Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today's Euro 2008 match: Spain - Russia

Twenty years ago Guus Hiddink won with PSV Eindhoven the Europa Cup 1 (now Champions League) and the Netherlands won in Germany Euro 1988.
In the first match the Netherlands lost from Russia but faced them again in the finals, this time the Netherlands won.
Tonight match between Spain and Russia is the second confrontation between these two countries. The first match was won by Spain, but tonight Andrei Arshavin will play when he missed the first two games.
Andrei Arshavin won with Zenith St.Petersburg this year the UEFA cup (with another Dutch coach: Dick Advocaat).
I go for Russia tonight, as long as Guus Hiddink wear that nice Orange t-shirt (see picture, made yesterday during a press conference). My prediction: 3-1 for Russia.

Anti-Semitic hate in the name of Islam - Hamas

Nazi Germany entered the picture in the 20th century. The Nazis, hoping to use early Islamic hostility toward Jews for their own ends, paid substantial sums of money to support the Muslim Brotherhood's anti-Jewish campaigns in Egypt. And just as they had radicalized widespread Christian anti-Semitism in Europe, the Nazis did their utmost to radicalize the latent anti-Judaism that had originated in early Islam.

While everything Jewish was considered evil in early Islam, everything evil was now being labeled as Jewish, from wars and revolutions to the drug trade and the decline of moral values. Between 1938 and 1945, the Nazis' radio station broadcast its lies about a supposed Jewish world conspiracy into the Islamic world every evening. The professionally produced programs were broadcast in Arabic, Persian and Turkish, and were very popular. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the Hamas charter has also adopted this legacy.

The Jews, we read in Article 22, "stood behind the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution and most of the revolutions we hear about... They stood behind World War I ... There is no war going on anywhere without them having their finger in it."

Teachers in the German capital Berlin are sometimes confronted with Muslim students who expressly use the Holocaust to justify their sympathies for the Nazis ("I like Hitler; he did the right thing with the Jews"), refusing to take part in school trips to concentration camp memorials. During one excursion to the German Historical Museum, a group of Muslim youth gathered in front of a replica of a gas chamber in Auschwitz and applauded.

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The fate of the Armenian-Turkish border

By Stepan GRIGORYAN - Turkish Daily News

A few weeks ago in the Turkish press there was reference to the conference, by the NGO I lead, the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, organized in Yerevan. I would like to share the findings of the opinion surveys conducted as part of the same project, between October 2007 and December 2007, with support of the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and USAID.

The interviews were conducted with representatives of political parties, NGOs and the academic community in Armenia and demonstrated that the views of the Armenian elite concerning the future of Armenian-Turkish relations is indeed changing profoundly.

A majority of respondents felt that applying pressure on Turkey through third countries or international organizations was not the right way to solve the problems in the relationship. It was widely considered unacceptable that international structures use the Armenian genocide issue as leverage against Turkey in pursuit of their objectives. By the same token, it was also noted that Turkey's position, which connects normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations with the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is undesirable.

Enough empty declarations:
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Dr. Stepan Grigoryan, is the chairman of the board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation in Yerevan. The term ‘Armenian genocide' used in this piece reflects the opinion of the author, not that of the TDN.

Day Opening - June 26

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