Tag: Turkey

U.S. Punishes Turkey by Canceling Sale of Jets

WASHINGTON — The White House informed Turkey, a NATO ally, on Wednesday that the United States would not sell it F-35 stealth fighter jets, in retaliation for the country’s purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. President Trump had said a day earlier that Turkey’s order for more than 100 American-made jets would be canceled. […]

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What’s the Future of Syrian Refugees in Turkey?

ISTANBUL — Walid Zeidan, a 37-year-old Syrian man, works as a cook in the bustling Malta Bazaar in the Fatih district adjacent to the Golden Horn in Istanbul. Mr. Zeidan, who ran a restaurant in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, lost his home and business in a bombing by the forces of the Syrian […]

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Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Turkish Distrust With U.S. Grows

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has marked the anniversary of a failed coup against him every passing year — this week was the third — with a national holiday that has turned the traumatic event into a celebration of Turkish nationalism. But this year, Mr. Erdogan had even more to cheer about, as he […]

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Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been insistent in his determination to purchase the S-400 system, Russia’s most […]

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Turkey’s Crackdown on Academics Represses History Once Again

For the past two decades, the Turkish academic Ayse Gul Altinay has been providing, through her writing and research, incisive analysis of the impact of violence on her country. Her work offered a better understanding of how conflict has passed through generations and was beginning to build a blueprint on how to break this cycle. […]

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In Firing Central Bank Chief, Turkey’s Leader Trades Credibility for Growth

LONDON — Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, abruptly fired the central bank chief on Saturday, dealing a new blow to the institution’s credibility while threatening to intensify the nation’s wrenching economic crisis. The move, made in the early hours of the day by presidential decree, was the latest evidence of Mr. Erdogan’s unequivocal dedication to […]

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What Does Putin Really Want?

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. On a warm late-May afternoon, I took a taxi to the outskirts of the Russian capital to the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, known by its Russian acronym, Mgimo. Flags marked the entrance to the campus, a stately Soviet behemoth with a hammer-and-sickle on a panel […]

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Erdogan Is Weakened by His Party’s Loss in Istanbul Mayor’s Race

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey was confronting recriminations within his governing party and the wider circle of his supporters on Monday as the scale of the defeat of his candidate in the Istanbul mayoral race became clear. The opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, emerged as the landslide winner of the mayoral election redo […]

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For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due

The shocking rebuke of Turkey’s governing party in Sunday’s mayoral election in Istanbul resonated as more than a yearning for new leadership in the nation’s largest city. It signaled mounting despair over the economic disaster that has befallen the nation under the strongman rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Through the course of a 16-year […]

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Turkey’s President Looks Headed for Stinging Defeat in Istanbul Election Redo

ISTANBUL — Voters in Turkey appear to have delivered a resounding rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by again electing an opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul on Sunday, outraged that his party forced the cancellation and redo of the same vote two months ago after it lost. Within an hour of the polling stations […]

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Erdogan’s Purges Leave Turkey’s Justice System Reeling

ANKARA, Turkey — Once jailed for reciting a poem at a political rally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has styled himself throughout his rise as a champion of freedom and justice, and his early push for judicial reforms were widely hailed. Yet after nearly two decades of Mr. Erdogan’s rule, the state of the judiciary in […]

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Jamal Khashoggi Was My Fiancé. His Killers Are Roaming Free.

In May, I was invited to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend some hearings at Congress. I had imagined the city in the words of my fiancé, Jamal Khashoggi. My visit left me with the troubling feeling that his memory was fading in the city he evoked so lovingly . When I met Jamal in […]

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Khashoggi Killing Inquiry Should Look Into Saudi Prince’s Role, U.N. Expert Says

GENEVA — Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate last year, and there is “credible evidence” justifying an investigation into the role of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a United Nations expert said in a report released on Wednesday. The expert, Agnes Callamard, also said that […]

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U.N. Report Calls for Investigation of Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing

GENEVA — Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate last year, and there is “credible evidence” justifying an investigation into the role of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a United Nations expert said in a report released on Wednesday. The expert, Agnes Callamard, also said that […]

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German Soccer Star Is the Groom. Turkey’s President Is the Best Man.

BERLIN — Mesut Ozil, the German soccer star who quit the national team last year after a photograph of him posing with the Turkish president unleashed a political storm, married a former Miss Turkey on Friday on the banks of the Bosporus. His best man? President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Mr. Ozil, who has […]

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In Turkey, Keeping a Language of Whistles Alive

Surfacing Before cellphones, Turkish “bird language” allowed farmers to communicate across long distances in the Pontic Mountains. Video Muazzez Kocek, 46, is considered one of the best whistlers in Kuşköy, a village tucked away in the picturesque Pontic Mountains in Turkey’s northern Giresun province. Her whistle can be heard over the area’s vast tea fields […]

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Turkey Frees American NASA Scientist Imprisoned for 2 Years

An American former NASA scientist sentenced in Turkey to over seven years in prison on terrorism charges was suddenly freed Wednesday evening, without explanation, hours after a phone call between the presidents of Turkey and the United States. The scientist, Serkan Golge, 39, is a Turkish-American citizen and was arrested while on vacation visiting his […]

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