Turkish humanitarian initiatives

Turkish humanitarian initiatives

By Vestnik Kavkaza

The New York Times reports that President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would seek the closure of schools in Africa linked to his ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gulen, who is accused in the judiciary and police of seeking to establish a "parallel state" and of orchestrating a corruption investigation targeting Erdogan's inner circle. Followers of Gulen's Hizmet (Service) movement run a network of schools in Turkey and across the world, including in Africa. "They might have established educational institutions, but they will be closed down because the Republic of Turkey education ministry will be providing the needed services for students," he told a news conference in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said he would follow Ankara's advice on the issue, having worked with Gulen-linked schools in the past. "We will follow the guidance of the government because we had never worked with these organizations without the approval of the government," he told the news conference. Echoing Erdogan's comments, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Davos that Gulen-linked schools around the world were being used to tarnish Turkey's image, and the government planned to take action Turkey has taken a strategic decision to gather education activities under a single roof, and the cabinet was expected to consider the matter next week.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet writes today about Turkey’s resorts’ attractiveness. The article called “Turkey hits record-high tourist numbers in 2014” appears in today’s issue of newspaper. The number of people visiting Turkey as tourists reached an all-time high of around 37 million in 2014, pushing Turkey closer to Italy in the most visited destination chart, Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik. He said Turkey had managed to attract 5.5 percent more tourists in 2014 compared to the previous year, despite the political and geopolitical crises in the region. Pointing out that there were Turkish citizens who are residents in Europe but visit Turkey each year. According to a World Tourism Organization 2014 report, Italy attracted the fifth most visitors with 47 million, one spot ahead of Turkey.

Canadian source Straigt.com is writing about the Turkish film festival that will take place on January 23-25 in Vancouver. In the article headlined “Vancouver to host first Turkish film fest” it is written that the festival showcases the best in contemporary Turkish cinema and features internationally acclaimed movies, documentaries, and short films.

The Los Angeles Times ran an article called “Sub thriller 'Black Sea' plumbs depths of identity in hunt for gold”. Macdonald's inspiration for "Black Sea" was the K-141 Kursk disaster in 2000, when the Russian navy's nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine sank in the Barents Sea, losing more than 100 men.
"They were stranded on the bottom of the ocean," said Macdonald. "They were just 100 meters down, but they couldn't get out. After several days, they were asphyxiated and died.
Adding the Russian element to the crew of "Black Sea's" submarine, he said, heightened the tension and the dynamics. "I like the idea that you have similarities between the British characters and the Russian characters, but they don't really know it because they don't talk to each other."
Studio executives wanted him to hire British actors to play Russian crew members. "But I felt it was important to have an authentic, naturalist feel to the movie, so I insisted on going to Russia," he said. "I met with a lot of Russian actors. Two or three of them [in the movie] are among the biggest stars in Russia."