Category Archives: Europe

Erdogan Grows Dictatorial!

Turkey is a divided nation in which one part stands firmly in the 21st century while the more rural section lives in the past. This division is similar to America which contains large numbers who inhabit a world which actually never existed –God ruled, there was no Government, etc.. Last year, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan attempted to tear down a park in order to build a commercial section. The Gezi Park episode resulted in massive protests by young people and those who fit into the secular world. He ordered police to beat up people, use water cannon and send hundreds to prison. His actions also resulted in death for some protesters.

On the anniversary of the Gezi protests thousands were back in the street. CNN reporter Ivan Watson was attacked by the police. Prime Minister Erdogan blasted protesters claiming they were secret agents of Israel or organized by his opponents. Why are people upset at his ideas, “they seek to bring trouble to my country.” It is all part of a “coup” to take over the government. The prime minister is resorting to anti-semitism and hatred in order to build a MALL! He simply seeks power and the semblance of any contrary view to those he possesses represents counter revolution against his regime.

John Boehner On Climate Change

Glaciers are melting, drought hitting areas with devastation and over 200 scientists informing the world that global change is here and will increase, but to members of the Republican party we are still back in the age of our Founding Fathers. When asked to comment about climate change, this was the response of John Boehner:

“Well listen. I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change. But I am astute enough to understand that every proposal that comes out of this administration to deal with climate change involves hurting our economy,and killing American jobs. That can’t be the prescription for dealing with changes in our climate.” Actually, the last words are accurate. We must change job structure and begin the process of ending our current approach to coal. Yes, John, we will kill jobs. But, we also will create NEW jobs that are consistent with our new 21st century economy.

Frankly, it is amazing that one who leads the House of Representatives actually claims not to have access to modern scientific knowledge. If ignorance is a virtue,then John Boehner is guaranteed a place in Heaven with the other saints!

You Have Freedom To Think As I Do

I recently encountered the ideas of a Turkish professor who is a devout Muslim and it became clear that his ideas are not only found among conservative fundamentalist Muslims, but represent the thinking of many Christians and Jews. Professor Hayrettin Karaman argues that modern secularism “does not have aspects which are in harmony with or parallel to Islam. He does agree with the concept of freedom of religion, but in his interpretation of this concept that means everyone has the right to freedom of thinking providing it directs the individual to believe in Islam. He does have ideas concerning the idea of pluralism. At the “bottom of pluralism lies the relativity of right and wrong, good and bad. “This goes against the essence of Islam.”

Ironically, the same manner of thinking is found among many Orthodox Jews or Christians. Heck, in America, we have Republicans who believe seeking to raise taxes one percent will result in the decline of America and simply punish our beloved job creators who will cease to job create. Those who posses the “truth” know there is only ONE TRUTH and that is what they believe. When it comes to this approach to thinking, one discovers such thinkers in ANY religion!

World Wide Immigration Is Issue

Lost in the great American debate about illegal or legal immigrants is the broader issue of–Migration. At this very moment there are about 200 million people who have left their homes and sought a better life elsewhere in another nation. The immigrants come from Africa, they come from Latin America, they come from Asian nations, and their destinations are those societies which offer physical labor that citizens no longer which to do, and, they certainly do not want their children using hands to make money. Yesterday, over 500 Africans stormed into the Spanish enclave in North Africa in order to obtain work permits for a European nation. Once an African sets foot in a “European territory” that individual has rights to seek work. Here is the reality:

1. Birth rates are declining in all advanced economic societies.
2. Dirty wok jobs are not desired by native born people.
3. As of this moment, dirty work must be done by a human and since native born refuse to engage in physical work, then immigrants are the only alternative.
4. It is time for a world wide system of migration that directs those from poverty areas to nations that are short of people for physical labor tasks.
5. It is time for the UN to establish such a system.

Oh, fifty or a hundred years from now the robots will handle these tasks, until that day, the world needs immigrants.

Blame It On Someone, Not Me!

Russian President Vladimir Putin is employing one of the oldest strategies in politics by waving the flags of fear in order to divert attention from real problems and issues confronting the people of Russia. He has employed control over the media and press to instill fears about Nazis and Fascists in Ukraine who threaten the very existence of true Russian nation. It worked in the Crimea and that area is now part of Russia. Putin is using his surrogate secret police in eastern regions of Ukraine to stir up the pot of anger and hate against the government in Kiev. Suddenly, that entity has become a “Nazi government” with its huge army of 150,000 ill armed men with a few tanks and no air force now threatening the very existence of the Russian nation! Dimitry Gukov, is a rare Russian creature, he is an opposition member of the Russian parliament and thus stands against the Putin campaign of fear and distrust.

Polls show that 85% of Russians do not want to engage in any form of protest against their government. President Putin now has the support of 82% of Russians because he “saved them from the modern Fascist government of Kiev.” According to Gukov, “Russia’s domestic policy is being conducted through Ukraine. The population reluctance to protest does not mean that it is necessarily happier or more satisfied. Citizens are being distracted from domestic problems by state authorities’ insistence on the presence of foreign enemies-in Ukraine and the West. There will come a time when authorities will no longer be able to distract Russians from their troubles at home.”

