#Istanbul may place Syrian refugees in camps
Governor of Turkey’s largest city mulls ’drastic measures’ to deal with influx of tens of thousands of refugees.
#Istanbul may place Syrian refugees in camps
Governor of Turkey’s largest city mulls ’drastic measures’ to deal with influx of tens of thousands of refugees.
#turkey detains 105 police officers suspected of wiretapping
Turkish authorities were on Wednesday hunting for nine police intelligence officers still on the run after a massive operation against suspected illegal wiretapping resulted in the arrest of over 100 people. A total of 105 serving and former top police officers have so far been detained since early morning raids were launched on Tuesday in Istanbul and other cities, including the capital Ankara as well as Izmir and Diyarbakir. read more
#Israel reducing diplomatic presence in #turkey after #Gaza protests
Protesters wave Turkish and Palestinian flags as they march during a demonstration against Israel’s bombing of Gaza on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 17, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Ozan Kose)
Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador’s residence in Ankara. The Israeli foreign ministry accused the Turkish authorities of “grossly violating” diplomatic regulations during the demonstrations and said it was ordering the return of diplomats’ families and trimming staffing to a minimum. read (...)
#Istanbul threatens to force #Syrian_refugees into camps
Turkey is to take “drastic measures” to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city’s top official said Wednesday. Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said that there were now 67,000 Syrian refugees in the city and legislation would now be adopted that could see them effectively expelled from the city of 15 million to refugee camps closer to #syria. read more
Several injured in #Istanbul blast
An explosion near a tram stop in #turkey's biggest city Istanbul injured several people on Saturday, local media said. The Dogan news agency said many people were hurt but gave no further details. News channel CNN Turk said the explosion took place in a packaging workshop and may have been caused by a gas leak. Television images showed smoke coming out of a building while fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the scene. (Reuters)
İSKİ resorts to water cut due to drought under pretext of maintenance
The İstanbul Waterworks Authority (İSKİ) has been resorting to water cuts in various parts of İstanbul under the pretext of maintenance of water pipelines, but İstanbulites suspect the real reason is the water scarcity that happened due to lack of precipitation this year.
After going through one of the driest winters in its history, the amount of water stored in İstanbul’s reservoir has fallen to below 30 percent. As of July 3, fill rates in İstanbul’s reservoirs were at 23.28 percent, the lowest in 10 months, İSKİ data, updated daily, show.
Due to the dwindling water levels in the city’s reservoirs, İSKİ started periodic water cuts last week on the pretext of maintenance of the pipelines in many districts and neighborhoods of İstanbul, including Bağcılar, Bahçelievler, Yenibosna, Üsküdar, Çamlıca, Arnavutköy, Bayrampaşa, Beylikdüzü, Esenyurt, Eyüp and Fatih. İSKİ makes daily announcements regarding the water cuts in the city. These water cuts may last up to 10 hours a day, drawing the ire of locals.
According to data provided by İSKİ, the total water volume of reservoirs decreased from 30.09 percent to 23.56 percent in the last two months. As of today, there are 204.632 million cubic meters of water in İstanbul’s dams, including dam reserves. Although İstanbul uses up 3.1 million cubic meters of water in a day, the city was only provided with 2,808,044 cubic meters of water on July 1.
Attention, les théories du complot de la coalition deviennent de plus en plus complexes. Essaie un peu de démêler ce charabia : Jarba insists Iran behind rise of ISIS
In a sit-down interview with The Daily Star in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Jarba stressed that the SNC’s position on ISIS “has been clear since day one: This is a tool being used by the Iranians and the Syrian regime, and it does not hesitate to murder, slaughter, and terrorize.”
On Hezbollah’s involvement in the fighting alongside Assad, the SNC president said there were no reports of Hezbollah retreating from Syria to fight in Iraq.
He also said Hezbollah has not confronted ISIS in Syria, arguing this ran counter to the party’s justification for entering the Syrian battlefield – that is, to face jihadist groups.
