Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dutch election and the Turkey factor

The Dutch tax department is allowed to send information in Turkish and many other languages, politicians may only use Dutch. And that has to stay so!
Can you distribute brochures in Turkish asking voters to elect a candidate of Turkish descent to the town council? Former Dutch minister for Integration van der Laan says it is not permissible because it goes against the principle that immigrants should become part of Dutch society. Some ethnic candidates disagree, saying their message will not reach many citizens.
Turkish and Chinese-language election campaign literature for the Dutch municipal elections tomorrow has sparked controversy in the Netherlands. As a result, a number of parties have banned further distribution of the flyers two weeks ago. Demissionair Minister Van der Laan says they sent “the wrong signal”. He says Turkish-language flyers contradict the process of integration and that the campaign should be conducted in Dutch only.
The Christian Democrat candidate of Turkish descent, Mahmut Yazici, distributed a bilingual flyer in Deventer, where some 3,000 first-generation Turks speak little or no Dutch after 40 years. The Christian Democrats have always distributed literature in both Dutch and Turkish according him.
"I always distribute bilingual folders with the same information in Dutch and Turkish. Otherwise, the older generation will have no idea of what I am saying. I want to get people to vote. I do it in Turkish so that my message is understood.”
He forget here to mention that candidates like him often tell a different story in Turks than in Dutch. And more important, he is manipulating potential voters…other parties don’t have flyers in Turkish so these potential voters don’t understand where they are voting for.
But H. Entzinger, a professor of migration and integration studies at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, finds the commotion lately about the flyers ambiguous and contradictory. Political parties make a lot of effort to get the immigrant vote. Four years ago, the Labour Party owed much of its success in Rotterdam to voters from the immigrant community. However two weeks ago the same party removed election posters praising a candidate in Turkish.
"Many times the vote of the immigrant community has been the decisive factor. And in spite of all the efforts made to integrate immigrants, there are still many older people who do not speak and understand Dutch that well,” says Professor Entzinger. “That is something we have inherited (from past and current policies) and with which we will have to live for a while. Recognise this. And don’t be so childish about it.”
Christian Democrat, Mahmut Yazici (a Muslim himself) pointed two weeks ago out that government authorities in the Netherlands use bilingual flyers. There are flyers from the tax authorities, against household violence and brochures from municipalities. Mr Yazici thinks the discussion has become absurd:
''During meetings of the town council I hear politicians use English words all the time. Even the alderman. They should stop doing this. For them English is not a problem, but Turkish is. If we are going to be fair, then everyone should speak correct Dutch.”
This is of course absurd. First of all the Dutch government don’t provide bilingual but multi lingual information on local and government level. Even in Portuguese, Chinese and Greek. Not only English. Secondly, the Dutch language is full of Anglicism, Germanic and Franco words, probably he is not aware of this. And btw the Turkish language is full of French words as well. And thirdly, Mr. Yazici is not representing a party but a group according ethnic lines, that of him. And lastly, the voters, all of them have the right to know what candidates are promising and Turkish is not a common language in the Netherlands neither in the world while in the world regarding knowledge of foreign language Holland scores with 3.6 foreign languages average no. 1). And there are more than 160 different nationalities living in the Netherlands. More than 10% of the citizens in Amsterdam are speaking English as their native language. And not one word of discomfort from them!
Shall we talk now about the annihilation and assimilation policies of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish republic of the last 400 years? Talking how Jews, Christians, Armenians, Greek Orthodox etc. are marginalized in their homelands? Ripped off their languages, cultural traditions, their possessions, their identities? No. I take a break.

Quotes on Amsterdam

“You don't love Amsterdam... Amsterdam loves you.”
~ Jesus on Amsterdam

“I went to Amsterdam and all I remember are Red Lights.”
~ Barack Obama on Amsterdam

“I had sex in Amsterdam”
~ Bill Gates on Amsterdam

“Amsterdam is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
~ Benjamin Franklin on Amsterdam

“I don't know what he was smoking when he said that, but it must have come from Amsterdam.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Benjamin Franklin

Day Opening - March 2

Tea house of Zeist Castle, Zeist, the Netherlands

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tea Party prominent Tom Tancredo : Palin not presidential!

An interesting interview with Tom Tancredo.

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker at the recent Tea Party conference with Sarah Palin. In an interview with the Dutch newspaperNRC Handelsblad, he spoke his mind about Palin. "I really don’t have this feeling about her as being presidential.’’ He referred to John McCain as a “nasty, mean’’ and “peculiarly unstable’’ man. Moreover, Tancredo pointed to a possible personal embarrassment: if Tea Party activists would find out he actually voted for the bailout of the financial sector in 2008, he concedes he would loose his credibility.
As a Republican congressman from Colorado, Tom Tancredo became well-known for his hard-line opposition to illegal immigration. Last year, the 65-year-old retired from the House of Representatives after a decade. Meanwhile, the country shifted to the left during his prospectless bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Moderate John McCain won the primaries, Barack Obama became president and there seemed to be no place left for Tancredo in national politics. But now he has made his way back into the limelight as one of the faces of the Tea Party movement.

