Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued detention warrants for no fewer than 66 military personnel over their alleged links to a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016.
The state-run Anadolu agency reported police launched simultaneous operations in 28 provinces across the country to catch the suspects upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Izmir.
It said so far 53 of the suspects, including soldiers on active duty, have been detained.
“All those targeted in operations have alleged connections with the network headed by the United States-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen,’’ Anadolu added.
Report says the Turkish government blames Gulen and his network for masterminding the coup bid in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed, and has been pushing for his extradition.
The 15 July 2016 coup d’état (Turkish): 15 Temmuz darbe girisime), was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The attempt was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organised themselves as the Peace At Home Council.
They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, Istanbul, and elsewhere, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them.
The Council cited an erosion of secularism, elimination of democratic rule, disregard for human rights, and Turkey’s loss of credibility in the international arena as reasons for the coup.
The government said the coup leaders were linked to the Gilen movement which is designated as a terrorist organization by the Republic of Turkey and led by Fethullah, a Turkish businessman and cleric, who lives in Pennsylvania.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Emmanuel Yashim
United States elections: Expert accuses media of polarising Americans
Dr. Jeffrey Stonecash, an expert on political parties in the United States says the media is fueling polarisation among citizens and residents of the country.
Stonecash made the assertion while virtually briefing journalists selected across the globe by the United States Department of State -Bureau of Global Public Affairs to cover the November 3 presidential elections in the United States.
The expert identified economic individualism and role of government, race and cultural matters and immigration as major causes of conflict in the United States
“All these history conflicts we have are really magnified by the media. We now have the very vibrant conservatives media which is dedicated to presenting a narrative on history matters on individualism, economic matters about race, culture and immigration matters.
“It has really fueling the conflicts we have in the society; if you run into somebody who is watching Fox News all the time and you have been watching CNN or MSMBC, you think you are living in two different worlds.
“The facts and assumptions they have about what is going on, how bad riots are going on, how bad crimes are is just vastly different.
“You begin a conversation and discover oh my goodness this person has really different facts than I do; I hear people they are afraid of talking about politics because they afraid it could explode.
“What the media does is to re-enforce each other, the liberals watch CNN or SMMBC and they come out outraged and the republicans watch Fox News and they are outraged about what is going on in America.
“I must say they is an enormous profit to be made on both sides by provoking outage so it is hard to find a show where America watches a thoughtful review of both sides of the issue, what we have now is polarising of the media,” he said.
Stonecash explained that conservatives want a government that will let people do what they want saying that they are obsessed with freedom while liberals are concern about the collective state of affairs.
“Conservatives are angry about having to wear masks and the liberals are saying don’t you care about the collective safety of the society?
“The two groups talk past each other; it’s pretty hard to get a coherent conversation, a one that does not blow up when those type of topics come up.
“I think what all of these has done is to produce a society which there is a growing percentage of people on each side who think the other side is a threat to America.
“They think if the other side gets into power, American got a hit; if you follow the campaign, Trump is being saying to the people, ‘I am the only thing standing between you and the demise of America’.
“Liberals groups are out there saying if Donald Trump gets elected, it could risk the demise of America; it is not easy the way the conversation is going when you think the other side is a threat to the continuation of America’s democracy,” he said.
The expert said that a lot of people virtually live and on social media saying it is becoming a disaster as a lot of people.
He said that there is the partisan press which is very complicated and everybody is worried about it.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Make your country shining city on hill, D-8 urges Nigerians
The D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (Developing-8) on Wednesday urged Nigerians to continue to work hard toward making the country “the shining city on the hill.”
Secretary-General of the organisation, Amb. Ku-Jaafar Ku-Shaari gave the advice in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
The secretary-general was speaking against the backdrop of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary on Oct. 1.
The D-8 was established in accordance with the Istanbul Declaration at the Heads of State/Governments summit as an organisation for development cooperation among Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Ku-Shaari said that Nigeria had over the years emerged as Africa’s biggest economy and that it had grown to become a lucrative investment destination of choice.
“The country has recorded more than two decades of uninterrupted democratic governance, which indicates mature political-culture and national stability essential for national cohesion and socio-economic development.
