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Showing posts tagged Recep Tayyip Erdogan

7 Jun
Erdogan can win by engaging Turkey’s park protesters | Bloomberg
By Hugh Pope
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in tighter spots: He was thrown in jail for alleged Islamism, saw his last political party closed down and survived a showdown with the once all-powerful Turkish military.
Yet the street protests that erupted first in Istanbul and then across the country at the end of last month present a challenge he has never faced before. So far, he has mishandled the situation, and on June 6 showed no sign of backing down. That’s a mistake, because he has the ability to turn the protests to his advantage and the country’s.
Erdogan is Turkey’s most effective leader since the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and much of his success has been based on determination, populist rhetoric and a focus on business. Born into one of Istanbul’s notoriously tough neighborhoods, he is both the unyielding bulldozer of Turkish politics and the fix-it charmer. Almost 50 percent of the population voted for his Justice and Development Party two years ago.
What is happening in Turkey today is mostly about the other 50 percent of the country’s 76 million people. An opinion poll by academics at Istanbul’s Bilgi University found that 70 percent of the protesters had no strong political affiliation. The protests have been full of humor, volunteer enthusiasm, modern women, celebrities and bands of idealistic children skipping school. For the first week, the crowds were leaderless, the only things uniting them being social-media networks and a common slogan: “Tayyip, resign!”
FULL ARTICLE (Bloomberg)
Photo: Flickr/Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Erdogan can win by engaging Turkey’s park protesters | Bloomberg

By Hugh Pope

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in tighter spots: He was thrown in jail for alleged Islamism, saw his last political party closed down and survived a showdown with the once all-powerful Turkish military.

Yet the street protests that erupted first in Istanbul and then across the country at the end of last month present a challenge he has never faced before. So far, he has mishandled the situation, and on June 6 showed no sign of backing down. That’s a mistake, because he has the ability to turn the protests to his advantage and the country’s.

Erdogan is Turkey’s most effective leader since the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and much of his success has been based on determination, populist rhetoric and a focus on business. Born into one of Istanbul’s notoriously tough neighborhoods, he is both the unyielding bulldozer of Turkish politics and the fix-it charmer. Almost 50 percent of the population voted for his Justice and Development Party two years ago.

What is happening in Turkey today is mostly about the other 50 percent of the country’s 76 million people. An opinion poll by academics at Istanbul’s Bilgi University found that 70 percent of the protesters had no strong political affiliation. The protests have been full of humor, volunteer enthusiasm, modern women, celebrities and bands of idealistic children skipping school. For the first week, the crowds were leaderless, the only things uniting them being social-media networks and a common slogan: “Tayyip, resign!”

FULL ARTICLE (Bloomberg)

Photo: Flickr/Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

(Source: ekathimerini.com)

26 Jun
Why Turkey is holding back, for now, after Syria downed its jet | The Christian Science Monitor
By Scott Peterson
At an emergency summit today, NATO and Turkey denounced Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish military jet four days ago but sought to calm fears of a broader escalation between the neighbors.
Syria’s shooting down of the jet was a deliberate and “heinous act” that has “changed” the rules of engagement for Turkish armed forces, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament today. Any Syrian military approach along their shared border will now be treated as a “threat” and a military target.
At a time when Turkey is hosting political and armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mr. Erdogan made clear that Turkey’s response was deliberate and calculated but warned that that should not be taken as a “sign of weakness.”
FULL ARTICLE (Christian Science Monitor)
Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/ AP

Why Turkey is holding back, for now, after Syria downed its jet | The Christian Science Monitor

By Scott Peterson

At an emergency summit today, NATO and Turkey denounced Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish military jet four days ago but sought to calm fears of a broader escalation between the neighbors.

Syria’s shooting down of the jet was a deliberate and “heinous act” that has “changed” the rules of engagement for Turkish armed forces, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament today. Any Syrian military approach along their shared border will now be treated as a “threat” and a military target.

At a time when Turkey is hosting political and armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mr. Erdogan made clear that Turkey’s response was deliberate and calculated but warned that that should not be taken as a “sign of weakness.”

FULL ARTICLE (Christian Science Monitor)

Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/ AP

20 Jun
Turkey: Clashes Between Army and PKK Soldiers Leave 26 Dead | International Business Times
By Gianluca Mezzofiore
Clashes between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish militants have left at least 26 people dead in fighting at three army outposts in Hakkari province, near the country’s mountainous border with Iraq.
Militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the European Union and the United States, launched a  simultaneous attack on a local military post in Daglica village.
Eight Turkish soldiers and 18 PKK fighters were killed in the attack.
FULL ARTICLE (IBT)
Photo: Reuters

Turkey: Clashes Between Army and PKK Soldiers Leave 26 Dead | International Business Times

By Gianluca Mezzofiore

Clashes between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish militants have left at least 26 people dead in fighting at three army outposts in Hakkari province, near the country’s mountainous border with Iraq.

Militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the European Union and the United States, launched a  simultaneous attack on a local military post in Daglica village.

Eight Turkish soldiers and 18 PKK fighters were killed in the attack.

FULL ARTICLE (IBT)

Photo: Reuters