Turkey: The Return of the Ottoman Caliphate
The Turkish referendum proposes an 18-article amendment to the Turkish Constitution, long sought by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its founder, Erdogan.
If the amendments are approved, the Office of the Prime Minister will be abolished and changes to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors will transfer more power to president’s office.
President Erdogan will then become the sole executive head of state – with authority to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and state officials as well as dissolve parliament among other things.
As a result, parliament’s oversight over the executive power would seriously be diminished and limited to a number of routine functions, including submitting written requests for information, initiating parliamentary inquiries and holding “general meetings.”
Erdogan, 63, came to power in 2002, a year after the AK party was formed. Barred by the constitution from serving more than three terms as prime minister, Erdogan became president in 2014, after winning the elections with 52 percent of the vote.
The changes, if adopted, will see a five-year presidential term, renewable once, meaning Erdogan could be in power until 2029 if his current term is not taken into account.
Erdogan will Make Turkey an Islamic State
An RT Documentary crew filming in northern Syria has seen Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) documents abandoned by retreating terrorists and found by the Kurds that, along with captured IS recruits, provide a stunning insight into the ISIS oil trade.
Only ten days after the town of Shaddadi in Syrian Kurdistan was liberated from the ISIS militants, an RT Doc film crew followed Kurdish soldiers around houses that had been abandoned in haste by fleeing jihadists. There, they found documents shedding light on the ISIS oil trade, jihadist passports with Turkish entry stamps, an instruction booklet – printed in Turkey – on how to wage war against the Syrian government, and more.
The areas surrounding Shaddadi has large natural oil reserves, and until recently, ISIS militants profited from it, forcing members of the local population to work in their oil industry. Piles of detailed invoices used by ISIS to calculate daily revenues from selling oil were found on the site. Local residents attested that intermediaries from Raqqa and Aleppo arrived to pick up the oil and often mentioned Turkey, while a captured ISIS recruit admitted on camera that the terrorist group sells oil to Turkey. He and another foreign fighter from Saudi Arabia also revealed that it had been easy to cross the Turkish border.
The documentary contains exclusive footage from towns liberated from ISIS, and features interviews with locals who had worked on ISIS oil refineries as well as testimonies from the ISIS members captured by Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) soldiers. Discover what RT Doc crew found in oil-rich areas that were under ISIS occupation only days ago.
Captured ISIS fighters admit that coming through Turkey was easy. The fighters believe this to be the case due to the fact that it has a common enemy with ISIS, the YPG (People’s Protection Unit). The YPG is yet another rebel group fighting in the Syrian civil war, and Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who call for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey. The fighter alleges that Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan wants ISIS to control Syria in order to grow the oil trade.
Turkey’s Western allies have expressed solidarity with the government over the coup attempt but have also voiced increasing alarm at the scale and swiftness of the response, urging it to adhere to democratic values.