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  • MUSLIM WOMAN tries to set airline seat on fire, threatens to blow up the plane

    12/18/2019 10:08:20 PM PST · by robowombat · 33 replies
    MUSLIM WOMAN tries to set airline seat on fire, threatens to blow up the plane DECEMBER 18, 2019 BY BARENAKEDISLAM The reason? This Turkish Muslim passenger was forced her to extinguish her cigarette. She’s the one in the full-face covering body bag in blue. The SUN A Pegasus Airlines flight from Istanbul to Tymbou, Northern Cyprus airport was canceled after a Muslim woman threatened to blow up the aircraft this morning, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported. According to Hurriyet, the woman argued with other passengers and kept lighting cigarettes in the plane before security forces arrived. She held up a picture...
  • Turkish women rally against rising violence targeting them

    09/28/2019 7:23:07 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | September 28, 2019
    Istanbul (AFP) - Dozens of women protested in Istanbul on Saturday to denounce rising violence against women and the government's failure to stop brutal attacks across the country. They gathered in the Kadikoy neighbourhood on the Asian side of Istanbul, recounting harrowing stories of women recently murdered across the country, including Emine Bulut, whose killing by her ex-husband in August sparked outrage. "Stop the murder of women!", "Stop male violence!" and "Do not watch violence, do something," they shouted.
  • So why did 'Columbus sail the ocean blue' in 1492?

    08/04/2019 8:37:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 100 replies ^ | 8/4/2019 | Bill Federer
    “There are but 155 years left … at which time … the world will come to an end,” wrote Christopher Columbus in his book “Libro de Las Profecias,” composed in 1502 between his third and fourth voyages. Columbus continued: “… The sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end of the world is the preaching of the Gospel recently in so many lands.” Though his predictions were off, Columbus’ writings revealed his motivation for setting sail on his first voyage Aug. 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He sought to find a sea...
  • Congratulations! And Good Luck With Your Win.

    06/25/2019 5:18:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-25-19 | MOTUS
    Oh dear, it looks like a popular candidate – who is a thorn in the side of Turkey’s ruling party – won the mayoral election in Istanbul Sunday…for the second time. Supporters of Republican People's Party candidate for Istanbul mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, celebrate in the city after the elections re-do on Sunday. ISTANBUL—An opposition candidate has won a repeat ballot for Istanbul mayor Sunday, ending President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s quarter-century grip on the megalopolis and exposing troubles at his long-dominant ruling party.Mr. Imamoglu had defeated the AKP candidate in the initial March municipal ballot, but electoral authorities had voided the...
  • Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

    06/23/2019 3:46:26 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 17 replies
    Turkey’s main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul’s re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country’s largest city.
  • Stunning landslide rejection of Erdogan's party as Istanbul elects its new mayor

    06/24/2019 9:29:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/24/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Islamist president of Turkey, attained national office after first serving as mayor of Istanbul, the mega-city that contains roughly 20% of the population of Turkey and which accounts for a third of that nation's GDP.  Now the city that birthed his national career has rejected the his party's candidate for mayor in a stinging rebuke. Bloomberg reports: Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won the redo of the Istanbul mayor's race by a landslide on Sunday, in a stinging indictment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and increasingly autocratic ways. According to state-run Anadolu news agency, Imamoglu...
  • Polls show opposition candidate ahead as Istanbul rerun nears (Turkey election)

    05/29/2019 7:13:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | May 28, 2019 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    ISTANBUL — Opinion polls show opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu pulling ahead of his rival from Turkey's ruling party in his bid to recapture the post of Istanbul mayor. He briefly held the position before electoral officials revoked his mandate and forced a new election next month.Citing technical irregularities earlier this month, the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) canceled the results of Istanbul’s March 31 mayoral election in which Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) squeaked out a victory with a winning margin of just 13,729 votes out of the 8.5 million ballots cast. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has controlled the...
  • Turkey’s president didn’t like an election outcome so he’s “fixing” it.

