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    Mosques- alcohol, tobacco, shoes, littering and disrespect!

    Travel Alem mosque in Taksim Park during the events of drink and smoke in Bezm activists emerged.

    Worshipping their god

    What you don't see about protestors

    New Protests ...

    New protests in Egypt using underwear, in Tunisia using bare chested women and in turkey using liquor!

    Is this Islamic?

    These protests are by the enemies of Islam who are trying to prevent Islamic governments to establish or remain in power.
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    Ten Tweets on the Hypocrisy of the Turkey Protests

    By Yavus Selim - 6/3/2013

    “What's going on in Turkey?” is a common question on the lips of people as varied as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and some American Muslim scholars. People are finding it hard to wrap their head around the facts. The most stable, economically successful and popular democratically elected government in the Middle East has been experiencing widespread protests over… a planning application? That doesn't sound right and of course, it isn't the case at all.

    I do not condone violence against protestors but do want to take a closer look at the why people are gathering in Taksim Square and elsewhere in Turkey.

    Here are ten tweets that expose what the current “protests” in Turkey are all about:

    Tweet 1: So much for the trees

    Yes. The figures are astronomical but in the last ten years this Turkish government has planted enough trees to repopulate a sizable section of the Amazon. So we can now establish that these protests have nothing to do with the environment at all and they were merely using it as a cover. A cover for what?

    Tweet 2: With friends like these

    For once, Pamela Geller (the well known anti-Islam blogger who stated that she hopes Israel bombs Mecca and Madīnah) is right. This isn't about trees at all. It is about the secular bloc in Turkey making a final anarchic stand against what they hate most in this world – their nation coming closer to Islam once more.

    Tweet 3: Don't believe me?

    Some of you will say I'm being paranoid. 4 military coups and 1 hanged Prime Minister says I'm not. In fact, a tweet like the one above are hardly surprising when these protesters and their previous iterations treated men and women who were Islamic like scum for more than 60 years. Closing religious schools, banning hijabs and imprisoning members of Islamic organizations are just some of the “freedoms” these protesters miss.

    Tweet 4: They support Assad and are supported by him

    There are numerous tweets showing that a large proportion of the protesters are communists and others who are deeply upset at how unfairly Bashar Assad is being treated by the Turkish government. For them, this is a chance to remove a government that has supported Palestinians, Libyans, Egyptians, Rohingya, Bangladeshis and now the Syrians. They want to go back to their previous government whose only true friend was Israel.

    Tweet 5: They want the dictatorship of the drunk turkey

    Mustafa Kemal was a well known drunk and died of liver cirrhosis. He was actually quite proud of this fact and referred to himself as “the drunk.” Hence, these protesters refer to themselves as the “children of the drunk.” Meanwhile, Erdogan is pious and a graduate of an imām Hatip school who has never smelt alcohol. Who would you like to be in charge? The protesters clearly prefer the former.

    Tweet 6: How dare someone curb their alcohol?

    Recent laws introduced by the Turkish government to curb the sale of alcohol (curb, not ban) has got the protesters up in arms. They feel that this is against their freedom completely ignoring the fact that many non-Muslim countries have exactly such rules to prevent the anti-social effect of alcohol such as drunk driving, domestic violence, sexual assaults, disorderly conduct and … blocking roads. By the way, the support being shown to the Turkish protesters by the Egyptian secularists (as exemplified by this tweet) is indicative of their shared goal to prevent the success of any pious government by any means necessary.

    Tweet 7: Something fishy going on here

    Now, I think there are way too many conspiracy theories in the Middle East but the way that a photo from last year's Istanbul marathon was passed off as a picture of protesters swarming a bridge made me question who was behind it and what motive did they have.

    Tweet 8: Lack of gratitude

    The breathtaking part of all this is that this government has presided over the most successful era in Turkish politics for over 100 years. However, all the successes mean nothing to these protesters who claim that it is audacious to boast about these achievements completely ignoring that the 60 years they were in charge had Turkey's prestige and power at lower levels than meat in a Donner Kebab.

    Tweet 9: Immoral comparisons

    To even make such a comparison is idiotic at best and immoral at worst. Any objective person would know that this is a completely unjustified comparison given that Mubarak was a corrupt secular military dictator who kept his country poor whilst enriching himself whilst Erdogan is a pious democratically elected Prime Minister who has clashed with the military and has enriched his country. But this doesn't matter, because in the warped world of the protesters Erdogan is Mubarak, whilst Assad is… just misunderstood.

    Tweet 10: No turning back

    This tweet reminds me of that Will Ferrel Meme… “that escalated quickly!” Apart from the higher than average levels of imprisoning journalists, Erdogan has (almost) successfully brought to an end the war against the Kurds, has forged close ties with all neighbors, has stood on the correct side of revolutions from Egypt to Syria (in most cases the first world leader to do so), has fought to limit the power of the coup-happy army and has got a majority at the ballot box for every election in the last 10 years. And he has spent time in prison for simply reciting a poem. But in the protesters narrative only one thing matters. If you are for Islam – they are against you.

    All the above does not mean that I condone violence against protesters. The violence (on both sides) needs to stop and cannot be justified. Erdogan alluded to this himself by stating that a full investigation would be done to see if excessive force has been used as some pictures would suggest. However, given the context in which they take place, the protests in Turkey feel less and less like a protests and more like an attempted coup against a civilian government.

    Many (just like in Egypt, just like in Tunisia, just like elsewhere) will claim that the protests are not against Islam at all but against those who are trying to change society to be more Islamic. To the rest of us, we fail to see the distinction.

    The protests in Turkey are not protests at all but an attempt to instigate a coup against a civilian government. They are the last sigh of a secular liberal elite who have realized far too late that the future does not belong to them anymore. The future belongs to Islam.

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    Turkish intelligence looking into 'foreign links' to Taksim protests: PM


    Turkish intelligence is looking into possible links between the incidents in Taksim Square and foreign powers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a press conference today before leaving for Morocco, accusing internal and foreign actors of supporting the Gezi Park protests.

    “Our intelligence work is ongoing [to determine the foreign actors behind the protests]. It is not possible to reveal their names. But we will have meetings with their heads,” said Erdoğan.

    “Those who advise us to be moderate must themselves first come to moderation,” he said, referring to the international reactions to the use of force against protests that have erupted in all corners of the country.

    Erdoğan claimed 160 police officers and 60 citizens were injured yesterday, saying the high number of injured police officers was a proof that it was acting moderately.

    “There is 50 percent of [the country who voted for the ruling Justice and Development Party - AKP], and we can barely keep them at home [and prevent them from coming onto the streets for counter-protests]. But we have called on them to calm down,” the prime minister also said.

    “If necessary we will square accounts with them. We are determined in this and there are some visible evidences,” said Erdoğan.

    The country is already experiencing a “Turkish Spring” and will not give way to those who want to turn it into a winter, Erdoğan said, referring to the economic development that has benefited some during his rule.

    Per capita income has reached $10,500 during the ruling party’s tenure, he said, adding that this had made some “jealous.”


    Erdogan blames 'extremists' for Turkey riots

    Prime minister says intelligence services are investigating foreign links to recent violent demonstrations.

    03 Jun 2013

    The Turkish prime minister has blamed "extremist elements" for the riots that have swept his country in recent days. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of playing an active role and working together with extremists.

    He also said intelligence services were investigating foreign links to the anti-government demonstrations centred on Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

    "People who are talking about a "Turkish Spring" in their coverage of events do not know Turkey," he said. His comments came as he prepared to fly to Morocco for the start of a tour of North Africa, with commentators expressing surprise at his decision not to cancel the trip.

    Erdogan has overseen a transformation in Turkey during his decade in power, turning its once crisis-prone economy into the fastest-growing in Europe.

    He remains by far Turkey's most popular politician, but critics point to what they see as his authoritarianism and religiously conservative meddling in private lives in the secular republic.

    Tighter restrictions on alcohol sales and warnings against public displays of affection in recent weeks have also provoked protests. Erdogan, appearing on Sunday on television for the fourth time in less than 36 hours, justified the restrictions on alcohol as for the good of people's health. "I want them to know that I want these [restrictions] for the sake of their health ... Whoever drinks alcohol is an alcoholic," he said.


    Europe Moves to outlaw Turkish Islamic party

    May 7, 1999

    Turkey's chief prosecutor has begun moves to ban the Islamic Virtue Party on grounds that it is trying to overthrow the country's secular constitution. Opening his case against the party in the constitutional court, Prosecutor Vural Savas said Virtue was trying to replace the constitution with Islamic law. The move follows the resignation of the Virtue Party's chairman, Aydin Menderes, in a growing row over the wearing of a banned Muslim headscarf in parliament by a party deputy.

