Category Archives: Turkey

Freedom Of Press Test, Turkey Fails!

Gonul Tol is a female writer who works for the pro-government daily Aksam in Turkey and she is a proud conservative who respects her government and believes it represents the values of freedom of the press. However, she was upset to read a report from Freedom House which charged that her nation had been demoted to the league of Not Freedom of the press category. She also became upset when Turkish government officials responded to the Freedom House report by arguing there were Jews who worked at Freedom House and thus they were anti-Turkish because Turkey had conflicts with Israel. Ms.Tol decided on proving Freedom House wrong by writing an article which protested this government response as foolish since referring to the religion of people who write articles had no place in the field of journalism.

She decided on a Freedom of the Press test. She wrote an article which denounced citing Jewish backgrounds of those in Freedom House. “If this article is published as it is, without being caught by an editor, press freedom in Turkey could be freer than what the Freedom House report said.” The editor cancelled her story and argued that she never checked with him about what she could write.

I assume the Turkish government now receives an “F” grade on the Freedom of Press test offered by Ms. Tol.

Dangling Legs And Exposed Female Butts!

I realize that in this modern world there are important issues to confront, and there are very important issues to confront if we are to engage in critical and creative thinking. In the nation of Turkey there is a member of Parliament who apparently devotes his days and nights pondering the great issues of humanity. War? No. Brutality? No. Murder of those in Syria? No. The death of thousands of Muslims in Iraq? Definitely, NO! So, what concerns this dedicated member of the legislature? He is very upset because at a recent spring festival held at a college in Turkey, female students were observed riding on the shoulders of male students! Could anyone imagine the horror of such a sight? Oh, I realize there are those who actually think that pictures of kidnapped Nigerian girls are worth more than two seconds of your time. But, Turkish girls allowing their legs to dangle while their butt is on the shoulder of a boy!

Turkish MP Selcuk Ozdag of the ruling Justice and Development Party(AKP) is furious. “In Duce University’s spring festival yesterday, I was ashamed to see headscarf wearing girl students sitting on the shoulders of men. Ah, where are the values! Absolutely, where are the values when girls wear a headscarf and actually touch the body of a boy! First, they dangled a leg, next they got their butt on the body of a boy, and THEN!

Tears Of Sorrow

Prime Minister Recep Erdogan runs a tight ship that is known to the world as the nation of Turkey. He has crushed the military who once opposed his rule and he has sent at least 60 journalists to jail for the crime of informing the world that he is not always perfect. After all, how can one run a nation unless one is always correct? Prime Minister Erdogan got very upset at Twitter because people are saying nasty things about him. Erdogan Demironen, a rather wealthy man who happens to own Twitter in Turkey is very upset because the main guy in the nation is very upset. He recently called the prime minister and uttered these words: “Did I upset you boss? What would you like me to do?” I assume if you are a billionaire it is rare to apologize or even to inquire as to what you should do.

But, Recep is mad. He recently told his supporters: “I don’t understand how people of good sense could defend Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. There are all kinds of lies there.” I assume he refers to the YouTube tape which reveals how the prime minister and his son discussed how to hide money. Yep, all kinds of lies!

US Congressmen Oppose Anti-Semitism

There is no question of the existence of anti semitism in any discussion involving any aspect of events in the Middle East. That is a given, no need to engage in arguments as to whether or not hating Jews has ended in that region of the world. A group of 46 American Congressmen recently wrote a letter to President Abdullah Gul concerning statements made by Prime Minister Recep Erdogan which display aspects of anti-semitism. American representatives are urging Gul– who is not an anti-semite– to demand an apology from Erdogan who linked Zionism with ” a crime against humanity,” and has been claiming recent demonstrations against his leadership are part of some Jewish conspiracy. Sorry, Recep, protesters are Turks who disagree with your leadership.

However, I find interesting that American Congressmen are concerned about a statement from a prime minister, but have absolutely no interest in the kidnap of 300 teenagers in Nigeria, the ongoing slaughter of the innocent in South Sudan, and a dozen other atrocities that merit attention. Yes, there is anti-semitism in Turkey. It is not a major issue. Murder of the innocent IS!

Turkey Joins In Denouncing Egyptian Courts

The courts of Egypt have now attained an important goal in the Middle East. Just about each and every nation in this region agrees that those who pose as “judges” in Egypt are somewhat out of kilter in the land of justice. Scarcely a day goes by without another trial in which a few hundred people are gathered in some spot, told that some place a trial is taking place and the judges will rule that each and everyone accused of a crime is now heading for death row. The government of Turkey blasted the latest travesty of justice when 682 people, along with former President Morsi, were sentenced to death. Trial? Oh, the trial consisted of a prosecutor, a few judges, no witnesses, no defense attorney and to save money the entire procedure concluded within 48 hours.

