Monday, March 24, 2008

Turkey's dogma's

The underlying charge in the chief prosecutor's indictment is that the AKP has been eroding secularism. But the origins of the current constitution, and its definition of secularism, are highly suspect.
Turkey's existing constitution was adopted in 1982 as a direct product of the Turkish military coup of 1980. The five senior generals who led the coup appointed, directly or indirectly, all 160 members of the Consultative Assembly that drafted the new constitution, and they retained veto power over the final document. In the national ratification referendum that followed, citizens were allowed to vote against the military-sponsored draft, but not to argue against it publicly.

As a result, the 1982 constitution has weaker democratic origins than any in the EU. Its democratic content was also much weaker, assigning, for example, enormous power (and a military majority) to the National Security Council. While the AKP has moderated this authoritarian feature, it is difficult to democratize such a constitution fully, and official EU reports on Turkey's prospects for accession repeatedly call for a new constitution, not merely an amended one.

With public opinion polls indicating that the AKP's draft constitution, prepared by an academic committee, would be accepted through normal democratic procedures, the chief prosecutor acted to uphold the type of secularism enshrined in the 1982 constitution, which many commentators liken to French secularism.

Yet the comparison with what the French call laicism is misleading.

Certainly, both French laicism and Turkish secularism (established by modern Turkey's founder, Mustapha Kemal Ataturk) began with a similar hostility toward religion. But now they are quite different. In Turkey, the only religious education that is tolerated is under the strict control of the state, whereas in France a wide variety of privately supported religious education establishments is allowed, and since 1959 the state has paid for much of the Catholic Church's primary school costs. In Turkey, Friday prayers are written by civil servants in the 70,000-member State Directorate of Religious Affairs, and all Turkish imams also must be civil servants.

No similar controls exist in France.

Similarly, until the AKP came to power and began to loosen restrictions, it was virtually impossible in Turkey to create a new church or synagogue, or to create a Jewish or Christian foundation. This may be why the Armenian patriarch urged ethnic Armenians in Turkey to vote for the AKP in last July's elections. Here, too, no such restrictions exist in France.

The differences between French and Turkish secularism can be put in even sharper comparative perspective. In the widely cited "Fox" index measuring state control of majority and minority religions - in which zero represents the least state control, and figures in the thirties represent the greatest degree of control - all but two current EU member states get scores that are in the zero to six range. France is at the high end of the EU norm, with a score of six.
Turkey, however, scores 24, worse even than Tunisia's authoritarian secular regime. Is this the type of secularism that needs to be perpetuated by the Turkish chief prosecutor's not so-soft constitutional coup?

What really worries some democratic secularists in Turkey and elsewhere is that the AKP's efforts at constitutional reform might be simply a first step toward introducing Islamic law, or sharia. If the constitutional court will not stop a potential AKP-led imposition of sharia, who will?
There are two responses to this question. First, the AKP insists that it opposes creating a sharia state, and experts say that there is no "
smoking gun" in the chief prosecutor's indictment showing that the AKP has moved toward such a goal. Second, support for sharia, never high in Turkey, has actually declined since the AKP came to power, from 19 percent in 1996 to 8 percent in 2007.

Given that the AKP's true power base is its support in democratic elections, any attempt to impose sharia would risk alienating many of its own voters. Given this constraint, there is no reason for anyone, except for "secular fundamentalists," to support banning the AKP, Erdogan, or Gul; and every reason for Turkey to continue on its democratic path. Only that course will enable Turkey to construct a better constitution than it has now.

A dogma tells one side of the story.

source: TheDaily Mirror

Who smiled really charming?


Finally a warm heart for a 'Bunny'...


Our enlighted God. But we missed his address...but no price for you this year.

Only Today! Watch out you infidels...


The tape, aired on Arabic television channel al-Jazeera, calls for organised resistance against invading "crusaders" in the Muslim world.
In addition to the US and the UK, the speaker singles out Australia, France, Poland, Norway, South Korea and Japan.
He says the countries cited took part in the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq or Chechnya and gave Israel "means of survival".
Thank you, Sir.


Canada is often thought of as a land of bland consensus and multicultural harmony - the last place where you would expect to see a religious minority up in arms, and journalists accusing the state of gagging freedom of speech.
Yet in recent months, these have become fixtures of the country's public debate.
Read here.
Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader in Indonesia, has likened non-Muslims to worms, snakes and maggots. Read here. He likes to smile when these snakes (Jews) worms (Christians) and maggots (Hindus and Buddhists) are crushed.
Reminds me about a movie last night, which I saw for the 5th time: Schindler's List.