“They [ Hezbollah fighters] have resorted to killing our women, children, and elderly, and they have committed massacres, and we will never forgive them for this,” Jarba said.
“ISIS’ logic is no different from Hezbollah’s, both groups are security tools that carry out Iran’s orders to fragment the region and send rigged cars and suicide bombers, aimed at inflicting harm on all of Lebanon, and we condemn this barbarism,” he said.
Jarba explained that it was Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s rule which led to rampant corruption and sectarian oppression in the country.
“Iraq today is not a nation, but a group of sectarian and racist militias,” Jarba told The Daily Star, adding that ISIS was taking advantage of Sunni anger as a result of American occupation, marginalization and injustice.
“The Iraqi resistance, which is a mix of the Iraqi army from the days of [former Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein and a large number of clans and tribes, led to the uprising against Maliki, then ISIS came into the picture and invested in the cause and [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi was announced ‘caliph,’ mirroring exactly what happened in Syria,” he said.
#erdogan announces candidacy in Turkish presidential race
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to stand for the presidency in August elections, his party announced Tuesday, paving the way for him to extend his dominance of the country’s politics for at least another five years. “The candidate for the 12th president (of modern #turkey) is our prime minister, head of our party and Istanbul lawmaker Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” said Mehmet Ali Sahin, deputy leader of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). read more
Le gouvernement turc accusé de soutenir les djihadistes en Syrie (ça date du 17 juin)
Ce n’est pas la première fois que le gouvernement d’Erdogan est accusé d’aider les djihadistes en Syrie. Mais cette fois-ci, l’opposition affirme détenir des preuves de ces liens. Ihsan Özkes, le député d’Istanbul, a récemment déclaré être en possession d’une circulaire envoyée par l’ancien ministre de l’Intérieur au gouverneur de la région d’Hatay, frontalière avec la Syrie. Le document demanderait ouvertement aux autorités locales d’aider les combattants du Front al-Nosra, l’un des deux principaux groupes djihadistes présents en Syrie, avec l’EIIL.
“La province d’Hatay a une importance stratégique concernant le franchissement de la frontière entre notre pays et la Syrie. Le soutien logistique aux groupes islamiques, leur entraînement et la prise en charge des blessés seront principalement assurés à partir de cette région. L’Organisation nationale du renseignement (MIT) et les autres institutions concernées ont été chargées de ces missions“, stipule cette circulaire, d’après Ihsan Özkes.
En plus de la circulaire incriminée, le Parti républicain du peuple (CHP) présente un autre élément à charge : une photo d’un homme sur un lit d’hôpital. D’après le parti d’opposition, il s’agit d’Abou Mohammed, un commandant de l’EIIL, soigné à l’hôpital public d’Hatay après avoir été blessé dans des combats à Idlib, en Syrie. L’image, qui serait datée du 16 avril, a largement circulé sur Internet le 9 juin dernier, lors de la prise de Mossoul par l’EIIL. Le chef du groupe parlementaire du CHP, Muharrem İnce, a exigé des explications des autorités à propos de ce cliché.
Protesting workers block roads at third Istanbul bridge construction
The construction of roads connecting to the third Istanbul bridge has been suspended after excavation workers blocked the roads in protest of subcontractor’s failing to pay their wages.
The truckers and mechanics working on one of the roads that will link the new Bosphorus bridge to the main arteries dumped the soil that has been dug so far onto access roads on June 26, vowing to halt construction “until they receive their wages.” The subcontractor İDB tasked to handle the excavation job at the construction also confirmed the workers’ claims, but promised to pay the salaries after receiving payment from a different project
La condamnation à la prison à vie de la sociologue turque Pinar Selek annulée
La Cour de cassation turque a annulé mercredi 11 juin la condamnation controversée à la prison à perpétuité infligée en 2013 à la sociologue turque Pinar Selek pour sa participation à un attentat en 1998 à Istanbul, une accusation qu’elle a toujours niée. Elle sera jugée une nouvelle fois par un tribunal à Istanbul à une date qui reste à fixer.
