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Islamist Erdogan Or Secularist Ince, Turkey Will Be Radically a Changed Country

JUN 24, 2018: Turkish voters are going to the polls today for what are seen as the most crucial elections in Turkish modern history as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s gamble on snap elections (18 months earlier) could backfire. The Turkish people feeling the pinch of soaring inflation, a plunging currency and high interest rates will decide whether to grant Erdogan a second five-year term, in the most fiercely fought elections in the country in years. As BBC reports from Istanbul, “Worshipped by his supporters, abhorred by his critics, this isRead More


Turkey Expels Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Deaths

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Israel’s ambassador to Turkey was summoned on Tuesday to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara and was asked to leave the country after Israeli gunfire claimed lives of 60 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border on Monday over US embassy move to Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the east. Earlier today, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that “Netanyahu is the PMRead More


Venezuela’s State-Backed Petro Coin Rakes in $3.3Bln; Iran and Turkey To Launch National Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency Market Rebounds But Faces Resistance to Breach $10K; NASDAQ Might Trade Digital Coins April 27, 2018 (BE2C2): A presale of Venezuela’s state-backed digital currency called Petro coin has raked in $3.3 billion, President Nicolas Maduro said. Maduro said in a statement on Thursday the proceeds would be transferred to the central bank to be auctioned off via foreign exchange platform DICOM, according to the AVN news agency. The cash-strapped South American nation launched the presale of its oil-backed cryptocurrency on February 20. Maduro plans that the central bank willRead More


Iran Considers Currency Swaps With Turkey to Ease Trade, Banking Transactions

** Iran’s exports to Turkey during first nine months of 2017 amounted to around $5.84 billion, 75.7% more year over year. In return, Turkey exported $2.31 billion worth of goods, compared to $3.81 billion in the corresponding period of previous year, indicating about 65% decline. ** Iran and Turkey are said to have recognized the innovation of digital currencies; both countries are looking to launch their coins – which will be issued by Central Banks. April 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — With sanctions pressure looming from the United States, the CentralRead More


Putin Holds SECRET CONVERSATION With Erdogan on Syria Following US-led Airstrikes

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Russian president Vladimir Putin has held secret conversations with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the two countries look to strengthen relations following the airstrikes on Syria launched early Saturday morning. In a phone call on Saturday the two men discussed the military strikes carried out by the West as they vowed to work together to create a political solution to the Syrian civil war, the UK’s tabloid newspaper Sunday Express report. The coalition (US, UK and France) led by the US, fired 105 Tomahawk missilesRead More


Turkey Stops Thousands of Human Traffickers, Along With Illegal Immigrants

Europe chose “prevention of migration” while Turkey chose “management of migration.” (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Thursday that security forces last year captured 4,500 human smugglers profiting from illegal immigrants seeking access to Europe via Turkey. A favorite destination for migrants aspiring to reach EU countries, Turkey–bridge to Europe, has intercepted more than 644,000 migrants in the past seven years–it skyrocketed at the height of the civil war in Turkey’s southern neighbor Syria, latest statistics show. Speaking at a security forum in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, Soylu saidRead More


Turkey to Deport 3,000 Afghan Migrants, Starting With 691 This Week

(PKONWEB) — Turkey, bridge to Europe, on Sunday started deporting around 700 Afghan migrants back home on special flights, in a major operation after thousands illegally entered the country in recent weeks. Early on Sunday morning 227 Afghan migrants boarded a chartered flight from Erzurum in northeastern Turkey back to Kabul, the Dogan news agency said. It said a total of 691 Afghan migrants would be deported this week with two more flights expected from Erzurum to Kabul later. The flights are being provided by an Afghan airline. Dogan newsRead More