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Arrow Turkish document defines Israel as 'central threat'

Turkish document defines Israel as 'central threat'




National Security Council in Ankara decides to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia from list of countries that pose threat.

The Turkish National Security Council approved a few days ago significant changes in a document which contains threats against Turkey claiming that Israel is now a major threat to the country, Turkish media reported Saturday.

Israel was redefined as a "major threat" in the document called "The Red Book."

This is the first time that Turkey has defined Israel's actions in the Middle East as a threat towards it.

The document also stated that Israel's actions may cause countries in the region to begin an "arms race."

At the same time the Council decided to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia from the list of countries that pose a threat to Turkey.

Iran, which was previously a major threat to Ankara was also removed from the list of countries.

The document is valid for five years.

Greece is still defined as a threat against Turkey, however Turkey's neighbor is considered an external threat. " .

The document also states that the Middle East should be free of nuclear weapons.


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Arrow Commission for education proposes mandatory Islamic values teaching in schools

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Commission for education proposes mandatory Islamic values teaching in schools

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/11/tu...n-schools.html


Turkey continues on its road of reversing Kemalism and readopting Sharia. "Commission for education proposes mandatory Islamic values in Turkish schools," from Asia News, November 4:
Ankara (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The values taught in Turkish schools should be based on "faith in God" and delivered using the terminology of Islam, said a committee of the Board of Education, creating concern among educators in the country. Several committees within the Council have announced proposals for reform that would affect the length of compulsory education, and the fact that classes are or are not mixed. Although the proposals must then be adopted by the General Council, many fear the tendency to impose an Islamic ideology on the national education system.

Among the various proposals under discussion is one to change the current system (eight years of uninterrupted primary education) into one divided into two parts, to allow younger students to attend religious vocational school (iman-hatin)....

The representatives of the teachers union have left the Council in protest because the time given to trade unions to submit their views was too short, and because they claim that the reforms will lead to a greater spread of the ideology and legitimisation of Islamic education. The unions also complain that the Council is dominated by representatives of the ruling party. "We left because the Council did not meet in a democratic, participatory and democratic manner," said one trade unionist. On the division between male and female he added: "The suggestion to create schools and classes divided according to sex are made by people close to the ruling party."
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Arrow A government with an Islamist agenda lashes out against those exposing the truth

Turkey vs. Christian Action Network
A government with an Islamist agenda lashes out against those exposing the truth
by Ryan Mauro




The Christian Action Network (CAN), where I serve as the National Security Adviser, is being condemned by Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S. for using the Turkish flag on the cover of the organization’s new documentary, Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque. Ambassador Namik Tan is accusing the CAN of slandering the Turkish people by using the flag and criticizing their government’s Islamist agenda. This accusation of bigotry is an attempt to distract from Turkey’s move away from secularism to the side of Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Sudan.

The controversy erupted when the Turkish media criticized the use of the flag on the cover of the film. CAN says they wanted to use a flag with Islamic symbols to emphasize the connection between radical Islam’s goal of promoting Sharia-based governance and the Ground Zero mosque. The Turkish flag was chosen because as the CIA World Factbook explains, “the crescent moon and star serve as insignia for the Turks, as well as being traditional symbols of Islam.”

The organization said it regretted any hurt feelings caused by the decision and it did not mean to single out Turkey. CAN sought to rectify the situation by adding the flags of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, and Sudan to the cover to identify some places where radical Islam has taken hold and is being promoted from. Turkey’s flag remained to serve as an example of how a secular, Western ally like Turkey can fall to the influence of Islamism as it has under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party.

Ambassador Namik Tan wrote a letter on November 4 to Martin Mawyer, President of CAN, berating him for “unacceptable and unfair accusations about Turkey, the Turkish government and the Turkish people in your website.” He wrote, “You inaccurately and insultingly accuse the Turkish people and the government of supporting ‘radical Islam.’” He acknowledges that the group denies branding the Turkish people as a whole, but says CAN is doing this in “reckless fashion.”

However, CAN’s criticism of the Erdogan government made a specific point of explaining that the majority of Turks are not sympathetic to terrorist groups or radical Islam. Polls show that only four percent support suicide bombings, two percent have confidence in Osama Bin Laden to do the right thing, three percent have a favorable view of Hezbollah, and five percent have a favorable view of Hamas. The backlash among the Turkish people against Erdogan’s Islamist agenda was also mentioned.

The warnings about Turkey’s government are well-founded. Prime Minister Erdogan was once a member of the Welfare Party, which Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy describes as the “motherboard of Turkish Islamists.” When his Justice and Development Party won in 2002, the Muslim Brotherhood praised them for the “exposing of the failure of the secular trend.” Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has taken a confrontational stance towards Israel. It has held joint military exercises with Syria, and the President and Prime Minister have personally met with Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader that waged war on Coalition and Iraqi forces. Prime Minister Erdogan opposed the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudanese President Omar Bashir because “no Muslim could perpetrate a genocide.”

Turkey opposed U.N. sanctions on Iran and there are reports of joint military operations between the two countries against Kurdish militants in Iraq. Erdogan has expressed his support for Hamas, saying in June, “I do not think that Hamas is a terrorist organization…They are Palestinians in resistance, fighting for their own land.” If there was any doubt as to where Turkey now stands, the National Security Council has removed the designations of Iran, Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia as threats, but has added Israel as a “major threat.” Turkey’s position is clear: Israel is now an enemy and Iran and Syria are no longer.

