Press Roundup

(PHOTO: CİHAN, Burak Çan)

July 24, 2012, Tuesday/ 16:53:00

Members of a Somali family who took shelter in Eskişehir due to famine in their home country have all been taking care of the daily running of a mosque and been provided with accommodation and a salary in return.

Star: “I am keeping a journal; I might write my memoir,” headlined a front-page article quoting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Speaking to the İstanbul Review magazine, Erdoğan said he is keeping a journal in which he notes every development in his life. “Perhaps I might have the opportunity some day to write my memoirs based on these journal entries,” he said. He also noted that he used to sell water and simit, ring-shaped bread covered in sesame seeds, and buy books with the money he earned when he was a student.

Bugün: “Alevism cannot be regarded as separate from Islam,” read the headline of a first-page story covering statements from various Alevi leaders and politicians in response to Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s recent statement that “Alevism is a belief, a part of Islam.” Agreeing with Kılıçdaroğlu’s view, Alevi Foundations Federation (AVF) Chairman Doğan Bermek said Alevism is not a religion but a system of beliefs, while an Alevi leader, Dede Ali Ekber Yurt, said Alevism cannot be regarded as separate from Islam. “It is a sufi interpretation of Islam,” he added.

Taraf: “Erdoğan will not go to the [Çankaya presidential] palace,” said the headline of a story quoting main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu. Believing that Prime Minister Erdoğan will not be Turkey’s next president, the CHP leader said, “I believe that [the next president] will be someone who is more pro-freedom, who doesn’t marginalize anyone and who doesn’t hold a grudge against anyone.” He also expressed his opinion that the Higher Education Board (YÖK) should be abolished. “YÖK cannot continue to exist and a president cannot appoint a rector to a university in the 21st century.”