Islamist platform to no longer submit advisory report to gov’t on Istanbul Convention amid public reaction
Turkey Thinking Platform has announced that it will no longer submit any advisory report to the government on Istanbul Convention. The platform said that they entered a “mine field” with their May-dated report which urged President Erdoğan to withdraw from the landmark convention.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July to secure the return of a fugitive military official, Reuters reported on Aug. 2, citing an unnamed top Algerian security source. Guermit Bounouira, a top aide to the late army chief Ahmed Gaed Salah, is accused of leaking a chart showing movements of army officers including their names and codes, the source said.
According to Turkey's presidential spokesperson Kalın “We were told other people’s tales under the guise of modernization. Now, it’s time to write of our own tale.” Just to avoid any sensationalism, let’s put it on the record that Mr. Kalın is no lunatic. That’s why his expression of his teenage dreams of accomplishing a full back-somersault must be taken for what it’s worth.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged the public to strictly follow the social distancing rules, wear a mask and obey hygiene measures during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, amid concerns that social interactions during the four-day-long holiday can cause a dramatic rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Earlier this week, writer Adalet Ağaoğlu died at the age of 91. Ağaoğlu’s generation grew up in a different set of “narrow times” than we live in today. Yet her work remains powerful in showing what does remain the same, particularly the political obsession with a single “great man” to rule the nation.
Former army chief İllker Başbuğ last month in his testimony reiterated his stance on the Gülen network being responsible from drafting a 2009 legislation which paved the way for civilian courts to try military personnel and pointed the finger towards the then Justice Minister, according to newly surfaced information. “I think that the addressee of the issue is the then Justice Minister and Justice Ministry bureaucrats when the bill was submitted to parliament,” Başbuğ reportedly told prosecutors.
President Erdoğan has dismissed plans to reintroduce a nationwide curfew during the Eid al-Adha holiday. "Of course, the issue's evaluation will be done by the [Health Ministry's Coronavirus] Science Committee, but we can also share our view with the Science Committee," Erdoğan said on July 17.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has taken the first step with regards to social media regulation. A commission named “Digital Mediums Commission” will be established in parliament. The commission will consist of 17 people and will provide suggestions with regards to the rights and use principles of the internet.
Main opposition CHP chair ordered to pay 556,000 liras to Erdoğan family over offshore money remarks
Two separate court rulings have ordered main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu to pay 556,000 liras ($81,000) in total to President Erdoğan and his family in compensation over his remarks about the Isle of Man connections. In November 2017, Kılıçdaroğlu said in various speeches that the Erdoğan family transferred at least $15 million to the Bellway Limited in the Isle of Man in 2011 and 2012.
Turkey’s 1934 conversion of Hagia Sophia into museum was ‘wrong,’ ‘mistake is being corrected,’ says Erdoğan
President Erdoğan has said that Turkey's conversion of iconic Hagia Sophia into a museum back in 1934 was a “wrong decision” and the government is now “correcting a mistake.” Erdoğan also said that Hagia Sophia’s cultural heritage will be preserved.
Greece has described Turkey's decision to convert Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia to a mosque as "unnecessary and petty" and said it is "considering its response at all levels." "With this backward action, Turkey is opting to sever links with western world and its values," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on July 14.
CHP chair: Erdoğan and his family accumulating wealth in US, to move there if Turkey enters a new era
Main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed that President Erdoğan has been accumulating significant financial assets in the United States since he and his family are thinking about moving there should Turkey enter a new era. Kılıçdaroğlu said that Erdoğan could not stand up against the U.S. as otherwise his financial assets in the country could be exposed.
A main opposition deputy recently slammed the finance minister's comments on Turkey's fiscal success, noting that public debt has nearly tripled in Minister Berat Albayrak's two-year assignment. The deputy added that the Treasury's public debt turnover rate is nearly 200 percent.
Erdoğan pledged to Putin during a telephone conversation that everyone wishing to attend the iconic Hagia Sophia will be admitted there, and the Christian relics at the ancient structure will be preserved, the Kremlin said on July 13.
The interim secretary-general of the World Council of Churches, Ioan Sauca, has penned a letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to express his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. "I am obliged to convey to you the grief and dismay of the World Council of Churches – and of its 350 member churches in more than 110 countries, representing more than half a billion Christians around the world – at the step you have just taken," Sauca said.