My earthling friends seven years have passed. Here we are again. I have been more busy lately, because there is a new family member anymore. And I couldn’t even read your blog posts for the last 10 days, for this reason. I’ll probably need another 1 month to get everything back to balance, and I will miss to read your posts in this period. As for the new member of the family, he is a 2 month old stray dog.:) I have brought him from another city. I don’t know how they will deal with WD yet. I hope he lives with us and gets used to us. Because his parents are mixed breeds, he actually carries four different racial genes. One of his eyes is blue and the other is brown. This is because his father is half Husky. Although WD doesn’t like Huskies, I know they’ll get along well.
-Cut the crap Migo! I have never liked Huskies, and never will do! -But he is 1/4 Husky you know. -I do not care 1/4 Husky genes, even if he had been 1/4000, I would not have liked! Do you think I buy this! -WD, if we had not got him, he was going to live on the streets you know winter is coming, in the cold days, he was going to live on cold streets hungrily. -I do not care, I had lived on streets 8 months long after I was born. I did all my struggle alone, and he would too! Take it and drop it where you took it!
-He got used to us for 10 days, how can I take him back, look how he is sleeping now. -It’s not out of habit, you realized that he’s sleeping as Bob Marley songs play, you’re constantly playing Bob Marley to make him sleep. Even on our blog’s anniversary, you put a song like this ugly puppy liked!
-His name is not ugly puppy, I named him Zed, you know. -Yes, what a stupid name! -Zed, because he is Z Generation dog.
-You do realize how generation Z is, right, Migo? To them, everyone else except them is a boomer. Who knows with what kind of nonsenses it will give us a headache!
-You may be right, but there is nothing I can do for now. … -Hey, what are you doing, Migo! -I am putting his photo in here! -But, why! -Because he is Generation Z, probably, he will want later to do. -Da*n! I knew it, from now, it has already begun to seize you, with its as yet unformed desires! -Don’t add his photo, I said don’t add, Migo!
-I did it already, sorry WD. -I hate you Migo, my beloved readers and friends will understand me more than you in this special day. -Happy unniversary to you too WD. 😉
My dear earthling friends, you know I have never shared WD photos or visuals here, because I wanted everyone to imagine him, as they want. But I guess, in the future I will add Zed visuals here in some our posts, after all as I have said to WD that Zed is a member of Generation Z.:)
Let’s write our traditional anniversary wish! 🙂
Happy 7th anniversary with you all, our Earthling friends!
With the start of the new academic year at universities in Turkey, students who couldn’t find a place to reside in due to the insufficient capacity of the dormitories and the very high rent prices, began to sleep in parks in many cities of Turkey to protest. They started a movement with name “Barinamiyoruz Hareketi”, “We can not shelter”, movement. They also have a twitter account for their protests to be heard by a wider audience. From this point on, if I transfer what they shared on that account here, the reasons and demands will be better understood.
The text of the statement below the tweet is as follows by translating in English:
“We’ve stopped looking for houses, bargaining with apartments, looking for a job, and slept on the streets last night. From now on, we sleep on the streets every night, burdening the anger and suffering of millions of young people over whom even a roof is withheld.
We are calling you now. First of all, to all university students who were homeless before and homeless in these days, to the neighborhood residents who we can not be neighbors to, to those who work day and night so that their children can find a place to stay.
To all university solidarities, communities, clubs, non-governmental organizations, political parties, deputies, attorneys; to artists, teachers, shopkeepers, workers, the unemployed, women…
To anyone who has trouble with this order that has left us homeless. To our potential neighbors, to all our people, to millions.
We say to all of you, we call on everyone to take responsibility for the solution, to openly take sides with the students, to embrace us, to grow the movement.
Our request and things to do are very easy and clear.
Don’t just follow us silently, be our eyes, ears, and voice. Join our solidarity/need groups, our communication network. Open your home and cafe to students. We are in the parks of your neighborhood, come. Come with your anger, your energy, your voice on you, your tea, your soup, your food on your hands.
It is our open suggestion and call to everyone. If you can’t come, get ready wherever you are. You too go out with a thermos and a cardigan.
We stay in the parks every night, everyone can do it, you can do tonight too. Maybe one, maybe ten days, spend as many nights outside as you can. Don’t say I’m alone, I’m cold, bored, afraid. Choose not to survive for the rest of your life, but to live and let live today. Stay till morning in front of your door, in the nearest park, in front of the university, in front of the dormitories where they did not accept us. When we say we can’t shelter, if the only option they offer us is in custody, you go out there again.
There are thousands of young people who do not sleep, so you don’t sleep neither.
Let’s scatter in the parks, meet all over the country under the wide sky. Because during the day in the auditorium, at night in the park; we will survive and only in this way will we win. Housing is our right, we will take.”
With the announcement of the university placement results, students faced the problem of maximum accommodation. Millions of students across the country have entered a difficult process due to the insufficient capacity of the state dormitories and the rents of private dormitories and residences that have increased with the pandemic. In fact, this situation triggered the #We can’t shelter actions in various cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Kocaeli, where students slept in parks and gardens.
As of 2021, there are a total of 769 state dormitories in Turkey, according to official figures. The bed capacity of these dormitories is 719 thousand 567. The statistics of the Higher Education Institution (YOK) reveal that 7 million 940 thousand 133 students received education at universities in the 2019-2020 academic year in the country.
According to the research conducted by Bahcesehir University Center for Economics and Social Research (BETAM) based on the data pool in the real estate category of sahibinden com (buying and selling web page). The rent increase rate is 50.7 percent in Istanbul, 31.8 percent in Ankara and 30.9 percent in Izmir in one year…
(A student’s comment on the subject)
“The dormitory problem is actually a long-standing issue. This had to be stated now. It has become unusual to go home during the pandemic period. The capacity of state dormitories is quite insufficient. For this reason, some students cannot read and some have to drive 5-6 hours a day,and I am one of them. If my class is at 8 o’clock, I have to get up at 4 o’clock. We are used to being students like this in Turkish conditions. If the state wants to protect its own student, it has to find a solution. The dormitories built are just better than the prison.”
(A student’s comment on the subject)
“Most people in this country are children of workers. It’s hard to maintain a house, even as a civil servant. In this country, let alone eating meat, the weight of vegetables is around 7-8 liras.It is very difficult to live in this country not only as a shelter, but as a human being. We can only breathe in this country. With the 650 liras (student loan in Turkey) given, we can neither shelter nor take food home. If we want to buy a shoe, that’s it. A coat is not less than 300-400 liras.”
(A student’s comment on the subject)
“There is a lot of idle real estate in Turkey. Instead of building these vacant houses as student houses or dormitories, we are opening Turkish house in another country for billions of liras. It means that there is a financial power. Why are you doing something like this instead of spending it on your future?“
Young people from within the movement are also calling out to their friends around the world.
The call to the youth of the world in the video under the tweet is as follows:
“Hello, we are university students from Turkey. After two years, we are returning to our campuses. We became homeless due to the inadequacy of state dormitories and scholarships, the expensiveness of private dormitories and apartments, and we became homeless due to the increasing rent prices during the pandemic period. We set out with requests for lowering the rents of houses and apartments, increasing the capacity of the dormitories, and financial support for student houses. We now use the only option they have left us. Every night, we sleep in parks, on the streets, in front of the university, at the door of the dormitories, and we wake up with our schoolmates. Instead of being alone in the damp, narrow rooms where they condemned us, we gather together under the stars. We know that thousands of students are resisting against this problem in many parts of the world, they organize campaigns and meetings. We invite you to be a voice for our voice, to go out with your pillows, thermos, tea in your hands, to spend the morning on the park benches for a day and to remember us, and to make the agenda in your own press organs. We know that our anger and resistance are common. We share the same steps even when we are miles apart. We look forward to your return and news. We send our greetings to all the youth of the world. Being able to shelter in a humane way is the most basic right of everyone. We will take this right, we will cross the borders between us. With solidarity; “we cannot shelter” movement.”
… Most likely the address of the speech is #rentstrike, the movement of university students around the world.
Almost in the ten cities as far as I have observed, many university students are currently spending the night in the parks of Turkey. If you look at the tweet addresses, you will see photos, videos from many places. Like this one:
Apart from the difficulty of their situation, it is difficult to predict how this movement will go on. Staying, sleeping on the street or parks, is not an easy option during the pandemic period. In many parts of the world, young people find it difficult to access education. Those who try to overcome educational inequality, on the other hand, take the path of acting alone individually or starting a movement collectively as we see it here. And they are on a very difficult path to voice their demands right now. I hope their demands will be reciprocated. I also hope that when they finish their schools, they continue their lives with the awareness that the main reason for all these experiences is capitalism.
Retrospective exhibition, Fana Kulturhus, September 2021
Utstillinga “Retrospektiv frå eit kunstnarliv – 40 år med det politiske og det måleriske”. “Kombinasjon – Fridom?”, olje/akryl på lerret, 115 x 110 cm, 1987
Utstilling: Ivar Tveito Jørdre
laurdag, 11. september 2021, 14:00 – måndag, 27. september 2021
Sjå utstillinga “Retrospektiv frå eit kunstnarliv – 40 år med det politiske og det måleriske” i Fana Fana Kulturhus, Nesttun.
Ivar Jørdre har vore utøvande kunstnar i over 40 år, og har vore politisk aktiv nesten like lenge.
Utdanning: Tønsberg Yrkesskule (Malerlinja), Bergen Tegne og Maleskole. Ulike kurs og prosjekt.
Universitetsutdanning: M.a. Kunsthistorie, Hovudfag i Klassisk arkeologi, Kultur- og religionsvitskap.
Jørdre arbeidar med teikning (blyant, kolstift), akuarell, akryl og oljemåling. Denne utstillinga viser mest måleri i akryl og olje, men også andre teknikkar. Ein instalasjon i tre og metall og ein skulptur vert også stilt ut.
Han arbeidar figurativt og abstraherar ein del. Dette vekslar han ein del, og brukar ofte sterke kontrastar, men også det motsette nedtona uttrykket. Motiva kan ofte ha politisk uttrykk, men i alle typar motiv er det måleriske det sentrale.
