A busy 2017 #4 Writings

In 2017 you may say like many I too came under the spell of Facebook with its Facebook Groups. For my writings on several blogs, those writings where automatically announced on Facebook Pages. One would expect people seeing those messages would come to read the presented messages, but looking at my statistics those Facebook announcements did not bring many viewers to the articles on the websites.

In April I got a pleasant surprise. The mother-church of my community offered me an i-pad so I could be more easily in connection with the various ecclessiae and have a better tool to follow our internet meetings and internet church-service on the  communication platform Google Hangouts. On the i-Pad those connections go much easier and less disturbed than on a Windows operating system.

Having the Apple tool I found it also much easier with the applications to follow Facebook and other Social Media. Though I also got to see by following all, that I lost much more time. Certainly lots of Facebook Groups proved to be a stupid loss of time.

I also became surprised what sort of language lots of people are using in so called Christian Groups. They are just an insult to Christianity. Instead of being able to have a dignified rapprochement to unbelievers and to Muslims, they do much more damage and create more division than doing good. No wonder in 2017 we could further see an increase of rancour between Christians and Muslims.

On Bo’s Cafe Life I found an appropriate cartoon which summarises everything.

Bella-Facebook

For those interested in Facebook Groups I can only dissuade them from joining them because it shall be just a loss of time which can be better spend, and when you love to write you better use your qualities to write some serious articles on a Blog in for example the WordPress system.

On Facebook about two/three years after a previous attack I and my ecclesia, where attacked again by false accusations. Again from the same “man from the North“, and his friends, plus by some Africans who tried to get some financial aid from me and my ecclesia, though they wrote on their websites and Facebook Pages untrue things about my Belgian community (After my reactions those false sayings were taken away from the net by the Africans.).

To me it also looks that those who try to promote peace and sharing undergo difficulties to share their material freely on the net. It does not seem only a problem for the religious material but also for the political material which has a social or human ‘touch’.

People, like me, involved in movements against war, trying to spread peace between different religious groups, giving their voice for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society, asking to review the capitalist system as well as the injustice and environmental destruction, seem to receive very negative reactions and several times are confronted with efforts to be silenced.

In 2017 I reacted so much on writings at several Facebook Groups and wrote so many articles for other websites that I neglected my own personal sites. My Space was totally disregarded. The general religious and news site Our World got a few more new articles than “Messiah for all“, but it all could have been better. From the sites I got some analytics and ciphers of viewing of my articles, I do find for all the work I spend on it, the result seems meagre. To me it looks puny, but I can be mistaken, because naturally the subjects I mostly wrote about in 2017 where religious matters, and not so many people are interested in it. In total my writings on the religious sites  got 318.113 views for 2017. My very personal sites 8.197 views. Last year bringing the general total views for my writings, on the net, to 935.390 views, which (perhaps) is not so bad (I think).

Not only the writing of articles and my reactions on certain writings consumed lots of time.

I was pleased, after a decade, to receive again an invitation to co-operate on a Bible translation. Suddenly 2017 got me collaborating on three Bible translations and on one compendium of Jewish and Yiddish terms. That work became very time consuming but was or is fantastic interesting. One Christian Bible translation has to become published in 2020 whilst the Jewish Torah translation and the Jeshuaist Bible translation shall appear by tomes.

For the Glossary the publisher was not so pleased that I was not ready with my work in time. Being postponed we look forward to reach many Dutch speaking people with that compendium of Jewish and Yiddish terms, hopefully to see the light in 2018.

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A busy 2017 #1 Referenda

A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

A busy 2017 #3 Fake, gossip and real news

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Additional reading

  1. A world with or without religion
  2. Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
  3. What makes you following Christ and Facebook Groups
  4. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  5. Attackers silenced freedom of speech

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  3. Blogs in Bloom invites bloggers to her Facebook Group
  4. Day 20: Facebook Support Groups
  5. Wednesday Woes : What to Post on Social Media?
  6. Why I Deactivated My Facebook Page
  7. Facebook Groups are a waste of time
  8. Why no one is reading your blog – Part 1
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A busy 2017 #3 Fake, gossip and real news

In the year that it was 20 years ago princes Diana died, prince Harry brought the news of going to marry Meghan Markle.

The gossip magazines and scandal-papers had a mouthful to tackle in 2017. Donald Trump was the number one spoken off in many papers and television journals, which only could tell about his grimaces and whims. He constantly had it about fake news and took care every day some new tricks could be disposed.

I wonder what most republicans think of the real-estate developer they voted for to be the 45th president of the United States of America. Would the supporters who seemed to be pleased by his combativeness, his provocative language, and his outsider status, still be liking him?

Trump, Donald

Typical gesture of the Fake News accuser Donald Trump

During the presidential election campaign, some of Trump’s critics had already warned that his presidency could create a unique and immediate constitutional crisis because of his possible violation of the foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which generally prohibits federal officeholders from accepting gifts, payments, or other items of value from foreign states or rulers without congressional permission. It took June before the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia sued Trump for allegedly having violated both the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses, and soon afterward nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a separate suit alleging that, by continuing to accept emoluments from foreign states without consulting Congress, Trump had denied them the opportunity to give or withhold their “Consent” as required under the foreign emoluments clause.

The American lawyer who served as the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from September 4, 2013 until his dismissal on May 9, 2017, James Comey in March confirmed, in testimony before Congress, that there was a collusion between Russian officials and prominent members of the Trump campaign. Democratic members of Congress, meanwhile, expressed dismay that Comey had chosen to report the discovery of additional Clinton e-mails in October but had waited until after the election to reveal the Russia investigation.

In June many Americans watched from bars and restaurants, which opened early in some parts of the country to provide venues for viewing the much-anticipated event of Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, broadcast live on television, radio, and the Internet. By the end of the year nobody could doubt Trump’s alleged desire to shut down the Russia investigation, but one can wonder why nobody dared to accuse the family Trump and certain Republican campaigners for treason. This would be the first time in history of the United States of America and would cause a big uproar, most politicians like to avoid.

In June president Trump already announced to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was made within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. The very cold temperatures at the transition of the year where for Trump a proof that there is no such thing as global warming. For him the States have to concentrate more on using all the available sources to support the economy and to provide as many as possible some work, even if that demands an environmental cost. For him nothing may harm the American economy (through government-mandated reductions in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions). Trump’s decision was condemned by government and political leaders, scientists, business executives, and activists throughout the world but praised by Republicans in Congress, who viewed it as a reassertion of American independence in world affairs and a repudiation of the environmental policies of the Obama administration.

Even when they could witness extreme weather differences in their own State many Republican lawmakers still doubt that climate change is real, while others continued questioning the human origins of global warming.

Infographic How to spot fake news published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Donald Trump seems to be the champion for providing deliberate misinformation or hoaxes whilst he accuses the others of ‘fake news’. Problem with all the social media and several bloggers and players on the internet is that several people are not serious questioning that what is presented to them and multiply by sharing certain false messages, making it also difficult for others to know if it is real or false.
An analysis by Buzzfeed found that the top 20 fake news stories about the 2016 U.S. presidential election received more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 news stories on the election from 19 major media outlets. {Chang, Juju; Lefferman, Jake; Pedersen, Claire; Martz, Geoff (November 29, 2016). “When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines”. Nightline. ABC News.}

Lots of people on Facebook do not take the time to check the source or the author and just share it, creating a real huge hoax, by the end lots of people really believing it.

Berners-Lee, Sir Tim

British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee

In 2017, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee claimed that fake news was one of the three most significant new disturbing Internet trends that must first be resolved, if the Internet is to be capable of truly “serving humanity.” The other two new disturbing trends that Berners-Lee described as threatening the Internet were the recent surge in the use of the Internet by governments for both citizen-surveillance purposes, and for cyber-warfare purposes. {The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary By Jon Swartz, USA Today. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.}

On Facebook we got bombarded with so much fake news we lost so much time checking the data, that not much time was left over for the serious news. When in August 2017 Facebook stopped using the term “fake news” and used “false news” in its place instead, Will Oremus of Slate found that it made sense for Facebook — and others — to

“cede the term to the right-wing trolls who have claimed it as their own.”

Facebook which has already a lot of Facebook Groups which in a lot of instances is just a waste of time, has 30% of all fake news traffic as opposed to only 8% of real news traffic. In April i got an I-Pad and thought it perhaps interesting to be active on some Facebook Groups. To my regret I have lost a lot of time to no avail. Before I knew often I was longer scrolling into the many messages and trying to react on many postings for longer than I would have loved to do. I better could have spend the precious time on more serious things.

