Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
But if your love and must needs have desires,
Let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook
That sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer
For the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise upon your lips.
"Let these be your desires" by Khalil Gibran.
Monday, July 28, 2008
And this baby world is huge!
The couple weeks I was very very very very very busy to explore this new world for me. An eye-opener it was!
I met, saw, bought and read new things.
Magazines about parenthood; breast feeding,delivery, fashion for babies and fashion for pregnant women.
Courses about (again) breast feeding and delivery. Yoga and gym for pregnant women and their partners.
Shops with lots of baby clothes.
Shops with fashion for pregnant women.
Baby superstores with stuff like; baby-carriages,baby phones, baby bath-tubs,baby bath thermometers,car seats,baby-chairs,baby beds,baby-soaps,baby lotions,baby oils,thermos in different baby colors,baby brushes,diapers and diaper bags, bottles,dummies and MORE!
While exploring I had to arrange a monthly nurse, buy childproof locks and try to be a fashionable pregnant women. Yes,I bought maternity clothes.
Suddenly..... I realized that in India or Africa pregnant women do not buy these “additional” baby stuff-things.
They just give their love, pay attention and feed their child. Because that’s what babies need.
And THAT is exactly what I’m going to give to my little darling. I put my fashionable maternity clothes away and get back to the real world.
The real world where I live and in the future with my family. We don’t need stuff to feel happy, we need each other’s love.
Now and always.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisyan called on his country's youth to renounce propaganda directed against Turkey, private NTV television reported yesterday. “Such propaganda is dangerous for Armenians, because it limits our horizons,” he said, adding that there was a difference of opinion between Yerevan and the Armenian diaspora on Turkey.
ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Would you believe that militant Kemalism can be reconciled with radical Islamism? If you say no, then think again. And read the monthy Milli Çözüm
The investigation into the shadowy group called Ergenekon has been perceived in the foreign press as yet another round in the war between Turkey's “Islamists” and “secularists.” After the arrest of 24 alleged Ergenekonists, including two retired top generals, a headline simply read, “Islamist government cracking down on secularists.” If you know nothing about Turkey, what you would infer from that sentence could be that a Taliban-like administration is attacking lighthearted liberals.
But that is not the case at all. The common ideology of the Ergenekon folks is apparently a very fierce nationalism that borders on fascism. What has driven them mad is that the “Islamist” yet EU-friendly AKP (Justice and Development Party) government has implemented reforms which they see as “treason.” Their main focus seems to be “saving Cyprus from the Greek yoke,” and keeping Turkey as militarist as possible. The secularism they aspire to is a one that goes hand-in-hand with this militant nationalism.
The real gem is the content of Milli Çözüm. It is a very curious blend of anti-Western radical Islamism and Kemalist militarism. The cover of its current July issue presents a must-see cartoon: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a donkey and the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is riding him. There is also a quote from Olmert, who is called "the arch-terrorist of Zionist Israel". "I am thankful to Erdoğan,” Olmert reportedly said, “He helps me a lot."
Continue reading herrreee...
And Ergenekon indictment accepted.
Enjoy the weekend...
Friday, July 25, 2008
The visit came amid tensions stirred by the Russian Orthodox Church, which considers Ukraine its canonical territory, even though the baptism of Kyivan Rus predates the founding of Moscow.
Patriarch Bartholomew I, accompanied by President Yushchenko, who supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, laid wreaths at the monuments to Princess Olha and St. Volodymyr.
It is the first time a Constantinople Patriarch visits Kyiv since 1648, and while Constantinople does not yet recognize the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, President Yushchenko sees the visit as a positive signal.
Munchen has its October Feste, since yesterday Berlin its Obama Feste...
I have high expectations of Obama these days. You can say what you want but he is the perfect orator. At least 200,000 people heard the Democratic Party candidate make the only public speech of his world tour. Next stops are Paris and London. Curious if he will make a speech there as well since people there are already heating up.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Respected Mr. Gandhi !
I use the presence of your friend in our home to send you these lines. You have shown through your works, that it is possible to succeed without violence even with those who have not discarded the method of violence. We may hope that your example will spread beyond the borders of your country, and will help to establish an international authority, respected by all, that will take decisions and replace war conflicts.
With sincere admiration,
Yours A. Einstein.
I hope that I will be able to meet you face to face some day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
July 20, 2008 by Plateau of Iran
Some say conversion to Zoroastrianism is not permitted without considerable thought, soul searching, practical knowledge and contemplation. I only agree with the mentioned qualifications.
