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It looks like Higher Election Council refuses to declare #Ekremİmamoğlu wins #İstanbul. #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2019 at 23:38

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CHP takes back Ankara municipality after 25 years

Mansur Yavaş, the candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party, has emerged
CHP wins landslide victories in southern, western coastal provinces

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has swept to landslide victories in coastal Aegean and Mediterranean

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Turkey votes in local elections seen as key test of Erdoğan’s rule

President’s party faces defeat in some areas as country’s economic woes erode support Voters across Turkey have cast

TURKEY LOCAL ELECTIONS 2019: Statements from Parties and Candidates

Mayoral candidates have made their first statements after the counting began. Main opposition CHP’s candidate for the capital

TURKEY LOCAL ELECTIONS 2019: Live Results from Trustee-Appointed Provinces

Follow the live results from the 10 provinces where there are trustee-appointed municipalities.

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It looks like Higher Election Council refuses to declare #Ekremİmamoğlu wins #İstanbul. #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2019 at 23:33

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CHP takes back Ankara municipality after 25 years

Mansur Yavaş, the candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party, has emerged
CHP wins landslide victories in southern, western coastal provinces

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has swept to landslide victories in coastal Aegean and Mediterranean

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Turkey votes in local elections seen as key test of Erdoğan’s rule

President’s party faces defeat in some areas as country’s economic woes erode support Voters across Turkey have cast

TURKEY LOCAL ELECTIONS 2019: Statements from Parties and Candidates

Mayoral candidates have made their first statements after the counting began. Main opposition CHP’s candidate for the capital

TURKEY LOCAL ELECTIONS 2019: Live Results from Trustee-Appointed Provinces

Follow the live results from the 10 provinces where there are trustee-appointed municipalities.

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AKP maybe losing Ankara after 25 years…and close call in Istanbul! #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2019 at 22:08

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Vote difference is 18 thousand as of 10:49 in İstanbul. (Istanbul time)

İzmir is already CHP’s… Bursa close call too.

Mansur Yavaş (Ankara CHP candidate) – Ekrem İmamoğlu (İstanbul CHP candidate)

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AKP maybe losing Ankara after 25 years…and close call in Istanbul! #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2019 at 22:03

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Vote difference is 18 thousand as of 10:49 in İstanbul. (Istanbul time)

İzmir is already CHP’s… Bursa close call too.

Mansur Yavaş (Ankara CHP candidate) – Ekrem İmamoğlu (İstanbul CHP candidate)

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First signs of success for the opposition #TurkeyElections #Seçim2019

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2019 at 18:43

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Diyarbakır, Sur. An old Kurdish woman is looking at her devastated neighborhood, she had to leave. via

It is still very early and hard to say anything about major cities. However, there is some certain news that some Black sea towns and a few Central Anatolian towns, where AKP always won, now won by opposition parties. That includes the hometown of Rabia Naz, of whom I also wrote about here. Turkey’s only communist party mayor of Ovacık town, Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu, now becomes the mayor of Tunceli city. Another good sign.

Maçoğlu celebrating

As usual, there is uncomfortable news from the Kurdish cities where heavy deployment security forces make it hard to have a transparent election process. I am not surprised that some small cities like Şırnak can be won by AKP after the massive pressure they were exposed to.

And the most tragic news is that in Malatya two Saadet party members were killed by AKP candidate’s nephew according to the party leader.


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Turkish elections: Much at stake in Kurdish-majority southeast

Nearly 100 mayors from the pro-Kurdish HDP party have been removed from office and replaced by government trustees.

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Economy, security under spotlight as Turks set for local polls

Elections are seen as challenge for President Erdogan and his AK Party to retain control of Turkey’s major cities.

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Local elections begin… #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2019 at 08:48

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Erdoğan and his Istanbul local candidates. image source: https://twitter.com/ouzceceli/status/1111755619772579840?s=03
Erdoğan, his candidates in İstanbul and the “journalists.” Open to a good semiological analysis.

