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In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards - Critics at home and abroad see Erdogan as an increasingly unpredictable leader, bent on a more powerful presidency and revenge on his political enemies.  They fear he is taking Turkey ever further from Western standards on rule of law and free speech. December 19, 2014. Read more from Reuters.

Turkey releases Gulen-linked editor of Zaman newspaper - A court in Istanbul has released a leading Turkish newspaper editor arrested during raids on media offices at the weekend.  December 19, 2014. Read more from BBC News.

MEPs debate Turkey Arrests - During the afternoon session, members debated the recent arrest of at least 24 journalists in Turkey. December 18, 2014.  Watch more from BBC News. 

After mass arrests, Turkey's president tells world: Buzz off - When Turkish authorities arrested more than two dozen cops and prominent media personalities on Sunday, it set off what has become by now, a predictable routine: International rights groups and Western countries expressed concern and condemnation, prompting Turkey's longtime leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to make clear how little he cares. December 17, 2014. Read more from Mashable.

Turkish Fans of Besiktas Soccer Club Face Coup Charges - ISTANBUL - Dozens of soccer fans who participated in Turkey's antigovernment protests last year went on trial Tuesday on charges of plotting a coup, the latest sign of the far-reaching efforts by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government to crack down on dissent. December 16, 2014. Read more from Wall Street Journal.

Turkey's President Erdogan Tells EU to 'Mind Its Own Business' Over Media ArrestsEU-Turkish relations have been increasingly strained in recent months, partly due to Turkey's stalled membership progress and Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian tendencies. December 16, 2014. Read more from VICE News. 

Photographer: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty ImagesEU Says Turkey's Arrests of Journalists Violates Values - The European Union accused Turkey of violating press freedom following the arrest of dozens of journalists over the weekend ahead of a EU Council meeting to discuss a long-standing Turkish bid to join the 28-member bloc. December 15, 2014. Read more from Bloomberg. 

In Turkey, police arrest journalists and executives - The more than two dozen arrests followed another series of police raids on December 17 of last year, in which prominent supporters of the government, including the sons of ministers and the head of a state-owned bank, were interrogated on charges of corruption.  In almost all cases, those year-old charges have been dropped. December 14, 2014. Read more from CNN.

Turkey Detains 27 Tied to President's Rival - In a series of raids on Sunday in 13 cities, authorities detained 27 people accused of forming an illegal organization to seize control of the state, according to state-run news agency Anadolu. December 14, 2014. Read more from Wall Street Journal.

BlackRock Sees Rally in Turkish Stocks Fueled Further by Oil - "Clearly the oil price is a game changer for Turkey," Vecht, who oversees $2.7 billion across five emerging - and frontier - market funds, said in e-mailed comments from London on Dec. 1.  "When some small things change, the upside in Turkey can be quite staggering." December 12, 2014. Read more from Bloomberg. 

Turkey's "Deep Throat" warns of plans to detain nearly 150 journalists - According to Mashable, anonymous Twitter user, Fuat Avni, a self-described "Ankara Insider", reported that Turkish police were planning to conduct an investigation that will result in the detention of 150 journalists, in particular, those who are critical of the government. December 11, 2014. Read more from Mashable

Persecution of Hizmet movement in Turkey - "Since the outbreak of the corruption scandal in Turkey in December 2013, Prime Minister and then President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have been particularly targeting the Hizmet (Gulen) movement..." December 11, 2014. Read more from Cihan News Agency. 

Turkey may propose energy complex construction to Russia - Calling the new pipeline plan "Turkish Stream", in reference to the scrapped South Stream project, Yildiz said Turkey would study the new pipeline plan with Russia. December 11, 2014. Read more from Reuters. 

Turkey GDP Grows at Slowest Pace Since 2012 in Third Quarter - Turkey has reported much slower growth than expected for the third quarter, with the economy expanding 1.7 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.  December 10, 2014. Read more from Bloomberg. 

Turkey Won't Loosen Policy Until Inflation Falls, Says Governor - Turkey's annual inflation rate rose to 9.15% in November from 8.96% in October as a result of higher food prices.  December 10, 2014. Read more from Wall Street Journal.

Erdogan's Ottoman language drive faces backlash in Turkey - President Tayyip Erdogan stirred fierce criticism on Tuesday with plans to make lessons in Ottoman Turkish mandatory in high schools, prompting one opposition politician to declare that an army could not force his daughter to learn the language.  December 9, 2014. Read more from Reuters.

Turkey rebuffs EU criticism on waning foreign policy alignment - Turkey hit back on Tuesday at European Union accusations that it has drifted apart from the bloc on foreign policy, saying Ankara had been kept out of decision-making despite making major contributions to EU defense. December 9, 2014. Read more from Reuters.

Turks Feud Over Change in Education - ISTANBUL - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey promised on Monday to introduce compulsory classes in Ottoman Turkish into the national school curriculum, regardless of public objections. December 8, 2014. Read more from New York Times

Turkish PM Davutoglu due in Greece for 2-day visit - Davutoglu was being accompanied by a delegation of nine ministers, including those of foreign affairs, economy, energy, interior and customs.  December 5, 2014. Read more from Associated Press, Washington Post.

NATO and the EU Talk Over Closer Cooperation - The EU's new foreign-policy chief, Federica Mogherini, spent much of Tuesday at a NATO foreign ministers' meeting. On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg visited Donald Tusk, the newly installed president of the European Council, who is charged with guiding the collective agenda of EU governments. December 4, 2014.  Read more on Wall Street Journal.

