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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Erdogan's Egyptian Nightmare by Burak Bekdil | Gatestone Institute

December 30, 2014 - Back in 2011, everything ostensibly was coming up roses between Turkey and Egypt. In a speech that year, then-Turkish President Abdullah Gul mentioned " axis of democracy of the two biggest nations in our region [Turkey and Egypt], from the north to the south, from the Black Sea down to the Nile Valley..."

In September 2011, then-Prime Minister [now President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan found an emotional hero's welcome at Cairo's Tahrir Square. Tens of thousands of Egyptians had flocked to the Cairo airport to welcome him. Streets were decorated with posters of Erdogan.

Israel's Statement Following the Defeat of the Palestinian Draft Resolution

The Middle East Adviser for The Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN, Israel Nitzan made the following statement at the Security Council:

“The Palestinians have found every possible opportunity to avoid direct negotiations. They have engaged in a never-ending string of political games and now they are parading into this Council with preposterous unilateral proposals. I have news for the Palestinians - you cannot agitate and provocate your way to a state. I urge the Council to stop indulging the Palestinians and put an end to their march of folly.”

Monday, December 29, 2014

Islam vs Democracy? What is Islam?

They see it as Islam vs Democracy. Why then do we see it as Islam vs Christianity?

Allow Cyprus to become a legal precedent of Islamization via bizonal apartheid & watch BA (aka BBF) knock on every door in Europe and beyond.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

British Bases in Cyprus and Signals Intelligence by Giorgos Georgiou

Sovereign? Really? On whose authority?
"The Embassy does not believe that the loss of Cyprus-owned physical infrastructure, nor the interruption of key resource exports from the island, would immediately affect the security, national economic security, and/or public health or safety of the United States. A Connecticut-sized Mediterranean island some 5000 miles from the East Coast of the United States, Cyprus simply is too small, too distant, and too lacking in natural resources to affect U.S. interests in that fashion. […] Under the terms of the 1960 independence treaties, Great Britain was allowed to retain two "Sovereign Base Areas" (SBAs) and several isolated sites scattered throughout Cyprus, such as the RAF radar dome on Mt. Olympus, the island's highest point, and various antenna arrays in Ayios Nikolaos, near Famagusta. Via varied formal agreements and informal arrangements, the United States enjoys some access to and benefits from these UK facilities. Unlike the Cyprus-owned infrastructure noted above, the damage or complete loss of SBA-housed facilities would pose a threat to our national security interests in the eastern Mediterranean." (*1)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A 2008 US Cable You Must Read

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Kurdistan: More Like Israel, Less Like Iraq by Lawrence A. Franklin | Gatestone Institute

December 25, 2014 - Iraqi Kurdistan is full of surprises. Probably, the most unexpected discovery is how normal life is in its capital city, Erbil. Despite a late summer scare by Islamic State [IS] military gains north of Mosul and the threat of suicide bomber attacks, the social discipline of Kurdistan's citizens is admirable. There is a relaxed state of tension. It is "business as usual."

There is also a sense of optimism, pervasive and infectious. Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. While there was an exodus of foreign businessmen after the initial territorial gains by the IS, foreign investors are filtering back. The Kurdistan Regional Government [KRG] has already drawn up plans for large-scale projects to improve the infrastructure. Heavy-duty construction vehicles are everywhere. The most visible project is the beltway being built around the city.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

U.S. should help protect new energy assets in the Eastern Mediterranean | Washington Times

Illustration on benefits of domestic natural gas production by Linas Garsys/The Washington TimesBy Marios P. Efthymiopoulos - - Thursday, December 25, 2014 - The discovery of massive fields of natural gas in the coastal waters of Cyprus and Israel has set off an energy race that underscores the need for the Obama administration to re-examine its policy of retrenchment in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The gas finds will make Israel and Cyprus exporters of energy for decades, thus strengthening the hands of two reliable allies in the war on terrorism. Israel has signed a deal to supply Jordan with $15 billion worth of natural gas from its Leviathan energy field over 15 years, according to The Times of Israel, and Israel has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt to sell as much as 2.5 billion cubic meters of gas to Egyptian industrial, nongovernmental customers. Texas-based Halliburton has signed an agreement with Cyprus to drill up to 54 gas wells during the next few years, thereby investing more than $5 billion in production costs.

