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Turkey and Europe: Old Friends and Ancient Foes

Turkey and Europe - Old Friends and Ancient Foes -
Turkey and Europe - Old Friends and Ancient Foes -


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, at the Turkish Presidential Complex.

Jagland was also recieved by Turkish Minister of Foreign affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Minister Çavuşoğlu underlined the importance of Turkey’s fight against terrorist organizations, reiterated Turkye’s expectations from CoE and its member states. Turkey-CoE common agenda was also discussed during the meeting.

The meetin between Turkish foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) was scheduled on 15 February 2018.

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel is released: Is Deniz Yücel Free?

Speach in Turkey is better than Europe - Deniz Yücel - Turkey Tribune
Speach in Turkey is better than Europe - Deniz Yücel - Turkey Tribune

Turkish court rules for Deniz Yücel’s release only after it accepts terror indictment.

German media had informed that he was in “Erdogan’s prisons”; and that “Erdoğan courts” had held him so far. As if “rule of the law” did not even exist in Turkey and as if president Erdoğan was ruling Turkey just in the same manner as Kim Jong-un was leading North Korea.

By releasing Deniz Yücel, Turkish jurisdiction has proven that democratic values pervail in Turkey.

No matter how biased and prjudged are the media in Europe!

AKP Vice-Chair Ravza Kavakci Kan had earlier mentioned that Human rights had excelled under Erdogan, both as prime minister and as president of Turkey

“Even though there is still no indictment, I do know why I was locked up: Because […] I did my job as a journalist properly,” Yücel told Die Tageszeitung last year. Confronted with this case, Kavakci Kan said: “There is evidence against him. That’s why he is in prison. (…) Nobody would be held in any prison without an accusation.”

Here is the detailed report appeared in Turkish media regarding Deniz Yücel:

Turkish court accepted the prosecutors’ indictment seeking 18 years in jail for Yücel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, and ruled for his release concerning his lengthy detention. The court released him with a preliminary proceedings report.

Yücel’s employer German newspaper Die Welt also tweeted on Friday that he has been released after a year of pre-trial detention amid terrorism charges, citing his lawyer.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed his release Friday, saying she was happy for Yücel and his family, “who had to endure a very difficult year of separation.”

Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel welcomed the decision. “I expressly thank the Turkish government for its support in accelerating the legal proceedings,” Gabriel said in a statement.

“I believe that this will lead to him being able to leave the country [Turkey],” Gabriel further told reporters in Munich.

Gabriel revealed he had twice met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the matter, a detail he had never publicized before.

“I want to especially thank the Turkish government for its support in speeding up the legal process,” Gabriel said, adding that he expected Yücel to leave Turkey and return to Germany soon.

Yücel’s detainment was one of the thorny issues between Turkey and Germany and was on Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s agenda during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.

Yıldırım said at a press statement with Merkel that Yücel’s case should not be a major problem for the two allies.

Commeting on the issue on Friday, where he is attending a global security forum in Munich, Yıldırım said: “It seems that some problems in Germany-Turkey relations in the past period have been resolved today.”

He said the sides would “jointly” take steps to improve their relationship. “God willing, it will get better.”

Yıldırım had hinted ahead of a meeting with Merkel that there would be movement in the Yücel case, but that it was a matter for the Turkish courts to decide and not his government.

“I hope that he will be released soon. I am of the opinion that there will be a development soon,” Yıldırım said in an interview with German state-run broadcaster ARD.

44-year-old Yücel, Die Welt’s Istanbul correspondent was arrested on Feb. 14, 2017 due to his links to RedHack, a band of hackers known for their terror links, in addition to spreading propaganda on behalf of the PKK terrorist organization. Turkish officials said many times that Yücel’s arrest had nothing to do with journalism, and that his release would be subject to the same procedures applied to the terror suspects.

Turkey, the U.S., and the EU list the PKK as an armed terrorist organization, which has been raging an armed conflict against the Turkish state since the mid-1980s.

Yücel’s case and that of five other German citizens still held in Turkey for what Germany considers political reasons badly soured relations between the two countries.


Turkey – US Relations lowest in decades

Erdoğan - Tillerson Meeting in Ankara -
Erdoğan - Tillerson Meeting in Ankara -

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson at the Presidential Complex on Thursday. The meeting comes in a period while the relations between Ankara and Washington reached to an unprecedented low level in decades. The reason for deterioting relations is the U.S.’s support to the terrorist PKK-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

Presidential sources declared that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “strongly and clearly” conveyed his concerns over the U.S. administration’s support for the YPG terrorists. It was also learned that Erdoğan explained Turkey’s priorities and expectations on Syria, Iraq, regional developments during the meeting with Tillerson.

Both the U.S. State Dept. Spokesperson and Turkish presidential sources said that the meeting was “positive” and “productive.”

Tillerson, had claimed earlier in Beirut before heading for Ankara, that his country had “never given heavy arms” to the YPG militia and therefore there was “nothing to take back.” This expression of Tillerson, however, was contradicting Pentagon’s earlier statements confirming the existence of heavy weapons in the YPG’s hands given by the U.S.

Tillerson’s visit plays an important role in as relations between two countries have been strained particularly on issues related to Syria. Tillerson has arranged his visit to Turkey as the fouth stop of his five-nation trip after Egypt, Kuwait, and Jordan.

Turkey’s Rightful Struggle Against Terrorism

Turkish Olive Branch Operation in Syria - War Against Terror
Turkish Olive Branch Operation in Syria - War Against Terror
A declaration was was published supporting Turkey’s Olive Branch operations in Syria. The declaration, was signed and supported by thousands of academics, politicians, social activists. Full text of the declaration:

Beyond being a geographical piece of land, Syria has witnessed the important historical developments of our past, and it is a place where important personalities of our civilization have grown. In these lands, Turks, Kurds, Arabs and other peoples have lived in fraternity for centuries and strengthened their unity by fighting against all the common enemies that threatened this brotherhood. The Anatolian – Syrian lands are the symbol of our brotherhood, solidarity, values.

This fraternity has always been the target of enemy attacks. These attacks took place as open occupation attempts at certain periods, as in 1915-1918, but always carried on by ideological, ethnical-racist separatist methods.It is not a race to grab an ethnic area in the Syrian geography today, as some academics, so-called intellectuals and activists are trying to show.

Today, just beyond our borders, steps are being taken by the imperialist forces to establish a collaborative quasi-state structure that will eventually serve as a threat to our country’s territorial integrity. We see that they are trying to build a structure which is not in line with the history of the region, tradition of the people living in the region. These steps pose a big threat to permanent stabilization of the region and our deep-rooted brotherhood.

This artificial venture is a dangerous process from the very beginning to the conclusions it may have, which is destined to be rotten, unsuccessful, but which will cause to decrease our energies, weaken our power and pave the way for permanent hostilities and bloody wars among the people of the region. This period is so dangerous that Turkey’s intellectuals, academicians and civil society organizations can not be expected to remain indifferent. We would like to draw the attention of all national and international public opinion to the following points required by our historical responsibility.

