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Turkish President drops $350M on a new palace

The home is 40 times the size of the White House

November 01, 2014 12:00PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ak Saray

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ak Saray

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled his lavish new digs – a presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara that cost a cool $350 million.

Known as “Ak Saray” (“White Palace”), the 2,150,000-square-foot, 1,000-room building has already begun to draw protest from critics of the leader’s autocratic ways.

Erdogan is moving out of a more modest two-story palace built by the first Turkish president in the 1920s, according to Curbed.

“We paid attention to Ottoman themes in the interior, also adding elements reflecting the modern world,” Erdogan has said of the building. [Curbed]Christopher Cameron

  • john

    typical dictator

  • pinar

    The new turkish presidential palace is for all turkish governments.It not owned by Erdogan. Erdogan won 52% of the turkish vote in Turkey. Turkey is a developing country and has one of the highest growth rates in the world. I love how all these zionist are out to vilify the only democratic country in the world just because Erdogan spoke out against Israeli massacre of sleeping muslim babies

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      being “democratic” doesn’t mean moral

      I don’t know anything about Turkey except the Armenian Genocide, Atlantic Records, dead Staten Island mom and Chobani.

      40times the White House doesn’t necessarily mean too big because the White House is famously of modest size (but with superbly tasteful interiors).

      • pinar

        unfortunately turkish government has not learned the brainwashing techniques of Jews.As for the so called armenian genocide, Armenians in Turkey helped russian massacre 2 million turks. Jewish americans like ADL and World Jewish Congress have launced a campaign to vilify Turkey because Erdogan spoke out against Israeli massacres of muslim children. 50 million european tourists visit turkey every year. Turkey has free healthcare and free education for all and a thriving high tech economy

        • Marc

          The resident Jew Hater speaks. Sorry to disappoint you but the “Zionists” will not commit suicide so that you will have nice things to say about them. When you shoot at Jewish babies from your filthy residential neighborhoods then expect a normal response. Too bad I don’t lead the Zionists because then you’d really have something to whine like a baby about. Keep killing defenseless Armenians & Kurds & Cypriots & Greeks then you can keep lying about it. Go be the Muslim troll boy somewhere else. Join your savage buddy’s in ISIS and go chop off heads of Christians.

          • pinar

            first of all I am half Kurdish, 70% of AK Party is Kurdish. when radical Zionist Jews like Bill Maher and Sam Harris attack Muslims it is freedom of speech when muslims state the facts about jews it is Jew hater. Lets talk the truth rather than lies invented by Jews hundreds of years ago . Why was Rick Sanches fired from CNN for telling the facts that you jews own american media. yet Bill maher and Sam harris want to nuke all muslims that is freedom of speech

          • Marc

            Keep babbling 1/2 Kurdish troll boy. I own the media? I wish. So tell me genius You’re worried about 2 people on TV with an opinion? You’re not worried about a hateful person spewing like yourself? What lies did Jews invent hundreds of years ago? Also, please stop sexually harassing goats. They’re animals for crissakes

          • pinar

            Instead of name calling and spewing a bunch lies. Answer the question. Why was spanish journalist Rich Sanchez fired when he stated fact Jews own american media. Biggest lie ever invented Jews are gods chosen people and Jewish Jesus is Gods son. Biggest most pathetic lie ever invented

          • Marc

            Jew hater, who is Rich Sanchez? Is he another Jew hater from Spain? I don’t blame him for hating Jews. Since the Jews left Spain it has been a toilet so I guess I’d be angry too.

          • pinar

            Those that tell the truth about you Jews are jew haters. FACT YOU JEWS CONTROL AMERICAN MEDIA. FACT CUBAN AMERICAN JOURNALIST RICK SANCHEZ EXPOSED JEW CONTROL OF AMERICA, FACT JEW CNN FIRED RICK SANCHEZ FOR EXPOSING JEW CONTROL OF AMERICAN MEDIA

          • Marc

            Silly Muslim. Fact. YOU MUSLIMS RAPE GOATS, SHEEPS and YOUNG BOYS FACT.Put away your cape & anal beads. No one cares about your boring dribble.

          • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

            Do Muslims think about Noor Inayat Khan?

          • pinar

            i would say most of us muslims do not know who she is.

          • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

            Oh, that’s too bad. I think she and the other female resistance fighters who were captured inspired Alan Moore’s muse in V for Vendetta.

            What are the Muslim rules about reading hardcore material like Piepel? It’s emotionally devastating and possibly pornographic but very important.

            I think everyone should watch ROOTS and read Piepel.

            You know how Muslims mind terribly the Fall of Baghdad which changed your private universe for the worse just like the end of the Gupta Empire in India did nothing good for the world? Yet neither cultures have a problem with fellow Muslims or fellow Indian citizens with the surname Khan, correct?

            So what did the Jews do to Muslims to make them so intolerable or is this just a fake to keep the Orcs from looking for them in old familiar places?

          • Tim

            It’s bullshit 70% Kurdish of ak party

        • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

          http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4545097,00.html

          what do they mean “rich at our expense” – is that racism? is their wealth and success different from Chobani, Dr Oz and Atlantic Records?

          How do Turks feel about kugelhopf’s enduring popularity with Europeans? Is it accepted as a memorial food of injury like soul food, poonchoi and Chinese deep fried croutons “yàuhjagwái”?

          fyi – Wing Wong at 102-104 Mott Street still makes the best and cleanest yàuhjagwái.

  • Ergun Kirlikovali

    There was no need to bring the “alleged” Armenian genocide into this debate, as AG is a long-discredited political claim; not a court-proven historical fact like the Jewish Holocaust. AG only exists in the minds of Armenians, their supporters, and those who have only been exposed to the Armenian narrative during their upbringing.

    Armenians took up arms against their own government, terrorized the Anatolian countryside, and killed their Muslim neighbors and fellow Ottoman citizens. What’s even worse, they handed over the city of Van that they had cleansed of Muslims to the Russian commander and then joined the invading enemy armies in search of Turks to kill. Turks only defended their home. The measure the Turks took to mitigate this serious wartime military threat was TERESET (temporary resettlement order of May 31, 1915) of the Armenian insurgents and their
    supporters.

    Armenian claims are not recognized by the US, the UK, and the UN. The claim is only recognized where Armenian colonies are able to exert political pressure.

    Armenian claims cannot be supported by either historical evidence or legal
    verdicts. In fact, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) just passes a
    verdict (Dec 17, 2013 on Perincek vs Switzerland) where it clearly stated that
    “[t]he existence of a ‘genocide’, which was a precisely defined legal concept,
    was not easy to prove… Genocide was a very narrow legal concept that was
    difficult to substantiate”. ECHR created a legal precedent of inadmissibility of
    any comparison between the Holocaust and the Armenian claims; the latter lacks
    what the former clearly has: concrete historical facts, clear legal basis, and
    existence of the “acts had been found by an international court to be
    clearly established”. ECHR “…doubted that there could be a general consensus…
    given that historical research was, by definition, open to discussion and a
    matter of debate, without necessarily giving rise to final conclusions or to the
    assertion of objective and absolute truths”.

    If one cherishes values like objectivity, truth, and honesty, then one should use
    the phrase “Turkish-Armenian conflict”. Asking someone “Do you accept or deny
    Armenian Genocide” shows anti-Turkish bias. The question, in all fairness,
    should be re-phrased:“What is your stand on the Turkish-Armenian conflict?”