    Merve Kavakci, a newly-elected woman Virtue Party deputy, re-ignited debate over the place Islam holds in Turkey when she wore the Muslim headscarf in parliament. Turkey, which is officially secular, regards the wearing of the Muslim headscarf as a political, pro-Islamic statement and has banned them in public institutions. Ms Kavakci and party leader, Recai Kutan, have refused to back down.

    Prosecutors are examining whether Ms Kavakci's actions amount to incitement to racial or religious hatred. Angry MPs forced the newly-elected deputy to leave the parliament building before she could take her oath of office. Since then the issue has dominated Turkey, with newspapers probing her past. Reports in the country's mainstream media have attacked her for allegedly calling for an Islamic holy war in Turkey and opposing Turkish plans to join the European Union because it is composed of mainly Christian nations.



    Turkey is blooming, enough to pay off all its debt, so it’s no surprise that Europeans are jealous, considering all of Europe is economically collapsing before our eyes. History repeats itself. When Spain was in the hands of the Muslims, it was flourishing and this made the European Christians burn with envy, even the so called Christian allies who started to conspire against it to bring its fall.

    There are hypocrites within Turkey who pretend to be Muslims yet are against anything/everything that has to do with Islam.

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    Turkey parliament passes anti-alcohol bill

    Measure to curb consumption and advertising seen by critics as sign of government's increasing conservative policies.

    24 May 2013

    Turkey's parliament has backed a controversial bill restricting the consumption and advertising of alcohol in the predominantly Muslim country.

    The measure, passed on Friday, prohibits alcoholic beverage companies from sponsoring events and restricts the places where such drinks can be consumed. It also bans the sale of alcoholic drinks between 10pm and 6:00am, but only in shops.

    Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said that the ban would not affect bars and restaurants, and open air bars and cafes would continue to serve alcohol past 10pm.

    Supporters of the measure - introduced by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Party, which has its roots in Islam - say the law is seeking to protect society, particularly children, from the harmful effects of alcohol.

    Critics see it as a sign of increasing conservative policies but Turkish secularists argue the legislation intrudes into private life.

    TV series, films or music videos are not allowed to contain images encouraging the consumption of alcohol under the new legislation.

    It also brings stricter penalties on drunken driving. Drivers with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.05 percent will be slapped with a nearly $388 fine and their driving licenses will be confiscated for a six-month period. Drunken drivers with a blood alcohol level over 0.1 percent will face up to two years' imprisonment.

    The law must be approved by President Abdullah Gul to take effect. He is expected to sign it soon.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, in power for over a decade, is often accused of creeping efforts to make the country more conservative.

    Under Erdogan's rule, headscarves - banned in public institutions - have become more visible in public places and alcohol bans more widespread.

    The US banned alcohol in the 1920's, it didn't make them Muslims.


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    Burger King manager beats Syrian refugee boy in Turkey for eating leftovers

    Jan. 24, 2015

    A Syrian refugee child has been beaten by a restaurant manager in the Turkish city Istanbul for eating a customer's leftovers, local media reported on Saturday.

    A photo circulating on social media shows the 11-year-old boy sitting bloodied on stairs after having been beaten Wednesday by the manager of fast food chain Burger King's outlet in the Sirinevler district.

    The reason for the beating, accounts say, was the boy eating a customer's leftover French fries.

    The boy, who fled to Turkey with his family from Aleppo, Syria two years ago said he wanted to grab leftovers because he was starving, but the manager punched him in the face and kicked his feet, the Milliyet newspaper reported.

    The boy said he was begging in the streets of Istanbul to earn a living.

    Burger King said that the manager was fired after the attack. "This incident is unacceptable," it said.

    Turkey is home to nearly two million Syrian refugees. Many reside in camps along the border, but others are scattered throughout the country, including big cities like Istanbul and Ankara.


    The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said: "He who does not show mercy (to others) will not be shown mercy (by Allaah)."

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    Anti-West, Pro-Islam Statements By Turkish President

    Anti-West Statements By Turkish President Erdogan And PM Davutoglu: Muslim Countries Must 'Unite And Defeat The Successors Of Lawrence Of Arabia'; 'No One Will Be Able To Stop' The Rise Of Islam In Europe

    February 9, 2015

    On January 21, 2015, in a speech at a meeting of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the West, accusing it of plotting against the Islamic world and of causing Muslims to kill one another. Muslim blood is being shed, he said, urging Muslim countries to "unite and defeat the successors of Lawrence of Arabia who seek to disrupt the Middle East." He also warned the West of the "great danger" of Islamophobia.[1]

    During a subsequent official visit to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia, on which he was accompanied by a very large delegation of officials and businessmen, he repeatedly attacked the West, particularly the EU. Turkey was testing the EU, he said; "Are they against Islamophobia or not? If they are, they must accept Turkey. Otherwise, the EU will prove the claims that it is a Christian club." He added that Turkey was not one to go to Europe's door and beg to be allowed to enter.

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as Turkey's first prime ministerial-level participant since January 2009, when then-PM Erdogan stormed off the stage after shouting at Israeli President Shimon Peres that he "knows well how to kill children," claimed that Islam is and will always be the indigenous religion of Europe, from Al-Andalus to the Ottoman states. He added that Europe feared the might of the new Turkey, and that Turkey is the "cure" for Europe's ills.[2]

    Following are excerpts from these speeches, and from media reports showing the increasing hostility of the Turkish AKP government's policy towards the West:

    Erdogan To OIC Members: "There Are Serious Plots Against The Islamic World"; "Turkey Can... Teach You [EU] A Lesson In Democracy"

    Also in his January 21 speech at the PUIC in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that serious plots and games against Islamic countries were being carried out by the West, and that they were having Muslims kill other Muslims.[3] "We must pay attention," he said, "the blood being shed is Muslims' blood. Those who kill and those who die are all Muslims. The unknown terrorists – and we do not know whom they serve and whose pawns they are – do not represent us in the Islamic world."

    As he had many times before, Erdogan complained that the UN Security Council had five permanent members, but no Muslim country among them. No one would allow the 56 Muslim countries to be represented, he said, and added that these countries must make this happen.

    Urging the Muslim countries to warn the West of the dangerous consequences of their Islamophobia, he added that no freedom of speech can grant the right to disrespect the sacred values of others.

    Erdogan In Djibouti: If Europe Is Against Islamophobia, It Must Accept Turkey – Otherwise, It Will "Prove The Claims That The EU Is A Christian Club"

    Erdogan's second stop on his Africa visit, after Ethiopia, was Djibouti. At a joint press conference with his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh, Erdogan said:[4] "We are continuing the EU accession process. It is not important to us whether they accept us or not. In fact, we are testing Europe. Are they able to digest the membership of a state with a Muslim population? Are they against Islamophobia or not? If they are, they must accept Turkey. Otherwise, the EU will prove the claims that it is a Christian club.

    "Turkey is a powerful country. If you [i.e. the EU] still see Turkey as a country that would beg at your door [to be allowed in] – Turkey is not a country to beg. If we are accepted, we will join, and if not we will draw our own path.

    "Turkey is a member of NATO, the OECD, and many other organizations. Why would the EU not accept us? This means they have another problem [i.e. Islamophobia]."

    He also said again that serious games were being played against the Islamic world by the West, and told reporters that Turkey would build a mosque and a modern hospital in Djibouti, provide it with ambulances, and increase the number of Djibouti students studying in Turkey.

    Erdogan's remarks about Turkey's EU membership came a week after he had criticized the EU, telling it to "keep your insights to yourselves" following its criticism of the media crackdown in Turkey.[5]

    Also in January, the EU issued a statement along with its draft progress report for Turkey's accession, which noted: "The rule of law and the respect for fundamental freedoms form the core of the EU negotiation process. In this respect, Turkey currently does not meet the expectations that we have for an EU candidate country. The concerns of the EP [European Parliament] focus on freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary – both essential components of an open democracy." Immediately responding to this, Erdogan said on January 17: "Take the trouble to come to Turkey, so that Turkey can instead teach you a lesson in democracy." He also said: "Those who try to advise us must understand that Turkey is no longer the old Turkey. We do not care whether you accept us or not."

    Turkish Deputy PM In Africa: Africans Are Now "Seeing A White Hand That Does Not Exploit, Enslave, Or Punch Them"

    On January 25, 2015, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, who accompanied Erdogan on his Africa trip, said: "For the first time since the Ottomans left, Africans are seeing a white hand that does not exploit, enslave, or punch them in their heads – a white hand that does not exploit their mines, eliminate their values, assimilate them, or see them as subhuman. They are [now] seeing the white hand of Turkey, who sees them as equals and as brothers. It is a kind of awakening for Africa. It may take a long time, but we are building heart-to-heart ties. We are trying to help the rebirth of these black-skinned but warm hearted people."[6]

    Erdogan Conducts Prayers At Somalia Mosque, Opens New Mogadishu Airport And Hospital

    Erdogan called his last stop in Africa, in Somalia, a visit "solely to help brothers and to bring services, hospitals, mosques and roads to Somalia, not to exploit their resources." Together with Somali President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud Adel Abdulle, he inaugurated a new airport terminal, a hospital, and a mosque with education facilities, that Turkey had built and that was named after Erdogan's mother. He himself led prayers as muezzin at the new mosque.