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;…”
I really like these lines of Shakespeare. It is an universal general assessment for all humanity, that exactly coincides with human behavior in every age from a time period which seems to be before time. Be sure, even if the calendar shows the year of 2500, these words will be compatible with humanity.
Let’s frame this on the latest situation in Afghanistan today and which country is showing what kind of policy inside and out; and finally, let’s rate them in a political context which a form of activity produced by humans currently works/operates, and how much good their performance acting on the stage by filming.
First, United States of America, movie name “We’re Heroes”
“WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – The United States will seek to evacuate as many U.S. citizens and Afghan interpreters as possible in coming weeks, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday, saying Americans could again make their way to the Kabul airport. We’re going to work really hard in the coming weeks to get as many of them out of the country as we can…Three U.S. military bases were prepared to accept up to 22,000 Afghan allies in the coming weeks… More than 700 people, including more than 150 U.S. citizens, were evacuated in the past 24 hours, Kirby said separately on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
“Afghans, who were put on a cargo plane with the dream of being taken to America, were left in Uganda. According to news, in the statement, it was claimed that the Afghans, who were loaded on the cargo plane from Kabul Airport, took them to Uganda. The statement said: “The first group of Afghan refugees (over 400) who came to Uganda started to settle in the country. Uganda has agreed to accept 2,000 Afghans under a new agreement with the United States. Afghans, who did not know that they were taken to Uganda, were reported to have reacted after they landed.”
Kirby had said 3 of US military bases prepared for Afghans, but according to news at least one of them these bases he mentioned in the Uganda.
Anyway, Over 5 points rating, I give 3 points to US authorities to their film. I take 2 points off US authorities; 1 of 2 points since they did not show much emotional behavior when the statement was made, so acting of one of male leads is not good. 1 of 2 points since they didn’t foresee that the information that Afghans were taken to Uganda instead of going to America would come out in a day, and because their production clumsily.
Secondly, France, movie name “Les Macronuzes”
According to rfi news: “Macron to deploy special forces to Kabul to evacuate French nationals, Afghan allies, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Afghanistan should not return to becoming a “sanctuary of terrorism” and that Paris will not abandon Afghans who worked for France who find themselves under threat from the Taliban.”
“Adel Abdul Raziq, president of the Association of former auxiliaries of the French army affirms that his”colleagues are abandoned by the French army”.”Since the Taliban returned to Kabul, the auxiliaries of the French army, are worried about this threat. They are all locked in their homes,” he testifies. (About 80 people plus their families) …Last June, the Taliban assured that the interpreters were in no danger and called them “repent” and stay in Afghanistan. What is it?
This is a lie. We lost one of our colleagues, Abdul Basir, after their announcement. He was kidnapped for two weeks and they murdered him. They broke their promise. That is why my friends and colleagues who are in Afghanistan are so worried about their future. Those who remained in Afghanistan regret having worked with the French army.”
Over 5 points rating, I give 3 points to France’s Macron and his team movie. I cut one point Macron’s lack directorship ability, and cut one another point, since the promotion of the film resulted in a fiasco on the same day.
Third, Dutch-Netherlands, movie name “Summer in Afghanistan”
Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said on Twitter:
Accoding to Cumhuriyet news: “Dutch newspaper NRC wrote that Afghans working at the Dutch Embassy in Kabul were stunned when they arrived at the office on Sunday, August 15, when all the Dutch staff left the building without saying anything. It was stated that the Dutch staff at the embassy left quietly and that 37 Afghan employees found their places vacant when they came to work.”
I give 2 points to Dutch government. I took off 3 points because they didn’t choose the actors well and the stage planning was very bad. Because seemingly stage was already empty.
Fourth, Sweden, the name of movie, “Greetings to Afghanistan”
“In the press conferance of Swedish Minister of Foreign Affair, Ann Linde “They are currently working to evacuate local employees. These are employees at the embassy and people who worked for the Armed Forces until 2014, as well as their families.”
“According to the news in the Swedish press, 19 people from the Swedish Embassy in Kabul were taken to the US military base in Doha, the capital of Qatar, by helicopter and plane on Sunday evening, August 15. Swedish personnel left Kabul, while local Afghan personnel working with them were left in the country.
It came to the fore that the Swedish staff even blocked the corporate e-mail accounts of Afghans working with them and did not answer their phones.
A group of local Afghan employees e-mailed the Swedish newspaper Expressen yesterday, explaining that they were dumped by former Swedish colleagues who blocked their email addresses and did not answer their calls.
“We don’t know what’s going on and they left us at the office while we were working. We tried to contact them but they didn’t answer our calls and they blocked our email addresses. Please write about us, our lives are in danger. Sweden should abandon its bureaucratic system and “put our lives first before its laws,” statements were included in the email.”
I give 1 points to Swedish government’s movie. I took off 4 points because while artistic concern draws attention in classical Swedish cinema generally, commercial success is in the background, but here on the contrary here, artistic carelessness draws attention, commercial success is in the foreground.
Fifth, Germany, movie name “Dosenbier und Weinflaschen” – “Cans of beer and bottles of wine”
With the headline “Beer and wine removed – local personnel remain”, “There was a carrying capacity for alcohol, but not for local personnel in Afghanistan.” evaluation was made.
In the news, it was reminded that at the beginning of June, when Germany was preparing to leave Afghanistan, it took out 65,000 beer cans and 340 wine bottles belonging to the German army from the country.
Although this is a coincidence in terms of timing, the German government’s priority given to people who worked for Germany for years and risked their lives in Afghanistan, the report said, “For the German government, they are less valuable than beer cans.” expression was used.
I don’t want to impress anyone who reads these lines, but I give this movie of the German government 5 full points! It was built on the love of beer, which is mostly identified with the German people in the world, and processed the brain work of the Germans, who are mechanical geniuses. Especially if we had been able to watch those drinks being loaded onto the planes in a systematic and disciplined Germans way, it would have been a visual feast! Congratulations to Merkel and her team, bravo!
If you want to give a rating or comment about these movies, you’re always welcome my earthling friends!
U.S. President Joe Biden gave a speech yesterday to both US public and world. How about checking the accuracy of what he said? One of the headlines of his speech was the sentences in which he blamed the Afghan army.
“I always promised the American people that I will be straight with you. The truth is: This did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So what’s happened? Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country. The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight…We gave them every chance, but we could not provide them the will to fight for their future.”
Here, Biden gave the impression that the Afghan army was too cowardly or inert to even do the homeland defense, which is their primary duty, leaving their weapons in their hands without firing a single shot. In reality, what was the reason why the Afghan army left without firing a single shot? And did they really suddenly drop their weapons?
As Joe Biden praised in his speech in Washington DC on 08.07.2021, so about one month ago, the Afghan army that the US armed and formed in Afghanistan for 20 years was 300,000 people, and there was a Taliban militant force of 75,000 people. And the Afghan army was form not only with manpower, but also equipped with the technically advenced weapons and military equipment that the US had given them.
In the video he is mentioning about this in 13:45-14:00 minutes
What is the truth of behind this? The Afghan army actually did not lay down its arms when it suddenly saw the Taliban army in front of it. They have already started to abandon their weapons gradually from the middle of July and even started to leave the country. The proof of this can be understood by looking at the number of Afghan men who entered Turkey illegally, especially since 20 July. Turkey public has been speaking about Afghan men who have smuggled into Turkey with big numbers for about 1 mounth. Turkish people are very worried about this. Because some Afghan men, who have come to Turkey in previous and have no records, have a high rate of involvement in crime in Turkey, and Turkish people feel stuck with both the economic crisis, the pandemic and the recent big natural disasters, like forest fires and floods. In fact, the situation in Turkey has become so sensitive and serious that in the last month, a survey has started to be conducted almost every day, and the rate of those who do not want both Afghans and Syrians in Turkey has reached 80%-82%. The vote rate of Tayyip Erdogan and his party now seems to be fixed in the band of 30%, again due to these reasons in the polls.
Now, there is a male Afghan invasion from Afghanistan, that does not have a border with Turkey, and the Turkish government did not take any precautions, even mostly allowing them to pass. Especially after July 20, 2021, thousands of Afghan men started to enter Turkey from the Turkish-Iranian border every day. Although the Turkish public was curious and asked both Tayyip Erdogan and the government, no response was received. Who were these young Afghan men? On August 15, it was understood and learned that these people are soldiers of the Afghan army. In other words, if they fall into the hands of the Taliban, they will be executed or tortured to death.
This information was confirmed by the information received from both journalists in the field and some academics in Turkey, who gave information from Afghanistan.
Without going into depth what agreements were made in the background in that briefing, in short, it is said that “we(US) will expel the people with whom we fought together against the Taliban in Afghanistan, because we will no longer be in Afghanistan. We will give them a special visa. They will come to America with that visa. Exit from the country has already begun. We told Pakistan to keep the borders open. (Apparently they told Turkey as well) We will bring these people between 12 and 14 months.”
Here, only Iran’s situation is not explained. A relationship with Iran in this context seems to have been transferred to Turkey. Why Iran? Because there is no border between Turkey and Afghanistan. Afghan men arriving in Turkey by entering Turkey through the Iran-Turkey border. And actually, according to international law, Iran is committing a crime. Because if a person is leaving his country, if there is no war situation in the country he first entered, that country cannot deport that person. But Iran is deporting Afghan men. And no Iranian official has made a statement on this issue, nor Iran was condemned at the United Nations, nor has the Turkish government given Iran a note on this matter. This already makes the opposition in Turkey ask the questions.
Like, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, CHP, main opposition party’s leader in parliament of Turkey tweeted.
The people of Turkey currently do not know what negotiations were made in this closed-door meeting between Joe Biden and Tayyip Erdogan in July 16, 2021 and in what context Iran was included the issue. Since the questions of the opposition and the majority of the public have not been answered in Turkey by government, maybe American journalists can ask about between Tayyip Erdogan and Joe Biden closed door interview content and get an answer.
Biden also had announced that the US would withdraw from Afghanistan in early September. However, according to the news, the Afghan people were told followings.
