Greek F-16 pilot lands in Turkey, withdraws cash from local ATM!

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Capital controls and a yearning for ever nearing summer holidays in the Aegean are apparently now exporting “urban legends” from Greece, with the latest starting along the lines of “… Did ya hear the one about the Greek F-16 pilot who landed in Turkey to withdraw money…?” Continue reading

Turkey: How Conscription Reform Will Change the Military | Stratfor

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A large, conscripted military may no longer be the most appropriate way for Turkey to protect its interests and defend against external threats. Ankara appears to have acknowledged as much Oct. 21, when it voted to reduce the length of time conscripted soldiers are required to serve. The measure, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2014, will effectively shrink the military by 70,000 members. This is no small diminution, considering that Turkey, with its 750,000 soldiers, has the second-largest military among NATO members. Political and economic considerations may have informed Ankara’s decision, but ultimately the move was made to reflect the changing geopolitical conditions under which Turkey now finds itself.

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İzmir Mediterranean Film Festival­

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İzmir Mediterranean Film Festival­

1st İzmir Mediterranean Film Festival­` is starting
1st İzmir Mediterranean Film Festival is starting in İzmir. The festival, which is going to be organized by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, will be held between November 1 and 9, 2013. Competition winners will be presented with the “Flying Fish” award. Continue reading

Erdoğan offers to suspend Gezi Park redevelopment pending court case

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Turkish PM makes concession after late night meetings with protesters’ representatives to end almost two weeks of demonstrations

German pianist Davide Martello entertains protesters in Taksim Square

German pianist Davide Martello entertains protesters in Taksim Square. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a series of late night meetings with protesters’ representatives in a bid to end the occupation. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Turkey‘s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appears to be backing away from a threatened “final” confrontation to clear thousands of protestersoccupying an Istanbul park, after a series of late night meetings with representatives of those involved in street protests that have engulfed dozens of Turkish cities.

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Podele u Turskoj izbile na površinu

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Erdoganov stil upravljanja doveo je do stvaranja oštre društvene podele izmedju sekularnih i verskih elemenata u turskom društvu, smatra analitičar Gregori Kopli.
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Branko Mikašinović
O uzrocima nemira u Turskoj i ulozi te zemlje u sirijskom konfliktu, kolega Branko Mikašinović razgovarao je sa izdavačem i urednikom časopisa “Odbrana i spoljna politika”, Gregorijem Koplijem. Continue reading

Protest podrške Turskoj

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podrska demonsteantima u turskoj iz beograda
Nekoliko desetina ljudi okupilo se ispred ambasade Turske u Beogradu na protestu podrške građanima te zemlje. Uz transparente „Istanbul nije sam“ i „Otpor nije terorizam“, sa ovog skupa poručuju da su došli da dignu glas protiv nasilja. Continue reading

Turkey’s Violent Protests in Context | Stratfor

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Turkey's Violent Protests in Context
Turkish protesters gather in Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 1. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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The rapid escalation of anti-government protests in Turkey in recent days has exposed a number of long-dormant fault lines in the country’s complex political landscape. But even as the appeal of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (also known by its Turkish acronym, AKP) is beginning to erode, it will remain a powerful force in Turkish politics for some time to come, with its still-significant base of support throughout the country and the lack of a credible political alternative in the next elections. Continue reading