Monday, February 22, 2010

Escaped convict Saban B. caught

The convicted criminal Şaban Baran has been caught by the police in Antalya on the 22nd of February. Baran, who escaped last year in The Netherlands during a leave to visit his newly born child, fled to Antalya, where he was discovered to run a nightclub.
There's little chance he will be extradited, because Turkey doesn't turn out its own citizens.
In Turkey Baran is suspected of extortion. He will probably be also accused of money laundering, money earned by human trafficking.

Luckily he's caught before the summer season has started, so he won't be able to recruit new victims for his criminal activities.

Day Opening - February 22

Installation by Doris Salcedo in Istanbul
Click on picture to enlarge.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Holland; time for a new government!

Today we had, several Dutchies in Istanbul, a discussion about what happened last night in the Netherlands; the collapse of the Dutch government. Personally I think this is the right choice since many people are unhappy how the Netherlands is governed under Balkenende. And yes new elections means probably also a new government aka a new coalition. Some here in Turkey opted for a strong left wing government, others for a right wing one. My opinion? Simple, get rid of the Christian Democrats since religion must stay out of politics. That’s the first move to make and the second one is to minimalize – not to small since we need them - the PvdA (Labor Party) since they are not a Labor party anymore. They like to create 1000 and 1 little polit buro’s and love to spent money what other people earn. So, I opted for a D66 (social liberals - my party since 1977), VVD (conservative liberals) and the PvdA. With D66 and PvdA you don’t alienate yourself from large groups of the society and with the VVD you can satisfy the other part of the society and guarantees you that the street terrorists of mainly Moroc origin get busted (and I don’t give a dam shit if they are Muslims or not). And with the VVD you keep the right wing PVV out the government and maybe in the near future no reason to exist anymore. These three parties worked perfectly together between 1994 – 2002. Why not now?

Day Opening - February 20

All and all the dry worlds lever,
Stage of the ice, the solid ocean,
All from the oil, the pound of lava.

All of the flesh, the dry worlds lever.

-Dylan Thomas

Friday, February 19, 2010

God is not so great

I have been remiss in my duties as a co-blogger at Internation Musings, where it is my job to explain to roughly 95% of the idiots on this planet why the less than 5% of which I am an integral part by an accident of birth are still number one. How can that be? Because there is no justice, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Everything that anyone in position of authorities says is horse exhaust.

I had fully intended to post every week on Tuesday, shortly after lunch, but I haven't worn a watch since the mid-sixties and all the electronic gadgets in the house are always blinking 12:00, and if it wasn't for Hans occasionally sending e-mails asking whether I'm dead yet, I probably wouldn't be writing this post.

Read the rest of this sorry state of affairs here...

Day Opening - February 19

Karpathos, Greece

Thursday, February 18, 2010

e-Lection

Last year March, freshly arrived in Turkey at the beginning of my big adventure, I got in the middle of the turmoil of local elections. One year later, I'm faced again with local elections, this time in Holland. Time to compare the differences and similarities between my father- and motherland.
The weeks prior to E-day on the 29th of March 2009 could best be described as silly season. I temporarily set camp at the summer house of my parents about 50 km east of Antalya in order to find an apartment in the city soon. Imagine a tatil köy at the beginning of spring season, chilly, deserted, with only a couple of houses occupied by oldtimers who fled the icy winter of Ankara. So all in all, there were about 50 people in the neighbourhood. The next village is about 5 kilometres away from this remote area. Still, every day, enthusiasts from the village were driving up and down the streets with minibuses, pickup trucks and sometimes tour buses, covered with flags and with huge speakers mounted on the roofs, spreading the word that their candidate was the right choice, accompanied with music from tapes that barely survived the 80s. I was not able to have a proper conversation on the phone when such a vehicle passed by, so I wondered whether these guys were seriously bored to drive around uselessly or that they just wanted to piss me off so much that I wouldn't vote for their candidate, because the campaign was too much in my face...
I was relieved that all this frenzy was over on the 30th of March.