Tan’s indirect accusations of bigotry towards CAN is ironic when you consider that his government’s new friends—Syria, Hamas, Sudan and Iran—promote violent jihad, anti-Semitism and anti-democratic sentiment. Erdogan has accused Jewish-controlled media of justifying the targeting of innocent civilians and it is no accident that anti-Americanism has grown under his rule. As Michael Rubin writes, “Turkey has an anti-Semitism problem—and, for that matter, an anti-Americanism problem. These problems are not spontaneous, but rather a deliberate result of the religious and national incitement promoted by the government Namik Tan represents.”

Ambassador Tan has also called for engaging Hamas, saying, “For a final solution, you cannot ignore Hamas.” In a Washington Post op-ed following the flotilla incident, he defended the integrity of the “activists” involved. He said the incident “began with the killing by Israel Defense Forces of nine peace activists and the wounding of about 30, all civilians.” He described the flotilla as a “humanitarian initiative” and that Israel “is about to lose a friend.” To date, there has been no condemnation of the IHH extremists involved in the ambush of Israeli forces, which shouldn’t be surprising given the IHH’s links to the Erdogan government.

Martin Mawyer, the President of CAN, has responded with a letter asking if the Turkish government will publicly oppose the Ground Zero mosque, commit to providing no assistance to Imam Rauf’s project, and “publicly oppose the implementation of Islamic (Sharia) law in all its forms within its own country.”

Criticizing the direction the Turkish government is taking its country cannot be equated with an attack on the Turkish people. It is true that Turkey has soldiers in Afghanistan, was not involved in 9/11, and has been targeted by Al-Qaeda, but that does not excuse the Islamist agenda of the government.

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Arrow WikiLeaks: Turkey Allowed Weapons Flow to Al-Qaeda

WikiLeaks: Turkey Allowed Weapons Flow to Al-Qaeda
by Gil Ronen




Turkey allowed weapons to be smuggled to Al Qaeda forces in Iraq, according to documents that are about to be exposed in the WikiLeaks website. This – according to a report Thursday in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.

The newspaper reports that WikiLeaks – which specializes in publication of classified documents – has gotten hold of classified official documents that prove that the the Turkish authorities allowed money and weapons to pass across Turkey's border with Iraq, en route to Al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq.

In addition, the documents allegedly show that Turkey was involved both directly and indirectly in carrying out terror acts in Iraq, including the blowing up of a bridge in Baghdad.

One of the reports mentioned by Al Hayat is an intelligence cable that appears to have been sent by an American intelligence agency. The cable says: “Large amounts of water have arrived from Turkey, large waves will hit Baghdad in a few hours. Some people are widening the irrigation canals.”

This message is believed to refer to the arrival of weapons from Turkey, that were intended for terror and warfare in Baghdad. Al Hayat also says that the WikiLeaks documents show that ammunition seized in a terrorist's apartment in Iraq in 2009 bore the markings “made in Turkey.”

The US is mounting a diplomatic damage control campaign as it prepares for the release of the documents. State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley said Wednesday: "These revelations are harmful to the United States and our interests. They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world."

Crowley said the release of secret communications about foreign governments will likely the cause the US embarrassment and damage relations with other countries. "When this confidence is betrayed and ends up on the front pages of newspapers or lead stories on television or radio, it has an impact," he said.

(IsraelNationalNews.com)

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Turkish PM in Lebanon warns Turkey will not "remain silent" if Israel moves against Lebanon or Gaza


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More movement of Turkey toward Islam and away from Kemalist secularism and its alliance with Israel. "In Lebanon's Beirut, shift of Turkish axis is welcomed," by Patrick Galey for Hürriyet Daily News, November 25 (thanks to Joel):
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan departed Lebanon on Thursday after a two-day visit, the timing of which should not be taken lightly, according to experts. Erdoğan's trip to Lebanon came just weeks after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the Lebanese capital and days before Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is scheduled to travel to Tehran.

Amal Saad Ghorayeb, research adviser at Qatar-based think tank the Doha Institute, said Erdoğan's presence in Lebanon so soon after Ahmadinejad's demonstrates a key policy shift. "It's an important detail because it indicates that there are not two contradictory messages behind these visits," she told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Thursday. "Turkey is moving closer to the so-called 'resistance axis.' It is edging toward a definitively anti-Israeli stance."

The Turkish prime minister said Thursday that his country would not remain silent if Israel attacked Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, as ties between the long-time allies remain at an all-time low. "We will not be silent and we will support justice by all means available to us," the Turkish prime minister said.
During a speech he made in a village in northern Lebanon inhabited by Turkmen families, Erdoğan called on Israel to apologize for its regional mistakes. He also inspected Turkish troops serving with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon at the Israeli border who are stationed in the area.

His remarks echoed, albeit less stridently, sentiments expressed by Ahmadinejad during speeches he delivered during his Lebanon trip....

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The Turkish prime minister said Thursday that his country would not remain silent if Israel attacked Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, as ties between the long-time allies remain at an all-time low. "We will not be silent and we will support justice by all means available to us," the Turkish prime minister said.

