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Devletin Zirvesi Olağanüstü Din Şûrasında

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‘Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi Başkanı İsmail Kahraman, Başbakan Yardımcısı Numan Kurtulmuş ve Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez, “15 Temmuz Darbe Girişimi ve Din İstismarına Karşı Birlik, Dayanışma ve Gelecek Perspektifi” başlıklı tek gündem maddesi ile toplanan Olağanüstü Din Şûrası’nın açılışına katıldı. Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Din İşleri Yüksek Kurulu Başkanlığı tarafından düzenlenen FETÖ’nün darbe girişimi sonrası tarihinde ilk kez olağanüstü toplanan Din Şûrası’nın açılış konuşmasını yapan Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, şûranın hayırlara vesile olmasını dileyerek, “Milletin emrinde ve Din-i Mübin-i İslam’ın hizmetinde bir kurum olan Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığımıza, bu önemli şûrayı düzenlediği için teşekkür ediyorum.” dedi. Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı, Fetullahçı Terör Örgütü’nün (FETÖ) darbe girişiminin ardından, Din Şûrasını olağanüstü topladı. Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez – Basın ve Halkla İlişkiler Müşavirliği. Yayın tarihi 3 Ağustos 2016.’

El-yevmin Şeyhülislamı yahut Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Mehmet Görmez dedi: “15 Temmuz gecesi ülkemizin birlik ve bütünlüğüne, milletimizin hürriyet, irade ve bekasına yönelik ihaneti püskürtmek için hiç tereddüt etmeden tankların önüne yatan, silahlara meydan okuyan, bedenlerini bu vatan için siper eden, canlarını din-ü devlet, mülk-ü millet, istiklal ve istikbalimiz için feda eden ve şehadet mertebesine ulaşan aziz şehitlerimizin her birini sonsuz rahmetine gark eyle . . . Her birine rahmet ve minnet borçlu olduğumuz mübarek şehitlerimizin anne, baba, eş, evlat ve yakınlarına sabr-ı cemil ihsan eyle ya Rabbi”.[1]

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[1] “Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Görmez şehitler için dua etti” AA (30 Temmuz 2016). http://aa.com.tr/tr/15-temmuz-darbe-girisimi/diyanet-isleri-baskani-gormez-sehitler-icin-dua-etti/618361ç

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Eren Erdemin Meclis Konuşması: AKP-IŞİD İlişkisi

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‘CHP İstanbul Milletvekili Eren Erdem, İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı dış hatlar terminalinde gerçekleşen saldırının ardından IŞİD’in Türkiye yapılanması hakkında konuşması, TBMM Genel Kurulu’nu karıştırdı (30 Haziran 2016)’.

 

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1453 İstanbul Fethi 563. Yıl Kutlamaları

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‘1453 İstanbul’ un Fetih Töreni Kutlamalar, Cumhurbaşkanımız Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ ın Konuşması 29 Mayıs 2016: Fetih kutlamaları Kur’an-ı Kerim Tilavetiyle başladı, Meclis başkanı ve Başbakan Binali Yıldırım’ ın tarihi konuşmasıyla devam etti ve beklenen an geldi, Cumhurbaşkanımız Recep Tayyip Erdoğan kütsüye çıktı ve tarihi bir konuşmaya daha imzasını attı, Peygamber Efendimiz Hazreti Muhammet Mustafa Sallallahu Aleyhi Veselllem’ in “istambul’ u (kostantiniye) fetheden asker ne güzel asker, İstanbulu Fetheden Kumandan ne Güzel Kumandan” şeklinde söylediği o mübarek cümleyi hatırlatırcasına bu mübarek zaferin öneminden bahseden Cumhurbaşkanımız Erdoğan, Türk Milletinin tüylerini diken diken yapan o güzel ifadeleri kullandı, (29 Mayıs 2016)’.

