Domestically Ashamed in the Mavi Marmara case, Uneasy to challenge Russians, Turkey zeroes in on Iran… – Dec 13, 1:50 AM

Author: Pinar Tremblay December 13, 2016 A few weeks before the devastating Dec. 10 twin bombings in Istanbul — for which Kurdish militants claimed responsibility — Al-Monitor spoke with several sources well-connected with Ankara

Turkey drops case against Israeli officers charged over deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.
The whole Syrian affair deserves to be defined as a “crime against humanity.” The “intervention in Iraq” was another one, even if the chief conspirators, George W. Bush and Tony Blair, were able to get away with it given that they were the leaders of two powerful countries.
The Venice Commission, an advisory body at the human rights watchdog Council of Europe, says Turkey is abusing state of emergency laws in its wider efforts to purge so-called state saboteurs after the failed mid-July coup. It said the government is casting too wide a net over people linked to the Fethullah Gulen movement, which Ankara blames for the coup attempt. The full opinion will be published Monday December 12.
Turkey’s postal service (PTT) has announced that it has converted $172 million and 20 million euros of foreign exchange into Turkish Liras, in response to a call from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to boost the struggling currency
A Greek appeals court in Athens, on Thursday, ruled to allow two Turkish officers to stay in Greece following extradition requests from Ankara. The officers are wanted by the Turkish authorities over allegations they were involved in July’s coup attempt. Eight Turkish officers fled to Greece and demanded asylum in the wake of the coup, three have so far been returned.

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