This is funny... They killed 1,5 million Armenians, and now they are talking to someone about justice? Every little bit they're evading north Iraq and slaying Kurdish women and children, and then talking to Israel what they shouldn't do?
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Leaked cables: Turkey wants "to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/11/le...nna-in-16.html


Direct confirmation of what we have been saying for years about Erdogan's plans for Turkey. "Diplomatic Cables Reveal US Doubts about Turkey's Government," from Spiegel, November 28:
[...] The leaked diplomatic cables reveal that US diplomats are skeptical about Turkey's dependability as a partner. The leadership in Ankara is depicted as divided and permeated by Islamists.

US diplomats have grave doubts about Turkey's dependability. Secret or confidential cables from the US Embassy in Ankara describe Islamist tendencies in the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [...]

The Americans are also worried about Davutoglu's alleged neo-Ottoman visions. A high-ranking government adviser warned in discussions, quoted by the US diplomats, that Davutoglu would use his Islamist influence on Erdogan, describing him as "exceptionally dangerous." According to the US document, another adviser to the ruling AKP party remarked, probably ironically, that Turkey wanted "to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683."

The US diplomats write that many leading figures in the AKP were members of a Muslim fraternity and that Erdogan had appointed Islamist bankers to influential positions. He gets his information almost exclusively from newspapers with close links to Islamists, they reported. The prime minister, the cables continue, has surrounded himself with an "iron ring of sycophantic (but contemptuous) advisors" and presents himself as the "Tribune of Anatolia."

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Arrow Under heavy government pressure, Turkish military stops booting suspected "Islamists"

Under heavy government pressure, Turkish military stops booting suspected "Islamists"

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/12/un...islamists.html


A direct assault on Turkey's most reliable bastion of secularism. For Erdogan's agenda and that of his allies, that would certainly have to go. "Turkey's military pressed to accept Islamists; Tensions high," from the World Tribune, December 3:
ANKARA -- Turkey's military, under heavy government pressure, has suspended its dismissal of Islamic fundamentalists.
The Supreme Military Council has halted the longstanding practice of expelling Turkish soldiers and officers suspected of Islamist ties. At a council meeting on Nov. 30, no soldiers were dismissed.
"This is unprecedented, but clearly reflects the fact that the military now answers to the government and not the other way around," a Turkish official said.
What it ultimately calls into question is the nature of Turkey -- secular or Islamic? -- and whose system of laws Turkish soldiers are commanded to uphold and defend.
Relations between the military and government remain tense. President Abdullah Gul cut short the military council session for a trip to Kazakhstan. Usually, the president has ended the council meeting by hosting lunch for senior commanders.
On Oct. 29, the Turkish General Staff boycotted a presidential reception after the suspension of three generals. The generals have appealed to the Supreme Military Administrative Court.
Officials said the council has been under increasing pressure from the pro-Islamist government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan to stop firing soldiers suspected of being fundamentalists. Over the last three years, the military council has been expelling fewer and fewer Islamists.
"The council discussed requirements for military operations as well security of Turkey's borders," a statement said.
In 2009, two military officers were dismissed. Before the military meeting, Erdogan met Chief of Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner to coordinate proceedings.
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Arrow Turkey pursuing neo-Ottoman dreams, is no longer a reliable U.S. ally

Turkey pursuing neo-Ottoman dreams, is no longer a reliable U.S. ally


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/12/tu...e-us-ally.html


It is refreshing to see even a partial acknowledgment of the true nature of the jihad flotilla in the WaPo. "How WikiLeaks cables capture 21st-century Turkey," by Jackson Diehl for the Washington Post, December 5 :
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiled cheerfully as he reiterated: Yes, the clash between Israeli commandos and Turkish Islamic activists off the coast of the Gaza Strip in May can be fairly compared with al-Qaeda's attacks on New York and Washington.

"It was the Turkish 9/11 - I repeat it!" he exclaimed during a visit to Washington last week. "I don't mean the numbers," he added when it was pointed out that 2,900 people died on Sept. 11 and nine in the flotilla fight. "I am trying to express the psychological shock in Turkey. Our citizens were killed by a foreign army."

Actually, it wasn't quite that simple. The Turks were not innocent civilians but militants who sought a confrontation; they were killed not by suicidal terrorists but by professional soldiers whose first weapons were mace and paintballs. [...]

Turkey is a member of NATO, a host of U.S. military bases vital to operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a major purchaser of American weapons. But is it still really an ally? As some of the more interesting of the WikiLeaked State Department documents show, that is a question that two consecutive U.S. administrations have struggled with. During eight years of rule by the mildly Islamist Justice and Development Party, Turkey has become something of a model of the tricky 21st-century relationships the United States will have to manage.

Turkey used to be an authoritarian state that reliably lined up with the West. Now it is a democracy with a booming economy - and big geopolitical ambitions. The power of popular support has given Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan the confidence to undercut U.S. policy in Iran, cultivate anti-American Muslim dictators in Sudan and Syria, and make Israel a near-enemy - all while deploying Turkish troops in Kabul and counting on the United States to help his army fight Kurdish insurgents. [...]

