Friday, February 29, 2008

Finally!


Finally I bought a new desktop! Finally I will post on this blog!
Finally Cirque du Soleil arrived back in Amsterdam!

This time with their new show Varekei. The word varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne.

Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984 by two former street performers;
Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier.

www.cirquedusoleil.com

Developments

Still, this blog is not settled. Sorry to say that Myrthe told me that she really can not make any time anymore to write for this blog. Another person will take over; request is made, so we hope so.
Sandra went through a lot of computer 'crisissis' but bought, finally a nice notebook. We will soon hear from her. My trip to Seda and Thomas, in Greece, will be delayed for one week, due to ridiculous Turkish bureaucratic rules. Looks like that this government will really use ever opportunity to get money out their citizens pockets in general but especially out the foreign pockets. Welcome to Turkey: country of double standards.

The New Breath of Fresh Air in Cyprus

For decades now the Greek and Turkish sides of Cyprus have been at odds about everything from whose island is it to who owns what on it. Recently, we witnessed a glimmer of hope and maybe even a desire for a little lasting peace in the lives of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots caught in the crossfire of politics and cultural differences.

The new Cyprus president,
Demetris Christofias, purports his goal as reunification of the island after more than three decades of discord and the very reason he ran for office. Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot president, Mehmet Ali Talat, knows that his people voted long ago in favor of the Annan Plan only to be sidelined for their positive support.

Each side felt that the Annan Plan favored the other. What has changed today will be the one factor to decide whether Cyprus will reunite with their Turkish side and allow Turkish Cyprus to also join the European Union. How can this take place when there is seemingly great differences among both peoples? How much do the Turks and Greeks want a final peaceful decision to live side-by-side and celebrate their shared history?

PKK and the rest.

The Turkish army withdraw from Iraqi territory.
Can we expect that a war can be won by a an organized army against a bunch of outlaws, or terrorists?
A social earthquake is necessary: a political solution too.
But can this be established when the Turkish bourgeois media still wants blood? Simple denies the roots of the conflict? 'Assimilation is a crime against humanity', Turkish PM told a crowd in Germany 2 weeks ago. Assimilation in Turkey as well?
Some people know how to use a pencil, but do they know how to convey a message?
Questions for you, not for me anymore.

Day Opening - February 29


Pluto

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Day Opening - February 26


The Dutch government didn't recognize Kosovo yet.
Mistaken, but a good picture.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Food war between similar cultures... Turkey and Greece

I am aware that it has been long time since my first message. Sorry for that! I will try to talk about my life here in Greece but just before that I decided to mention big differences between two cultures. Every time I will mention one of them.

Turks and Greeks! We were living (and Armenian, Jewish, Kurdish...etc. but here I will talk about only Turks and Greeks) almost 450 years together. And as a result, we have many common things: words, swear words, foods and also traditions which are good up to not to make political issues over them. I remember every time I was coming to Greece to see Thomas (my husband) and meeting with new people that some of them they wanted to say to me loud out enough “baklava is not Turkish, it is Greek”, “it is not Turkish coffee. It is Greek”. (and sometimes they were saying this just to have fun)

These kinds of conversations made me feel terribly uncomfortable because they were putting me – maybe unconsciously - in a defence situation that also I did not believe in that food has to have a "nationality'. And of course it was not nice to have an argument with them if you were a guest in a country and planning to live there in the future and see those people around you.

Back then, when Ottoman people invented these foods or whatever they were, we were members of the same society and we were sharing the same culture. Thus, it is ridiculous for me to say they are ours or they are yours. And the most funny things were that they had Turkish names like imambayildi, baklava, kazandibi, tavukgogsu…etc.

Anyway, these foods and the other things, they are delicious and I am happy to share with any nation

Coming up... next message…shortly:

Now we started to talk about foods, I have to mention about the biggest main difference between us. Turkish people are TEA addicted, Greek people are COFFEE addicted.

A new Cyprus

Now that the two clowns, Denktash and Papadopolous - both dominated Cyprus for 4 decades, don't have a say anymore, at least not directly, we must welcome the new President of Cyprus; Demetris Christofias.
Europe have now two countries whithin its borders which are educated communistic leaders: Christofas of Cyprus and Vladimir Voronin of Moldova.