The interview here belongs to an Afghan academic who has been living in Turkey for 13 years and published in dw.com in 16 August. Many members of her family still live in Afghanistan. And Dr. Zakira Hekmat, she said that:
“Nothing is being disclosed to the public… Actually, they said that they(US) would leave (complately) in September, there are still two weeks until September. The US Embassy in Afghanistan said, “The Taliban can come to Kabul in 72 hours or within a week,” by publishing an article. But it didn’t even take 72 hours. They arrived in Kabul within 8 hours. Right now, all the people of Afghanistan are in a state of unease. Especially women. I follow social media. The activists I know there, people working in the field of women’s rights, journalists, they are all nervous. Most of them were crying yesterday, sharing their latest status on WhatsApp or Facebook, saying “Today is our last day at work”. Most of what happened there is not in the media at the moment. Many women committed suicide in Afghanistan, unfortunately. By saying “Don’t let the Taliban take us, this death is more honorable for us”, they jumped off the roofs.”
One of the headlights of the Biden’s speech yesterday was: “If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.”
He says that the right decision is the beginning of September at first, then the Afghan people are given a written statement saying they are leaving in 1 week or 72 hours by the American authorities in Afghanistan, but then within 8 hours the Taliban approaches Kabul, and the US begins to withdraw.
Which one was the right decision, Mr. President?
He also does not mention what 5,000 US troops made he mentioned earlier in his speech. According to the local people and some of the observers and journalists working in the field there, stated that the reason for that chaos at the Kabul airport was the US troops of 5,000 people at first. While the Afghan people are trying to reach the planes that can take them, they say that they could not reach their planes due to the interference and chaos of the US troops creating. Many planes waited for this reason and could not take off. Afghan people, who have fallen into despair with this long wait, cannot endure and try to reach the planes. I think this is true, because the fact that the US troops opened fire on the civilian Afghans at the airport in the morning of August 16 and killed 5 civillian people seems to confirm the accuracy of the information. In the coming period, when these people reach safe places, the truth will emerge.
There is also this tweet by Ajmal Ahmady, DAB Governor, Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan,TAPI Board Member, Former Minister of Industry & Commerce
Who gave the order ANSF to not fight? If there are someones above made this, can you believe these ones giving this order actioned by themself without US authorities’ knowledge there?
In addition, this article published in Time yesterday can give an idea of the behavior of the US troops in Kabul airport.
“The White House had envisioned thousands of Afghan interpreters, journalists and contractors boarding commercial flights and safely heading toward their destinations. Instead, they are huddling behind blast walls under the protection of armed U.S. troops at the Kabul airport.
The White House had envisioned withdrawing 2,500 U.S. forces and leaving behind a contingent of 650 service members to secure the embassy. Instead, about 6,000 troops are being rushed to the airport for protection; the embassy was fully evacuated by Sunday evening.”
However, Biden does not mention the civilian Afghans killed by the US troops at the Kabul airport, nor the actions of the 5000 American military force at the Kabul airport in 15 August and 16 August in his speech.
In conclusion, equipping a people with modern guns in your rhetoric, Mr. Biden, in the best possible way does not create an army if you take actions that will break their will to war much earlier, and reinforce it with some promises (written or verbally disseminated), and no action is expected from them. Then, if you look into the eyes of the American people in front of the whole world and show that these people as a scapegoat, you will only be a perception manager, not the president of a big country.
To say that “we did this for the safety of the American lands and people,” when you realize that you cannot present yourself as a savior in an occupied territory by US, confusing Afghan people with declarations such as “We will withdraw in a week, we will withdraw in 72 hours,” with their ever-changing decisions, is simply twisting the words.
Not revealing the actions of the 5000-man US troops at Kabul airport in 24 hours, and their consequences, is a very good example of black humor, as you know this is not going to make a Hollywood heroic movie.
The truth behind the question of from whom are you protecting and the actions you said you have taken to protect the American lands and people, namely, US governments’ actions against the terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, which have been created by the American governments for proxy wars and to create instability both in the middle of Asia and the Middle East, for almost the last 40 years, are perverted in your speech. It is a disgrace to present the facts that these organizations were created and financed by US governments for decades, as if it were the opposite.
I believe that the people of the planet earth are now seriously bored, overwhelmed and do not want to hear the speeches and to see the actions of Biden and similar leaders anymore. Hiding the truth, not talking about it, distorting it, are the ways of lying. And you lie to both the American people and the world public, Mr. President. How long do the peoples of the planet, who are already struggling with the pandemic and economic crisis, have to listen to the lies of you and leaders like you? This is a question that I think everyone should ask themselves on the planet.
“A person who does not want to be torn from this soil; The heart is stubborn; it throws itself into water and fire, but its foot does not move two steps. I did not go and I am still in Kabul; I am in my corner and we are crying in pain. It was sad to see the scene of the airport, the influx and the begging of the people and the fact that no one took their place on any flight.”
This post is perhaps the shortest post in my blog. I just wanted to make a note of the history for the night that connects August 15 to August 16, 2021. Afghanistan was destroyed again tonight. Let’s not forget that today the people are stuck between escaping from their country and not fleeing; while the foreign governments, at first US, that made their own country this way have literally devastated a country as they fled. For, it to rise again…
In fact, for the entire planet, this order must change!
Today this tweet was deleted, I do not know why. But with a little research I have seen same tweet content, in her, Sahraa Karimi’s instagram account, here, https://www.instagram.com/sahraakarimi/
In July 28, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 22,291 people, number of death for this day was 76. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows. “The cases are at a level that makes it difficult to control the epidemic. We must stop this risk with a common will and decision that will benefit all of us. Precautions should be followed and those who are not vaccinated should be vaccinated. The first dose is immediately, the second and third dose as soon as it’s time!”
On the same day, news of forest fires started to come in several of the similar spots from the south of the country. Forest fires started in the 4 provinces in the south of Turkey. Three of these provinces are on the Mediterranean coast, and one is in the same region just inside. Especially 2 of them have attracted the attention of all rulers throughout history with the forests at back and the sea in front. In Manavgat, Antalya province at 4 different forests, in Aydincik, Mersin province, Osmaniye province in 2 forests, Adana province in 21 different places.
Especially the fires that broke out in 4 forest areas in Manavgat and then spread to settlements/villages would continue for days…
On the very same day, a law was enacted about tourism promotion and forest areas, but it’s echos would emerge in a day or two, and some professional chambers, some professors teaching in this field, opposition media and political parties would raise their voice againts issue.
As the journalist Murat Yetkin mentioned in his article in July 31, with title, “Forests and coasts open to new looting before the fires extinguishing“
“…Interestingly coincidence, the Law No. 7334 on the Amendment of the “Tourism Promotion Law and Some Laws” was published in the Official Gazette on July 28, 2021, when the forest fires started. According to paragraph “d” of Article 1 of the Law, the forest lands “Even if it is outside the Cultural and Tourism Development Zones” will be included in the scope of public interest and can be opened to tourism investors. All state immovables in these areas, location, places and borders will be determined and announced by the President’s decision, will also be included in the scope of tourism…”
Again on the same day, on July 28, there were news on the newspapers that a new influx of refugees from Afghanistan could come. Some of these news included interviews that showed that “Afghan families” no longer want to live under the oppression of the Taliban mentality in Afghanistan. They said that their aim was to go to Europe via Turkey. Some newspapers, on the other hand, had news of close to 3.5 million Afghans will be at the Turkish border in near future.
Actually a video was released about 10 days ago before July 28, Afghans were unloaded from a truck on a highway connecting two cities in the middle of Turkey, and they were left in the middle of the road. How could the people who were viewed while crossing the border recently come to the middle of Turkey? ie about 1000 km.
People started to talk that it was no surprise, that Afghans could easily cross the borders. However, the Afghans issue would be delayed for a few more days. Because the ruling party AKP Deputy Chairman and Head of Local Administrations, Mehmet Ozhaseki, had said the day before, “In some cities, they(Syrians) keep the industry alive“.
One of the comments on this subject came from a journalist, Murat Muratoglu.
In video between 3.25-5.00 minutes:
“Look, if the economy of this country is in this situation today, and if it will get worse tomorrow, one of the most important reasons for this is the refugees. Why? Because you have 12 million unemployed citizens in Turkey. You have 12 million unemployed and you make refugees work. Now there is an argument that “Turks don’t want to work”. Why do Turks not want to work? Because if you make the Turks work 16 hours a day, if you don’t pay their insurance, if you don’t allow them, (these are the problems) you can’t easily dismiss them when you want to fire them. But when you recruit Syrians, none of this is available. After making Syrians work like slaves for 16 hours, they say to Europe, “Look, we are teaching humanity to the world” (he is talking about the government sayings). Isn’t the biggest immorality in this world to take advantage of people’s plight? The men(Syrians) have no place to stay anyway. 20 people stay together in containers, they work for half the minimum wage, they do not provide food them, their social rights are not given (by the employer). They don’t even bother to fire them. But Turks have to take care of their house. “Have three children, have five children” (referring to the phrase that Recep Tayyip Erdogan often speaks to the Turks), is easy when you say it, you do it, you live in palaces. But for the people, will you pay the rent of the house or pay the bills like electricity? Refugees are already using illegal electricity, in containers that stay at companies’ construction sites. They don’t have an expense like the Turks. But the Turk has to look after his house. But, school is free for Syrians, and hospital (health services) is free. However, if the Turkish citizen does not pay the Social Security premium to the state, they are not allowed to enter the hospital.”
By the way, it should be noted that like Murat Muratoglu, both the majority in Turkey and everyone outside of Turkey who comment on this issue uses the word “refugee” for those who come to Turkey from Syria or other east countries. However, this is wrong. Being a party to the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees, Turkey has narrowed the general geographical definition in this convention and only a person from European countries can become a refugee if they want to come to Turkey for reasons specified in the convention. In other words, Turkey only accepts those who come from European countries as refugees, as the party it has declared to its domestic law and to the United Nations. Because of those who came from Syria cannot be accepted as refugees, “Directive on Admission and Accommodation of Citizens of the Syrian Arab Republic and Stateless Persons Residing in the Syrian Arab Republic Coming to Turkey for Mass Asylum” was published as a circular in 2013. And “temporary protection status” applies to those coming from Syria. If they have not acquired Turkish citizenship during this period, none of those coming from Syria are refugees, nor asylum seekers. They are only under “temporary protection” status. Also, another point to be noted here is that this circular was issued only within the scope of Syrians. In other words, just like Syrians, unless a circular is added to the law for Afghans coming to Turkey and those coming from other eastern countries, it occurs currently a situation of unlawfulness.
