Category Archives: Turkey

Who In His Right Mind Wants This Jihad Ape Back In Australia?

Can you believe it? Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop want Australia’s most notorious terrorist, the ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, extradited back here. Why, for God’s sake, when an Australian court would bend over backwards to set him free; and even if he’s locked up, it would be at Australian taxpayers’ expense? Please, let him stay in Turkey where he’s likely to face the (rather less merciful) Islamic justice that he wanted to bring to Australia.

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Turkey: Exposing Crimes of ISIS is Terrorism

How does Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan fight his political opponents, including those who have been working hard to expose the atrocities of the Islamic state terror group, ISIS? By throwing them into jail for allegedly “supporting terrorism.”

Since the 2016 botched coup attempt in Turkey, Erdogan has been waging a massive crackdown on his opponents and critics, including politicians, political activists, journalists and members of the Turkish security forces and army.

The latest victim of this crackdown is Eren Erdem, a former deputy of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), who is known for his activities to expose the crimes of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

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Germany Outlaws Turkish Boxing Gang

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned a Turkish boxing gang called “Osmanen Germania BC” (“Germania Ottomans”) on the grounds that it poses a serious threat to public order.

The gang, most of whose members are Turkish Germans, is said to be involved in organized criminal activity in all of Germany’s 16 federal states. It is also believed to have close ties to the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The German ban comes less than a day after Buzzfeed, an American internet media company, falsely accused Gatestone Institute of fabricating the existence of such gangs in Germany.

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Is Turkey Playing a Double Game with NATO?

In January, 2018 Turkey reportedly awarded an 18-month contract for a study on the development and production of a long-range air- and missile-defense system to France and Italy, showing — ostensibly — Turkey’s ongoing commitment to NATO. The study, contracted between the EUROSAM consortium and Turkey’s Aselsan and Roketsan companies, was agreed upon in Paris, on the sidelines of a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The contract for the study came on the heels of a deal between Ankara and Moscow, according to which Turkey would purchase the S-400 missile defense system — one of the most sophisticated on the global market — from Russia. The question is: Why would Turkey first order a Russian defense system and then turn around and make a cooperation agreement with Europe for the same purpose?

The answer is likely that Ankara is trying to pretend that it is still loyal to NATO, at a time when its strategic inclinations seem to indicate otherwise.

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Turkish Gay Pride marchers clash with riot police in Istanbul

Riot police in Turkey fired tear gas and beat some of the LGBTI activists who gathered for a Pride march in Istanbul on Sunday – despite authorities banning the event for the fourth year in a row.

Around 1,000 people gathered near Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade.

They chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s main pedestrian thoroughfare.

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Turkey’s Election: Stockholm Syndrome at Its Worst

Nothing could have better explained the Turks’ joy over their president’s election victory on June 24 than a cartoon that depicts a cheering crowd with three lines in speech balloons: “It was a near thing,” one says. “We would almost become free.” And the last one says: “Down with freedoms!”

Turkey’s Islamist strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won 52.5% of the national vote in presidential elections on June 24. That marks a slight rise from 51.8% he won in presidential elections of August 2014. More than 25 million Turks voted for Erdoğan’s presidency. His closest rival, social democrat Muharrem Ince, an energetic former schoolteacher, won less than 16 million votes, or nearly 31% of the national vote.

The opposition candidate admitted that the election was fair. There have been no reports of fraud from international observers, at least so far.

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Turkey enters era of ‘one man rule’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his outright election victory in Sunday’s poll.

Parliament has been weakened and the post of prime minister abolished, as measures approved in a controversial referendum last year take effect.

Defeated opposition candidate Muharrem Ince said Turkey was now entering a dangerous period of “one-man rule”.

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An angry and erratic Erdogan is on the cusp of becoming more powerful than ever

Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat in stony silence as he listened to the complaints of his citizens.

During his final drive for votes ahead of Sunday’s elections, the Turkish president agreed to go on a popular radio call in show, where the host nervously played recordings of people who had phoned in with their gripes.

The callers raised bread-and-butter issues that any democratic politician might expect to face – hospital waiting times, school exams, small business regulations – but Mr Erdogan’s face darkened as he answered.

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Turkey’s Islamists and secularists join forces in bid to unseat Erdoğan

The leader of Turkey’s largest Islamist party rattled off what he believes to be the failures of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government: a high unemployment rate, a widening trade deficit, a chaotic foreign policy, a stalled European Union membership application and a state of emergency since the failed 2016 coup – all of which have damaged fundamental rights and freedoms.

Temel Karamollaoğlu, the Manchester-educated head of the Saadet (Felicity) party, says it is for these reasons and more that he is running for president. He has also allied with staunch secularists in the race for parliament – a coalition that would have been unimaginable a decade ago.

Two weeks before presidential and parliamentary elections, the race is unexpectedly tightening.

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Turkish Government Official: Europe Will Be Muslim

While many Europeans are still pilloried for viewing mass migration from Muslim-majority countries as a threat to Western culture — and are still accused of «xenophobia,» «Islamophobia» and «fear-mongering» — the city of Afrin, in the Kurdish area of Syria, fell to Turkey.

At the same time, a prominent Turkish government official has been openly and proudly declaring that the demography of Europe is changing in favor of Muslims.

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Been there, done that, still there for the past 1400 years and counting

Erdogan warns Austria imam crackdown will lead to holy war

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday strongly criticized Austria’s move to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, slamming the decision as anti-Islamic and promising a response.

“These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world toward a war between the cross and the crescent,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

So what’s new?

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‘Islamophobic’ Vienna’s move to expel imams targets Muslims for ‘political points’ – Turkey

Austria’s move to close several mosques is a result of an “Islamophobic and racist wave” in the country, a Turkish presidential aide said, adding that Vienna aims to score “political points” by targeting Muslim communities.

“Austria’s decision to close seven mosques and expel imams is a reflection of the Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave in this country,” Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tweeted. According to Kalin, Vienna wants to “to target Muslim communities for the sake of scoring cheap political points.”

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