There were around 30 attacks today by Muslim extremists...but for today, its enough.
Time for the OIC to DO something?
Enjoy your Holidays!!!

Day Opening - March 24


Plaster by Serge Roche.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

YouTube Blocked and the Close of AK Party: Repercussions for Turkish Society

What does blocking YouTube in Turkey and the Turkish Constitutional Court trying to close the AK Party have in common? Refusal to understand the democratic right to freedom of speech for all people and for society to elect their officials.

Isn't a National Court supposed to respect people's rights instead of quashing them?

Why does the Turkish Court continue to waste time on cases which only result in less freedom, less understanding, and of greater importance, negative publicity?

Holiday Branding -Armani

As a kid, I used to leave the Easter Bunny a few carrots, just to make sure I got some good chocolates. Now that I’m an adult, what do I have to do to make sure I get some Armani Easter Eggs this year?

“Embossed with the unmistakable ‘A’ and delivered in a sky blue box dressed with a ribbon, these chocolate eggs are not for the children to hunt down in the yard, but for a special someone who deserves some sweetness this spring,” Luxist describes.

The epitome of good taste, in every sense, these golden eggs are just a matter of deciding whether or not to get one, just a question of how to accessorize. They look so good, I may just have to buy one for myself.
You don’t have to wait for Easter to pick one up, and you’ll probably miss out if you do. They hit Armani stores in mid-February. Next year?

Day Opening - March 23


Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

a column

Mustafa Aykol, a dear friend wrote a column:

Introducing the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ankara

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Turkey will become a free and democratic country until the SSRA is abolished, and all institutions of the regime accept the sovereignty of the people

Turkey is often called a democracy, but that is a gross mistake. In fact, it is only a quasi-democracy. In democracies, sovereignty rests with the people. In Turkey it is shared between the people and the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ankara (SSRA). The latter lets the people make decisions on trivial issues, but never allows them to mingle with more important ones. When the representatives of the people take steps to make Turkey a real democracy, the SSRA first resists, then warns, then attacks.

Of course the SSRA does not call itself as such. It simply calls itself “the Republic.” Dictionaries will tell you that a republic is “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives.” But in Turkey, it is precisely the opposite. The like the USSR of Moscow, the SSRA of Ankara is a “republic” which does not trust its people. It only trusts its own rigid ideology, which is often at odds with the deep-seated beliefs, values and identities of the people. That's why the SSRA is engaged in a never-ending war against “the internal enemies of the Republic,” who constitute the majority of the nation.
Vulgar (not dialectical) materialism:

Continue reading here

A famous writer

Belgian Author Hugo Claus Dies at 78

Day opening - March 20


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Turkish double standards, again.

While the Turkey's military and its bourgeois press is putting pressure on the EU to do more fighting PKK terrorists, the same press and military are saying: 'we don't want to fight in Afghanistan'. Do they have some interests in the papaver/heroin culture over there? Women trafficking as well, since Turkey is a transit country for human flesh and drugs?

While Turkey is still accusing 'the West', what that means - but my Turkish well travelled friends knows what That means - of supporting the PKK, the same regime refuse to battle the 'out of the dark ages' movements like the Taliban. Of course, the Taliban are 'brothers' of Turkey, since they have the same religion.

Turkey is not building bridges, this PR tale is off the table. For once and always; you can slaughter Christians, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists and Turkey act still like an elephant in a porcelain store...

In the meanwhile, Turks are suing each other - fighting their own Taliban (read AKP) in Turkey- and are still finding a new way how to topple an elected government, by all means. Yes, Turkey is real democratic, on its own merits.

An excellent article

Our brave and dear friend wrote another fine article.

By Orhan Kemal Cengiz.

'Judicial memo' to open Pandora's Box?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

For the Turkish military, “legitimacy” is very important. Therefore, if you look at the history of military interventions in Turkey you can see that before each of them, “necessary conditions” had always been prepared. The military came to power “as a last resort,” to “save the country” from different kind of evils. When I say military I do not mean a homogeneous power. In terms of ideology and for their self appointed role, there is of course a consensus within this institution. If there is an institution with a rigidly defined role, it is not difficult for some people within and outside this organization doing things that will lead it in certain directions to urge it to play “its role.”

