Sunday, August 31, 2008

Turkey's troubles in the Caucasus

I know... I know... It has been quite a long time since my last post in here and this happened only because I had nothing to say... or even better, I had nothing to write!

I hope you will excuse this "behavior" of mine. Some of summer relaxation, some of personal issues and some of business developments that hopefully will occur soon, kept my mind occupied and my keyboard untouched. Even for my personal blog. So, I have decided to republish, once and then, posts from other sources in order to keep things going even though I would love to write about plenty of issues like the recent Caucasus war, or the situation about greek economy, or even the ongoing process of resolving the Cyrpus issue... But nothing!

Simply, I couldn't put words in order! By writing for so many years for newspapers and magazines in the past as well as for blogs today, I know that it can happen; I mean to find yourself in a situation like this, feeling like you have nothing to say, or even more, feeling not able to describe things in a way that you would like to. And the bad thing is that you don't even know how long it will take till you to return back to "normal".

In such occasions is more preferable - I think - to say or write nothing, instead of forcing yourself to expression.

Nevertheless, today I have read a very good article from MESH about Turkey and its foreign policy, that is titled "Turkey’s troubles in the Caucasus" and I would like to share it with you. here is an excerpt:

The outbreak of the Russian-Georgian War earlier this month apparently caught Ankara as poorly prepared as it caught Washington. The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s section dealing with the Caucasus reportedly was virtually unstaffed. The head of the section was in Mosul on temporary assignment, the section’s number-two spot is empty and has been for the last six months. The number three was also away on temporary assignment in Nakhichevan and the other assigned section members were on vacation, thus forcing on-duty diplomats from other desks to scramble.

This may surprise. There are abundant reasons for one to expect that Turkey would have been following events in Georgia and the Caucasus with great diligence. The two countries share common borders and intertwined histories. Istanbul ruled large chunks of the Caucasus, including much of Georgia, for centuries, and today there remains inside Turkey a small but vibrant community of Abkhazians and related Caucasian peoples. Russia for most of the past three centuries has loomed over Turkey as its greatest rival and threat, yet at critical times, such as during the Turkish War of Independence (1919-22), it has been a key ally. Today Russia supplies somewhere around 70 percent of Turkey’s natural gas and is Turkey’s second largest trading partner.

Georgia is a transit point for Caspian and Central Asian oil and gas and as such is critical to Turkey’s ambitions to become an energy hub and to diversify its own energy supplies. As a member of NATO, Turkey has been involved in training and supplying the Georgian military. Finally, given Turkey’s own struggle with Kurdish separatists, other instances of ethno-separatism and border revision logically should command Ankara’s keen attention. In short, both Russia and Georgia are of great strategic, economic, and historic importance to Turkey, and the principles of territorial integrity and self-determination over which the Russo-Georgian War was (nominally) fought are directly relevant to the most sensitive of Turkey’s security concerns.

Day opening - August 31

Famous French Kiss 1

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Assembly reignites controversy surrounding Greek Patriarchate

Why always meddling in other people their (religious) affairs? Paranoide?

A former Turkish mayor has alleged that the meeting of the Holy Synod Assembly of the Fener Greek Patriarchate has violated the Lausanne Treaty that governs the status of the Greek Church in Turkey.

The Fener Greek Patriarchate disputes the claim and says the meeting is not bound by the treaty as it does not have a legal personality.

Tahsin Salihoğlu, the former mayor of İstanbul's Avcılar district and the president of the Solidarity Association of Western Thrace, claimed that the Fener Greek Patriarchate has not been ecumenical since the Lausanne Treaty of 1923.

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Day opening - August 30

The most famous site of Córdoba is the Mezquita, an enormous mosque, with a cathedral built in the middle of it. Córdoba used to be the capital of the Moorish state. In 711 the Moors started to conquer Spain, in 1492 (!) the last ones were driven away.

Friday, August 29, 2008


I am tired; its already 5 weeks ago that we moved, but we are still not done yet, although we have planned a party tomorrow. In fact some fun! But two months in the heat of July and August moving is not recommended. I have some pictures made with my mobile uploaded, before the terrace was done. More pictures later.
Also tired of Turkish politics. Turkey sit with its ass on gold but is political to weak to turn all its possibilities in real prosperity and well being for its own people. The AK party is not my party, but the opposition parties are only simple driven by anti-AKP. Come up with some new good ideas. Most Turks who I know are tired of this political climate as well. But maybe used to it, therefore passive!
And top of bill the TSK made some statements as if they are political parties?! With some old rhetoric. Looks like that the TSK don't want to give up its privileges. Is this an EU candidate worthy? A Caucasus union is not an option for Turkey, so be carefully with EU perspectives.

