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  • ďNightmareĒ Mistake: Visa Free Travel For 80 Million Turks Coming Up

    05/02/2016 3:35:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 17 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 05/02/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Mike "Mish" Shedlock of MishTalk ďNightmareĒ Mistake: Visa Free Travel For 80 Million Turks Coming Up Of all the inane, self-serving, deals German Chancellor Angela Merkel made with Turkey, visa-free travel for 80 million Islamic Turks tops the list. ďThis is all a nightmare,Ē said one diplomat charged with making the deal work. Nightmares aside, Brussels Prepares Legal Groundwork on Visa-Free Travel for Turks. Brussels will this week propose visa-free travel to Europe for 80m Turks but says Ankara still needs to meet several politically explosive reform conditions within weeks, including overhauling its terrorism laws and party funding...
  • 9,000 Photos from 1800ís British Mandate of Palestine Ė with no trace of Muslims or mosques

    05/01/2016 8:31:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 5/1/16 | Pamela Geller
    ďPalestinianĒ is a euphemism for Islamic Jew hatred. Previously I published the actual flag of Palestine before 1948. (above.) What follows is an ďaha momentĒ in Muslimsí war on Israel. Now here is further proof of the lie (as if we needed any more) of the vicious historical revisionism by the Muslim world to erase the Jewish State and create a mythical Islamic narrative surrounding five thousand years of Jewish history. 9,000 Photos from 1800ís British Mandate of Palestine Ė with no trace of ĎPalestiniansí By Palestine/Israel Conflict, February 13, 2013 (thanks to Dan F): Where ARE all those Palestinians,...
  • Writer, Erdogan's Diploma Is Dated When Its University Was Not Existent, Dead

    05/02/2016 9:28:02 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 24 replies
    awdnews.com ^ | 4/27/16
    Turkish writer Ergun Poyraz, who had earlier said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has no actual higher education and as president he recived this education illegally, is found dead. Poyraz organized an investigation that proved that Erdogan's diploma is a fake and he did not study at the university. Poyraz published the original version of Erdogan's diploma, which he allegedly wrote while studying at Marmara University. It turned out that the diploma is dated when the University of Marmara was not existent. It should be noted that the 4-year college education is mandatory for the election of the President...
  • Does Erdogan want his own Islamic state?

    05/01/2016 8:41:06 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 29 Apr, 2016 | Mustafa Akyol
    Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman unexpectedly sparked controversy in Turkey when on April 25 he declared that Turkeyís new constitution should forgo mention of ďsecularismĒ and instead be a ďreligious constitutionĒ referencing God. His words reignited Turkeyís always tense ďsecularism debate,Ē which has been amplified since 2002 when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power. Kahraman's remarks led to protests in a number of cities, a call by the main opposition leader for him to resign and allegations by secular pundits that the Speaker had shown the AKPís ďtrue face,Ē its ďreal intentions.Ē Because Kahraman is a known confidant...
  • U.S. Rocket Artillery Will Blast Islamic State From Turkey

    04/29/2016 6:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 29, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    The United States will soon surround the Islamic State on three sides with rocket artillery batteries. The plans follow months of aerial bombardment, but the ground-launched rockets represent an expanding and less-publicized element to the war. On April 26, the Pentagon announced it will send U.S. Army troops and the rocket launchers to southern Turkey. The ground combat branch already has similar units in Iraq and Jordan — and the use of the launchers are by no means exclusive to these three countries.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Assad siege of Aleppo could be 'imminent,' experts warn

    04/28/2016 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Fhios · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/28/2016 | George Russell
    ... If Syriaís largest city is surrounded by government troops, the strategic situation in Syria could change very rapidly for the worse, not only for Syrians, but also for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganóand for the Obama Administration, which has banked heavily on the crumbling peace talks to end five years of civil war and an expanding presence for ISIS amid the chaos. The encirclement would also be a major strategic advance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn his forces in Syria, but has also been helping the Assad regime conduct more focused military operations under a two-month...
  • Saudi Arabia & Turkey more refugees to Europe for support in overthrowing Bashar al-Assad.

