AK Parti Kırıkkale Milletvekili Demir:

KIRIKKALE (AA) – AK Parti Kırıkkale Milletvekili Mehmet Demir, dokunulmazlıklarla ilgili anayasa değişikliği teklifinin görüşüldüğü TBMM Anayasa Komisyonu’ndaki kavgaya ilişkin, “Dağda, şehirlerde, hendek kazarak elde edemediklerini Anayasa Komisyonu’nda elde etmeye çalıştılar ama biz buna müsaade etmeyeceğiz. Dokunulmazlıkların kalkması noktasında üzerimize düşeni yapacağız.” dedi.

Demir, partisinin il başkanlığında gazetecilere yaptığı açıklamada, teröristlerin boş durmadığını Türkiye’nin, birliğini, beraberliğini, dirliğini bozmak için kasabalarda, köylerde, ilçelerde çukur kazdıklarını ancak başaramadıklarını belirtti.

Türk milletinin hep sabrettiğini kendilerinin de Genel Kurul’da sabırlı davrandığını anlatan Demir, şöyle konuştu:

“Dün Anayasa Komisyonu’nda bir toplantı vardı. Ben TBMM Anayasa Komisyonu üyesi değilim. Milli Savunma Komisyonu üyesiyim. Ancak en çok şehit veren bir ilin milletvekiliyim. Burada evlere, ocaklara nasıl ateş düştüğünü, annelerin ve babaların nasıl metanetle evlatlarını kara toprağa verdiğini de biliyorum. Bu duyarlılıkla, hassasiyetle ben de orada bulunmak istedim. Dağda, şehirlerde hendek kazarak, elde edemediklerini Anayasa Komisyonu’nda elde etmeye çalıştılar ama biz buna müsaade etmeyeceğiz.”

“Dokunulmazlıkların kalkması noktasında üzerimize düşeni yapacağız” diyen Demir, sözlerine şöyle devam etti:

“İnşallah dokunulmazlıkları kaldırarak, TBMM çoğunluğunu sağlayıp, Türk adaletine teslim edeceğiz. Bu vesileyle, hem Kırıkkale’deki halkımızın hem de şehit annelerinin, babalarının, evlatlarının yüreğini bir nebze de olsa soğutmuş olacağız. Gördüğünüz gibi bir şeyimiz yok. Tabi ki arbede oldu. Tabi ki istemezdik. Adalet Bakanı Bekir Bozdağ’a fiziki müdahale olursa, bizde karşılığını veririz. Bundan da geri durmayız.”

Yeni vakıf üniversiteleri kurulacak

TBMM (AA) – Yeni vakıf üniversiteleri kurulması ve bazı üniversitelerinin isimlerinin değiştirilmesini öngören yasa tasarısı, TBMM Başkanlığına sunuldu.

Yükseköğretim Kurumları Teşkilatı Kanunu ile Kamu Mali Yönetimi ve Kontrol Kanunu’nda Değişiklik Yapılmasına İlişkin Kanun Tasarısı, bazı üniversitelerin isminin değiştirilmesini içeriyor.

Tasarıyla; Celal Bayar Üniversitesinin adı “Manisa Celal Bayar Üniversitesi”, Tunceli Üniversitesinin adı “Munzur Üniversitesi”, Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesinin adı “İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesi”, Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesinin adı “Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi”, Gedik Üniversitesinin adı “İstanbul Gedik Üniversitesi” olarak değiştiriliyor.

Düzenleme, yeni vakıf üniversitelerinin kurulmasını da öngörüyor. İstanbul’da Türkiye Lojistik Araştırmaları ve Eğitim Vakfı tarafından “Beykoz Üniversitesi”, Plato Vakfı tarafından “İstanbul Ayvansaray Üniversitesi”, Engelsiz Eğitim Vakfı tarafından “İstanbul Kent Üniversitesi” ve Hacegan Vakfı tarafından “Semerkand Bilim ve Medeniyet Üniversitesi” kurulacak.

-“Karıştırılıyor”

Tasarının gerekçesinde, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin 3. Cumhurbaşkanı Celal Bayar’ın Bursalı olduğu ve kabrinin Bursa Umurbey’de bulunduğu, TBMM’de bir dönem Saruhan (Manisa) mebusu olması dışında Manisa ile doğrudan bağlantısı olmadığı belirtilerek, “Celal Bayar ile Bursa öylesine özdeşleşmiştir ki kuruluşunun üzerinden 23 yıl geçmesin rağmen üniversitenin Bursa’da olduğu yönünde bir kanaat var.” ifadesine yer verildi.

