Analyses

A new chapter in Greece’s Middle East military strategy – The New Arab

Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance.” The statement …

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How the Kashmir dispute is playing out in the Eastern Mediterranean – The New Arab

With friction growing between Ankara and Athens, the longstanding alliance between Pakistan and Turkey has prompted Greece and India to consider the mutual benefits of a strategic partnership. In the modern era, the balance of geopolitical power is constantly shifting, with new alliances being formed and historical tensions coming to the fore once again. Pakistan …

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Yuri Bezmenov – All Interviews & Lectures HQ (1984-1983)

The cultural subversion of the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. This is the compiled version of all of Bezmenov’s lectures I could find. This is G. Edward Griffin’s shocking video interview, Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press (1984), where he interviews ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov who decided to …

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Thousands of lives ruined in continuing crackdown on Gülen movement in 2020: report – Turkish Minute

According to Human Rights Watch, the largest group targeted by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan consists of people alleged to have links to the Gülen movement, a worldwide civic initiative inspired by the ideas and activism of Fethullah Gülen, a US-based Muslim cleric. According to a report by the Stockholm Center for Freedom, during the year …

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How r/WallStreetBets Made GameStop’s Stock Price Soar: Reddit Takes on Short Sellers – TLDR News

Over the last week the subreddit WallStreetBets has been making waves in the stock market, pushing up the values of companies like GameStop and Blackberry. These amateur traders seem to have outwitted and confused the professionals – earning millions in the process. In this video we break down the story and explain how Redditors broke …

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EU leaders must take ‘leap of faith’ to believe Turkey’s U-turn – Marc Pierini – Ahval

Former European Union ambassador to Ankara Marc Pierini spoke with Ahval’s Yavuz Baydar about Turkey’s bid for EU accession and the watershed moment for the country’s relations with its Western allies. Pierini addressed a number of issues in Turkey hindering the country’s decades-long EU bid and alienating Ankara from its Western allies. Turkey’s Court of …

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Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Is Not About Natural Gas – Foreign Policy

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism. In an episode that has tediously repeated itself several times since July, Turkey’s seismic-survey ships and navy vessels clash with Greek authorities while probing for hydrocarbons in waters off the small Greek island of Kastellorizo. Turkey and Greece—perennial …

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Why Trump Shielded Turkey’s Halkbank And Tried to Help Iran Evade Sanctions – Foreign Policy

The U.S. president never could grasp that shielding Turkey’s Halkbank for Erdogan would make Iranian sanctions evasion easier. On March 1, a U.S. District Court in New York will start the trial of what is alleged to be the largest-ever sanctions evasions scheme, a $20 billion plan prosecutors say was carried out by Turkey’s state-owned …

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Facing a changing main opposition, Erdoğan doubles down on polarization – Middle East Institute

Last week, on a TV show, a veteran CHP MP and former culture minister, Fikri Sağlar, explained he felt uncomfortable seeing female judges wearing headscarves in courts. He stated that, “When I stand before a judge wearing a türban, I doubt that she will defend justice. Some of them act militantly and ideologically, and a struggle must be waged against this.” The CHP quickly responded after the comments, saying Sağlar’s views did not represent the party’s official stance on the headscarf issue. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also reiterated that the CHP is not interested in how women dress in their daily lives, at work, or in the courts.

Priceless value of Turkey’s partnership – Daily Sabah

If both the U.S. and the EU were not following double standards in their ties with Turkey and lent the importance to the country that it deserves, today’s alliances would be much more powerful.

Turkey’s redlines were ignored many times by both the EU and the U.S. For example, the Greek Cypriot administration violated all international norms and agreements by rejecting the U.N. plan for Cyprus; however, it was still accepted as an EU member. However, this very EU created many obstacles for Turkey’s membership process.

Turkey’s Frantic Gold Rush Points to a Financial Crisis Ahead – The National Interest

Ultimately, the demand for gold reflects the realities of political and economic life in Turkey. On the one hand, citizens try to preserve what little wealth they have. On the other, a predatory political elite seeks economic gain amid the chaos.

In all likelihood, ordinary Turks will bear the brunt of their government’s ill-advised economic policies and machinations involving gold. If the currency crisis deepens, then Erdogan may have to ban FX deposits and convert citizens’ savings at an “official”— i.e., below-market—exchange rate, letting hyperinflation and negative real rates do the work. On Nov. 20, Erdogan asked Turks to “register whatever you have under the pillow, both abroad and domestically, without any question.” It is unlikely that many Turks will respond.

Eyes don’t lie: Erdoğan, Bahçeli meet amid big problems – Yetkin Report

President Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, the election partner of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at his home. This was the third contact of the leaders of the People’s Alliance in a week. The first meeting was held in the Presidential Palace, before an award ceremony on Dec. 30, 2020. The second was on the phone calls on Dec. 31. No official statement was made on the content of the talks. However, looking at the leaking backstage information and the problems on the country’s agenda, it is not hard to guess that they are having difficult times and this was seen in their expressions and body language. Eyes do not lie.

I am not going to make a “crack” analysis of Erdoğan and Bahçeli’s looks, stances, and the way they said goodbye to each other. Still, it is obvious that the new year did not take a happy start for the two leaders and they are aware that there are serious problems on the desk of Turkey’s ruling alliance. And what are these problems?