  • Firstly, Turkey is a country which has great successes within the context of empowering its democracy since 1946. It is the only multi-party democracy functioning properly in the region. On this basis our country, since 1952, has been in the alliance relationship with the members of the NATO for 65 years. It also has the structure of a free-market economy and the capacity of a civil society to the extent that it can not be compared with other countries in the region.
  • On the other hand, the United States, which is our ally for more than half a century, is striving to restructure northern Syria in partnership with the PKK / PYD / YPG, a Maoist Socialist terrorist organization as an ideology and philosophy of foundation.
  • Terrorist groups, which are in search of Pol Pot regime, and democracy values are incompatible with each other.So, it is clear that a formation that uses terror as a means of reaching the targets and trying to open up space to itself by digesting masses with arms can not be a part of any domocratic initiative.
  • There is no difference between PKK and PYD. The PYD does not have any distinguishing feature beyond the PKK’s Syrian wing. Founded on November 25, 1978 under the leadership of Abdullah Öcalan, the PKK has massacred more than 30,000 Turkish citizens by terrorist methods. In the recent year, 40 civilians lost their lives as a result of the attacks of the organization. The PYD is an organization that manages terrorist attacks against Turkey across the Syrian border. PYD dispatches terrorists and arms from the territories of Syria to our lands. The current leading body of the organization has been formed by PKK terrorists. Even the presence of Abdullah Öcalan’s posters in all meetings and demonstrations organized in Syria is enough to show the PKK / PYD co-existence solely.
  • In spite of these facts, the US has helped the PYD terrorist organization with 3000 guns (about 2.2 billion dollars), according to the statements of its own authorities.Again, US officials have announced that an army will be established in association with PYD terrorist organization in the region. Supplying arms aid and and giving military training to the organization which continues its attacks against Turkey, pose a direct threat to our country. These military supplies and trained terrorists have been used in attacks against Turkish security forces. So,this situation cannot be expected to be welcomed by the Turkish public opinion.
  • U.S. explains the partnership with the PYD as an obligatory step for the struggle against DAESH. However, the US has rejected Turkey’s offer to act together against DAESH and in spite of drained power of DAESH terrorist organization, it has continued to improve its partnership with the PYD. Moreover, targeting Turkish borders as an area of activity of new terrorist organization is an unacceptable situation.U.S. ignores the clear fact that Turkey has inflicted casualty most by directly struggling on the ground against DAESH terrorist organization. It even caused serious doubts about the alliance relationship by trying to prevent the Euphrates Shield Operation against DAESH.
  • PKK / PYD is not a representative of the Kurds living in the region. . The PKK / PYD terrorist organization has struggled to strengthen its position over the Kurds and Arabs by performing ethnic cleansing operations and trying to digest the local people by torture and other oppressive methods since they have not acknowledged their authority for centuries. In addition, the terrorist organization force women and children to act as human shields to prevent itself from operations.
  • With de-facto existence in the region and remaining silent, U.S. has actually given implicit support to these operations.
  • All the happenings demonstrate that neither the goal of the US-PYD partnership is DAESH, nor the PYD is a representative of Kurds, it is just a collaborative terrorist organization.

By improving partnership with a terrorist organization, U.S. jeopardizes the historic alliance relationship with Turkey. The United States continues to protect Fethullah Gulen, the chief of the July 15 coup attempt. Additionally, U.S. gets reaction of Turkish public opinion while it wants to punish Turkish citizens with the suspension of visa services and tries to discipline them in this way. Nonetheless, further strengthening its democracy tradition, Turkey has the power to continue on its path with determination to restore the regional peace.

sign the declaration:

Turkey in 2018

Turkey in 2018 - Article by Ahmed Necip YILDIRIM published in Turkey Tribune
Turkey in 2018 - Article by Ahmed Necip YILDIRIM published in Turkey Tribune

Turkey’s growth figures received celebration from the public and helped social unease of 2017 shrink smaller in their perception.

In spite of the fact that some media organs try to develop a rhetoric that citizens of this country live in constantly growing worry and anxiety, general Turkish public are confident about their country in 2018.

The number of people who think that speculations regarding the corruption have been exaggerated. The traditional injustice between relatively small minority loyal to the regime and the rest of the public has been eliminated from the Turkish political life in the last one and a half decade.

Educated and professional Turks living abroad tend to return to their homeland. The economic and political perspective and potential in Turkey is much higher than in Trump’s America, Brexodus hit Britain and most of the countries across Europe. Turkey offers great opportunities especially for the middle-generation entrepreneurial professionals and the progressive middle-sized companies.

Turkey is one of the most important destinations for the foreign companies seeking to invest in Turkey.  Turkey offers high profitability compared to other alternatives. In today’s globalized environment, regional and international problems affect Turkey as much as it affects other countries. Turkey has been exhibiting a positive performance in terms of economic growth and political reform in the last one and a half decade. In general, peace, stability and serenity have been prevailing in this period.

Under Erdoğan leadership, relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU) has been based on a reciprocal and equal basis. One of the important criterion in enlargement process of the EU is the “digestion power” of the union. Turkey has, however, been a rather big bite to be easily swallowed and digested. Relations with Germany strained during the referendum process in Turkey, for instance, started to normalize. Relations with the EU is expected to develop on a more constructive and fruitful basis in the coming future. Turkey might not jeopardize its commercial relations with third parties by adopting EU rules and regulations in its economy if there is no progress in political and social relations. To begin with, Turkish citizens should be able to circulate freely in the EU, Turkish companies should have access to the European public procurement without any limitations.

EU countries should find better ways to consolidate democratic forces as to contain the rise of the extreme right and anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Europe should not be a safe-heaven for the terrorists and fugitives.

Turkey has started to reject being a puppet of in its international relations. In spite of several setbacks due to the internal and external conjectural tides, the country has been constantly been consolidating its place as an important regional power.

Current administration in US has been a big disappointment for the Americans, Europeans and the rest of the world. It is generally expected that Americans will find democratic ways to to send the current administration out of office.


By improving its relationships with Russia, Ukraine, India and countries in Central Asia, Africa, the Balkans and the rest of the world, Turkey has managed to establish a multidimensional foreign policy and defending its interests more forcefully as its prestige rises in the international front.

In 2018, Turkish Parliament will be busy legislating state structure to facilitate a presidential system, create new institutions and adjust its laws.

Turkey has been manufacturing vital defense systems. Economic growth in 2017 is expected to be around 7 percent. Economic growth in 2018 is expected to be a similar high percentage.

There are many things still to be achieved in terms of democratization and human rights in Turkey.


Japan Foreign Minister visits Turkey

Turkey Tribune - The visit of Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan to Turkey, 28 December 2017
Turkey Tribune - The visit of Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan to Turkey, 28 December 2017

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, who is paying an official visit to Turkey on 28 December 2017.

During the meetings, political, economic and cultural aspects of bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues were discussed.

Minister Kono was received by President Erdoğan.

Following the meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu and his Japanese counterpart held a joint press conference.

US announces end of visa restrictions for Turks

The embassy of the United States in Ankara announced on December. 28 that the Department of State has allowed full resumption of visa services in Turkey. This announcement comes after Washington halted services for the last three monts, which had prompted a diplomatic row between the two NATO allies.

The announcement:

Since October, the Government of Turkey has adhered to the high-level assurances it provided to the United States that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation, that local staff of our Embassy and consulates will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties – including communicating with Turkish officials also working in an official capacity – and that Turkish authorities will inform the U.S. government in advance if the Government of Turkey intends to detain or arrest any member of our local staff in the future.

Based on adherence to these assurances, the Department of State is confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey. We continue to have serious concerns about the existing allegations against arrested local employees of our Mission in Turkey. We are also concerned about cases against U.S. citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency. U.S. officials will continue to engage with their Turkish counterparts to seek a satisfactory resolution of these cases.

Two soldiers killed, one injured in anti-terror operation in Turkey’s Hakkari

The Turkish military has announced the death of two of its soldiers in an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s troubled southeastern region.

A statement by the military said the soldiers were killed during ongoing security operations in the mountainous Semdinli district of Hakkari province near the Iraqi border on Monday, adding that another soldier was also wounded.

The attack came a day after the Turkish General Staff announced that a soldier had been killed and two others injured when a hand grenade was detonated by accident in northern Iraq.

The wounded soldiers were reported to have been taken to hospital but they are not in critical condition.

PKK militants regularly clash with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of Turkey attached to northern Iraq.

Israel deports two Turkish citizens detained in Jerusalem protests

srael deported two of the three Turks who were briefly detained during demonstrations at al-Aqsa mosque last week after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Abdullah Kızılırmak and Mehmet Gargalı reportedly arrived in Istanbul late Monday.

An Israeli Interior Ministry spokeswoman said earlier on Monday that one of the men was scheduled for deportation later on Monday and another on Saturday.

Two of the Turkish citizens– Abdullah Kızılırmak and Mehmet Kargılı — were accused of “battering Israeli police and resistance.” Kızılırmak and Kargılı came to Jerusalem from Belgium and hold dual citizenship.

The third one — Adem Koç — was facing charges of “disturbing public order and attending an illegal demonstration.”

According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli police blocked the Turkish group, which also included children, from entering the Noble Sanctuary, or Haram al-Sharif— the third holiest site in Islam. Some in the group were wearing t-shirts with the Turkish flag and fezzes, traditional Ottoman hats.

Terrorist Attack in Kabul Condemned by Turkish Foreign Ministry

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On 25 December 2017, Turkish Ministry of Foreing Affairs released a condemnation regarding the Terrorist Attack in Kabul

We learned with deep sorrow that a terrorist attack perpetrated today, close to the National Directorate of Security compound in Kabul, resulted in loss of lives of many Afghan brothers and sisters and left many others wounded.

We condemn this terrorist attack and wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey our condolences to the brotherly Government and people of Afghanistan.

President Erdoğan is visiting Sudan, Chad and Tunisia

Turkish President visits Sudan
Turkish President visits Sudan

President Erdoğan is paying official visits to Sudan, Chad and Tunisia, 24-27 December 2017.

President Erdoğan’s visits to Sudan and Chad are of historic importance in that they are the first visits from Turkey to these countries at the Presidential level. President Erdoğan’s visit to Tunisia constitutes the first visit from Turkey to this country at the Presidential level since 2012.

President Erdoğan was welcomed by President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan with an official ceremony on December 24th.

President Erdoğan and his Sudanese counterpart had a joint press conference after they held their bilateral meeting and co-chaired the meeting between delegations.

President Erdoğan addressed Sudanese members of parliament at the National Assembly of Sudan.

Thirteen bilateral agreements that included topics such as strategic cooperation, trade, forestry, education, tourism, mining, science and technology were signed.

President Erdoğan was also conferred with the Order of the State of Sudan by President Al-Bashir.

Ottoman era architectural sites that have been restored by TIKA in the island of Sevakin were visited on 25th of December, Monday.

Turkey’s economy minister on Monday suggested conducting trade with Sudan using domestic currencies as a way to boost bilateral commerce.

Turkey and Sudan could build a system that provides an opportunity to use domestic currencies in return for exporting to each other, Nihat Zeybekci told the Sudan-Turkey Business Forum held as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Sudan.

He said that the two countries had taken considerable steps for the future through signing a high-level strategic cooperation agreement.

Business people’s problems in a number of areas such as banking and transactions require mutual solutions, he added.

“We signed an economic cooperation agreement and put our two countries on the track of free trade,” Zeybekci said.

The two countries soon will set targets and draw up a roadmap together, he stressed, adding “I think we will solve a number of problems when we meet again.”

He underlined that Sudan had a great need for infrastructure investments, while Turkey needed several agricultural products grown in Sudan.

Turkey’s commercial counsellor in capital Khartoum will take office within 10 days in order to promote bilateral trade ties, he said.

He added that Turkey and Sudan’s economic relations should be high level and based on a win-win situation.

Abdullatif Ahmed Mohamed Ijaimi, Sudan’s agriculture minister, said early Monday: “We are looking for a strategic relationship between the two countries in various aspects and various fields of economic and social development.”

In 2014, Turkey and Sudan signed an agreement that aims to rationalize the use of resources and agricultural potential and contribute to sustainable food objectives.

Under the agreement, around 780,000 hectares across five regions were earmarked for investment by Turkish entrepreneurs.

Today is the last day of Erdoğan’s two-day visit to Sudan. Tomorrow he is due to proceed to Chad and then Tunisia.

Brexit has Britain’s global brand

Brexit has damaged Britains global image
Brexit has damaged Britains global image

Britain’s referendum to leave the European Union has already damaged the country’s “global brand,” says Sir Martin Sorrell, the head of the world’s largest advertising conglomerate.

Sorrell, the chief executive of WPP, made the remarks in an article published by The Independent on Monday.

Sorrell said the xenophobic nature of the 2016 referendum campaign by pro-Brexit politicians did serious damage to the UK’s global stature.

He praised Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent deal over European Union citizens’ rights, but added that it was merely the first step in order to repair the British image.

“It doesn’t … address how we will continue to attract the best and brightest from across mainland Europe and beyond after Brexit, or repair the damage already done to the UK’s brand by the divisive rhetoric during and after the referendum campaign,” he said.

May signed the divorce deal with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on December 8 after months of negotiations. The deal covers Britain’s exit bill, the future of the Irish border and the rights of EU expatriates in the UK.

In the run-up to the June 23, 2016 referendum, the Vote Leave campaign ratcheted up hatred against immigrants and minorities like Muslims living in Britain.

Hate crimes in the UK involving racial and religious discrimination have spiked at an unprecedented rate since the referendum, raising concerns that minority groups feel “more vulnerable than ever.”

The record figures confirm reports that the Brexit vote prompted a wave of hate crimes based on religion and ethnicity, and have led to calls for the UK government to “urgently” improve its response to such crimes.

Sorrell, who supported Remain in the referendum, wrote that, despite May’s Brussels deal, Britain has to do a lot in order to end the uncertainty for British firms about future trade relations with Europe.

“Uncertainty will be a fact of business life for at least as long as it takes to negotiate a new trading relationship with the EU, if there is one,” he said.

“Until that happens, many companies will continue to delay or cancel decisions to invest in the UK,” he wrote.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also warned that Brexit has already damaged the UK economy, despite a strong recovery in global economic growth.

Is Turkey Rights Violator?

Turkey Tribune - Is Turkey a Rights Voilator by Ahmd Necip YILDIRIM
Turkey Tribune - Is Turkey a Rights Voilator by Ahmd Necip YILDIRIM

Judging countries regarding their human rights records and their progress in democratization process is one of the biggest weapons used by Western countries.

States are labelled under concepts like “underdeveloped”, “rogue” and “undemocratic” with negative attributions.

Turkey, for instance, is said to be taking the crown as the worst rights violator according to the statistics system registered in European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Turkey’s championship in rights violations at the ECHR system is not a surprise. Turkey has been the “relevant other” in for Europeans. Will Europeans ever forget that it was Turks who conquered Constantinople and converted into Istanbul? Have Europeans forgotten the fact that they have been attacked by Turks for centuries and marched to Vienna? Stereotypes, prejudgements, biases towards Turks are deeply embedded in subconscious of Europeans.

Such biased, deliberate, purported statistics are used as a legitimizing background to use force. Taking democracy to rogue states, preaching about human rights violations is merely a continuation of “civilizing mission”. Traditionally it has been called crusade.

What is surprising here is the fact that some of so-called Turks are using this purported standing and freely use it against their own homeland. Criticizing our human rights records within our own dynamics and parameters is one thing, becoming part of the “civilizing mission” by legitimizing purported statistics is another thing.

Historically, countries like Russia and Turkey have traditionally been foes of Western countries. Will it not be naivety to think that they are not wishing to topple down and weaken them in every possibility? Are we to expect “good will”, “impartiality” and “mercy” from Europeans?

Are we not supposed to be skeptical in this democratic club where some of the countries are more equal? Will there ever be necessary respect for the internal dynamics of non-Western societies?

First you will arm terrorists in our lands, organize satanic all types plots, use different groups against one another, manipulate certain centers in your own favor and for your own interests. And when we take measures for defending and protecting ourselves; declare us “Violators” and “non-democratic”.

I believe we have to solve the problem of “honor” before dealing with “human rights”. This is true for standard bearers of “civilizing mission” and their Turkish representatives.

Instead of using Western lances, Turkish intellectuals are invited to evaluate their homeland taking into consideration its own dynamics and parameters.

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital, instructs embassy relocation process

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital, instructs embassy relocation process
Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital, instructs embassy relocation process

US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, and instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I am determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Trump, adding he judged “this cause of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

“This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” Trump said, arguing his announcement is just a “recognition of reality,” and is “not intended in any way to reflect a departure” from the US commitment to a lasting peace agreement “acceptable to both sides” of Israel and Palestine.