    04/27/2016 1:12:08 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 7 replies
    Saudi Arabia & Turkey are the reason why we have this war to begin with: Saudi Prince: We agreed with Turkey to put pressure on Europe using Isis. An England residing Saudi prince who wished to remain unknown said: Saudi and Turkey are upset by European governments' policy towards Syria and complain why Europeans cannot make a firm decision about Syrian developments. According to this report, referring to the issue of Syria he continued: We believe if European governments were seriously working in the field of Syria, Bashar al-Assad would have gone by now and recent events lie the Russian...
  • Poll: Overwhelming majority of Palestinians support terror

    04/26/2016 5:09:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    The overwhelming majority of young Palestinians believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations. A poll of Palestinian youth, defined as ages 16-30, published Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center depicts a community that is socially conservative, supports violence against Israel, is skeptical about its leadership and opposes the Islamic State. It also shows significantly greater support for violence among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip than among those in Judea and Samaria While 47.4 percent of youths in Judea and Samaria oppose stabbing attacks, 78.6 percent of Gaza youths support them, according to the poll. In addition,...
  • Paris rejected Israeli software which could have stopped attack

    04/26/2016 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    A groundbreaking Israeli security system could have helped French authorities prevent the Paris massacre last November - but authorities balked at the deal under pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement. Speaking to Fox News, an Israeli counter-terrorism source with intimate knowledge of both the software involved and the deal itself said that after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attack the previous January an Israeli company offered to provide French authorities with special terrorist-tracking software, which could well have enabled them to flag the ISIS terrorist network operating under their noses. But although the French were initially very keen on...
  • Turkey's parliament speaker seeks religious constitution

    04/26/2016 9:37:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    AFP via Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 April 2016 12:34am
    Turkey should have a religious constitution, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said on Monday, in comments that will likely add to concerns of creeping Islamization under the ruling AKP party. ďAs a Muslim country, why should we be in a situation where we are in retreat from religion?Ē state-run news agency Anatolia quoted him as saying. ďWe are a Muslim country. As a consequence, we must have a religious constitution,Ē the AKP lawmaker told a conference in Istanbul. ďSecularism cannot feature in the new constitution.Ē Ö
  • The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself

    04/26/2016 7:29:42 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 3 replies
    counter jihad report ^ | 04/26/2016 | Gatestone Institute, by Giulio Meotti
    ‚óĺThe West has capitulated on freedom of expression. Nobody in the West launched the motto ¬ďJe Suis Avijit Roy,¬Ē the name of the first of the several bloggers butchered, flogged or jailed last year for criticizing Islam. ‚óĺGermany¬ís Chancellor Angela Merkel, sided with the Turks. She condemned the German comedian¬ís poem, called it a ¬ďdeliberate insult,¬Ē then approved the filing of criminal charges against him for insulting the Turkish president. ‚óĺThe West is veiling its freedom of speech in the confrontation with the Islamic world: this is the story of Salman Rushdie, of the Danish cartoons, of Theo van Gogh,...
  • US to give Israel 'largest military aid package in history'

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/26/2016, 9:55 AM | David Rosenberg
    The White House is reportedly planning to accept Israeli demands for increased military aid, following pressure by the US Senate to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding laying out US support to Israel for the next decade. With the current Memorandum of Understanding set to expire in 2018, Israel has been pressuring the White House to enlarge the annual aid package from $3.1 billion to between $4-4.5 billion. Israel has stated that it must increase its military spending to cope with growing threats from ISIS and the Iranian regime following last yearís nuclear deal. Ö
  • Turkey bars foreign journalists, no explanation

