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Turkey Enters Recession as Elections Nears

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Turkey Enters Recession as Elections Nears

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:36 pm

If any people want a Kurdistan
go to northern Iraq: Erdogan


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for referring to predominately-Kurdish areas in Turkey as “Kurdistan,” explaining there is no such thing as a “Kurdistan” in the country

"Dear Brothers, is there anything called Kurdistan in my country or in our country?" he posited supporters in Erzincan province during his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election campaign on Tuesday.

"If they are really interested in Kurdistan, let them go to northern Iraq where there is Kurdistan,” he added referring to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region.

It followed a video that showed HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli telling at a party meeting in parliament: “We will win in Kurdistan and will make the AKP and MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] lose in the west," referring to cities in the west of the country.

He also played a series of videos that included HDP officials which allegedly showed their support for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Erdogan blamed the opposition parties like Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the nationalist IYI Party for "walking shoulder-to-shoulder" with the HDP, referring to both parties’ close relations with the HDP during the parliamentary and parliamentary elections in June.

Temelli’s speech also was criticized by the MHP leader Devlet Bahceli on February 13.

HDP’s spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

Using the word “Kurdistan” is banned in Turkey, except when it refers to Kurdistan Region. Turkish leaders, including Erdogan, have used it for the same purpose before. When former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani visited Turkey in 2013, he was warmly welcomed and Flag of Kurdistan was shown at most of his meetings with Turkish officials.

In 2017, Kurdish lawmaker Osman Baydemir was barred from parliament for telling the speaker of Turkish parliament that Kurdistan is in his heart.

Kurds use “Kurdistan” to refer to predominately-Kurdish areas not only in Turkey, but Iran, Iraq, Syria, Armenia — areas they believe should have been recognized numerous times in the 20th Century, but was not.

Turkey’s constitution stipulates: “The statutes and programs, as well as the activities of political parties shall not be contrary to the independence of the State, its indivisible integrity with its territory and nation ..."

The AKP government recently targeted Kurdish parties whose titles bear the word “Kurdistan” — threatening to close them if the word is not dropped.

Kurdish nationalism is emboldened particularly in Turkey during election campaigns. Turkey will hold local and municipal elections on March 31. Newroz, celebrated by Kurds as their new year, falls on March 20 with days of festivals planned throughout Kurdish areas.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/26022019
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Re: If any people want a Kurdistan, go to northern Iraq: Erd

PostAuthor: Piling » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:52 am

I thought that Erdogan refused to call it "Kurdistan", only Northern Iraq :lol:
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Re: If any people want a Kurdistan, go to northern Iraq: Erd

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:41 pm

Piling wrote:I thought that Erdogan refused to call it "Kurdistan", only Northern Iraq :lol:


He also played a series of videos that included HDP officials which allegedly showed their support for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).


Sadly true: We all know the HDP follows PKK ideology but Selahattin Demirtaş was foolish enough to openly share the support of the PKK placing the entire HDP and all it's MPs at risk

Selahattin Demirtaş was only in politics for his own ego and self-aggrandisement X(

I am surprised Erdogan has not closed the HDP down already

Do the average Kurds in Northern Kurdistan understand anything at all about politics and, more importantly Marxism?

NO

The Kurds just see Kurds who say "vote for me" and all the other Kurds truly believe that those would-be MPs will give them an independent Kurdistan, so they vote for idiots who will help Turkey to keep Kurds oppressed in perpetuity 8-} X(
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Re: If any people want a Kurdistan, go to northern Iraq: Erd

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:41 pm

Turkey elections: Erdogan PANICS
as support drains from AK Party


TURKEY’s hardline president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seen a slump in support for his AK Party (AKP) ahead of local elections with insiders blaming the state of the country’s economy for the downturn

Turkish Lira: Erdogan is in denial about Turkey's economic state

Mr Erdogan's electoral success over the last 16 years of AKP rule has been underpinned by solid economic growth that saw a living standards improve for the major emerging economy's 82 million people. But a currency crisis that wiped some 30 percent off the value of the lira last year has led to economic hardship for many voters and fuelled disenchantment.

