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TURKEY VISION 2053
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THE MAY 14 2023 ELECTIONS ARE PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TURKISH REPUBLIC IN 1923. TURKIYE IS AT A CROSSROADS WILL THE AKP ALLIANCE BE ABLE TO DEFEAT THE CHP ALLIANCE? THIS WILL BE INVESTIGATED.


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Turkey’s Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu end campaigning before key polls
The president and his challenger pick megalopolis Istanbul, capital Ankara for last public events to boost support.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/5/13...-key-polls


Turkey’s two main presidential candidates made their final appearances in public during the last hours of campaigning on the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections that could significantly shape the NATO member’s future. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held his last election rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, before a so-called propaganda ban went into effect, accusing the opposition of working with US President Joe Biden to topple him while making a final appeal in the run-up to the biggest challenge to his 20-year rule.

Polls show Erdogan trailing behind the main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu. If neither of the candidates wins more than 50 percent of the vote to secure an outright win, there will be a run-off on May 28.Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said that Erdogan spent the last two days of his campaign in Istanbul. “He met up with youth and visited various neighbourhoods, including the Beyoglu district where he was born, played football and started his political career,” she said.


On Saturday, he picked the Hagia Sophia mosque for evening prayers – and his final election message – Koseoglu said, adding, “This is a symbolic move by President Erdogan.” First constructed as a cathedral in the Christian Byzantine Empire, then converted into a mosque
after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and later a museum in 1935 in the early days of the modern secular Turkish state, the iconic monument was reconverted into a mosque in 2020, under Erdogan.

Kilicdaroglu at Ataturk mausoleum
Kilicdaroglu did not hold a rally on Saturday, instead paying his respects at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara. He was accompanied by crowds of supporters, each carrying a single carnation to lay on the tomb.



On Friday, he asked tens of thousands gathered to hear his final speech to vote on Sunday to “change Turkey’s destiny”. “We will show the whole world that our beautiful country is one that can bring democracy through democratic means,” he said. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Ankara, said that Kilicdaroglu remained confident and determined: “He says it
will be a historic moment for the people of Turkey.”

Ahelbarra said the visit to the mausoleum of Ataturk, also the founder of the Cumhuriyet Halk Party (Republican People’s Party, CHP), on the last day of campaigning was important because “Kilicdaroglu has kept saying during the campaign that he is fighting for the secular identity of Turkey.”     “He wants this election to be the end of an era and the beginning of a new one which, he says, is going to be more about political personal freedoms and vibrant democracy in the country,” said Ahelbarra.


Voters will also elect a new parliament, likely a tight race between the Cumhur ?ttifak? (People’s Alliance) comprising Erdogan’s conservative Adalet ve Kalk?nma Party (Justice and Development Party, AK Party), the ultranationalist Milliyetçi Hareket (Nationalist Movement Party, MHP) and other far-right groups. Kilicdaroglu’s Millet ?ttifak? (Nation Alliance) includes six parties.


Erdogan’s campaign over the past month has focused on his government’s achievements in the defence industry and infrastructure projects, and his assertion that the opposition would roll back such developments.One of his talking points has been that the opposition is receiving orders from the West, and that they will bow down to Western nations’ wishes if elected. At a rally in Istanbul, Erdogan also recalled comments made by Biden, and published by the New York Times in January 2020, when he was campaigning for the White House. At that time, Biden said Washington should encourage Erdogan’s opponents to defeat him electorally, stressing he should not be overthrown in a coup.

“Biden gave the order to topple Erdogan, I know this. All my people know this,” said Erdogan. “If that is the case, then the ballots tomorrow will give a response to Biden, too,” he added. While there has been concern about how Erdogan might react if he loses, the president said in a televised interview on Friday that he would accept the outcome of the election, no matter the result.  “If our nation decides to make such a different decision, we will do exactly what is required by democracy and there is nothing else to do,” he said.
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THE MAY 14 2023 ELECTIONS ARE PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TURKISH REPUBLIC IN 1923. TURKIYE IS AT A CROSSROADS WILL THE AKP ALLIANCE BE ABLE TO DEFEAT THE CHP ALLIANCE? AND WILL ERDOGAN HOLD OFF KILICDAROGLU AS PRESIDENT?


2023 TURKIYE ELECTIONS LIVE 
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IS ERDOGAN AT RISK OF LOSING HIS JOB ?



TURKEY's ELECTION LIKELY HEADING TO RUN OFF;
ERDOGAN HAS THE EDGE



TURKEY ELECTION :
WHO WOULD BENEFIT MORE FROM A RUNOFF?


ERDOGAN ACCEPTS RUNOFF, ELECTIONS TO TAKE PLACE ON MAY 28 




Turkey’s Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu end campaigning before key polls
The president and his challenger pick megalopolis Istanbul, capital Ankara for last public events to boost support.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/5/13...-key-polls


Turkey’s two main presidential candidates made their final appearances in public during the
last hours of campaigning on the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections that could significantly shape the NATO member’s future. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held his last election rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, before a so-called propaganda ban went into effect, accusing the opposition of working with US President Joe Biden to topple him while making a final appeal in the run-up to the biggest challenge to his 20-year rule.

Polls show Erdogan trailing behind the main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu. If neither of the candidates wins more than 50 percent of the vote to secure an outright win, there will be a run-off on May 28.Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said that Erdogan spent the last two days of his campaign in Istanbul. “He met up with youth and visited various neighbourhoods, including the Beyoglu district where he was born, played football and started his political career,” she said.


