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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:06 pm

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Turkey suspends visa applications for US tourists, halting travel to the republic

Earlier this week, a brief note appeared on the website and Twitter account of the Turkish Embassy in Washington. The meat of the message was: ‘‘ . . . effective immediately we have suspended all visa services regarding the U.S. citizens at our diplomatic and consular missions in the U.S. This measure will apply to sticker visas as well as e-Visas and border visas.’’

The implications are grave: No visa, no Turkey.

‘‘You can’t go to Turkey right now,’’ said Justin Chapman, director of sales at VisaHQ, which assists travelers with procuring travel documents, including Turkish visas. ‘‘We aren’t even allowed to process them.’’

As recently as last week, Americans could apply for a Turkish visa through the country’s U.S. consulates or via the online system called e-visa. Now only travelers who currently possess a visa can visit the republic. The State Department updated its informational page on Turkey with news of the visa suspension. A Sept. 28 travel warning alerting travelers to potential terrorist threats still stands.
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Post by Volkonski » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:54 pm

The Turks killed the family of the Volkonski who came to America in the 1830's. :madguy: That was why he came to America.

Now, I am not vindictive :nope: but this spat with Turkey is a good reason for a Turkish-American war. :thumbs: We would ally with Armenia, Greece and the Kurds.

Following our victory Turkey would be partitioned. There would be a rump state of Turkey surrounding Ankara. Greece would get western Turkey and establish the nation of New Byzantium. The Kurds would get the southeast for an independent Kurdistan. Armenia would get the northeast and form Greater Armenia.

The area surrounding the Incirlik Air Base would become an American Territory.

It is a good plan. I like it. :-D

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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:59 pm

Who gets Istanbul? :think:
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Post by vic » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:47 am

Addie wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:59 pm
Who gets Istanbul? :think:
First its name will revert to Constantinople (just as Leningrad reverted to Saint Petersburg).

Then they'll give it to Keanu Reeves.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:15 pm

Erdogan defies Trump, says Turkey has own embassy plans for Jerusalem

By James Griffiths and Oren Liebermann, CNN
Updated 1317 GMT (2117 HKT) December 18, 2017

The US recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel this month, sparking protests and outrage
A UN Security Council vote on a resolution seeking to nullify the move is expected Monday

(CNN)Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hopes one day to open a Turkish embassy in Jerusalem, ahead of a possible UN vote Monday which seeks to nullify the US decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

"Because Jerusalem is under occupation, what we could not do was open our embassy there. But even now our consulate there is being represented by an ambassador"," Erdogan said in a speech Sunday to members of his AK Party in Karaman, southern Turkey.

"God willing, the day is near, that our embassy will officially be opened there".

Erdogan's speech came after an emergency meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation last week recognized East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of a Palestinian state.

The decision came in response to US President Donald Trump's promise to move Washington's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recognize the city as Israel's capital.

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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:44 pm

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Turkey nabs 29 suspected militants ahead of New Year’s Eve

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish police detained 29 suspected Islamic State group militants in the capital, Ankara, on Friday, some of whom allegedly were preparing to carry out attacks during New Year’s celebrations, the state-run news agency reported.

Some 500 police officers took part in simultaneous raids to detain the suspects, many of them foreign nationals, Anadolu Agency reported. Police had warrants to detain 17 other suspects.

Materials seized by police during the raids indicated that some of the suspects had staked out locations and made preparations for possible attacks on New Year’s Eve, the report said.

There was no immediate information on the foreigners’ nationalities.
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Post by Addie » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:20 pm

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US dropped charges against seven Turkish bodyguards over DC brawl before Tillerson trip

Washington (CNN)The US has dropped charges against 11 of the 15 bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who were indicted after a brawl with protesters outside the country's embassy in Washington last May, a spokesperson for the US Attorney in DC told CNN on Thursday.

Motions to dismiss the charges against seven of the security officers were filed on February 14 -- just one day before President Donald Trump's now former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Ankara to meet with Erdogan.

"The decisions were made after further review of evidence in the case that raised questions about the identification of individuals," a source familiar told CNN.

The source said they are not aware of any political pressure having an impact on the decisions to dismiss charges as they were based on evidentiary review that continued during the case.

The State Department referred all questions about the timing of the motions to the Justice Department.
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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:36 pm

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Putin, Erdogan launch Turkey’s 1st nuclear reactor

ANKARA, Turkey — The leaders of Russia and Turkey on Tuesday launched the start of construction for Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, as ties between the two nations deepen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on his first foreign visit since being re-elected on March 18, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remotely gave the go-ahead for the construction of the Russian-built nuclear plant on the Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu.

