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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.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Turkey's leaders see Kobani as opportunity, not threat, by Amberin Zaman | Al Monitor

Turkey's leaders see Kobani as opportunity, not threat | The fall of Kobani would deal a severe blow to Kurdish independence hopes and bolster Turkey's political goals. | Author Amberin Zaman Posted October 7, 2014

As Islamic State (IS) fighters keep up their battle to gain control over Kobani, a strategic Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave on Turkey’s border, the effects of the conflict are being felt in Turkey itself. Thousands of Kurds took to the streets across the country on Oct. 7 to protest Turkey’s inaction against IS' seemingly unstoppable advance. The government slapped curfews on six provinces in the mainly Kurdish southeast region after clashes between protestors and the security forces, and between rival Kurdish groups, left at least 14 people dead. Elsewhere across the country, police clashed with demonstrators, trying to push them back with pressurized water and pepper spray while the Kurds responded with Molotov cocktails in a foretaste of the violence that is likely to engulf the country should Kobani fall.

Professor at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome: Islamic State not un-Islamic, “model is Muhammad himself” | Nicolai Sennels

RhonheimerProfessor at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome: Islamic State not un-Islamic, “model is Muhammad himself” | Nicolai Sennels Oct 6, 2014

Where is the border between Islam and Islamism? The media says that the two are different as night and day; Islam is a religion of peace, and the Islamists have stolen the name. Others believe that Islamism represents the traditional, pure Islam, true to the Koran.

This latter view is advanced, remarkably enough, by a theologian Martin Rhonheimer from a university endorsed by the Pope. He is a professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and wrote an essay on this particular distinction in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Joe Biden Is the Only Honest Man in Washington | Foreign Policy Magazine

Joe Biden Is the Only Honest Man in Washington

The vice president's apologies to Turkey and the UAE show the dangers of accidentally telling the truth.

Vice President Joe Biden has had to apologize, twice, to two key U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State. It wasn't because he lobbed false accusations at them. It was because he accidentally told some inconvenient truths.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Notes on a Turkish Conspiracy | The Foreign Policy Magazine

Notes on a Turkish Conspiracy - How the looming end of a 100-year-old treaty exposes the existential paranoia at the heart of Erdogan’s foreign policy. BY NICHOLAS DANFORTH OCTOBER 2, 2014

While American commentators debate whether Turkey will join U.S. President Barack Obama's coalition against the Islamic State, some Turkish pundits are looking ahead to more serious foreign-policy challenges -- like what will happen in 2023 when the Treaty of Lausanne expires and Turkey's modern borders become obsolete. In keeping with secret articles signed by Turkish and British diplomats at a Swiss lakefront resort almost a century ago, British troops will reoccupy forts along the Bosphorus, and the Greek Orthodox patriarch will resurrect a Byzantine ministate within Istanbul's city walls. On the plus side for Turkey, the country will finally be allowed to tap its vast, previously off-limits oil reserves and perhaps regain Western Thrace. So there's that.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

"How Turkey Went Bad" by Daniel Pipes

That said, one side alone cannot sustain an alliance. Ankara's record of friendly relations with Tehran, support for Hamas and the Islamic State, undermining the authority of Baghdad, virulence toward Israel, and threats against Cyprus make its membership in NATO questionable at best and duplicitous at worst.

Washington must signal that the bully tactics winning votes within Turkey fail in the rest of the world. TheWall Street Journal has helpfully proposed moving a U.S. military base in Turkey to Iraqi Kurdistan. Erdoğan's increasingly dictatorial rule must be repudiated as should Ankara's continued occupation of Cyprus, its support for terrorists, and its antisemitic effusions. Beyond these steps, the time has come for the U.S. government to make clear that unless major changes occur quickly, it will push for Turkey's suspension and eventual expulsion from NATO.

If Erdoğan insists on acting the rogue, then that's how its former ally should treat him.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Islamization of Britain in 2013 - by Soeren Kern

The Islamization of Britain in 2013 by Soeren Kern December 30, 2013  Gatestone Institute 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Turkey's relations with Hamas, ISIS and the West‎ | Uzay Bulut

Turkey's relations with Hamas, ISIS and the West‎

‎"Just as it was in the past, if a leaf trembles in the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus or ‎Central Asia, Ankara will be the first to hear it and respond to it,"‎ Turkey's then-Foreign Minister and current Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a speech in the Turkish parliament on July 1, 2010.

He also declared his stance on ‎Jerusalem:‎ ‎"Jerusalem is our issue. East Jerusalem is part of the state of ‎Palestine, not Israeli territory, and consists of territory that was invaded in 1967."‎

Jerusalem, he added, was a Turkish issue because of its period of Ottoman rule.‎

Beheading is Against Islam, That’s Why Mohammed Owned a Sword Named “Cleaver of Vertebrae” | Daniel Greenfield

Beheading is Against Islam, That’s Why Mohammed Owned a Sword Named “Cleaver of Vertebrae”

September 30, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield

Can anyone name Moses or Jesus’ favorite swords? Mohammed though had a huge sword collection, a lot of them stolen from other people, because he was kind of a psycho.

How much did Mohammed like his swords? He named them. And he liked them more than his wives or just about anything else.

Turkey’s Kristallnacht - by Uzay Bulut

Scenes from the pogromTurkey’s Kristallnacht, By Uzay Bulut on September 30, 2014 Special for the Armenian Weekly, Sept. 6, 1955 started just like any other day for the Greeks, Armenians, and Jews of ‎Istanbul—or Constantinople. ‎

‎”I resided in Cengelkoy with my wife and two children back then,” wrote Apostolos Nikolaidis ‎in the book I Nihta ton Kristallon. ‎”Just as protests were starting in Taksim, I left my shop in Karakoy and went home.”

Nikolaidis did not know that a horrid ethnic cleansing campaign was on the way. Just like Nikolaidis, ‎thousands of non-Muslims in Istanbul were not yet aware of the intent of their own state to ‎destroy their private property, businesses, and places of worship, to terrorize them into ‎abandoning their ancient homeland.

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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.