Friday, 30 December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Santa is Indecent Says Turkish Mufti

Santa Claus does not exist, the mufti of the northwestern district of Keşan said today, adding that even if he did, he was not of decent character since he entered houses through chimneys instead of doors.

"It is not known if Santa Claus really lived," Mufti Süleyman Yeniçeri said. "They speak of a place and say he lived there. But it is actually a character invented by the Christian world.”

"Santa Claus enters homes through chimneys and windows, but he would have entered homes through the door if he was a decent person," Yeniçeri said. “We enter homes through doors. The Quran tells us to enter homes through doors. Why would he enter through the chimney?"

The mufti also said Saint Nicholas, whom the Santa Claus persona was believed to be based on, was also a made-up person and a legend.

'New year' a Christian tradition

Yeniçeri said new year's celebrations had no place in Turkish culture and that such events came from Christianity.

"Celebrating an event that originated from Christianity means striving to become like them," Yeniçeri said. "Why would we ever want to live like them? Do they want to become like us?"

Yeniçeri said Christmas was not a Muslim holiday and said it would be dangerous if one said, "I want to live like a Christian."

"If one wants to have fun because others do, we need to look into the notion of entertainment. One becomes a sinner if entertainment involves drinking wine and alcohol,” he said.
Source: Hurriyet

Turkish Jets Kill Innocent Villagers

Former Turkish Prime Minister Reportedly Admits Turkey Set Forest Fires in Greece

Greece seeks investigation on Turkish arson claims

Greece lodged an official complaint with Turkey on Dec. 27 following a newspaper report that implied Turkish government involvement in setting forest fires in Greece in the mid-1990s.

The Greek Foreign Ministry described the allegations as “serious” and demanded an official response.
“As long as such information remains unclear, it will poison public opinion and undermine efforts to build relations of trust between our two peoples,” a ministry statement said, according to the Associated Press.

Turkey’s daily BirGün quoted former Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz as saying Ankara had set forest fires in its Aegean neighbor, but Yılmaz subsequently said he had been misquoted and that the allegations were untrue.

On Dec. 27, Greek Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes launched an emergency inquiry, ordering that investigations be reopened into mid-1990s wildfires blamed on arson, while the Foreign Ministry said it was seeking an official response from Ankara.

Ankara replied to Greece’s requests, saying Yılmaz’s words had been misunderstood and told Greece to take into account the former prime minister’s recent statement in which he denied the previous media reports, daily Hürriyet reported yesterday.

Tensions between traditional rivals Greece and Turkey were running high at the time referred to in the newspaper report, with the two countries coming to the brink of war in 1996 due to the disputed sovereignty of a tiny island in the Aegean Sea. The two NATO allies have since improved ties.

Yılmaz, who served as Turkey’s prime minister three times during the 1990s, was quoted by the newspaper as saying that a report into a scandal in Turkey excluded information about Turkish state secrets, including “forest retaliation against Greece.”

In his subsequent correction, Yılmaz said he had been referring to unsubstantiated reports of Greek involvement in Turkish forest fires.
Source: Hurriyet

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Turkish Hackers Attack French Government Websites to Avenge Armenian Genocide Bill

The websites of the French Senate a National Assembly lawmaker who introduced a bill that would outlaw the denial of the 1915 Turkish ‘genocide’ of Armenians have been attacked by Turkish hackers.
By Tony Todd (text)

Turkish hackers have launched revenge attacks against the French government after the country’s lower house of parliament approved a bill that would outlaw the denial of the 1915 massacre of Armenians in Turkey as a crime of genocide.

The website of the Senate, France’s upper house of parliament which will have to approve the bill before it can become law, was down for two days over the Christmas weekend.

On the evening of December 24, the site showed a black screen signed by Iskorpit, an infamous Turkish hacker who claims to have hijacked some half a million websites during his "career."

A source at the Senate said the site came under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, in which thousands of hijacked computers bombard a website with demands for information, swamping it and effectively shutting it down.

