Monday, June 30, 2008



WK 2010 Turkey's group matches

Armenia - Turkey

Turkey - Belgium

Turkey - Bosnia-Herzegovina

Estonia - Turkey

Spain - Turkey

Turkey - Spain

Turkey - Estonia

Bosnia-Herzegovina - Turkey


Belgium - Turkey

Turkey - Armenia

Day opening - June 30

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spain Euro Champion without loosing one game

Torres just made 1 - 0 against Germany!

Why the Dutch love the Spanish and vice versa ..

Dutch National Anthem;

The Dutch text of the first stanza

Wilhelmus van Nassau
ben ik van duitschen bloed.
De vaderland getrouwe
ben ik tot in de doed.
Een prinschen van Oranje
ben ik vrij onverveerd
de koning van Hispanje
heb ik altijd geëerd.

The English translation:

William of Nassau, scion
Of a Dutch (Deutsche) and ancient line,
Dedicate undying
Faith to this land of mine.
A prince I am, undaunted,
Of Orange, ever free,
To the king of Spain I've granted
A lifelong loyalty.

Spain - Germany?

My prediction: 2-1, as I hope so.
What I expect? A boring match.
What I hope? 6- 5 for Spain, and that all their goals must be made in the the last 25 minutes: with the ritme of each five minutes one goal: 65 min. GOAL, 70 min. GOAL, 75 min. GOAL, 80 min. GOAL, 85 min. GOAL and 90 min. own goal by Lahm GOAL for Spain...))
Germans likes everything precise and on time, so beat them with that!

Spain won!!!!!! Ole Olanda..)) This promise some hot Dutch Spanish parties. Keep you updated...

Interview with Murat Belge

Lately I see a lot of Turkish professors of Bilgi universities been interviewed. Looks like that they keep their heads cool. Here two excerpts of an interview with Murat Belge.

"Islam may feature prominently among some AK Party supporters. Take, for example, communism; some communists wanted to bring about communism through a revolution but realized that it was not possible to do so in countries like Italy and France. They then decided to have Euro-communism through elections. Instead of a revolution, they decided to work in a gradual manner. So Islamists have also seen that when they assure the public that they do not aim to bring Shariah to the country, their votes increase. This gives them a message: "You promised not to bring Shariah, so we trust you and give you our votes." This is what democracy is about. But if you don't trust the public, then the public's votes do not mean anything and you deal with issues by using judicial organs or the gendarmerie."

"I would say that the case filed by the Supreme Court of Appeals chief prosecutor [Abdurrahman Yalçınkaya] seeking to close the ruling party is a pathological development. The closure case against the [pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party] DTP is also pathological. I would say that about the decisions of the judiciary in general. There is another example: I read a verdict of a judge who handed down a sentence on some writing in Agos. That judge quoted some writers who claim that the Armenian massacre never happened. There are also writers who claim that the massacre did happen. How can a judge quote only from writers who say it did not happen? We have numerous other such examples. What kind of objectivity can we expect from this kind of a judiciary?"

More hereeeeee

Murat Belge is a left-wing Turkish intellectual, translator, literary critic, scholar, civil rights activist and academic. He is the son of political journalist Burhan Asaf Belge and the nephew of Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu. He received his Ph.D. from İstanbul University in 1969. After the military coups of 1971 and 1980, he had to leave academic life and went into publishing left-wing classics through İletişim Press in İstanbul. Belge has translated the works of James Joyce, Charles Dickens, D. H. Lawrence, William Faulkner and John Berger into Turkish. Since 1996 he has been a professor of comparative literature at İstanbul Bilgi University. He also chairs the Helsinki Citizens Assembly.

Marilyn Monroe latest portret...

She is not dead yet...

Day opening - June 29

Two amateur pictures made in the centre of Buenos Aires, Plaza and Avenido de Mayo.
I love the trees..)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Anti-Semitic hate in the name of Islam - Hamas 2

I re-opened the discussion form of Anti-semitic hate in the name of Islam - Hamas.

A research done by two Dutchmen at the International University of Florence will be shown he later. Its about how religion disrupt people their developments. Later/

Do Azerbaijan's Ethnic Minorities Face Forced Assimilation?

The ethnic groups in question are the Avars, Tsakhurs, and Lezgins, and according to official statistics together they constitute less than 1 percent of Azerbaijan's total population of 8.65 million. They live compactly in several districts of northern Azerbaijan bordering on the Russian Federation. Avars are the largest ethnic group in neighboring Daghestan, where they account for approximately 29 percent of the population, and Lezgins the third largest (13 percent). The Tsakhurs, who number around 8,000, constitute less than 0.5 percent of Daghestan's population.

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Additionally, you can find some useful links here ... :

Jimmy Jump

This week Wednesday, during the Euro 2008 match Germany-Turkey, suddenly the broadband connection suffered a blackout. Was it because Jimmy Jump managed to run on the field with a t-shirt with the text: 'Tibet is not China'?

Come and go when you please part 2

The reason why I wanted to study Journalism, was because of the documentary 'Welcome to North Korea' made by Dutchmen Peter Tetteroo and Raymond Feddema. It received an Emmy award and displays the absurdness of the regime. Take your time if you want to watch it, it's almost one hour long but worth seeing.