“We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders,” he said. “Those questions are up to the parties involved.”

Earlier, the Palestinian authorities have reiterated their stance that there will be no sovereign state of Palestine without East Jerusalem as its capital.

Speaking of the relocation of the US embassy, Trump said the State Department will immediately begin to hire architects, engineers and planners, so as to make the new embassy “a magnificent tribute to peace” when it is completed.

During his presidential campaign, Trump pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Dan Mahaffee, vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua that Trump’s decision reflects a willingness to “shake up the peace process” and the push to make a deal, “despite the offense to Arab nations and the risk of inciting further violence in the region.”

Ilan Goldenberg from the Center for New American Security said, “if you’re about to launch a major peace plan, the last thing you want to do is to take this highly sensitive question of Jerusalem and just throw it into the mix.”

Although the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which required the relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, former US presidents, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, consistently renewed a presidential waiver to delay the relocation out of consideration for national security interests.

The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So far, the international community does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and no foreign countries base their embassies in the city.


Prophet Muhammad’s Clothes brings together Muslims from across the world in Istanbul


It is a Ramadan tradition in Istanbul to exhibit Prophet Muhammad’s clothes during holy month of Ramadan.

People from all over the world and from every corner of Turkey grab this opportunity and come to Istanbul to see belongings of beloved Prophet.

The Hırka-ı Şerif (the Holy Cloak) was brought to Istanbul in 17th century, by Ottoman Empire. It was a period when Turkey controlled much of the Islamic world, including today’s Saudi Arabia.

Inhuman Isolation of Qatar

Inhuman Isolation of Qatar
Inhuman Isolation of Qatar

“Isolation of Qatar is inhumane and against Islamic values”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“The passing of a bill to authorise the deployment of Turkish troops to Qatar was presented to the international community as a clear message: Doha is not alone.”

BBC World News

“Turkey president urges to resolve Qatari crisis by end of Ramada.”

Global Times – China

“Breaking ties with Qatar: A strange Arab conflict.”

Pravda – Russia

“Erdogan dubbed the Saudi-led actions as tantamount to a “death penalty” imposed on Qatar, which he said was the target of a defamation campaign.”

DW – Germany

“Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu to visit Qatar amid regional tension: Turkey has said it stood with Qatar against sanctions and urged Saudi Arabia to take the lead in finding a solution to the crisis.”

Hürriyet Daily News – Turkey

“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken aim at Turkey and Qatar by picking on the two countries in several ways because it poses a threat to its goals in the region.

An Anlysis appeared in Daily Sabah, Turkey.

“Facing mounting diplomatic pressure and a de facto blockade imposed by several Gulf states, Qatar is now dealing with a host of problems, such as food shortages and consumer panic.”

Sputnik – Russia


VAT-free residences for foreigners, Turkish citizens residing abroad

buy property turkey, istanbul
The recent omnibus bill enables foreigners and Turkish citizens residing abroad to buy VAT-free residences and workplace on the first purchase.

A recent omnibus bill approved by Parliament will give foreigners and Turkish citizens who reside abroad an opportunity to purchase a house or workplace without paying VAT. Sector representatives believe that the bill will boost sales significantly while giving momentum to the growth of the Turkish economy.

An omnibus bill stipulating a value-added tax (VAT) exemption on house sales to foreign citizens and Turkish citizens residing abroad was approved by Parliament. According to the proposal, foreigners and Turkish citizens, who have been living abroad for more than six months, will not be required to pay VAT on their first office or housing purchases on the condition that the payment is made in foreign currency obtained abroad.

The first part of the “omnibus bill proposal,” including a tax reduction to taxpayers, the establishment of a Guild Insurance Fund, VAT exemption on sales of residence and workplaces to foreigners and Turkish citizens living abroad, and the restructuring of Turkey’s electricity distribution company TEDAŞ and agricultural credit receivables, was accepted by Parliament already.

With the new bill proposal, foreigners and Turkish citizens living abroad will be able to benefit from VAT exemption on housing and workplace purchases, but, will not be able to sell these properties for a year. If the house or the workplaces are sold in a year, the exempted tax will be collected.

Foreign citizens who have not settled in Turkey and institutions that do not have an office in Turkey or do not make profit in the country will not pay the VAT on their first workplace and residence purchases, on the condition that they pay the price in foreign currency sourced abroad.

Turkish citizens living abroad for six months with a work or residence permit will not pay VAT either. However, Turkish citizens who reside in foreign countries, working for institutions, establishments and organizations headquartered in Turkey, will not benefit from the tax exemption.

Those unfairly benefitting from the exemption will be held liable for the uncollected taxes, and will be subjected to tax penalty and default interest.

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA) regarding the issue, chairman of the Istanbul Constructors Association (İNDER) Nazmi Durbakayım, said they were pleased with the putting into law of an issue they have been demanding for years now.

Stating that citizens living abroad face some difficulties in buying real estate in Turkey and that they cannot benefit from individual housing loans, Durbakayım said: “There is a tax return when you buy goods from abroad. It is a right move not to collect VAT, if the property was being bought from abroad. It will act as a boost for the sector. Though delayed, the decision will still benefit the sector.”

Suggesting that it would serve as a great catalyst, Durbakayım said: “When you throw a small fish in the aquarium, the entire aquarium is stirred up. Even the passive fish take action. We need to look at it this way. An act here will set undecided purchasers abroad in motion. The movement in the market will cause the buyer to come forward, saying ‘I don’t want to miss this opportunity’.”

The Property Specialist Dr. Bora AKSOY at Royal Property stated: “New projects for investment are emerging through İstanbul everyday and there is a huge demand from countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain & United Arab Emirates. With this new bill, I believe the sales will increase dramatically in next months. Foreigners who consider investing in property can’t find a better time for high-return, low-risk investment opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of Ağaoğlu Group Ali Ağaoğlu also thought the VAT exemption will bear positive results for foreigners as well as Turkish citizens living abroad, adding that real estate practices around the world were also moving in the same direction.

Pointing out these successive decisions as positives, Ağaoğlu said in Turkey real estate has not been marketed for foreigners, only for Turkish people, up until today.

Stressing the fact that foreigners, especially from the Middle East, Turkic Republics and the Asian region, were interested in buying properties in Turkey, Ağaoğlu said: “If we develop projects for them, we can bring $10 billion in resources to Turkey annually. The decision will be reflected in the market in a short time.”

He said since foreigners want a guarantee, they prefer known brands when it comes to investing in real estate.

Ağaoğlu stated that Istanbul, Sapanca, Yalova and the Black Sea were in great demand since foreigners were interested in places with beautiful greenery and nature.

Kuzu Group Board Member Özen Kuzu underlined that the VAT exemption granted to Turkish citizens living abroad will contribute to the sector and the economy.

Noting that with the decision, investments by foreigners and expatriates living in Turkey will be supported, Kuzu said: “I think that Turkish citizens residing abroad but returning to Turkey in summer will begin their investments. It is also true that sales will increase when the VAT discounts cover all the other units as well as housing and workplaces.”

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Secret Jewel of Europe: Property Investment in Turkey

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The recent omnibus bill enables foreigners and Turkish citizens residing abroad to buy VAT-free residences and workplace on the first purchase.

Turkey is the secret jewel of Europe. This is well known for those who live there.

Many people, especially outside of Europe, aren’t familiar with Turkey.

For some, discovery of Turkey has parallels to American history. They country has some events unique to it’s own. The climate and other general facts are marvelous.

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Turkey is not a place only for holiday or buying products for import.

Turkey is also offering attractive Real Estate projects for investment. We strongly recommend you to contact Turkish Property and Real Estate Professionals for profitable investment opportunities.

While many people think of Turkey as a holiday destination, if you’re serious about investment you need to get out of the place-in-the-sun mindset and look to the areas where internal demand is driving prices.

Foreign demand for property in Turkey can fluctuate, which is why it’s important to focus on areas where internal demand is strong. Below, we have explained two premier investment areas: Istanbul, and Bodrum, especially why each is a good investment, and where investors

should focus.

