Tags: Turkey

Istanbul Nightclub Shooting: Statements, Allegations, and Lack of Verifiable Evidence

With Turkey’s media having largely been reduced to State propaganda machines, journalists too intimidated to speak on the record, officials to even speak off the record to journalists, all that there remains is to summarize the statements and allegations floated by “official” sources, while underpinning the fact that no independently verifiable evidence about the shooting…

State of Emergency in Turkey Extended Amidst “Istanbul Shooting” Hysteria

Amidst assurances that Turkey was certain who was responsible for the shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul, New year’s night, the government, on January 3, extended the state of emergency in the country for another three months. Following a Cabinet meeting on January 3, 2016, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtelmus announced that the Cabinet…

Turkey, Russia Unleash Over 100 Airstrikes On ISIS Targets After Nightclub Attack

Following the horrific New Year's Day attack on an Istanbul nightclub which left 39 people dead (which ISIS claimed responsibility for), Turkish jets have carried out a number of airstrikes against suspected ISIS group positions in Syria. Aerial footage released today showed more than 100 suspected militant targets had been hit by Turkey and Russia…

Turkey and Bulgaria: NATO Members on Opposite Sides of the Syrian Barricades

The years of armed conflict in Syria and the recent successes of government forces have exacerbated internal conflicts within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization due to the different understandings by members of this military alliance of its goals and objectives in Syria… Source: Strategic Culture Foundation Turkey and Bulgaria: NATO Members on Opposite Sides of…

Erdogan rages at Europe; threatens to flood Europe with refugees

Even as he doubles down on his increasingly aggressive policies in Syria, Turkish President Erdogan is now cranking up for a further furious row with the EU. Though some Turkish officials appear to have wanted to downplay the European Parliament’s resolution on freezing Turkey negotiations to join the EU, Erdogan himself has responded with predictable…

Erdogan Threatens To Unleash Migrant Crisis Into Europe

Turkey’s President Erdogan has vowed to open his country’s border and release hundreds of thousands of migrants into Europe if the European Parliament continues to halt EU membership talks. Yesterday the Euro Parliament voted for a temporary freeze on Turkey’s EU accession talks in response to concerns over Erdogan’s heavy-handed crackdown following July’s failed coup.…

Tourism Decline in Turkey – What Happens Next?

The tourism industry in Turkey has been facing tough times. From a Russian ban to the recent military coup attempt, 2016 has been a particularly difficult year. Additionally, the bombings in Ankara and terrorist attacks in Istanbul have done little to draw foreigners into the country. Despite increasing pressures to recover the industry and make…