Aujourd’hui âgée de 43 ans, la sociologue avait été arrêtée après une explosion sur le marché aux épices d’Istanbul. La justice lui reprochait d’être membre du Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK) et d’avoir posé la bombe qui a causé la mort de sept personnes et en a blessé une centaine d’autres. Un rapport d’expertise, publié en 2003 et attribuant l’explosion à une fuite de gaz, avait permis sa remise en liberté.
En se basant sur ce rapport et sur la rétractation du principal témoin à charge, le tribunal a acquitté la sociologue à trois reprises, en 2006, 2008 et 2011, mais la Cour de cassation a invalidé à chaque fois ces verdicts. En 2012, un tribunal d’Istanbul a décidé de rejuger la sociologue après un changement de juge, et l’a condamnée l’année suivante à la réclusion à perpétuité.
Turkish greenhouse gas emission rose by 133.4 pct. in 12 yrs.
ISTANBUL, June 5 (DHA) - Greenhouse gas emission in Turkey increased rapidly, due to high rate of population growth and industrialisation, as well as soaring share of thermal electric power plants in the energy sector.
Total greenhouse gas emissions rose by 133.4 percent to 439.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2012, from its levels in 1990, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TSI). Carbon dioxide equivellent emissions per capita was calculated as 5.9 tonnes and emission intensity was calculated as 0.31 kilogrammes
Intéressant : où sont réinvesti les 60 billions de liras récoltés au nom d’une taxe environnementale (dont la majorité des fonds provient d’une taxe sur la consommation énergétique) ?
Turkey’s total environmental tax revenue stood at 59.3 billion lira in 2012, 67 percent of which collected from energy consumption. Environment taxes collected from transport usage had 31 percent share and only 2 percent came from resource and pollution taxes in 2012.
While collecting about 60 billion lira in environmental taxes, total environmental expenditure stood at only 17.6 billion lira in 2012. Out of the total environmental expenditure, public sector accounted for 73.1 percent and business sector accounted for 26.9 percent. When reduced the public sector’s share by total taxes, public expenditure is seen at 12.8 billion lira, which reflects onl 21.6 percent of total environmental taxes collected. The share of total environmental expenditure in gross domestic product was at 1.24 percent
Lakes flowed to Black Sea for third Istanbul airport construction
Works to drain off some 70 lakes in northern Istanbul have begun as part of preparations for the construction of the city’s third airport, which has been severely criticized for its potential environmental impact.
The water of the lakes has started to flow into the Black Sea via canals.
ECUMENOPOLIS - City Without Limits
Ecumenopolis aims for a holistic approach to Istanbul, questioning not only the transformation, but the dynamics behind it as well. From demolished shantytowns to the tops of skyscrapers, from the...
#erdogan urges youths not to answer “terrorist” calls to protest
Thousands of Turkish police mobilized Saturday in central #Istanbul ahead of demonstrations to mark the first anniversary of last year’s protests that mushroomed into a revolt against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule. Erdogan’s government deployed thousands of riot police and police in civilian clothes to enforce a ban on protests at #Taksim Square, the epicenter of last year’s demonstrations, an AFP reporter said. read more
One killed, 10 wounded in Istanbul protest crackdown
A woman tries to escape from tear gas as Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse protesters during a demonstration against the recent mine accident in Soma, on May 22, 2014, in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul. (Photo: AFP - Bulent Kilic)
One man died and about 10 others were injured in Istanbul during violent clashes between police and protesters Thursday, officials said, in the latest eruption of anger against the Turkish government. “Unfortunately we have not been able to save Ugur Kurt,” Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu wrote on Twitter, several hours after the 30-year-old was brought to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. The Istanbul governor had said previously that "two civilians have been wounded, one (...)
La police ouvre le feu à Istanbul : au moins un mort - Le Monde
Une personne est morte et cinq autres ont été blessées à Istanbul, dans la nuit du jeudi 22 au vendredi 23 mai, au cours de violents affrontements qui se poursuivaient encore au milieu de la nuit entre manifestants hostiles au gouvernement et policiers.
