Channel Istanbul Debate in New York Times

In an article published in the New York Times, Erdogan's Kanal Istanbul and other urban projects were written.

The New York Times published an article on Channel Istanbul mention of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's mega projects, including Project.

While it is stated that some of the people describe the channel project as Erdogan's visionary, it is emphasized that the other section thinks that these projects were made to consolidate Erdogan's administrative power.

It is stated that these mega projects are a symbol of power for Erdogan and Erdogan aims to write his name among all Turkish leaders, from Ottoman sultans to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

However, it is stated that the 45 km channel will cost 15 billion dollars and that it will displace about 800 thousand people, on the one hand, is “crazy”.

It is stated that environmentalists will make Istanbul uninhabitable by damaging the ecosystem, archaeologists say that the excavations of the paleolithic period will be endangered, and economists say that the project is not financially viable.

It is said that most criticisms come from Erdogan's priority on construction instead of industrial and commercial moves that will stimulate the economy.

During the AKP government, industrial production has been exhausted and as a result of the lack of exports, it is stated that the new ports and tunnels have not received enough efficiency.


The economy is now being dragged into the abyss with full speed.

Housing construction has reached the upper limit and two million apartment buildings still can not be sold, the company is trying to dispose of real estates by low interest loans and swap said.

Reminding that the passage through the Bosphorus line has been free since the 1936 Montreux Straits Convention, Osman Gazi and Yavuz Sultan Selim bridges are not busy enough, it is questioned whether the canal project will bring profit.

At the same time, while Erdogan's palace and mosque projects are reminded, it is emphasized that all protests against these projects are silenced, the social memory of cities is destroyed, and workers and peasants are from their homes for these projects.

Source : is



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