“İstanbul’u anmadan tarih yazmaya kalkarsanız mürekkebiniz kurur, kaleminiz körelir. İstanbul’u görmeden, İstanbul’u yaşamadan geçen ömür eksiktir. Onun için bu şehrin kıymetini çok iyi bilmeliyiz. İstanbul, bizim için sevgili Peygamberimizin övgüsüne, müjdesine mazhar olmasıyla ayrıca önemlidir. Çağ kapatıp çağ açan, tarihin gördüğü en muhteşem zaferlerden biri olan İstanbul’un fethinin 563. yıl dönümü mübarek olsun, kutlu olsun . . . “BU MEMLEKETİ BİZDEN KOPARMAYA KİMSENİN GÜCÜ YETMEYECEKTİR . . . Fetihten sonra bize artık ne İstanbul’dan ne Trakya’dan ne Anadolu’dan hicret yoktur . . . Sadece Akdeniz’e değil Avrupa’ya da bir kısrak başı gibi uzanan bu memleketi bizden koparmaya kimsenin gücü yetmeyecektir. Bölücü terör örgütünü koçbaşı gibi kullanıp ülkemize saldıranların derdi ne Kürt kardeşlerimizdir ne de o bölgedir. Onların derdi fethin intikamını almaktır. İşte gördünüz, kullandıkları kuklalar açtıkları çukurlara gömüldüler”.[1]

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[1] “Büyük “Fetih” kutlaması bugün” HaberTürk (30 Mayıs 2016). http://www.haberturk.com/gundem/haber/1246243-buyuk-fetih-kutlamasi-bugun.

TRT World: News from Turkey, 10 April-1 May 2016

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The Week in Turkey (April 24 – May 1)

Military units deployed in Kilis: The Turkish military has increased its presence in the country’s southeastern border province of Kilis. DAESH has recently been targeting the province by firing rockets from the territory it controls in northern Syria. At least 17 people have died and scores of others have been wounded in 46 rocket attacks in Kilis since the beginning of this year. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the United States will also deploy a missile system in Turkey along its border with Syria. The US aims to seal off a region around the DAESH-held Syrian town of Manbij while Turkey continues its anti-terror operations. The Turkish Armed Forces have killed almost 900 DAESH terrorists since January 9. Suicide bombing injures 13 in Bursa: A suicide bomb attack injured 13 people near a mosque in Turkey’s northwestern Bursa Province on Wednesday. The female suicide bomber is the only casualty. No group has claimed responsibility, and officials have yet to confirm who was behind the attack. A day after the attack, police detained 17 suspects they linked to the attack in operations in six Turkish provinces. Two police officer die in bomb attack in Gaziantep: Two police officers have died in a car bomb attack that hit Turkey’s southeastern Gaziantep Province. The attack took place in front of the police headquarters. It injured 22 people including four civilians. The governorate has announced that an investigation is underway. Gaziantep is close to Turkey’s border with Syria. It has been hit by artillery fire launched from DAESH-held areas in Syria several times in the past. Gaziantep police department has launched an extensive operation against DAESH network in the province. On Monday, Turkish police arrested eight foreign nationals in Gaziantep while they were trying to cross into Syria to join the terror group. Turkey to fulfill EU visa criteria by deadline: Turkey’s Ministry of European Union Affairs has announced that Turkey will fulfill all EU criteria for visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens by the deadline. So far around 60 of 72 expectations have been completed. If Turkey completes all of them, Turkish citizens will be able to travel freely throughout Europe’s 26 nation Schengen Zone. Turkey expects the EU commission to propose lifting visas for Turkish citizens on May the fourth. Turkey and the EU signed a deal that aims to stem the flow of refugees into Europe. Under the deal Turkey has promised to take back refugees who cross into Europe illegally from Turkish soil. In exchange, the EU has pledged to enable visa-free travel for Turkish citizens, give more financial aid, and restart negotiations on Turkey’s EU membership. Published on May 3, 2016.

