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Former Treasury Official Slams Ex-Erdogan Deputy on Sanctions

 

https://www.courthou...y-on-sanctions/

 

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MANHATTAN (Courthouse News) – A former deputy for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined an ever-growing list of Turkish officials accused of enabling sanctions violations on Friday during a money laundering trial in a New York federal courthouse.

 

In 2012, politician Ali Babacan served as then-Prime Minister Erdogan’s deputy, a position that Babacan would hold for three more years.

 

Babacan is now serving as a member of the Turkish parliament as a trial unfolds halfway across the world in New York, where prosecutors hope to convict banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla — a former manager at Turkey’s state-run Halkbank — of sanctions violations.

 

Former Treasury Department official David Cohen has been testifying for the U.S. government in that effort, and he told a jury today that Babacan’s intention to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran were so brazen that the deputy announced it publicly.

 

Cohen said that he warned Halkbank general manager Suleyman Aslan about the matter in a letter.


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Understanding Turkey’s Afrin Operation

 

Q1: Why is Turkey attacking Afrin?

 
A1: On January 20, Turkey launched a major military operation beyond its southern border code-named “Olive Branch” directed at the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin. The move followed months of increasingly harsh statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the emergence of a belt immediately beyond the Turkish-Syrian border controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), viewed by Turkey as the Syrian Kurdish affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). On January 13, Erdogan had announced that there would be action “within a week…if the terrorists in Afrin do not surrender,” and four days later the Turkish National Security Council meeting he chaired confirmed that steps would be taken “immediately and decisively to eliminate threats…to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and terrorist army beyond [Turkey’s] borders.”


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Keynote Address by the NATO Deputy Secretary General on Turkey's Relationship with the Organization as She Visits the Country

 

 

Among all NATO Allies, Turkey is the most exposed to instability and turmoil stemming from the Middle East.  Your country has suffered a series of brutal terrorist attacks and I want you to know that NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.

 

https://www.nato.int...ions_150987.htm



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Fears of escalation in tensions after Erdogan calls snap polls

Amid rising tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean, Wednesday's decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call snap elections for June 24 intensified concerns for bilateral ties against a backdrop of growing nationalist fervor in Turkey. 
There were hopes in Athens that a recent spike in provocations by Turkey might end after the June elections in Turkey. But these were undercut by fears of possible upheaval over the next two months. 
Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on Wednesday struck a much calmer tone. Responding to opposition criticism about the absence of a unified government stance opposite Turkey, he said, “The government’s position is expressed by the prime minister [Alexis Tsipras].”


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Turkey floods: Cars swept away in Ankara streets

Flash floods in the Turkish capital, Ankara, have caused havoc.

Cars were swept away and businesses hit, in the Mamak district of the city.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...-ankara-streets



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More Than 350 Observers to Monitor Turkish Elections

 

 

https://www.courthou...kish-elections/

 

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An international security body says it is deploying 22 long-term and 350 short-term observers to monitor Turkey’s June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights said Thursday that the higher number of observers is a response to recent changes to electoral procedures.

 

Newly-approved electoral laws will among other things, allow the government to relocate ballot boxes on security grounds and allow the counting of unstamped ballot papers as valid, which the opposition fears can lead to fraud.

 

The elections will usher in a new executive presidential system giving the president far-reaching powers. The new system was approved in a narrowly-won referendum last year, which the opposition says was marred by irregularities and observers branded as “unfair.”

 

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Erdogan clings to power as polls tighten ahead of Turkey's snap election

Turkey is set to go to the polls on Sunday for presidential and parliamentary elections that could pose the greatest electoral challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has faced since coming to power 16 years ago.

Around 55 million people have registered to vote in Turkey, along with 3 million overseas.
It's unlikely Erdogan expected a tight race when he called a snap election in April, hoping to consolidate his rule. But polls suggest outright victory could turn out to be harder than the firebrand president initially wagered.
For the first time, Turkey's disparate opposition — made up of secularists, nationalists, Islamists and Kurds — is showing a more united front, with some parties joining forces. Meanwhile the economy, to which Erdogan could once point as a shining example of his success, is looking increasingly shaky.
Some polls suggest that while Erdogan is still the most likely to win, he might not manage to muster the more than 50 percent of votes needed to avoid a second round on July 8, while his Justice and Development party, or AKP, could lose its majority in parliament. That could potentially lead to a situation where Erdogan is president but the opposition controls parliament.


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Al Jazeera has a nice background article on today's election.  Here is the link:

 

  https://www.aljazeer...1104841735.html


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The National, which is based out of the United Arab Emirates, along with Al Jazeera is providing live updates on the progress of the election.  Both of these news sources are interesting to me in that they operate in the neighborhood, so to speak.  Of course, one does have to be on one's toes as to potential bias, but that is true of any news source.  Here are some highlights as of this posting from The National:

 

 

Turkey elections — live updates as Erdogan aims to retain presidency

 

https://www.thenatio...idency-1.743126

 

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Polls suggest that the outcome remains too close to predict. Voting opens at 8am local time (9am UAE time) and closes at 5pm

 

Opposition figures allege attacks by government supporters

 

Several reports have surfaced in the Turkish press that members of opposition parties have been attacked by members or supporters of President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party and their coalition partner party the MHP. CHP member Fırat Yüksekyol was allegedly attacked in Ankara, while Good Party founding member and parliamentarian Ümit Özdağ claimed he was attacked by partisans while visiting a polling station in Istanbul to investigate alleged electoral misconduct.

 

,,, Allegations of attempted vote rigging from Suruc, in eastern Turkey

 

Andrew Wilks reports – Police in Suruc have stopped a car carrying four sacks of pre-stamped ballot papers, according to a report by The Evrensel newspaper. It is believed the ballots were intended to be swapped for legitimate voting slips, the paper reports. Three occupants of the car were arrested.