Turkish MPs Pass Bill Shaking Up Judiciary, Boosting Police Powers - The Turkish government has pushed through legislation increasing police search powers and reforming courts in a move one senior judge said threatened to erode the judicial culture of the country.Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, commenting on laws passed by parliament on Tuesday night, said prosecutors and judges had been hampering police work by refusing permission for searches to take place. December 3, 2014. Read more on Reuters

Mystery Remains on Status of Turkish Corruption Inquiry - hen-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Gulenists of establishing a "parallel state," in particular infiltrating the judiciary and the security establishment in an attempt to bring down the government. Hundreds of prosecutors and thousands of police officers have been reshuffled since then. Having been elected the country’s president in August, Erdogan vowed to eradicate all state institutions of the Gulenists. December 2, 2014. Read more on Al-Monitor

In Diplomatic Defeat, Putin Diverts Pipeline to Turkey - President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia's South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia's increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. December 1, 2014. Read more from The New York Times 

Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered - NATO general. - Turkey has NATO's second largest military and is host for Land Command (LANDCOM), which is charged with improving the effectiveness and response time of the alliance's land forces. Although Turkey has made no formal request to NATO for help in establishing a no-fly zone, it has repeatedly said that willing nations should put one in place to create safe areas in Syria, allowing some of an estimated 1.6 million Syrian refugees to be repatriated. November 26, 2014. Read more from Reuters. 

How the rest of the world reacted to the Ferguson verdict. - On Tuesday, following the news that a grand jury would not indict Wilson for the shooting of Brown, protests erupted in the city.  Cars were set ablaze and stores looted.  Police fired tear gas and protesters shouted "don't shoot," the rallying cry of the protests. November 25, 2014. Read more from Washington Post. 

Former police chief speaks out about Turkey's "parallel state". - In Al-Monitor, Mustafa Akyol interviews former Police Chief Hanefi Avci, who published a book in 2010 depicting Fetullah Gulen as leading the "repressive state machine" in Turkey through the police force.  According to Akyol, Avci's stance on the Hizmet movement is now more objective; however the former policeman refers to Hizmet as the "parallel structure" throughout the interview.  November 25, 2014. Read more from Al-monitor.

Our Bahamian Friends visit Turkey for the 1st time. November 24, 2014. See more photos. 

 

Turkish President: 'Equality between men and women is against nature' - He sparked outrage with the speech made at a convention organized by women’s groups campaigning to eliminate gender discrimination in all its forms. November 24, 2014. Read more from Independent UK

Basci's Turkish Inflation Oracles Lead Him Away From Cuts - The diviners of Turkish inflation are leading central bank Governor Erdem Basci away from giving the government what it wants -- lower interest rates. November 20, 2014. Read more from Bloomberg

Turkey's Central Bank Keeps Interest Rates Steady - Turkey’s central bank on Thursday held interest rates steady for a third consecutive month, signaling policymakers will stick with a tight stance due to the country’s stubbornly high inflation. November 20, 2014 Read more from The Wall Street Journal 

Iraq, Turkey Vow to Work Together Against IS Group - Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State group. November 20, 2014. Read more from ABC News

Amnesty Report: Turkey Strained by Syrian Refugees - With Turkey’s government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday.November 20, 2014. Read more from The Washington Post 

New Kurdish offensive target Islamic State- Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State in areas of Iraq that the extremist group captured in the summer. November 19, 2014. Read more from The Washington Post

On The Passing of Dr Myles Munroe - The Bahamas has lost one of its greatest sons; a devout man of God; author, activist philanthropist, a thinker, preacher, teacher and a nationalist. Dr. Myles Munroe, president and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries was without question one of the brightest lights this country has produced.
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from R.E.Cooper  

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite  Pindling, Governor General, welcomed Rev. R.E. Cooper, Jr.,  members of the Turkic  American Federation of  Southeast U.S.  (TAFS) and the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce of the  Southeast U.S. (TACC) in a courtesy call at Government House,  October 29, 2014. Read more on The Bahamas Weekly, Bahamas  National, or The Government of The Bahamas

Is Anybody Out There? It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression. In Turkey today, relief organization Kimse Yokmu, affiliated with the Fethullah Gulen inspired Hizmet movement has become the target of repeated attacks by Turkey's political neo-tyrants, the most prominent of whom is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.October 30, 2014. Read more on Huffington Post

"Turkish Q3 Tourism Revenues rise 11 Percent to 11.9 Billion" Turkey's tourism revenues rose 11% in the third quarter to $11.85 billion, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) said on Thursday. October 30, 2014 Read more on Today's Zaman 

"Turkey Mine: Hopes Fade for 18 Trapped Coal Miners:" Rescuers are losing hope that 18 workers, trapped underground at a coal mine in southern Turkey, can be saved.  Read more

 "Why Kobani Could be an Opportunity for Turkey, the Kurds and the U.S."In the space of just 48 hours last week, Turkey went from calling the PYD -- the kurds defending the Syrian border town of Kobani -- a terrorist group to opening up arms corridor from Iraq to aid its fight against ISIS. October 29, 2014 Read more on CNN News  

"Turkic American Federation of Southeast visits The  Bahamas" Nassau, Bahamas - Cemil Teber, president and CEO of  the Turkic American Federation of Southeast (TAFS), presents a  gift to Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes during a courtesy call  at Government House, March 25. Pictured from left: Kenan  Sener, Umut Gunebir, Mr. Teber, Sir Arthur, Rev. Dr. R. E.  Cooper and Omer Casurluk. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) March  2014 Read more on The Bahamas Weekly

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