« Nous n’avons pas pu sauver Ugur Kurt », a écrit sobrement le gouverneur d’Istanbul, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, sur son compte Twitter peu avant minuit. La police a fait usage jeudi d’armes à feu dans le quartier d’Okmeydani pour disperser une dizaine de manifestants venus dénoncer les morts de la mine de Soma et le décès, en mars, d’un adolescent victime de violence policière pendant le mouvement de Gezi.
Après avoir tiré en l’air, à balles réelles, les forces de l’ordre ont tiré sur la population, ont rapporté des témoins sous couvert d’anonymat, confirmant des informations de presse.
Alarm Over Istanbul’s Building Boom
We are invading Istanbul again,” the real estate agent said enthusiastically as she ticked off the selling points of Turkey’s most ambitious development extravaganza to date: Maslak 1453.
According to research by Mustafa Sonmez, author of numerous books on the Turkish economy, Mr. Erdogan has favored the construction and real estate sectors at the expense of important export sectors.
“It’s a shame,” said Mr. Sonmez, who calculates that construction spending is now about 9 percent of the overall economy, a level that the International Monetary Fund has found to be associated with problems in other countries. “We have used all this free money to build houses and feed the domestic market.”
To date, the local market had been remarkably resilient, overcoming a global rise in interest rates caused by last year’s “taper tantrum” surrounding the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin cutting back on stimulus, and the anti-government, anti-development street protests at Taksim Square here in Istanbul.
But in the first three months of the year, unit sales for new apartments were down about 60 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Emlak Konut, the country’s largest real estate investment company.
Moreover, Mr. Eren said, the inventory of unsold housing units has risen to 1.5 million, compared to levels close to zero several years ago, a clear sign that the slowing economy and higher interest rates are cutting into demand.
The potential for a real estate crash highlights the role of the relatively obscure Housing Development Administration, commonly known as Toki, in fueling the boom.
Traditionally a bureaucratic backwater with a mandate to push for more affordable homes, Toki emerged as a housing power center when its bylaws were changed in January 2004 to bring it under the direct control of Mr. Erdogan less than a year after he was elected. Under his sponsorship, Toki amassed choice properties at little or no cost, auctioned them off to developers and took a cut of the profits.
According to Mr. Sonmez, Toki has been particularly aggressive in backing high-end projects undertaken by developers with ties to Mr. Erdogan. They include Ali Agaoglu, the billionaire businessman behind Maslak 1453, who late last year was one of a number of business executives, bankers and politicians questioned by the police as part of a broad corruption investigation. Also questioned were two Toki board members.
#Istanbul protester critically wounded in clash with police
Turkish police fired tear gas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones in the Istanbul district of Okmeydani on Thursday and one person was seriously wounded, the private Dogan news agency and other media reported. A photo showing a man with a large pool of blood around his head was published by Turkish news websites and on social media. Video footage showed police firing water cannon at protesters and one policeman firing a pistol into the air beside a police armored vehicle. read more
German journalist receives death threats over anti-Erdogan quote
A correspondent for Germany’s #Der_Spiegel magazine has been forced to temporarily leave #turkey after he received thousands of death threats over his article on the country’s worst mining #Disaster. “I was not withdrawn” by the magazine, Hasnain Kazim, the Istanbul-based correspondent, told AFP in an emailed statement on Wednesday. “I am just spending a few days somewhere else to be on the safe side. In a few days I will be back in Istanbul and continue to do my work,” he said. read more
Turkish union to strike in the wake of mining disaster
Protesters holds flags and banners as Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse them during clashes at a demonstration in memory of the victims of the #Soma mine explosion the day before, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Ozan Kose)
#turkey's biggest union geared for a massive strike on Thursday amid mounting anger over the country’s worst mining accident, as the toll from the disaster rose to 282, with scores still trapped underground. “Those who keep up with privatization... policies, who threaten workers’ lives to reduce costs... are the culprits of the Soma massacre and they must be held accountable,” Turkey’s Public Workers Unions Confederation (KESK), which represents 240,000 employees, said on its website. read (...)
