Ankara, Istanbul mayors refute Health Ministry data on COVID-19, say number of deaths, cases are higher
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu and Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş have refuted COVID-19 data shared by the Health Ministry. "An investigation commission must be set up in parliament and they should ask for data from mayors of Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara. They then should look at official data," Yavaş said, while asking, "What good does it have to announce the numbers lower than they actually are?"
A bridge in the Black Sea province of Giresun that should have previously been demolished caused a dam effect during disastrous flooding in the area that resulted in the deaths of nine people, according to a research panel from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
The description of Turkish wrestler Hamza Yerlikaya's work experience in banking was left blank in executive board reports of the state-owned Vakıfbank. The athlete was appointed to the public bank's executive board in June.
After turning Hagia Sophia, Chora into mosques, Turkish gov’t looking to promote churches, synagogues
After converting the Hagia Sophia and Chora Museum into mosques, the Turkish government is now preparing to promote the country's churches and synagogues in an attempt to polish its tarnished image. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan instructed his executives to have a publicity booklet prepared describing Turkey's churches and synagogues, daily Hürriyet reported.
The new source of debate in Turkey is not whether the government would fall with elections; rather, it is whether the opposition alliance will endure. Instead of merely discussing the possibility of early elections, the opposition should push for the holding of actual elections.
Several cans of roasted meat supplied by the Turkish Red Crescent (“Kızılay”) have been spotted in a Tatvan hotel that is co-owned by AKP lawmaker Cemal Taşar and his brother Battal Taşar, according to a local news report.
MHP deputy chair Feti Yıldız has announced that he launched a legal work to make the criteria for the formation of new political parties more difficult. Yıldız described the newly founded parties as “bargaining parties,” claiming that they have been damaging the democracy. Yıldız's statement came as the AKP-MHP alliance has been preparing to amend the Political Parties Law.
This good news about the discovery of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea at the same time means a disaster for the environment. Turkey is a country in which environmental protection standards are very low, and it cannot control even this. This project will be the end of the Black Sea.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that his party won't criticize Turkey's natural gas find in the Black Sea contrary to the government's wish. "We won't do what they want us to do. They want us to criticize, but we won't. Why would we?" Kılıçdaroğlu reportedly told CHP members.
Turkish court releases rapist specialized sergeant Musa Orhan one week after arrest despite public outrage
A Turkish court on Aug. 26 released a specialized sergeant one week after he was arrested over raping an 18-year-old woman in the southeastern province of Batman. His release came after his lawyer Mehmet Erkan Akkuş objected to the arrest ruling on the grounds that his client is not a flight risk. Social media users once again are calling for his arrest.
Ahmet Haşim Köse writes: Turkey became a weapon-exporting country after 1995, though to a limited extent. The real leap took place during the rule of Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP). The change that took place in the defense industry during the AKP era has to do with the transformation in the structure of the state/company partnership that operates this sector.
Now a new flaw has been invented in Turkey: not being happy enough with the President Erdoğan's announcements. The government finds an enemy to accuse of everything evil and bad.
Young Turkish conservatives and some less ideological right-wing nationalists are unhappy with the state of Turkey and are increasingly considering potential conservative alternatives to Erdoğan's AKP, according to a report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) authored by Max Hoffman. “In every survey CAP has conducted, younger Turks are less supportive of Erdoğan and the AKP than their older counterparts," Hoffman wrote.
A small park with a historic Ottoman past in Beyoğlu's Sütlüce was seized from the Istanbul Municipality and transferred to the Education Ministry. AKP city council member Faruk Gökkuş said that locals in the area urgently needed a school, while CHP city council member Süleyman Solmaz said that the park was not big enough enough to house one.
Those who are ruling the country are spending so much energy on blaming vague foreign powers for all the wrong and bad management. If they could have channeled this energy to understanding the problems of the country, then we would have gone a long way and truly would have made these “foreign powers” envious of ourselves.