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  • 'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

    07/22/2014 4:09:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/22/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV...
  • Erdogan calls Israel more barbaric than Hitler

    07/19/2014 1:19:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Raphael Ahren
    ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month. He has been speaking out strongly against Israel during its offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which has killed more than 300 Palestinians. Hamas has fired some 1,500 rockets at Israel and carried out a series of terrorist infiltrations via tunnels and from the sea in recent days. Erdogan accuses Israel of using...
  • Erdogan says Israel more barbaric than Hitler

    07/19/2014 1:23:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2014 2:45 PM EDT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month. …
  • Turkish PM Erdogan: Israeli policy in Gaza no different than Hitler’s mentality

    07/15/2014 8:43:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 15 2014 | The Right Scoop
    And to think that Erdogan is a much closer ally and friend to Obama that Netanyahu himself. Despicable: YNET – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza when he compared Israel to Adolf Hitler, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported. Erdogan reportedly told members of his party that Israel’s policies regarding the Palestinians were no different to the mentality of the Nazi leader. Referring to a purported remark by a Knesset member that “all Palestinians are our enemies,” Erdogan reportedly said this was no different to the views...
  • Erdogan to Israel: Stop Attacking Gaza or No Normalization

    07/10/2014 9:28:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Thursday that his country’s ties with Israel would not return to normal unless Israel ceases its offensive on Gaza, AFP reports. "You will first stop this oppression. If not, it is not possible to realize normalization between Turkey and Israel," Erdogan said in the central Anatolian city of Yozgat after a dinner breaking the daily Ramadan fast. .....
  • PIPES: Turkey’s support for ISIS Islamist terrorists

    06/26/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    ...Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey’s frontiers. Kurds, academic experts and the Syrian opposition agree that Syrians, Turks (estimated to number 3,000), and foreign fighters (especially Saudis, but also a fair number of Westerners) have crossed the Turkish-Syrian border at will, often to join ISIS. What Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel calls a “two-way...
  • Turkey’s High-Risk Power Play

    06/25/2014 5:34:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. For most Westerners, Turkey is a hard nut to crack. How can you understand a state sponsor of terrorism that is also a member of NATO? How can you explain Turkey’s facilitation of Kurdish independence in Iraq in light of Turkey’s hundred-year opposition to Kurdish independence? What is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan trying to accomplish here? Is he nuts? On the terrorism support front, today Turkey vies with Iran for the title of leading state sponsor of terrorism. First there is Hamas. Last week an Israeli security official told the media that...
  • Turkey at ‘crossroads’ to authoritarian rule, Amnesty says

    06/11/2014 1:13:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/11/2014 @ 09:38 | Andrew Rettman
    British rights group Amnesty International has painted a disturbing picture of EU-aspirant Turkey as a country on the way to authoritarian rule. Its report, published on Tuesday (10 June)—one year after mass protests which broke out in Gezi Park, Istanbul—warns that thousands of people are at risk of prison for exercising their right to freedom of assembly, while police officers are getting away with acts of severe brutality. It says that after 12 years in power the ruling party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “is perhaps at a crossroads”. “It can choose to acknowledge legitimate grievances and reach out...
  • Turkish Prime Minister to Perform Namaz at Hagia Sophia Church

    05/05/2014 7:40:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The current Turkish prime-minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan is considering the possibility of Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul (Constantinople), reports Romphea. Erdogan is planning to participate in a namaz at the historic Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople, reports the Radikal Turkish daily newspaper. The Muslim prayer will probably be performed during the annual celebrations of the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, just before the August elections, when Erdogan wants to retake his office of prime-minister. Realizing that such prayer at Hagia Sophia may provoke active opposition, the Turkish authorities have to make concessions and...
  • Motion to transform Hagia Sophia into a mosque: Conquest of Constantinople a national holiday...

    05/05/2014 3:14:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 5/5/2014 | NaT da Polis
    A little-known independent deputy from the Burdur district, Hami Yildirim, has filed a motion in the Turkish parliament to transform the Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia is known to all as an architectural masterpiece, a symbol of united Christendom, built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. The news was broken by Haber Turk and so far has not been denied. On the contrary, there are other worrying signs: a few days ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his desire to celebrate an Islamic function in Santa Sofia on 29 May, the day that commemorates...
  • Neither Erdogan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

