(ANKARA) Islamophobia Report: Has been turned into one of the instruments used by Western politicians to cover up their failures, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: The tolerant political climate under the pretext of freedom of speech has helped far-right sympathizers with violent tendencies expand their support:

Islamophobia tool for Western politicians to cover failure: Erdoğan: Speaking at a meeting with the women’s branch of the Union of International Democrats (UID), a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO), in Istanbul, Erdoğan said: “Politicians who fail in foreign policy, get stuck inside and put their personal rivalries before their offices, try to camouflage their inadequacy by attacking myself and Muslims.”

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Last Update: Apr 11, 2021 4:22 pm

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks in a meeting with the women's branch of the Union of International Democrats (UID) in Istanbul, Turkey, April 11, 2021. (AA)

Racist attacks targeting Muslims or immigrants increasingly make the headlines as white supremacists become more efficient in an age where their ideals, or at least parts of them, are going mainstream. There is no single large group orchestrating these attacks against Muslims and immigrants. Rather, individual attacks lead to more copycat attacks.

Germany, for instance, has been recording Islamophobic crimes separately since 2017. In 2018, there were 910 incidents, including 48 attacks on mosques alone, a little lower than in 2017 with 1,095 crimes. In 2019, some 871 attacks targeted the Muslim community in Germany, while the 2020 data has not been announced yet.

Every other day throughout the course of 2019, a mosque, an Islamic institution, or a religious representative in Germany was targeted in anti-Muslim attacks. More than 90% of these were attributed to politically motivated crimes by the far-right. Germany is home to 81 million people and the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Of the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, at least 3 million are of Turkish descent.

Islamophobia is being disguised as secularism in France, a French opposition leader had said in criticism of the Emmanuel Macron-led government, which has recently come under fire for policies against French Muslims and just passed an anti-hijab bill.

Under the pretext of the “Islamization” of the countries they live in, racist terrorists switched from attacks on mosques to mass killings. Anders Behring Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in July 2011 in Norway, is viewed as an inspiration for more attacks that followed. Four years later, Anton Lundin Pettersson, harboring similar views as Breivik, killed four students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden. In 2016, 10 people were killed in Germany’s Munich in another racist act of terrorism. On Feb. 19, 2020, in the German town Hanau, Tobias Rathjen, a terrorist harboring racist views, gunned down nine people of immigrant backgrounds, including five Turkish nationals, before killing himself. The Hanau attack ignited the debate over the seriousness of far-right terrorist threats often ignored by authorities. It was one of the worst acts of terrorism with racist motives in recent memory.

“Those who are still trying to squeeze the European Turks into the narrow patterns of the 1960s do not want to accept the reality of a growing and strengthening diaspora,” the president continued and gave the example of Uğur Şahin and Özlem Tureci to point at how the times have changed.

“The success achieved by our teachers Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci in developing the COVID-19 vaccine has clearly shown what our people can do if they are supported and given the opportunity,” he said.

Europe, a continent that quickly turned into the epicenter of the pandemic, is scraping through the crisis, as each country fends for itself while the European Union fails to come up with a collective response. Still, the Turkish diaspora on the continent holds onto its determination to overcome the coronavirus outbreak and are making do with what European states have to offer. Longing for their homeland, however, breeds discouragement.

Erdoğan also criticized the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for siding with the West whenever it got the chance.

“We get upset when we see those who come upon us by waving the sword of the infidel in order to oppose us,” he said.

“Turkey’s record and the last 19 years of success, we hit our mark with our women and our young people,” Erdoğan continued.

‘Turkey will defeat pandemic’

As far as the fight against the coronavirus is concerned, the president underlined: “We will hopefully overcome this disease together by following the rules of cleaning, masks and (social) distancing.”

“With Allah’s permission and blessing Turkey will be stronger than the process of this pandemic,” he further added regarding the upcoming period.

“We will continue our fight against the pandemic, taking precautions regardless of the criticism of the ones who see the nation’s distress as a door to political favor.”