Many Traditional & Conservative Zoroastrians - especially Parsi “Mobeds” (Zoroastrian “Priests”) in India - are not in favor of conversion, nor allow it. Iranian-Zoroastrian Mobeds are more receptive, but with caution & for good reasons.
Although, centuries ago, before Arab-Islam invasion of Iran (7th century CE) conversion was allowed, on occasions even sought, thereafter, was discontinued due to a number of reasons. One reason is said to have stemmed from an Islamic, particularly, Shia Muslim practice called Al Taqiyah (dissimulation).
A non-Zoroastrian, particularly from Iranian origins, according to Iranian-Zoroastrian Mobeds (Priests), is often welcomed to join in Zoroastrian gatherings and celebrations, as “friends” of the faith. More so as most Iranians, by the virtue of their forefathers and mothers were in fact Zoroastrians. It is important to explore, and become familiar with one’s original identity, faith and religion. Let’s also remember that Zoroastrians, unlike certain other religions, did not forcefully convert others, nor destroyed other peoples’ religions, culture, nor holy places in the name of Zoroastrianism or conversion.
Continue reading hereeeeee...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The racist, neo fascistic and ultra nationalist MHP gives a party in the Netherlands.
Pictures are made in March of this year in party centre Alladin, Beverwijk, the Netherlands.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Senz umbrella, designed by yourn Dutch designers won another international price: the American Gold International Design Excellence award.
The umbrella is windproof up to windforce 10!
Excellent for a place like Miami, Schotland, China (?) and other windy and rainly places...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
While most of the information I could find on this exhibition was in Dutch, I thought it was still worth posting. This massive triangular stack of wooden picnic tables is an art project titled ‘Rest’ by Miguel Brugman and Martijn Engelbregt in Wageningen, Netherlands.
The project represents an, “air restaurant where food, social cohesion and the care nature and environment meet each other”.
It seems as though ‘Rest’ may actually have been an actual ‘diner’ of sorts for a short time, however they are apparently ‘no longer taking reservations’. Fine by me, I get shaky just seeing those people sitting under a huge mountain of stacked tables.
Another interesting development in Wageningen, herrrreee
The tourists were seized from their camp on Mount Ararat in Turkey's eastern Agri province on 9 July.
The PKK vowed not to release them unless Germany renounced its crackdown on the group, defined as a terrorist organisation by the US, EU and Turkey.
The Germans were part of a 13-member climbing team that had set up camp at 3,200m (10,500ft) on the mountain, the highest in Turkey and a popular tourist destination.
The PKK seeks autonomy for Kurds in south-eastern Turkey. More than 30,000 people have been killed since the group began its armed campaign in 1984.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
He is a Dutch, so I congratulated him with his article and love affair with the daughter of a Turkish colonel. We had some contact but MvdG became suddenly a radical person (maybe to impress his future father-in-law? who knows). Here his last master piece....
His rantings about Turks who don't share his point of view in general and Armenians in particular are the highlights of his blog. And I disagree.
I left some comments out there and automatically 'banned' because of 'insulting the author'.
Today, an acquaintance called me that she was in a bitter but oh so sweet discussion on this MvdG blog, but she was banned as well. Together with so many other people likewise.
I never saw a blog which banned all the time readers, commenter's etc.
And MvdG blog is full of insults towards all kind of minorities in Turkey as in the Netherlands as well.
In fact, MvdG, wrote that Turkey must stop listening to the EU, Europe and the world.
He, as a student, must be ashamed by venting his racists comments.
Good for Turkey that it follow its own course: Turkey supports the new Cyprus situation, wants better ties with Armenia, its relations with Greece improved day-by-day etc.
Yes, Turkey doesn't need advise from a guy who spends maybe a couple of months in Turkey, spreading hatred only to get attention. Which we call sensationalism.
In the Netherlands we call MvdG a NSB'er.
By carpetblogger. Enjoy.
By Mustafa Aykol
Saturday, July 19, 2008
According to Sevan Nişanyan, Turks need to face and question their history. 'Unlike Portugal or Spain,' he says, 'Turkey has not come to terms with its totalitarian past'.
