Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
A strike scheduled for Oct. 9 by Turkey's Petrol-İş Union has been postponed by a presidential decree -- on the day that it was due to begin. The presidential decree ruled that the soda producers' strike would threaten public safety and national security.
AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik has slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for "supporting hate crimes" with his new plan against "Islamist separatism." "With this approach, Macron supports hate crimes and not democracy and human rights. It only would provide ideological ammunition to terrorist groups like ISIS," Çelik said. "We invite all European democrats to stand against this totalitarian attempt," he added.
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has said that the country is the target of "black propaganda" in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "It's apparent that Turkey's stance bothered some people and they turned the issue into black propaganda against Turkey out of fear," Kalın said. "These are the strategies to divert attention from the actual issue of occupation. Our presence there is within the scope of our military agreements and that's not new," he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sept. 30 Turkey's "warlike" rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh and that was unacceptable. "France remains extremely concerned by the warlike messages Turkey had in the last hours, which essentially remove any of Azerbaijan's inhibitions in reconquering Nagorno-Karabakh. And that we won't accept," Macron said.
Syrian rebel militants have signed up to work for a private Turkish security company as border guards in Azerbaijan, several volunteers in Idlib told The Guardian. Both the Armenian government and Russian media have alleged that up to 4,000 Syrian men are already present in Nagorno-Karabakh, claims which have been denied by Baku as “nonsense."
Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate has set up a new department to tackle "misperception operations" against Turkey. Countering "psychological campaigns, propaganda and misperception operations against Turkey" after determining them were listed among the department's duties.
As Erdoğan and Macron trade insults and predictions of each other’s brevity, Duvar English takes a look at the barbs that the two ancient empires have received and delivered.
President Erdoğan has said that a system which he defined as the "Turkey model” will lay the foundations of the country’s 2053 vision. "You cannot find anywhere else such a genuine democracy, a fair development objective, a long-established ideal of right and justice which are built on the concept of human values. Hopefully we will build our 2053 vision on such a model," he said.
Over 36,000 people were probed in one year over "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Justice Ministry statistics showed. Out of the 36,066 people probed, 12,298 were tried and 3,381 were given sentences. Before Erdoğan's term, the highest number of people being sentenced over "insulting" a president was 44.
This good news about the discovery of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea at the same time means a disaster for the environment. Turkey is a country in which environmental protection standards are very low, and it cannot control even this. This project will be the end of the Black Sea.
Former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has said that Turkey didn't submit sufficient evidence for the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. According to Bolton, Turkey submitted the same materials for his extradition several times. "Department of Justice officials felt that there just wasn't enough there to consider sending Fethullah Gülen back, so that never happened," Bolton said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Hamas leadership in Istanbul on Aug. 22. The group's leader Ismail Haniyeh and its number two figure Saleh al-Arouri, who was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. and has a $5 million bounty on his head, attended the meeting. The meeting was held amid escalated cross-border tensions between Israel and Hamas.
The natural gas discovery, which was announced by President Erdoğan, could be considered as a strong sign of his government's preparations for a snap election according to journalist Murat Yetkin. In his recent piece, Yetkin wrote that the recent history is full of announcements of oil and gas discoveries by the AKP which eventually led nowhere.
A Twitter account said to be related to the Pelican Group, an informal formation with influence and close ties to President Erdoğan, has removed its video comparing presidential aides Altun and Kalın with each other other. The video defends Altun against the opposition and somehow ends up bashing Kalın. After the video was released, Kalın on Twitter shared a message in which he urged for "patience in the face of calamity."
Istanbul's ancient Chora Museum will be opened for Muslim prayers, the Official Gazette reported on August 21, weeks following the first mass prayers held in the iconic Hagia Sophia in decades. Built as a church by Byzantines, Chora was turned into a museum in 1945, a status that the president annulled in 2019.