19 февраля, 16:11

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Has Turkey Gone Rogue? Erdogan’s slow motion strangulation of democracy, ho…

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Has Turkey Gone Rogue? Erdogan’s slow motion strangulation of democracy, however, will not top Tillerson’s contentious agenda with his Turkish counterpart. A pronounced eastern tilt in Ankara’s strategic orientation has seen this erstwhile NATO ally agree to purchase an advanced Russian air defense system, and attend Moscow-sponsored talks on the future of […]

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26 июня 2017, 03:20

Why Turkey Chose Qatar

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu Security, Eurasia The move was consistent with Ankara’s outreach to Doha over the last decade. A few weeks after the Saudi-led diplomatic blitz targeting Qatar, there is no doubt that Ankara stands firmly with Doha. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has developed a close albeit asymmetrical partnership with Qatar. The two states are the region’s staunchest supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and have been rather willing to flirt with Tehran. Bilateral ties, based on such ideological affinity, are strengthened by military and financial partnerships vital for Erdoğan. But make no mistake, this was no easy decision for Erdoğan. Read full article

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18 октября 2016, 12:15

Турецкие металлурги просят обложить пошлинами прокат из Украины

Об этом сообщил Хайяти Косоглу, директор по маркетингу и продажам Erdemir Group.

11 августа 2016, 05:42

Did Turkey's Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup?

Bruno Macaes Politics, Middle East Erdogan's move towards Putin began before the failed attempt. It’s been almost a month since the failed coup in Turkey, yet the mystery persists. Who was behind it and why did it take place? The only hard evidence as to the intentions of the putschists is of course the statement read on television the very night of the coup, but that statement was carefully crafted to hide its origins and intentions. It appealed to the founding values of the Turkish Republic, nominally shared by all. Then came the official theory from President Erdoǧan: the blame should be squarely placed upon the Gulen movement, directed from Pennsylvania in the United States by a reclusive cleric with whom Erdoǧan himself had been close in the past—but with whom he has broken in an increasingly ruthless conflagration. Gulen openly leads a vast network of schools and charities but is widely reputed to combine those with a secret network infiltrated deep within the state apparatus in Turkey. In 1999 Turkish television aired a secretly taped sermon where Gulen told his followers (he has disputed the authenticity of the tape): “You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power center." To move before such time as they had gotten hold of all state power from within "would be too early, like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside.” Politically, Gulen is a strong nationalist, roughly aligned with the United States and the European Union on foreign policy. Gulenism is very much predicated on the role of education and entrepreneurship in a market-driven economy. It sees Islamic and Western values as fundamentally compatible. EU accession would solidify these elements of the Turkish regime and help coordination between different chapters of the organization across Europe. Gulen himself takes a hardline critical stance on Russia and Iran and at times has been supportive of Israel, speaking against those who take a confrontational approach. According to Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish Parliament, Gulen "is unequivocally a pro-European Union and Atlantic person, a free marketeer and a pragmatist on Israel." Read full article

