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Turkey Suspends Trade with Israel over Gaza: Solidarity or Politics?

Istanbul (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) – On Thursday, Turkey announced the suspension of all trade with Israel, citing the “worsening humanitarian tragedy” in the Gaza Strip as the reason. The Turkish Ministry of Trade said: “Export and import transactions related to Israel have been suspended for all products. Turkey will implement these new measures […]

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Erdoğan’s streak came to a screeching Halt as Turkey’s economy pays the price for Years of Policy Mistakes

By Gulcin Ozkan, King’s College London | – (The Conversation) – For many years, it wasn’t the economy that determined voting behaviour in Turkey. The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won almost every election he contested despite a deteriorating economic outlook. This is commonly explained by the importance of identity politics in a country that […]

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Secular Opposition Crushes pro-Islam AKP in Turkey’s Local Elections

It was the best opposition performance since the late 1970s ( Globalvoices.org ) – Turkey’s local elections which took place on March 31, will go down in history as one of its most surprising. Turkey’s demoralized opposition, namely the [secular] Republican People’s Party (CHP), dominated in what many pundits described as the ruling [center-right] Justice […]