    04/15/2014 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15 2014 | Nervana Mahmoud
    Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, has won in TurkeyÂ’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their followers as their own. The relationship between ErdoÄźan and his Arab Islamists is based on mutual exploitation. ErdoÄźan engineers more domestic popularity for himself by harping on the misfortunes of Islamists. At the same time, Arab Islamists market ErdoÄźanÂ’s success as proof of the soundness of their ideology, and use his success as a tool to counter misgivings among their junior cadres and supporters....
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Syrian Rocket Hits Turkish Mosque

    03/31/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | March 31, 2014
    A rocket hit a mosque near Turkey's border with Syria on March 31, injuring a Syrian woman, Dogan News Agency has reported. The incident took place at around 2 p.m. in the Yayladagi district of Hatay, a Turkish province on the border with Syria, when clashes between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army had intensified.
  • Turkish PM Erdogan tells enemies they will pay price after poll

    03/31/2014 2:38:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. "They will pay for this," he said. Erdogan, fighting the biggest challenge of his 12-year rule, addressed supporters from a balcony at AKP headquarters at the end of a long and bitter election campaign in which he has labeled his opponents "terrorists" and an "alliance of evil". The harsh tone of his balcony address suggested he felt he now had a mandate for...
  • Here Is The YouTube "Start A False Flag War With Syria" Leaked Recording That Erdogan Wanted Banned

    03/27/2014 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/27/14 | tyler durden
    UPDATE: *TURKEY'S DAVUTOGLU SAYS LEAK IS 'DECLARATION OF WAR': TURKIYE As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the 'leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what...
  • Turkey’s New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, “Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.”  Reportedly eighty people were killed. The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...
  • Twitter sues Turkey over service ban

    03/26/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Twitter has filed lawsuits in several Turkish courts to challenge an access ban on its service recently pushed through by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The move comes on the same day an Ankara administrative court moved to suspend the ban. “It’s now been six days since the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter. Throughout this time, we’ve been engaged in a discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns, inform them about how our platform and policies work, and try and bring this situation to a resolution,” Hurriyet Daily cited Twitter’s general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, as saying on the social...
  • Ankara warns Moscow it may close Bosphorus for Russian ships

    03/18/2014 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Bsanna News ^ | 2014-03-18
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow about the possible consequences of the conflict with Ukraine and any harassment of Crimean Tatars in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Turkish media reported. “If self-proclaimed Crimean authorities or so-called self-defense fighters commit violence against Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula, Turkey will be forced to close the Bosphorus for passage of Russian ships,” the prime minister of Turkey said in a television program. …
  • Turkey threatens Russia

    03/18/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 132 replies
    "The threat to close the Bosphorus to Russia comes from a report by Hvylya, citing a Turkish diplomatic source. According to the source, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan yesterday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and warned of the consequences for conflict with Ukraine. The Hvylya source was also reported on by UNIAN."
  • Boy’s death spurs anti-Erdogan feeling in EU parliament

    03/12/2014 12:42:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 12.03.14 @ 09:28 (Mar. 12) | Andrew Rettman
    EU support for going further in Turkey accession talks is ebbing away over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly brutal ways of keeping down dissent. MEPs and EU officials at a debate in Strasbourg on Tuesday (11 March) paid tribute to Berkin Elvan, a teenage boy who died earlier the same day in a hospital in Ankara after 269 days in a coma. His injury was caused by being hit in the head with a tear gas canister when going to buy bread during anti-government protests last summer. But Turkish police on Tuesday fired more tear gas at the 2,000...
  • Turkish PM says tapes of talk with son a fabrication (Turkey the next Ukraine?)

    02/25/2014 10:18:21 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/2014 | Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall
    Turkey's Prime Minister accused political enemies of hacking encrypted state communications to fake a phone conversation suggesting he warned his son to hide large sums of money before police raids in a graft inquiry that reached into government. In a dramatic session of parliament after posting of an 11-minute audio tape on YouTube, Tayyip Erdogan described it as a shameless and treacherous "montage". He did not name those he held responsible but made it clear he was talking of a network run by former ally, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The head of the main parliamentary opposition insisted the conversation was...
  • Middle-earth as the Middle East

    02/15/2014 8:33:35 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 2/14/2014 | Timothy Furnish
    Controversial Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been described as the savior of the Islamic world and as a new Ottoman sultan. But likening him to the wizard Saruman from The Lord of the Rings is novel—as was done earlier this week by a leader in the Turkish opposition party: “[Turkey has become] a country where headlines and program flows can change with one phone call as if it were Middle-Earth in Lord of the Rings. The [person] who does it is like a Saruman the White who has lost all sense of shame,” Republican People’s Party’s [CHP] deputy...
  • Turkish central bank makes massive rate hike to stem lira fall