More herreeeee

National Compliment Day celebrated in the Netherlands

"Don't be stingy, pat a colleague on the back, its National Compliment Day," headlines of a daily Dutch newspaper to highlight the eighth edition of compliment day and Hans Poortvliet tells: "I started it because "the Dutch are rather sparing with compliments". Exactly!
Mr Poortvliet, who also has a website full of handy tips and advice for the folks who don’t know how to pay a compliment, stated that it is part of the Dutch nature and culture not to show one's appreciation but "sometimes it's really nice to hear that you're doing a good job".
He warns, "watch out, a compliment only works if it's meant," adding, "the manager who suddenly pops up and start paying random compliments shouldn't be surprised if people regard him with suspicion or amazement". And isn't that sad...
Welcome to the Netherlands!
(on the picture Hans Poortviet - blue shirt, without tie - opens the Dutch stock exchange this morning and waits for a compliment)

Day Opening - March 1

Parc, Madrid, at night.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Turkey kicked out of Euro soccer

Turkey's top soccer teams are the mobs of Fenerbahçe and the Gentlemen of Galatasaray. However, it is known by the fans of Galatasaray that all Turks are born Galatasaray fans and die Fenerbahçe fans; it is sometimes due to mental problems that they suddenly start supporting one of the other teams. During the past few years, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray have alternated between the top two spots in the Turkish soccer league. However, there is a conspiracy that a third team, supported by male truck drivers with big-mustaches, exists as well. This team, known to these people as Beşiktaş, has shaken the the overall ranks of the Turkish soccer league. A common example of a Beşiktaş player is Rüştü, the man who proved himself incapable of saving goals and proved himself able to drag the Turkish national soccer team to defeat in Euro 2008. On the other hand, back when Rüştü was part of Fenerbahçe in 2002, his mastery of saving goals made many consider him the main reason for the 3rd place Turkish victory.
However, since both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are now under control by foreigners, they might have a chance to dig in deep shit in their opponents of EURO 2012  - somewhere in the rural areas of a former colony Ukraine - Germany and Austria are planning to kick Turkey out of Europe forever.
And of course, the yabanchi's in Istanbul will be blamed for that. Take notice about this posting Bey's!
See Ya in 2012!

Fenerbahce, here we come!

A typical Fenerbahce fan!

#Statement 32

It’s easier to mix races than to blend religions.

Day Opening - February 28

Rumelin (Greek) Castle, Istanbul, Turkey

Friday, February 26, 2010

Quirky Clowntography

From Istanbul, Turkey, Yigit Gunel is a
professional photographer who also specializes in photographic manipulation. Creating a freak show world, Clowns just got a little freakier with Yigit Gunel’s interesting photography portfolio. Taking advantage of technology, he has manipulated his images in a unique and quirky way.Check out his images and click on them to enlarge them.I’m sure you’ll find them as entertaining as I did.
source: trendhunter

Day Opening - February 26

Adana, landscape, Turkey

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dutch wants to kick Greece out the Euro zone

A majority of Dutch people want Greece to withdraw (simple Kick Out) from the eurozone according to an opinion poll conducted by regional newspapers. The poll found that 55 percent of respondents agreed that if the size of a country's debt was to endanger the value of the euro, then that country should be forced to withdraw from the eurozone.The poll says the vast majority of respondents were happy with the euro; just 35 percent said they wanted to return to the guilder. When the euro was introduced in 2002, most people wanted to keep the guilder.
No solidarity?!

Day Opening - February 25

The region of Cappadocia (Capadokya) in central Turkey

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You thing this is bad? This ain't so bad

It's that cosmic time in the universe again, boys and girls, ladies and gentleman, Tuesday after lunch, and your mission, should you choose to ignore other less important tasks in your meaningless lives, is to leave a comment here or at Internation Musings with your list of the ten most important things that 9/11 changed from among all the millions and billions of things that changed everything implies.

What??? You don't think that 9/11 changed everything? What are you, terrorists?

And you don't get credit for suggesting that everyone now knows that the CIA assassinated the father of famed Chilean novelist Isabel Allende on that day in 1973, inspiring generations of freedom fighters around the world to conduct and accomplish missions on that date to commemorate one father of South American literature.

Oh, when will we have a day to remember Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Whoever the fuck he is. Sounds like some dipshit needs to be subjected to extreme interrogation methods, if you ask me. Depending on where you live, you can quote me on that. Or not.

Read the rest of the story here...

Day Opening - February 24

Galata Tower, Istanbul

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Answer on religion

I am more than only stardust, I am from the stars and can see myself reflected in the overwhelming love the eternity we're living in.

Amsterdam, the International city

Amsterdam had the honour of welcoming over 100 foreign companies last year, according to the Amsterdam city authorties. Eighteen of these businesses have even made the Dutch capital their European headquarters. The newly arrived enterprises, 105 in total, have created 12,055 jobs.

The city is now home to 19,000 international firms, and nearly 17 percent of all workers in the Amsterdam area are employed by an international company.
Most new companies are technology firms. Other sectors well represented amongst the newcomers are creative enterprises and business service companies.
More than 10% of the citizens of Amsterdam are native English speaking people.
(no election posters in English yet in la Hollanda)