    04/25/2016 12:33:48 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    rt.com ^ | 25 Apr, 2016
    Turkey is refusing entry to foreign journalists without providing any explanation for its actions. In the past few days a Greek photojournalist on assignment from the German tabloid Bild and an American journalist have been sent home from Istanbul. Giorgos Moutafis, 38, was denied entry to Turkey after landing in Istanbul on Saturday and was sent back to Athens. He was kicked out of the country less than an hour after German Chancellor Angela Merkel had left, having visited a refugee camp in Gaziantep, the newspaper pointed out. He intended to go to Libya from Turkey. "I was told at...
  • Pope Francis Abandons Christian Syrian Refugees, Takes Only Muslims To Vatican Instead

    04/24/2016 10:36:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    POPE FRANCIS ABANDONS CHRISTIAN SYRIAN REFUGEES, TAKES ONLY MUSLIMS TO VATICAN INSTEAD Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident 'regrettable' - adding: 'The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey. Mr Signifredi said: 'Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican. CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTER REFUGEES FROM SYRIA SAY THEY HAVE BEEN ĎLET DOWNí BY POPE FRANCIS AFTER HE LEFT THEM BEHIND IN A LESBOS REFUGEE CAMP DESPITE PROMISES THEY WOULD BE...
  • Dutch Journalist Detained In Turkey For Erdogan Tweet

    04/24/2016 11:16:52 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | April 24, 2016 | BBC Staff
    A Dutch-Turkish journalist has been detained in Turkey after posting tweets critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, her newspaper said. Ebru Umar wrote a column for the Dutch Metro newspaper criticising President Erdogan's clampdown on dissent. Since 2014, prosecutors have launched cases against more than 1,800 journalists for insulting Mr Erdogan. Last week, Germany allowed the prosecution of a prominent TV satirist for insulting Mr Erdogan to proceed. Jan Boehmermann had read a crude poem on TV, aimed at testing German law. Germany and the Netherlands have old lese-majeste laws against insulting the head of a friendly state. Both...
  • 101st anniversary of Armenian genocide marked worldwide

    04/24/2016 11:24:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Ya Libnan News ^ | April 24, 2016
    Lebanese Armenians wave a giant flag during a rally outside the Turkish embassy in the capital Beirut on April 23, 2016, to commemorate the 101th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915. It is 101 years since Turkeyís Ottoman government began arresting minority community leaders and setting in motion a campaign of systematic slaughter that had left 1.5 million Christian Armenians dead by the early 1920s. Lebanonís Armenians marked on Sunday the 101 anniversary of when some 250 Armenian intellectuals were rounded up by Ottoman Turks as the first step of the genocide against...
  • Barack Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings Ďgenocideí

    04/24/2016 10:38:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Times of India ^ | Apr 23, 2016
    Armenian-American leaders have urged Obama each year to make good on a pledge he made as a candidate in 2008, when he said the U.S. government had a responsibility to recognize the attacks as genocide and vowed to do so if elected. Obama's failure to fulfill that pledge in his final annual statement on the massacre infuriated advocates and lawmakers who accused the president of outsourcing America's moral voice to Turkey ... It's a Turkish government veto over U.S. policy on the Armenian genocide," Aram Hamparian, head of the Armenian National Committee of America, said in an interview. "It's like...
  • Turkey seizes all Christian churches in Diyarbakir [Our NATO "ally"]

    04/24/2016 6:59:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s a less than sunny story to start off your Sunday, but since it involves churches I suppose it’s appropriate. We only recently discussed the rather difficult position Barack Obama finds himself in when dealing with the provocative nature of our supposed ally Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. His track record as a positive force for change has been questionable at best, and this week he adds another negative mark to his tally. In the war torn city of Diyarbakir, the state has seized control of all the non-Muslim churches, including some iconic properties which date back more than...
  • Germany bows to 'emerging Adolf Hitler of the Middle East'

