Thursday, April 16, 2009
He hopes to receive help from professional film-makers in the United States and says the new film should be ready next year.
A court in Amsterdam last year ruled that Mr Wilders should be prosecuted for inciting hatred and discrimination. Fitna (the word means 'strife' or 'ordeal' in Arabic), is being cited as part of the evidence against him.
I'm not sure what his real purpose is, but if will create some uproar again...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
From a Bluffer's Guide to Dutch.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Can not solve the problem until today. Therefore I am using an old computer which I bought in Miami 2002, which is slow...
Entrecard users: sorry I cannot drop by that often...
Comments here: later.
Thank you for your patience.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
It is a sad truth that while men can stomach sparkles of intelligence from a woman, they find too much intellect indigestible. Intelligent women are a threat... It was a man who ruefully admitted: 'Women are more intelligent than men. They have to be, to convince us so often that the opposite is true'.
From: Bluffer's Guide to women.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The Ministry of Defence has spent five years trying to select suitable chaplains, but up to now has been hampered by disagreement between different Islamic organisations. Iim really curious what for example the Turkish militairy thinks about an army-Imam of Milli Gurus...
The Dutch army is a professinal one; militairy service is volontairy. Another problem is that Dutch citizens of Turkish descent, when choose to become Dutch soldier also mus fullfill his militairy service ın Turkey. Which is of course to ridicule for words.
Friday, April 10, 2009
My question is still out there; ‘since when epitomize Turkey the Arab world and the Islamite world at large in the NATO’? And I already mentioned here that Turkey is confused about its own position in Europe, within the EU and the NATO…
I shall spare you all the negative editorials, comments in the European press (I’m talking about the French, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Greek press etc. as far I could read them in their native languages) of last week, but all raised the same question; ‘will Turkey act like this when it’s a member of the EU’? And ‘is Turkey representing itself or its Islamite allies’. Sarcasm and irony was what Turkey’s foreign policy received. If Turkey wants to join the EU then it has to act from an EU perspective and from its on national interest. Not from an Arab’ point of view. Today, Barcin Yinanc summed it all up pretty well. It looks like that Turkey EU membership is further away than ever since Europe is now fully aware that Turkey foreign policy is based upon religion, not upon its own interests. And that sounds silly, or not?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Our last real road trip was in January 2007 (after a long flight from Istanbul to San Fransisco)when we drove in 5 days from San Francisco to Phoenix, Arizona, from there to Albuquerque, New Mexico and from there to Las Vegas in Nevada and back to San Francisco.
This time we will fly to Milan, where O. has her annual meeting with GM’s of her company world wide. And their partners, mainly women…. We will have some good days in the Ritz Milan, I can guarantee that. From there we will drive to Lyon and Paris in France, stay there a couple of days and travel to Brussels and Amsterdam where I have some business to do. Then we drive back to Milan and take a day train to Venice. And fly back to Istanbul.. O. has been to many European countries and places in the America’s and the Far and Middle East, but she never made it to France, Belgium and Venice Italy. Yes, she traveled to Rome and Florence on a cold winter day during Christmas when everything was closed! For me is it since 2002, to see, the countries where I lived in the past, France, Italy, Belgium, back. And the Netherlands? Didn’t have been there since May 2007, and that’s a long time if you compare it to my visits to my home country between May 2006 and May 2007: 8 times, among other foreign trips. I guess I wrote and blogged too much!
You may bow your head to the Saudis; most know about Saudi financial investments in the USA, and the consequences should the relationship sour. President George W. Bush, and his father knew the constraints too well. – ”I saw President Bush lower his head to have a medal placed on around his neck [by Saudis] which is very different from a supplicating bow of greeting.” - Here
Other references to USA/SAUDI relations: One - Two - Three - there are numerous other documentations, pre and post September 11, 2001.
At the end of the day, to many Iranian People, even those who are US citizens, you are just another American President working to successfully see your legacy through in American Politics. Your administration is another hindrance for the Iranian People, but a facilitator of the Iranian Islamic Government. You are not seen by many Iranian People to be able to make a real, pro-democracy & freedoms difference in a Mullah-ruled, dictatorship called The Islamic Republic of Iran - Nor will you or your administration try to do so. Much luck to you, Joe Biden and your administration.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Turkey considered the Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen unfit to lead the alliance because of his role in the 2006 crisis over the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Fogh Rasmussen had refused to apologise for the publication of the cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, which caused widespread and sometimes violent protests in the Muslim world.
It was nothing personal, said Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but how could a man like that represent Nato in the Muslim world - especially at a time when Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran are at the top of Nato's agenda? Erdogan said several Arabic countries had voiced their concern to him.
