Category Archives: Turkey

A Turkish Crisis!

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party(AKP) have run Turkey for the past eleven years. Erdogan was successful in forcing the Turkish military establishment to cease interfering in the government of Turkey and finally deciding their role was not to step in when it thought the government was not conducting itself in accordance with the constitution. But, there is always a price to pay if one party remains in power for over a decade- the cost is invariably CORRUPTION. At least three government ministers have been charged with corruption and the list most probably is much longer. Instead of welcoming the work of Turkish prosecutors, Erdogan has decided to oppose any attempt upon those who work in his government. He claims there is a vast “conspiracy” which leads back to the United States or Israel or nations of the European Union. When in doubt these years, just shout, “CIA” or “NSA” and millions will believe anything that you utter.

According to Erdogan, “those who called this operation a corruption operation are themselves the very ones who are corrupt.” He has taken Public Prosecutors off the case, he has bullied the courts and is nonstop in complains about the “American conspiracy” rather than addressing issues of concern about corruption. Thousands are in the streets of Turkish cities yelling demands for change. The police are blocking efforts of the judiciary to carry out its work. The question remains: will Erdogan support or block this corruption investigation?

Cover Up For God

There are many issues which create conflict in the world, but none more divisive but the question of whether or not God demands that all human life cover up their head when going about daily life. For some reason, God wants men and women to cover head when in a house of worship, but when men and women go out, females definitely have to cover the head, but it is not so necessary for men. Nearly a hundred years ago in Turkey, revolutionaries seized power and decided to curb the authority of Muslim clerics. They made it illegal for women to wear headscarves when at school or in public building. Thus was born the great heads carve war which has raged for all these years. A moderate Muslim political party now controls the government and it passed legislation that allows females to cover up the head when in college classrooms or in the parliament of Turkey.

Justice and Development Party Deputy, Canan Canemir Celik addressed the body on Wednesday while wearing her heads carve. We are pleased to report there were no earthquakes, no floods, the Earth still exists and there are no reports of mass rape and desolation. Enough with this silliness.

Boycott Educators Boycotts Freedom

It is one thing to boycott a corporation which is led by those with money and power within society, it is another to boycott an academic association which is composed of men and women who are fighting for human justice. The American Studies Association voted to boycott Israel academic institutions because of Israel’s violations of international law and Un resolutions. The occupation of the West Bank has resulted in abuse of academic and student human rights as well as intruding on the rights of students and professors. There is no doubt West Bank settlers have illegally seized the land of Palestinians and deprived them of fair access to water. Palestinian President Abbas made a clear distinction between boycotting Israel institutions vs aiming at West Bank products.

The American Association University Professors(AAUP) has rejected a call to boycott Israel academic institutions. Such boycotts only aid the forces of oppression in Israel. Outside groups should be supporting the fight inside Israel by academic leaders who want a democratic society. Focus on West Bank settlers and support forces of democracy.

Is Swearing Bad?

I am from the streets of the Bronx where use of such choice words as, fuck, or shit or bastard and other such sundry words of wisdom are part of our normal employment of the English language. I was not surprised that female members of the Turkish Parliament are up in arms because male members make use of not-so-nice Turkish words and hurt the feelings of women. They claim men are using “obscene” language on the floor of the legislature. A group issued a statement to their male companions which made clear, “we reject all disrespectful behaviors and all swearwords used inside Parliament. We express that we find these very ugly. Please don’t swear, please don’t use women in swear words.”

Sorry ladies, if you seek to represent a nation then you will have to represent all those who reside within it. Some, such as myself, enjoy using swearwords because those expressions more accurately convey our feelings,our moods and our anger. Join the angry majority who are tired of being fucked over by the wealthy of any nation. It is disrespectful to allow children to go without food or medical care, those are acts of fucking the poor.

Mature Females In Turkey: Stay Home!

I was shocked last month to learn about a judge in Wyoming who reduced the sentence of a teacher convicted of rape because the man was a nice guy and did not realize the sexually well endowed girl was not eighteen and not eligible for sex with men. Our American judge believed if young girls wanted to walk around with big busts they should expect men to rape them. Fast forward to Turkey. A court in Ankara released seven of ten men accused of raping two minor girls after concluding the victims came across as more mature than their actual age The 12 and 14 year olds had run away from home only to encounter a group of men, blinded by their bosoms, and thus forced into raping them. They were raped by ten men thirteen times.