    05/07/2019 6:38:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot ^ | May 7, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Our “ally” in Turkey continues to blaze a trail toward a future for his country that looks less and less democratic by the day. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s PK party didn’t fare all that well in the country’s recent round of parliamentary elections. They didn’t lose power, but there was definitely a shift in the electorate and opposition parties fared better than in previous years. One place where Erdogan’s candidates did especially poorly was in the major city of Istanbul. Erdogan’s party’s candidate for mayor was defeated there by Ekrem Imamoglu of the CHP party. That apparently didn’t sit well...
  • Erdogan Wants Turkish Elections Annulled Following His Party’s Defeat

    04/10/2019 2:43:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | April 10, 2019, 2:00 PM | Staff
    Turkey has been a mess for years under the increasingly despotic and incompetent leadership of Turkish President Erdogan. The economy has been declining and suffering major problems with inflation and a decline in the value of the local currency, the lira, and Erdogan has launched increasingly vicious crackdowns on the opposition while breaking ties with former allies like the United States. The Turkish people have finally gotten sick of this, and Erdogan’s party suffered a major electoral defeat last week in several major Turkish cities. Erdogan responded to his defeats about as well as you’d expect, and throwing around hysterical...
  • Opposition mayor-elect assaulted by former Turkish ruling party mayor

    04/02/2019 6:39:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    The Turkish Minute ^ | April 1, 2019 | TM
    A day after local elections, a mayor-elect from the opposition Felicity Party (SP) was physically assaulted by the former mayor of Diyarbakır’s Çüngüş district, a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) politician, the T24 news website reported. SP mayor-elect Ali Suat Akmeşe was injured along with another party member and a policeman. They were airlifted to a hospital in Diyarbakır. According to a local SP official, the injured party member is in critical condition. “The AKP chairman [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan], ministers and [AKP ally] Devlet Bahçeli terrorized the society with their political messages and sowed the seeds of anger,” he...
  • Erdogan’s party challenges election results after apparent defeat in Turkey’s cities

    04/02/2019 4:55:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 2, 2019 | Kareem Fahim
    ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party said Tuesday that it had submitted challenges to election results that showed its candidates had been defeated in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey’s largest cities, in local elections two days earlier that dealt a rare setback to Erdogan at the ballot box. The Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has repeatedly prevailed in elections since 2002 and was the leading vote-getter on Sunday. But its losses in major cities — including Istanbul, Turkey’s financial capital — were a significant symbolic defeat for Erdogan and threatened to weaken his powerful party machine, analysts said.
  • Erdogan calls for redo vote in Istanbul election

    05/07/2019 11:57:21 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 7 May 2019 | CBS/AP
    Turkey's top electoral body on Monday annulled the results of the March 31 vote in Istanbul, which opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu narrowly won, and scheduled a re-run for June 23. The loss of Istanbul — and the capital of Ankara — in Turkey's local elections were sharp blows to Erdogan and his conservative, Islamic-based Justice and Development Party, or AKP... The controversial decision has increased concerns over democracy and the rule of law in Turkey
  • Election board rejects AKP bid to annul Istanbul district vote: official (Turkey local elections)

    04/05/2019 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters News ^ | April 5, 2019 / 5:44 AM / Updated 9 hours ago | Ali Kucukgocmen
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Istanbul election board has rejected a bid by Turkey’s ruling AK Party to annul the local election in the city’s Buyukcekmece district, an AKP official told Reuters on Friday, after the opposition narrowly won the vote in the city.
  • Washington Post: How Erdogan will respond to people's rebuke to him?