Some think Facebook gets more people onto your blog. But looking at the likes on the Facebook pages and the Facebook Groups I noticed they did not bring more readers to the blog. Looking at the analytics I could even see that most persons who liked the heading on Facebook or Facebook Pages, did not come to read the full article. That is the main problem with Facebook. Most people just read the headings and never go over to read the article.

All that false or fake news are a danger for normal free speech and should worry us. Certainly when Facebook, Google, and Twitter become or are the main or primary channels for news consumption, we should be alert and provide enough real information.

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A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

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Additional reading

  1. What makes you following Christ and Facebook Groups

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A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

Harvey Weinstein apologized for behaviour that he said “has caused a lot of pain.”-  Credit Jean Baptiste LaCroix/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

2017 was the year where nobody could ignore the Tweets and the playing tricks of president Trump and his family. The antics of his children in other countries would have been called treason to the country, but not so in present day America, it seems. Also the president got away with his behaviour against women. Like Bill Cosby, the two highly placed figures in American life seem to get away with their indecent assault cases. Though we can say the reputation of that leading entertainer, noted comedian and Emmy-winning actor has been tarnished.
jamileh kharraziNot so for the 64 year old American producer who clearly misused his power for many years. When certain young women accepted his sexual advances, he was willing to boost their career. For more than 30 years Harvey Weinstein could use his power to make or brake people, by sexual harassment up to even rape. Very well-known figures by now dared to come out with their story, but soon it came out he was not the only man who dared to go so far. In the show-bushiness (film and television), sports-world many heroes became zeroes.

An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

From the outside the Weinstein company may have looked golden

“But behind the scenes, it was a mess, and this was the biggest mess of all,”

said Mark Gill, former president of Miramax Los Angeles when the company was owned by Disney, referring to Mr. Weinstein’s treatment of women.

Bart De Pauw Bart De Pauw was certainly not an unnoticed person in 2017. In the aftermath of #MeToo scandals Flanders also got the hero actor and successful television maker Bart De Pauw (49) becoming a zero and persona non grata. Because of allegations of sexually transgressive behaviour, he lost his job with the VRT. Not the most positive news, but still he became the man of the year in Humo’s Pop Poll. The readers of Humo have elected Bart De Pauw as man of the year. The editors explain this because many voters just voted for each category on Bart De Pauw, even in that of ‘best actress’. He is also number 2 in the category ‘cock of the year’, just below Donald Trump.
The running shows made by De Pauw and his company where taken off the television screens and programming rescheduled.

Oversexed people could find themselves as scarlet fever catching, the flames spreading to the haystack. Several people committing adultery, after the publishing of the Flemish actress and anchorwoman Bieke Ilegems her book ‘De zoektocht van een ouder meisje naar eeuwige schoonheid en groot geluk’ (The quest of an older girl for eternal beauty and great happiness) got exposed.

Sex seemed to become the talk of the day, even at some moments looking as if no normal situation or healthy relation could exist in this day and age. It looked as if over the previous years after World War II several people could not understand nor respect the term “personal space” and “Private”. For many people the concept of “consent” did not seem to exist. some people also seemed to have considered it their right to do certain things or to cross certain boarders because they had a high position.

Parents also came to complain about to explicit drawings on a information service website of Sensoa (www.allesoverseks.be), making the site getting 70 000 visitors a day. Though minister for youth Sven Gatz (Open Vld) did not see any problem in such exposure for youngsters.

For sure 2017 had indefensible behaviour and what is allowed and what is not allowed on many persons their lips and in several institutions and companies suddenly many persons had to take “leave of absence”. By the continuous flow of allegations, many families got really messed up in 2017.

Suddenly the world got painted as if it is the most perverted place of the universe and where men often behave worse than animals or like animals, i.e. where the majority of males do not behave properly against women. Papers and television debate programmes got filled with inappropriate behaviour by men as well as by women.

In India the matter of the position of the male opposite the female human being shocked us several times. The excuses we got to hear from males who raped young women was incredible.

As cases of sexual harassment and assault continue to come to light every day, a different campaign to end such violence wanted to keep the spotlight shining. The annual campaign of 16 days activism in November, this year against the backdrop of a global outcry against the “global pandemic”, by UN Women, aimed not only to end violence against women and girls, but also to leave no one behind.

Millions have rallied behind the #MeToo campaign, which aims to reveal the magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women all over the world experience every day.

Though the original #MeToo movement was launched ten years ago by activist Tarana Burke, the more recent viral campaign has inspired many to come forward with their stories, including those who have exposed celebrities and public officials.

The 2017 theme of ending violence against women in the context of empowering and protecting women and girls that tend to be left most behind in terms of being most excluded or marginalized.

That means women who are migrants, refugees, or internally displaced and who, because of displacement, are more exposed to violence including sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

Also, women living with disabilities — those women living, for example, in rural areas where they face communication barriers or various force of discrimination when accessing health or social services.  All of these people are those the farthest from our reach and we must reach the farthest first.

It seemed that not much yet has changed sine the most comprehensive survey on violence against women at EU level – based on interviews with 42 000 women in all 28 EU Member States on their experiences of physical and sexual violence, sexual harassment and stalking over the past year and since the age of 15 – was published by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2014.
All over the world there are different perceptions of what constitutes sexual harassment, according to individuals’ awareness of their rights and cultural attitudes in society and workplaces.

At that time the survey asked women about their experiences of eleven specific forms of unwanted and offensive behaviour, covering a spectrum of verbal, non-verbal, online and physical acts of unwelcome sexual attention or coercion, and could find something which seems unbelievable, that one in two women (55 %) have experienced sexual harassment at least once since the age of 15, whilst 45 % have experienced the forms of harassment identified as most threatening and serious. For men it is one in five (20 %). The acts were ranked along a continuum, from verbal harassment to physical assault.

In the workplace, 75 % of women in qualified professions or top management jobs and 61 % of women employed in the service sector have been subject to sexual harassment. One third (32 %) of all victims in the EU said the perpetrator was their boss, a colleague, or a customer.

Modern technology made it easier to harass people of the other or same sex. New technologies made one in ten women experiencing sexual harassment. Many forms of sexual harassment happen repeatedly and the majority of women have experienced more than one type of sexual harassment over their lifetime.

The FRA survey data and other recent European and national studies also illustrate that young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, including in schools, higher education and workplaces, and to cyber harassment. Whilst being better educated can protect women from sexual abuse in intimate relationships, it also exposes them to more sexual harassment, as they are more likely to be present and prominent in social and political life. The political arena was not addressed specifically in the FRA survey. However, a 2016 International Parliamentary Union (IPU) study on sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians highlights the prevalence of sexual harassment, including requests for sexual favours in exchange for material and/or political advantages (‘sextortion‘). In public spaces and on public transport sexual harassment is also widespread.

In Belgium, a law aimed at combating sexism in public spaces, with penalties including fines of up to €1 000 and prison sentences of up to one year, was adopted in 2014. But we still have to see that enough measures are taken to fine the assailants.

In France, draft legislation on street harassment will go before parliament in early 2018.
In the Netherlands, street harassment is already an offence in Amsterdam, and will be indictable in Rotterdam from 1 January 2018, with a penalty of up to €4 100.

One of the key FRA survey findings, for all types of violence, is that the majority of women do not report their experiences, meaning that they are not receiving support or redress and that official data does not reflect the true scale of the problem. In the case of sexual harassment, 35 % of the women had not spoken to anyone about the most serious incident before the survey interview, and only 4 % had reported it to their employer or to the police. One in five victims (20 %) said that the most serious incident made her feel ashamed of what had taken place, something often cited in women’s recent testimonies as a reason for staying silent. Half (52 %) of the women who had not talked to anyone about the most serious incident said that this was because they had dealt with the harassment themselves. One explanation for this is that women tend to downplay the seriousness of incidents, particularly if sexual harassment is tolerated or seen as ‘normal’ in a particular cultural context. Alternatively, according to a recent UK survey on workplace sexual harassment, some women feel that sexual harassment is so commonplace that challenging it is hopeless. In this survey, other reasons women gave for not reporting incidents to their employer were: fears that doing so would have a negative impact on their working relationships (28 %), or career (15 %); feeling that they would not be believed or taken seriously (24 %); embarrassment (20 %); not knowing how to report it (12 %); or not knowing that they could report it (9 %).

Regarding the outcome of reporting, the FRA survey found that the majority of women who did contact their employer, a trade union, a doctor, a counsellor, or a victim support organisation, were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with the response they received. However, in the UK workplace survey, the minority of women who had reported sexual harassment said that there had been no positive change and 16 % reported that they were actually treated worse as a result.

In Belgium several kids where blakmailed and made afraid of having certain pictures to be exposed on the internet if they did not pay. The ‘sextortion’ or ‘webcam blackmailing’, the online coercion and extortion of children – a form of digital blackmail where sexual information or images are used to extort sexual material, sexual favours or money, has skyrocketed in the past years. It is revealed that victims as young as 7 years old are being targeted online.

