Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey Students Fight To End Terrorism!

The nation of Turkey has become two nations. President Recep Erdogan, formerly the prime minister of the land, has worked to reduce democracy in Turkey and impose new religious standards that place his Muslim version as the one all should follow. He had undone over seventy years of making Turkey a secular Muslim society by insisting there is need for religion in the classroom. Erdogan has supported efforts to overthrow the regime of President Assad in Syria even though his policies simply would result in victory for Muslim fanatics. There is no question that Muslim supporters for jihad in Syria are able to cross over from the border of Turkey. Many college students in Turkey are NOT supporters of jihad nor are they backing Erdogan policies of more religion. A group of students at Istanbul University placed signs which attacked ISIS only to be attacked by Muslim jihadists.

A statement by students at Istanbul University made clear their opposition to ISIS policies. “As university students we had come together to stop the murderers with blood on their hands and the ISIS army which has murdered children and raped women.” These students were attacked by supporters of ISIS. The majority of Muslims in Turkey OPPOSE ISIS. It is time for Erdogan to listen to Muslims in his own country who are horrified at the rape and death from ISIS.

Religion Rears Head In Turkey

A majority of people in Turkey are of the Muslim faith although there are Jews and Christians as well. However, the Alevi Muslims do not agree with most strict religious attitudes found among Sunni and Shiites. For nearly a century governments in Turkey have endeavored to establish a secular feeling in the education system in order to avoid imposing strict religious practices to those who disagree with such attitudes. The Alevi are open to secular ideas and work readily with those of other religions. However, since the rise of Recep Erdogan to power as head of the Justice and Development Party, a new attitude is being pushed in the nation. From now on girls as young as the fifth grade will be able to wear the chador in class, which until this moment has been banned.

Alevi Associations demonstrated outside the Ministry of Education in protest about recent decisions to make religious education compulsory within schools in the nation. They believe such education will strive to present a Sunni attitude within schools. Alevi groups are supported by the European Court of Human Rights which cited recent moves by President Erdogan as resulting in “inadequately equipped (schools) to ensure” religious freedom.

Turkey Supplies ISIS Forces

A new report from the New York Times reveals that Turkey has become a major source of recruits for ISIS. A twenty seven year old Turk, who only will refer to himself as, Can, told the world why a poor male from the slums of Turkey is how a happy contented warrior in Iraq. It is thrilling to be with a group of men dressed in black who go around shouting, “God is Great which gives you he divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or scattered guts.” His initiation ceremony consisted of killing two unarmed men, then burying a man who was still alive. This story is informative.

Turkey has among the highest income levels of nations in the Middle East. It has an educated population and includes people of differing religions. But, for some reason this nation has not ensured that poor boys and girls participate in the modern world. They continue living in a world in which religion dominates their thinking. Perhaps, it is time for President Erdogan to reduce his drive for religion in the country, and emphasize modernity?

Turkish High Speed Train Slows Down

The nation of Turkey just initiated its first high speed train,and its passengers included Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. The train left the capital of Ankara and was headed to Istanbul when something went wrong, and the train had to halt for repairs. A Turkish source informed me there were “question marks” and something suspicious about this incident. This intrepid reporter decided to check with other important world figures about this alleged crime.

1. Sarah Palin informed me there was no doubt this train was sabotaged by Hillary Clinton since a passenger on the train came from Benghazi and he knew what happened in that city!

2. John Boehner informed this reporter since the train was build by the national government of Turkey rather than by private free enterprise businessmen, what else could one expect than a train that goes nowhere?

3. Governor Rick Perry asked me if this train was headed towards the Mexican border, he was prepared to dispatch members of the Texas National Guard to head off this train.

4. A Fox News panel agreed this incident was linked to the Affordable Care Act, they needed a few more hours in order to gather evidence of the connection.

5. Donal Trump offered to buy out the government of Turkey and transform its trains into mobile Casinos.

Hey America-Let’s Fight With Turkey!

The Gaza war continues to ripple across the Middle East creating one new conflict after another. For some strange reason, Muslim Turkey has been upset at the invasion of Gaza and death of hundreds of fellow Muslims. Unlike, George Bush who didn’t give a damn that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians were being oppressed by an Iraq government placed in power by the United States, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is furious at the death of civilians in Gaza. Let me make clear that Recep Erdogan is a petty tyrant who has been active in crushing democratic forces in his own nation, but he certainly is correct in fighting to protect the lives of innocent civilians in Gaza. Yes, he did employ harsh words towards Israel, why is this a surprise to anyone? What else should the leader of a Muslim nation do other than seek to save the lives of fellow Muslims? In fairness to him, Erdogan has been working with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an effort to obtain a cease fire.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogu is upset at comments made by a State Department spokesperson who said: “the U.S. believes Erdogan’s statements were offensive and wrong.” What else could Erdogan say but, “If America is still saying Israel is using its right to self-defense, then it should be critical of itself. It is America that is offensive.”

Perhaps, it is time for American diplomats to, while acknowledging the right of self defense, to also acknowledge the right of civilians to be able to live. A civilian certainly has the right of self defense, and that includes still being able to live.