Turkey’s vision of Cyprus as its satrapy by Marios L. Evriviades | Jerusalem Post

12/23/2014 - Cyprus cannot on its own deal with its Goliath neighbor. It does not have to. It can, within the international system and its dynamics, pursue a Lilliputian strategy and effectively tie down Gulliver

Turkey’s vision of Cyprus is that of a satrapy. A Turkish satrapy. It does not extend beyond that. If this thesis is understood and accepted then the past and present policies of Ankara vis as vis Cyprus, be they those of the Kemalists or of today’s Islamists, can be decoded and made “sense” of. It will explain why Turkey can submit a 100-page brief to the European Commission, as Ankara did recently, developing a convoluted array of arguments to prove that one state-member of the European Union, Cyprus, does not in fact exist. The Turks are talking about a country that for six months in 2012 presided over an EU that Turkey aspires to join. One does wonder whether the Turkish Foreign Ministry prepared its EU brief on its own volition and by observation, or whether it took its cue from the pronouncement of its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who a few weeks back announced, to an unaware world, that “there is no such country called Cyprus.”

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Time for UN and US Officials to Wise Up on Cyprus by Philip Christopher | Huffington Post

23/Dec/2014 - Now let me get this straight: UN and State Department officials are pressing - my country of origin and America's long-time ally - Cyprus, to agree to Turkey's latest attempt to steal Cyprus' large natural gas discovery? Did these officials not hear Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently say that the US, "wants us dead, they like seeing our children die"? Did they not hear ISIL leaders recently say that, "without Turkey, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. Tigris to Jordan, Palestine to Lebanon, Sunni Law will rule."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Do not be afraid to say 'Merry Xmas'. It encompasses an entire value system, a pillar of western civilization.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Geert Wilders Was Right by Uzay Bulut | Gatestone Institute

December 19, 2014 - What a week. In an Australian café, a self-declared jihadi seized at least 17 hostages, two of whom were killed; and in Pakistan, 148 people, including 132 children, were massacred by the same branch of the Taliban that tried to murder Mala Yousafzai to prevent her from being educated.

Whether the terrorist in Australia acted alone or had an organization behind him is irrelevant. It did not stop him from killing two hostages. The manager of the Lindt cafe, 34-year-old Tori Johnson, and a 38-year-old lawyer and mother of three, Katrina Dawson, lost their lives.

What we have in both slaughters are individuals motivated by the same ideology, Islamism, and committing attacks against innocent civilians. More alarming is that many people apparently seem not to want to talk about the motivations, apart from mental illness, behind both attacks: Islamic ideology. Perhaps they fear being exposed to the same violence one day, or perhaps they fear jeopardizing business deals or votes. There may also be the temptation to run away from reality, in the hope that the more you deny it, the farther you are from it.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What to do about Cyprus? | Euripides Evriviades High commissioner of Cyprus London

SIR – You described the options for solving the Cyprus problem as “Intractable—or insoluble?” (November 29th). It is neither, unless one is willing to accept that a stronger state can forcefully dismember one of its neighbours; none of the UN resolutions and European Court of Human Rights rulings matter; international rules and regulations do not apply to occupations; civil and human rights are not universal; the Ankara narrative that the Republic of Cyprus does not exist is true; and that Cyprus is Turkey’s vassal state.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey: How a Population Dropped to Two by Uzay Bulut | Gatestone Institute

December 15, 2014 - The latest anti-Semitic statement in Turkey was made on November 21 by Dursun Ali Sahin, the governor of Edirne, a city in Eastern Thrace. Governor Sahin announced that because he was angry at Israel, he would turn the city's synagogue into a museum. "While those bandits [Israeli security forces] blow winds of war inside al-Aqsa and slay Muslims," he said, "we build their synagogues. I say this with a huge hatred inside me. We clean their graveyards, send their projects to boards. But the synagogue here will be registered only as a museum, and there will be no exhibitions inside it."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Turkish imam joins the Islamic State by Robert Spencer | Jihad Watch

Wall painted with Islamic State flagDECEMBER 13, 2014 - Wall painted with Islamic State flagThis imam was appointed to his post by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate. Presumably he had years of training: study of the Qur’an, study of Muhammad, study of Islamic law. And yet now he has gone to join the Islamic State. Has John Kerry been notified of this? Somehow this imam missed all the many ways — ways that are obvious to all non-Muslim politicians in the West — in which the Islamic State is transgressing against Islamic teaching. He needs some real instruction! Can Joe Biden be dispatched to Çanakkale’s Bayramiç district, and cross into the Islamic State from there, so as to find this imam and talk some sense into him?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The vision for a Bizonal World

The vision is a BIZONAL WORLD. The tools employed are exactly the same as in Cyprus, the pilot project, the envisioned crescent's star.