In July 29, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 22,161 people, number of death for this day was 60. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows.
“The number of cases today is 22,161. It is not possible to be protected from the epidemic without following the precautions without vaccination. Let’s get back to the fight with vaccines and measures.”
On the same day, forest fires continued. There were really bad images coming from Manavgat, Antalya. Moreover, forest fires started not only in that region, but also in Mugla, which is Aegean coastal city in the south-west of the country. And again, as in the others, forest fires were seriously threatening the settlements.
Here is the link of the zoom.earth image like I added at the beginning, showing the fires in Turkey on July 29.
The serious threat of forest fires to both nature and settlement areas, and especially very few aerial firefighting planes and helicopters drew attention, disturbing both the residents of the region and the people in other parts of the country. Because the people of Turkey had gained the experience that whenever there was a forest fire, the Turkish Aeronautical Association had the experience of dealing with fires in a much shorter time with the intervention of firefighting planes.
The Turkish Aeronautical Association was established in 1925 by the order of Ataturk. It was an institution that survived through donations. While its function is to provide firefighting aircraft or ambulance helicopters, it has also provided the pilot training for years. According to its own web page, there are eleven M-18 Dromader and nine CL-215 Bombardier type firefighting aircraft in the fleet of the Turkish Aeronautical Association. For years, it evaluated the donations given by the people of Turkey and these services together with the tenders it received from the state. When we say donations, we are not talking about small donations. A significant number of real estate or land in many parts of Turkey are included in these donations. I am using the past tense about the institution, because it was learned that, in fact, a trustee was appointed to the Turkish air institution by the government. In other words, Turkish Aeronautical Association could not pay its debts and the state appointed a manager of its own choice to head the institution.
Now it may be asked, “yes, this institution somehow went bankrupt, but what happened to the firefighting planes it has?” This was the question that almost everyone started to ask that day. On the second day of the forest fires, which especially threatened the country’s south coastline, everyone was looking at the sky and rebelling with angry desperation, saying: “Where are our firefighting planes, why are they not coming to help?” The people of Turkey were right to say “where are our firefighting planes”. Because, as I explained above, this institution has come to this day in line with the donations made by the Turkish people for almost 100 years. The answers to these questions and more would emerge the next day.
On the same day, the following news appeared in the press. “NATO starts training Afghan special military units in Turkey” The entry of the news is as follows: “After the end of the training program in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of international troops, NATO is preparing to start its first training program abroad for Afghan security forces in Turkey. According to the information obtained by the German news agency dpa, a group of Afghan special military units flew to Ankara for training purposes. NATO plans to regularly train Afghan troops outside Afghanistan…”
Turkish government had already announced that it wanted to take on the task of protecting the Kabul airport in Afghanistan by meeting with the authorities in US about a month ago. According to the news in the press, Turkey was very keen on this issue, but the American side was cautious, constantly stating that it was of great importance to protect the Kabul airport.Despite the contradictory situation, US authorities on the other hand finds “Turkey’s protection of Kabul airport ‘vital’ for diplomatic presence in Afghanistan”, according to news. As if it was an undiscovered source of energy had been found on the planet, and this source was located right under the Kabul airport, and America wanted an election very carefully about who will protect this area. When we say an election, there is actually no election. Again according to the news in the press, there is no one who wants this job outside of Turkey. Every country wants to sever their ties with that place as soon as possible.
If you google why Kabul airport is so important, you will meet the followings.
“This airport has a vital role in establishing a connection between Afghanistan, which is located in a mountainous region, has no sea transportation and has a serious security problem on the roads, with the outside world.” According to this importance, since no one other than Turkey is willing to do this job, in this case, no country other than Turkey wants the people living in Aghanistan to contact the outside world.
“Kabul Airport is one of the priority places in terms of ensuring security after the withdrawal.” According to this importance, it is Turkey that wants the withdrawal of NATO troops to be carried out in the healthiest way possible. The 27 countries in ISAF are NATO countries, but inside them only Turkey wants to send everyone home safely.
“Some countries assert airport and air transport security as a prerequisite for holding their diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. Moreover, international aid organizations deliver the necessary humanitarian aid to this country using this airport.”I guess, again, any country other than Turkey does not concern about the security of diplomatic elements or international aid organizations.
Considering these importance items, Turkey seems kind of being more royalist than the king.
By the way, I came across another information about Kabul airport recently. The video below is a video published by Coskun Aral. He is Turkish war correspondent, photo journalist, television journalist and documentary film producer, according to wikipedia. But for the many Turkey people, he is the brave heart with his news from the battlefields in many parts of the world for many years, he is a great traveler because he has the ability to go to places you can never imagine and introduce and teach them, he’s a great photographer because the shots he captures feel alive. He is shortly one of the few good men for many Turkey citizens, and his comments about the issues he knows have high percent truth.
In video between 9:35-10:35 minutes “Well, even if Turkey is not in a combatant position to control Kabul airport, would it be a problem for Turkey to secure that airport? I think it does, because Kabul airport is a place where one or two airlines of the world operate, one of which is Afghan airline Ariana, I don’t know how many planes of its are left, and the other one is our Turkish airlines; it is an airport where only private planes land and take off for special purposes. Let me tell you what they are. Drug trafficking. Because Afghanistan is one of the leading countries in heroin production in the world, defined as the golden crescent this country due to this feature, only the Taliban’s income is close to one billion dollars from this. In the meantime, guess where that $1 billion worth of heroin reaches in the world markets. Because of such a market, the use of that airport brings other problems.”
In July 30, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 22,083 people, number of death for this day was 69. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows.
“We have not yet been able to keep the rate of increase in the number of cases under control. The way to do this is prevention and vaccination. Get your vaccine without wasting time, no matter day and night or the weekend, and follow the precautions.”
The General Directorate of Forestry announced that 70 of the 81 forest fires in 24 cities that broke out between 28-30 July were brought under control. According to the table published by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli on his social media account, 21 fire extinguishing works were continuing in 7 different provinces.
Here is the link of the zoom.earth image like I added at the beginning, showing the fires in Turkey on July 30.
Regional directorate of forest firefighting teams, firefighters sent to the cities where there were fires from many provinces, the people of the region, the volunteers who came to help by hearing the fire, non-governmental organizations and almost everyone were struggling with all their might to overcome the fires with the least damage. At the same time, everyone had the same question, “Where are our firefighting planes?” In response to these questions, on 30 July 2021, the Minister of Forestry made a press statement in Antalya, Manavgat. According to the statement, 3 firefighting planes were leased from Russia.
What matters is not what we fly in the air, but what we throw on the ground. No matter how much water we throw on the ground, whether it’s the Russian planes or helicopters we’re currently using, there’s nothing more capable than that. Now we are making purchases with the tender system. So we don’t have firefighting planes, we don’t have helicopters in our inventory. This has been the case since eternity, and we started to work on the purchase of aircraft in our inventory upon the instruction of our President.
He claimed, “We don’t have a problem with the Turkish Aeronautical Association, we can’t. The problem with the aircraft is not the capacity to fly, it is not capable of performing even if it flies.”
Pakdemirli continued his words by saying, “Helicopters were chosen according to the geography of Turkey. The planes of the Turkish Aeronautical Association are not capable of flying, but there are still making explanations like we should use planes from the 1960s like an antique shop.”
According to news “The description of the aircraft of the Turkish Aeronautical Association as “antique” also drew a reaction. Former THK Central Supervisory Board Chairman Bayram Duman said, “Turkish Aeronautical Association is not an antique shop. Our fire planes, on the other hand, are not antiques, they are world-class planes used by all Western countries. Our aircraft are capable of flying and have high performance. There are no old planes in aviation, there are neglected planes. These planes can intervene in fires when they are maintained within 4-5 days.”
A couple days later, according to the statements of the pilots who had previously worked at the Turkish Aeronautical Association, 11 pilots were going to say they are ready for the mission if the call comes. Also 4 million dollars is needed to prepare these planes. Russian planes were leased for 1.3 million Turkish liras for 153 days, or about 150 thousand Turkish liras per day.
In total, 203 million Turkish liras, or about 25 million dollars, was going to pay for the rental of 3 Russian planes. According to the following news in May 2021, “They rented planes from Russia for 1.3 million liras per day, while domestic facilities were available.” “The Ministry of Forestry opened a firefighting aircraft lease contract. The five ready-to-fly aircraft of the Turkish Aeronautical Association were not put into the tender this year either. 4 companies participated. The tender was given to the firm that submitted the most expensive bid. Turkey, which rots the planes of the Turkish Aeronautical Association in the hangar, will pay 1.3 million liras per day to 3 Russian aircraft, and 203 million liras in total for 153 days.”
And it would come out that the tender specifications of the Ministry of Forestry for fire extinguishing aircraft were changed and the capacity limit of 5000 liters was introduced. The Turkish Aeronautical Association could not get the tender with its 4900 liters fire planes, that is, because of the difference of 100 liters. However, it was very interesting that one of the Spanish planes that came to help a few days later was the same model as the Turkish Aeronautical Association inventory planes.
On the same day, in Konya, one of the provinces in the middle of Turkey, news came that 7 people belonging to a family of Kurdish origin Turkish citizens were killed…
On the same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu was with Minister Pakdemirli, who made a press statement on the Forest Fires. And according to the news: “Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, while talking about the continuation of forest fires in Antalya, stated that an account will be opened by the Antalya Governorship for “cash aid” and said, “Our nation is generous. They always do what they can for support.”