On the same day the website of Valérie Boyer, parliamentarian from the ruling UMP party in the lower National Assembly and primary sponsor of the “genocide bill”, was hijacked, this time showing a black screen with a Turkish flag.

Messages in Turkish and English called the National Assembly’s approval of the genocide bill “pathetic and pitiful” and accused France of committing a genocide in Algeria.

The message was signed by a group calling itself “GrayHatz”, which according to French news site includes members of “Akincilar”, the group that launched the attacks on satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo after it published an edition “guest-edited by the Prophet Mohammed” titled “Charia Hebdo” last November.

Charlie Hebdo’s offices were also firebombed on the day the controversial issue went to press, although one purported member of Akincilar calling himself “Ekber” told Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche that the cyber group had nothing to do with the firebombing.

Immediately after the dual Christmas Eve attacks, Akincilar announced its intention to “hack the websites of every single French lawmaker”, reported, quoting one of its members saying the group would publish a list of all its attacks made in France with their GrayHatz “friends”.

On Tuesday, blogger Guillaume Perrier , writing in the left-leaning French daily Le Monde, accused the Turkish government of failing to investigate Akincilar for its criminal activities.

“These hackers are acting with impunity in Turkey,” said the blogger. “Not one of them was questioned after attacking Charlie Hebdo’s site, or for their many attacks on other sites.”

“If these people had targeted [Turkish Prime Minister] Recep Erdogan’s site, they would already have been locked up and would be facing terrorism charges.”

Meanwhile, Valerie Boyer's site remained down on Tuesday as she told reporters that she was filing a criminal complaint for harassment. On Monday, she told BFM radio that she had also received “threats of death, of rape, of destruction of property and of physical assault” and that her parents and children had also been threatened.

As for the Senate's website, it was quickly restored and went back on line.
Source: France 24

Geert Wilders Demands that Turkey's NATO Membership be Reconsidered

Ankara accused of ‘abandoning’ Israel and France by Dutch Freedom Party.

BERLIN – The Dutch Freedom Party, the Netherlands’s third largest political party, urged the Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministries last week to reconsider Turkey’s continued membership in NATO.

Geert Wilders, head of the party, and its Mideast expert, deputy Wim Kortenoeven, accused Turkey of abandoning its allies – Israel earlier this year, and now France.

Turkey severed diplomatic and military ties with France last week, over the French parliamentary resolution on the current Turkish government’s reaction to the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Christian Armenians in 1915. The empire preceded the modern secular Turkish state founded in 1923, and the French deemed the state’s denial that these events represented genocide to be punishable by a monetary fine.

France is a leading member of the NATO military alliance, as is Holland.

Kortenoeven, a leading European specialist on the Mideast and author of several books on the region, told The Jerusalem Post that since Turkey has a short but disturbing history of abandoning allies, it could be a lethal mistake to entrust them with the custody of a crucial element of the new Western/European defense system against nuclear rogue states such as Iran and Pakistan. The Dutch lawmakers asked that the slated missile shield to be installed in Turkey be reconsidered.

The party’s military spokesman, Marcial Hernandez, also posed questions to the ministries regarding Turkey’s reliability as a NATO partner.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide stated that it is unlikely that countries such as the Netherlands or Germany will follow the French example and pass resolutions against Turkey.

Larissa van den Herik, professor of international law at Leiden University, was cited as saying: “Both countries have large Turkish communities. No one will be keen to offend them with a ban. But it would be good to put a bit more pressure on Turkey. It’s always good to take an honest look at your history.”

