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Turkey Won’t Ratify Paris Climate Accord, Citing Trump’s Exit

 

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that Turkey will not be ratifying the Paris climate accord, citing President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the deal.

 

“After that step taken by America, the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament,” he told the press Saturday at the end of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Despite the fact that every other leader but Trump signed on to summit’s final statement asserting “the Paris agreement is irreversible,” Erdoğan said some of those countries had a “problem” with the accord and are “not renewing their support.”

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Turkish President Erdogan addresses media at end of G-20 summit in Germany, Saturday. 

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Turkey has arrested Amnesty International’s local director

IT WAS the sort of intervention on behalf of a persecuted opposition politician that Amnesty International carries out hundreds of times a year. In 1998, after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then the mayor of Istanbul, was jailed for a speech in which he read out a religiously themed poem, the human-rights group termed him a “prisoner of conscience” and wrote to the government demanding his release. Nineteen years later, Mr Erdogan, now Turkey’s president, presides over an increasingly authoritarian regime. And his police force has arrested Amnesty International’s own staff along with other human-rights activists. So it was to Mr Erdogan that the group found itself writing last week to demand the release of detainees. He shows little sign of softening.

But though Western governments have mostly let pass Mr Erdogan’s claims that he is simply pursuing those involved in the coup, arrests of Amnesty International staff make it hard for them to keep ignoring the situation. “The use of criminal proceedings against human-rights defenders...is unfortunately an increasingly frequent phenomenon” in Turkey, says Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights. Mr Muiznieks notes that Turkey was one of the first signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights, which it has abrogated during the state of emergency that has been in place since the coup.


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The religious right in Turkey has one advantage over the one here...It is always sicking when the educated, the opposition and anyone that dares to be free gets crushed by a fascist government.

 

We have a constitution that stops them from doing this here in the United states but they'd love to. Don't ever let your guard down!


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The religious right in Turkey is also much stronger and has much, much more effective gerrymandering, if you can believe it. 

 

Then again, there was also a failed/staged coup. The closest equivalent would be 9/11, where Bush got the highest approval ratings of any US president in history for a brief period of time and had near unanimous support to do whatever he pleased. That didn't last precisely because we do, indeed, have a constitution.


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Turkey's purges continue a year after failed coup
One year on, Turkey’s crackdown on suspected coup plotters shows no signs of ending - and has now reached human rights workers

Mert's story is just one of many and typical of the current situation in Turkey. He had voiced concern in group meetings, as he always did, but instead of citing personal disagreements on the day he was laid off, he said his boss accused him of having links to a terrorist organization. Speaking under an alias to avoid repercussions, Mert, 37, said he was dismissed from his job at an Ankara government ministry last fall for questioning his superiors.
"He said I was a Gulenist," Mert told DW, referring to Fethullah Gulen, an exiled cleric who the Turkish government blames for plotting last year's failed coup. "To make such a claim is ridiculous because he knew it wasn't true. He just wanted to get rid of me."
Since then, Mert has remained without work and his passport has been revoked. Similar to the more than 150,000 people who have been sacked or suspended in Turkey's ongoing purges, Mert has been rendered unemployable by his dismissal, which is all too visible to prospective employers in Turkey's social security database.
"I am blacklisted and this is much worse than you can imagine," Mert said.
One year after a failed coup sparked nationwide purges on suspected plotters, Turkey's crackdown continues to spread beyond its initial target of Gulen followers, implicating members of opposition groups, media outlets and humanitarian organizations, effectively silencing many forms of public dissent.


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Turkey Chooses Russia Over NATO for Missile Defense

Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a turn away from the NATO

Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades.
The preliminary agreement sees Turkey receiving two S-400 missile batteries from Russia within the next year, and then producing another two inside Turkey, according to the Turkish official, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. A spokesman for Russia’s arms-export company Rosoboronexport OJSC said he couldn’t immediately comment on details of a deal with Turkey.


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Turkey Leaks Secret Locations of U.S. Troops in Syria

In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa.
The list published by the Anadolu news agency points to a U.S. presence from one end to the other of the Kurdish self-administration region—a distance of more than 200 miles. The Anadolu news agency even listed the number of U.S. troops in several locations and in two instances stipulated the presence of French special forces.


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Germany warns its citizens against travel to Turkey

Germany is sharpening its policy toward Turkey in response to jailings of journalists and human rights activists. The Foreign Ministry is now warning German citizens that they face risks if they go to Turkey.
Germany's foreign minister interrupted his vacation on the North Sea to return to Berlin to deliver the most strongly worded statement yet against Turkey's imprisonment of German journalists and human rights activists.
"We want Turkey to be a part of the West, or at least remain in its current position, but it takes two to tango," Sigmar Gabriel at a press conference in Berlin. "I cannot make out any willingness on the part of the current Turkish government to follow this path with us. For that reason Germany is forced to reorient its Turkey policy. The first consequences will be new travel advisories for German citizens in Turkey."


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Turkish Supreme Military Council replaces land, air and navy commanders

Turkey on Wednesday replaced the commanders of its army, air force and navy after their terms in office expired, reshuffling the top of a military that has been shaken by last year's failed coup.
Turkey's armed forces - like the media, civil service and police - have been convulsed by the crackdown that followed the attempted putsch, when a group of rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and warplanes in an effort to topple the government.
All together, some 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and more than 50,000 detained. More than 8,000 military officers, including high-ranking commanders, have been accused of supporting the coup.


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Turkey is trying to get an atomic bomb in secret weapons plan, warns expert

With tensions threatening to reach breaking point between the US and North Korea it has emerged Turkey could be trying to build up its weaponry as relations with the EU reach a new low. 
In a worrying claim, an expert has warned Turkey is the next country looking to expand its arsenal to include atomic bombs. 
Abdullah Bozkurt, a government-critical Turkish journalist, has dramatically revealed what he called 'secret plans’ for Ankara to acquire the ultimate weapon.


