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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Preceding article

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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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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5 Responses to The 105th Caliph closing the mouths of those who try to speak out

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  2. Alan Scott says:

    “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.”
    So Hitler was a more sympathetic character than Erdoğan? A little research will tell you that the rise of Hitler was funded by corporate and financial interests in Germany and the United States – who were determined to prevent the rise of socialism. And I suspect there may ave been a few intellectuals among those genocided Jews and exterminated homosexuals.

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    • Marcus Ampe says:

      I am not at all saying Hitler was a more sympathetic character than Erdoğan, though I am pointing to the danger of the similar characters. Hitler also did a lot of good things for the German citizens and for the country, but he went many steps too far and brought his country into ruins (though I must admit Germany as looser of the 2nd World War did not come out too badly from it.)

      By the Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarian Christians, Pacifists and many others who were killed in the camps there where many intellectuals.

      Hitler also managed to get away with those who could endanger his position, and that is what we see exactly the same happening in Turkey today with Erdogan, making sure his rival are put to silence.

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    • Marcus Ampe says:

      Dear Alan, thank you very much for your reactions on this and one of my other articles. Would you mind giving some more information how you find yourself living and working in an education sector in Turkey and at the private university in Istanbul, at a time where many people in the educational field are triggered and/or loosing their job because they do not fit in Erdogan’s picture?

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      • Alan Scott says:

        Dear Marcus – Thanks for your interest. In fact I’ve been living and working in Turkey for most of the past 22 years, so it’s not easy to give a brief synopsis of that. I’ve been writing the blog since 2009, and published a couple of books. The first one, Turkey File, available on Amazon, gives a good picture of where I’m coming from.
        I came to Turkey first in 1995 and I remember what a mess the country was in then – and I have observed first hand how much better off most people are here these days. I have also been continuously surprised at how some people have hated RTE since the days when he was (a very popular and successful) mayor of Istanbul. He did, however, spend some time in prison in those days as a result of the “democratic” beliefs of the “secular Kemalists” who were running the country in those days.

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