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  • Turkish government fines Kurdish channel for showing the Holocaust film “The Pianist”

    09/17/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/17/14 | Robert Spencer
    In rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey, where Mein Kampf is a perennial bestseller, the truths about the Holocaust communicated by this magnificent and harrowing film must not be told. To tell them would be “Islamophobic.” “Turkish Government Fines Kurdish Channel For Showing the Holocaust Film
  • Suspect in German exchange student killing pleads not guilty

    05/22/2014 5:51:38 PM PDT · by wideawake · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/21/2014 | Crimesider Staff
    MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana man accused of fatally shooting a German exchange student in his garage pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday, Reuters reports. Last month, 29-year-old Markus Kaarma, of Missoula, allegedly shot and killed 17-year-old Diren Dede, of Hamburg, Germany, after the teen broke into his garage. The former U.S. Forest Service firefighter has been charged with deliberate homicide, according to the news agency.
  • Young Turkish Jews Flee Growing Anti-Semitism

    10/23/2013 2:23:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 10/22/13 | Ari Soffer
    Turkish Jews are leaving the country due to growing anti-Semitism, exacerbated by the Islamist AKP government's antagonism towards Israel and Jews. So says Nesim Güveniş, deputy chairman the Association of Turkish Jews in Israel. Speaking to Turkey's Hurriyet Daily Güveniş claimed that young Jews are particularly keen to leave, hundreds of whom have already moved to the US and Europe in recent years. The infamous Mavi Marmara incident and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to storm out of a televised interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres were all contributing factors to the growing sense of unease among Turkey's...
  • O.C. Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Sending Funds to Terrorists

    03/30/2013 12:40:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    LOS ANGELES TIMES ^ | March 29, 2013, 1:46 p.m. | by Victoria Kim
    Snippet: "An Orange County pharmacist who admitted to wiring $2,050 to Pakistan to be used to fund terrorist activities was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison."
  • Turkish Leader Says He Plans a Trip to Gaza Soon

    11/03/2012 5:08:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | Friday, November 2, 2012 | Jodi Rudoren
    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said on Friday that he planned to visit the Gaza Strip soon, a move that would significantly enhance the legitimacy of the Hamas-controlled Gaza government and antagonize the Palestinian Authority, Israel and the West. Turkish newspapers reported Friday that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, would travel to Gaza -- the first visit by a representative of a NATO country. Mr. Erdogan, who twice last year scheduled and then canceled visits to Gaza, did not offer specifics about the timing or agenda for such a visit, which he mentioned to reporters traveling...
  • Turkish schoolbooks denounce Darwin, Einstein as 'Jews'

    10/21/2012 7:28:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 10/21/12 | staff
    Turkish schoolchildren in Istanbul received a series of books denouncing scientific figures, including one denying the theory of evolution and describing Charles Darwin as a big-nosed Jew, the Financial Times reported Friday. According to the paper, the books were distributed last week to hundreds of students in the Maltepe district of Turkey's capital after the government-affiliated local education authority approved their content. The book on Darwin reportedly states that the evolutionary biologist “Had two problems: First he was a Jew; second, he hated his prominent forehead, big nose and misshapen teeth.” Darwin was not Jewish. A separate book on Albert...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Meets with Genocidal Hamas to Discuss the “Judaization of Jerusalem

    01/01/2012 7:58:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/1/12 | Pamela Geller
    Annihilationist 'Prime Minister' of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh is on an official tour of the Muslim world, his first trip outside Muslim occupied Israel since the devout Muslim group took over Gaza in 2007. Hamas is a genocidal Muslim Brotherhood-tied organization. The opening paragraph in Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. So why is this annihilationist being welcomed by anyone? Islamic Jew hatred, that's why. It's a mandate of Islam. Rolling back a century of moderation, Ataturk and enforced separation of mosque and state, Prime Minister Erdogan is openly aligning with terror groups. The jihad warship 'flotilla' launched from...
  • Why Did President Obama Give the Islamist Turkish Prime Minister a Hug?

    11/05/2011 11:01:46 AM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 23 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 11042011 | Sharona Schwartz
    So who is the man who got the “hug treatment”? Erdoğan has shown a commitment to Islamist politics, has demonstrated hostility toward Israel, recently downgrading relations and expelling its ambassador, and says he doesn’t believe Hamas is a terrorist organization. These views have increased his stature across the Middle East.
  • Breaking: Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza?

