Turkey: Erdogan Appears Willing to Trade Economic Risk for Political Gain

  Turkey: Erdogan Appears Willing to Trade Economic Risk for Political Gain (Stratfor) The Big Picture A number of converging events recently have increased the risks to economic and political stability in Turkey. Even so, as Stratfor’s Third-Quarter Forecast pointed out, the Turkish government will maneuver among its numerous domestic and external problems, calculating that […]

Pres. Trump is About to Damage U.S. Interests Just to Please Erdogan

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com  Pres. Donald Trump is on the verge of making a serious mistake, jeopardizing the security of the United States and other NATO members if he decides not to sanction Turkey for purchasing Russian S-400 missiles which are incompatible with NATO military systems and expose the operational secrets […]

A Game of Turkish Brinksmanship on Missile Defense – STRATFOR

(SERGEI MALGAVKO/TASS via Getty Images) Highlights Despite risks to its economy, Turkey, driven by domestic political imperatives and the need to defend its sovereignty, will not abandon the Russian-made S-400 over U.S. threats of retaliation. The United States will likely follow through on its threat to impose sanctions on Turkey, which could hurt the country’s economy […]

Istanbul’s Voters Deal Erdogan a Major Blow – STRATFOR

  (BURAK KARA/Getty Images) Stratfor’s geopolitical guidance provides insight on what we’re watching out for in the week ahead. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s gamble to retain political control of Istanbul has failed. On June 23, the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Ekrem Imamoglu soundly defeated former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) […]

Turkey’s Membership in NATO Could be Ending Soon…

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com Patrick Shanahan, Acting Defense Secretary of the United States, sent on June 6, 2019, a harsh letter to his counterpart, Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s Minister of Defense. Shanahan threatened to end Turkey’s participation in the most advanced US air force jet F-35 program and implement sanctions should Turkey […]

America has spent $5.9 trillion on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001, a new study says

Published Wed, Nov 14 2018 5:15 PM ESTUpdated Thu, Nov 15 2018 9:55 AM EST Amanda [email protected]_m_macias Key Points The U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion since they began in 2001. The figure reflects the cost across the U.S. federal government since the price of war is […]

Institute of Turkish Studies To Close Down in 2020: Good Riddance

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 with $3 million donated by the Government of Turkey in Washington, D.C. ITS issued a press release on May 31, 2019 announcing that it will cease its operations on September 30, 2020. This was […]

The AKP’s Thirst for Power Risks Leaving Turkey High and Dry

(Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will embrace more populist foreign and domestic policies following the controversial rerun of the Istanbul mayoral election on June 23, regardless of whether or not it wins.  In a bid to consolidate power and drum up support, this renewed patriotic push will include asserting national […]

The Forgotten Stories of Muslims Who Saved Jewish People During the Holocaust

(Top row, left to right) Behic Erkin, King Zog I of Albania, Noor Inayat Khan; (Bottom row, left to right) Mohamed Helmy, Rifat Abdyl Hoxha, Ahmed Pasha Bey I Am Your Protector By Melissa Chan January 27, 2017 Even in the darkest times, there are heroes—though sometimes they may be the people we least expect. […]

Azerbaijan May be Expelled from Council Of Europe for Violating Court Ruling 

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com All members of the European Council had agreed to comply with judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). However, Azerbaijan has violated that commitment ever since 2014, according to the unanimous ruling of ECHR’s Grand Chamber of 17 judges, including the judge representing Azerbaijan, on […]