Mevlut Cavusoglu’s announcement that an aid account was opened in this way caused immediate reactions. In previous natural disasters, the authorities in Turkey opened an aid account and Turkish citizens used to donate money to this account. However, there was a situation like this. For example, the public had serious doubts that the aid money collected for the previous earthquake or the tax paid by every citizen under the name of earthquake tax were actually given as aid to earthquake victims. As stated in this news:
“Among the six taxes that were enacted after the 1999 earthquake to reduce economic losses, SCT is the only tax that continues to be levied until today. That’s why it was named ‘earthquake tax’. According to experts, approximately 70 billion liras of earthquake tax was collected between 2002 and 2020. This is estimated at more than $30 billion at annual exchange rates. CHP Istanbul Deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu’s asked question “Where were the earthquake taxes used between 2002-2020?” Answering the question, Minister of Treasury and Finance Lutfi Elvan reminded the principle of unity of the Treasury in the law and stated that it could have been used for any expense in the budget. Elvan, stating the Special Communications Tax (OIV), known as the ‘earthquake tax’ in the public, is used within the scope of the ‘Treasury union’, “It may have been spent on any expense,” he implied.
There are actually 7 basic tax types in Turkey. However, the tax types under these 7 basic taxes are listed according to their codes and there are more than 7 tax types according to the current list of the Presidentship of revenue management. In total, in 17 laws, 53 taxes, fees and shares. In other words, some kind of tax of tax is also paid.
There is a calculation of the collected taxes as follows:
In video between 6:56- 7:46 minutes: Ozlem Gurses: Murat, how much public loss do you think in Turkey? Murat Muratoglu: Haha, very good question. In which area? O. Gurses: It doesn’t matter at all, in total. M. Muratoglu: You mean what did they eat? O. Gurses: I don’t mean it in that sense. I mean, how rich we could have been get? What is done with these tender laws, irregularities, unnecessary expenditures, pomp. M. Muratoglu: If we calculate it this way, the tax collected since 2003 is 2.5 trillion dollars. Look around you, you could build 2-3 countries with 2.5 trillion dollarsfrom scratch. O. Gurses: $2.5 trillion dollars? M. Muratogu: Yes, taxes were collected. O. Gurses: So this is equal to Turkey’s income? M. Muratoglu: No, Turkey’s annual income is 750 billion dollars.
In many of the social media and public interviews this day, Turkish citizens was angrily asking where and when these taxes would be used, if they are not used in times like these.
Today, there were also news of “Afghan families” who want to go to Europe from Afghanistan via Turkey.
In July 31, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 22,332 people, number of death for this day was 79. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows.
“The number of cases is above the 20 thousand limit despite the weekend. It is possible to reverse this. If we comply with the measures and gain immunity with the vaccine, the situation will turn in our favor.”
The latest situation in the forest fires was not encouraging. Although the fires were extinguished at many points, the fires continued rapidly in some districts and villages on the southern line.
Here is the link of the zoom.earth image like I added at the beginning, showing the fires in Turkey on July 31.
The fires that started in the forests had also engulfed the settlements. People started to be evacuated from some parts of towns such as Manavgat, Marmaris, Bodrum and Fethiye.
By the way, I should point out that I am not adding the videos and images of the fires in this post.Those, who want see the level of disaster, can access all the images and videos if they write the names of these districts that I mentioned and write forest fire on google translate and translate them into Turkish, after google them. Why I don’t add it? Because I have never witnessed such a disaster in my life on this planet. Hundreds of years of forests were burning, animals, houses, the desperation of people, but the efforts to save every living thing until the last moment under this desperation, how rapidly the flames threaten life, were all more frightening than a chaotic movie.And adding these visuals would have made it very difficult for me to write this post as it would affect the reading of the readers by focusing.
For example, in the images of today that I have not included here, there are villagers in Mersin Silifke trying to dig a trench by digging the ground with their hands to prevent the progression of the fire 3 meters in front of them. Yes, with bare hands. Kazdaglari Istanbul Solidarity @kazdaglariist tweet on this subject was as follows: · “We will not be able to prevent this fire if you do not send a rake, a pick, or gloves to help us, and WATER. We are on fire!”
Or, in the images that I have not included here, there are citizens in Marmaris trying to fill the fire truck with 5 liters of water to make it move forward. Or, in the images that I have not included here, there is a man with his cows surrounded by flames, screaming for help. Or there are images of frogs and even butterflies escaping from the fire drinking water from people’s hands. You heard right, even butterflies!
And among all these and others, what was worse affecting was a burning forest video with a sound recording. The cries of animals, wild boars, birds and many other animals could be heard.
On the same day, according to the news of dw turkish, Turkey had a 10 million dollar mosque built in Ghana. Hearing that the mosque in Ghana was built by Turkey at a cost of $10 million, the citizens of Turkey were thinking of the $4 million needed to make the Turkish Aeronautical Association’s firefighting planes available.
Meanwhile, on the same day, while forests continued to burn in the south and south-west of the country, Baskale district of Van province in the east of the country flooded. While many houses were destroyed, a woman was also swept away by the flood waters.
In the evening of the same day:
Erdogan in the disaster area: “He threw tea to the people in Marmaris, that was fighting fires!” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is AKP member, said about the forest fires in Marmaris, “We will not leave the square to provocateurs.” After his speech, Erdogan threw tea to the people, as he did in flood areas.
In August 1, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 20,890 people, number of death for this day was 96. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows.
“What will stop the rise in the number of cases are the will we demonstrate and the measures we will accord with. Get vaccinated, stay away from crowds.”
That day, forest fires were continuning…
Here is the link of the zoom.earth image like I added at the beginning, showing the fires in Turkey on August 1.
And that day, the government, which was critized about fire-fighting, put the responsibility for forest fires to municipalities at first hand, so by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. All of the provinces’ municipalities on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts where forest fires occur in Turkey these days are governed by opposition parties not by government party AKP.
News: “Minister Pakdemirli: The responsibility in the forest areas that I see belongs to the municipalities.”
While the laws in Turkey were clearly written and in front of everyone, the debate on whether the primary responsibility for forest fires belonged to the municipalities or the government lasted for four days. By law, responsibility for forest areas belonged to the government. In other words, to the General Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. According to news on 4 August, Muharrem Ince a former deputy from the main opposition party, was going to respond to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who put the responsibility on the municipalities in the same way as the minister of his own government, as follows on Twitter:
“You can’t escape responsibility, Erdogan! You’ve been in power for 19 years, you haven’t bought a fire-fighting plane! You left the ours in the hangar. It’s a shame to say “fire is the responsibility of municipalities”! The fire that started in the forests came to settlements as a result of your incompetence. Tell the right, tell the truth.”
On the same day, apart from the coastal provinces, there was another province where the fire started. That was the province of Tunceli, that is, the province ruled by Turkey’s only communist mayor, Fatih Mehmet Macoglu.
A fire broke out in Hozat district of Tunceli province and when Macoglu set out to go to that area with his team, police forces prevented them from entering the fire area. Just on the day when the Minister of Forestry Pakdemirli said that the responsibility belongs to the municipalities, a dilemma arose such as preventing the fulfillment of the responsibility they had imposed on the municipalities.
Turkish journalist and columnist Ismail Saymaz made the following assessment on the situation in his column on this day: “…Reputation is burning furiously The President, like his minister, says that the Turkish Aeronautical Association does not have an airplane. If it has, he would surely have known. He recently flew eight planes to visit Cyprus. The last time Ercan Airport saw so many planes at the Cyprus extraction operation(in 1974). If the Turkish Aeronautical Association had a plane that could fly, it would have landed in Cyprus with the president’s fleet before extinguishing the fire. While Erdogan explains that having a complex with 1115 rooms, building a summer palace in Okluk bay and a winter palace in Malazgirt as “It’s not be retrenched on reputation”, he sees a fleet of 13 aircraft as a requirement of the state governing (mentioning presidential fleet). Turkey’s reputation has been on fire for three days, since the firefighting planes, which can be repaired with the income from the sale of one of these planes, are covering a spider web on the ground….”
Meanwhile, the flooding in Van province continued, according to news, thousands of animals died and dozens of houses were destroyed.
This day, also the following video about Afghans approaching the Turkish border were shared on social media.
In the first three days of press news that I included in this post, it was stated that those who were coming were always Afghan families. However, these images and many more images that would appear later showed that there were no women and children among those who came. It was only young Afghan men who came.
In August 2, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 22,898 people, number of death for this day was 91. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows.
“The rate of increase in the number of cases tends to decrease. We are the ones who will make it permanent. Get your vaccine without compromising the measure.”
Today, the fires in the Cokertme neighborhood of Mugla province and the Bodrum district were very large. For Cokertme, the mayor of Mugla wrote the following tweet on the night between August 1 and August 2: “Last look at our Cokertme neighborhood. We are in great sadness…” #weareonfire #Milasfire #wewantairintervention
Also today, the mayor of Antalya metropolitan wrote the following tweet: “The fire in Gundogmus has come to the city. Planes and helicopters are needed. As the Metropolitan Municipality, we are intervening on land with our relevant institutions and organizations. We are evacuating with our buses. Our lives are hurting. Let’s put out this fire together now.”
Marmaris Mayor told the authorities, “Hisaronu is on fire! Flames have reached the settlements, houses are being evacuated. Emergency air support is a must! Hear the screams now!” by making call on Twitter.
Bodrum Mayor‘s tweet about today was as follows: “Please hear our voice, we need urgent help. To defend the last remaining forests in Bodrum, to protect life.” # wewantairintervention #Bodrumonfire
By the way, I would like to add that these mayors and others didn’t just tweet during the fires, of course. They were helping by trying to coordinate between the people and the rescue teams in the constantly fire areas, almost 24/7 every day.
Here is the link of the zoom.earth image like I added at the beginning, showing the fires in Turkey on August 2.
While the news channels known for their closeness to the government were making news like “Turkey’s fight against fires set an example to the world,” the mayors of the districts where the fires broke out were tweeting pleadingly and asking for help.
Besides, according to the news on the same day: “Citizens chased the TRT (Turkish state television) crew in Hisaronu, which was still on fire: ‘Yesterday you said Hisaronu was saved!’
In Mugla Marmaris, fires continue in many regions for 5 days. One of the places most affected by the fires was Hisaronu in terms of the number of settlements.
As the flames started to rise again in the Hisaronu District, the citizens living in the area reacted to the TRT team by saying, “Yesterday, you said Hisaronu was saved,” saying that they saved their homes with their own efforts. Meanwhile, the NTV reporter said, “Who said it?” replied.
