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  • Turkey Heads Toward Radical Islamic Dictatorship

    08/14/2016 10:40:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/10/16 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Post-coup actions turn precarious for Christians, and potentially fatal for a vision of a civil Islam. In Turkey, a failed military coup against President Recep Erdoğan on July 15, squelched in about six hours, has triggered a fierce government response: mass civilian arrests, declaration of a state of emergency giving Erdoğan authoritarian power for at least three months and a hateful atmosphere of accusation that puts Christians at risk. As a longtime American ally, a member of NATO since 1952 and a country where important American military assets are located, Turkey’s stability has special significance for the U.S....
  • 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.
  • First [Muslim] Call to Prayer Inside Istanbuls Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

    07/06/2016 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A muezzins call to prayer reverberated inside the sixth-century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1. The building in the citys historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1s Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal Atatrk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Although the...
  • Istanbul airport attacks: 28 killed, 60 wounded in suicide attacks at Ataturk airport in Turkey

    06/28/2016 2:19:42 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 45 replies ^ | 28 JUNE 2016 | David Lawler
    Istanbul governor: 28 killed and 60 wounded We have just received an update on the casualties from the attack from Istanbul's governor. At least 28 people have died, with approximately 60 more wounded.
  • 28 Dead As Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport

    06/28/2016 2:15:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 137 replies
    Sky News ^ | 06-28-2016 | Staff
    Two suicide bombers open fire before detonating their explosives at Turkey's biggest airport. At least 28 people have been killed and 60 wounded in twin explosions at the main airport in Istanbul, the city's govenor has said. Two attackers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to Istanbul Ataturk Airport's international terminal, an official said, citing information from the interior ministry. Police fired shots to try to stop the attackers but they detonated their explosives, the official said. A witness told NBC News that he saw a police officer diving to tackle one of the attackers - who...
  • Istanbul airport: 2 explosions, gunfire,Turkish interior ministry says

    06/28/2016 12:45:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mohammed Tawfeeq
    Two explosions and gunfire took place at the Istanbul Ataturk airport Tuesday, the Turkish interior ministry said. The ministry reported multiple injuries, but the exact number was not immediately clear.
  • Blast and gunfire 'at Istanbul airport'

    06/28/2016 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 69 replies
    Explosion and gunfire heard at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Turkish media report
  • Turkeys Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To Get Ready For Erdogans Caliphate

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies ^ | March 19, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These guys are not kidding. And the media is also going ballistics (see Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Turkish Today’s Zaman, also here). The media explosion started when 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. A caliph is a spiritual leader of Islam who claims succession from Prophet Muhammad. The word, stemming from the Arabic khalifa meaning “successor,” has been the focus of much debate since being claimed by the Islamic State...
  • The Many Reasons Why Erdogan Is Reviving The Ottoman Empire And The Coming Caliphate

    01/21/2015 8:35:21 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | January 20, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    After ISIS, whats next and who will finally contain it? Will the U.S. succeed in crushing ISIS or will it simply be encompassed by a much bigger dog? And where will this Caliphate story end, or better yet, mushroom into an uncontrollable phenomenon. We have maintained, that ISIS will never produce the ultimate Caliphate. Two decades ago we trumpeted that the Islamists of Turkey will revive the Ottoman Empire and today we remind, that you have seen this happening right before your very eyes and the evidence is mounting by the day. And we warn that the next 4 years,...
  • The Destruction of the Middle East ( Moslems on Jihad )

    12/28/2014 6:25:09 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 27, 2014 | Denis MacEoin
    The heritage of centuries has been wiped out in little more than a year. Eventually the need to wipe out all traces of unbelief becomes obsessive. At one time, for instance, Egyptian law demanded that any house found to contain a copy of The Apology of al-Kindi (a book containing a polemical dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian) would be demolished along with 40 houses around it. Ethics were defined by what Allah said was good or evil in Sharia law. The Islamic State's behaviour is solidly rooted in Islamic ideology, law and practice. It is only when this...
  • Turkey allows girls as young as 10 to cover hair at schools

    09/23/2014 4:31:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/2014
    Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith. The government, whose roots are in political Islam, has already lifted a ban on religious garb for university students and female civil servants, scrapping curbs stemming from the founding of Turkey's secular republic in 1923 on the ashes of Islamic Ottoman Empire. "Our female students have yearned" for the end of the ban, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said late on Monday after a...
  • Turkey Under Erdogan: Lurching Toward Sharia & A New Ottoman Empire