    11/02/2011 9:38:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/2/11 | Carl in Jerusalem
    A report I've just received on Twitter claims that there's another Turkish flotilla headed for Gaza (Hat Tip: Earl Peacock via Twitter). Flotilla heading for Gaza today consists of Irish boat MV Saoirse and Canadian vessel 'Tahrir'. 15 people on Irish boat, 12 on Canadian The source of that tweet is Mary Fitzgerald, a foreign correspondent for the Irish Times, who says that this has all been confirmed to her by the organizers.
  • Turkish warships harass Israeli freighters. Israeli missile boats off Cyprus

    10/02/2011 9:45:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    New Monitors ^ | 10/ | staff
    Increasingly assertive Turkey is setting the scene for clashes in the eastern Mediterranean. Since Thursday, Sept. 29, Turkish warships have been harassing Israeli merchant vessels in waters off Cyprus, DEBKAfile's military sources report. They come close enough to establish wireless communication and caution the Israeli vessels they are in contravention of international law and ordering them to change course. The Israeli crews mostly ignore these "orders", treating them as Ankara's latest bid to assert Turkish naval mastery of the Eastern Mediterranean. But the situation is getting explosive enough to spark a major incident. Over the weekend, Israeli Air Force planes...
  • Expert deems Turkish threat on Cyprus drilling serious

    09/21/2011 8:47:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/21/11 | Sharon Udasin
    A day after reports that Noble Energy had begun its natural gas drilling off the coast of Cyprus, amid threats from the Turkish government that it was considering deploying naval escort ships to protect exploration areas north of the country, an Israeli expert on the situation deemed the threats grave to both Cypriot and Israeli concerns. (Snip) Meanwhile, following a statement from Cypriot President Demetris Christofias that drilling was about to begin, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened on Monday that Turkish aircraft, frigates and torpedo boats would be sent to watch over the eastern Mediterranean, Reuters said
  • German/Turkish Axis

    09/17/2011 9:10:30 AM PDT · by tedbel · 7 replies
    Israpundit ^ | Sept 17/11 | Ted Belman
    Of course you know that Germany and the Ottoman Empire were allies in WWI. With their defeat they were both cut down to size and in the case of the latter, Turkey was all that was left. But did you know that Germany’s historic Middle East policy had always given primacy to German relations to Turkey. Yet these relations are dicey due to the backlash in the EU to accepting Turkey for membership and the current debate in Germany regarding immigration. Paul Williams writing in Family Security Matters on 22 September 2010 reports "Our country is going to carry on...
  • Woman sets fire to man in mosque

    05/30/2011 9:15:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    The Local/DAPD ^ | 29 May 11
    A Turkish woman set fire to a man in a mosque in southern Germany on Saturday. She says she acted out of revenge after the man raped her. The 36-year-old poured petrol over the 38-year-old man in a mosque in the city of Reutlingen, in Baden-Württemberg, before setting him alight. The woman was taken into custody on Sunday, on charges of attempted murder, according to the state prosecutors office and the police. ... On Saturday afternoon, according to the police, the woman’s husband and the later victim got into a fight in a room in the mosque. People attending the...
  • Turkish president: We never hassled Israelis at airport

    09/08/2011 2:58:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/8/11 | Staff
    Turkish President Abdullah Gül said Thursday that Turkey never harassed Israeli tourists at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, despite reports that some 40 passengers were singled out and underwent more stringent security procedures than other travelers. (Snip) Speaking to pan-Arab Al-Arabiya, Gül restated Turkish plans to head to the International Criminal Court to determine the legality of the blockade on the Gaza Strip adding that Ankara rejected the UN-backed Palmer report which legitimized the IDF blockade.
  • Turkish Islamist charter schools in US being investigated by FBI

    03/21/2011 11:27:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hard right blog ^ | 3/21/11 | creeping
    via U.S. charter-school network with Turkish link draws federal attention By Martha Woodall and Claudio Gatti | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER FOR THE INQUIRER Fethullah Gulen is a major Islamic political figure in Turkey, but he lives in self-imposed exile in a Poconos enclave and gained his green card by convincing a federal judge in Philadelphia that he was an influential educational figure in the United States. As evidence, his lawyer pointed to the charter schools, now more than 120 in 25 states, that his followers – Turkish scientists, engineers, and businessmen – have opened, including Truebright Science Academy in North...
  • Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport

    03/02/2011 12:01:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    foxnews ^ | 3-2-11 | Associated Press
    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said. A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain. A...
  • LIBYA – CHINA Beijing organising exodus of 33,000 Chinese from Libya, Taiwanese too

    02/23/2011 7:25:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.speroforum.com ^ | 02-23-2011 | Source: Asia News
    Aircraft, cargo ships and fishing boats are moving towards Libya to evacuate Chinese nationals living in the North African country. Tunisian, Turkish and other workers are fleeing the country as well. Tripoli – China will send a jet, ships and fishing vessels from nearby waters to evacuate some 33,000 Chinese nationals working in violence-torn Libya. The government has set up an emergency unit headed by Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang to coordinate the repatriation of mainlanders, as well as people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The State Council (cabinet) “decided to immediately deploy...
  • "Armenians denounce Kobe Bryant deal with Turkish Airlines"

    12/21/2010 9:19:01 PM PST · by TheDailyChange · 3 replies · 2+ views
    cnn ^ | 12202010 | Ivan Watson
    "Turkish Deal Will Make Kobe the Face of Oppression and Injustice" and "Kobe Bryant's Direct Flight to Inhumanity," announced the website of the Armenian Youth Federation. WHAT ABOUT THE GENOCIDE? TURKS MURDERED ARMENIANS AND TRIED TO WIPE THEM OFF THE FACE OF THE PLANET?
  • Obama: US- Turkish ties 'more important than ever'

    12/19/2010 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 12/19/10 | staff
    In interview to Turkish newspaper, Obama discusses Turkey-Israel ties and differences over Iran; stressing that "our partnership is resilient." US President Barack Obama said that "given the increasingly complex challenges the world faces, I believe that US-Turkish cooperation is more important now than ever," in a written response Sunday to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. In his written remarks Obama addressed among other issues, Ankara's ties with Israel, differences over Iran policy, and Turkey's bid for European Union membership; stressing above all that "our partnership is resilient." "As with our other close allies and friends, we will sometimes disagree, as was...
  • Turkish President: 'Jews Pray for Me'

    11/15/2010 11:07:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 11/15/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    Turkish President Abdullah Gul is confident that his country's Jews pray for him every week – every Sabbath, in fact. According to a report published Sunday in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, Gul told reporters traveling from Turkmenistan, “I have learned that Jews are praying for me in their synagogues every Saturday. All of them are our citizens." “Our problem is not with the people of Israel,” he continued, “but with the policies pursued by the government of Israel." Turkish relations with Israel have been in the deep freeze since the Jewish State's counter terrorism Operation Cast Lead against the Hamas terrorist...
  • New Turkish Anti-Israel Film Highlights Revenge against IDF

    11/09/2010 9:33:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 11/9/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Turkey is testing the chilly diplomatic ties with Israel with another anti-Zionist production, this time a movie in which a revenge campaign is carried out against a fictitious Israeli who commanded the boarding of the IHH terrorist Mavi Marmara ship last May 31. In the “Valley of the Wolves – Palestine” film, the “hero” leads a campaign that brutally murders and blows up Israeli soldiers, who are depicted as killers of Arab children. The hero also rescues a man who was kidnapped by Israelis and held at the Israeli embassy. “We were trying to show that Israel and the United...
  • Turkish dancing delight lands couple in court ( NZ )

    08/07/2010 3:05:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | Aug 6, 2010
    A Turkish immigrant claims New Zealand police cannot tell the difference between fighting and dancing after he was charged with assault while celebrating with his wife. A judge has now told the police to go away and study a cultural Turkish video showing the kolbasti dance before deciding whether to proceed with the case. Kebab shop owner Allaetin Can was arrested after a passerby reported he was hitting, kicking and strangling his wife outside their shop in the North Island town of Hawera. But when he appeared in court, Can argued he and his wife Elmas were merely performing the...
  • Turkish charity that sent aid convoy to Gaza ‘has links to terrorism’

    06/02/2010 6:12:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 211+ views
    timesonline ^ | 6/2/10 | staff
    The Turkish charity at the centre of the raid by Israeli forces on an aid vessel in the Mediterranean was under intense scrutiny last night over its alleged links with militant organisations. Despite their claims to be an entirely peaceful organisation, The Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) has a history of involvement in Islamic extremism around the world and has been linked with an attempted bombing of an airport in the US.
  • Report Damaging to Turkish "Humanitarian" Organization/Erdogan Regime Being Suppressed?