Opinion polls put opposition candidate for mayor of the capital Ankara Mansur Yavas 3 percentage points ahead of his AKP rival, while in Istanbul the opposition's Ekrem Imamoglu has narrowed the lead of the AKP's Binali Yildirim to 1.5 points.

An AKP insider said: ”Economic developments have had an impact in the two cities.

”Rising unemployment, inflation, company bankruptcies, the fear of a weakening currency and related news have had a negative impact."

With annual inflation around 20 percent, Mr Erdogan’s government this month launched the sale of cheap vegetables in state-run markets in Istanbul and Ankara to bring prices down.

Opinion polls put opposition candidate for mayor of the capital Ankara Mansur Yavas 3 percentage points ahead of his AKP rival, while in Istanbul the opposition's Ekrem Imamoglu has narrowed the lead of the AKP's Binali Yildirim to 1.5 points.

An AKP insider said: ”Economic developments have had an impact in the two cities.

”Rising unemployment, inflation, company bankruptcies, the fear of a weakening currency and related news have had a negative impact."

Turkish elections

Opinion polls show opposition parties are gaining ground on Mr Erdogan's AKP

But for many that only served to reinforce the impression of economic deterioration.

The party source said: "The state regulated sales actually gave the impression of things going backwards after 16 years of progress.

“There was also criticism that these sales did not happen in other cities.”

Murat Sari, head of the Konsensus polling agency, said the election battle was on a knife edge in both Istanbul and Ankara, which have been under AKP control throughout Mr Erdogan's time in power.

Turkish president warns those 'playing games' on economy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seen the Turkish economy struggle in recent months

The president was mayor of Istanbul between 1994 and 1998.

Mr Sari said: “Three out of four voters say they are having trouble getting by and there is general dissatisfaction with municipal services in Istanbul.

"Aside from satisfaction on services, the people want new faces, new names."

An official from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said his party would in all likelihood win in Ankara and also expected to clinch the mayoral race in Istanbul.

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Re: Will Erdogan clamp down on Kurds to gain election suppor

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:00 am

Turks are taught that the main drain on Turkish economy are Kurds

Turks are taught that Kurds do not really exist, they are just a group of savages who are trying to destroy Turkey and steal Turkish land

From childhood, Turks are taught to hate those who call themselves Kurds

Most Turks will not employ Kurds and those who do tend to give Kurds the lowest paid jobs and worst working conditions

Kurds who have been forced from their villages often live in poverty in run-down parts of large cities

Many Kurdish children are illiterate and there is violence among the young who see they have been robbed of a future by their Turkish oppressors

Counter to this many Kurdish businesses have been attacked by Turks, both in Turkey and elsewhere, especially Germany

Any move that Erdogan takes against Kurds will almost certainly gain him more support within the Turkish community

As for internationally - Erdogan does NOT care what the world thinks

And anyway, the entire world has proved it does NOT care what Turkey does, as the world has sat back and allowed Turkey to invade Syria
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Re: Will Erdogan clamp down on Kurds to gain election suppor

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:20 am

Five HDP hunger strikers detained in Amed

Five people have been taken into custody following a raid in the HDP building in Amed where 6 members of the party, included Dersim Dağ MP are on hunger strike

6 HDP members went on indefinite hunger strike in Amed on Sunday to demand the end of Abdullah Öcalan's isolation.

Hours after the six HDP hunger strikers - Amed MP Dersim Dağ, Saleh Cansever, Ismet Yildiz, Sevic Yasar, Salih Tekin and Bilal Özgez - held a press conference to explain the reasons for their action, police that had surrounded the HDP building, forbid journalists and activists to enter.

Journalists who wanted to follow the raid were subjected to General Information Screening (GBT). As police entered the provincial building, HDP press officer Vedat Dağ was prevented from leaving the building.