Day opening - August 29

Obama after his nomination speech.
A clear, direct and above all an impressive speech.
Here the full text.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Full Champions League draw

Full Champions League draw:
Group A Chelsea Roma Bordeaux CFR Cluj
Group B Inter Milan Werder Bremen Panathinaikos Anorthosis Famagusta
Group C Barcelona Sporting Lisbon Basel Shakhtar Donetsk
Group D Liverpool PSV Eindhoven Marseille Atletico Madrid
Group E MAN Uunited Villarreal Celtic Aalborg
Group F Lyon Bayern Munich Steaua Bucharest Fiorentina
Group G Arsenal Porto Fenerbahce Dynamo Kiev
Group H Real Madrid Juventus Zenit St Petersburg Bate Borisov

Games will be played on the following dates:16/17 September30 September/1 October21/22 October4/5 November25/26 November9/10 December

Church for sale

Never heard about these kind of real estate deals, but since a couple of weeks this church in the Netherlands is for sale. For 99.000 euros only, and the municipality of Steenwijkerland where the Church is located promised some interesting incentives and attractive financing package.
You can find it here and here.

Be aware that you have to some renovations and maintenance is not cheap as well.
Something for a Mosque?

Baby with two heads

This is Kyron, a baby with two heads. Born this week in Bangla Desh and placed under police protection because the last days more than 150.000 wanted to say the baby. Two heads, two sets of brains? What will they think of each other...

Day Opening - August 28

This robot is modeled after a Nishiki koi carp as a form of tribute to Hiroshima Castle, whose nickname Ri-jo means Koi Castle.
The 80-cm, 12-kg fish has a white body with bright red spots. Though the tail movement is very smooth and lifelike, the remote-controlled koi is capable of moves that a genuine koi is unable to perform, such as swimming in reverse and rotating in place.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fair dialogue, the best way forward

Fair dialogue, the best way forward


Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 at the height of the conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis over Nagorno Karabakh, a conflict in which Turkey sided with Azerbaijan. At the time of the closure, the Russian media were speculating that Turkey might invade Armenia but was warned off by the head of Russia's General Staff, who was said to have told Ankara that to do so might start World War III.

In the mid 1990s there were rumors of secret negotiations between Armenia and Turkey concerning the route of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline. It was said that Turkey suggested the pipeline run through Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia instead of Georgia, in exchange for Armenia withdrawing its forces from Nagorno Karabakh. If such talks were held, nothing came of them as the pipeline was routed through Georgia.

The next, and possibly the most positive step in bilateral ties, was the creation of the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission, or TARC, in 2001 by civil society representatives from Armenia and Turkey. TARC was originally financed by the U.S. Administration and coordinated by David Phillips, a senior adviser at the U.S. State Department.

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Day opening - August 27

Dining al fresco in Nagorno Karabakh

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In Nepal, my trip

The Nepali definitely discovered that tourists are walking bundles of money. And if you keep pushing, they will give money to get rid of you. At least, I think it must work that way. In daytime you’ll find many offering you something on every street corner. A tika (blessing by a holy man), tiger balm, hashish (at seven in the morning) or an awful sounding look-a-like Nepali instrument. During the nights it’s totally different. When the street vendors go to sleep, little, stinky hands start pulling your shirt. Raising the other hand to ask for a Rupee. The hands belong to young children somewhere between 4 and 14. Big, gleaming eyes looking hopelessly find money to gill an empty stomach or addiction.

Both well-known by these poor beggars.

What to do with these ‘fallen angels’ I don’t know. It’s not something uncommon in this part of the world. Many people who’ve been to India can probably tell the same story. But it’s easier to ask about politics than to ask where these children come from or more important: how will they end?

Day opening - August 26

Alpacas are the fluffier creatures. Llamas have longer snouts and ears and less furr. Alpaca is also one of the main dishes in Peru. It gives very lean meat.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Manic Monday

Six o'clock already I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin' Valentino by a crystal blue Italian stream
And I can't be late 'cause then I guess I just won't get paid
These are the days when you wish your bed was already made.