On Saturday, he picked the Hagia Sophia mosque for evening prayers – and his final election message – Koseoglu said, adding, “This is a symbolic move by President Erdogan.” First constructed as a cathedral in the Christian Byzantine Empire, then converted into a mosque
after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and later a museum in 1935 in the early days of the modern secular Turkish state, the iconic monument was reconverted into a mosque in 2020, under Erdogan.

Kilicdaroglu at Ataturk mausoleum
Kilicdaroglu did not hold a rally on Saturday, instead paying his respects at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara. He was accompanied by crowds of supporters, each carrying a single carnation to lay on the tomb.



On Friday, he asked tens of thousands gathered to hear his final speech to vote on Sunday to “change Turkey’s destiny”. “We will show the whole world that our beautiful country is one that can bring democracy through democratic means,” he said. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Ankara, said that Kilicdaroglu remained confident and determined: “He says it
will be a historic moment for the people of Turkey.”

Ahelbarra said the visit to the mausoleum of Ataturk, also the founder of the Cumhuriyet Halk Party (Republican People’s Party, CHP), on the last day of campaigning was important because “Kilicdaroglu has kept saying during the campaign that he is fighting for the secular identity of Turkey.”     “He wants this election to be the end of an era and the beginning of a new one which, he says, is going to be more about political personal freedoms and vibrant democracy in the country,” said Ahelbarra.


Voters will also elect a new parliament, likely a tight race between the Cumhur ?ttifak? (People’s Alliance) comprising Erdogan’s conservative Adalet ve Kalk?nma Party (Justice and Development Party, AK Party), the ultranationalist Milliyetçi Hareket (Nationalist Movement Party, MHP) and other far-right groups. Kilicdaroglu’s Millet ?ttifak? (Nation Alliance) includes six parties.


Erdogan’s campaign over the past month has focused on his government’s achievements in the defence industry and infrastructure projects, and his assertion that the opposition would roll back such developments.One of his talking points has been that the opposition is receiving orders from the West, and that they will bow down to Western nations’ wishes if elected. At a rally in Istanbul, Erdogan also recalled comments made by Biden, and published by the New York Times in January 2020, when he was campaigning for the White House. At that time, Biden said Washington should encourage Erdogan’s opponents to defeat him electorally, stressing he should not be overthrown in a coup.

“Biden gave the order to topple Erdogan, I know this. All my people know this,” said Erdogan. “If that is the case, then the ballots tomorrow will give a response to Biden, too,” he added. While there has been concern about how Erdogan might react if he loses, the president said in a televised interview on Friday that he would accept the outcome of the election, no matter the result.  “If our nation decides to make such a different decision, we will do exactly what is required by democracy and there is nothing else to do,” he said.
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PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN WINS THE TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2023. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE    OF THIS FOR TURKIYE, THE REGION AND THE MUSLIM WORLD? GLOBAL VISION 2000 IS COMMITTED TO IT'S VISION OF THE CENTURY OF THE 5 Cs WHICH IS INSPIRED BY THE TAWHIDI  ISLAMIC VISION OF THE FUTURE. GLOBAL VISION 2000 IS COMMITTED TO THE ISLAMIC CENTURY.  

ERDOGAN EMPHASISED 1453 AND 1950 IN THE HISTORY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY IN TURKIYE. LIKEWISE WE SHOULD ALSO REMEMBER THAT TURKIYE WHICH WAS THE CAPITAL OF THE LAST ISLAMIC KHILAFATE. THE VISION THAT ERDOGAN EXPOUNDED WAS THAT HE WAS THE RIGHT MAN AT THE RIGHT TIME TO TAKE THEM INTO THE CENTURY OF TURKIYE. THE TRAJECTORY OF THIS VISION NEEDS REVIEW AS WELL AS EXAMINE WHERE IT CONTRASTS WITH THE FORTHCOMING ISLAMIC CENTURY.


THIS WILL BE EXAMINED THOROUGHLY AND REHEARSED AS TURKIYE IS A PIVOTAL GEOPOLITICAL PLAYER.


ERDOGAN's VICTORY SPEECH



2023 MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE TURKISH CENTURY



ERDOGAN DECLARES ‘CENTURY OF TURKEY VISION’
SIGNALLING NEW CONSTITUTION
Turkey’s President Erdogan has declared “the Century of Turkey vision” one day before the 99th anniversary of Republic Day, signaling they will prepare a new constitution.
https://www.duvarenglish.com/erdogan-dec...news-61481






ERDOGAN's THIRD TERM : WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?



https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/turkey...deal-14632


TURKEY’s FUTURE AFTER THE GLORIOUS VICTORY OF

TAYYIP ERDOGAN 2023 -    SECULARISM vs ISLAM




ERDOGAN TURKEY ELECTIONS VICTORY -
WHY WEST WANTS ITS OWN MAN IN TURKEY ?



HOW ERDOGAN's RE-ELECTION EXACERBATED TURKEY’s ECONOMIC CRISIS



A BRIEF HISTORY OF TURKIYE's ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY
www.trtworld.com/turkiye/in-pictures-a-brief-history-of-turkiyes-electoral-democracy-13052771



TURKISH COUPS AND THE ARMYS DECREASING INFLUENCE UNDER ERDOGAN'S LEADERSHIP
https://www.trtworld.com/turkiye/turkish...p-13196628

Turkish coups and the army’s decreasing influence under Erdogan leadershipTürkiye has witnessed several military coups since its establishment as a republic in 1923, but under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish democracy has consolidated and the army’s influence on politics and social life significantly diminished.


