` Disaster’s, Deaths and Destruction are Man-Made for Profit ‘

#AceNewsServicesDISASTER‘s – May 17 – When l first came onto my news today l found these updates of theses two major disasters. What came to mind was both could have been avoided, as they were caused by the owners of the mine and ferry companies. Their job being to make sure people’s lives were protected, by health and safety being a priority.

The mine required a full health and safety check days before it collapsed and the ferries cargo hull was over full and not stowed correctly for its weight distribution, when sailing.

These two disasters so far account for 584 deaths and have affected families, leaving children with out fathers and mothers.


Death toll rises to 299 in Turkey mine disaster

A fire in a mine in western Turkey is hindering efforts to find three workers who are still believed to be trapped. The accident, which happened in the town of Soma has now killed 299 miners, with 15 bodies recovered overnight.

Hopes are fading for those still stuck as they have now been underground for four days, after an explosion released carbon monoxide through the mine. The disaster triggered angry protests across Turkey, aimed at mine owners accused of ignoring safety for profit, and at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government who is too close to industry bosses and insensitive in its reaction to the tragedy.

Death toll in South Korean ferry disaster rises to 285

The death toll from the South Korean ferry tragedy rose to 285 after rescue divers recovered an additional body on Saturday morning from the ferry that sank off South Korea’s south-west coast last month, Yonhap news agency reported, citing officials.

Rescuers brought up the body of a man during their search operations. Nineteen people still remain unaccounted for. Rescue efforts have been difficult due to strong ocean currents. Some bodies have been recovered from as much as two kilometres away from the wreckage of the ship. Several crew members have been arrested in relation to the sinking.

Maybe one day company mine and ferry owners, will put, health and safety first ……….. maybe just …… maybe …………. God willing ..


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#ans2014, #death-toll, #ferry, #health-and-safety, #list-of-wars-and-anthropogenic-disasters-by-death-toll, #occupational-safety-and-health, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #soma, #south-korea, #taner-yildiz, #turkey, #western-turkey, #yonhap

` Tayyip Erdogan has begun Legal proceedings for the Extradition of Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – April – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey will begin a legal process for the extradition of US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, Reuters said.

Erdogan accuses his former ally and now arch-foe of orchestrating a campaign to unseat him.

Asked if a legal process would be launched for the extradition of Gulen, Erdogan said: “Yes, it will begin.”

Fethullah Gulen has been called Turkey’s second most powerful man. He is also a recluse, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US.

An apparent power struggle between his followers and those around the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reached a new pitch of intensity and loathing.

Since arriving in the US in the late 1990’s, Mr Gulen, 74, has not given a single broadcast interview. What rare communication there has been with the media has almost exclusively been conducted via email.

But now, the BBC has had exclusive access to the Muslim cleric. I travelled with Guney Yildiz from the BBC Turkish Service to a remote part of Pennsylvania to meet the man.

In the interview, Mr Gulen denied using his influence to start investigations into alleged corruption among senior members of Mr Erdogan’s AK Party which have led to a number of police commissioners being sacked and to some of Mr Erdogan’s allies being arrested.

Ace Related News:

  1. BBC News Interview – January 27 – http://tinyurl.com/lb5zyum
  2. http://en.fgulen.com/

  3. This book, based on research and three weeks of personal interviews in Turkey and interviews in the United States, explores the political trial of Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Turkish religious leader, and how that trial, which began in 2000 in an Ankara state security court (now disbanded) and ended in 2008 in a civil appeals court in his favour, helped to greatly expand civil liberties and democracy in Turkey. http://www.gulentrial.org/


#cairo, #fethullah-gulen, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #us

` Turkish PM Erdogan Sends 300 Troops to Syria to Guard the Tomb of Turkish of Suleyman Shah '

#AceNewsServices – ANKARA – April 24 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent troops to Syria to guard the tomb of a Turkish figure in the Arab country, local media report.