In my second year I had the honour to meet Peter Tetteroo and to talk with him about this documentary. They were not looking for secret news, they wanted to show how absurd North Korea is. A lot of things that happened were coincidence and sometimes pure luck. Today it's still a country strictly controled.

Welcome to North Korea, Peter Tetteroo and Raymond Feddema, 2001
Click here for the documentary on a larger screen

Toyota Prius Campaign

Toyota thinks that sometimes you gotta overlook and forgive a man’s wrongdoing, as long as he is driving a Prius! The new Toyota Prius campaign uses the tagline “Well, at least he drives a Prius” with a backdrop of three pretty bad/naughty scenarios.

Killer, shows a man dragging a dead body into the lake. Lover, shows a wife making out with the gardener while the husband is at the doorsteps (How very Desperate Housewives). And Prostitute shows a man in a Prius chatting up a street hooker.

Photographer Luke Stettner shot the ads for Bed & Breakfast Advertising Agency, USA.
I wouldn’t forgive a man killing me or doing my wife unless he has a Lamborghini. That’s how I roll.

Day Opening - June 28

"Red Cannas" by Georgia O'Keefe.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Turkey and America Embrace Similar Values

Religious values are shared in some interesting ways between Turks and Americans, and people forget that America has been part of the Muslim world for generations.

Right now, there's 2.5 million Muslim-American citizens living in America. Read part 4 of the series on Who Speaks for Islam.

We're waiting to hear your voice on this important issue. Leave your comments either here or there.

Do You See What I See: The ABC have done it again#links

Do You See What I See: The ABC have done it again#links

Gülen tops intellectuals list - by Sean...

Gülen tops of the brainless.

Intercultural Turkish language and culture pilot project

An interesting opportunity for those of you who are interested in learning some Turkish and have some time in Istanbul will be the "Intercultural Turkish language and culture pilot project" by Council of Europe (Istanbul, 17-31 August 2008), which aim to develop international cooperation among youths through intercultural language and culture training.

As the relevant document describes, "intercultural competence and foreign language skills are seen as essential preconditions for youth mobility, for the development of international activities and for increased youth participation, one of the key priorities of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport. The intercultural language courses combine language learning with intercultural learning through a non formal education methodology.

The aim of the programme is to promote intercultural dialogue with a special focus on human rights and youth policy development at European level by bringing together young people from different backgrounds and countries. Language learning with a strong intercultural dimension can contribute to an active, critical understanding of one’s own culture and of others people’s culture. And this programme allows participants to undertake multicultural exchanges and to develop this international understanding and co-operation.

The programme also encourages an interest in areas other than just language: history, politics, culture, geography, religion and everyday life in another country.

The intercultural language course takes place in the country in which the language is spoken, in this case, in Turkey. The choice of the city for the pilot project is significant, because Istanbul bridges the two continents and through centuries has been a crossroads of cultures and civilisations, including for three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

The Council of Europe Joint Council on Youth, the youth sector’s decision-making body, has decided that in 2008 Turkey will be one of the priority countries for the pilot projects to be supported by the Council of Europe European Youth Foundation. This is quite natural given the important role Turkey, as a member state of the Council of Europe and a co-founder of the Alliance of Civilisations, plays in boosting intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.

On the other hand, the priorities of the youth sector of the Council of Europe for 2008-2009 mention “youth programme on human rights education and intercultural dialogue”as the first of its priorities. The expected results are: “inter-religious co-operation in youth work is reinforced and with other concerned youth partners is reinforced” and “good practices for human rights education and intercultural dialogue by young people at local level are supported and promoted”.

This course will also subscribe into the very necessary follow-up to the so-called Istanbul process initiated in the framework of the All Different All Equal Campaign (ADAE). The Istanbul Declaration (it will be part of the documents for the course) – the fruit of the ADAE Symposium on “Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Youth Work “(Istanbul, Turkey, 27-31 March 2007) – calls on the Council of Europe to “develop educational projects aiming at respecting religious, cultural and ethnic diversity suitable for formal and non-formal education”. It stresses that “innovative formal and non-formal educational activities that encourage direct communication between different cultural groups need to be developed and supported” and “to increase their focus on and sensitivity towards the importance of dialogue, especially intercultural and inter-religious dialogue”.

The link to the official document, for further information is:
source: SWYAA - Turkey

Spain - Russia: 3 - 0

Spain produced a superb display to cruise past Russia and set up a Euro 2008 final against Germany on Sunday. Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas was the driving force behind the win after coming on as substitute for injured David Villa. Russia didn't play as it played against the Netherlands and Sweden.
So the final will be Spain against Germany. Not a final I expected and certainly not the final I hoped for. Not much to cheer for, so I will skip this match...

Day Opening - June 27

"Mother and Child" by Gustav Klimt.

