOG: Reduced to tossing bags of tea, Erdogan’s having a bad wildfire crisis Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is having a rather bad crisis. It took on a tragi-comic air over the weekend when the president came under fire for tossing bags of tea from a bus to locals while, under heavy police escort, touring one of the regions most badly affected by the infernos raging across Turkey. More:bne IntelliNews - ISTANBUL BLOG: Reduced to tossing bags of tea, Erdogan’s having a bad wildfire crisis

Turkish Inflation Jump Wipes Out Most of Real Interest Rate - Bloomberg

Turkish Inflation Jump Wipes Out Most of Real Interest Rate By Burhan Yuksekkas and Kerim Karakaya August 3, 2021, 9:05 AM GMT+2 Updated on August 3, 2021, 9:59 AM GMT+2 Turkey’s inflation climbed more than expected in July to nearly the level of the central bank’s benchmark interest rate, further diminishing the chances of an early cut in borrowing costs sought by the president. Higher energy prices and the impact of a reopening economy on everything from food to apparels drove the pace of price gains to an annual 18.95%, bringing the real interest rate adjusted for inflation to five basis points. More:Turkish Inflation Jump Wipes Out Most of Real Interest Rate - Bloomberg

'Like a bomb': Turkish farmers watch animals perish in flames - France 24

'Like a bomb': Turkish farmers watch animals perish in flames Farmer Mevlut Tarim says the furious fire that burned his cow alive, killed eight people and scorched vast swathes of Turkey was like an explosion. More:'Like a bomb': Turkish farmers watch animals perish in flames - France 24

As Turkey’s wildfires rage, conspiracy theories won't help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

As Turkey’s wildfires rage, conspiracy theories won't help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Henri J Barkey| Cohen Professor of International Relations at Lehigh UniversityUpdated Aug 03, 2021 | 14:40 IST Underlying Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule is a system of sycophancy. He is surrounded by yes-men who tend to sing his praises no matter what the circumstances. More:As Turkey’s wildfires rage, conspiracy theories won't help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Monday, August 02, 2021

131 quakes in 12 hours strike off coast of Turkey’s Datça | Daily Sabah

131 quakes in 12 hours strike off coast of Turkey’s Datça BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES ISTANBUL TURKEY AUG 01, 2021 10:29 AM GMT+3 The road connecting Datça and Marmaris districts is seen closed due to forest fires on July 31, 2021 (IHA Photo) Amagnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the southwestern Turkish coastal town Datça early Sunday, the country's disaster authority announced. It was the biggest among 131 earthquakes reported near the same area in the past 12 hours. More:131 quakes in 12 hours strike off coast of Turkey’s Datça | Daily Sabah

8 Confirmed Dead as Turkey Battles Raging Fires for 5th Day | Voice of America - English

8 Confirmed Dead as Turkey Battles Raging Fires for 5th Day By Dorian Jones Updated August 01, 2021 09:25 PM ISTANBUL - Eight people have been confirmed dead as a result of more than 100 fires along Turkey’s southern coast as firefighters backed by helicopters fought blazes Sunday that threaten some of country’s main tourist areas. More:8 Confirmed Dead as Turkey Battles Raging Fires for 5th Day | Voice of America - English

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Wildfires in Turkish tourist regions are the highest recorded - Modern Diplomacy

Wildfires in Turkish tourist regions are the highest recordedPublished 15 hours ago on August 1, 2021By Gulnaz Nawaz Turkish fires in tourist regions are the hottest in history, due to which thousands of tourists evacuated as the nation fights over 50 blazes from the Aegean Sea resort. On Thursday, according to satellite data given to the Guardian, the heat intensity of flames in Turkey was four times greater than anything in the nation recorded. At least 4 people have been slain by blazes that spread across Antalya, causing a fleet of boats to rescue thousands of vacationers from their hotels. More:Wildfires in Turkish tourist regions are the highest recorded - Modern Diplomacy

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Turkey declares ‘disaster areas’ as wildfire death toll rises | Climate News

Turkey declares ‘disaster areas’ as wildfire death toll rises | Climate News News Desk — July 31, 2021 President Erdogan says investigation opened into causes of wildfires in southern Turkey, as death toll rises to six. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared parts of southern Turkey ravaged by wildfires as “disaster areas”, with the death toll from the fires rising to six after two forest workers were killed. More:Turkey declares ‘disaster areas’ as wildfire death toll rises | Climate News

Turkish fires sweeping through tourist areas are the hottest on record | Turkey | The Guardian

Turkish fires sweeping through tourist areas are the hottest on record Thousands of holidaymakers evacuated from Aegean Sea resorts as country fights more than 50 blazes Fri 30 Jul 2021 13.13 EDT The heat intensity of wildfires in Turkey on Thursday was four times higher than anything on record for the nation, according to satellite data passed on to the Guardian. More:Turkish fires sweeping through tourist areas are the hottest on record | Turkey | The Guardian

Friday, July 30, 2021

Deadly wildfires deal new blow to Turkish tourism - France 24

Deadly wildfires deal new blow to Turkish tourism Turkish firefighters made progress Friday containing deadly wildfires that forced the evacuation of entire villages and Mediterranean coast hotels already reeling from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. More:Deadly wildfires deal new blow to Turkish tourism - France 24

Will Erdogan’s Afghan gambit pay off in Washington? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Will Erdogan’s Afghan gambit pay off in Washington? The general impression is that Ankara’s commitment to protect Kabul airport is only aimed at winning favor with Washington. More:Will Erdogan’s Afghan gambit pay off in Washington? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan in Cyprus: No movement in the mediation deadlock - Qantara.de

Erdogan in Cyprus No movement in the mediation deadlock On his recent visit to Cyprus, Turkish President Erdogan continued to bang his two-state drum, insisting that this is now the only viable option for the divided island. By announcing the next phase of a plan to partially reopen the coastal resort of Varosha for Turkish Cypriot settlement, he is once again pushing his own agenda. By Ronald Meinardus in Istanbul More:Erdogan in Cyprus: No movement in the mediation deadlock - Qantara.de

