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Turkey resists calls to supply the Syrian Rebels with weapons

March 20, 2012

“Turkey has become increasingly critical of the Syrian regime, but Ankara is thus far reluctant to send significant arms across the border, or use its large military to create a humanitarian corridor inside Syria.”

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Turkish Prime Minister criticizes France for passing legislation making it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman, calling it “discriminatory and racist”

January 24, 2012

“Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan attacked the French parliament on Tuesday for passing a “discriminatory and racist” bill which makes it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide. With passions running high in Turkey on Monday’s Senate vote, one newspaper denounced the French president as “Satan Sarkozy” and some politicians have already suggested dredging up France’s own colonial history.”

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At least 10 killed in clashes with police in Kazakhstan

December 19, 2011

“For six months, the normally repressive government had allowed the workers to occupy the square, in the western oil town of Zhanaozen, where they demanded better wages. That changed after the strikers shifted their focus to political demands this week, including the right to form independent parties.”

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Iraqi Government gives the U.S. military permission to continue spy drone operations in Iraqi airspace

December 16, 2011

“Baghdad has given Washington permission to keep flying Predator drones on surveillance missions over northern Iraq, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Friday. The unmanned airplanes, which operate out of Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, are being used to look for fighters from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK.”

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Turkey warns Syria against provoking a regional crisis, saying that if the government’s crackdown on protesters threatens regional security Turkey will ‘protect itself’

December 9, 2011

“Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu did not say what action Ankara might take, but he made clear Turkey would not hesitate to insulate the region’s security from tumult in Syria. Turkey shares a 560 mile border with Syria.”

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Government Aide: Iran ready to help Turkey build a nuclear power plant

November 16, 2011

“An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Tuesday that Tehran was willing to share its controversial nuclear technology with neighboring countries, suggesting it could help Turkey build an atomic power plant.

The United States, European Union and their allies suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons and, along with the U.N. Security Council, have imposed sanctions to try to stop it from enriching uranium. But Tehran says its nuclear program is to generate electric power and refuses to halt it.

“Iran developed a very sophisticated nuclear science and technological capability, which we are quite ready to share with … neighboring countries and friendly countries in the region,” the adviser, Mohammad Javad Larijani, said.”

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Turkey cancels oil exploration plans in Syria, contemplates sanctions against Syria over the government’s violence against its people

November 15, 2011

“Syria’s leadership was offered a last chance to avoid sanctions by stopping its violent repression of anti-government protests but rejected it, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.
“We have given a last opportunity to the Syrian regime but they didn’t want to seize it,” Davutoglu said. “We cannot afford to sit idle.”"

“Turkey on Tuesday canceled plans for oil exploration in Syria, while also threatening to cut electricity supplies after a spate of attacks by supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad on its diplomatic missions.”

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Frustrated crowds in Syria attack the Saudi Arabian Embassy, and French and Turkish Consulates

November 12, 2011

“Crowds armed with sticks and knives attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy in Damascus and French and Turkish consulates in the city of Latakia on Saturday after the Arab League suspended Syria, residents said.

They said hundreds of men shouting slogans in support of President Bashar al-Assad beat a guard and broke into the Saudi embassy in Abu Rummaneh, three blocks away from Assad’s offices in one of the most heavily policed areas of the capital.

“We sacrifice our blood and our soul for you, Bashar,” the crowd shouted, according to neighbourhood residents.”

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Report: Tear gas used on protesters in Turkey after the second earthquake measuring a 5.7 Magnitude struck

November 10, 2011

“Riot police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse protesters angry at the state’s relief efforts after the second earthquake in eastern Turkey in three weeks killed at least 10 people in the city of Van.

Rescue teams searched for survivors after the 5.7 magnitude tremor on Wednesday night heaped misery on the predominantly Kurdish region where more than 600 people died following a major quake on October 23.

“How can you fire pepper spray on people who have already suffered so much?” said Abdulrahim Kaplan, 32. He had gone to the crisis center for a tent when police began firing tear gas, he said.

“Our people are freezing. We are sleeping outside — all seven of my family,” he said, complaining bitterly over the alleged unfair distribution of tents. “Some people take five tents, some 10 and others get nothing. This is wrong.”

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5.7 Magnitude Earthquake in Turkey; so far 7 casualties and dozens either trapped or hurt

November 10, 2011

“Rescue workers have pulled out 23 survivors from the rubble of three buildings, collapsed by an earthquake in eastern Turkey, the country’s disaster management authority said Thursday. At least seven were killed and dozens of others trapped.

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said Wednesday’s quake toppled 25 buildings in the city of Van but only three of them were occupied since the others have been evacuated after suffering damages in last month’s powerful temblor. The magnitude-5.7 quake was a grim replay of the previous magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit Oct. 23, killing more than 600 people.

Rescue workers speeded up their search for survivors by daylight on Thursday, trying to open tunnels into the debris, CNN-Turk television reported. The workers used the glare of high-powered lights to work throughout the night despite several aftershocks.”

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Turkey has fallout with Syria

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The final decision on launching the Gaza flotilla may not have been made. The difficulties are clear – they reflect the complex fallout for Turkey from the situation in Syria. Turkey has almost completely changed its position on Syria in light of the regime’s killings, torture and brutal repression of demonstrations. It [...]

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Turkey’s Islamist AKP maintains Majority in the Parliamentary Election

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “No pressing matter of state like the economy or foreign policy compelled Alayrettin Ayyaldiz to head to a polling station in his modest Istanbul neighborhood Sunday and cast his ballot for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party. It was a vote of faith and emotion. “We’re totally connected with our [...]

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Election in Turkey on June 12th

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Turkey is set to vote in national elections as citizens focus on the economy, constitutional amendments, and a resolution addressing the Kurdish issue. The electorate is looking to amend or redraft the constitution that was written in 1982 after the 1980 coup. Source 2 “A recent survey by the research institute TESEV [...]

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Syrian refugees pouring into Turkey

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   The flow of refugees fleeing to Turkey from an expected military crackdown in Syria swelled Thursday, as the government moved to limit a potential crisis just days before elections. Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that the number of Syrians taking refuge in Turkey was now 2,700, Turkey’s state run Anadolu [...]

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