The two persons Ekim Alptekin introduced to Michael Flynn in a meeting room of New York’s Peninsula Hotel on September 19, 2016 were Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Berat Albayrak, who was Energy Minister at the time. Both names, from the time these claims were voiced until today, have almost played possum.
Academic at Mardin’s Artuklu University becomes Turkey’s first Zaza language and literature professor
Ferhat Yaşar reports: İlyas Akman at Artuklu University in the southeastern province of Mardin has become Turkey's first Zaza language and literature professor. Zaza is a language spoken by around two million people in Turkey. There has been a long-standing intellectual debate about whether Zaza is a separate language or one of the numerous Kurdish dialects.
Today, while all the decision-makers are already in coronavirus quarantine, working through the videoconferencing system, the workload of intelligence services must have multiplied! Now, which intelligence officer is covering which leader’s screen, who knows!
Main opposition Deputy Chairman Fethi Açıkel criticized Turkish Airlines' March 26 decision to halt New York-Istanbul flights for being too late, adding that the company transported some 500 from the coronavirus hotspot in the past two days. The Health Ministry should reveal the admission process for these passengers and whether they were quarantined, Açıkel noted.
Despite New York City being currently one of the world's worst coronavirus hotspots, Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has not suspended its flights from the U.S. city. A U.S.-based Turkish academic has called on the authorities to tackle this issue and to find those who arrived from New York City to Istanbul in the last two weeks to place them under quarantine.
CHP U.S. Representative Yurter Özcan visited the area that the controversial Türken Foundation is constructing a student dormitory, saying that the area is New York's most expensive district. "We have revealed the construction plan of this dormitory. The first two floors will be hired to restaurants and shops. So the Türken Foundation will make major gain from them as well," Özcan says in a video he shared on Twitter on Feb. 25.
After more than three months of resistance, Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank has agreed to appear in the New York court to face criminal charges that it helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions. The bank is expected to enter its plea on March 3.