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.

continue reading here

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:
continue reading here

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

Welcome to the world of Siegfried Zademack.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Germany - Turkey 3 -2

Germany won today's match against Turkey in the last minute. Exactly how Turkey won its games against Czech Republic and Croatia. In my opinion this was Turkey's best match, but they lost.
But who are the real winners? Undoubtedly the German and Turkish players. And the common men on the streets in Germany and Turkey. Why? Some Turkish outlets already started talking about 'We finally will take Vienna' and German outlets started to write about that 'we will fight against the Turkish invasion'. 'It will be war' and more of these nonsense.
It was a sportive match. And just only a game. Only two yellow cards.

And for some Turks in Kreutzberg, Berlin, it has been a day of doubly festive.

Note: not a 3-2 for Turkey but a 3 -2 for Germany....

Come and go when you please

I've been away since the football match Holland - Romania. Not far away, I think I've been closest to home for a long time. Locked up in my room or in the University Library to study my ass off. But about very interesting things.

The freedom of speech and press were important themes in these tests. Lots of things are involved with these universal human rights. It's a real privilege to live in a country where these rights are of great importance in politics. To know that only 17 percent of the total world population lives in real freedom is unbelievable. The majority of the world still lives in circumstances where they are not free to express themselves and live a free life as I'm accustomed to.

To read again about these important values, remind me of the importance of freedom. I'm not suppressed by anyone. I can go wherever I want to and there is nobody except time and money limitations that stops me from doing all the things. There are rules to follow and sometimes others prevent you from going somewhere. The whole reason why I wanted to go to Nepal for example, was to visit Tibet. Next Wednesday (I'm already in Nepal by then) the borders will be opened again for foreign tourists. It's not sure yet if I can enter, especially money might be a problem. I've no idea with what kind of demands the Chinese come up with but the fact that the possibility is there again is already great.

A small detail: Tibet is considered partly free by the Freedomhouse while China is not free.

Click here for an interactive version of the map on

Germany - Turkey: I did it!

Tonight, again?!!
Yes, for the very first time I bought a t-shirt of the Turkish national team. Never did that in my life, not even when the Dutch were playing Euro 1988 and won the finals...
My prediction? 3-2 for Turkey. And a lot of yellow cards...but as long as the Germans football players are acting so arrogant, everything is allowed to beat them!..))

Klein Verzet: Dutch police goes after bloggers (2)

Klein Verzet: Dutch police goes after bloggers (2)

Understanding Diversity to Bridge Religions and Cultures

Engaging with people in meaningful ways has been proven to help overcome our fear and prejudices and learn about the sources of agitation, misunderstandings, and misinformation.

Read more about this aspect of Who Speaks for Islam, part 3 and give us your comments.

Day opening - June 25


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Muslims, show some respect": Open letter in Dutch newspaper by a Dutch Muslima

"Why do we behave without respect in the Netherlands while we expect others to take account of us?"

Samira al-Onal is the pseudonym name of a highly-educated Dutch Muslim woman.

As exceptions to normal policy our editorial staff sometimes decides to publish pseudonym articles e.g. when the author is afraid for repercussions.
source: of June 10, 2006


"It is time that we Muslims let go of our feeling of superiority, hypocrisy and ignorance" says Samira al-Onal.

I urge the Volkskrant to publish this article with which I pursue two goals: the first is to expose the centuries-old egoism of Muslims concerning non-Muslims. The second to show that not non-Muslims but Muslims themselves are to blame that they stand in bad light."

We demand from non-Muslims that they respect our religion, that they accept our cultural demands and that they support us financially. But what do we give in return which they demand from us?

The following:

Before Islam the Middle East was inhabited by people who adhered to an in origin Indian ideology wherein statues were venerated. Islam then proclaimed that no images of God are allowed. What happened next? Wherever statues were found these were destroyed by Muslims who then converted these people to Islam, if needed using violence and murder.
Muslim history writers wrote with pride about what they saw as successful heroic deeds. And we still live under the delusion that the quality of the lives of indigenous people is improved by replacing their temples and churches by mosques, and that we conquer their hearts by doing so. But nothing is further from the truth and why the Dutch say 'our culture is disappearing as we do see mosques everywhere' when yet another church is transformed into a mosque.

Holy names

We call our sons Muhammad, Hassan and Ali, but allow these names to be used for murders, for hitting women, for theft, and for showing no respect for other cultures. If we believe that Islam stands for peace -our excuse is that these Muslims give us a bad name. But are these names indeed holy?
The prophet and his followers waged wars and Mohammed murdered people himself. Are mosques indeed superior to the temples and churches upon which they were built? We are in fact saying that Islam is inferior to already existing religions or else our ancestors would have had no use for their 'stupid', non-holy materials.
We consider it marvellous that Islam is growing but which can only be considered the growth of blind faith. You can believe whatever you want, but believing without any proof is witnes to stupidity.With the support of my parents I plucked-up the courage to examine Islam in the past and present, and found much that makes me sad.


The present time: consider the decapitation of non-Muslims in Iraq and Pakistan. Those so-called heroic deeds are perpetrated in name of Allah. What is our response to this? Do we condemn this? No, we look on silently, but do demonstrate on streets when an insulting cartoon is published in a newspaper and we threaten politicians with their murder. Embassies of non-Muslim countries are attacked, and numbers of murders are committed out of our passion for heroic martyrdom.

