BURY COUP CONSTITUTION WITH YOUR VOTES
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held referendum campaigns in the eastern provinces of Bingol and Elazig, and said, "erase the traces of the September 12 (1980) military coup on September 12, 2010 (when the referendum on constitutional amendments will take place), and bring up your own constitution."
FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR GUTI
Spanish footballer Guti will arrive in Istanbul by private jet of Besiktas' president Yildirim Demiroren on Tuesday to join the Eagles (Besiktas).
NEW OFFICERS SHOULD REPLACE SUSPECTS
The arrest warrants for 102 "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) case suspects, including almost 30 generals on duty, closely concern the Supreme Military Council (YAS) to meet in August. According to the Internal Service Law of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), generals and admirals who are suspects of a case can no way be promoted. Also, as one-tenth of generals will be sent to prison, new appointments should be debated. Retired military judge Faik Tarimcioglu says, "the prime minister can ask the officers to be expelled." Also, Ali Safak, the dean of the Security Sciences Faculty, referred to the procedures at the Security Department and said, "those who have claims against himself/herself are laid off from duty."
HOTELS FULL, TURKEY TOWARDS TOURISM RECORD
Turkish tourism is running towards a record this year. Hotels throughout Turkey are full. Basaran Ulusoy, the chairman of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), said this tourism capacity could continue till October, and the Turkish series shown in Arab countries and sympathy towards Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had an important role in tourist demand in Turkey. Ulusoy said the number of tourists arriving in Turkey by boats had risen to 1.5 million this year. "It is imminent that we can achieve and surpass 30 million tourist target," Ulusoy also said.
"I DARE YOU IF YOU ARE SINCERE"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a message to main opposition CHP who proposed annulment of article 35 of the Turkish Armed Forces Internal Service Law which was considered as ground for military intervention into politics. Erdogan said, "we are ready if you are sincere." He said a parliamentary committee could be established on the matter.
"WE PAID 1, WE GOT 10"
CEO of Turkish Airlines Temel Kotil said THY paid 70 million USD for branding this year, however it returned 10 times larger.
Kotil also said privatization played an important role in success THY achieved, adding, "I am a former bureaucrat too. I do not have any hostile feelings about the public but I have for bureaucracy."
THEY WILL WAIT FOR JUDGE FOR 145 DAYS
The Istanbul Criminal Court No:10's decision to arrest 102 officers, including 28 generals and admirals in "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) case, but to begin the trial on December 16, five months later, has caused discussions. In the detailed ruling, the court said it would wait for an answer to the minutes, there were not any vacant days at the court house. The suspects could be before the court delegation 145 days later.
GESTURE FROM MINISTER TO ARMENIAN PATRIARCH
Turkey's minister for EU affairs and chief negotiator paid a courtesy visit to Mesrob Mutafyan, the patriarch of Armenian in Turkey who is suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease, and wished quick recovery. Bagis said, "when Mr. Mutafyan was in good health, he visited all European Union (EU) member states and extended great support to Turkey's membership bid."
"PUNISHMENT IN ADVANCE"
Lawyers of suspects of "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) case found "meaningful" the decision of the Istanbul Criminal Court No:10 before a Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting and the start of the trial process five months later. The lawyers said they would object to the decision to arrest 102 suspects.
DISASTER IN SHIPYARD: 4 DEAD
Four people died when a stage set up for construction of a ship at the Ustaoglu Shipyard in Eregli town of the northern province of Zonguldak collapsed. Three workers were wounded in the accident.
ARTICLE 35 TO BE HISTORY
Government and opposition think the same about abolishment of the article 35 of the Turkish Armed Forces Internal Service Law which forms a ground for military coups. They are now discussing methods.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu to reach consensus on the issue.
"If you don't want consensus, I don't need your advise. We can do it ourselves in due course of time," he said.
Kilicdaroglu said he gave a blank check to Erdogan regarding article 35.
"We will pass from the parliament whatever he would bring. He should no more hide himself behind something," Kilicdaroglu said.
PRESIDENT GIVES QUICK APPROVAL TO BILL ON STONE-THROWING KIDS
Legal procedures are completed to save children who were jailed due to severe provisions of Counter-Terrorism Act. President Abdullah Gul approved the bill that passed from the parliament two days ago. Following the approval, 197 children will get out of prison. Under the new law, children will not be tried on charges of "terrorist crimes " or "as members of the terrorist organization."
LAST LETTER FROM DESERTED ISLAND
Recep Peker, 58, died of cancer on July 16 before he could not begin his new post as Turkey's Consul-General in Sydney. Peker wrote a letter in 2009 from Nauru Island in the north of Australia in which he told his impressions about Turkey's humanitarian aid. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuoglu was touched by the letter, and recommended all diplomats to read it.
Peker's letter reads: "Nauru's President is a close friend of our weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu's. They competed in three olympics. The power generator we donated to the island is working very well. It ruffles the Pacific. I wish it was carrying plate with a Turkish flag on it.
The only plane of the island is broken. It is not clear when we will have the chance to return. A few minutes ago, an American came to me while I was boarding the hotel bus and asked where I was going. I said 'Turkey sent a private plane for me.' I swear he believed in me. You see where we are now, I hope it will happen in real too. Love, Recep."
"I WILL BE AT COURT HOUSE ON MONDAY"
Former 1st Army commander retired Gen. Cetin Dogan, for whom a court issued a warrant of arrest, said, "I will be at the court house on Monday. Our nation should keep their eye on this case."
FUGITIVE TREATMENT TO GENERALS ON MOUNTAINS
The "arrest warrants" in Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case caused discussions. The court regarded 28 officers in key missions like commanders tracking down terrorists on mountains, and commanders of submarine fleet and landing ships as "fugitive suspects."
The Istanbul Criminal Court No:10 based its decision to arrest 102 people including former force commanders on the Article 98/3 of the Turkish Code of Criminal Procedure (CMK). The article says, "an arrest warrant for a fugitive suspect in the prosecution process is prepared by the court upon the request of the prosecutor."
WE ARE READY, WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched referendum campaign from the eastern province of Bingol. Addressing Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who has requested Article 35 of the Internal Service Law of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to be annulled, Erdogan said, "let's set up a commission and make a new arrangement. We are ready, what about you?"
ONE-WEEK TIME FOR COMMANDERS
Istanbul Criminal Court No:10 will be tolerant regarding the arrest warrants it has issued for 109 officers who are suspects of the "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) case. The court will wait for the end of objection period before it demands detention of the suspects.
LET'S CHANGE ARTICLE 35
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the Republican People's Party (CHP) from the eastern province of Bingol: "If you are sincere, let's compromise on the Article 35 (of TSK's Internal Service Law).
NUCLEAR SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil will meet in Istanbul on Sunday to discuss the uranium swap agreement.