Putin hailed the project as a symbol of growing cooperation between Russia and Turkey.

“We face the ambitious goal of launching the first reactor in 2023 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey,” Putin said during Tuesday’s ceremony. “We agreed with my dear friend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to do everything necessary to achieve that goal.”

Erdogan said the power plant would meet 10 percent of Turkey’s energy needs after all reactors become operational.
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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:48 pm

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Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara.

Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province.

Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. ...

American officials have repeatedly requested that Brunson be released — President Donald Trump himself asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to have his government "expeditiously" return the pastor to the U.S.

But Erdogan fired back at Washington, demanding that the U.S. first return Gulen.

"You give him to us and we'll give you this one," he said, referring to Brunson.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:45 am

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The quest to defeat Erdogan

For the past three years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken his nation on a seemingly endless political roller-coaster ride. Under the auspices of his government, the country has seen two parliamentary elections and a controversial referendum that vested wider powers in Turkey's presidency. Meanwhile, the purges he commenced after a failed coup attempt in 2016 are still roiling the country.

The next big event comes June 24, when Turks will vote for their next president and parliament. For Erdogan and his opponents, the stakes are as high as ever. If he wins, Erdogan will assume the Turkish presidency's expanded executive powers, granted by the bitterly fought referendum in 2017.

After a decade and a half in power, Erdogan has become the most consequential Turkish politician since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. But his critics fear the death of Turkey's enfeebled democracy and the strengthening of an overt authoritarian. A growing body of analysts cast Turkey under Erdogan as a prime example of how democracies can backslide and how ostensibly liberal politics can give way to toxic majoritarianism.

Erdogan is a canny political operator, and he has preserved his rule by mobilizing a divisive yet effective brand of religious nationalism. He has trained his ire on a vast web of supposed enemies abroad, from obstreperous Western governments to a Kurdish separatist terrorist group to a geriatric cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania. But although he once could campaign on a track record of economic prosperity and development, the Turkish economy is teetering dramatically.
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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:37 pm

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Erdoğan declared winner in Turkish presidential election

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been declared the victor in Turkey’s presidential election. The country’s electoral board said the incumbent had won with 97.7% of votes counted.

“Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts,” Erdoğan said on Sunday night, even while ballots were still being tallied. “I hope nobody will damage democracy by casting a shadow on this election and its results to hide their failure.”

The main opposition party did not immediately concede defeat, but after initially saying Erdoğan would fall well short of a first-round victory, it later said it would continue its democratic struggle “whatever the result”.

The official Anadolu Agency reported that, with 99% of votes counted, Erdoğan had won a 52.54% share of the national vote, while the opposition CHP party’s candidate, Muharrem İnce, was on 30.68%.
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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:05 pm

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Erdogan assumes new presidential powers, tightening control over Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan will fulfill a long-held ambition on Monday when he is sworn in as president with sweeping new powers over a country he has dominated and reshaped during his 15-year rule. ...

Erdogan narrowly won a referendum last year to replace his country’s parliamentary democracy with a system featuring an all-powerful presidency, and followed that with a hard-fought election victory last month to the newly strengthened post.

He says the changes, the biggest overhaul of governance since the modern Turkish republic was founded from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire almost a century ago, are needed to drive Turkey’s economic growth and guarantee its security. ...

Opponents say the new powers mark a lurch to authoritarianism, accusing Erdogan of eroding the secular institutions set up by modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and driving it further from Western values on democracy and free speech.

On the eve of Monday’s inauguration authorities dismissed more than 18,000 state employees - most of them from the police and army - in what the government said would be the final decree under emergency rule imposed following a failed 2016 coup.
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Post by Till Eulenspiegel » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:14 pm

I'm alright with Brunson just being jailed for doing evangelical missionary. A crime against humanity.
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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:20 am

Bloomberg OpEd - Eli Lake
Trump Shouldn't Play Hostage Diplomacy With Turkey

It's hard to overstate the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on Turkey's justice and interior ministers over the detention of American pastor. It's the first time the U.S. has imposed sanctions on government officials of a NATO ally.

Let that sink in. A little more than a month ago, Turkish military officers showed up at a Texas airbase for a formal ceremony marking the sale of F-35A stealth aircraft. U.S. pilots fly missions out of Turkey's Incirlik airbase against targets in Syria. In July, Turkish leaders met with other allies in Brussels for the NATO summit. Now the U.S. is treating Turkey like it’s Iran.