ULTRA NATIONALISM veiled with the Islamic "religious" burqa using outside financial and/or military support for sizable Islamic minorities, obscene propaganda, historical revisionism and negationsim, promotion of religious-based 'us vs. them' rhetoric, disparagement of non-Muslims, incitement of violence, sectarian-based separatist geographic, political, judicial logic, self-segregation and self-rule demands, population growth and colonization most often veiled as migration, political equality demands between Islamic minorities and non-Islamic or western majorities to control the whole, both at the local/country as well as international/world/UN level, exploitation or incapacitation of appeasing, fragmented western powers each minding its own narrow interests. Do you get it yet? Can you really afford Cyprus as a legal precedent? In business all you need is a successful pilot project to go regional or global.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Mother of All Burqas

The burqa is but a mild symptom. The true problem is Islam itself, a totalitarian ideology hidden under its very own precious burqa, the mother of all burqas, the pretense of religion. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Critical confrontation in Cyprus by CENGİZ AKTAR | Today's Zaman

12 Nov 2014 - Ever since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) became a “global player,” it has no longer dealt with minor questions such as the Cyprus stalemate.

This is why these centuries-old questions are still very much in existence. Today we see that the northern province of the island of Cyprus represents, for Turkey, an economic, political, military and human fiasco.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beware Cyprus repeat at Faslane by GEORGE KEREVAN | The Scotsman

HMS Ambush at the Faslane naval base. Picture: PA12-7-2013 - BRITAIN has previous form with sovereign base areas, but this time it could be used to exact a heavy price in any independence talks, writes George Kerevan

DOWNING Street has been quick to pour cold water on media reports that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is toying with the notion of declaring the Trident nuclear submarine base in the Firth of Clyde a “sovereign base area”, in the event of Scottish voters opting for independence. Effectively, this would mean Faslane and its nuclear stockpile remaining under British sovereignty, controlled by the MoD itself.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey's Bark and Bite | Burak Bekdil

November 21 2014 - Turkey's prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, expressed pride on Nov. 11, that "Turkey was the [world's] loudest voice against Israel's actions."

"From here, I once more call on Israel and Israel's brutal rulers: Don't you dare considering resuming these attacks against al-Quds [Jerusalem] and the al-Aqsa Mosque, regarding ... internal turmoil and tension in the Islamic world as an opportunity. Even if everyone remains silent, the government of the Republic of Turkey will not keep silent," Davutoglu said.

"Moses is Moses, Jesus is Jesus and business is business," a Western ambassador in Ankara said after shyly smiling at Davutoglu's televised speech. He was right.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Vision or Nightmare?

Leadership requires vision, then working your way backwards to determine the steps that can make it happen.

BBF or better known as BA is a UK-US designed, "Turkey"-produced nightmare.

Trying to get there is like a labyrinth, a maze with an entry but no exit. And that is why after 40 years we are still at the entrance & every attempt to find an exit has failed. An exit does not exist. This feature was no mistake. It was the very design.

European Parliament resolution on Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus

10-11-14 The European Parliament,
–   having regard to its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the 2013 progress report on Turkey(1),
–   having regard to the General Affairs Council conclusions of 17 December 2013,
–   having regard to the statement of 7 October 2014 by the spokesperson for the President of the European Council,
–   having regard to the Turkey Progress Report 2014, of 8 October 2014,
–   having regard to the European Council conclusions of 24 October 2014,
–   having regard to Rule 123(2) and (4) of its Rules of Procedure,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Turkish protesters rough up US sailors in Istanbul | The Times of Israel

Footage of incident shows Turks restraining serviceman, briefly putting a white sack over his head - November 13, 2014
ISTANBUL (AP) — Anti-American protesters shouting “Yankee, go home!” roughed up three US Navy sailors Wednesday in Istanbul near where their warship was docked on an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait in the Black Sea.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sultan discovers Cypriot Hieroglyphs

A fiery phone call between Erdoğan and Putin ended in firing mutual threats | AWD News

Moscow- Nov 09, 2014,  The pugnacious Turkish President made a rare telephone call to his Russian counterpart to discuss the latest regional developments, particularly Syria’s raging conflict.

