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Run by Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), the Islamic Research Center (İSAM) has seen a 600-percent increase in its budget over the last 16 years. Known for holding a symposium about Islamic fatwas on medical issues, the foundation is chaired by a founding member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
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.
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.
Turkey's Salda Lake, often said to resemble the Maldives with its white sand and turquoise waters, is under risk of pollution due to nearby cesspools. The cesspools were reported to pollute a nearby stream that flows into the lake about a kilometer from the famous white beaches.
As Turkish politics have been reduced to a binary dichotomy between the government bloc and the opposition, İYİ Party plays a somewhat unifying and dampening effect in that regard. But while the government is out of touch with the people, the opposition is not tuned in with it either.
Thirty two women were killed by men during the month of July in Turkey. Fifty nine percent of the women killed by men in July were murdered by their current or ex-husbands. Femicides in Turkey have more than doubled within the past decade during the tenure of the ruling AKP.
Turkey's parliament passed a law regulating social media on July 29, that critics said will increase censorship and help authorities silence dissent. The law requires foreign social media sites that have more than 1 million daily visitors in Turkey to appoint Turkish-based representatives to address authorities' concerns over content and includes deadlines for removal of material they take exception to.
A historic building in Istanbul's neighborhood that up until recently housed the Istanbul Office of the Secretariat General for EU Affairs has been transformed into a restaurant and shisha cafe. “There couldn't be a better example of spatial transformation that explains Turkey's political transformation,” wrote urban sociologist Yaşar Adanalı on Twitter posting before and after photos of the building.
Thousands of people have called on Diyanet head Ali Erbaş to resign after his remarks that "damned" the country's founding father, Atatürk. Erbaş, whose Islamist statements often draw ire, on July 24 caused outrage for giving a sermon at Hagia Sophia that included apparent damning of Atatürk.
A civil servant working for Turkey's Social Security Institution (SGK) was fired from his job on the basis that he sent his children to schools run by followers of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, even though the man does not have any children.
Strictly speaking, Turkey could indeed do whatever it wishes with the Hagia Sophia. Yet calling the conversion a “reversion” is revolting. The conversion indeed points to a reversion, not of the Hagia Sophia, though, but of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Erdoğan.
The Ankara Fourth Administrative Court has ruled for a stay of execution in the case into the blacking out of news broadcaster TELE 1 for five days, İlhan Taşçı, a RTÜK member from the main opposition CHP, said. The ruling was issued unanimously, he also said.
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.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to carry out a cabinet reshuffle and rearrange ministries. Erdoğan might part ways with three to four ministers, sources told Duvar, adding that two ministries, including the Family and Social Services Ministry, might be divided into two.
Following an ID check neighborhood watchmen beat two brothers working on a construction site in the Istanbul district of Bağcılar. The brothers were later sentenced to eight months in prison after the watchmen filed criminal complaints against them. The number of watchmen in Turkey doubled from 11,398 in 2018 to 21,319 as of March of this year by the ruling AKP government.