TURKISH NATION, NOT WEST, TO DECIDE COUNTRY'S FATE

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks came after British magazine The Economist targeted him with a cover that said "save democracy", "Erdogan must go" and "Vote!"
https://www.trtworld.com/turkiye/turkish...n-13211484


2023 marks the beginning of the Turkish CenturyThe Turkish Republic's first 100 years followed Atatürk's vision of "progress, affirmative knowledge" to stand its own. Taking the legacy forward, 2023 marks the beginning of the Turkish Century with an important election amid global praise for its prowess in various fields.


WINNING FORMULA : UNRAVELLING ERDOGAN's IMPACT ON
TURKIYE’s TRANSFORMATION
Nevzet Celik
www.trtworld.com/opinion/winning-formula-unravelling-erdogans-impact-on-turkiyes-transformation-13348769
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ERDOGAN's NEW TERM:  WHATS AHEAD FOR TURKIYE?






ERDOGAN OFFICIALLY STARTS HIS NEW TERM AFTER TAKING OATH



HAS ERDOGAN FALLEN INTO A DEADLY TRAP ?
WHO CONTROLS TURKEY’s ECONOMY?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/has-erdoga...ap/5823551

The recent election victory of Recep Tayyip  Erdo?an to a new five year term as President of Türkiye, is rapidly looking like it will be a Pyrrhic one, one that will see that pivotal nation literally destroyed by his so-called NATO allies, above all by Washington and the City of London.


Already the outlines of that destruction are emerging. It is aimed at the Turkish economy. While waging a fierce campaign against a unified six party opposition that was quietly backed by the Biden Administration, Erdogan has now named a cabinet which, far from rescuing Türkiye from soaring inflation, will insure the near-term collapse of the Turkish economy and with it, of Erdogan’s power to play a global geopolitical role. With Erdogan seeking to join the BRICS countries and his refusal to openly oppose Russia in Ukraine, it is clear why the Anglo-American actors seek to finally neutralize the shrewd president. He is simply a large loose cannon on the NATO deck.

Who Controls Erdogan’s Economy?

The two most important appointees of Erdogan’s new ruling government are his new Finance Minister and his new Central Bank head. Here lies the trap. For several years Wall Street and the City of London have led heavy speculative attacks on the Lira. They targeted Erdogan’s hand-picked finance ministers and central bank heads who had adopted Erdogan’s unorthodox low interest rate policy. One result was an inflation rate in late 2022 over 80%. Only through extraordinary short-term loans from UAE, Russia and China was Erdogan able to stabilize the situation somewhat prior to the elections to 39%.
Following his election runoff victory at end of May, Erdogan announced appointment of Mehmet Simsek as Treasury and Finance Minister. Simsek, a member of Erdogan’s AKP was named Finance Minister previously in 2009 to 2015. Then, on the reported insistence of Simsek, Erdogan named 41-year-old Turkish-American banker and former Wall Street Goldman Sachs director, Hafize Gaye Erkan to head the Central Bank of Turkey. [1]
Simsek, who was educated in economics at Exeter in the UK and holds dual UK-Turkish citizenships, is a former top executive with US Wall Street investment bank Merrill Lynch in London. Erkan, the first woman to head the Turkish central bank, is a dual US-Turkish citizen who got her doctorate in finance at Princeton in 2006 where she studied Operations Research and Financial Engineering.At that same time she joined Goldman Sachs, where she worked for nine years. She became a managing director of Goldman Sachs in 2011. [2]

Three years later in 2014  Erkan left her senior post at Goldman’s  to become an executive of a young and aggressive San Francisco Bank, First Republic Bank, as Head of Investment. Yes, that First Republic Bank. There she increased the assets under management for the high-flying bank by a whopping  ten times, earning her by 2021 the title of co-CEO of First Republic. It’s now clear that First Republic under the leadership of Erkan was a very murky bank catering to Silicon Valley bigs and other high-net-worth-individuals. In other words, she was clearly a major architect of the deeply-flawed risk model that resulted in the bank’s failure in May, 2023. [3] She reportedly left First Republic bank some months before its bankruptcy, perhaps sensing the disaster she created. On May 1 First Republic was taken over by the largest bank in the US, the very corrupt JP Morgan Chase, with quiet Biden Administration backing. Erkan is now being sued in a class action lawsuit for her role in the debacle. [4]

Dubious Credentials
But that is all being ignored as on  the demand of Finance Minister Simsek, Erkan will decide the future of Turkish interest rates. According to insider reports, she has agreed to raise present 8.5% base rates to 25% in the next months. Such a rate shock therapy would make Paul Volcker a softie moderate by comparison.[5]
In her first act in office, on June 22, Erkan raised the key Turkish central bank rate by 6.5%, a huge rise by normal standards, bringing it to 15%, almost double. She promised it was just the beginning of the great reversal of the Erdogan low rate era. The “markets” were not satisfied. They had “expected” a jump to 25% in that meeting. They want blood. The lira fell after the rate news and the stage is now set for the destruction of the Turkish real economy in the interests of monetary “orthodoxy.” So far this year the Lira has dropped over 20% against the US dollar. Since 2013 it has fallen 90%. Global financial speculators such as Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan Chase now control the Turkish economy.

Erdogan has clearly made a Faustian bargain to secure his re-election. JP Morgan is “predicting” a central bank interest rate of 30% by year-end. With Simsek and Erkan in firm control of the Turkish economy and credit, Erdogan will be powerless to pursue a strategy of economic growth, or even to pursue an ambitious oil and gas development  program that would give him more freedom of action.

As old Henry Kissinger purportedly said years ago, “who controls the money, controls the world…” It looks like for the moment that Wall Street and the City of London bankers control Erdogan’s Turkey. This is a very critical juncture for him and for Turkey’s future geopolitical role.
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TURKIYE MARKS 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF LAUSANNE
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkiy...nne-184978



Türkiye marked the centennial anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne on July 24, commemorating the landmark pact that officially recognized the modern Turkish state.