Erdogan sent some 300 forces and several armoured vehicles to the neighbouring country to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah, who was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Today Zaman daily said on Wednesday.

The convoy also consists of six tanks and a food truck.

Turkey considers the tomb of Suleyman Shah as sovereign Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921.

The Tomb of Suleyman Shah (Turkish: Süleyman Şah Türbesi) is dependent, forming a sort of exclave of the Republic of Turkey situated in Aleppo, Syria. It is the burial place of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

He is believed to have drowned in the Euphrates River in modern-day Syria, and an Ottoman tomb in or near Qal’at Ja’bar has been associated with Suleyman Shah. In accordance with Article 9 of the Treaty of Ankara (1921) signed between France and Turkey, the tomb “shall remain, with its appurtenances, the property of Turkey, who may appoint guardians for it and may hoist the Turkish flag there

The tomb is located in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.

Ace Related News:
1. Press TV – http://tinyurl.com/m7kyjhc
2. Tomb of Suleyman_Shah – http://tinyurl.com/k6d24ps
3. Turkish News – http://tinyurl.com/mvaxy8q


#aleppo, #ankara, #france, #ottoman-empire, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #syria, #turkish

` Turkey’s Main Opposition Party asks Court to Order Re-Run of Mayoral Race Citing Marred by Fraud ‘

#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – April 22 – The candidate for Turkey’s main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of the mayoral race in Ankara, Reuters reported.

The secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) says last month’s close election in the capital city was marred by fraud.

Turkey’s High Election Board has already rejected the charges. CHP lost the election to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party.

The AKP swept to victory despite anti-government protests last summer and a corruption scandal that has dogged Erdogan and his inner circle since late last year.


#ans2014, #akp, #ankara, #chp, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #republican-peoples-partychp, #turkeys

` Turkey’s Court Annuls Parts of the Law Tightening Governmental Control of the Judiciary Dealing a Blow to Erdogan’s Plans ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – April 11 – Turkey’s Constitutional Court annulled parts of a law tightening government control of the judiciary, Reuters said, citing local media reports.

Articles granting the justice minister powers over the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors were reportedly cancelled.

The move deals a blow to a reform seen as part of a bid by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to snuff out a corruption scandal.


#corruption, #cairo, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey

` Turkey’s Government Seeks ` Parliamentary Approval ‘ to Boost the Powers of the ` Secret Service’ MIT ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – April 10 – Turkey’s government sought parliamentary approval to boost the powers of the secret service on Thursday, Reuters reported.

An initial draft includes giving the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) more scope for eavesdropping and foreign operations, as well as greater immunity from prosecution for top agents.

The move is seen by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s critics as a bid to tighten his grip on the apparatus of state as he accuses Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet (Service) network of orchestrating a plot to unseat him.


#national-intelligence-organisation-mit, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #recep, #turkey

` Erdogan Destroys Opposition and ` Vows That his Enemies would Pay the Price ' of their Accusations '

#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – March 31 – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory for his party in local elections, and vowed that his enemies would “pay the price”(BBC)

Mr Erdogan’s government has been accused of authoritarianism and corruption after a string of scandals.

The local elections, the first vote since mass protests last June, were seen as a barometer of his popularity.

Mr Erdogan was not standing for election but campaigned hard for his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

With over 60% of the votes counted, it was leading the main opposition party 47% to 27%.

Speaking from a balcony at his party’s headquarters in Ankara, Mr Erdogan thanked his supporters.

“You stood up for Turkey’s ideals… for politics, for your party and your prime minister,” he said.

But he warned he would “enter the lair” of enemies who had accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. “They will pay for this,” he said.

James Reynolds of the BBC News – Istanbul.

If the early results of Turkey’s local elections are confirmed, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have won six consecutive nationwide polls. He’s done so by maintaining a solid base of support among the working class and the religious. Years ago, Mr Erdogan worked out what may be a simple, unavoidable fact: these two, overlapping groups outnumber Turkey’s liberal, secular elite. Hold on to that large base, and you hold on to power.