Middle class earning power is also growing by around 10 percent each year, which translates to a GDP growth of around 10 percent in this demographic. Compared to the Eurozone this is phenomenal growth, and of course this also has a huge impact on the local housing market.

If we look at Istanbul, there are several areas that are prime for investment.

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Investors will also earn 6 percent rental income right off the bat, making this a very smart Istanbul investment.

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Ataşehir, the very center of development region in Istanbul, will reap the associated benefits. The area already has links to the metro and top facilities, including private schools hospitals and leisure facilities.

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Prices are currently very affordable. However, with a metro station the central city is now faster 30 minutes, as opposed to current times of over an hour – prices will increase sharply. Bahcesehir will also be connected to Istanbul’s new airport by a major motorway, which will allow travel of 20 minutes.

There are a number of affordable projects currently under development and we recommend investors explore. The government has a stake in some of the development, ensuring extremely low risk and a cap on prices during the development stages. If you’re focusing on speedy capital growth over the next three to five years, Bahcesehir is definitely worth a look.

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Recently in Turkey there’s also been a shift in the attitude to work, and the number of people who work from home is growing. When you add increasingly frequent flights from Bodrum to Istanbul to the mix, you get a growing population of Turks who are moving from the city to Bodrum to live and work.

These factors have contributed to a demand for quality homes in Bodrum, and because the demand is internal it means investors are protected from the vulnerability to changes in foreign buying trends. So for a viable investment land and property in Bodrum is a smart idea for sure.

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Best place for holiday this summer

Best place for holiday this summer
Best place for holiday this summer

Turkey is one of the best destinations to spend your holiday this summer.

Turkey is for sure a magnificent land full of Turkish delights, golden beaches, ancient history, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Pick a modern beach resort brimming with top-class entertainment, or perhaps a tranquil bay. Alternatively you can take to the seas and see Turkey on a relaxing gulet cruise.

Lying in both Asia and Europe, the country brings you the best of both continents, from Istanbul’s 21st-century nightlife and fashions, to the mystic Sufi culture all around the country.

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It is not difficult to obey Islam

It is very easy not to commit a harâm and to observe the rules of Islam. It seems difficult to the sick-hearted. Yes, there are many jobs that are easy for healthy people. Yet they are difficult for the sick. The sickness of the heart involves not believing in the Ahkâm-i-islâmiyya in the full sense. Even if such people say that they believe, it is not a real confirmation. It is a confirmation through words. A symptom that indicates the existence of a real confirmation, true îmân in the heart, is to feel it easy to follow the path of the Ahkâm-i-islâmiyya.

Allâhu ta’âlâ gives favours, blessings, gifts, i.e., His kindness reaches everybody every moment, good and evil people alike. Without discriminating, He sends everybody property, children, food, the right way to Islam, guidance, safety, and every goodness.

The difference is in the way people accept and receive Allah’s gifts, or in their not being able to receive them. It is purported in the thirty-third âyat of Sûrat-un-Nahl:

Allâhu ta’âlâ does not torment or do injustice to His born slaves (men). They treat themselves cruelly and torment themselves with their own evil thoughts and loathsome deeds that draw them to torments and sufferings.

As a matter of fact, while the sun shines over the laundryman and over the linen in the same manner, it tans the man’s face, while it whitens the linen.

[By the same token, though it shines over the apple and over the pepper in the same manner, it reddens and sweetens the apple, whereas it reddens the pepper and makes it bitter. Though the sweetness and the bitterness are caused by the rays of the sun, the difference between them is not from the sun; it is from themselves. Because Allâhu ta’âlâ pities all people very much, more than a mother’s mercy upon her child, He has declared in the Qur’ân al kerîm how every person, every family, every society and every nation, all over the world, in each century should act in each of their undertakings, in what way they should run their activities, and what they should avoid in order to be comfortable in this world and in the Hereafter. The Ahl-i sunnat scholars learned all these with their keen insight, and, writing millions of books, they communicated them to the whole world. This means to say that Allâhu ta’âlâ has not left people free in their actions. Consequently, there is not a place left on the earth where Islam has not been conveyed. Islam cannot be separated from worldly affairs. Attempting to do so means to strive to eradicate Islam and the Muslims from the earth?]

The reason why people will not attain the blessings of the Hereafter is thatthey turn away from Him. He who turns away will certainly get nothing. A container covered over the top will certainly not get April’s rain. Yes, many people who have turned away still seem to live in worldly blessings and so they are considered as not being deprived. But those things are given to them as a reward for their struggling for this world. However, things that are regarded as worldly blessings are, in actual fact, the seeds of torment and calamity. They are disasters which Allâhu ta’âlâ deceptively gives their owners by misrepresenting them as blessings. As a matter of fact, it is purported in the fifty-sixth âyat of Sûrat-ul-Mu’minûn: “Do disbelievers presume that We are doing them a favour or helping them by giving them property and many children? Do they say that We are rewarding them because they disbelieve my Prophet and dislike the Islamic religion? No, it is not the case. They are wrong. They do not understand that these are not blessings, but disasters.” Then, the worldly things that are given to those whose hearts have turned away from Allâhu ta’âlâ are all desolation and calamity. They are like the sweetmeats given to the diabetic.

Source: Endless Bliss (Se’âdet-i Ebediyye) by Hüseyn Hilmi Işık, Nineteenth Edition, Hakikat Kitabevi, 20014

Russian tourists prefer Turkey for holiday

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Turkey Tribune - Russian tourists prefer Turkey for holiday

During joint conference with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian president Vladimir Putian said that one third of the entire Russian tourists preferred Turkey in May.

Turkey is considered to be one of the most important destinations for Russian tourists.

Mutual relations were hindered after Turkish shooting down of a a Russian fighter jet in November 2015.

The highest number of tourist to Turkey are coming from Russia.

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No hurdles in Turkish – Russian relations

No hurdles in Russian - Turkish relations
No hurdles in Russian - Turkish relations

Turkish President met his Russian counterpart for bilateral talks in Sochi, the Black Sea coastal Russian city.

The meeting, I believe, is more related to regional and global strategic issues than merely topics related to mutual relationship between two countries.

We are facing a flux international structure. Especially after Donald Trump was elected in US and UK decided for Brexit, global balances in international relations required a redefinition.

Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation with Trump and he hosted Merkel in Sochi. The future of European Union is unclear. North Korean crisis has erupted in South China Sea. Russia is persistent (together with Iran) on Syrian problem. Global terror is escalating all over the world.

After his victory in constitutional referendum, President Erdoğan managed to change the political system into Presidential democracy, further consolidating Turkish democracy and his post in Turkish political scene. After India, he is traveling to Russia as part of his tour of global powers.

Relationship between Turkey and Russia is warm and friendly again. Both parties exhibit their determination to increase the mutual trade between two countries to pre-crisis period caused by shooting down of a Russian fighter jet over Syrian-Turkish border by Turkey in November 2015.

Erdoğan and Putin explained their plans to further improve economic ties between the two countries.

Good relationship between Turkey and Russia is not welcomed in most of the Western capitals. Whenever the tension is strained between Moscow and Ankara, Western newspapers tend to appreciate in ovation.

It has been speculated that Russia secret service has been supporting Erdoğan against the risk of Gulenist Movement, a semi-clandestine organization that was behind the failed military attempt in July 2016. The leader of the movement is still in Pennsylvania, USA.

Turkey and Russia have managed to differentiate between problematic issues and cooperation fields. They have been striving to eliminate the negative effects of conflictual interests to hinder the subjects of cooperation.

Turkey and Russia are important trading partners. President Putin underlined that one third of the entire Russian tourists preferred Turkey in May.

The biggest disagreement subject between two countries is about future of Bashar al-Assad. Turkey wants Assad to leave and Russia has been backing him up. Leaders, however, emphasized that they are supporting Astana process. During the meeting, Turkey and Russia are expected to decrease their ideas about how Syria’s post-conflict future should look like.

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Relations between Turkey and Russia should not be evaluated under the light of short term, daily and conjunctural events.

