Turkey : Part Four

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:03 am

Ready1 wrote:
There is an authoritarian system, even totalitarian," Erdogan added.


Sounds like the pot calling the kettle "black"!


He does that a lot. See, his form of that is the best way to govern, since he knows what is best for all being the self appointed caliph of the sunni muslim world.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:49 am

Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting.
By Carlotta Gall March 4, 2019

ISTANBUL — At a recent rally to open the campaign before municipal elections in March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heckled by a group of public workers demanding jobs. But he was having none of it.

“Do not expect anything from us,” a visibly angry Mr. Erdogan scolded the upstarts at the rally in the eastern province of Sivas. “I’m not an ordinary politician and do not provoke this meeting.”

Other supporters cheered, drowning out the protest. But it was a moment telling of Mr. Erdogan’s vulnerability as ordinary Turks feel the deepening pain of the country’s economic slide for the first time in his 17 years in power.

After long unbroken growth, Turkey is entering a recession amid falling investor confidence and a credit crisis. Bankruptcies have increased. Unemployment and inflation have hit double digits. Rising prices, especially at the vegetable markets, have become a national obsession....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:58 am

US warns Turkey not to buy Russian S-400 missile system
Moving forward with the deal will jeopardise the F-35 fighter jet purchase and other future arms transfers, US says.
10 hours ago

The United States warned Turkey against moving ahead with plans to buy a sophisticated Russian missile defence system that the Pentagon believes would threaten its advanced F-35 fighter aircraft.

The State Department made the remarks on a day when the head of US European Command spoke to politicians on Capitol Hill and said Turkey should reconsider its plan to buy the S-400 from Russia this year.

"We've clearly warned Turkey that its potential acquisition of the S-400 will result in a reassessment of Turkey's participation in the F-35 programme, and risk other potential future arms transfers to Turkey," said deputy spokesman Robert Palladino on Tuesday....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 am

Turkey falls into recession for first time in a decade
The release of new figures, which show worst economic performance since 2009, comes just weeks before local polls.
22 hours ago

Turkey's economy fell into its first recession in a decade at the end of last year, official data has shown, as the country heads towards key local elections at the end of the month.

Gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter fell by a seasonally adjusted 2.4 percent compared with the previous three months, the Turkish Statistics Institute said on Monday. The drop followed a contraction of 1.6 percent in the third quarter.

Two consecutive quarter-on-quarter contractions in economic output is widely considered to be the definition of a recession.

Despite the downturn, which was expected by economists and analysts, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said, "The worst is behind, in terms of economic activity".

"The worst forecasts were not realised," he wrote on Twitter after the data was published....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:12 am

Turkey announces joint raids with Iran against Kurdish rebels
Interior minister says Turkey and Iran launched joint operation against PKK, a claim state media in Tehran denies.
by Andrew Wilks 18 hours ago

Turkey and Iran have launched a joint military operation against Kurdish rebels along Turkey's eastern border, according to an official.

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey's interior minister, said the offensive on Monday targeted the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"As of 8:00 this morning, we started an operation with Iran aimed at the PKK on our eastern border," he told a crowd in the Mediterranean city of Antalya. "We will announce the outcome [later]."

Soylu, who first spoke of the planned offensive on March 6, did not provide further details....

Snip... Alexey Khlebnikov, a Middle East analyst at the Russian International Affairs Council, said if Turkey and Iran were indeed cooperating against the Kurds, it could have wider implications for the region.

"It might be seen as a strong message to Kurds in Syria and to the US," he said. "Ankara-Tehran military cooperation might be well extended to Syria."...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:18 am

Australia, Turkey in row after Christchurch massacres | Al Jazeera English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kro6rHkfFb0

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:01 am

Lira Traders Brace for Vote After Turkey's Week of Market Chaos
By Alexander Nicholson
March 29, 2019, 2:10 AM PDT Updated on March 29, 2019, 3:58 AM PDT
State Street’s Timothy Graf says market not worth touching
Turkish economy entered recession in run-up to Sunday election

Lira traders braced for the results of Turkey’s local elections this Sunday following a week of turmoil that rattled faith in the nation’s markets.

While the currency slowed its slide, stocks gained and swap rates began to normalize on Friday, investors warned the volatility could spike again. Commerzbank AG analysts said they were struggling to gauge how much selling pressure would remain after the vote, which is seen as a key test of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule. TD Securities strategist Cristian Maggio predicted the lira could sink as much as 30 percent in the second quarter.

Roller-Coaster Ride
“It’s not a market that I think is worth touching right now,” Timothy Graf, the head of EMEA macro strategy at State Street Bank & Trust, said in an interview on Bloomberg TV on Thursday. “It’s very difficult to short the currency at least, given how expensive that has become.” If investors decide to go long, the market can move against them very quickly, he said....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:55 am

MARCH 30, 2019 / 3:24 PM / UPDATED 17 MINUTES AGO
Turks vote in local polls, Erdogan's party could lose in big cities
Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turks voted on Sunday in local elections which President Tayyip Erdogan has described as a matter of survival for Turkey and which were tarnished by violence that left two party members dead in the country’s southeast.

Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than 16 years thanks in part to strong economic growth, has become the country’s most popular, yet also most divisive, leader in modern history.

However, he could be dealt an electoral blow with polls indicating his ruling AK Party (AKP) may lose control of the capital Ankara, and even Istanbul, the country’s largest city.

With the economy contracting following a currency crisis last year in which the lira lost more than 30 percent of its value, some voters appeared ready to punish Erdogan, who has ruled with an increasingly uncompromising stance.

“I was actually not going to vote today, but when I saw how much they (AKP) were flailing, I thought this might be time to land them a blow. Everyone is unhappy. Everyone is struggling,” said 47-year-old Hakan after voting in Ankara....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:49 am

MARCH 31, 2019 / 7:36 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
Erdogan suffers major setbacks in local elections in Turkey's big cities
Orhan Coskun, Can Sezer

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan suffered stunning setbacks in local elections as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time since the party’s founding in 2001, possibly complicating his plans to fight back recession.

Both the AKP and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) claimed victory in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and economic hub. The AKP said it had “plenty of” evidence of voting irregularities in Istanbul.

Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since coming to power 16 years ago and ruled his country with an ever tighter grip, campaigned relentlessly for two months ahead of Sunday’s vote, which he described as a “matter of survival” for Turkey.

But his daily rallies and overwhelmingly supportive media coverage failed to win over voters in the two main cities, as last year’s punishing currency crisis weighed heavily on Turks....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:11 am

Erdogan’s Party Plans to Challenge Election Losses in Istanbul and Ankara
By Carlotta Gall
April 2, 2019

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party has lost control of Turkey’s two largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, a complete tally of local election ballots showed on Tuesday, but the governing party said it would challenge the outcomes.

The loss of Istanbul, the country’s business capital and Mr. Erdogan’s political base, is a particularly sharp setback for a president who has tightened his control of the government and news media, stifled dissent, and, critics contend, manipulated election results.

Results reported on Tuesday by the semiofficial Anadolu news agency showed the opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, at 48.79 percent, against 48.51 percent for Binali Yildrim, the candidate of Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, with 100 percent of ballots counted....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:13 am

Is Turkey's president under threat?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5sRCswtCso

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:15 am

Shanahan: Turkey will drop purchase of Russian missile system amid F-35 pressure
BY ELLEN MITCHELL - 04/02/19 01:22 PM EDT

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday indicated that he expects Turkey to abandon its plans to buy a Russian air defense system, a day after Washington halted all deliveries of F-35 fighter aircraft equipment to the NATO ally over the purchase.

Shanahan said he was “very confident” that Turkey would choose to buy the American-made Patriot anti-missile system over Russia’s S-400 long-range air defense system.

“I expect we'll solve the problem so that they have the right defense equipment in terms of Patriots and F-35s,” Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon prior to meeting with his Mongolian counterpart....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:30 am

Turkey's Elections: What Do They Mean for Turkey and Erdoğan?
by Burak Bekdil
April 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/1400 ... ns-results

The election results in Istanbul, now disputed by the AKP, put the opposition candidate into the lead by a margin of 23,000 votes in a city with 10.5 million voters.

"Though Turkey's government and many commentators are blaming the Trump administration and foreign speculators for the country's economic downturn, the reality is that it was already 'baked into the cake' many years ago due to the credit bubble that formed." — Jesse Colombo, Forbes.

Simple religious Islamist conservative and ultra-nationalist populism are still keeping Erdoğan in power, but there are signs that, if the economy keeps getting worse, those forces may not be able to save him. There are signs that this is taking place....

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T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:37 am

Turkey: Erdogan Pledges to Convert Byzantine Cathedral Hagia Sophia into a Mosque
by Uzay Bulut April 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/1401 ... hia-mosque

"When Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, virtually all of the city's surviving cathedrals and churches were — after being desecrated and thoroughly plundered — forcibly seized and turned over to the Turks' religious establishment to be converted to mosques and used as Muslim properties." — Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou, professor of history, Salem State University.

Nine other former Hagia Sophia churches are either being used as mosques already or are in the process of being renovated for this purpose. The youngest of these, in Trabzon, was converted into a mosque in 2013. — Ersoy Soydan, assistant professor of communications at Kastamonu University and author of Churches and Monasteries in Turkey

Sadly, Turkey's Greek community as a whole, let alone that of Istanbul by itself, is not sizeable enough to oppose or protest infringements on their historic cathedral. The 1914-1923 genocide of Greek Christians in Anatolia, and subsequent atrocities against the survivors -- such as the 1955 anti-Greek pogroms in Istanbul -- have almost completely wiped out the region's Greek populace.

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