As Biden Meeting Nears, Erdogan Softens His Stance

With Trump gone and Turkey’s economy in crisis, the country’s strongman president is now trying to placate Western leaders rather than antagonize them. But how far can he be pushed?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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After Erdogan Angers a Loyal Province, His Opponents See an Opportunity

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey set off protests in his home province, the heart of his political base, with plans to build a quarry that would destroy a pristine woodland.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #quarries, #rize-province-turkey, #turkey, #wilderness-areas

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Turkey Claims to Have ‘Captured’ Cleric’s Relative in Kenya

The removal of a Turkish citizen from his home in Kenya is part of the crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on those he sees as connected to a failed 2016 coup.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #gulen-fethullah, #istanbul-turkey, #kenya, #national-intelligence-organization-turkey, #politics-and-government, #turkey

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Claims From an Organized Crime Boss Rock Turkey’s Government

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, already hampered by an economic crisis and a surge in coronavirus cases, is now battling allegations of corruption in his ranks.

#corruption-institutional, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #organized-crime, #peker-sedat, #turkey

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Chair Incident Was Sign of Enduring Sexism, E.U. Leader Says

“Would this have happened if I had worn a suit and a tie?” asked Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, after she was left standing during a summit in Turkey this month.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-commission, #istanbul-turkey, #women-and-girls

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Biden Declares Mass Killings of Armenians a Genocide

The Turkish government, as well as human rights activists and ethnic Armenians, had a muted response to the news, describing the move as largely symbolic.

#armenia, #armenians, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #ottoman-empire, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Biden to Declare Atrocities Against Armenia Were Genocide

The designation for the World War I-era killings would further fray U.S. relations with Turkey, but it is a risk the president appears willing to take to further human rights, officials said.

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Sliding in the Polls, Erdogan Kicks Up a New Storm Over the Bosporus

As part of a push to carve a canal alongside the waterway, Turkey’s president signaled that he could scrap a treaty that has kept peace in the region for decades.

#black-sea, #bosporus-turkey, #canals, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #montreux-convention, #politics-and-government, #sea-of-marmara, #ships-and-shipping, #treaties, #turkey

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Two Presidents Visited Turkey. Only the Man Was Offered a Chair.

A protocol mishap involving Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, was cited by critics as symbolic of Turkey’s treatment of women. It also underlined divisions within the European Union.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-commission, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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In Turkey’s Failed Coup, Trainees Face the Same Stiff Punishments as Generals

The families of trainee pilots sentenced to life in prison broke their silence to protest the men’s innocence. The pilots are among more than 600 trainees and conscripts swept up in prosecutions.

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Erdogan Pulls Turkey From European Treaty on Domestic Violence

The move is likely to please President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative followers. He also removed the head of the central bank.

#domestic-violence, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #women-and-girls

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Trial of Woman Who Killed Her Husband Highlights Domestic Abuse in Turkey

The case against Melek Ipek, who is being supported by women’s rights groups, has become a touchstone issue in Turkish politics.

#domestic-violence, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #turkey, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

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Deaths of Soldiers and Policemen Held by Kurdish Guerrillas Roils Turkish Politics

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the United States and opposition Kurdish politicians in an effort to deflect responsibility for a failed rescue operation.

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Monolith in Turkey Is Revealed to Be Government Stunt

The inscription on the monolith read “Look at the sky, see the moon.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the same slogan in announcing Turkey’s new space program this week.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #space-and-astronomy, #turkey

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Battered Turkish Economy Puts a Powerful Erdogan to the Test

Turkey’s veteran leader played an aggressive hand abroad, but as the country’s economy plummets, he is feeling ire at home as many Turks struggle to buy food.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-council-on-foreign-relations, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #turkey

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

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Turkey Jails Hundreds for Life Over 2016 Coup Attempt

Those accused of being ringleaders were among the many sentenced in one of the most important mass trials relating to the plot.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #decisions-and-verdicts, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #turkey

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An End to Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Dangerous War

The feud between Armenia and Azerbaijan has only been put on hold.

#armenians, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #pompeo-mike, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Erdogan’s Visit to Northern Cyprus Stokes Decades-Long Dispute

The Turkish president visited the island’s Turkish-occupied north, angering Cypriot and Greek officials and inflaming tensions.

#ankara-turkey, #cyprus, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #famagusta-cyprus, #politics-and-government, #security-council-un

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Biden Speaks to European Allies as Strongmen Stay Silent on U.S. Vote

The president-elect’s calls with four Western European leaders signaled a return to diplomatic normalcy and their support for his election win.

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Authoritarians From Mussolini to Trump

Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s “Strongmen” examines a long list of tyrants in the modern era.

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Armenians Erupt in Fury Over Defeat in War With Azerbaijan

As Russian peacekeepers deployed to enforce a lopsided peace agreement, Azerbaijanis were savoring their country’s triumph.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #international-relations, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Turkey’s Finance Minister Resigns Amid Pressures of Sliding Economy

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law, who is known for his ties to the Trump White House, said he was quitting as Turkey’s lira tumbles and its economy worsens.