Davutoglu is something of an antihero of the WikiLeaks cables, described as "exceptionally dangerous" and "lost in neo-Ottoman Islamist fantasies." Having arrived in Washington a few hours after those descriptions were released, he accepted an apology from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, played down the damage - and embraced at least part of the embassy's analysis. "Britain has a commonwealth" with its former colonies, he reminded me. Why shouldn't Turkey rebuild its leadership in former Ottoman lands in the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia?...

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Arrow Turkey: Canadian diplomat's grave moved because Muslims "weren't comfortable

Turkey: Canadian diplomat's grave moved because Muslims "weren't comfortable performing Muslim prayers right next to a Christian grave"


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After all, the unbelievers from among the People of the Book are the "most vile of created beings" (Qur'an 98:6). Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate, secular Turkey: "Canadian's grave relocated to corner in Bodrum cemetery," from Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, December 10:
ISTANBUL - The remains of a retired Canadian diplomat have been relocated to another corner in the Bodrum cemetery, following a local family's complaints. Wife of the late diplomat Hans Himmelbach is deeply unhappy about the incident and says her efforts to stop the relocation was futile[.]
The remains of retired Canadian diplomat Hans Himmelbach have been relocated to a remote corner in the Bodrum cemetery where he was buried, because a prominent local family was uncomfortable with his proximity to the graves of their loved ones.

"I cannot digest that my husband's grave was moved to a corner because the neighborhood cemetery owners didn't want him. This behavior doesn't suit my country or the people of my country. This implementation is backward, I've lost my sleep," said his wife İlknur Kummul Himmelbach, a previous national sports woman and a Turkish record holder.

The 61 year-old Hans Himmelbach settled in Torba with his wife in 2004. He died Oct. 20. Once permission was granted, his casket was delivered to the Torba cemetery accompanied by Muslim and Christian rituals at his wife's request. The participants from both religions thought the ceremony contributed to the atmosphere of tolerance.

Nevertheless, İlknur Himmelbach was shocked one day when municipal workers said the Dayıoğlu family, one of Bodrum's leading families, requested the relocation of Himmelbach's remains because his grave was next to their relatives'.

Objecting to the relocation of her husband's remains, İlknur Himmelbach applied to the Bodrum Municipality five times for an intervention. Her efforts were futile, though, and her husband's grave was moved 20 meters and now lacks a proper gravestone.

"If they told me this incident was going to happen 30 years ago, I wouldn't have believed them. My husband doesn't deserve this. He moved to Turkey to make me happy," said İlknur Himmelbach. [...]

"They put Himmelback's [sic] grave next to my mother Şükriye Saman and my cousin Burak Dayıoğlu. In the world, people having different beliefs are separated with walls or wires, even though they are in the same cemetery. This is for the respect of worship and belief," said Dayıoğlu.

"We objected because we weren't comfortable performing Muslim prayers right next to a Christian grave. We weren't trying to hurt anybody," said Dayıoğlu.
Of course you weren't. As far as you're concerned, you're just acting in accord with the natural order of things.
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Arrow Turks warn U.S. lawmakers not to tell the truth about the Armenian genocide

Turks warn U.S. lawmakers not to tell the truth about the Armenian genocide


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/12/tu...-genocide.html


More Islamic supremacist displacement of responsibility. If I ever meet an Islamic spokesmen who will acknowledge that Muslims have ever done anything wrong anywhere at any time or place, I will faint dead away. Once again here, Turkey is trying to make sure that the U.S. doesn't tell the truth about the Armenian genocide, which had numerous features of a classic jihad operation. And Obama, predictably, is carrying water for the Turks.

"Turkey warns US of Armenian resolution vote," from World Bulletin, December 21:
Turkey's Embassy in Washington, D.C. has intensified lobbying efforts against a possible approval of an Armenian resolution at the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for the recognition of Armenian allegations over the the [sic] incidents of 1915 back in the Ottoman Empire.
Diplomatic sources close to the ongoing efforts said Turkish Ambassador in Washington, D.C. Namik Tan personally telephoned Congress members to win their support against the resolution as the ambassador also called former U.S. secretaries of state and defense as well as national security advisors.

The Turkish Embassy also had contacted officials with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to have them exert pressure on Congress members and warn them over possible damage of the resolution on business relations between Turkey and the United States.

The resolution "H. Res. 252" --labelling the 1915 incidents which took place shortly before the fall of the Ottoman Empire as "genocide" -- was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 23 against 22 last March.

The adoption of the resolution caused wide reaction in Turkey, which recalled its ambassador, who returned to Washington, D.C. a month later.

The resolution may come to the House floor on Tuesday on a call by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Actually, it didn't yesterday, but it may come to a vote today.
"Obama admin in touch with House"
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department Philip Crowley said Monday that they were in touch with the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the Armenian resolution.

Speaking at a daily press briefing in Washington, D.C., Crowley said that the U.S. State Department had made their opposition to such a resolution clear in the past.

We are in touch with the House on the resolution, Crowley said....
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Turkish lobbyists succeed in getting Pelosi Congress not to consider Armenian Genocide resolution


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"[Pelosi's] decision to not move this legislation forward during her four years as Speaker represents a failure of Congressional leadership on human rights and, sadly, a setback to America's standing in the struggle to end the cycle of genocide."