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Turkish citizens are among the 'least positive' people globally | Ahval

Turkish citizens are among the 'least positive' people globally Jul 28 2021 11:15 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Jul 28 2021 11:19 Gmt+3 Turks are among the world's least positive people, according to a survey by the Gallup polling firm that was shared on Wednesday. More:Turkish citizens are among the 'least positive' people globally | Ahval

Turkey's Independent Media Brace for New Crackdown | Voice of America - English

Turkey's Independent Media Brace for New Crackdown By Dorian Jones July 27, 2021 01:09 PM ISTANBUL - Rights groups are voicing alarm over a Turkish official's announcement of new legislation and controls on the foreign funding of social media in Turkey. More:Turkey's Independent Media Brace for New Crackdown | Voice of America - English

Germany Warns Turkey’s Exiled Media of Apparent Hit List | Voice of America - English

Germany Warns Turkey’s Exiled Media of Apparent Hit List By Ezel Sahinkaya July 27, 2021 09:14 PM WASHINGTON - Celal Baslangic was at his Cologne home on July 16 when two German police officers knocked on his door and warned the veteran Turkish journalist that his name was on an apparent “hit list” of those allegedly to be targeted for violence. More:Germany Warns Turkey’s Exiled Media of Apparent Hit List | Voice of America - English

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

In Turkey, More Afghan Refugees Risk Fueling Xenophobia

In Turkey, More Afghan Refugees Risk Fueling Xenophobia Jul 27, 2021 | 21:31 GMT In Turkey, a potential new wave of Afghan refugees is creating a fresh surge of nativism that could attract more international criticism and increase the risk of violent protests in the country. More:In Turkey, More Afghan Refugees Risk Fueling Xenophobia

EU warns Erdogan over push to open Cyprus ghost town - France 24

EU warns Erdogan over push to open Cyprus ghost town Issued on: 27/07/2021 - 20:18 Modified: 27/07/2021 - 20:16 The EU on Tuesday told Turkey to reverse plans to open up the Cypriot ghost town of Varosha, announced during a controversial visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the divided island. More:EU warns Erdogan over push to open Cyprus ghost town - France 24

Monday, July 26, 2021

As Taliban Advance, Thousands of Afghans Seek Refuge in Turkey - WSJ

As Taliban Advance, Thousands of Afghans Seek Refuge in Turkey Migrants from Afghanistan are making arduous journeys through Iran to reach Turkey, which already hosts millions of Syrian refugees More:As Taliban Advance, Thousands of Afghans Seek Refuge in Turkey - WSJ

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding - The Public's Radio : RIPR

Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding July 23, 2021 Turkey-Media Press freedom groups have expressed concern about comments by Turkish officials about possible legislation to regulate foreign funding for media and the dissemination of fake news. More:Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding - The Public's Radio : RIPR

Turkey celebrates 98th anniversary of Lausanne Treaty - Turkey News

Turkey celebrates 98th anniversary of Lausanne Treaty ANKARA Turkey on July 24 marked the 98th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, a landmark pact that recognized the modern Turkish state. "Today is the 98th anniversary of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, one of the founding documents of the Republic of Turkey. Our heroic nation's struggle for independence, that it crowned with victory despite all kinds of impossibilities, betrayals and difficulties, has also been confirmed in the international arena with the Lausanne Peace Treaty," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a statement. More:Turkey celebrates 98th anniversary of Lausanne Treaty - Turkey News

Friday, July 23, 2021

Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Parts of the Government Are Mafia-Like” - DER SPIEGEL

Interview with Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu “Parts of the Government Are Mafia-Like” As prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu was one of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s closest allies. In an interview, he now accuses the Turkish president of driving his country into the ground. More:Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Parts of the Government Are Mafia-Like” - DER SPIEGEL

Turkey five years after the attempted coup: "Witch hunt" focuses on Turkish artists and intellectuals - Qantara.de

Turkey five years after the attempted coup "Witch hunt" focuses on Turkish artists and intellectuals Artists and intellectuals in Turkey are coming under massive pressure. Since the attempted coup against Erdogan by parts of the military in 2016, the government has intensified its crackdown on critical voices. Now the coronavirus pandemic is proving the final nail in the coffin. Ceyda Nurtsch reports More:Turkey five years after the attempted coup: "Witch hunt" focuses on Turkish artists and intellectuals - Qantara.de

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Erdogan’s strongman rule is beginning to fray | Financial Times

Erdogan’s strongman rule is beginning to fray U-turn on university appointee adds to sense that Turkey’s president is no longer invulnerable More:Erdogan’s strongman rule is beginning to fray | Financial Times

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Biden committed to maintaining Turkey sanctions over S-400 | Reuters

Biden committed to maintaining Turkey sanctions over S-400 Reuters WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden is committed to maintaining sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for buying Russian S-400 missile defenses and would impose further sanctions if Ankara bought additional major arms systems from Moscow, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday. More:Biden committed to maintaining Turkey sanctions over S-400 | Reuters

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Turkey's high-risk gamble in Afghanistan

Turkey's high-risk gamble in Afghanistan Erdogan must know his battle-hardened forces will find it difficult to contend with the Taliban More:Turkey's high-risk gamble in Afghanistan

Friday, July 16, 2021

Opinion: Five years after an attempted coup, the dream of democracy in Turkey is dead - The Globe and Mail

Five years after an attempted coup, the dream of democracy in Turkey is dead SIMON A. WALDMAN Simon A. Waldman is a visiting lecturer and research fellow at King’s College London and co-author of The New Turkey and its Discontents. The sun had just set over the Bosphorus, the strategic waterway that runs through Istanbul connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, when the news of a coup reached the ears of diners, beer drinkers and Turkish-coffee sippers. More:Opinion: Five years after an attempted coup, the dream of democracy in Turkey is dead - The Globe and Mail

Erdogan's NATO peace offering: Can Turkish forces tame the Taliban in Afghanistan? - Qantara.de