Now it's about a year later and the same kind of circus is making its way to achieve great electoral success on the 3rd of March in The Netherlands. This time it's another kind of ridiculous campaigning. Reading the news paper, watching the television; not one moment goes by without being remembered of how important it is to vote for this or that local party.

Fortunately (what's in a word?) no mobile discos driving around, but media taking the advantage of mocking the parties, because that's the only news value these elections seem to have.
Let me give you some examples; our great peroxide haired saviour is only represented in two cities in Holland, of which The Hague coincidentally is one, so a bunch of retarded copycats in other cities and villages took the opportunity and copied his election program (which is basically "kick out all Islamic foreigners") and used the name of his party, of which he, morally correct as he is, dissociates himself from.

Another one is the utter humiliation of Mariëtte Hamer, front woman of the national Labour Party (PvdA) in the Parliament, by party leader and Vice PM Wouter Bos. He chose to represent his party at the latest television debate, while all other parties, including the party of the Prime Minister, sent their front Member of Parliament.

The last example is in my opinion the most hilarious of them all; the local division of the Liberal Party in one of the northern provinces duplicated a nude picture of Carla Bruni (correct, that's Mrs. Sarkozy) to use on their campaign poster!!! Although the party denies it, the resemblance is quite obvious... And they declare that they're not worried of any legal actions from France (they surely don't follow the press!).
Completely irrelevant matters dominate the media these days, parties draw attention in a way people with a decent amount of brains dislike most (which could mean that the mass has a lack of brains of course). I conclude that the 'e' in election stands for 'entertaining'.
Hear Hear! The Roman kind of democracy is back, bread and games for the people, this time in the modern e-ra. Mediacrity with a capital M.

I'm looking forward to the deafening silence of the 4th of March.

Day Opening - February 18

Just for fun.

First Rijkaard now Hiddink; maybe Turkey needs our Queen too?

Dutch Guus Hiddink will take over as coach of the Turkish national team by August 1, the Turkish football federation said in a statement on Wednesday. Hiddink, who previously coached the Netherlands, South Korea and Australia, stepped down as Russia's manager last week. Hiddinks is one of the most respected managers in world football and had been in charge of Russia since 2006, taking them to the semi-finals at Euro 2008 but failing to qualifying for this year's World Cup finals in South Africa.
There was talk of Hiddink going to South Africa with either North Korea, Nigeria or Ivory Coast. All those countries vied for his hand as soon as he announced he would leave Russia. But Hiddink met with Turkish football federation officials in Amsterdam on Tuesday and signed a two-year contract with an option of extending it for another two. The 63-year-old, who spent a short while in Turkey in 1990 coaching Fenerbahce, replaces Fatih Terim who stepped down last October. Dutch former footballer Pierre van Hooijdonk, who played for Fenerbahce between 2003 and 2005, has offered to be as Hiddink's assistant.
Good, the Dutch will take control first of their soccer teams...the rest folllows....)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fear Rules; Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

According this message of Radio the Netherlands worldwide, fear rules;

A conference centre in The Hague has cancelled the launch of a book criticising Islam. The book launch was scheduled for Thursday at The World Forum, but was cancelled because the director of the venue does not believe he can guarantee the safety of his guests (and the guests are by invitation only). The book in question is Islamofobie? (Islamophobia?), written by Islam critic and PVV supporter Frans Groenendijk. The PVV, or Freedom Party is an anti-Islamic opposition party led by Geert Wilders. Green Left party member Tofik Dibi (a Muslim himself), who was to receive the first book at the launch, says he regrets that the conference centre acted out of fear. The venue says it has not received any threats but acted obvious out of fear.

