Erdogan Links Alleged in U.S. Documents Before Iran Trial

A trader accused of helping Iran evade sanctions invoked the name of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as part of a scheme that U.S. prosecutors say was supported by Turkey’s government, according to court documents.

U.S. prosecutors in New York have gathered taped conversations and other records that suggest the trader may have sought support from Erdogan. The Turkish president hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, and it’s possible that the trader falsely invoked Erdogan’s name to influence others. The people charged in the case are captured in the recorded conversations, which were introduced Monday in a filing in federal court in Manhattan.

Thoughts following the Catalan Declaration of Independence

Today is a historical day in many aspects. We will test (although a modified version of) the democratic peace theory. We will test if the EU really has values which shape politics, not that politics shape the values (or lead to temporary and changeable values). We will test the clash between legality and legitimacy. And we will see if a developed country can get into armed conflict (i.e. any sort of civil war or large-scale suppression as we see in Turkey, for example).

First let us look at the main hypocrisy. While supporting Kosovo in their declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, today the big guy of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that the EU “doesn’t need any more cracks, more splits”1. Why did they support Kosovo, and why are they against Catalonia? In 2008, there was no immediate problem in Kosovo so that independence would be vital or highly necessary, as is not the case today (which is not to say that there was the prospect of a long-lasting peace in Kosovo, as there is not in Bosnia and Herzegovina today). Why having a “value” yesterday which is different than today?

Preet Bharara: The Fear of Millions

Here I wrote that Bharara is a hope for millions of Turks today, simply because our own government have committed unlawful acts and labelled us as terrorists in return. The lack of shame, honor and ethics is usual for us in Turkey, but we never witnessed such amounts of these so we are enraged against our government. This time I want to write about the other side of the case, which worries, for now, some of us, but will, soon, all of us including the favored citizens.

According to Socrates, the worst government is preferable to no government and the worst laws are preferable to anarchy. This was, at least according to Crito and the Apology, the reason that even though he considered the verdict wrong, he did not hesitate to obey the law. Hobbes, following Socrates, argued that even if the sword of the sovereign is unlawful, as long as security is provided, we should obey it.

Preet Bharara: The Hope of Millions

Just couple of days ago, the name Bharara was not known in Turkey. He had some 8K followers on Twitter and would not imagine it multiplied with two-score, even more. Today, he is the hope of many millions in Turkey. A comment about him at one of Turkey’s most visited websites, for example, says that “I swear that I want to hug him and tell him a lot of things while crying. We are so depressed, don’t upset us”. It went to the level that his 34th tweet is a response to a Turkish citizen, who asked if he wanted anything from Turkey, saying “I love shish kebab but I do not think I can accept gifts just for doing my job”.

What is this sudden display of love through him?

The answer is found in the recent history, namely 17-25 December 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey. Celal Kara, a public prosecutor, started an operation in which all the suspects were members of the government, especially Erdogan, their family members, including Erdogan’s both sons, and high officials as well as businessmen, including Reza Zarrab. Also we learned about the name Babak Zanjani, who is to be hanged because of the same accusations, in Iran. The accusations were bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering and gold smuggling.

Corruption Scandal, Sultan-Like Presidency and Erdogan’s Changing Approach to Terror and Terrorism

What is Erdogan trying to do?

Being stuck in many problems, from economy to international relations, Erdogan, today, is asking for more and more authoritarian rights for himself, just like any other example in history who are about to fall but are willing to take down the country with themselves. There are three sentences from him which, considered together, will give a hint about what is in the back of his mind and prove this argument.

On 14 March, he said “we should redefine terror and terrorism and put [this new definition] into criminal code. Those that support terrorists are released at the courts”. The same day, he also said “in our country, and the world, we are at a crossroads. They will be either with us or with the terrorists. There is no midpoint in this. We consider siding with the terrorists when they make comments that start with ‘but”. The keywords here are redefinition of terror and siding with either him or terror.

On 16 March, he said “saying ‘Erdogan should go’ means let the society, flag, homeland, the understanding of one state fall on which we have built our politics, our work. The problem is not about me. I am 62 years old and I will serve as long as Allah gives me life to live”. The keywords here are fall, and serving for life.

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