The treaty, signed on July 24, 1923, is hailed as the concluding agreement of World War I and played a pivotal role in establishing the foundation of the Republic of Türkiye after the successful War of Independence against the occupying forces of Britain, France, Italy and Greece.


To honor the historic occasion, nongovernmental organizations and several municipalities organized a series of events across different provinces. In the capital city of Ankara, the Çankaya Municipality collaborated with various foundations to arrange a grand celebration program, culminating in a soul-stirring choir concert.The world-renowned state artist and conductor, Gürer Aykal, composed a special anthem dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the treaty.

Istanbul also saw numerous events and gatherings commemorating the milestone. Heybeliada, an island off Istanbul, hosted a discussion about the significance of the agreement in a local museum, while the Sisli Municipality arranged an exhibition and panel entitled "Peace Century" in honor of the treaty's centenary.

In the western city of Izmir, celebrations spanned an entire week, commencing with a youth camp on July 23 and followed by a compelling commemorative exhibition. Consisting of 40 panels, it will remain accessible to visitors until Aug. 30, allowing attendees to delve into the historical context surrounding the treaty.


The statue of Atatürk, the founder of modern Türkiye, and Ismet Inönü, who served as the chief negotiator for Türkiye in the Treaty of Lausanne, received wreaths as a sign of respect and remembrance. At the Ismet Inönü Stage, part of the municipal city theaters, a panel was also organized to honor the legacy of the former president.

Meanwhile, the Inönü Foundation, in a move to aid researchers, publicly uploaded all documents, photographs and videos from the agreement's archives on a website. Among these historical treasures were photographs capturing the moment ?nönü and the Turkish delegation affixed their signatures to the historic treaty.

The Treaty of Lausanne has left an indelible mark on Turkish history, delineating the nation's boundaries and defining the conditions under which non-Muslim minorities would coexist in the newly formed republic.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also issued a message on July 24 marking the 100th anniversary of the historical treaty, emphasizing that the nation’s will for independence was reflected in the landmark pact.

"This will, which led our War of Independence to victory despite all the poverty and impossibilities, still guides us today, illuminates our path and gives the determination to struggle in the face of difficulties,” Erdogan said in a social media post.

“The solidarity demonstrated by our nation after the devastating Feb. 6 earthquakes is the most recent and concrete example of this.”

Erdogan emphasized that they will continue their efforts with the goal of building a stronger Türkiye, while aiming to establish peace, stability, and security in the region.


PRESIDENT ERDOGAN MARKS 100th ANNIVERSARY TREATY OF LAUSANNE
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue efforts to establish peace, stability and security in the region

https://www.trtworld.com/turkiye/preside...e-14177091

Türkiye’s president marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, the landmark 1923 pact recognising the modern Turkish state.


"Today is the 100th anniversary of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, which constitutes one of the turning points in our history,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a statement.

"Our honorable nation's will for full independence showed itself very strongly during the negotiation and signing process of the Lausanne Peace Treaty. Despite all the poverty and impossibilities, this will, which led our War of Independence to victory, still guides us, 
illuminates our path, and gives the determination to struggle in the face of difficulties.”
Türkiye will continue its efforts to establish peace, stability and security in the region, he added.

"While resolutely defending the rights we have gained with the Treaty of Lausanne, we will strengthen our country 's gains with new moves," he added.

Erdogan also expressed his respect for Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Türkiye, along with his comrades, martyrs, and veterans.

On July 24, countries around the world acknowledged Türkiye as an independent and sovereign nation with the historic signing of the Lausanne Peace Treaty. The Treaty of Lausanne – signed by Türkiye on one side and Britain, France, Italy, Greece, and their allies on the other – recognised the modern Turkish state and replaced the 1920 Treaty of Sevres, an unfair pact imposed on the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

In the mean time, the Turkish Communications Directorate has also published a statement on the treaty.

“Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne, a pivotal milestone in our history. Our esteemed nation's unwavering determination for full independence was strongly demonstrated during the negotiation and signing process of the Treaty of Lausanne,” the Turkish Communications Directorate says.

“As we aim to establish peace, stability, and security in our region, we will continue our efforts both on the field and at the negotiating table with the vision of a strong Türkiye. While resolutely defending the rights achieved through the Treaty of Lausanne, we will reinforce our country's gains with new initiatives,” the directorate adds.

TURKIYE TO LIBERATE CONSTITUTION FROM MILITARY TUTELAGE 
https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/legi...y-tutelage

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Türkiye's will to get rid of a coup-era constitution in remarks after a critical Cabinet meeting

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he aims to liberate Türkiye's Constitution from coup-era military tutelage ideology and revive it with a civilian and libertarian constitution on the centenary of the republic. Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara on Monday, the president noted that constitutional amendments were one of the priorities of the new government, elected in June.

Since 1982, the current Constitution, drafted following a military coup, has seen several amendments. The bloody 1980 coup, which led to the detention of hundreds of thousands of people along with mass trials, torture and executions, still represents a dark period in Turkish political history.

The proposed changes focus on the topics of freedom, the right to security, the right to a fair trial, freedom of speech as well as the rights of women and the disabled. The enhancement of these rights and liberties has seen setbacks in the bureaucracy that have prevented these rights and liberties from being implemented properly. The plan has been prepared in accordance with the observations and reports of the international mechanisms that monitor human rights in cooperation with several human rights groups.

Some of the other principles of the plan are human dignity, as the essence of all rights, under the active protection of the law; the equal, impartial and honest provision of public services to everyone; the rule of law shall be fortified in all areas as a safeguard for rights and freedoms, and no one may be deprived of liberty due to criticism or expression of thought.

