Who will save the Turks?

‘US-Turkey ties de­te­ri­o­rat­ing’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

“THE lat­est state­ment made by the Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan af­ter the suc­ces­sive col­lapse of the Turk­ish lira that Turkey is be­ing sub­jected to a war on its econ­omy re­flects the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and the United States of Amer­ica,” colum­nist, pro­fes­sor at Kuwait Univer­sity’s Po­lit­i­cal Science Depart­ment and the As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Le­gal Af­fairs at the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Dr Haila Ha­mad Al-Mekaimi wrote for An­na­har daily.

“As a mat­ter of fact there are a num­ber of im­por­tant is­sues af­fect­ing both par­ties, most no­tably the Amer­i­can pas­tor who is un­der house ar­rest in Izmir city of Turkey af­ter be­ing ac­cused of es­pi­onage in fa­vor of the US ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Amer­i­can host­ing of the Turk­ish op­po­si­tion­ist Gulen.

“But the most im­por­tant con­cerns of the two par­ties, is the US-Kur­dish al­liance, which prompted Turkey to con­clude arms deals with Rus­sia and co­or­di­na­tion with the Rus­sian-Ira­nian axis in Syria.

“In this con­text, Turkey be­lieves that the Kur­dish is­sue is fate­ful and threat­ens it with a dras­tic down­fall, dis­in­te­gra­tion and col­lapse, as hap­pened with Syria and Iraq. Turks feel it is in­evitable that their turn is next.

“For the Is­raelis, of course, it will be in their in­ter­est as fur­ther dis­in­te­gra­tion of any neigh­bor­ing coun­try will con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing the Is­raeli se­cu­rity.

“In this con­text, even if Is­rael has a priv­i­leged re­la­tion­ship with some re­gional coun­tries in the re­gion, as in the past with the regime of Bashar Al-As­sad in Syria and with the for­mer Turk­ish regime where the Is­raeli-Turk­ish re­la­tions are dated back to many years, dis­tinct and ex­tended.

“How­ever, it is need­less to say in spite of the above, noth­ing can and will pre­vent Is­rael from sup­port­ing the idea of par­ti­tion of Turkey and Syria, as this will re­in­force the Is­raeli se­cu­rity and con­trib­ute to achiev­ing the Is­raeli dream of Great Is­rael, par­tic­u­larly since we know it is dif­fi­cult to cre­ate new re­gional pow­ers fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the cur­rent re­gional pow­ers.

“In fact, the Kur­dish is­sue is a com­mon fac­tor be­tween Turkey and Iran and the two coun­tries are cur­rently suf­fer­ing from the said is­sue, which has con­tributed to the rap­proche­ment be­tween the two coun­tries.

“The Rus­sian fac­tor is also im­por­tant as Rus­sia sees its en­try into the Mid­dle East is­sues is also the pro­tec­tion of its bor­ders bor­der­ing this re­gion, es­pe­cially the north­ern Cau­ca­sus re­gions where the Is­lamic fac­tor looks in­flu­en­tial and a ma­jor player in those Rus­sian ar­eas.

“This is the re­al­ity of the re­gional sit­u­a­tion be­tween the com­pet­ing forces. The main ques­tion re­mains about the real Amer­i­can mo­tives for the loss of this ally (Turkey), which is con­sid­ered a ma­jor ally within NATO.

“Not just that be­cause of US sup­port, the Turks suc­ceeded in bring­ing Turkey back to life af­ter it was di­vided by the end of the Sec­ond World War?

“Mean­while, the Asian pow­ers such as China and South Korea have pushed for Amer­ica’s rap­proche­ment with North Korea, lead­ing to a sum­mit be­tween lead­ers of the two coun­tries, which West­ern an­a­lysts have de­scribed as a vic­tory for North Korea far be­yond what US diplo­macy has achieved.

“With re­gard to the US-Rus­sian sum­mit in Helsinki that was held re­cently, even those close to the US Pres­i­dent, have de­scribed it as noth­ing more than com­pla­cency for Rus­sian pol­icy.

