Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah


Prime Minister Erdogan said he is having hard time to understand those who are afraid of going to public for presidency. "They say republic, but they are away from public. They say we are populist, but they are away from people. July 22 is important, people will make the most important decision," he said.

Military option should always be on the table in fight against terrorism, said Retired General Joseph Ralston, U.S. special envoy for countering terrorism. "The Kurdish administration in north of Iraq should hand over the leaders of PKK to Turkish justice. PKK brutality will surely come to and end," he said.


Turkish basketball players in the NBA Mehmet Okur and Hidayet Turkoglu has been invited to play in the Turkish national team, again. The two stars will play for Turkey in the European Championship in September.

The Dutch ING Bank, which purchased Turkish Oyak Bank for 2.6 billion USD, will change the name of Oyak Bank. However, according to an ING director, the bank will operate with the same employees of Oyak Bank. "There will not be any changes in our personnel," said Eli Leenaars, ING Director of International Sales and Marketing. ING plans to double Oyak Bank's income in the next year and increase the number of branches.


Only the four-month profit of ING Bank, the 14th biggest financial institution in the world, is 1.8 billion Euro. ING bought Oyakbank with solely its six-month profit. The ING Bank is also rich of immovables.

The "secret" organization scheme and files about Justice & Development (AK) Party MPs were found in the computer of retired captain Muzaffer Tekin, while they were regularly e-mailed to a general. Tekin had a regular correspondence with a general, and has recently sent an e-mail titled "recent incidents and AK Party".

Sama Dubai Holding, which won the tender for the sale of Istanbul electricity, Tunnel & Trolley Authority's (IETT) bus terminal plot in return for 700 million USD, but decided not to buy the plot due to ongoing construction case, is now waiting for the result of the case. Sama's executive Farhan Faraidooni said, "there was not any lawsuit when we joined the tender, but it was opened later. If the case is finalized and the tender is re-held, we will join again."


"What are the other links of Umraniye incident? Who are behind it? They are all interesting," said PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan when commenting on hand grenades seized in a house in Umraniye, Istanbul and former soldiers who were arrested. "Whose are these bombs? There is nothing more to search for," he also stated. Erdogan used these words when defining "deep state". 27 hand grenades, similar to those used by Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), were found in Umraniye and retired captain Muzaffer Tekin and two former non-commissioned officers were arrested. Upon a question by Posta newspaper, Erdogan changed the content of the concept of "deep Turkey", and defined "deep Turkey" as "those who really love the nation". "The aim is to make deep Turkey win over deep state. We have to achieve this," Erdogan added.

Istanbul narcotics arrested 20-year-old Elis Idinz at the Ataturk Airport, where she was to fly to Prague. Five kilograms of heroin was seized in Idinz's suitcase.


Fight against terrorism will continue "no matter what the conditions are" was the message from the meeting of the National Security Council. Following the meeting there has been an intense traffic of meetings in Ankara yesterday. PM Erdogan and FM Gul were informed at the General Staff HQ on the activities of PKK. Soldiers stressed the need for careful timing "in order to avoid falling into an irreversible position." According to sources, soldiers support the idea that "entering Iraq is unavoidable and that Washington can be convinced about the operation on the way."

When looked at the money spent on medicine in proportion to income per capita and national income, Turkey leaves USA behind in its spendings on medicine. The ratio of medicine spendings, to national income is 1.5 percent. This ratio is 1.85 in Turkey, where 70 percent of the medicine sector is owned by foreign monopoly.


The Derince Sea Port and Bursa Celik Palas Hotel will be privatized and their operations handed over to the private sector for the next 36 years. All offers will be accepted in August.

Turkish political party leaders are complaining about low turn outs in rallies due to extremely hot weather. Party leaders are concerned about reaching voters in the continuing heat wave.


500 chairmen from 140 countries will meet in Istanbul between July 4th and 6th to attend the 5th Congress of World Chambers organized by the World Chambers Federation (WCF) every two years.

Turkish Mis Holding, which was founded with the participation of 711 people under the leadership of businessman Nihat Demirbag, will erect a major shopping and entertainment mall in eastern province of Elazig. The mall, titled Misland, will cost 50 million USD to construct.


The General Staff briefed PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and FM Abdullah Gul on border security and activities of the Turkish Armed Forces in the southeast for two hours. After the briefing in which measures that should be taken for border security were debated, Erdogan had a meeting with Emre Taner, the Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), at the Prime Ministry building.

French security forces seized 310,000 Euro, claimed to belong to the terrorist organization PKK. The money was confiscated in an operation staged last year. Lawsuits were opened against two people who have links with the terrorist organization PKK. Police found traces of cocaine and heroin in the seized banknotes.


CEO of Sama Dubai Faraidooni: We will certainly build the twisted towers in Istanbul. We have two other projects that we keep secret so that it would not be prevented. Sama Dubai owned by Sheikh al-Maktoum won the public auction for Istanbul Electricity, Tunnel & Trolley Authority's (IETT) bus terminal plot in Levent district of Istanbul. However, the company could not build the towers because the issue is currently in court. "We announced the twin tower project in 2001. 2 years have passed, we could not do anything. That is why, we will not inform (public) about the projects anymore. We are closely interested in two investments one in Istanbul and the other in another city. One is a trade center the other is a hotel," said Faraidooni.

Capital city, Ankara, has gone through lively hours yesterday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul were briefed on terrorism at the General Staff HQ for two hours. Erdogan held his weekly meeting with Emre Taner, National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Undersecretary, as well.

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