Monday, October 20, 2014

Turkey's Love Affair with Hamas by Burak Bekdil | Gatestone Institute

Turkey's Love Affair with Hamas by Burak Bekdil, October 19, 2014

"The Palestinian cause" is a unique charm that brings together Turks from different ideologies. Turkish Islamists view it as an indispensable part of "jihad;" the conservatives feel attached to it because it has a religious connotation; for the leftists it is part of an "anti-imperialist" struggle; the nationalists embrace it just because most Turks embrace it. In the 1970s, when a dozen Turks a day on average were killed in street violence, the "Palestinian cause" was the only issue that otherwise warring fractions of the Turkish left, right and Islamists could agree on.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

"The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority", a 6 minute video. It will force you to think the definition of 'radical'. He makes a pretty damn convincing case. Among the minority of Muslims worldwide that are not radical are perhaps the Turkish Cypriots (note: the old batch, not the brand new fake additions). The reason is simple: they were Christian before they converted, or they adopted the ways of the majority as a means of survival during their short presence (we trace our non-stop culture since before the Trojan War therefore allow us the privilege to call 400 years a short period) on this sacred island.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Atheist Neuroscientist Defends Fiery Claim That ‘Islam Is the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas’ | The Blaze

Atheist Neuroscientist Defends Fiery Claim That ‘Islam Is the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas’, Oct. 14, 2014 8:56am Billy Hallowell, Atheist author Sam Harris defended his recent claim that “Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas” during an appearance on CNN Monday night, telling host Don Lemon that every religion isn’t equally wise.

After Lemon asked whether Harris, a neuroscientist, stands by his controversial claim about the Muslim faith that he uttered while recently debating actor Ben Affleck and comedian Bill Maher, the author affirmed that he does and proceeded to defend it.

“I think that we have an idea here that all religions are the same — that they’re all equally wise or equally empty or equally irrelevant … secular liberals tend to believe this and it’s just not true,” he said. “Our religions are quite different.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Is a Turkish Police State Looming? | The American Interest

ANALYSIS BY WALTER RUSSELL MEAD & STAFF, ERDOGAN ASCENDANT, Is a Turkish Police State Looming?

The Turkish government is cracking down on civil liberties in the wake of violent Kurdish protests against government policy in Syria—but the proposed changes in law changes are not limited to the Kurds or to the current situation. A bill has been advanced in Parliament that would apply to both the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) and Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK). According to the Hurriyet Daily News, it would, among other things, strip Turkish criminal defendants of the following rights:

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