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.
In a move earlier flagged by officials in Ankara, Turkey has lodged a complaint at the World Trade Organization against new US duties on steel and aluminum. The move comes amid an intensifying political spat with the US.
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.
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.
The presidential system Recep Tayyip Erdogan strives for will not just change Turkey's political landscape. By tying in Islamic tradition, he becomes an opponent of modern Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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