Based upon information collected by the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline, Europol’s report reveals that female child victims are being blackmailed more significantly for sexually explicit material (84%) compared to their male counterparts (53%). The latter are more so targeted for financial gain (32% compared to 2% for female child victims), a relatively new trend in the field of online child sexual abuse. Another such trend is the perpetrator’s demand for the targeted child to include other children, such as siblings or peers, in the images/videos. In such cases, even those children who use safe practices in the online environment or younger children who may not use the Internet yet can be targeted this way.

The personal and psychological toll on the victims of this crime is not to be underestimated: cases are known where children have harmed themselves, showed suicidal behaviour or committed suicide after falling victim to this crime. In Belgium in 2017, several youngsters took their own life. Still a big problem is that many acts of online coercion and extortion of children go unreported as a result of the embarrassment regarding the material provided to the perpetrator or lack of awareness by victims that they have been subject to a criminal offence.

The European law enforcement community has joined forces to launch a campaign, #Say NO”, supported by Europol, to give advice to those who have been, or are likely to be targeted, and to strengthen reporting and support mechanisms.

It is exaggerated and ridiculous for those accused of sexual assault, that make their living in front of the camera, to cut them away from the pelicule or the moving pictures. It is also wrong to think that less people will go back and watch their films, leaving the legacy of great pieces of art to become forever tarnished for the mistakes of one individual. In a few years time everybody shall be forgotten what a bastard a certain actor or producer could have been in real life.

In 2017 it was proven once more that sexual harassment in the workplace is not just a women’s problem. We also got to see that it is no secret any-more that gender impacts both job opportunities and wages. Concerning the wages there is still too much discrepancy between what a female earns for the same work a man does. 2017 made it clear that the whole culture and context of sexism and male patriarchy has to change vigorously.

Other families got a new start in several countries by the acceptance of people of the same sex marrying with each other. At the end of the year same-sex marriage was legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.

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Additional reading

  1. Gender connections
  2. If no one died because of War – how different would worlds appear to be
  3. Stormy wind
  4. Today’s thought “Turning over the page” (December 31)
  5. Today’s thought “A New Year” (January 01)
  6. Bijbelvorser Review of Five Years on WordPress
  7. Walgelijk vrij lastig vallen van Indische vrouwen

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  2. There have not been arrests in Congress for treason
  3. President Trump and the Elements of Treason
  4. Mike Flynn’s Treason Tour: Global Russian Propaganda Coordinated With Trump
  5. Treason: Michael Flynn Wasn’t Charged With It But His Colleague and Bosses Could Be
  6. Pan Goatee and Steve Bannon
  7. What Steve Bannon Has to Say About The Presidency Of Donald J. Trump Regarding Treason
  8. Dealing With Treachery And Treason
  9. Why such hatred for Donald Trump?
  10. A Little Rant
  11. Lisa Bloom tried to solicit cash from media for Trump accusers
  12. Jury in Bill Cosby Trial Deadlocked
  13. Bill Cosby… Hey Hey Hey
  14. Bill Cosby Trying Get $30 Million Loan Against Home To Pay Legal Bills
  15. Your Thoughts: The Ongoing Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Powerful Men
  16. Sexual Assault – A Life Sentence
  17. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein & the abuse of women
  18. Harvey’s Chicks Come Home To Roost
  19. Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades
  20. Harvey Weinstein timeline: How the scandal unfolded
  21. Weinstein expelled by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science
  22. #NotMe, but I Stand With The Family of Women
  23. Read: Men Rape Us And You Let Them
  24. An older Lady’s View of the Men’s World
  25. Ready To Cast The First Stone?
  26. Why is this the moment of truth?
  27. The Art vs. The Artist – What Should We Do About Films that Include Sexual Offenders?
  28. Women Everywhere Are Impacted by Sexual Harassment
  29. The Costs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  30. When NO means NO
  31. #MeToo Movement, a turning point?
  32. What I have in common with the big bad villain of the week, Bart De Pauw. It’s only mildly alarming.
  33. One of the most popular Belgian television makers gets accused of inappropriate conduct. Flemish televison severes ties with him, but unlike other accused celebrities he’s getting a lot of support online.
  34. What about the dead perverts society? We would have to boycot a lot of artistic output if we apply today’s logic in cases just as Weinstein, Spacey, De Pauw, retroactively. Boon, we may need to burn your books…
  35. The Loft (2014)
  36. Sextortion
  37. Sextortion and how to prevent it
  38. Europol warns of ‘sextorion’ of children online
  39. Online ‘sextortion’ cases in Canada involving teen boys spiking, say experts
  40. Sextortionist caught by investigators’ booby-trapped video
  41. Victoria police warn of extortion that coaxes victims into sending ‘compromising’ photos
  42. Experts Warn Parents Of “Sextortion” Dangers Online
  43. Men more prone to online risk than women
  44. The “News Values” laying in Sextortion Crime News
  45. ‘Sextortion’ case fuels legal debate over phone passwords
  46. ‘Unlock iPhone’, says judge in US sextortion case
  47. Interview: Predator Apps and Sexual Abuse of Teen
  48. Demand protection for India’s women and girls!
  49. “Rape…sometimes it’s right”
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A busy 2017 #1 Referenda

Before I could be fully aware of the impact, the days and months of 2017 came to belong to the past. The 1 extra second did not help me to get over the fact that I felt I could not do  all what I wanted to do in that year.

One of the most troubling facts was that the European Union did not dare to speak openly about the dangerous act of a non-democratic action the Spanish governement had taken. How could it be possible in a so called democratic Europe that some politicians had to take their fight to the capital of Europe.

Homage to Catalonia From Ronnie’s blog

Demonstrators blocking the Spanish police activity aimed at closing polling stations of the Catalan independence referendum, held despite having been declared illegal by the Spanish government.

All over Europe people could see how Spanish police’s violently brought a crackdown of the banned referendum concerning that what lots of people wanted for their community.

This is (Though I must say my son living in the centre of Barcelona city did not have much trouble of what went on.) Friends and colleagues of politicians where put in prison.

Eduard Morell, an activist for the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) in Terrassa could say

“We voted on the first of October and now we have to defend our vote and defend our republic in the polling stations and this time they aren’t going to use violence against us.”

The Spanish government and Constitutional Court with a hard hand showed it clearly that it does not like any call for an independent state. They also managed to bring enough fear over the Catalans who where not sure which way to go and who where afraid all the money would go to Spain and they left into the cold, though 20% of the entire Spanish gdp is generated from Catalonia which attracts 35% of inward investment into Spain, and produces over third of Spain’s exports.
For the Spanish governement the referendum held on 1 October 2017 was so called illegal. In a vote where the anti-independence parties called for non-participation, results showed a 90% vote in favour of independence, with a turnout of 43%. Based on this result, on 27 October 2017 the Parliament of Catalonia approved a resolution creating an independent Republic unilaterally, by a vote considered illegal by the lawyers of the Parliament of Catalonia for violating the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Spain.

Macron walking with Florence Parly, Édouard Philippe and Geneviève Darrieussecq, July 2017

In the year that Emmanuel Macron was chosen to French president and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 2017 he as the youngest President in the history of France at the age of 39, he agreed with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, to draw up a “common road map” for Europe, insisting that neither was against changes to the Treaties of the European Union. Though he joined the EU in supporting Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and did not seem to reject that the prosecution requested issuing European Arrest Warrants for Puigdemont and four other members who had left Catalonia for Brussels shortly after the declaration.

At the regional elections held on 21 December 2017 Puigdemont was re-elected to Parliament and Catalan secessionists retained a slim majority in the Catalan Parliament. Puigdemont has called for fresh talks with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy but Rajoy has dismissed this. Puigdemont remains in exile in Belgium.

Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers on the other hand presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland’s leader to endorse the movement.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister, would have loved to see Europe defending those who want independence. Not being a sovereign state Scotland could not recognise Catalonia as a republic, even when the Catalan breakaway government had asked for support from the Scottish government.

Scots had rejected independence by a 10-percentage point margin in 2014 but Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has exposed fresh divisions in the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU, while Wales and England voted to leave.

Throughout Turkey, but also throughout Europe Erdogan fans, were called to give the Turkish president more power. The president was proposed to be given more control over appointments to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). Held under a state of emergency, declared following a failed military coup attempt in July 2016, with many voting irregularities the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) managed to whip up the Turks in their own country but also across Europe.
Those who were campaigning for a ‘No’ vote faced fear and state coercion and even in the streets of Belgium and Holland battles where fought. Prominent campaigners for a ‘No’ vote, were stopped from holding speeches.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated his claim that European governments that suspended campaigning were ‘Nazi remnants’, which the Dutch government denounced as “unacceptable”.

