Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Michelle, Melania = SMOKE SCREEN for Cultural Purge In Turkey

The Plagiarism accusation against Melania Trump, and the counter charges of Obama plagiarisms, are a smoke screen. And like kittens chasing catnip . . . . . 

Look what is happening in Turkey, a Muslim Brotherhood Cultural Purge as deep as the Cultural Revolution in Red China and all idiots can talk about is Melania Trump's speech. Almost 1600 College Deans demanded to step down! The license of thousands of teachers revoked! I would say that the CIAmerican Media is covering for Obama's Best Buddy and Muslim Brotherhood Partner Turkish President Erdogan.

Turkey post-coup purge: Licenses of 21,000 teachers revoked, 1,577 deans ordered to resign

Turkey has revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions, an Education Ministry official told Reuters. It's the latest in a string of crackdowns on workers allegedly tied to the exiled cleric blamed for last week's coup attempt.

"The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been cancelled. Tip-offs that these [people] are mostly linked with terrorist activities have been taken into consideration," a ministry official said.

An earlier report from the state-run Anadolu news agency stated the ministry had dismissed 15,200 education personnel.

Meanwhile, Turkey's High Education Board has ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities – both public and private – across the country, state broadcaster TRT reported. The news caused the Turkish lira to weaken beyond 3 to the US dollar.

In addition, 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Polices were stripped of their responsibilities on Tuesday, and 257 people working at the office of the prime minister were also sacked, Anadolu reported.

Turkey's courts have also ordered that 85 generals and admirals be jailed pending trial over their roles in Friday's coup attempt. Among those arrested include former air force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk, who is alleged to be a ringleader of the uprising. Gen. Adem Hududi, commander of Turkey's 2nd Army, which is in charge of countering possible threats from Syria, Iran, and Iraq, was also detained.

Thousands of officials suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen – who the government blames for the coup – have also been purged from the judiciary and Interior Ministry.

The newest sackings and calls for resignation are the latest in a movement that Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says is aimed at removing the influence of Gulen “by its roots.” A total of 49,337 public sector workers – including military and police personnel – have lost their jobs since Friday, according to Hurriyet.

President Erdogan and his government blame Gulen for orchestrating the coup attempt on Friday in which over 200 people were killed and 1,400 injured. Ankara has called for Gulen's extradition from the United States, where he resides in the Pennsylvania town of Saylorsburg.

However, Gulen, 75, has rejected allegations that he was involved in the attempt, telling prosecutors in a statement that he is “not the person who planned or led the coup. Who planned it and directed it I do not know.”

He said that Erdogan may have staged it himself – a claim which the Turkish president has called “nonsensical.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Turkey would need to provide “evidence, not allegations” against Gulen in order to have him extradited to Turkey.

Obama talks to Erdogan, offers help after failed coup

Two leaders reportedly discussed the status of United States based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.

President Barack Obama spoke to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, offering US assistance as Ankara investigates last week's attempted coup, but urging the government to show restraint as it pursues those connected in the failed attempt.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the two leaders discussed the status of US based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has accused of being behind the coup attempt and whose extradition Turkey has said it will seek.

Earnest said the Turkish government had filed materials in electronic form with the US government, which US officials were reviewing.

He said any extradition request from Turkey, once submitted, would be evaluated under the terms of a treaty between the two countries.

US state department later said it was still in process of analysing materials submitted by Turkey, but that it could not characterise the documents as an official extradition request for Gulen.

Gulen, who is resident in the US, has denied any involvement in the military plot to topple the government, and hinted that the coup might have been staged to justify his arrest.

Widening purge

Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria's chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State.

"This parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to what the government has long alleged is a state within a state controlled by followers of Gulen.

"We will dig them up by their roots," he told parliament.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from Istanbul on Tuesday, said as many as 20,000 government employees have been detained, or are being pursued by the authorities, including 185 admirals and colonels, and 1,500 finance ministry officials.

They are part of a widening purge by the Erdogan government targeting alleged supporters of a coup attempt on Friday.

Reuters reported that on Tuesday that 257 employees from Yildirim own office had been removed from duty.

Turkey's Education Ministry on Tuesday suspended 15,200 personnel in connection with the failed coup, state media reported. Later, the High Education Board ordered the resignation of all 1,577 deans employed at all universities, TRT reported.

Turkey’s religious directorate issued a statement on Tuesday, saying it would not offer religious funerary services, including funeral prayers, for soldiers involved in the failed coup attempt, except for those who had been “forcibly dragged” into the military actions attempting to overthrow the government.

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