    11/03/2013 8:29:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 11-2-13 | Audrey Russo
    These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and thats it. ~ Erdogan, PM of Turkey Turkey took another step backwards this week lurching toward Sharia when 4 female MPs marked the end of a ban enforced since the early days of the Turkish Republic. The female MPs were wearing headscarves, as they walked into Turkeys parliament in Ankara on Oct. 31st, designating the end of a prohibition vigorously imposed since the dawn of a secular Turkey. On its face, this step...
  • Police Attack Protesters In Istanbuls Taksim Square

    05/31/2013 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31,2013 | Tim Arango,Ceylan Yeginsu
    ISTANBUL Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators on Friday in Istanbuls Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Angry clashes throughout Turkey (1:06) [Reuters vid]

    06/01/2011 3:55:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Deborah Gembara
    Video: Video Gallery -- May 31 -- Police fired into the air and used tear gas and water cannons on crowds responsible for hurling rocks at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's convoy. Deborah Gembara reports.

    04/06/2010 7:39:11 PM PDT · by SPC CHEESE · 20 replies · 968+ views
    thelastcrusade ^ | April 6, 2010 | Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS ISLAMIST ALIVE, WELL, AND LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA FEDS TURN BLIND EYE TO MOUNTING HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT by Paul L. Williams, Ph.D. The most dangerous Islamist in the world is neither Afghani nor Arab. He comes from neither Sudan nor Somalia. And he resides in neither the mountains of Pakistan nor the deserts of the Palestinian territories. This individual has toppled the secular government of Turkey and established madrassahs throughout the world. His schools indoctrinate children in the tenets of radical Islam and prepare adolescents for the Islamization of the world. More than 90 of these madrassahs have...
  • Islam Besieges Turkey's Secular Governement As Nation Knocks At Door Of European Union

    02/28/2010 6:42:11 AM PST · by JLWORK · 10 replies · 486+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | February 28, 2010 | John L. Work
    A Muslim siege is re-born in Turkey. Since the founding of modern Turkey in 1923 by secular military officer Kemal Ataturk, there has been an ongoing battle between the military services and the forces of political Islam over how the nation shall be governed by Sharia (Muslim law) or by secular democratic methods. The recent arrests of fifty senior Turkish military officers, charging twenty of them with a 2003 plot to overthrow the government, demonstrate that Islam and Sharia are alive and well in that nation. The implications for the freedom of Europe and The West are significant, as...
  • Google's Gatekeepers

    11/29/2008 4:13:22 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 912+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2008 | Jeffrey Rosen
    In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site. If your whole game is to increase market share, says Lawrence Lessig, speaking of Google, its hard to . . . gather data in ways that dont raise privacy concerns or in ways that might help repressive governments to block controversial content. In March of last year, Nicole Wong, the deputy general counsel of Google, was notified that there had been a precipitous drop in activity...
  • Paradise Lost Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islams City of Tolerance by Giles Milton

    06/15/2008 2:37:54 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 21 replies · 507+ views ^ | June 15, 2008 | William Dalrymple
    For centuries, the great city of Smyrna was a European foothold on the Anatolian coast. The British Levantine Company had had a factory there since 1667, trading in raisins and carpets, and even then the place was renowned for its lively social life. Francesco Lupazzoli, the priapic Venetian consul, lived on a diet of fruit, bread and water and a few slices of unseasoned meat, yet survived until the age of 114, and fathered 126 children on his five wives and innumerable Smyrniot mistresses. By the end of the 19th century, Smyrna had grown into one of the largest, richest...
  • Queen's tribute to Turkey founder

    05/13/2008 2:14:00 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 94+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 May 2008 | Staff
    The Queen has called the founder of modern-day Turkey "one of the greatest figures of modern history" during a visit to his mausoleum in Ankara. She laid a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as she and Prince Philip began a four-day state visit to the secular Muslim country. In a visitor's book she wrote it was an "honour" to pay her respects to "a much valued friend of the United Kingdom". It is the royal couple's first visit to Turkey since 1971. Religious symbols They are also due to attend a state banquet hosted by President Abdullah...
  • A democratic Islam?