    04/24/2016 6:33:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/23/2016 | Joel Richardson
    Erdogan Germany has a well-known period in its history where it gave in to a dictator. Things didnít work out so well for a lot of people. Now thereís another dictator exerting his influence, apparently. This time, the dictator is from Turkey. New York Times bestselling author and Christian evangelist Joel Richardson blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for approving a criminal probe against German comedian Jan BŲhmermann. The satiristís supposed crime is reading a satirical poem about Turkeyís president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Richardson, who highlights the plight of Middle Eastern Christians in his new documentary ďGlobal Jesus Revolution,Ē said...
  • Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'

    04/24/2016 4:44:16 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 16 replies
    Express ^ | 4-22-2016 | Nick Gutteridge
    TURKEY'S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement. The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens. Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of...
  • Putin: if Erdogan doesn't stop supporting terrorists in Syria, I shall restore Constantinople to...

    04/23/2016 8:07:17 AM PDT · by bkopto · 114 replies
    AWD News ^ | Apr 16, 2016 | staff
    According to state-owned –†–ĺ—Ā—Ā–ł—Ź-24 news channel, President Vladimir Putin addressed a delegation of Ukrainian Orthodox Church and reiterated that nothing can shake Russia's perpetual blood alliance with Ukraine in spite of all malicious efforts exerted by the ruling junta in Kiev, adding, " rising neo-Fascism in Ukraine is like the infectious Gangrene which can spread across the European continent , and we, the people of the Russian Federation and descendents of the Soviet Union , we are determined to stop this plague." "Should Turkey not stop supporting al-Qaeda's Syria branch, I am indeed eager to end the job the late...
  • ĎBe cheerful, live your life:í Ancient mosaic Ďmemeí found in Turkeyís south

    04/23/2016 2:02:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | April 20, 2016 | Anadolu Agency
    Demet Kara, an archaeologist from the Hatay Archaeology Museum, said the mosaic, which was called the ďskeleton mosaic,Ē belonged to the dining room of a house from the 3rd century B.C., as new findings have been unearthed in the ancient city of Antiocheia. ďThere are three scenes on glass mosaics made of black tiles. Two things are very important among the elite class in the Roman period in terms of social activities: The first is the bath and the second is dinner. In the first scene, a black person throws fire. That symbolizes the bath. In the middle scene, there...
  • The Great Crime (Rally For Justice This Sunday)

    04/22/2016 9:16:28 AM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 22, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    Turkeyís historic brutality towards ethnic and religious minorities, particularly what was once a thriving, prosperous Armenian Christian community, is well known throughout the West. The notion that rational individuals with a basic historic awareness would be persuaded to accept Turkish revisionism and holocaust denial is absurd. However, that hasnít stopped the Turkish government from spending millions of dollars in an effort to cajole, coerce or bribe governments throughout the world, including our own, to ignore its complicity in one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century. Acclaimed scholars of the Middle East have repeated the lies spouted by fascistic...
  • Turkey Arrests over 100 in Probe of U.S.-Based Cleric and Erdogan Foe Fethullah Gulen

    04/22/2016 7:20:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Apr 2016 | John Hayward
    Turkish police made a hundred arrests across Istanbul and nine other Turkish provinces connected with a wide-ranging investigation of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, 72, currently lives in Pennsylvania, but is considered a powerful ďarch-foeĒ of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the Rudaw news service puts it. Gulen ďruns an international Islamic network of schools, businesses, media outlets, and charity organizations from his exile home in PennsylvaniaĒ and is ďbelieved to be deeply influential in the Turkish judicial system and police,Ē according to Rudaw. In fact, he is so influential that Erdogan has accused him of trying to...
  • Erdogan: The World's Most Insulted President

    04/20/2016 7:06:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 20, 2016 | Burak Bekdil
    Since Erdogan was elected president in August 2014 he has sued at least 1,845 Turks for insulting him. Now his judicial challenges have been exported to Europe. Angela Merkel's decision to allow BŲhmermann's prosecution hardly complies with the European culture of civil liberties. Now the Turkish journalists and artists will even suffer more." ó Rebecca Harms, co-chair of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance at the European Parliament. The trouble is, the more Erdogan realizes that his blackmailing works, the more willing he will be to export his poor democratic culture into Europe. Merkel has set the wrong precedent...
  • WHY TURKEY'S SEIZURE OF CHURCHES IS DEEPLY TROUBLING

