This country has our interest because we follow this country since 2007 when our activities were launched and underwent series of organization changes until it became GLOSM this year. That's a long time right? Why is GLOSM so interested in Turkey?
Let us begin by saying that you shouldn't take 'interested' the way it literally means. The word refers to the way how we saw this country turning from a secular governed country to a Islamist ruled country. Yes, there is a difference between governing a country and ruling a country.
Governing a country is only were there is respect to all rights people just have; were there is leading, not 'leading'; were no one from the establishment resort in militancy for personal gain; were no one resort in religionization of own perceptions also for personal gain. This all is no longer in Turkey since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began his career as prime minister from 2003 to 2014, and continued his career as caliphic dictator from August 2014 to present.
ROOTS OF ERDOGAN'S SULTANIC DICTATORSHIP
In May 2013, days long protest broke out over -what first was known as a plan to build a shopping mall in the only vegetated area downtown Istanbul. However, during the days of police crackdown, reports began to leak: It's not a private person or a company but Erdogan himself who had plans to build in that park.
Opponents of the development gathered in the park, a rare green space in the heart of Istanbul, protesting against the president’s efforts to glorify pre-Turkey's Ottoman past, which they said encroached on the country’s modern, secular values and human rights.
Eight protesters and a police officer were killed, thousands were injured and hundreds were detained. The protests spread around the country in what became known as the Turkish Spring.
Fetullah Gülen, who like Erdogan is an Islamist, and at that time a close friend and ally, had criticized Erdogan's crackdown on the Gezi Park protests. It was the beginning of Erdogan's years long attacking rhetoric against the moderate Islamist. Erdogan is a militant Islamist with imperialistic ambitions. His admiration for the Ottoman past is the roots of the ambitions.
On June 19, 2018 Erdogan backed for the second time the plan by saying “One of the issues that we have to be brave [about] is Gezi Park in Taksim. We will construct that historical building there.
Erdogan's plan refers to a replica of the Ottoman military barracks first constructed in 1780 and destroyed in 1940. He said the square should house also an opera, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said in a report that time..
The Marmaray Tunnel is a 13.5 km long undersea railway tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey, beneath the Bosporus strait, linking Kazlıçeşme, Zeytinburnu in Europe with Ayrılıkçeşmesi in Asia. The tunnel consists of two single track tunnels with three underground railway stations: Yenikapı, Sirkeci and Üsküdar.
The Marmaray Tunnel was opened to passenger traffic on October 29, 2013. In March 2019 the overground part of the Marmaray project were completed and normal train traffic, including commuter (entire line), YHT and freight services started to run through the tunnel. The tunnel is the deepest immersed tube tunnel in the world.
The construction of a railway tunnel beneath the Bosporus strait dates back to 1860, when Sultan Abdulmejid I first proposed an undersea crossing of the strait. The project was proposed again in 1892, under Abdul Hamid II, when French engineers planned such a tunnel. The plan was never realized.
Plans to build a modern trans-Bosporus tunnel were proposed in 1997, based on a feasibility study ten years prior, and the necessary capital secured in 1999. Preparatory works on the project began in 2001. Construction began in May 2004. The tunnel was constructed by a Turkish-Japanese consortium led by the Taisei Corporation. Tunnel construction was completed on 20 October 2008, and rails were added in 2009. The completion of the project was delayed due to archeological discoveries near Sirkeci, with artifacts dating back 8,000 years
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Investment Bank (EBI) have provided major financing for the project. By April 2006, JICA had lent 111 billion yen and EIB 1.05 billion euro. The total expected cost of the project that time was approximately 2.5 billion US dollars. In late 2009, costs were expected to increase by approximately 500 million US dollars due to the archaeological delays.
The Presidential Complex, in Turkish: Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi), .... well it's not really THE presidential residence of the Republic of Turkey. It is namely build on behalf of Erdogan himself. The complex is located in the Beştepe neighborhood of Ankara, inside the Atatürk Forest Farm. But, the in Wikipedia found foot note. "October 29 Republic Day reception will be held in Beştepe". TRT English. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. doesn't bring you to the relevant page.
In accordance with Erdoğan's "New Turkey" concept - in reality revive of the Ottoman era - it was envisaged that the Çankaya Presidential Mansion would become the prime ministerial compound and the president would move to the newly built palace. This did occur soon after the June 2015 general election, when the palace was officially made the residence of the President of Turkey (read Erdogan). In reality, Erdogan found the Çankaya Presidential Mansion too small for being his palace.
But, the new palace has a history. It is namely built under dubious circumstances and in a wooded area within the Ataturk Forest Farm in Ankara. The construction went ahead despite environmental concerns and court orders, prompting its critics to instead call it Kacak Saray ("Illegal Palace").
GLOSM views that there's something symbolic but provocative behind as Erdogan has a provocative character and also known not being a supporter of secularism.
Building a palace on a selected piece of land while knowing the land is protected because of reason of heritage is, rudely saying, gross disrespectful face sitting on the soul of the nation..
The palace houses more than 1.000 rooms while Erdogan is only using a few of them. It houses the country's largest library for no one to access. The whole construction has exceeded the price tag of $600 million, not included the cost of the partially demolition of the palace. Erdogan wanted a concert hall. The mosque in the palace was presented as for the public but wasn't until the present time of today.