The Week in Turkey (April 18 – 24)

Kilis comes under rocket fire: The week began with rocket attacks by Daesh. They were fired at Turkey from across the border, in Syria, and hit in the southeastern province of Kilis. Four civilians, including three children, died in the latest attack. The town often comes under rocket fire from the Syrian side that’s controlled by Daesh. At least 19 people have been killed in the town by shelling by Daesh since mid-January. There are more than one hundred thousand Syrian refugees in the area. Court of Appeals drops ‘Ergenekon Case’: Turkey’s Court of Appeals has rejected the so-called Ergenekon Case, which involved a suspected military coup. It dates back to August 2013 when an Istanbul criminal court ruled to convict more than 200 defendants. The appeal court says the case has several contradictions in areas that include the investigation, trial, and evidence collection. The case had been filed against 274 defendants. 64 have been sentenced to life imprisonment. The former chief of the army, Ilker Basbug and nine other generals were among them. Many of the defendants have argued the case was manufactured by courts linked to the Gulenist Movement, which the Turkish state says has infiltrated state institutions. Turkey’s National Security Council considers the movement a major threat to the state. Merkel & Tusk visit Turkey: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the EU Commission Donald Tusk paid a visit to Turkey. Their arrival coincided with the recent implementation of the refugee deal between Turkey and EU, The head of the bloc and Merkel both praised the deal and Turkey, despite it coming under fire by some EU leaders. Tusk says . “No one has a right to lecture Turkey on what it should be doing.” “This is not only a political and formal assessment..this is also my very private and personal feeling.” Before the conference, Merkel visited a refugee camp in border town of Nizip in Gaziantep accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkey marks Children’s Day: Turkey celebrated the 96th anniversary of the first season of its Grand National Assembly. The day was dedicated to children in 1927 and since then it has been celebrated as National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Every year, heads of the state hand over their chairs to children. This year the president’s chair went to an eleven-year-old primary school girl named Basak, and the prime minister’s chair went to another. Published on Apr 25, 2016.

The week in Turkey (April 10 – 17)

13th OIC summit held in Istanbul: The thirteenth Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit was held in Istanbul under the leadership of Turkey. Delegates from 57 OIC member states attended the summit, whose theme was “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace.” It ended with the adoption of a joint resolution on Palestine, and a statement criticising Iran’s interference in Yemen and Syria. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not attend the closing session of the summit in protest against the statement. But he accepted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation to a bilateral meeting. After the closed-door talks, Erdogan and Rouhani announced that they have agreed to strengthen ties between the two countries, co-operate against terrorism in the Middle East and improve trade relations. Germany to prosecute Boehmermann: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed Turkey’s request to prosecute German satirist Jan Boehmermann – for reciting a defamatory poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on television. Merkel had previously described the poem as deliberately offensive during a phone call she had with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Germany’s State broadcaster ZDF has already removed the video of the poem from its website, saying it did not meet the standards expected of its satire shows. Bill to lift lawmakers’ immunity sent to parliament: Turkey’s governing AK Party submitted a bill to remove immunity from 129 deputies on Tuesday. The bill concerns all the four parties currently in parliament. The deputies are facing a total of 562 criminal proceedings. The leaders of the Nationalist Movement Party and the main opposition Republican People’s Party have announced they would support the bill. The debate on immunities began when members of the HDP were accused of making statements in support of the PKK terror group. New Besiktas stadium opened: After a three-year wait, Besiktas fans have returned home – to the club’s new stadium, Vodafone Arena. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and several state officials attended the opening ceremony. The stadium has 42-thousand seats and is in the same historic location as the old Inonu stadium. It’s on the shores of the Bosphorus and overlooks the Ottoman-era Dolmabahce Palace. Published on Apr 18, 2016.

 

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Tayyip Erdoğan Animasyonu

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‘Erdoğan Gönüllüleri tarafından 7 Ağustos 2014 tarihinde YouTube web sitesine yüklenmiştir’.

 

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Statement from Today’s Zaman

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“We are going through the darkest and gloomiest days in terms of freedom of the press, which is a major benchmark for democracy and the rule of law. Intellectuals, businesspeople, celebrities, civil society organizations (CSOs), media organizations and journalists are being silenced via threats and blackmail.

We have entered the last phase in terms of pressure on those who persistently remain independent in their publications. Journalists are now frequenting courts, not their newsrooms. A significant proportion of the journalists who have been detained and faced lawsuits again and again are still in prison.