Tunceli Üniversitesinin adının değiştirilmesi konusunda, “Tunceli ile bütünleşen Munzur adının ulusal ve uluslararası alanda üniversitenin adını ve vizyonunu daha iyi temsil edeceği düşünüldüğü için Munzur Üniversitesi olarak değiştirilmesinin öngörüldüğü” kaydedildi.

İstanbul Cevizlibağ mevkinde bulunan Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesinin Van Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi ile karıştırıldığı belirtilerek, ayrıca 100’e yakın uluslararası üniversite ile ikili anlaşmaları bulunan Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesinin uluslararası bir devlet üniversitesi olmayı hedeflediği, uluslararası arenada ve tercih döneminde üniversitenin hangi kentte bulunduğu, devlet üniversitesi olup olmadığıyla ilgili tereddütlerin giderilmesinin amaçlandığı ifade edildi.

Australia: Iranian refugee dies after self-immolation

By Jill Fraser

MELBOURNE, Australia (AA) – An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire at an offshore Australian detention center on the Pacific island of Nauru died at a Brisbane hospital Friday.

The 23-year-old, known as Omid, had poured petrol on himself and ignited it Wednesday in front of United Nations representatives visiting the detention center.

Under its immigration policy, Australia detains asylum seekers who arrive by boat at offshore detention centers including Nauru, where conditions have been described as appalling by rights advocates.

While at the detention center, the status of the asylum seekers is evaluated. Omid had been classified as a refugee.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed Omid’s death in a statement Friday, saying that “appropriate support” was being provided to Omid’s wife and friends.

Omid was airlifted to Brisbane yesterday, more than 24 hours after the incident, with third-degree burns to 80 percent of his body.

“The man was taken to Republic of Nauru Hospital for medical treatment by the Nauruan authorities,” Dutton said.

“He was then transferred to Australia by air ambulance for medical treatment,” he added. “The department expresses its sympathies to his wife, family and friends.”

News broadcaster ABC reported that the death will be conveyed to the Queensland coroner.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesperson Ian Rintoul blamed the conditions on Nauru for Omid’s death, saying that “there was a criminal delay in Omid obtaining the treatment and care he needed”.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, he slammed “the lack of experienced staff; the lack of medical supplies; the lack of attention; the shocking conditions in the Nauru hospital and the hideous delay in arranging for Omid to be medivacced from Nauru”.

“Those responsible must be held to account,” he said.

Dutton, however, disputed the accusation of a delay.

“Obviously people realise that Nauru is 4,500 kilometers or so from Australia,” he told media Friday.

Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young issued a statement describing Omid as another victim of “the cruel detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru”.

Omid is the third asylum seeker who has died at Australia’s detention centers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

Former football star to run for Liberian presidency

By Evelyn Kpadeh Seagbeh

MONROVIA (AA) – A former African footballing legend who now leads Liberia’s main opposition party will contest the country’s presidential election next year.

George Weah, a former FIFA player of the year and Balloon d’Or winner, heads up the Congress for Democratic Change. Addressing supporters in the capital Monrovia on Thursday, Weah said the ruling party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had failed to deliver liberation and better lives for people in the country.

Weah was responding to petitions from thousands of backers to become the party’s choice to fight next year’s poll.

Speaking to supporters, the 50-year-old politician said: “We have seen that the majority of Liberians continue to live in abject poverty, even though billions of dollars have been put at the disposal of this government.

“Education remains a mess, health delivery system a disaster, agriculture a wasteland, while electricity and pipe-borne water still elusive.”

Weah told supporters he would ensure a budgetary increase for job creation and youth empowerment through technical and vocational training.

Weah has lost two successive elections to the ruling Unity Party in his quest to lead the country.

In 2005 he was a major contender against President Sirleaf, but lost. In 2011 Weah ran for vice-president, this time with the son of Liberian former president Winston Tubman as running mate, but again fell short.

MHP’de olağanüstü kongre süreci

ANKARA (AA) – MHP Çağrı Heyeti, Çankaya İlçe Seçim Kurulunun, olağanüstü büyük kongrenin toplanması yönündeki taleplerini reddettiğine ilişkin haberlerin asılsız olduğunu bildirdi.