Is the case against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) a case that the chief prosecutor at the Court of Appeals has decided to take it on his own? I do not think so. It is clear that the prosecutor is acting on behalf of a coalition of bureaucrats, most of which consist of soldiers. Kemalist elites have been trying to find new ways and means to intervene in political processes. The military has got a harsh lesson at the last elections on July 22, 2007. Therefore, it is obvious that they would refrain from making open moves but instead would prefer to use a kind of shield, a different exterior.

They are now calculating what kind of reactions they would have if they make an intervention. They are trying to understand what would the reaction be from within the country and abroad if they try to make more open interventions. This is my good case scenario. My worst case scenario is that this case may just be a first move for a chain of actions. It may be followed by some provocative moves that will be used against the government again. If I were the government I would take all precautions to protect the chief prosecutor and the members of the high courts against any assassination. However, from the first reactions of the leaders of the AKP, I could see that they do not understand the gravity of the situation. The prime minister and other forefront figures in the AKP are making angry comments about the prosecutor, unaware of the fact that all these comments may well be used as a part of another conspiracy which will lead this country into uncertainty and crisis.

What I hope of course, that the first scenario is in making in Turkey. Namely Kemalist elites are just making a blind move to understand and analyse “the situation” in order to explore the possibilities.

The lessons to be drawn:
Continue reading here.

You Tube chronicles

A ton of money is going to online video advertising, but very little of that is going to user-generated amateur videos.
For now, advertisers fear their ads could accidentally appear in clips that have nudity, foul language or even criticism of their brand. According to Jayant Kadambi, chief executive for YuMe Inc. "That’s a holdover from the TV days. If someone runs a TV show that the general audience doesn’t like, the advertiser gets yelled at.” And fined.
Janet Jackson Superbowl fiasco, anyone? Even though Google has been showing new video formats to generate money from its purchase of YouTube, it has been very cautious not alienating users or advertisers.
Success will finally depend on video-sharing sites separating quality video from the gargabe and tagging ads accordingly.
"You really don't know what you are going to get until you see it," she said. "A user-generated (clip) could be 30 seconds or three minutes.
You have no idea of the quality. To make a user pay with their time with any type of preroll is risky."
But by contrast, she said, a user can expect a certain level of quality from a specific show or sports highlights offered online.
With education and innovation, Greenspan said, "by and large we can close the gap. I don't think it's ever going to consistently match top brands, but we're still talking about a huge move upwards from where it is. Right now it's just ridiculous."

And YouTube is again banned in Turkey.
Turkey's prosecutors have to understand that not YouTube but one of its users are (mis)using YouTube for its own purposes.

Day Opening - March 19



Ancient Mayan Ruins Chichen Itza Mexico.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Resign?



At a press conference today The Dalai Lama said he would have to resign as leader of Tibet's government-in-exile if violence by protesters in the region worsens.

Yesterday Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao blamed supporters of the Dalai Lama for the recent violence in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama dared Wen to investigate the protest in China.
He said “Prime minister come here and investigate thoroughly all our files, or record my speeches.“

The current protest’s are the most violent ones until now.

The power of the Greek Orthodox church


If you are living in Greece, and you have a relation, don't live together...

The Greek Orthodox church, which plays a significant role in the life of the Greeks, considered this to be tantamount to "prostitution".

The Greek government, who is trying to harmonise their law to 'European standards' (I still don't know what that means), is under fire by the Greek Orthodox church. A church which also have a powerful influence on Greek politics.

The proposed new law would allow unmarried couples to make their relationship legally binding, by signing a simple notarial contract.

But still, homosexual couples don't have any rights like heterosexual couples.

Money Money Money!


Paul McCartney's ex-wife received nearly 24.3 million pounds payout in divorce ruling.
McCartney (65) married the former model and charity campaigner Heather Mills (40) in 2002.
They separated four years later, blaming media intrusion into their private lives. The settlement equated to £17,000 for every day of the couple's marriage. Not bad...

Ban on t-shirts?

Cool brands are working more and launching products related to sex, whether it's perfume, t-shirts or boards.

Here, Addict launched an artist series with 3 XXX sketches to wear, made by Mode 2 artists, showing intimate parts of female body, beautiful drawn. Is sex the uner new trend to 'wear'? We know sex sells but the way the the brand delivers the 'sex' message is what matters for the consumer. Common people think it would be inappropriate, but some consumers, the target group, the trendsetters, would agree that this is a good marketing move.
Do you think that wearing this t-shirt will be allowed while attending class at an university in Turkey?
The t-shirts are not religious and/or political related...
The box of Pandora is open at the moment...