 According to Moscow Times, a renowned Russian English-language daily newspaper, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who stepped up his customary belligerent rhetoric against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, told his Russian counterpart that Turkey has allegedly reached a threshold where it cannot remain indifferent toward the “human carnage” in the Arab war-torn country, but to Erdoğan’s surprise, Putin was infuriated and vehemently warned Turkish President from further interfering in Syrian internal affairs otherwise Russia is ready to thwart Turkey from triggering a catastrophic war in the region.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

'Putin to western elites: Play-time is over' by Dimitry Orlov | Infowars

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is overA unilateral diktat and imposing one’s own models produces the opposite result | October 30, 2014

Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin’s speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn’t get a chance to read it, and missed its importance.

(For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don’t think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech of March 5, 1946.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Turkey in Cyprus vs. Israel in Gaza by Daniel Pipes | Jerusalem Post

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Turkey protest fire, AP
By DANIEL PIPES \  07/20/2010

Northern Cyprus shares features with Syria; resembles 'open-air jail' more than Gaza. In light of Ankara’s recent criticism of what it calls Israel’s “open-air jail” in Gaza, this week, which marks the anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus, has special relevance.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Trouble in Club Med by Keith Johnson | Foreign Policy Magazine

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 - The showdown between Cyprus and Turkey is a reminder that energy can fuel tensions rather than lubricating better relations The increasingly shrill dispute between Turkey and Cyprus over access to offshore gas fields tidily illustrates that the global scramble for energy resources is raising regional tensions everywhere, particularly in the fractious Eastern Mediterranean, where energy is more an irritant than a balm for international relations.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three Pre-Crisis Maps

Pre-crisis maps of three bicommunal states: Ukraine, "Turkey" and Cyprus. Guess which nation is blackmailed to apply a BIZONAL solution.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Are you with us or against us?

For Cyprus 1974 was a massive post WWII ethnic cleansing exercise, abetted by those world powers Cypriots share common values with. A massive colonization ongoing since which threatens to alter the millenniums-long, uninterrupted, recorded, Hellenic Christian character of the island. Just think of what it would mean for your own country. Cyprus's "friends" keep silent, while watching Cypriots struggling to decipher the semantic differences between 'ally' and 'strategic partner'. Let me help. A strategic partner is someone who forces the bully to back off. All others are at best neutral parties. In the case of the UK in particular it is a Trojan Horse.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Turkey's Contempt for NATO Principles By Seth Cropsey | Real Clear World

October 29, 2014 - When John Churchill, later the first duke of Marlborough, led the Anglo-Dutch alliance against Louis XIV, he and his ally differed constantly over tactics. Marlborough sought a knock-out. The Dutch preferred maneuver warfare to the risk of all-out battles. But the two states agreed on the broader goal: preventing Louis from achieving hegemonic continental power.

Alliances - or alliance members - that cannot agree on ultimate objectives are in trouble. NATO member Turkey and the rest of the Atlantic alliance once agreed on basic principles: democracy, and the need to keep the Soviets from swallowing the part of Europe that remained free after World War II. No such agreement about basic principles unites Turkey with the rest of NATO today.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Address to Cypriots by President Papadopoulos on April 7 2004

Address to Cypriots by President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, on April 7, 2004, regarding the referendum of 24th April 2004 (full text)


In these conditions of particular historic importance, I feel obliged to address myself to you the sovereign Cyprus People. Every people formulates and writes its own history. At times with liberation and social struggles, at times with democratic procedures through voting. Now the Cyprus people is called upon singly and collectively to write the history of the future of Cyprus.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Moderate Muslims (4 minute video)

Alarming admission by Norwegian Islamist. Find out what self-described "Moderate Muslims", at a conference in Norway, believe about the Qur'an commanding death to homosexuals, stoning for adultery and executing anyone who tries to leave Islam. These are not radical clerics! See it. Just four shocking minutes.

Turkish foreign policy hits another cul-de-sac by SUAT KINIKLIOĞLU | Today's Zaman

October 22, 2014, Wednesday, The events of the last few days have been extraordinary, to write the least.