Simultaneously, and already for centuries on end, we find it normal to ridicule holy elements in non-Islamic cultures. Why do we behave disrespectfully of Dutch culture and that while we consider that everyone must show respect for us? That people in other cultures do not protest against us shows that they are wiser then we are.
We find existing politics guilty or the media, but Geert Wilders didn't just fall out of the blue sky and if we had shown more respect, Wilders' political platform wouldn't exist. Do we ever ask ourselves why there isn't an anti-Chinese political party?

Back to violence: When people are decapitated or shot in name of Allah that doesn't mean that He condones this. And where is written that suicide-bombers will arrive by Allah as martyrs? Also non-Muslims are Allah's children. Why therefore does Allah allow that one group of 'children' humiliates, persecutes and murders the other group?
In India, and each year, and much more than in the West, trains, busses, temples and other buildings are blown-up by Muslims in name of Allah. We don't even respect Hindu religious celebrations because our ancestors did not in previous centuries. Islam attacked India around AD 700 and occupied India well into the 18th century. In those centuries Muslims occupied India using much violence and plunder. Religious men and scientists were murdered; others converted or made into second-class citizens. Christians, Jews and Hindus were not allowed to hold good jobs, had to pay religious taxes and tax and put on food-rations. This while we, and European culture, owe much to the old India, especially concerning science.


Last year Salman Rushdie was given a knighthood. What was our response? Our Muslim brothers and sisters demonstrated worldwide in streets of capitals, especially in London, Pakistan and India. A few years before the same thing happened in France as caused by the prohibition of headscarves in schools. But when non-Muslims are humiliated or murdered by Muslims we remain quiet. And what is our response to Malaysia where Hindu-temples are still destroyed by Muslims? What in respect to Kazakhstan where a group of non-Muslims were thrown out of their houses in freezing-cold weather? What about Bangladesh where land of non-Muslims is confiscated by Muslims with politicians looking-on in silence? What our response to Kashmir where the same things happen? As in Iran where non-Muslims are not allowed to study in universities? And Afghanistan where non-Muslims are spat and jeered at, and driven away by Taliban-Muslims? What is our response to the Netherlands where non-Muslims are treated with comparable bullying tactics and non-Muslims preferably driving out of their suburbs?


Why don't we demonstrate against these and other actions of our fellow-believers? Why don't we show respect in the Netherlands where we adhere to few rules and civic norms, and where we perpetrate senseless violence - while we make use of their medical facilities, ask for special attention of teachers and community-workers, complain a lot while expecting non-Muslims to take account of us?

We should get rid of our egoism, our short-sightedness and sense of superiority, and stop feigning holiness, or else it is better for us to return to our Muslim lands so that non-Muslims can live in peace and we get rid of the hatred for Muslims but which we generate ourselves.

Update: the article is authentic. Got the proof of it.

Islam and Patriarchy: sexuality

I read the post "Women in Iran" on Plateau of Iran blog.
You will find part of it here below. Its quite interesting, and never imagined that you can see it through this angle.

Islam and Patriarchy

Generally, religions have a patriarchal view of the relationship between the genders.
But some scholars point out that, in comparison with other religions, the idea of patriarchy is even greater in Islam. They mean that there are in the Koran (Quran) many verses, especially Surah 4 which clearly legitimizes gender inequality. Even hadith (stories from the Prophet’s life) and Shariah (Islamic law) have the same tendency.

Since Islam regards women as an active sexual power, it is important to restrict women’s sexual power over men. The result is isolating women and men in different worlds. A woman’s sexuality has to be concealed. Her looks and behavior must not reveal her sexual force since it will remind the man of his weakness.

Fatima Mernessi, a famous Arab feminist, explained a long time ago that the Christian portrayal of the individual as tragically torn between two poles (good and evil, flesh and spirit, instinct and reason) is very different from that of Islam, which has a more sophisticated theory of the instincts, more akin to the Freudian concept of the libido. She writes:
"In western culture, sexual inequality is based on the belief in the biological inferiority of woman. In Islam, it is the contrary: the whole system is based on the assumption that woman is a powerful and dangerous being. All sexual institutions (polygamy, repudiation, sexual segregation, etc.) can be perceived as a strategy for constraining her power (Beyond the Veil, Mernissi 1975, P 16)."

This explains why the Koran (Quran) maintains man’s superiority and domination over woman. It is men’s responsibility and duty to keep women under their control.

Day Opening - June 24

Last summer I took this picture special for Hans from Hans, during my visit to Delhi.
It was stuck for almost 1 year in my "broken" desktop untill I found it one hour ago.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Total Politics - UK online political magazine

Total Politics is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to all things political. It aims to be unremittingly positive about the political process and to publish the most interesting, informative and insightful features and commentary from across the UK and the world.

Robert Mugabe, the new Idi Amin?

Is her ready to face ICJ-CIJ?