Day Opening - March 18



Photo of the detail of the fine architecture in the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy.

Monday, March 17, 2008

SOS Cupid


Where are you, Cupid ?

The hand kisses, poems and the love letters are disappeared! Or maybe they lost their way? We only have the digital ones left.

Nowadays people clarify their love or ask someone for a date by a sms. The romance is gone. Help us!

Please Cupid do something. We need you desperately!
Please bring the romance back. Please bring the serenades back.

Bring enough arrows to shoot! Or are you digitalized too?

The Euro

The economy of the USA is according economists of Goldman Sachs not the largest economy anymore. The 15 countries of the ‘Eurozone’, became now the largest. Due to a falling USA dollar, these 15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain – 320.000.000 people) their total GPD is 13.880 billion USD, while that of the USA is 13.843 billion USD.The UK, Sweden, Denmark and Poland, for example - all EU members – didn’t adopt to the Euro. Non-EU members who are also using the Euro are: Montenegro and Kosovo, while countries with free-floating currencies such as Norway, Switzerland and Turkey are partially using the Euro. City states such as San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City (the biggest multinational worldwide?) are using the Euro as well.
The USA dollar is at its record low against the Euro: 1.57

Shockvertising

The Photoshopped picture is from an ad put out by Hogeschool-Universiteit (HUB). The higher education institution in Brussel Belgium seeks to increase attendance by offering prospective students a college and university in one and by asking the question, “Why choose if you can combine?”

That ad photo is some combination!

The current political process in the USA is anything but a joke (although sometimes I have my doubts) but I would be lying if I said that I am not laughing my butt off right now!

Via: advertido.



Day Opening - March 17


Tie your heart at night to mine, love,
and both will defeat the darkness
like twin drums beating in the forest
against the heavy wall of wet leaves.

Night crossing: black coal of dream
that cuts the thread of earthly orbs
with the punctuality of a headlong train
that pulls cold stone and shadow endlessly.

Love, because of it, tie me to a purer movement,
to the grip on life that beats in your breast,
with the wings of a submerged swan,

So that our dream might reply
to the sky’s questioning stars
with one key, one door closed to shadow

Painting by Marc Chagall.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The logica of some Turkish journalists

I know that Turkish people want to read nice stories. But this is not a nice one.
After the action of the Turkish Chief prosecutor to ban the ruling AKP party, some Turkish journalists are defending this – by attacking the EU for double standards – that Europe had a history of banning parties. The truth is something else. First you cannot say the EU, still confusing this with Europe. And second, the countries in the EU don’t have a history of banning political parties. Only the KPD in 1956, in West Germany was banned.


It is extremely difficult to ban political parties in Europe, and attempts to shut down parties are regarded as incompatible with liberal democracies. When political parties appealed to Germany's Supreme Court to ban the Nazi Party, their request was turned down on grounds that the allegations were not sufficiently sound. A similar move in Belgium to ban the openly racist Vlaams Belang (The Benefit of the Flemish People) Party was rejected by the country's highest court.
Batasuna in Spain can still act, on personal note, openly, and is not illegal in France.
We can discuss which parties were considered illegal in Franco’s Spain, under the Greek Junta, or under the torn of the Soviet Union in Central and East Europe.
It’s now about parties in countries which are member or wannabee members of the EU. Countries which are members of the NATO, the OESO. Nothing else counts at the moment.
And Turkey has a record of closing down parties: 24 in the last 44 years. For some of you: even during the Cold War, the communist parties were allowed and even represented in several governments (Italy).

I confess



Online churches are nothing new. But confessions on Internet?!
For people who feel guilty to a sin among us there is now: forgivenet.com.
You can send an email or post an anonymous request for forgiveness.

Do we really need these kind of confessions done through Internet? Does it makes sense?

No real interaction anymore?

The great Turkish hypocrisy

Friday, March 14, 2008 - Turkish Daily News

We know all too well that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s (and most Turks’) selective tolerance to terrorism against Israel has religious connotations. Did anyone complain of ‘double standards’


Burak BEKDİL

The Turks, whether in official attire or civilian, often – and not without good reason – complain about western hypocrisy when it comes to terrorism. What they see as unjust and systematically hypocritical is the cliché symptom of real-politik that makes a man shooting and bombing for a political cause someone's terrorist and the other's freedom fighter.