    04/02/2019 4:43:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | 02 Apr 2019, Tue - 15:14 (2019-04-02T15:14:00) | NEWS DESK
    The editor of the Washington Post said that Erdogan who failed in the local elections has now refused to make concessions on Russian missiles or Syrian Kurds. Trump's administration will have no choice but to treat him as a rival. The editor wonders how Erdogan will react to the people's rebuke to him,The editor of the Washington Post talks about the results of local elections in Turkey, which he sees as a referendum on Erdogan's increasing authoritarian leadership.The editor notes that Erdogan used all his cheap tools that would have led the country to explosion in an attempt to rally...
  • Erdogan Appears to Suffer Major Defeats in Turkey’s Two Biggest Cities

    03/31/2019 6:33:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 31, 2019 | Carlotta Gall
    ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party on Sunday was facing defeat in local elections in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and possibly even Istanbul, its largest city, a result that shook the nation as Mr. Erdogan suffered the first major electoral setback of his decade and a half in power.The municipal balloting around the country came nine months after national elections that extended Mr. Erdogan’s hold on power. It was closely watched as a barometer of his standing with voters after Turkey’s economy fell into recession and he assumed sweeping new executive powers.Mr. Erdogan claimed victory over all in the...
  • Erdogan faces challenge in local elections as Turkey's economy struggles

    03/31/2019 10:35:02 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mar 31, 2019 | Kareem Fahim
    ISTANBUL — Voters headed to the polls across Turkey on Sunday in local elections that are seen as a critical test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s nationwide popularity, especially in large cities, at a moment when Turks are expressing growing anxiety because of an economic downturn. A crackdown on the government’s opponents that intensified after a failed coup in 2016 has added to the domestic unease and has also troubled Turkey’s relationships with western allies, causing sharp fluctuations in the Turkish lira and putting investors on edge. Erdogan’s own position is secure. But the economic crisis and polls that suggest...
  • Hagia Sophia to Be Turned Into Mosque in Response to US Shift on Golan - Erdogan

    03/28/2019 12:54:54 PM PDT · by robowombat · 42 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 18:27 27.03.2019) | Murad Sezer
    Hagia Sophia to Be Turned Into Mosque in Response to US Shift on Golan - Erdogan ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday he planned to turn landmark Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox cathedral in Istanbul, into a mosque after this month’s elections in response to the US policy shift on the Golan Heights. "After municipal elections, it [temple] will be converted back into a mosque from a museum. As US president Trump declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel and the Golan Heights an Israeli territory, Turkey will give an adequate response as the rotating chair...
  • Erdoğan: Agia Sophia Will Never Be a Church as Long as There Is Turkish People

    03/20/2019 6:49:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/18/19
    Agia Sophia, the ancient Christian cathedral in Istanbul, will never become a church again, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said recently in an angry commentary on the deadly New Zealand mosque shootings, reports Romfea. The shooter’s manifesto targets Turks and Erdoğan specifically, reports Egypt Today. “We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city. The Hagia Sophia will be free of minarets and Constantinople will be rightfully christian [sic] owned once more,” the text reads. The Turkish President reacted to this statement, calling the murder a “scumbag, who dared to call the city...
  • Is Erdogan's airport dream turning into nightmare?

    03/07/2019 12:20:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 6, 2019 | Pinar Tremblay
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan enjoys talking about gigantic construction works, aiming to make Western powers and domestic enemies envious. Often referred to as mega infrastructure projects, the third Bosporus Bridge, Istanbul Canal and the third international airport are his signature enterprises. Erdogan inaugurated the new airport at a soft opening Oct. 29, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. Named Istanbul New Airport (ISL), it aims to be the biggest hub in the world once it is fully operational. Yet, when that day might actually come remains a mystery. The opening had been set for December....
  • The Turkey Trap-Erdogan thinks he can blackmail Trump

    05/08/2017 7:19:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 8, 2017 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming to Washington, DC, on May 16 loaded for bear.  He has an ambitious agenda and apparently feels he can achieve it all because he holds “trump” cards against the President of the United States. Erdogan and his proxies have publicly said they want to convince the United States to jettison its budding alliance with the Syrian Democratic Union (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish group that has become the tip of the spear in the fight against ISIS in Syria. On this point, they will encounter resistance...