The police raided the conference hall where the hunger strike continued, confiscating banners saying “Leyla Güven is right, isolation must end” and “Isolation is a crime against humanity, freedom for political prisoners” in Turkish and Kurdish.

During the search, HDP deputies who were trying to film the police were met with police holding their shields up to avoid been filmed.

After the raid HDP members Sevican Yaşar, Salih Cansever, İsmet Yıldız, Salih Tekin and Bilal Özgezer were taken into custody.

Sevican Yaşar, a hunger strike activist, was beaten by police before being taken into custody.

The 5 HDP members detained were taken to the Anti-Terror Directorate of the Diyarbakır Security Directorate. HDP MP Dersim Dağ continues the hunger strike in the HDP building while the other 5 HDP members continue their fast in custody.

Dersim Dağ MP wrote in her Twitter account after the raid: “Hunger strikers were taken into custody in Amed provincial building. No pressure will stop this resistance. We will succeed. We will definitely succeed.”
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Re: Will Erdogan clamp down on Kurds to gain election suppor

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:26 am

Sadly, the HDP members just do NOT understand the risks they are taking and the problems they can cause for themselves and their party, by openly supporting Ocalan X(

Time after time HDP members have openly proved a connection between themselves, their party and the PKK

They continue to give Erdogan the proof he needs that the HDP are supporting the PKK and it's leader Ocalan

Like it or not the fact is:

    PKK, is recognised worldwide as a terrorist organisation

    Ocalan, the convicted leader of the PKK terrorist organisation
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:49 pm

Newroz celebrations are part of Kurdish culture

The HDP should NOT use Newroz for political gain

If the HDP do use Newroz for their political propaganda and also, openly show that the HDP is in support of Ocalan and/or PKK, they face the wrath of Erdogan and the very real possibility of getting Ocalan hanged

The HDP should remember that the only reason Ocalan is still alive is because Turkey wanted to join the EU and in order to do so Turkey had to stop executions

Seems that Erdogan is no longer interested in joining the EU so there is NOTHING to prevent him from bringing back the death penalty

Many countries still have the death penalty - including the US - since Jodie, the innocent 17 year old girl was stabbed in the back, almost everyone in the UK would like to see the death penalty reinstated and the person who killed Jodie executed (very painfully and extremely slowly)
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Re: Belgian court: PKK not a terrorist organization

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:00 am

Belgian court: PKK not a terrorist organization
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg

After nine years of proceedings, a court in Belgium on Friday acquitted multiple suspects accused of activities involving the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Federal judicial authorities had requested that 36 individuals and companies be tried by a criminal court on charges of taking part in terrorist activity.

The Belgian Chamber of Indictment, however, blocked prosecution against all those standing trial in the case, ruling that the conflict involving the PKK in Turkey is an “internal armed conflict” and, as such, the group cannot be considered a terrorist organization.

The PKK has fought a decades-long insurgency against Ankara over Kurdish rights, a conflict that has taken more than thirty-thousand lives on both sides.

The court judged that the PKK, including their armed branch that is known as the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), is to be considered a non-state actor involved in an intensive non-international conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state.

Therefore, it ruled, the case is subject to international humanitarian law when involving acts taking place on Turkish soil.

“Insufficient objections were found to be able to conclude that the PKK/HPG was guilty of terrorist crimes outside of the aforementioned conflict area,” the ruling stated.

“Therefore, the PKK/HPG cannot be considered as a terrorist group, and the participation in the activities or having a leading position within this organization is not punishable under Belgian criminal law.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the decision.

“It is possible to appeal against the decision in the Belgium Court of Appeals. Turkey will continue its legal fight determinedly,” ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said, in a statement.

Kurdish organizations welcomed the decision and called for the full removal of the PKK from European lists of terrorist groups.

“Today’s decision, and also the decision of the European Court [of] Justice of November 12 that the listing of the PKK on the EU terror list in 2014-2017 was unlawful, should ultimately lead to a reconsideration [of the listing] of the Kurdish freedom movements and its leaders,” read a statement released by the Cologne Legal Aid Fund for Kurds, also known as AZADÎ e.V.