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Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools

When children in Turkey head back to school this fall, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution.
The Turkish government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum. Critics accuse Turkey's president of pushing a more conservative, religious ideology — at the expense of young people's education.
At a playground in an upscale, secular area of Istanbul, parents and grandparents express concern over the new policy.
"I'm worried, but I hope it changes by the time my grandchildren are in high school," says Emel Ishakoglu, a retired chemical engineer playing with her grandchildren, ages 5 and 2. "Otherwise our kids will be left behind compared to other countries when it comes to science education."
With a curriculum that omits evolution, Ishakoglu worries her grandchildren won't get the training they'll need if they want to grow up to be scientists like her.


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Relations with Turkey ‘can’t go on as before,’ says Germany

Germany issued a travel alert for Turkey on Thursday, citing “heightened danger” after the arrest of a German human rights campaigner in Istanbul and marking the latest in a string of incidents that have pushed tensions between Berlin and Ankara close to breaking point.
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel voiced scathing criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a press conference, saying Ankara had “abandoned the ground of European values” by jailing “innocent visitors to their country on outrageous charges.” Gabriel added he believed that Turkey had also abandoned NATO’s common values.


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Austria joins Germany in condemning Erdogan interference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency.
Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday after Ankara issued a "red notice". The German-Turkish writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey's extradition request.
"It is not right and I'm very glad that Spain has now released him," Merkel said. "We must not misuse international organisations like Interpol for such purposes."
Relations between Turkey and the European Union have been under growing strain since last year's failed military coup in Turkey. European-Turkish nationals are among the 50,000 people detained since then in what critics condemn as an indiscriminate crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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Erdogan threatens military action over Iraqi Kurdish referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened a military intervention in Iraq in response to the Iraqi Kurdish region’s referendum on independence from Baghdad.
 
Erdogan, speaking at a conference in the Turkish capital of Ankara as Iraqi Kurds voted in their region on Monday, said that Kurdish independence was unacceptable to his country and that this was a “matter of survival.”


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U.S. halts some visa services in Turkey, citing security concerns
By Erin Cunningham October 8 at 3:15 PM

 

ISTANBUL — The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced Sunday that it was suspending all non-immigrant visa services at diplomatic facilities across Turkey, in what appeared to be an act of retaliation after Turkey arrested an employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul last week.

In a statement, the embassy said the move was aimed at limiting visitors to the U.S. mission while the United States “reassesses” Turkey’s commitment to the security of American personnel, an extraordinary admission that underscores the fraught ties between the onetime allies.

The decision follows the arrest last week of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, whom authorities here accused of espionage. The embassy said it was “deeply disturbed” by the arrest and called the allegations “wholly untrue.”

On Friday, U.S. Ambassador John Bass met with Turkish reporters in Ankara and said Topuz was being tried “through media outlets” rather than in a court of law.

 

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Turkey considering annexing Northern Cyprus.

 

Stirring up even more shit. Why is this country still in NATO again?

 

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So why is it in the interest of Russia and the USA to let Turkey act the way it does again? I mean, the country seems to slowly be breaking from both parties influence and working in its own interests which I would have thought would be met with overt hostility.


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So why is it in the interest of Russia and the USA to let Turkey act the way it does again? I mean, the country seems to slowly be breaking from both parties influence and working in its own interests which I would have thought would be met with overt hostility.

 

I'd guess:

 

Russia don't really care about how its acting, as far as they are concerned, they wait long enough and Turkey is out of NATO, which is a win. If they act against Turkey, then Turkey will just cuddle up to NATO and the EU again, so best to do nothing and let them split off.

 

For the USA, if they act against turkey, then turkey will leave NATO and start causing the USA even more problems in the middle east. Even if they don't join the CSTO or something.



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Merkel: EU To Cut Aid To Turkey Over Democratic Backsliding
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUSSELS — Oct 19, 2017, 7:38 PM ET

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early Friday that European Union leaders have agreed to reduce financial assistance for helping Turkey get ready for possible EU membership due to that country's violations of the rule of law and human rights.

But Merkel also stressed that she wants to keep talking to Turkey and said there is no consensus among leaders of the 28-member bloc to completely end membership talks with Turkey, which have been underway since 2005.

Speaking at a summit in Brussels, Merkel criticized the "absolutely unsatisfying human rights situation" in Turkey, but said she wanted to "avoid a showdown" and does not wish "to break bridges" with the NATO country.

Merkel arrived at the summit Thursday saying she considers Turkey's developments on democracy "very negative, not only because many Germans are under arrest."

 

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Turkey Seizes Assets of Presidential Ally Who Flipped

 

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MANHATTAN (Courthouse News) – The Turkish government seized the assets of a gold trader and his family on Friday, capping off a week of dramatic testimony by the man implicating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top officials in a multibillion-dollar money-laundering scheme.

 

CNN Turk reported the news this morning as wealthy businessman Reza Zarrab spent a third day on the witness stand in a New York federal courthouse.

 

After telling the court Thursday that it was Erdogan who gave the order for Turkish banks to trade with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, Zarrab talked today about a meeting in early 2013 at a Marriott Hotel in Ankara between Iranian officials and Suleyman Aslan, who was then the general manager of the state-run Halkbank.

 

Aslan, who is under indictment in the United States but still at large, was the only Halkbank official at the meeting, Zarrab said.

There, “the Iranians put pressure on Suleyman on their ability to make direct payments on their own,” Zarrab added.

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Prosecutors entered this photo of Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab as evidence in a trial of a Turkish banker accused of laundering money for Iran in contravention of U.S. sanctions.


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