More Islamic supremacist evasion of responsibility. An update on this story. "Blue Dog 'disappointed' controversial genocide resolution didn't come to floor," by Bridget Johnson for The Hill, December 23:
The 111th Congress adjourned Wednesday without bringing up the latest incarnation of legislation that would have recognized the 1915 killings of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Lobbying groups were on alert over the weekend on reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would bring the resolution to the floor in the final days of the lame-duck session.

But lawmakers went home for the holidays without passing Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) resolution, angering Armenian groups and leaving Turkish groups breathing a sigh of relief.
"[Pelosi's] decision to not move this legislation forward during her four years as Speaker represents a failure of Congressional leadership on human rights and, sadly, a setback to America's standing in the struggle to end the cycle of genocide," Ken Hachikian, chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, said in a statement....

Schiff's resolution, which "calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide," passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 4 by a slim margin, 23-22.

A similar resolution was approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2007. Just like this time around, the White House came out against the resolution, fearing it would damage relations with Turkey, and Pelosi did not bring the measure to the floor.

Schiff said that he and co-sponsors had launched a "full-press effort" to get the resolution to the floor in the past weeks.
"We believed that Turkey's burgeoning alliance with Iran, its support for Hamas, and its insincere promise to seek reconciliation with modern Armenia would finally serve to offset Turkey's shameful campaign of denial," Schiff said in a statement....

Schiff's resolution would have called upon Obama to "accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide" in his annual message.

"Coming in the wake of President Obama's string of broken promises to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Speaker Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution represents a major breach of trust with Armenian American voters," Hachikian said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent Obama a letter Monday asking him to prevent the vote, warning that it could damage ties between the two countries.

"We cannot allow the resolution to hang over Turkish-U.S. ties like a Sword of Damocles," said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who also urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday to keep the resolution from passing.
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The Turkish film series "Valley of the Wolves" is not known for its delicacy. Now, distribution of the most recent movie in the series has been blocked in Germany. The flick, critics say, is anti-Israeli and its scheduled release date, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, is insensitive.

Few would accuse the "Valley of the Wolves" Turkish film and TV series of being overly sensitive. The formula is simple: Turks are honorable and courageous; action hero Polat Alemdar, played by Turkish movie star Necati Amazbased, can do no wrong; Americans are suspect; and Israelis -- well, Israelis are inhuman and brutal.

Now, the newest installment -- a film based on the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish aid ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza in May 2010, which resulted in the deaths of nine Turks on board the ship -- has proven too much for Germany's film classification board, the FSK. The board has temporarily blocked the movie's release in Germany, and it remains unclear under what conditions the picture might be shown at all.

Of particular concern are allegations that Israel and Israelis are portrayed negatively in the film. Furthermore, the planned release date of Jan. 27, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is seen as insensitive.

"To release a film like this on such an important day of remembrance is beyond tasteless and insensitive to the feelings of the victims," said German parliamentarian Philipp Missfelder, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).

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The FSK has so far refused to grant the film, called "Valley of the Wolves Palestine" a youth rating certificate, which automatically places it in the adult category. German law forbids adult-rated films from being marketed using posters and other forms of public advertising. The film board will meet again on Thursday to review the decision. Should it be upheld, the movie's distributor, Pera Film Ltd., would be able to appeal to the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons.

A Pera spokesperson declined to comment on Wednesday, saying the company would wait for the FSK ruling scheduled for Thursday. She said Pera would abide by the decision to postpone the release date.

The film's plot centers around superhero Alemdar's hunt for the commander who ordered the raid. It involves Israelis planning the creation of a "Great Israel" and, in one scene, shows an Israeli soldier questioning Alemdar about why he came to Israel. "I have not come to Israel," the hero responds. "I have come to Palestine."

In another scene, an Israeli soldier threatens Alemdar by saying: "Know that you can't escape our promised lands!" The hero says in response: "I don't know where you were promised ... but I promise you it's graves!"

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The film is a spin-off of the Turkish television series "Valley of the Wolves," which, due to its depiction of Israel, caused a diplomatic tiff between Israel and Turkey last year. The TV show and the movies it has spawned have also been sharply criticized within Turkey and in other countries.

Kerstin Griese, a German parliamentarian with the center-left Social Democrats, called the movie "problematic, because it glorifies violence and anti-Israeli sentiment."

The 2006 film "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq," directed by Osman Sinav, was the most expensive movie ever made in Turkey and was a box office smash. The blockbuster was based on the real-life arrest of a Turkish special unit by US troops in Iraq.

In the film, Alemdar charges in to avenge the humiliation of his countrymen and much carnage ensues. The film's anti-American and anti-Jewish sentiment caused outrage when it was released in Germany in 2006.

