People in Turkey are choosing to brew their own alcoholic beverages to avoid high prices in pubs and clubs. Bar owners say high taxation is killing their business and accuse the government of having religious motives.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is cracking down on artists, strongly rejecting any criticism, even from those with conservative backing. But what does he hope to gain from the increasingly aggressive tirades?
Turkey's stiff alcohol taxes have led to rapidly rising prices for beer and the popular anise-flavored brandy raki. In an effort to skirt the high costs of imbibing, many people in the country have had to get creative.
The Turkish inflation rate hit 25 percent year-over-year as the economy teeters. President Erdogan responded by calling on the state to raid stockpilers and asking people to inform police of price increases at shops.
Turkey's national public broadcaster TRT has banned more than 200 songs. The music supposedly "encourages alcoholism" or "propagates terrorism," accusations the affected musicians reject as ridiculous.
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