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Turkish elections to be held on May 14, Erdoğan faces a tough challenge

The upcoming elections are set to be the biggest challenge for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with polls showing that the opposition has a slight advantage.

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Syria’s power dynamic is shifting

On the one hand, there is a strategic “pull” toward a greater possibility of Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Ankara working together to push US forces out of northeast Syria. On the other side, the power dynamic with Russia may be shifting in Ankara’s favor lately

Turkish Medical Association Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı declared guilty but released from jail

Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı was found guilty of “spreading terrorist propaganda” and sentenced to almost three years of jail, while other Central Committee members of the Turkish Medical Association still face charges in court

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2,000 metal workers to go on strike in Turkey 

Unions have questioned the policy of linking wage hikes to inflation, claiming that official inflation rates are unreliable. They also warned against government attempts to impose a “strike ban”

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Persecution of Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı continues in Turkey

Şebnem Korur Fincancı, elected president of the Turkish Medical Association, remains imprisoned after her arrest in October, as the professional organization faces pressure from the government

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Turkish court suspends public funding to left-wing HDP, the third-largest party in parliament 

The move is being seen as part of the larger political persecution unleashed by Erdoğan’s government, which is likely to face a stiff challenge in the upcoming national elections

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Russia consolidates in East Mediterranean

Last week’s meeting between Syria and Turkey in Moscow show that Russia’s standing in the West Asian region is far from defined by the Ukraine conflict

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Syrian and Turkish defense ministers meet for the first time in over 11 years

Turkey has played a key role in prolonging the war in Syria by aiding anti-government forces and by launching repeated incursions into country under the pretext of targeting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces

Turkey announces 55% increase in minimum wage, unions call it inadequate and an election stunt

Consistently high inflation has led to a decrease in purchasing power, and a majority of the working class are struggling to meet their basic needs in Turkey

Turkish airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
Turkey launches airstrikes inside Syria and northern Iraq

Turkey claimed that it was targeting the YPG, the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Party (PKK), which it blamed for attacks in Istanbul last week. The PKK has denied any responsibility for the attacks

President of Turkish Medical Association Şebnem Korur Fincancı detained

Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı was detained on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda after she spoke about alleged use of chemical weapons by the Turkish army against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq

Leftist parties in Turkey form new political coalition

The new alliance, the Union of Socialist Forces, has resolved to put an end to the conservative rule in Turkey led by Erdoğan and the AKP, as well as defend secularism and withdraw from NATO