29 июня 2016, 17:14

Turkey Blames ISIS For Istanbul Terror Attack As Details Of Victims Emerge

Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport. At least 41 people died and 239 others were wounded during the carnage. Authorities have yet to identify the attackers. After a night of carnage left 41 people dead in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, there was still little information on Wednesday about the identities of the attackers. No group has yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack on Turkey’s largest airport. The governor’s office said 239 others were injured in the attacks and 109 of the wounded had already been discharged from hospital. Turkish officials said the main suspect is the Islamic State militant group, which has wreaked havoc in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The extremists have increasingly targeted Turkey in attacks in recent months. But there's little evidence yet of who directed and carried out the attack. "It's a jigsaw puzzle," a Turkish official told Reuters. "The authorities are going through CCTV footage, witness statements." Three attackers arrived at the crowded airport terminal by taxi on Tuesday evening. At least one of them opened fire before all three detonated suicide vests. Turkish authorities have conducted autopsies of the terrorists' bodies, but had not released further details, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said. The Turkish government banned media from publishing images from the scene or information about the attackers, as has become common practice in the country after attacks. Victims From All Over World The attack on a busy airport claimed the lives of Turkish citizens, security officials and foreign tourists. The Istanbul governor’s office said 23 Turkish nationals, 10 foreigners and three people with dual nationality were among those killed in the attacks. The dead include five Saudis, two Iraqis, as well as citizens from China, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine, officials said. Many world leaders offered condolences and solidarity with Turkey after the attack. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for international cooperation against terrorism. He said in a statement condemning the attack that he “stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat.” In the U.S., White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the United States remains “steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO Ally and partner.” Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, "is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together,” he said in a statement. Turkey's national broadcaster TRT said several police officers were among the Turkish victims. A young married couple, several tourism guides, and at least one taxi driver were also among the casualties, the Guardian reported. ‘Blood Everywhere’ Paul Roos, a 77-year-old South African tourist, told Reuters he saw one of the gunmen "randomly shooting" in the departures hall, before two explosions went off. "He was wearing all black. His face was not masked ... He turned around and started coming towards us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket,” Roos said. “He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator ... We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over." Hundreds of passengers trapped inside the airport took cover wherever they could. Iraqi activist Steven Nabil was at the airport en route to New York City after his honeymoon when the gunmen opened fire. He and his injured wife hid in a closet in a hair salon for 45 minutes, Nabil wrote on Twitter. “In the closet I was begging my wife to keep calm because the noise might draw any attackers around,” he added. “Looked desperately for anything sharp to protect her if they opened the door and took hostages.” Took this when we made it out of storage room,ran downstairs,we took shelter with others,blood everywhere #istanbul pic.twitter.com/lDNKpBLkWs— Steven nabil (@stevoiraq) June 29, 2016 After security forces cleared the area, passengers flooded out of the terminal in shock at the carnage they had seen. “There were blood splatters everywhere,” 37-year-old Eylul Kaya told The New York Times. “I covered my boy’s eyes and we ran out,” referring to her one-year-old son. Survivors embraced each other outside the airport. Some held up handwritten signs, as they tried to find lost loved ones, Time reported. Identifying Perpetrators Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early Wednesday that initial findings of the security services indicated the Islamic State was behind the attack. He did not provide further details, as he said investigations were ongoing. The New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi notes that it can take the Islamic State anywhere from several hours to a few days to issue a claim of responsibility, depending on whether it directed the attack or just inspired sympathizers. Moreover, the group does not usually claim responsibility for attacks in Turkey unlike in other countries. This may be because the Islamic State wants to make sure it can keep recruiting militants inside Turkey, said former Turkish parliament member Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense Democracies. Turkey is a major transit hub for the group's recruitment of foreign fighters from around the world. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); A series of deadly attacks has rocked Turkey over the past year, some of which were blamed on the Islamic State. Kurdish militants claimed others. Analysts say the attack on an airport is more characteristic of the Islamic State because it appeared to target foreigners and the tourism industry. Kurdish fighters usually attack security forces or official targets. However, a Kurdish militant group called the Freedom Falcons of Kurdistan (TAK) hit another Istanbul airport with mortar fire in December. "This a horrible day, but certainly not surprising,” Erdemir told The WorldPost on Tuesday night. “Turkey has had a string of such attacks and often the only question is: ‘Is it (Kurdish militant group) the PKK or ISIS?’ -- which shows that people have grown accustomed to terror attacks.” Matt Ferner contributed reporting. Read More On The Istanbul Attacks Deadly Suicide Bombings Hit Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Airport Surveillance Video Captures The Terrifying Moment Of An Explosion Aid Worker Who Narrowly Escaped Syria Alive Was Injured In Istanbul Attack -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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28 октября 2015, 14:00

Met Coke World Summit: Less minutiae, more macro

As conferences go, this US event may be the most cerebral in the steel raw materials calendar. At the annual Met Coke World Summit in Pittsburgh this week, some of the presentations maybe far too technical for the commercial attendees and market analysts gathered for the largest metallurgical coke event worldwide. At Smithers’ tightly managed […]

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28 июля 2015, 00:17

Turkey’s False Spring

Aykan Erdemir Politics, Middle East Despite Erdogan's recent electoral setback, winter is coming. Turkey’s recent June elections have produced a religiously diverse parliament that the country has not seen since the 1950s. A total of seven non-Muslim deputies—three Armenian Apostolic, one Arab Orthodox, one Syriac Christian, and two Yazidis—were elected from the lists of three different parties. It is a mistake, however, to dwell on the success of minority candidates in a country at risk of moving not toward greater tolerance, but to scapegoating and religious and ethnic exclusivism. Optimists argue that, after the recent elections which delivered a setback to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to consolidate power, Turkey’s political climate is finally ripe for the pluralism that has long been the goal of a new generation that is coming of age. But this is not the arrival of a Turkish political spring. If anything, we may be about to enter a long winter of discontent. In theory and in practice, Turkey can and should be a beacon of religious pluralism and a model for peaceful coexistence in a region plagued by religious coercion, mass killing, and ethnic cleansing. The Gezi Park protests of June 2013, the first large-scale challenge to Erdoğan’s autocratic rule, produced much celebrated scenes of diversity: women in headscarves rallying alongside LGBT activists, Marxists standing guard to protect “Anti-Capitalist Muslims” during their prayers, and atheists and Muslims breaking fast together at opentable gatherings. Read full article