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  • Democracy in Turkey

    07/24/2011 1:39:26 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2011 | Dani Rodrik
    Dani Rodrik has just returned from Turkey, shunned while defending his father-in-law, the main defendant in the military coup plot case. The Harvard professor explains his take. IN DECEMBER I traveled to Turkey with my wife and young son, as we do every year during winter break. This time, though, we had more than visiting family and friends in mind. We were on a mission to demonstrate that what many have called the trial of the century in Turkey is in fact a sham built on fabricated evidence. Nearly two hundred Turkish military officers stand accused of having plotted a...
  • Top officers at Incirlik Air Base arrested in Turkey coup attempt

    07/18/2016 10:16:48 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Jul 17, 2016 | Umar Farooq
    The top military official at Incirlik Air Base has been arrested, along with other officers at the base Though the base reopened for air operations Sunday after a 24-hour closure, official media reported the arrest of the top Turkish military official at Incirlik, Gen. Bekir Ercan Van. Van was among 10 soldiers arrested at the base, In a rally Saturday, Erdogan publicly addressed President Obama, saying Gulen must be turned over to Turkey, and another official, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, said failure to do so was tantamount to an act of war. Labor Minister Suleyman Soylu said he believed Washington...
  • Turkish President Erdogan declares coup attempt over; 754 people arrested

    07/15/2016 9:43:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 130 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2016 | Steve Almasy, CNN
    As dawn broke in Istanbul on Saturday, Turkey's largest city, it was still unclear whether an attempt by the military to wrest control from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been successful. A defiant Erdogan addressed crowds in the city, telling them that the coup had been quashed. "The government is in control," he told supporters.
  • European Cardinal Calls for “Secularizing” Islam

    11/26/2004 7:40:55 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 30 replies · 740+ views
    Islam Online ^ | November 26, 2004 | IslamOnline.net
    CAIRO, November 26 (IslamOnline.net) - A leading European cardinal claimed that Islam could not integrate into Europe unless it makes a clear break between religion and state as Roman Catholicism went through after the French revolution. Belgium's Cardinal Godfried Danneels is one of a few Catholic churchmen tipped as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II. Danneels said in an interview with Reuters that Muslims should be ready to show more flexibility to interpret the Noble Qur’an. "I think, I hope that it is possible to create a European Islam which has gone through its own French Revolution. It...
  • The First Freedom

    10/18/2012 3:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    I am grateful to George Washington University professor of Law, Jonathan Turley, for pointing out that a growing number of world leaders find the First Amendment's right of free speech to be an inconvenience. He cites, for instance, U. N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's warning that "when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected." Turley makes the valuable -- and if you think about it, obvious -- observation that free speech becomes intolerable not when it is used recklessly but when one person or a group...
  • Iran’s president wishes Jews a happy new year, in Hebrew

    09/14/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 13 Sept 2015 | Sara Miller
    Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei may be urging the Jewish state’s extinction and anticipating its demise, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani still took time Sunday to wish the Jewish people a happy new year, just in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. ...
  • Get ready for Erdogan’s caliphate, Turkey’s ruling party official says

    03/20/2015 8:11:16 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 46 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | March/19/2015
    The head of a provincial branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should “get ready for the caliphate” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Fuat Özgür Çalapkulu, the head of the AKP in the eastern province of Siirt, sent the controversial tweet on March 17, hours after Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), said his party “will never let you be president [in a presidential system].” In his tweet, Çalapkulu said Erdoğan’s opponents had in the past claimed that Erdoğan could not even be a village...
  • Update: Pope Francis and One-World Religion [Pope Picked to Lead One-World Church]

    11/20/2014 8:57:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/11/14 | Cornelia R. Ferreira
    Isn’t it extraordinary how something long in existence can be suddenly re-proposed as a brilliant new idea? Politicians and educators, hoping we have memory problems, often do this to fool us into thinking they are working hard to improve a situation. Another audacious example of this strategy was recently provided by the Holy See’s support of a proposal for a “United Religions”. The proposal came from former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres. At a private audience with Pope Francis this September 4th, Peres “proposed the founding of a United Religions organization — modelled after the United Nations...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Has WON–So What Lays Ahead?

