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New draft law seeks to paralyze Turkish civil society – Al-Monitor

Turkish civil society organizations spanning the ideological spectrum are raising the alarm over controversial legislation they say will grant the government sweeping new powers to monitor and proscribe their activities. The draft law to “Prevent the Financing and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction” is supposed to keep Turkey from being blacklisted by the Financial Action …

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Erdogan’s economic policies show growing disconnect from working class – Al Monitor

During his visit to Malatya province Oct. 25, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stopped to chat with a group of school bus drivers. One among the crowd said, “We cannot take bread home to our families.” Erdogan replied, “I find this statement exaggerated.” While he handed out tea packages to the crowd, he said, “Here, have a cup of joy.” Later, the bus drivers told the members of the press there that they are dedicated supporters of Turkey’s ruling party and that they have voted for Erdogan for the past 18 years. 

Bread is a basic staple food in Turkey. There are several sayings that are based on bread, such as “earning your bread” that means making a living. Therefore, not being able to “bring bread home” means not being able to support your family’s needs. Erdogan’s reaction to those who are in need shows once again how isolated he is from reality. 

Erdogan’s two-man rule – Middle East Institute

For those following Turkey, there is no doubt about who calls the shots. From the economy and landscape to the arts and sports, everything reflects the will and vision of one man: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Since he switched the country over to a presidential system in 2017, he has acquired even more power. To …

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Why Mediterranean tensions may not benefit Erdogan at home – Al Monitor

Is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan using tensions in the Mediterranean to boost his domestic approval and win the yet-unannounced-but-constantly-rumored snap elections? Many of his opponents think so. In his “A Look at the Week” show with Rusen Cakir on the independent news platform Medyascope on Aug. 28, the journalist Kemal Can underlined an interesting …

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The Conquest Verse and downward spiral in Turkey-Greece ties – Duvar

Relations between Turkey and the European Union may indeed be back on track, but which track is that exactly? Just when I had given credit to EU-Turkey rapprochement, despite my usually pessimistic self, the usual flare-ups with Greece started up again. Can there be an EU-Turkey rapprochement despite Ankara’s “troubles” with Athens? As Turkey declares …

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Turkey′s Pelican group: A state within a state – Deutsche Welle

It was one of those moments that once again showed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s seemingly limitless power. On a return flight from a state visit to Azerbaijan two weeks ago, one of the pro-government reporters accompanying the president criticized that OdaTV had not yet faced charges. He argued the online news outlet was one of …

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey’s pugnacious president – BBC News

From humble beginnings Recep Tayyip Erdogan has grown into a political giant, reshaping Turkey more than any leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the revered father of the modern republic. But in the past year the economy has deteriorated, with inflation rising to some 20%, a weaker Turkish lira and unemployment reaching about 15%. Mr Erdogan’s …

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Turkey’s referendum – Turkey is sliding into dictatorship – The Economist

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in decades. The West must not abandon Turkey TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the world. For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must cope with …

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Aleppo’s businessmen blame Turks for damaged factories, looted equipment – Al Monitor

At Sheikh Najjar Industrial City I heard even more damning accusations that may take Turkey to The Hague. Aleppo industrialists say more than 300 factories were plundered and their equipment sold in Turkey, hence their decision to settle their accounts with Turkey at the International Court of Justice. ALEPPO, Syria — It may not be a …

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