Thursday, July 24, 2008

Einsteins letter to Gandhi



Translation:
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.

America by county ancestry....


Click here to enlarge....
Conclusion: America is German..))

Day Opening - July 24



"Wealthy-beauties" by Jaline Pol.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Conversion to Zoroastrianism....

Conversion to Zoroastrianism & Sedreh Pushi (Navjote)
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...

Day Opening - July 23



"Via Dei Navigante" by Steven Quartly.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

... As this night is still young....





... The sunset right outside my house, only a few moments ago...

Fish Bowl



If your fish is your best friend, take him with you!
Designer : Michal Shabtiali

Turkish organisations ( Fethullah Gülen) under scrutiny


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.

The controversy around the Turkish Muslim leader Fethullah Gülen has also reached the Netherlands. The city council of the second largest city of the Netherlands, Rotterdam, announced an inquiry in the movement of Fethullah Gülen and other Turkish organizations whom receives money to help Turkish people integrate in the Netherlands. People are suspicious about the intentions of Gülen's movement. The city council didn't question the integrity of all these organizations but wants to have proof that the money they donate for integration purpose are also indeed spent for that goal.
In the meanwhile, the ultra nationalistic and racist branch of the MHP in the Netherlands - while it is illegal under Turkish law for Turkish political parties to have a branch organization outside Turkey - receives millions of subsidies by local and county level administrative bodies in the Netherlands. Also, they are (like their counter part the PKK) involved in organized crime.
For more information about their hatefully activities here hundreds of links....
Their culture is not one suited to a pluralistic, open and socially reciprocal life where people pay tax in order to pay for benefits..their attitude is to get something for nothing for spreading hatred against alevi's, Kurds, Turkish liberals, Jews, Turkish leftist etc.
And why are Turkish ultra nationalist political active and living outside Turkey?

Karadzic arrested, finally!


And what's the reward for Serbia? EU membership?

picture: GeenStijl.nl

Day Opening - July 22



"Slide" by Pamela Sukhum.

Monday, July 21, 2008

spotted


My nephew Joerie spotted during Milano's Fashion week 2008...
He has the time of his life..))

Dutch design: the Senz umbrella


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...

Day Opening - July 21



Chesma Shahi garden, Kashmir.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Picnic Table Pyramids


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

German hostages freed in Turkey

Three German climbers taken hostage by Kurdish armed rebel group the PKK have been freed and are in the hands of the Turkish government, officials say.
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.
Source: BBCnews.

Day opening - July 20


Old Town Square, Prague


By night

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Dutch radical at work - Michael van der Galien

One year ago an article of Michael van der Galien was published in Turkish Daily News.
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.

Attention Stupid Terrorists! Now Accepting Grant Proposals

Attention Stupid Terrorists! Now Accepting Grant Proposals

By carpetblogger. Enjoy.

Is Turkey a 'mistaken republic?'

Is Turkey a 'mistaken republic?'

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

Day opening - July 19


Sunset in Peru.