Category Archives: World Bulletin (Turkey)

CAIR: US Muslim organizations say since ISIL emerged ‘unfortunately we are seeing rising levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society’

The artwork accompanying the piece on celebrating the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople

Islamophobia was on rise particularly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but it’s frequency and notoriety has increased in the U.S. during the past decade, Muslim leaders here say.

Some even argue that there are those who have a very clear agenda to propagate stereotypes about Islam…

…Ibrahim Hooper, the Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said that even after 9/11 there was a reserve of goodwill for American Muslims, so even though Muslims and mosques were attacked, a majority of the American people reacted in favor of Muslims and supported them.

But since ISIL has been on the scene “unfortunately we are seeing rising levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society”, Hooper said.

The prejudice toward Muslims can’t be attributed only to ISIL, he said. “There is also an organized industry promoting Islamophobia in America, founded by millions of dollars and promoted by networks like Fox News and Internet hate sites…” he said…

From the Turkish World Bulletin, who that same night had the following items:

Humanitarian Relief Foundation to mark anniversary of Mavi Marmara raid

Istanbul gets ready to mark 1453 conquest: On May 29, 1453, Ottoman Fatih Sultan Mehmed conquered Istanbul, then called Constantinople, from where the Byzantines had ruled the Eastern Roman Empire for more than a 1,000 years.

The conquest transformed the city, once the heart of the Byzantine realm, into the capital of the new Ottoman Empire.

Look no further for the source of ‘Islamophobia’


Turkish World Bulletin: Malcolm X commemorated on his 90th birthday

Hundreds commemorated the 90th birthday of assassinated civil rights leader Malcolm X in New York on Tuesday.

His daughters Ilyasah, Malaak and Gamilah Shabazz were among those who attended the ceremony at the Shabazz Center, formerly known as the Audubon Ballroom, where the black Muslim activist was murdered in 1965.

A blue light shone onto the exact spot where he was gunned down while delivering a lecture.

The commemoration started with a moment of silence before a crowd of more than 250 people sang Lift Every Voice and Sing, often referred to as the Black American National Anthem…

…Initially a prominent figure in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam movement, Malcolm X broke away from the group in 1964 and embraced Sunni Islam, adopting the name el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.

Renouncing the separatist ideology of the Nation of Islam, he attempted to internationalize the plight of African-Americans and make common cause with the oppressed people of the world.

He was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965. Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of the murder…


World Bulletin: Hijab ban forces Turkey out of European Wushu championship

Men participating in wushu. Looks pretty rough for women.

Turkey will not participate in any event organized by the European Wushu Federation because of its alleged ban on women wearing headscarves, a senior official of Turkey’s Wushu Federation said Wednesday.

“In 2014, we did not take along women athletes from Turkey to the championship, but this year we have decided not to attend the event itself,” Abdurrahman Akyuz, Turkish official of the International Wushu Federation, told The Anadolu Agency.

Akyuz said that the decision was made in protest after the European Wushu Federation ruled that sportswomen wearing headscarves could not take part in the competition.

“We, as Turkey, do not recognize the European Wushu Federation anymore and declared it to the International Wushu Federation,” he added.

Also, he said that Italy and France too had decided to stay out of the European Wushu Federation over what it said was “maladministration” reasons…

WTF is Wushu? I had to look it up.  


The Turkish World Bulletin is spitting mad over Armenia: five articles last night

Turks in Germany protest over the recognition of the Armenian genocide. Source. h/t Politically Incorrect

Turkish community protests German parliament’s motion: NGOs say parliamentary motion on ‘genocide’ claims aims at slandering Turkey, not reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.

Note that the Turks living in Europe are protesting this time.

Turkey rejects Bulgaria’s reference to 1915 incidents as ‘mass murder’: Turkish Foreign Ministry calls decision ‘slander’ and says it will ‘negatively affect’ the two countries’ relations.

Afghan politicians condemn ‘genocide’ allegations: Around 20 lawmakers and senate members gather in Karte Char region to show their opposition to any kind of pressure on Turkey.

West ignores massacres against Muslims: Justin McCarthy, a historian and demographer at Louisville University, shed light on massacre and exile of Muslims in Balkans, Caucasus and Anatolia from 1821-1922.

31 Turkish diplomats killed by Armenian groups: According to ‘Armenian Terror’ study, diplomats killings between 1973 and 1986, occurred in the U.S., Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, Iran, and the U.K.


Turkish World Bulletin: American Muslims warn Obama: don’t say genocide

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations said that characterizing the events of 1915 as genocide without proper investigation by independent historians will damage the efforts aimed at achieving reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.

The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) the largest umbrella group of mainstream Muslim American organizations is aware of the painful history of over 30 nations fighting for over 4 years and the loss of over 37 million lives in World War I, including those of the Armenians.

As April 24 comes near, we share the pain suffered by Armenians during this period. We also believe that any acknowledgment by religious or political leaders of the tragedy that befell Armenians should be balanced, constructive and must also recognize Turkish and Muslim suffering…


Turkish World Bulletin is outraged that Australia is trying to discourage asylum seekers

An asylum seeker boat breaks up off the coast of Christmas Island, before the government stopped the practice by systematically sending the asylum seekers back in safe lifeboats (in 2014.) The people smugglers gave up.

