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    Salaam

    Like to share, very informative

    Focus on Europe



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    Geopolitics of Turkey - Europe, Asia


    يا قافلة الخير
    "The Persian aggression against Iraq was a result of the arrogant, racialist and evil attitudes of the ruling clique in Iran."
    -Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid at-Tikriti -
    العراق جمجمة العرب ورمح الله في الأرض



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    Re: Geopolitics of Turkey - Europe, Asia

    Salaam

    Another update

    Erdogan to seize Turkish opposition party’s bank stake

    President says legislation will transfer Isbank shares to Treasury

    Turkey’s president has said legislation will be introduced to seize the main opposition party’s stake in the country’s largest listed lender and transfer it to the Treasury.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who exerts unprecedented control of over Turkey’s $800bn economy, has repeatedly criticised the Republican People’s party (CHP) for holding a 28 per cent stake in Isbank that was granted by the modern republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, upon his death in 1938.

    “Ataturk did not do this so the CHP could take it and use it. He did it so it would go to the Treasury. We are now bringing this matter to parliament . . . and we will transfer the stake to the Treasury,” Mr Erdogan on Saturday told a crowd in the city of Kayseri.

    The CHP has four seats on Isbank’s board and donates its dividends to cultural associations. The lender’s ties with the CHP are seen as a shield against Mr Erdogan’s meddling in the banking sector.

    In September, Mr Erdogan demanded an investigation into the CHP’s stake, sending Isbank’s shares and the lira tumbling. At the time, the lender, which has assets of about $68bn, said it was too important to the economy to be dragged into a political debate.

    No one was available from the party on Saturday to comment on Mr Erdogan’s remarks. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the CHP’s chairman, urged respect for Ataturk’s legacy last month when Mr Erdogan threatened to investigate.

    The Nationalist Movement party, which acts as junior partner to Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development party (AKP), has said it would support legislation to seize the CHP’s stake, which would secure the draft bill enough votes to pass parliament. The pro-government Sabah newspaper said on Saturday the AKP was already drafting the bill.

    Investors are unnerved by the extent of Mr Erdogan’s control over the economy since he won a June election to a new executive presidency that vastly expanded his powers.

    The central bank’s independence has been eroded amid his repeated call for lower interest rates, arguing the unconventional view that higher interest drives inflation.

    He has appointed himself chairman to the country’s sovereign wealth fund and named his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, as economy tsar.

    Concerns about Mr Erdogan’s power grab contributed to a currency crisis that erupted in late July, driving the lira to record lows. It has lost more than a third of its value this year.

    https://www.ft.com/content/065bb752-cf03-11e8-a9f2-7574db66bcd5


    Mr Trump called the release a "tremendous step" towards a "great relationship" with Turkey.


    He insisted there had been no deal made with Turkey, but said the US would reconsider its "very tough" sanctions on the country in light of Mr Brunson's release.



    Mr Trump said the US felt "very differently about Turkey" in light of the pastor's release.

    When asked by a reporter if the release had any relation to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the president said the timing was "strict coincidence".

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45842735

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    Re: Geopolitics of Turkey - Europe, Asia

    The US Pastor Brunson was captive Turkey for around two years with the accusation of being a CIA agent who supports PKK and FETO (Gülenist terrorist organization). Erdoğan was just saying two months ago that America waged a financial war on Turkey because of this agent and no one could take him from us. He is released yesterday..This again and again shows what kind of a shameless hypocrite this Erdoğan is..A minimum of 90% of his words are lie. He just speaks whatever fits to the current situation of politics and easily U turns later when he needs.

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    Salaam

    Another update

    Why dissidents are gathering in Istanbul

    A century after Turkey lost the Middle East, Istanbul is an Arab capital again


    REFUGEES, dissidents and émigrés from across the Arab world are flocking to the old imperial city which ruled their lands until 1918. In Mukhtar, a popular café in Istanbul’s “Little Syria”, outcasts from regimes that crushed the Arab spring sip coffee spiced with cardamom—and plot their comeback. They hail from Egypt, Syria, Yemen and other Arab countries where the Ottoman Turks once ruled. Some advocate peaceful means, others violent. “These tyrants will never hand over power peacefully,” says a Kuwaiti dissident.

    Istanbul may host as many as 1.2m Arabs, including many of the 3m-plus Syrian refugees in Turkey. A former presidential candidate from Egypt is there, along with Kuwaiti MPs stripped of their citizenship and a crop of former ministers from Yemen. Dozens of Arab websites, satellite-TV stations and think-tanks relay grievances back home. Istanbul’s Arab Media Association now counts 850 journalists as members.

    Most Arab states deny citizenship to foreigners and their offspring, even those born and raised in their countries. By contrast, Arabs may get a Turkish passport after five years of residency, or immediately if they bring in at least $250,000. “There they treat us like slaves,” says a Lebanese education consultant who took a pay cut to move from Dubai to Istanbul. “Here we belong.” Some Arabs arrive after failing to win asylum in less friendly Europe. “It’s more familiar, Muslim and closer to home,” says an applicant. Saudis snap up property in case things go wrong back home.

    Turkey’s political system is another attraction. Its democracy looks flawed to European eyes. But it is a paragon compared with most Arab regimes. Its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife is of Arab origin, still openly champions the Arab uprisings of 2011 and the Muslim Brothers who briefly ran Egypt until its current president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, took over in a coup in 2013. “It’s the last corner of the Arab spring,” says Ayman Nour, once a candidate for Egypt’s presidency, who now runs his own television station from the city.

    These days hot Arab bands come to play in Istanbul. The city also hosts the biggest Arab book fair in a non-Arab land. Last month a school opened for Palestinians from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Ibn Haldun, a new university on Istanbul’s outskirts, offers scholarships to students across the umma, or Muslim nation, to promote Islamist values. Mr Erdogan’s son, Bilal, is on the board. A new Arab Council for the Defence of Revolutions and Democracy seeks to bring all the city’s Arab émigrés together. But after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, their haven may feel a bit less safe.

    https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/10/13/why-dissidents-are-gathering-in-istanbul

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    Re: Geopolitics of Turkey - Europe, Asia

    I was planning to write something regarding the so called pastor Brunson but I see you suddenly changed the topic .

    Turkey generally and particularly Istanbul became a popular destination for Arabs recently for both touristic and residential purpose. It is a democrasy with an Islamic enviroment and culture. So this attracts those rich ones who have the opportunity to buy a second residency abroad. This rapid move annoys the nationalists but they fail to see that the southern sea side regions have already been occupied by the north europeans for the same purpose.

    This country is getting more diverse each day but I am afraid my turkish people are not ready for this rapid change. We Turks are generally a welcoming people but if people violate our rules we can get a little tough.
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    Re: Geopolitics of Turkey - Europe, Asia

    Salaam

    Its important to respect and understand the culture you are in, I completely agree. I think it will be easier for for those who come from Muslims backgrounds.

    Post away on the Pastor, Id like to get Turkish perspective on this.

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    The problem is, not all turkish people care muslimhood at all. There are people who dont care Islam and/or muslim brotherhood. Turkish people are already culturally and mentally very diverse. We will see what this will bring us.

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