The Turks are right and wrong at the same time. They are right to think that some EU states have discriminated against the Turkish fight against Kurdish terror – due to a combination of reasons of real-politik and of romanticism, with the latter strongly linked to the Turkish state's decades-long denial policy and the oppression of an ethnicity which the Turks never realized was an ethnicity before the shooting began. But they are wrong to think that double (or rather, multiple) standards in recognizing and identifying the terrorist and honestly fighting him apply only to their case.
There have been several examples in world politics, even within EU borders, of the same ethos the Turks think is special to them. How really willing were the French about helping their Spanish neighbors on ETA? How willing were the Americans about helping their closest allies, the British, on IRA? No doubt, these examples can be multiplied.

Turks' own hypocrisy:

But the “uglier” side of the problem about the Turkish perceptions of “systematic international hypocrisy” is not the Turks' belief that they are the world's only victims of foreign support/tolerance for “some” terrorism. The “uglier” problem is the Turks' own hypocrisy. Too sad, if the Turks can be terror-hypocrites it would only be too surprising if other nations are not.

And do these poor Chechens not deserve an independent state after all? Of course, they do. But the Kurds do not. What's the difference? The average Turk does not like the “infidel Russians” whereas the Chechens are “our Muslim cousins.” “Our chaps” can kill children, our enemies cannot. Would the same average Turk sympathize with the Uighur man if/when he resorts to violence, or with the Chinese state? Not too difficult to guess. But there is more.
Continue reading here

EU draft report on Turkey of this week

“Turkish authorities should resolutely pursue investigations into the Ergenekon affair, to fully uncover its networks reaching into the state structures and to bring those involved to justice.“

The Ergenekon gang, a neo-nationalist group accused of involvement in plans to stage a violent uprising against the government, was discovered at the end of an investigation that came upon the heels of a police raid in June of last year that uncovered an arms depot in a house in İstanbul's Ümraniye district. The prosecutor in the Ergenekon case has said the gang worked to create disorder and chaos through divisive and violent acts so the public would be willing to accept a military intervention to restore order.


click here for the report in short.

How much are the events of this Friday and the EU draft report related to each other since the AKP is the only party which is willing to go after the deep state?

Day Opening - March 16


1957 -- Margaret Philips, by Henry Clarke (1918-1996), an haute couture photographer whose work reached its height in the 1950's and 60's.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Don't Kiss



Today India's top court suspended an arrest warrant against Hollywood star Richard Gere, wanted for allegedly breaking public obscenity laws.

Gere embraced and kissed Shetty on her cheek at the public AIDS awareness event in New Delhi on April 15 last year.

Shetty, a well-known actress in India, became an international star after her appearance on the British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother."

Equivalent

Update on Mehdi Kazemi

As a follow-up on my post from yesterday on Mehdi Kazemi: I received an email from the UK Parliamentarian whom I sent an email plea to. You can read his response to me on Turkey & My Foreign Perspectives.

I hope you will send an email to Lord Waheed Alli and make a difference in this young man's life.

Democracy

Women line up to cast their votes in Iran's parliamentary election in the Shia shrine of Massoumeh, south of Tehran.

Reach Out to Mehdi Kazemi, Iranian without a Country

With both the Netherlands and the UK refusing to grant Mehdi Kazemi the right to stay legally in their countries, he may be forced to return to Iran where sure execution will await him.

Kazemi left Iran to study in the UK in 2004, and since that time received notification that his partner and friend was executed due to their gay relationship. No matter what our personal beliefs are, we must reach out and help Kazemi in his search for a country to accept him.

The only Muslim Parliamentarian in Britain is trying to help and with your email to him, it may change the balance for one young Iranian and his sure persecution.

Please send your email to alliw @ parliament.uk asking to save this young man and give him a country. Thanks to you, we might help this Iranian man.

Tomorrow, I will write about another reprehensible story which readers should respond to.

Body Paint


Shirley Eaton in the Bond classic Goldfinger (1964)

Demi Moore (1992)


Rebecca Romijn in X-Men as Mystique (2000)

Day Opening - March 14


A visit to the Venezuelan Andes causes many a tourist to break out in goose pimples. Indeed the flora and fauna is so diverse and staggeringly beautiful that some people have to pinch themselves to make sure they are not dreaming.There is much to see in the northernmost reaches of the mighty Andes mountain range and one good way to start the day is by taking a trip in the world’s longest and loftiest cable car. It ascends to an altitude of 4,765 metres.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Shockvertising





This is an ad from Stella Espresso Coffee which seeks to express to coffee drinkers in Italy just how strong their coffee is and how much “bite” it really has.
The scorpion, which is made out of coffee beans, is crawling up the woman’s nose and lingering around her mouth to graphically represent that “bite”. I am not a coffee drinker but that’s way too much bite for me!

