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  • Maryland Blessed With $100 Million Turkish Mega-Mosque

    05/22/2013 9:17:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | May 22, 2013 | John DeMayo
    On May 15, 2013, the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, an anti-Semite, attended a ceremony a stone’s throw from our nation’s capital celebrating what he claims “will likely become the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the Western Hemisphere.” Next year, when completed, the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center, in Lanham, Maryland “US of A,” a project of the Islamist Turkish government, will be the grandest Islamic site in the Western Hemisphere. Allah Akbar! The 15-acre neo-Ottoman empire inspired complex will have five buildings and a mosque capable of serving over 750 faithful Muslim worshipers. I have...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East

    03/28/2015 9:14:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 03/28/2015 | Humeyra Pamuk
    (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region. "Iran is trying to dominate the region," said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. "Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the...
  • Turkish cxartoonists Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Erdoğan

    03/26/2015 11:05:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan were sued for the Aug. 21, 2014, cover of the magazine, which satirized Erdoğan’s election as Turkey’s president. In the drawing, Erdoğan is seen asking whether officials at the new presidential palace in Ankara have prepared “any journalists to slaughter,” referring to ritual sacrifice in Islam, to mark his inauguration. Soon after the publication, a...
  • Turkey’s Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To “Get Ready For Erdogan’s Caliphate”

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 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...
  • It looks like there's another Democratic presidential candidate

    03/18/2015 7:23:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2015 | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVE via Washington Post
    At a moment when everybody in Washington is talking about e-mails, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (D) wants to talk about Wall Street reform. Indeed, while Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail address at the State Department has created a media frenzy and overshadowed other issues, the past week brought additional news in the Democratic primary: O'Malley is almost certainly running for president. And he's determined to make his voice heard despite some pundits dismissing his ability to mount a "credible" challenge to Clinton for the party's nomination. The swirl of controversy surrounding Clinton has not only called her...
  • Turkey slams Kerry's call for dialogue with Assad

    03/16/2015 5:00:11 AM PDT · by ksm1 · 10 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | March 16 2015
    Turkey has criticised United States Secretary of State John Kerry for suggesting that negotiations would have to be opened with President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict in Syria. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state-run Anatolia news agency on Monday that all Syria's current problems, on the fourth anniversary of the start of the uprising in March 2011, were caused by Assad’s government. "What is there to be negotiated with Assad?" Cavusoglu was quoted as saying at the end of his visit to Cambodia. "You are going to have what [kind of] negotiations with a regime that has killed...
  • Antichrist Turkey More Brazen; Embraces Al-Qaeda Financier...

    04/07/2014 3:38:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 4/6/2014
    Al-Qaeda financier Yasin Kadi has reportedly been making multiple trips to Turkey and meeting with senior government officials there. As Shoebat.com reported in 2012, Kadi is also a founder of Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This is the same institution where Saleha Abedin – the mother of close Hillary Clinton aid Huma Abedin – serves as Vice Dean.Turkey’s support for Islamic terrorism is becoming more obvious as evidenced by the report below. In addition to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s embrace of Hamas leaders, al-Qaeda financier Kadi is apparently in Erdogan’s good graces. One month after the 9/11/01...
  • Former Mossad chief slams Turkey for reportedly burning Israeli spies in Iran

    10/19/2013 8:23:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | October 17, 2013 | By David Barnett
    On Oct. 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's spy agency Milli Istihbarat Teskilati, or MIT, has been the "driving force behind [Turkey's] efforts to supply the rebels and topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad." Consequently, Fidan "has tilted the interests of the longtime U.S. ally in ways sometimes counter to those of the U.S," the report stated. According to the WSJ article, Fidan, who was once lauded by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan as "my secret-keeper," had in 2010 provided Iran with "sensitive intelligence" collected by the US and Israel. "U.S. officials believe...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 7 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • State Dept. warns Israel not to ‘betray’ US (Marie Harf warns Israel not to reveal details of deal)

    03/02/2015 12:42:55 PM PST · by Dave346 · 59 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2015, 10:29 pm
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says leaks on the Iran nuke talks by Israel would “betray” the US’s trust. “We’ve continuously provided detailed classified briefings to Israeli officials to keep them updated and to provide context for how we are approaching getting to a good deal,” she told reporters in Washington. “Any release of any kind of information like that would, of course, betray that trust.”
  • Turkish Border Closed as Christian Hostages in Syria Spike to 250

    02/26/2015 8:16:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/26/15 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey,” Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo oversees the Syrian archdiocese of Hassake, which is located in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria. The region sits between...
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • Walid Shoebat EXPOSES how Obama’s policies are part of MASTER PLAN to revive GRAND CALIPHATE

