Category Archives: Turkey

Attack Of Balloons

The nation of Turkey each day slides ever closer to a semi autocratic society in which President Recep Erdogan rules the roost and no one dares to question his decisions. Ironically, Erdogan attained power because most Turks were tired of being ruled by generals. He crushed the power of these military leaders and offered a new road to democracy. But, once in power, like so many other tin pot rulers, the man of last year decided to consolidate his authority and impose a new version of democracy. In his early days, Erdogan was a moderate Muslim, but even this has changed and creeping Muslim religion is slowly working its way through education systems.

The Turkish government has announced it is investigating a set of horrible terrorist actions that include, planting trees, inflating balloons, and dancing the halay, a traditional folk dance, that were done without official permission. Some of the balloons were placed on poles near the literature faculty of a university. What next, clowns in the streets–without official permission??

Pope Does It Again!

Pope Francis has a tendency to utter words of common sense which apparently cause others to rise up in arms. Heck, he said that gays and lesbians are welcomed in the Church which sort of antagonized some of the conservative members of his religion. He has now angered and infuriated the government of Turkey because he uttered some words which at this point in time are illegal in the nation of Turkey. Pope Francis commented that the murder of nearly one million Armenians in Turkey was “the first genocide in the 21st century.” Among the words that one can utter in the nation of Turkey that lead to prison are:

Armenians and genocide.

Armenians and murder.

Turks killing Armenians.

Armenians dying at the hands of Turkish soldiers.

Believe it or not but saying any of those words in the country of Turkey is against the law!

Just Wash Your Hands

The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs has just issued a fatawa. NO, it is not against the bad people who are murdering thousands of Muslims in the Middle East. NO, it is not against beheading of Muslims, No, it is not against bombing hospitals or schools, this fatawa is about an important issue for the Muslim people of Turkey. The fatawa states that under certain conditions it is OK for Muslims to use toilet paper when wiping their behind after a shit. Ordinarily, according to this religious group, one must wipe the behind with water, but then again one might be in the desert so this does allow for bringing along some toilet paper to do the wiping. But, if you live in a city then please wipe the behind with water in order to avoid doing something bad.

Here are some other pieces of advice from this organization.

People who beg in order to get money beyond their immediate needs are “demanding the fire of Hell.”

If substances containing alcohol spill on a dress or the body they must be washed before uttering a prayer.

I guess God really does observe what we do!

More Chaos In Turkey

These days the only certainty is that someplace and somewhere in the Middle East some militants will do something horrific. I hate to inform the Republican party or Fox News, but the United States of America is unable to control the multitude of terrorists, gangsters and nut cases who wander the streets of some Middle Eastern city. The latest episode occurred in Turkey. Ironically, this act of terrorism had absolutely not connection to al-Qaeda or to the H out his or to ISIS or to any other Muslim group in the area. It was an old fashioned Turkish example of terrorism. The Turkish government has refused to institute reforms that would benefit its 20% Kurdish minority and with each passing day insists that all must obey the Great Leader named Recep Erdogan. Believe it or not but there are still some old fashioned Marxists still alive in Turkey!

Members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Force entered a court room and captured a prosecutor. He was held as a hostage until Special Forces charged into the room which led to his murder. IN Turkey they do not believe in negotiation, they just blast ahead and the hell with a hostage who is now dead. The prosecutor was investigating a case in which an eleven year old boy was killed by Turkish police because he was at the scene of a demonstration. Frankly, it was amazing that in the world of Recep Erdogan anyone is placed on trial for killing an innocent protester.

I must admit surprise there are still some Marxists left in this world.

Turkey Is Finally Upset

Turkish President Recep Erdogan runs a tight ship in his land and increasingly decides who can speak and what they say. He has allowed his nation to become an open land for Jihadists headed in the direction of Syria. Ordinarily, he does not comment about terrorists except to complain that those opposing such people continue to insult Turkey about the so-called genocide toward Armenians a century ago. But now, Recep is really upset. “Iran is trying to dominate the region. Could this be allowed? This has begun to annoy us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this. Iran has to change its view. It has to withdraw any forces whatever it has in Yemen as well as in Sryia.”

Turkey has a powerful armed force and it could assist in the war against terrorism. So far, it has remained on the sidelines. Perhaps, it is time for Turkey to get serious. A first step would be to halt the passage of young jihadists through its land who are headed for Syria and Iraq. Glad to have you on board, Mr. Erdogan!

