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“There is not much confidence and credibility left for Turkey”

Turkish FlagTurkish President Abdullah Gul approves controversial Internet censorship law as an EU delegation to Ankara states that “There is not much confidence and credibility left for Turkey”.

Hurriyet has a piece today on the EU getting fed up with Turkey and Turkey’s attitude towards European values of freedom, freedom from censorship, freedom of information etc.

Amongst other things an EU delegation to Ankara has said (in regards to opening new chapters for Turkey’s EU accession bid)…
“That could happen in a normal-functioning negotiation process, but after witnessing the Turkish government’s move with regard to the HSYK Law, there is not much appetite left for such gestures,” the diplomat said. “There is not much confidence and credibility left for Turkey.”

The list of things that are happening and have happened in Turkey over just the last year are surely enough for any genuine appetite for Turkey to join the EU to be over.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has now approved the controversial Internet laws that allow sites to be blocked immediately without the need for a court order that was earlier passed in parliament following a fight by MPs.

Other major factors are the new judiciary rules, limiting their power and giving more power to the government, a serious attack on democracy in the country.

These moves by the AKP government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan come after members of his government and their family members where investigated for corruption in which 4.5 million dollars where found in shoe boxes at the house of former Halkbank general manager, Halkbank is state-run.
The government responded by sacking and relocating over 5,000 police officers and investigators in a great purge.

What now does the future hold for Turkey? Will it now as many Turkish secularists think, turn towards an Islamic Republic like Iran? An alliance with Russia? Upcoming elections could be interesting but no doubt they will actually lead to another AKP victory.

Turkey; Things go from bad to worse

Turkish corrupt flagFollowing on from the corruption raids yesterday that saw prominent people and family of ministers arrested the obvious corruption continues as the police chiefs (5 of them) that oversaw the raids have been fired.

Yes that’s right, corruption in Turkey was exposed and those who exposed it lost their jobs in true farcical manner.

The arrest count has since gone up with the latest reports said to be up to 84 people.

In a continuation from that story 4.5 million dollars was found in shoe boxes in the home of the arrested Halkbank manager.

Istanbul’s historical region mayor Mustafa Demir has been accused of putting money people peoples safety in allowing construction projects to go ahead and turning a blind-eye to dodgy developers in exchange for cash.

These are truly chaotic times for Turkey, the AKP, PM Erdogan and its fake democracy.

The European Union (EU) should take note of these goings on and not allow the visa free movement of Turkish citizens within its territory which is expected to happen within 3 years.
Certainly with the huge democratic deficit in Turkey their EU entry application should be put on hold indefinitely.

Turkish civil servants and sons of government ministers arrested

Turkish corrupt flagOn the 12th I wrote about corruption in Turkey and how friends and family of the government get the pick of what’s available, that’s how the system works.

Well today’s news comes as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with Turkey, 37 people have been arrested, those people include sons of government ministers and civil servants.

The arrested:
The sons of the interior minister, the economy minister and the environment and city planning minister were detained as well as civil servants from the Environment Ministry and the Economy Ministry.
Halkbank General Manager, a Turkish construction tycoon and an Azerbaijani businessman were amongst the 37 arrested.

Bribery relating to public tenders:
The suspects are accused of accepting and facilitating bribes for some projects and getting construction permits for protected areas in exchange for money.
bribery relating to public tenders.

Dangerous, over-crowded dolmuş

Dangerous, over-crowded dolmuş

Unfortunately this exposure is just a small amount in the reality of Turkish corruption which is at the top and runs right down to the bottom, from Prime Minister Erdogan using state funds to fund his families lifestyle to the dolmuş mini-buses paying off local police because they are too crowded.

Further reading:
BBC
Hurriyet