Volte-face

Turkey’s top electoral authority on Wednesday reinstated a pro-Kurdish opposition politician who won Sunday’s mayoral election but whose subsequent disqualification from office sparked large protests in the southeastern city of Van, dealing an additional blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party, the Financial Times...

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Res Ipsa Loquitur

Turkish opposition politicians and bar associations launched protests and legal actions across the country over the weekend in response to a major constitutional crisis that has raised concerns about Turkey’s judicial system, Voice of America reported. On Friday, hundreds of lawyers from across Turkey marched to...

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The Terror Within

Turkish authorities arrested scores of individuals suspected of having connections to the Kurdish militant organization responsible for Sunday’s suicide bombing attack on a government facility in the capital Ankara, the Financial Times reported. Two suicide bombers attacked the country’s interior ministry, with one attacker blowing himself...

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The Blame Game

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) criticized a reported decision by the Walt Disney Company not to broadcast a documentary series about modern Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, on its Disney+ streaming platform, Al Jazeera reported. The controversy began after a series of Turkish...

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Victory, Status Quo

Turkish voters gave incumbent leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan another five-year term Sunday, a victory that came despite a sinking economy and a united opposition, the Washington Post reported. Erdogan won 52 percent of the vote, the election board’s chairman said, giving the president a four-point victory...

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No Knockout Here

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a runoff later this month after results of Sunday’s elections showed that he and his party defied expectations of winning the first round, the Washington Post reported Monday. Preliminary results showed Erdogan won 49.4 percent of the vote, while...

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Strongman Down

Turkish politicians have been appealing to voters in the Mediterranean city of Mersin in the run-up to the country’s presidential elections on May 14. Mersin is the capital of a swing province whose residents could decide the seemingly tight race between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who...

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Legal Shields

The United States Supreme Court is debating whether the federal government can pursue criminal charges against Turkey’s state-owned bank, a case that has raised legal questions among justices and legal analysts about sovereign immunity even as Turkish officials are due to meet their US counterparts...

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Deja Vu

An explosion in one of Turkey’s busiest shopping districts killed at least six people and injured at least 81 others Sunday, a blast authorities described as deliberate, the Washington Post reported. The blast took place on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street, a busy thoroughfare known for its tourist...

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Whodunnit

Turkey denied reports that it carried out attacks against civilians in Iraq’s northern Duhok province, where a strike killed eight people, including two children, and wounded 23 others at a tourist resort, Al Jazeera reported Thursday. On Wednesday, at least four missiles struck an area in...

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Rebranding

Turkey will now be known as “Türkiye” after the United Nations approved the country’s request to formally change its name as part of a rebranding campaign launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year, Fox News reported. Türkiye – pronounced “tur-key-YAY” – has been the country’s...

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A Fickle Welcome

Turkey is preparing to return one million Syrian refugees to northern Syria amid increasing economic woes and criticism from the opposition ahead of the presidential elections next year, the Middle East Eye reported. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this week that the government is building 100,000...

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