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As of 7 pm, live election program at Medyascope

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Why Istanbul could decide the fate of Turkey’s election

There’s a well-known saying in Turkish politics: “Whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political career validates this …

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Howard Eissenstat: ‘No chance of losing İstanbul for Erdoğan’

There is no chance of losing Istanbul for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the country’s local elections set to take place on Sunday,

In Elections, Turkey’s Opposition Hopes to Capitalize on Erdogan’s Woes

Since Erdogan won Istanbul’s mayorship in 1994, a victory that served as a … However, the latest opinion polls indicate the outcome of Istanbul local …

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Vicious YouTube ads and Fake videos #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2019 at 20:43

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Thanks to a former student and a friend, Ali Mert Gürbüz, I have realized that Turkish users are subject to some very dark political propaganda on YouTube in the last couple of days. I wonder if Youtube is aware of that.- or better to say if it cares at all- Opposition candidates are labeled as PKK members etc in these ads…

Another novelty is the number of fake videos. Not only by pro-government actors. But most of the videos are viciously attacking the opposition with fake news in video formats…

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Unprecedented smear campaigns #TurkeyElections #TrollWatch

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2019 at 00:40

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Hagia Sophia

When I checked my troll list last night, they were at a state of madness in attacking opposition candidates. I am not sure if the opposition is offering better or will be victorious but the AKP campaigning zeroed in only one thing: the opposition is in deep ties with terror organizations. Some old police intelligence briefs that include personal data are circulating in pro-government media. Objectively, this looks like that AKP people are quite desperate. I continue to believe if they remained calm, they would probably lose less and they would not consolidate the opposition. AKP can still be triumphant but as many observers state, this is their worst campaigning since the party’s foundation.

In the meantime, Erdoğan is now using an old conservative card. Changing Hagia Sophia’s status to the mosque. Or some kind of wordplay around this idea. It looks like another pre-election trick, nothing more…

I forgot to mention the Kurdish votes last time. I think the HDP official leaders, esp. Sezai Temelli, acted well to help Erdoğan’s rhetoric. An experienced politician would choose his words better. I believe only the wisdom of crowds, not the leaders, will determine the outcome here.

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CHP leader says AKP waging smear campaign against his party

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is smearing the opposition because they have nothing convincing to say amid

Different Statements by Erdoğan on Hagia Sophia

Responding the calls to revert the Hagia Sophia to a mosque, President Erdoğan first said, “Fill the Sultanahmet Mosque

Hagia Sophia’s status to be changed to mosque: Erdoğan

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum will be converted back into a mosque, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on

Everything You Need to Know About Turkey’s 2019 Local Elections

People of Turkey will go to polls on March 31 to elect their local administrators. Here is a detailed guide to Sunday’s elections.

Council of Europe to observe local elections in Turkey

The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe has announced that it will dispatch a monitoring team for Turkey’s municipal

New test for Erdogan: What’s at stake in Turkish local elections?

March 31 polls seen as test for Turkish leader and his AKP amid economic downturn triggered by 2018 currency crisis.

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As ordinary citizens learn what SWAP rate is….”Turkey may be the spark that lights a fire in the world economy

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2019 at 19:31

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Turkey may be the spark that lights a fire in the world economy | Larry Elliott

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan campaigns in Usak, Turkey, on Wednesday. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Erdoğan’s costly move against currency speculators could prove to have major ripple effects

Turkey ‘to shore up lira via tight supply’ through local polls

Ankara’s stop-gap move to restore confidence in lira helped send London overnight swap rate rocketing to 1,200

Turmoil in Turkey’s financial markets after currency crackdown

Istanbul stock market plunges as President Erdoğan tries to stop lira being lent abroad Financial markets in Turkey have
The Financial Times – Laura Pitel in Ankara – Mar 26, 7:02 AM

Turkish authorities redoubled their efforts to clamp down on speculative selling of the lira on Tuesday, with local banks ramping up the cost of borrowing the currency. The cost of borrowing lira using swaps — a key step for market…

US Dollar Rises to 5.57 Liras After Erdoğan’s Statement on Golan Heights

After President Erdoğan criticized US President Trump’s statement that they will recognize Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan

The Financial Times – Tobias Buck in Berlin – Mar 23, 9:35 PM

Berlin wants to sever the financial and institutional ties between local Muslim communities and the Turkish government as part of a bold campaign to help German Muslims develop a homegrown version of Islam. “What we need now is an Islam for

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One day in New York, visiting the Chess Forum

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2019 at 23:30

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Since watching The Last Chess Shop in New York City 

I have been meaning to visit the Chess Forum in New York. Yesterday I took a Greyhound to meet with a friend. After a 4-hour and relatively comfortable trip, I reached the city. After meeting with my friend, I rushed to see the place.

You cannot have coffee there. I was told to get a cup of coffee from the cafe at the corner. Like in that short movie, there is not much space. I guess a total of eight tables to play chess. I watched the players for a while. If I had time, I would play but I had to rush back to the bus. I wish I had money to buy a chess set among various interesting ones. They were a little bit pricey for me. Playing chess or watching players playing chess is 5 bucks. It is worthy.

 

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