    04/20/2016 4:59:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 19, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    You don't need to have "Istanbul, Not Constantinople" memorized to know that Turkey is a Muslim country built by Muslim colonists and settlers on the back of a Christian civilization. Some of its mosques used to be churches. And quite a few Muslims in Turkey would like to turn all the remaining churches into mosques ... Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkeyís ancient church buildings Ė some of which pre-date Islam Ė have been managed, historically, by church foundations. ... While Obama welcomes Erdogan's megamosque in America, Christians have trouble with churches in Turkey. But Obama instead lobbies Greece to make...
  • Obama's big damage-control tour

    04/19/2016 1:06:11 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/18/16 | Michael Crowley
    President Barack Obama will drop in on three of America's most important allies this week, possibly for the last time. But he isn't expecting an adoring reception in any of them. The U.S. relationship with all three nations is distressed, and Obama will be doing more than a little damage control. In Saudi Arabia, where he lands on Wednesday, Obama will try to soothe anger over his nuclear deal with Iran and his increasingly public complaints about the Saudi kingdom. In London, heíll make amends for comments about British foreign policy that rattled the teacups at 10 Downing Street. And...
  • Syrian official answers Netanyahu: We will use all available means to recapture the Golan

    04/17/2016 1:30:23 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/16 | Maayan Groisman
    In a first reaction to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration that "Israel will never leave the Golan Heights," Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad said Sunday that Syria is prepared to use every possible means to recapture the area, including military means. "The Syrian Golan is an occupied Arab land according to the UN Security Council's resolutions, and the presence of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Forces proves this," Miqad said in an interview with the Lebanon-based TV channel al-Mayadeen. "We have never renounced the resistance and we are ready to recapture the Golan in all possible ways, including military ways....
  • Sanders: Obama not far enough on the Palestinians' side

    04/17/2016 3:38:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/16 | Ari Yashar
    Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has recently had a spate of anti-Israel comments, and on Sunday he continued the streak as he said US President Barack Obama has not been far enough on the Palestinians' side. Video In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC, Sanders was asked about his debate with frontrunner Hillary Clinton last Thursday, in which he attacked Israel for taking "disproportionate" measures in defending itself from Hamas terrorists in 2014 Operation Protective Edge. Stephanopoulos showed a clip from the debate in which Sanders called for the US to take an "evenhanded" approach vis-a-vis Israel...
  • Horror as Turkish is made an 'official EU language' before ANY voters support membership

    04/17/2016 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | 12:57, Sun, Apr 17, 2016 | Marco Giannangeli
    Not a single voter from the EUís 28 member states ó which have a total population of 508 million ó has yet to vote in favor of Turkish membership. But MEPs voted 375Ė133 to back the initiative by President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who asked the Dutch EU Presidency to add Turkish to the blocís 24 official languages in order to boost attempts to reach a reunification agreement on the Mediterranean island. The move, expected to add £25m to the EUís annual budget, has infuriated critics who last night said it was further proof that Turkeyís accession to the EU...
  • German Comic In Turkish President Erdogan's Satire Row Suspends TV Show

    04/17/2016 7:24:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    | Agence France-Presse ^ | April 17, 2016
    A German comedian whose satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unleashed a bitter row about freedom of speech has decided to suspend his own TV show, he announced on his Facebook page on Saturday. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday authorised criminal proceedings sought by Turkey against the popular comic Jan Boehmermann who could be convicted under the rarely-enforced section 103 of the criminal code -- insulting organs or representatives of foreign states. Merkel's decision has appalled rights bodies such as Human Rights Watch which on Saturday called on the German authorities to defend freedom of speech "even...
  • Turkish President Erdogan Seizes Six Christian Churches, Making Them State Property