    08/11/2014 4:10:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/11/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    As we predicted. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the presidential election with 52 percent of the vote, according to early results. Thus, Erdogan has become the country’s first popularly-elected head of state. He appears triumphant with the crowds of millions carrying fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow flags. (Revelation 19:17)  With 98.75 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan leads with 52 percent, the Hurriyet Daily reports. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has received 38 percent of the votes. Selahattin Demirtas, head of the leftist pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, is in third place with just...
  • (Islamist) Erdogan emerges victorious in Turkish presidential elections amid low turnout

    08/11/2014 2:47:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/10/2014 | Constanze Letsch
    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, and issued a message of unity, saying he would be a president for everyone. “I will not be the president of only those who voted for me, I will be the president of 77 million,” Erdogan said in a victory speech delivered from the balcony of his Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara. “Today the national will won once again, today democracy won once again,” he told thousands of flag-waving, cheering supporters. “Those who didn’t vote for me won as much as those who...
  • Turkey Stakes Claim in America With $100 Million Mega-Mosque

    05/21/2013 8:06:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    clarionproject.org ^ | 5/21/2013 | Ryan Mauro
    The Islamist government of Turkey is building a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Lanham, Maryland. Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site on May 15 in a ceremony that was attended by the leaders of two groups linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Also present was the Maryland Secretary of State, representing Maryland Governor and likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, Martin O’Malley. The mega-mosque is called the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center and, according to the Muslim Link, it “will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere” when it is finished...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Opens for Business (Today!)

    09/21/2011 2:27:19 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 101 replies
    Frontpage.com ^ | 9/21/11 | R Mauro
    September 21 at 6:30 PM, the Ground Zero Mosque will open its doors to show a photo exhibit in its community space. Park51 is hoping to discourage its opponents by declaring an early victory in spite of its recent embarrassments and setbacks. This grand opening does not mean that the fight is over. The project still has a long way to go until completion.
  • Islamic center near ground zero opens its doors

    09/21/2011 10:36:17 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 37 replies
    Associated Press/Tampa Bay Online ^ | 21 Sept 2011 | KAREN ZRAICK and VERENA DOBNIK
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The developer of an Islamic cultural center that opened Wednesday evening near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start. People crowded into the center, where a small orchestra played traditional Middle Eastern instruments and a photo exhibit of New York children of different ethnicities lined the walls. The enthusiasm at the opening belied its troubled beginnings. snip He called opposition to the center - which prompted one of the most virulent national discussions...
  • 'Ground Zero Mosque' Clears Legal Hurdle to Build

    07/18/2011 10:42:59 PM PDT · by NoRedTape · 93 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 18, 2011
    The backers of the controversial “Ground Zero Mosque” have won a court fight clearing the way for them to build the mosque and community center complex two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attack. In a decision on Friday that was made public today, New York State Supreme Justice Paul Feinman dismissed a lawsuit by former firefighter Timothy Brown who argued that New York City was wrong to allow the destruction of a 150-year-old building to make way for the Islamic center. The ex-firefighter who was among those who responded to the terror attack on the World Trade...
  • Imam leaving NY mosque project near September 11 site (Ground Zero Mosque Imam Booted)

    01/14/2011 4:42:03 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/2011 | Basil Katz
    The imam and his wife behind a controversial plan to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque near the site of New York's September 11 attack are stepping down as leaders of the project, the center said on Friday.... "Imam Feisal and Daisy Khan will not be speaking on behalf of Park51, nor will they be raising funds for the project," Park51 said in a statement.
  • New imam named for Ground Zero mosque

    01/14/2011 10:02:19 PM PST · by sinanju · 4 replies
    NyPost ^ | January 14, 2011 | Associated Press
    The organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center said the imam who has been the public face of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, will be playing a reduced role in the facility. The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to help lead religious programing so that Rauf could focus on other initiatives. Rauf announced late this fall that he would be starting a global movement that would fight extremism and promote better relations between people of different faiths and cultures. He is set to start a national...
  • MOSQUERADE: What Is Really Behind the Ground Zero ‘Community Center’?

    09/11/2010 12:39:51 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 9 replies
    WebToday ^ | 9-11-10 | WebToday
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has advertised the controversial Ground Zero mosque as an Islamic outreach to the community, a cultural center open and intended to unify all religions. Today, he still stands by that assertion, even as his proposed mosque continues to exact the opposite effect before it’s even built. Now, harsh critics, such as Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, William Murray, are presented with even more perplexing information in the form of Sharif El-Gamal (pictured), the mysterious developer behind the mosque. Reportedly a waiter by profession who suddenly “came into” the kind of money to spearhead a $100...
  • Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque

    09/12/2010 7:55:04 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 12 replies
    So far, the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has unfolded along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting him as a terrorist sympathizer with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. But meanwhile, links between the group behind the controversial mosque, the CIA and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged.
  • King: Imam behind Ground Zero-area mosque 'blackmailing' U.S. on project

    09/12/2010 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/11/2010 | Bridget Johnson
    The ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee accused the imam behind the mosque project near Ground Zero of arm-twisting and "blackmailing" to push Park51 through. "To me, it's almost as if he's blackmailing and threatening the United States that somehow if the mosque is not approved or people speak out against his mosque, you have to worry about being attacked by Islamic terrorists," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on Fox Business Network on Friday. King said that the Islamic center was being "put their to make a statement, not to build bridges, but...
  • "Healing" Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mega Mosque Latest Outreach: Sues 911 First Responder...