This ten man rape occurred more than one time. It was a repeated occurrence. The girls admitted to seeking sex, but the prosecutor argued their statement could not be the basis of acquittal. However, the judges argued: the girls looked older, they admitted to seeking sex, so what else could they do but release the men.

Word of warning: if you look 17, just remain home. Then, you will avoid being raped.

Who Is Kissing Whom??

Several months ago in Turkey some strange events unfurled during protests by thousands in Turkey who were protesting the attempted destruction of Gezi Park in order to build a mall. It has come to attention of authorities that while thousands of young people were in the streets, many engaged in various forms of unnatural acts that violate what religions seek to maintain. One report indicates some young people drank a beer or so, and some may even have indulged in a glass of wine!

However, the most horrible story to emerge from this tale of wanton heresy is that some young people who had taken refuge in a mosque from the rifle butts of soldiers decided to kiss while in a mosque!! Imagine the shock to God to witness his followers kissing!! What next, humans engaging in sexual activity and producing children??

In Turkish Democracy Opposition Limited

Turkey is regarded as a democratic nation. It has a Pariament, it has newspapers which can print their ideas, it has elections, it has schools, it has multiple organizations and it has a government led by Prime Minister Recep Erdogan which believes that in a democracy the government has the right to decide what opposition groups can print. The opposition Republican People’s Party(CHP) was informed by advertising companies that it’s political billboards could not be printed because they displayed words that were “over-crtical” of the government.” These advertising companies obtain contracts from the government so they do not wish to lose business by allowing free speech. After all, which comes first, free speech or dough?

This is simply one more piece of evidence that PM Erdogan has decided that since in the past his party was persecuted it is now time for him to get revenge. This is short sighted and eventually will divide and fracture the basis of democracy in Turkey.

It’s Springtime In Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is always worried about some secret plot against his government which thus requires strict control over the nation. A teen ager was recently convicted of terrorism because she took part in demonstrations against destroyig a park. Tough guy Erdogan shouted to the world, “I’m saying it clearly: the provocations that some are aiming to stage are attempts against the national will, peace and the electoral process.. These provocations will fail.” He is constantly shouting fear and defiance even though he is the one in power.

We recommend that Prime Minister Erdogan become a commentator on Fox News where he would be happy and at ease worrying about something or someone who is a “threat to security.” There are no threats to security. Calm down and relax. How about supporting democracy?

Turkey In Trouble, Not Thanksgiving Turkey

The military government of Egypt has asked the ambassador from Turkey to head home, and this request has nothing to do with the Thanksgiving turkey, it is merely a request to cease bothering in the internal affairs of their nation. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is sensitive about any nation or group interfering with decisions or policies of his Justice and Development party, but the Turkish strong man thinks nothing of offering “advice” to the government of Egypt. Erdogan refuses to recognize that former President Morsi refused to support the principle of democracy and attempted to transform an opportunity for a new birth of human rights by imposing a government run by clerics seeking to impose sharia law upon secular forces and the Coptic Christian minority. Ironically, Erdogan has not followed a similar course of leadership. Egypt would be torn to pieces in sectarian strife and fury if Morsi had remained in power. He had lost the confidence of Egyptian youth and he had sent fear into the hearts of Coptics who feared for their lives.

Egypt must create a society that can produce jobs for a young generation that has education, but no work. It must create a society in which the minority Christian Coptics can live in peace. Above all, it must create a government in which the military remains in its barracks, not in government offices.

Boys And Girls-Dangerous World

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prime minister of the country of Turkey and his Justice and Development party has responsibilities to the people of that nation to protect the moral values of society. He has been following very carefully reports that in college dormitories some rather strange actions are occurring. It appears that boys and girls are not only in classes together, but they are living in dormitories together. According to Recep, “it’s not clear what is going on in these places. They are all mixed up,anything can happen. As a conservative democratic government, we have to intervene.” I do understand what he is saying. After all, in the democratic society of the United States of America, the government has to intervene to make certain we speak to the right people so what is wrong about the government intervening to ensure that boys live with boys and girls live with girls?

I wonder if the prime minister understands that if girls are living with girls and boys are living with boys, the possibility exists that boys will be making love to boys and girls to girls. I hate to tell you, Recep, but you may be fostering gays and lesbians to have romps in the bed together. I also gather that you want to check into houses where there are males and females living together. Does this mean your party opposes baby making in Turkey?