Ali Cinar

Ali Cinar

The City of New York is in Economic Crisis

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio  made a reminder that unless the required funds and subsidies are provided and agreements reached with the unions, he would have to lay off 22,000 city employees.

Mayor Blasio said that the city had lost 9 billion dollars in revenue due to the Coronavirus pandemic and that the annual budget deficit was 7 billion dollars. Mayor de Blasio announced that as of October 1, approximately 500 people working in his office, himself being in the first place, will take unpaid leave for one week in order to contribute a little to the city's budget.

At the press conference held by New York Mayor, Blasio said: "Today is a day when we have to take one more step. Therefore, every municipality employee in my office will be taking a one-week unpaid leave from October 1. I will also take a week of unpaid leave. The city workers will work a week less and get less salary", he said.

Mayor Blasio Called out to New Yorkers- Call Your Representatives

NYC Mayor  Blasio: "New Yorkers, push your federal representatives to help us receive this financial support. I ask your representative in the capital Albany to pressure the authorities so that the city can get long-term loans."

Mayor Blasio says that he trusts the NYPD. 

Mayor Blasio stated that he trusts the New York City Police Department (NYPD) concerning armed assault prevention and said: "Right now, we are facing a huge storm in New York. I guess New Yorkers understand this. We live the hell in this city. Everything unraveled at the same time because of the coronavirus pandemic."

Retirement Increases in NYPD this year

Police authorities have stated that over a period spanning from the end of May to September this year, thousands of New York Police Officers stepped down or retired, which suggests an increase of 75% when compared to the same period last year.

NYC Crime Rate Statistics:

The number of armed assaults increased in all boroughs except Staten Island. Last month, in August, there was a 166% increase in the number of armed incidents (242 v. 91).

Important data from the previous month's crime statistics:(August 2020)

-Murders increased by +34% in the first eight months of 2020, compared to the first eight months of 2019 (291 v. 217).

-Compared to the 91 shooting incidents taking place in August 2019, there were 242 city-wide shooting incidents in August 2020, which corresponds to an increase of +166%. 

-From the beginning of the year to August 31, there is a + 87% increase in city-wide shooting incidents (1,014 vs. 541).

-In August, there has been a +22% increase in the number of thefts (1,310 vs. 1,076), and from the beginning of the year to August 31, there is an increase of +42% (9,942 vs. 7.008).

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10 Takeaways: The Israeli-UAE-Bahrain Agreement

 I also attended the signing ceremony between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain at the White House on September 15th. Before entering the White House, the street next to and in front of the White House began to be washed in the early morning. In the White House garden, preparations were in progress for state representatives to be welcomed with a military ceremony.I can say that a large army of journalists is ready in the Middle East.First welcoming the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and then the UAE, President Trump later welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The ceremony, attended by 700 people, turned into quite a PR ceremony.

  President Trump  "We are here to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East."

  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  "This day is a historic day. It heralds new dawn of peace. Despite all the hardships we are facing, let's appreciate this important day. I would like to thank President Trump for his leadership."

  UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan  "U.S is taking on a positive approach in the Middle East by demonstrating leadership. The agreement we have signed today is an indicator of this." 

  Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa  "I am grateful to the U.S. President Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, of the United Arab Emirates."

  10 Takeaways:

  - While President Trump's entire team was present, many Jewish-American organizations in the U.S. also attended the signing ceremony as guests.

  - While Trump gifted Netanyahu the key to the White House, he briefly had separate meeting with  all country representatives in the oval office before the signing ceremony.

  -That only the Foreign Ministers representing Bahrain and the UAE attended the signing ceremony caught attention.

-President Trump and his wife welcomed- Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife at the door. 

  - While the leaders were signing the normalization agreement prepared in three languages, being English, Hebrew, and Arabic, the three countries also jointly signed the text called "Abraham Accords." 

  -While the media close to Trump announced the signing ceremony as a great victory, the opposing press drew attention to the fact that this signing ceremony was not a peace but an economic agreement 

  -While President Trump's son-in-law Kushner stated that Israel would work towards making peace with 22 Arab countries, President Trump indicated that there could be an agreement with five countries on the line. 

  - The UAE became the third Arab country to sign a normalization agreement with Israel after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994 and followed by Bahrain to be the fourth Arab country. Uman is stated to be the next one.

 While the signing ceremony was continuing at the White House, sirens sounded in Israel's south. 

