Friday, 2 October 2009

More Reports in the German Press About Turkish Bigotry

The issue is being reported in the German press, but I still haven't found a word about it in the English language papers. For those who can read German the links are below :

Die Presse

Der Tagesspiegel

The latter article mentions that in recent weeks red, yellow and green paint has been daubed on some homes in certain districts of Istanbul - supposedly the most enlightened part of the country - to mark homes that belong to Armenian or Greek Christians.

I will try and find time to translate one or two of these articles fully if no English language versions appear.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Ludicrous Censorship in The Guardian

The Guardian today has an article on Turkey's rapprochement with Syria. Not a lot to it, although it's certainly of interest that Turkey now has visa-free travel with its neighbours Iran, Iraq and Syria. The article mentions the "zero problems with neighbours" policy of Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.

I entered the following comment to the article using the Guardian comments system:

"The Turks will pretend to play nice with their neighbours while they pursue their dream of getting into the European Union. Then, once the citadel gates are thrown open, if that nightmare ever occurs, they will allow their true nature to express itself again."

A fairly innocuous remark, which, amazingly, was censored out of existence by The Guardian censor team. It's heart-breaking to see what The Guardian has become under its censorship policy: a place where the free exchange of ideas is abhorred.

Fortunately, SideWiki, a new tool from Google, offers us a solution. After installing the Google toolbar, it allows you to enter comments on any website you visit. These will be visible to anyone else who uses SideWiki and will be immune from the censorship of those who operate the site. Not many people are using SideWiki yet, but I'm sure its popularity will grow, aided by the clownish thought police so many websites now employ. It is a particularly useful resource for those who take unorthodox positions and wish to challenge the status quo. Please download Sidewiki and start using it today.

The Embattled Secular Class in Turkey

The New English Review has recently published a thoughtful article by Hugh Fitzgerald on Turkey's embattled secular class. It's well worth reading. Thanks to the anonymous commenter who originally posted the link.

Turks Don't Wants Jews, Christians or Atheists as Neighbours

An opinion poll survey in Turkey, partly financed by the European Union, has produced some interesting results. It seems those "secular" Turks aren't quite so secular after all.

I have yet to find an English-language version of the report.

But according to the German news magazine Focus the survey found that:

Four out of 10 Turks would not want to have Jewish neighbours.

Three out of 10 Turks would not want to have Christian neighbours.

Half of all Turks thought that non-Muslims should be barred from employment in the Turkish justice system, the army, the police, the intelligence services and political parties.

40% of Turks believe Jews and Christians should be barred from employment in the health or academic sectors.

57% of Turks said they would not want atheists as neighbours.

Around one out of five Turks said they would not want a foreigner as a neighbour.

How is it possible that our elite political class are trying to force the acceptance of this country into the European Union? How is it possible?