You should meet Sevan Nişanyan. A Turkish citizen of Armenian decent, he studied philosophy at Yale, political science at Columbia, and now teaches Turkish language and history at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. In the past he has written several books about tourism in Turkey that were all well received by everyone who read them, but his recent title made him a public enemy in the eyes of Turkey's staunch Kemalists. Mr. Nişanyan, with all his boldness, argues that Kemalism is, in essence, what we commonly know as fascism.
The book I am speaking about is titled "Yanlış Cumhuriyet: Atatürk ve Kemalizm Hakkında 51 Soru" (The Mistaken Republic: 51 Questions about Atatürk and Kemalism). Throughout its 440 pages, Mr. Nişanyan deconstructs and refutes many commonly accepted and hardly unquestioned maxims in Turkey. At the very core of his historical revisionism lies the shivering argument that Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, willingly established a dictatorship and never aimed at building a democracy. The Republic of Turkey, in other words, was a “mistaken” one right from the very beginning.
“I have read all the speeches and interviews Atatürk gave after establishing his power,” Mr. Nişanyan notes, “in those thousands of pages, democracy is mentioned only six times: two are in his statements to foreigners and others are ‘democracy is good, but…’ type of comments.”
But was Turkey ready for democracy at that time? Wasn’t the nation an ignorant, backward, “unenlightened” one that needed an autocratic modernizer? Wouldn’t Turkey be something like Afghanistan had it not been “saved” by the Kemalist revolution?
Of course, Atatürk aimed at and pushed for further modernization, but some of the steps he took, according to Mr. Nişanyan, were wrong. The “language revolution,” for example, impoverished Turkish culture. The Ottoman language, thanks to its imports from Arabic and Persian into nomadic Turkish, was very sophisticated and complex. The Kemalist effort to “cleanse” the language from these “foreign” elements soon led to the shrinking of vocabulary – and thus the shrinking of minds.
Mr. Nişanyan also criticizes the despotic nature of the self-styled secularism that Atatürk and his followers established in Turkey. He thinks that in one sense it is similar to the Soviet model because it uprooted all religious institutions. But the Kemalists also wanted to use religion for the state’s purposes; therefore they enacted a state-controlled religion. “The real purpose was not secularity,” Mr. Nişanyan argues, “It was the achievement and consolidation of absolute political power.”
Alas, if the republic was really a “mistaken” one, then one could well say that its “children” are on the “correct” track. They just live up to their father’s legacy.
read the full article here
Friday, July 18, 2008
The rapporteur for the Constitutional Court recommended not banning the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, in a report submitted to the court's president late Wednesday.
Constitutional Court President Haşim Kılıç said the report is being distributed to court members and he will consult the other judges before setting a date for the verdict.
Rapporteur Osman Can asked the court not to ban the AKP from political activity, arguing that charges of anti-secular activity that fall under freedom of expression cannot be grounds for closure. According to Turkish media reports, the rapporteur reminded the court that in Western democracies only committing violence is considered a solid basis for party closure. The AKP, in its defense, has rejected all the charges, describing them as "fictional" and politically motivated.
It was further noted in the report that according to the Venice Commission criteria, a set of guidelines for party closure in Europe, blaming the AKP for Parliament's constitutional amendment lifting the ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities which was later scraped by the top court would be considered unjust.
The rapporteur also argued that since conditions for closure are not met, the 71 party officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President Abdullah Gül, cannot be barred from party politics for five years.
The conclusion of the report raised expectations in Ankara for an early August verdict. Political observers argue that the verdict will be announced just after the Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, completes its annual Aug. 1-4 meeting. However, the president of the court denied claims that they will wait for the end of the YAŞ meeting and said, “We make arrangements only according to our own procedures and program.”
Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalçınkaya launched proceedings in March, arguing that the AKP had become a "focal point" of anti-secular activity aimed at installing an Islamist regime. He also asked the court to bar 71 AKP officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President Abdullah Gül, from party politics for five years.Most political analysts expect the party to be outlawed and some members, including Erdoğan, banned from belonging to a party for five years. AK Party representatives suggest a ruling is unlikely before August.The European Union has criticised the case and a move against a democratically elected party could hurt Turkey's accession process.
If the AKP is closed and Erdoğan removed from power analysts expect an early parliamentary election will follow.
Destroyed Buddha by Taliban, 2004.
Afghanistan's puritanical Taliban Islamic militia demolishing statues across the country including two towering ancient stone Buddhas.