A total of 52,676 cases, including 2,497 symptomatic patients, were confirmed across the country, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday. A decrease from Friday’s nearly 56,000 cases was due to the reduced mobility thanks to weekend curfews in effect in almost all provinces. Turkey’s overall case tally is over 3.79 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 33,702, with 248 fatalities over the past day. As many as 32,539 more patients in the country won the battle against the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to over 3.3 million. More than 41.2 million coronavirus tests have been done in Turkey to date, with 302,735 done since Friday.

Since the beginning of the crisis, Erdoğan highlighted, more than 100,000 of Turkish citizens have been brought to Turkey from 142 countries.

Turkey offered free air ambulance services for its citizens across the globe during the pandemic. In April 2020, Emrullah Gülüşken, another COVID-19 patient, was airlifted to Turkey from Sweden where his family claimed he was unable to receive treatment. Turkey also initiated a mass evacuation for citizens stranded abroad. The country also regularly dispatches air ambulances to other countries to transfer coronavirus patients who wish to be treated in Turkey.

Urging Russia, Ukraine to resolve problems

“Yesterday we met with the president of Ukraine. We strive for Russia and Ukraine to resolve their disputes peacefully,” the president also added regarding the recent developments in Ukraine.

Erdoğan on Saturday urged the parties to resolve tensions near the Ukraine-Russia border through dialogue, adding that Turkey’s primary goal is to make the Black Sea region a basin of peace.

“Tensions in eastern Ukraine can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, in line with international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Our primary goal is for the Black Sea region to be a basin of peace,” Erdoğan told a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

He reiterated Turkey’s decision to not recognize the annexation of Crimea, saying that Ankara supports Ukraine’s initiative of the Crimea Platform.

For his part, Zelenskiy said the views of Kyiv and Ankara coincide regarding threats in the region and responses to these threats.

The Russian military movements have fuelled concerns that Moscow is preparing to send forces into Ukraine. The Kremlin denies its troops are a threat but says they will remain as long as it sees fit.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.16: 2021:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) Erdogan says will soon hold a tender for the construction of a canal on the outskirts of Istanbul, and plans for it to proceed are well underway #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: Ankara will soon hold a tender for the construction of a canal on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey’s president has said. Estimated at over $9 billion, the project drew sharp criticism from environmentalists and the opposition:

Turkey will push Istanbul canal plan forward ‘whether you like it or not’, Erdogan says, promises to ‘lay groundwork’ this summer which is estimated at over $9 billion, for the project and has drawn sharp criticism from environmentalists and the opposition’

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Turkey will push Istanbul canal plan forward ‘whether you like it or not’, Erdogan says, promises to ‘lay groundwork’ this summer
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Speaking before lawmakers with his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Wednesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said work on the ambitious project is expected to start shortly.

“We’ve completed preparations for Canal Istanbul to a great extent,”Erdogan said. “The tender will be held soon and we’ll lay groundwork in the summer.”

The project, estimated to cost at least 75 billion lira ($9.2 billion), will create a whole new city of some 500,000, Erdogan predicted. The president brushed off any criticism of the project, insisting Turkey will go forward with it “whether you like it or not.”

The canal project has already drawn criticism from various sides. The waterway would extend some 50 kilometers along the western outskirts of Istanbul, running parallel to the busy Bosporus strait, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

The project has been attacked by Turkish opposition over its eye-popping costs, which are expected to further burden the already-strained resources of the country. Turkey’s national currency, the lira, has been locked into a perpetual downward slide over the past few years.

The canal project has also raised the concerns of environmentalists who argue the artificial waterway may damage local ecosystems and pollute freshwater resources.

The ambitious plan has also been criticized by some in the country’s military circles, with over 100 ex-navy officers releasing an open letter to warn about the potential security implications over the weekend.

The Bosporus is the subject of the 1936 Montreux Convention, the cornerstone international treaty regulating Turkey’s sovereignty over the straits. The treaty strictly limits the tonnage of military ships of nations from other regions allowed to enter the Black Sea. That is why the digging of a new waterway not subject to the treaty may push Turkey into a conflict between major naval powers.