    04/17/2016 6:49:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/16/2016 | By Michael van der Galien
    Recep Tayyip Erdońüan's administration recently seized six churches as state property in the volatile southeastern part of Turkey. As World Watch Monitor reports: After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey¬ís war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region¬ís largest city, Diyarbakir. But to the dismay of the city¬ís handful of Christian congregations, this includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkey¬ís ancient church buildings ¬Ė some of which pre-date Islam ¬Ė have been managed, historically, by church foundations.Because of this...
  • Turkish President Erdogan Seizes Six Christian Churches, Making Them State Property

    04/16/2016 12:10:12 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-16-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Recep Tayyip Erdońüan's administration recently seized six churches as state property in the volatile southeastern part of Turkey. As World Watch Monitor reports: 'After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey¬ís war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region¬ís largest city, Diyarbakir. 'But to the dismay of the city¬ís handful of Christian congregations, this includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkey¬ís ancient church buildings ¬Ė some of which pre-date Islam ¬Ė have been managed, historically, by church foundations.' Because of this...
  • Erdogan Slams Egypt's Sisi as 'Illegitimate Tyrant' [Israel and Hamas]

    07/18/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 29 replies
    Aritz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an ďillegitimate tyrantĒ and said Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a truce with Israel. "Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself," Erdogan was quoted by the AFP news agency as having told reporters. "He is not different from the others," he said, adding that it was Egypt's current rulers who were blocking humanitarian aid channels to Gaza. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri responded and said Erdogan's comments were "unacceptable". "They have no link with the events in...
  • Erdogan Gets His Way: Germany Authorizes Prosecution of Comedian Who Insulted Turkish Leader

    04/15/2016 3:09:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | APRIL 15, 2016 | SIOBHŃN O'GRADY
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spent the last two years as head of state ensuring that if someone insults him, he doesnít just find about it ó he does something about it. A doctor compares him to the fictional character of Gollum? Bring him to court. A teenage student questions his authority at a school assembly? Have him spend the night in jail. German comedian Jan BŲhmermann sits beneath a framed portrait of Erdogan while on a German television show and reads a satirical poem accusing him of watching child porn and repressing Turkish minorities, including Christians? Demand that...
  • First Turkey-backed operation against IS becomes a fiasco

    04/16/2016 7:14:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | April 14, 2016 | Fehim Taştekin
    First Turkey-backed operation against IS becomes a fiasco Turkey recently proposed that the United States abandon Syrian Kurdistan's People's Protection Units (YPG) and "let us wipe out the Islamic State [IS] jointly with the moderate opposition." Turkey then made its first such move last week at al-Rai, Syria, with a composite force of Turkmens, Free Syrian Army factions and Salafists. That force took the town with Turkeyís support, winning much acclaim, but was trounced four days later when IS retook the city April 11. As the Syrian army was preparing for a major move at Aleppo with the support of...
  • 'Relax, they are our friends': One quote shows why Turkey's ISIS problem is only going to get worse

    04/16/2016 12:16:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 14, 2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    'Relax, they are our friends': One quote shows why Turkey's ISIS problem is only going to get worse Natasha Bertrand Apr. 14, 2016, 4:02 PM In a recent interview with The Guardian, a former ISIS fighter described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey's notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State. Abu Ali, who said he entered ISIS territory in mid-January 2015 from the AkÁakale border crossing in Turkey, told the publication's Robert Worth that for 75 Turkish lira, he was pointed in the direction of a hole in a fence separating Turkey from Syria....
  • U.S. and Turkish-Backed Forces Attack ISIS, Are Quickly Repelled.