  - Stating that they wanted to be sure of Israel's military superiority in the Middle East, President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, indirectly emphasized that they did not want Israel to provide military ammunition to Arab countries, including the UAE.

  Before the speeches at the signing ceremony, we discussed Turkey with the participants. I can assure you that many people expect a normalization between Turkey-Israel relations if Trump is elected to a second term.

  It is worth remembering that President Trump's Israel-focused Middle East policy is working with all its power to have Israel in an important position not only in the Middle East but also in the world

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian and Swedish Officials

A Norwegian far-right politician announced that he nominated the U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his Middle East efforts. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a parliament member of the far-right Progress Party in the Norwegian Parliament, said President Trump should be selected for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the agreement reached between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Israel and the United Arab Emirates had reached a historic agreement last month for the bilateral normalization of relations. The deal is expected to be signed on September 15 at the White House. 

In the meantime, Magnus Jacobsson from the Swedish Parliament was the second person to nominate President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. Jacobsson said that the reason behind this nomination for the prize is Trump's conciliation and peacemaking efforts between Kosovo and Serbia.

Former President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 at the very beginning of the first term of his early presidency.

Saying last year, "I would get a Nobel Prize for many reasons if they gave it out fairly," President Trump stated that the Nobel Prize is not awarded fairly.

In the written statement made by White House Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, reporting that President Trump is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize at a time, where the international community's support for peace treaties and trust for the Middle East are tested, she stated, "By uniting two of America's closest partners in the region, this agreement will create a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous the Middle East." 

WHO DECIDE THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS AND HOW ARE THEY DECIDED?

The Norwegian Nobel Committee selects Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Norwegian Parliament appoints this committee, which comprises five members. Members of the committee, who are expected to represent the power of political parties equally, can remain in office for six years and be re-elected. Furthermore, all members must be citizens of Norway.

WHO GETS NOMINATED FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE?

An individual or an institution cannot nominate themselves for the Nobel Peace Prize. Those who can be selected are listed as follows:

Apart from current heads of state, members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members, ministers),

Members of the International Court of Justice and the International Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague,

Nobel Prize is the prize awarded by the association established by Alfred Nobel to reward those who serve for humanity. The first Nobel Prizes were given in 1901. The first Nobel Prize winner in Turkey was Orhan Pamuk. In 2015, Nobel Prize in Chemistry was received by Aziz Sancar, a Turkish scientist.

Secretary Pompeo Visits Southern Cyprus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that his country is not comfortable with Turkey's activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Secretary Pompeo made this statement in Southern Cyprus during an official visit. Secretary of State met Greek leader Nicos Anastasiades as part of his schedule of meetings.

Secretary Pompeo called upon a diplomatic solution for the crisis between Turkey and Greece. He said, "The countries in the region must resolve the issues related to energy, security, and sea borders via diplomacy and dialogue." The Secretary of State highlighted that the escalated military tension between the two countries would only benefit the competitors who want segregation in the transatlantic unity."

Secretary Pompeo added that  U.S. is  deeply concerned about Turkey's ongoing operations and that Southern Cyprus has the right to use its natural resources, including the economic hydrocarbons that it has discovered within its exclusive economic region.

Two survey vessels sent out to the Mediterranean gets a reaction from Greece and Southern Cyprus. France supports Greece upon the responses.

European Union will put the matter on its agenda at the meeting to be held on September 24th. 

In addition, Secretary Pompeo underlined that they know not all of the Russian vessels which stop at the Southern Cypriot ports carry out humane activities in Syria.

At the end of the visit, it was determined to establish a "Cypriot Land, High Sea and Port Security Center" between the U.S. and Greek Cypriot region.

The reaction from  TRNC:

The Presidency of TRNC reacted to the U.S Secretary of State, Pompeo, who was said to meet only Greek officials during his visit to Cyprus, stating, "It is not possible to accept such an attitude." 

Turkish Defence Minister Akar arrived in the TRNC to monitor the "Distinguished Observer Day" activities of "Mediterranean Storm-2020 Drill".

During his visit, Hulusi Akar said: "We have done everything under good neighborhood relations, and we will keep on to do so. We expect the same from the other party. Hence, as long as our demands and requests on this are met, we seek peace."

Regarding the recent developments, retired Admiral Cihat Yaycı also indicated that the Greek President's visit to Meis and surrounding Turkish islands is unacceptable and that "this is a major diplomatic opportunity to justify our position to the rest of the world."

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