“We are of the opinion to refrain from any kind of rhetoric or action that could make the Montreux Convention… a matter of controversy,” the group stated, adding that it was “worrying” to open the treaty up to debate: Turkey detains over 200 soldiers in raids over links to self-exiled Muslim cleric Gulen

The letter sparked an angry reaction in Ankara, with 10 ex-admirals being arrested and others investigated. The declaration from the military’s ex-leaders was “reminiscent of coup times”, according to presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. The top officials signaled the letter’s signatories will be subjected to a major probe into their motives.

“Not only those who signed but also those who encourage them will give an account before justice,” Erdogan’s top media aide Fahrettin Altun has said.

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: Officials have summoned diplomatic envoys from the EU, Germany and Italy in protest over an attempt to search a Turkish cargo ship heading to Libya on the suspicion it was transporting embargoed weapons according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: A note has been presented to the ambassadors, saying that the search violated international law, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday: German servicemen from the Hamburg frigate, which has been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of EU’s Irini operation to uphold an arms embargo on Libya, boarded a Turkish freighter overnight about 200km (125 miles) north of the Libyan coastal city of Benghazi: However, they couldn’t finish their search of the ship due to vigorous protests from Turkey. The German Defense Ministry acknowledged that by the time the troops left they had not “found anything suspicious,” but insisted that all procedures were followed correctly:

German Navy personnel stand in front of the Frigate Hamburg. © Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah / File Photo

Ankara prevents German forces on Libya arms embargo mission from checking Turkish ship

Earlier, Turkey blasted the inspection as an “unauthorized and forceful act,” saying that the vessel was only carrying paints and humanitarian aid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, complained that the crew of the ship were “treated like criminals” during the search. Ankara reserved the right for “all kinds of compensation” from the EU, he added: Aksoy also questioned the legitimacy and the purpose of the Irini Operation, suggesting that it was biased and only aimed “to punish” the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya – while allowing the ships carrying cargo for the rivaling forces of Khalifa Haftar to travel unchecked: Turkey’s support for GNA in the Libyan conflict has been one of many grievances between Ankara and Brussels, which include Turkish backing for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and its aggressive rivalry with Greece and Cyprus for maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in the Mediterranean:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian © Reuters / Mohamed Abd El-Ghany ; Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan © Reuters / Pavel Golovkin

‘Soothing statements’ by Erdogan won’t be enough for Turkey to avoid EU sanctions, French FM warns

The European Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in December to decide if Ankara deserves to be sanctioned over its “expansionist” policies.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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ANKARA,Turkey #Erdogan targets cleric’s schools on Africa visit of boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Erdogan targets Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen schools under pretext of Africa trade visit after the recent coup in Turkey and needing someone to blame ..

Turkey has courted Africa for more than a decade, boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia.

More recently, the Turkish government lobbied African nations to close or take over local schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year.

So while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels with a big business delegation to Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar this week, he is also focusing on what he calls a security threat.

Turkey accuses international schools inspired by Gulen of providing militant recruits for his…

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TURKEY: Erdogan tries to stop ‘ Freedom of the Press ‘ with closure of 15 media outlets and a report that the Editor-in-chief of of Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet was detained by #police on Monday – @AceNewsServices

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RUSSIA: #Putin and #Erdogan meet for talks: agree to lift sanctions and reinstate travel to Turkey and create a new joint defence fund meanwhile civilians in Aleppo are slaughtered on Monday night by Saudi led-coalition – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: Turkey’s Erdogan sits down with Russia’s Putin for talks

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — On his first foreign visit after Turkey and a failed coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for inviting him for talks Tuesday aimed at repairing ties shattered by Turkey downing of a Russian warplane along the Syrian border last year…. Turkey chides U.S., Europe as Erdogan meets Russia’s Putin
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey on Tuesday warned of rising anti-American sentiment and risks to a migrant deal with the European Union, ramping up the rhetoric in the face of Western alarm over the scale of purges in state institutions since last month’s failed coup.

Turkey, Russia agree to establish joint investment fund, boost cooperation in defense, Turkish state-run Anadolu news reports

Erdogan, Putin say in joint news conference that Syria will be topic for separate meeting – @HaberturkTV
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