As Obama to travel to Turkey for G20 summit “Assailants open fire in front of main opposition CHP headquarters in Ankara…

Unknown assailants opened fire late on Oct. 26 at the Republican People’s Party (CHP) headquarters in Ankara, the party’s deputy head has said
 Academic Murat Belge details frustration of being betrayed by the AKP

Academic Murat Belge details frustration of being betrayed by the AKP … MuratBelge has always been ardent advocate for democracy in Turkey.
President Barack Obama will travel to Turkey for a G20 summit, followed by stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for meetings with world leaders next month, the White House said on Oct. 26.
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Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict is upsetting Turkey’s diplomatic ambitions. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power play has shown that his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lacks geopolitical leverage.

Head of the International Rescue Committee says Turkey has nearly two million refugees and says rising numbers globally are “a grisly world record”

Three young people were detained in a football match when they unfurled peace placards to protest Ankara massacre while some football fans showed off sex dolls before and went unpunished.

Lavrov, Kerry to hold Syria talks Friday with Saudi, Turkish counterparts: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on Oct. 23 in Vienna to discuss the Syrian conflict together with their counterparts from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Moscow said on Oct. 21.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said a peaceful transition could start in Syria if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “stayed in Moscow,” where he flew on Oct. 20 evening
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 21 to discuss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s surprise visit to Moscow
The long-awaited “Turkish national car” prototypes which sparked widespread debate over their originality were made in Sweden and purchased for 40 million euros ($45 million)
Saying either “PKK is not a terrorist organization” or “PKK is a terrorist organization” is within the scope of freedom of expression.
Turkish PM Davutoğlu has ramped up the rhetoric against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Demirtaş, saying he should “look in the mirror” if he wants to see a murderer, referring to Demirtaş’s chanting of “murderer state” after the deadly Oct. 10 Ankara bombing.
Diyarbakır Association head Tahir Elçi, who was detained late on Oct. 19 for recent remarks that “the PKK is not a terror organization,” was released on probation on Oct. 20.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused countries in the West of “lacking conscience” over conflicts in the Middle East, particularly in Syria
Turkey’s main opposition leader has dubbed a plan between Ankara and the European Union aimed at stemming the mass movement of migrants across Europe’s borders a “bribe,” because German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered the country a chance for faster progress in its bid to join the EU in return for cooperation on the refugee issue
Turkey’s top diplomat has strictly ruled out arguments linking the country’s long-stalled EU membership bid and recent contacts between Ankara and Brussels for deeper cooperation in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has deplored football supporters in Konya who refused to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Oct. 10 Ankara Massacre, urging them to offer an apology either to the organizing committee of the peace rally or to the families of the 102 people who lost their lives in the attack

Turkey’s Self-Inflicted Disaster

The Ankara attack was the tragic and preventable result of misguided and dangerous policies.

93 ballot boxes moved in southeastern district despite YSK decision

A total of 93 ballot boxes have been moved in Turkey’s southeastern Şırnak province despite a previous decision by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejecting the relocation of polling stations for security reasons ahead of the upcoming Nov. 1 snap elections
101 websites, 40 Twitter accounts, 178 news have been censored; 21 journalists, 3 media organs, 1 printing house were attacked; arresting media representatives increased sixfold; 28 journalists have been sued, 24 journalists and 9 distributors sent to prison.


The prosecutor’s office says 11 suspects have been detained, and the police have seized 10 suicide vests, 60 kilograms of TNT and 1.5 tons of ammonium nitrate
The re-election is not on the front burner in Diyarbakır province, but Ankara bombing is, campaign jingles don’t fill the streets but angry slogans and riot policemen pervade.
A Turkish columnist and programmer was detained on Oct. 19 in the southern province of Adana for an article he wrote about an incident at a religious school in 2014

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