The export based Turkish economy is in need of diverse and multiple markets. In this case, Russian Federation and other former republics of the Soviet Union (who are under Russian influence) are among the prominent markets for Turkish manufacturers and exporters.

The population of Russian Federation is nearly equal to half of the population in Arab countries. The sum of the GDP in all Arab countries hardly reaches that of Russian Federation alone.

I have been in Russia for more than ten times and I had a chance to visit several cities in this country. There are many products that can be exported to Russia. Economically, Turkish Foreign Policy should take Russia seriously. It must be kept in mind that negative relations with Russia will have negative implication over Turkey’s relationship with (some of the) other ex-Soviet countries, who are under the influence of Russian Foreign Policy.

Clash of interest in minor, regional and local problems should not hinder the overall good relations approach towards Russia. Both Russia and Turkey should not risk their mutual relations.

Turkey has strong relations with Western countries and it is quite obvious and understandable that Turkey cannot follow antagonistic relations with the Western countries. Moreover, Westernization (or Westernism) has been one of the most important elements of Turkish Foreign Policy for the last 90 years. However, this reality does not necessarily have to force Turkey ignore “multidimensional foreign policy”.

Currently, there are some procedural difficulties in exportation of Turkish goods to Russia. Eliminating these obstacles will develop economic ties further and Turkish exports to Russia will boom. It can easily be claimed that in tourism, construction, textile, furniture, machinery, energy, services, and many others sectors Turkish exports to Russia is not even in the beginning stage. The economic potential that Russia is offering Turkey is beyond comprehension.

Russian Federation constitutes an important market for Turkey that has to be taken under a serious consideration.

In the last decade, Turkey has been increasing its international popularity by pursuing an active foreign policy. The shape, depth and type of policy between Turkey and Russian will not only have significant implications for regional and international balances, but also to the direction of Turkish foreign policy. In spite of the fact that Turkey and Russia have different standings on certain fields, they both tend to prevent the crisis affect other fields in mutual relationship.

It has been traditionally been said that Turkey’s direction is the “West”. Turkey’s modernization endeavors and Cold War dynamics played important role on this discourse. In today’s conditions, however, this one-dimensional approach has lost its validity. Turkey’s relative power has changed. Regional and global dynamics are not the same.

Should Turkey join the Eurasian Customs Union, founded between Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia?

Does rapprochement between Turkey and Russia necessarily mean a divergence from the West in general and USA in particular for Turkey?

What effect Turkey’s close ties with Russia will have on its relations with Europe?

What about Turkey’s relations with other Turks; both in Russia and other Turkish Republics? Cooperation or rivalry (and collision) will best serve Turkey’s cause towards improving its relations with other Turks in Asia?

With its vast mass of land, young population, big economy, rich natural resources… etc. Russian market constitutes a great opportunity for Turkey. Is there any serious reason for not improving our relations with Russia?

What should be the scope of mutual relationship?

The 2023 Vision declared by Justice and Development Party of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan requires Turkey to come up with brand new approaches in foreign policy. The instability and fluctuations in Middle East and the persisting economic crisis in Europe have explicitly demonstrated that Turkey should establish close relations with the former Soviet Union region. In the same way, cooperation with Turkey will have contributive results in Russian Federation’s economic, political and social development.

So; Turkish and Russian intellectuals, diplomats and politicians should elaborate possibilities of Turkish – Russian cooperation that will be for the benefit of these two nations and the region.


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Russian Play gets a standing ovation!

Russian Play gets a standing ovation in Istanbul
Russian Play gets a standing ovation in Istanbul


A play “Mandat” (“Mandate”) staged by a Russian director Olesya Deste in ” Küçük Sahne Taxim” has attracted lots of attention.

The head of the Russian Association of Education and Culture Collaboration, as well as the Russian citizens came to watch the play, which has been rated high by the spectators. The play was written by N. R Erdman in 1925, and was later prohibited due to its provocative content.

Drama Open Studio Theater D.O.S.T. has staged the play in Russian, however, the Turkish viewers have been given an opportunity to watch the play as subtitles in Turkish have been also provided. The performance of the actors has been appraised by a standing ovation, which made a 8- months pregnant director Olesya Deste express her delight with the interest of the viewers and the success of the play. The director has also mentioned that their next new play will be held on the 8th of May.

She spoke: “We, the Russians, who live in Istanbul, are putting our efforts in order to bring to life the value of the art of our country and to show this value to all the people who live here. From time to time both Turkish and Russian actors participate in our plays. It gives us a great pleasure to watch both folks come together. We are waiting everyone on the 8th of May, when our new play will be staged.”


The play in a nutshell:

The performance of “Mandate”, written by N.R. Erdman in 1925, was prohibited as it was considered to be provocative. This play describes  unpredictable events, full of coincidence, which happened to almost forgotten real life characters. It is a story that explains the tragicomic and romantic aspects of denial of a new life, which came with the Soviet Social Revolution and depicts in detail complete transformation of the protagonists under unpredictable circumstances.


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Russian Play gets a standing ovation in Istanbul



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If you are reading these lines, it means that you are inclined to click links with nude content.

It is very sad to see how people tend to easily click content that contains nudity. Whereas articles, analysis and reports that are prepared with tremendous effort and hard work are simply neglected.

Let us not blame others if things are not going well around us. It is our lust and lack of self-control that brings about calamities in our personal and social life.

As Turkey Tribune we tend to condemn those websites who eschew all moral values and materialize human body for generating more clicks. However, we are actually supposed to blame those unconscious readers, slaves of their egoistic desires (the “nafs”) who cannot control their lust and click everything that their ego wants.

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Tourist numbers increase, thanks to Turkish cinema

Tourism in rise in Turkey
Tourism in rise in Turkey

Turkish TV series have great influence on the number of visitors coming to Turkey.


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Tourism in rise in Turkey

A special report revealed by Research Gate, Turkey’s popularity among people across the world is increasing as Turkish TV series become more popular.

According to the report; Turkish series being shown on television in Arab countries and the Balkans, and their increased popularity have been a fact which can be described as an element of soft power and cultural export to some extent.

While Turkey collects export revenues from these TV series; on the other hand, it makes its own promotion at no cost and spreads its life style and cultural values to the surrounding region. The export of Turkish soap operas in the whole region has started as a random and unintended business, and TV series which were shot and whose expenses were already covered have been sold additionally to some more customers.

This is considered as a good and so far well-managed opportunity for Turkey. There has been an increasing flow of tourists from Arab and Balkan countries towards Turkey as a result of successful promotion done by these Turkish series. This study extends the notion of film-tourism (or film induced tourism) to the series-induced tourism and analyzes the impact of Turkish series on the decision of coming to Turkey via a survey done among 88 tourists in Istanbul, Trabzon and Bursa. It concludes that Turkish TV series do have a positive impact on the decisions of the people with whom we conducted the survey. To further tourism, Turkey needs to improve itself in foreign language education, and enhance the quality of the personnel in the tourism sector.

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Turkish actors are imitated by the youth in most countries.


What is the meaning of world (dunya) in Islam?

[Dunyâ (world) is the feminine form of adnâ, i.e., ism-i tafdîl (adjective in the superlative degree). Its masdar (infinitive) is either dunuwwun or danâatun. When it is derived from the former, it means ‘the nearest’. The word dunyâ in the âyat, ‘We have adorned the lowest (nearest to the earth) heaven with stars giving lights like lamps’ is so. It has been used with the second meaning in some places. For instance, it bears the second meaning in the hadîth, “Things that are danî, base, are mal’ûn.” That is, the world is mal’ûn. Despicable things are the nahy-i iqtizâ-i and nahy-i gayri-iqtizâi of Allâhu ta’âlâ, that is, they are harâm and makrûh. Property was not spoken ill of because property is a blessing in the view ofAllâhu ta’âlâ.The evidence for our position is the property of Hadrat Ibrahîm Khalîl-ur-Rahmân ‘’alaihi-s-salâm’, who is the second most valuable creation of all creatures and humanity. His livestock included half a million heads of cattle that filled plains and valleys.]