Former Taliban Minister of Information and Culture Qudratullah Jamal told AFP the destruction of scores of pre-Islamic figures, designed to stop the worshipping of "false idols," had begun throughout the country.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
But we will continue here.
More co bloggers will join.
At the same time, several weeks ago I was approached by a world wide business channel (6,5 million viewers a day) to be their expert on Turkey. Yesterday we had finally a long conversation, although the line London - Istanbul is not always clear. I will contribute to them with some info about Southern Europe and you will find for free here soon some interesting info from business leaders in the world including the CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi but also me, Hans.
There are several Dutch words which simple don't need to be translated like 'Apartheid'.
And what about 'Kraken' (not a seamonster), 'Gedogen', 'Gedoogzone', 'krikken' etc.
Some Dutch out there to help me out? I simple don't know how to explain these words, only the last one is easy but doesn't really cover the word/meaning....
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Their capture sparked a month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah which could have be easily prevented if these crazy Islamists, who are called 'martyrs' now in Lebanon while celebrating their resistance fighters - which led to some kind of instant mass psychose -, were released earlier or confirmed to be dead.
Israel has handed over five Lebanese prisoners, including a man convicted of killing bare hands two children....this all of the bones of two young soldiers.
And tomorrow this 'National Wedding' in Lebanon is over, and they will fight their ugly civilian war again, blaming everybody but them selves....oh so innocent.
Europe announced 3 days ago that their 440 million of aid for the Palestinians were gone, so did the USA, having spent 400 million of USD in the Gaza strip. Sarcastically they asked what the 'brothers' of the Palestinians did, regarding 'talk help'...pas du tout. Nothing, niente, not one cent.
"They sacrificed over 700 of their best warriors and all their economy, and what they get for what they did is a murderer, a bloody murderer of a three-and-a-half-year-old girl and her father - and for this they are making all this glory, for this they sacrificed so much. So I feel only pity for them."
Its up to the bArbar'ians now....
At least in Israel the bones of a soldier get respects. Can we compare that with the 'honor' of a 'alive' killer in Lebanon. Not so strange since pedophilia is still not illegal in Arab countries.
Google your self this time...I am sad and angry about all this 'dhimmitude' and ignorance...
Check it out. I think you will find it very useful and probably might help you create more ideas if you are planning to invest in someplace...
In response to a parliamentary query made yesterday by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Aydın deputy Recep Taner, Şahin said: “In the first three months of 2008 there were 103 court cases regarding 301. Thirty-two individuals were convicted, and the court ruled for the acquittal of 74 people. Eight of the 32 convicted were sentenced to jail terms, 11 were given fines. Four received both jail sentences and fines. Among the eight given jail sentences, the sentences of five were commuted to fines and the sentences of the other three were suspended.”
A recent amendment to the infamous article has improved matters. One of the changes to Article 301, which previously criminalized “insulting Turkishness” and has long been seen as an obstacle to freedom of speech in Turkey, made it obligatory for prosecutors to secure approval from the Justice Ministry before launching cases on 301-related charges. The amendment was adopted in May of this year. In the past, the article in question had been repeatedly challenged, particularly with respect to the charges filed against Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was assassinated after he was brought before the court.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ikea is going green in Denmark with a new program that loans bikes with trailers to customers to take home their purchases. The bikes are built in the classic Ikea design and sturdy enough to handle a good load.
There’s no charge, but the store requires a small deposit.
After Ikea discovered that 20% of their customers rode a bike to the store—even though most live outside the city center—they were inspired to try the program. Of course, the bright blue and gold brands the bikes as Ikea, even if the logo is obscured.
Soon you will find these bikers on the highways of Istanbul...
Monday, July 14, 2008
"The indictment covers crimes such as forming an armed terror group... and attempting to overthrow the government by force," Mr Engin said.
The U.N. estimates 2.5 million have been forced from their homes in Darfur.
They include masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in the war-torn region with a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.
ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo presented his evidence against al-Bashir to the judges at the Hague in the Netherlands on Monday.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The stress and anger reached its maximum levels with me…this can't be, I'm going nuts…something must be done and sadly I believe my words or anybody else can't change anything otherwise I would write continuously for a week.