Erdogan's NATO peace offering Can Turkish forces tame the Taliban in Afghanistan? Almost all NATO troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan. Turkey is looking to fill the gap and is offering itself as a new protective power. But the Taliban are sending clear threats in the direction of Ankara. By Hilal Koylu More:Erdogan's NATO peace offering: Can Turkish forces tame the Taliban in Afghanistan? - Qantara.de

Under Siege: How Failed Coup Gave Way to Major Media Crackdown in Turkey | Voice of America - English

Under Siege: How Failed Coup Gave Way to Major Media Crackdown in Turkey By Namo Abdulla, Ezel Sahinkaya WASHINGTON - Five years ago this week, tanks rolled into the streets of Ankara and Istanbul, and soldiers ordered a news anchor at Turkey's state broadcaster, TRT, to read a statement announcing the military had seized power. More:Under Siege: How Failed Coup Gave Way to Major Media Crackdown in Turkey | Voice of America - English

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Turkey's Erdogan, China's Xi discuss Uyghurs in phone call -Turkish presidency | Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan, China's Xi discuss Uyghurs in phone call -Turkish presidency Reuters ANKARA, July 13 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Tuesday it was important to Turkey that Uyghur Muslims live in peace as "equal citizens of China" but said Turkey respects China's national sovereignty. More:Turkey's Erdogan, China's Xi discuss Uyghurs in phone call -Turkish presidency | Reuters

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Biden selects Jeff Flake for Turkey ambassadorship | Washington Examiner | denvergazette.com

Biden selects Jeff Flake for Turkey ambassadorship Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner Jul 13, 2021 Updated 5 hrs ago President Joe Biden tapped former Sen. Jeff Flake to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey, the Arizona Republican announced on Tuesday. "Given the strategic importance of the United States' relationship with our long-time NATO Ally, the Republic of Turkey, I am honored and humbled by the trust President Biden has placed in me with this ambassadorial nomination," Flake first revealed in a post on the blog site Medium. "This is a pivotal post at an important time for both of our countries." More:Biden selects Jeff Flake for Turkey ambassadorship | Washington Examiner | denvergazette.com

Monday, July 12, 2021

US praises Turkey's 'constructive role' in Afghanistan's security - ToysMatrix

US praises Turkey’s ‘constructive role’ in Afghanistan’s security TURKEY By Kemal Pasha On Jul 13, 2021 The U.S. expressed appreciation on Monday for Turkey’s help in the rapid withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan ahead of the new August deadline. “We certainly welcome Turkey’s constructive role when it comes to the withdrawal, and the broader safety and security situation in Afghanistan,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters. More:US praises Turkey's 'constructive role' in Afghanistan's security - ToysMatrix

Turkish-American woman falls victim to femicide in US - Turkey News

Turkish-American woman falls victim to femicide in US NEW JERSEY A missing Turkish-American woman living in New Jersey was found dead in Tennessee after an alert for her son was canceled, according to the U.S. authorities. More:Turkish-American woman falls victim to femicide in US - Turkey News

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Activists hit the dancefloor as the music stops in Turkey | World | The Sunday Times

Activists hit the dancefloor as the music stops in Turkey Young secular partygoers fear the ban on playing songs after midnight — ostensibly a public health measure — is an attack on their freedoms by an increasingly Islamist regime. Louise Callaghan reports More:Activists hit the dancefloor as the music stops in Turkey | World | The Sunday Times

Some 22 women in 1.5 years fell to death in suspicious cases - Turkey News

Some 22 women in 1.5 years fell to death in suspicious cases ISTANBUL Some 22 Turkish women have plunged to their deaths over the past year and a half from a balcony or window, raising women’s rights groups’ eyebrows on whether these were femicide framed as “suicides.” More:Some 22 women in 1.5 years fell to death in suspicious cases - Turkey News

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Turkey's ruling party elites love to splurge while preaching frugality - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey's ruling party elites love to splurge while preaching frugality Turkey's Justice and Development Party is preaching belt-tightening to a suffering public, but will party leaders' often profligate spending cancel out the economic — and political — message? More:Turkey's ruling party elites love to splurge while preaching frugality - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s image and Turkey’s economy are both taking a battering | The Economist

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s image and Turkey’s economy are both taking a battering As belts tighten, Turks are less forgiving of scandal in high places Jul 10th 2021 For a moment, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had reason to hope that the storm unleashed by Sedat Peker, an exiled mobster with a YouTube account and an axe to grind with Mr Erdogan’s government, would blow over. Mr Peker, who has taken to social media to sling accusations of corruption, drug- and arms-trafficking, and murder at senior members of the ruling Justice and Development (ak) party, announced on June 20th that he would temporarily stop uploading new videos. The mob leader, who is thought to be living in the United Arab Emirates, claimed local authorities had warned him he risked being assassinated. More:Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s image and Turkey’s economy are both taking a battering | The Economist

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Will US and EU pressure soften Erdogan’s brand of strongman rule? | The Strategist

Will US and EU pressure soften Erdogan’s brand of strongman rule? 6 Jul 2021|Nikolaos Skondrianos US President Joe Biden’s declaration on the Armenian genocide raised the ire of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who labelled the decision as a ‘wrong step’ and called for ‘good neighbourly’ ties with Armenia. He disputed Biden’s ‘baseless, unjust and untrue remarks’ and advised him to remember America’s own history with its native peoples. Erdogan’s reaction reflects Turkey’s increasing confidence in pushing back against Western criticism, its foreign policy posture one of perpetual antagonism and grievance. More:Will US and EU pressure soften Erdogan’s brand of strongman rule? | The Strategist

Canal Istanbul: Erdogan's megaproject raises global concerns | DW News - The Chestnut Post

Canal Istanbul: Erdogan's megaproject raises global concerns Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is famously fond of megaprojects. He recently launched his biggest and boldest one to date: Canal Istanbul, a 45km waterway running parallel to the Bosporus More:Canal Istanbul: Erdogan's megaproject raises global concerns | DW News - The Chestnut Post

