Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ukraine: Confederal Solution Looms | Russian Insider

A split nation
Alexander Mercouris  - Proposals by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and comments by Kerry and Steinmeier suggest confederal structure just short of outright partition is the best Ukraine can now hope for.

In the absence of any proposal for constitutional reform from Kiev, the space is being filled by the Russians and by the two regions in the Donbass that are resisting the authority of the Maidan government – the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Akinci as president of Cyprus

In the landmass we incorrectly call "Turkey" we have bizonality. In Cyprus we don't. So called "trnc" is loot. Most properties belong to Christians with titles from one of the oldest land registries in Europe. Cypriots will never vote for an apartheid plan that legitimizes land grab and ethnic cleansing.

What "Turkey" wants in Cyprus is the same it wanted since the 1950s: its total control by using the Turkish Cypriots as stooges. Akinci is a good development, but before long everyone will realize that at 1 billion lira subsidies per year he does not really have a say. And even if he did, his community's demands for special minority privileges are compatible neither with reason nor the history of this land, even though Turkish Cypriots have been misled to believe that they deserve them. Cherchez les "S"BAs for that.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

China Declares War On Islam | Shoebat Foundation

This picture taken on June 30, 2014 shows Chinese Muslims reading the Koran at a mosque in Tancheng, in eastern China's Shandong province, at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.  Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable.      CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO

Prayer In Mosques Is Outlawed And All Muslim Shopkeepers Must Sell Alcohol Or Face Prosecution | by Shoebat Foundation on May 6, 2015 | Walid and Theodore Shoebat - Before a Muslim community gets into Jihad mode, the first thing they do is call on all Muslims to repent from alcohol, pork and tobacco. It is this spark which begins the process rolling, as small groups of Muslims begin to push that agenda on Muslim communities by using peer-pressure. When this happens, it is a sign that trouble is ahead. Pretty soon they begin to demand a change in laws in order to force the host to acquiesce to their demands.

This problem exists in any society where Islam is allowed. So when giving Muslims “freedom of religion,” the ball gets rolling and soon Islam’s ethics begins to conflict with the host nation.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Why Can't Muslims Laugh at Mohammed? | Middle East Forum (Asia Times Online)

by David P. Goldman, Asia Times Online, May 5, 2015 - In Mel Brooks' comedy History of the World Part I, Moses is shown descending from Mount Sinai with three stone tablets in hand. As he declares, "I give you the Fifteen Commandments," one falls and breaks, and Moses corrects himself, "er, Ten Commandments."

Jews, including the observant, find this funny rather than offensive. As we learned once again in Garland, Texas, Muslims do not laugh at jokes about Mohammed, the purported author of the Koran (as Moses is the author of the Torah). Two wannabe Jihadists with assault rifles and body armor were no match for an off-duty Texas traffic cop with a sidearm, but the incident might have turned into a massacre worse than the murder of the Charlie Hebdo staff in January.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Will Turkey Go the Way of Weimar Germany? | The Gatestone Institute

Historian Geoff Eley
May 2, 2015, by Burak Bekdil - "That [Turkey] sounds to me like the late Weimar Republic. So I would have no difficulty at all in agreeing that the logics of certain possibilities are being put together in ways that seem very reminiscent of the broader context of right-wing thought in Weimar Republic, especially after 1930." Thus commented last month Geoff Eley, a British-born historian whose early work focused on the radical nationalism in Imperial Germany, and, in Italy, fascism.

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.