In the current climate it didn't take long before this reaction led to a counter-reaction. Since when can anyone dictate who the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation does or does not appoint as its leader? some people said. Have we become so afraid of the Muslim world that we are ready to give in to any perceived sensitivities of undemocratic regimes in the Middle East? Now more than ever it is time for Nato to stand up for a man who defended the freedom of expression in the face of Muslim protest, Fogh Rasmussen's defenders argued.
And thus what started as a human resources issue - albeit on a very high level - risked growing into a major new chapter in the so-called 'clash of civilisations': the succession of emotional, political and religious skirmishes since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
During Friday night's working dinner in Strasbourg, the succession issue took up far more time than was expected or intended. The alliance was at an impasse: against the consensus among 27 of the 28 member states stood the lonesome opposition of Turkey. "The question is what it will cost for Turkey to give in," said one cynical diplomat who was unimpressed by Turkey's supposedly principled stand on behalf of the Muslim world.
After much negotiating, it became clear on Saturday what Turkey's price was. After talks between US president Barack Obama and Turkish president Abdullah Gül, Erdogan announced that Ankara had been given guarantees that Fogh Rasmussen would appoint a Turk as one of his deputy secretary generals and that more Turks would be given top jobs at Nato's military headquarters. Some Turkish diplomats even claimed that France and Germany were made to promise to be more lenient in ongoing talks about Turkey's accession to the European Union.
It was with considerable relief that De Hoop Scheffer and Fogh Rasmussen appeared before the media on Saturday with the announcement that a unanimous decision had been reached about the succession. A crisis was averted. Fogh Rasmussen said he understood Turkey's concerns. "I made clear I will reach out to the Muslim world and I will make sure [Nato] will co-operate closely with Turkey," he said.
A friend of Bush
It remains to be seen whether this is enough to make Fogh Rasmussen an effective Nato leader, and to overcome possible opposition from the Muslim world.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen (56) is known as "a friend of Bush". He supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003, signing a letter together with seven other European leaders in which they backed the removal of Saddam Hussein and called for solidarity with Washington. It earned him an invitation to president Bush' Texas ranch where they went mountainbiking together - just like the outgoing secretary general De Hoop Scheffer before him.
In Denmark, Fogh Rasmussen's appointment was met with a mix of pride and relief. Uncertainty about Fogh Rasmussen's appointment had all but paralysed Danish national politics. Rasmussen will be succeeded as prime minister by the current finance minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
On Monday, there were indications that the cartoons row might not be quite over yet. The Turkish media widely reported that Fogh Rasmussen would issue an apology during a speech in Istanbul, and that the apology was one concession offered in order to get Turkey to withdraw its opposition.
But the Danish news agency Ritzau quoted Fogh Rasmussen as saying there would be no apology. "Listen. In Denmark we do not apologise for having freedom of speech," Fogh Rasmussen said. "You all know that a Danish prime minister cannot apologise on behalf of a newspaper."
Fogh Rasmussen was in Turkey on Monday to speak at a United Nations conference on intercultural dialogue and understanding. As secretary-general of Nato he may have to continue the intercultural dialogue, in one form or another, for some years to come. But he didn't apologize!
Monday, April 6, 2009
...with Hillary Clinton...
View on Airforce One; left the plane of Hillary Clinton
Through Twitter: just arrived in Istanbul
Sunday, April 5, 2009
These are all incidents that occurred in the Western world in recent years, also in the Netherlands. And they are all signs of the progressing process of islamization. Is a political party allowed to warn society against it?...
Saturday, April 4, 2009
How works the ICC and how is it ruled, and what can they do?
The ICC is only allowed to prosecute 4 types of crimes:
-Crimes against humanity
The last one worries countries such as Israel, Russia, China, USA etc. The reason that none of them recognizes the ICC.
It’s important that ‘aggression’ must be nailed down properly!
The ICC brings charges only against individuals, not states! And the ICC’s rules allow it to take cases only when other courts, national or regional, cannot or will not do so.
Despite its absence from the ICC, America has done more than most, financially and diplomatically, to establish and support the tribunals for Yugoslavia, Rwanda ad Sierra Leone and recently the investigations into a tribunal for Lebanon.
Of the Arab countries only Jordan is a member of the ICC. Of the ‘Muslim’ countries, only Djibouti and Jordan are members.
The Security Council and the ICC are at loggerheads over who could trigger an investigation; the Council, supposedly the body with prime responsibility for international peace and security (and where Russia, China, and the USA all have vetoes) or the prosecutor and judges of the ICC? In my opinion the latter.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The next 10 days, Eva will take care about the Day Openings; she will present some nice pictures she made on her trip to Nepal last year among other interesting pics she found.