Friday, July 02, 2021

Turkey's Hepsiburada valued at $4.16 bln in strong Nasdaq debut (July 1) | Financial Post

Turkey's Hepsiburada valued at $4.16 bln in strong Nasdaq debut (July 1) Author of the article: Reuters Shares of Hepsiburada rose more than 6% in their U.S. stock market debut on Thursday, giving the Turkish e-commerce platform a market capitalization of $4.16 billion. (Reporting by Sohini Podder in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath) More:Turkey's Hepsiburada valued at $4.16 bln in strong Nasdaq debut (July 1) | Financial Post

Women in Turkey protest against withdrawal from gender protection treaty

Women in Turkey protest against withdrawal from gender protection treaty ANI | Updated: Jul 02, 2021 07:11 IST Istanbul [Turkey], July 2 (ANI): Thousands of people took to the street on Thursday to denounce Turkey's withdrawal from an international treaty designated to combat violence against women. More:Women in Turkey protest against withdrawal from gender protection treaty

Merkel and Biden Transition Explains the Macron-Erdogan Truce at NATO Summit - Bloomberg

Why Macron and Erdogan Are Suddenly Playing Nice The truce won’t last, though. The two presidents have too much to gain from their mutual antagonism. More:Merkel and Biden Transition Explains the Macron-Erdogan Truce at NATO Summit - Bloomberg

Thursday, July 01, 2021

For women in Turkey, the struggle continues – Elifcan Çelebi and Ebru Ece Özbey

For women in Turkey, the struggle continues by Elifcan Çelebi and Ebru Ece Özbey on 1st July 2021 share ontwitter share onfacebook share onlinkedin As of today, the Istanbul convention ceases to be effective in Turkey. But that’s not the end of the story. More:For women in Turkey, the struggle continues – Elifcan Çelebi and Ebru Ece Özbey

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Turkey hikes consumer electricity prices by 15% -statement | Reuters

Turkey hikes consumer electricity prices by 15% -statement Reuters ANKARA, June 30 (Reuters) - Turkey's EPDK energy regulator said on Wednesday it will hike consumer electricity prices by 15% as of Thursday in response to rising costs. More:Turkey hikes consumer electricity prices by 15% -statement | Reuters

Turkey Is Shaken Over Elmalı Davası & Stars, Including Kerem, Hande, Demet and Tarkan, Express Their Extreme Fury | Al Bawaba

Turkey Is Shaken Over Elmalı Davası & Stars, Including Kerem, Hande, Demet and Tarkan, Express Their Extreme Fury The hashtag #ElmalıDavası (Apple Case) is trending in Turkey. The two suspects in Elmalı Davası (Apple Case), mother Merve A. and stepfather Rahmi A., who were arrested within the scope of investigations carried out regarding the sexual abuse of her daughter GEG (7) and her older brother İ.EG (10) in Finike district of Antalya, by Elmalı High Criminal Court.. They were released at the third trial. More:Turkey Is Shaken Over Elmalı Davası & Stars, Including Kerem, Hande, Demet and Tarkan, Express Their Extreme Fury | Al Bawaba

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Turkey Starts Canal Project Amid Environmental, Regional Concerns | Voice of America - English

Turkey Starts Canal Project Amid Environmental, Regional Concerns By Dorian Jones June 26, 2021 05:15 PM ISTANBUL - In a blaze of publicity, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan laid a foundation stone close to Istanbul, starting the construction of a 45-kilometer canal linking the Black and Marmara seas. Erdogan declared the project would usher in a new era for Istanbul and for Turkey. More:Turkey Starts Canal Project Amid Environmental, Regional Concerns | Voice of America - English

Friday, June 25, 2021

Roundup: Turkey's vaccination campaign offers relief for economy - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Roundup: Turkey's vaccination campaign offers relief for economy ISTANBUL, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's anti-COVID-19 vaccination drive has gained pace with life expected to return to normal soon, providing relief for its ailing economy impacted by months of restrictions. More:Roundup: Turkey's vaccination campaign offers relief for economy - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Interview with Turkish human rights lawyer Canan Arin: "Women in Turkey are fighting to keep their rights" - Qantara.de

Interview with Turkish human rights lawyer Canan Arin "Women in Turkey are fighting to keep their rights" As 1 July approaches, the date when Turkey will officially pull out of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women, Qantara.de speaks to Canan Arin, one of the co-founders and most well-known voices of the Turkish feminist movement. Interview by Ceyda Nurtsch More:Interview with Turkish human rights lawyer Canan Arin: "Women in Turkey are fighting to keep their rights" - Qantara.de

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Turkish scientists’ 10-second COVID diagnosis test gets approval | Daily Sabah

Turkish scientists’ 10-second COVID diagnosis test gets approval BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL TURKEY JUN 24, 2021 2:39 PM GMT+3 Diagnovir, a new coronavirus diagnosis system developed at Bilkent University, is now available for public use after passing safety tests and receiving approval. Developed by local means, the test system surpasses its rivals in terms of how quickly it calculates results: taking only 10 seconds. More:Turkish scientists’ 10-second COVID diagnosis test gets approval | Daily Sabah

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Turkey to become important mobile phone manufacturing base | MENAFN.COM

Turkey to become important mobile phone manufacturing base ( MENAFN )Turkey is estimated to turn into a significant mobile phone production base with the support of investments by leading companies. More:Turkey to become important mobile phone manufacturing base | MENAFN.COM

The German Foreign Minister Wants To Renew The EU-Turkey Deal

The German Foreign Minister Wants To Renew The EU-Turkey Deal Frey LindsaySenior Contributor It's been just over five years since the European Union and Turkey agreed a deal, or in the EU's preferred language, a "statement" to restrict migration from Turkey to the EU. The deal, signed at the height of the "migrant crisis," has met criticism on various fronts, and will likely be discussed at the upcoming European Council meeting of June 23-26. In the run-up to this meeting, Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas told the German broadsheet Die Welt, that he thinks the deal should be renewed. More:The German Foreign Minister Wants To Renew The EU-Turkey Deal

Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Has Erdogan's foreign policy hit rock bottom? - Qantara.de

Conflict between Ankara and Athens Has Erdogan's foreign policy hit rock bottom? The change in U.S. president is also having an impact on the conflict between Turkey and Greece. Since the USA has started to play the Greek card, the strategic situation in the Eastern Mediterranean has shifted to Turkey's disadvantage. Ronald Meinardus reports from Istanbul More:Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Has Erdogan's foreign policy hit rock bottom? - Qantara.de

Erdoğan bans music after midnight, sparking Turkish social media anger | Ahval

Erdoğan bans music after midnight, sparking Turkish social media anger Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the playing of music in Turkey will be banned after midnight. The announcement, made after a three-hour cabinet meeting in Ankara on Monday, prompted strong criticism among some social media users, who saw the step as more evidence that Erdoğan was seeking to impose his Islamic values on the population. More:Erdoğan bans music after midnight, sparking Turkish social media anger | Ahval

Turkish COVID-19 vaccine starts Phase III trials | Reuters

Turkish COVID-19 vaccine starts Phase III trials By Reuters Staff ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey on Tuesday kicked off Phase III trials for its COVID-19 vaccine, named “Turkovac” by President Tayyip Erdogan who said the shot should be available for use by the end of the year. More:Turkish COVID-19 vaccine starts Phase III trials | Reuters

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Turkey to lift curfews, relax virus restrictions July 1 - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey to lift curfews, relax virus restrictions July 1 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that restrictions on public transportation will also be lifted. More:Turkey to lift curfews, relax virus restrictions July 1 - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Hit streaming series "Fatma's Revenge": Netflix takes on the Turkish macho - Qantara.de

Hit streaming series "Fatma's Revenge" Netflix takes on the Turkish macho Since the end of April, a Netflix series has been broadcast in Turkey about the cleaner Fatma, who searches for her missing husband in six episodes and ends up in a murderous odyssey. The series celebrates the woman as a hero who defends herself against humiliation, threats and sexual harassment, writes Jochen Menzel More:Hit streaming series "Fatma's Revenge": Netflix takes on the Turkish macho - Qantara.de

Monday, June 21, 2021

Turkish Businessman Arrested in Austria on Charges that He Allegedly Laundered Over $133 Million in Fraud Proceeds | OPA | Department of Justice

Turkish Businessman Arrested in Austria on Charges that He Allegedly Laundered Over $133 Million in Fraud Proceeds A Turkish businessman was arrested in Austria on June 19, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice. This arrest followed a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 28, which was unsealed today. The superseding indictment charged Sezgin Baran Korkmaz with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, 10 counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of an official proceeding. More:Turkish Businessman Arrested in Austria on Charges that He Allegedly Laundered Over $133 Million in Fraud Proceeds | OPA | Department of Justice

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Turkish policeman convicted in 2014 death of teenager - The Public's Radio : RIPR

Turkish policeman convicted in 2014 death of teenager June 18, 2021 Associated Press A Turkish police officer has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison for the murder of a teenager who was hit in the head with a tear-gas canister in 2013. Police officer Fatih Dalgali was on trial for causing the death of Berkin Elvan, a 14-year-old injured in Istanbul as the “Gezi Park” anti-government protests were taking place nearby. Elvan was in a coma for 269 days. His death in March 2014 at age 15 led to a flare-up in protests. Elvan’s family said he was out buying bread, not protesting. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was then prime minister, claimed Elvan was among “terrorists” with his face concealed and argued police had no way of knowing his age. More:Turkish policeman convicted in 2014 death of teenager - The Public's Radio : RIPR

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

President Erdogan and the syndrome of neglect: after years of hyperactivity, the Turkish leader is completely isolated | Israel Defense

President Erdogan and the syndrome of neglect: after years of hyperactivity, the Turkish leader is completely isolated Commentary:  Turkey has been sidelined because of the adventurism of its president, following a decade of reckless and counterproductive political and military moves. Erdogan will find it difficult to break the isolation without a clear change of course towards a more moderate approach in domestic policy and a rapprochement with the West in foreign policy More:President Erdogan and the syndrome of neglect: after years of hyperactivity, the Turkish leader is completely isolated | Israel Defense

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Erdogan’s meeting with Biden more spin than substance - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan’s meeting with Biden more spin than substance The two leaders' first meeting as heads of state led to detailed discussions, but there were no breakthroughs. More:Erdogan’s meeting with Biden more spin than substance - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish lira dives after inconclusive Erdogan-Biden meeting - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish lira dives after inconclusive Erdogan-Biden meeting Propelled by optimism over a possible S-400 missile compromise, Turkey’s lira slid Tuesday after the first meeting between US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended without clear progress More:Turkish lira dives after inconclusive Erdogan-Biden meeting - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Biden hold bilateral meeting following NATO summit - CNNPolitics

Erdoğan and Biden hold bilateral meeting following NATO summit By Kate Sullivan and Kevin Liptak, CNN Updated 4:38 PM ET, Mon June 14, 2021 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) greets US President Joe Biden (R) at the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. (CNN)President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a bilateral meeting on Monday following a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels. The meeting, which took place at the NATO headquarters in Belgium, was expected to be contentious. Biden in April became the first US president in decades to recognize the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as a genocide -- a move that risked a potential fracture with Turkey but signaled a commitment to global human rights. More:Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Biden hold bilateral meeting following NATO summit - CNNPolitics

Biden gives awkward fist-bump to Erdogan at NATO summit - Report Door

Biden gives awkward fist-bump to Erdogan at NATO summit June 14, 20213 Min Read James Thompson President Biden on Monday offered an awkward fist-bump to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Belgium at the annual NATO summit — as the Islamist strongman winds up to blast Biden for his recognition of the Armenian genocide earlier this year. More:Biden gives awkward fist-bump to Erdogan at NATO summit - Report Door

