Election blow to Erdogan as Turkey’s third biggest party implicitly backs main challenger

bne IntelIiNews March 23, 2023

“We will fulfil our historical responsibility against one-man rule,” says co-chair of pro-Kurdish HDP.

bneGREEN: Pace, scale of climate change action has been insufficient – IPCC

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles March 22, 2023

The pace and scale of what has been done so far to combat climate change, and current plans, are insufficient to tackle the problem, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

bneGREEN: World faces 40% fresh water shortage by 2030 warns UN summit co-hosted by Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.

I’ll defeat Erdogan, put Turkey back on track then retire to look after grandchildren says Kilicdaroglu

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

‘Gandhi Kemal’, battling to overcome a reputation for being a bit dull, strives to show he’s energised.

Turkey’s stealth fighter jet has no engine but you won’t hear that from Erdogan election campaign

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

After 13 years, TF-X project yet to come up with propulsion technology, yet president presenting “fifth generation” aircraft prototype as prestigious achievement.

All to play for in Russian-Chinese backyard

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.

Turkey bans airports from refuelling Boeings operated by Russian airlines

bne IntelIiNews March 20, 2023

Ahead of elections, Erdogan administration appears to be caving to some Western sanctions enforcement demands, perhaps fearing action that could hurt the Turkish economy prior to polling day.

Black Sea grain export deal extended for the full 120 days

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2023

The Black Sea grain export deal was extended for the full 120 days at the last minute on March 18, according to Ankara and Kyiv.

Assad says ‘No’ to Erdogan encounter as word spreads diplomats' Moscow meeting on Syria won’t go ahead

bne IntelIiNews March 16, 2023

Demands Turkish president entirely ends “illegal occupation” of Syrian lands prior to any face to face talks.

bneGREEN: China drives global wind turbine orders to new record in 2022

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles March 15, 2023

Global wind turbine order intake hit new highs in 2022, with 44 GW procured in the fourth quarter and 134.6 GW for the year. Both of these order intakes were records, says a new analysis by Wood Mackenzie.

Corbyn and Chomsky cross swords with Erdogan in battle to protect pro-Kurdish party HDP

bne IntelIiNews March 15, 2023

Politicians and intellectuals sign letter arguing that possibility party “could be permanently banned so close to the upcoming elections places Turkish democracy in dire jeopardy”.

Put Erdogan on trial for ‘standing still’ in face of deadly earthquakes urges political veteran

bne IntelIiNews March 14, 2023

Critics say Turkey’s government was too slow to mobilise and deploy the military in search-and-rescue operations.

Turkey cuts trade ties with Russia, Hungary to “rethink” relationship as Western pressure to end sanctions-busting mounts

Ben Aris in Berlin March 12, 2023

Turkey has abruptly stopped exporting goods to Russia and one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strongest advocates in Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has said that he might “rethink” his relations with Russia in the future.

Turkey blocks Russian transit of sanctioned goods

bne IntelliNews March 10, 2023

Russian shipping companies are facing a blanket ban by Turkey’s Customs Service on transit declarations for goods on the EU sanctions list to Russia, Vedomosti and Kommersant daily reported citing market participants.

Truth over Turkey’s earthquake death toll yet to be told says lawmaker

bne IntelIiNews March 10, 2023

Recorded fatalities stand at around 46,000 but authorities have failed to provide missing person estimates.

Turkey’s Kilicdaroglu has ‘wind in his sails’ in election battle against Erdogan argues analyst

bne IntelIiNews March 9, 2023

There’s “lots of energy in opposition circles now,” says Selim Koru at Ankara’s Tepav think tank.

Damage caused by Turkey’s earthquake disaster to exceed $100bn says UNDP

bne IntelIiNews March 7, 2023

Amid “apocalyptic” scenes of devastation, Turks search rubble of homes for their gold savings.

bneGREEN: Rise in global CO2 emissions mostly offset by clean energy growth

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles March 7, 2023

According to the latest report from the International Energy Agency, CO2 Emissions in 2022, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by less than 1% in 2022.

Turkey’s ‘Gandhi Kemal’ selected to challenge Erdogan after opposition coalition reunites

bne IntelIiNews March 6, 2023

Alliance resolves row that split ranks by agreeing popular Istanbul and Ankara mayors will be made vice-presidents should country’s authoritarian ruler be defeated.

RIMMER: Erdogan’s hit and run election – Turkey’s opposition bloc is now left one tinny short of a six-pack

Julian Rimmer in London March 6, 2023

After a dozen meetings between its half-dozen constituents, the Nation’s Alliance failed to reach a unanimous selection of a presidential candidate to challenge Erdogan in May’s national ballot.