The Spokesman for European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed concerns over allegations of irregularities in the referendum and called on Turkish civil authorities to launch transparent investigations into the claims.

But once again we could see that too many politicians in 2017 did not dare to open their mouth enough concerning undemocratic situations. This was the big red stain on the year that everything you ought not to be possible became possible. With the unbelievable opener of a ‘family-member’ of the same group as Erdogan and Putin or similar dictator became the 45th President of the United States, and to be the first one who like a small child started shouting that he was the biggest and had the greatest button, …. .   On January 20, 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.

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  16. Spain, Catalonia and Scottish nationalism
  17. Catalonia: the fingerprints of EU power are all over it
  18. Total Disobedience when Spanish State Takes over Catalonia + CNT Statement
  19. Catalonia: More than 700 mayors summoned to court
  20. The Sad Future of Catalonia
  21. Catalonian parliament votes for Catalonia to leave Spain
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  24. 450,000 March in Spain After Government Announces Dissolution of Catalonia Regional Government…
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  27. Showdown in Spain: I Wholeheartedly Endorse the Catalonia Independence Vote
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  29. Catalonia: a philosophical case for Secession
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Islamitische terreur doet hulp aan Palestijnen verminderen

Door de aanhoudende berichten van Islamitische terreuraanvallen zijn in West Europa steeds minder mensen geïnteresseerd om nog de Palestijnse zaak te steunen. Sommigen gaan zelfs zo ver om nog meer achter de daden van de extreem rechtse bewegingen te staan. De constante dreiging die mensen aanvoelen door de negatieve berichtgeving over islamitische groeperingen, neemt meer en meer sympathie voor moslimlanden en burgerslachtoffers in moslimlanden, door oorlogen maar ook door natuurrampen, weg.

IS en de Iraanse nucleaire bedreiging zorgen er op hun beurt ook voor dat belangrijke Arabische staten de Palestijnen niet meer als een topprioriteit beschouwen, waardoor zij het niet meer zo belangrijk vinden om met steun over de brug te komen.

Meerdere Islamieten en Joden wordt in West-Europa en in Noord Amerika het leven zuur gemaakt, wat sommige Joden er zelf toe brengt om hun ‘veilige haven’ te verlaten en naar Israël te trekken, waar zij dan als jongere liever nog in het leger gaan dan hier de vernederingen te moeten ondergaan.

Vorige week onthulde een nieuwsreportage van Channel 2 dat de schenkingen van de Arabische wereld aan de Palestijnse Autoriteit in de laatste vier jaar zijn gehalveerd. Amper een kwart van het totale budget van de Palestijnse Autoriteit, dat ongeveer 3,7 miljard dollar bedraagt, kwam van zijn Arabische buren. Het leeuwendeel kwam van de EU, de VS en Canada.

De bewoners van de Gazastrook voelen deze vermindering het hardst. De president van de Palestijnse Autoriteit, Machmoud Abbas, geeft nauwelijks meer regeringssteun aan Gaza, dat sinds 2007 onder de directe controle staat van zijn rivalen van Hamas.

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Aangroei in Israël van immigranten uit America

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Leading the fight for freedom – in Turkey and elsewhere

For Westerners it is not bad to see why certain people love the present leader of their country. Also interesting to notice is how people are so afraid of those who utter an other idea than theirs.

Clearly we also see how certain political leaders are just used as marionettes by other political leaders and how foul play and perfidy may play a role in an international game of mikado.

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To remember

  • US and EU governments have been generous in their affirmations of support for Turkey’s struggle against forces working to bring down its government.
  • Western governments hardly paused for breath before announcing business as usual with the new regime => can work with military dictators
  • Turkey’s government should be careful not to use the failed coup as an excuse to trample on the freedom of innocent citizens exercising their democratic right to dissent.
  • Last week leader of an opposition party addressed a crowd estimated at two million to protest about the state of justice in Turkey > a good number of them wouldn’t have been sad to see President Erdoğan ousted by a military coup = allowed to assemble + Mr Kılıçdaroğlu allowed to vehemently criticise the government.
  • still a state of emergency in force in Turkey

 

  • Turkey’s President Erdoğan = consistent in his denunciation of US-based Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gülen => behind Gülen more sinister forces are at work.
  • Gülen organisation initially supported Erdoğan’s AK Party but the alliance fell apart when Gülenists exposed AK Party “corruption” + More likely = Erdoğan used them to break the power of the army > unwilling to share power with an unelected shadowy cartel => Gülenists got angry + decided to get rid of him – possibly/probably aligning themselves with CIA, enemy of their new enemy.
  • “secular Kemalist” label = to lend a veneer of legitimacy to their previous overthrowing of elected governments, ensuring that a small US-friendly elite continued to hold reins of power => widely accepted that the CIA had a hand in all four successful coups in Turkey in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997.

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Preceding articles

Bosphorus bloodshed

Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

2016 in review Politics #1 Year of dissonance

EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

Having been too busy with writing for others, leaving my own place quiet for some time

The 105th Caliph closing the mouths of those who try to speak out

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Further reading

  1. US ‘politicians, bureaucrats & academics’ caught in Turkey’s failed coup attempt probe
  2. Turkey: “ex-CIA director’s allegations on Gülen’s forced removal are ludicrous”
  3. Constitutional Referendum paves way for one-man rule in Turkey
  4. Around the Web
  5. “Turkish money flowing into the hands of men who are committed to the annihilation of Israel is part of ideology, not humanitarian aid”
  6. Turkey turns away from NATO with US$2.5B plan to purchase Russian missile defence system
  7. Turkey’s coup a year on: How the murky events of one night changed the course of Turkish politics
  8. The Kurds: Washington’s Weapon of Mass Destabilization
  9. ‘Turkey’s 9/11’: One Year Later, Turkish Embassy Uses Coup Anniversary to Target Gulen
  10. Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms
  11. Decimated Muslim Brotherhood Still Inspires Fear. Its Members Wonder Why.
  12. Turkey dismisses thousands more police, civil servants and academics
  13. Defiant Erdogan attacks EU, promises to bring back death penalty
  14. Turkish-YPG clashes rage around critical sites in northern Syria
  15. Turkish court orders six rights activists held in custody: Hurriyet
  16. Turkey: Authorities Block Access to Wikipedia
  17. What We’re Not Being Told About Erdogan and Turkey
  18. Intel today diary — June 3 2017
  19. Turkey detains more than 1,000 over suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
  20. Gulen to be stripped of Turkey’s passport
  21. In Turkey there is talk of beheading and impaling Gulenists
  22. Turkish government seeks three-month extension to emergency rule

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Turkey File

15 July You’d have to love your president!

Saturday, 15 July, was the first anniversary of a failed attempt by some officers in the Turkish armed forces to overthrow the country’s democratically elected AK Party government. The government has planned a week of meetings and other activities to commemorate the courage of Turkish folk who stood up against tanks and automatic weapons to ensure that the attempted coup was unsuccessful. Before the perpetrators backed down, 250 citizens had lost their lives and an unknown number had been injured.

US and EU governments have been generous in their affirmations of support for Turkey’s struggle against forces working to bring down its government. – somewhat quicker than they were this time last year, when they seemed to delay their reaction until it was clear to all that the coup had failed. That’s not surprising, I guess. When Egypt’s first and only democratically elected government…

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The 105th Caliph closing the mouths of those who try to speak out

The last months we have seen that even by papers which had nothing against Erdoğan had also people arrested as being considered a danger for the “Islamic nation Turkey“.

In that country many may have looked forward to see the the 105th Caliph rise above the stars of Europe and America.

Mixed with cultural and religious nationalism in the Orient, added with a taste of populism, Turkey gets a grim curtain over the otherwise beautiful country. Economically a lot may have been improved the last few years, playing Erdoğan ‘s game, the same as it did at the time of a German nationalist in the 1930ies who many thought he would make the eagle rise above Europe. That German leader knew he needed the intelligentsia, but today in Turkey we find a leader more in line with the Red Khmer, who thought that all the schooled people would be a danger for the state.

A huge amount of professors, teachers, thinkers, writers, journalists, have been jailed. Detained without any serious reason. some may not have been abused or tortured, but several cases of violence against human rights are known.

Of the teachers allowed to go, those banned from the university, but with a strong desire to keep on doing what they do best – researching and teaching – the peace academics of the University of Kocaeli decided to take matters into their own hands. On September 28, they founded the Kocaeli Academy for Solidarity. In the building of the Eğitim-Sen teachers’ union, they organise weekly meetings and public lectures where everyone is welcome, a guerrilla university in response to the increasing repression of academic and individual freedoms in Turkey.