    04/17/2008 2:08:14 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 13 replies · 120+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/08 | DANIEL PIPES
    There's an impression that Muslims suffer disproportionately from the rule of dictators, tyrants, unelected presidents, kings, emirs, and various other strongmen - and it's accurate. A careful analysis by Frederic L. Pryor of Swarthmore College in the Middle East Quarterly ("Are Muslim Countries Less Democratic?") concludes that "In all but the poorest countries, Islam is associated with fewer political rights." The fact that majority-Muslim countries are less democratic makes it tempting to conclude that the religion of Islam, their common factor, is itself incompatible with democracy. I disagree with that conclusion. Today's Muslim predicament, rather, reflects historical circumstances more than...
  • Turkish Elections Show Shift Towards Islamism, Nationalism

    07/31/2007 4:11:21 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Last weeks elections in Turkey prompted New York Sun contributing editor Hillel Halkin to recall an article he wrote for the Forward a dozen years ago about evidence he uncovered that Kemal Atatrk, the founder of modern Turkey, was half Jewish (his father being Doenmeh): Who but a member of a religious minority would want so badly to eliminate religion from the identity of a Muslim majority that, after the genocide of Turkey's Christian Armenians in World War I and the expulsion of nearly all of its Christian Greeks in the early 1920s, was 99% of Turkey's population? Halkin...
  • Turkish Dilemma - A delicate balance

    07/26/2007 7:03:55 AM PDT · by gpapa · 1 replies · 196+ views
    National Review ^ | July 26, 2007 | Max Singer
    Eighty years ago Ataturk transformed Turkey into a secular state ending the centuries-old caliphate, and requiring Turks to change the hats on their heads and the script with which they wrote. Last week the AK party won a great victory in Turkish elections with 45 percent of the vote, which amounted to an endorsement or at least acceptance of its gradual movement of Turkey away from the rigid secularism installed by Ataturk. Before the election millions of Turks had come out to the streets to rally against a perceived threat to the secular regime from the ruling AKP. Clearly...
  • 1.5 million Turks rally against pro-Islamic ruling party, pressuring government ahead of vote

    05/13/2007 3:08:14 PM PDT · by Valin · 33 replies · 2,278+ views
    AP ^ | 5/13/07 | Suzan Fraser
    IZMIR, Turkey Choking the highways and crammed onto ferries, hundreds of thousands of Turks streamed into this port city on Sunday in an enormous show of opposition to the pro-Islamic ruling party, increasing pressure on the government ahead of early elections. Some 1.5 million protesters carried anti-government banners, red-and-white Turkish flags and pictures of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the secular republic in 1923. Turkish flags hung from balconies and windows, as well as buses and fishing boats and yachts bobbing in Izmir's bay. I am here to defend my country, said Yuksel Uysal, a teacher. I am here...
  • TURKEY: Mass rally against religious killing

    05/18/2006 11:31:22 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 18 replies · 578+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | May 19, 2006 | HIDIR GOKTAS
    MORE than 25,000 people marched in defence of secularism in Turkey yesterday, shocked at the killing of a leading judge by an Islamic extremist gunman. Angry crowds outside the Ankara mosque, where the funeral of the murdered judge Mustafa Ozbilgin was being held, pushed government ministers, who some see as being too religiously minded, on their way inside. And outside the country's top administrative court, protesters booed Abdullah Gul, the foreign minister, and called for the government's resignation. Four more people were detained yesterday in connection with the Wednesday killing, when a suspected Islamic lawyer stormed into a chamber of...
  • Stop Erecting of Statue of Genocide Leader Ataturk in Rome!

    12/11/2005 7:33:28 PM PST · by eleni121 · 112 replies · 1,929+ views
    Action Commitees of Armenia and Greece ^ | December 11, 2005 | International Armenian Network
    Please click the following link and send an email to the Mayor of Rome protesting the erection of a mass murderer Mustafa kemal Ataturk.
  • 'Cologne Caliph' jailed for life

    06/21/2005 2:01:17 AM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies · 563+ views
    BBC online ^ | 20 june 2005 | BBC
    'Cologne Caliph' jailed for life Kaplan was found guilty of plotting to overthrow Turkey's secular state A Turkish court has sentenced a Muslim radical to life in prison for plotting to overthrow Turkey's secular system.Metin Kaplan was convicted of a plot to crash an aircraft into the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk. The court also convicted Kaplan, who has been dubbed the Caliph of Cologne and leads a group that wants to create an Islamic state in Turkey, of treason. He was extradited from Germany in 2004 after Turkey banned the death penalty. He had been in...
  • Amir Taheri: Strongman For Democracy (Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharra)