    01/28/2014 3:00:52 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank hiked all of its main interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as it battles to defend a crumbling lira. The bank raised its overnight lending rate to 12 percent from 7.75 percent, its one-week repo rate to 10 percent from 4.5, and its overnight borrowing rate to 8 percent from 3.5, much sharper moves than economists had forecast. The lira strengthened to 2.18 against the dollar after the decision from 2.25 late on Tuesday, having hit a record low of 2.3900 early on...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Delivers Speech As a Hologram

    01/29/2014 8:18:45 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 10 replies ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Jon-David-Kahn
    On January 26, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan addressed the ruling Justice and Development Party at a meeting in a hologram.
  • PM Erdoğan uses hologram ... for first time in Turkey

    01/28/2014 5:42:22 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 7 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Hurriyet Daily News
    Full title is " PM ErdoÄźan uses hologram to address Ä°zmir party members for first time in Turkey " The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has introduced the latest state-of-the-art innovation to Turkish politics, resorting to a tool usually found only in science-fiction books: The hologram. 3D holographic beams reflected Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźanÂ’s image as he addressed a party meeting in Ä°zmir on Jan. 26.
  • Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt

    01/22/2014 12:15:42 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/2014 | Daren Butler and Nick Tattersall
    Turkey's purge of the judiciary and police has brought a corruption investigation shaking the government to a grinding halt and could undermine confidence in state institutions, senior legal figures and the opposition said on Wednesday. Ninety-six judges and prosecutors were reassigned overnight, the biggest purge of the judiciary since a graft scandal erupted on December 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and three ministers' sons. Erdogan has portrayed the corruption inquiry as an attempted "judicial coup" orchestrated by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose network of sympathizers, known locally as "Cemaat" (religious community), hold considerable...
  • Turkish bizarre: MPs throw tablets, punch colleagues in heated brawl [VIDEO]

    01/12/2014 4:39:03 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1/11/13
    A heated debate in Turkish parliament relating to a massive corruption scandal turned into a full-on melee today with punches, flying kicks, and thrown tablet computers. Turkey has been rocked in recent weeks by allegations of graft that have beleaguered Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party. [Click link for video]
  • The Revenge of Gezi and the End of Erdogan?

    01/05/2014 3:35:31 PM PST · by WilliamofCarmichael · 1 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | January 5, 2014 | Niall Finn
    This summer's protests (centered around Gezi Park but with strong reach across the country) were a reaction to the authoritarian nature of [Erdogan]. In response Erdogan played the cards that had won him previous support. The protests were demonized [and he] called for ordinary people to rise up against these undemocratic forces . . . This shocked the somewhat naive international community and lost him support [in Turkey]. . . it may now [help] cause Erdogan's downfall.
  • Turkey’s Erdogan Tied to Designated Saudi Terrorist

    12/31/2013 7:24:21 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 31 Dec 13 | Unknown
    For the second time in 4 months, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been closely tied to a Saudi national who has been designated by the US Treasury Department as a foreign terrorist. The Saudi terrorist is a man named Yasin al-Qadi.
  • Rubber bullets fly as Turkey faces meltdown

    12/29/2013 1:31:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies ^ | December 29, 2013 | Stuart Winter
    PROTESTERS stormed the streets of Turkey’s biggest cities yesterday as a deepening corruption scandal threatened to bring down the government and sparked fears of a military coup. Riot police fought back with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets in Istanbul’s Taksim Square six months after violent scenes in the city over Turkey’s shift away from its leanings to western democracy. To cries of “catch the thief”, a slur aimed at prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, protesters threw rocks and firecrackers as riot squads attempted to block demonstrators from taking over the square. At least 70 were arrested.
  • Erdogan criticizes, undermines huge corruption investigation

    12/27/2013 6:51:36 PM PST · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 25 Dec 2013 | Unattributed
    One of Turkey’s largest-ever corruption investigations is underway. A public bank CEO, an Iranian businessman and the sons of the freshly resigned interior and economy ministers are among the 24 suspects arrested so far, pending trial. The Iranian businessman allegedly circumvented sanctions against Iran and sent millions of dollars to the country via Halkbank by bribing the CEO as well as the ministers through their sons. /// In a series of daily speeches after the operation began, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the probe and the investigators. He branded the probe a “dirty operation” and the policemen in charge...
  • Turkish economy, interior, environment ministers resign amid graft scandal

