Turkey's media watchdog launched an investigation into pro-government news broadcaster Akit TV for a typo that is said to be "disrespecting the Turkish Republic and Atatürk." The broadcaster misspelled the name of Atatürk's resting place in a way that meant "bray-tomb."
A white train car that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk used frequently was removed from its display in front of İzmir's train terminal. The car had been displayed there for 13 years, but the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) claimed that the artifact was badly affected by weather conditions.
The political Islamist aspirations that Erdoğan supporters call “the cause” have been totally unleashed. The amplified noise of this cause no longer allows any voice of finesse to be heard, let alone be amplified, in the Hagia Sophia or elsewhere.
Turkish boxer Ünsal Arık said that he received a death threat in the form of an envelope containing a single bullet on his windshield. "There was an envelope on my windshield today with a single bullet inside. I see your point and that's all well. Whatever will be will be... Have a nice day everyone," the boxer tweeted on Aug. 16.
Murat Yetkin writes: What Abdul Hamid II established, the Yıldız Intelligence Organization, was not a national institution but a personal intelligence organization. The leader who established the first national intelligence organization in Turkey was Atatürk, whom Erdoğan did not feel the need to mention.
Though he wants to come to power, the main opposition leader does not even know if there will be an election. He insists the days ahead are bright while the AKP-MHP government twists and undermines the few remaining freedoms and rights that prevail in this country: from gender equality to social media.
Police blocked a protest by the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Union (KESK) slamming comments by the country's top religious figure. Diyanet head Ali Erbaş have been the source of controversy nationwide, as he "damned" the country's founding father Atatürk during his sermon at the first mass prayer held at Hagia Sophia.
The seismic research vessel Oruç Reis is now parked inside the port of Antalya. The magic behind the rapprochement is named “Merkel” — but the recent spike of the Euro (and the U.S. dollar) vis-à-vis the Turkish lira may have to do with the sudden change of hearts in Ankara.
A lot has changed both in Turkey and in Turkey's main opposition CHP in the last decade. Following the recent congress of the CHP, I interviewed the 27-year-old lawyer Sevgi Kılıç who became the first woman with a headscarf to make it into the party assembly.
The Adana Bar Association has filed a criminal complaint against Diyanet head Ali Erbaş over his remarks said to be "damning" the Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The bar association said that Erbaş's remarks from last week's sermon clearly targeted Atatürk and demanded that the top cleric face charges under the Law 5816, called “The Law Concerning Crimes Committed Against Atatürk."
Not practically, but theoretically the recent scene at Hagia Sophia was not un-reminiscent of Al Baghdadi’s Mosul Friday sermon. This is not who we are. We must be better than this and we are better than this. The year is 2020.
Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, which will officially open as a mosque on Friday, is being outfitted with thousands of square meters of turquoise carpeting, the fibers of which are designed to point in the direction of Mecca.
Ezgi Başaran writes: French political scientist Professor Olivier Roy, who, since the mid-‘90s, has argued that the Islamist project has failed, says Atatürk's secularism won in Turkey. While analyzing President Erdoğan's decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia to a mosque, Roy argues that Erdoğan could not Islamize minds, so he is trying to Islamize stones.
Turkish Council of State's decision about the Hagia Sophia is a peak of anti-legality. It is such a political decision that you cannot even fathom sticking any legality on it. As you would not be able to carry water in a bucket full of sand. Let me explain why.
Turkey’s Chamber of Architects has said that the Council of State's last week ruling on Hagia Sophia should set a precedent for their argument that the constructions on Atatürk Forest Farm are in violation of the conditional donation of the estate by Atatürk. The Council of State last week said that Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror registered iconic Hagia Sophia as an endowment which could be used only a mosque and for no other purposes.