    02/23/2015 12:12:35 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Years ago, hints on questioning Obama’s loyalty to the U.S. was considered conspiracy theory. Today Americans are becoming increasingly more suspicious struggling to find rhyme or reason for Obama’s latest Middle East policies. Rudy Giuliani seems to attribute Obama’s policies to be influenced through his affiliations with radical socialists like Frank Marshall Davis. But serious questions will prove that Obama’s policies are not different than a Muslim who supports the revival of the Muslim grand caliphate. Can anyone deny that Erdogan and Obama are setting policies in their nations that is preparing all this by [] supporting the Arab Spring...
  • Obama’s Policies Are Part Of A Master Plan To Revive The Grand Muslim Caliphate

    02/21/2015 3:15:01 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 21, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Americans are becoming increasingly more suspicious struggling to find rhyme or reason for Obama’s latest Middle East policies. Rudy Giuliani seems to attribute Obama’s policies to be influenced through his affiliations with radical socialists like Frank Marshall Davis. But serious questions will prove that Obama’s policies are not different than a Muslim who supports the revival of the Muslim grand caliphate. Was Obama influenced only by a Marxist-Leninist agenda or did he also not grow up Muslim, having learned how to recite the Muslim call to prayer in the classical Arabic tongue as he clearly admits? Can anyone even deny...
  • A Revisionist Muslim History of America (Greenfield)

    02/16/2015 8:21:36 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, February 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, February 16, 2015 A Revisionist Muslim History of America Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blogTurkish President Erdogan’s claim that Columbus encountered a mosque in Cuba (the explorer actually saw a rock whose shape he compared to the dome of a mosque) and a Saudi Imam claiming that Columbus had sailed to America to attack Muslims are typical of an emerging genre of Muslim revisionist history that lays claim to America based on an imaginary earlier Muslim presence here. While these examples may be laughable, Muslim historical revisionism has taken root in academia. It can be found...
  • Turkey rolls back secular education for 'pious generation'

    02/14/2015 12:15:17 AM PST · by D_Idaho · 3 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/13/15 | SUZAN FRASER
    Turkey has long enshrined the secular ideals of founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, particularly in an education system that until recently banned Islamic headscarves in schools and made schoolchildren begin the day reciting an oath of allegiance to Ataturk's legacy. Now proponents of Turkey's secular traditions claim President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking a new path, building a more Islam-focused education system to realize his stated goal of raising "pious generations."
  • Why is Erdogan asking Cuba to let him build a mosque in Havana?

    02/12/2015 5:11:55 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/12/2015 | Reuters
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to Cuba the construction of a mosque on the Caribbean island during a visit to Havana, pushing ahead with a plan apparently inspired by his belief that Muslims discovered the Americas. After talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, Erdogan said on Wednesday he had sought approval for Turkey to build the place of worship in Havana that would be based on the model of a mosque in the Ortakoy district on the European shore of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul. Erdogan also told reporters the Cuban government had agreed with Saudi Arabia on a...
  • Norfolk speaker criticizes response to Islamic threats (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2015 2:54:56 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 4, 2015 | Philip Walzer
    NORFOLK Ayaan Hirsi Ali stood before a slide of the caged Jordanian pilot about to be set afire by Islamic State group extremists. That, she said at Chrysler Hall on Tuesday night, will be the norm if they are not defeated. "You are going to see people beheaded, their hands and legs cut off, the mass enslavement of women," warned Hirsi Ali, a sharp critic of Muslim leaders and radicals and an advocate of women's rights. "We have had over a long period of time... even before the Reagan administration, so many warning signs that we have ignored," Hirsi Ali...
  • U.S. NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Providing Safe Harbor to Muslim Leader of Foreign Terrorist Organization

    01/26/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    It’s been formally acknowledged that U.S. NATO ‘ally’ Turkey is providing safe haven to leaders of Hamas, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) so designated by the U.S. State Department. By its very definition, an FTO should be considered declared enemy of the U.S. Despite this, Turkey doesn’t appear to be paying any price. Another player in all this is the small nation of Qatar. It is desperately trying to play both sides of a political fence as leaders of Hamas – to include the terrorist organization’s political leader Khaled Meshaal – has been forcibly relocated to Turkey. The reason these...
  • 'Turkey's president is not acting like the Queen - he is acting like a sultan'