“But the ques­tion is, who will be able to save the Turks and what kind of me­di­a­tion will the Turks need to stop that Amer­i­can eco­nomic war against Turkey?”

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Al-Mekaimi

“It is Amer­ica, which is still car­ry­ing out its omi­nous project ‘the new Mid­dle East’, which has formed and con­tin­ues to be a dis­as­ter for the Arab coun­tries, through sec­tar­i­an­ism on sec­tar­ian and eth­nic bases, and the de­struc­tion of their armies in fa­vor of Is­raeli su­pe­ri­or­ity,” colum­nist and for­mer di­rec­tor of the Cul­ture Depart­ment at the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters Waleed Al-Ru­jaib wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“Amer­ica is now ac­tu­ally seek­ing to fur­ther en­gage these coun­tries in wars to de­plete their nat­u­ral and hu­man re­sources through a new se­cu­rity al­liance called the Mid­dle East Strate­gic Al­liance, based on the same old pre­texts and lies, namely fight against ter­ror­ism in the re­gion.

“In this con­text, we say in the wake of fight­ing the Is­lamic State (IS) or the so-called ‘DAESH’ un­der the pa­tron­age of Amer­ica and cur­tail­ing that or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­flu­ence in both Iraq and Syria, it is Wash­ing­ton which has sought a new en­emy to fight, but this time by plac­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity on its al­lies to bear the brunt of the hor­rors of war and the ma­te­rial and hu­man losses on its be­half.

“In other words, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wants the Gulf states to bear the con­se­quences of his reck­less be­hav­ior against Iran by uni­lat­er­ally ab­ro­gat­ing the nu­clear deal and im­pos­ing eco­nomic sanc­tions against Tehran and be­cause the Gulf coun­tries are near­est to Iran ge­o­graph­i­cally have be­come easy tar­gets for Ira­nian mis­siles, more­over, their oil tankers will be the prime tar­gets in the prospec­tive war.

“How­ever, this al­leged coali­tion will re­sult in the de­struc­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture of the Arab coun­tries and all their devel­op­ment pro­jects, and will ex­pose their peo­ples to greater se­cu­rity risks than the ter­ror­ist groups. The re­gion will con­tinue to burn while Is­rael re­mains safe.

‘As a mat­ter of fact, through its for­eign pol­icy, Kuwait has made ef­forts to build nor­mal re­la­tions with all re­gional coun­tries, in­clud­ing Iran, in or­der to pre­serve peace, sta­bil­ity and mu­tual ben­e­fit, with the right of States to pre­serve their sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence.

“This ‘Arab NATO’ based on the Amer­i­can in­ten­tions will not be a peace­ful or de­fen­sive al­liance; it will in­crease ten­sion be­tween Wash­ing­ton and the Arab states on the one hand, and Iran on the other, a provoca­tive step that serves Amer­i­can and Is­raeli in­ter­ests.

“Now the ques­tion is, when the Arabs will know that Amer­ica is not a pro­tec­tor, rather the US is a big black­mailer and Amer­ica is the source of real dan­ger for them. When will the Arabs re­al­ize that Amer­ica does not want sta­bil­ity or devel­op­ment?

“That be­ing the case, it is not in the in­ter­est of any coun­try to en­gage in ag­gres­sive mil­i­tary al­liances to en­sure the se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and progress of its peo­ple.”

“Ap­pli­ca­tion of the law on all with­out ex­cep­tion and con­fronta­tion of cor­rup­tion through trans­par­ent meth­ods is the aim of demo­cratic and ad­vanced coun­tries. This means democ­racy rep­re­sents one side of the coin and the rule of law the other side,” Mishref Aqab wrote for Al-Sha­hed daily.