 

… Kurdish issues on student voters' minds in Istanbul

 

Shawn Carrié reports – At the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, student Deniz Burak, 23, says the Kurdish crackdown in eastern Turkey's is likely to count against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Turkey elections: Partial results show lead for Erdogan

 

https://www.msn.com/...ogan/ar-AAz638k

 

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(CNN) Partial results in Turkey's snap elections put President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party in the lead, lifting the veteran leader's chances of surviving his biggest electoral challenge in 15 years.

 

With 75% of the votes for the presidential race counted, Erdogan was at 54.7%, a comfortable lead over main opposition candidate Muharrem Ince, who has 29.7% of the votes so far.

   

The results are not final and could change as more ballots are counted from other regions of the country.

 

Erdogan needs to gain at least 50% of the vote to win in a single round. Failing to do so will trigger a run-off round on July 8, a potentially dangerous scenario for the President. Ince, a former physics teacher, is a more charismatic opponent than Erdogan is used to facing.


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The sad thing about this world is evil sometimes wins.

 

It is sad but one of the truths of this world



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The sad thing about this world is evil sometimes wins.

 

It is sad but one of the truths of this world

 

 

Well, yes, this is true.  Still, there are several reasons for monitoring such things. 

 

  1. That of rooting for one side, which is just a variation of following politics as if is is a sport.
  2. Monitoring trends that may effect an entire region beyond just one country, in this case Turkey and implications for Iraq and Syria, for example.
  3. Monitoring the health of democracy.
  4. Understanding what all of this may mean for the future of our planet.

Even the most pragmatic of observers should be able to relate to the fourth reason given.

 

Of course, politics itself can be a very dry subject, especially where the connection to one's own life is not immediately apparent.


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Turkey has decided to freeze the assets of two American cabinet ministers within its own country. These diplomatic gestures between the two countries just won’t stop. Is this a sign of things to come?



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President Erdogan has continued to consolidate power over the last few months, as Turkey faces increasing pressure from both within and abroad. The lira has weakened to the lowest it’s been in years, public debt is skyrocketing, Turkey is engaged in a public squabble with the United States, and the country is struggling to deal with the influx of migrants and terrorists pouring from the instability across its southern border. Yet Turkey has launched a military operation in northern Iraq in recent months after it’s forays into Syria, and is continuing to spend lots of money purchasing weapons and beefing up its military. What is going on? Why are the Turks doing this?



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Politically unstable regions surrounding the Ottoman principality (c. early fifteenth century):
 
Byzantine Empire in the Balkans
Mamluk Sultanate in Syria and Egypt
Turkoman principalities occupied by Tamarlane (and previously by the Mongols and Seljuks) in eastern Anatolia, Iraq and the Caucasus
 
1402-1413: Interregnum in the early Ottoman Empire that was characterized by domestic instability. There was political infighting, a wrecked economy, internal unrest and vassal states trying to wriggle out of Ottoman control.
 
Eventually, another Ottoman sultan rose and was able to consolidate power and reorganize the army under his control, continuing the Islamic gazi tradition, and expanding the empire. In the decades to come, under his leadership and of succeeding sultans, the Ottomans would capture Constantinople, occupy Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. 
 
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Politically unstable regions surrounding Turkey (c. 2018):
 
The Balkans
Syria and Iraq
Egypt
Saudi Arabia
The Caucasus
Ukraine
 
2016-Present: Turkey is shaken by a failed coup attempt, domestic violence, an insurgency by the PKK in the east, diplomatic disputes with many other countries, and an economy loaded with debt.
 
President Erdogan consolidates power and boosts Islamic fervor while reorganizing and advancing the Turkish military. Turkey begins conducting military operations in Syria and Iraq.
 
What happens next?


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Turkish lira plunges 13% to record low

Worries over a fragile Turkish economy and the risk of contagion in Europe unnerved investors on Friday and sent the lira to a record low against the US dollar.
The Turkish currency plummeted as much as 17% against the dollar, reflecting a range of concerns, including tensions with the United States and the unwillingness of Turkish authorities to raise interest rates.
President Donald Trump, who imposed sanctions on senior Turkish officials earlier this month for their role in the detention of an American pastor, upped the stakes on Friday with a promise to increase metals tariffs on Turkey.


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Trump authorizes doubling of metals tariffs on Turkey

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he authorized a doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey amid a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries that is causing a currency crisis for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!" Trump wrote.


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Tensions increase between U.S. and Turkey over detained American pastor. Here are the players involved

 

http://www.latimes.c...0810-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) Relations between Turkey and the United States suffered another blow Friday after President Trump announced via Twitter that he had authorized the doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from Turkey.

 

The deepening rift between the two NATO allies is over failed talks to release an American pastor who has been detained since 2016 on espionage charges.

 

Friday’s announcement comes nine days after Trump said the Treasury Department would impose sanctions on two Turkish officials. Here’s a look at the major players involved and an explanation of this geopolitical conflict:

 

Pastor Andrew Brunson

 

Brunson is an evangelical preacher who has lived in Turkey for more two decades where he ran the small Izmir Resurrection Church in Izmir, a city on the Aegean coast in western Turkey. He was swept up in a massive dragnet in 2016 and accused of espionage after a military coup failed to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 

The Turkish indictment against the 50-year-old pastor alleges he tried to convert Kurds living in Turkey to Christianity and engaged in “missionary activities under the cover of providing humanitarian aid to asylum seekers.” Whether or not true, those allegations bring together two feared subjects for the Turkish government: overt Christian proselytizing and work with the Kurds, many of whom desire independence from Turkey.


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