Citizens who said, “There is no intervention, we are burning here, the nation has come to this point,” demanded the TRT team to leave the region.
‘There is no police?’ A citizen said, “Then why is he distributing tea in Marmaris?” said. After the reactions, the TRT reporter yelled, by saying “Isn’t there a policeman?”
TRT crew had to leave the area by getting into their cars.
The main reason why the state’s emergency fire rescue teams and the firefighters of the provincial municipalities are insufficient, and the mayors of the districts especially ask for air support, is that these forested areas are on very rough and steep lands. Therefore, it is very difficult to reach by road. In addition, the fact that the burning pine cones jumped a few kilometers away from its place, like a firecracker, with the effect of the strong wind, made the intervention efforts from the land insufficient. That’s why endless efforts of the civilians, the firefighters from many provincial municipalities also forestry directorates were not enough.
Also during the day, news of a terrible murder came from Antalya. A young woman, 21-year-old college student, was brutally murdered and thrown into the forestland…
“Loan offer from Erdogan to villagers whose house was burned: ‘It’s like paying 500 Turkish Liras rent after 2 years…” Mustafa Cansız, the headman of Kalemler village, where was affected by the fire in Antalya’s Manavgat district, where also 7 people lost their lives in fires, stated that when President Erdogan who is member of AKP came to their village, and he promised that “everyone’s house would be built”.
Headman Cansiz said:
Mr. President said that for example, “if there is an expense of 500,000 Liras, we will cover 300,000 Liras of it, you will pay 200,000 Lira as a loan after 2 years, as if you are paying 500 Liras rent after 2 years.” But if our sensitive and helpful people pay for the remaining 200,000 Lira here, we will be pleased.
Emphasizing that there are citizens in their villages who will not be able to afford to pay for the rest of the loan of their houses, Cansiz said, “There are many people who will not be able to afford it. Everyone here is low-income. They’ve been victimized. Their houses and tractors burned down.
Meanwhile, on the night bewteen August 1 to August 2, Twitter users in Turkey started to add the hashtag #helpturkey to their tweets. With a kind of global call, they stated in tweets that air response planes were requested for fires to countries that wanted to help. According to analysis, around 2.5 million #helpturkey hashtags were used in one day. Immediately afterwards, government officials made statements that this hashtag made the country look weak. In this statement, they claimed that the twitter accounts using this hashtag were of foreign origin bot accounts.
Teyit.org (Confirmation org), which is investigating the accuracy of internet news on web, shared the following article on this subject:
Case study: The story of the #HelpTurkey hashtag
It can be suspected that the #HelpTurkey campaign was started artificially to show Turkey in powerlessness. But the scattering of shares was organic. There are dozens of multi-follower and verified accounts that cause the campaign to become massive.
Turkey has been coping with forest fires, which are constantly being added in the last few days. For the Mediterranean basin, this is normal to some extent; However, it is also the case that global climate change and other human factors increase the number of these fires and the areas they affect every year.
Aside from the claims that do not rely on any concrete evidence – at least for now – as the fires were caused by systematic arson, one of the main agenda items for the last four days has been that Turkey is unprepared for the fires that can be considered “predictable”, that it is incapable of managing the crisis and that its political priorities are inaccurate.
Moments of crisis can lead to tremendous collective panic. For example, 50 infernal images that an ordinary social media user sees in a row on his timeline can make it difficult to maintain common sense.
Cries for help in times of crisis and panic are also understandable. However, the post in English, which we think you have seen frequently on social media in the last few days and shared with the hashtag #HelpTurkey, brought up another delusion. When the text requesting help from abroad to Turkey was shared millions of times within hours, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun claimed that the campaign was deliberately launched by foreign powers who wanted to show Turkey incapable. Altun did not support his claim with any concrete evidence.
Of course, it is necessary to be organized in order to create a digital or daily campaign. Being an organized effort is not a good starting point for declaring a campaign “malicious” or “foreign-powered”. However, the claim that the campaign was produced “artificially” can be examined…
First of all, it is not unusual for countries to help each other for free during disasters such as earthquakes, floods and great fires. Countries with high per capita income may also need help in the face of such unexpected crises, no matter how prepared they are. Moreover, the offer and acceptance of help does not necessarily correspond to a physical need. It also means a mutual declaration of goodwill. As a matter of fact, Turkey has sent aid to many countries in similar situations and has received offers of assistance from many countries.
In the early days during the ongoing fires, Turkey did not request any assistance. The demand of the public has strengthened and new fires have been added to the fires with the effect of the air temperature. Finally, on August 1, Turkey asked for help from the Emergency Response Coordination Centre, the relevant unit of the European Union. Spain, which is part of the program, announced that it will send two planes and Croatia one…
In other words, first of all, Turkey offered foreign aid itself, and we have no reason to think that the motivation of their offer was to “show Turkey weak”.
So, many real Twitter users in Turkey used the hashtag #helpturkey, but asking for help from foreign countries was not something they did in the first place, as claimed. The government had already sought help from foreign countries before they did. However, this fact would not prevent an investigation into this hashtag by the prosecutor on August 5, 2021.
There is a phrase used by Turkish journalist Fatih Yaslı for situations like this about the government: “They invented a very interesting way of lying, they claim the exact antithesis of what they are, what they’re doing, whatever they think.“
Many thousands of Afghans and their immediate family members are at risk due to these U.S. affiliations and are not eligible for a Special Immigrant Visa because either they did not have qualifying employment, or they have not met the time-in-service requirement to become eligible; however, they may be eligible for a P-2 referral, and thus, to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Once we begin processing these cases, we will work with our resettlement partners in the United States to welcome these Afghan refugees to their new communities. Refugee resettlement would not be possible without the support of state and local governments, our resettlement partners and affiliates, nongovernmental organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, and the tens of thousands of volunteers across the United States who participate in this program….
This is [Senior State Department Official Three]. I’ll just add that in a typical refugee outflow, when refugees arrive at the border they would present themselves also to UNHCR, which is our primary partner on the ground. And they would be providing the international protection in addition to whatever protection might be provided by the government in which the refugee is seeking asylum.
SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TWO: Yeah, and this is [Senior State Department Official Two]. I’ll just add one other thing, and that is that we’ve already been in discussions with neighboring countries as well as UNHCR to be prepared for potential outflows. So in a place like Pakistan, it’ll be important that their borders remain open. Obviously, if people go north or if they go via Iran to Turkey – we’ve already seen some arrivals in Turkey – that people have an opportunity both to enter the country as well as to register with either the government or with UNHCR.
QUESTION: Hi, thank you very much. Two quick clarifications. So just to be clear, the 12 to 14 months, that is from the time someone is referred until potentially accepted? Is that correct? Number two, you mentioned – sorry I’m out of breath, I’m running – you mentioned that these – these other countries that they could go to. Are there any countries where you’ll provide them any housing or any kind of support? And three, you just mentioned that you’ve already seen an influx into Turkey. Can you give us any sense of how many people have gone to Turkey who may be eligible or applying for this new visa? Thanks.
SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Thanks, Courtney. So first question on the time horizon, no, it’s not 12 to 14 months from the time they’re referred. The clock really doesn’t start ticking until somebody has left Afghanistan and we can begin their case processing. So the time horizon is really dependent on when they get out and when we can start the processing of their case.
In terms of assistance in other countries, as in any other refugee situation where people are fleeing the country and showing up in other countries, as I believe my colleague [Senior State Department Official Three] mentioned, there is an international response for that that is organized through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, where people can present themselves either to the government or to UNHCR to seek international protection while they wait for our program. And as part of that protection that is offered it oftentimes includes humanitarian assistance, and so that would be the mechanism by which we would look to have us and other donors support people who are fleeing.
I don’t have numbers on Turkey. I would say we haven’t seen major large outflows of people yet, but we have seen some numbers of people crossing, but not large numbers yet.
In short, it is said that “we(US) will expel the people with whom we fought together against the Taliban in Afghanistan, because we will no longer be in Afghanistan. We will give them a special visa. They will come to America with that visa. Exit from the country has already begun. We told Pakistan to keep the borders open. (Apparently they told Turkey as well) We will bring these people between 12 and 14 months.”
Only the number is not clear. US, which keeps account of everything, did not keep a record of who it worked with.(!) And although these people and their families are mentioned, there are no families as mentioned in the propaganda news, there are only young men.
In August 3, 2021, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health statement, number of Covid-19 cases for this day was 24,832 people, number of death for this day was 126. The tweet of the Minister of Health about today’s Covid-19 table was as follows.
“The number of daily cases approached 25 thousand. If we follow the rules of combating the epidemic and get our vaccinations, we will take action to end the epidemic. Like first-dose vaccines, second and third-dose vaccines are also extremely important.”
The fires continued. Especially in Mugla province and Antalya, many settlements and natural areas were under threat. In one video, a beekeeper who lost most of his hives was saying these words. “Suddenly, flames were starting in another place. It was as if the flame had feet.”
Here is the link of the zoom.earth image like I added at the beginning, showing the fires in Turkey on August 3.
The people of these regions live by olive production, generally small cattle breeding, and citrus production. Now many people’s olive or orange trees were burned. Animals likewise. As the beekeeper I mentioned above said: “If my bees were still alive, there wouldn’t be a plant left to land upon anyway.”
Speaking in a BBC News Turkish video about today, a young woman in Manavgat said: “Firefighters came to us from all provinces and districts. But nobody directed the fire brigades. We burned here right under everyones nose. While we were burning like this, a person did not come and give us a glass of water. Where did all these people’s years of hard work go? These people earned by farming.”
Some districts of the provinces in the region are municipalities belonging to the AKP government party. The president of one of them would say I was misunderstood the same day, for his speech the day before. In his speech he said:
Mayor of Antalya’s Gundogmus district, Mehmet Ozeren, praised the fact that TOKI(Housing Development Administration of Turkey) would build a reimbursed house in return for the houses damaged in the forest fires that caused great damage in the county.