    He told reporters that THY (Turkish Airlines) would soon begin weekly flights to Mogadishu, and that within the next year or two, Turkey would build 10,000 homes in the city.[7]

    Turkish PM Davutoglu In Switzerland: "I Kiss The Foreheads Of My Brothers Who Carried The Tekbir To Zurich"; "Islam Is Europe's Indigenous Religion"; "Turkey Is The Cure For Europe"; "No One Will Be Able To Stop" The Rise Of Islam In Europe

    While in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Zurich to speak to a large gathering of Turks living in Europe:[8] "I am saying this here from Zurich. Islam is Europe's indigenous religion, and will continue to be so. Despite the roadblocks, prejudices and many provocations, Turkey will continue to walk on the road to EU membership. We will walk this road mainly for you [Turks in Europe]. Since you represent our culture, our traditions, our language and our religion here, and since we have brothers, [i.e.] the 45 million Muslims here [in Europe], Turkey will be part of Europe. We will never beg or make special requests; we will enter with honor, with our heads high. We will enter the EU with our language, our traditions, and our religion [Islam]. You live proudly with our culture in Europe. Would we ever sacrifice one iota of that culture? With Allah's grace, we will never bow our heads. We are the grandchildren of the heroes who fought at Gallipoli, who never bowed their heads.

    "In 2002, when we [AKP] came to power, they [the EU] said that Turkey was too poor, too weak a country, that would become a burden on Europe. Thank Allah, today Turkey is the rising power of the world, the presiding member of the G20. We want nothing from them. We reached this point with our sweat, and thanks to the taxes paid by our people, thanks to our moral and hardworking people. May Allah never make us need anything from anyone.

    "And now the same [European] circles are saying that we are too strong to be accepted. So strong that we would change the character of Europe, and occupy one fourth of the European Parliament. I say from here now: 'We are not a burden on Europe. Turkey is the cure for Europe!' Turkey is the cure for their disease of racism. We are the cure to their economic slowdown, we are the cure to their loss of power.

    "I again call this out from Zurich: Islam is Europe's indigenous religion, and it will continue to be its indigenous religion. From Andalusia to the Ottomans, and, half a century ago with the holy march of our people who came here from every corner of Anatolia. The sound of the azan [Islamic call to prayer], brought by these heroes to Europe, the domes of the mosques with which they dotted this continent, will all be protected. We will continue to fight against all the hands that reach out to harm them [the mosques]. I kiss the foreheads of my brothers who carried the tekbir [i.e. the call "Allahu Akbar"] to Zurich. May Allah bless those who raised you. Blessed be those who came here with just a suitcase, in poverty, but with rich hearts filled with their faith [Islam]. How holy those people were, who came and sowed the seeds here, which will, with Allah's help, continue to grow into a huge tree of justice in the center of Europe. No one will be able to stop this."

    Erdogan Criticizes Washington: "The U.S. Must Change Its Syria Policy, Not Turkey"

    Speaking to journalists on board his plane on his return from his Africa trip, President Erdogan vowed that Turkey would never change its policy on Syria, and proposed that the U.S. revise its own policies.[9]

    On the Turkey-U.S. disagreements, he said: "Our position is well known. Our target is the Syrian regime. I made it clear to both U.S. President Obama and to Vice President Biden that three things must be resolved: the establishment of security zones inside Syria, the declaration of a no-fly zone, and the launch of a train-and-equip operation [for Syrian rebels]."

    Criticizing the U.S. for no longer targeting the Assad regime, he said that the negative developments in Syria, particularly in the Aleppo region, would bring about what happened in Iraq – "the birth of a '[Kurdish] northern Iraq.' We don't want a [Kurdish-ruled] 'northern Syria.' We will not accept this."

    He complained about the U.S. focus on the Iraqi town of Kobane, and noted the U.S. attempts to supply weapons to the Kurdish fighters there: "We told them not to drop these arms, that it would be a mistake. Despite our warnings, unfortunately, three cargo planes airdropped these weapons, and half of them went to ISIS. So who is feeding ISIS?"

    Turkey Only Country To Not Sign EU Parliament Speakers' Declaration Against Antisemitism

    Also on January 27, 2015, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, following a roundtable discussion in Prague with 30 European countries' parliamentary speakers, the Turkish delegation was the only one to refuse to sign the summary joint declaration calling for "zero tolerance for antisemitism."[10]

    The declaration stated, inter alia: "Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life include the distortion or denial of the Holocaust with the intention of hurting Jews around the world and the State of Israel. It is imperative that parliaments, governments, international organizations and civil societies around the world adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards these phenomena."



    [1] Yeni Akit, Hurriyet Daily News, January 21, 2015.
    [2] Cumhuriyet, Radikal, January 23, 2015.
    [3] Yeni Akit, January 21, 2015.
    [4] Today’s Zaman, Kanal Haber, January 24, 2015.
    [5] Today’s Zaman, January 24, 2015.
    [6] Yeni Akit, January 25, 2015.
    [7] Yeni Akit, January 25, 2015.
    [8] Radikal, AA (Anatolia News Agency), January 23, 2015.
    [9] Hurriyet Daily News, Today’s Zaman, January 27, 2015.
    [10] Algemeiner.com, January 27, 2015; Times of Israel, January 27, 2015.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islamirama View Post

    ....he added that no freedom of speech can grant the right to disrespect the sacred values of others.

    What a hypocrite!

    It is the sacred belief of Christians that Christ died on the cross and rose on the third day! And yet over and over again he will say this is false!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Athiest View Post
    What a hypocrite!

    It is the sacred belief of Christians that Christ died on the cross and rose on the third day! And yet over and over again he will say this is false!


    Not really. Using your logic, you would be a hypocrite as well for lying and saying "there is not God" and trampling on the scared beliefs of all those who believe in God.

    There's a difference between disagreeing on ideologies and attacking them. Christians print out anti-Islam materials and state anti-Islam garbage on purpose, engaging in Islamophobia, fear and hate mongering.

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    Sisi government met PKK three times in six months: Turkish intelligence

    Turkish intelligence report claims Egypt has agreed to send PKK money and weapons in return for information on MB activities in Turkey

    Sisi meets members of the high military council in Cairo on 18 November, 2015 (AFP)

    The Egyptian government has been meeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in recent months, according to a Turkish intelligence report seen by Turkish opposition newspaper Hurriyet.

    The report said the two sides met three times over the past six months, culminating in Egypt’s approval for the PKK-linked Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) to open an office in Cairo.

    “A delegation from the PKK was allowed to go to Baghdad in the middle of December last year. The PKK delegation went to Cairo with a visa they obtained from the Egyptian Embassy in Baghdad,” the report said, highlighting the mediating role between Egypt and the PKK played by the central Iraqi government.

    “A more authorised PKK delegation went to Cairo and met with some high-level officials from the Egyptian intelligence service in January 2016,” the report continued. “Egypt gave the message that it could support the PKK for the first time in this meeting. Egypt transferred weapons and money after this meeting.”

    The final meeting is thought to have taken place in April 2016 with the participation of seven members of the PKK.

    The report also says it was agreed that the PKK would gather intelligence on Muslim Brotherhood members in Turkey and “commit actions against its members if necessary,” according to Hurriyet. In return, the Turkish newspaper said that there was an alleged agreement that Egypt would give weapons and monetary aid to the PKK.

    No other meetings are believed to have been held since April, the report concluded.

    Source : http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/si...ort-1565178096

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    Turkey's opposition parties take unified stance against coup attempt


    All parties in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) decried the coup attempt by a small clique of Gülenist-linked military commanders which took place late Friday, which was mostly quelled by troops loyal to the government, police units and millions of Turkish citizens taking to the streets in protest.

    Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahçeli made a telephone call to Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Friday and said the attempted coup is not acceptable.

    According to a statement from the Prime Ministry, Bahçeli said his party is in solidarity with the Turkish Republic.

    Later, in a written statement, Bahçeli said an attempt at suspending democracy and ignoring the national will is a big mistake against Turkey.

    "The price Turkey will pay will be considerably high in the event of a civil war in Turkey. As Turkish people, we need to be distant to all kinds of interventions risking our national unity and integrity," he said.