“We have a won­der­ful con­sti­tu­tion in Kuwait that or­ga­nizes the so­ci­ety. The Kuwaiti Con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates the sep­a­ra­tion of power among the three au­thor­i­ties in a way that pre­vents the over­lap­ping of power. On the other hand, sep­a­ra­tion of power does not mean each of the three au­thor­i­ties work in iso­la­tion from oth­ers. The Con­sti­tu­tion or­ga­nizes the re­la­tions among them in a man­ner that al­lows each of them to mon­i­tor oth­ers and pre­vent any mis­use of power from oc­cur­ring.

“Philoso­pher Plato once said dis­tribut­ing power among dif­fer­ent bod­ies pre­vents dic­ta­tor­ship. The Kuwaiti Con­sti­tu­tion de­fines the du­ties and rights of cit­i­zens as well as their free­doms. Ac­cord­ing to ar­ti­cle 50 of the Kuwaiti Con­sti­tu­tion, each of the three au­thor­i­ties is tasked with spe­cific du­ties. It stresses the im­por­tance of co­or­di­na­tion among them.

“Nowa­days we hear calls for amend­ments to the Con­sti­tu­tion of Kuwait. Ac­tu­ally there is noth­ing pre­vent­ing the amend­ment of any coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion. How­ever, the prob­lem is that our pri­or­i­ties dif­fer from those of the ad­vanced coun­tries that pre­cede us in the adop­tion of democ­racy. They aim at more free­doms, more trans­parency and more laws that en­able them to ques­tion the ex­ec­u­tive author­ity. We up­hold any calls for en­hanc­ing free­doms, trans­parency and preser­va­tion of the pub­lic funds.

“In an­other devel­op­ment, I will talk about the im­pos­ing of travel ban on cit­i­zens who suf­fer some fi­nan­cial trou­bles that pre­vent them from pay­ing off pend­ing in­stall­ments. This ac­tion con­tra­dicts the right of cit­i­zens to travel freely, as guar­an­teed by the Kuwaiti Con­sti­tu­tion. Does any­one re­ally think a Kuwaiti cit­i­zen will im­mi­grate and leave his home­land just be­cause he is not able to pay the in­stall­ments of a car or some com­modi­ties? There must be other pro­ce­dures that can guar­an­tee the right of the banks or com­pa­nies with­out vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

“The gov­ern­ment and var­i­ous State bod­ies are at­tempt­ing to call on cit­i­zens to strengthen na­tional unity and re­ject sec­tar­i­an­ism and ex­trem­ism,” colum­nist Fawaz Ah­mad Al-Ha­mad wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“At the same time, many non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGOs) were es­tab­lished on sec­tar­ian ba­sis. All NGOs are es­tab­lished by the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor with the bless­ing of the gov­ern­ment, hence, it con­trib­utes to spread­ing sec­tar­i­an­ism in­di­rectly.

“The cur­rent elec­toral sys­tem greatly con­trib­utes to the spread of sec­tar­i­an­ism. In the Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tion, vot­ers of­ten choose can­di­dates ac­cord­ing to tribal, sec­tar­ian or racial af­fil­i­a­tions.

“It seems the gov­ern­ment plays a role in fu­el­ing con­flicts and in­ten­si­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion among cit­i­zens and po­lit­i­cal groups. If the gov­ern­ment is keen on im­ple­ment­ing re­forms, it must change its poli­cies which should start with a thor­ough re­view of the mech­a­nism for ap­prov­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of NGOs.”

“If you want to re­ceive your new pass­port in one day only, with­out any ap­point­ment, stand­ing in line and wait­ing for hours with­out re­sult, you only have to visit the farm of the di­rec­tor who took a photo of him­self in his farm while hold­ing a bunch of pass­ports, in ad­di­tion to the na­tion­al­ity cer­tifi­cate of a per­son who lost his pass­port,” colum­nist Talal Al-Saeed wrote for AlSeyas­sah daily.

“It seems he recorded a di­a­logue with him­self and broad­cast it on so­cial me­dia, prais­ing him­self and show­ing off his power and po­si­tion that pre­vented him from en­joy­ing the week­end in his farm be­cause of the large num­ber of pass­ports with­out ex­plain­ing why he had such doc­u­ments in the farm, in­stead of putting them in a se­cure place in his of­fice or work­place.