The reason for this sudden turn in U.S.-Turkish relations is Andrew Brunson. He is the American evangelical pastor arrested in 2016 on allegations that he was part of the failed military coup that summer. The charges against him are risible, relying on secret witnesses and conspiracy theories. The prosecutor for example notes that Brunson appeared in a photograph wearing a yellow, red and green scarf, the colors favored by a Kurdish terrorist group.

And while Brunson's freedom is a worthy goal, there is a greater risk in the Trump administration's approach to achieving it. By negotiating for the release of Brunson, the U.S. is teaching Turkey that Iranian-style hostage diplomacy works.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:25 am

Euronews wrote:Turkey retaliates over US sanctions

Turkey’s President has hit back at the United States after Washington imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the detention of a US clergyman accused of supporting terrorism.

Speaking to the women's wing of his AK Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the sanctions were a disrespectful way to treat a strategic partner.

''Today I am ordering that Turkey also freeze all assets in Turkey of the US justice and interior ministers, if they have any,'' Erdogan said. ''Turkey cannot be punished with such actions."

Pastor Andrew Brunson has been held for nearly two years over alleged links to Erdogan’s political rivals.

The case has been followed closely by America’s evangelical Christian community, a key part of President Trump’s support base.

It has also heightened tensions between the two NATO allies, with some Turkish newspapers calling on Erdogan to shut the US military base in the country.

The sanctions have led to a sell-off in the Turkish currency, reflecting deepening investor concern over the worsening relations with a major trading partner.

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Post by Kendra » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:28 pm


NBC News: Trump officials asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing Fethullah Gulen, an enemy of Turkish President Erdogan, from the U.S. in order to placate Erdogan and persuade him to ease pressure on the Saudi government.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:42 am

Michael Flynn’s business partner charged with illegally lobbying for Turkey

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A former business partner of Michael Flynn is being charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy for attempting to get Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen extradited from the United States.

Bijan Kian made his first appearance in Alexandria federal court Monday morning. According to the indictment, Kian conspired with Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin to illegally lobby U.S. government officials and influence public opinion in the U.S. against Gulen.

Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin is accused of directing and funding Kian and Flynn’s work, and then lying in U.S. filings about his role. He is charged with the same crimes as Kian, as well as making false statements, but he remains in Turkey.

Flynn, who served as President Trump’s national security adviser during his first weeks in office, is identified in the indictment as “Person A.” Flynn is soon to be sentenced for lying to FBI agents as part of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Prosecutors asked for no prison time for Flynn, citing his “substantial assistance.”
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:46 am

So, did any of those Trump officials who asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing Gulen from the US get paid by Turkey?
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:50 am

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Note: The two Flynn associates indicted today -- Bijan Kian and @EkimAlptekin -- were reported by the Wall Street Journal to be part of a plot to "whisk" Fethullah Gulen from the United States outside the extradition process and deliver him to Erdogan.
Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:53 am

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Digging through the 21-page indictment right now. The charges themselves do not appear to relate to any alleged kidnapping.

Here is the caption.

The indictment, however, is filled with references to Gulen, and has some explosive information. Thread ahead.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:57 am

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After Michael Flynn wrote this anti-Gulen op-ed on Election Day, this was the reaction of his Turkish associates.

"The arrow has left the bow!" Kian allegedly told Alptekin. "This is a very high profile exposure one day before the election."

The op-ed:
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:58 am

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In fact, prosecutors allege, Flynn cribbed the op-ed directly from his Turkish associates.

Check out how their drafts allegedly became Flynn's final text in this handy chart.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:47 pm

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🚨 The WSJ reported that the meeting to "whisk" Gulen took place on Sept. 19.

Here is the passage on that meeting about Gulen. No reference to a kidnapping plot, at least in the charges, but this corroborates the meeting and its participants.

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WSJ's report states the Turkish ministers that attended were Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak and Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who said on **Sunday** that Trump is working to extradite Gulen.
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Roughly two weeks after the failed July 15, 2016, coup attempt, prosecutors say, Kian told Alptekin that he met with Flynn to discuss the "Truth Campaign."

"We are ready to engage in what needs to be done," Kian allegedly told Alptekin, referring to Flynn.
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Remember: Bijan Kian had been a member of the Trump transition team, and Trump's Turkish ties have been largely eclipsed by the Russia probe.

From the Flynn case, it should be clear by now that the Russia investigation largely runs through Turkey.
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