By now it’s been ten months further and we can see that the professors keep going strong, no matter what counter-activity they may endure. It is very important that professors stand behind their will to give knowledge to the next generation. Even when they may have lost their jobs at the university, they have to continue to do what they were born for, making sure their profession is available to the younger generation, who shall have to build up the country again after the era of Erdoğan and the Islamist fundamentalists.

I understand lots of people living in Turkey itself, have chosen to be silent at the moment, not to endanger their loved ones. though we in the West must also be aware that it’s not just out of self-preservation that people decide to remain silent. There are also those especially in the higher echelons of the educational system, who support the government and welcome the decrees that have led to the dismissal of the peace academics, whom they consider traitors to their country and supporters of terrorism.

Turkey’s state of emergency continues today, having been extended by President Erdogan serveral times, who is governing the country by decree. Meanwhile, the April 16 referendum timetabled a presidential system that will transfer a broad range of executive powers from the parliament to the presidency in 2019. Calls for the introduction of the presidential system were multiplied after the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016 by renegade elements of the Turkish army with suspected links to the Gülen movement. The Turkish government blames Fetullah Gülen – a US-based Islamic preacher and former close ally of President Erdogan – of masterminding the coup, but has so far failed to come up with any conclusive evidence to substantiate these accusations. {Fired from their university jobs after signing a petition calling for peace, a group of Turkish academics from the town of Kocaeli have founded their own academy and are continuing to teach.}

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Having been too busy with writing for others, leaving my own place quiet for some time

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Further reading

  1. The Impact of Islamic Fundamentalism on Free Speech
  2. Yazidi victim of the Islamic State: “I was gang-raped, they call this practice sexual jihad
  3. Islam’s “Quiet Conquest” of Europe
  4. Turkey rolls out new school curriculum – without Darwin
  5. On the Exclusion of Evolution in the Updated Secondary School Biology Curriculum, Turkey
  6. Turkish asylum claims up 5-fold in Canada amid Erdogan’s ‘witch hunt
  7. Turkish Court Jails Amnesty International’s Country Director and Five Other Activists Pending Trial
  8. Turkey’s Syriac community and the threat of ‘nationalization’
  9. The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence
  10. “Turkey is debt free” says Hamza Yusuf. Really?
  11. Germany’s Merkel blasts Turkey’s arrest of rights activist
  12. Amnesty calls for UK to speak out after its top official in Turkey is jailed in crackdown on human rights groups
  13. Turkey’s Erdogan to meet prime minister, cabinet reshuffle could happen: sources
  14. Jailed Pro-Kurdish Leader Says Fair Trial Impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey
  15. Gegen die Wand / Head-On (2004)

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Having been too busy with writing for others, leaving my own place quiet for some time

The previous months I have been very busy writing (under different names) religious articles for other websites and working on a glossary (of Jewish terms) which had normally to be published in April (but because I had not finished it yet, being postponed until later) plus working at the same time on a translation of the Chamisja Choemsjee Torah to Dutch and on an other new Dutch Jewish Bible. That translation work demands lots of preparation, research, thought, energy and patience. For those interested in the work and wanting to see some previews, I advice to go to my religious sites and a.o. to the Jeshua-ists where you may find already some excerpts.

On the political front there is so much going on which goes against the grain with me, I can not wait any more to utter some reactions.

First of all there is the ‘Trump disease’ which may give a lot of people green hair, whilst others, like me preferred not to comment on his daily ‘bétises’ or stupidities. Every day we could write pages about the idiotic, sometimes even moron actions, endangering not only the American people but the whole world.

In the same line we find a similar character in not so much a bully but more a recognisable dictator, trying to control Europe from his home land Turkey where he managed to destroy all the good things Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had done in the past for that beautiful country.
The present ruling man in Turkey, who served as prime minister (2003–14) and since 2014 as president continues his oratory skills, from his  high school days, in the cause of political and conservative Islam.

The Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi; AKP managed already in the period of 2007-2008 to put many behind bars.

Instead of bringing the country in line with the European Union Erdoğan as a populist succeeds more and more to get people wild for his restricting and undemocratic ideas. though it can well be lots of people wave with Turkish flags and do as if they like Erdogan, because they are so afraid for countermeasures.

It is not clear if the coup on the night of July 15, 2016, might be something organised by the AKP itself to make itself stronger. Then the world could see how a small faction within the army attempted to launch a coup against the AKP-led government, deploying tanks and troops to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul and seizing facilities, including television stations and bridges. But very quickly people were called to come on the streets and very fast hundreds of people suddenly where ‘found’ to be against the State of Turkey and to be a danger for the nation.

In that Summer night nearly 300 people, mostly civilians, had been killed in confrontations. We can not resist to think the wide purge that took place after the (possibly orchestrated) coup, removing thousands of police, soldiers, and civil servants from their jobs over suspicions that they might have been sympathetic to the coup, must have been prepared long before the coup.

Anti-terror squads of local police departments have been incredibly busy, finding an abnormal high number of people who would be a danger for the nation. I even started wondering who would be teaching next school-year, most teachers having been put in jail. Also concerning what they shall learn at school I have doubts, it now having forbidden a.o. to teach that dinosaurs existed.

My feet are burning, seeing so much injustice going on, that I can not be quiet longer concerning certain political evolutions. Though I prefer still to spend most of the time with my religious matters I think it will not be bad to spend now and then also some time here at my own private page to stir up some person’s bile.

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Preceding articles

Bosphorus bloodshed

Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

2016 in review Politics #1 Year of dissonance

EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

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Additional reading

  1. Growing separation and problems in Turkey
  2. Unprecedented violence against protesters and social protest
  3. Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away
  4. Darkest just before dawn
  5. From Guestwriters 2016 in review
  6. A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy
  7. Nice attack, terror everywhere and coup attempt in Turkey
  8. Turkey: A dictatorship by any other name
  9. State of emergency and respect for human rights
  10. In the aftermath of the failed coup

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Further reading

  1. The Fairy Tale of “Post-Modern” Turkey
  2. Erdogan might emerge stronger from coup crisis
  3. Turkey Coup : Turkish authorities round up plotters
  4. Turkey’s 15 July coup attempt had nothing to do with America – Where’s the proof?
  5. Post-coup attempt
  6. Tayyip Erdogan powers in Turkey to be expanded by constitutional reform‘I don’t care if they call me dictator’: Turkey president Tayyip Erdogan
  7. ‘Turkey’s 9/11’: One Year Later, Turkish Embassy Uses Coup Anniversary to Target Gulen
  8. Leading the fight for freedom – in Turkey and elsewhere
  9. Turkey rolls out new school curriculum – without Darwin
  10. On the Exclusion of Evolution in the Updated Secondary School Biology Curriculum, Turkey
  11. Turkish crackdown continues: authorities investigating some 10,000 social media users
  12. Turkey from democracy to autocracy. How we lost a Middle East country with high level of democratic values
  13. in support of Turkish mathematicians
  14. Will there be a coup against Erdoğan in Turkey?
  15. Stop Trump’s Nuclear Threat: What we Can Do.
  16. NATO insiders suspect staged Turkey coup
  17. Why the 2018 Midterms Will Become the Most Important Voting Event in American History
  18. We’re more lost than we thought.
  19. Sarah Silverman Calls For Military Coup On Trump
  20. Former Obama Official Calls For Military Coup, Civil War Imminent!
  21. They want war: Leftists Call for Protesters to “Start Killing People” While Obama Official Demands “Military Coup” Against Trump
  22. Soros Insider Demands Military Overthrow Trump | Clifford Cunningham – Infowars
  23. Hollywood Calls For The Overthrow Of President Trump | Infowars
  24. Deranged! Ex-Obama official Rosa Brooks and comedian Sarah Silverman calls for military coup

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2016 in review Obituary

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Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1959

Loving the Alien: David Bowie is one of few major international rock stars ? especially English ones, who have performed in Israel.At the age of 69 the south London boy who became a global icon, rock star David Bowie died after an 18 month fight against cancer on January the 10th. The man who showed the world how innovation and creativity can endure a.o. in 1987 played a concert in Berlin that bridged the Berlin Wall. Germans later thanked him for helping to bring the wall down. His goodbye album showing how he had immersed himself in Kabbalah as part of an overarching spiritual quest that took him from Tibetan Buddhism (he almost joined a monastery in the late 1960s, until his teacher told him that he’d make a better musician than monk) to Christian mysticism, occult worship and a flirtation with neo-Nazi imagery that nearly derailed his career when it was discovered that he collected Nazi memorabilia and that he seemingly made a “Heil Hitler” salute upon arriving, in 1976, in an open-top Mercedes convertible, waving to a crowd gathered at London’s Victoria Station.

