Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"Our internal issues are being carefully watched by the Greek side. Let me end this article with an anecdote from the Bohcalian meeting, which hinted how many trump cards we give them to ruin our main positions. In the conversations we held in Bohcalian, Lordos said that a chief judge in Turkey is able to declare a party winning 47 percent of votes as an illegitimate party, over the night. If this Turkey sets being the constitutional guarantor as a condition for the solution of the issue, how can a Cypriot Greek accept such a thing?"
These are the words of Cengiz ÇANDAR. And he is so right.
I don't know, but according some well informed friends they are going to close down the AK party in Turkey. I admit, they are not that innocent as they claim to be. But closing down a ruling party, together with the Kurdish DTP, you shut down the voice of 60% of the Turkish voters. In my opinion, political disputes are for the parliament and constitutional disputes for the Courts of Turkey. At the moment, they are completely mixed, which leaves the ordinary Turk in limbo, but not the Western media and the EU.
One rhetoric question: if Turkish democracy can not survive by rule of law, both domestically and by means of international law, how can they solve the Cyprus problem?
For an outsider it must be confusing: who rules Turkey. The Turkish army or elected parliamentarians. And who rules Northern Cyprus?
the rose has come back. let the sun watchers laugh.
tied on its branch my letter is open
let the stars read it let the moon read it
let it be morning let it be love
i will then pour my ink into the sea
with its rain licked stamp
my skin is casting off: scale by scale
piece by piece my face is shedding
the ships inside me are cheering up
water is fluttering there, wind is crazy
my sky is azure, and my water wells are blue
as i change what i come across is the same road
beginning of the road is same, again so many pangs
its name is bitter, its smell is sweet: in fact my silvering
is on my own mirror, how i reflect is same
direction where my clock works is the rose
its artwork is exactly the leaf of love: this is
the reply to my heart asking: why am i walking
towards the face of the earth, why on earth
am i walking by shedding
the air I diffuse in is narrow, the place is isolated
plunging my hand into my left side: my wound is open
i am caressing my heart
cleaned blood in, blood out
Translator: Neslihan AKAR
Deniz Dili ve Edenbiyatı 5
gül döndü. Gülsün güne bakanlar.
dalına bağladım mektubum açık
yıldızlar okusun ay okusun
sabah ola aşk ola
denize bırakacağım mürekkebimi
yağmur yalamış puluyla
derim değişiyor: pul pul
parça parça dökülüyor yüzüm
seviniyor içimdeki gemiler
su çırpınıyor orada, rüzgâr deli
göğüm gök, kuyularım da mavi
değiştikçe karşıma çıkan aynı yol
yolun aynı başı, gene onca sancı
adı acı, kokusu tatlı: oysa sırım
kendi aynamda, yansıdığım aynı
saatimin çalıştığı yön güldür
işlediği yaprağıdır tam aşkın: neden
yerin yüzüne yürümekteyim
diyen kalbime yanıttır: yeryüzünde
döküle döküle yürümekteyim neden
yayıldığım hava dar, mekân kopuk
elimi daldırıp sol yanıma: yaram açık
kendim okşuyorum kalbimi
temiz kan içeri, kan dışarı.
Note; on the previous blog, I posted around 10 poems of my friend Nurduran Duman. More informtion about her you will find here and here.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
In 1977 I travelled for the first time to Greece, and from there to Egypt. Egypt by then was at war with both Libya and Israel as well. Not that many tourist in Egypt - some lost Saudis and people from Yemen I remember. A couple of months later President Sadat of Egypt went on a historical visit to Israel.
Back home, in the Netherlands I organized in 1978 a forum with delegates from Israel Committee the Netherlands and the Palestinian Committee which had direct links with the PLO. It became an unforgettable evening.
Today, Israel celebrates their 60 years of existence. The voices of then, that Israel once will be destroyed, are still out there. The religious bigots of Hamas, who execute their power by force, is still insisting that they only can reach their political objectives by force.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has a democracy and a modern economy.