    In addition, Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, said early Saturday that the community should have a unified reaction to every coup attempt.

    Speaking to Turkey's private news channel NTV, Kılıçdaroğlu took a stance against a military coup attempt.

    "This country was wracked with coups. We do not want to go through the same troubles. We'll protect our republic and democracy; keep our commitment to the free will of our citizens."

    "So, whoever does, wherever it comes, we should take a joint stance against the coup as we take a joint stance against terrorism," he added.

    A minority group within the Turkish military took illegal action outside the chain of command in an attempted coup late Friday as warplanes and helicopters flew above the heart of the capital Ankara.

    Droves of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the illegal coup attempt.

    In a joint written statement, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs, Selehattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, said no one replaces himself as the national will. "HDP takes a stance against every coup in every condition."

    "There is no way beside protecting the democratic politics," it added


    Comments: Morsi was a good president as well and would have done great for Egypt. When the sisi dictator did is coup, the Egyptian failed to support their elected president and now we are seeing the fruits of that failure with mass arrests, rape, murder, torture and oppression. Turkish people know what coup means and they have seen not only in their own country but Egypt and other places and don't want their country to end up in ruins. Not surprisingly, Israeli zionists were first to congratulate the rebels on their so called "victory" in their coup.


    Who is Fethullah Gulen, the man blamed for coup attempt in Turkey?

    Was a plan to overthrow Turkey's government really hatched behind a gated compound in a small, leafy Pennsylvania town, or is that merely a smoke screen?

    Who is this mysterious man in Pennsylvania?

    Gulen has a loyal following -- known as Gulenists -- in Turkey, who all subscribe to the Hizmet movement.

    Hizmet is a global initiative inspired by Gulen, who espouses what The New York Times has described as "a moderate, pro-Western brand of Sunni Islam that appeals to many well-educated and professional Turks."

    Nongovernmental organizations founded by the Hizmet movement, including hundreds of secular co-ed schools, free tutoring centers, hospitals and relief agencies, are credited with addressing many of Turkey's social problems. The preacher and his movement also spawned a global network of schools and universities that operate in more than 100 countries. In the United States, this academic empire includes Harmony Public Schools, the largest charter school network in Texas. Within Turkey, volunteers in the Gulen movement also own TV stations, the largest-circulation newspaper, gold mines and at least one Turkish bank.

    Gulen: A coup architect or a scapegoat?

    As a wave of violence washed over Turkey on Friday night, leaving at least 161 people dead, Erdogan addressed his country, saying the coup had been quashed and demanding punishment for the man he deems responsible.

    "I call on the United States and President Barack Obama. Dear Mr. President, I told you this before. Either arrest Fethullah Gulen or return him to Turkey. You didn't listen. I call on you again, after there was a coup attempt. Extradite this man in Pennsylvania to Turkey! If we are strategic partners or model partners, do what is necessary," Erdogan said.

    In a statement, Gulen denied any connection to the coup attempt and even suggested the whole thing may have been staged.

    Not the first coup accusation

    The Turkish government also accused Gulen's supporters of spearheading an unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey in January 2014.

    Erdogan, a religious conservative, has compared Gulen and his supporters to a virus and a medieval cult of assassins. In an interview with CNN at the time, a top official from Erdogan's ruling AKP party called the Gulen movement a "fifth column" that had infiltrated the Turkish police force and judiciary.

    "We are confronted by a structure that doesn't take orders from within the chain of command of the state," parliament member and deputy AKP chairman Mahir Unal told CNN. "Rather, it takes orders from outside the state."During the 2014 skirmish, in a rare email interview published in The Wall Street Journal, Gulen denied any involvement in a political conspiracy."We will never be a part of any plot against those who are governing our country," he wrote.


    However, critics believe the movement's aim is to gain power, to spread socially conservative Islamic attitudes on issues like marriage and alcohol around the globe, and to suppress any opposition.


    Opponents of the movement point to a video which surfaced in 1999, in which Mr Gulen seemed to tell his followers that they should deliberately attempt to infiltrate mainstream structures:

    "You must move within the arteries of the system, without anyone noticing your existence, until you reach all the power centres.

    "You must wait until such time as you have got all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institution in Turkey."

    The following year, Mr Gulen faced charges of trying to undermine Turkey's secular state. He left for the US, saying the recording had been tampered with. He was later cleared in absentia of all charges.

    Several of Hizmet's most prominent critics have been jailed in Turkey, sparking claims that it has become a sinister controlling force in its native land.

    A police chief who wrote a book on Gulen's influence on the police and judiciary was jailed, as were two Turkish investigative journalists.

    One of the journalists, Ahmet Sik, shouted during his arrest: "Whoever touches them burns!"


    Comments: All the western media is portraying him as some kind of a "Ghandi" who wants to live in the "service" of others and tells his followers to do the same. And that he wanted to spread Islamically conservative values to the society. So why are his loyalist attempting coup and why are they infiltrating all facets of life and insituitions to be in the position of power? I can't say much about what kind of a man he is but apparently trying to destablize a country with a coup and bring it to civil war or having majority of the Turkish people coming out against his coup to stop it doesn't paint him in a very "islamically" conservative or "preacher" type category, but like another puppet out to destroy another Muslim nation.

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    Erdogan’s Supporters Use Social Media To Counter Turkish Coup


    The Army shut down State TV so Erdogan supporters went online to muster opposition

    After a military coup to oust Turkish President Recip Tayyep Erdogan, members of his ruling Islamist AKP party aggressively used social media to muster opposition on the streets.

    Shortly after Erdogan gave a surreal television interview via FaceTime, the army shut down the state television broadcaster. Almost immediately, AKP members of parliament and their supporters launched an online campaign against the Turkish coup aimed at trying to get masses of pro Erdogan demonstrators to “take the country back” from the army.

    AKP officials across the country called upon Erdogan supporters to flock to the streets, using the hashtags #DardeyeHayir (#nocoup) and #ErdoğanınAskerleriyiz (#Erdoğanwarriors).

    Hours after the news broke, there were already more than 100,000 tweets using these hashtags. Many of the tweets included images and videos showing protestors facing down tanks, with texts inviting soldiers to surrender to local police.

    Translation: Our will is our honor—we won’t concede it to the parallel state.
    Demokrasi ve Türkiye'nin Geleceği İçin #ErdoğanınAskerleriyiz pic.twitter.com/zuBGXQCRCD
    — AK Parti Gönüllüleri (@AKMilyonlariz) July 15, 2016
    Translation: For the future of democracy and of Turkey #Erdoğanwarriors
    Kimse darbeye kalkismasin.
    — Ak Hesaplar Gündem (@AkPartiHesap) July 15, 2016
    Translation: No one can oust us #Erdoğanwarriors


    Erdogan Praised Across Region As Turkey Coup Falters

    "Assad has used tanks against his people, Erdogan used his people against the tanks"

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is cracking down on rebels who attempted an overnight coup, arresting dozens and sending others fleeing by helicopter into exile in nearby Greece.

    The strongman’s refusal to yield in the face of the opposition taking over key institutions including the state media building and parliament has earned him the rapid admiration of Sunni Arabs across the Middle East.

    In the several hours since Erdogan began reasserting his control, Vocativ found 100,000 users tweeting under the Arabic hashtag #SayAWordToErdogan (#قول_كلمه_لاردوغان), trending across the Middle East. The biggest show of support appeared to come from Syrian rebels, who have long been supported by the Turkish leader in their fight to oust their leader, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Users in predominantly Sunni Arab countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries also tweeted their support, in their thousands. In the war in Syria, those countries have largely supported Sunni militia groups fighting Assad, who belongs to a particular strand of Shia Islam, and has counted on the assistance of Shiite regimes in Iraq and Iran to survive for as long as he has.

    “Bashar al-Assad used the tanks against his people, while Erdogan used his people against the tanks”, tweeted an account affiliated with the Syrian rebels, referring to Erdogan’s call early Saturday morning to the public to demonstrate against the coup. A user from Dubai wrote “God bless you, all Arabs are so proud of you. You are an example of good governance.” One from Kuwait tweeted: “I am proud of you Erdogan, be as you are, a Muslim strong and resolute.” “God will save you, you are a hero and your people are great. The love of your people saved you from the traitors,” wrote another. Many shared images of Erdogan holding the Islamic holy book, the Quran, saying, “God is protecting whoever is protecting the Quran, the Sunnah and its Prophet.”

    Erdogan and his government also received support from the Twitter account of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, considered the most influential living Islamic scholar and a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. In a series of tweets, Qaradawi said “we are with the right and liberty and the democratic regime, against the coup because we are against tyranny, backwardness, corruption and military regime. Greetings to the Turkish people, its government and President. The will of the Turkish people has won today.”