Today the G-20 will held its summit in London, and decisions will be made, tough ones. I promised for some time now to write something about Social Banking aka Social Finance, and yes, that will be published tomorrow, finally!
By accident, today, I discovered the blog of a Dutch journalist in Turkey. She writes for a dozen Dutch newspapers and magazines. Her opinion is refreshing and she is added to Internations its blog roll.
Eva and I wrote last year an article: ‘Istanbul, European Capital of 2010; a Bridge too far’.
I’m dealing with it since and never saw a suitable outlet to publish it. If Zaman Today runs it, it’s okay. I don’t expect that much of other English dailies in Turkey. Otherwise it will be published here on Internations, which gets a good rating and more visitors every day.
And...that's all for now!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Had the company been monitoring Twitter for brand mentions, they could have set up a dedicated feed and been responding to the conversation for at least 45 minutes before their own response site was in place. They could have even prepared for the eventuality by defining keywords and bots to follow/respond with important information well in advance of any crisis hitting.
As the communications environment in which we operate becomes even quicker and the expectations of consumers from those involved increases, Twitter is certainly going to be a key communication channel in times of crisis and there is absolute no reason why companies can’t – and shouldn’t – be incorporating it into their crisis response plans. Voila!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
BBP: 3% (sympathy votes)
Trend watching is an important semi-science within communication management, but often not taken seriously. Early indicators of tonight, I am writing this here down at 08.30pm, looks like that the AKP is not doing well. But the CHP is still a party which can not lead the opposition against the AKP. What would happen if the CHP leader, D. Baykal, was not their party leader anymore?
Beyond generally accepted social standards which are continually shifting, Christianity sets a moral standard—the attitudes toward and treatment of women by Jesus. There is no recorded instance where Jesus disgraces, belittles, reproaches, or stereotypes a woman. Examples of the manner of Jesus are instructive for inferring his attitudes toward women and show repeatedly how he liberated and affirmed women.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity has become a major focus of this contemporary gender debate. In 1977, George W. Knight III argued in a book about gender roles that the subordination of women to men is theologically analogous to the subordination of the Son to the Father in the Trinity. The current pope strongly condems all violence against women: "disturbing is the crushing yoke of discrimination that women and girls so often endure, not to mention the unspeakable practice of sexual violence and exploitation which causes such humiliation and trauma," Benedict told an audience of government leaders and foreign diplomats this week in Angola and mentioned that especially in the USA, where many clergy abused women and children in the past, needs more investigations.
In Judaism, the past 30 years, have seen a revolution in how reform Judaism views women as well. Judaism now believes in the equality of men and women. The reform movement rejects the idea that halakha (Jewish law and tradition) is the sole legitimate form of Jewish decision making, and holds that Jews can and must consider their conscience and the ethical principles of Judaism when deciding upon a right course of action.
However, the status of women and for example their testimony in Islam is still disputed. Some jurists have held that certain types of testimony by women will not be accepted. In other cases, the testimony of two women can equal that of one man ( although Quran says 2 women and 2 male are needed but if a male cannot find another male he may carry this testimony out himself). The reason for this disparity has been explained in various manners, including women's lack of intelligence, women's temperament and sphere of interest...and sparing women from the burden of testifying... but more worrysome, the Qur'an has left open its quantity, nature, and other related affairs to be defined by social custom and tradition. See here the current problems. And now I refer to an article about an Imam in Bosnie who raped a your girl. Read it herreeee
Moral: where sexual abuse and voilence against women in religious circles are discussed and condemned, most of the Imams worldwide don't want an open discussion on the matters!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Fortunately Mozilla Firefox created the add-ons for its internet browser. The add-ons are extra tools you can download to extend the possibilities of using the world wide web.
There are two add-ons that are unmissable when you work with internet. The first one blocks most of the adds that are integrated in websites. It's called Adblock Plus. It comes with a package you can choose from and most of the adds are blocked. Flashblock is the second one. It prevents all the flash files on websites from popping up. You've to click on the pictogram to play the flash instead.
Another nice addition, is the dictionairy that can check your spelling in many languages.
Good bye to all the adds, welcome easy readable websites. If you want to check out more add-ons, the recommendations on the Firefox website are worth a look as well. Every country has its own recommendations.
A tip (if you already use Firefox you might know this already, but for those who don't): if you want to see a new web page, but you don't want to leave the current one, press the right mouse button on the link and choose 'open in new tab'. You can open a new blank tab using the command ctrl t or for Mac users command t.
Life in Istanbul, Turkey is interesting and I can only describe it with two notes; ‘Everything is possible’ and Turkey has still that ‘Overwhelming service-attitude’.
Turkey has not one face, and for sure not one identity, its unpredictable. Which makes it for expats so interesting.
And yes, I’m still rocking here! In fact, Burak Bekdil wrote yesterday an interesting article about Turkish people, which you can read here...
Turkey is not European, not Asian, not African, not Middle East, Turkey is on its own, its a life-long experience...
Turkey is not like Greece but they have a lot in common as Dayflyer explains; British expats in rural Greece. As this post is part of the world wide chain of expats, go thereeeeee and travel all aroud the world.
This entry is part of Golden Prague’s World Blog Surf Day where 25 expats are writing today about their experiences in their host countries.
Friday, March 27, 2009
It has been a while since you heard from me and it makes me feel ashamed. I actually love to write on this blog, but my investigation at the moment is quite time consuming. Researching all day from 9 o'clock in the morning till 10:30 in the evening makes me tired. So when I come home I put my computer aside and the first thing that's switched on, is my stereo. For these last few weeks Room Eleven gave me back energy and put me in a mood to swing, shake off all the counting, fighting for information and difficult conversations about things that are technical and bring up more questions than they answer.
The friendly voice of Janne Schra is surrounded with pleasant jazzy influences, cheerful tunes and powerful sounds. The songs cover the wide range from breakable guitar music to the power of a brassband. All played by four skilled musicians: Arriën Molema on the guitar, Tony Roe plays keyboards, Lucas Dols wheels the bass and Maarten Molema is responsible for the rithm since he's the drummer. Janne Schra sings in every song of which many they've written themselves. With funny lyrics and sometimes serious songs she exposes her own capasity as a singer. But the covers are pleasant to listen to as well, since they have a completely different sound than the original ones. Take 'Bitch' for example (originally from Meredith Brooks). They made two versions and it took me a while before I recognised them as being cover songs. Not every song is as pleasant as the jazzy Brooks cover or one of my favourites 'Swimmer'. A song that got banned from my list is 'Looking At My Feet' and 'Hey, Hey, Hey', about holiday missery is one I often skip.
Last weekend Room Eleven played in the Royal Theatre of Carré in Amsterdam; a dream of many artists. Pleasant for the ears and for me it's one of the bands that can cover the label easy listening. A welcoming start of the end of the day.
Another adjustment will be the ‘look-of-Internations’. Some Canadian designers offered to restyle the template into a professional design where Internations will provide them with some banners and back links. Let’s see how this works, I am always cautious since we get so many offers. This site will be professionalized, without a doubt, but to put it full with ads is not the idea behind this blog-project.
In the meantime, 4 more sites are added to the blog roll of Internations:
Cher, an American living in Prague; GP, a German living as well in Prague, Martin, an Englishman in Bulgaria and a French blog of Mirabella, her blog is bilingual: French/English and she has a photo blog there as well. I recommend all four sites.
I hope today to write something about Social Banking (or Social Finance) as I promised Sam. If not today, for sure tomorrow. But tomorrow I will also write something about Turkey; my life as an expat in Turkey since I participate in World Surf Day (expats from all around the world).
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Reports in the Dutch press say that businesses and local authorities have agreed on the trial, which aims to keep drivers off the major motorways at busy times. Traffic jams are generally held to be harmful to the economy and the environment! Exactly what I noticed when I came over to Turkey in 2002; time consuming and therefore expensive.
The electronic devices in participants' cars in the Netherlands will check how often the driver uses the motorways in the Utrecht area. The lower the use, the higher the bonus will be. The premium will be paid for by the road user's employer, who in turn will be granted a tax reduction and a subsidy, which I think, must be a a priority for the upcoming elections in Turkey. But who cares.
Earlier experiments in the Netherlands, three years ago to discourage driving during the rush hour between the city of The Hague and its satellite town of Zoetermeer yielded a 50-percent reduction, which can be set as an example how Turkish Municipalities can deal with the immense traffic chaos in Istanbul.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
“(T)he reason for his death,” says Hamid, “has not been announced but he was in very bad psychological condition.”
Considering torture and other types of mistreatment are par for the course for free speech prisoners in Iranian prisons, Omid’s death may well have been a direct result of Iranian government actions. Considering the government usually places bloggers in prison with the most dangerous criminals, his death may only have been an indirect result. Either way, the men of the government of Iran and its prisons have a lot to answer for.
In the meantime, for what it’s worth, our heartfelt condolences go out to Omid’s family. They’ve killed one of us.
But the Turkish quasi-democratic and religious government is likely to use its veto, as the only of its 26 members. Will this be seen as a ‘bow to Mecca’ or Turkish right on vetoing, based on religious’ motives? Turkey becomes religious and bigot in its foreign policy.