Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join Shanghai bloc

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left and 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft               CBS News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left and 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft CBS News
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24 November, 2016

Having always been critical of Turkey's record on democratic freedoms, European leaders were alarmed by the Turkish government's crackdown on the alleged supporters of the July 15 failed coup attempt, which Turkey accuses of USA -based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen of orchestrating. But I don't know how.

The dismissals are allowed under the state of emergency, which was extended by another three months in October, and was originally imposed in the wake of the coup. Authorities have arrested close to 38,000 people and purged more than 100,000 others from government jobs.

Writing for Bloomberg View, Eli Like suggests Trump is already wheeling and dealing with Erdogan by floating the idea of a speedy Gulen extradition, a strategy that supporters hope will use the tremendous significance Erdogan's government has placed upon Gulen as leverage against them, moving Turkey more firmly into the United States's orbit as an ally against ISIS and Syria.

Erdogan says the purges were legal and appropriate.

Those accused are often unable to find other work and ostracised in their community, with Turkish media reports saying some have committed suicide before their trials can begin.

In total, 15,726 people have been dismissed under the latest decrees.

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However, reports also quoted Reddy as saying that doctors wanted keep her infection-free, in view of her very low resistance. The AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa was been said to be fit and responding well, but she was continuously been kept in the ICCU.

He also addressed criticism about the Turkish government's clash with the Kurds, a conflict that has spread for battles with Kurdish separatists inside Turkey to include Kurdish forces that have been indispensable allies of the US and Europe against the Islamic State.

The case in the Ankara Fourth High Criminal Court stems from an investigation initiated before the failed coup and therefore does not include charges related to it.

It said 12 of them had been detained in an operation spanning four provinces.

The news was announced on Tuesday as 375 institutions and news outlets were shut, as the government in Ankara takes further measures to crack down on dissent in the country. Pakistan, India and Iran have officially applied for SCO membership.

At the same time, German media reported on Thursday that nearly 60 Turkish nationals holding diplomatic passports filed asylum requests only in Germany after receiving orders to return to Turkey.

"Dozens of media outlets closed, members of parliament penalised or put in jail, there is a debate on the death penalty, there is more and more political control of the judiciary".


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