Day Opening - June 23

Discover the world of Vladimir Kush

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Real discovery of America

After a long journey, the weary European explorers catch a glimpse of land, far on the horizon. The men grow restless, as their ships slowly sail toward the coast. Images of rich lands and adventure race through their minds. Finally they disembark and set foot on America's pristine land for the first time in history. Two continents have made contact. Yet these are not Spaniards, commanded by an Italian sailor named Christopher Columbus. These are Vikings, guided by Leif Eriksson, arriving at American shores almost five hundred years before Columbus' momentous "discovery."
This is the story of the first Europeans who bridged the gap dividing two continents. These explorers, known as Vikings, were part of a rich and complex culture. There is much to be learned behind the facade of pirates and barbarians that has commonly been attached to them. More interesting is to learn about their way of life, their prowess at sea and exploration, and the way they, in the long run, enriched European history.
Shortly Leif and his men returned home. Two years later his brother, Thorvald, organized a second expedition to the newly discovered land. He and his men spent two years exploring the coasts of the surrounding area. They also constructed more dwellings. On one occasion they stumbled upon a group of natives, which the Vikings named skraeling, and a skirmish ensued. Thorvald was mortally wounded and became the first European to be buried in America.

More about Leif Erikson Day in the USA here.

After the match

Russian coach, the Dutchman Guus Hiddink makes a friendly gesture towards his fellow country man the Dutch national coach Marco van Basten after Russia won the match againt the Netherlands.

Last night the 'friendly' Dutch fans behaved not so friendly anymore and created a mess in Basel.

According some experts, the Slovak referee Lubos Michel made a mistake by rescinding the second yellow card for Denis Kolodin: 'Russia had to play with 10 people'.

Shockvertising Monks Tibet

I really love this poster regarding the recent protests in Tibet against the Chinese government’s occupation of that country; this beautifully done poster is self-explanatory.

Using the upcoming Beijing Olympics as backdrop, the ad hopes to shock people with the purpose of galvanizing public opinion in support of the Tibetan people.

source: trendhunter

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Spain - Italy: 0 - 0 (4 - 2 pen.)
Next match Wednesday June 25:
Turkey - Germany: 21.45 EET (Semi Finals)

Day Opening - June 22

Yellowstone national park, USA.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Russia - the Netherlands: 3 - 1
Sunday Match:
Italy - Spain: 21.45

Holland lost...the revenge of Hiddink

Russia had taken the lead in normal time when Roman Pavlyuchenko volleyed home, only for Ruud van Nistelrooy to head in an 86th-minute leveller.
But the brilliant Arshavin tormented our Dutch team in extra time and he crossed for Dmitri Torbinski to prod home.
Arshavin then wrapped it up with four minutes remaining as he ran through and fired low past Edwin van der Sar.
Exit Ollanda. And yes the Russians deserved it. With a Dutch coach like 'Aussie' Hiddink you always win...

Calm down Swiss, it's only the 'Mighty Dutch' invasion

Just when the Swiss are getting used to the idea of hosting the European Championship, along come the mighty Dutch. The 'Oranjes' outnumber any other country's fans and set their eyes on the capital, Bern, ready to pay whatever the cost might be to conquer it!

These “men in Orange,” or “Oranje” as they are called at home, numbered in the tens of thousands. Some say as many as 100,000, some say 150,000. Not only did they come in great numbers, they also had the most advanced weaponry of the world such as horns designed to make loud noises. However, their real weapons were their own vocal chords. “This city shall not sleep as long as we are here,” said a commander of the Dutch army, who could barely stand on his feet due to a proudly and deservedly nightmarish hangover.

They drank, and they partied in the streets, and they shouted and cheered for the Netherlands, making it impossible for the Swiss to enjoy their good old silent days. This was it, something had to be done against the Dutch, so the Swiss sent in the police. But the Dutch were prepared; before they could stop the madness, the police officers were already dancing and singing along with the invading forces.
In the end, the people of Bern had nothing to do but give up any further attempt to stop these drinking invaders in their orange costumes. Some residents were even seen partying in the streets, trying to get along with the new owners of their city. And so it was official, Bern was no more a Swiss city, but it was a colony of partying Dutch, at least until the new owners of the city get bored with it and abandon it of their own accord. Read more here

And today Base, a city of 150.000 citizens' has rolled out not so much the red but the orange carpet as it prepares to host up to 150,000 Dutch fans this weekend when the Netherlands and Russia contest their UEFA EURO 2008™ quarter-final at St. Jakob-Park on Saturday.
'The Dutch are coming'
The three-kilometre route between the city's two main train stations is also decked out in orange while a large banner reading "Welkom Oranjefans" has been draped over the entrance gate erected on the 13th century Mittlere Brücke, or Middle Bridge. "The Dutch are coming at exactly the right time," said Hanspeter Weisshaupt, Basel's UEFA EURO 2008™ delegate.
Basel has done its bit to accommodate them all with unused giant screens brought over from Berne, venue for the Netherlands' first-round games, to ensure 60,000 people will be able to watch the action in the public viewing areas. But they won't all be Dutch - with Switzerland eliminated, many local fans are adopting the Dutch as their second team, as Kesler noted: "Many Swiss are wearing orange."

Turkey - Croatia

The last safe.