“Nigeria has also earned itself a pride of place as an active diplomacy practitioner and a responsible member of the international community, which is also a factor in regional stability and mediatory diplomacy.
“Furthermore, the country has played event-shaping roles in regional affairs and has recorded outstanding global diplomatic accomplishments as a frontline state in the fight against colonialism and apartheid in the African continent.
“It expended enormous energy and resources in order to restore peace to regional countries such as Chad, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, as well as Sao Tome and Principé.
“Therefore, Nigerians should continue to work hard with unity of purpose in order to make the country the shining city on the hill,” he said.
He added that because there were no challenges of nation-building that could not be surmounted by citizens and their leaders, “there is hope that Nigeria’s future is bright.”
Ku-Jaafar, who acknowledged the mutually beneficial relations with D-8, said it was heartwarming that Nigeria viewed the organisation as a veritable platform for multilateral cooperation.
“We look forward to deepening this bond by working closely with Nigeria in various sectors.
“Such cooperation affects areas such as agriculture and food security, trade, Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), transport, energy, tourism and health, as well as social protection,” he added.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim
NBA-China engagement is positive for United States – Commissioner
The NBA has built a reputation as the most socially progressive of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and in the last year has come under pressure to cut its ties with China over its alleged human rights abuses.
“Somebody could say given the system of government in China you, the NBA, should make a decision not to operate there,” Silver said in an interview.
“I would only say that at the end of the day, I think those are decisions for our government in terms of where American business should operate.
“I continue to believe that the people-to-people exchanges we’re seeing by playing in China are positive, and it’s helping. It helps cultures learn about each other. It allows us to export sort of American values to China.”
The NBA’s previously harmonious relationship with the Chinese government suffered a major setback last October when Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey tweeted his support for Hong Kong protesters.
The league lost millions of dollars in sponsorships over the row and its games were taken off state broadcaster CCTV, which dominates television sports coverage in China.
“We could have decided because they took us off Chinese Central Television (CCTV) that we should … take our ball and go home and stop operating there,” Silver added.
“The fact is our games continue to be streamed … and we’ve continued in there. At least that’s my view, that it’s been net positive to not move to disengagement.”
In July, the NBA said it was re-evaluating its training programme in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang.
Silver said the NBA’s relationship with the world’s most populous nation goes back to the late 1970s, when China was all but closed to American businesses.
“As the years have gone on, the NBA has increased its presence in China, but always until very recent history at the encouragement of the State Department, of various administrations, again, from both sides of the aisle,” Silver said.
“It was viewed as a really positive thing that we were exporting American values to China through the NBA.”
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara
Egyptian president warns forces loyal to GNA against crossing ‘Red Line’ in Libya
“Egypt is bent on supporting Libyans to rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organisations and putting an end to the blatant interference of some regional parties (in Libya).
“As we have declared before and reiterate today, any breach to the line extending between the towns of Sirte and Jufra, previously demarcated as a red line, will be furiously faced by Egypt in defense of its people and its national security,” Sisi said in his address late on Tuesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
The president has renewed the call on Libya’s warring parties to find a comprehensive political solution to the fatal armed confrontation in the North African country under UN auspices.
According to the president, the settlement should be based on the 2015 Skhirat Agreement, the results of the Berlin conference, held in January of this year, and the Cairo Declaration, also known as the Cairo initiative.
The Cairo initiative was presented by Egypt in early summer of 2020 and, among other matters, includes a complete ceasefire in Libya starting on June 8, and the terms for a political solution.
The initiative was supported by Russia, the United States and several Arab countries, but rejected by Turkey and its ally, the GNA.
Sisi had previously claimed that Cairo would not stand idle if the GNA’s forces crossed the “red line” — by entering the city of Sirte — and would not allow destabilization in eastern Libya, which is under the control of the Tobruk-based parliament and the LNA.
On July 20, the Egyptian parliament unanimously approved the possible dispatch of troops to carry out military operations outside the country.
It came after Sisi stated that his country had an internationally legitimate right to intervene in Libya and come to the aid of the eastern administration.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim