Rogan suggests Turkey’s truculence might be due in part to tensions with the Trump administration over Turkey’s cooperation with Russian intelligence, its indulgence of anti-American nationalist groups, and U.S. support for Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq which Turkey views as partners of the violent separatist PKK organization. Relations between Turkey and the U.S. were in the first tentative stages of improving after the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson when the Khashoggi crisis erupted. … [Read more...] about Turkey Reportedly Refuses to Give Khashoggi Audio to CIA Chief
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The Ankara city council decided last month to rename the street after Malcolm X, who was shot dead in February 1965. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the activist's daughters that the name of Malcolm X would “live on” in the Turkish capital. … [Read more...] about Turkey Trolls U.S. By Renaming Embassy Street After Malcolm X
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From the view of the people taking part in the protests: government officials keep get high salaries regardless of the duration of their services, ministers get salaries for life even if they serve for one day, officials get luxury cars with drivers from taxpayers’ money, they do not pay for gasoline and thus are unaware of the burdens people are shouldering, they get to travel a lot to unneeded conferences and they get per diems for doing so, they send their children to expensive private schools, rather than poorly equipped government schools, they receive treatment at private hospitals or abroad as public hospitals are left for the needy, etc. People also complain that the government is not serious in tackling corruption, big and small, and is not doing much to improve basic services and cutting expenses and little is being done to ensure that services are being offered to citizens in a fair manner. … [Read more...] about World View: Jordan’s Government in Chaos as PM Resigns in Face of Protests
Why has Liam Fox pulled out of an event in Saudi Arabia? The UK's International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia - the moves comes amid concerns over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. … [Read more...] about How did Jamal Khashoggi die in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and what did the journalist’s audio recordings reveal?