    02/03/2015 7:44:19 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 02 Feb 2015 | Raziye Akkoc
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he isn't a sultan - rather he wishes to be like the Queen in a constitutional monarchy - but his actions suggest otherwise. He lives in the world's biggest residential palace that cost Ł384 million . ... Erdogan's White Palace .. boasts 1,000 rooms and has a total floor area of 3.1 million square feet. This makes it four times the size of Versailles, home of the lavish Louis XIV, the “Sun King” of France. ... the "quixotic architectural style seems to cross the Ottoman and Seljuk traditions with that of a modern Chinese railway station"....
  • Erdogan Launches Sunni Islamist Revival in Turkish Schools

    02/02/2015 5:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 16, 2014 | Alexander Christie-Miller
    When Hasan Erol and other parents learned that their children’s school would be converted to specialise in Islamic education, they hit the streets. Yeşilbahar Middle School is among five in Istanbul’s staunchly secular district of Kadıköy to have been earmarked for conversion into imam-hatips, religious schools in which 20% to one-third of hours are dedicated to Sunni Islamic study. “They want to transform this area into something else,” says Erol, whose 13-year-old son goes to the school. “They want to make it more conservative by bringing imam-hatips here.” Yeşilbahar was spared. Authorities relented in the face of protests and a...
  • Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: I want to be like Queen of UK

    02/01/2015 7:47:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 30, 2015 | Raziye Akkoc
    Despite living in the world's biggest residential palace that cost Ł384 million, Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists he is not seeking to be a sultan, but more like the British Queen. The Turkish president referred to the UK as an example for Turkey to follow as he explained that changes to the role of the president would not alter the Turkish republic's democracy... Mr Erdogan's comments, reported in Hurriyet Daily News, included an attack on those who said Turkey was becoming like a monarchy and that he aspired to be like an Ottoman sultan despite other countries also having presidents... Padishah...
  • Gülenists in Turkey cooperating with Israel’s Mossad, Erdoğan says

    01/31/2015 7:13:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | January/31/2015
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said Jan. 31 that the Gulenists in the country, which he dubs “the parallel structure,” have joined forces with the Israeli intelligence service. “The sincere people backing this parallel structure should see with whom this structure is cooperating with,” Erdogan said, while addressing a meeting of the All Industrialist and Businessmen’s Association (TUMSİAD) in Istanbul. “Shame on them if they still cannot see that this structure is cooperating with the Mossad,” he said. Erdoğan accuses the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen for illegal wiretappings and a “coup attempt,” starting from the revelation...
  • 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, what’s 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,...
  • Archeology: Evidence scant for ancient Muslims in America

    11/08/2014 10:50:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Columbus Post-Dispatch ^ | Saturday November 1, 2014 | Bradley Lepper
    Francaviglia does not dispute that Muslims could have beaten Columbus to the New World. They certainly possessed the technological expertise to have done so; but, so far, there is no reliable evidence that they did. There are, however, very good reasons for thinking that they didn't. Arab maps were the best in the world, but none of the existing early maps demonstrates any knowledge of the Americas. Arabs also were prolific writers. Francaviglia thinks it’s virtually impossible that Arab explorers discovered the Americas and made no mention of the fact. Why then is the supposed pre-Columbian Muslim discovery of America...
  • Erdogan blasts Netanyahu for 'daring' to attend Paris rally

    01/12/2015 4:05:03 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday blasted Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for "daring" to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris, accusing him of leading "state terrorism" against the Palestinians. The comments, at a press conference in Ankara with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, were the latest verbal assault against Netanyahu by Erdogan under whose rule Turkey's relations with Israel have steadily deteriorated. He said he could "hardly understand how he (Netanyahu) dared to go" to Sunday's massive march in the French capital and urged him to "give an account for the children, women you massacred."
  • 7 Ways Turkey was the biggest terrorism hypocrite in Paris

    01/14/2015 2:50:48 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | January 14, 2015 | Michael Rubin
    Qadhafi liked to surround himself with women (whereas Erdogan seems to prefer the opposite, ordering the fairer sex “know their place” and stay at home); and third, Erdogan’s multi-billion dollar embezzlement schemes make the madman of Libya seem, well, a bit modest and unambitious. ... Perhaps no leader was more hypocritical than Erdogan to send a representative, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, to show up in Paris and march in solidarity against the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. Here’s why: 1.No sooner did Davutoglu return home, than Erdogan's Brownshirts raided newspapers planning to reprint the Charlie Hebdo issue and blocked websites...
  • Netanyahu: 'Hypocritical' War on Terror Will Fail

    01/14/2015 10:50:34 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/14/2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday met with leaders of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), and spoke about the renewed global awareness of the need to fight Islamist terrorism following last weeks attacks in Paris. "I think the war against terror will not succeed if it’s founded on hypocrisy, and I’ve yet to hear any world leader condemn the comments by (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, not one," said Netanyahu...
  • Turkish President's Stunning Outburst: The French Are Behind Charlie Hebdo Massacre; Mossad Blamed

