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Apparently inspired by ‘Erdoğan’s 16 warriors,’ several electoral candidates for Turkey’s ruling AKP have posed for their nomination campaign posters dressed in the Ottoman style, going viral on social media with some users mocking and others supporting them.
Ottomans enter Turkish elections race, stoking social media
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s continued harsh criticisms of the Central Bank have raised concerns about the future of its governor, Erdem Başçı, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan
Turkish president’s jab at Central Bank stirs markets, politics
Istanbul’s Beşiktaş kicks Liverpool out of the UEFA Europa League in penalties as Mersey side’s Joe Allen misses it
Beşiktaş kicks Liverpool out of Europa League
The curious reader asked: “If Russia said, ‘We don’t like the location of our U.S. embassy – the area is too dangerous’ and they sent out 500 troops to seize a piece of land in a better area of Washington, what would the world call this?
First we take the tomb (then we take Damascus)
Right after the Turkish Central Bank lowered its interest rate by another 0.25, the same as last month, reporters asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu what he thought
Should everyone but Erdoğan shut up?
Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and as a result foreign fighters are able to travel through the country into Syria, US intelligence chief James Clapper said on Feb. 26
Fighting ISIL not a priority for Turkey: US spy chief
As I noted in my last column, almost all Turkey economists were expecting the Central Bank to cut its policy and borrowing rates at the Monetary Policy Committee rate-setting meeting on Feb. 24.
Why rate cuts won’t help
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is boasting around that it will enter the upcoming June elections as a political party and produce over 60 deputies, thereby becoming the “king-maker” in the Turkish parliament.
The dirty consequences
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seeking new ways to speed up legislation of the controversial homeland security package, including plans to divide the 132-article bill into smaller pieces, amid strong resistance from the opposition
AKP seeking ways to speed up contentious security bill
There will be a lot of political discussion on the evacuation and relocation of the Tomb of Süleyman Şah in Syria.
Soldier’s view: Better late than never
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