MHP Çağrı Heyeti üyeleri Ali Sağır, Ayhan Erel ve Mehmet Bilgiç tarafından yapılan açıklamada, Çankaya İlçe Seçim Kurulunun, heyetin olağanüstü büyük kongre talebini, Ankara 12. Sulh Hukuk Mahkemesinin kararına yapılan itiraz başvurusu henüz Yargıtayda sonuçlandırılmadığı gerekçesiyle, reddettiği şeklindeki haberlerin doğru olmadığı belirtildi.

“Kamuoyunu yanıltıcı ve yönlendirme çabası” olarak nitelenen söz konusu haberlerin, “MHP Genel Merkezi kaynaklı” olduğunun düşünüldüğü vurgulanan açıklamada, şu ifadelere yer verildi:

“Kanun gereği Yargıtay Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığından, kurultayı toplamak üzere seçilmiş delegelerin, kurucular kurulu üyelerinin, MYK ve MDK üyelerinin listesi tarafımıza verilmiştir. Bunun üzerine, Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi Genel Başkanlığına ve il başkanlıklarına davetnameler gönderilmiş, aynı doğrultuda Çankaya İlçe Seçim Kuruluna da bildirimde bulunulmuştur. Çankaya İlçe Seçim Kurulu, yanıt olarak, seçimsiz tüzük değişikliği amaçlı büyük genel kurulu toplama ile ilgili herhangi bir görevinin olmadığı hususunu tarafımıza bildirmiştir.”

Bu itibarla, hem Yargıtay Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı hem de Çankaya İlçe Seçim Kurulu nezdinde iş ve işlemlerin tamamlanmasıyla olağanüstü büyük kongrenin yapılması hususunda hiçbir engel kalmadığı belirtilen açıklamada, şunlar kaydedildi:

“Tüm açıklıkla ifade edilmelidir ki gerek Yargıtay Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı gerekse Çankaya İlçe Seçim Kurulunun herhangi bir engelleyici ve olumsuz kararı yoktur. Aksine olağanüstü genel kurulun toplanmasına yönelik tüm hukuki taleplerimiz karşılanmıştır. Dolayısıyla olağanüstü büyük kongrenin icrası ile ilgili olarak hiçbir engel kalmamıştır.”

Açıklamada, kamuoyunu yanıltıcı, yönlendirici ve heyetin yapmadığı açıklamalara itibar edilmemesi gerektiği vurgulandı.

South Sudan rivals embark on unity government

By Parach Mach

JUBA, South Sudan (AA) – South Sudan’s government and armed opposition have agreed on a unity government aimed at stemming the chaos which has engulfed the world’s youngest state for more than two-and-a-half years.

In a decree read on state-run television, President Salva Kiir dissolved the entire cabinet and appointed a 30-strong cabinet, drawn from representatives from rebel group, the state and other minor opposition political parties.

An August 2015 peace deal signed by Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar expands the government to 30 ministerial positions and parliament to 400 members.

This unity government will have to tackle security-sector reforms to end fighting, corruption and, in particular, pick up the pace on plans to set up a special African Union court to try war crimes suspects.

Presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny told Anadolu Agency: “This is to reaffirm the parties’ commitment to end the war and achieve peace; it is a crucial step and we hope to resolve other outstanding issues in the unity government.”

Machar returned to the capital on Tuesday and was sworn in as first vice president, a role he held until 2013 when Kiir fired him for allegedly plotting a coup. A few months later, conflict erupted.

That war forced more than 2.4 million people to flee their homes and cut oil production by at least a third to about 160,000 barrels per day.

Whether the new government will be able to control the country remains to be seen.

Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, John Prendergast, founding director of the Enough Project NGO, said: “Competing factions of the ruling party have hijacked the state itself and are using its institutions along with deadly force to finance and fortify networks aimed at self-enrichment and maintaining or acquiring power.”

Kiir and Machar signed the peace pact in August under regional and international pressure mediation to form a unity government. Under this deal, rebel leader Machar will serve alongside Kiir in the new 30-month transitional period leading to elections in 2018.

The conflict tore open ethnic divisions and was characterized by horrific human rights abuses, including gang rape and murder.

US military members disciplined for MSF strike

By Kasim Ileri

WASHINGTON (AA) – The Pentagon said Thursday that 16 military personnel, including a general, were disciplined for their mistakes in striking a hospital in Afghanistan last year that resulted in 42 civilian deaths.

A defense official speaking to Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity said the personnel received “administrative punishments” and noted that “no criminal charges” were filed against them.

Declining to get into details, the official said that the Central Command Commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, would to announce the action Friday.