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Dollar blow for Turkey as tourism season runs into the sand | Financial Times

Dollar blow for Turkey as tourism season runs into the sand Sector collapse would hit a wider economy that relies on foreign currency inflows from overseas visitors More:Dollar blow for Turkey as tourism season runs into the sand | Financial Times

Kraft Heinz to acquire Turkish sauce firm Assan Foods in $100m deal - FoodBev Media

Kraft Heinz to acquire Turkish sauce firm Assan Foods in $100m deal By Martin White 11 June 2021 CategoriesAlso in the newsBusinessFoodIndustriesManufacturingMergers & AcquisitionsSauces Kraft Heinz has agreed to acquire Turkish sauce company Assan Foods from Kibar Holding in a deal that values Assan at approximately $100 million. Headquartered in Istanbul, Assan Foods manufactures and sells a wide range of sauce products such as ketchup, mayonnaise, pasta sauces and more. Assan’s sauce products are sold under brands including Colorado, Kingtom, and Oba. More:Kraft Heinz to acquire Turkish sauce firm Assan Foods in $100m deal - FoodBev Media

Friday, June 11, 2021

Rise in Turkish food prices sparks fears of shortages - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Rise in Turkish food prices sparks fears of shortages Turkey, a major agricultural producer, might find itself grappling with water shortages and food insecurity in the next decade unless it takes action to address growing problems in its agricultural sector. More:Rise in Turkish food prices sparks fears of shortages - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

How much longer till Turkey's elections?: President under pressure – Erdogan's popularity nosedive - Qantara.de

President under pressure – Erdogan's popularity nosedive Turkey's parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for June 2023. But they are already casting a shadow. While the opposition is calling for early elections, President Erdogan is insisting on holding the elections in the highly symbolic year of 2023. For right now, his ratings are poor. Ronald Meinardus reports from Istanbul More:How much longer till Turkey's elections?: President under pressure – Erdogan's popularity nosedive - Qantara.de

Thursday, June 10, 2021

New reserve discoveries put Turkey among few gold producers | Daily Sabah

New reserve discoveries put Turkey among few gold producers BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL ECONOMY JUN 10, 2021 1:46 PM GMT+3 Around 20 tons of gold with a market value of $1.2 billion (TL 10.2 billion) and 3.5 tons of silver reserves with a market value of $2.8 million have been detected by Koza Altın in eastern Turkey’s Ağrı province, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank announced Thursday. More:New reserve discoveries put Turkey among few gold producers | Daily Sabah

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Turkey’s Regime Is Paralyzed By A Mob Kingpin’s Revelations: The Strategic Implications

Turkey’s Regime Is Paralyzed By A Mob Kingpin’s Revelations: The Strategic Implications Melik KaylanContributor Policy I cover conflicts, frontiers and upheavals mired in history. Follow The world's most colorful political psychodrama is unfolding in Turkey, convulsing the country and its power heirarchy. A top Turkish underworld figure, Sedat Peker, has parted ways from the ruling Erdogan party and is posting long videos on Youtube alleging all manner of crimes by leading figures in government and their allies. Crimes from bribery to murder to rape to drug smuggling and much else like threatening opposition media, commandeering zillions from national banks and corrupting the judiciary so routinely that no rule of law can be said to exist. Deploying mafia to do its dirty work - this is what Turks call 'the deep state' – they invented the phrase – was a phenomenon that flourished in the 1990s and before, which Erdogan first came to power promising to eradicate. More:Turkey’s Regime Is Paralyzed By A Mob Kingpin’s Revelations: The Strategic Implications

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Greece's Mitsotakis and Turkey's Erdoğan to meet in private

Greece's Mitsotakis and Turkey's Erdoğan to meet in private By EUOBSERVER TODAY, 07:05 A planned meeting between Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of the Nato summit on 14 June will be private, with, at most, a top aide from each side present, Kathimerini writes. According to officials involved in the preparation of the meeting, the closed setting would help a frank exchange of views. More:Greece's Mitsotakis and Turkey's Erdoğan to meet in private

Monday, June 07, 2021

This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Turkey - WSJ

This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Turkey Ankara isn’t staunchly pro-Western as in the Cold War, but it’s still an important ally. More:This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Turkey - WSJ

Turks are very concerned about state of their democracy, new survey finds

Turks are very concerned about state of their democracy, new survey finds “Germany and Turkey are connected by millions of personal and cultural ties that have formed with the generation of Turkish immigrants and their descendants,” Walter Glos, KAS director in Turkey, told Arab News ANKARA: Turks are very concerned about the state of their democracy, according to a new survey released on Monday, with 63 percent of respondents saying they thought it was bad and 39 percent saying it was in danger. More:Turks are very concerned about state of their democracy, new survey finds

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Middle East Newsletter: Turkey’s Lira at Crossroads (TRY: USD) - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Lira at Crossroads By Netty Idayu Ismail June 6, 2021, 9:10 AM EDT Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest intervention at monetary policy pushed the lira to fresh record lows against the U.S. dollar, putting the currency on a dangerous path. More:Middle East Newsletter: Turkey’s Lira at Crossroads (TRY: USD) - Bloomberg

From Best to Worst: Investors Are Souring on Turkey’s Markets - Bloomberg

From Best to Worst: Investors Are Souring on Turkey’s Markets By Tugce Ozsoy and Selcuk Gokoluk June 6, 2021, 12:00 AM EDT In just three months, the Turkish lira has gone from best to worst. The currency is the victim of the head-spinning policy swerves of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is once again pressing policymakers to cut rates even as inflation remains at almost 17%. More:From Best to Worst: Investors Are Souring on Turkey’s Markets - Bloomberg

Turkey plagued by largest outbreak of 'sea snot' on record as mucus hits Sea of Marmara coastline | World News | Sky News

Turkey plagued by largest outbreak of 'sea snot' on record as mucus hits Sea of Marmara coastline The grey sludge forms when sea algae is overloaded with nutrients by warmer temperatures and polluted water. More:Turkey plagued by largest outbreak of 'sea snot' on record as mucus hits Sea of Marmara coastline | World News | Sky News

