Turkey: Thousands fired, investigation stymied on coup attempt anniversary

Turkey: Thousands fired, investigation stymied on coup attempt anniversary

by WorldTribune Staff, July 16, 2017 The Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued its purge of state institutions one year after a failed coup attempt as the government dismissed more than 7,000 police, ministry staff and academics on July 14. The official Turkish government Gazette said that those who were fired are people “who it’s […]

Other nations follow Trump’s lead in dismissing Paris climate accord

Other nations follow Trump’s lead in dismissing Paris climate accord

by WorldTribune Staff, July 14, 2017 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey will not ratify the Paris climate agreement, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead in pulling out of the pact. “After that step taken by America, the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament,” Erdogan […]

Trial of alleged Turkey coup ringleaders begins amid criticism from rights group

Trial of alleged Turkey coup ringleaders begins amid criticism from rights group

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkish soldiers who are accused of participating in an attempted coup d’etat in 2016 are escorted to trial at a court inside Sincan prison in Ankara on May 22. / epa Turkey has begun the trial of more than 220 suspects accused of being among the […]

Trump approves arms to Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objection

Trump approves arms to Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objection

by WorldTribune Staff, May 10, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon the go-ahead to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters in the fight to drive Islamic State (ISIS) from its stronghold at Raqqa. The green light was given just one week before Turkey’s president will visit the White House. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said […]

Surging Kurds see advance in Syria a win for all sides; Turkey is the exception

Surging Kurds see advance in Syria a win for all sides; Turkey is the exception

by WorldTribune Staff, May 8, 2017 Syria’s Kurds, the fighting force that was key in turning the tide against Islamic State (ISIS), are looking to redraw northern Syria to link their autonomous Rojava region with the Mediterranean Sea. Kurds make up the majority of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) that is closing in on ISIS’s […]

U.S. prosecutors to detail ‘high-level’ conspiracy to evade Iran sanctions

U.S. prosecutors to detail ‘high-level’ conspiracy to evade Iran sanctions

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. prosecutors said they will show that a Turkish-Iranian gold trader coordinated an illegal scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions with people at “high levels” in Turkey and Iran. During a pretrial hearing in a Manhattan district court on April 24, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis […]

Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia-minor. In a decisive but dividing referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote. Erdogan’s divisive victory […]

Turkey’s opposition to formally seek annulment of referendum

Turkey’s opposition to formally seek annulment of referendum

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey’s main opposition party is preparing to formally appeal for the annulment of a referendum to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, while the country’s prime minister has called for the official results of the disputed vote to be respected. The secularist People’s Republican Party (CHP) […]

Turkey’s referendum could create ‘one-man rule,’ threatens EU ties

Turkey’s referendum could create ‘one-man rule,’ threatens EU ties

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began to set post-referendum strategy for the country after declaring a “clear victory” in the April 16 vote that gave him sweeping new powers but was also challenged as illegitimate by the opposition. Turkey’s Central Election Committee (CEC) on late April […]

Turkey’s April 16 referendum and Erdogan’s transit from irritant to threat

Turkey’s April 16 referendum and Erdogan’s transit from irritant to threat

Special to WorldTribune.com Analysis by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Ankara There were, by the end of March 2017, growing indications that Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan had concrete plans to unleash a new wave of undocumented migrants into the European Union if he failed to win the absolute power he was seeking in the April 16, […]

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