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  • 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 ErdoÄŸan, 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 ErdoÄŸan and his Arab Islamists is based on mutual exploitation. ErdoÄŸan engineers more domestic popularity for himself by harping on the misfortunes of Islamists. At the same time, Arab Islamists market ErdoÄŸanÂ’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....
  • Clashes, chaos erupt at protester's funeral in Ankara

    06/16/2013 1:05:51 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 4 replies
    Ankara, Turkey (CNN) -- A funeral procession for a slain protester turned into chaos Sunday in Ankara as Turkish riot police used water cannons and tear gas to try to disperse rock-throwing demonstrators. In Istanbul, the sound of residents banging pots and pans together echoed down the streets as another face-off between police and anti-government protesters played out. The sound came from the buildings around Taksim Square and the adjacent Gezi Park, which authorities had cleared by force on Saturday. Thousands of demonstrators calling for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's resignation attempted to return to the square and park Sunday,...
  • Turkey's PM, President Maneuver for Power

    11/25/2012 6:35:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 23, 2012 | Dorian Jones
    Although both are founding members of Turkey's ruling party, increasingly the two men appear to be at odds with one another on a variety of political issues. The rivalry could have far-reaching consequences for the country. The Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, has in the past few months been challenging what is perceived as the increasingly tough positions of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whether on the treatment of the country’s Kurdish minority, imprisoned journalists or advocating membership in the European Union. Last month Erdogan voiced his frustration. He said Turkey is not ruled by double-headed governance and he said...
  • There’s More Missing from the Democratic Platform Than God and Jerusalem

    09/06/2012 12:06:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Seprember 6, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Do you see the words “Hamas” and “Hezbollah” in here?(Platform) Me neither. Of course, there’s a difference. The omission of God and Jerusalem from the Democratic party’s 2012 platform was quite intentionally meant as a demotion, very much in keeping with Obama administration policy. The jihadists, by contrast, are moving up in the world. As for God, there’s not room in this universe for two The Ones. In cases of conflict, the president has made it abundantly clear that his pieties control, and the pious better get with the program: Domestically, abortion-on-demand and wealth-redistribution to assure free contraceptives for thirty-something...
  • Talking Turkey

    11/13/2011 5:10:22 PM PST · by varialectio · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/11 | Jeff Lipkes
    There is an illegal occupation that has gone on for decades in the Middle East and it's not being enforced by the IDF. In August 1974, Turkey seized nearly 37% of the then-independent Cyprus. The pretext for the invasion was the protection of Turkish Cypriots, who made up about 18% of the island's population. On July 15, EOKA B, a Cypriot paramilitary organization supporting union with Greece, backed by the junta in Athens, overthrew the government of Archbishop Makarios. But the coup failed. Makarios survived and his thuggish replacement was ousted after eight days in office, when the regime of...
  • Obama Gives {Islamist} Erdogan the 'Hug Treatment'

    11/03/2011 1:03:35 PM PDT · by drpix · 27 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 11/3/11 | staff-blog
    An interesting bit from White House reporter Tangi Quéméner's latest pool report from the G-20 in Cannes, France: [President Obama] entered the room at 1:15 and took to his left, heading to Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. They chatted for a few seconds before British Prime minister David Cameron joined them. Hard to understand what they were saying amid the cameras noise. POTUS then took a stroll to Australian Premier Julia Gillard who got a hug as European president Herman van Rompuy, European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan were watching. Eventually the Europeans got a...
  • Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam...what's going on with the web site of Cordoba Initiative?

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

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • Turkey, Lebanon lash out at Israel

    01/12/2010 12:30:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/11/2010 | Space War
    The prime ministers of Turkey and Lebanon on Monday lashed out at Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace and air strikes in Gaza, warning they were undermining prospects for peace in the region. "Attacks on Lebanon is terrorism itself... We have to stand shoulder by shoulder against the enemy's plans... We have to stop Israel," visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told a press conference. Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli warplanes which were violating its airspace at low altitude on Monday, the military said. Israel argues that the overflights are necessary to monitor what it says is massive...
  • Turkey's prime minister resigns to open way for party leader to take power

    03/11/2003 9:18:33 AM PST · by anotherview · 8 replies · 251+ views
    AP / The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11 March 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Mar. 11, 2003Turkey's prime minister resigns to open way for party leader to take power By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANKARA, Turkey - Prime Minister Abdullah Gul resigned Tuesday so that the charismatic leader of his party could take power, a shift that comes as Turkey is under heavy pressure to let in US troops for a possible Iraq war. Gul resigned during a brief meeting at the presidency, an official at the Prime Ministry said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. The change in leadership had been widely expected. Gul said earlier Tuesday that he would step down so that...