    10/13/2010 4:05:07 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    "Healing" Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mega Mosque Latest Outreach: Sues 911 First Responder Who was Trapped in the "Rubble" For "Bigotry" More of radical Imam Rauf's special brand of "healing and outreach." Vincent Forras spoke at our June 6th Rally against the Ground Zero mega mosque here and here. Forras was one of the first firefighters who answered the call on the day of the bloodiest, most heinous attack ever on American soil by Muslim terrorists. Forras was buried under the rubble for hours. Imam Rauf's book title, remember, was "A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center...
  • 'Ground Zero' imam on Mideast tour to make Islam 'Americanized'

    08/21/2010 11:31:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Post ^ | August 21, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT
    The imam behind the plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero surfaced yesterday far from the controversy -- in Bahrain, where he's on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East to spread good will. Appearing in public for the first time in weeks, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaking at a mosque near Bahrain's capital of Manama, said he wants to "Americanize" Islam -- but dodged questions about the uproar over his planned mosque and community center. This is Rauf's fourth US-sponsored trip to the region
  • IRAN: Will Obama meet Khatami at Turkey confab?

    04/06/2009 8:52:43 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Babylon & Beyond ^ | Apr 5 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
    Iranian and Turkish media are all abuzz about the possibility that President Obama and former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami might meet at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Turkey this week. Hurriyet, the big Turkish daily, is reporting that since both men are expected to attend the Alliance of Civilizations conference in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday, the odds of a chance encounter are high, although noting that "it was not clear as of yesterday if the two would be at the summit at the same time." Iran's conservative Mehr News Agency cited a close aide to Khatami as saying that "most...
  • Openings for US-Iran Deal? (LoL - pathetically naive)

    10/13/2008 6:26:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 483+ views
    yahoo/The Nation ^ | Oct 13, 2008
    Oct 13,2008 The Nation -- The elections in Iran are nearly a year away, but it's encouraging to see the emerging possibility of a new bid for the presidency by former President Mohammad Khatami. Last week, he hinted that he's considering running against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the nutball whose support lies mainly in the paramilitary Basij force and elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Can Khatami ju-jitsu the all-powerful Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and his election-rigging Guardian Council? Can Khatami loom so large that even Khamenei might choose to support him over Ahmadinejad? Might Khamenei decide to back Khatami as...
  • New U.N. Scheme: Alliance of Civilizations (Rosett)

    11/22/2005 8:18:40 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — After the epic disaster of , one might imagine the United Nations would tread carefully before launching any new and controversial efforts. Hardly.Still reeling from scandals on many fronts, the U.N. has launched another questionable initiative, called the , which is due to hold its first meeting this weekend in Spain. The program has been widely touted by U.N. Secretary-General as a bridge across cultural and religious divides, but it involves a daisy-chain of dubious associations that casts serious doubt both on the project itself and on the U.N.’s ability to cut loose from the scandals of the past...
  • Turkey, from Ally to Enemy (educational, eye-opening, must read)

    06/23/2010 5:52:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Traveling abroad on his first trip as president, Barack Obama tacked a visit to Turkey onto the tail end of a trip to Europe. "Some people have asked me if I chose to continue my travels to Ankara and Istanbul to send a message," he told the Turkish Parliament. "My answer is simple: Evet [yes]. Turkey is a critical ally." On the same visit, however, the president showed that he considered Turkey more firmly part of the Islamic world than of Europe. "I want to make sure that we end before the call to prayer, so we have about half...
  • Mysterious Group Buys Building Next to Ground Zero For Mosque

    12/16/2009 11:28:23 AM PST · by Steelfish · 499 replies · 12,815+ views
    Hudson New York Institute via GatewayPundit.FirstThings ^ | December 16, 2009 | by Youssef M. Ibrahim
    Mysterious Group Buys Building Next to Ground Zero For Mosque Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Jim Hoft A mysterous Muslim group with unknown sponsors has purchased a building steps away from Ground Zero. Hudson New York reported: An identified group with unknown sponsors has purchased building steps away from where the WorldTrade Center once stood — to turn it into potentially one of the largest New York City mosques. At the moment the building, the old Burlington Coat Factory, already serves as a mini-mosque: an iron grill lifts every Friday afternoon for a little known Imam leading prayers a few yards...
  • Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam...what's going on with the web site of Cordoba Initiative?

