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Erdogan wants Turkey’s trade with Iran, Russia, China in local currencies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is moving towards allowing trade with Iran, Russia and China to be conducted in local rather than foreign currencies, as he continues his efforts to strengthen the falling lira. “If we buy something from them, we will use their money, if they buy something from us, they will use our currency,” he …

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CONN HALLINAN – Turkey’s Coup: Winners & Losers

As the dust begins to settle from the failed Turkish coup, there appear to be some winners and losers, although predicting things in the Middle East these days is a tricky business. What is clear is that several alignments have shifted, shifts that may have an impact on the two regional running sores: the civil wars in Syria and Yemen. …

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John Helmer – ERDOGAN’S WET FIREWORK, NATO’S DAMP SQUIB – NOT EVEN TURKISH TOMATOES AND CUCUMBERS GAIN FROM ST. PETERSBURG SUMMIT

All law students in England, meeting the law of torts for the first time, used to study Scott v Shepherd. That was a case decided in 1773 in which a man in a marketplace was struck in the face by a lit firework that put out his eye.  The legal rule was —  if you toss fireworks, you are liable …

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ROBERT FISK – The Sultan and the Tsar: Erdogan Travels to Russia

So the Sultan travels to see the Tsar at the royal seat of St Petersburg. And the Caliph of Damascus will watch from Syria with the conviction that Ba’ath Party policy has once again proved its worth. The policy? Wait. And wait. And wait. For just as Turkey’s power over Syria – its Pakistan-like role of conduit for Arab Gulf money and arms to the civil war, its smuggling routes to Isis, al-Qaeda (or Jabhat al-Nusra or Fatah el-Sham …

epa04510989 A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidential Press Office shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) chatting before a press conference in the new presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, 01 December 2014. Putin and Erdogan began a meeting in Ankara to discuss their often opposing views on the crisis in Syria, the Islamic State threat and gas supplies to Turkey. Russia agreed to send more gas to Turkey and charge 6 per cent less for the energy, starting in January. Putin is on a one-day official visit to Turkey.
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OWEN MATTHEWS – Erdoğan and Putin reignite the bromance

ISTANBUL — The long-standing friendship between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to resume after a 10-month interruption as the two strongmen meet for a summit in St. Petersburg Tuesday. Relations between the presidents of Russia and Turkey have been frayed since last November when Turkish F-16s downed a Russian bomber that strayed over the Syrian-Turkish border. But now, …

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Prof. James Petras – Washington’s Strategic Defeat: Erdogan Trumps Gulenist Coup

For the past decade, the US intelligence agencies operating in Turkey have worked closely with the increasingly influential parallel government of Fethullah Gulen.  Their approach to power was, until recently, a permeationist strategy, of covertly taking over political, economic, administrative, judicial, media, military and cultural positions gradually without resort to elections or military coups. They adopted flexible tactics, supporting and shedding different allies to …

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Mish Shedlock – Erdogan Scorecard: 50,000 Detained or Fired Generals, Judges, Teachers, Police, Others

Inquiring minds may be interested in the number of military officers, generals, judges, teachers, and ordinary citizens detained or fired by Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Facts Not Needed for Extradition Yesterday, ABC news reported Turkey Fires Tens of Thousands in Coup Plotters Hunt. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue in a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, …

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Vijay Prashad – We Owe It to the Victims of the Latest Bombing Tragedy in Turkey to Ask Why These Attacks Happened

Tragedies are tragedies. Ordinary people stand at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Guns and bombs shatter their lives in an instant. There can be no justification for such violence. It is dangerously random and wicked. Whatever frustrations produce the assailants, nothing could possibly draw a straight line from those grievances and the misfortunes they produce. Each of these attacks …

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Stephen Zunes – Turkey’s Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

Turkey’s march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Though constitutionally the Turkish prime minister wields executive authority and the president is largely a figurehead, Erdoğan—who served as prime minister for eleven years before term limits forced him …

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Gareth Porter – US Media Hid Al Qaeda’s Syria Role

A crucial problem in news media coverage of the Syrian civil war has been how to characterize the relationship between the so-called “moderate” opposition forces armed by the CIA, on one hand, and the Al Qaeda franchise Al Nusra Front (and its close ally Ahrar al Sham), on the other. But it is a politically sensitive issue for U.S. policy, …