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Erdogan calls on US to hand over Kurdish commander
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the United States hand over the (American ally) commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria, in a sharp rebuke of Washington's call for negotiations with the Syrian Kurds. The call for Mazloum Abdi's extradition on Thursday came after US President Donald Trump, in a letter to Erdogan on October 9, said the Kurdish commander was "willing to negotiate" with the Turkish president and "make concessions that they would have never made in the past".

Abdi heads the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

Turkey, however, views the group as "terrorists" ... Speaking to state-run TRT on Thursday night, Erdogan said he instructed his justice minister to take the "necessary steps" for Abdi's extradition. "With the US, we have an extradition agreement. The US should hand this man to us," he said.

The Kurds blame a decision by the US to pull its forces out of Syria for Ankara's offensive and have turned to Syria and Moscow, Washington's foes, to deploy troops to help fend off the Turkish assault.

 



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Turkey’s Erdogan Sues French Magazine Over ‘Eradicator’ Cover

 

https://www.courthou...adicator-cover/

 

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ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched legal proceedings against a French magazine which branded Turkey’s president “The Eradicator” after he sent troops into Syria to push back Kurdish forces, media reported Friday.

 

The complaint was filed against Le Point director Etienne Gernelle and the head of the magazine’s international service Romain Gubert, the official Anadolu news agency reported. 

 

On this week’s cover Le Point published a picture of Erdogan giving a military salute with the subtitle “Ethnic cleansing: the Erdogan method,” provoking sharp criticism from Turkish government officials.

 

The cover’s headline called Erdogan “The Eradicator” and asked: “Will he be allowed to massacre the Kurds — and threaten Europe?”

 

In a petition presented to the Ankara prosecutor’s office, Erdogan’s lawyer Huseyin Aydin said the cover was “publicly insulting” to the president — a crime in Turkey.


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After reading the article below, I was tempted to start a thread on Turkish history in the History forum. However, since it discusses the current head of state of that country in detail, I decided this thread was still appropriate.

 

Erdoğan's ‘Deep State’ Fixation

 

https://www.courthou...state-fixation/

 

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WASHINGTON (Courthouse News) – When the U.S. House of Representatives launches open hearings into its impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be hosting a head of state who shares his obsession about the so-called “deep state.”

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is landing Washington for a visit to the White House, has used its specter to discredit his perceived opponents in the military, judiciary, law enforcement and the press.

 

“When Turks talk about the ‘deep state,’ they’re not just talking about factions or cliques within the government bureaucracy,” former Turkish parliamentarian Aykan Erdemir told Courthouse News in an interview inside his Washington office. “They’re talking about concrete cases of pogroms, violence, assassinations carried out by elements within the state.”

 

…Originating from the Turkish concept of the “derin devlet,” the deep state has taken on newfound significance in Erdoğan’s Turkey and Trump’s United States. Erdoğan exploited fears of this shadowy collective to consolidate power after being implicated in a 2013 corruption scandal, after Istanbul prosecutors implicated his allies in Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party in a bribery scheme.

 

…A Courthouse News investigation found that Turkey’s lobbying in the United States swelled enormously during the Trump presidency, largely in firms linked to both leaders. The top five recipients in Turkish government-linked money among the firms saw those contracts more than quadruple from 2014 to 2018.


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Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside

Source: Reuters

NOVEMBER 16, 2019 / 4:09 AM



ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey bought S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

In an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Ismail Demir said it was not logical for any country to purchase such systems only to put them aside, but added that Turkish and U.S. officials would aim to tackle the issue. He also said that no Russian personnel would come to Turkey to operate the S-400s.

 


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Trump, Turkey, Syria, and Russia are losing much face with their latest collective fiasco. One case in point:

 

 

Kurdish female politician, who worked to unite Christians, Arabs, Kurds, executed in Syria

 

https://www.christia...9q0Av6fEYzJ2ODU

 

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(The Christian Post) Hevrin Khalaf, a female politician who worked to unite Christians, Arabs and Kurds in Syria was among nine individuals executed by a Turkish-backed group in the northeast region of the country, according to a human rights monitor.

 

Khalaf, the 35-year-old Future Syria Party’s secretary-general, was “taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions,” along with her driver, said the political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, local media reported.

 

“This is a clear evidence that the Turkish state is continuing its criminal policy towards unarmed civilians,” it added.

 

On Twitter, Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, spoke of Khalaf’s efforts to foster tolerance in Syria and condemned her death as a “war crime.”

 

“Turkish state-backed media hails a ‘successful operation’ to ‘neutralize’ an unarmed 35-year old woman working to unite Arabs, Christians, and Kurds in NE Syria. Ms. Hevrin Khalef was reportedly dragged from a vehicle and shot to death. That’s a war crime,” he tweeted.


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Isolated Erdogan: nearly a million party members walk out on ruling Turkish party

 

https://www.thenatio...-party-1.943575

 

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(The National) Seventeen years to the month after Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won its first election, the party is showing signs of fatigue as members abandon the movement that has dominated Turkish politics for nearly two decades.

 

In recent months, claims of dwindling party numbers suggest increasing disillusionment among its conservative supporters.

 

This week the opposition Arti Gercek newspaper cited figures from the Supreme Court to show that nearly 58,000 members had quit the AKP in the past two months.

 

Since August 2016, a month after a failed coup that led to a widespread crackdown, more than 902,000 AKP supporters resigned their party membership, the newspaper said.

