Atilla's Musings

Turkey Is Changing the Middle East. The U.S. Doesn’t Get It.

Source:Bloomberg Date:16Mar2019

Moreover, if Turkey — finally turning away from Europe after a century of unsuccessful efforts to integrate with the West — fixes its gaze eastward, it could become a regional hegemon as

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From myth to reality: How to understand Turkey’s role in the Western Balkans

Source:European Council on Foreign Relations Date:14Mar2019

For those who care about Turkey’s diplomatic focus:  Turkey and Balkans, a sober assessment     European fears of Turkish expansionism in the Western Balkans have no basis in

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The downward trend in Turkish-Chinese relations

Source:Hurriyet Daily News Date:12Mar2019

I felt compelled to add this article to my favorites list, because Chinese authorities detained 4 Turkish businesmen yesterday, triggering an exodus of dozens, Hurriyet also reported. Turkey has

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As Erdogan turns from the West, he sabotages Turkey’s progress

Source:The Daily Star Date:09Mar2019

While I  dsiagree on YPG-PYD being innocent of  terrorism, President Erdogan’s  deep suspicion of the West did inded stall Turkey’s once steallar economic and social progress.  

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Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting.

Source:New York Times Date:06Mar2019

After long unbroken growth, Turkey is entering a recession amid falling investor confidence and a credit crisis. Bankruptcies have increased. Unemployment and inflation have hit double digits.

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Erdogan blasts former friends as traitors while word of new rival spreads

Source:al Monitor Date:04Mar2019

Indeed, Turkish press is giving more space to rumors of a new party by erstwhile allies of Erdogan, as this excellent article by Mrs Amberin Zaman explains.   The challengers  may be waiting for

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Controversial judicial decisions cause Turkey’s biggest problem to resurface

Source:Hurriyet Daily News Date:23Feb2019

No justice, no development!   Last week Turkey witnessed two important judicial decisions. The first one was about an appeals court’s rule that upheld the convictions of journalists and

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Islamophobia and the new clash of civilisations

Source:Financial Times Date:20Feb2019

Martin Wolf argues, quite correctly in my view, that a Clash of Civilizations is underway It is now getting on for 20 years since the attacks on New York and Washington of September 11 2001, and

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Turkey’s Erdogan Is Due for Another Rebuke

Source:Foreign Policy in Focus Date:16Feb2019

I can’t tell you how municipal elections will turn out, because there are very few polls. It seems to me, AKP is censoring them. But, this article explains very succintly my theory of how

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Mysterious Turkish Firm Helped Maduro Move $900 Million in Gold

Source:Bloomberg Date:09Feb2019

While the article does solid investigative workto uncover the Turkey-Venezuela gold trade, it is actually about the trobuled Turkey-US relationship and whether it cna be improved.    

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