He also noted that the Turkish Parliament will debate the headscarf and protection of family issues once it resumes sessions in the fall. Article 24 of the Constitution regulates the "freedom of religion and conscience," while Article 41 regulates the "protection of the family and children's rights."

Erdogan has been calling on political parties to create the necessary constitutional regulations to protect the legal framework surrounding women's freedom to wear a headscarf.
in January, the Parliament’s constitutional committee ratified the amendment that guarantees the constitutional right to wear the headscarf and redefines marriage in more concrete terms, paving the way for the amendment to land in Parliament.


In response to the Republican People's Party's (CHP) previous call to amend constitutional rights regarding the choice to wear a headscarf in public life, Erdogan said: "Let's provide the solution at the level of the Constitution, not the law."

Turkish headscarf-wearing women have long struggled under laws that prevented them from wearing headscarves at schools as students and in public institutions as professionals, despite the prevalence of headscarf-wearing women in the country. The CHP had fueled anti-headscarf sentiment among the people and supported laws banning it.

The issue of the headscarf ban held an important place in public and political debates in Türkiye throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The headscarf ban in Türkiye was first implemented widely in the 1980s but became stricter after 1997 when the military forced the conservative government to resign in an incident later dubbed the Feb. 28 "postmodern coup."

Türkiye's Parliament lifted a ban on female students wearing the headscarf at university in 2008 in a move championed by Erdogan and which the CHP lawmakers, including Kiliçdaroglu, had sought unsuccessfully to block in the constitutional court.

In 2013, Türkiye lifted a ban on women wearing headscarves in state institutions under reforms that the government said were designed to bolster democracy.

Palestinian talks
The Palestinian president's meeting with Hamas political chief in Türkiye has a "different dimension," President Erdogan said, reiterating support for the Palestinian cause and the struggle of the Palestinian people.

"We hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ankara. On this occasion, we once again renewed our strong support for the Palestinian cause and the struggle of the Palestinian people," Erdogan said after a Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara.

On July 27, Erdogan held a closed-door meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas group's political chief.

"The meeting of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau head Ismail Haniyeh, hosted by our country, added a different dimension to this visit," Erdogan said.
Erdogan added Türkiye would welcome Palestinians resolving their differences.

Ankara strongly supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, including the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
 
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MINISTRY CRAFTS 4-PHASE PLAN FOR ISTANBUL's SPECIAL EARTHQUAKE LAW 
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkiye/minis...e-law/news

A four-phase plan is being prepared by the ministry as it aims to enact a special earthquake law for Istanbul as part of its efforts to ensure the megacity’s preparedness for possible high-magnitude tremors, Minister Mehmet Özhaseki said

In a move to enhance Istanbul’s preparedness for an anticipated high-magnitude earthquake, the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change is in the process of devising a comprehensive four-phase plan as part of the aim to enact a special earthquake law, Minister Mehmet Özhaseki said Wednesday.

Quick steps are being undertaken to prepare the law, the minister said during his meeting with media executives in Istanbul, hinting that Türkiye’s Grand National Assembly (TBMM) could convene in an extraordinary session regarding the topic.

The question of the earthquake in Istanbul was topping the country’s agenda following the massive quakes in Türkiye’s southeast that killed over 50,000 and left hundreds of thousands of buildings destroyed.

The city that last suffered heavy damage from earthquakes in 1999 is on edge in light of the repeated warnings by experts about the anticipated “big one,” an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher.

“We started the meetings by inviting 39 district municipalities and metropolitan municipalities in Istanbul. We have a four-step plan,” Özhaseki said.

Pointing out that first, there is ongoing urban transformation work, the minister told journalists that the transformation project currently continues in 188 locations in all 39 districts of the city. “At the moment, the renovation works of around 165,000 residences are underway,” he added. “In the second stage, we determined the reserve housing areas. In these areas, we can build new solid, reliable houses for up to 350,000. I think that we will take the second step of earthquake preparation by moving the most risky structures to new locations,” he said.

“Third, we have another campaign that was announced before the election, and that is the ‘Half of Us’ campaign,” Özhaseki stated, referring to the campaign through which the state assists citizens to demolish and rebuild their buildings by covering half of the cost.

Özhaeski noted that over 1 million applications had been registered so far as part of the project, including independent housing entities and common applications. He said that the number of buildings with 100% agreements stands at 14,000, which equals 71,000 independent units. “In the fourth stage, we are considering enacting a special law for Istanbul. We want to take the measures to eliminate whatever obstacles we have encountered in the urban transformation work in Istanbul, which has been going on for 11 years, and enact the law,” he underlined.

The minister recalled that some 800,000 independent sections had been renewed in Istanbul since 2012, detailing that the transformation process requires expediting as there are approximately 1.5 million more units considered to be risky at the moment.

Calling for the inclusion of all relevant parties who want to contribute to this work in Istanbul and join hands with authorities, Özhaseki asserted that it is necessary to act fast by taking quick steps in this regard. “Even if Parliament is not in its working period, we will invite them to convene for this effort,” he said.

Coordinating the effort among the parties, which include the ministry, municipalities and the citizens, is crucial in terms of accomplishing the stated goals for the transformation, the minister said, noting that the topic will be exempt from political discussions.

“Because earthquake risk is a situation that is above politics. The third pillar of this work is the citizen. If the citizen does not consent here, if he starts to resist, there is really nothing to be done. If we are to prepare Istanbul and Türkiye for large earthquakes, we must work together to overcome this as soon as possible. Let’s all know this: Türkiye is an earthquake-prone country. This heaven-like homeland has such a disadvantage. That is why the triangle of ministry, municipality and citizen is indispensable for us,” he maintained.