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my Funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday.

Have to catch an early train, got to be to work by nine
And if I had an air-o-plane, I still couldn't make it on time
'Cause it takes me so long just to figure out what I'm gonna wear
Blame it on the train but the boss is already there.

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my Funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday.

"Manic Monday" by The Bangles.

YouTube is back!!!! In Turkey!

It will take some time, but we in Turkey have access to YouTube again.
But for how long? Until another zealot will file a lawsuit?
Do we have to be thankfull for this?

Good to be The President...

Spanking For Luck! - Made apparent by U.S. President Bush as this photo shows, is the beach volleyball tradition for players to slap one another’s behinds after a successful point. It’s good to be President!

The Year of the Cat

On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running
Like a watercolor in the rain
Don't bother asking for explanations
She'll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn't give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow 'till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears
By the blue tiled walls near the market stalls
There's a hidden door she leads you to
These days, she says, I feel my life
Just like a river running through
The year of the cat

Well, she looks at you so coolly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli
So you take her, to find what's waiting inside
The year of the cat

Well morning comes and you're still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you've thrown away your choice and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on
But the drumbeat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
But for now you're going to stay
In the year of the cat

Day opening - August 25


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Four or 80 wifes of 'the Herd', What's the difference?

I must say, how they apply Sharia law in some districts of Nigeria is done precisely.
And no human or women right groups up in arms, only silence.
We are talking about the 21th century here. Here the story which gave me a good laugh.

An Islamic body in Nigeria has issued a death sentence on a man who married 80 women well above the maximum of 'four allowed'.
The Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI), one of Nigeria’s top Islamic bodies, said in a statement that Mohammadu Bello Masaba from the central Niger state stood condemned to death unless he divorced 76 of the women in four days (under Sharia law you can do this rapidly, while under Christian 'laws' it take you some time and Catholics can divorce but not re-marry).
“Unless Masaba repents within four days and take only four wives from the herd (women are sheeps, cows?) he remains condemned to death, according to Sharia law,” the statement said.
“Any Muslim who married more than the approved number of wives at a time either by mistake or out of ignorance (..) is instructed to choose but only four and ask for Allah’s forgiveness,” the group said.
Since the return of Nigeria to civil rule in 1999 a dozen predominantly Muslim states in the north have re-introduced a strict version of the Islamic Sharia legal system.
Sharia law is often seen as more efficient and less bureaucratic (I bet you it is) and corrupt than Nigeria’s secular courts.
The northern states pride themselves on applying a mild form of Sharia, with no deaths by stoning carried out and few amputations (I have some pics of amputation in stock, for later...its Sunday today).

Day Opening - August 24

"Female Head (La Scapigliata" by Leonardo da Vinci.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Georgia: the Aftermath

by Onnik Krikorian

Georgia Dispatches: The Aftermath

With reports that much of Russia’s military presence in Georgia has been withdrawn, reflection on a serious conflict which threatened to ignite the entire South Caucasus is becoming more and more the order of the day. For whatever reasons, and whoever is to blame, the conflict between Russia and Georgia was the most serious for years. Despite Russian claims of thousands dead, hundreds died in South Ossetia and Georgia proper, and tens of thousands lost their homes in military action reminiscent of the ethnic cleansing which devastated the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Without a doubt, fallout from the confict -- especially as allegations of abusing a truce agreement continue to be levelled at Russia -- will resonate for some time to come. The BBC reports, for example, that while Russian combat troops have pulled out of Georgia proper, other troops under the premise of peacekeeping will remain which potentially allow Moscow to maintain the effective division of the country between East and West thanks to control of parts of the highway around Gori.

Ostensibly a “buffer zone,” questions are now being asked as to what is the real reason for their presence, especially as Russia also intends to remain in the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti.


Some international commentators and many Georgians believe that Russia’s continued presence on Georgian soil is to achieve one main goal other than the control of a former Soviet Republic that dared to turn its back on its former rulers Moscow. The goal, they say, is to seek regime change and the removal of the Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, from office. But, if that is the case, the plan seems to have backfired. For now, at least, Saakashvili is riding high on a wave of anti-Russian and nationalist sentiment in Georgian society.