They are attacked 7 times by 'united Arab forces' but still their democracy and economy is alive, in contrary with these so called modern Arab nations.
An update about the 'intellect' of Hamas watch this.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Check out the rankings for your country and see how you compare to Turkey or others. What do you think?
Nothing and no one can make us a victim. We do it to ourselves when we allow external circumstances to hold power over us.
Although we have no control over what happens to us, we ALWAYS have a choice in how we respond. We hold our power when we accept complete responsibility for our thoughts, feelings and actions.
Monday, May 12, 2008
As from today, I will share clips, recently shown on Arab TV stations.
Today: An intellectual debate and what the Germans think about themselves...
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig von Beethoven
Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Heinrich Rudolph Herz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Paul J. Baon von Reuter
Rainer Maria Rilke
Wılhelm Conrad Rontgen
Mayer Anselm Rotschield
Note; hope that, if Sean or any other German who read thıs, will forgive me, but this debate show the weight of their intelectuals -
EGO didn't teneo, indulgeo mihi, they nunquam servo nos edoctus!
I want to share it to give you pause every time you say something like 'It doesn't concern me' or 'I don't care what ... is doing' or if you think your personal response doesn't matter.
We all want our freedom to live life as we wish, to protect our native countries and our cultures, but with that comes our responsibility to act. We must speak up against that which aims to destroy our ways of life, and it will, should we not object to what we know is wrong, wrong, wrong.
This letter reflects a person's regret that they did not heed a wake up call to a group who wanted to destroy a way of life. We welcome your Comments and thoughts on this letter no matter what they may be.
It is titled "A German's View on Islam" by Emanuel Tanay, M.D. and follows:
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward FANATICISM. "Very few people were true Nazis," he said, "but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care.
I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."
We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant.
It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christians or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.
It is the fanatics, who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.
It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the "silent majority," is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the FANATICS who threaten our way of life.
...Let us hope that thousands, worldwide, read this and think about it...before it's too late.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I don't know what to think about this. Destroying antique is not an option, complete ignore it?
A new controversy with a call to boycot Belgium?
Note; this statue is in fact a preach chair.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Recently, I visited what will be my new home town, Cary, North Carolina, and attended an all-day Turkish cultural event sponsored by the Divan Cultural Center. I met new friends and enjoyed the food, dance, shopping and businesses owned by Turks.
I give you a glimpse of the event everyday from April 21-26 all about the Turkish Festival and set up a special page for all my photos. Enjoy them!
Don't forget to give your patronage to the Turkish businesses when visiting the area.
Still in doubt if I shall take my laptop with me, if not, then you will not hear from me until next Wednesday. If you will hear from me, means that I'm addicted to Internet...
Friday, May 9, 2008
All was fine, until we met on Taksim square where a demonstration was going of left wing party in Turkey; the ODP. Lots of policemen with their stenguns. Nothing serious happened, but I can not get used to this kind of threatening situations.
Other threats, which are made this week was done by the CHP against Joost Lagendijk, the co-chairman of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission, a fervent supporter of a Turkey in th EU:
Kemal Anadol, deputy leader of the CHP's parliamentary group, stated on Monday that the CHP's response would be very severe if the EU continued to attack his party (...)
Or this one:
"Turkey's greatest problem with the EU is the union's officials who make such comments about our country on behalf of the EU. Everybody should fully understand this. We are aware that there are problems in Turkey's relations with the EU, and the CHP strongly wishes to contribute to the solution of these problems," he noted.
And this all about the fact, that Joost Lagendijk stated last week, that the CHP is an embarrassment for the Socialistic International. The SI where the CHP is (still) part of.
The socialist movement is not my movement but they have something in common with the social liberal democrats where I belong to: an open civil and democratic society. And that's now the problem the CHP have. During their last congress only one candidate could be elected: Mr. Baykal. The same way as party leaders are elected in Zimbabwe, North Korea and Burma.
