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News & Views 12th Issue: “The State of Turkey: Receiving Threats From a Mobster”

Please find below the 12th issue of News and Views on "The State of Turkey: Receiving Threats From a Mobster". CHP_ForeignRelations_23November2020_12thIssue.pdf

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EP rapporteur lends support to CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu after mafia leader’s threats

Nacho Sanchez Amor, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey, has voiced support for CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu after he was threatened by a mafia leader. "All my support for the CHP leader in the face of recent execrable threats," he … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Main Opposition Leader, CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu on the threats from an organised crime leader : “Turkey is experiencing that where there is no law, where there is no judiciary, the state can become an organized crime state after a period of time”

Turkey’s Main Opposition Leader, CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu on the threats he received from organised crime leader Alaattin Çakıcı : “Turkey is experiencing that where there is no law, where there is no judiciary, the state can become an organized crime … Continue reading

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Turkish Medical Association to stage lights-off protest for strain placed on health workers during pandemic

Duvar English The Turkish Medical Association will stage a five-day lights-off protest starting on Nov. 11 to draw attention to the struggles experienced by health workers during the pandemic, urging everyone to turn their lights on and off at 9 … Continue reading

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Kavala, Demirtaş and Bilgen are kept unjustly in prison, CHP leader says

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said that former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, sacked Kars Co-Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, and philanthropist, human rights activist and businessman Osman Kavala are unjustly held behind bars. … Continue reading

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Our republic is taken hostage by gov’t, CHP leader says in statement marking Republic Day

Duvar English Our republic is taken hostage by a political understanding that aims to rule poverty instead of defeating it, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader said in a written statement released to mark Oct. 29 Republic Day. “Our … Continue reading

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Turkey’s parliament allocated increased budget despite diminished authority

Duvar English  Despite having its authority considerably weakened following Turkey’s transition to a presidential system in 2018, the country’s parliament will be granted a budget of 1.89 billion TL for 2021, an increase of 8.4 pct. compared to this year, … Continue reading

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Alamos Gold leaves behind dramatically deforested Kaz Mountains as license renewal falls through

Duvar English The Canadian mining company Alamos Gold, which sparked massive protests in opposition to its mining operations in Turkey’s Kaz Mountains, has left the area after its one-year license was not renewed, daily Cumhuriyet reported. The company was compensated … Continue reading

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Animal rights activist partners with Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu on app aiming to protect street animals

Duvar English An app that aims to the track, document, provide basic needs and homes for street animals in Istanbul is being developed via a partnership between animal rights activist and businesswoman İpek Kıraç and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, news … Continue reading

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Researchers say new model shows Turkish inflation almost four times official tally

Reuters Turkish monthly inflation was almost four times greater than the official rate in September, according to a new model developed by a group of academics and researchers based on more frequent data than the government statistics office. Turkey’s official … Continue reading

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Police block leftist youth groups’ press statement, detain members in Istanbul

Duvar English A group of youth organizations, including Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Youth Assembly, were blocked from reading a press statement in Istanbul’s Kadıköy and detained violently by police, Mesopotamia Agency reported on Oct. 25. Joined by New Democrat … Continue reading

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US suspends Turkey visa services after reports on potential terror attacks

Reuters  The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Oct. 23 that it was temporarily suspending all American citizen and visa services in Turkey over credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens in Istanbul. “The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received … Continue reading

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Man faces ‘terror charges’ after sharing Minister Soylu’s remarks aired on Gülen-linked TV station

Duvar English Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into a man on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” after he tweeted Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu’s remarks previously aired on the now-closed Samanyolu TV, which was among the … Continue reading

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Erdoğan tells workers to ‘enjoy nice cup of tea’ if they ‘can’t bring home bread’

Duvar English Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a citizen who said he couldn’t bring home bread that he should enjoy a nice cup of tea, a video posted by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chair Veli Ağbaba … Continue reading

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Black Sea town faces environmental destruction due to hydroelectric power plant

Pelin Akdemir / DUVAR Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning determined that a second environmental impact assessment report would not be required for a hydroelectric plan project in the Black Sea district of Şavşat, although a regional court cancelled the … Continue reading

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Russia urges UNESCO to release restoration report on Hagia Sophia’s conversion as soon as possible

Duvar English Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged monitoring experts of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to release their report on the conversion of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque as soon as possible. ‘Turkish gov’t failed to … Continue reading

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Berberoğlu applies to Constitutional Court following lower courts’ refusal to comply with retrial order

Duvar English Former Republican Peope’s Party (CHP) former Enis Berberoğlu on Oct. 26 applied to the Constitutional Court following two local courts’ refusal to implement the top court’s ruling in his case. The application was filed by Berberoğlu’s lawyer Yiğit … Continue reading

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Turkish miners relaunch protest march: We yell because we’re angry, hungry!

Osman Çaklı – Cihan Başakçıoğlu / DUVAR Miners who wished to march to the capital in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman to demand months of unpaid wages were met with a gendarmerie blockade on Oct. 26. Workers from Ermenek … Continue reading

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Council of Europe ramps up pressure on Turkey to recognize right to conscientiously object

Nuray Pehlivan / DUVAR The Council of Europe has ramped up pressure on Turkey to adopt legal regulations on the issue of conscientious objection. In 2006, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favor of an appeal lodged … Continue reading

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Turkey violated CHP leader’s rights by fining him for criticizing Erdoğan, top Europe rights court rules

Duvar English The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu right in his case against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kılıçdaroğlu in 2018 applied to the ECHR on the grounds that … Continue reading

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