The bad guys were played by B-listers Billy Zane, as a US commander, and Gary Busey, as a Jewish US army doctor involved in organ trafficking. Cinemaxx, one of Germany's largest cinema chains, eventually pulled the film from its screens. It remains to be seen whether German cinemas will screen the latest in the series.
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Turkey refused Israeli request to intercept ship carrying Iranian arms to Gaza


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/03/tu...s-to-gaza.html


Yet more indication of Turkey's abandonment of its pro-Western secularist stance, including its alliance with Israel, and embrace of the Islamic world. More on this story. "Turkey refused Israeli request to intercept cargo vessel bound to Gaza Strip," from KUNA, March 16 (thanks to Carl In Jerusalem):
GAZA, March 16 (KUNA) -- Israel affirmed Wednesday that Turkey refused an Israeli request to intercept the "Victoria" cargo vessel which, according to Israeli sources, carried weapons being smuggled to help Palestinian activities in the Gaza Strip. According to Maariv Israeli newspaper, Israel requested Ankara to intercept the cargo vessel, a request which Turkey flatly refused.

Israel had stopped the ship which was hoisting the Turkish and Liberian flags, indicated the newspaper, adding that the cargo consisted of weapons suspected to be shipped to Palestinian factions....
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http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/2011...trials-110321/


ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court ordered five military officers and two civilians jailed Monday in a probe into the 2007 killing of three Christians, including a German national, over allegations that the attack was part of an alleged plot to topple the government.

It was not clear what charges the officers were facing but their arrests pending trial come after prosecutors examined an earlier letter by a whistle-blower who claimed the killings of Christians was part of a wider conspiracy to topple the Islamic-rooted government by creating chaos and to destabilize the country to trigger a military coup.

The Christians -- a German and two Turks -- were tied up and had their throats slit at a Bible-publishing house in the southern city of Malatya. Five civilians were arrested and charged with murder but it was not clear if their case would be merged with the coup plot trial.

There have a been a string of attacks in recent years on Christians in predominantly Muslim Turkey, where Christians make up less than 1 percent of the population of 74 million. Prosecutors have said the alleged coup plot included plans to target some Christians and minority figures.

Hundreds of people, including military officers, politicians and journalists, are already on trial for allegedly attempting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, which came to power in 2002.

Critics contend that the government is using the case to jail secular-minded foes and to silence opponents. The government insists the trial is strengthening democratic rule in Turkey by helping to unravel shady networks that once operated with impunity in Turkey.

However, the recent arrests of several journalists, including two prominent investigative reporters, sparked protests from journalists groups and expressions of concern from Western governments and international media rights groups.


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Arrow Turkey: Police seize manuscript about the Gulen Islamic community

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Apologists for Fethullah Gulen such as Mustafa Akyol insist that the Gulen movement is benign. But the contrary evidence continues to mount.
Islamization of Turkey Update: "Manuscript raid in Turkey draws international criticism," by Sera De Vor for Hürriyet Daily News, March 25:
ANKARA - International and domestic press organizations condemned Friday recent police raids in Turkey targeting the manuscripts of an unpublished book, incidents that Turkish organizations described as “censorship.”

“Preventing a published book from being distributed is one thing, but forbidding the very possession of a draft book that has not been published sets a very dangerous precedent,” Johann Bihr from Reporters Without Borders told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

A week after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the issue of press freedom in Turkey was being blown out of proportion, Istanbul police raided a printing house and a daily newspaper in search of an unpublished book, confiscating print copies and destroying all digital traces of the manuscript.

The book in question is by jailed journalist Ahmet Şık and deals with the alleged organization founded within the Turkish police by the Fethullah Gülen Islamic community.

Reporters Without Borders is “really astonished” by the police confiscation of Şık’s manuscript, Bihr said.

“Whatever its content, Şık’s draft book represents a piece of work by a writer and journalist, not a weapon or drugs. Seizing all private copies of it and threatening those who don’t hand it over with prosecution is in complete contradiction with the principle of freedom of expression,” he said.

“Reporters Without Borders is really worried by these searches and the associated threats, which unfortunately take the Turkish judiciary one more step away from European and international standards,” Bihr added....
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Two members of the European Parliament have requested the Turkish “government’s point of view” on police raids Thursday in search of an unpublished manuscript, expressing skepticism about the action.

“We have a hard time conceiving of what explanation would justify the unprecedented act of raiding a news desk and seeking to ban an unpublished book,” Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and Marietje Schaake told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in a joint written statement Friday.

“These actions are taking part under the counter-terrorism law. If there is anything we have learned from the fight against terrorism over the past decade, it is that the medicine should never be stronger than the disease. The insurance of security and the guarantee of freedoms go hand in hand,” the two members of the European Parliament wrote.

Lambsdorff and Schaake have asked Turkey’s chief negotiator for EU talks, State Minister Egemen Bağış, for the Turkish “government’s point of view” on the raids of a publishing house and the offices of a mainstream newspaper, held to confiscate any possible copies of an unpublished draft book by a recently arrested Turkish journalist.

Lambsdorff is the vice-president of the EP’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe, or ALDE, who speaks for ALDE on Turkey at the parliament, and Schaake represents D66, a Dutch liberal party member of ALDE. They sent their official letter to Bağış on Thursday, immediately following the police raids on a publishing house, a home and a mainstream newspaper.

Three buildings were raided by the police Wednesday night and Thursday following a court decision to confiscate all copies of an unpublished book draft written by journalist Ahmet Şık, who was arrested two weeks ago. The 12th Court for Serious Crimes characterized the draft book as an “illegal organizational document” and also ruled that anyone who refused to hand in copies of the book would be accused of “aiding a criminal organization.”