    06/02/2010 4:59:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 367+ views
    OSINT - INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | June 2, 2010 | n/a
    June 02, 2010 “REPORT DAMAGING TO TURKISH “HUMANITARIAN” ORGANIZATION/ERDOGAN REGIME BEING SUPPRESSED?” SNIPPET: "Islamist extremists recruited by the IHH (in Turkish Insani Yardim Vakfi) masquerading as “peace activists” attacked Israeli soldiers with knives, clubs, chains, stun grenades and firearms when the soldiers boarded the IHH owned and operated vessel Mavi Marmaris as it was attempted to violate the Israeli blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.” SNIPPET: “This should not be surprising given that Hamas is the Gaza branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. More interesting is the possibility that the armed “peace activists” were actually part of the Ikhwan’s Secret Apparatus, which for...
  • Islamic links to Utah's Beehive Academy probed

    06/02/2010 10:55:27 AM PDT · by lady lawyer · 24 replies · 629+ views
    Deseret News ^ | June 1, 2010 | Elizabeth Stuart
    SALT LAKE CITY — By all appearances, it was a half-hearted attempt at a school protest. . . . Parents and students were upset with the State Office of Education's April 29 decision to shut down the financially struggling charter school . . . In the days since the state voted to revoke Beehive's charter, the Deseret News has scoured hundreds of pages of public records and interviewed dozens of people inside the Salt Lake City school. The emerging facts paint a troubling picture . . . . Beehive's financial problems came to the board's attention in July 2009 when...
  • Utah charter school once accused of having ties to terrorism shut down by state ( Fethullah Gülen )

    05/02/2010 10:11:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 423+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 2, 2010 | Elizabeth Stuart
    For the first time since the charter school movement began, the Utah State Charter School Board moved Thursday to shut down an operational school. The vote to revoke the Beehive Science & Technology charter, a state contract that grants the independently run school public education dollars, was unanimous. Beehive's troubles came to the board's attention in July 2009, when a former board member accused the school of having clandestine ties to a controversial Turkish Muslim preacher. Fethullah Gülen, who doesn't recognize al-Qaida as a terrorist organization, was exiled from Turkey in 1998 for reportedly working to overthrow the secular government....
  • Uproar follows comment on Germany cross ban

    04/26/2010 1:03:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies · 843+ views
    rte ^ | April 26 2010 | rte
    A call by a German politician of Turkish origin for a ban on Christian crosses in state schools has sparked uproar in her conservative party and death threats from far-right groups. Ayguel Oezkan, the 38-year-old daughter of Turkish immigrants, is poised to become social minister in the centre-right government of the western state of Lower Saxony, and called for the ban in an interview with a German magazine. 'Christian symbols do not belong in state schools,' she told weekly Focus last week. 'Schools should be a neutral place.' Members of her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela...
  • Greek man sues Swedish firm over Turkish yoghurt pic

    04/10/2010 8:09:16 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies · 1,042+ views
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | April 9, 2010 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    A Greek man has sued a dairy firm in southern Sweden after his picture ended up on a Turkish yoghurt product. The man whose picture adorns the Turkish yoghurt product, manufactured by Lindahls dairy in Jönköping, argues that the company does not have permission to use his image. He has now sued Lindahls for 50 million kronor ($6.9 million), according to Sveriges Radio (SR) Jönköping.
  • Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II walks free from jail ... 'I am a messenger from God'

    01/18/2010 11:57:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 498+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/18/10 | Mail Foreign Service
    The Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 was released from prison today after more than 29 years behind bars Mehmet Ali Agca said in a statement issued by a lawyer that he was a messenger of God and that the world will end in this century. The 52-year-old waved to journalists as he left the prison in a convoy of several vehicles.
  • Clinton leads high-drama cellphone diplomacy from black BMW

