Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Turkey on Aug. 30 marked the 98th anniversary of Victory Day amid measures imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The restrictions on the Victory Day celebrations have stirred controversy once again, since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) tends to prevent widespread celebrations of national and secular holidays.
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.
Many Muslims, American Muslims included, no longer see world affairs through the lens of traditional notions of dominance and conquest. Islamic history now lends itself to alternative interpretations.
American academic Thomas Whittemore was approved by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to restore the Hagia Sophia's mosaics in 1931. Although the space opened as a museum in three years, the restoration went on for another 15.
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.
Diyanet head Ali Erbaş has urged the opening of of an Islamic school in Hagia Sophia following its conversion into a mosque on July 10. "I think the decision is very meaningful. May it host a lot of worshippers. Praying in it is not enough, there should be a madrasah [Islamic school] in it," Erbaş said on July 11 in the Black Sea province of Rize.
Turkey on May 19 celebrates the Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) measures. Millions of Turkish citizens are marking the day at home this year, contrary to previous years which saw celebratory events and concerts.
Luke Frostick writes: The origin story of the Republic of Turkey is well known. Out of the battered husk of the Ottoman Empire, the brilliant general Mustafa Kemal forges a new Turkish nation with republican, secular and modernist ideas at its core. Ryan Gingeras' new book Eternal Dawn tells a more confusing, murky and interesting version of this history.
Turkish prosecutors have sought a prison sentence of up to three years for journalist and news anchor Fatih Portakal, alleging that he broke the law in a Tweet which implied that the state was borrowing from banks amid economic difficulties exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic. In their indictment, prosecutors accuse Portakal of violating banking legislation. Portakal hosts one of the most popular programs in the country is among the few dissenting voices that remain in mainstream media.
A land rented for mosque construction on the iconic Atatürk Forest Farm in the capital Ankara will be kept as a park upon the city's municipal council decision. "It was clear that removing this forested area was not in line with public benefit," said Tezcan Karakuş Candan, the Ankara branch head of Turkey's Chamber of Architects.
The Republic Monument in Istanbul's central Taksim Square was vandalized when a suspect spray-painted their initials on it in bright red early April 27. The suspect was detained by police in a few hours and it was revealed that the person was intellectually disabled.
Millions of Turkish citizens are marking the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day with a limited number of celebrations or events being held this year amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This year's official ceremonies were marked by social distancing and face masks. Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop urged citizens to mark the day in their homes.
Tezcan Karakuş Candan, head of the Ankara branch of Turkey's Chamber of Architects, has said that a company has been constructing a wedding hall on the land of the city's iconic Atatürk Forest Farm under the disguise of "landscape design." "Coronavirus opportunists are working. Everyone's concerned on their health, but they are still after land rent and looting," Candan said about the Pusay Tourism Logistic Co. Ltd.