Dinçer Demirkent writes: Interior Minister Soylu said that the head of the Constitutional Court would be unable to commute to work without his protection team. What he meant was that he was the Minister who assigned the security team to the judge, implying he might just remove them. By doing so, Süleyman Soylu openly violates the article 138 of the Turkish Constitution; basic principle for the independence of the judiciary.
Izmir-born Fancy Women’s Bike Ride moves online this year, but continues to advocate clean transport and “women’s natural right to cycle and do whatever she pleases.”
Artists from Mersin University and local children are painting a local Roma neighborhood together. While the project aims to reflect the community's vibrant culture, the university team envisions to turn the neighborhood into a monument of Roma people.
What do the blood-blistered eyes of Osman Şiban and the non-existent recollection of what happened to him even represent? To whom and what do they even mean?
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will hold a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Istanbul on Sept. 22, Iranian state-run Mehr news agency said.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia-Turkey joint patrol missions along the M4 highway in Syria have been suspended due to security considerations and will be resumed as soon as the situation in Idlib stabilizes.
An initiative launched by lawyers close to the government has announced that it has collected the minimum number of signatures need to establish its own bar association in Istanbul. The founding member of the Istanbul No. 2 Bar Association, Cavit Tatlı has said that they will submit their application to the Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) on Sept. 23.
The Adana provincial branch of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has targeted Prof. Dr. Mehmet Özalevli, a member of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), over his criticism of MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, who last week called for the TTB's closure. Özalevli said that if something happened to him or his beloved ones, executives of the MHP Adana branch would be the ones who are responsible.
President Erdoğan has said that Turkey shifted to a “new phase” in the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling that the government is preparing to introduce new measures to curb the spread of the virus. He also said that travel restrictions might be reimposed on citizens aged above 65 at the provincial level.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed is in talks with the Pentagon to transfer the strategic İncirlik airbase from Turkey to the UAE, Middle East Monitor reported on Sept. 21.
The European Union imposed sanctions on Sept. 21 on the Samsun-based Avrasya Shipping company that operates a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. The EU has said that the company operates a cargo ship called Çirkin, which “has been linked to transports of military material to Libya."
Turkey's greens established a political party named “Green Party” and filed an application with the Interior Ministry on Sept. 21. Party co-chair Koray Doğan Urbarlı said that the green movement exists in Turkey for many years but they have been conducting works to transform the initiation into a party for a year now. Urbalı said that apart from the climate crisis, the new party will propose solutions with regards to issues such as social gender, democracy and freedom.
Emine Algan reports: Infectious disease experts warned that the Turkish Health Ministry should eliminate hydroxychloroquine from their official COVID-19 treatment plan immediately, as the drug has been dismissed by global authorities. Hydroxychloroquine can cause heart rhythm disorder of up to 20 percent, which can cause sudden heart failure, one expert noted.
Turkey's Aktif Bank is suspected of having carried out money laundering on a grand scale for a customer network that includes the scandal-ridden German financial service provider Wirecard and shady figures from the porn industry, according to the FinCEN Files. Aktif Bank is part of Çalık Holding and a number of "suspicious transactions" included in the FinCEN Files were made while Minister Albayrak was the CEO of the holding.
A recent survey revealed that about a quarter of students in Istanbul can't access remote education materials. The most common barrier to materials was revealed to be the lack of technological equipment like phones or televisions.