    12/25/2013 9:29:10 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar announced their resignations today. The first announcement came hours after Çağlayan returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he accompanied Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “It is clear that the operation that was launched on Dec. 17 is a dirty [game] against our government, our party and our country,” Çağlayan said in a written statement. “I have left my duty as the economy minster to spoil this ugly game in which my son and my close aides were implicated and to allow the facts...
  • Turkey 'has Replaced Iran as Hamas's Sponsor'

    12/22/2013 11:23:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/13
    Israel’s intelligence community has determined that Turkey has replaced Iran as the leading financial backer of Hamas since 2012, reports the World Tribune, citing unspecified “israeli sources.” The sources said the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has overseen the transfer of up to $250 million a year to Hamas, and particularly to its governing apparatus in Gaza. “The money is channeled mostly through private sources, but with full coordination with Erdogan and his aides,” a source said. Turkey has coordinated the cash transfers with Qatar, which has been hosting the Hamas leadership since its expulsion from Syria in...
  • The End of Erdogan? (Turkey)

    12/22/2013 11:34:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2013 | John Hannah
    There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Turkey's Kemalists see secularist legacy under threat

    11/17/2013 6:27:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/17/2013 | Humeyra Pamuk and Gulsen Solaker
    For decades his picture dominated Turkey, piercing blue eyes staring from hoardings, keeping watch over city streets and army barracks. Schoolyards echoed every morning to his oath: "Happy is he who can say 'I am a Turk!'" Now that oath rings out no more and the image of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the secular republic, seems for some to be retreating into the shadows, victim of a new ruling class they suspect of cherishing a new more 'Islamic' Turkey. Turkey's "Kemalists" flinch at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan advising women on the number of children they should have, fostering restrictions...
  • 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 that’s 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 Turkey’s 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...
  • Turkish PM rebukes NATO over China missile deal criticism

    10/23/2013 5:59:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuffed intensified international criticism over Turkey’s choice to agree a missile defense deal with China, a day after NATO declared that it wanted a say in the decision-making process. “Nobody has the right to overshadow our understanding of independence,” Erdoğan said Oct. 22 before departing for Kosovo. Recalling NATO’s discontentment over Turkey’s decision to accept a Chinese bid to build its first long-range anti-missile system, Erdoğan noted that many NATO members have Russian weapons in their inventory. The prime minister’s statement came a day after NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s remarks expressed the hope that...
  • How Turkey shopped Mossad spies to Iran: A story leaked by Washington to caution Netanyahu

    10/20/2013 8:54:06 AM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Debka file ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | Debka
    Early last year, the Erdogan government blew the cover of up to 10 Israel agents in Iran who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers. This story was published in The Washington Post, by David Ignatius, who has excellent connections in the US capital, Thursday, Oct. 17 – the day after a two-day conference in Geneva between six world powers with Iran on its nuclear program. A chorus of Western powers led by the US hailed the event as “substantive” and “forward-looking.” But on the quiet, the WP story was directed against Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu...
  • Obamacare needs support, says Turkish PM Erdoğan

    10/11/2013 11:39:50 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | October/12/2013
    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced support for U.S. President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, known as “Obamacare,” while simultaneously underlining his government has been acting with an understanding based on prioritizing the individual rather than the state. Obama has taken a step to reform the health service sector, but some circles have been standing in his way, said Erdoğan, who at the time described the separation of powers and “bureaucratic oligarchy” as the government’s main obstacle, saying it was preventing them from introducing “further services.” “And here, actually, there is a need to support Mr. Obama, why isn’t this...
  • Turkey: Syria Shot Down Air Force Jet

    06/22/2012 3:53:57 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 6/22/2012
    Turkey says Syrian forces have shot down one of its air force jets. After a two-hour security meeting, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said the warplane that disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea Friday was shot down by Syria. The statement said the two pilots remain missing. The prime minister's office said Turkey will decide on how to respond to the incident but did not elaborate. Turkey has joined nations such as the U.S. in saying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down because of the uprising in his country. Meanwhile, U.N. Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan told reporters...
  • Erdogan: Syrian Strike Should Topple Assad

    08/31/2013 7:32:14 AM PDT · by Lera · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/31/2013 | Elad Benari
    Limited strikes in Syria are not enough, declares Turkey's Prime Minister as the U.S. mulls action in Syria. The goal of any military intervention in Syria should be to topple Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said that the limited strikes which the United States is reportedly planning against Syria would not be enough and pushed for a broader military offensive. "A limited operation cannot be satisfactory for us," he was quoted as saying by the NTV news channel. "An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of...
  • Former military chief gets life sentence in Turkey

