Turkey

Fraud in Turkey’s referendum means renewed violence is on its way

The Republican Peoples Party says it is filing objections involving 2.5 million votes. If only one-fifth of that total changes, the final result will change as well. Erdogan may claim victory, but Turkey is dangerously divided. Those who opposed constitutional amendments affirming Erdogan’s dictatorship will not recognize the legitimacy of …

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“Massive Electoral Fraud” in Turkey’s Referendum

A Turkish election analyst wrote a private email describing “massive electoral fraud” in Turkey’s referendum yesterday. It is no surprise that followers of President Tayyip Erdogan rigged the vote. It is surprising, however, that his “yes” campaign only received 51.3 percent of the vote. International monitors, such as the Organization …

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Bursa man jailed for wearing pro-Kurdistan T-shirt

Hakan T., a Kurdish civilian, was arrested by a Bursa court on Monday for wearing a T-shirt featuring an independent Kurdistan map while voting in a referendum on a switch to an executive presidency. Hakan was initially detained by police late on Sunday, and a day later an İnegöl court …

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‘No’ votes found in construction site in Suruç

Many torn ballots with ‘No’ votes have been found in a building under construction in Suruç district of Urfa. The ballots, all with official stamps, were reportedly torn and annihilated en masse. According to unofficial and dubious results of the referendum, ‘No’ votes prevailed in Suruç with a rate of …

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How Russia Beat Turkey in Syria

Yet, for Turkey, Russia remains a valuable tool to try and put pressure on the United States. Ankara rejects US support for the SDF, as it also empowers the YPG along the northeastern border. Turkey has sought to use Moscow to signal to the United States that it has options, …

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Erdogan May not Get Victory in Turkey Vote

A “Yes” result would support the transformation of Turkey’s parliamentary system with the establishment of an executive presidency with significant power to shape legislation and appoint judges. Source  https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cult-of-erdogan-wont-guarantee-victory-in-turkey-vote-1490175003

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Confrontations between the Turkish army and the YPG

Clashes erupted today between the Turkish army and the gunmen of the People’s Protection Units YPG, in the area of Gher Mountain, Bulbul district in Efrin countryside, north Aleppo.  NSO reporter in Efrin said the Turkish army used heavy weapons in targeting the YPG points saying that this is the …

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Germany blocks arms sales to Turkey

The German government has refused approval for military exports to NATO partner country Turkey on a growing number of occasions. Ministers are concerned the weapons could be used to oppress the local population. Source  http://m.dw.com/en/germany-blocks-arms-sales-to-turkey-report/a-38059815?maca=en-Twitter-sharing

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‘Not all Turks are small Erdogans’

Just days after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened to pull out from the landmark migrant deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker downplayed Ankara’s rhetoric, saying it is doubtful such strident statements will ever pass a reality check. Source  https://www.rt.com/news/381297-turks-not-small-erdogans/

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