A private contractor has owed Turkish State Railways (TCDD) almost eight million liras for 13 years. Turkey's court of accounts initially ruled that a transaction during the construction of high-speed trains was irregular, and that the sum be returned to the state.
In 2008, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “save Sulukule from its state of monstrosity” invoking the same word for monstrosity (ucube) he later used to describe the Statue of Humanity, a sculpture built in the eastern province of Kars to symbolize friendship between Turkey and Armenia. Like Sulukule, the statue was torn down.
A government-led and much-vaunted water supply project that connects Turkey to Northern Cyprus through an undersea pipeline has turned into a tender scandal.
A member of Turkey’s media watchdog council said that the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) attempts at manipulating the news cycle no longer worked. The councilman noted that Ankara’s media outlets are ineffective as there is a dramatic gap between their narrative and the reality of the citizens’ lives.
Laborers working on the construction of a railway line between the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakır and Mardin left their jobs on April 15, demanding better working conditions. Yesterday, 128 workers were denied entry to the factory who then staged a demonstration in front of the site. The company building the railway line is owned by pro-government Cengiz Holding which was among the companies that built Istanbul's new airport.