    احب شعبه فاحبوه pic.twitter.com/AX1MPcgcZ5
    — (أبومازن ) (@fares_abumazen) July 16, 2016
    Translation: A hero who loves his people, and they love him.


    The dog Bashar al-Assad confronted his people with tanks, and Erdogan confronted the tanks with his people. The history will acknowledge a hero like Erdogan

    Turkish is a bravo nation. Other Muslim Countries should learn how to protect democracy and their mandate. #قول_كلمه_لاردوغان

    — Abaidullah Aslam (@Abaidulah_Aslam) July 16, 2016

    It’s a marked difference to the earlier reports of the coup having some success in Turkey. Anti-Erdogan users affiliated with Shiite militias including Hezbollah gloated at his purported demise, saying “Assad has won, the beast Erdogan has been defeated.”

    “I am a Muslim and sure that Allah will take revenge against Erdogan, sooner or later,” wrote one user.

    Another one shared the image of Alan Kurdi, the toddler who drowned in the Mediterranean, saying “this boy and thousands of others come under your responsibility on the day of judgement. God will never forgive people who are unjust like that.”


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    The Muslims of Turkey: An Inspiration to All

    Bismillah wal-Hamdu lilla wal-Salatu wal-Salamu ‘ala Rasulillah

    “Allah sent back those who disbelieved in their rage without their achieving any good at all. Allah saved the believers from having to fight. Allah is Most Strong, Almighty.”[1]
    In light of the Turkish coup event on the 15th of July, 2016, we will not be following the normal political custom of starting with political analysis but, rather, we begin by thanking Allah, the Most High, and praising Him that he caused this coup attempt to turn on its head after it could have attained the same success as the disastrous coup against the government and people of Egypt.

    Today we remind ourselves that Allah is the All Just. Allah is above all, and never lets down those who are sincere in upholding true Islamic values. Allah did not let down Erdogan and his party, nor the people who elected him knowing that he is the most astute, competent and suitable person to lead Turkey in the right direction. In the last election, his party secured a landslide 49.4% of the vote, never losing since it was formed. Whilst Erdogan, as an individual, gained 52% of the vote in 2014[2] as a result of his concurrent achievements for the local people and the Muslim world in general. An authority, not authoritarian, authorised by the vast majority of Turkey.

    Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, in response to this morning’s news and in reference to President Erdogan, reminded us of when Khadijah (radiy-Allahu ‘anha) comforted the Prophet (sala Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam) following the first Wahy saying:

    “By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.”[3]
    The Turkish government did the same for its citizens, saving them from the murky and impoverished, morally and economically bankrupt era of Ataturk, and likewise aided the Syrians by accommodating nearly three million in humanitarian conditions which are the best best available Syrian refugee camps in the world. This is not to mention its immeasurable service to Africa and the Muslim world. Note, it is only following the coup attempt that the world feared for the fate of these needy people![4]

    The Prophet (sala Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam) further said:

    “…Allah helps His slave as long as he helps his brother.”[5] And he (sala Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam) says: “recognise and acknowledge Allah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will remember you in times of adversity.”[6]
    Erdogan and his government knew the Syrians and many others in times of ease, and thus Allah, All-Mighty, in turn supported him in the most dire of tests and the most difficult times, and did not allow him to be overcome by the plotted schemes of his adversaries and the evil schemers.

    People and the social media went wild following the events in Turkey, full of passion and emotion over what was happening. Thousands upon thousands of messages enticing one another to make Du’aa for Turkey, others of denunciation and solidarity with the legitimate government, others encouraging people to descend to the streets. Huge, momentous support by all segments of the Ummah which acted as one body and force.

    Dr. Salman al Oudeh tweeted: “‘So the last remnant of the people who did wrong was cut off. Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds!’[7] How fast is the relief of Allah?! And how fast is the showing of desperation of His slaves (Qunut)?!”

    Without doubt, this is a positive sign that the Ummah is wide awake and wants to help those sincere in helping the Ummah and those sincere in following the religion as much as they can. We need to acknowledge the significance of people collectively supporting sincere leaders by distinguishing them from the crooks, and distinguishing Erdogan as being of one of the former category. All of this happened despite the criticisms levelled at him and his government by so many mouthpieces with vested interests. The collective commendation of the Ummah to a person carries so much significance to the extent that the Prophet (sala Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam) said:

    “The angels are the witnesses of Allah in heaven, and you are the witnesses of Allah on Earth.”[8]
    This further actualises the Ayah:

    “If Allah helps you, no one can vanquish you. If He forsakes you, who can help you after that? So the believers should put their trust in Allah.”[9]
    What happened shows starkly that real power and change, after the power of Allah and change Allah decrees, lies with people, not the military or any other group. We saw how the people instinctively and immediately took to the streets, so willing to sacrifice their souls and efforts to save the face of Turkey, following a single Facetime call by the much loved President Erdogan, encouraging people to occupy the streets. Pictures appeared of men grabbing tanks with their hands, hurling at them whatever they could, hitting them with sticks and confronting swarms of gunfire with their bare chests. All for their confidence in the sincerity of their leadership, a fact that cannot be distorted by any gloating outsider.

    All the while the BBC and other local mouthpieces warped pictures as clear as daylight, ‘experts’ on the BBC claimed that this is a situation of an ‘ousted dictator’ who cannot get back into the country, just like any other ousted ‘dictator’. Glorification of the coup was clear by publically funded outlets like the BBC that speak loudly about their loathing of democracy that results in ‘Muslim governments’. A BBC radio presenter outrageously mentioned to a commentator: “there is a suggestion that Erdogan may have staged this coup to strengthen his grip on the country.” Can you imagine any media outlet repeating such conspiracies about terrorist attacks on a western targets?

    Videos showed that the people of Turkey, despite what is said about their humble levels of religiosity, came out to prove otherwise, shouting ‘Bismillah‘, ‘Allahu Akbar‘, relying on Allah and raising their voices with Takbeer.[10] Social media reported how the Adhan resonated from Masaajid around Turkey, despite it not being a time of prayer time upon orders from the Minister of Religious Affairs, Mehmet Gormez. It was a way of seeking assistance from Allah. People, in times of calamity return to Allah, admitting that there is no help for them save Allah:

    “Victory comes from no one but Allah. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.”[11]
    What happened and the response of people ascertains the Islamic identity of Turkey beyond the spiel of any spectator and in contradiction to the defamation spurted by local media, that Turkey is ‘divided’, or that people are fed up with ‘conservative Islam’ and want a ‘liberal’, ‘secular’ democracy and other such nonsense. The Turkish government’s voter mandate of more than 22 million votes trounces that of ‘Brexit’ (17.4 million)[12] and crushes that of the Conservative party altogether (11 million), and obviously the appointment of Theresa May; not even a single democratic vote.

    This coup exposed the hypocrites in both the West and across the Muslim world. Media outlets in some Muslim countries showed a huge degree of satisfaction at the coup, then exposed their depression when the coup failed. It has uncovered real faces, and will help Turkey clear up the army, and create a deterrent to any future coup in sha Allah.[13]

    “If something good happens to you, it galls them. If something bad strikes you, they rejoice at it.”[14]
    Look at the stark difference between Erdogan and his rivals who wished to overturn his leadership. Erdogan’s rivals found no way for the people to be governed under a so-called ‘liberal’, irreligious and secular system but to force it down their throats with military force. They impose a military against the people strategy. Erdogan, on the other hand was defended by the people against the military and this is the true mark of a leader, the one who influences the people and not the tanks.

    Although Turkey’s leadership used the approach of democracy to ascend into power, winning one democratic election after another since 2002, it must be understood that ‘leadership’ in general is nothing but a contract between the leader and the people. If the people select a person or party to be their leader, they essentially endorse a contract between themselves and their leadership. Thus it becomes that anyone who breaks this contract has committed an act of impermissible exiting against the Islamically authorised leadership (Khuruj) or the grave sin of wanting to nullify this binding contract which has been ratified by the vast majority of the people. Though it came about through elective ‘democracy’, it is still a religiously binding ‘Shar’ee‘ matter that has such weight.

    The Prophet (sala Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam) further said:

    “Reconciliation is allowed among the Muslims, except for reconciliation that makes the lawful unlawful, or the unlawful lawful. And the Muslims will be held to their conditions, except the conditions that make the lawful unlawful, or the unlawful lawful.”[15]
    Meaning the conditions that they ratify as binding for themselves including how they collectively choose to elect their leader.

    A Call for our Sufi Friends

    In the events and in their run-up, we noticed that some individuals affiliated to Sufi groups either supported the coup or encouraged their followers to stay silent, and thus refrain from supporting either side.