“Unfortunately, our European friends have recently been seriously affected by manipulations of debates on the freedom of press,” Bağış told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in a written statement Friday. “We want to make clear that journalists arrested within the scope of the Ergenekon case and the raid done on the daily Radikal must be discussed in the context of the alleged terrorist organization Ergenekon case and rather separately from the freedom of press context.”

Noting the importance of the Ergenekon case, Bağış said, “As the [Turkish] government, we are against any faults in the judging proceedings or any application that would give way to restrictions to the freedom of expression.”

“We do not still understand why a legal process, totally an initiative of the judiciary, continues to be used as a tool of pressure against our government. … Efforts by the Turkish government to try and make an intervention to the independent Turkish judiciary seem necessary, but will constitute a situation inconsistent with the modern legal norms the European Union represents,” Bağış said in his statement, referring to the letter by the MEPs.

Judiciary independence must go with respect for human rights
“Thus far Prime Minister Erdoğan is refusing to comment, claiming the judiciary's independence. Granted, Mr. Erdoğan's renewed commitment to the independence of the judiciary should be applauded,” MEPs Lambsdorff and Schaake said in their statement.

However, although check-and-balances, as well as a separation of powers are fundamental principles in liberal democracies, that independence does not exist in a vacuum, and governments always have a responsibility, the MEPs said.

“Although independence of the judiciary is a crucial element of any democracy, transparency, good governance, due process and guarantees of civil liberties, fair trial and free expression are equally important. If institutions systematically fail to implement such principles, a government can no longer justify in-action.”

Lambsdorff and Schaake also said they were concerned with the impact on the media, as well as the risk of a climate of fear which could be the result of such actions and could have an impact on all of Turkish society.

Despite the EP’s recently adopted report on Turkey, where it criticized the lack of press freedom in the country, the MEPs said there were plans to send an independent fact-finding mission to Turkey.

“The concern press freedom is one that is shared among all political groups in the European Parliament. The European Parliament is also ready to share expertise and to help the Turkish authorities, to ensure that the fundamental freedoms of citizens are guaranteed. We would want nothing more than for Turkey to live up to its promise of being a flourishing democracy and a vibrant economy, which would serve as an example to neighbors.”

Police raids Thursday confiscated copies of Şık’s books
The Istanbul police first raided the İthaki publishing house on Wednesday and Thursday, the publisher that owned the rights to Şık’s book “İmamın Ordusu” (The Imam’s Army). They erased the digital copy of the book found there and continued searching for other digital copies.

Şık’s wife, Yonca Şık, was also told by the police Thursday that she and any other parties who had a digital copy must turn them in or they would be accused of “aiding a criminal organization.” The prosecution office also asked for copies in his lawyers’ possession, prompting questions about how they will be able to come up with a defense.

Finally the police raided offices of Radikal, a sister newspaper of the Hürriyet Daily News, asking journalist Ertuğrul Mavioğlu to hand in a copy of Şık’s book, which the latter had sent to Mavioğlu for an opinion in December 2010.

Şık’s unpublished book deals with an alleged organization founded within the Turkish police by the Fethullah Gülen religious community. This fact has led to suspicions that Şık was arrested due to the book’s contents, rather than his involvement in the alleged Ergenekon gang, which he has worked as a journalist to expose.

Ergenekon is an alleged ultranationalist, shadowy gang accused of planning to topple the government by staging a coup, initially by spreading chaos and mayhem. Some believe it to be an extension of the “deep state,” an alleged shadow organization of bureaucracy and military within the state whose existence was voiced by people including presidents but for which an exact definition has never been made.


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Turkey #1 Jailer of Journalists...
Turkey has more journalists in prison than any other country in the world, including China and Iran, according to a press release issued Monday by the International Press Institute.

The group based its release on a report published by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, that said 57 journalists are currently in prison in Turkey. As of December, Iran and China each had 34 journalists behind bars.

“While Iran and China topped lists in December by reportedly jailing some 34 journalists each, Turkey, a candidate for membership in the European Union, has nearly doubled that number five months later, raising questions about the country’s commitment to freedom of the press and the legitimacy of its democratic image,” IPI Press Freedom Adviser Steven M. Ellis wrote in an article featured on the institute’s website.

Daily Radikal meanwhile reported in its Friday edition that Aziz Özer, chief executive officer for the monthly culture and literature magazine Güney (South), had been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison because of a short story and a caricature he published that were determined to constitute “making propaganda” for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The implementation of the sentence was not suspended.

In its report, the IPI also noted the case of journalist Nedim Şener, an IPI World Press Freedom Hero who was arrested recently on accusations of being a member of the alleged Ergenekon coup-plot gang. Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE representative on media freedom, who commissioned the report, called upon Turkish authorities to bring the standards of press freedom in Turkey up to meet its OSCE commitments.

The IPI also drew attention to the fact that there are between 700 and 1,000 ongoing cases in Turkey that could result in the imprisonment of more journalists.

“The sheer number of cases poses fundamental questions about the legal provisions governing journalism in Turkey and raises concerns that the number of journalists in prison could further increase,” said Mijatovic.