In this latest election, Mr Erdogan was helped by the opposition’s failure to unite itself into a single anti-government movement. The opposition may now fear further government moves to assert its power over the judiciary and the internet.

What will Tayyip Erdogan do next? He may choose to run for president when direct elections are held for the first time this summer. But active power resides with the prime minister. Some commentators believe that Mr Erdogan’s AK Party may rewrite its own rules to allow its leader to run for a fourth term of office in 2015.

Ace Related News – March 30 – 17.01 GMT – “They are all traitors,” he told the crowd in Istanbul.

“Go to the ballot box tomorrow and teach all of them a lesson. Let’s give them an Ottoman slap.” http://wp.me/p165ui-4B1


#akp, #istanbul, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey

` Erdogan's Opinion of the `Electorate ' in his Word's – `They Are all Traitor's lets Give them an Ottoman Slap '

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – The BBC’s James Reynolds in Istanbul says the opposition candidate, Mustafa Sarigul, drove around the city in an open-topped bus – throwing out red T-shirts to spectators leaning from their balconies.

Mr Erdogan is himself a former mayor of the city and the vote has become an unofficial referendum on his administration, our correspondent says.

The prime minister lashed out at his political opponents during a series of rallies on Saturday.

“They are all traitors,” he told the crowd in Istanbul.

“Go to the ballot box tomorrow and teach all of them a lesson. Let’s give them an Ottoman slap.”

Mr Erdogan was forced to cancel a number of rallies on Friday on doctors’ orders to rest his voice.


#istanbul, #ottoman-empire, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey

`Femen Activist Group stages ` Protest’ in ` Usudar District of Erdogan’s Constituency’

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – Femen, an exhibitionist feminist activism group founded in Ukraine in 2008, has staged a protest in the Üsküdar district on Istanbul’s Asian side, which is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s constituency(HurriyetDailyNews)

Hours after announcing plans to stage a protest in one of the conservative neighbourhoods of Istanbul, two Femen members showed up in Üsküdar’s Burhaniye Elementary School. The naked activists, who wrote “Ban Erdogan” on their chests and backs, were quickly detained by police after grabbing and throwing away several ballots(HurriyetDailyNews)

FEMEN (Ukrainian: Фемен) is an exhibitionist feminist protest group founded in Ukraine in 2008. The group is now based in Paris.

The organization became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests against sex tourism, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics.

In October 2013 FEMEN had its largest membership in France (30 local activists in January 2013). In October 2012 the organization claimed it had about 40 activists in Ukraine, and another 100 who had joined their protests abroad, as well as twenty thousand of supporters via the social network Vkontakte.


#femen, #istanbul, #paris, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #protests, #sex, #sexism, #tourism, #turkey, #ukraine

` Turkish People for the first Time since ` Gezi Protests ' in ` Summer of 2103 ' they can Finally Vote '

#aceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – It is now in Turkey to more than just local elections and local politics.

You can see that by just looking at the Turkish side of Google .

There, the search engine has called in their logo doodle, the G in the middle replaced by a ballot box with ballots.

Nearly 53 million people are called to vote on Mayors and local parliaments.

These are the first elections since the Gezi protests last summer, when the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a demonstration in Istanbul against the development of Gezi Park was bludgeoned.

There was a nationwide protest against the authoritarian style of government of Erdogan.

It’s also about this question: how the Turks really stand by their government?

How strong the protest movement is really how much the once overwhelming large following Erdogan?

In Istanbul alone, 15,062 policemen will be on duty at voting centers. After the voting is complete, the number will increase to 39,000 to oversee the counting, packaging and transferring of the ballots, which means that almost all police officers in Istanbul will be on duty for the local elections (HurriyetDailyNews)

Today finally we will be able to answer the questions even the voters have not told us ……………. ?