Regarding the normalization and the rebuilding process in the earthquake zone, the minister reiterated that the new buildings would not be allowed to be built on or close to the fault lines. Following the 7.7 and 7.6 tremors in early February, the government pledged a swift recovery to complete the construction of 319,000 houses for the earthquake survivors within the first year. Özhaseki additionally elaborated on the “On-Site Transformation Project,” which was launched last month to provide grants and financial support to people who want to reconstruct their structures in quake-ravaged areas. He said that the individuals who suffered losses in the earthquakes would be eligible for a grant varying from TL 500,000 ($18,500) to TL 800,000  during the construction phase.

The loans will have a 10-year maturity period with a two-year grace period, he noted. Istanbul, the country’s most populated city, sits on the North Anatolian Fault (NAF), an active right-lateral strike-slip fault in northern Anatolia that poses a significant risk of causing a high-magnitude earthquake at any time. More than 17,000 people were killed and over 43,000 were injured when a magnitude 7.4 quake rocked the Marmara region for 37 seconds in the early hours of Aug. 17, 1999, with its epicenter located in Gölcük province, some 75 kilometers (46 miles) southeast of the Bosporus.

Türkiye is among the world’s most seismically active countries as it is situated on several active fault lines, and dozens of minor earthquakes and aftershocks occur daily.
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TURKISH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE || 1922 GREAT OFFENSIVE




BUYUK TAARUZ BELGESI




HOW ATATURK CREATED TURKEY



THE END OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE :A BLOODY LEGACY



REPUBLIC OF TURKIYE IS NOW MUCH STRONGER
PRESIDENT ERDOGAN SAYS ON VICTORY DAY
Rise of Türkiye, which is solution address all crises in its region, will continue, says Recep Tayyip Erdogan
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkiye/republi...ay/2979621


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Türkiye will continue to rise in the world while taking steps toward achieving its goals.

"Today, the Republic of Türkiye is much stronger and much more advanced than it was a quarter century, half a century, a century ago, with all its political, economic and military capabilities.

"When we say that we will make Türkiye one of the 10 largest, strongest and most prosperous countries in the world, we count on this infrastructure, this level, this equipment," Erdogan said at a concert marking the 101st anniversary of Victory Day -- the decisive defeat of the occupying Greek army in the Battle of Dumlupinar in 1922.

Erdogan said the rise of Türkiye, which is the solution address for all crises in its region, will continue.

"We are now advancing on our path to build the 'Century of Türkiye' by relying on the vision of its administration, the power of its state, and the wisdom and sagacity of its nation," said Erdogan.

Türkiye will move forward its goals step by step with the nation that is aware of the country's true potential and understands the value of what it possesses, he added.

Victory Day marks the final battle in western Anatolia against Greek forces in 1922 and is dedicated to the Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkish forces fought the Battle of Dumlupinar from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 in what is now Türkiye’s central Kutahya province, where the invading Greek army was decisively defeated.

By the end of 1922, all foreign forces had been expelled from territories that collectively became the Republic of Türkiye one year later.
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ON OCTOBER 29 2023 TURKIYE CELEBRATES THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SECULAR REPUBLIC OF TURKIYE BY GHAZI MUSTAFA KEMAL PASHA  "ATATURK".  WE EXTEND OUR BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS FOR THE WELLBEING OF THE TURKISH PEOPLE AND  EXTEND THE GREETINGS OF  CUMHURIYETIN 100 YILI KUTLU OLSON.

WHILST OUR AGENDA IS NOT TO PROMOTE SECULAR NATIONALISM ANYWHERE THE  SPIRITUALITY, STABILITY, SECURITY AND PROGRESS OF THE UMMAH IS OF VITAL SIGNIFICANCE. SO THERE IS A NEED FOR A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE LAST CENTURY OF TURKEY AS IT EMBARKS ON IT'S NEW TURKISH CENTURY. 

FOR TURKS IT IS A TIME OF CELEBRATION BUT FOR THE UMMAH THERE IS A NEED FOR REFLECTION AS WE HAVE TO EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY FOR THE NEW ISLAMIC CENTURY.   IN PARTICULAR WE NEED TO REFLECT ON ATATURK AND HIS CONTROVERSIAL LEGACY. IT IS DEBATABLE TO WHAT EXTENT TURKS HAVE BEEN ABLE OR PREPARED FOR THIS PROFOUND EXERCISE. THIS OPINION IS BASED ON OBSERVING CONTEMPORARY TURKISH SOCIETY BY LIVING IN TURKIYE  FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS.

THERE IS NO TIME TO SPEAK IN RIDDLES. WHILST THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT ATATURK WAS A KEY MILITARY FIGURE IN FIGHTING FOR TURKIYE'S TERRITORIAL INDEPENDENCE AGAINST HOSTILE ENEMY FORCES. HOWEVER, HIS VISION TO TRANSFORM THE NEW REPUBLIC ON THE ASHES OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE ON THE LINES OF A MODERN SECULAR EUROPEAN TEMPLATE IS AND HAS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL 
TO SAY THE LEAST. THE ATTEMPT TO RECONSTRUCT THE TURKISH PSYCHE, SOUL AND SOCIETY AS SECULAR EUROPEANS HAS NOT GONE TO PLAN. 


