Turkey today – 19.11.19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s camaraderie with U.S. President Donald Trump continued on Tuesday, as the Turkish president laid the blame for the quandary in U.S.-Turkish relations on Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama and his refusal to sell Turkey Patriot missiles.
Meanwhile, the opening of Istanbul’s giant new airport this year has proven to be a stroke of good fortune for Turkey’s budget airline Pegasus – but only because it is still operating from the existing Sabiha Gökçen airport on the city’s Asian side, Hüseyin Sefa Cavdaroğlu wrote for Ahval.
Other headlines from the day:
- A Russian defence procurement official said Moscow was ready to sell Turkey Su-35s.
- Turkey detains 101 soldiers accused of Gülen links, later detaining 59 more people in a separate operation against suspected Gülenists.
- Building permits issued in first nine months of 2019 slid by 58 percent.
- Greenpeace says Istanbul heatwave shows urgent need for Turkey to ratify Paris Climate Agreement.
- Germany warns travellers could face charges for using VPNs to dodge Turkish internet censorship.
- PEN International grants Turkish writer Ahmet Altan honorary membership after re-arrest.
- An MHP district mayor’s vehicle was riddled with bullets in Karaman, central Turkey.
- A letter addressed to Erdoğan sparked a cyanide alert in Kahramanmaraş, southern Turkey.
- Abdulkadır Selvi – U.S., Russia collaborating in Syria
- Burhanettin Duran – Turkish military operation aimed to help Syrian refugees
- Emin Çölaşan – Turkey’s cultural wealth being plundered
- Erk Acarer – Poverty and decay behind suicide incidents
- Abdurrahman Dilipak – Saudi Arabia, overrun by gays and Satanists, plots with U.S. against Turkey
- İbrahim Karagül – Worldwide protests directed by United States
- İsmet Özçelik – Iran protests the result of U.S. embargoes