Middle East

Erdoğan’s call to citizens: Sell dollars for lira, gold

Dollars US 1a LLLL AFP photo

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth. Ηurriyet Following his remarks in Ankara, the lira saw fresh lows against the U.S. dollar. “Those who… Erdoğan’s call to… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

Thent 1a

US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »

Nobel Prize Winner Fulfills Promise To Leave US After Trump Victory

Tsiak 1a

The winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature says he has fulfilled a pre-election promise to cut up his green card and leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected president. The Daily Caller Chuck Ross “I have already done it, I have disengaged [from the… Nobel Prize Winner… Read More »

Is Michael Flynn Donald Trump’s Machiavelli?

Flynn - The National Interest

President-elect Trump has not yet chosen a Secretary of State, but his most important foreign policy advisor has already been named. The National Interest Christopher J. Fettweis The national security advisor is the primary aide to the president for international affairs, the first and last one in the room for all major decisions. It will be General Michael Flynn’s job to… Is Michael Flynn Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Commentary: The high price of Turkey’s ‘witch-burning’ crackdown

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the arrest of three prominent activists for press freedom, in central Istanbul,Turkey, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Necmye Alpay greeted me warmly. Reuters David Kaye Dressed casually in a workout-style jacket and sneakers, her spirit of optimism stood in stark contrast to the spareness of the setting: the Bakirkoy Women’s Prison in Istanbul. Alpay has been held in Bakirkoy since the… Commentary: The high price of… Read More »

Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers boats to ship migrants to Greece over EU anger

Tur migrants - Express

EUROPE is on the brink of war as Turkey gathers fleets of boats to ship 3,000 migrants a day to Greece in retaliation over the European Union’s (EU) vote to freeze accession talks. Express Alix Culbertson Greek intelligence officers have discovered the Turkish plans which they say involve thousands of dinghies and motorboats already being gathered along Turkey’s western coast. The analysts said Syrian migrants are preparing to… Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers… Read More »

Turkey’s Islamist president is embracing Donald Trump

Trump tower & sad 1a LLL

The sultan and the salesman The Economist But Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s enthusiasm may not last long  IN JUNE, a few months after Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Turkey’s Islamist president… Read More »

Greek Foreign ministry slams Erdogan comment on Cypriot flag; calls it ‘historically groundless’

Kotzias - Mignatiou

Attempts by Turkey to equate the victim with the aggressor in Cyprus is ‘historically groundless’ and “arbitrary”, the spsokesman of the foreign ministry Stratos Efthimiou said on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus’ flag. Mignatiou “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told journalists. ... Read More »

Merkel does not see EU expanding membership talks with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference after talks with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Reuters Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey to help tackle the migrant crisis, must engage with Ankara despite concern about its response to a failed coup in July. Bild newspaper ran a story under a ... Read More »

MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE?

Erdogan - Newsweek

Turkey already conducts operations in the U.S. against those with whom Erdogan disagrees. Newsweek Michael Rubin Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not… MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE? Read More »

Horn of Africa refugees flock to Yemen despite war

Tuo 1a

More than 100,000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia risked deadly boat journey into war-torn Yemen seeking better lives. AlJazeera, AFP More than 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have flocked to Yemen this year despite a raging conflict in the country, the United Nations said on… Horn of Africa… Read More »

What the domestic-violence makeup show tells us about women’s rights in Morocco

Make up - The Guardian

For the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, state TV aired a lesson in applying concealer to facial bruises. The Guardian Samia Errazzouki Why did anyone think this was a good idea? Makeup tutorials have been big business for… What the domestic-violence makeup show tells us… Read More »

What Has Strained U.S. – Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

Eirin 1a

The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has long held strategic importance for both countries, but lately it has come under strain. The Daily Caller Gen. Ilker Basbug Two major issues are exacerbating tensions: The U.S.’s support of the PYD in Syria, and concerns regarding how the… What Has Strained… Read More »

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

Strau 6f

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands. RT “We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any… Erdogan: Turkish forces… Read More »

Russia Pulse

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a session of the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSRLXH

Why Russia isn’t rushing to lift sanctions on Turkey Al Monitor Yekaterina Chulkovskaya For a long time, Russian-Turkish relations were based on a certain formula: “The economy is the economy. Politics is politics. And they shouldn’t be… RUSSIA PULSE… Read More »

Turkey at Thanksgiving Is Enough

American Thinker 1a logo LLLLLLLLLL

President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. American Thinker By Michael Curtis But attention should be paid by sore political losers to this pithy remark: “You’ve got to learn to survive a… Turkey at Thanksgiving… Read More »