HOWEVER, THE MUSLIM WORLD LOOKS TO TURKIYE AND IT'S OTTOMAN PAST AS THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD OF ISLAM(SUNNI) AND THE LAST BASTION OF THE KHILAFATE. BUT WE HAVE TO FACE UP TO THE FACT THAT FOR A CENTURY THIS ISLAMIC POLITICAL INSTITUTION HAS BEEN MISSING IN THE WORLD OF ISLAM.   THE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF THIS NEEDS DIAGNOSIS WHICH WE HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING ON THE FORUM.  

THE KHILAFATE IS THE RAISON D'ETRE OF ISLAM TO ESTABLISH THE DIVINE WILL ON EARTH.  THE TURKISH PEOPLE UNDER THE AKP HAVE BEEN MOVING TO RE-ESTABLISH THE ASCENDANCY OF ISLAM. SUFFICE TO STATE HERE THERE IS A LONG WAY TO GO TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS.THE TURKS HAVE HAD THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE ISLAMIC WORLD IN THE PAST BUT THE MUSLIM WORLD CANNOT WAIT FOR THE KHILAFATE VACUUM TO CONTINUE. 

MUSLIMS NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE KHILAFATE  BY IMAM MAHDI AS DICTATED BY THE SUNNAH. THIS MEANS "GLOBAL VISIONARY" MUSLIMS ARE DESTINED TO  CARRY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE GLOBAL KHILAFATE IN THE COMING CENTURY OF ISLAM. IT IS TIME FOR THE NEW CHAMPIONS OF THE GLOBAL ISLAMIC KHILAFATE  TO PREPARE TO ENTER THE WORLD STAGE AT A TIME OF GLOBAL INSTABILITY TO DELIVER GLOBAL JUSTICE.



ISTANBUL BOGAZINDA TURK DONANMASININ EN BUYUK GECIT TOVENI YAPILDI




PRESIDENT ERDOGAN VISITS ANITKABIR ON THE CENTENARY OF THE REPUBLIC 




ERDOGAN UNVEILS CENTURY OF TURKIYE 



'SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE ': 
Leaders celebrate centenary of Republic of Türkiye
https://www.trtworld.com/turkiye/safer-t...e-15598409

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirms his commitment to preserving the legacy and advancing Türkiye into a promising second century while expressing unwavering confidence in the nation's safety and competence under his leadership.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara. / Photo: AA

Turkish leaders and ministers, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have celebrated the centenary of the Republic of Türkiye.

"We are experiencing the excitement and pride of reaching the 100th anniversary of our Republic today. I wholeheartedly congratulate our citizens living in our country and worldwide on the October 29 Republic Day," Erdogan said on X.

Erdogan, along with several state dignitaries, later visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Türkiye, for a ceremony.

"We have tried to protect your legacy properly during our 21-year period of administration, every moment of which was spent serving our country and nation," he wrote in the Anitkabir guestbook.
"As an administration that has brought Türkiye together with the historic moves of investment, we are determined to crown the second century of our Republic with the Century of Türkiye. Our republic is safer than ever before and in safe and competent hands."

'Long live the Türkiye Century'
Parliament speaker Numan Kurtulmus said Türkiye is "making efforts to crown the century of a Türkiye with strong words and effective actions, in line with the faith and efforts demonstrated by our dear nation."

Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also extended congratulations as the Turkish Republic entered its 100th year, saying: "I wish for the Turkish nation, of which I am proud to be a part, to stand forever."

"On this occasion, I remember with mercy all our heroic martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our homeland, especially the founder of our Republic, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Long live the Republic, long live the Türkiye Century," he added.

"From the founding of the Republic of Türkiye to the present day, under the shadow of our crescent and star flag, we have understood being able to sacrifice everything to live as one nation, and we have upheld our democracy."

We will continue to feel and preserve this spirit in our entire being," said Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz. Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said Türkiye "will continue to take bold and resolute steps for a fairer world as a symbol of peace, common sense, justice, and trust."

National Defense Minister Yasar Guler said, "We are proudly and excitedly celebrating the 100th anniversary of our Republic, which was established at the end of the Turkish Independence War led by Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, with heroism and sacrifice to protect our noble nation's homeland, flag, independence, and national and spiritual values."

The Turkish Defense Ministry, in a separate message, said: "Happy 100th Anniversary of our Republic! We remember with gratitude and respect the founder of our Republic and our Supreme Commander, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as well as all the heroes of our Turkish War of Independence.

"We will continue to work with all our might to reach the level of contemporary civilizations that Ataturk pointed out and to stand together as one in the Türkiye Century with 85 million people."
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TURKIYE STARTS WORK ON AI BACKED 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER JET 
https://www.dailysabah.com/business/defe...ighter-jet

EDGE TO EQUIP TURKISH BAYRAKTAR DRONES WITH PRECISION GUIDED BOMBS
https://www.thedefensepost.com/2024/01/1..._article=1
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkis...rms-189859

turkeys first domestically produced frigate has entered service
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/tu...ed-service


Türkiye has started work on a sixth-generation fighter jet that will be integrated with artificial intelligence (AI), a top defense official said Friday, in an announcement that comes as the country prepares to send its first homegrown warplane to the sky for the first time in the coming days.

The domestically developed fifth-generation combat aircraft, named Kaan, will perform its inaugural flight "very soon," Haluk Görgün, the head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), told reporters.



Unveiled publicly earlier this year, Kaan is one of the most important projects in Türkiye’s history. The warplane made a runway debut and successfully completed its first taxi test after starting its engines for the first time in mid-March.

Görgün said they aim to launch mass production of the first block as of 2028 and seek to ensure Kaan is powered by a domestically built engine.



The jet is aimed at replacing the aging F-16 fleet in the inventory of the Air Forces Command, which is planned to be phased out starting in the 2030s. The project was launched in 2016.
Kaan makes Türkiye one of the few countries with the infrastructure and technology to produce a fifth-generation combat aircraft.