    01/13/2015 11:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/13/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It was less than 48 hours ago when TurkeyÂ’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, joined millions marching in Paris to pay tribute to the 17 people killed by ISIS-supporting extremists. Then, almost the moment he got back, things changed, and as the FT politely paraphrases what transpired, the "countryÂ’s president struck a much more confrontational tone." That's one way of putting it. Another is that the former PM and current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of NATO-member Turkey did the unthinkable: accused the west, and French citizens in particular, of staging the Charlie Hebdo murder in order to blame Muslims, even...
  • Turkish PM: There Should Also be a Rally Against 'Islamophobia'

    01/11/2015 10:32:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/15 | Ben Ariel
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday hailed the unprecedented rally against terror in Paris as a strong message to the world, but added he would expect a similar reaction to attacks on Muslims and “Islamophobia”, according to AFP. Davutoglu joined dozens of other world leaders at the march in Paris to mourn the victims of the three days of terror by Islamists that began with the slaughter of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. “It is a message to the whole world that everyone must confront the threat of terror,” Davutoglu was quoted as having...
  • Breaking: Hamas chief, Muslim Brotherhood officials expelled from Qatar

    01/06/2015 7:04:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Looks like the diplomatic efforts of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may have paid off. Khaled Mashaal, who ran the recent Hamas war on Israel from the safety of Doha where he has long kept his organization’s worldwide headquarters, got kicked out of Qatar altogether — along with the Muslim Brotherhood. CNN reports that the expelled officials will likely end up in Turkey: Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been expelled from Qatar, a Hamas-run news agency reported Tuesday. The officials are most likely headed to Turkey, the report said.The move comes after...
  • Turkey sacks judges who oversaw Erdogan corruption probe

    12/30/2014 1:00:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12/30/2014 | [jr/sb (Reuters, AFP)]
    Turkey’s top judicial body has dismissed four judges who investigated corruption allegations against the inner circle of President Erdogan. The scandal dragged down four government ministers. The four prosecutors are accused of abusing their authority by leading the December 2013 corruption investigation that shook the government of then-Prime Minister Erdogan, and touched his inner circle. They were suspended on Tuesday by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). An investigation will determine whether they can continue in the profession. …
  • Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

    12/14/2014 3:18:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | Dilay Gundogan
    Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Erdogan: Of course women aren’t equal to men ( Moslem Turkey )

    11/25/2014 11:13:41 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 25, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you were looking for an actual “war on women” as opposed to some fictional hysteria constructed for the entertainment of daytime cable news soap operas, you might want to take a look at Turkey. The new president of our “ally” in the region near Syria, Tayyip Erdogan, decided to opine on the subject of gender relations this week and he really wasn’t worried about mincing words. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said women cannot be treated as equal to men, and has accused feminists of rejecting motherhood. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,”...
  • Turkey to Teach Muslim Discovery of America in Schools

    11/21/2014 8:56:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The USSR claimed to have invented absolutely everything. Soviet children were taught that everything from the locomotive to the airplane had been invented in Russia. Muslims can’t seem to stop jumping headlong into the same xenophobic delusional propaganda. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking “self-confidence”.In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, Erdogan also suggested that the purported “discovery” of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools.“A big...
  • Erdogan to Visit Equatorial Guinea out of 'Solidarity' over Ebola

    11/20/2014 7:43:21 AM PST · by piasa · 4 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | 19 November 2014 | Sevil Erkus
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected advice to cancel the second Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. Erdoğan has insisted on going ahead with the scheduled summit in order to display solidarity with the host country, Foreign Ministry officials told the Hürriyet Daily News. The Turkish president will attend the summit in Malabo on Nov. 20-21. Following the launch of Turkey’s “opening up to Africa" strategy, the country has transited to the phase of “partnership with Africa” since 2013, according to officials. Around 200 business leaders and...
  • NATO ally's president: Muslims discovered America

    Some historians and political observers were surprised over the weekend when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chief of America’s NATO ally, said Muslims discovered the Americas more than 300 years before Christopher Columbus. But the Islamic leader was doing nothing more than stating publicly what Islamic historians have said, including some who believe Native Americans who spoke Arabic greeted Muslim adventurers hundreds of years before the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria sailed. Among those reporting Erdogan’s statement was the BBC, which noted his AK Party “is rooted in political Islam.” Erdogan said, “Muslim sailors arrived in America in 1178,” but...
  • Turkey's Erdogan: Muslims discovered Americas

