"2023 IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE"
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey had rebuilt itself and should maintain the reform process till 2023. "If we fail to complete our historical responsibilities in our region and our restoration process, we can face a serious crisis. Therefore, we need to take solid steps prior to the next decade which will shape the 21st century. Turkey has taken serious steps in its democratization by foreseeing the public uprisings in the Middle East. We also succeeded in putting an end to the concept of domestic threat. Now, there is no domestic threat, but domestic potential."
SNOWFALL IN MAY
While people are waiting for spring blossoms, it snowed in Ardahan town of the eastern province of Kars.
RESOURCES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
More than 1 million disabled people have been benefitted from the services provided by the recent arrangements. A resource of 4 billion TL (nearly 2.6 billion USD) was allocated for the arrangements aiming at helping the disabled people to participate in the social life. The disabled people account for 13 percent of the population in Turkey.
PROTESTS IN ISTANBUL AN ANKARA
Internet users have gathered in Istanbul and Ankara to protest a decision by the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (BTK). They carried banners reading "don't touch my internet". Ezgi Koksal, who made a press release on behalf protesters in Istanbul, said that internet users' freedom of expression and their access to information could not be prevented.
GULER SABANCI SAYS EU SHOULD CHANGE
Turkey's Sabanci Holding Executive Board Chairperson Guler Sabanci said that Turkey's EU membership was inevitable, stating that Turkey would become a full member of the EU sooner or later. Sabanci said that the European Union needed diversity and if EU did not change, it would turn into a static museum.
TURKEY'S WEAPON EXPORTS ON RISE
Turkey's weapon and ammunition exports rose by 11.9 percent to 91.2 million U.S. dollars in the period between January and April 2011 when compared to the same period of last year. Weapon exports were mainly made to Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.
27 DAYS AHEAD OF GENERAL ELECTIONS
Adil Gur of the A&G Company has commented about the upcoming general elections. According to surveys carried out by the company, the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party will get 45-50 percent of votes. "The Republican People's Party (CHP) can reach 30 percent and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) can exceed the electoral threshold of 10 percent. The AK Party will win the elections in some provinces in the western and southern parts of Turkey. The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) can have 28-32 seats at the parliament," he commented.
DO NOT TOUCH MY INTERNET
Thousands of people took to the streets to protest a decision by the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) to apply four different internet filtering systems throughout the country as of August 22. Thousands of internet users joined protests in 36 provinces and chanted slogans "don't touch my internet".
FORMER MINISTERS SHOULD MAKE STATEMENT
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that former ministers who were not included in the candidate list of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party for the upcoming general elections on the ground that they were involved in acts of corruption should make statement on the matter. Kilicdaroglu said that Kursad Tuzmen, Hilmi Guler, Osman Pepe and Kemal Unakitan were among the names who were not included in the list, stating that if they did not make a statement, they would admit that they were involved in corruption.
TENSION IN SIRNAK
There was tension in southeastern province of Sirnak where 12 PKK terrorists were killed. A group of people from Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) wanted to make a statement in front of governor's office. Demonstrations were held in the province.
CELIK THINKS THAT CHP DID NOT CHANGE
The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party deputy chairman Huseyin Celik told Radikal that the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) did not use some discourses such as secularism or reaction and it was a positive thing. However Celik still thinks that CHP did not change. "I think that strategy in CHP did not change. It is a Kemalist party and state party," Celik said.
POLITICIANS TO GATHER UNDER GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF TOBB
Political leaders will gather within the scope of the general assembly meeting of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) on Monday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicardoglu will address the participants of the general assembly meeting.
NO PLASTIC BAGS IN BOZCAADA
Use of plastic bags will be banned in Bozcaada, one of the most popular tourism centers in northwestern Turkey, as of June 5th World Environment Day. Mustafa Mutay, mayor of the town, said that they would encourage people to use cloth bags and paper bags instead of plastic ones.
DO NOT CLICK ON FREEDOM
Thousands of people took to the streets after the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) announced that it would begin applying four different internet filtering systems throughout the country as of August 22. During the protests in 31 different provinces, people carried banners reading, "don't touch my internet" and "don't click on freedom".
PREMIER ERDOGAN ADDRESSES PEOPLE IN ANTALYA
The ruling Justice and development (AK) Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed people in southern province of Antalya. Erdogan said, "we are the guarantee of life style of every citizen. We never interfered in appearance of our people and never interfered in what our citizens drink or eat so far. We will not interfere in it from now on. We did not intervene in belief of anyone and we will never intervene in it."
After 12 terrorists were killed in southeastern province of Sirnak, PKK declared three-day mourning for them. Several demonstrations were held in the region. A group of people wanted to take bodies of killed terrorists but soldiers prevented them. Security forces take necessary measures in the region.
4 BLN TL RESOURCE FOR 1 MILLION DISABLED PEOPLE
Amount of aid provided by some state institutions for the disabled people has exceeded 4 billion Turkish lira (nearly 2.6 billion USD). A total of 1,083,000 disabled people benefitted from those aids.
SPRING IN WEST, WINTER IN EAST
The snowfall in the eastern provinces of Erzincan and Kars has surprised people. While snow dept reached 15 centimetres in Ardahan town of Kars, people rushed to the beaches in western and southern parts of Turkey.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2011, 09:14