In a few months time when the smoke clears, however, it’s anybody’s guess. Known as an impulsive hothead, some real and very difficult questions are bound to be asked as to why the Georgian government responded to months of alleged Russian provocation by attacking South Ossetia and shelling what it claims are still Georgian citizens living in the breakway region’s capital of Tskhinvali. Russian forces were known to be stationed on the other side of the Roki tunnel leading into South Ossetia, so what on earth was going through Saakashvili’s mind.

The full post is at:

Update Beijing 2008

Gold for the Netherlands, Hockey Women
Silver for Turkey, Athletics Women's 5000m ABEYLEGESSE Elvan
Silver for Turkey, Taekwondo Women -57kg TANRIKULU Azize

Blogging in Turkey; A Growing black hole in Turkish cyberspace

While the number of blocked web sites reaches reached to 853, including popular Youtube, several web sites and blogs block themselves as an act of protest to draw attention to the increasing censorship over the Internet.

It all started with the blocking of YouTube, for the third time in May, for insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic. This was the last straw that sparked a nationwide protest campaign spreading throughout Turkey's cyberworld, where the number of blocked Web sites has now reached 853.
Read the article herreee

The most stupid burglar in the world...

The most stupid burglar in the world, read the story herrreee

Obama Picks Joe Biden as running mate, V.P.

Barack Obama confers with Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Biden chairs.

Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, a pick designed to shore up the Illinois senator's foreign policy credentials in advance of the November election against John McCain.

Biden's selection was confirmed by a Democratic source after an evening of speculation that centered on the Delaware senator when it was reported that the other top contenders were no longer under consideration. Biden had been considered the frontrunner for the job in recent weeks -- a position confirmed by a last-minute, unscheduled trip last weekend to meet with the president of Georgia.

News of the pick was reported in advance of the Obama campaign's planned Saturday announcement to supporters via email and text message.
Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972 at the age of 29. A month after his election, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. Biden has not been seriously challenged since that first election -- a reflection of both the Democratic roots of the state and Biden's skillfulness as a politician.

Long rumored as a candidate for national office, Biden launched a presidential bid in 1987 that was gaining traction until a video was leaked to the press that showed striking similarities between a speech by Biden and an address by British Labour Party politician Neil Kinnock. Biden sought to beat back the controversy but subsequent allegations about plagiarism and resume inflation in law school forced him from the contest.

Day Opening - August 23

"Flaming June" by Lord Frederick Leighton.

Lord Leighton of Stretton was born the son of a respected Yorkshire physician in 1830.
He was well educated, and received his formal training with an emphasis on the culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans, an influence that later affected the style of his paintings.

His paintings were widely recognized in his time; one famous work of his time was purchased by the Queen of England. Lord Leighton was a meticulous painter, always devoting a great deal of his time to the research and planning of his paintings.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Update Beijing 2008

Gold for Turkey, Wrestling Men's Freestyle 66 kg SAHIN Ramazan
Gold for the Netherlands, Cycling - Track Women's Points Race VOS Marianne
Gold for the Netherlands, Swimming Men's Marathon 10km van der WEIJDEN Maarten
Gold for the Netherlands, Water Polo Women
Silver for Turkey, Taekwondo Women -57kg TANRIKULU Azize
Bronze for Turkey, Boxing Men's Feather (57kg) KILIC Yakup

Turkish prestige and image

Omar Hassan al Bashir, right, Sudan’s president, and Abdullah Gul, Turkey’s president, review a military guard of honour as Mr Bashir arrived in Ankara for last January’s state visit.
And 2 days ago, Omar Hassan al Bashir visited Turkey again for the Turkey-Africa summit.
President Gul declared that what happens in Darfur is a tragedy and the Sudanese President, who holds a press conference told journalists that the genocide claims are an International conspiracy.
Turkey is a Nato member and an EU candidate. I don't know the impact of the visits of the Iranian and Sudanese president yet, but Turkey is loosing ground, respect and will be accused to host on a cozy way these leaders. And the 'denial' stories, I heard these voices for a long time now.
Emre wrote two entries about this, you can read it here.

Turkish politics

Turkish politics and USA politics.

Day Opening - August 22

Steve Steigman was a photographer best known for this
black and white photo "Blown Away".

He died on October 18, 2004.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain

"Forever" by Khalil Gibran.