    04/15/2016 2:14:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 15, 2016 | Michael Van Der Galien
    American and Turkish-backed forces have launched an offensive in the Turkish-Syrian border region. However, ISIS is fighting back. Aggressively. The Western-allied forces are being pushed back, and many refugee camps are in danger of being conquered by ISIS.The Wall Street Journal: Islamic State militants have responded with a fierce counteroffensive that has repelled the U.S.-backed fighters from key towns and triggered an exodus of families from camps temporarily seized by the extremist group. One worker in the region told the The Wall Street Journal that the "entire Syrian-Turkish border region is on fire now." And that's not an exaggeration. From...
  • Turkish court jails militia fighter Alparslan Celik wanted by Russia for killing pilot

    04/15/2016 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Trumpinator
    india.com ^ | April 4, 2016 at 4:28 AM | Press Trust of India
    Turkish court jails militia fighter Alparslan Celik wanted by Russia for killing pilot Alparslan Celik has been accused by Russia of killing Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov in cold blood as he parachuted to the ground after his plane was shot down by Turkish air forces on the Syrian border on November 24 By Press Trust of India on April 4, 2016 at 4:28 AM Istanbul, Apr 4: A Turkish court has detained, on firearms charges, a Turkish militia fighter accused by Moscow of killing a Russian pilot who ejected over Syria after being shot down by one of Ankaraís war...
  • Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president

    04/15/2016 7:41:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15 at 9:30 AM | Rick Noack
    Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president By Rick Noack April 15 at 9:30 AM German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan BŲhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey's president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany's free-speech traditions and the government's efforts to safeguard its important relations with Turkey. In a news conference Friday, Merkel emphasized that it will now be up to German courts to decide whether BŲhmermann is guilty of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But critics ó including members of her own government ó...
  • WI: New Turkey Technique Yields Dynamic Results and Trophy Turkey

    04/15/2016 4:54:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    My brother, who is a superb hunter, tried out a new turkey technique this morning.† I got his call at 8:30.Turkey populations in Wisconsin have boomed in the last 15 years.† There were none in the state when I was growing up in the 60ís.†† When I was taking care of my mother, I saw a flock of two dozen of them wander about the house.† The property borders the St Croix/Namekagon wild river national park.† I recall reading articles about how hard wild turkeys were to hunt, but my brother has had excellent success. This year he decided...
  • Turkeyís Erdogan: Muslims Must Fight Terrorism

    04/14/2016 6:10:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The National ^ | April 14, 2016
    Muslim nations had agreed to establish a Turkey-based body to fight terrorism, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday as he urged the countriesí leaders to examine the root causes of the migration crisis. Addressing the 13th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Mr Erdogan stressed his belief that terrorism is the largest problem facing the Muslim world. To effectively combat terrorism, he urged Muslim leaders to overcome their differences and join forces in the fight.
  • Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders [Germany]

    04/13/2016 9:49:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Apr 2016 12:41 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The center-left Social Democratic Party said on Tuesday that Germany should scrap a law against insulting foreign leaders ¬ó which has been used by the Turkish President to target a German comedian. ¬ďThe honor of a head of state is just as important as the honor of a normal citizen,¬Ē SPD leader in the Bundestag (German parliament) Thomas Oppermann said in Berlin. SPD MPs are ready to repeal the paragraph banning insults against foreign leaders, Oppermann went on, calling it an ¬ďantiquated rule¬Ē that should not be updated but simply abolished. Changing the law would also allow the federal government...
  • Greenfield: Islam is Colonialism, Palestine is Colonialism

    04/13/2016 10:35:02 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 10 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, April 10, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, April 10, 2016 Islam is Colonialism, Palestine is Colonialism Posted by Daniel Greenfield At Israeli Apartheid Week, campus haters claim to be fighting ďcolonialismĒ by fighting Jews. Columbia Universityís Center for Palestine Studies, dedicated to a country that doesnít exist and which has produced nothing worth studying except terrorism, features diatribes such as Palestine Re-Covered: Reading a Settler Colonial LandscapeĒ. This word salad is a toxic stew of historical revisionism being used to justify the Muslim settler colonization of the indigenous Jewish population. You canít colonize Palestine because you can't colonize colonizers. The Muslim population in Israel is a...
  • The Fate of Syria Rests in Aleppo