We Are All Bahdir!

Once upon a time there was a country known as Turkey in which the idea of freedom of speech was regarded as the norm for all citizens. However, a man named Recep Erdogan assumed power and began to rid his nation of military officers who had continually interfered with the concept of democracy. Heck, if you fight for democracy, what better way to adhere to its principles by ending democracy? Each year Recep Erdogan has gained more and more power and now is president of this nation. Two cartoonists, Bahdir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan, drew a cartoon in which President Erdogan is seen shaking hands with someone and asking whether officials have planned to slaughter journalists.

The government won a conviction for this crime on grounds that the cartoonists were attempting to depict Erdogan as a secret homosexual and thus insulting the leader of the nation. They will go to jail for eleven months. After all, it is a well known fact that homosexuals shake hands with one another.

I wonder if there is such a law we can use against Fox News for insulting the intelligence of the American people?

The Genocide That Never Was

At least once year the government of Turkey becomes upset and is ready to send in its army against those who dare to utter the word, ARMENIAN particularly if it is followed by the word, GENOCIDE. Actually, it is against the law in Turkey to make the absurd claim there was ever a war on the part of any turkish government against its Armenian citizens. For some unknown reason during World War I about a million or so Armenians then residing in the Ottoman empire simply vanished. Let me offer some explanations as to their disappearance:

1. They were taken away in alien space ships.

2. They decided to commit mass suicide.

3. They migrated to the US and their descendants now reside in the state of California.

4. They joined the Russian army and were killed by Germans.

5. Jews somehow murdered them all.

But, there is one thing that is certain– no Turkish soldier murdered any Armenian.

Children Headed To Death

There is increasing controversy over the issue as to why many young people in European nations decide the world in which they live simply does not meet their needs for-something. Three young teen girls fled from the United Kingdom, got to Turkey, and somehow made their way across that nation to the safety of Syria where they hoped to find some meaning to their lives. There is no doubt they received assistance in England and they certainly got help in Turkey. After all, three English speaking girls had to make their way across a foreign land and get across the border into Syria. The issue that western people refuse to confront is-why do some young people who were raised in democratic societies flee to the arms of violence and hate? It is quite clear they discover in the words of hatred a missing aspect of their society.

The quest in modernity is for a sense of meaning. We provide youth with technology and money and propaganda that extols the importance of material things only to discover that some young people hunger for a sense they are doing something that transcends their material existence and provides a sense of self worth. Consumerism does not provide that emotion. So, in their ignorance, they embrace death. They hurry towards hate and fear and brutality from which they can obtain a sense of meaning. Ironically, in the age of technology, primitive thinking attracts some young people. Never forget that we are only a few hundred years from our violent ancestors.

Violence In Turkey

The nation of Turkey is engaged in a war, but the war occurs within its borders, not outside. The war is waged against women in this land. Here are some casualties from the war against women in Turkey:

68% of women lack access to a bank account which means they lack economic freedom

23% say they have been subject to violence by their husbands.

53% were beaten by dad.

52% were beaten by mom.

33% were beaten by their brother.

They inhabit a world in which honor killings still occur.

The government of President Recep Erdogan insists that women’s place is in the home.

Attacks On Turkish Women Continue

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey regards that the greatest danger confronting his nation is failure to make certain that boys and girls are praying each day whether at the mosque or in school. He has unleashed a campaign whose main focus in on ensuring that life in Turkey is like life in the Ottoman Empire. He is now insisting that children in school learn the Ottoman language. There is no doubt that one who can speak this language will find work in most nations of the world. However, the most serious aspect of his presidency is the growing number of attacks on women. Naturally, this event is not of much concern to the president of the country. Turkish women were shocked a the latest rape of a woman. Ozgecan Aslan was raped and murdered while on a mini bus which apparently did not shock President Erdogan.

Each day in Turkey women are harassed and attacked by men who regard it as their right to fondle a woman. After all, if they decide to go out on the streets dressed in clothes that appear to be seductive, a male has a right to touch and violate a body. A twenty three year old girl was run over by her boy friend, a 13 year old girl was raped. But, let’s get back to the real problem in Turkey, not enough girls are studying the Ottoman language!