Day Opening - February 25

Photographs by Andreas Sjödin; Styling by Harriet Mays Powell; via nymag.com and love made visible







Sunday, February 24, 2008

Madness

The 'Turkey' Dustin will represent Ireland this year at the Eurovision song contest in Belgrado. Will "Turkey" now twice be represented in the finals in May..) Will Kosovo be represented as well...in Belgrado...

Turkish blogs

The last few months were like a roller coaster. But everything turns out well.
Next week I will be in Greece. I am looking forward to it. And 6 weeks later to a party in Hungary. A couple of days on an island in the Donau, in the middle of Budapest.
More trips are planned, the usual business trips. But I hope to have a chance to see my friends in NYC and Miami this year.
I got an unusual offer from a company, regarding cross cultural consultancy and advertising in Turkey. Lets see. So many requests on my desk.
But one remark: discovered that almost all the blogs of Turks in Turkey are moderated; the English ones, except the one of Super Hero and the blogs of foreigners in Turkey. Why this fear? If I browse web blogs all over in Europe, North and South America, none of them are 'on moderation'. Its social media guys/girls, don't take your self to serious - take route 66 as we used to say about people who are so egocentric that they think the world turns around them. Not used to a good open debate?
I thought you all were brotha's and sista's? Sleep well!

Day Opening - February 24

Pictures by Tim Walker.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

It's not over yet...



Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, known by all of us as a source of information, is refusing (rightfull) to remove medieval artistic depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, despite being flooded with complaints from Muslims demanding the images be deleted.

More than 180,000 worldwide have joined an online protest claiming the images, shown on European-language pages and taken from Persian and Ottoman miniatures dating from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, 'are offensive to Islam', which prohibits any representation of Muhammad. But the defiant editors of the encyclopaedia insist they will not bow to pressure and say anyone objecting to the controversial images can simply adjust their computers so they do not have to look at them.


The images at the centre of the protest appear on most of the European versions of the web encyclopaedia, though not on Arabic sites.

On two of the images, Muhammad's face is veiled, a practice followed in Islamic art since the 16th century. But on two others, one from 1315, which is the earliest surviving depiction of the prophet, and the other from the 15th century, his face is shown.

Some idiots are claiming the pictures have been posted simply to 'bait' and 'insult' Muslims and argue the least Wikipedia can do is blur or blank out the faces. I can not even imagine that these fools are making 'demands', together with threats...

In one of its adverse reactions, Wikipedia has been forced to set up a separate page on its site explaining why it refuses to bow to pressure and has also had to set up measures to block people from 'editing' the pages themselves.

Modern and mythless: Turkey today

Zafer Senocak looks at the mythological vacuum in a Turkey that remains divorced from its past.

Early in the 20th century in the Ottoman Empire, young writers and intellectuals – people like
Yahya Kemal (1884-1958) and Yakup Kadri (1889-1974) – debated the possible mythological content and references of a Turkish culture which was reshaping itself with an eye on the West.
Ottoman history had nothing comparable to Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment eras.

Phenomena such as the French Revolution were viewed from afar, with a good deal of scepticism. There was no such thing as a translating facility which might have transmitted works of European literature and philosophy. There was a dense cultural barrier between the Ottoman Empire and the Western world.
But around the mid-19th century the Turkish intelligentsia began casting its eye with increasing curiosity on Europe, particularly on France. A hunger for new ideas overcame the centuries of lethargy and self-containment.
That is how far back the roots of Turkey's orientation towards the West go.
Social reforms in the Empire were the harbinger of a cultural revolution which was to be completed half a century later by Mustafa Kemal, the founder of the Turkish Republic.

Most reform-minded Turkish writers were quite aware that a modernisation of their nation's culture could not be based solely on contemporary dynamics, but also – and always – on old traditions and mythological sources of inspiration, that is to say, on the foundations of the Turkish imagination. There was a search for a fundamental mythology as a source of inspiration for modernisation. comtinue here

Day Opening - February 23



Liechtenstein.



Friday, February 22, 2008

Song by Alanis Morissette

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with him in all his glory
what would you ask if you had just one question?

