Turkey’s agenda stinks of gunpowder

Thrilling developments for humanity recently took place in the world of science and technology.
NASA announced that its Kepler space telescope had discovered an Earth-like planet that is older than the Earth. The planet is continuing its routine tour, 1,400 light years away from us for the time being.
New Horizons, the spacecraft NASA sent into space nine years ago, has yielded footage from the dwarf planet Pluto. It was a nine-year effort by NASA that cost $720 million.
Turkey, meanwhile, built an illegal presidential palace for $600 million.
The economic magnitude of Silicon Valley has hit $3 trillion it guides the world with its products. As for us, we have been keeping ourselves busy talking about Turkey-based Iranian businessman Reza Zarraband’s fraudulent gold trade, worth billions of dollars.
Meanwhile, robots have passed the self-awareness test for the first time. Scientists at the New York Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute administered a test to robots that indicated that they are aware of themselves. This development points to the fact that artificial intelligence will be a part of our lives much sooner than we thought.
Unfortunately, there are no parallels between the agenda of the world and that of Turkey. While these are the issues the world has been engaged in over recent days, our agenda here has been filled with blood, tears and death. War has become our only topic of conversation, having been led to this point by authoritarianism and a single-man rule that veered off the path of democracy and as a result of the foreign policy of and”zero problem with neighbors.and”
The whole of Turkey is suffering the consequences of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government having allowed the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to cross its borders freely. Society is also systematically being thrown into a war-atmosphere by pro-government columnists. There is currently the likelihood of a re-election at the same time there is the prospect of war. It has been a while since we last spoke the language of peace.
Turkey used to be a and”model country,and” a game changer, a country with strategic importance, but now it has become a front. The Economistand’s Soft Power list, which is based on criteria such as the impact of a stateand’s foreign policy, placed Turkey in the 28th spot among 30 countries. So, extravagance on presidential palaces and arms donand’t help at all. Turkey has also been downgraded seven spots, ranking 135 out of 162 countries on the Global Peace Index.
Another aspect is the fact that Turkeyand’s military spending is not transparent. Decisions on military expenses lack public scrutiny. According to a report compiled by Transparency International (TI), based on data from 82 countries, Turkey is grouped among countries such as Russia, China, Pakistan, Jordan and Kazakhstan when it comes to a high risk of corruption and bribery in the defense industry and the army. In the report, it was highlighted that defense spending in Turkey is not subject to sufficient auditing and that the data is not shared with the public.
Turkey was supposed to introduce civilian auditing of military spending under the 2010 amendment to the Law on the Court of Accounts, a change made due to pressure from the European Union. However, in reality, the amendment made military expenditures less transparent through additional regulations, let alone introducing audits. The Public Expenditures Monitoring Platform (KAHiP) said in an October 2014 report, and”Laws and regulations regarding Court of Accountsand’ scrutiny of military spending keep changing and remains ambiguous.and”
According to the latest data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Turkey ranked 15th among 171 countries in military spending, with $22.6 billion in 2014. Considering that Turkeyand’s current account deficit (CAD) in 2014 was $45.7 billion, you can see what this spending corresponds to. In addition, Turkey was ranked seventh for arms imports between 2010 and 2014. Of course, there is a price for threatening others with war.
The investment in arms, conducted in a non-transparent fashion and without auditing, is unknown to the public, as are terms of how and where it is being used. There is no investment in peace and humanity it is all about a war economy.