    We do not know the Islamic legal (Shar’ee) basis for these positions. The key question is, what is their problem with Erdogan? Erdogan is not a so called ‘Wahabi’ or anti-Sufi, but rather such sentiment shows that the issue is not that of Wahabism or Sufism at all. In fact it shows that many of these groups are simply enacting the will of the global US-inspired effort to quell any Muslim leader who stands for the rights of Muslims and in opposition to western hegemony, like President Mohammad Morsi for instance. It is far from being an ‘Aqidah-related issue but, rather, what is consistent is that those against western hegemony are always condemned and labelled ‘Wahabi’, even if they do not fall into this categorisation at all.

    We would like to see clear statements from the Sufi leaders of the world condemning those who supported this coup attempt including something to the effect that they will never stand or side with them. Furthermore, we request that they clarify that they will not stand or side with Western, anti-Islamic hegemony that has overruled past achievements by Muslim governments in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Algeria and, most recently, their attempts on Turkey, irrespective of the ‘Aqidah proclaimed by those the hegemony is occurring against.

    Finally, we must make Du’a that Allah protects the Muslim Ummah, President Erdogan and its people and the Turkish state from the evil-doers and the enemies of Islam.

    Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.” So they returned with favor from Allah and bounty, no harm having touched them. And they pursued the pleasure of Allah , and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.[16]


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    Fethullah Gülen: Islamic leader or western agent?

    American Turkish student Aisha Mehmet profiles the mysterious Muslim leader who’s at the centre of a major power struggle at the heart of the Turkish political establishment.

    The man some perceive as the architect of Turkey’s current political storm threatening to topple Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government lives 5,000 miles away in rural Pennsylvania.

    Muhammed Fethullah Gülen, was born in a village near the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum and heads one of the world’s most influential and mysterious Islamic movements. Gülen’s movement has no roll of members, and those who acknowledge being followers of the imam normally refer to the organization as “Hizmet,” meaning “service.”

    Drawn from the teachings of the reformist Sufi thinker Said Nursi, who died in 1960, Gülen’s followers advocate alliance with the West, interfaith dialogue, self-advancement – with a dash of Turkish nationalism – and emphasize the importance of education in the sciences. The Hizmet Movement is believed to have between three to six million followers worldwide, and runs a network of schools in more than 130 countries.

    Gülen’s followers, are mostly clean-shaven, Western-educated, and English-speaking, and in Turkey Gülen’s schools are considered among the best: expensive modern facilities and English taught from the first grade.

    In the United States, it runs one of the largest networks of secular charter schools with links to more than 100 schools. These public charter schools in what is unofficially known as the “Gülen network” are believed to be operated primarily by Turks who are in ( or connected with) the Hizmet movement. The schools, many of them with strong academic records, have different names with many of them geared toward emphasis on science, math and technology education.

    US connection

    In Turkey, the network not only controls some sections of the media, but also runs a business empire that includes the newspaper Zaman, which is the country’s highest-selling daily.

    In 1999, Gülen fled to the US shortly before his scandalous speech, wherein he called on his supporters to “work patiently and to creep silently into the institutions in order to seize power in the state”, became public.

    Turkish prosecutors demanded a ten-year sentence for Gülen for having “founded an organization that sought to destroy the secular apparatus of state and establish a theocratic state”. Gülen has not left the US since, and has lived in self-imposed exile on a secluded compound called the “Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center” in rural Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

    Though the 72-year old reclusive imam, writer and preacher, has criticized secularism in Turkey as “reductionist materialism,” he has diplomatically stated in the past that a secular approach that’s “not anti-religious” and “allows for freedom of religion and beliefs,” is fully compatible with Islam. Gülen supports Turkey’s bid to join the European Union (EU), and has stated that neither Turkey nor the EU have anything to lose, but rather have much to gain from the membership.

    In May 2010, Gülen criticized activists on board the Turkish-led Gaza flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, who were trying to deliver medical and humanitarian aid to impoverished Palestinians without Israel’s consent. He said it was an “act of defiance against authority that would not lead to fruitful matters.”

    The deadly confrontation had taken place in international waters, and was instigated by Israeli commandos, yet Gülen has to this day continued with his criticism stating that the organizers had failed to seek consensus with the apartheid state of Israel before attempting to deliver aid.

    Erdogan face-off

    In 1998, he was regarded by the ultra-secular establishment of Turkey as a dangerously subversive leader. Now, however, Gülen’s sympathizers in Turkey’s judiciary and police are behind a series of corruption investigations which are threatening to challenge Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

    Presently, the power struggle playing out within the Turkish government represents the breakdown of a decade-long alliance between Erdoğan’s conservative-rooted Justice and Development Party and the transnational movement devoted to Gülen that helped make the Justice and Development Party Turkey’s dominant political force by assisting its struggle against the secular elite.

    Once allies in changing Turkey’s ultra-secular state order, the two men are now at major odds.

    The falling-out comes after a decade of when both had found common ground after AKP’s first election victory in 2002. Both Gülen and Erdoğan had been targeted by the staunchly secularist regime that ruled Turkey at the time. Erdoğan was imprisoned for four months in 1999 for reciting a poem that was deemed as provocative, and Gülen was tried in 2000 of seeking to overthrow the country’s secular government. When the AKP swept into power in 2002, both men worked together in bringing down Turkey’s secular Kemalist ruling model.

    Erdoğan had the backing of Gülen’s Hizmet Movement in consecutive elections, in the trials of attempted coup leaders, and in a referendum that led to a weak but crucial constitutional reform, that drastically altered the structure of the judiciary.

    The friction started to develop in 2010, and it always had to do with two clashing views within the sphere of Islam stemming from the old traditions of Turkey.

    However, despite having differences of opinion on various issues, the last straw came some months ago, when Erdoğan declared that he would terminate all the private prep schools in the country, more than half of which were owned by Hizmet members. When he insisted on passing a law for their permanent closure, all remaining bridges between the two men were burned. This estrangement is now irreversible.

    Corruption scandal

    Though Erdoğan still has great public support, the recent jaw-dropping revelations of widespread corruption and alleged bribery within the ranks of the AKP that have led to Turkish police arresting the sons of three cabinet ministers and at least 34 others in orchestrated raids, seem to represent perhaps the biggest assault on Erdoğan’s authority.

    However, it must be clearly stated that not only do several factions of the Turkish public feel betrayed and embarrassed by their prime minister, they also do not trust Gülen and consider him to be an ever-treacherous religious huckster, opportunist, and an under-cover CIA agent who covertly is in the toxic embrace of the Zionists. It is the US and her allies, they claim, that have aided and abetted engagement of high level crimes, which will eventually lead to the destruction of the sovereignty of the Turkish nation.

    It’s not yet clear what will happen next in Turkey, a country that is geopolitically important for European interests. The position of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not as secure as it once was. Nationwide local elections scheduled for the end of March 2014 could signal whether Erdoğan’s AKP still has what it takes to repeat or even gain greater success from three years ago, when it gained 50 percent of the vote.

    That is significant because President Abdullah Gül’s term ends in August 2014, and Erdoğan has expressed interest in becoming Turkey’s next president. However, for Erdoğan it seems that his failed crisis management last summer with the Gezi Park protestors, and most recent political mis-steps have lowered his chances of ever becoming the next Turkish president.


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    Dear West: Look in the mirror before criticizing Turkey

    Instead of criticizing Turkey and her democracy, Europe and the U.S. should be ashamed of what they did in the Middle East and how they were enablers of tyranny and oppression, not just silent watchers

    U.S Secretary of State John Kerry did not make this statement "The [Turkish] military did not take over, to the best of our judgment - so far. To run the country, there's a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy." The reason why it was not said is not the U.S.'s commitment to civilian and democratic rule or its realization of how the Turkish people and institutions suffered from four coups that brought the country to its knees. The only reason that prevented this American diplomat, along with other Western leaders from uttering those words or similar ones was the astonishing reaction and consciousness of the Turkish people who overcame their political divisions and ideological differences and answered the call of their democratically elected president (forwhom many had not voted) to head to the streets, squares and airports to confront the tanks and airplanes that tried to steal their liberty. That defiance and consciousness was the decisive factor that enabled loyal security forces to turn the tide against the putschists.

    That brave defiance came with a heavy price, as tens were mercilessly killed and hundreds were injured and institutions of the state came under fierce bombing. However, the price paid in the hours that followed the coup saved the country from a fate not only known throughout its history but across its borders in a very turbulent region.

    That bright picture drawn by the Turkish people and their government was contrasted with another dark one. While it was clear that the country was facing a full-blown coup when the first tanks rolled onto the streets, the reaction from the West was disappointing if not shameful. Silence was the only official response from many European capitals. On the otherside of the ocean, John Kerry only broke Washington's silence to say he hoped for stability, peace and continuity in Turkey without uttering a word about democracy or the respect of legitimate elected institutions. He made such a statement following the same line of his embassy in Ankara, calling a full-blown coup an "uprising." Away from official circles, the picture was a bit clearer when many media outlets and so-called experts and analysts - instead of showing solidarity with the people in the streets -- started blaming Erdoğan and his policies. Many politicians could not hide their gloating -claiming that the army was saving Turkey from the authoritarian rule of Erdoğan.