Don't shoot your guns

Many Turks cheered as the national soccer team reached the semi finals of the Euro 2008 tournament, in an exiting match against Croatia. But some celebrated by firing shots into the air, with some narrowly escaping death. One man was injured in Bursa and had to undergo surgery to remove a bullet in his back. The shootings are stil going on.
01.00 am EET

Day Opening - June 21

Midsummer fest in Sweden

Friday, June 20, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Turkey - Croatia: 1 - 1 ( 4 - 1 in penalties)
Saturday match:
The Netherlands - Russia: 21.45


Added Ertan earlier this week to the Chain of Internations. He often makes sensible comments here, but also his writings on his own blog are worth reading. Happy reading Ertan here.

Christos let me know that he is traveling the next 10 days. But he sent a picture of him, which you can see on the right bar of this blog. He looks Turkish, or Italian.. No, he is just a nice Greek..) As so many other Greek friends. We will meet with him in Istanbul or Amsterdam this summer.

Seda will be in Istanbul as well, so more quality time with my friends.

Bea is hit by floods. You can read it here. Will contact here as soon as possible.

Eva is busy with her last examinations for her study, and together we are writing an article about Turkey. You can read it soon in the Turkish media. 10 days she will leave for Nepal.

Sandra is busy with work and exited to be a Mom in a couple of months. She will be a good one...

And me? We will move the next weeks to a beautiful penthouse in Tarabya, suburb of Istanbul. A beautiful Bosporus view and much more. I shall upload some pictures soon.

Hope all readers are doing well, and enjoy the weekend!

Loosing a child

Between 1996 and 2000 I had a wonderful relation with xxxx
But was overshadowed by the lost of her baby. xxxx was 25 years old when she gave birth to Ruby, on Saint Nicolas day 1990. Ruby suffered a lot: her heart was not working well, one of her hands was not grown normally and much more. She died on the first day of Spring 1991. Over dose of morphine. Ruby was in incredible pain. Euthanasia. I still don't know.

When I met xxxx, she talked about her lost, and was still not over with it; it was part of her life as a woman of 30 years. We talked and talked. And we tried to open what happened then. Self help groups, psychiatrists and so on. After three years she broke down, and accepted her 'lost' as something which can happen to everybody. We spent a wonderful time in Italy, that summer of 1999, while I was working mainly in Prague.
But all this energy took a toll. We split up and I moved to Miami.

Today I read that one of the Dutch players, Khalid Boulahrouz, his wife was hospitaized in Lausanne Swisse earlier this week. After Tuesday match against Romania, he went back to his wife Sabi. And she gave birth to a child. But died yesterday.

So, when I see child labor in Turkey or children begging on the streets, I keep these pictures in mind of these wonderful women who fought for their lives and futures.

Day Opening - June 20

Istanbul, the Bosporus by night.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Portugal - Germany: 2 - 3
Friday match:
Croatia - Turkey: 21.45 EET

Turkey and their Olga's

Many Turkish men can not handle a Turkish woman well. Why? They became too dependent and too bored according well informed sources...
Yet, Russia solve this problem. The import Olga's, Katharina's, Natalia's, Elena's are free of charge in Turkey, so Turkish men hooked up with them...
But this Olga said literally: 'We will meet Saturday night for a hot encounter; Our Russian comrades must play against the boys of the Netherlands'. We can not wait....)
Lets see who will swing....

No Right Turn: No freedom of speech in Turkey

No Right Turn: No freedom of speech in Turkey

No Right Turn: No freedom of speech in Turkey II

No Right Turn: No freedom of speech in Turkey II

Epicentric thinking or

...simply: idiots? But the kemalist bureaucrats are simple not ready to face reality. They can not coop in an open world. Reminds me about Zimbabwe, although there you have at least a face who represents this lack of affinity with an open civil society: R. Mugabe.

Happy reading;

'YouTube, being the world’s largest and most popular audio and video sharing Web site, has become a symbol as access to it has frequently been prohibited by Turkish courts.

The Ankara’s Prosecutor’s Office has sought to expand the scope of this ban by having a worldwide access ban placed on videos deemed offensive by Turkish authorities. Indeed, a person living in Turkey can access censured sites by changing their computer’s proxy settings.

Turkish prosecutors also want videos considered insulting to Atatürk to be erased altogether. In order to do this, they want YouTube to open a representative office in Turkey, obtain a security and authorization certificate, all required licenses and become a taxpayer under Turkish law.

YouTube officials have no intention of opening such a branch.
They say YouTube was not established in Turkey and is not subject to Turkish law. The officials also note that removing videos upon a request by Turkish courts is not a solution as what is requested by Turkey today may be demanded by Pakistan or Thailand in the future, leading to a vicious cycle.'

And much more here.

Good morning!

Day Opening - June 19

Bistro by Juarez Machado (Brasil)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Sweden - Russia: 0 - 2
Greece - Spain: 1 - 2
Thursday match:
Portugal - Germany: 21.45

Depressed victory

You must have heard it. Holland won the football match again yesterday with 2-0 against Romania.