The hospital, run by the medical charity organization, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, was hit by a U.S. AC-130, aircraft’s side-firing cannons and guns, last October.

The MSF called the attack “relentless and brutal”.

Pentagon officials also acknowledged that the incident was caused by human error.

According to the Pentagon, due to problems with the targeting sensors of the aircraft, the airmen relied on the physical description of the target which was indeed the hospital located a couple of hundred meters from the actual target.

As a result of the strike, 24 patients, 14 staff and 4 caretakers were killed.

PYD parades bodies of FSA fighters in Syria’s Afrin

ANKARA (AA) – After killing Free Syrian Army (FSA) members in a clash in northern Syria, members of the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the PYD, transported the dead bodies in an open top trailer.

According to local sources and FSA commanders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the clashes between the FSA and the PYD lasted for about 10 hours Wednesday in the Ayn-Dakna village in Tel Rifaat some 20 kms from the Turkish border.

The sources said that the terrorist PYD group repelled the FSA and it brought about 50 dead bodies of FSA members to Afrin, which is close to Ayn-Dakna.

A resident in Afrin told Anadolu Agency that the PYD transported the bodies in an open top trailer.

The militants also reportedly posted the images on social media.

The video footage purported to show PYD terrorists putting the bodies on an open top trailer, parading them in the streets of Afrin.

The authenticity of the footage could not be independently verified.

The sources said those FSA members who lost their lives in the clashes were citizens of Tel Rifaat. They added there was no Kurdish population in the region.

The PYD already controls most of northern Syria — along the border with Turkey — and is preparing to declare a federal system, a PYD spokesman had said in March according to some media reports.

However, Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen groups reject the federal system.

Nusra forces ‘commingled’ with Syrian rebels: US

WASHINGTON (AA) – Syria’s rebels are at times “commingled” with fighters from the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate, the White House said Thursday.

“There are situations where there are forces like Nusra, who are not part of the cessation of hostile[s], where their forces [are] commingled with forces that are” party to the agreement, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

“As with everything in Syria, it’s complicated,” he added.

According to the truce reached last February, all parties in Syria were to halt attacks. Daesh and al-Nusra were not party to the agreement and are actively excluded from its protections.

But fighting between government and rebel forces has swelled around Aleppo, Syria’s second city, in recent days and Nusra has remained active in the northwestern city.

At least 17 people were killed Wednesday when an airstrike hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo.

Approximately 200 civilians, including 50 women and children, have been killed in intense fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels around Aleppo in the past week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based group uses an extensive network of on-the-ground sources to develop its figures.

US: Goal of special forces to cave in Daesh in Raqqa

By Kasim Ileri

WASHINGTON (AA) – The ultimate goal of deploying U.S. Special Forces in Syria is to cave in Daesh’s control in Raqqa, the head of America’s defense told a Senate panel Thursday.

“Ultimately, the purpose — and the reason the President [Barack Obama] has given us the authority to increase our numbers there — our objective of course is to collapse ISIL’s control over Raqqa” Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that 250 additional Special Forces would be deployed to Syria, bringing the number of the American forces on the ground there to 300.

According to Carter, the American commandos on the ground will contact, particularly Arab fighters, to bring them into the pipeline of the Pentagon’s vetting process and to train them in the fight against Daesh.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, speaking at the same panel, said there are currently 6,000 Arabs vetted by the U.S. and “as many as twice that number that are currently in the vetting process” thanks to the forces on the ground.

According to Dunford, in order to achieve an offensive in Raqqa, the anti-Daesh coalition would need the help of those Arab fighters as well as the 30,000 PYD fighters in the northern Syria.

But Carter noted that the PYD — an offshoot of outlawed PKK terrorist organization — would not be the right choice to hold and govern the predominantly Arab city as the militant group is predominantly Kurdish.

Carter told lawmakers that the Special Forces will also “serve as a hub to incorporate partner special forces from European and Gulf partners that will augment our coalition’s counter-ISIL efforts there.”

The Defense Department suspended its first Syrian train and equip program at the end of 2015 after the $500 million program failed to graduate less than a dozen fighters.

The Pentagon last month announced that it has resumed the program by loosening the requirements for fighters.

During the hearing, Carter urged lawmakers to release $349 million in funds, needed to feed the initiative.

Congress reportedly blocked a bulk portion of the fund allocated to support the Syrian opposition in their fight against Daesh after it was revealed that the program failed.