The Australian government is to spend 4 million Australian dollars ($3.1 million) of taxpayers’ money on a TV movie to deter asylum seekers, local media reported Friday.

The initiative, which will see the film screened on televisions in conflict zones such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, was denounced as “propaganda” by opponents.

Referring to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the movie was “more Abbott government propaganda” and a “shameless abuse of taxpayer funds.”

Refugee Council of Australia President Phil Glendenning told The Anadolu Agency he doubted the drama-documentary would have any impact on potential asylum seekers, describing it as a “further example of the government trying to appeal to Australian voters”…

Trying to appeal to voters? They should be doing just that. But that doesn’t fit the Muslim agenda of expanding to cover the whole world.


Italy’s football striker donates €60K to develop mosques and Islamic centers

Fiorentina’s super striker Mohamed Salah has contributed €60 thousand to Florence Muslim community in the team’s headquarters in Tuscany region, offering them a chance to repair the mosques in the Italian western province.

Salah, an Egyptian player who moved to Fiorentina from English Chelsea, has become a huge star in the Italian league after scoring 9 goals and making 2 others in 12 matches so far.

The player’s move to prostrate after each goal has also been widely welcomed by the Muslim community, saying he presented a true image of Islam away from the terrorist image conveyed by media.By his arrival in the city last February, the Muslim player first asked about the location of the mosque, according to the head of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organizations in Italy.

Italy has a Muslim population of some 1.7 million, including 20,000 reverts, according to the figures released by Istat, the national statistics agency.

The decision followed several attacks against Muslim students in the college for donning hijab.Reacting to increasing attacks targeting veiled Muslim students, the headmaster of an Italian college in north-eastern Italian town Cervignano del Friuli has banned last week headscarves in classes, seeing them as “provocative”.


Turkish World Bulletin: Before Da Vinci, Wright brothers, it was Abbas ibn Firnas

A thousand years before the Wright brothers, astronomer Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts.

The Islamic Museum of Australia has honoured his work a real life scale model of his flying machine.

The Islamic Museum of Australia have commissioned another community project called the Abbas ibn Firnas, the father of modern glider aviation. Based on the historical recollections of the famous 9th century Spanish inventor and scholar three Australian Muslim aerospace engineers banded togeheter to recreate a scale model of the famous flying contraption.



World Bulletin: Cambodia’s largest mosque opens in Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s largest and only Ottoman-style mosque was officially opened by Prime Minister Hun Sen in a ceremony attended by more than 1,000 people in the capital Friday.

Al-Serkal Grand Mosque in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighbourhood was funded by Eisa Bin Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal, an Emirati businessman, and replaces a mosque that once sat on the same site before it was torn down in 2012.

Ahmad Yahya, president of the Cambodian Muslim Community Development Organization, described the mosque as “the biggest and most beautiful” of its kind, telling The Anadolu Agency that its construction has been an important bookmark in the story of the Muslim community in Cambodia.

“For the whole country, when they travel to Phnom Penh and from overseas, they come to this mosque to pray, and for tourists who come to Cambodia, they would like to come and pray,” he said.

The gleaming $2 million structure was a big draw Friday as hundreds of people milled around outside. The separate men’s and women’s prayer halls were packed…


World Bulletin: Erdogan: Armenia won’t gain from propaganda

Armenians killed during the Armenian Genocide. Image taken from “Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story,” written by Henry Morgenthau, Sr. (US and published in 1918 (Wikipedia) Henry Morgenthau was the United States ambassador in Constantinople at the time of the Genocide.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Armenia will not gain anything from “propaganda against Turkey.”

Armenians will commemorate 100th anniversary of the 1915 incidents on April 24.

“The purpose of this campaign against Turkey is to treat our country as an enemy instead of keeping alive Armenians’ sorrow,” Erdogan said on Thursday in Istanbul.

Erdogan also called on Armenians to study archives pertaining to the era in order to uncover what actually happened between the Ottoman government and its Armenian citizens.

The president said Armenia never answered Turkey’s call to study the archives adding: “You cannot gain anything from the propaganda against Turkey with bribing countries, immoral ways and lobbying.”

He claimed that the purpose was not to find the truth, but to damage and attack Turkey, adding: “We do not have to account to anyone on this issue. If we pursue our nation’s 100, 150 years of sorrow we can find more than Armenian allegations.”

Not just Armenians were affected by the war but hundreds of Muslims also, he added.

The debate on “genocide” and the differing opinions between the present-day Turkish government and the Armenian diaspora, along with the current administration in Yerevan, still generates political tension between Turks and Armenians…



Hamas shocked, shocked that an Egyptian court designated the movement a “terrorist organization”

World Bulletin: Palestinian faction Hamas said Saturday that Egypt is no longer an impartial sponsor following an Egyptian court decision designating the movement as a “terrorist organization.”

“With this politicized verdict, Egypt is serving the Israeli enemy and is no longer an impartial sponsor to any Palestinian issue,” Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip Fawzi Barhoum told The Anadolu Agency.

Egypt has been playing a major role in the reconciliation process between rival groups Hamas and Fatah since the former took control of the Strip in the summer of 2007.

It has also mediated a cease-fire between Palestinian factions and Israel, under which a 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, which left at least 2,160 Palestinians dead, came to an end…