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September 26, 2008 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Villagers from Kışladağ, Uşak, protest the Tüprag Metal Mining Company, which operates a gold mine in the region and has filed a lawsuit against activist Muammer Sakaryalı, seen in front of an Ankara courthouse yesterday.

Vatan: A group of businessmen from the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday and presented him with a report that included three recommendations for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). In its report, MÜSİAD asked the government to make changes in the Cabinet, concentrate on Turkey’s EU goal instead of engaging in political fights and deal with corruption in an effective and courageous way. The daily termed the report the “MÜSİAD memorandum.” MÜSİAD told the government that Turkey is dealing with a global economic crisis, a current account deficit, high inflation, unemployment and interest rates, and a low rate of growth and that it was urgent for it to act, reported the daily.

Akşam: Brother chides white Turks, read the daily’s main headline yesterday, referring to critical remarks Mehmet Şevket Eygi, a prominent conservative intellectual, had directed at rich conservative circles, which the daily referred to as white Turks. In his column in the daily Milli Gazete, Eygi criticized rich Muslims, saying that they entered the world of civilization like an elephant. “They spent a lot of money for luxurious living and became victims of their lust. They contaminated the Islamic movement and political Islam,” said Eygi.

Sabah: Lonely diva in court, was the lead headline of the daily yesterday, referring to famous transsexual singer Bülent Ersoy, who appeared in court on Wednesday after her remarks were deemed anti-military by prosecutors. Several journalists followed the case in which Ersoy was accused of discouraging the public from performing military service. The transsexual singer suggested during a TV program last February that if she had a son she would not send him to fight. If found guilty, she faces up to four-and-a-half years in prison.

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