Turkey Wants To Kill Universities

A decade ago, the Justice Development Party of Turkey gained power, and took away power from the military which for decades had decided who would govern in the land. Since obtaining power, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has installed a regime that is more alike that once led by the military. Slowly, but surely, he has taken power away from independent agencies of the government. The once independent judiciary has lost power, the police made a mistake of investigating corruption by the Erdogan family, schools must now toe the official line. Students who have protested often wind up in jail, and Turkey now leads the world in the number of journalists who are in prison.

The latest power grab by Erdogan is to give power to the Higher Education Board(whose leaders he appoints) to decide executive boards of universities–even private universities. This Board will decide who gets tenure, who gets a promotion, and they will even volunteer to assist college professors in deciding what to teach. The next step for Erdogan is to become President, and make that office all powerful.

A Big Meow For Cicek!!

There are many important events transpiring in the world, but none matches the significance of what is happening in the Turkish town of Bolu. There are 34 shopkeepers in the Bolu Reyis Shopping Center who have been found guilty of harboring a notorious Islamic militant in their midst. City authorities insist the shopkeepers cooperate with demands for safety in the city. They demand that merchants become merchants of death and end the the reign of terror that has gone on for twelve long years in the shopping center. Intelligence agents finally identified the terrorist as going by the name of Cicek(Flower). Cicek is a cat who wanders the shopping center demanding food and drink from merchants. The city, no, the nation of Turkey, demands an end to terror within their midst and this can only occur if merchants will cease feeding the terrorist, seize her, and finally put this cat down–forever.

Merchants insist they love the terrorist. But, isn’t this all too common. The terrorist in our midst always has supporters who want murder and violence to prevail. Latest reports indicate that Cicek i somewhere. Most probably Cicek has headed for Mosul to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. So, those in Baghdad, be on the alert for a grey colored cat. She is the cat who brings death and destruction.

I gather that the NSA finally admitted they had lost track of this cat which means, is their a cat in the future of America who will make 9/11 look like a day in the country??

Just A Matter Of Time

At this moment that I write there are about 200,000,000 people on this planet who reside in a country that was not their native land. In other words, there are hundreds of millions who fall into the category of being An IMMIGRANT. My parents fled eastern Europe after the end of World War I seeking a place of safety and refuge from war or poverty as well as the vicious anti-Semitism that prevailed in their native lands. As I write, there are at least two million people whose native land is in Syria, but have fled because of war or religious hatred or not particularly enjoying life in Assad Syria. The majority who have fled are Muslims, but there begins the problem–which type of Muslim? Shiite or Sunni or whoever? The overwhelming majority are now in a Muslim nation. Alas, that is where the problem begins. Muslim nations in the Middle East never cease complaining about the evils of Israel, but when it comes to welcoming their fellow Muslims, the end result is anger, discrimination and refusal to offer assistance. No Middle Eastern nation has allowed refugees from Israel-Palestine– to become citizens. So, why should Turks behave any different?

There are over a million Syrians in Turkey whose government has responded to the crisis with care and concern. But, to the average citizen, an immigrant is “not one of us.” Over a thousand people in the province of Kaharmanmares rioted against local Syrian refugees and chanted words of hate and violence. I live in America, the land which is 100% made up of immigrants. Which nation of the world surpasses us in expressions of hate toward immigrants? Turkish demonstrators said immigrants were –criminals– words that flow from Tea Party followers. To be an immigrant is not to be a person who will get a welcome wagon greeting.

Marry When Old Enough?

Mehemet Gormez, head of the Turkish Religious Affairs Directive is very concerned about the issue of child marriages. Many mothers and fathers decide to marry off a daughter for financial reasons, for fear they will select their own groom or because they seek to please some male in search of a wife. Gormez challenges those of the Muslim faith who believe their religion urges them to marry off young girls. He denies there is any evidence that the Muslim religion sanctions such actions. “Those who attempt to find evidence of such mercilessiness in Islam are doing an injustice both to the religion and to the girl.” He insists it is “unacceptable” to connect the Prophet Muhammad to such behavior.

Gormez correctly insists that child marriage is a crime. But, then again, many countries in Africa and Asia also believe in child marriage. Just check with Boko Haram in Nigeria. In fact, they kidnap children and deliver them to some old fart who needs a young woman to do the dirty work of life.

Hookah Hash Gets Brownout From Officials

The one thing nations have in common is an exaggerated concept of their own uniqueness. If I was God, rule one would be making it illegal for any country to shout out words regarding why they are so special and unlike other societies in the world. I doubt if Ted Cruz or any member of the Tea Party to express a single thought without also emphasizing why America is a special nation whom God blesses above all others. Under the regime of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, nationalism is now the highest priority. He wants to ensure that old stereotypes never again are seen or heard. A recent Turkish exhibition in Paris has created a furor because someone decided to have some men wearing a fez on his head while he engaged in smoking some Hookah. Believe it or not, the use of drugs is part of the history of just about every Middle Eastern nation. To make matters more horrible the exhibit had a woman doing a belly dance.

We are pleased to report the exhibit has been changed. Of course, there are no exhibits of students getting the hell beat out of them or journalists enjoying a pleasant prison cell for the crime of printing stories that do not depict Erdogan as the second coming of Mohammed. In reality, we all have living inside our brain some sort of stereotype about something or someone. Erdogan wants his nation’s cultural traits displayed. Of course, that means limited free speech and punishment of those who do not praise the prime minister.