    11/17/2014 12:41:00 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus. Speaking Saturday at a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America, Erdogan said that contact between Islam and Latin America dates to the 12th century. "It is alleged that the American continent was discovered by Columbus in 1492," Erdogan said. "In fact, Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178."
  • Erdogan: Muslims Discovered America

    11/15/2014 2:30:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 108 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/11/14 | Gil Ronen
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus claimed the discovery in the name of Spain. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast," Erdogan said. Erdogan said that Ankara was even...
  • Turkey could scrap controversial Chinese missile purchase

    11/12/2014 5:52:36 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | November/12/2014
    Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China that alarmed the United States and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said on Nov. 12. Key NATO member Turkey said in September last year that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems. However, the plan has deeply concerned the United States, which has already imposed sanctions on the Chinese company for supplying arms to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo. "Several options are on the table, including a cancellation of the...
  • Turkey declares protecting al-Aqsa its mission

    11/07/2014 10:14:32 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | November/07/2014
    Turkish leaders have said protecting Islamic sites in the Holy Land is a sacred mission for them, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bluntly warning any attack against the 8th-century al-Aqsa Mosque is no different than an attack on the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca. “The Israeli administration has to stop this despicableness, this barbarity; what would it say if this kind of attack had been launched against synagogues? The Masjid al-Aqsa is not only a shrine for Palestinians, but is the shrine of all Muslims,” Erdogan was quoted as saying on Nov. 7 during an official visit to...
  • ‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally': Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation

    11/07/2014 8:42:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/7/2014 | Barney Guiton
    A former member of ISIS has revealed the extent to which the cooperation of the Turkish military and border forces allows the terrorist group, who now control large parts of Iraq and Syria, to travel through Turkish territory to reinforce fighters battling Kurdish forces. A reluctant former communications technician working for Islamic State, going by the pseudonym ‘Sherko Omer’, who managed to escape the group, told Newsweek that he travelled in a convoy of trucks as part of an ISIS unit from their stronghold in Raqqa, across Turkish border, through Turkey and then back across the border to attack Syrian...
  • Biden: I never apologized to Turkey

    11/03/2014 5:05:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2014 6:40 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    Vice President Joe Biden says he never apologized to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for claiming Turkey's mistakes helped foreign fighters enter Syria. In a speech last month, Biden said Erdogan had conceded to him that Turkey mistakenly assisted foreign fighters, including Islamic State extremists, seeking to depose the Syrian regime. …
  • Israel Most Hated Country in Turkey

    11/02/2014 1:41:06 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    ynet News ^ | 11/02/2014 | Israel News
    Israel is the country most hated by Turkish citizens, a Pew Research Center poll released last week found. Responders were asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of a selection of states (US, China, Brazil, Russia, Iran, Israel) and entities (such as the European Union and Nation). Israel was found the most disliked country of the offered options, with 86 percent of responders saying they have an unfavorable opinion of Israel and only 2 percent seeing Israel in a positive light...
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    10/30/2014 11:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Liz Sly
    he increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkey’s refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the vast gulf that...
  • Saudi embassy in Turkey became a safe haven for ISIL terrorists

    10/27/2014 12:15:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    awd news ^ | 10/27/14 | staff
    Recently, the Saudi ambassador in Turkey acknowledged that before the Unite States launched its airstrikes against the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Saudi embassy in Ankara provided the Saudi nationals who previously joined ISIL ranks and later defected and wished to return to home with passports and identification documents. The Saudi embassy also admitted that it housed many repentant former jihadists inside the Saudi compound in Istanbul or rented safe houses for them in downtown Istanbul. As a matter of fact, it seems not so much surprising to hear that a country provides consular services...
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • No, Turkey has not given us permission to use their air bases to attack ISIS

    10/13/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Yesterday, unnamed administration officials leaked the good news that Turkey would allow us to use their air bases to attack IS forces in Syria and Iraq: Also Sunday, officials confirmed that Turkey agreed to let U.S. and coalition fighter aircraft launch operations against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria from Turkish bases, including Incirlik Air Base in the south. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has been traveling in South America, has said the U.S. wanted access to the Turkish bases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private talks between the Americans...
  • Turkey In Turmoil After Tanks Roll Out To Stop Deadly Protests; Stocks Tumble

    10/08/2014 7:54:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/08/14 | Tyler Durden
    The reason for the anger: Syrian Kurdish fighters are battling to prevent Islamic State militants from overrunning Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in north Syria a couple of miles south of the Turkish border. Kurds have blamed the Turkish government for not doing enough to help the Kurds of Kobani.