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Amid Turkey’s Economic Meltdown, Erdogan Announces Boycott of US Goods

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10:00am 8/14/2018 at 10:00am
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With the Turkish currency in free fall, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a boycott of US-made electronic goods. Showing defiance in the wake of the recent US sanctions imposed in a dispute over the detention of an American pastor, Erdogan accused US President Donald Trump of waging “economic warfare” against the country.

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Trump Authorizes More Tariffs Against Turkey Over Defense Policy, Imprisonment of American Pastor

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 10, 2018 at 1:00pm 8/10/2018 at 1:00pm
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Trump Admin Sanctions Top Turkish Officials Over Imprisoned American Pastor

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 2:00pm 8/1/2018 at 2:00pm
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will sanction Turkish minister of justice and minister of interior over the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson. From CNBC:

“We’ve seen no evidence that pastor Brunson has done anything wrong and we believe he is a victim of...

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Erdogan Begins New Term by Purging 18,000 ‘Traitors’

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:00pm 7/9/2018 at 2:00pm
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun his new term as Turkish dictator president by purging 18,000 more “traitors” from the supposed coup that took place in July 2016. From The London Times:

The decree specified that the 18,632 people to lose their jobs were suspected of involvement with organisations that acted against the...

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Turks in Germany Celebrate Erdogan’s Victory with Chants of Allahu Akbar, Hail him as ‘Führer’

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:00am 6/27/2018 at 9:00am
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Thousands of Turks took to the streets in Germany to celebrate Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s election victory. Erdogan supporters waved Turkish flags, chanted the Islamic battle cry ‘Allahu Akbar’ and hailed the Turkish leader as their ‘Führer,’ German newspapers report. On Sunday, Erdogan declared victory in the presidential election, extending his 15-year reign in...

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Erdogan Declares Himself Victorious in Turkish Presidential Election

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 25, 2018 at 8:30am 6/25/2018 at 8:30am
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Yes, apparently Turkish dictator President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “won” a second term on Sunday. From The New York Times:

The results released by the official Anadolu news agency showed Mr. Erdogan with just under 53 percent of the vote, enough to spare him from a runoff against his leading challenger, Muharrem Ince,...

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New Migrant Surge Hits Greece Despite EU-Turkey Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00am 5/18/2018 at 7:00am
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The European Union’s deal with Turkey is failing to stop migrants from crossing into Europe, German media reports suggest. “The number of refugees coming into Europe through Turkey has risen sharply,” writes the German weekly Der Spiegel citing EU officials. In the early months of 2018 over 15,000 migrant crossed over...

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Turkey recalls its ambassador to US over Jerusalem embassy move

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/15/2018 at 3:00pm
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Earlier this week, I pondered the lack of American ambassadors to 32 countries, including some critical regional or economic allies.

Now, we are down a Turkish ambassador, albeit temporarily, as that nation has pulled its envoy in response to the opening of the American embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against 11 of 15 Turkish Officials in D.C. Brawl

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 3:00pm 3/22/2018 at 3:00pm
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Last year, tensions between America and Turkey rose after members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail attacked and beat up protesters outside of the Turkish embassy.

Those tensions may ease since federal prosecutors have decided to drop charges against 11 of the 15 men charged…even though people caught the brawl...

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Turkey’s bad behavior may be rewarded with German Customs Union

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:00pm 12/27/2017 at 2:00pm
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A week after voting against Israel at the United Nations, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is proposing an ambitious plan to strengthen relations with the Erdogan regime in Turkey. Gabriel, who also serves as Germany’s Vice Chancellor, wants an EU-wide customs union with Turkey, a move aimed at bringing the Muslim-majority country ‘...

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Turkey Seeking Jail Term for NBA Star Enes Kanter

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 12:00pm 12/20/2017 at 12:00pm
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Back in May, Turkey canceled NBA star Enes Kanter’s passport, leaving Kanter stranded in Romania while on his way back to the states. Kanter has been a vocal opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and supporter of Erdogan’s foe Fetullah Gullen, the man Erdogan blames for everything.

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Mueller Investigating Alleged Deal Between Michael Flynn, Turkey to Hand Over Cleric

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:30pm 11/10/2017 at 2:30pm

In March, I blogged about a report in The Wall Street Journal, in which former CIA Director James Moosley claimed he attended a meeting with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Turkish Foreign Ministers to discuss removing Fehtullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania. This meeting happened when Flynn...

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Report: Mueller Has Evidence To Bring Charges Against General Flynn, His Son

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:30pm 11/5/2017 at 1:30pm
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Earlier this week, Professor Jacobson noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is focused on process crimes and other things unrelated to the purpose of the Trump campaign-Russia collusion investigation.

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So I’ve had to watch several news cycles without being able to jump in. One...

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Turkey, U.S. Suspend Non-Immigrant Visa Services

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:00pm 10/9/2017 at 5:00pm
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Last week, the Turkish government arrested an employee from the U.S. consulate on alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for everything.

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Tillerson: U. S. Does Not Recognize Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5:00pm 10/1/2017 at 5:00pm
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We blogged about the Kurdish Independence vote held last week and about the resulting international threats and tensions, including the closing of Kurdish airports.

Pro-western Iraqi Kurds are disappointed by the lukewarm European response to their overwhelming victory, and can’t be too happy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that the...

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Resounding “Yes” In Kurdish Independence Vote Leads to International Threats

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00pm 9/26/2017 at 7:00pm
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Iraqi Kurdish leaders have announced that yesterday’s vote for Kurdish independence was a resounding “yes.”

According to the Kurdish Rudaw news outlet’s live results page, as of this writing, 3,440,616 votes have been counted, with 91.83% voting yes.  Final results are expected Wednesday.

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Enormous Turnout for Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:45pm 9/25/2017 at 7:45pm
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Last week, we blogged about today’s Kuridsh Independence referendum.  Yesterday’s Kurdish independence rally attracted an enormous crowd, perhaps foreshadowing nearly 80% of the reported 3.9 million registered voters turning out at the polls today.

Jubilant Kurds described today as “the best day of their life” and some even took to flying the Brazilian...

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