Yeah, Yeah, God is great
Yeah, Yeah, God is good
Yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
If God had a face
What would it look like?
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and Jesus and the saints
and all the Prophets

Yeah Yeah God is great
Yeah Yeah God is good
Yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
Just trying to make his way home
Back up to Heaven all alone
Nobody callin' on the phone
"cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

Yeah Yeah God is great
Yeah Yeah God is good
Yeah Yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
Like a holly Rolling Stone
Back up to Heaven all alone
Just trying to make his way home
Nobody callin' on the phone
'cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

Day Opening - February 22


Callakille, Scotland.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Next Universal Language

Happy International Mother Language Day! What's your language? Do you have only one? Don't let your language disappear because there are more than 6,000 languages right now in jeopardy.

While you may think English won't disappear any time soon, I think we should start looking for another international language to use, and I propose Turkish. Yes, it's time Turkish takes its rightful place; afterall, there are many countries that speak a form of Turkish and some are fearful that Turkish has taken on numerous negative "foreign" influences. No longer do Turks speak eloquent Istanbul Turkish.

Learn your language or a few well and your world will open up new pathways to look at everything you see or do. Pass on your love of language on this special day and everyday!

Day Opening - February 21


The Acropolis on the 19th of February, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Courage - Amnesty International call

PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 44/002/2008 13 February 2008

UA 40/08 Fear for safety

TURKEY Orhan Kemal Cengiz (m), lawyer, human rights defender and newspaper columnist

Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a lawyer, human rights defender and newspaper columnist, has been threatened and intimidated because of his legal work on behalf of one of three men killed in an attack at a Christian publishing house in April 2007.
He has asked the authorities to provide him with a bodyguard to protect him.
The authorities have not yet granted this request. Orhan Kemal Cengiz has worked as a human rights defender in Turkey for around 15 years, including as a founding member of a number of human rights initiatives including Amnesty International Turkey and as a legal representative of victims of human rights violations from across the spectrum.
He has been threatened and intimidated on a number of occasions, intensifying since November 2007, when the trial began of those accused of killing the three men at the Zirve publishing house, in the south-eastern province of Malatya.

In November 2007, Orhan Kemal Cengiz saw an article in a local newspaper in Malatya, which included details that he believes could only have been learnt through the interception of his telephone and electronic communications about the case. He later learned that a letter had been sent to the Malatya prosecutor accusing Orhan Kemal Cengiz of involvement in the murders at the Zirve publishing house.
The letter also contained other false information apparently designed to damage his reputation and make him a target.
Finally, in January 2008 Orhan Kemal Cengiz received a letter, the substance of which indicated it had been written by the same person or people who had sent the letter to the Malatya prosecutor.
This letter purported to be a letter of support but in fact contained both veiled and direct threats to his safety.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

On 18 April 2007, two Turkish nationals and a German were murdered at the Zirve Christian publishing house in Malatya. The three had their hands and feet bound together and their throats cut. They were all staff at the publishing house. The Zirve staff had received death threats in the months before the murders.

Human rights defenders have a right to the protection of the state, like any other citizen.
The failure to prevent the murder in 2007 of human rights defender and journalist Hrant Dink and the subsequent flaws in the investigation must not be repeated.

Hrant Dink had reported threats to his life to the Public Prosecutor in Sisli.
According to the indictment in the murder trial, one of the defendants also acted as a police informer and told the police of the plans to assassinate Hrant Dink numerous times in the months before the murder took place.

Nevertheless, Hrant Dink was left unprotected. After the murder, the Istanbul Police Chief stated that the killing was the act of a gunmen working alone.
In addition, it was revealed that military police officers had posed with the alleged killer in photographs as if he was a “hero”.

Amnesty International believes that such actions contribute to the perception that sections of the law enforcement agencies are biased.

Read here Orhan his last column.




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Day Opening - February 20


La Presidente in Africa.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Word of the Day

Recently, I returned to America just to learn new vocabulary. Yes, I have perused the malls, the newspaper and the 951 channels on television, so I could increase my vocabulary for those interesting job assignments as writer. Hopefully, someone asks me to write about dying in America, then I can entertain readers with words I am sure were made up by Americans for the blossoming capitalist ventures.

Today's word is cemetarian. Ever hear of it? Yes, you're right! It has something to do with cemetaries. You know those things they say people are laid to rest. Ha! Well, the cemetarian will help you locate the best piece of real estate for you to enter or rather for you to inter your loved ones.

A word I had never heard before, but then only in the last few years must we have cemetarians to counsel us on how to pick a plot. Thank you but I'll just get cremated! Erkut, did you hear that?

For Sale....


