In Turkey, an Exhibit Meant to Highlight Kurdish Suffering Provoked a Furor

A recent art show in a major Kurdish city in Turkey aimed to uplift a region crushed by years of conflict. It ended up serving as a reminder of how toxic the subject of Kurds remains in Turkey.

#art, #diyarbakir-turkey, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #peoples-democratic-party-turkey, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #turkey

Cashing In Grandma’s Gold Coins, a Turkish Family Struggles to Get By

As inflation soars and the value of Turkey’s currency plummets, one couple described how working families can’t make ends meet and have had to cut back on basic necessities as well as life’s smaller pleasures.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #credit-and-debt, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #istanbul-turkey, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Foreign Drones Tip the Balance in Ethiopia’s Civil War

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pulled off a stunning reversal in the year-old conflict with the help of armed drones supplied by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran.

#ahmed-abiy, #arms-trade, #drones-pilotless-planes, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #ethiopia, #iran, #nagorno-karabakh, #quds-force, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A Record Number of Journalists Jailed

Authoritarian leaders are waging a war against the free press.

#committee-to-protect-journalists, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #freedom-of-the-press, #khashoggi-jamal, #lai-jimmy, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #madison-james-1751-1836, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #xi-jinping

Turkish Currency Hits a New Low, Again

The Central Bank has cut interest rates, even as inflation continues to soar, deepening President Erdogan’s disputed economic plan and setting off a new plunge in the lira.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Many Turks Can’t Afford Bread, and Bakers Can’t Afford to Make It

Squeezed by rising costs, price controls and plunging sales, bakers warn of ruin, while their impoverished former customers line up for government-supplied loaves.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #imamoglu-ekrem, #istanbul-turkey, #turkey

How Inflation Affects Turkey’s Struggling Economy

Even before the pandemic, Turkey was trying to ward off financial meltdown. The crisis has accelerated as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his unorthodox policies.

#currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #foreign-investments, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #recession-and-depression, #turkey, #unemployment

Inflationary Wave Changes Political Terrain for Right-Wing Populists

The leaders of Turkey, Hungary and Brazil are all grappling with problems posed by the global rise in prices ahead of national elections.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hungary, #inflation-economics, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #turkey

Turkey’s President Follows His Own Advice Even as Economy Slips

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly isolated as he clings to an economic prescription that few endorse but that he believes will bear results before elections.

#currency, #davutoglu-ahmet, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #karamollaoglu-temel, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-peoples-party-turkey, #turkey

‘Our Money Has No Value’: Frustration Rises in Turkey at Lira Crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on directing monetary policy and sticking with low interest rates is draining confidence, economists say.

#currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #politics-and-government

As Turkey Chafes at Erdogan, He Gets Spikier Abroad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled an appearance at the global climate talks over a perceived slight, part of a pattern of creating international dramas to bolster his domestic standing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #global-warming, #group-of-twenty, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #wildfires

‘America Is Back,’ Biden Declared in June. The World Is About to Test Him.

Arriving in Europe with an unfinished economic and environmental spending plan, the president will confront new challenges, some self-inflicted, at two major summits.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #draghi-mario, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #group-of-twenty, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations

Turkish President Steps Back From Expulsions of 10 Western Diplomats

The threatened expulsions had risked severe economic consequences and a rupture in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kavala-osman, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Erdogan Threatens to Expel 10 Western Ambassadors

The move follows a statement from the envoys demanding the release of a prominent philanthropist jailed since 2017.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-court-of-human-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kavala-osman, #turkey

Turkish Opposition Begins Joining Ranks Against Erdogan

With an eye on elections, six parties are working on a plan to end a powerful presidency and return to a parliamentary system.

#aksener-meral, #davutoglu-ahmet, #demirtas-selahattin, #elections, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #kilicdaroglu-kemal, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #turkey

Turkey Sours on Syrians, but Not in This Sleepy Town, Jolted Awake

As calls increase in Turkey for Syrian refugees to go home, Kilis, a border town transformed by the newcomers’ energy, has embraced the change.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #immigration-and-emigration, #kilis-turkey, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Amid Tensions With U.S., Erdogan Praises Ties with Russia

Meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said “there is no path back” from Turkish-Russian military deals opposed by the West.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #syria, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

Afghan Refugees Find a Firm and Unfriendly Border in Turkey

Even before the last week’s harrowing scenes at the Kabul airport, thousands of Afghans were fleeing over land through Iran to Turkey. But they are being pushed back.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #deportation, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #turkey

‘My Blood Is Boiling’: War Fever Surges in Ethiopia as Its Civil War Spreads

A government drive to enlist civilians in the war effort threatens to widen the conflict, forcing ethnic groups to take sides and potentially spilling into the broader region.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

As the U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan, Kabul’s Airport Is a Final Stand

With the main allied military air base about to close, negotiations are underway with Turkey about continuing to secure the civilian airport as the Taliban advance across the country.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

#armenia, #armenians, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #ottoman-empire, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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

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

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.

#akinci-air-base, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #military-bases-and-installations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #turkey

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

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

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.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kurdistan-workersparty, #nationalist-movement-party-turkey, #turkey

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

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

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

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

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

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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

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

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

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

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

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