The building of the palace have even exposed the health of hundreds of construction workers, something that was also the case during the construction of a new, much larger airport were too much accidents took place due Erdogan's rush but at the cost of workers safety. That labor strike that followed were answered by Erdogan with jailing for protesting over lack of safety.
The largest mosque in Turkey, Çamlıca Mosque (Turkish: Büyük Çamlıca Camii) (also known as the Great Chamlija Jami) is a place of Islamic worship which was completed and opened in March 2019. The mosque is located in Üsküdar in Istanbul and showcases an art gallery, library, and a conference hall. The cost of the mosque was US$110 million (approx.550 million Turkish Lira), which was an investment into the megaproject plan by the Turkish government.
While Erdogan claimed the funding was an attempt to strengthen the economy, others stated it was to boost Islamic influence. These "others" have a point while we view it this way: The Çamlıca Mosque was inspired by Ottoman architecture and the works of Mimar Sinan.who was the chief architect during the ruling of the Ottoman sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. Erdogan's megalomania habit is just Ottoman "caliphism".
Erdogan's megalomanic habit is a sort of narciscism on exhibitionist level. Because, the mosque doesn't contribute to improvement of life of low incomers and the poor. It doesn't improve any development in the countryside. It only improves Erdogan's image as a ruler of a Turkish 21st century Islamic sultanate. Sooner or later, the Turkish streets will be like it is in Syria, in North Korea and in China: polluted with "self-portrayism" (statues and billboards). For now, it is the way as displayed above and in the videos below.
GRADUAL KILLING OF THE LIFE OF THE SECULAR NATION OF TURKEY
The Young Ottomans were once unhappy with Sultan Abdulhamid II because they were dissatisfied with reforms they worked on together with the sultan to realize some form of constitutional arrangement in 1876. Despite working with the Young Ottomans to promulgate a constitution, Abdulhamid II had dissolved the parliament by 1878 and returned to an absolutist regime, marked by extensive use of secret police to silence dissent, and by massacres committed against minorities. That what was in the 19th century is returning in Turkey of today.
Erdogan has a long record of claims related to what he calls "overthrowing the government" he systematically alternates with "terrorism" and "coup", not only by linking the opposition in the parliament to it to get rid of them in order to have no hinder whatsoever. To outsiders it looks then there's still 'democracy' in the parliament. No, it's no longer as all remaining members are the henchmen who play as if while they in reality only turn Erdogan's decrees, presented as proposas,l into a fake bills. Cleansing the parliament from opposition (May 2016) as much as possible, under the pretext accusation "links with terrorism" looks like a reminder to that of sultan Abdulhamid II in 1878 .
Erdogan's educational background is only that of a student from one of the Imam Hatip schools. These schools are a secondary education institutions. As the name suggests, they were founded in lieu of a vocational school to train government employed imams; after madrasas in Turkey were abolished by the Unification of Education Act as part of Atatürk's reforms, not "Atatürk's reforms" as verbed by Islamist Turks.. When trying to find out more we ended up to a dead link.
Nevertheless, there were once two Islamists in modern-day Turkey, one who wanted to transform, the other is just killing the life of the nation of Turkey. The first Islamist is Fetullah Gulen, you rarely hear, see or can read about.
There were also two plans of Islamist transition: one that gives the Turkish people the chance to get adapted to transition, the other is by double agendas: one agenda meant to prevent awareness about the real intention, the other agenda meant to pull pages one by one to add to the other agenda or replace pages of this agenda. The April 2017 referendum, where 11 articles were altered before Erdogan mulled about holding a referendum, and during the referendum voters only could choose between "yes" or "no" without knowing to what yes or no, is actually a administrative constitutional coup.
In between the military who have always seen themselves as the guardians of the state of the (secular) life of the nation of Turkey. Well, "always" is no longer since Erdogan's mass purge from July 17, 2016 to present. These military are a hinder or a blockage to Erdogan's intentions to career as the next autocratic Ottomanist and a caliphic ruler of the country.
Fetullah Gulen is a preacher with a moderate Islamic orientation. He is the founder of the Gulen Movement whom activities refer to as Hizmet (Service) or Cemaat (Community). The Movement is a transnational socially conscious Islamic movement with political overtones and aspirations, inspired by the writings and preachings of the founder.The movement also includes participants from other nationalities and religious affiliations.
The Justice and Development Party, abbreviated officially AK Parti in Turkish as an acronym, is a conservative political party in Turkey. The party is considered to be Islamist, accusations the party itself strongly denies.Developed from the conservative tradition of Turkey's Ottoman past and its Islamic identity, is found in 2001 by members of a number of existing conservative parties.
When the AKP came to power in 2002 the two formed, despite their differences, a tactical alliance against military tutelage and the Turkish secular elite. Now, the AKP became another elite as well. The difference between the two is their orientation: the Gulen Movement is moderate while those of the AKP led by Erdogan is 'conservative'. But, what is 'conservative'?
Conservatism is the commitment to traditional values and ideas with opposition to change, to innovate even to progress socially and social-economically, which always lead to a standstill if not to regress. Put this next to secularism in Turkey were separation of religion from civic affairs and the state has become under threat at least since 2009 and became an reality since May 29, 2013 when Erdogan choose to collide and to break the close friendship after Gulen criticized the then prime minster over his handling of the anti-Taksim military barracks protests in Istanbul. It's here were Erdogan's brandishing rhetoric - that Gulen is a terrorist and his movement the so-called FETO terrorist group - comes from, not the event on July 14th and July 15th, 2016.