Broadcasting the interview with a YouTube channel called “Alanyalı TV” live on his Facebook account, Ozeren talked about the support to be given to citizens whose houses were burned. Stating that a total of 50 thousand TL, 35 thousand TL and 15 thousand TL, will be provided to the citizens whose houses have become unusable, Özeren said that 10 thousand TL will be given to the citizens whose houses were damaged by the fire.
Ozeren said, “For our citizens whose houses have become unusable, TOKI will build a house with payment for 20 years. Maybe it is not right to say this, but those who have very old houses will wish that our house burned down too. The consolation grant of the state for them is too much,“.
At those hours time when the mayor said he was misunderstood, an elderly citizen was having a nervous breakdown in the middle of the road of Marmaris in an interview on KRT TV by saying followings:
“Now he tells me to evacuate the house. How can I evacuate my house? Is it easy? Where were you, where were you five days ago! I call the forest department, they say to me, we will send, we will send. They’re making fun of me! Is there such a thing! Damn them all! Damn those who run this country! Is that so? They say everything is on fire. Yes it can burn, but if it burns you will put it out. You stepped aside. You call The Turkish Aeronautical Association’s planes “antiques”. But the pilots say that give us a task and let’s put it out. It was so simple to put out that fire. There was a fire in the same place 18 years ago. I called then, a fire-fighting plane had arrived, water poured out. I’ve been begging for five days, begging for last breath. It’s been 5 days now, they just arrived, there wasn’t even a fire brigade. Do you know what the fire department said to me? Let us know when the fire come to the houses, we will intervene that time. Come on, intervene! Such an administration, such a system! No, not for me! I have served this country for 77 years. This must not like that! First, this country was burning without flame, it has been burning without flame for 20 years, now it is burning with flames. It must not like that!
In another corner of the fire area a peasant woman speaking to DW Turkish was saying: “We had no security other than olives. How are we going to pay the taxes to the state now. We can’t pay them. We couldn’t pay the water bills. We could not get fodder for our animals. We don’t have a pension. We don’t have an annual. No one is thinking about you.”
Also, during the day, the fire in Milas would come within 3 km of a thermal power plant towards the evening hours.
On the same day, Turkey Foreign Ministry replied to the USA about ‘Afghan immigrants’: “
The US statement will cause a major migration crisis in our region and increase the suffering of Afghans on their migration routes.”
If you ask how much area was burned in total, in this one week:
When Journalist Fatih Portakal, tweeted this, on August 4, the Minister of Health would add the following tweet for the daily Covid-19 table:”The number of cases is well above the 20 thousand limit, which we accept as the limit. It is in our hands to reduce the number of cases below this limit. Get your vaccine, stay away from crowds.”
I knew I would post with this title one day! But I did not know which day will be. This song made me breathe today. Generation Z doesn’t know much them(no offense gen Z;) but they are Beethoven of this time for me. 🙂
And I am glad they are on the planet earth, glad they released this song today. I needed this, I know!
Thank you so much, you great Earthling musicians, Iron Maiden!
“The writing on the wall” by Iron Maiden
Written by Adrian Smith / Bruce Dickinson
Across a painted desert lies a train of vagabonds All that’s left of what we were it’s what we have become Once our empires glorious but now the empire’s gone The dead gave us the time to live and now our time is done
Now we are victorious we’ve become our slaves A land of hope and glory building graveyards for the brave
Have you seen the writing on the wall Have you seen that writing Can you see the riders on the storm Can you see them riding ~ can you see them riding
Holding on to jury is that all we ever know Ignorance our judge and jury all we’ve got to show From Hollywood to Babylon ~ holy war to kingdom come On a trail of dust and ashes ~ when the burning sky is done A tide of change is coming and that is what you fear The earthquake is a coming but you don’t want to hear You’re just too blind to see
Have you seen the writing on the wall Have you seen that writing Can you see the riders on the storm Can you see them riding Can you see them riding. . . Riding next to you
Edit comes after 1.5 days: I’ve listened to the song at least 15 times so far. My impressions:
-At first, it starts with southern rock air, although the classic Iron Maiden tone is immediately felt, the main emphasis is reaching a point with Adrian Smith solo and the chorus you can call this is Iron Maiden.
-When the song is listened to on youtube, Bruce’s voice is muffled as if embedded in instruments. Quality is not good. Much better if it is listened on Spotify.
-There are many political sub-themes and references with Eddie in the clip. There are also references to their previous album songs in at least 3 places. Although it has an epic and medieval atmosphere, while describing an apocalyptic world, it actually tells how important actors of this era brought humanity to this Mad Max like end.
-While defining the China, America and England trio, the question may come up in the clip why there is no Russia among the great powers with the images. However, with the song Mother Russia, I think Iron Maiden expressed its stance and opinion about Russia years ago. I think it is normal that Russia is not in the clip, because next to this trio, Russia seems like an angel.
-My preference is always the faster Iron Maiden rhythm. For this reason, I liked to listen to the song at 1.25 speed. Even though it wasn’t a Run to the Hills, it had a similar feel to it. 😉
-Song length is good. It could have been even longer and I think it would have been much better. The longer Iron Maiden songs are for me is the more satisfying; because they’re like a meal or feast I never want to end. 🙂
One think is sure! After the “coup d’état” in 2015, the Don Quixote imaginary Neo-Sultan of the New Ottoman Empire, Mr Erdogan seized all powers in his hand and made the army of the country his puppet.
People cannot protest peacefully in the country anymore. Even the LGBT gay pride was not authorized and people got arrested.
Historically, In 1858 the Ottoman Empire—the predecessor of the modern-day Republic of Turkey— adopted a new penal code, which no longer contained any explicit articles criminalizing homosexuality. The Ottoman Penal Code of 1858 was heavily influenced by the Napoleonic Code, as part of wider reforms during the Tanzimat period. LGBT people have had the right to seek asylum in Turkey under the Geneva Convention since 1951, but same-sex couples are not given the same legal protections available to heterosexual couples. Transgender people have been allowed to change their legal gender since 1988. Although discrimination protections regarding sexual orientation and gender identity or expression have been debated legally, they have not yet been legislated.
In response to the recent crackdown on the Istanbul Pride Parade, Freedom House issues the following statement:
“The continuing assault on LGBT+ people in Turkey was on full display with the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to prevent the Istanbul Pride March,” said Marc Behrendt, director of Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House. “This latest crackdown is part of a larger effort to roll back LGBT+ and women’s rights in Turkey, which also includes the withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and the prosecution of Boğaziçi University students for holding rainbow flags. The government must stop the continuing assault on LGBT+ communities and guarantee fundamental rights protections of all people in Turkey.”
On June 26th, police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse the annual pride parade in Istanbul. At least 20 people, including Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Bülent Kılıç, were detained by the authorities. Kılıç was violently arrested, with police breaking his camera and pressing on his neck. AFP denounced Kılıç’s treatment, while Kılıç himself has filed a complaint against the police. The Istanbul pride parade has been banned since 2014, though participants have consistently marched in defiance of that ban. Four days before this year’s march, police forcefully dispersed a pride-week picnic in the city, detaining at least one person.
The crackdown on the Turkish LGBT+ community has intensified since Boğaziçi University students began protesting the appointment of Melih Bulu, an ally of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as rector in January. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu later called student protesters “LGBT deviants,” after protesters disseminated a photograph that included Islamic and LGBT+ imagery. Twelve people who were detained in March after carrying a rainbow flag at a protest, meanwhile, faced their second judicial hearing earlier today.
In May, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) ranked Turkey the second-worst country in Europe for LGBT+ rights. On June 17th, Council of Europe (CoE) human rights commissioner Dunja Mijatović called on the Turkish government to respect the rights of LGBT+ people to assemble, criticizing the banning of pride marches and noting a “visible rise in hateful rhetoric and the propagation of homophobic narratives” by Turkish politicians and officials.
Turkey is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2021 and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2020.
Analyzing the facts
However, at the same time, during the parade protest much worse things happened in the back streets of Istanbul, Taksim Istiklal Street (where the walk is intended). This district is called Cihangir.
Police forces attacked people sitting in cafes in Cihangir. People they were sitting there, some of them were unmasked as an excuse given by the police to attack them. We understand this from their speeches in the videos. Nonetheless, the police forces obviously intercepted any person whose appearance seemed “marginal” given the potential to participate in this parade, and then, they found the excuse to attack them. And when the customers of the cafes objected, they were arrested by the police force. Here is a twitter link:
The police forces , at that moment, lost its temper and even took their phone from someone’s hand, then most likely they deleted the footage. The police has the right from now on to do so as on April 30, 2021, the Turkish General Directorate of Security issued a circular stating that “it was decided to prevent people who recorded the images or voices of the police during the protests and to take legal action against them”.
“In the circular in question, it was argued that sharing the audio and video recordings of the police officers and civilians on social media “violates the privacy of private life”, while it was argued that receiving audio and video also prevented them from doing their duty.”
Already since the 15 July 2016 FETO coup attempt, Turkey has been governed mostly by the decrees of Tayyip Erdoğan and the circulars of such public institutions.
In this video, the young man walking to the side of the police bus says that he is a lawyer and that what they are doing is illegal, almost begging. But the female cop almost glues him to the vehicle. At the end of the video, a young woman protests and says there is abuse here. The police says there is not any abuse.
But beyond all that, there is something much more interesting in this short video. At the beginning of the video, it is seen that male and female policemen are waiting in line. And all of the female cops on line are not wearing headscarves. However, three of the three female police officers heading towards the bus and detained the young woman are wearing headscarves.
After the 2016 FETO coup attempt in Turkey, the recruitment of headscarved women into the army and police forces was enacted by the AKP government.
This was not legal in Turkey before in the kemalist period . And with the democratization approval period of accessing to the European Union, it became law to admit women without headscarves to the public institutions of Turkey.
Wearing a headscarf or not has no meaning for the West. But it does for Turkey. Since its establishment, it has applied a principle of secularism in that way. In other words, headscarved women, or men with fez or turban, or any religious symbol of any religion could not wear any official clothing in public until the last 5 years.