The chameleon-like Bowie went through an early, hippie/flower-power period, playing acoustic guitar and modeling himself, in some ways, after Dylan, to whom he paid tribute in “Song for Bob Dylan” on his 1971 album, “Hunky Dory.”

Six decades had the pleasured to see a great master of the harmonica, the very sweet man Jean Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans, who has died aged 94, 22 August 2016. The true Bruxellois or Ketje, born in the Marolles, Thielemans captured the world with his fluent jazzy tunes.

He recorded with some of the most popular – and technically demanding – artists in jazz, including the bass-guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius, the piano maestros Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner, the innovative pop-jazz bandleader Quincy Jones, and the guitar star Pat Metheny.

Lots of kids all over the world have grown up with his them tune for Sesame Street.

Toots Thielemans plays the harmonica at an event to celebrate his 90th birthday in La Hulpe, Belgium

Toots Thielemans plays the harmonica at an event to celebrate his 90th birthday in La Hulpe, Belgium. Photograph: Kristof van Accom/AFP/Getty Images

In 2009, the US National Endowment for the Arts made him a Jazz Master. His 90th birthday guests at Lincoln Center in 2012 included Herbie Hancock and the Brazilian singer-pianist Eliane Elias, and he continued to play in public until declining health led to his retirement two years later.

The record producer Quincy Jones, known for his work with Michael Jackson, was quoted as saying on Thielemans’ website:

“I can say without hesitation that Toots is one of the greatest musicians of our time.”

  • 4 March 2017

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2016 in review Politics #2 Persons of the year

Merkel‘s popularity had suffered in 2016, following a rash of sexual assaults in the western city of Cologne on New Year‘s Eve blamed mainly on Arab and North African men.

Deutsch: Der Raddampfer Goethe bei Nacht am An...

Deutsch: Der Raddampfer Goethe bei Nacht am Anleger Köln im Jahr 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Going from 2015 into 2016 in some German cities brought out the animal by several Muslim youngsters. More than 600 women claimed to have been victims of a spate of Muslim grooming and rape gangs, sexual assaults and muggings plus steaming in a.o. Cologne on New Year’s Eve where the police were completely overwhelmed by the violence, largely blamed on foreigners.

The Cologne attacks have were been blamed on gangs of predominantly North African immigrants from Algeria and Morocco as well as some Syrian refugees. Some of the immigrants were well known to Cologne police as pickpockets and muggers who frequent the station. Many are thought to be illegal immigrants whose asylum requests have been rejected.

A leaked police account of the Cologne violence, compiled by North Rhine-Westphalia’s Federal Criminal Bureau, described in harrowing detail what the female victims suffered.

“The attackers stuck their fingers through the tights and the underwear of their victims, they were surrounded on all sides, grabbed and fingered,”

the report said. It said most attackers had “bloodshot eyes” and were probably either drunk or on drugs.

The Federal Criminal Bureau said that such a form of mass sexual molestation was hitherto unknown in Germany but that similar violence had occurred in Egypt on Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

The Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, has pledged to increase the number of police video cameras across Germany to deter future incidents of mass crime.

When the German nationalist group Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) hosted a rally in Cologne, which drew more than 1,700 people, it was notable that in this case the police found it well appropriate to use water cannons on the crowd. The fact that water cannons and fully-militarized police were used against people protesting the rapes while the authorities did nothing to stop Arab and North African men from wreaking havoc on New Year’s Eve could be seen as emblematic of the political system’s priorities.

Blåsippa

Sverigedemokraterna

In Sweden the police had tried to keep it quite that there had been assaults and rapes at a festival. The man in charge of policing the festival, Peter Argen, appeared to admit the decision to play down the incident at the time was political, telling Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest paper, that there were fears of “playing into the hands” of the country’s increasingly popular anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna). In Germany itself, anti-immigrant and counter demonstrations drew thousands overnight in Leipzig.

The Danish government secured backing for a controversial bill which would allow authorities to seize jewellery and other valuables from asylum seekers to help pay for their stay in refugee centres. Denmark’s national broadcaster DR reported that the government only won over sceptical MPs by amending the law to allow refugees to hold onto wedding rings and other items of sentimental value, like family portraits. The UN’s high commission for refugees has called the legislation

“an affront to their dignity and an arbitrary interference with their right to privacy.”

For many Europeans it is clear that if newcomers want to live here, they must accept certain values or else move on.

For Angela Merkel it was clear Europe should be very careful with Erdogan, who easilly could turn against the European citizens and calling names those who do not agree with him or do not want to go on the same line. Germany’s relationship with Erdogan is one of its knottiest problems. Mockery like the one from Erdogan we also could find by ISIS who laughed with Merkel and the European Union and managed to bring fear over Western Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel her mantra that the Germans where going to make it was never implicating it would be easy. Eleven moths after she first said ‘Wir schaffen das’ (in the same spirit as Obama’s ‘Yes we can’) , she was under fire because of the increase in violence.

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Würzburg with cathedral and city hall in time of peace

In July Angela Merkel responded to criticisms of her refugee policy, insisting that the country should stay the course despite Islamist terror attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach that have sparked urgent calls from her opponents for a harder line on immigration.

 “I never said it would be easy,”

she rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country (an axe rampage, a shooting spree, a knife attack and a suicide bombing stunned Germany, leaving 13 people dead, including three assailants, and dozens wounded) and said  the four assaults within a week were “shocking, oppressive and depressing” but not a sign that authorities had lost control.

The German leader said the assailants

“wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need”.

“We firmly reject this,”

she said at a wide-ranging news conference.

Merkel repeated her rallying cry from last year when she opened the borders to people fleeing war and persecution, many from Syria, which brought nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees to Germany in 2015.

“I’m just as convinced now as I was then that we will cope . . . and we will live up to this historic task.”

she said, agreeing that they had overseen some problems but also pointing at our challenge in times of globalisation.

Three of the four attackers were asylum seekers, and two of the assaults were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Merkel said that she would not allow jihadists, following a series of deadly attacks in France, Belgium, Turkey and the US state of Florida, to keep her government from being guided by reason and compassion.

“Despite the great unease these events inspire, fear can’t be the guide for political decisions,”

she said.

“It is my deep conviction that we cannot let our way of life be destroyed.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in August called on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe.

Under the EU-Turkey agreement, Ankara agreed to take back one Syrian who made it to Greece in return for being allowed to send one from its massive refugee camps to the bloc in a more orderly redistribution programme.

The deal also pledges billions of euros in EU aid for Turkey, visa-free European travel for Turkish citizens and accelerated EU membership talks.

“We must agree on similar deals with other countries, such as in North Africa, in order to get better control over the Mediterranean sea refugee routes,”

Merkel told regional daily Neue Passauer Zeitung.

“Such agreements are also in the interest of the refugees themselves,”

she said, pointing to the huge risks migrants take in crossing the Mediterranean in rickety vessels, as well as the large sums they have to pay smugglers for the perilous sea passage.

“It is safer for them and there are good reasons for them to remain in Turkey, close to their homeland, where the cultural and language barriers are lower,”

she said, defending the deal with Turkey as

“correct, as before”.

Near the end of 2016 she came more and more criticised, even by rebels from her own conservative bloc being accused of exposing the country to unacceptable risks without stricter controls on people coming into the country. The December assault on a Christmas market also proofed how easy a criminal could go from Germany to Italy, passing the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

All citizens with the German politicians were awaiting urgent action from the federal government and Europe.

Merkel announced a string of new security measures including improving an “early-warning system” to detect radicalisation among refugees, training the military to respond to major attacks, boosting intelligence cooperation with allies and speeding up deportation of rejected asylum seekers.

Her strong stance and firm attitude to have Europe to be willing to help war refugees made the rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party stronger with a campaign against “Islamisation“, which would deal Merkel a stinging blow one year ahead of a general election.

Life in communist East Germany informed the chancellor’s firm line with China’s ruling party.

In a way Merkel could have been seen as the de facto ‘European Leader’, but this position is based on her mastery of domestic politics, argued the FT’s Gideon Rachman.

Many European governments harbour resentment against Ms Merkel. But they will miss her ability to keep Europe together when she finally falls.

Alternative-fuer-Deutschland-Logo-2013.svgIn September in rural Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (West Pomerania) the anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party (Alternative for Germany) earned a small footnote in post-war history, becoming the first state where the CDU has ever been outflanked by a party of the right. Only three years old, the right-wing party her growing popularity, by reflecting a classic protest vote, was a clear sign to Ms Merkel, but also for the other European members states. Angela Merkel has admitted that her hated open-door policy on Muslim migrants led to her party’s crushing defeat in elections.