    04/12/2016 6:18:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    StratFor ^ | April 12, 2016
    The Fate of Syria Rests in Aleppo Analysis April 12, 2016 Summary Syria's cease-fire is crumbling under the weight of current and pending military operations in the country. Focused on the province and city of Aleppo, the operations stand to play a decisive role in determining the direction of the civil war. In the coming weeks, the results of these battles could change the balance between rebels and loyalists, alter the Islamic State's position in the region, and influence the relationship between the United States and Turkey as they pursue conflicting objectives in Aleppo. Analysis With major military operations already...
  • Poll: 60% of Palestinians Support ďArmed Attacks Against Israeli Civilians Inside IsraelĒ

    04/11/2016 5:54:55 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies
    The Tower ^ | 04.10.16
    A majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza approve of attacks against Israeli civilians and believe that an armed intifada would help them on the path to statehood, a recent poll has found. The survey, carried out by the the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and published on April 4, found that 60 percent of Palestinians support ďarmed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel,Ē while 65 percent think that escalating the current wave of violence into an armed intifada would help Palestinian national aspirations in a way that negotiations could not. A plurality also believes...
  • Germany mulling Turkey's demand to prosecute comic for poking fun of president

    04/11/2016 12:46:43 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 04/11/2016 | AP via Foxnews
    BERLIN Ė Germany is considering a request from Turkey to prosecute a TV comedian who wrote a crude poem about the Turkish president, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday. The request poses an awkward choice for the German leader as she relies on Turkey to reduce the influx of migrants to Europe. Turkey sent a diplomatic note making "a formal request for criminal prosecution" of comedian Jan Boehmermann, Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Seibert told reporters Monday that officials would take several days to decide whether to allow prosecutors to proceed in the case, but stressed that Merkel holds free...
  • Brussels and Turkey Ďsecretly agree to fly 250,000 migrants into Europe EVERY YEAR'

    04/11/2016 5:44:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Express ^ | 04/11/16 | Charlie Peat
    A SECRET plan devised by Brussels could see countries in the European Union take on 250,000 migrants from Turkey every single year. EU bureaucrats have already made a £6billion agreement with Ankara to take one Syrian migrant for every migrant sent to Turkey. But the latest deal could see migrants flown directly from Turkey to countries in the EU, including Britain. The mass movement of migrants to Europe in the secret deal is set to kick in during the next few months, officials have claimed. Gerald Kanus of the European Stability Initiative told German press: “The Turkish side expects...
  • American yogurt billionaire: 'Hire more Muslim refugees'

    01/21/2016 1:08:33 PM PST · by b4its2late · 45 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/20/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    Ever wonder why the federal government would be sending hundreds of foreign refugees to a relatively small town in Idaho? Wonder no more. They’re sent there, many of them, to work in the world’s largest yogurt factory. As WND previously reported, Twin Falls is in line to receive about 300 refugees this year, many of them Muslims from Syria. And the state of Idaho, despite its reputation as a mostly white, conservative farm state, has been a popular destination for refugees in recent years. Boise Mayor David Bieter has gone on record as a huge supporter of President Obama’s welcoming...
  • Arab MK: Israel isn't our country, Arabs are right to attack IDF

    04/09/2016 12:13:31 PM PDT · by Lera · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/9/2016 | Hezki Ezra
    MK Zouheir Bahloul tells MK Avi Dichter: 'This is the Jews' country and not the Arabs' country.' Claims attacks on soldiers are justified. MK Avi Dichter (Likud) and MK Zouheir Bahloul (Zionist Union) shared a stage in Acre to discuss the ongoing issue of the IDF soldier who shot a neutralized terrorist. During their talk, Dichter criticized Bahloul for declaring that the would-be stabber was not a terrorist. "Over the past few months I have become concerned with the statements by Arab MKs, and I ask myself what is going on here?" Dichter said. "I would not dare make these...