    10/12/2009 8:28:00 AM PDT · by Callahan · 21 replies · 976+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/11/2008 | Wire
    In a black BMW outside a chalet-style hotel in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used high-drama cellphone diplomacy to clinch a historic Armenian-Turkish deal. "There were several times when I said to all of the parties involved that 'this is too important, this has to be seen through, you have come too far,'" the chief US diplomat recalled afterward on the plane from Zurich to London.
  • German police arrest man on terror charges

    10/02/2009 9:59:59 AM PDT · by buzzer · 3 replies · 437+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/01/2009 | CNN
    BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Investigators in Germany have arrested a 24-year-old man on terror-related charges. Authorities arrested the man "on suspicion of spreading al Qaeda propaganda online and for procuring materials which could be used to make a bomb," prosecutors said Friday in a written statement. Searches of a flat in Offenbach, Germany, and a business in Frankfurt, Germany, turned up a small amount of an "explosive substance" and a home-made electronic device. An initial assessment suggests that the items "could be used to ignite explosives," prosecutors said. The man holds dual German-Turkish citizenship, they said. The statement from prosecutors...
  • Muslim converts accused of holy war bomb plots

    04/21/2009 10:56:51 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 798+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | April 22, 2009 | Roger Boyes
    Two Muslim converts and two Turks go on trial in a bomb-proof courtroom in Düsseldorf today accused of plotting to blow up German civilians and US soldiers. “The world will burn!” boasted an intercepted e-mail sent between the accused, who are alleged to have wanted to wage an Islamic holy war in the heart of Europe. Three of the men — Fritz Gelowicz, 29, Daniel Schneider, 23 and the Turkish national Adem Yilmaz, 30 — are accused of attending a training camp on the Afghan-Pakistani frontier run by an Uzbek-based terror organisation known as the Islamic Jihad Union. Intelligence services...
  • More than 40 per cent of Turkish women abused by husbands

    02/12/2009 10:02:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 677+ views
    m & c ^ | 2/12/09 | Europe News
    Ankara - More than 40 per cent of women in Turkey have been physically or sexually abused by their husbands, according to a survey released Thursday by the Prime Minister's Office. Only a fraction of victims 'slapped, pushed, punched, choked, burnt or threatened or attacked with a weapon such as a knife or gun' ever report the abuse to authorities, the Department for the Status of Women said in a press release accompanying the survey. The survey showed a clear income divide with just under 50 per cent of women in low income households reporting to have been physically or...
  • Turkish PM: Obama must rethink definition of Mideast terror

    01/29/2009 3:16:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 561+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 1-29-09 | AP
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama must redefine terror and terrorism in the Middle East and use it as the basis for a new American policy.
  • Netherlands: Another PvdA (Labour) Politician Supports Radical Islam

    01/29/2008 2:13:33 PM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 248+ views
    NIS News ^ | January 29 2008
    HAGUE, 30/01/08 - Another Labour (PvdA) politician has turned out to be supporting the radical Islamic group Hizb ut Tahrir. This time, it is Hatice Can-Engin, an alderman in the town of Gilze-Rijen. Can-Engin, of Turkish origin, signed a petition of Hizb ut Tahrir against the insulting of Islam. Gilze-Rijen Mayor Rene Roep has confirmed that Can-Engin signed the online petition. The alderman herself had initially denied this. Whether her action will have consequences for her functioning as alderman is not yet clear. Hizb ut-Tahrir, banned in Germany, aspires to worldwide Islamic dominance. Chairman Okay Pala recently said in newspaper...
  • Turkish Muslim Columnist: The Jew is a Curse, Runs US

    12/18/2007 8:21:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 344+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 12-18-2007 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Fahri Guven of the Islamist Turkish daily Milli Gazete quoted in his column the following excerpts from a recently published book by M. Ertugrul Duzdag and Ali Ulvi Kurucu presenting them as historical truths that every Muslim must take into account (translated by MEMRI): “The Jew is a curse. If you enter a war against the Jew you end up fighting powerful nations behind him. If you try to make peace, years pass with no result. He lies 70 lies. It is not surprising that America supports Israel. It is because America is a province of Israel! Last century...
  • None Survive Turkish Plane Crash (prominent nuclear physicists aboard)