Turquie : la justice referme l’un des dossiers de corruption touchant le régime
Ouf, le business as usual va pouvoir reprendre et continuer !!
Le procureur d’Istanbul responsable du dossier a considéré qu’il n’y avait pas de charges suffisantes pour poursuivre ces personnalités, accusées de malversations dans le cadre de marchés immobiliers gérés par la puissante agence publique du logement (Toki), a précisé l’agence de presse Dogan. Parmi les suspects figuraient un magnat de l’immobilier, Ali Agaoglu, et le fils de l’ancien ministre de l’Environnement, Oguz Bayraktar. Ces personnes avaient été interpellées mi-décembre, dans le cadre d’un vaste coup de filet anticorruption qui a provoqué la démission de trois ministres et a éclaboussé l’ensemble du gouvernement, y compris le Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Mass trial opens over 2013 #turkey #street_protests
A Turkish policeman tries to remove a banner made of flowers reading “First of May” as police try to disperse a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Bulent Kilic) A Turkish policeman tries to remove a banner made of flowers reading “First of May” as police try to disperse a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Bulent Kilic)
More than 250 people, including seven foreigners, went on trial in Turkey on Tuesday over mass anti-government protests that rocked the country last year. The 255 suspects face a range of charges including violating laws on demonstrations, damaging a place of worship and injuring civil servants. The defendants face up to 12 (...)
Family resists lucrative urban transformation project in popular Istanbul neighborhood
Urban transformation projects are running at full gallop across Istanbul, but in the popular neighborhood of Fikirtepe, a local family is resisting giving his approval for the demolition of his house.
Despite all of the buildings in its surroundings being completely eradicated with the area turned into a construction field, the landowner refuses to sell his property without a clear contract.
The landowner, A.D., persists on keeping his house unless the company carrying out the projects offers a concrete deal, while rejecting the accusation that he is asking for more money.
“We want problems regarding [urban transformation projects] to be solved. We had to evacuate the house after they cut the electricity and the water. They are harassing me by phone because I did not make an agreement. But I asked the company for a clear deal and guarantee. It is not about greed or asking for more money,” A.D. told Hürriyet
VIDEO. La maison au milieu de l’autoroute chinoise a été rasée
C’était ce que les Chinois appellent une "maison clou" : une bâtisse habitée par des personnes qui refusent d’être expropriées et qui se retrouvent perdues dans des immenses chantiers de construction. Vendredi 23 novembre, les images d’une de ces maisons clous avaient fait le tour du monde. La maison, plantée au milieu d’une autoroute d’une ville de l’est de la Chine, a finalement été rasée, samedi 1er décembre. Ses propriétaires ont accepté de partir.
What do metropoles give to the state, what do they take from it?
As would be expected, developed regions make a bigger contribution to the budget. Do metropolises receive a bigger share from expenditures? What were the budget contributions of the three big metropoles, Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir, and where do they stand from the point of income per capita?
However, when it comes to spending the collected taxes, then the ratios change. Istanbul, which makes a 42 percent contribution to taxes, receives just around 10 percent of the public spending – in other words, only one-fourth of its tax contribution. İzmir receives close to a 5 percent share in return for its 10 percent contribution; in other words 2 to 1. Ankara, meanwhile, receives nearly 20 percent of public expenditures in return for its 15 percent contribution.
In the per capita share taken from expenditures according to per capita contribution to revenue, Ankara leads at nearly 64 percent, while Istanbul’s ratio is down around 12 percent. Istanbul alone produces 27 percent of the country’s national income, manages and accounts for the production of neighboring provinces and contributes around 42 percent to the central budget revenues that predominantly constitute taxes. At the same time, the city’s 14 million people use nearly 10 percent of budget expenditures. Thus, when the three big cities are compared, this picture emerges: While Istanbul can spend 11.5 percent of its per capita contribution on revenues, İzmir can raise it up to 23 percent, but in Ankara, where expenditures are much higher, this rate is 64 percent.