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Why Recep Erdogan Sometimes Says Cool Things

Ankara (GPA) – There has been some confusion lately as to why the Turkish President sometimes says cool things like “Israel is a terrorist state.” Here’s a brief explainer for you: Let’s start with a question about whatever country you might live in. When do your politicians kick their lies into overdrive? If you answered ‘election season’ […]

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‘Fair’ Elections Impossible in Turkey, Warns Reporters Without Borders

Ankara (MEE) – RSF’s Erol Onderoglu says 24 June polls cannot be free due to the ‘liquidation’ of the media. The “liquidation” of the media in Turkey means it is impossible for “free and fair” elections to be carried out on 24 June, a leading media activist warned on Wednesday. Erol Onderoglu, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) […]

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Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan and What’s at Stake in the Turkish Election?

Ankara (GPA) – Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan and what does this upcoming snap election mean for Turkey? Many readers with this site are likely familiar with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but that knowledge may be limited to his appearances in matters involving other countries like Syria and Russia. Yet even when you do hear about […]

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Turkey: US JCPOA Exit A Threat to Diplomacy

Ankara (TNA) – The president of Turkey decried the US’ move to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as a threat to diplomacy and international cooperation.     In a meeting with the Iranian president’s chief of staff in Ankara on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the US president’s decision to pull his country out of […]

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Turkish Banker Sentenced to 32 months in US Prison for Sanction Evasion

Ankara (MEE) – The prosecution of Mehmet Hakan Atilla has further strained relations between US and Turkey. A US judge sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a banker at Turkey’s state-controlled Halkbank, to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted earlier this year of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade US […]

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Issue Joint Statement Following Syria Peace Talks

Astana (TNA) – Iran, Russia, and Turkey, as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in Syria, issued a joint statement on Tuesday following the Arab country’s peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana. In the joint statement, representatives of Iran, Russia, and Turkey reiterated that there is no military solution to the […]

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UK Has Sold $1bn of Weapons to Turkey Since Coup Attempt

London (MEE) – Theresa May is set to roll out the red carpet for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this weekend, as new figures reveal that Britain has sold more than $1bn of weapons to Ankara since the failed 2016 coup and subsequent crackdown under emergency powers, Middle East Eye can reveal. Turkey remains a “priority market” for […]

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US Pastor Jailed in Turkey Claims Innocence Amid Trial Delay

Ankara (MEE) – A US pastor denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court on Monday and called them “shameful and disgusting”, in a prosecution that has been condemned by US President Donald Trump. Andrew Brunson, who could be jailed for up to 35 years, denied links to a network led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah […]

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Turkey Election: Muharrem Ince, The Man Looking to Unseat Erdogan

Ankara (GPA) – Who is Muharrem Ince? Here’s some background on the man looking to be the next President of Turkey. Last month, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, his Justice and Development Party (AKP), and their electoral coalition allies, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) called to move up the national elections initially scheduled for 2019 to next month. There […]

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GPA Editor Jim Carey Discusses the Turkish Elections w/Fault Lines [Video]

Washington (GPA) – GPA Editor Jim Carey spoke with Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan on Radio Sputnik’s Fault Lines program to discuss the current state of affairs in Turkey. Jim Carey spoke with Nixon and Stranahan to discuss recent events in Turkey, primarily the recent snap election called by Turkish President Recep Erdogan. As Jim wrote about […]

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