AfD gathered strength, pushing chancellor’s Christian Democrats into third place, and her defeat would set the stage for national elections. CDU could muster only a pitiful 19.2 per cent of the vote compared to the victorious AfD’s 21 per cent, leading to growing scepticism about Merkel’s ability to cling onto power in Germany after her party also lost three elections to the AfD in March. (Who voted AfD? The election data crunched – Süddeutsche Zeitung; German voters are frustrated and nobody is listening – Tanit Koch, Bild ; Merkel in her own words – Bild interview on her refugee welcome; There is trouble brewing for Merkel – Nico Fried, Süddeutsche Zeitung; Spiegel wrote:

“The AfD has essentially staged a revolution in Merkel’s backyard. And it did so by turning the elections into a single-issue vote: Merkel’s refugee policies.)

Charlotte Knobloch-Neuland, elected President of Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) (2006-2010), Vice President of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress, President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern since 1985

Germany’s Jewish leaders have reacted with horror to the success of the AfD, Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria expressing their worries

“That an extreme-right party which blatantly incites hatred against minorities in a disgusting way can rise unhindered in our country is a nightmare come true.”

At the same time the increasingly vocal Visegrad four  central European countries, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic could not be ignored.

According to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski a “cultural counter-revolution” has started. They do found the politicians in Brussels “short-sighted“. For Orban the

Brexit is a fantastic opportunity”

giving them a historic cultural moment.

“There is a possibility of a cultural counter-revolution right now.”

(Read more about Brussels’ eastern critics, Poland’s kingmaker Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and his past encouters with Mr Orban.)

With Turkish troops in action in Syria and Mr Erdogan taking steps to mend frosty relations with Mr Putin, at the biannual meeting of foreign ministers for informal talks in Bratislava, known in EU parlance as the Gymnich meeting, named after the German town in which foreign ministers first met informally in the 1970s, Turkey was dominating this time, since the coup attempt there having been friction between EU leaders and Ankara over president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on the army and a huge civil service purge, plus the intern problems he wanted to cause in the EU member states between Gülen followers and Erdogan fans.  Mr Erdogan also complained that there was too little solidarity from European leaders after the coup attempt.

The German chancellor, at the Merkel-Erdogan September meeting at the 11th G20 Summit in Hangzhou in China, in the words of Die Welt, managed to look like a provincial mayor visiting the Sultan.

In January 2016 US President Barack Obama has engaged his Presidential veto to stop a bill that would have stripped Planned Parenthood.

In the New York Times January editions Nicholas Kristof assailed the Burmese government for its horrific treatment of the Rohingya minority – and faults Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the issue. Also in the Times, Masha Gessen explained how foreign criminal investigations were shedding light on the corruption of President Putin’s regime in Russia.

The American and the European press came more under fire by the Trump family, accusing one after the other of ‘false news’.

Melania Trump in September sued the publisher of the Daily Mail for $150m over “false and defamatory statements”. The lawsuit turned on a Daily Mail story that cited a Slovenian magazine’s report that a modelling agency, which employed Mrs Trump in the 1990s, had also served as an escort service. The lawsuit was filed in spite of the Daily Mail publishing a retractionMrs Trump‘s lawyer led the Hulk Hogan suit that brought down Gawker (- something you can read more about in Nick Denton’s Lunch with the FT. )

In Politico, Rosa María Payá insisted that the European Union must win concessions on human rights in its negotiations with Cuba.

Nightclubs, because of the loud music, the drunk people and the crowd, became considered a target for ISIS and Canada got the first turn with a shooting at Ten X Nightclub at the 1100 Block of 10 Avenue southwest in Calgary just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning January 10.

On video’s we could see how calm Salah Abdeslam was after the attacks in Paris.

In Turkey not only Istanbul’s nightclubs became unsafe by ISIS, several political groups started to become more active again now Erdogan came to limit the freedom of speech.

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Police investigate the area after an explosion in central Istanbul

By a suicide bomber at least 10 people were killed and 15 injured in Sultanahmet Square, close to the major tourist attractions of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia on the 12th of January.

The war on terror by the beginning of 2016 had already increased the death-toll with 4.500%.

In the United States of America Donald Trump made good use of the situations around refugees and terror attacks in Europe to get the whopping 45 millions Americans on food stamps, on his hand accusing the Obama governement of the dire economic environment that thrusts people into poverty and despair, and which would become worse, according to Trump when America would not make more work of getting the refugees and asylum-seekers out of the States.

Whilst Obama asked to keep appealing to the bigger interests and hopes of America

— not our narrow ones and fears, as we’ve seen too frequently in our politics.

Trump worked on that fear and told many lies, also making the Democrats the evil of the State, having politicians like the Clintons who had to belong to prison (according to Trump).

Obama may have laid out a vision for an economy that’s even stronger, a country that’s safer, and a union that’s more perfect, than the one before he started, at the end of the year the thunderstorm was lurking around the corner with a Trumpet being able to destroy it soon when he would come into power in 2017.

Barack and Angela’s Tragic Romance Obama first became a figure of global importance when, in July 2008, the then-candidate mesmerized a crowd of 200,000 Berliners and therefore his last major tour abroad had to be sealed over there, where he redeveloped his strongest rapport with any world leader: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There Obama got his last, line of defence.

Obama and Merkel may have made for something of an odd couple, for us Europeans it was clear that for 2016 they both where the main figures of the year, Merkel getting the position of Woman of the Year and carrying the mantle of the West.

The charismatic orator met understatement personified. The public intellectual outshined the reclusive scientist. His biography spans the globe; she hails from provincial East Germany. The one roused sky-high expectations; the other was eternally underestimated. And if Obama’s attention was drawn to the rising powers of Asia, Merkel was focused on keeping the Old Continent afloat. It seemed improbable back then that the two leaders would form any bond beyond the polite and professional.

wrote Joerg Forbrig, senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin on November 16, 2016.

Ms Merkel soon recognised the challenge having to say goodbye to Donald Trump in a letter to Mr Trump pledging him to work together on the basis on common democratic values — an unprecedented condition for a German chancellor to set for a US president.

Obama said that his successor had

“expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships”

including in Nato. While the outgoing US president blamed inequality and fear for rise of Trump and Brexit and even perhaps might well be wrong about Mr Trump’s intentions, Ms Merkel’s best working assumption were that he was right.
Donald Trump insisted also he would have campaigned differently if Electoral College didn’t exist – and still won

Strange that so many Americans had difficulties with Obama making it possible for Americans to go to Cuba and Vietnam. For some also the dark part of the U.S. power structure — intelligence agencies collaborating with criminal elements and shady business people — simply proved too tight-knit a network for the U.S. government to choose an enlightened course of action.

The entrance to an internment facility at Camp Delta, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantánamo Bay detention camp, also called Gitmo, U.S. detention facility on the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, located on the coast of Guantánamo Bay in southeastern Cuba.

It may be said that an Obama quick fix to what many considered the excesses of the U.S. war on terror did not materialize and that he did not manage to close the prison at Guantanamo. U.S.-German relations were also not spared new strains. Berlin’s refusal to support a NATO-led intervention in Libya was as incomprehensible to the United States as it was to the country’s other allies (even if history has since offered some vindication for that reluctance).

Germany’s handling of the eurozone crisis was openly criticized by Washington, which feared a new downturn for a global economy that was barely in recovery. In turn, revelations of extensive National Security Agency surveillance of international organizations and Western governments, including of Merkel herself, left Germans perplexed and angered at the United States.

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View of the Kremlin from the Moscow River

Somehow we may speak about a Obama-Merkel team that showed a political symbiosis, that few would have expected during his early years in office, taking stance against Moscow which made claims to an exclusive sphere of influence in Ukraine and elsewhere. It was the German chancellor who became the key interlocutor with the Kremlin and rallied reluctant Europeans behind sanctions against Russia. The U.S. president, in turn, added transatlantic coherence by making sure that American responses and sanctions were in lockstep with those of the European Union.

Obama on his farewell tour through Europe tried to assure allies anxious about Donald Trump’s election victory.

President Barack Obama expressed the hope that President-elect Donald Trump will be

“willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms.”

The Syrian war and open genocide is also one of the biggest failures of Obama and of the European Union, they never taking the strong position forcing one or the other on their knees. The decision not to intervene in Syria’s civil war, and then to facilitate Assad’s murder of his own people through political and military coordination with Iran and Russia, was according to some Obama’s choice.

At the end of November Obama called on his successor to regard US as an ‘indispensable nation’ and to bolster international order it helped to create

Several Trump promoters did everything to blacken Obama. They presented promoting conspiracy theories such as the idea that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and that Saddam Hussein was behind the Oklahoma City bombing. They could produce all false and damaging talk until at last in November members of the Donald Trump transition team close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had been pushed out and Frank Gaffney, who had peddled conspiracy theories, had been brought on.

