Turkey Sees 48% Inflation


“It began with a few outraged customers posting photographs of their electricity bills to social media, showing how charges had almost doubled at the end of January. But such complaints have quickly snowballed into a full-blown political crisis for the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey,” the New York Times reports. “Turks have been hit with runaway inflation — now officially more than 48 percent — for several months, and criticism is growing even from Mr. Erdogan’s own allies as he struggles to lift the country out of an economic crisis.“

White House Blocks Bipartisan Senate Bill that Recognizes Turkey’s Armenian Genocide


“The White House directed Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to block an effort by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday to pass a resolution via unanimous consent formally recognizing Turkey’s genocide of the Armenian people,” Axios reports. “This is the third time that the White House has directed a Republican senator to block the resolution, a symbolic measure already passed by the House that would infuriate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.”

Turkey has Arrested 16,000 Since Aborted July Coup


Number of people Turkey has formally arrested in connection with last month’s failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, Reuters reports. Another 6,000 are still being processed and another 7,668 people are under investigation. Turkey has detained, removed or suspended tens of thousands of people in the judiciary, military, police, public service and elsewhere over alleged links with the abortive July 15 putsch.