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Erdogan’s Escalating Feud With U.S. Hammers Turkish Markets

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Markets in Istanbul tumbled after the U.S. and Turkey stopped issuing visas for each other’s citizens in a spat related to last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, deepening divisions between NATO members already at odds over the war in Syria. The Trump administration halted visa services for Turks on Sunday, citing the Oct. 4 arrest of a Turkish citizen employed at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul for alleged involvement in the July 2016 putsch attempt. Erdogan’s government responded in kind within hours, repeating verbatim much of the U.S. statement. “The implementation of a such a decision by the U.S. […]

Turkeys democracy is dying but this brutal crackdown cant last | Ersin enel

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Any lingering hopes that Erdoan would return to the path of democracy have wilted, writes economist and political scientist Ersin enel A year after Turkeys failed coup attempt, Recep Tayyip Erdoans regime faces a dilemma: first it fears any kind of street-based movement. Erdoans harsh response to the he whipped up public support for punishing coup plotters with the death penalty and talked about ripping the heads off so-called traitors. And as a result of disabling parliamentary opposition and governing by decree under a continuous state of emergency it is not possible for him to prevent oppositional street-based movements from […]
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