This is not the first time the Brussels court has ruled that the PKK is not a terrorist organization. After judicial authorities opened a case against alleged members of the group for recruiting youth to fight in their armed struggle in 2015, a court returned a similar ruling.

According to VRT News, judicial authorities then took the case to the Indictments Chamber, which, in 2017 as in Friday’s decision, ruled that the conflict was an internal one and therefore outside its jurisdiction.

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Re: Belgian court: PKK not a terrorist organization

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:45 pm

Turkey Enters Recession:
a Blow for Erdogan as Elections Near


Turkey has entered a recession, recording two consecutive quarters of falling economic growth, according to government figures released Monday, casting a blow for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of critical local elections at the end of the month

Mr. Erdogan has led Turkey through 18 years of continuous growth — making it a leading emerging market — but much of the growth of the last few years has come through unrestrained borrowing. The lira also plunged in value in mid-2018, amid global investor concerns and a sharp fall in consumer demand.

The Turkish Statistical Institute announced that Turkey’s gross domestic product shrank by 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year from the previous quarter, after seasonal adjustments. That fall followed a decline of 1.6 percent in the third quarter. A recession occurs, by some definitions, after two quarters of contraction.

A global economic slowdown has reduced demand for Turkish exports and raised the cost of credit for its businesses. Growth in the European Union, Turkey’s most important market, has slowed to a crawl while Italy is in recession and Germany close to one.

Economists had been warning of a recession for months as foreign investment in Turkey dried up over growing concerns about the rule of law as well as about its economic policies. Turkey’s growth was fueled in part by the availability of cheap foreign credit, but that credit flow has slowed, as in other emerging markets, after the Federal Reserve in the United States raised interest rates.

The government has been subsidizing big infrastructure projects like bridges, subways and Istanbul’s new airport, planned as the world’s busiest. Many businesses have borrowed in foreign currencies, which means their debt burdens rose as the lira fell.

By the end of the year, Turkish private-sector companies owed more than $250 billion in foreign debt, or nearly one-third the size of the country’s economy.

Istanbul’s new airport under construction last year is one of several big infrastructure projects subsidized by the Turkish government.

For all of 2018, Turkey still achieved growth of 2.8 percent, but the economy took a precipitous turn midyear as the lira weakened. Investment agencies have revised Turkey’s credit ratings, and Turkey’s banks have almost stopped lending.

Borrowing has become more expensive for Turkey and other emerging markets because investors have become wary of the risk, while rising interest rates and buoyant stocks have lured money back to the United States. Turkey has also been particularly hard hit by President Trump’s trade war. United States tariffs on Turkish steel imports are 50 percent, double the duties on steel from other countries.

Bankruptcies, meanwhile, rose in the last months of 2018, and inflation has remained over 20 percent for months.

Mr. Erdogan has ruled out turning to the International Monetary Fund for funds, emphasizing that he had taken Turkey out of an earlier program with the fund and paid off its debts. He has instead courted investment from Arab gulf countries and reduced some public spending.

Since a failed coup d’état two years ago that attempted to topple him, Mr. Erdogan has assumed more power over government agencies, including economic policy. He was re-elected in June and has brought all branches of government under the presidency.

He appointed his son-in-law, Berat Albyrak, as minister of finance and Treasury and through him has kept close control of the Central Bank. When Mr. Erdogan commented just before the election that he intended to be more involved with the bank, the lira sank to record lows.

The Central Bank halted the rout by lifting rates, but its integrity was in question. The Turkish currency lost 28 percent of its value in 2018.

The currency’s decline, as well as other factors, has hit Turks in their pocketbooks. Mr. Erdogan, who is personally leading his Justice and Development Party’s campaign for local elections, has opened subsidized markets stalls around the country to sell cheap vegetables to ease discontent.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/busi ... ssion.html
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