Friday, June 04, 2021

Turkey's Getir raises $555 mln as quick-delivery funding booms | Reuters

Turkey's Getir raises $555 mln as quick-delivery funding booms Can Sezer Turkish rapid delivery company Getir has tripled its valuation to over $7.5 billion since March after raising $555 million in its latest funding round, it said on Friday, part of an investment boom in the red-hot sector. More:Turkey's Getir raises $555 mln as quick-delivery funding booms | Reuters

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Turkey Undermines NATO, Yet Again - The Globalist

Turkey Undermines NATO, Yet Again Erdogan saves Putin’s Belarusian ally by playing spoiler role within NATO. By Aykan Erdemir, June 1, 2021 Turkey has once again signaled who it considers to be among its true friends. The country has reportedly used its veto power as a member of NATO to water down an official condemnation of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko. More:Turkey Undermines NATO, Yet Again - The Globalist

Turkish mobster’s revelations extend to arms shipments to Syria - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish mobster’s revelations extend to arms shipments to Syria Turkish crime boss Sedat Peker speaks out about arms shipment to radical rebels in Syria in his latest barrage of allegations against figures close to the government. More:Turkish mobster’s revelations extend to arms shipments to Syria - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

UPDATE 1-Turkey's lira falls to record lows after Erdogan says rates need to come down | Reuters

Turkey's lira falls to record lows after Erdogan says rates need to come down By Reuters Staff ISTANBUL, June 1 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said late on Tuesday that Turkey needs to lower interest rates and he had spoken to the central bank governor earlier in the day on the issue, sending the lira plunging to new record lows against the dollar. More:UPDATE 1-Turkey's lira falls to record lows after Erdogan says rates need to come down | Reuters

Greek and Turkish ministers make friends in Athens

Greek and Turkish ministers make friends in Athens By ANDREW RETTMAN BRUSSELS, TODAY, 07:16 Relations improved between Greece and Turkey at a high-level meeting in Athens on Monday (31 May), but the EU remains wary of Ankara. More:Greek and Turkish ministers make friends in Athens

Monday, May 31, 2021

Turkey's Erdogan Under Renewed Pressure Following Mafia Boss Allegations | Voice of America - English

Turkey's Erdogan Under Renewed Pressure Following Mafia Boss Allegations By Dorian Jones May 31, 2021 09:36 AM ISTANBUL - The Turkish government is facing accusations of arming and funding jihadists in Syria. The allegations are just the latest by an exiled mafia boss in a weekly YouTube broadcast that are putting the Turkish president in an increasingly tight spot. More:Turkey's Erdogan Under Renewed Pressure Following Mafia Boss Allegations | Voice of America - English

Turkey to restore house used by Atatürk in Syria's Afrin in 1918 | Daily Sabah

Turkey to restore house used by Atatürk in Syria's Afrin in 1918 BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL POLITICS MAY 31, 2021 11:11 AM GMT+3 Agovernor’s office on the Turkey-Syria border is planning to restore a house used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during the Battle of Katma (Charge at Haritan) in Syria’s Afrin, an official statement said Monday. More:Turkey to restore house used by Atatürk in Syria's Afrin in 1918 | Daily Sabah

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Turkey clamps down on alcohol as Erdogan pushes Islamist agenda - Nikkei Asia

Turkey clamps down on alcohol as Erdogan pushes Islamist agenda COVID-19 ban on liquor sales seen as a ploy to reverse 100-year-old secularism More:Turkey clamps down on alcohol as Erdogan pushes Islamist agenda - Nikkei Asia

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Mafia leader embarrassed Erdogan .. Why is Ankara turning a blind eye? - Asume Tech

The Mafia leader embarrassed Erdogan .. Why is Ankara turning a blind eye? By Editorial Team May 28, 2021 The consequences of the videos, in those of the Turkish mafia leader Sedat Bekir in Turkey performed last until now, having performed in 7 Videos, die He began publishing on YouTube weeks ago, high-ranking government officials such as the current Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, as well as the former, his son, the son of the former prime minister and others involved in the killing of Kurdish journalists and opponents in the 1990s as well as drug trafficking and smuggling, abuse of power and rape More:The Mafia leader embarrassed Erdogan .. Why is Ankara turning a blind eye? - Asume Tech

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The EU balancing act over Turkey is reaching a tipping point | Ahval

The EU balancing act over Turkey is reaching a tipping point Robert Ellis May 27 2021 12:44 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: May 27 2021 11:49 Gmt+3 In early April, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen paid a well-intentioned visit to Ankara to give EU-Turkey relations new momentum. But in what is now known as ‘Sofagate’ the visit fell flat. More:The EU balancing act over Turkey is reaching a tipping point | Ahval

Court ruling, gang leader shine spotlight on murky killings in Turkey | Reuters

Court ruling, gang leader shine spotlight on murky killings in Turkey Ali KucukgocmenDaren Butler Nearly 30 years after Kurdish lawyer Yusuf Ekinci was gunned down and his body dumped by a highway, his lawyer son is still seeking justice in one of hundreds of cases of extrajudicial killings. More:Court ruling, gang leader shine spotlight on murky killings in Turkey | Reuters

Why women are calling for Turkey's only female cabinet member to resign - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Why women are calling for Turkey's only female cabinet member to resign The Turkish minister of family and social affairs' description of a domestic violence uptick as “tolerable” is seen as emblematic of government efforts to underestimate gender-based violence and femicides in the country. More:Why women are calling for Turkey's only female cabinet member to resign - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Masks may be gone with COVID-19 normalization in Turkey | Daily Sabah

Masks may be gone with COVID-19 normalization in Turkey BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL TURKEY MAY 27, 2021 1:51 PM GMT+3 People wearing protective masks walk on a street in Giresun, northern Turkey, May 26, 2021. (İHA PHOTO) Turkey is counting down to June 1 for a planned normalization process that follows the tight restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Media reports on Thursday claimed that the mandatory mask rule might be eased next week as part of the process. According to the Hürriyet newspaper, authorities are considering ending the rule with a few preconditions. In open-air public spaces like parks, masks will not be mandatory as long as people maintain the 2-meter social distancing rule. More:Masks may be gone with COVID-19 normalization in Turkey | Daily Sabah