    • Kiko

      Ergun, man, stop bulshiting and preaching your insane brainwashed turkish propaganda, you seem to be an intelligent man, pleas, no need to insult the Armenians anymore, don’t come out with this “What is your stand on the Turkish-Armenian conflict?”, Conflict with 1.5 million Armenians dead in some 4 to 5 years, is this a conflict to you? Please have a little bit of honor, decency, and personal strength to admit what is know for ages by 90% of the thinking world population. I am sure you know History channel, American TV, wright, and I am quoting American on purpose, in any case this is just one of the 1000’s of different government institutions and private organizations saying the same thing or arriving to similar conclusion as the one I am quoting on this matter. Well here it is how they see this, and I am posting the link to it, if its of any interest to you to go finish the reading, ” In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide–a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events. Despite pressure from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world, it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians during this era.”

      http://www.history.com/topics/armenian-genocide

      • veton

        i see out there is a plenty number of people who take care about what the others are doing, however to judge someone like MR. Erdogan i think everyone of you should know a bit more abut him and his personality . Furthermore it seems really wired when everyone on this page is turned against Muslims not against MR.Erdogan. It is almost impossible to explain to everyone what the Islam is and there is no need for it due to the fact that none of you seems like u dont have even a clue about Islam. Next time before anyone start judging again, firstly let have a brief look at Muslims holly book which is called Quran if u ever heard of, and from there u can understand who muslims are. All in all as quote says until u see people rising against you that means you exist and u are truly evaluated as a person so carry on talking about him and muslims cus none of them cares about what u saying . So enjoy your time being here and by the way i was going to ask u if u are selling your free time cus as much as i can see u have some extra time

        sincerely: Veton

      • Ergun Kirlikovali

        For a genocide label to stand, the 1948 U.N. Convention on Prevention and punishment of Genocide REQUIRES that

        1) intent must be proven

        2) due process must be followed while doing it

        3) all this has to happen at a “competent” tribunal.

        No such verdict exists in the Turkish-Armenian conflict. Whereas genocides like the Jewish Holocaust, Rwanda, and Srebrenica are proven and supported with an international court-verdict, no such process was followed in the “alleged” Armenian Genocide case.

        The U.N., the U.S., the U.K., Israel, Australia and in fact, more than 80 percent of the world, do not recognize Armenian claims. Those who pass resolution in their parliaments are pressurized into
        doing so by Armenian activists in that country (Uruguay, Russia, Greece, Southern Cyprus, etc.,) aided by unfamiliarity with Turks, Turkish-Armenian history, and/or undercurrents of anti-Turkish
        bias and Islamophobia.

        69 Historians signed public statement in 1985 (http://www.tallarmeniantale.com/69histors.htm ) published in New York Times and Washington Post on May 19, 1985, asserting that it was “…inter-communal warfare fought by Christian and Muslim irregulars…” And the ECHR , Europe’s highest court,
        recently upheld that view in its December 17, 2013 Perincek vs Switzerland decision http://echrblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/perincek-judgment-on-genocide-denial.html .) Lacking historical evidence (www.ethocide.com ) or legal standing, Armenians persistently resort to PR gimmicks like oral history, political resolutions, films, and editorials in media all of which are subject to manipulations. Let the facts speak for themselves. What we need is more
        research and civilized debate, not biased approaches cultivating hate and polarization.

        This information is provided as an education on the Turkish-Armenian conflict. All the statements here can be supported with
        full documentation and historical evidence. Let facts speak for themselves.

  • New Man

    Sorry to interrupt the ranting, but I think its worth pointing out that the cost breaks down to something like $162 per square foot. Which is pretty unbelievable…

  • Far Lake

    so insane

  • N

    this “president:” is a fanatic, antisemitic, dictator. He should not have the power in turkey. He is taking turkey down together with the radical Islam. He has no rights to be an ally with United States, in addition to that, he kills his own turkish Kurdish citizens. He is not willing to help the war with the U.S. against ISIS and last but not least hes taking 350mm to build a mansion when he has people starving in his counrty. This world needs leaders that are looking for peace, not war. With Fanatics like him this world will never stop fighting terrorism.

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