Görgün said Türkiye has already launched works on an even more advanced fighter jet.
"Kaan is a fifth-generation aircraft, and we are already working on the sixth-generation version, and we must continue working on it," he noted.


"The fifth-generation aircraft is defined by its invisibility, where all subsystems and sensor fusions are integrated. The sixth generation includes integration with artificial intelligence," Görgün added.

"We had to, have and continue to work on the sixth generation to not miss out on it."
Record exports

The profound transformation in Türkiye's defense industry has been spurred by a score of Western embargoes.  Over the last 20 years, the transformation has aimed at reducing external dependency on Western arms through innovative engineering initiatives and domestically developed technologies.

The drive prompted the development of a range of homegrown air, land and marine platforms, eventually helping lower Türkiye's foreign dependency on defense from around 80% in the early 2000s to some 20% today.

Görgün said imports consist of subsystems and various platforms but stressed the government's determination to ensure self-sufficiency soon.  "We haven't been acquiring platforms for a long time. After a while, we won't be discussing platforms at all," he noted.

The capabilities of Türkiye's defense platform, spearheaded by its combat drones, triggered unprecedented demand that saw its defense exports peak at more than $5.5 billion (TL 165.52 billion) in 2023, up from an earlier record of $4.4 billion in 2022.

More than a third of exports last year were made by Baykar, the developer of the famed Turkish combat drone Bayraktar TB2.

Görgün said they also managed to raise the export price to $65 per kilogram, reaching $10,000 for some products.

In 2023, the defense companies agreed on new contracts worth $10.2 billion, almost twice the size of exports, he said. Görgün stated that the industry exported 230 different products to 185 countries. More than 3,500 Turkish companies are engaged in the defense sector today.

"2024 will be a year filled with surprises and hopes, containing projects that we will deliver to the security forces and armed forces," Görgün said.
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TURKIYE's KAAN FIGHTER AIRCRAFT TAKES OFF ON FIRST TEST FLIGHT


TURKIYS's HOMEBUILT FIGHTER IS MORE THAN A WEOPON



TURKEY EYES 100% INDIGENOUS ENGINES FOR KAAN;
AFTER F-35, EXPERTS SUSPECT ANOTHER FOUL PLAY WITH F110 SALES
https://www.eurasiantimes.com/turkey-kee...-asks/amp/


TAI TF KAAN 
TURKEY WANTS TO BUILD ITS VERY OWN STEALTH FIGHTER 


A fifth-generation fighter jet, the Turkish TF Kaan is expected to make its maiden flight in the upcoming weeks. Not a lot is known about the aircraft besides that it will be a multi-role fighter jet with potential stealth capabilities. 
Stavros Atlamazoglou



TAI TF Kaan: Turkey's Dream for a Stealth Fighter - The military aviation industry is booming. Technological advances and an increasingly volatile geopolitical setting push countries to invest in air power. 
Some of the ongoing combat aircraft projects include the U.S. Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, the U.K. Tempest fighter jet, and the U.S. F/A-XX fighter jet. But there are some underdogs, too. 


And the Turkish TF Kaan is one of them.   A fifth-generation fighter jet, the Turkish TF Kaan is expected to make its maiden flight in the upcoming weeks.  Not a lot is known about the aircraft besides that it will be a multi-role fighter jet with potential stealth capabilities.    

But it won’t be a completely Turkish product. To alleviate some of the costs and technological gaps, Ankara is looking for partners.  The Turkish military has already made a request to the Pentagon for joint production of the General Electric F110 engine, which is used in the F-16 Fighting Falcon, so that it can be used in the TF Kaan. In addition, British BAE Systems is working with the Turkish defense industry in the development of the aircraft. Moreover, Pakistan and Azerbaijan are looking to join in the development of the new aircraft.



TF Kaan: The F-35, Alternatives, and Turkish Economy 
The road to Turkey’s domestic fighter jet has been long and full of troubles. As part of the “Turkish Century,” as President Erdogan and Turkish officials have been calling the 2000s, Turkey is making a bid to become a regional power regardless of the cost such a move will have to Ankara’s relationship with the U.S. and its other NATO allies.

Turkey’s ousting from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in 2019, over the purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia, added a sense of urgency to Ankara’s efforts to create its own fighter jet. Although U.S. officials have recently reopened the door for Turkey to rejoin the F-35 program, it is unlikely that Ankara will be able to be part of the F-35 family after everything it has said and done against the U.S. and NATO
However, the Turkish economy isn’t doing well. In the last couple of years, the Turkish Lira has plummeted compared to the U.S. Dollar, raising the costs of borrowing for the Turkish government. That also means that the cost of procuring necessary technology and parts for the new fighter jet skyrockets.    

Indeed, the cost of designing and producing the TFKaan might be more expensive than buying newer aircraft of other types. The Turkish government seems to understand that and is moving on a parallel route to modernize the Turkish Air Force.   Last week, the State Department cleared a massive $23 billion sale of F-16 Block 70/72 “Viper” Fighting Falcon fighter jets to Ankara (Congress still needs to clear the sale). Moreover, Ankara is considering buying up to 40 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to further bolster its capabilities.

Although the TF-Kaan is a promising project, whether it’s a feasible program and not just big talk for the benefit of domestic consumption and some elusive geopolitical clout remains to be seen in the skies. 


‘BIGGEST SNUB’ TO F-35 STEALTH FIGHTERS ? 
TURKEY’s FOUR PRONGED STRATEGY RESISTS 5TH GEN BAIT
https://www.eurasiantimes.com/biggest-sn...-bait/amp/


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