Cengiz Candar, one of the most prominent journalist in Turkey wrote in his last column:
Lagendijk, for instance, termed the Republican People’s Party (CHP) a “disaster” and said socialists and social democrats in Europe are ashamed of the party, during his speech at the 9 Eylül University in İzmir last week. Afterwards, the CHP spokesmen and behemoths of the media at his wavelength criticized Lagendijk for his “colony governor” like attitude and talked about putting this “foreign player” in his place.
Lagendijk quite contrarily ignored them all and said the CHP should do politics to resolve the issues of Turkey instead of throwing threats. Actually he said the following:
“Since the negotiation start of, everything in Turkey is our concern. The CHP seems not understanding the EU membership process. If they don’t want the EU, they should be honest and say it.”
Lagendijk stated the obvious:
In fact, what Lagendijk did was nothing but “stating the obvious”. Yes, social democrats and socialists in Europe think of the CHP exactly as Lagendijk explained. The CHP is the member of the Socialist International but its deportation is at issue. Until today deportation was not brought into force because European socialists hesitate to lose influence over the CHP. Meaning, a tactical issue it is.
Besides, we shouldn’t forget that people such as Lagendijk and Rehn are fervent supporters of Turkey’s membership to EU. Their criticisms pointing out Turkey’s “weaknesses in democratization” are beneficial for both people in Turkey; they are also to secure Turkey’s EU bid.
Unless Turkey decides to break-up with the EU, there is no way to escape from EU’s “democracy check” on Turkey. We better jot this down and ask ourselves: What is “negative” here? Is the EU’s asking Turkey to obey rules of democracy or is it “our” attempt to skip the rules?
Note: When is the CHP giving 'up its guns'?
House Café, one of Istanbul’s cool restaurants chains, wanted a unique design for their herbal health tea in order to appeal more to their hip, health-conscious customers. They commissioned ad agency TBWA who came up with this witty tea packaging.
The packets feature cut-out images at the end of each string depicting physically fit people doing outdoor sports. The string is used in such a way as to simulate the rope of bunjee jumping, rock climbing and other sports.
The promotion was so successful that although the tea bags were initially designed to be served exclusively at the café, there was a huge demand by the customers to buy the tea bags and take them home. Now, House Cafe is preparing to sell the tea bags at markets across Istanbul.
This is a great example of how thinking outside the box not only maintains the success of a company, but can also open new doors as well. Innovate!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Ishak Alaton is one of the most prominent names in Turkey’s tiny Jewish community. He, as the boss of the well-established Alarko Holding, is not just a very successful businessman, but also a man of intellect who comments on social and political problems.
As a self-defined social democrat, Mr. Alaton believes in social responsibility – not as a public relations strategy, but as a value in itself.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Alaton sent a letter to Eyüp Can, the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s up-and-coming business daily, Referans. On April 22, Mr. Can published the letter in his column. In it, the 81-year-old business guru was rightfully complaining about “this paranoia, this xenophobia, this enmity toward non-Muslims, this anti-Semitism” which pervades Turkey.
’Patriots’ in Ankara:
Mr. Alaton was specifically referring to two examples: Israeli businessman Sammy Ofer, a zillionaire, wanted to invest in Turkey, but he was repelled by “the bureaucracy and the media which worked hand in hand against him… for simply that he was Jewish.”
And, decades ago, an oil-rich Armenian businessman, Mr. Gülbenkyan, had tried to set up a museum in Istanbul, but was “forced back with sticks in hand by the ‘patriots’ in Ankara.”
Thirdly Mr. Alaton was pointing to the recent decision by Turkey’s Constitutional Court, which made it illegal for foreigners to buy real estate in Turkey. (Our lovely Constitutional Court, when it is not busy with cracking down political parties, takes decisions that will keep Turkey isolated from the global economy.)