    12/30/2004 6:17:51 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 375+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 30, 2004 | AMIR TAHERI
    Just a year ago, Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, promised to shed his uniform and give up his position as head of the armed forces by the end of 2004. It seems unlikely he'll will meet that pledge. Musharraf made the promise as part of a deal under which opposition parties validated his presidency and accepted constitutional amendments that added to the president's powers. The opposition (and U.S. commentators) started beating the drums about Musharraf's "broken promise" weeks ago. The main Islamist party, the United Action Assembly (MMA), has staged a number of demonstrations.... Musharraf has also come under pressure...
  • Ataturk: Turkish Nationalist Hero

    10/29/2004 7:41:07 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 24 replies · 550+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 10/29/04 | Persian Journal
    29th October marked the 81st anniversary of the Turkish Republic. A secular country that has succeeded to survive, progress and to remain loyal to the principles introduced by its founder Mustafa Kemal Pasha, otherwise known as Ataturk - the Father of Turks. A framework in which under no domestic or international pressure the Turkish authorities have compromised on. The Turks today are celebrating and deserve to be congratulated for their untiring efforts and their love for their country. At the same time my ancient land has sunken in the darkest period of its history since the Arab invasion of Iran...
  • Ataturk

    10/29/2004 1:00:33 PM PDT · by Ardavan Bahrami · 2 replies · 550+ views
    29th October 2004 | Ardavan Bahrami
    29th October marked the 81st anniversary of the Turkish Republic. A secular country that has succeeded to survive, progress and to remain loyal to the principles introduced by its founder Mustafa Kemal Pasha, otherwise known as Atatrk the Father of Turks. A framework in which under no domestic or international pressure the Turkish authorities have compromised on. The Turks today are celebrating and deserve to be congratulated for their untiring efforts and their love for their country. At the same time my ancient land has sunken in the darkest period of its history since the Arab invasion of Iran...
  • Turkish President: Democracy In Mideast Is Inevitable

    06/14/2004 7:29:38 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 14 replies · 188+ views
    rferl ^ | 6/14/04 | rferl
    14 June 2004 -- Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer told Muslim countries that democracy is inevitable in the Middle East and that each nation must determine the pace of its own democratic reforms. Sezer's remarks were addressed to the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting today in Istanbul. He said the group's members need to consider the future of the Islamic world. "We have observed that recently the attention of the international community has been directed towards the Islamic world. Discussions that have intensified over the question 'What went wrong?' should not only be limited to scholars. We...
  • Nation stops to remember Atatrk (65th anniversary of his death)

    11/10/2003 11:56:08 AM PST · by a_Turk · 218 replies · 1,315+ views
    NTV ^ | 11/10/2003 | N/A
    November 10 - The Turkish nation paused on Monday to mark the anniversary of the death of its founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatrk. Atatrk passed away at 9:05 am on November 10, 1938. At that moment, 65 years later, All of Turkey stopped to mark a minutes silence, with traffic halted in the street and Turkish citizens standing to attention. In his message to commemorate the passing of Atatrk, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that the principles that the nations founding father had laid down would continue to guide the country in the future. Atatrk was the symbol of national...
  • The Secret of Turkish Democracy

    02/24/2003 10:34:56 AM PST · by a_Turk · 38 replies · 290+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/4/2002 | Barbara Lerner
    hy is Turkey the only Muslim democracy in the Mideast? In a region where "democracy" means one-man-one-vote-one-time, how has Turkey's republic managed to survive for 79 years? That's not just a record for the Mideast. It's longer than any comparably democratic regime in France, Belgium or Germany, three countries currently beset by doubt about whether Turkey is a fit candidate for the European Union able to meet their own allegedly high moral and political standards. That will be decided in Copenhagen in December, but European pretensions aside, it is remarkable that the republican form of government Kemal Attaturk imposed...
  • Why Turkey Matters ('coz it's lo-fat?)

    07/11/2002 10:38:29 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 21 replies · 363+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | 7/11/2002 | N/A
    To usher in the 21st century, Time Magazine asked its readers to vote their choice for "the most influential people of the 20th century." The contest quickly became a two-man race, with the top contenders each gaining about a third of the vote (and the other 98 nominees sharing the other third). The winner, with 33.8%, was Winston Churchill. The runner-up, with 33.2%, was Mustafa Kemal Ataturk -- a result that prompted most of the Western world to emit a collective "Mustafa who?" Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is certainly less well known than Franklin Roosevelt (12%), Fidel Castro (11%), Lenin (3%),...