America, wake up. Withdraw your troops from Iraq, and send them together with a bunch of para-troopers to Cuba! Our good old friend Castro stepped down as 'Presidente y Comandante.
He's done awful things, but education and healthcare in Cuba are unsurpassed. Nowhere else in the world can you go where there's no Coca-Cola, no McDonalds, no litter, no guns and very little crime. Sadly, a well educated population is also an aspirational population and people want more. And a country with free healtcare and free education. A bargain!
Good for McDonalds, Coca Cola, and many other companies. You probably get some 'warm tropical welcome'...and you can install his daughter named Alina Fernandez Reuvelta as the new president. She lives currently in exile in Miami where I once met her.
One interesting fact about Castro: there are no streets in Cuba named after Castro, and no statues or peso bills bearing his image.

Yes, WE Can!

I figure I wouldn't post something until I thought I had a good thing to say that was on-target, controversial or informative. Today, it came in my e-mailbox. I do have something else to share with you that showed up today in my vocabulary for editing purposes. Stay tuned for that one, but right now check out this link and tell us what you think!

Day Opening - February 19


Valentine's Day Pakistan.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Kosovo and the chain reaction

I’m not a nationalist; it breeds blockheads. I’m a supporter of democracy. In this framework I wish for a move towards unity, not fragmentation. A contradiction.

But a note: Kosovo is a Serbian word, and it has a meaning --- named after Kosovo Polje (the field of blackbirds) where they fought Ottomans 600 years ago. Kosova (ending in "a") in Albanian doesn't mean anything but they made it different in the past few years to claim the ownership.

But more important: its a blunder of misguided US foreign policy with its myopic view and disregard for other countries' history, culture and national interests, and the approval by EU bureaucrats will come to haunt them when dealing with their own secessionist movements. And what about the Kurds? Obviously, their case for an independent Kurdistan is much older and stronger than Kosovo. I sympathize with the 'Kosovars', but Albania is already the answer to their aspiration for statehood. You have Albanians and Serbians living in Kosovo. And there are already the states of Albania and Serbia?!

But I have one big question:
are we creating the next global problem of ethnic secession round the world and to violent conflicts for a greater Albania, Catalonia, Basqueland, Nagorno-Karabakh, Taiwan, Kurdistan, Quebec, Turkish Cyprus, Flanders the pro-Russian regions of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transdniestr, Crimea, the Donbas and likely the Bosnian Srbska Republic will follow. And tomorrow, Scotland, Corsica, Sardinia and so forth without cease? The principle is once you have a significant ethnic presence anywhere in the world you can mobilise for independence! De facto, the Mexicans can call for independency in South California, as it outnumberd others, and California was original Mexican.

How long before we descend ultimately into city-states?

The unilateral declaration of independence by the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo sets a dangerous precedent for some countries, and an onerous precedent for others. And one of them is Turkey.

Day Opening - February 18


Sevilla, Spain

Sunday, February 17, 2008

virus warning

Someone under the name MALABEI tries to spread a computer virus under different bloggers. He or she writes everywhere in the reactions the message "See HERE". I want to warn everyone not to click on its message or on its name.

Day Opening - February 17


the UK, country side.






Saturday, February 16, 2008

Return of the Caliphate


In the Uk, Germany, France and the Netherlands Muslim organizations are promoting Sharia Law. Today, Denmark's Muslims came out of the closets and in a demonstration they reject democracy. They think that "Freedom of speech is like a plague!". Many carried the black and white flags of Hizb ut-Tahrir - the radical Islamic party that calls for the caliphate. Most of them, refugees from countries such as Egypt, Tunesie and Syria, wants to see the creation of a caliphate in Europe: countries of infidels.
Turkey could play a significant role in this, but lost its credits a long time ago, since the country is so polarized: bigot Muslims and hysterical kemalists. If another option is not possible.