Why was this implemented? Turkey is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country. In the years it was founded, the literacy rate was around 12%. And it would not be wrong to say that the imams of mosques, which were in almost every neighborhood, were more involved in people’s lives and influenced the public. We know this from some imams who cooperated with the British during the War of Independence of Turkey, 1919-1923. And with the collapsing of the Ottoman sultanate, the loss of the caliphate and the fear of losing the power of some of the imams made them cooperate with those who invaded their country. And they did this not only on the basis of religion, but also on ethnic identity. The most important thing to do in this situation should have been to implement laws in order to prevent this. As stated in the second of the first three unalterable articles of the Turkish constitution, “The Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular and social state of law.”
For this reason, all kinds of religious symbols were removed from the public domain. Because if even one of them were allowed, it would have been against the principle of secularism, and the already overwhelming influence of the Sunni Muslim majority in the country would increase.
However, the Western world pointed this law against free expression and life, by presenting Atatürk as a dictator, anything that is contrary to the founding principles of Turkey, and in a sense, contrary to the Republic of Turkey founded by Atatürk. According to our information and as most West politicians having influence at that time stated, they supported Tayyip Erdogan from the very beginning, supposedly saying in their own minds, “Yes, Atatürk was a dictator, but he was not our dictator, we need a dictator in our own hands”. Even if the EU says they do not support him sometimes, we can say that they use this just as a rhetoric, as EU countries have never come into conflict with the government of Tayyip Erdogan because it will influence the trade negatively.
It is obvious what kind of result a country like Turkey has had with the so-called democratization pressure on Turkey’s founding laws, by putting aside its internal dynamics, history and culture. Just like what happened in Cihangir last week.
If we go back to the video, it is a complete FETO tactic, especially if these three women wearing headscarves were given the task of detaining the young woman and acting while having in mind that these images will become widespread. FETO, too, had done its best to stir up every internal dynamic in Turkey and to materialize this.
Tayyip Erdogan and his government are aware of the bad situation of the country economically and socially. And it is very clear that they are thinking of creating an environment where they can put more pressure and increase the discomfort in the country by showing some dynamics dividing the society to “secular and non-secular” .
Isn’t that strange that Tayyip Erdogan his relatives and supporters behave in the same way with the FETO line tactics are still being applied while they are stating that they are against FETO movement?
“The citizen, who reacted to the sound bomb thrown by the police at the Pride Parade, saying “The child is sleeping”, was detained by the police.
And as the police chief instructions orders “Go upstairs and take him!” that citizen on the balcony has been taken into custody also.
Of course, this police violence was not limited to those who participated in the LTGB pride parade, the ones sitting in the coffee shops in the back streets of Istiklal road, journalists should not be forgotten. The press freedom reports regarding Turkey already are not heart-warming :
The report states that as of December 1, 2020, 274 journalists were still held in prison in the world, while China (47), Turkey (37) and Egypt (27) were among the top three in this list.”
Bulent Kılıc, photojournalist for the French news agency AFP, who was detained with the harsh intervention of the police during the 19th Pride Parade in Taksim, Istanbul, was one of these journalists.
“The reporter who followed the Pride Parade was detained after being suffocated by his throat.”
Kılıc, who shared on his Twitter account, used the following statements:
“I was intended to be killed, I was intended to be left breathless. I will hold accountable for whoever did this to me, in the Constitutional Court, European Human Rights, whatever, whatever court in this world, it will be held accountable in court as long as I live. It will not be left for the Supreme Court.”
These are some of the photos in LTGB pride by Bulent Kılıç took before he was taken into custody
This is what happened in Turkey in just a day or even a few hours. It is obvious that the censorship applied in Turkey is one of the worst during nowadays and this kind of dictatorial pressure must end soon in the country.
Some time after we opened our blog, WD and I got a Twitter account. Our Twitter account opening date is 2014. We were going to tweet to support the blog. Of course it was not like that, because we were very busy. We logged in from time to time to keep it open. We haven’t used it for many years. Until about 2 years ago. We started to use Twitter more often. Then the pandemic started and we spent more time on Twitter.
This time was stopped at Tue, 4 May, 2021, 2:08 pm. Because our account has been locked by Twitter.
The reason was as follows in the notification was sent to the email account by Twitter. “Your account has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.”
The tweet that caused this result was also: “Eliminate yourself for the sake of universe.”
When I look at the dictionary, “eliminate” has 6 meanings. Although they are close to each other, the meanings are used in different places. But for some reason the Twitter user who reported/complained me (most likely the person I wrote this tweet who reporting me), to Twitter on what I wrote in a totally sarcastic thought.
He/she was a liberal, judging everyone under the original tweet according to his/her own narrow patterns. In fact, same person was called a troll account, as far as I remember.
Until today, I was sweared by some people, especially in the last year on Twitter. Even once, because of I am an atheist, a twitter user even wrote me by swear words (via a picture of a church pastor with a kalashnikov) that he will destroy me. But I haven’t complained/reported anyone. Cursing belongs to the person who swears, it does not make me smaller. Already I can deal with such people and silence them without cursing.
With this complaint/report on Twitter, Twitter immediately emailed me and have locked my account to show how serious they were on this issue.
Already with Twitter logic, for example, if I hadn’t used “eliminate”, but used the Dalek meme in Dr. Who, it wouldn’t be a problem, but whatever. Now, let’s not stop millions of people using the Dalek meme on Twitter.;)
Our main subject is not my tweet anyway in this post, the main issue is what Twitter did afterwards.
Once I told the incident to Twitter according to myself, but they returned to me with a refusal. Because apparently, while dozens of attacks on personal rights happening, fake news and propagandas flying around, horrifying images were in front of everyone on Twitter, it was a huge thing that I did next to them! And possibly even the person I tweeted, after reading my tweet, suddenly stood up and threw himself/herself out of the window. Of course that can be.:) After all, I said “okay”, eventually Twitter would not say they made a mistake.
They sent me this against my request:
Our support team has determined that a violation did take place, and therefore we will not overturn our decision.
You will not be able to access Twitter through your account due to violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically our rules around:
“Violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm”
In order to restore account functionality, you can resolve the violations by logging into your account and completing the on-screen instructions.
The last paragraph is important, because now the most exciting part begins!
“In order to restore account functionality, you can resolve the violations by logging into your account and completing the on-screen instructions.“
So what did I need to do? I needed to log in my account and follow the instructions to resolve the issue.
But, when I’ve opened the log in panel, I have met following scene:
Hmm? Have I ever added any phone number to my twitter account? NO.
Does Twitter always say “phone number” or “email address” are optional for users to choose one of them in many place of Twitter policy or terms on use or etc? YES.
Verifying account ownership: To ensure that violators do not abuse the anonymity we offer and harass others on the platform, we may require the account owner to verify ownership with a phone number or email address. This also helps us identify violators who are operating multiple accounts for abusive purposes and take action on such accounts. Note that when an account has been locked pending completion of a challenge (such as being required to provide a phone number), it is removed from follower counts, Retweets, and likes until a phone number is provided.
Can you look at the difference between the first sentence and the last sentence, especially the bold words? It actually seems to have similar meanings, but it’s not. Twitter creates space to expand its range of motion and restrict users’ range of motion.
Twitter may also ask/verify for a “phone number” on your account to ensure you do not repeat the same action later, even if you have never registered a phone number into your account. It is not certain, but there is such a possibility.
In other words, when there are so many malicious Twitter users, Twitter can use this gap because of a word “eliminate” for the users like me. So, on like the users, who never cursed or exhibited bad and harmful behaviour during 7 years, they see that they have right to apply this gap in their terms on us!
But on the other side this might be actually a security gap for them.
How come? Like that:
I use Twitter on my home computer. I do not have such Twitter application on the phone. For this reason, I have never saved a phone number in Twitter account. Because even at the beginning, when you create an account, you will see a screen like this:
What does “use phone instead” mean? Is there a meaning for Twitter?
For a user like me it means that I could use or not, this is my option. But it seems it does not like that for Twitter.
Let’s say this requested phone number (that number that has not been registered in the account until today by me) was given and the instructions were followed. How the second stage of this will be, that is, crosscheck?
So how will Twitter know that this phone number belong to me?
Twitter may say, “but we sent you an email.”
But what if my email address was hacked? Then it means that the hackers will be able to access my twitter account by giving any phone number?
What do you think Twitter???
As a result,
I will not log into the account by typing in any phone number.
Because I am not an account owner who will constantly repeat the same “violation” action that Twitter wants to determine, if Twitter choose to put me in that category.
I also find it unacceptable for Twitter to act with the idea of putting me in this category.
If Twitter wants to put me in another category and validate themselves in that way (while there is no other category that they can ask phone number and put me in, inside all their rules), I wish them success on this tricking path!
If Twitter asked me to save me the phone number from begining according to their terms, then I could think.
But if Twitter didn’t ask a phone number at all and tries to record it this way now, what is it if not forcing!
I get really sick of this planet where everyone is trying to put pressure on everyone more or less, secretly or openly, forcing something! Actually this is the focusing point of this post!
In addition, while Twitter forcing me to give a phone number in this way, those who have locked accounts due to similar reasons with me can access their account (the ones whose phone number is before registered, by entering this number for following instructions) when I cannot access my account, it shows that Twitter takes the same rights from some of the users, depending on different practices in same rules.
Twitter today may think that implicitly asking for it in this way does not create a security vulnerability, since mine is an account with low followers. But when one day they try to open a similar backdoor, if this way of Twitter runs into a few big accounts, then I think they will understand what these are costing.
By the way, three requests with the same content I sent to Twitter were not replied in last 5 days. Simply I asked Twitter to direct me to a panel on screen which allows me to contuniue via email address, not telephone number.
So if you’ve heard that Twitter helps you a lot for your problems, that part is a huge gas cloud. It could even be a nebula.
They were confident and speed replied me about why my account was locked on the same day, (in about 5 hours if I am not mistaken), while they did not respond to such an important issue for 5 days.
Under all these circumstances, my account will most likely be closed totally, because Twitter has made this happen to a user, and has not come up with a solution. Because I will never enter a phone number. This is my decision. Because Twitter shouldn’t have tried to get a phone number from me this way via backdoors.
I note my decision as one of those times when I took a firm stand against something inaccurate, for my own history. Twitter, you too note this to your “glorious success(!)” history too!