    12/01/2007 9:00:26 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 44 replies · 545+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/1/07 | Sabrina Tavernise
    ISTANBUL, Nov. 30 — A Turkish passenger jet crashed in the mountains of western Turkey early Friday, killing all 57 people on board, including several prominent nuclear physicists on their way to a conference, Turkish authorities said. The plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operated by Atlasjet, an airline based in Istanbul, took off from Istanbul and disappeared from radar shortly before it was due to land at the airport in Isparta. It crashed about seven miles from the airport, near the town of Keciborlu, the authorities said. The cause of the crash was unclear. The weather was good, airline officials...
  • Hijackers of Turkish plane surrender - official

    08/18/2007 11:02:38 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 289+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | August 18 2007 | Anatolia news agency
    Text of report in English by Turkish news agency Anatolia Antalya, 18 August: Hayrettin Balcioglu, deputy governor of the southern city of Antalya, said that two hijackers, who hijacked the AtlasJet passenger plane during a flight from the Turkish Republic of [self-declared] Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Istanbul, surrendered to security forces. Balcioglu told the A.A [Anatolia Agency] that the hijackers were arrested by security forces. Source: Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 1009 gmt 18 Aug 07
  • Turkish Elections To Test Islamic Democracy

    07/20/2007 5:53:55 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 284+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-21-2007 | Amberin Zaman
    Turkish elections to test Islamic democracy By Amberin Zaman in Ankara Last Updated: 12:41am BST 21/07/2007 Turkish PM Erdogan Holds final pre-election rally It is a sign of his enduring strength that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's charismatic prime minister, has vowed to retire from politics unless voters return him to power with a strong mandate in tomorrow's general election. "If we do not come to power alone I will withdraw from my party," Mr Erdogan said during a campaign rally. Tens of thousands of supporters waving Turkish flags burst into applause as he challenged his secular rivals to do the...
  • Iraqi Kurds report Turkish, Iranian shelling in northern Iraq

    06/08/2007 8:28:50 AM PDT · by ASC2006 · 22 replies · 722+ views
    AP ^ | June 8 2007
    Turkish and Iranian forces shelled Kurdish rebel positions across the border in northern Iraq, Iraqi Kurd officials reported Friday, amid fears that the conflict could open a new front in Iraq. Turkey has been building up its forces along the border with Iraq, and its leaders are debating whether to stage a major incursion to pursue separatist rebels who cross over from bases in Iraq to attack Turkish targets. Such an operation could ignite a wider conflict involving Iraqi Kurds, and disrupt Turkey's ties with its NATO ally, the United States. Iran has also clashed with Iranian Kurd fighters who...
  • Turkish president vetoes reform for direct election

    05/25/2007 8:15:59 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | May 25 2007 | Hidir Goktas/Reuters
    By Hidir Goktas ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's president vetoed a constitutional amendment on Friday under which the head of state would have been elected directly by the people, a move likely to deepen a standoff between the secular elite and the government. At present the head of state is elected by parliament, which last month narrowly rejected the Islamist-rooted ruling AK Party's candidate for the presidency. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's office said the controversial constitutional amendment was vetoed partly because it could weaken the current balance of power within the political system. "President Ahmet Necdet Sezer did not find the...law...
  • Mass demonstration in Turkish port

    05/13/2007 7:52:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 435+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | May 13 2007
    In Turkey, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets for the third time in a month to demonstrate against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. His conservative Islamic AK party is suffering under the severe criticism of secular Turks in favour of maintaining the strict separation of church and state. After mass demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul, more than a million people are expected in Izmir, the second largest city in Turkey. The organisers hope the demonstrations will help unite the divided opposition in the run up to the parliamentary elections in July. The Turkish government decided to bring...
  • Turkish (Islamist) Presidential Candidate Out

    05/06/2007 9:02:09 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 438+ views
    Bell South ^ | 5-6-2007 | Suzan Fraser
    Turkish Presidential Candidate Out Published: 5/6/07, 11:45 PM EDT By SUZAN FRASER ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The candidate of Turkey's Islamic-rooted ruling party halted his run for the presidency Sunday after opposition lawmakers boycotted the second vote on his candidacy over worries that he could inject religion into the country's long tradition of secular politics. The candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, said the rift between his party and opposition secularists had compromised the parliament's ability to choose a president. He said the way forward was a constitutional amendment proposed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan allowing direct election of the...
  • Turkish Poll Halted Over Islamic Fears