After his letter in Referans, Mr. Alaton soon gave an interview to journalist Nagehan Alçı from daily Akşam. When asked about the origins of anti-Semitism in Turkey, Mr. Alaton went right back to the days of Atatürk and said this:
“I met Atatürk. We saw him when we were kids. There was no such discrimination at his time. At, least there was no such thing in his mind. But some of the people around Atatürk had a fierce reaction against us, i.e., the ‘others.’ That’s why special instructions were sent to governors in order to make our lives difficult. This, over time, turned in to a state policy.”
Mr. Alaton did not go into details about what “the people around Atatürk” did to Turkey’s Jews, but one of their deeds, the Wealth Tax of 1942, is worth mentioning. The government of Şükrü Saracoğlu, a Kemalist, a Nazi sympathizer and a proud “Turkist,” issued this notorious law, which was an arbitrary levy imposed on wealthy non-Muslim minorities, and especially the Jews and Jewish converts. Those who were unable to pay were sent to a labor camp in Aşkale, a district of the Eastern city of Erzurum. The first and only Jewish labor camp in these lands, in other words, was established in the heydays of Kemalism, our untouchable state ideology.
Continue reading here.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The Beer Can Coffin is the ultimate way to honor a thorough-bred red neck. If if you know someone proud of their hickish ways, you know they wouldn’t get fulfillment from a traditional burial in the afterlife anyway.
This coffin was designed for Bill Bramanti of Illinois who happens to be a major Pabst Blue Ribbon connoisseur. He loves the beer brand so much, he had this coffin created to resemble a can of it.
“At 5-feet-9 inches tall, this beer can coffin weighs a cool 280 pounds,” BornRich says. “The silver coffin is designed with red, white and blue, just like a Pabst can. The beer lover might have his own plans to depart in this coffin, but for now, he is using this giant beer can coffin a s a cooler and he has already thrown a party for his friends, featuring his coffin filled with ice and yes, the Pabst Blue Ribbon.”
Any real red neck would die for one of these…
The European Commission has given Slovakia a go to introduce the Euro. If the EU-ministers of Finance will reach an agreement on their next assembly, the Euro will be introduced on the 1st of January 2009.
The Slovene are hesitant to accept the Euro. An inquiry revealed that 65% of the Slovene are against the Euro. They are afraid that prices will rise vigorously.
Slovakia, if introduced, will be the sixteenth country that acknowledges the Euro.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I don't know what the boy scouts in Ankara are doing but it looks like that they are either insulted or busy with insulting someone, in perpetual motion. Voila: the new YouTube ban, but we have word press back and the ban on the headscarf is still not unveiled: it's in some kind of grey zone.
But what I really don't understand is; all these Turkish politicians who are so busy with making life so difficult for one and each other, are suddenly the front soldiers to keep the dignity and spirit of Ataturk high. I miss here the logic.
Jeremiah Wright does not hold back when it comes to blaming everybody except the African American community for many of his accusations and shortcomings. Its haunting Obama - who is (was) a member of his congregation - in his aspirations to become presidential nominee for the USA democrats 2008.
“America’s chickens are coming home to roost! We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, the Arawak, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism! We took Africans from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism! We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel. We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenagers and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard-working fathers. We bombed Gadafi’s home and killed his child. “Blessed are they who bash your children’s head against a rock!” We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to payback for the attack on our embassy. Killed hundreds of hard-working people; mothers and fathers who left home to go that day, not knowing that they would never get back home. We bombed Hiroshima! We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye! Kids playing in the playground, mothers picking up children after school, civilians - not soldiers - people just trying to make it day by day. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and Black South Africans, and now we are indignant? Because the stuff we have done overseas has now been brought back into our own front yards! America’s chickens are coming home to roost! Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred and terrorism begets terrorism.”