Der Spiegel

#ans2014, #gezi-park, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey, #turkish

` Syrian Military Jet has been intercepted near the the `Syrian-Turkish ‘ border for violating Turkish Air Space’

#AceBreakingNews – 23 March – A Syrian military jet has been intercepted near the Syrian-Turkish border after it violated the Turkish airspace, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Conflicting reports said the jet was shot down from the ground and crashed on the Syrian side.

The Syrian Air Force jet was shot down near the Kasab crossing in Latakia province, where fierce fighting between Syrian forces and armed insurgents has been going on for three days, Reuters reported.

Addressing supporters at a Sunday rally, Erdogan confirmed that Turkish armed forces had downed the jet.

“A Syrian plane violated our airspace. Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard,” Erdogan said, congratulating the Turkish Air Force on its actions.

Earlier reports suggested the jet came down in Syrian territory while bombing targets in Latakia.

“Turkish air defences targeted a Syrian fighter bomber as it struck areas of the northern province of Latakia. The plane caught fire and crashed in Syrian territory,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was quoted as saying by AFP.



#aceworldnews, #syrian, #afp, #latakia, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey, #turkish

` The White House said the ban on the social media site undermined democracy and free speech in Turkey ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – 22 March – Turkey said Saturday that social media website Twitter is “biased” and was being used for “systematic character assassinations” of members of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Turkey said Friday that it was going to ban the site, although a Turkish official told Reuters that talks with Twitter on resolving the problems that led to it being blocked were going positively.

The White House said the ban on the social media site undermined democracy and free speech in Turkey.

People trying to access Twitter found an internet page with court rulings telling them it had been blocked as a “protection measure.

Many Turks also reported problems accessing the internet in general.

Ace Related News – 22 March – 10.18 GMT – Extract – Related News: Extract – March – 09.02 GMT – #AceWorldNews – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.http://wp.me/p165ui-4rt

Also ban on YouTube at: http://wp.me/p165ui-4sY


#prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #reuters, #the-white-house, #turkey, #twitter

Turkey : ` Google declines to remove `YouTube ‘ videos that allege Corruption ‘

#AceWorldNews – Google has declined Turkey’s requests to remove YouTube videos that allege government corruption, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Amid a corruption scandal, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has asked Google in recent weeks to block certain videos from its site in Turkey.

However, Google has reportedly refused to comply given it believes the requests are legally invalid. Turkey blocked the social media site Twitter on Thursday, and the government has threatened to do the same with YouTube and Facebook, as the sites have been prime conduits for corruption allegations.

Related News: Extract – March – 09.02 GMT – #AceWorldNews – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.http://wp.me/p165ui-4rt


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` Turkey blocks ` Twitter ‘ we now have a court order – we will wipe out Twitter according to Islamist Leader ‘

#AceWorldNews – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.

Just before midnight, access to Twitter was blocked, Hurriyet Daily reports.

“We now have a court order. We will wipe out Twitter,” the Islamist-leaning leader told a crowd of adulating supporters during a campaign rally in the north-western city of Bursa on Thursday, AFP reported.


#afp, #hurriyet-daily, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey, #turkish, #twitter

` Killing of three members of the `Security Forces ‘ in `Turkey ‘ was a `Terrorist Attack ‘ according to Erdogan ‘

#AceWorldNews – Gunning down three members of the security forces in the southern province of Nigde in Turkey was a “nefarious terrorist attack,” according to Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan.

“Two soldiers and one police (officer) have been martyred,” said Erdogan, “Two of the assailants were captured alive and our security forces are conducting a search for the third.”

However, the Turkish PM did not say who was responsible for this act.

The security personnel were carrying out a regular traffic patrol when they were attacked on Thursday.


#prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey, #turkish

` Clashes have erupted in `Turkey ‘ for a second night between police and mourners of `Berkin Elvan ‘

#AceWorldNews Clashes have erupted in Turkey for a second night between police and mourners of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year old who was seriously wounded during protests nine months ago and died Wednesday.