Mafia Boss Claims Venezuela-Turkey Cocaine Connection - InSight Crime

Mafia Boss Claims Venezuela-Turkey Cocaine Connection 26 MAY 2021 BY VENEZUELA INVESTIGATIVE UNIT A Turkish mafia boss, who has been making a number of extraordinary claims about his country’s elites and organized crime, has alleged that a plan was set in motion to traffic cocaine from Venezuela to Turkey, opening up a new supply route. More:Mafia Boss Claims Venezuela-Turkey Cocaine Connection - InSight Crime

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Turkish capacity utilisation falls to 75.3% in May | Reuters

Turkish capacity utilisation falls to 75.3% in May Reuters Turkey's capacity utilisation rate fell to 75.3% in May from 75.9% a month earlier, data from the central bank showed on Tuesday. More:Turkish capacity utilisation falls to 75.3% in May | Reuters

Sedat Peker: Mafia Boss Triggers A Mexican Standoff At The Heart Of The Turkish Establishment

Sedat Peker: Mafia Boss Triggers A Mexican Standoff At The Heart Of The Turkish Establishment In a viral series of videos released on YouTube, a Turkish mafia boss, Sedat Peker, with deep links to the security services, civilian bureaucracy, and political elite, unleashed allegations of dirt against multiple Turkish government figures and "deep state" actors. More:Sedat Peker: Mafia Boss Triggers A Mexican Standoff At The Heart Of The Turkish Establishment

Top Turkish minister fights corruption allegations from exiled mafia boss - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Top Turkish minister fights corruption allegations from exiled mafia boss Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said he would not resign and defended his record against allegations by an exiled mafia boss whose wide-spanning YouTube confessions have gripped Turkish politics. More:Top Turkish minister fights corruption allegations from exiled mafia boss - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Mob Boss’s YouTube Channel Is Causing Political Havoc in Turkey

A Mob Boss’s YouTube Channel Is Causing Political Havoc in Turkey Turkish mob boss Sedat Peker is posting YouTube videos accusing officials of everything from covering murders to tipping off criminals. More:A Mob Boss’s YouTube Channel Is Causing Political Havoc in Turkey

Erdogan in hot spot as Turks question 'mafiazation' of politics  - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan in hot spot as Turks question 'mafiazation' of politics  Erdogan risks a major political setback unless he manages to contain an unprecedented scandal sparked by a mobster claiming close links with government figures. More:Erdogan in hot spot as Turks question 'mafiazation' of politics  - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Poland to acquire 24 Turkish-made combat drones :: WRAL.com

Poland to acquire 24 Turkish-made combat drones Posted May 24, 2021 2:00 p.m. EDT ANKARA, TURKEY — Turkey and Poland have signed a deal for the sale of Turkish-made combat drones, making Poland the first NATO and European Union member country to purchase Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. More:Poland to acquire 24 Turkish-made combat drones :: WRAL.com

Turkey’s 'wicked messenger' has gone viral. Here's why | The National

Turkey’s 'wicked messenger' has gone viral. Here's why Sedat Peker, pictured in Istanbul in 2014, is exiled from Turkey, his whereabouts unknown. Getty Images “My dear brothers, my dear friends,” the Turkish mafioso, grinning ear to ear, says to open his latest YouTube video, which drew five million views in less than 24 hours. “Here we are again.” More:Turkey’s 'wicked messenger' has gone viral. Here's why | The National

The Battle For Africa: Why Turkish Airlines Is Winning - Simple Flying

The Battle For Africa: Why Turkish Airlines Is Winning by James Pearson Turkish Airlines serves 53 passenger destinations across Africa from Istanbul Airport this year, up by one over 2019. It has more destinations in Africa than in Asia (41). Cairo is the leading route, and Egypt is the top country. Narrowbodies are utterly vital to its African effort, with over two-thirds of 2,000-mile-plus destinations flown by single-aisle aircraft. More:The Battle For Africa: Why Turkish Airlines Is Winning - Simple Flying

Saturday, May 22, 2021

bne IntelliNews - ISTANBUL BLOG: Deathly silence from Erdogan as Turkey’s YouTuber gangster scandal snowballs

ISTANBUL BLOG: Deathly silence from Erdogan as Turkey’s YouTuber gangster scandal snowballs Beware an ageing mobster with a camera and a tripod and a taste for the limelight. By Akin Nazli May 22, 2021 Previously on “Sedat”, the Botox Chief: Our May 14 curtain-raiser told how millions in Turkey have become enthralled by YouTube videos released by Sedat Peker, a mafia boss known as “The Botox Chief” or “The Botox”, alleging corruption among top officials. More:bne IntelliNews - ISTANBUL BLOG: Deathly silence from Erdogan as Turkey’s YouTuber gangster scandal snowballs

Turkey marks 10 years of coexistence with Syrian refugees - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey marks 10 years of coexistence with Syrian refugees ISTANBUL, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Muhammad Youssef came to Turkey seven years ago from Syria with his wife and two children, and a third child is on the way and will be granted Turkish citizenship. More:Turkey marks 10 years of coexistence with Syrian refugees - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Friday, May 21, 2021

Turkish Airlines begins trial use of digital health wallet

Turkish Airlines begins trial use of digital health wallet IATA Travel Pass to help travelers store, manage verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccinations More:Turkish Airlines begins trial use of digital health wallet

Turkish mafia scandal threatens Erdogan government | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 21.05.2021

Turkish mafia scandal threatens Erdogan government A Turkish mafia leader claims the government is in cahoots with the criminal underworld. President Erdogan and Interior Minister Soylu are finding themselves in hot water. More:Turkish mafia scandal threatens Erdogan government | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 21.05.2021