Cumhuriyet newspaper Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and its Ankara representative Erdem Gül are the latest victims of this campaign. They were released following a ruling by the Constitutional Court after remaining in custody for three months. Yet, there are premonitions that could take the wind out of the sails of those who support democracy. Indeed, the courts came under heavy fire soon after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that he did not respect the decision and would not obey it. “They will be arrested again,” pro-government lobbies are parroting.

Two TV channels from the opposite ends of the political spectrum, Bengütürk TV and İMC TV, have recently been dropped from the state-run communications satellite Türksat. The same practice has previously been used to target TV channels from the Samanyolu Broadcasting Group and the İpek Media Group. Dozens of TV channels have thereby been effectively silenced.

Another method for silencing the media is to appoint trustees to run media organizations. In the run-up to the parliamentary election of June 7, 2015, government caretakers were appointed to Bugün TV and Kanaltürk, which constituted two of the few independent media outlets in Turkey. The trustees made two newspapers and two TV channels go bankrupt a few days ago.

However, all national laws including the Constitution of the Turkish Republic and the international agreements that are binding upon us provide comprehensive guarantees for freedom of the press and with it, the right access to information. Article 26 of the Constitution safeguards freedom of expression and thought and Articles 28 and 30 advocate freedom of the press; both are very clear. “A printing house and its annexes, duly established as a press enterprise under law, and press equipment shall not be seized, confiscated or barred from operation on the grounds of having been used in a crime,” reads Article 30, which also guarantees freedom of enterprise and investment. Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is binding on Turkish courts.

Turkey’s highest circulating newspaper, Zaman, and its sister publication Today’s Zaman have come under serious pressure for more than two years, which has taken the form of accreditation bans, tax inspections, meddling with its advertisers and threats to its readers. We have now been threatened with confiscation through the appointment of trustees. We are deeply concerned about all these developments that undermine Turkey’s democratic performance. We believe the only way out of this nightmarish atmosphere is to return to democracy and the rule of law. We are publishing our concerns to inform the Turkish nation, intellectuals who believe in democracy and the wider world”.[1]

#MediaFreedomAlert

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[1] “Statement from Today’s Zaman: We are seriously concerned” Today’s Zaman (04 March 2016). http://mobile.todayszaman.com/op-ed_statement-from-todays-zaman-we-are-seriously-concerned_413991.html.

For Now Free at Last: Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

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The pro-government Daily Sabah announces that “Cumhuriyet daily’s two high-level employees Can Dündar and Erdem Gül have been freed in the early hours of Friday [, 26 February 2016] after Turkey’s top court ruled that their detentions had violated their rights. Turkey’s Constitutional Court gathered on Thursday [, 25 February] and decided by a majority of votes (12 against three) that there has been an infringement of rights regarding the arrests of Cumhuriyet daily’s two high-level employees Can Dündar and Erdem Gül. The top court said in its decision, ‘Individual rights as well the freedom of the press and expression have been violated’. Dündar, who serves as editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Gül, who serves as Cumhuriyet’s Ankara representative, were arrested last year after publishing a controversial report regarding the National Intelligence Organization (MİT)”.[1] And in the next instance, the report explains that “Dündar and Gül were responsible for publishing footage regarding an unlawful raid that targeted trucks belonging to the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) in early January 2014. Dündar and Gül then petitioned to the Constitutional Court for their release, indicating that they were subjected to a violation of their rights. Despite their release on Friday, the two journalists are still facing possible life sentences at a trial which is due to start on March 25. They are also banned from leaving the country”.[2]