The Dutch Freedom Party opposes militant Islam and has generated much controversy in Europe due to its criticisms of political and reactionary strands of Islam in Holland and throughout Europe. The party played a kingmaker role in the last national election and helped establish the current coalition government.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Daniel Hannan Shamefully Denies Armenian Genocide

I've written before about Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP and Conservative Friends of Turkey member who expends almost as much effort trying to get Turkey into the European Union as he does trying to get Britain out of it. He is a shameless, conscienceless propagandist for the Turkish cause. But today he has reached a new low. In a blog post saying we should all support Turkey in its dispute with France over the Armenian Genocide bill passed by the French government, he implies the events are shrouded in so much uncertainty that only future inquiries undertaken by specialist scholars could establish whether it was really a genocide.
The question is whether the deaths and atrocities amounted to a policy of deliberate genocide. While I have read a certain amount about the period, it’s not a question I feel competent to settle, since it is at heart a legal rather than a historical one. Defining a particular set of killings as genocidal goes beyond semantics. A series of juridical consequences flow: the matter can be lifted from the courts of the state concerned to supranational level, and the argument can swiftly move on to reparations.

As I say, I am not competent to pronounce definitively about 1915.

Of course the view that the events of the period need to be clarified by specialists is exactly the one propounded by the Turkish government - as if it was all a great mystery waiting to be unravelled.
Hannan writes as if he was on their payroll. In fact, I sometimes wonder whether he is.
They were tangled and tragic events, and historians have wrangled ever since about precisely what occurred.

Hannan acknowledges that "guiltless Armenians perished" but artfully remains vague about the role of the government in this; and insinuates that anyway it was half-justified by Armenian support for Russia.
When the Ottomans joined the First World War, and fighting began along the Caucasian frontier between the two empires, many Armenians threw in their lot with the Russians. The Young Turks, at war on two fronts and foreseeing the overthrow of their regime, feared that their entire Armenian population would rise in revolt. Brutal repressions ensued, with arrests, executions, evacuations, forced marches and at least some deliberate pogroms.

No one, not even the most hardline Turkish nationalist, denies that guiltless Armenians perished. Similarly, no one, not even the most vengeful diaspora reparationist, denies that many Armenians died in Tsarist uniforms.

But there really is no uncertainty about whether this was a deliberate programme of mass murder orchestrated by the government or a spontaneous popular outpouring of nationalistic rage during wartime. At the time a British diplomat called Clifford Heathcote-Smith obtained a secret Turkish government document that was being circulated around the country, with orders to destroy it after it had been read.
One remarkable document was discovered and translated in early 1919 by British officials in Turkey, who labeled it “The Ten Commandments.” It is a blueprint of the Armenian extermination operation and appears to have been the centerpiece of a secret party meeting, which took place sometime in late December 1914 or in January 1915. The document was obtained by Comm. C. H. Heathcote Smith, the right-hand man of Adm. Somerset Calthorpe, the British high commissioner in Constantinople. Fluent in Turkish, Smith had served as British consul in Smyrna before the war, and he first learned of the “Ten Commandments” from the former British intelligence agent Percival Hadkinson, in Smyrna.

The document (along with several others) came into British hands through Ahmed Essad, the wartime head of the Ottoman Interior Ministry Department II, Intelligence. Essad had served as secretary at the conference at which the “Ten Commandments” were issued—a conference presided over by Talaat Pasha, the minister of the interior, and Drs. Nazimand Behaeddin Shakir, the masterminds of the Special Organization.
Source: The Burning Tigris

The document is described below in an extract from the book Paradise Lost by Giles Milton:
It was this draft document that Heathcote-Smith managed to acquire. It was entitled ‘The Ten Commandments of the Comite Union and Progress [sic]’ and was the minutes of a secret conference attended by the Minister of the Interior, Talaat Bey, and four of his senior officials in the winter of 1914.

Commandment One set the tone for the entire document. It called for the arrest of all Armenians who were working against the government and their ostensible deportation to Baghdad or Mosul. Once they were on the march, their Turkish guards were to ‘wipe them out either on the road or there’. Commandment Three called on officials to excite Muslim opinion in Van, Erzeroum and Adana ‘[and] provoke organised massacres’. Commandment Five was to ‘exterminate all males under 50, priests and teachers, [and] leave girls and children to be Islamised’. Commandment Eight called for the murder of any Armenians still serving in the army, while Commandment Nine ordered that ‘all action . . . begin simultaneously, and thus leave no time for preparation of defensive measures’.
Source: Paradise Lost by Giles Milton

By casting doubt on the Armenian Genocide, Daniel Hannan has stooped to holocaust denial in service of his Turkish masters. Shame on him.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Turkish Barbarians Go Into Hysterics Over 'Racist' French Law on Armenian Genocide

France has passed a draft bill making it illegal to deny genocide, including the Ottoman Turks' 1915 massacre of Armenians. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded Friday by accusing France of committing genocide in Algeria in the 1940s.

