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Türkiye imposes trade restrictions with ‘Israel’
Turkey, ZIO-NAZI

Türkiye imposes trade restrictions with ‘Israel’

Since Israel began its genocidal war on Gaza, Türkiye withdrew its ambassador from Israel and backed South Africa’s genocide suit against it in the International Court of Justice. By: Peoples Dispatch Erdoğan during a state visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to Turkey (2022). Photo: Government Media Office of Israel / Wikimedia commons The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday, April 9 welcomed Türkiye’s decision to impose trade restrictions on Israel pending ceasefire in Gaza and “sufficient and uninterrupted flow” of humanitarian aid to the region as a “step in the right direction.” On Tuesday April 9, Türkiye’s Ministry of Trade announced the suspension of export of 54 items including machinery, mostly related to the construction industry to Israel, until it ends...
Theft, Sexual Harassment and Espionage: Another Zionist Arrested in Türkiye
Turkey, ZIO-NAZI

Theft, Sexual Harassment and Espionage: Another Zionist Arrested in Türkiye

Antalya Airport. (Photo: via Wikimedia Commons, file) Another Zionist was detained in Türkiye only a few days after nine Zionist were questioned on suspicion of sexual harassment. The arrest this time, however, was linked to theft. The Zionist citizen was arrested last Sunday at the Antalya Airport in the Turkish city on suspicion he had stolen an ancient bell from a museum, according to Turkish authorities. According to Turkish media reports, the Zionist, who was on his way back to the Nazi entity, denied the change. He claimed that he ‘purchased’ the bell in good faith and had a receipt for it. The Zionist was held for questioning by Turkish officials as of Sunday night. “The man, however, claimed that he bought the item in a local market for $100, presenting ...
Türkiye could part ways with the EU
Europe, Turkey

Türkiye could part ways with the EU

The Turkish president has slammed a recent EU parliament report accusing his country of abandoning the bloc’s “values” Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens during a joint news conference following in Istanbul, Türkiye, July 8, 2023 ©  AP / Francisco Seco Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Ankara could abandon its long-running EU membership process in response to a report from Brussels condemning his country’s “downward spiral in terms of human rights.” “The EU is trying to break away from Türkiye,” Erdogan told reporters on Saturday, adding: “We will make our evaluations against these developments and if necessary, we can part ways with the EU.” Earlier this week, the European Parliament voted to adopt a report censuring ...
In Bid to Join NATO, Sweden and Finland Back Turkish Repression of Kurds
Sweden, Turkey

In Bid to Join NATO, Sweden and Finland Back Turkish Repression of Kurds

NATO’s July summit betrayed the Kurdish people. The left must stand with both Ukraine and the Kurds — and against NATO.By Khury Petersen-Smith , TRUTHOUTPublishedJuly 19, 2023 Syrian Kurds celebrate the Nowruz New Year festival in the countryside of al-Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, close to the border with Turkey, on March 21, 2023. Did you know that Truthout is a nonprofit and independently funded by readers like you? If you value what we do, please support our work with a donation. As Ukrainians face a brutal and ongoing Russian siege, NATO’s July summit has endangered and betrayed Kurdish people, cruelly trading the fate of one occupied and repressed group for another. The most celebrated news out of the summit was the fact that th...
US plans to punish NATO ally over Russia
Russia, Turkey, USA

US plans to punish NATO ally over Russia

Washington has threatened Ankara over an alleged ‘shadow fleet’ created to ship Russian oil, according to the newspaper FILE PHOTO © Getty Images / Chris McGrath The US has warned Türkiye that it could face penalties if it is proven to be helping Russia bypass Western sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing anonymous American officials.  According to the outlet, Washington is concerned that Türkiye is becoming a hub for sanctions violations, involving an alleged ghost fleet created to ship Russian oil, as well as port calls by sanctioned Russian cargo ships carrying weapons and Western-made electronics.  “We have an ongoing dialogue with the Turkish government on these issues,” one diplomat told the newspaper. “...
Türkiye to give in to EU demands
Europe, Turkey

Türkiye to give in to EU demands

Brussels requires Ankara to impose stricter citizenship rules to prevent an influx of former asylum seekers into EU nations Türkiye will amend its immigration policy to make it more difficult for asylum seekers to gain citizenship, as Ankara seeks to meet European Union requirements and boost its bid to join the bloc, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Saturday. Citing anonymous diplomatic sources, Hurriyet wrote that Turkish immigration officials intend to introduce more robust measures to scrutinize asylum applications, particularly as they relate to Syrian nationals. It adds that Brussels is concerned by the possibility of migrants obtaining a Turkish EU visa, potentially leading to an influx of former asylum seekers to other nations in the bloc through Ankara. “There are peop...
Kremlin tells Türkiye to wise up about EU
Europe, Russia, Turkey

Kremlin tells Türkiye to wise up about EU

Nations of the 27-state bloc “don’t want to see” Ankara as a member, Russia has warned FILE PHOTO: The flags of the EU and member states in front of the European Parliament in Brussels ©  FrankyDeMeyer / Getty Images Russia has no illusions about Türkiye’s commitments to NATO but would urge Ankara to look realistically about its chances of joining the EU, Moscow has said. The Turkish president had previously linked Sweden’s accession to the US-led military bloc with his own nation’s long-standing wish to become part of the European community. Russia realizes that Türkiye has commitments to NATO, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday. “We never put on rose-tinted glasses in that regard,” he said. But neither should Ankara wear the...
Why Turkey and Hungary Are Currently Blocking Sweden From Joining NATO
Hungary, Sweden, Turkey

Why Turkey and Hungary Are Currently Blocking Sweden From Joining NATO

BY VIJAY PRASHAD Photo by Edoardo Ceriani On July 11-12, 2023, the 31 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold their annual summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. To prepare for the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss the agenda for the summit. They spoke about the importance of Western support for Ukraine “for the long haul” and Stoltenberg told Biden that “he looks forward to welcoming Sweden as a full member of NATO as soon as possible.” In their joint press conference on June 13, neither Biden nor Stoltenberg mentioned anything about Ukraine’s membership of NATO, although both hoped that Sweden would become a member, “hopefully….very shortly,” as Biden said. Despite noi...
Assessing the Turkish Elections
Turkey

Assessing the Turkish Elections

BY HILAL ELVER – RICHARD FALK Photograph Source: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores – CC BY-SA 2.0 By the narrowest of margins, the Turkish elections remain formally inconclusive after the votes were counted on the early morning of May  15, with the prospect of a runoff election between the incumbent President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his principal challenger, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, scheduled for May 28. At this time Erdoğan seems almost certain to prevail, having secured 49.5% of the vote in the first round as opposed to Kılıçdaroğlu who managed to gain. 44.9% support from the 64 million Turks who voted, an impressive 88.9% of eligible voters. The main reason Erdoğan’s prospects look so favorable, aside from his being so close to the 50% + 1 ...
Erdogan declares victory
Turkey

Erdogan declares victory

Türkiye’s incumbent president has hailed the “democracy festival” that delivered him a second-round win Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech to supporters outside his residence in Istanbul, Türkiye, May 28, 2023 ©  AP / Francisco Seco Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory after beating challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu in a runoff election. Calling the election a “democracy festival,” Erdogan thanked “each and every member of the nation” for casting their votes. “We have completed the second round of the presidential elections with the favor of our people,” Erdogan told a crowd of supporters in Istanbul on Sunday night. “We will be ruling the country for the coming five years. God willing we will be worthy of yo...