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From Austria’s capital, Vienna the “International Press Institute (IPI) [on Thursday, 25 February 2016] welcomed a ruling by Turkey’s Constitutional Court that the arrest and ongoing pre-trial detention of Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül violated their ‘freedom of expression, freedom of the press and right to personal security and freedom’. Local reports indicated that the decision would now be forwarded to the Istanbul 14th Heavy Penalty Court, where the pair face trial over reports claiming that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria, and that they were expected to be released tonight or tomorrow. ‘We are extremely pleased that the justices of the Constitutional Court stood up today and demonstrated that democracy and respect for human rights are still fundamental values in Turkey’, IPI Director of Advocacy and Communications Steven M. Ellis said. ‘IPI and its members across the globe look forward to Mr. Dündar and Mr. Gül’s swift release, and we will continue to advocate on their behalf until this baseless case against them has been dismissed’. Dündar, Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief, and Gül, its Ankara bureau chief, are accused of ‘gathering secret state documents for the purposes of political and military espionage’, ‘attempting to topple the government of the Republic of Turkey or attempting to stop either partially or totally the government from fulfilling its duties’ and ‘deliberate support for a terrorist organization without being a member’. Dündar and Gül were taken into custody in November 2015 and have spent 92 days in pre-trial detention at Turkey’s Silivri Prison. The trial against them is currently scheduled to begin on March 25 [, 2016]. If convicted, they each face an aggravated life term in prison, a second life term and an additional 30 years behind bars. The charges against them stem from a May 29, 2015 report published in Cumhuriyet that included a video purportedly showing Turkish security forces searching Turkish intelligence agency trucks en route to Syria containing crates of ammunition and weapons. That video appeared to confirm previous reports claiming Turkey’s intelligence agency, the MİT, arming Islamist rebels in Syria despite Turkish government denials”.[3]

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The daily Cumhuriyet is a staunchly Kemalist publication, with historical ties to the Republican People’s Party (or CHP), a paper which has been critical of Turkey’s AKP-led government from the very start. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his henchmen have been determined to bring an end to the lenient and permissive regime in place — a regime that used to be called Turkish Secularism. With the ascent of Ahmed Davutoğlu to the position of prime minister some would argue that the AKP has largely achieved most of its goals and Turkey today is a nation positioned on a staunchly post-Kemalist path, a path that leads towards a post-nationalist and mono-confessional future, to a Turkey with a citizenry composed of Sunni Muslims known colloquially as Turks.

“As I have written quite some time ago, ‘opponents of Erdogan and the AKP now fear that the government’s long-term goal (as arguably expressed in the AKP’s policy statement Hedef 2023) is to transform the nation state Turkey into an Anatolian federation of Muslim ethnicities, possibly linked to a revived caliphate. In this way, Turkey’s future (as a nation state) would arguably become subject to Anatolia’s past as a home to many different Muslims of divergent ethnic background. The fact that Erdogan’s oft-repeated reference point is the first assembly of what was to become Turkey’s parliament on 23 April, 1920, seems to render strength to such contentions. The first assembly consisted of representatives of Anatolia’s Muslim population, the then-Kemalist constituency, who had pledged allegiance to the Ottoman Sultan-Caliph, Mehmed VI – two years later, the transformation of Anatolia’s Muslims into Anatolian Turks begun in earnest’. And now in 2015, the de-construction of the Anatolian Turks into Anatolia’s Muslims of different ethnic strip united under a Muslim and/or possible Neo- or Pseudo-Ottoman banner seems to have been put into motion by the President and his AKP state apparatus, and particularly, the Ministry of Education. The New Turkey now being built is clearly no longer looking towards Europe and the West, as vividly illustrated in last year’s final [National Security Council] chaired by the ‘Prez’ Erdogan in his new White Palace, with the assembled military dignitaries sitting in a room where the traditional portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is only prominent by its absence”.[4]

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[1] “Cumhuriyet daily’s Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to stand trial without arrest for espionage” Daily Sabah (26 Feb 2016). http://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2016/02/25/cumhuriyet-dailys-can-dundar-and-erdem-gul-to-stand-trial-without-arrest-for-espionage.

[2] Cumhuriyet daily’s Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to stand trial without arrest for espionage”.

[3] “Court: Turkey’s detention of Dündar, Gül violates rights” IPI (25 Feb 2016). http://www.freemedia.at/newssview/article/court-turkeys-detention-of-duendar-guel-violates-rights.html.

[4] C. Erimtan, “The end of ‘Secular Turkey’ or Ottomans re-emergent?” RT Op-Edge (13 Jan 2015). https://www.rt.com/op-edge/221835-turkey-religion-secular-state/.