The construction of an Istanbul mosque has begun on a multi-billion liras worth of land in Levent -- the city's prime business district. The construction started after the government transferred the ownership of the land from the Central Bank to the Urbanization Ministry. The construction is being undertaken by a former AKP deputy's company.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 26 that being a rich socialist shouldn't be enough to save prominent human rights activist Osman Kavala, as he commented on the Gezi Park trial. "Gezi is a betrayal against this country," Erdoğan said, while claiming that Kavala has pictures with "terrorist organizations." A day earlier, European Parliament called on Turkey to release Kavala and former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş.
CHP U.S. Representative Yurter Özcan visited the area that the controversial Türken Foundation is constructing a student dormitory, saying that the area is New York's most expensive district. "We have revealed the construction plan of this dormitory. The first two floors will be hired to restaurants and shops. So the Türken Foundation will make major gain from them as well," Özcan says in a video he shared on Twitter on Feb. 25.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has scolded a reporter working for Fox TV, a media outlet critical of the government, over a question on Turkish soldiers in Libya. "Fox should be a newspaper first. It should be a serious member of the press. You need to learn this. Quit producing fake news," Erdoğan said.
KONDA General Manager Bekir Ağırdır has said that support for the AKP is in its lowest level in 17 years. "If elections were held this weekend, the AKP would receive the lowest support in its 17 years in government," Ağırdır told Duvar English. He also said that he thinks elections will be held earlier than it's scheduled. "As soon as the MHP withdraws its support, there will be snap polls," he said.
A contemporary amphitheater installed by Istanbul Municipality on the city's central Taksim Square is being taken down following a swift ruling by the regional conservation board. The Istanbul Second District Cultural Heritage Conservation Board ruled within two days of the installation of the structure that it be taken down, while it had allowed the Presidency's Communications Directorate to leave a tent up on the square for months.
AKP lawmakers have downplayed any possibility of a coup attempt following debates over a report by the RAND Corporation. The lawmakers couldn't make sense of the debate, since significant changes were made following the July 15 takeover attempt. "The conditions of today are very different from July 15," an AKP official told Duvar, as he listed four differences.
Revelations have come out uncovering the ties between the Turkish state and Molham Rateb al-Drobi, a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. As the Gülen movement, the Muslim Brotherhood and pro-AKP foundations demonstrated, education networks have served as crucial institutional structures for Islamist circles. Such networks work as circulatory systems that allow for the movement of economic, political and ideological interests.
The ruling AKP and its ally MHP have lost respectively 12.56 percentage and 2.3 percentage points of support since the last parliamentary election and would receive respectively 30 percent and 8.9 percent of the votes if Turkey headed to the ballot boxes for another election today, a pollster found.
The son-in-law of the former Istanbul Mayor from the ruling Justice and Development Party, Ömer Faruk Kavurmacı is facing 7.5 to 15 years for affiliation with the Gülen organization, Ankara's prime suspect for the botched coup attempt of 2016. Kavurmacı worked for TUSKON, an alleged business affiliate of the Gülen organization, but turned in a notarized resignation prior to the charges against him.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged deputies of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to have at least three children. "You stick with having one child. I'm saying at least three. I don't want one child for the vitality of our country," he said, before turning to the deputies with a single child to ask, "Am I right?"
Felicity Party chair Karamollaoğlu has urged the Turkish government to study the suicide theory of French sociologist Durkheim amid growing economic hardship in the country. “Durkheim says, 'If suicides in a society show a sharp increase in a very short period of time, their reasons are not personal but social.' You [gov't] are not giving an ear to us, but listen to Emile Durkheim," Karamollaoğlu said.
Turkey's Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) will investigate three judges who acquitted Osman Kavala. The move comes a day after the Istanbul 30th Heavy Penal Court acquitted Kavala and eight others in the case into the Gezi Park protests. Also on Feb. 19, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the court "attempted" to acquit Kavala "with a maneuver."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that a court "attempted" to acquit prominent businessman, human rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala with "a maneuver." "We respect all decisions of courts, but our and our people's judgement about Gezi and who supported it will never change," he said.
Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has slammed former President Abdullah Gül over his remarks on a controversial meeting held before the June 24, 2018 presidential elections. "The things that were written are not true. To adapt that meeting to the political process and conjuncture that they are newly embarking on is not in line with reality," Kalın said.