Jeremiah Wright brings up very important points and topics in his sermons, but they need not be taken at face value. He uses the topic at hand to run off the deep end with his political views and beliefs, and it only brings down the quality of thinking for the congregation, and for America. Now that he is a household name, he will surely try to capitalize on it.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Cyclone Nargis has devastated parts of Burma, destroying thousands of homes and killing hundreds of people.
In my eyes mother nature is still stronger than hate, discrimination, war of what else.
Do we need to hate someone?
Do we have to discriminate because someone has frizzy hair?
Do we need to start war because someone wants to have their own border?
Do we? In the end mother nature wins.
When will love or peace win?
The international think tank MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) in Washington translated and released the tape.
You can watch it here. Scroll down; their you will see a box with 'Palestine, Holocaust'.
Also: Former Jordanian Minister Ali Al-Faqir Vows to Conquer Spain and Rome and Declares: America and the EU Will Soon Come to an End
Are their still people thinking that there is no anti-semites in the Middle East?
She doesn't write that often but I check all the time her blog.
Yesterday she posted another amazing story: My Daddy strongest. You can read it here.
Another story which impressed me is this one: the Beach.
Or simple go to her blog.
Ps. Baba in India is the same baba as in Turkey...
Kesar Pista Kulfi
4 Cans of Evaporated Milk
1 Can of Sweet Condensed Milk
1 table spoon Salted Butter
1 1/2 table spoon Custard Powder
Few Saffron strings
Handfull of Pista nuts
1.Keep 3 tablespoon of evaporated milk in a small bowl and boil the
rest of evaporated milk in a non stick pan. Add condensed milk and
bring to a boil.
2.Add saffron to milk and chopped pista nuts and boil it for few
minutes. Turn gas to lower heat.
3.Dissolve custard powder in a small bowl using 3 tbsp of evaporated
milk and add it to the mixture. After milk mixture thickens trun the gas
off. Let it cool down little bit and after 10 minutes add butter. When
the mixture is lukewarm put it in a grinder and mix it.
4.Pour the mixture in little moulds and keep them in the freezer. In
about 6/7 hours you have delicious kulfi.
3 table spoons water
4 Ripe mangoes
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cup cream, whipped
roasted pistachios finely cut
1. Peel and pit mangoes. Puree flesh in a blender or food processor. You should have 3-1/2 cups puree.
2. Place mango in a large bowl; add sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Fold whipped cream into mango mixture.
3.Place bowl in freezer until mixture is half frozen; about one hour. Remove from freezer; beat until smooth. Pack in little moulds and freeze until about half frozen but still creamy.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Amsterdam, Dam Square, May 4, 2008.
Remembrance of the Dead (Dutch: Dodenherdenking) is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands. It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II.
Until 1961, the commemoration only related to the Dutch victims of World War II. Since 1961, the victims of other military conflicts (such as the Indonesian National Revolution in Indonesia) and peacekeeping missions (such as in Lebanon or Bosnia) are remembered on May 4 as well.
Traditionally, the main ceremonies are observed in Amsterdam at the national monument on Dam Square. This ceremony is usually attended by members of the cabinet and the royal family, military leaders, representatives of the resistance movement and other social groups. At 8:00 p.m., two minutes of silence are observed throughout the Netherlands. Since May 4 1994, the flags, having hung at half-staff during the day, are then hoisted to the sounds of the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem. Since 2001 the new protocol says it's okay to let the flag hang half-staff.
The Northen part of Holland was one of the last stronholts of Nazi Germany. In the end, the German forces in North West Germany, Denmark and Holland surrender: On May 4, 1945, the British Field Marshal Montgomery took the unconditional military surrender from General Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, and General Hans Kinzel, of all German forces "in Holland, in northwest Germany including the Frisian Islands and Heligoland and all other islands, in Schleswig-Holstein, and in Denmark… includ[ing] all naval ships in these areas." on Lüneburg Heath; an area between the cities of Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen. As the operational commander of some of these forces was Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, this signaled that the European war was over.