    08/15/2010 11:45:00 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 08/15/10 | Thomas Lifson
    It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State. Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation: ...what's going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia...
  • Ankara Welcomes U.S. Decision to Join AoC [ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS]

    05/20/2010 3:14:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 511+ views
    TODAY'S ZAMAN.com ^ | May 17, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The Obama administration announced last Thursday that it has decided to join the UN Alliance of Civilizations aimed at fostering greater cross-cultural understanding but shunned by the previous Bush administration due to fears it would adopt anti-Israeli and anti-Western stances. The Alliance of Civilizations, a joint Spanish-Turkish initiative under the auspices of the United Nations, was created in 2005. “The Group of Friends brings together those countries and international organizations supportive of the Alliance of Civilizations’ goals and objectives." SNIPPET: "The decision to join grows out of Obama’s desire to broaden US participation in international groups and improve its...
  • US Joins Pro-Muslim 'Alliance of Civilizations'

    05/20/2010 2:41:44 AM PDT · by Tigen · 18 replies · 814+ views
    INN ^ | 05/20/10 | Hana Levi Julian
    The Obama administration has announced the United States will join the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, another openly anti-Israel organization. The group was created in 2006 to find ways to bridge the growing divide between Muslim and Western societies – a goal wholeheartedly embraced by President Barack Obama, who has redirected American foreign policy in pursuit of the same goal. The White House announcement stated that the move is intended to realize Obama's “vision of active U.S. engagement with other nations and international organizations,” a goal sometimes pursued, noted National Review Online columnist Brett D. Schaefer last Thursday, “even when...
  • US Preparing to Join The Alliance Of Civilizations (tied to global Muslim Brotherhood)

    05/15/2010 12:04:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 335+ views
    globalmbreport.org/AP ^ | April 13, 2010
    Associated Press is reporting that the Obama administration is preparing to join the Alliance of Civilizations (AOC), a group which is represented in the US and Europe by individuals sympathetic to the global Muslim Brotherhood. According to the AP report: U.S. officials say the Obama administration is preparing to join an international advisory group that the United States has largely shunned over fears it would adopt anti-Israeli and anti-Western stances. The officials say the administration plans to announce soon it will begin a formal relationship with the Alliance of Civilizations.
  • Obama Expected to Engage in Fence-Mending With Islamic Nations at Meeting in Turkey

    03/27/2009 2:47:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,348+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Friday, March 27, 2009 | By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
    SNIPPET: "For Marwan Al Kabalan, media and international relations lecturer at Damascus University in Syria, Obama’s visit to Turkey is significant because “it is quite unusual that a U.S. president visits the region without stopping in Israel or meeting Israeli officials.” “Instead, Obama made Turkey, a major Muslim country, one of his first foreign destinations,” he said in a column in Dubai’s Gulf News. “One must also remember that Turkey is ruled by an Islamic-oriented government and that it has strong ties with other Islamists in the region, including Hamas and Hezbollah.” Obama has pledged to improve U.S. ties with...
  • State probe details allegations of inappropriate student-coach relations over several years

    05/15/2005 9:12:38 AM PDT · by TejasRose · 8 replies · 1,512+ views
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | May 15, 2005 | Jason Sheehan and Sidney Levesque
    Grand jury to review Merkel abuse charges MERKEL - A state probe of relationships between Merkel students and teachers paints a picture that suggests boundaries between coaches and students vanished years ago. The six-month investigation by the state department of Child Protective Services, which investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect, is believed to be a first for the school district. The Taylor County Sheriff's Office assisted CPS with the investigation, which was prompted by a teacher's complaint in August. No arrests have been made in the investigation, although District Attorney James Eidson is expected to present the findings of...
  • Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Having Sex with Female Student

    05/15/2005 7:59:13 AM PDT · by zaxxon · 85 replies · 2,801+ views
    ABC-7 Los Angeles ^ | 5/15/2005 | CNS
    Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Having Sex with Female Student ANAHEIM (CNS) — A Ball Junior High School teacher was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 14 year-old girl student, it was reported today. Carlos Jose Melendez, 32, was arrested yesterday after the girl's parents called police, Anaheim Sgt. Rick Martinez told the Los Angeles Times. "We immediately launched an investigation which resulted in our asking him to come to the police station today," Martinez told the newspaper yesterday. "We believe that he had inappropriate sexual contact with this minor for a period of time — there was more...