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Turkish Press Roundup

Before a fruitless visit to Moscow (Radikal), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan renewed his threatening rhetoric toward Assad and other members of the regime, saying that Syrians would “make them pay” (Today’s Zaman). The Muslim Brotherhood convened a conference in support of the Syrian opposition in Istanbul this week, attended by Abdulbasit Sida, president of the Syrian National Council (Habertürk).

The Turkish Press showered U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone with affection this week, noting his swim in the “Asia to Europe” Bosphorus race (Hürriyet, Sabah), as well as the hoops he shot with Turkish children at Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University’s basketball training camp (Anadolu Ajansı). Newspapers widely reported that an Israeli man set himself on fire to protest his government’s economic policies (Milliyet), as well as rumors that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apologize for the Mavi Marmara incident (Sabah).

Right before Chevron forged an oil exploration plan (NTV) with the Kurdish Regional Administration (KRG), Iraqi Government Spokesman Ali Dabbagh stated that an independent deal on oil exportation between Turkey and the KRG would prove ruinous for Iraqi-Turkish trade relations (CNNTürk).

Just after Kemal Kilicdaroglu was reelected chairman of Turkey’s main opposition party,  the Republican People’s Party founded by Atatürk, he became a candidate for the vice presidency of the Socialist International (Vatan). Turkey’s Economic Policy Research Foundation (TEPAV) noted in its “employment bulletin” a marked increase in the number of women identifying as “housewives,” outstripping the small increase in unemployment attributed to the slight economic slowdown (Hürriyet). After a meeting with Nihat Ergun, Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Caterpillar Inc. executive Richard Levin announced Turkey would become a new production base for the company (Anadolu Ajansı).

Amid terrorist bomb blasts, water cannon and teargas fire, 12 residents of the majority-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir were wounded in protests sympathetic to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) (Today’s Zaman), including Pervin Buldan, a parliamentary deputy from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which advocates for Kurdish rights (CNNTürk). Days later, BDP deputy Selahattin Demirtaş compared this round of violence to that in Hama (Radikal). More than 50 Turkish politicians, pundits, and academics publicly urged the PKK to cease fire during Ramadan (Today’s Zaman).

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  • Kris

    “Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan renewed his threatening rhetoric toward Assad and other members of the regime”

    With his regular fierce bluster towards Syria, Israel and others, Erdogan reminds me of no one so much as Ataturk.


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