AFP - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused France of committing "genocide" in Algeria after French lawmakers voted a bill criminalising the denial of Armenian genocide.

"France massacred an estimated 15 percent of the Algerian population starting from 1945. This is genocide," Erdogan told a news conference after the French move on the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman-era forces.

The Turkish premier accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of "fanning hatred of Muslims and Turks for electoral gains."

"If the French President Mr. Sarkozy does not know about this genocide, he can ask his father Pal Sarkozy... (who) had served in the French legion in Algeria in the 1940s," Erdogan said in his televised remarks.

"I am sure he has many things to tell his son about the French massacre in Algeria," Erdogan said.

France is home to around 500,000 citizens of Armenian descent and they are seen as a key source of support for Sarkozy and his UMP ahead of presidential and legislative elections in April and June next year.

On Thursday, France's National Assembly voted the first step towards passing a law that would impose a jail term and a 45,000 euro fine on anyone in France who denies that the 1915 massacre of Armenians constitutes genocide.

During World War I hundreds of thousands of Armenians died at the hands of Ottoman Turk forces. Armenia says 1.5 million died in a genocide, Turkey says around 500,000 died in fighting after they sided with a Russian invasion.

France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called on Turkey not to "overreact" to a bill that he insisted was a parliamentary initiative, and not a project of Sarkozy's government.

France has a 500,000-strong community of Armenian descent, many of whose forebears fled the killings a century ago, and French politicians assiduously court their votes every five years ahead of elections.

Turkey and many of Sarkozy's domestic opponents accuse him of jeopardising relations with a key NATO ally and trading partner to win Armenian votes.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Turkey Warns France Over Armenian Genocide Bill

Turkey has reportedly threatened on to recall its ambassador to France and freeze ties with Paris if the French parliament next week passes a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused French lawmakers of seeking to “dishonor” his country.

Under the bill, which will be debated by the French National Assembly on December 22, anyone in France who publicly denies that the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide could face a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros ($58,000)?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy signaled support for its passage when he visited Yerevan in October.

“There will be irreparable consequences in all bilateral relations,” Turkish Ambassador Engin Solakoglu told the AFP news agency, adding that he expects to be called back to Ankara for an indefinite period from December 22.

“Turkey considers this a hostile act by the French executive," said Solakoglu. “All cooperation with the French government, all joint projects, will be frozen.”

Davutoglu likewise told Turkish parliamentarians late on December 14 that it is “out of the question to leave unanswered an attempt by any country leader, government or parliament to dishonor our country and nation.”

“If this proposal is legislated, France will pioneer the return of a Middle Ages mindset to Europe,” the Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying.

The French foreign ministry refused to directly comment on the threat. “Turkey is an important friend and ally,” spokesman Bernard Valero said, according to AFP.

On his visit to Armenia, Sarkozy repeatedly reaffirmed France’s official recognition of the genocide enshrined in a 2001 law. He urged Ankara to stop denying there had been a premeditated effort by the government of the time to wipe out Ottoman Turkey’s Armenian population.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected the call.

Ankara vehemently denies that some 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Turks in 1915-1918.

Successive Turkish governments have said that Armenians died in much smaller numbers and because of civil strife, rather than a premeditated Ottoman government effort to annihilate a key Christian minority.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian was full of praise for Sarkozy when he visited France’s second largest city of Marseille last week. “We must simply be grateful to the wise president of this beautiful country,” he said in a speech there.

Sarkisian also urged the Turks to “repent” for the genocide and expressed confidence that they will eventually recognize it.