EU/Turkey

Armenia says new Turkish foreign policy 'regrettable'

Dalje.com 22 June 2010

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian said Tuesday that he thought a perceived new direction in Turkish foreign policy was undermining any easing of tensions between the neighbours. "This new path

 

Iraq: Shocking statistics on "female genital mutilation"

GlobalPost 21 June 2010
By Tracey Shelton

VIDEO: Shocking statistics on "female genital mutilation"

PASHQROTAL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Along with her pink pajamas and playful eyes, Delan has an 11-year-old’s endearing smile. She leans against an old stone wall and chats with friends as chickens and geese cluck around her feet. Rocky mountains form a towering backdrop. This is Iraqi Kurdistan, where

 

Turkey’s rising star (Opinion)

New Europe  21 June 2010
By Robert Ellis

Now the dust is settling after Israel’s commando attack on the aid flotilla to Gaza,and perhaps the widespread criticism will abate as the facts come on the table. Or as Die Zeit’s editor, Josef Joffe, put it in the Financial Times: "In the Middle East nothing is ever what it seems.” And Josef Joffe was right again when he claimed that "Sailing into the Turkish trap was a blunder worthy of General Custer at Little Big Horn.”

 

Turkish troops hunt down Kurdish rebels

Atlanta Journal Constitution  21 June 2010
By SELCAN HACAOGLU

ANKARA, Turkey — Elite commando units rappelled down from helicopters and mechanized infantry units blocked escape routes of Kurdish rebels in a major operation along the Iraqi border on Monday.

 

Reports on deportation of 6000 Armenians from Turkey false

PanARMENIAN.Net 21 June 2010

The reports about 6000 Armenians exiled from Turkey over the past 3 years are false, an Armenian official said. "During the past 10 years, around 5000 Armenians went to Turkey and returned after a

 

Video: Sam Solomon "The Mosques Are Our Barracks”

Gates of Vienna 17 June 2010
By Baron Bodissey

Vlad Tepes interviews Sam Solomon about the role of the mosque in Islam, and how it functions as a center for jihad against non-Muslim societies:


A quote from the interview:
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Islam is not simply a religion. Islam is a socio-political system. It is a socio-political, socio-religious, socio-economic, socio-educational, socio-judicial, legislative, militaristic system cloaked in, garbed in religious terminology. And therefore Islam is not like any other religion…

 

How European Tolerance Islamized Turkey

Sultan Knish 17 June 2010
By Daniel Greenfield

There was a time when Turkey was a modern example to the rest of the Muslim world. And there was one fundamental reason for that

It was because Turkey realized that it could either be a backward Muslim colony of Europe, or it could put Islam in its place, and reform in order to try to keep up with Europe. And there is also a fundamental reason why that brand of reform has not come to the rest of the Muslim world. It is because they never had to learn that same lesson.

 

FGM - Call for Kurdistan to Ban Female Genital Cutting

ILLUME 17 June 2010
By Jason Van Boom

"I don’t even go to school when I have my periods because there’s too much pain...." —Dalya M., 18-year-old student

Share Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Iraqi Kurdistan's government to take action against female genital mutilation (FGM). The international rights organization's

 

Hamas rises in the West

Canada Free Press 16 June 2010
By Caroline Glick

Led by US President Barack Obama, the West has cast its lot with Hamas against Israel

Since the navy’s May 31 takeover of the Turkish-Hamas flotilla , Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his advisors have deliberated around the clock about how to contend with the US-led international stampede against Israel. But their ultimate decision to form an investigatory committee led by a retired Supreme Court justice and overseen by foreign observers indicates that they failed to recognize the nature of the international campaign facing Israel today.

 

Turkish flotilla organisers to send more Gaza ships

Reuters Africa 16 June 2010

A Turkish pro-Palestinian group said on Wednesday it will send another aid flotilla to Gaza next month, again trying to break an Israeli blockade after its last convoy was the target of a deadly

 

Turkey: Targets to one million Arab tourists

Despite a reduction in the number of visitors from Israel because of strained relations after the flotilla crisis, Turkey will likely enjoy a boost in its tourism figures this year, reported

 

Eastward Bound

FrontPage Magazine 16 June 2010
By Robert Ellis

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently blamed Europe for alienating Turkey from the West. On a visit to London last Wednesday, he stated, “If there’s anything to the notion that Turkey is moving eastwards, it is in no small part because it was pushed, and it was pushed by some in Europe refusing to give Turkey the kind of organic link to the West that Turkey sought.”

 

Funeral in Milan for bishop slain in Turkey

The Associated Press 14 June 2010

MILAN — Pope Benedict XVI has hailed a bishop slain this month in Turkey as a messenger of dialogue and reconciliation. The pope's message was read Monday during a funeral service in Milan for

 

"Mas-Kom-Ya" Erdogan, and His Ur-Jew Hatred

Erdogan: Soon to Be Another Unique Moustache Association Member, Donning an "11" Mustache?

Egypt Unique Moustache Assoc: We Respect Moustache of Hitler

Quoth Captain Sayyed Shahada of the Unique Egyptian Moustache Association:

"I respect the mustache of this Hitler, because he humiliated the most despicable sect in the world. He subdued the people who subdued the whole world-him with his "11" mustache.... The generation of this Hitler... When I was little, my father, may he rest in peace, grew that kind of mustache, and so did all his classmates. They all had this "11" mustache. That was in the days of Hitler. That was the fashion back then"

 

Erdogan’s Opposition Whacks the AKP’s Foreign Policy

Worldthreats.com 14 June 2010

A little bit of good news from Turkey after a few weeks of very discouraging developments. Click here for my original NewsRealBlog post about how the main opposition leader is slamming Erdogan for

 

The new Turkish Jihad against Israel and the West

Robin Shepherd Online 14 June 2010
By Robin Shepherd

So, the Muslim country whose rulers perpetrated the first genocide of the 20th century (against the Christian Armenians) is now reverting to old form in its ideological leanings and its hegemonic

 

Turkey: Driver charged with bishop's murder

Ankara - A man has been charged with the murder of an Italian Catholic bishop who was killed in southern Turkey on Thursday. Luigi Padovese, who served in a diocese in the town of

 

Erdogan’s Troubling Friends

FrontPageMagazine 9 June 2010
By Robert Ellis

In 1974, when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was president of the Istanbul youth group of the MSP (the Islamist National Salvation Party), he wrote, directed, and starred in a play called Mas-Kom-Ya, which addressed subversive elements in Turkish society:

masons, communists and yahudi (Jews). This very same performer has managed to convince gullible Western politicians that Turkey is committed to EU membership. Equally convincingly, he has played to the Arab gallery since his AKP (Justice and Development Party) came to power in 2002.

 

Turkey: Jihadi State Rising

FrontPageMagazine 9 June 2010
By Anav Silverman

Scanning news reports this week, I was surprised to learn that according to much of the press, Turkey had been Israel’s "staunchest ally in the Muslim world,” until the Gaza aid flotilla debacle.

 

Vatican says world ignores Christians in Mideast

Las Vegas Sun 9 June 2010

The Vatican said Sunday that the international community is ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and political instability

 
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