 

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Despite such losses, the party still has a membership of 9.8 million – figures that easily surpass most major political parties in Europe as well as domestic rivals.


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‘Marry-your-rapist’ bill to be introduced by lawmakers in Turkey

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A law which would allow men accused of having sex with girls who are under 18 to avoid punishment if they marry their victims is set to be introduced to parliament in Turkey.

The controversial so-called “marry-your-rapist” bill, which lawmakers are planning to introduce to Turkish parliament at the end of January, has sparked fury among women’s rights campaigners in the country.

Critics argue the legislation, which the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is urging the government to axe, not only legitimises child marriage and statutory rape but also paves the way for child abuse and sexual exploitation.

https://www.independ...e-a9296681.html



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Literally what the fuck?!


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Erdoğan’s ‘crazy project': new Istanbul canal to link Black and Marmara Seas
 
Mon 17 Feb 2020 06.00 GMT
 
To the west of Istanbul, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, lie diverse landscapes of forest, farms, marshes and ancient settlements. Following a curving line from north to south would connect you through the Terkos Lake, Sazlıdere stream and reservoir and Küçükçekmece lagoon, important water sources for migratory birds – not to mention the city’s residents.
 
This line, however, is also the path of Kanal İstanbul, a $12.6bn(£9.7bn) mega-infrastructure plan described by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as his “crazy project” when he first mentioned the idea in 2011.
 
Kanal İstanbul, approved by the environment ministry last month, would be a 45km (28 mile) shipping canal joining the Black Sea to the Marmara, running parallel to the Bosphorus strait, which already cuts through the centre of Istanbul. The government says the canal is needed to reduce water traffic through the city.
 
Critics – who include the mayor of Istanbul – warn of a great environmental cost, including the potential ecological destruction of the Marmara Sea. There is a delicate ecological balance between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, currently connected by the Bosphorus strait.
 
 
 
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I view Turkey-Russia tensions as being permanent. They are geopolitical rivals, with many opposing interests, and have gotten into numerous wars. The issue is over how those tensions are managed. Recently, both countries sought to bury those tensions with superficial gestures of cooperation. 
 
Neither side wants war. The consequences would be too devastating. They are too dependent on each other. Both have among the most powerful militaries in all of Eurasia, and in a conflict, they would be closely matched.
 
Turkey and Russia have threatened each other over Syria. I can’t see a way out of this other than some sort of deal that eases the tensions, at least temporarily.
 
Looking in the long-term, I see one of them having a distinct advantage. Turkey borders Syria. Russia does not. Syria was once a part of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s predecessor. Russia has never in its history exerted direct territorial control over Syria. Turkey has close ties with some of the Muslim population in Syria. Russia does not have cultural ties with anybody there. Turkey is a rising power, Russia a declining one.
 
Turkey may not want to risk going too far in the short-term. But ultimately, I think it will be Syria’s successor. It will just be bidding its time.


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10 July 2020

 

Turkey's president has signed a decree to formally turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque - a move which threatens to upset Christians around the world.

 

The monument in Istanbul has been a disputed symbol between Christianity and Islam for centuries - it was built as a Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 537AD but was turned into a mosque after the city was conquered by the Ottomans in 1453.

 

After the fall of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, Turkey's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk turned Hagia Sophia into a museum in 1934; a sign of his commitment to a secular future for the country - separating state from religion.

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to issue his decree comes after a landmark decision by Turkey's high court that the Hagia Sophia's conversion into a museum was unlawful.

 

https://news.sky.com...=snt-sf-twitter

 

What will the ratifications of this will be in the years to follow.

 


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Turkey: War with Greece 'just a matter of time'

Head of Turkish National Movement Party Devlet Bahçeli has declared that war with Greece is “just a matter of time”, The New Khaleej reported on Friday.
“It is inconceivable to turn our backs on our historical interests in the Mediterranean and the Aegean,” Bahçeli announced in a statement reported by the Arabic news website.
“It seems that Greece’s appetite and desire to be thrown into the sea has swelled again,” stressing that war in the Mediterranean and the Aegean is “just a matter of time”.
He added: “Greece’s goal is to come again and occupy our lands from where we threw them out 98 years ago. We are facing a new invasion plan.”
The Turkish politician, who is an ally of the Turkish ruling party, continued: “From now on, the attitude and behaviour of Greece will be what will determine the increasing tensions that will cause bleeding or an abominable confrontation.”
Turkey and Greece are at odds over the demarcation of sea borders in the Mediterranean and the right to explore hydrocarbon resources there.


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There’s a New Game of Thrones in the Mediterranean
Turkey and Greece Have Let Their Latest Feud Get Too Hot

As if there wasn’t enough trouble around the world, two NATO allies, Greece and Turkey, have lit up a new and dangerous crisis, dragging in countries near and far. In this game of thrones, only Germany seems to have the sway to mediate a return to sanity.
At the core of the crisis, as in so many other dangerous squabbles around the globe, is energy — specifically the rich gas deposits discovered over the past decade under the eastern Mediterranean. Greece claims that its many islands in that region give it sole drilling rights in the waters around them, a stance broadly supported by international law. But Turkey, feeling hemmed in, says otherwise, and it has sent ships, accompanied by warships, to explore for gas off Cyprus.
Feuds between Greece and Turkey are hardly new. What complicates this one is that the gas reserves are also being eyed by many other countries.


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