#aksener-meral, #albayrak-berat, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #foundation-for-defense-of-democracies, #halkbank, #istanbul-turkey, #kushner-jared, #turkey

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When It Comes to Democracy, the U. S. Is Showing Its Age

Our election systems were not built for the modern era. Looking abroad might help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #india, #latvia, #mexico, #orban-viktor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

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Muslim Countries Denounce French Response to Killing of Samuel Paty, Urge Boycott

While the French have supported their government’s crackdown, it has opened the country to criticism that its complicated relationship with French Muslims has taken an ugly turn.

#bangladesh, #boycotts, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #international-relations, #jordan, #kuwait, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #terrorism

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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How Turkey’s Military Adventures Decrease Freedom at Home

Involvement in regional conflicts such as the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia has whipped up nationalist fervor and obliterated space for advocates of peace and democracy.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #minorities, #peoples-democratic-party-turkey, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Turkish Defector Says He Was Ordered to Kill Politician in Austria

The testimony by the man, who claimed to be an intelligence agent, offers insight into President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pursuit of foes and undermines the conviction of a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul.

#austria, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gulen-fethullah, #politics-and-government, #topuz-metin, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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The Trouble in the South Caucasus Extends Far Beyond One Small Enclave

Hundreds of people have already died in fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Bigger neighbors can help stop the bloodshed.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #politics-and-government, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #turkey

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Turkey Jumps Into Another Foreign Conflict, This Time in the Caucasus

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already intervened militarily in Syria, Libya and Iraq this year. His aggressive policies put him increasingly at odds with Russia.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #turkey

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Human Rights Are Like Fire Departments. You Really Need Them.

They may be less appealing than economic prosperity, but they are indispensable.

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With Freedom at Stake, Courts Are Collapsing

In Hungary, Turkey and India, the courts have turned into silent bystanders and complicit actors.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitutions, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #law-and-justice-poland, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-of-india

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Turkey and Greece Have Let Their Latest Feud Get Too Hot

It’s time to listen to Germany and take a step back.

#cyprus, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #greece, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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Turkey Braces for Yet Another Currency Crisis

A sharp drop in the value of the lira is testing businesses and residents while they are coping with the pandemic.

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Turkey Considers Leaving Domestic Violence Treaty Even as Abuse Surges

The European pact, signed in Istanbul in 2011, was intended to protect women but has become a target for populist leaders who claim it threatens “traditional families.”

#council-of-europe, #domestic-violence, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #istanbul-convention, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #treaties, #turkey, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Turkish Aggression Is NATO’s ‘Elephant in the Room’

Despite being a NATO member, Turkey has bought Russian air defense. And a recent push into Libya and its energy ambitions nearly led to armed conflicts with France and Greece.

#defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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Turkey Passes Law Extending Sweeping Powers Over Social Media

The legislation extends control over social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Critics worry it will be used to stifle dissent and criticism of the government

#albayrak-berat, #censorship, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #facebook-inc, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #turkey, #twitter

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Erdogan Reopens Turkey’s Hagia Sophia as a Mosque

The Muslim faithful celebrated the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, even as it generated dismay among Christians and architectural conservators.

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The Next Global Flash Point

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

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The Hagia Sophia Was a Cathedral, a Mosque and a Museum. It’s Converting Again.

Changing the secular space back into a religious one is a risk for the World Heritage site.

#ataturk-kemal, #byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #francis, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-convention, #world-heritage-sites

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Would Muhammad Convert Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque?

Turkey’s decision to change the former cathedral into a mosque flies against the pluralist instincts of Islam’s founders.

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Why Erdogan Wants Hagia Sophia to Be a Mosque

The Hagia Sophia has been designated as a mosque again, its status as a museum viewed for decades as a seal on the country’s spirit.

#ataturk-kemal, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government, #russian-orthodox-church, #turkey

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Turkish Court Clears Way for Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again

The decision to revoke its 80-year-old status as a museum would allow it to become a place of worship but is likely to provoke an international furor.

#byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #istanbul-turkey, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #world-heritage-sites

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In Turkey’s Soccer League, the Super Lig’s Giants Face a Reckoning

Turkish soccer, hobbled by fallen giants and rife with conspiracy theories, can no longer match Europe’s powerhouses. Fixing its problems will require the one trait no one seems to have.

#besiktas-soccer-team, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #fenerbahce-soccer-team, #galatasaray-soccer-team, #istanbul-turkey, #soccer, #turkey

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Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay

The World Heritage site was once a potent symbol of Christian-Muslim rivalry, and it could become one once more.

#byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #istanbul-turkey, #mosques, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government

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‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Trump is attacking his record on China. But for Mr. Biden, it’s part of a long history of befriending and sometimes confronting world leaders.

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An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water

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