Berkin Elvan spent nine months in a coma after being struck in the head by a tear gas canister as he went to buy bread.

Turkey is polarized between supporters and opponents of the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in the run up to municipal elections scheduled to take place on March 30.

Related News Reports:
1. March 12 21.24 http://wp.me/p165ui-4f7
2. March 11 20.43 http://wp.me/p165ui-4dN


#berkin-elvana, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey

` Erdogan blames death of 15 year-old `Berkin Elvan ‘ on ` Anti-Government Protests ‘ linked to a Terrorist Organisation ‘

#AceWorldNews The Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, said a 15-year old who died Tuesday, nine months after sustaining a head injury in anti-government protests was linked to a ‘terrorist organization’.

His comments are likely to inflame political tensions. Berkin Elvan’s death on Tuesday has sparked the worst unrest since nationwide anti-government demonstrations in June.

Erdogan has presided over a decade of increased living standards and remains Turkey’s most popular politician but critics say that he is becoming increasingly authoritarian and intolerant, citing recent moves to impose government control on the judiciary and the internet.

Related News:
1. March 12 21.24 http://wp.me/p165ui-4f7
2. March 11 20.43 http://wp.me/p165ui-4dN


#berkin-elvana, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkey, #turkish

` Erdogan Accuses Protesters of trying to ` Sow Chaos ‘ after ` Turkey’s ‘ worst day of Civil Unrest ‘

#AceWorldNews Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused protesters on Thursday of trying to sow chaos after Turkey’s worst day of civil unrest since anti-government demonstrations swept the nation last summer.

“These are charlatans, they have nothing to do with democracy, they do not believe in the ballot box,” Reuters quoted Erdogan as saying in the capital Ankara.

He added the protesters were trying to influence upcoming local elections.

Late on Wednesday, a man in Istanbul was shot dead and a police officer in eastern Turkey suffered a fatal heart attack.


#ankara, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #reuters, #turkey

` Turkish Activists hacked into ` Twitter ‘ account of ` Erdogan ‘ posting messages Berkin Elvana ‘

#AceWorldNews A group of Turkish activists hacked into the Twitter account of a top adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, posting messages of solidarity with a teenage boy who recently died as a result of injuries sustained during mass protests last summer.

The Twitter account of Mustafa Varank, one of Erdogan’s top political advisers, was hacked Wednesday, Hurriyet Daily reports.

Many messages posted on the hijacked account memorialized Berkin Elvana, a 15-year-old teenager who died Tuesday after being in a coma for 269 days. Berkin was struck in the head by a tear-gas canister during the now infamous Gezi park protests that gripped Istanbul in June. Berkin was not taking part in the protest, but was rather a passerby.

Varank’s Twitter cover was changed to Elvan’s portrait, and several posts accused Erdogan of being responsible for the boy’s death.

“We know who Elvan’s killer is,” read one of the messages, which also included a photograph of Erdoğan with the inscription: “I gave the instructions to the police.”

Previous Post 11 March at http://wp.me/p165ui-4dN
Extract “To our people: We lost our son Berkin Elvan at 7am this morning. Condolences to us all,” Berkin’s parents wrote.

Hashtag #BerkinElvanÖlümsüzdür (“Berkin Elvan is eternal”) trended globally on Twitter, as news of his death spread.

Hurriyet Daily – RT News – News Sources


#activists, #berkin-elvana, #hurriyet-daily, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #rt-news, #turkish, #twitter

` Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has said he is will to step down if his `Ruling Party ‘fails to win Key Elections’

#AceWorldNews says that the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said he is ready to step down if his ruling party fails to win key local elections later this month.

“I am ready to quit politics unless my party emerges winner in the elections,” which are scheduled for March 30, AFP quoted Erdogan as saying on Wednesday.

He is battling a damaging corruption investigation that poses the greatest challenge yet to his 11 years in power.


#afp, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #turkish