The United States-led coalition's determination to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and defend Kobani -- Washington's shift towards engaging directly with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria -- signifies an important shift in the region. The US has decided that it needs to help save Kobani regardless of what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thinks about the town. Patience in Washington has run out with Ankara's short-sighted policy of strangling the Kobani Kurds into submission. President Barack Obama “notified” his Turkish counterpart just hours before US cargo planes dropped off ammunition and medicine to the Kurds defending the city.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Turk is always right

On 16 August 1953 the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Maurice Fisher wrote, inter alia, the following to Tel Aviv: "Our relations with Turkey have been extremely good of late...[but] these good relations could deteriorate overnight, and we should learn from the bitter experience of others. The Turks have yet to achieve a standard by which, in the event of disagreement with another state, they can weigh up the positions of both sides. For them, there exists one sole principle: in any conflict with a foreigner, whether a private individual, a company or a state, the Turk is always right."

Source: Amikam Nachmani , Israel, Turkey and Greece: Uneasy Relations in the East Mediterranean. London: Frank Cass, 1987, p. 43.

Three disturbing facts about the pseudo-religion in eight minutes

Friday, October 24, 2014

European Council Conclusions on Cyprus: Unequivocal message to "Turkey" on illegality of its actions

23/24 October 2014  - 24. The European Council expressed serious concern about the renewed tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and urged Turkey to show restraint and to respect Cyprus' sovereignty over its territorial sea and Cyprus' sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone. The European Council recalled the Declaration of the European Community and its Member States of 21 September 2005, including that the recognition of all Member States is a necessary component of the accession process. Under the current circumstances, the European Council considered it more important than ever to ensure a positive climate so that negotiations for a comprehensive Cyprus' settlement can resume.

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Time to Back the Kurds

A People Without Friends: 'Time to Back the Kurds' (a 10 min video) Author Stephen Mansfield has a message for the U.S.: "ISIS will fall. Kurdistan will rise... When all of this occurs, the U.S. will want to have ...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EU Has Misconceptions About the Origin of Ukrainian Conflict by Alexander Mercouris | RIA Novosti

Владимир Путин, Маттео Ренци и Петр Порошенко во время рабочего завтрака в Милане 17 октября 2014LONDON, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - The ASEM summit in Milan cruelly exposed the illusions EU leaders hold about the Ukrainian conflict, and not for the first time

Ever since the February coup in Ukraine, the EU’s leaders have held to two assumptions: First, that the crisis in Ukraine is a conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and second, that they can bend Russia to their will by applying pressure on it to achieve the outcome they want in Ukraine. This outcome would entail the complete restoration of Kiev’s undiluted political control over the whole country, including the rebellious regions in the east (even the EU leaders quietly acknowledge that Crimea is lost to Ukraine forever). (cnt'd)

Antifon's note: Why should Russia wish less in terms of political rights for the sizable ethnic Russian community of Ukraine when the west has been supporting apartheid and outrageous privileges for the Turkish Cypriot minority community of Cyprus, either via the constitution it forced on Cypriots in 1960 or the divisive plan it hailed in 2004 that would legitimize the results of an illegal invasion, the ethnic cleansing that ensued, as well as the colonization under way to this day?

Why does the west expect Russia to mind less for its brethren than it does for its NATO Muslim ally and the minorities of other countries the latter cares about?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Muslim Columnist Warns Dog Petting Provokes Muslims by Daniel Greenfield | Frontpage Mag

muslim-seeing-eye-dogOctober 22, 2014

Really? Is there anything that doesn’t provoke Muslims?

Dogophobia hits moderate Muslim Malaysia as a dog petting event stirs up controversy. Why? Because Mohammed hated dogs and ordered them to be killed.

Also Muslims consider dogs and women to be unclean. And it’s hard to get a dog to wear a Burqa. It’s another episode in the long-running Islam Show where everyone is crazy. (The Religion of Peace)

Monday, October 20, 2014

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

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


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:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

No: 311, 04 October 2014, Press Release Regarding Drilling Activity of the Turks

The Republic of Kurdistan follows with concern the Turkish Administration’s (TA) continuing unilateral research activities of hydrocarbon resources in its so called Exclusive Economic Zone without taking into account the Northern Kurds’ detailed and concrete cooperation proposals for a fair sharing. Kurdistan supports the remarks made in the press release issued on 3 October 2014 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kurdish Republic of Northern Kurdistan (KRNK) upon the initiation of a new drilling activity by the TA in the block area called 9.

The Zero Show

The Zero Show: Zero puppet & Zero puppeteer 

Monday, October 13, 2014

No hegemonic peace in Cyprus, By MARIOS L. EVRIVIADES | Jerusalem Post

CyprusNo hegemonic peace in Cyprus, By MARIOS L. EVRIVIADES, 04/16/2014, A Western-sponsored sub-regional security system can be constructed in the Eastern Mediterranean that will partner Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and Greece. Such a development would be most welcome.