But lets talks now about the difference between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and I want to make that statement: 'Where Anti-Semitism is completely institutionalized these days in countries of the Middle East and is pure based upon hate of Jews, Islamophobia sets no preconception of hatred feeling, but it is the fear for Islam, which is not motivated exactly the way as the fear for nature crashes, but by perception. It are the pictures of 9/11, of Madrid, London and Bali. It are the speeches of ayatollah Khomeiny and the actions of Mahmoud Ahmadinezjad, the programs of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Moslem brotherhood, the video of the perpetrators of suicide attacks, the lapidating of women and the hanging of homosexuals. It are the horrible human, women, children rights records in all of the 51 nations of the Organization of Islamic States. It is the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and it are the protests against the Mohammed cartoons, it is the statement that Islam is peace and that Jihad means ‘inner effort’, whereas the Qur’an proves the opposite and so do the Jihadists. Islamofobia have therefore to do with experiences and perception. Thereby plays no role that only a minority of the Moslems brings the Islam in disparagement as long as the peaceful majority is not able the silence the minority by actions such as fatwa’s against all above. Maybe the majority is frightened for the impact of a polemic when doings so and that also means practicing Islamohobia!
Pronto!

Day Opening - February 16

Feelings...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Turkey's nationalism

True secularism does not mean just any secularism. It means secularism that protects individual freedoms and rights, not the ultra-nationalist kind that breeds an environment in which Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” is a bestseller, the Armenian 'genocide' is denied and minorities are persecuted. Hrant Dink, the Armenian editor, was murdered by such a nationalist. It is this mix of virulent nationalism and predatory Islam in Turkey that makes the challenge for Turkish secular liberals greater than for any other liberal movement today!
Take notice!

Day Opening - February 14

Opening Vancouver 2010.

One of the songs played of my all time favorites: Leonard Cohen:

His song: Hallelujah;

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this

The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch

Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah


Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard

The holy or the broken Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The world according Soner Çağaptay - Part 2

Yesterday I wrote something about Mr. Soner his idiotry. Today I will go in detail. Part 2 of the Love story between Mr. Soner and Hans Bey.

MR. Soner: European secularism, or laïcité, practiced in France and other European countries, is distinct from American secularism. While the United States is secular, providing for freedom of religion in education and politics, European societies are laïque, providing for freedom from religion in education and politics.

Hans Bey: Two faults Herr Soner and one very disturbing conclusion. Laïcité is only practiced in France, Brazil and someway, somehow in Belgium. It’s not written down in any constitution of one of the European states. That’s the first mistake. The second one is that America is secular. That’s not true. You will find God’s word on every USA coin, banknote and in every USA institution you can find: ‘In God we Trust!’ And that’s not Allah. And that doesn’t sound laiscism to me. Your conclusion that Europeans are laique is because your bad understand of the  French language. Laïque means: no interference of the state in religion and no interference of religion in state affairs and that happens in most European states. And each country to a certain degree are facilitators, not providers of religion in education and politics. I think that you simple missed the Greco-Roman tradition (always asking why, how, what) of the European educational system with your egocentric statistic Turkish vision of the world. You project your view on 500 million of people if they are idiots. I think you are.

MR Soner: Secularism, however, is not a standardized concept and varies from country to country. Turkey presents an example of such secular variation within Europe. Today, as European countries struggle to delineate the boundaries between Islam, education and politics, Turkey’s distinct brand of secularism is attracting a lot of attention. In fact, it is fast becoming Turkey’s newest export to Europe.

Hans Bey:  the State of Turkey interferes in religious education and the Turkish religion (Muslim) interferes in Turkish politics. How can you explain why Turkey holds the seat of Secretary General of The OIC, the Organization of Islamic countries? And based its foreign policy upon the ‘brotherhood’ between those members such as Iran, Sudan, RSA and other notorious violators of the human rights? Turkey’s concept of secularism, or rather Your concept of Turkish secularism is not wanted in Europe: the Diyanet is not wanted since it’s a Turkish state institution which wants to control each and every citizen in Europe which has 1% Turkish blood in their veins to secure that they will be good Muslims. I call this religious racism Mr. Soner!

Tomorrow more.