The public was told Trump nor his helpers had contact with Turkey nor Russia, though after he was chosen as president elect it soon proved to be different and even very bad for the safety of the United States of America. Trump had lied on many occasions (more than Hillary Clinton) and betrayed his country though not many seemed to worry about it.

In October Donald Trump’s top military adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, met with two Turkish community leaders in New York City, one of whom has close ties to Turkish government agents.

On November 1 “Obamacare” began frightening millions, many of whom falsely believed that the new “law” would make health insurance cheaper, though seeing rates continuing to go up, up, and away – and in many cases, consumers now having even fewer health plans from which to choose.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association logo.pngEric Jans, an insurance broker from Nashville, told CBS News that most of his clients had been covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield until they recently decided to pull out of the Nashville market. Rates became so high that the insurer apparently had no choice but to flee, which means Jans and his family no longer have health insurance, nor do most of his 300 clients that were covered by the insurer, a devastating blow to this subset of the working American populace.

“As of January 1, unless we jump on to something else … we’re looking at $750 a month this year to $1,100 next year,”

Jans was quoted as saying.

This made several looking for what they called the President-elect Donald Trump’s first priorities, and a major heralded tenet of his campaign, to repeal, or at least seriously amend, Obamacare and replace it with an open insurance marketplace and individual Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which will drive down costs and make insurance more affordable and available to all Americans.

Trump while campaigning made many promises. Some will benefit from his plans, but the white working class will not be among them.

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Mariano Rajoy (prime minister of Spain)

For the first time since Spain had returned to democracy, neither of the country’s two largest parties secured more than 30 per cent of the vote in the 2015 December 20 contest, and the second-place Socialists (who polled 22 per cent) have repeatedly refused to join a grand coalition with the Popular party (28.7 per cent) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.  The Catalonian government not so interested any more towards creating all the trappings of independence, including a central bank and tax authority.

Though the aggression around the Crimea not in Putin’s interest plaid Russia a dangerous hand in Ukraine conflict.

Britain stunned Europe when it voted to leave the bloc in a referendum, triggering debate about the grouping’s future and the need for reforms.

At their first post-referendum talks in late June, Hollande, Merkel and Renzi — the leaders of the eurozone’s three largest economies — urged “a new impulse” for the EU.

More people felt that Europe should not interfere with the way they want to live and with the international scene, because that last bit risks bringing mischief over Europe .

Schulz, Martin-2050-2.jpgMartin Schultz, the German social democrat who serves as president of the European Parliament, in January compared Law and Justice’s tactics to Russia’s Vladimir Putin in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. While Poland’s anti-establishment Wprost magazine went so far as to depict Ms Merkel as Adolf Hitler on its cover, with Mr Schultz and Mr Oettinger in Nazi military uniforms standing behind her.

  • March 16, 2017

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Preceding article: 2016 in review Politics #1 Year of dissonance

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Additional reading

  1. UNHCR recommends measures for strengthening security and refugee protection
  2. Muslim Grooming (Rape) Gangs and Sharia
  3. A stain of shame for the European Union
  4. Denmark votes in favour for a Discriminatory Nazi law
  5. Symbolic move to scare people away
  6. Migration not something to fear
  7. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  8. Prince of Wales warning that the world is in danger of “forgetting the lessons of the past”
  9. Looking at the September 2016
  10. Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?
  11. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct
  12. Dutch Trumpism defeated

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Further reading

  1. There Is Going To Be A “Civil War” In Europe Between Muslims And Non-Muslims
  2. The Time is Now – Europeans Awaken!
  3. Merkel Backs Down On Open Border Policy
  4. EU way of life
  5. Pope Francis Likens Jesus to ISIS, says Muslims Must Breed with Europeans
  6. Love Europe Hate the EU
  7. The Europeans….Medemblik !!
  8. People: An Observation
  9. “Brexit” Wins – Where now for Liberty?
  10. Brexit exports ‘Benex’
  11. It’s Like Being Stuck in a Good Dream That I Can’t Wake Up From
  12. 59% of Europeans Say Trump is Right on Refugees Increasing Threat of Terrorism
  13. Forced Multiculturalism Does Not Benefit Europeans
  14. In Europe, good wisecracks make good neighbours
  15. Europeans ignoring “antisemitism” at their peril, says EU human rights commissioner
  16. Europeans welcome us, post-election–
  17. ISIS Terrorists Recruit European Youth Through Social Networks
  18. Essen
  19. My Cologne: there’s a lighthouse that never goes out
  20. Organized crime on the rise in Germany
  21. “I have a double name. One for the Indian side and one for the German side”
  22. German authorities carry out 13 simultaneous counter-terrorism raids across five states
  23. 2016: A Year in Review
  24. The Most Picturesque Half-Timbered Towns in Germany
  25. Europeans
  26. Booliska Jarmalka Oo Raadinaya Nin Tunisia Ah Oo Gaadhi Jiidhsiiyey Dad Jooga Suuq
  27. Top Trump Adviser Went to Moscow and Flirted with Conspiracy Theories
  28. European MPs call for end to EU membership talks with Turkey amid post-coup crackdown
  29. European Parliament Votes to Suspend Talks on Turkey Joining the EU
  30. What on earth is Turkey complaining about? Their presence in Syria is illegal under International Law
  31. Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Open Gates for Migrants if Pushed by EU — After EU Stops Talks With Turkey on EU membership
  32. This is ridiculous, if Greece doesn’t take them the migrants can die away, the EU is fucked with all its “values” no one cares about them any longer: Erdogan threatens to open Turkey’s borders to Europe in protest at EU
  33. Merkel says EU and Turkey must stick to migration deal
  34. Erdogan, Putin in Syria Talks after Turkish Soldiers Killed
  35. Erdogan’s Turkey: ‘Democracy’ Wins
  36. In response to a European Parliament decision Turkey threatens to unleash refugees on Europe
  37. ‘Know Your Limits!’ Erdogan Reminds EU Parliament Who’s In Charge of Turkey
  38. Rivlin thanks Erdogan for Turkey’s help battling fires (Not good!!!)
  39. On the Same Day, One Year Apart, Russia Gets Its Revenge and Halts Turkey in Northern Syria
  40. Subliminal Halos of the Rich and Famous II
  41. UN torture expert starts Turkey visit amid abuse claims
  42. Erdogan Has Been Torturing His Opponents For Months
  43. Turkey: A dictatorship by any other name
  44. Second Signpost Alert: Trigger by Erdoğan?
  45. Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule
  46. Erdogan admits Turkey illegally entered Syria to fight Government and not terrorists as originally claimed
  47. Erdogan: Turkish forces back “free Syrian army” – Interview Mnar Muhawesh
  48. No, Erdogan Didn’t “Trick” Putin and The Ayatollah
  49. Russia “Surprised” by Erdogan comments on Syria
  50. Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship
  51. Brüssels Zittern vor dem großen Wandel
  52. PFW: Battle for Aleppo Over, Real War Has Begun
  53. Erdogan finally admits the real reason for his military intervention in Syria
  54.  Relations turco-russes : Ankara joue un double jeu?
  55. Turkey’s the ruling party and the opposition have agreed on a transition to a presidial system, which they called a Partisan Presidency. What exactly will this system be?
  56. Erdogan, Putin discuss Syria as Turkish-backed rebels push to al-Bab
  57. Putin says grateful to Erdoğan for Turkish Stream agreement
  58. Al-Assad: Aleppo Win Huge Step toward Ending War
  59. WikiLeaks Claims Prove Erdogan’s Family and Turkish Minister’s Links to ISIS
  60. Tayyip Erdogan powers in Turkey to be expanded by constitutional reform
  61. Trump: Erdogan-Style Purges & the New Deplorables
  62. There is no such thing as a heartless “good cause”
  63. Why EU-Turkey Accession Negotiations Should Be Suspended – Mehmet Ugur.
  64. Mapping Radicalisation
  65. What measures is the EU taking to combat terrorism?
  66. ” The story of a radicalisation: ‘I was not thinking my thoughts. I was not myself”
  67. Across the Great Divide – Afterword
  68. How Can A Society Support An Ideology The Majority Doesn’t Believe In?
  69. Counter-radicalisation efforts must recognise the effect of community deprivation
  70. Facebook Policy Chief: Social Media Must Step Up Fight Against Extremism
  71. New Report on Mental Health and the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon: A Case Study of
  72. The Netherlands
  73. The Islamist-led assault on Prevent
  74. A view from an uncomfortable barstool by Landlord
  75. Distortion of History: the pitfalls
  76. The Islamisation of my Country – 1
  77. The Islamisation of Dewsbury
  78. Video: Is Europe Doomed by Migrants
  79. Stuttgarter Platz has been reduced to 10% of what it was

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