Almost 40 years to the day, the Turks finally figured out that the Turks finally figured out that they had invaded the wrong geographic region of Cyprus. Cyprus’s power wealth, its hydrocarbons, have been found to be located in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off its southern shores and not in its northern ones, where the NATO-trained and US-supplied Turkish army attacked massively in 1974. Since then and for decades the Turks persistently and stubbornly insisted that whatever the Cyprus problem, it was permanently solved in 1974. These days they are not so sure. And they have turned peace advocates. Or so it seems.

A warning from Bursa, the first capital of the Ottomans

 “those who are not able to be happy under the Turkish flag are people who deserve to die.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk By Reva Bhalla | Stratfor

Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk, Geopolitical Weekly, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014, Stratfor, By Reva Bhalla

In June 1919, aboard an Allied warship en route to Paris, sat Damat Ferid Pasha, the Grand Vizier of a crumbling Ottoman Empire. The elderly statesman, donning an iconic red fez and boasting an impeccably groomed mustache, held in his hands a memorandum that he was to present to the Allied powers at the Quai d'Orsay. The negotiations on postwar reparations started five months earlier, but the Ottoman delegation was prepared to make the most of its tardy invitation to the talks. As he journeyed across the Mediterranean that summer toward the French shore, Damat Ferid mentally rehearsed the list of demands he would make to the Allied powers during his last-ditch effort to hold the empire together.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Turkey Subjugates the Kurds because it Shares Isis' Ideological Bed by Uzay Bulut | Int'l Business Times

Syrian Kurds wait behind the border fences to cross into TurkeyTurkey Subjugates the Kurds because it Shares Isis' Ideological Bed, Turkey's Isis Policy: Subjugation of Kurds, By Uzay Bulut in Ankara, October 10, 2014

When Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) government came to power in 2002, it defined itself not as an Islamic party but as a conservative democratic party, stating that Turkey's ascension bid to the European Union would be its strategic target.

Hence, the West thought that despite its Islamist roots, the AKP government was not going to pursue an overt Islamist agenda and thus was content with the new government of Turkey - until the ties of its "ally" with the jihadist groups in the Middle East recently came to light.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kobanê and Beyond: Unfathomable Risks for Turkey and the Kurds by Marc Pierini | Carnegie Europe

Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.Kobanê and Beyond: Unfathomable Risks for Turkey and the Kurds, by MARC PIERINI, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 | Marc Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.

The Islamic State’s current offensive against the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobanê is interfering with the politics of many countries, triggering a massive humanitarian emergency, and raising many questions. It also brings immense political and social risks for Turkey and the Kurds.

For the most part, the anti-Islamist resistance in Kobanê is provided by the Syrian Kurds of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Western and Arab coalition that is fighting the Islamic State offers limited close air support, although the Sunni jihadists’ tactics and the absence of special forces on the ground render that support largely ineffective. Turkey has refused a transit of reinforcements of PYD-affiliated fighters to Kobanê from Qamishli, another Syrian Kurdish district to the east.

Kurdish Revolution

The Kurdish revolution has started. Will it lead to a BBF (Bizonal Federation) or outright secession? For now we may only safely predict unimaginable suffering for the Turkish and Kurdish peoples. How will Kurds of the stolen from Cyprus "trnc" pseudo-state react? How will the TSK react? How soon before Turkish Cypriots beg for reintegration into the Cyprus Republic?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Smile and Smile: Turkey's Feel-Good Foreign Policy by Claire Berlinski | World Affairs

Smile and Smile: Turkey's Feel-Good Foreign Policy by Claire Berlinski
Published in JULY/AUGUST 2010 yet so relevant to what is happening today

A s the First General Law of Travel tells us, every nation is its stereotype. Americans are indeed fat and overbearing, Mexicans lazy and pilfering, Germans disciplined and perverted. The Turks, as everyone knows, are insane and deceitful. I say this affectionately. I live in Turkey. On good days, I love Turkey. But I have long since learned that its people are apt to go berserk on you for no reason whatsoever, and you just can’t trust a word they say. As one Turkish friend put it (a man who has spent many years in America, and thus grasps the depth of the cultural chasm), “It’s not that they’re bad. They don’t even know they’re lying.”

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