A sick making letter


Orhan Kemal Cengiz is the lawyer of the victims in the brutal murder case of three Christian missioners (by slitting their throats) in Malatya. The court, which handle this case received the following letter 'about' Orhan. An insane one. But that's my opinion. Lots of people in Turkey love conspiracy theories, but this one is so....enfin, read it below:
‘Mr. Cengiz the Devil':

“On 13.12.2004, the Covert Group selected Orhan Kemal Cengiz as the most suitable person for this task.
In mid-2005, the Covert Group sent a delegation to Turkey.
After lengthy negotiations, and tons of money changing hands, Orhan Kemal Cengiz was employed. This only became known later – even by the brothers in the Mission. As a matter of fact, someone by the name of M.H. - an employee of English MI6 - gave us this information.
On the basis of this information, we took a decision as MBW, in Nevşehir. We informed the brothers in Istanbul, Samsun, Trabzon and Malatya to stay away from this man.
So, I can clearly state that Tilmann's murderer is Orhan Kemal Cengiz himself. The following brothers know for sure that we issued this warning: M.P., S.H., B.K., S.G., K.Y., D.H.
Because together with these brothers we drove Orhan out of Nevşehir. But we stuck to him like glue so that his filth would not spread. So, Orhan will be very familiar with these names. That is, as long as he doesn't start his demagogy again. Because he has received special training in broadcasting sensationalist news and in manipulating communities.
Orhan Kemal Cengiz is Armenian to the point of racism. He is a Protestant who knows Malatya well, even having relatives there. Cengiz, who joined the Protestants, being baptized in the 90s later managed to convince people of his devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ through his service in the earthquake- stricken region. Before he was completely broke but since joining the Mission, Cengiz' belly is full and there's money in his pocket. He is a bloody murderer, one of the Covert
Group's bloodthirsty hitmen.
Cengiz, the employee of Kripto, managed to gather together these youths who murdered Tilmann by using his old relatives from Malatya. But he himself was nowhere to be seen, he always used others to do his work. (…) In this fashion, the kids had been organized, the operation would be undertaken and finally they would be taken overseas so the crime could not be solved.
The youths had been given cheques in the value of YTL 480,000 and YTL 350 in cash. This is how the kids were deceived. At Cengiz' request, they had each been advised to write a letter. In any case, they would be heroes. But after the operation began, the kids lost control of the business.
Cengiz' faithful friends Ryan and Gokhan, who had been brought into the Malatya mission, now stepped in and, according to their instructions, changed the course of this business, taking it in a completely different direction. And the events were given the appearance of a murder driven by the kids' bigotry.
One of the most important reasons for the operation against the Germans was the opposition to America which had developed in Turkey. Germans within the Mission and at other levels were behind this anti-Americanism. For this reason, Germans in Turkey and especially brothers within the Mission, needed to be careful about this man. He ordered urgent protection of Tilmann's wife, Suzanna (sic), and his children. They were just using sister Suzanna to help the Americans. Because through Orhan Kemal Cengiz, $8 million intended for sister Suzanna was transferred to the Armenians.”

Tasks given to Cengiz by Kripto':

Some time after these events Orhan Kemal Cengiz was called to America where he gave activity and outcome reports. Directives were given by Kripto about his subsequent activities. Orhan Kemal Cengiz was rewarded with $10 million. Orhan Kemal Cengiz was given complete authority to mobilize and organize the other minorities as well. He was given authority regarding efforts aimed at opening the Heybeliada Seminary and securing an ecumenical character for the Fener Greek Patriarchate. Cengiz was also give lots of money toward his law practice.
Continues… the slannder, only a Hurriyet journalist will believe this.

Can you believe this? Here is the
full article.

Day Opening - February 16


Carla Bruni/Mrs. Sarkozy

Friday, February 15, 2008

Remember, remember, the 5th of November

...the gun powder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot...

This film's release was originally scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2005 (a day before the 400th Guy Fawkes Night), but was delayed; it opened on March 17, 2006, and I saw the movie here on Digimax one year later, in 2007. And yesterday I watched this movie on DVD again. One of the best movies I've seen the last years.

The two conflicting political viewpoints of anarchism and fascism permeate the story. The Norsefire regime shares every facet of fascist ideology: it rules by fear and authority and worships strong leadership (i.e. the führerprinzip). However, the regime was put in place by democratic means, just like the regime in Nazi Germany.
As in most fascist regimes, there are several different types of police and military police who engage in power struggles with each other yet obey the same leader.

The fascist regime embraces total corporatism. An important aspect of corporatism is the total identification of society with state, and to think of society as a body where the different institutions are organs. Exactly what happens in Turkey these days. Only the fight between some bigot Muslims and hysterical kemalists (a dogma created by followers of the followers of K. Ataturk, not by him) give some insight in daily Turkish life where you have to be aware what you are saying. In the metafysica we call this a fight between the Ahriman and Lucifer powers. As the classics explain us.
In the meanwhile, the ongoing hysteria about the head scarfe goes on, instead of looking into facts which matters like reforms.
Sean already wrote about this.