Source: Endless Bliss (Se’âdet-i Ebediyye) by Hüseyn Hilmi Işık, Nineteenth Edition, Hakikat Kitabevi, 20014

Attaining Allah’s Grace

Allâhu ta’âlâ in the twenty-eighth âyat of Sûrat-ut-Tawba of the Qur’ân al-kerîm says, “Najas and rîjs,” i.e., “foul,” about disbelievers. Then, disbelief should be foul and base in the eyes of Muslims. Allâhu ta’âlâ declares in the fourteenth âyat of Sûrat-ur Ra’d and in the fiftieth âyat of Sûrat-ul Mu’min: “The prayers of these enemies are without a result. There is no likelihood that they will be accepted.”

Allâhu ta’âlâ and His Prophet are pleased with Muslims. There cannot be a greater blessing than attaining Allah’s grace and love.

As îmân and kufr are polar opposites, so are this world and the next. This world and the next world cannot stay together. In order to earn the next world it is necessary to abandon this world, i.e., the harâms. Abandoning this world can be done in two ways. Firstly, it is to abandon the mubâhs, i.e., many of the activities that are not sins, together with all the things that are harâm, and to use as many of the mubâhs as is only necessary to live. [In other words, it is to abandon the habits of being lazy or idle and/or diving into pleasures, dissipations and amusements of the world. Instead, we must spend our time worshipping, while making and using the most advanced forms of technology that are necessary for the protection and comfort of Muslims. And we must work so that non-Muslims may come to reason. Working for these purposes must be our hobby in this world. All the Ashâb of our Prophet and many of our superiors worked in this way. It is very meritorious and very useful to abandon the world in this manner. We say once again that the purpose of this path is to sacrifice all comforts and pleasures in order to do the things which the Islamic religion commands.]

Secondly, it is to abstain from the things that are harâm and doubtful in this world without abandoning the mubâhs. Even this kind of abandoning the world is of value in light of the present world’s condition. Then, it is positively necessary for each Muslim to abstain from the things which the Islamic religion prohibits.

[He who slights the fact that these are harâm, that is, he who does not think it is necessary to abstain from them, or who does not pay attention to Allâhu ta’âlâ’s prohibitions and instead likes them and says ‘How nice,’ becomes a disbeliever. They will remain in Hell eternally. Peoplewho admit and respect the prohibitions of Allâhu ta’âlâandyetwhoare overcome and deceived by their nafs and commit them but later come to their senses and repent,do not become disbelievers; they do not lose their îmân. Such people are called Âsî (disobedient) or Fâsiq (sinful). Though perhaps they will go to Hell and will be punished because of their sins, they will not stay in Hell eternally; they will get out and enter Paradise.]

There are many things which Allâhu ta’âlâ has made mubâh, which He has permitted. The flavourin the semubâhsis more than that in the harâms. Allâhu ta’âlâ likes those who use the mubâhs. He dislikes those who use the harâms. Does a wise and reasonable person spurn the love of his owner and creator for only a temporary pleasure? Besides, the number of things that are harâm is very small. The flavours in the harâms exist in the mubâhs, too.

Source: Endless Bliss (Se’âdet-i Ebediyye) by Hüseyn Hilmi Işık, Nineteenth Edition, Hakikat Kitabevi, 20014

Whom we should regard as a Muslim?


Then, Muslims should feel hayâ (bashful) towards Allâhu ta’âlâ. Hayâ is from îmân. The bashfulness peculiar to a Muslim is indispensably necessary. It is a must to abhor disbelievers and disbelief and everything outside of Islam and to believe that they are wrong, no matter what theory or ideology they are. Allâhu ta’âlâ has commanded us to take jizya from disbelievers; that is, they must pay taxes. The purpose of this is to humble them. This type of insulting is so effective that they cannot wear valuable suits, nor can they adorn themselves out of the fear of having to pay more jizya. They lead a despicable and miserable life. The purpose of jizya is to abhor and disgrace disbelievers. The jizya shows the glory and honor of Islam. If a dhimmî converts to Islam, he will no longer have to pay jizya. The symptom of îmân’s existence in a heart is its disliking disbelievers. [Disliking is done by the heart. We should live in harmony with disbelievers or any others; we should not cause harm to anybody.][1]

[Temporary co-operation with disbelievers can be formed only politically and when necessity requires it. Yet this shouldn’t go as far as to be integrated with them, and it should end when the necessity is over.

Question: “We should not distrust or have a bad opinion of anybody; we should not look at his words and actions exposing his disbelief, but those indicating his îmân. Îmân exists in the heart. Allah knows if there is îmân in a heart. No one else knows it. He who says ‘disbeliever’ about a person with îmân in his heart becomes a disbeliever himself. We should regard everybody as a Muslim and love anybody who does not openly speak ill of Islam,” is said. Is this point of view correct?

Answer: It is wrong to say we shouldn’t distrust anybody. Its correct form is “We shouldn’t distrust a Muslim.” In other words, when a person who says that he is a Muslim and does not express a word or does not do an action rendering him a disbeliever, says or does something which may mean belief as well as disbelief, we should understand it as belief, and we should not say that he has gone out of Islam.But when a person strives to demolish Islam and to make youngsters disbelievers, or if he says “good” about one of the harâms, tries to make it popular so that everybody will commit it, or if he says that one of Allâhu ta’âlâ’s commandments is retrogressive and harmful, he is called a disbeliever. Even if he says that he is a Muslim, performs namâz (ritual prayer) and goes on a hajj (pilgrimage), he is still called a zindiq. It would be stupidity to regard such hypocritical people, who deceive Muslims, as Muslims.]


[1] Please see the first chapter of the fifth fascicle of Endless Bliss for terms such as ‘dhimmî’, ‘harbî’, ‘zakât’, ‘jizya’, and the like.

Source: Endless Bliss (Se’âdet-i Ebediyye) by Hüseyn Hilmi Işık, Nineteenth Edition, Hakikat Kitabevi, 20014

Hospitals for Medical Tourism in Turkey

Turkish Hospitals - Turkey Has largest number of accredited hospitals in the world!
Turkish Hospitals - Turkey Has largest number of accredited hospitals in the world!


47 medical facilities in Turkey are accredited by the Joint Commission International (April 2017). This is the largest number of accreditation that any country in the world has ever achieved. Only this number actually exhibits how strong Turkish medical infrastructure is.

In addition, we must emphasize that some Turkish hospitals are affiliated with top medical providers in United States of America.  Amongst these institutions, we can name Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Nearly 50% of physicians in Turkey acquire (additional) training in the Western countries.

Turkish Hospitals that are providing service for foreigners, i.e. serving medical tourism in Turkey are equipped with the most up-to-date medical technologies and have board-certified staff.

More information about health and medical tourism in Turkey:

Beside its astonishing medical achievements, Turkey has been very well known for its glamorous thermal centers and spa resorts, some of these facilities have been active even since the time of the Romans.

Today, all of the hospitals in Turkey together with other healthcare-related facilities offer a wide range of procedures and services for travellers who come to Turkey with medical purposes. Below, we have presented some of such services provided by Turkish medical tourism centers:

Most Common Treatments done by Medical Tourists in Turkey

Plastic Surgery

Fertility and Sterility

General and Aesthetic Dentistry

Beauty Centers

Eye Health

Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

Renal Dialysis

Stem Cell Transplantations

Sleep Disorders

Psoriasis Treatment


Oxygen Therapy

There are many other fields where travellers from different destinations can come to Turkey and enjoy wide range of generous services.

If you are intending to visit Turkey for medical purposes, please visit the following link:

Disbelievers according to Islam

Today, there are two kinds of disbelievers in the world.

First there are disbelievers with a heavenly book (people of the book). They are Jews and Christians. They believe in Rising and in eternal life after death.