    08/05/2013 10:23:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 8-5-2013
    In a landmark trial, scores of people —including Turkey's former military chief, politicians and journalists — were convicted on Monday of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government soon after it came to power in 2002. Retired Gen. Ilker Basbug was the most prominent defendant among some 250 people facing verdicts after a five-year trial that has become a central drama in tensions between the country's secular elite and Erdogan's Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party. The trial has sparked protests, and on Monday police blocked hundreds of demonstrators from reaching the High Criminal Court in Silivri, 40 kilometers...
  • Turkey Ergenekon trial: Ex-army chief Basbug gets life

    08/05/2013 6:13:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | August 5, 2013
    Turkey's former armed forces chief has been jailed for life for plotting to overthrow the government, after five years of trials involving officers, lawyers, writers and journalists. Gen Ilker Basbug was among dozens of people convicted of involvement in the so-called Ergenekon plot. Critics of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have accused him of staging show trials to eliminate his enemies. His supporters say the trials have pushed the military out of politics. Verdicts are being read out one by one at a specially constructed courtroom in Istanbul. Twenty-one people have been acquitted and some 40 convicted so far, including...
  • Protesters expected at Saylorsburg Islamic center (Pennsylvania)

    07/10/2013 9:10:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jenna Ebersole
    Hundreds of people from across North America are expected to flood Saylorsburg on Saturday to protest a controversial Turkish figure, Fethullah GĂĽlen, who has lived in the area for more than a decade. Â… GĂĽlen is a polarizing figure and Turkish cleric whose vision of Islam embraces science, education and interfaith dialogue. Millions support him, but his critics in TurkeyÂ’s secular establishment believe he is a dangerous man with a secret agenda. The protest comes on the heels of weeks of conflict on the streets of several Turkish cities against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, who the couple claims is...
  • Turkish PM Condemns Removal of Morsi

    07/07/2013 10:59:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | July 05, 2013 | Dorian Jones
    ISTANBUL — Unlike its key Arab allies, Turkey has condemned the overthrow of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Analysts warn that the fall of Morsi has dealt a major blow to Turkey's ambition of extending its influence across the Middle East. Turkey's prime minister on Friday condemned the military intervention that toppled Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi as an enemy of democracy, and criticized the West for failing to brand the ouster a coup. Referring to his country's history of coups, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that such military uprisings come at a heavy price. "Coups are evil. Coups target people,...
  • Gulf Arabs greet Egypt's new leader, Turkey slams 'coup'

    07/04/2013 8:34:36 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 4, 2013 | Sami Aboudi
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states welcomed Egypt's interim leader on Thursday, hopeful his appointment would stem the rise of Islamists in the Middle East, but the military overthrow of an elected president drew a guarded response from Iran and condemnation from Turkey. The United States expressed concern at the ouster of Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and called for a swift return to democracy, as did the European Union. But they stopped short of calling it a coup, which might have led to sanctions. The 54-nation African Union was likely to suspend Egypt for allowing "unconstitutional change", a senior AU...
  • Why Are U.S. Moderate Muslims Not Protesting Sharia and Jihad?

    06/16/2013 5:11:29 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 37 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | June 15, 2013 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The Turks are marching, yelling, protesting, throwing bombs, burning cars, and destroying businesses as officials try to restore order. Istanbul’s center is burning. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported that 89 police vehicles, 42 private cars, four buses and 94 businesses had been destroyed by the “vandalism” in two days. Protestors charge that the prime minister is moving the nation toward extreme Islam and many of the people don’t want to go there. The same is happening in America but no one is protesting! Do we want to go there? Erdogan is identified as a Muslim “moderate”; however, his own...
  • Erdogan claims Jewish investors behind protests

    06/14/2013 1:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 06.14.13, 20:41 | Prof. Dror Zeevi
    After two weeks of protests, each side in the Turkish tumult is starting to produce its own narrative, explain the origin of the protest and plan the next step. … (O)ver the last few days and especially since returning from a visit to north Africa, the Turkish PM has constructed his own theory of the ongoing events. At first he comprised a long lists of supposed suspects behind the protests—opposition supporters, hooligans, foreign governments—but recently, the government’s narrative is taking a more stable shape and accusations are mostly directed at businessmen and large-scale investors Erdogan has been terming “the interests...
  • Lawyers rail at police response to Turkey protests ("Lawyers can't be dragged on the ground!")

    06/12/2013 5:35:48 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2013 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their colleagues amid Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in years. The rallies by clapping, chanting jurists added a new twist to the nearly two weeks of protests that started in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other Turkish cities. The protests have shaped up as the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-rooted government. Police and protesters mostly retrenched Wednesday after fierce overnight clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square...