Day Opening - February 15

Leonard Cohen.
When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender, This I could not do;
I took my gun and vanished.
I have changed my name so often, I've lost my wife and children
But I have many friends,
And some of them are with me.
An old woman gave us shelter,
Kept us hidden in the garret,
Then the soldiers came; She died without a whisper.
There were three of us this morning I'm the only one this evening
But I must go on;
The frontiers are my prison.
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we'll come from the shadows.
Les Allemands étaient chez moi, Ils me dirent, "Signe toi,"
Mais je n'ai pas peur; J'ai repris mon arme.
J'ai changé cent fois de nom, J'ai perdu femme et enfants
Mais j'ai tant d'amis;
J'ai la France entière.
Un vieil homme dans un grenier
Pour la nuit nous a caché, Les Allemands l'ont pris;
Il est mort sans surprise.
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we'll come from the shadows.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Istanbul most beautiful ass


For 6 weeks now, I am driving a Lancia. And so far, I didn't see anyone else driving a Lancia. This Italian made car, is lovely. Because its interiour as its ass...) The most beautiful one in Turkey. Looking at Mercedes's, Turkish top favorite...no: a car for taxi drivers, pimps, and would be people. At least in the Netherlands.)

International Singles Awareness Day

You may not know it, but millions around the world suffer from 'Singles' ailment, many of whom suffer in abject silence, afraid of the social stigma which is attached to it. Professionals around the world invest millions into finding a cure and their findings are presented in prestigious journals such as Cosmopolitan and Esquire. Sufferers pore over these pages relentlessly looking for some spark or sign which will signify an end to their suffering. Many have been cured of this ailment, yet despite this, many more are diagnosed and fill the ranks.
Some cures unfortunately are short term or fail to cure the problem and only treat the symptoms, many also suffer a relapse and need to yet again undergo intensive treatment. For this reason February 14 is International Singles Awareness day - It hopes to raise the profile of the plight these suffers.
If you know someone who suffers, show them you care today

Deutschland, türkische Kolonie, oder Deutsche sollen sich integrieren?

Sorry, no time to translate in English..) Igni, an Italian woman in Germany

In der Kölnarena sagte Erdogan:"Assimilierung ist Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit"
"Ich verstehe sehr gut, dass ihr gegen die Assimilierung seid. Man kann von euch nicht erwarten, euch zu assimilieren."

Da braucht Erdogan keine Angst zu haben, gibt es doch in Deutschland eine türkische Parallelgesellschaft. Mit allem was dazugehört. Türkische Geschäfte, Teestuben, Moscheen, Einkaufszentren....
Vor diesem Hintergrund frage man sich, warum es noch keinen türkischen Bürgermeister gebe.

Also doch eine Parallel-Regierung installieren? Wäre praktisch, dann kann irgendwann die türkische Parallel-Regierung die Amtsgeschäfte der Deutschen übernehmen und so entsteht kein Regierungschaos.
Außerdem kann er so wegen des EU Beitrittes auf die Parallel-Regierung zählen und die deutsche Regierung ausbootenAber warum will Erdogan soetwas?

"Seit über 40 Jahren tragen Türken zur wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung in Deutschland bei."Das ist wahr, nur inwiefern tragen die Türken zur positiven wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung in Deutschland bei?
Kann denn ein Türke, der nicht mal die Sprache seines Gastlandes beherrscht Bürgermeister werden, oder soll türkisch als Amtssprache in Deutschland eingeführt werden?

Wie sieht es eigentlich mit den Menschenrechten in der Türkei aus, Herr Erdogan?