The report conceded that governments do have a legitimate need to fight terrorism, but stressed that the notion of national security should not be used as a basis to curb press freedom. The IPI noted that most of the arrested journalists were taken into custody either under Turkey’s anti-terror law or for alleged crimes under the criminal code’s prohibitions on “founding, leading or becoming a member of an armed organization for the purpose of committing certain offenses.”

The report also noted the extremely long sentences requested by for journalists. Ibrahim Çiçek and Bayram Namaz from Atılım newspaper, for example, each face up to 3,000 years in prison.

“These journalists are in jail because of Turkey’s anti-terror Law. This law threatens the freedom of press, and investigative journalists live under its menace. We find this unacceptable. We made a request to the government to change this law, but unfortunately the government does not lend an ear to professional journalist associations,” said Ferai Tınç, the chair of IPI’s Turkey National Committee and an IPI board member.

“Turkey, at the crossroads between East and West, is a major regional power with an ancient cultural heritage. The country is also often held up as an example of a healthy Muslim democracy,” said IPI director Alison Bethel McKenzie, who warned that moving away from this history and imprisoning more journalists than any other country is damaging.

McKenzie also called on the Turkish government to respect press freedom and release all journalists who have been detained because of their work.

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Turkey: 250,000 Children Sexually Abused in 10 Years


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(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, APRIL 12 - At least 250,000 minors have been sexually abused in Turkey over the past decade, with 7,000 raped in 2010 alone, daily Milliyet reports quoting a survey conducted by a prominent Turkish researcher. The research by Tuncer Gunay also revealed that some 350,000 to 400,000 children are thought to have been sexually abused over the past 20 years by first-degree relatives or other close kin. Of these incidents, just 600 were referred to the country's courts.

Mistreatment of minors seems to have been harshest on Turkey's streets, with 30,000 of 50,000 homeless children reportedly having been either raped or sexually abused. Last year, some 4,000 street children were sentenced and sent to correctional facilities, where 250 juveniles over the past five years have reported being raped by their peers or older inmates, Gunay said in his research. Seventy-five percent of all street children have some kind of police record for committing crimes such as theft, extortion, causing personal injury or rape. The well-known researcher, who is working on a book to be published this year about child sexual abuse in Turkey, compiled his survey using various official studies and reports, including data obtained from the Police Department Headquarters, figures disclosed in various panel discussions, newspaper archives and reports from the Social Services and Child Protection Agency, or SHCEK. Figures extracted from a report prepared by the Police Department Headquarters revealed that women were the victims in the majority - 71% - of all cases of sexual assault in 2010. Of the rest, 17% were children and 12% were men. The survey by Gunay also showed that access to 23,000 porn sites, of which 15,000 dealt in child pornography, was barred in 2010 by units responsible for information technologies and telecommunications monitoring. (ANSAmed)

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Arrow Israel to US: Turkey helps Iran avoid sanctions

Israel to US:
Turkey helps Iran avoid sanctions


http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=215737
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WikiLeaks: Israel says it can do nothing to improve Turkish ties; Turkey ignoring weapons smuggling into Syria.


JERUSALEM - Israel believes Turkey is actively helping Iran to sidestep economic sanctions and has also turned a blind eye to Iranian weapons smuggling into Syria, according to leaked US diplomatic cables published on Friday.

Citing documents obtained by WikiLeaks, Haaretz said senior Israeli officials had told the United States that Turkey was moving ever-closer to Iran because it needed Iranian energy supplies and because it was revising its global strategy.

Israel used to enjoy excellent relations with Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, but these have grown fraught in recent years, with the Jewish state deeply concerned by Ankara's warm ties with its arch-foe Iran. "(Israeli secret services) said (the) Turkish government is now assisting Iran in by-passing international financial sanctions and is ignoring Iranian weapons smuggling to Syria ... through Turkey," a US cable dated November 2009 said.

The United Nations has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Iran in an effort to get Tehran to curtail its ambitious nuclear programme that critics say is aimed at obtaining the atomic bomb. Iran denies this and says it is a civilian energy project.

Notes from a meeting with the then-Israeli national security adviser, Uzi Arad, suggested that Israel was gloomy about prospects for improving its once strong relations with Turkey.

"(Israel) believes there is little it can do to prevent a further decline in relations with Turkey, but it is trying to preserve what it can by minimizing disputes and seeking gradually escalating diplomatic exchanges," the cable said.

Six months after this document was written, ties between the two countries deteriorated much further after Israeli marines killed nine Turkish activists aboard a boat that was trying to break Israel's blockade of the Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

Israeli officials said Turkey's ruling AK Party, led by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, sympathised with Hamas, which governs Gaza and refuses to recognize Israel.

"The Mossad thinks the AKP sees historical similarities between Hamas and the early days of their party's struggle against Turkey's secular establishment," the US cable said.

"The AKP thinks it can help Hamas become more moderate and mainstream, as the AKP has done," it added, quoting a senior Israeli army official, Colonel Shimon Arad.

Arad also told US diplomats that Turkey did not actively support the smuggling of Iranian weapons via Syria to the Shi'ite group Hezbollah in Lebanon, but added that Ankara intervened only under specific international pressure.

"He suggested that the Turks might be more responsive to US pressure on this issue than they have been to Israeli complaints," the cable said.

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