Every bully and dictator in the 20th Century used this ploy to get or maintain power. Shades of Mussolini and Hitler and Stalin.

Spies In The Attic

Chancellor Angela Merkel is leader of Germany which is among the closest allies of the United States of America. No, she is not a Muslim. No, she is not a member of any terrorist group, no, there is not a single report of either Merkel or the nation of Germany engaging in any act of terror against the United States of America, at least since 1945 when World War II concluded. BUT, to the President of the United States of America, we must spy on Chancellor Merkel, we must spy on Germany, and we definitely must spy on our allies. Why? NATIONAL INTERESTS of the United States of America compel the President to insist we will spy. We will spy on England, we will spy on France, we will spy and we will spy. Why? Because our National Interest compels th United States to spy.

Chancellor Merkel came to Washington D.C. She will leave this city with bitterness and anger because the President of the United States of America refuses to guarantee the German leader an end to spying in Germany. One wonders which is more important?

Spying on our Allies and transforming them into enemies, Or

Not spying because there is nothing to spy about!!

Time To End Violence In Ukraine

The people of Ukraine just had an election and a candidate garnered over 50% of the vote. Mr. Poroshenko is a billionaire who is pragmatic, desires to restore law and order to his nation and wants to do it NOW. Even as he spoke the separatists in the Donetsk region were attempting to take over an airport only to be thwarted by Ukraine forces, including jet planes. Reports are that about 30 died in this silly effort by a group of thugs, most probably in the pay of the Russian government. Poroshenko was blunt in making clear to President Vladimir Putin the time was over for his efforts to split Ukraine. “The anti-terrorist operation cannot and should not last more than two or three months. It should and will end now.”

Putin knows that he has lost. He awoke one day and realized that if Russian forces actually invaded the UKraine his government would be confronted by billions of dollars in cost to run the region plus facing the prospect of new economic sanctions that will damage Russian banks and business enterprises. It is time to conclude this folly.

Erdogan Sings Songs Of Peace

There are over a million people of Turkish descent living in Germany and many date back to first arriving about fifty years ago. Turkish heritage people now play important roles in the life of Germany from government to industry. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was visiting Germany and addressed a crowd of 20,000 supporters while a crowd estimated to be 70,000 shouted words of protest regarding his actions as leader of Turkey. He boasted to the crowd how his Justice and Development Party had transformed Turkey into a great nation and bemoaned the presence of prejudice in Germany against those of Turkish heritage. Erdogan was critical of the European Union and of failure on the part of the German government to end prejudice against Turks. He even complained about the EU failing to somehow be responsible for lack of human rights in Bangladesh.

For the record: Under the Erdogan administration, the economy of Turkey has grown. He has aided Turkey to become a modern nation. He also has made Turkey the number one nation in the world with members of the media in jail. He has crushed strikes against his government by Turkish students and has done little to end discrimination against Alevi people in Turkey.

It is not surprising that Erdogan supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which, when in power, violated human rights and even today continues its violence against Coptic Christians.

America Needs Dreams

We have become a nation without any dreams of greatness. It was Democratic Party leader Thomas Jefferson who sent men to explore the entire nation, who began the first great road to the west that became Highway 40. It was Republican President Abraham Lincoln that passed the Homestead Act which gave free land to millions and built the Transcontinental Railroad to the west coast. It was Republican President Theodore Roosevelt who provided government funding to create an air force and it was a bipartisan effort to initiate the first income tax. President Franklin Roosevelt during the worse economic calamity in our history who built thousands of road, hospitals, bridges, airports, post office buildings and schools as Americans united to transform our infrastructure.

Well, it is time to engage in great adventures and what better time than during an economic disaster. What can we do as a nation?

1. Create a modern high speed train system from coast to coast.

2. Renew our space efforts with the goal of sending an American to Mars.

3. Completely rebuilding our infrastructure.

4. Guarantee every American a free college education and as step one pay off all student debt.

5. End poverty by guaranteeing each and every American a guaranteed income(by the way, Republican President Richard Nixon once made this proposal.)

To accomplish these tasks it is necessary to raise taxes on those who are wealthy and those who make more than $250,000 a year. But, for them an opportunity to be part of a new America.

So, Who Is Voting?

So, what happens if an election is held but there is no place for people to cast their ballot let alone having people who want to cast a ballot? Here in America we have something called, “elections” and about forty percent of the people just do not show up to cast a ballot. No surprise that in Ukraine yesterday and election was held to determine who would be president and a heck of a lot of people in eastern regions refused to accept the idea there even was an election. About twenty percent of eastern region Ukkrainians want to return to the good old days being part of Russia. There is scant doubt they are being provided with guns and money by the Russian government.

Anyway, most eastern folk did not vote, either because there were no ballots, let alone polling places due to separatists. After all, who wants to risk life in order to vote? Most probably in Ukraine, let in dear old USA, money talks. Industralist Petro Poroshenko will win and life will go on. Sorry, separatists, Vladimir Putin does NOT want you. He finally figured out that getting eastern Ukraine would cost money.