Straßburg (RPO). Kein anderes Land in Europa verstößt häufiger gegen Menschenrechte als die Türkei. Das geht aus den Akten des Europäischen Gerichtshofs hervor, der die Türkei im vergangenen Jahr 319 Mal schuldig gesprochen hat - meist wegen überlanger Haftstrafen und unfairer Prozesse. weiter lesen

Straßburg - Der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte hat die Türkei gestern in zwei Fällen wegen Folter und Verstoßes gegen das Grundrecht auf Schutz des Lebens verurteilt. Das Straßburger Gericht gab der Frau eines Kurden recht, deren Mann vor zehn Jahren von türkischen Sicherheitskräften festgenommen wurde und seither verschollen ist. Außerdem sahen die Richter es als erwiesen an, dass ein in Berlin lebender Kurde im Sommer 1993 in Istanbul während eines Verhörs gefoltert wurde.weiter lesen

Ergebnis: In der Türkei keine Verbesserung der Situation für Aleviten und Nichtmuslimeweiter lesen

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Drinking etiquette in Japan

A Dutch friend who is just relocated to Japan sent me this:

In cozy and friendly Japanese-style bars, customers often pour drinks for each other from bottles of beer as a gesture of companionship. If you are a fellow beer drinker, reciprocate with your own bottle.
A whiskey drinker may invite you to drink from his bottle and fix a drink for you. In this case, you need not reciprocate unless you have your own bottle. (Many of these bars have a bottle-keep system for regular patrons who buy a bottle from time to time as it is less expensive than paying for single drinks over the long run.)
If with a group, do not begin to drink until everyone is served. Glasses are raised in the traditional salute as everyone shouts Kampai! (Cheers!)

If you drink sake, and someone offers a drink from his carafe, drink what remains in your cup before holding it out. In this case, too, reciprocate. But don't let it get out of hand. Pouring sake for each other at high speed can get you drunk much faster than you might imagine.
Excessive drinking is frowned on. But it happens. Rely on the bartender if someone close to you gets too boisterous.

Japanese students have three years of English-language studies in middle (junior-high) school. Many go on to become good or even fluent English conversationalists. You are likely to come across them in bars that cater to business people who work at general trading houses or other companies with international business dealings.
Even small talk in broken English, with the aid of body language, can make the evening all the more enjoyable. Don't hesitate to jump in.

Japanese sake (rice wine) goes extremely well with a variety of Japanese dishes. Brewed with rice and water, sake has been a Japanese alcoholic beverage since ancient times. Because it can be drunk warmed up in winter it warms the body. When drunk chilled, good sake has a taste similar to fine-quality wine. There are local sake breweries in every region across the country, which make their respective characteristic tastes based on the quality of rice and water as well as differences in brewing processes.

Day Opening - February 14


Cyprus view.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Fitna


The leader of the anti immigrant party, the PVV, in the Netherlands announced last December that his anti-Islam documentary would be ready in January 2008. Two weeks ago he told the assembled press that this documentary, wherein he wants to prove that Islam is a’ disturbed and deconstructive fanatical philosophy, not a religion’ will be released in the beginning of March. The Dutch government anticipated and there is a crisis scenario ready in case Dutch properties, citizens etc. will be attacked, as we remember the Danish cartoons.
The Iranian government already threatened the Dutch society with harsh reactions.
I am curious what the real impact will be of this pur sang anti-Islam documentary wherein Islam is described as facistic.

Day Opening - February 11


Goya Awards 2008, Spain.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The burqa


Covered &
Uncovered

'The Trouble Is the West'

Former Dutch member of parliament and critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is to seek protection in France.

Speaking to the French Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche, Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia, said, " I hope to gain French citizenship with the support of French intellectuals."
Claude Gueant, general secretary in the presidential Elysee Palace, had assessed her dossier a few weeks ago, she said.


Hirsi Ali, 38, has been subjected to death threats since making critical remarks about political Islam. The Dutch government suspended her police protection a few months ago.
"My personal situation has recently become increasingly dangerous. Bernard Henri-Levy contacted me and said that I had a right to naturalization and not only for personal reasons, but because the issue was the right to freedom of opinion," she said.

