If Erdogan doesn’t support democracy then he needs to be kicked out of NATO.
The Middle East Monitor, an Islamist publication, is reporting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the face of what is described as international pressure to designate the organization as a terrorist group.
So how can he guard DEMOCRACY since they march to the drums of Islam?
The President is selected for a term of office of five years, and is eligible for re-election .
The term of office of the incumbent president continues until the President-elect takes office.
On assuming office, the president takes the following oath before the parliament:
I swear upon my honour and integrity, before the great Turkish Nation, to safeguard the existence and independence of the state, the indivisible integrity of the country and the nation, and the absolute sovereignty of the nation; to remain loyal to the supremacy of law, to the democratic and secular republic, and to Atatürk’s principles and reforms; not to deviate from the ideal according to which everyone is entitled to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms under the notion of peace and prosperity in society, national solidarity and justice, and loyalty to the Constitution.
Turkey joined NATO in 1952 and has been a member ever since. The treaty specifies that whenever a member is attacked, it is seen as an attack on all nations in the treaty. It is due to NATO that after 9/11 a multitude of countries supported the attack on Afghanistan.
Why is Turkey still in NATO?
Perhaps the reason Turkey is still a part of NATO, is simply because there is no precedence for removing members. It does raise the question of what exactly would require a country to be removed from the alliance.
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey since 2017. On 29 April 2017, Turkish authorities blocked online access to all its language editions throughout the country. The restrictions were imposed by Turkish Law No. 5651, due to the English version’s article on state-sponsored terrorism, where Turkey was described as a sponsor country for ISIS and Al-Qaeda, which Turkish courts viewed as a public manipulation of mass media.
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey since 2017. On 29 April 2017, Turkish authorities blocked online access to all its language editions throughout the country. The restrictions were imposed by Turkish Law No. 5651, due to the English version’s article on state-sponsored terrorism, where Turkey was described as a sponsor country for ISIS and Al-Qaeda, which Turkish courts viewed as a public manipulation of mass media. Requests by the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Authority to edit several articles to comply with Turkish law were not acted on.
As of 2019 Wikipedia is still banned in Turkey. As of 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher did not know why. In March 2018 Wikipedia’s Facebook page started the “We Miss Turkey” (Turkish: Özledik) campaign and replaced the black censor bar over the Wikipedia logo with a red one. It also had an accompanying hashtag of the same name.
Turkey has been faulted Turkey for funding Islamist rebel groups in Syria, including al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the al-Nusra Front. In October 2014, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE had “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Al-Assad”.
The block occurred on 30 April 2017, two weeks after the Turkish constitutional referendum, which was held on 16 April.
On 25 April, Turkey conducted several airstrikes on YPG, YPJ, and PKK facilities in both Syria and Iraq (Sinjar). 40 militants, including five Peshmerga soldiers, were killed at Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains, and more than 20 YPG and YPJ fighters were killed on Syria’s Mount Karakoc. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) threatened to withdraw from the operation to capture Raqqa if the United States did not take measures to stop Turkey’s airstrikes against the group. In response, the US began to patrol the border alongside SDF troops in order to force a ceasefire between its two allies.
On 26 April, continuing the purges that started in 2016, 1,009 police officers were detained based on accusations of being secretly involved with the Gülenist network within the Turkish police force. 9,100 officers have been suspended. On 29 April, 3,974 more civil servants were dismissed. Media outlets and reporters have been heavily targeted; 190 news organizations have been banned and at least 120 journalists have been imprisoned. Together with the ban of Wikipedia and television dating shows, The New York Times described the moves as “an expand[ing] crackdown on dissent and free expression”.
Law No. 5651, known as the Internet Act (IA), was enacted on 4 May 2007. The purpose of this law was described by the now-defunct Presidency of Telecommunication and Communication as follows: “There are two reasons for the law to be brought. The first reason: to determine the liability and the responsibility of collective use providers, access providers, location providers, and content providers, which are the main actors of the Internet. The other reason is to determine the procedures and fundamentals related to the specific crimes committed over the Internet and fighting these through content, location and access providers.” More recently, the law has been used to censor individuals, journalists and the media. At least 127,000 websites are estimated to have been blocked in Turkey, along with another 95,000 individual web pages.
On the morning of 29 April 2017, following news from Turkey Blocks that all language editions of Wikipedia had been blocked in Turkey, several websites published articles about the event. Reuters and the BBC reported that the Turkish authorities had blocked all access to Wikipedia in the country beginning at 5:00 AM GMT. Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority simply stated: “After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. [sic] 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website.” Users reported that they could only access Wikipedia using tools such as private VPNs.
Rationale and demands
Voice of America reported that Turkish media had explained the block was a result of “terror-related content”. Referring to an email statement made by the Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry, Turkish News source Anadolu Agency reported that the block was due to its articles and comments describing Turkey’s alleged involvement with terror groups. The ministry said, “Instead of coordinating against terrorism, it has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena.”
After court objection by Bilgi University professor Yaman Akdeniz, the Ankara 2nd Civil Court of Peace said that the causes of the block were the following articles on the English Wikipedia:
State-sponsored terrorism § Turkey
Foreign involvement in the Syrian Civil War § Turkey
On 11 May 2017, Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan cited Wikipedia’s featuring “content creating a perception that Turkey is supporting terrorist organizations” as a reason for the block.
According to a BBC report, the Hurriyet daily newspaper said that Ankara had asked Wikipedia to remove the offending content, adding that the access ban would be lifted if Wikipedia met Turkey’s demands. Later in the day, the provisional “administrative measure” was replaced by a court order, issued by the Ankara 1st Criminal Court of Peace, blocking Wikipedia as a “protective measure”.
According to a report by the Anadolu Agency, the country “has a history of demanding that international websites take such steps as having a representative office in the country, complying with principles of international law, implementing court rulings, and not being part of any smear campaign or operation in Turkey”.
On 3 May 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation submitted an objection to the block to Ankara’s 1st Penal Court of Peace, but it was rejected by the court on 5 May. The ruling stated that the country-wide block would continue as the “offending” pages had not been removed. The head of Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority, Omer Fatih Sayan, explained: “It is not possible to open access to Wikipedia so long as the decisions are not implemented.] The same day, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) published the following official statement:
Despite all the efforts, the content that falsely claims Turkey’s support for terrorist organizations was not removed from Wikipedia.
This content was not allowed to be edited with accurate information.
Since Wikipedia broadcasts in HTTPS protocol, it is technically impossible to filter by individual URLs to block only relevant content.
Therefore, the entire Wikipedia content had to be filtered.
Wikipedia editors must do what is necessary for this and similar content.
As we all know that you cannot be a Muslim or a member of the Brotherhood, without following the rules of Islam and you know the rest of the story. Erodogan is not fighting for Democracy – he is fighting for Islam.
He needs to be removed from NATO. It only puts us in the middle of another war if Turkey decides to invade Syria which they have.