The Danish newspaper examined which Muslim leaders had signed the invitation and found several who had called for war, conflict and persecution of Jews.
The list includes Taissir Rajab Al-Tamimi, a judge in an Islamic court in Palestine, who had said in the past that "the Jews are destined to be persecuted, humiliated and tortured forever,and it is a Muslim duty to see to it that they reap their due. No petty arguments must be allowed to divide us. Where Hitler failed, we must succeed"
A month before the letter was presented to Christian leaders former Pakistani sharia judge Muhammad Taqi Usmani was quoted in the Times as saying that Muslims should live peacefully in countries such as Britain, where they have the freedom to practise Islam, only until they gain enough power to engage in battle.
Ekrima Sabri, former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and all of Palestine, had expressed himself against Jews and Israel many times. "There was never a Jewish temple on Al-Aksa [the mosque compound] and there is no proof that there was ever a temple." In case anybody doubts how he sees peace: "If the Jews want real peace, they must not do anything to try to pray on Al-Aksa." As for Israel's right to exist: "We have announced a number of times that from a religious point of view, Palestine from the sea to the river is Islamic."
Anders Gadegaard, chairman of the council and dean of the Copenhagen Cathedral, says it doesn't make a difference that several of the Muslim scholars had made problematic statements. He says they have not checked what each of the 138 signatories had said, and that they had responded to the open and positive letter inviting to dialog. He doesn't think that all Muslim spokespeople are responsible for what a little group might have said in a particular context, but if they repeat such statements which conflict with the declarations of dialog and peace, it will naturally be very difficult to progress.
It should be noted, though, the the National Council of Churches in Denmark did find the following statement in the invitation to peace and dialog problematic: As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them—so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes, (in accordance with the verse of the Holy Qur'an [Al-Mumtahinah, 60:8] quoted above).
The Danish council therefore stressed in their response that nobody is waging war against Muslims on account of their religion.The National Council of Churches in Denmark is far from the only one to have responded to the Muslim leaders' call for dialog and coexistence. The English archbishop, various other Christian leaders as well as the Chief Rabbis of Israel had written as well. The Council of European Bishops' Conferences and Conference of European Churches set up a Committee for Relations with Muslims in Europe. The Vatican intends to hold a dialog meeting sometime this spring.
Andreas Christensen priest of the Frihavn parish in Copenhagen says that for dialog to be meaningful it is crucial that both sides know who they're speaking with. What's their mandate, he asks, do they represent a majority and do they have political influence?
He praises the letter from the National Council of Churches in Denmark for being open, while theologically maintaining the differences between Christianity and Islam. Christensen says that such an initiative might show that a majority of Christians and Muslims in the world want to live in peace, and that only a few Christians want to battle Muslims, and vice versa.
Source: Kristeligt Dagblad (Danish)
Note: the fact that prominent figures in the Muslim world deny the influence of the extreme fundamentlist Muslims in the world, is a shame.
Most expensive places to buy gas
Rank Country Price/gal
1. Bosnia-Herzegovina $10.86
2. Eritrea $9.58
3. Norway $8.73
4. United Kingdom $8.38
5. Netherlands $8.37
6. Monaco $8.31
7. Iceland $8.28
8. Belgium $8.22
9. France $8.07
10. Germany $7.86
111. United States $3.45
Saturday, May 3, 2008
A lover asked his beloved,
Do you love yourself more
than you love me?
The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.
I’ve disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.
I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.
I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.
If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.
From: Love Poems of Rumi - Deepak Chopra
Translated by: Fereydoun Kia
Edited: Dr Deepak Chopra
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
“Get your snout in this. Shove every single square in your face right now. And do it quick. Or some other fat pig might ask you for a piece. Oink, oink!”
As Cendiz Aktar this morning stated on BBC: '25.000 policemen to prevent a demonstration looks like a coup'.
Workers run to protect themselves from tear gas thrown by riot police during a Workers Day demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey. The rally had been banned by the government.