She received today the Simone de Beauvoir price and will address the European parliament this week.
Below her history and an interview done by a Dutch journalist.
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It was a heinous murder that made the best-selling memoirist Ayaan Hirsi Ali internationally famous, but she was neither the victim nor the perpetrator. The corpse was that of Theo van Gogh (the great grand son of the world famous Vincent van Gogh) a writer and filmmaker who in November 2004 was stabbed, slashed, and shot on an Amsterdam street by a Dutch-born Muslim extremist of Moroccan descent.
The assassin, driven to rage by Submission, a short film Van Gogh had made about the poor treatment of women under Islam, left no doubt about his motives. A letter he pinned to his victim’s chest with a knife was a call to jihad. It was also a death threat against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch parliament. She had persuaded Van Gogh to make Submission and had written the movie’s script.
Then 35, Hirsi Ali had already seen plenty of turmoil. She had endured a heavily religious upbringing in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, including a brutal circumcision to keep her “pure.” She chafed under the yoke of an embittered and sometimes violent mother and longed for a father who was perennially absent—often imprisoned or in hiding, due to his opposition to the Somali dictator Siad Barré.
In July 1992, Hirsi Ali defied her family’s wishes, refusing to marry the man to whom her father had betrothed her. She fled Kenya for the Netherlands, gaining refugee status and finding employment as a cleaning woman and a factory worker. She assimilated quickly, learning perfect Dutch and studying political science, a choice that led to a job as an analyst at the Labor Party’s think tank. There, to the consternation of her bosses, who had been courting the Muslim vote, Hirsi Ali worried out loud about Holland’s ever-burgeoning immigrant community and the rising tensions between Muslims and the native Dutch.

She works and lives since 2 years in the USA, with 24/7/365 security.

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Day Opening - February 10


Kadisha Valley, Lebanon.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Where are all...


...the Turkish men today?

The solution...


...for Americans on holiday...the canburger.

Day Opening - February 9


I know that the Turks love Sarko, but I like Mrs. Sarko more...
Two more pictures shot by Bharat Sikka, from her private collection.

Friday, February 8, 2008

You can be succesfull

The Netherlands is a secular state, where, in contrary with Turkey, the constitution is not built upon prohibitions. The Dutch government considers religion as an individual right in which it cannot interfere. But regarding the burqa; for the sake of good communication and interaction its not allowed to wear it in schools, universities and as public servant - when you wear the burqa it already tells you that you are not allowed to do anything in fact...

Again; the Dutch government can not interfere in individual religious affairs. But now, for security reasons, most parties wants to ban the face-covering clothing in public transportation - which means also that men can not wear a 'bivak muts', see picture above, against the cold. The Dutch government gave today the Dutch public transportation companies advice not to allow these kind of dress code anymore. Lets see what will happen.
Since we don't have a problem with the headscarf etc. by this the Time of this week, available February 11. Five success stories of European Muslims in Europe. One of them is Famile Arslan, of Turkish descent, raised and educated in the Netherlands. Who graduated several years ago as a laywer, and just opened her own office: Arslan & Associates in La Hague, the Netherlands.

"People keep telling me how successful I am," says Arslan. "But I'm not all that successful. Had I not been a migrant woman in a hijab, I could have gone much further." Still, when younger Muslims ask Arslan how to climb the professional ladder, she's optimistic. "If you think strategically, this is a great time to be a European Muslim," she argues. "Everyone's focused on us, so it's an opportunity — if you take it." - TIME

Building this blog

Slowly this blog gets its face as I had in mind, but still some features have to be added.
I am really fond of pallet colors not the primary colors used by most of the contemporary painters of the CoBrA group, through which the Dutch painters, Karel Appel and Corneille became world famous.
Pallet colors are for me the colors of Tuscany, Italy.
Anyway, hope that in the next week everything is up and running.

Winner World Press Photo 2007

The international jury of the 51st annual World Press Photo Contest selected a color image of the UK photographer Tim Hetherington as World Press Photo of the Year 2007. The picture was taken 16 September 2007 and shows a US soldier resting at "Restrepo" bunker, named after a soldier from his platoon who was recently killed by insurgents.
"This image shows the exhaustion of a man - and the exhaustion of a nation," says jury chairman Gary Knight, and adds "We're all connected to this. It's a picture of a man at the end of a line."
Tim Hetherington, the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, will receive his award during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday 27 April 2008.
The award also carries a cash prize of 10,000 euro. In addition, Canon will donate Hetherington a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera.
The awards ceremony is preceded by a three-day program of lectures, discussions and screenings of photography. The exhibition of prizewinners will be shown at the Oude Kerk from 29 April to 22 June and will subsequently visit over 100 locations around the world.

World Press Photo is run as an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.
The organization is controlled both by an independent executive board and a supervisory board, and employs around 25 permanent staff. The Amsterdam office acts as the hub for a network of professional contacts worldwide - it is this network that makes organizing the contest, exhibitions and other activities on such a large scale possible.

Day Opening - February 8


Design of the Dutch architect Remco Koolhaas.
Two buildings of the Bank of China, Sjanghai, are 'growing' towards each other.