My friends were already in front of the telly when I arrived, but immediately I noticed a difference in the atmosphere. Not because I walked in, but because there was a feeling that it didn't matter. National coach Van Basten already gave this impression because the B-team was playing, so we definitely missed our A-team goalie Van der Sar. Stubbornly we raised the Van-der-Sar-song when Stekelenburg prevented the Romanians from scoring goals and still the spirits didn’t raise. Nor the 2 - 0 felt as a victory. Maybe the atmosphere wasn't that energetic because we already knew we were in the quarterfinals. It might be because it was Tuesday. Who knows...

But this Saturday I do expect everybody to wear their huge orange wigs again. That they have the tooters to cheer the team again. That my friends are wearing their orange overalls or t-shirts with 'better 1-0 ahead than 0-1 behind' and that we'll have a huge party at the end. Because I don't watch football because I like it so much. I watch football because I like my friends so much!

Prison for Turkey book 'insult' : Turkey on its way to the EU

A Turkish publisher has been sentenced to five months in prison for publishing a book by a British author about the mass killing of Armenians in 1915.
Ragip Zarakolu was found guilty of "insulting the institutions of the Turkish republic" under Article 301 of Turkey's penal code.
The controversial law was recently reformed under pressure from the EU to ensure freedom of speech in Turkey.
This is the first high-profile verdict to be handed down since then.
Mr Zarakolu's sentence seems to confirm campaigners' fears that changes to the law were merely cosmetic, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Istanbul.
In April it became a crime to insult the Turkish nation, rather than Turkishness. But insulting the Turkish nation can still be punished by up to two years in jail.
Continue reading here.
Note: In 1971, Ragip then 23 years old, was imprisoned for having 'secret relations with Amnesty International, and the list of bizarre indictments goes on until the day of today!
Anno 2008 you can be imprisoned for having a different opinion than the official Turkish doctrine, and even for criticize it!
Update: Members of a Kurdish children's choir face up to five years in prison as they go on trial in south eastern Turkey. The choir - whose members are aged from 12 to 17 - is accused of spreading propaganda for the outlawed Kurdish separatist rebel group, the PKK.
The charges were brought after the group took part in a world music festival in San Francisco, and sang a march in Kurdish. The prosecutor's indictment claims the song is the anthem of the PKK. Here more!
Update: One of Turkey's best known singers, Bulent Ersoy, has gone on trial charged with attempting to turn the public against military service. Continue laughing hereeeeeeee

Day Opening - June 18

"Cirque" by Charles Dwyer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Italy - France: 2 - 0
Romania - The Netherlands: 0 -2
Wednesday matches:
Greece - Spain: 21.45 EET
Russıa - Sweden: 21.45 EET

Halal candy

The girls of Halal.

Jeremy Deacon is a smart British entrepreneur who is living and working in the Netherlands for many years: Unilever, Sara Lee and Campina are some of the companies he worked for. As a child, he lived in Malaysia for a couple of years and became interested in the Islam. Although not a Muslim him self, he started recently the company Marhaba foods. A company which produce halal cookies, chocolate and confectionary. All made with 100% halal ingredients.
As a marketing strategist he hired the 'Girls of Halal', pretty well known for their unorthodox and assertive approach of issues Muslims face in the Netherlands. Well educated girls, conservative and liberal at the same time, and full of humor. The girls are of Morocco origin but speak authentic Dutch with an nice Amsterdam accent. So, integration is possible....
No English web site available, but plenty on YouTube, not for us in Turkey.
I am sure Sandra and Eva know more about them.

Day Opening - June 17

Happy Birthday Sandra! 33 year!
With warmest wishes and special thoughts,
Love and Kisses

Monday, June 16, 2008

Today's Euro 2008 matches

Poland - Croatia: 0 - 1
Austria - Germany: 0 - 1
Tuesdays matches:
Romania - the Netherlands: 21.45 EET
France - Italy: 21.45 EET

An open letter to people of Anatolia/ Armenians+Turks

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ece Temelkuran, a prominent Turkish journalist, overcame obstacles in her mind and conducted a research on the Armenians, a people she used to know very little about because of a number of misconceptions and a dialogue of the deaf between two peoples: the Turks and the Armenians


ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News

Journalist Ece Temelkuran followed the path of curiosity, a principle sine qua non for journalists, and decided to get to know the Armenians, a people to whom she, like many Turks, was largely indifferent throughout her life, consciously or subconsciously labeling them the “other.”

After making this crucial decision, Temelkuran's first step was to pay a visit in 2006 to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, Turkey's neighbor country beyond the closed border gates. She spent eight days in Yerevan, chatting with locals and experiencing everyday life in the ancient city.

Following her trip to Armenia, Temelkuran decided to also meet members of the Armenian Diaspora, a prominent group in the media known for its firm attitude towards the problems between the Turks and the Armenians. She flew to Paris and Los Angeles where she met with some diaspora members through connections provided by journalist Hrant Dink, the assassinated editor-in-chief of the Istanbul-based Turkish-Armenian bilingual weekly Agos.

Temelkuran told the story of her one-and-a-half-year long journey to Yerevan, Paris and Los Angeles in her book “Ağrı'nın Derinliği” (The Depth of Ağrı), which was recently published by Everest Publications.

