Sunday, May 18, 2008

News from the Netherlands

*Believers may do more than ordinairy people, "I can camp on the public highway'

On the 14th of May the Dutch cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot was arrested. Gregorius Nekschot is a pseudonym. Gregorius stands for the name of a pope, Nekschot for "shot through the neck", a method used by socialists of various breeds to get rid of unwanted dissidents.
Gregorius Nekschot creates highly controversial cartoons (banned). He himself calls them ‘tasteless cartoons’, and most people agree. By comparison, the Danish cartoons are pure propaganda for Mohammed. Strangely enough, those rather innocent Danish cartoons drew worldwide attention, while Nekschot’s cartoons didn’t.

That is over. On the 14th of this month Gregorius was arrested by a team of no fewer than ten police officers. He was taken into custody, and since the District Attorney deemed his works both highly offensive and commercial, he was kept locked up for two days. After release, he was told: "You can forget about anonymity now. They know who you are."
This arrest creates a serious political row. The parliament, to their credit, from left to right, wants an explanation from the minister for Justice, Hirsh Balin. And it better be a good one, for more and more information comes to earth that this is pure political intimidation, if not outright state terrorism. (...)

Source: Europenews

Note: the person who filed the complain is an imam, and it was 2005!
The cartonist is making fun not only about Islam, but all religions and the lefties as well.

Some notes about Turkish education system

That Turkish PM still, over and over again express his point that women needs at least three children is of course nonsense. Turkey is rapidly growing with a big group of under educated people. And an uneducated and unhealthy excessive population is the origin of serious problems for nations and does not translate into extra power.
Dynamics of modernization, such as increased attention to maternal and infant health, urbanization, education and communication, introduce population planning in the country's regions.
What Turkey needs is a balanced, educated and well-groomed population instead of an excessive one. And with educated I want to refer to the following article by Mustafa Akyol.
Also Taha Akyol (father of and CEO of CNN Turk and senior columnist of Milliyet) wrote an interesting book:"Which Ataturk".

Why most 'educated' Turks are hopelessly illiberal?

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Mustafa AKYOL

One of the great benefits of Turkey’s EU adventure is that it unveils some crucial yet often unnoticed facts about this country. Thanks to the accession process, Europeans are taking a closer look at Turkish society, and realizing who is really who in this very complex and often confusing nation.

One particular discovery of Europeans has been that the secularist Turkish elite is not sharing some of their fundamental values, such as democracy and individual freedom. These European-looking Turks are also quite militarist and nationalist according to Western standards.

The curious point is that this illiberal elite of Turkey is also the relatively better educated part of the society. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) is often the political choice of such Turks, and, interestingly enough, study after study shows that the CHP gets tons of votes from university graduates and urban professionals. The incumbent AKP (Justice and Development Party), on the other hand, whose political base is relatively less “educated,” is less nationalist and more pro-EU.

Why is that? Or, why, one might ask, are educated Turks more close-minded?

Indoctrination via education:
To find the answer, you need to realize what “education” really means in the Turkish context.
It actually means indoctrination. In others words, the education system is not designed to raise individuals who believe in democracy, freedom, pluralism or critical thinking. It is rather designed to inculcate all students with the “state ideology.”

Just spend some time in a Turkish primary or high school, and you will see what I mean. Students start and end every week by swearing an oath of allegiance to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, around whom our state ideology has built a cult of personality. “O mighty Atatürk who has given us this day,” all students recite, “I swear that I will walk relentlessly on your path.” The oath ends with a collectivist promise of sacrifice: “Let my existence be a gift to Turkish existence!”

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