We are living in a real hell now; for the past 3 days till now there is a sever sand storm, the sky is red and the air is suffocating added to that the heat is unbearable it reaches 60s and 70s C° in the sun and high 40s in the shade and since we have a sand storm then we can't open the windows and you can imagine how nice the weather is in a closed room in these temperatures…well, I bet you are thinking with your selves what is the problem? Just turn on the air conditioner or the air cooler!! Well, those are electrical devices and they need something really rare to operate; it's the holy electricity…yes, believe me in Iraq electricity is holy…
I think soon enough there will be a group of people that warships electricity…why not? People used to warship fire, and electricity is more important than fire!! I'm not crazy or getting close to be but read till the end and you would know what the situation is.It has been 5 days and there is no fuel in the gas stations! Yes 5 days without a single drop of fuel, that means I can't operate my home generator and once the fuel in the car is finished I'll have to stay at home and screw working, the queue for the gas station is about 6 km long with two rows and that means everything in Iraq will stop working pretty soon, even food will disappear from the markets if this continues ….it has been 4 days without electricity!! Well, we had it for 2 hours during the past 100 hours. You might ask your self "how are you able to use the computer and internet?" thanks to the neighborhood generator guy who is smart and have saved a good amount of diesel fuel to operate his generator for 8 hours a day and my laptop needs 1.5 hour to charge for 2 hours.There are other methods to fight the unbearable heat; the heat that is not designed for humans at all, many machines wouldn't work in such temperatures…I can have a shower to refresh and cool my self a bit, right? So I went to the shower and I found that there is no water in the tub! It has been more than a week and the water is so scarce, it either drips or there is no water at all…I think that's great, we only have two big rivers and bunch of river branches with many lakes, we are so lucky to have dripping water once and a while !!!….OK, no need to take a shower I already took one with my sweat and keep in mind there is a sand storm out there!…I'll go to the fridge and drink something cold…Ooops, did I say cold? Sorry for that the fridge is hot and there is nothing cool in it and all foods have rotten and they need to be thrown away, isn't that just great?
Continue reading hereeeeee
Note: One year ago I had for a short time direct contact with Mohammed, the author of this blog. Two days ago he wrote to me that he will be in Istanbul for holidays during the month of August. So we are in contact again and I hope to find him a descent place to stay, where he and his wife can rest for a month. I admire his courageous and overall attitude, and looking forward to meet him on many occasions in Istanbul. I and Ozlem will be his guide during his stay in Turkey.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This video shows why Iranians can not count: after praising Allah (fsih) they started the countdown 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and FIRE.....but nothing happened. Then some bla bla, and the countdown goes on, reverse: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8...and suddenly the racket goes away...
'What goes up must goes down', anyone seen the racket?
I never had so much faith in Flying Carpets of Persia, do we have to be scared for their unguided missiles....)
For the first time, the French State council refused to give a person of Morroc descent, French citizen ship, based upon the fact that 'religious matters interfere'; Pour la première fois en France, le Conseil d'Etat a pris en compte le niveau de pratique religieuse pour se prononcer sur la capacité d'assimilation d'une personne étrangère.
Eight years ago she moved from Morocco to France where she married another Morroc immigrant. He ordered her to wear a burqa, and she didn't resist and refused to integrate in the French society.
The French State council ruled that her lifestyle contradicts the French republic norms and values: "une pratique radicale de la religion incompatible avec les valeurs essentielles de la communauté française".
Their two children have the French nationality, she not. Appeal is not possible: bravo!
But in fact she is a ticking time bomb. And that's scary.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Don't worry, most of these counters can not count precisely (Like the Iranians who shot 3 instead 4 missiles into orbit yesterday, but photo shop did a pretty good job).
The first counter is a free one: it counts visitors, page hits and so on. The second, third and fourth counters are more precisely (paid for these ones): they count unique visitors by day, by city and current readers - click on mother earth to see who your co-voyeurs are.
But the last one only show bloggers who hit - on purpose or by accident - this blog. And it has an interesting feature; where are people looking for. And I tell you, that many people are looking for things they dont talk in live about: sex, hookers, prostitueus in Athens, Patras, Amsterdam, Istanbul etc....))
Here an example of today:
Houston, Texas arrived from google.com on "Internation Musing: Istanbul, Athens, Amsterdam, Patra, Utrecht, Thessaloniki and Des Moines: Islamic Republic of Hookers and Drugs Addicts" by searching for hookers in istanbul.
...of our future King and Queen, Alexander and Maxima...
Don't think that they everybody bikes in the Netherlands, but it looks so cozy...
The guy is 10 years younger than me, but he has already 3 daughters, but must be some kind of ordeal for him....)