For Temelkuran, Armenians construct their identity based on their past suffering while Turks construct a future for themselves by not remembering the bitter events of the past. She describes her book as a long letter written to those who once had to leave Anatolia but still feel connected to it from the bottom of their hearts.

Temelkuran said she has received many threats since her book was published, “but this does not make me feel scared. If I set the sail for a purpose, then, I have no chance to feel scared. Some should do some things for reconciliation of the two peoples, the Turks and the Armenians,” she said.

In line with the publication of Temelkuran's book, an exhibition was opened in an old tobacco storehouse in Tophane. The exhibition, where photographs taken by photojournalist Yurttaş Tümer of the daily Milliyet are displayed, will be open until June 20.

continue reading here

Interactive Bus Stop Ads

Most of the time, people don’t pay much attention to bus stop ads, but every once in a while, there are ads so clever, you can’t help but be captivated by them. This interactive bus stop billboard from Johnson & Johnson, for example is a real head turner.

To grab your intitial attention, there is a giant image of an attrictive model lounging in a bikini. To keep your attention, they’ve istalled a knob that you can turn to crank up the bronze factor of her skin.

The tagline reads, “You can have the tan you want. Choose yours.”

Made by DDB Brazil.

Day Opening - June 16

Turkey qualified for Quarter finals, beats Czech Republic: 3 - 2!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Turkey - Czech Republic: 3 - 2
Switzerland - Portugal: 2 - 0
Monday matches:
Austria - Germany: 21.45 EET
Poland - Croatia: 21: EET

Islamic Republic of Hookers and Drugs Addicts

June 13, 2008 by Plateau of Iran

Recently, I had a few visitors from Iran. As usual we talked about the situation there, and they gave me some amazing accounts of what has been going on in the old country since IRI. It truly saddened me.
One of them was saying that he met this guy in Iran, who claimed to be a “disc jockey” & invited him to this really bizarre place in the north around Alborz mountains. There he witnessed bunch of girls dressed exclusively in the latest designer fashion outfits, all perfectly made up, and ready for action.

The disc jockey happened to be their pimp, and the girls were “high class hookers”, apparently, all well educated with university degrees, and mostly from quite wealthy families. According to this visitor, it has become sort of fashionable to be an escort/call girl in Iran.
I asked: “It isn’t necessarily a matter of poverty then?”.. He said, “oh, there are a lot of prostitutes who must do what they do to make ends meet, but, No, it isn’t confined to the poorer section of the society, it seems that it has become part of the recent culture or I should say sub-culture - well, at around $2000 plus, depending on what you want, these “exclusive high class hookers” can make a lot of money!” - I was too baffled to ask him for a menu and a price list, just for the record.

Another visitor, a lady in her 70’s, said: “These Mullahs know how to destroy and rebuild a culture. They know they have to do it from within and they’ve had plenty of time to do just that. Put a lot of incompetent & religious people in charge of different parts of the society and country, start at a young age, and make the girls and boys dependent (drugs for instance), keep things outwardly pristine e.g. wear the hejab, but teach them corrupt values, make sure they know they’ll only survive if they follow these corrupt values, and there you have an evil receipe for changing the culture and society at large.”
Now, I wasn’t there and can’t vouch for the veracity of what I was told, but have no reason to think that the visitor was telling fibs. In fact, almost every single Iranian person who has visited Iran in recent decades has told me similar stories about rampant drug and prostitution problems in Islamic Iran.

By the way, I had written about Sex Slavery in IRI before, but interesting to note that across the Gulf at a fleshpot dictatorship like the United Arab Emirates where 80% of the population live in abject poverty, the government gives a tacit nod and a wink to the massive, miserable sex trade.

Continue reading click here.

Day Opening - June 15

This is Turkey too.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Spain - Sweden: 2 - 1
Russia - Greece: 1 - 0
Sunday's matches:
Switzerland - Poland: 19.00 EET
Turkey - Czech Republic: 21.45 EET

Constitutional law controversy

The following article by Ilter Turkmen is refreshing.
Its simple explains why the Turkish Constitutional Court decision to halt the execution of constitutional changes, proposed by the party that would have allowed the wearing of the Islamic headscarf in universities, has no legal basis.

Two sentences are really interesting in this article:

'Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Haşim Kılıç, in an anniversary address in April, emphasized that the rule of law does not mean the supremacy of the judge. I think he is all alone in this viewpoint.'


'Criticisms over the bill's annulment cannot veil the fact that the AKP made a crucial political mistake by introducing changes to lift the headscarf ban. The issue from now on is to find a way out to prevent instability in the country. The top reasoning in the closure case against the AKP was the headscarf issue. Since this is resolved through the annulment by the top court, it may be possible for the court to remain satisfied by ruling in favor of the AKP in the closure case and for depriving the party from treasury subsidy.'

Lets see what will happen the coming weeks. The lame argument that Turkey went through rough waters for the last 85 years and that another crisis will handle accordingly sounds defaitistic and fatalistic to me.

Enjoy the article by clicking here.

The Dutch on its secret mission in Austria and Swisse

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