Mythology and their stories (1)

Eve, Mother of all living, by Sandra Stanton.

...Every culture has a story that tries to explain its human origins. This is simply a normal human phenomenon. The lucky cultures are the ones whose creation myths contain some humor and kindness....


A people's belief about the world's beginnings is usually called a creation myth, mythology, story, or tale by other peoples. It should be noted, however, that to the people involved, these are not myths or stories. They are real, not in a linear, literal, scientific sense, but nevertheless real, and part of the authentic plurality of humankind's truths. Thus, a more useful and respectful way to describe these "myths" is to call them "sacred narratives," especially when the people to whom they are sacred are still living and revering in these stories.

Harmony




Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims study together in India. Like I did in mine childhood in "multicultural" Amsterdam.

Dedicated to my Muslim Friends

My Muslim friends don’t force me to wear a burka or a chador, they don’t call me 'Selma' because they don’t like my Western name 'Sandra', they don’t force me to wear a Burkini when I’m going for a swim and last but not least the don't see me as a Kafir.

Instead of this they give me a shoulder when I cry and bake me an apple-pie. They encourage me to live my dreams, they motivate me to do the things I want to do. They pick me up in the middle of the night when my car is broken. They give me their blessings, they give me love. And last but not least they love me for being who I am.
I love them too!

Day Opening - March 13



Justin Timberlake presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame statuette to Madonna on Monday night

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Smog


People standing on the roof of the Beijing Olympic stadium can barely be seen through the smog. China has issued assurances that the air will be safe for the Games.

Day Opening - March 12

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Miauschwitz. Catacaust in Peking


No cats allowed during the Olympic Games in China.

Countries of Milk and Honey

Al-Ayyam, March 4, 2008 (Bahrain)

The barrage of rocket fire from Gaza and Israel’s military action to stem the attacks on its cities have prompted an outpouring of offensive and bigoted commentary in the Arab press, whose response came in the form of a series of rapid-fire editorial cartoons using swastikas, classical anti-Semitic images and other hateful references to the Holocaust to vilify Israel and portray the Jewish state as an aggressor with genocidal ambitions.
Many of the cartoons are rife with Holocaust imagery and blatant analogies between Israel’s military action and the killing of European Jews during the Holocaust in World War II.

The cartoons feature swastikas and describe the defensive measures Israel has taken as a “Holocaust” in Gaza. Holocaust imagery and direct comparisons to the Holocaust are a common feature of the anti-Semitic cartoons that regularly appear in Arab newspapers across the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world.

The following days I will publish selected examples from Arab newspapers.
Sjaloom!

My God


'Beard men' in Herat Afghanistan, deep in prayers, shouting 'Holland death'.
Always nice to know that some religious people think that they can ask their 'Allah' to destroy a country...was not aware of this fatwa...
And, of course, the OIC is telling us: 'these people are only a fraction of the Muslim community'...but they forget all the time to tell that only a 'fraction' can cause huge disasters. Explain this to the people of NYC, Madrid, Baghdad, Bali, London, Argentina, Amsterdam and so on...
Maybe time to stop humanitarian aid? God knows?!

The truth shall set us Free.

Can we solve problems with violence? Are we able to discuss another opinion, which is different than 'us' - I still don't understand 'us' in the Turkish society?!
Can we reach out to each other, in case of reconciliation in our societies?
And, can we live on the same soil without taking each others rights for a decent life?

Recently, I watched the movie
'Country of my Skull'. An amazing non fiction story about the the Truth and Reconciliation commission in South Africa.

One scene shocked me: a boy, 12 years young, sitting in front of the commission refused to talk since his parents were strangled to death in front of his eyes, when he was 5. The two policemen, who committed this crime were talking. One of them, haunted with nightmares, kneeled in front of him, asking: 'what can I do'. The boy's answer was simple; he huged him.

Its time for Turkey to embrace its past, and to let go. Like what Mandela said: the truth, revealed or not, will always have an effect on us.

Day Opening - March 11