    All of this changed suddenly when it became clear that Turkey is not Egypt, and the coup was failing. Support statements started to be released and phone calls were made to show solidarity with the winning side, which happened to be, not as many wished, the president and his government. However, this was not to last long. While the Turkish people were counting their victims and sleeping in streets fearing another putschist wave, what seemed to worry the Western elite was their concern that Erdoğan would get stronger from this coup. And while the government started to carry out a cleansing operation to look for those behind the coup or those who belong to the organization that orchestrated it, the West started lecturing Turkey about democracy and human rights and the freedoms that should be respected and maintained. Those public lectures escalated to direct and indirect threats to Ankara, one time to end the talks to join the European Union and another to scrutinize its NATO membership.

    However, Western leaders forget one thing. They do not have the moral capacity or the humanitarian ground to criticize Turkey. The United States till today has not called what happened in Egypt in 2013, a coup, and American arms and cash continue to flow despite mass murders and human rights violations (up to using rape as a systemic weapon against dissent) committed by the Egyptian junta. Almost every European capital welcomed the Egyptian junta leader, signing arms contracts and expressing support for the coup regime in Egypt. European politicians didn't even try to hide their admiration with the Egyptian junta leader who the German vice chancellor referred to as the " impressive president." While Egyptians were shot in the streets, tortured to death in custody and forcefully disappeared from their homes and schools, American and European embassies organized trips for their delegates to visit Egypt to support and praise its new putschist regime. Whatever measures President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government take to tackle the coup plot that hit their country will not be a tiny fraction of what Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his fellow generals did in Egypt; yet in less than a week, Erdoğan was criticized and threatened more times than Sissi has been in the whole bloody three years he has been in power.

    On the humanitarian side, Turkey did not just open its doors but welcomed more than 3million Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing the most disastrous human tragedy in modern history. On the other side, racism and xenophobia was not just promoted by far right wing politicians in Europe and the U.S., but even by mainstream and official ones who closed their countries' doors, letting children drown in embarrassing ways that will shame the West for centuries to come.

    Instead of criticizing Turkey and her young democracy, Europe and the U.S. should be ashamed of what they did in the Middle East and how they were enablers of tyranny and oppression, not just silent watchers. Meanwhile, Turkey should not fear the hypocrisy of those who would cheer for the rogue generals if their coup had happened to succeed. Turkey must remember that it is under attack because it established democracy and the rule of law for its people, both values that it must uphold, while doing whatever is needed to eradicate those who tried to turn the wheel backwards.

    Finally, the statement at the opening of this article was said by John Kerry about the Egyptian military not the Turkish one. Thanks again for the Turkish people who prevented him from saying it again.

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    After Scotland and Canada, Turkey also approves Hijab as part of women’s police uniform

    Female officers ‘will be able to cover their heads’ under their caps or berets for the first time

    The focus on Muslim women’s attire continues to make headlines, this time again for the right reasons. Scotland’s Police Force and Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently passed permission to allow Muslim women to wear Hijab as part of their police uniform. Now, Turkey has been able to get rid of a ban on Hijab in the police force – one which was put under the secular rule of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

    Female police officers “will be able to cover their heads” under their caps or berets with a headscarf “the same colour as the uniform and without pattern” while on duty, the official gazette and AFP reported on Saturday.

    Rulings published in the official gazette come into force immediately. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) has long pressed for the removal of restrictions on women wearing the headscarf in the officially secular state.

    In 2010, an official ban on headscarves in universities was lifted throughout the country. Three years later, women were allowed to wear the hijab in state institutions and the prohibition was abandoned for students in high schools in 2014. Though, the ban still remains on female judges and soldiers.

    Erdogan’s critics have long accused the president of eating away at the secular pillars of modern Turkey as set up by its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk when he established the Turkish republic in 1923.

    But pro-government media pointed out that several Western states have already granted female officers permission to wear the headscarf.


    "eating away at secular pillars of modern Turkey"? More like undoing the secular extremism by the yahoodi tyrant kemal AtaKuffar imposed on the Muslim nation.

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    Would Turkey Be Justified in Kidnapping or Drone-Killing the Turkish Cleric in Pennsylvania?


    Turkey’s President Recep
    Tayyip Erdogan places the blame for this weekend’s failed coup attempt on an Islamic preacher and one-time ally, Fethullah Gulen (above), who now resides in Pennsylvania with a green card. Erdogan is demanding the U.S. extradite Gulen, citing prior extraditions by the Turkish government of terror suspects demanded by the U.S.: “Now we’re saying deliver this guy who’s on our terrorist list to us.” Erdogan has been requesting Gulen’s extradition from the U.S. for at least two years, on the ground that he has been subverting the Turkish government while harbored by the U.S. Thus far, the U.S. is refusing, with Secretary of State John Kerry demanding of Turkey: “Give us the evidence, show us the evidence. We need a solid legal foundation that meets the standard of extradition.”

    In light of the presence on U.S. soil of someone the Turkish government regards as a “terrorist” and a direct threat to its national security, would Turkey be justified in dispatching a weaponized drone over Pennsylvania to find and kill Gulen if the U.S. continues to refuse to turn him over, or sending covert operatives to kidnap him? That was the question posed yesterday by Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor of Guantánamo’s military commissions who resigned in protest over the use of torture-obtained evidence:

    Col. Morris Davis @ColMorrisDavis

    If Fethullah Gulen is considered a threat to Erdogan & Turkey's gov't doesn't Turkey have a right to drone strike him in Pennsylvania? @CNN

    That question, of course, is raised by the fact that the U.S. has spent many years now doing exactly this: employing various means — including but not limited to drones — to abduct and kill people in multiple countries whom it has unilaterally decided (with no legal process) are “terrorists” or who otherwise are alleged to pose a threat to its national security. Since it cannot possibly be the case that the U.S. possesses legal rights that no other country can claim — right? — the question naturally arises whether Turkey would be entitled to abduct or kill someone it regards as a terrorist when the U.S. is harboring him and refuses to turn him over.

    The only viable objection to Turkey’s assertion of this authority would be to claim that the U.S. limits its operations to places where lawlessness prevails, something that is not true of Pennsylvania. But this is an inaccurate description of the U.S.’s asserted entitlement. In fact, after 9/11, the U.S. threatened Afghanistan with bombing and invasion unless the Taliban government immediately turned over Osama bin Laden, and the Taliban’s answer was strikingly similar to what the U.S. just told Turkey about Gulen:
    The ruling Taliban of Afghanistan today further complicated the status of Osama bin Laden and rejected the ultimatum of the United States that he and his lieutenants be handed over to answer for their suspected role in last week’s terrorist attacks in the United States.
    The Taliban’s ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, said at a news conference in Islamabad, “Our position in this regard is that if the Americans have evidence, they should produce it.” If they can prove their allegations, he said, “we are ready for a trial of Osama bin Laden.”
    Asked again whether Mr. bin Laden would be surrendered, the ambassador replied, “Without evidence, no.”
    The U.S. refused to provide any such evidence — “These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion,” said President George W. Bush at the time — and the U.S. bombing and invasion of Afghanistan began two weeks thereafter, and continues to this day, 15 years later. The justification there was not that the Taliban were incapable of arresting and extraditing bin Laden, but rather that they refused to do so without evidence of his guilt being provided and some legal/judicial action invoked.

    Nor are such U.S. actions against individual terror suspects confined to countries where lawlessness prevails. In 2003, the CIA kidnapped a cleric from the streets of Milan, Italy, and shipped him to Egypt to be tortured (CIA agents involved have been prosecuted in Italy, though the U.S. government has vehemently defended them). In 2004, the U.S. abducted a German citizen in Macedonia, flew him to Afghanistan, tortured and drugged him, then unceremoniously dumped him back on the street when it realized he was innocent; but the U.S. has refused ever since to compensate him or even apologize, leaving his life in complete shambles. The U.S. has repeatedly killed people in Pakistan with drones and other attacks, including strikes when it had no idea who it was killing, and also stormed a compound in Abbottabad — where the Pakistani government has full reign — in order to kill Osama bin Laden in 2010.

    U.S. drone kills of terror suspects (including its own citizens) are extremely popular among Americans, including (in the age of Obama) those who self-identify as liberal Democrats. Yet it’s virtually certain that Americans across the ideological spectrum would explode in nationalistic outrage if Turkey actually did the same thing in Pennsylvania; indeed, the consequences for Turkey if it dared to do so are hard to overstate.