Oh, the good news. Yes, Egyptian judges DO have a heart of gold. Last week they sentenced 529 people to death, but yesterday they changed their minds. Now, 492 will spend their lives in prison and only 37 will die.

Advice, stay clear of Egypt.

Mind Your Legs!

I am a child of the New York City subways, trolleys and buses so the issue of “space” has loomed large in my life. As a teenager, the wonder of being thrust against the body of a woman at rush hours sent a certain part of my body upward in time and space. Ah, to cop a feel of a woman due to her body crashing into mine, was the highlight of my day. The situation in Turkey is somewhat different. Men sit with legs drawn far apart in order to show women they have something in the center which rises with each glance in their direction. This has resulted in a growing mass movement by Turkish women: “Don’t Occupy My Space” and “Mind Your Legs”

Turkish women have gone on the offense and now use their phones to take pictures of the bearded ones with legs thrust apart in order to make their face known throughout the world. I always thought that Turkish men were conservatives who did not wish women to display too much of their bodies, but I guess it is OK to raise the flag between your feet.

Secede Is Now A Right

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is very worried that Russian moves to encourage eastern areas of the Ukraine to break away might impact other areas of the region and lead to secession efforts. “We don’t want the Ukraine crisis to start a domino effect around the Black Sea.” He would prefer that any problems within the Ukraine or between Russia and that nation be resolved “within the framework of international law.” He does make a point, but he also disregards the rights of people to break away when they sincerely believe their rights are being taken away. For example:

1. Shouldn’t the people of Texas be allowed to form their own nation and make it mandatory for a shoot out each high noon in each city of the new nation?

2. We who believe in the New York Knickerbockers have not witnessed an NBA championship for forty years. We need to secede, form our own nation, form our own Professional Basketball league which guarantees each team at least one championship each ten years!

3. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann need to secede and form a new country that guarantees those designated as mentally retarded to become the president. Not only would this guarantee a female president, it would guarantee that Fox News finally has good news to report.

4. The House of Representatives must secede from the Senate and create its own version of the American legislature. Gerrymandering will guarantee Republican control forever, and America will finally be saved from LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS AND COMMUNISTS WHO SEEK THE MONEY OF JOB CREATORS!

Erdogan To The Rescue

Elections were held this past weekend in Turkey and the Justice and Development Party(AKP) wound up with about 46% of the vote. The vote will be interpreted as agreement with the ideas of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan who has been on a campaign to support his corrupt government and blame all troubles upon Generals or opposition political leaders. His main enemy is his former friend, supporters of Fethullah Gulen, a US based religious leader whose followers support extensive education programs in Turkey along with being active in government and police agencies. Erdogan regards his ex-buddy as now his most extensive foe who must be crushed in order to save Turkey from an honest government.

Erdogan yelled, “The old Turkey is no longer! The new Turkey is here.” The “new Turkey” has evidence that members of his Cabinet and his own family were engaged in activities that some might construe as criminal. A video on YouTube has Erdogan and his son discussing how to get rid of evidence. Obviously, the “new Turkey” is represented by the extensive charges of corruption. Turkey could become a model of modern Islam, but unless Erdogan is halted, it will become simply another of those corrupt regimes that exist in the Middle East and make peace an impossible dream for people of the region.

Twitter, Twitter, Not In Turkey

The Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is very upset at stuff that appears on Twitter and has decided to send one last Twitter informing that organization it was no longer to be tweeting in the nation of Turkey. Finance Minister Mehmet Sinsad emphasized that while his government believed in freedom of speech, it was another thing when a major company believes “it is above the law.” After all, the issue is really not about freedom of speech, but when Twitter was told “to remove the material” what else could the government do but cease tweeting, not only for self, but for others. President Abdullah Gul has opposed the attack on Twitter arguing to his prime minister that in the 21st century a government simply cannot halt modern technology. He wants the ban to end and for Erdogan to engage in dialogue with Twitter.

Meanwhile, the United States State Department website blasted the censorship of Twitter. Douglas Frantz, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, made clear censoring Twitter was simply a “21st century book burning” which will not make the Turkish government come across as a strong one.

Time For Reform And Honesty In Turkey

There is scant doubt that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has over the past decade accomplished a great deal in moving his country into the position of being an important economic and political power in the Middle East. A problem in leading a nation for a long period of time is that possession of power begins to loom as an entitlement rather than as something in which democracies vie to achieve. Members of his Cabinet have resigned due to charges of corruption and a phone call between his son and the prime minister has sinister comments about money and disposing of money.

President Abdullah Gul has become increasingly concerned about the style of Erdogan’s crisis management approach. Gul made clear, “I am sad and disturbed” about charges against his prime minister and members of the Cabinet. He is also believes it is time Erdogan ceased to blame “foreign sources” as the cause of his troubles. Gul is urging a reform of the government in order to meet standards established by the European Union. Excellent advice.