Turkey changes road name for new US embassy to ‘Malcolm X Street’

New US embassy in Turkey will be located in a newly named street Malcolm X, after the famous American black civil rights movement campaigner. (AFP)
Updated 13 October 2018
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Turkey changes road name for new US embassy to ‘Malcolm X Street’

  • The change after Turkish President Erdogan met the daughters of Malcolm X during the UN General Assembly in New York

ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday renamed the road where the new US embassy is to be located after the American black Muslim civil rights campaigner Malcolm X, its latest use of a politically-loaded name for the street of a foreign mission.
The new embassy building, located in the Cukurambar district on the western outskirts of Ankara, is on what is currently named 1478 Street.
But a meeting of the Ankara city council unanimously decided to change the name to Malcolm X Street.
According to the construction contractors BL Harbert, the new complex is due to be finished in 2020.
The name change comes after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of rights for Muslims around the world, met the daughters of Malcolm X on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last month.
The statement by the Ankara municipality noted that Erdogan had promised to the daughters that the name of Malcolm X would “live on” in the Turkish capital.
Turkey has on two occasions in recent months changed the name of embassy streets in Ankara to press home a political point.
In February, the street in Ankara where the current US embassy is located was renamed Olive Branch (Zeytin Dali in Turkish) Street after Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish militia inside Syria that alarmed Washington.
And a similar step was taken when tensions with the United Arab Emirates flared after Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan retweeted a post on Twitter critical of the former Ottoman rulers of the region.
In response, Ankara renamed the street where the UAE embassy is located after the Ottoman governor of the time.
Malcolm X, who remains a hero for many blacks and Muslims in the United States, was assassinated in 1965 by gunmen with links to the the same radical black pride group that he joined in the 1950s.


Yemeni army advance west of Taiz in operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes

Updated 19 November 2018
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Yemeni army advance west of Taiz in operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes

Yemen’s national army on Sunday advanced west of Taiz on the second day of a military operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes.

A Yemeni military source that said heavy clashes with the militia killed several of their commanders during the operation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The source added that the militia fired five rocket-propelled grenades from its positions in Mount Al-Barqa on civilian homes however no casualties were reported.

The Yemeni army forces also thwarted an attempt by the Houthi militia to recover their positions in western Taiz.

A field source reported that groups of the militia tried to sneak into the old airport and Wata Al-Khazan, west of the city.

Clashes broke out between the two sides following the attempt, which leading to several losses on the Houthi side, causing the militia to flee.