Day Opening - August 21

"Snow White discovers the cottage" by Thomas Kinkade.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Just hanged in the paradise of Iran

Iran has executed a 20-year-old man who was sentenced to death for a murder he committed when he was 15, reviving an international debate over its punishment of minors.

The man, Reza Hejazi, was hanged in a prison in the central city of Isfahan on Tuesday for stabbing a man in a fight in 2003, according to the daily newspaper Etemad.
Four others, including two drug smugglers in Tehran and a rapist and a drug smuggler in Isfahan, were also hanged on Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

Only Iran, together with their feodual friends in Saoudi Arabia and their desperate gangsters in the Gaza, have a Sharia law system. Yes, Nigeria - parts of it - and Sudan try to impose it as well. Other parts of the world like West Indonesia (Acjeh) and Malyasia introduced a 'milder' form of the Sharia. But still cruel.

How to build a nation, by Hamas

Beautiful pictures from Gaza.

Proud on his gun?

Tough guys posing for the Hamas photograph.

Nice propaganda picture; be scared...

Day opening - August 20

'Covered' Rogaya al Gassra from Bahrein during 200 m sprint.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Daled Amos: Time Line Of Events Leading To The Russia-Georgia Conflict

Daled Amos: Time Line Of Events Leading To The Russia-Georgia Conflict

Update Beijing 2008

Gold for the Netherlands, Equestrian Dressage Individual van GRUNSVEN Anky
Gold for the Netherlands, Cycling - Track Women's Points Race VOS Marianne
Silver for Greece, Rowing Lightweight Men's Double Sculls MOUGIOS Dimitrios, POLYMEROS Vasileios
Bronze for Turkey, Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg AVLUCA Nazmi

Turkish Bath Fashion - Kate Moss

Supermodel Kate Moss is featured in an exotic and steamy Turkish Bath themed photoshoot in the September 2008 issue of W Magazine.

The “Hammam” (Arabic for bath) spread was shot by W Magazine favorites, the ubiqtiuos duo of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in Istanbul, Turkey.

A sizzling and sultry Moss is captured in various states of undress in the assorted sections of the Turkish bath. One image features Moss in an exotic bikini made from chain links.

The September issue of W Magazine features a dramatic Kate Hudson on the cover.

Source: Trendhunter

Day opening - August 19

Sydney: Opera house and city skyline.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Turkish universities

While Turkey is still deliberating the process how to appoint a rector, it is loosing its place in the world about education (Turkey never did very well during the 'Kemalist' time - 55% of the graduate students in Turkey don't speak or understand a second language) and this year list of the best Universities are as usual dominated by American ones. Turkey has one listed: Istanbul University.
Fun to see that the two universities I attended are brotherly ranked 46 and 47: University of Utrecht and University of Irvine California.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China.

Spring Night

Spring Night

The park is filled with night and fog,
The veils are drawn about the world,
The drowsy lights along the paths
Are dim and pearled.

Gold and gleaming are the empty streets,
Gold and gleaming the misty lake.
The mirrored lights like sunken swords,
Glimmer and shake.

Oh, is it not enough to be
Here with this beauty over me?
My throat should ache with praise, and I
Should kneel in joy beneath the sky.
O beauty, are you not enough?
Why am I crying after love
With youth, a singing voice, and eyes
To take earth’s wonder with surprise?

Why have I put off my pride,
Why am I unsatisfied,—
I, for whom the pensive night
Binds her cloudy hair with light,—

By: Sara Teasdale

Pakistan's Musharraf will resign

Pakistan's Musharraf will resign
More space for Islamist militants in the North West of Pakistan?

Day opening - August 18

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wave of Love

In this sometimes weird baby world there is one thing I like very very very much.
You can see your baby on a 3D ultra-sound scan.

In Holland a prenatal ultra-sound scan is performed standard at 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. The first scan is to determine the gestation of your pregnancy.
The second to check the anatomy for abnormalities.

We liked to see our unborn little darling one more time, so we decided to make a “we are so curious and just for fun” scan.
Just to see the baby’s face, fingers and toes. And to hear the little heart beat again.

This is the first time that I can’t describe my feelings in words. Only that it was a wonderful and a beautiful experience.
When I saw my little darling my first reaction was: “I know you” and straightaway a wave of love came over me.

My love for my little darling is growing each day,
......................................... like my belly.

Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Budddha is an enormous statue carved into the cliff side of Lingyun Mountain.

The buddha is over 71 meters tall with 28 meter wide shoulders and a 15 meter high head. More than 100 people can sit between the Buddha feet.
A local saying explains; "The mountain is a buddha, the buddha is a mountain".

Update Beijing 2008

Gold for the Netherlands, Rowing Lightweight Women's Double Sculls van der KOLK Kirsten, van EUPEN Marit
Silver for Turkey, Athletics Women's 10,000m ABEYLEGESSE Elvan
Silver for the Netherlands, Equestrian Dressage Team
Silver for the Netherlands, Rowing Women's Eight
DEKKER Femke, SMULDERS Marlies, KINGMA Nienke, REPELAER van DRIEL Roline, van RUMPT Annemarieke, TANGER Helen, SIEGELAAR Sarah, de HAAN Annemiek, WORKEL Ester
Silver for the Netherlands, Sailing Yngling MULDER Mandy, BES Annemieke, WITTEVEEN Merel

Women heard 'round the world

Saturday, August 16, 2008
People say women are dangerous. Do they mean clever? Or sexy and charming? Throughout history some women have attained power with intelligence, others with sexuality or cruelty. Indeed there are women who wield a vast array of characteristics and devices to get what they want – or what’s theirs to take. Turkish author Ali Çimen wrote about 30 such women who have shaped world history.


Some women are remembered with respect and love and others with fear… There is a story behind each of the women who have caused the world to stir at the mention of their names: Cleopatra, Mata Hari, Hürrem Sultan, Eva Peron, Benazir Bhutto, Simone de Beauvoir, Jeanne d'Arc, Ilse Koch, Helena Rubinstein, Oprah Winfrey and others. “History has shown us how dangerous women can be if their hearts are broken or if they are obsessed with power and ready to use their charm like an assassin uses his silenced gun to achieve it” says Ali Çimen, journalist and author of the book ‘Women who changed history'. At the beginning of the book the author says, “When you look back you see a male-dominated world. Those who conquered with their swords, who opened and closed eras, are mostly men. Does this mean that men always had the leading role in history? There are such women who stood out in history who, let it not be misunderstood, those ‘famous' men could not help but sweat in the shadow of the greatness of these women.”
Read the full article herreeee
Note: met with Ali a couple of times when he was correspondent for Zaman in the Netherlands.Last time he inteviewed me. Very clever and open person.

Day opening - August 17

Mykonos - Greece

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Festival guest Lowlands 2008

Festival guest of Lowlands the Netherlands.

Goodbey Mahmoud Ahmadinejad...

Iran was a nice country. A rich country. Until the Mullah's of Qom saw a chance to mobilize the population for a democratic Iran. In the end, Iran turns out to be one of the must cruels regimes in the world; torturing people who are not like-minded Shi'a (read: Baha'i's) and not allowing Christians (are there any left) and Jews (a tiny minority) to attend a university! And promising Israel the whip out of the map and more nonsense. A country with a terrible human and women rights record.
Iran was a nice country with a rich cultural heritage. And it doesn't have anything in common with Turkey. But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted on visiting Turkey.

I am writing this down because I consider Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not only as a retard but also as a very dangerous idiot. His opinion about women, religion, science, knowledge, law etc. is disgusting. And his Holocaust denial is insane.

And he visited Turkey the last 2 days. And many people in Istanbul experienced it: traffic jams everywhere. I was sitting for 2 hrs. in in a standstill of a traffic jam in the heat of 34 degrees in my car since the main highway was closed to bring M.A. over to Palace Ciragan. What I don't understand is why they not used a helicopter? Was this because M.A. wanted to see some naked women legs.
Yesterday I cancelled all my appointments. Didn't want to take the risk to get again involved in delayed appointments etc.
Next to all this misery, I don't understand the Turkish people; M.A. didn't want to pay his respect to the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Ataturk. So, his trip was only to Istanbul. In my opinion an insult. You Tube is banned since some kids uploaded insulting video's about Ataturk, but if a president of a country insults Ataturk, nothing is done. Words can not hurt but by ignoring the protocol, M.A. and his malice regime is not acting as a good neighbor to Turkey.
An interesting web site about Iran is Plateau of Iran.

Day opening - August 16

The Jordan Valley
Photo taken by: Doron Nissim