Second, there are disbelievers without a holy book, that is, mushriks who do not believe in one Allah, the Creator of all.Some of these disbelievers, by using State oppression, cruelty and torture, prohibit worshipping, and the teaching of religion. And some of them, through words that provoke feelings of goodness and humanity, cause others to fall into debauchery. They also cause them to be deprived of moral and religious knowledge. Putting forth false stories and mendacious examples, they deceive millions of people. They train them as religiously ignorant people. In other words, on the one hand, they talk about civilization, science and human rights, and, on the other hand, they animalize human beings. This is a policy followed by British spies. (Please see our books entitled Confessions of a British Spy and Documents of the Right Word.)

People of Europe and America have holy books. Copernicus, the founder of modern astronomy, was a priest in Freienburg. Bacon, the great physicist of England, was a priest belonging to the Franciscan Church. The famous French physicist Pascal was a priest and wrote religious books while exploring the laws of physics and geometry. The famous Richelieu, who was France’s greatest prime minister and the one who brought France to the leading position in Europe, was a high ranking clergyman. Also Schiller, the great German doctor and poet, was a priest. Bergson, the French thinker and a world-famous philosopher, in his books defended spirituality against the attacks of materialists. Those who read his books Matlère et Mèmomiera, Les deux Sources de la Morale et de la Religion and Essai sur les Données Immédiates de la Conscience will eagerly believe in religion and the next world.

William James, the great American philosopher, founded the sect of pragmatism; and in his book Religious Experiments and others, he praised being a believer. French doctor Pasteur, who had studied on infectious diseases, bacteria and various vaccinations, willed that his funeral be performed with a religious ceremony. Finally, F.D. Roosevelt, an American President, who administered the world in the Second World War, and the British Prime Minister Churchill were Christian believers. Many scientists and politicians, whose names we cannot remember, were all persons who believed in the Creator, the next world, and angels. Who can ever claim that those who disbelieve are wiser than these people? They would have been good Muslims if they had seen and read Islamic books. But reading, even touching, Islamic books was prohibited because it was deemed a grave sin by their priests. Those priests prevented people from attaining happiness both in the world and in the Hereafter. Please see the twenty-sixth chapter, about Social Justice, Socialism, and Capitalism, in the thirty-eighth chapter of the second fascicle of Endless Bliss.

Imâm-i ’Alî ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anh’ said: “Muslims believe in the next world. Disbelievers without a heavenly book deny it. If there weren’t a rising, disbelievers would not gain anything and Muslims would not suffer any harm. But since what disbelievers believe will not happen, they will suffer eternal torment.” Islamic scholars prove their words true and respond to the attacks of disbelievers through reason, knowledge and science. Could Rising be denied if Muslims did not prove their words to be true? Even if being under eternal torment were only a probability, whose wisdom would take the risk of it? Nevertheless, torment in the next world is not only a probability, but an obvious fact.Then, it is unwise not to believe.

On the other hand, some enemies of Islam, seeing that through reason and knowledge they won’t be able to vitiate the sound îmân of the people and that they only display their own disgrace, resort to tricks and lies. They pretend to be Muslims, write false articles that seem to like and praise Islam; but in these articles and statements of theirs, by disputing the essential and basic principles of Islam, they cast a bad light on them as if they were not a part of Islam. They try to alienate and estrange the readers and audience from them. Casting doubts on the times for, amounts of, and kinds of worship, which Allâhu ta’âlâ has dictated, they express a belief that it would be better if worships were done in another way. Knowing nothing of the delicacies, uses and values that are hidden in the inner soul of worships, they consider them as a medium for simple and primitive functions; and they act as if they were trying to correct them. It is a defect in men not to know something; it is all the more funny and pathetic to interfere with something that one doesn’t understand. And the Muslims who obey and believe such ignorant people and suppose them to be wise are even poorer and more stupid. And some of those insidious and ignorant disbelievers say, “Yes, Islam commands developing good habits, being healthy, working hard, and it prohibits evils and matures people. These are necessary for every nation. Yet there are also social rules, the rights of family and community in Islam. These were established in accordance with the circumstances of ancient times. Today, nations have grown larger, circumstances have changed and needs have increased. New rules and laws are necessary to meet today’s technical and social improvements. Rules in the Qur’ân cannot meet these needs.” Such words are the absurd and out-of-place thoughts of the ignorant who do not know of Islamic laws and Islamic knowledge. Islam has declared clearly what justice and cruelty are, what rights and duties people have towards one another, families and neighbors towards one another, people towards the government, and governments towards one another. Islam states what a crime is, and it has put basic rules upon these unchangeable concepts. It has not limited the practising of these unchangeable rules on all events and happenings, but has commanded them to be practised in accordance with common usage. In the book Durar-ul-Hukkâm, a commentary to Majalla,[1] from article 36 onward, it is written: “The rules depending upon a Nass (âyat-i kerîmas or hadîth-i sherîfs with open meanings) or a Dalîl (proof) does not change in the course of time; however, the rules depending upon customs and common usage may change with time. The Hukm-i Kullî (general rule) does not change, but its application to events may change in time. In worship, ‘common usage’ becomes dalîl in order to give clarity and to inform people of a rule which is not declared by a Nass. To classify a custom as ‘common usage’, it must originate from the time of the Sahâba-i kirâm, and it must be known that it has been used by the Mujtahîds and that it has continued to be used. In the rules of mu’âmalât (transactions), customs prevailing in a region which don’t contradict a Nass also become dalîl. These can be understood by scholars of Fiqh. Allâhu ta’âlâ has established the Islamic religion in such a manner that it addresses every new development and invention in every country. Showing toleration and latitude not only in social life, but also in worships, the Islamic religion has given men freedom and the right of ijtihâd when they confront with different conditions and necessities. During the times of Hadrat ’Umar, the Umayyads and such a big empire as the Ottoman Empire, large communities of various peoples, living over continents, were administered with these divine rules. Muslims’ accomplishments and glories have been famous throughout history. And in the future, every nation, big or small, will attain comfort, peace and happiness in proportion to the extent to which it obeys and practises these unchangeable divine rules. Nations and societies which deviate from the social and economic rules declared by Islam will not escape hardships, suffering and trouble. It is written in history that this has been so with nations in the past, and so will it certainly be in the future. History is repetitive.

Muslims should attach great importance to national unity and solidarity; they should be extremely active materially and morally in making their country stronger; they should learn the teachings of the Islamic religion very well; they should abstain from harâms; and they should pay their debts to Allâhu ta’âlâ and His born slaves. They should be embellished with the beautiful morals of Islam and should not cause harm to anybody. They should not be a means of agitation or anarchy, and they should pay their taxes. Our religion, Islam, wants us to behave in that manner. The first obligation of a Muslim is to avoid being guilty judicially and sinning, by not following the devil or one’s nafs, and by not believing bad, insidious, disobedientand rebelliouspeople. Allâhu ta’âlâ imposed three obligations on His human beings. The first one is a personal obligation. Every Muslim must be well trained, healthy, well mannered, and good tempered. He must perform his ’ibâdats and learn knowledge,high-morality, and he must work for halâl sustenance. The second obligation is to be fulfilledwithin the family. One must observe the rights of one’s parents, children, and siblings. The third obligation concerns those which must be performed within the context of the society. These are the obligations relating to a Muslim’s neighbours, teachers, family, the people he employs, the government, the state, and people belonging to different religions and nationalities. It is a must to help everyone, not to insult or hurt anyone, to be helpful towards everybody, not to revolt against the state, the government, the laws, to observe everybody’s rights, and to pay taxes in time. Allâhu ta’âlâ doesnot commandus to interfere with governmental and state affairs. Allâhu ta’âlâ commands us to help the government and to avoid provocation.]


[1] An extremely valuable book of Islamic jurisprudence written by Ahmad Jawdat (Cevdet) Pâsha ‘rahmatullâhi ta’âlâ ’alaih’, (1238 [1823 A.D.], Lowicz – 1312 [1894], Istanbul. Its commentary entitled Durar-ul-Hukkâm, by Alî Haydar Begh, (d. 1355 [1937 A.D.],) also is very valuable.

Source: Endless Bliss (Se’âdet-i Ebediyye) by Hüseyn Hilmi Işık, Nineteenth Edition, Hakikat Kitabevi, 20014