“It is very im­por­tant to know who saw the video show­ing a vis­i­tor with­out a sin­gle stamp of exit or en­try on his pass­port, yet he re­quested for a new pass­port. This vis­i­tor was coura­geous enough to de­prive this great di­rec­tor of his week­end at the farm, de­mand­ing to re­new the pass­port that does not carry even a sin­gle stamp of travel.

“This video re­veals to se­nior of­fi­cials of the In­te­rior Min­istry the qual­ity of their au­thor­i­tar­ian em­ploy­ees who use all means to hu­mil­i­ate cit­i­zens and deal with them ar­ro­gantly, poor cit­i­zens who have no op­tion but to meet such em­ploy­ees to re­new their pass­ports and be sub­jected to such hu­mil­i­a­tion.”

“The ed­u­ca­tional is­sues in any coun­try are not like other is­sues. They are the most se­ri­ous and most im­por­tant for peo­ple who want to ad­vance and rise, and are rac­ing against time to learn the dif­fer­ent sciences they have missed. Science makes civ­i­liza­tion and pro­duces the best in the world,” colum­nist Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.

“The is­sue of ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try, thanks to God, is one of the top pri­or­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment or even the pub­lic rep­re­sented by the Kuwaiti fam­ily that in­sists on ed­u­cat­ing their chil­dren and rais­ing them based on Science.

“Re­cently, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion as­signed a man who ap­pre­ci­ates the im­por­tance of Science and ac­tively seeks devel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. Min­is­ter Hamid Al-Azmi led two coura­geous cam­paigns — the first of which was to pre­vent cheat­ing in dif­fer­ent stages of ed­u­ca­tion. This means the man is fully aware of the dan­ger­ous im­pact of in­tel­lec­tual fraud on so­ci­ety. The sec­ond was the re­fer­ral of false cer­tifi­cates case to the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion, which means the man is striv­ing to im­ple­ment re­forms.

“In con­clu­sion, we re­ally need pro-re­form mod­els that play an ef­fec­tive role in im­ple­ment­ing re­forms. All of us need to work hard to put this great coun­try on the right path to­wards civ­i­liza­tion and progress, and this can only be achieved by Science and sci­en­tists.”

“Now, it has be­come clear to ev­ery­one that the fake aca­demic de­grees is­sue por­tends catas­tro­phe in so­cial and cul­tural fields, re­flect­ing the mag­ni­tude of moral de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety,” colum­nist Waleed Al-Ru­jaib wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“It seems clear to the eye that moral de­te­ri­o­ra­tion is the char­ac­ter­is­tic and sym­bol of the so­ci­ety. But af­ter study­ing the Kuwaiti char­ac­ters, we know there is a hid­den cul­ture in each so­ci­ety which is more ad­vanced than the pre­vail­ing cul­ture, ef­faced by the prom­i­nent and pre­vail­ing cul­ture — the cul­ture of im­moral and un­civ­i­lized de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

“The cul­ture of cor­rup­tion and theft has wors­ened in the last three decades. The snow­ball con­tin­ues to grow un­til it be­came a plat­form for get­ting the rights of oth­ers and los­ing val­ues of ci­ti­zen­ship and re­spect for the law.

“Cor­rup­tion is not lim­ited to ed­u­ca­tion, as it has be­come part of the so­cial cul­ture. Those en­gaged in cor­rup­tion ‘climbed’ to all min­istries and State bod­ies in­clud­ing aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and pro­fes­sions.

“Even dis­abil­i­ties are forged in or­der to ob­tain ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges un­de­serv­ingly at the ex­pense of the dis­abled, in ad­di­tion to the forgery of dis­ease and over­seas treat­ment rights. Se­cu­rity is threated by the na­tional catas­tro­phe — the forgery of ci­ti­zen­ship.”

— Com­piled by Zaki Taleb

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