    05/01/2007 6:36:22 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 314+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-2-2007 | Amberin Zaman
    Turkey poll halted over Islamic fears By Amberin Zaman in Istanbul Last Updated: 1:52am BST 02/05/2007 Turkey lurched deeper into political crisis last night after a court halted the country's presidential election. Police and demonstrators engaged in bitter clashes during an unofficial May Day march in Istanbul yesterday. About 700 arrests were made The constitutional court annulled the first round vote of the ruling party's candidate, Abdullah Gul, amid fears that he wanted to take the country in a pro-Islamic direction. The court ruled that not enough MPs took part in the vote last Friday for it to be valid....
  • Turkish court annuls presidential poll

    05/01/2007 2:30:13 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 302+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | May 01 2007
    Turkey's constitutional court has ruled the first round of the contentious presidential election null and void. The case was brought by a secular opposition party. It wanted to prevent the only candidate, Abdullah Gül of the Islamic AK party, coming to power. His opponents fear Mr Gül will end Turkey's separation of church and state. Turkish presidents are chosen by parliament every seven years, and the court ruled the poll invalid because not enough MPs were present when voting began. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says he now wants to hold an early general election possibly in June. The last...
  • Turkish Anti-Islamic Rally Draws 500,000

    04/29/2007 4:20:35 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,246+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-29-2007 | Duncan Hooper
    Turkish anti-Islamic rally draws 500,000 By Duncan Hooper and agencies Last Updated: 2:51pm BST 29/04/2007 Around half a million people gathered in Istanbul today demanding the resignation of the pro-Islamic government. The streets of Istanbul were a sea of red Turkish flags The rally will spur fears of a military coup as it follows a steep rise in tensions between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country's prime minister, and the pro-secular army, which accuses the government of tolerating the activities of radical Muslims. "Turkey is secular and will remain secular," the protesters chanted, waving the national flag. Ahmet Yurdakul, 63 year-old...
  • Turkish Ruling Party Warns Army

    04/28/2007 4:00:45 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 358+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-28-2007
    Turkish ruling party warns army Turkey's army chief (left) is said to have talked to the PM by phone Turkey's ruling party has sharply criticised an army threat to intervene in politics, saying the military must remain under civilian control. Cemil Cicek, spokesman for the Islamist-rooted party, was commenting after an unusual statement by the army vowing to defend the secular system. The army, which led coups in the past, said it was concerned by the party's choice of presidential candidate. Mr Cicek said any army intervention was "inconceivable in a democratic state". "The chief of the general staff is...
  • Turkish Islamists Face Christians' Death Trial

    04/22/2007 6:40:31 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 640+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-23-2007 | Damien McElroy
    Turkish Islamists face Christians' death trial By Damien McElroy in Malatya, Turkey Last Updated: 12:54am BST 23/04/2007 A gang of suspected Islamic nationalists was facing the possibility of trial for the torture and murder of three Christians at a Bible publishers in Turkey last night after investigators called for their prosecution. A judge was considering whether the group - 11 men and one woman - should face trial after they were questioned for eight hours over the deaths of two Turks and a German, who were bound to chairs and had their throats slit in Malatya on Wednesday. As the...
  • Turkish bible firm attack kills 3

    04/18/2007 7:00:42 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 463+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 4-18-2007 | staff writer
    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -- Attackers on Wednesday slit the throats of three people in a Turkish publishing house which printed bibles, security officials said, the latest attack on minorities in mainly Muslim Turkey.
  • Turkish Novelist Flees To US 'In Fear For Life'

    02/13/2007 6:55:50 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 467+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-14-2007 | Damien McElroy
    Turkish novelist flees to US 'in fear for life' By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 2:27am GMT 14/02/2007 The Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is living in exile in the United States and is believed to be in fear for his life. Amid a climate of intimidation that has seen the prosecution and even murder of dissident intellectuals throwing into doubt Turkey's aspiration to the join the European Union, Mr Pamuk, 54, who is living in New York, is said to have told friends he has set no deadline for his return. Instead, according to the...