    That’s American Exceptionalism in its purest embodiment: The U.S. is not subject to the same rules and laws as other nations, but instead is entitled to assert power and punishment that is unique to itself, grounded in its superior status. Indeed, so ingrained is this pathology that the mere suggestion that the U.S. should be subject to the same laws and rules as everyone else inevitably provokes indignant accusations that the person is guilty of the greatest sin: comparing the United States of America to the lesser, inferior governments and countries of the world.


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    Turkey near to becoming high-income economy, says WB


    Turkey must 'redouble' reform efforts to secure gains, international body warns.

    A new World Bank report on Turkey has claimed that “integration and inclusion” have dominated the country’s economic development over the past three decades.

    According to the organization’s report “Turkey’s Transitions: Integration, Inclusion, Institutions,” released on Thursday, steady growth over the past 30 years has brought the country to the threshold of becoming a high-income economy.

    “Prosperity has been broadly shared across income groups in the society, and the size of the middle-class was doubled,”
    the report claims.

    The document examines Turkey’s experience in transitioning from a lower middle-income to an upper middle-income economy, and looks at what has worked well and what needs to change.

    According to the report, Turkey’s economic integration – both in terms of the country’s melding into global markets and the national inclusion of underdeveloped regions in Turkey’s economy – has been a driver of economic progress.

    Moreover, Turkey used the opportunity of a deep financial crisis over a decade ago to reform its banks and its public finances – allowing public expenditure to move from debt service to public service.

    The report also says that economic progress in the country has been socially inclusive as poverty has been reduced by more than half, and access to high-quality health, education and municipal services has expanded.

    “Turkey has yet to establish the institutional prerequisites of a high-income economy. In a less-forgiving global economic context, the risk of the so-called ‘middle-income trap’ looms for countries that let off on their reform efforts.

    For Turkey to complete the transition to a high-income economy, improvements in the rule of law, in public accountability and transparency, and in the climate for entrepreneurship and innovation will be needed,”
    the report warns.

    “Turkey is undergoing multiple transitions en route to a high-income economy, some more advanced than others,” World Bank director for Turkey, Martin Raiser, said.

    “We hope Turkey’s experience inspires policy makers in other emerging markets to aim for high-income status.”

    “And we hope that by drawing up a balance sheet of Turkey’s achievements and challenges, this report will also inspire Turkey’s policy makers to redouble their own reform efforts and lift their country into the ranks of advanced high-income economies. That would make the lessons from Turkey’s development experience all the more convincing for other countries,” Martin added.

    “With a per capita income of around $10,500, Turkey is just a few years away from crossing the threshold of becoming a high-income economy, if past growth rates are sustained,”
    Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice-President for Europe and Central Asia said.

    Turkey’s average annual growth rate was 4.5 percent between 1960 and 2012 and the share of the country’s middle-class increased from 18 percent to 41 percent of the population between 1993 and 2010, according to the bank.


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    Game Of The Century: The Battle Of 'Islam Against Islam' And Hitting Turkey

    by Yusuf Kaplan

    In the last 25 years, there are two countries continuously growing and whose areas of influence are expanding in the Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East, where the U.S. settled since the end of the Cold War in 1989: The U.K. and Iran. The country placed on the target board also in the last 25 years is Turkey.

    I am re-publishing this article after reviewing it in light of the recent developments.

    The British Ended the Cold War. But Why?

    Margaret Thatcher's arrival in the 1980s ended the Cold War. Thatcher, also known as the "Iron Lady," lit the fuse that buried the socialist world, called the Iron Curtain, into the depths of history. The Cold War was urgently ended and the global system invented itself a new enemy: Islam.

    The new enemy was openly declared by the NATO secretary general. It was said, "The greatest threat standing against the global system is Islam," and the "Islamic threat" was turned into NATO's official doctrine by NATO Secretary General Willy Cleas.

    This is information that will change the known reading of the Cold War: The U.S., just like Russia, lost its status as super power. There were two great super powers in the Cold War period: The U.S. and Soviet Union.

    The end of the Cold War enabled the British to quietly and slyly come from the depths to a position that would change the course of history - once again after almost half a century.

    The Elimination of Jews

    During the Cold War period the Jews had settled into the U.S. in every sense and in every area. In other words, Jews had taken over the U.S. post-World War II.

    The end of the Cold War was a result of the U.S.'s concern to end Jewish dominance/occupation. This is what they wanted to achieve in the medium term. Because the U.S. meant WASP: White, Anglo Saxon and Protestant.

    World War II, which ended with the Jewish massacre was the reason why Jews took over the U.S. from within. Yet, the U.S. was founded by the British. Jewish dominance over the U.S. resulted not only in the British losing their dominance over the U.S., but also their dominance over the islanders, who are the architects of two great industrial revolutions. Being "driven out" of the U.S. by the Jews was a very heavy blow on the British who realized the industrial revolutions and collapsed the Ottoman Empire.

    The British gathered themselves during this period and started to make moves with Thatcher that would push the Jews away from the global system. The British had established the global capitalist system together with the Jews, but the Jews had struck a major blow to the British - through genocide.

    Preventing Islam from Re-Entering History

    The actual long-term reason for ending the Cold War was to prevent Islam from taking to the history stage again.

    The British were the ones who have been shaping and directing the world for the last two centuries, who buried the Ottoman civilization into history and who have been following a genius and sly strategy that would determine their entire sovereignty and the problems and borders of the Muslim world. This is why only the British could have stopped Islam from re-taking the history stage.

    It is exactly for this reason that the British ended the Cold War. Why? It is because they saw Turkey and the Muslim world's arrival and re-entering history, quietly and deeply.

    The British thought: If Turkey returns to its roots and reached its Islamic orbit once again, it would not and could not be possible to stop the Ottomans from rising from their ashes and reviving in different forms. Because, Turkey's getting back on its feet would result in Turkey also bringing to their feet the three main reserves of the Ottoman geography consisting of the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East, which are waiting for Turkey.

    Turkey Should be Stopped and Iran's Path Cleared. Why?

    Hence, Turkey needed to be stopped and Iran's path cleared. In the meantime, the backbone Sunni mainstream movement of the 20th century, Ikhwan, also needed to be dealt a huge blow. This way, the global Islamic order established by the children of the Seljuks and Ottomans, who ensured the Muslim world's millennium-old doctrinal, ideological and political unity, could finally be destroyed.

    A revolution took place in Iran 10 years before the end of the Cold War. Once the Iranian revolutions somehow settled down, it was decided to end the Cold War. A new war was being started by the global system using enticing, post-modern methods: This was the battle of "Islam against Islam."

    The arrival of Islam was going to be stopped from within through subcontractor countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran and tool organizations such as the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Kurdistan Workers' Party, Daesh and the Gülen Movement. Frankly, it was a very clever strategy. The era of direct wars was ending and the era of proxy wars was starting now.

    Name of The Century-Old Game: The Battle of 'Islam Against Islam'

    The battle of "Islam against Islam" was going to be a post-modern/sly war and it had three legs:

    1-Inventing terrorist organizations that would make it possible to associate Islam with terror.

    2-The moderate Islam project: Inventing a parallel religion to tamper with Islam's genetics and Muslims' genes to secularize and protestantize Islam, while eliminating all its universal claims.

    3-Inventing an unreal Sunni-Shiite clash and turning it into reality step-by-step.

    Let us not forget that these three projects are parts of the battle of "Islam against Islam" strategy which are connected to one another and applied in coordination. Great progress was made in the first two projects. Now they are on the third project.

    If The Economy Shakes, It Will Lead to Chaos

    The final method the West has resorted to in such an atmosphere is to collapse Turkey's economy. I had underlined in yesterday's column as well: Turkey was able make a breakthrough in economy and ensured capital inflow to the countries it managed to take its geoeconomic and geopolitical strategies in coordination and whose power centers with which it managed to establish productive relations.

    Turkey might be in for a trap. They might want to drag us into Russia and China and stab us in the back. This should never be disregarded. This is how the Ottoman Empire was dragged into World War I and wiped out.

    It is important to develop our relations with Russia and China. But, we cannot put our full trust in neither Europe, nor the U.S. or Russia and China. We can only build alliances.

    If Turkey's economy is shaken, the country will be dragged to the brink of political chaos. More than half of the electorate who voted for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) - or maybe even more - are voting based on economic reasons. Even this reality alone should be enough to show the kind of social and political chaos an economic tremor can drag Turkey to.

    In short, Turkey is going to stand tall but also be prepared against traps. It is going to observe the geopolitical balances very well to prevent the economy from shaking and Turkey from falling into the trap of an unexpected war amid a conflict between global actors.



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