Nobel Prize winner Pamuk says Iraq war ‘major disaster’ for West

This video is about 19 March 2005: demonstration against the Iraq war, in Istanbul, Turkey.

From Middle East Online:

Pamuk: ‘one of the major disasters in the last three or four decades’

Nobel Prize author: Iraq war ‘major disaster’ for West

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk says prestige of Western civilisation ruined by ‘horrors and injustice’ of war.

TURIN, Italy – The Iraqi war was a disaster for the US and its allies and had undermined support for democracy and secularism in the Islamic world, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk told Adnkronos International (AKI).

On a visit to Italy, Pamuk said the prestige of Western civilisation had been ruined by the ‘horrors and injustice‘ of the war and it had poisoned relations between the Arab world and the US and its European allies.

“I think it is one of the major disasters in the last three or four decades, this war in Iraq. It’s destroyed a peaceful approach in the Middle East towards democracy, towards human rights, western values and women’s liberation,” Pamuk told AKI.

He was visiting the northern city of Turin for a lecture organised by the Premio Grinzane Cavour, a prestigious Italian literary prize that he won in 2002.

Pamuk said Muslim countries were also suffering from simplistic perceptions in the West that associated Islam with terrorism, suicide killings and bombings.

“The common cliche is that Islam is a terrorist religon,” he said. “It is upsetting for civilisation and serves only American military interests.”

Video about Orhan Pamuk: here.

Plot to murder Pamuk: here.

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  1. Artist faces jail for Turkish picture

    By Gavin Havery

    ARTIST Michael Dickinson is to go on trial next week accused of insulting the Turkish Prime Minister’s dignity.

    The 57-year-old, from Durham, was arrested for displaying a poster of his work entitled Good Boy.

    It shows Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the Turkish Prime Minister – as a dog on a leash made from the American flag.

    Mr Dickinson has already spent ten days in custody after he unveiled the collage outside a court in Istanbul last September.

    Now he is facing up to three years in a Turkish prison if he is found guilty next Monday.

    Mr Dickinson said: “I do not want to go to prison but I am not apologising.

    “One should be able to express himself artistically without fear of imprisonment.”

    The charge relates to an incident in which Mr Dickinson showed the poster after a court hearing.

    He had just been told by Turkish prosecutors that there was no case against him for previously displaying a different satirical collage during an art exhibition.

    His work, Best In Show, depicted the Turkish Prime Minister as a dog being awarded a rosette by President Bush in a pet show.

    Mr Dickinson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, is the co-founder is the founder of the Istanbul branch of the Stuckist art movement, and also a writer, playwright and actor.

    He was held in police custody for ten days before he was ordered to leave the country.

    Mr Dickinson is still living in Turkey on a tourist visa.

    Charles Thompson, co-founder of the Stuckist movement, has written to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asking for his intervention.

    He said: “This kind of satire is of course commonplace commentary in this country, and it is intolerable that a country applying for EU membership should censor freedom of political comment in this way. ”

    A spokesman for the British Government said the Foreign Office was aware of the case.

    He said: “We have offered consulate assistance to Mr Dickinson in the past. We haven’t had any contact since November 2006 but we stand ready to provide consulate assistance if requested again.”

    A spokesman for the Turkish Embassy in London was last night unable to comment.


  2. Iraqi fisherman nets shark 200 km from sea
    30 Oct 2007 09:13:14 GMT
    Source: Reuters

    NASSIRIYA, Iraq, Oct 30 (Reuters) – A two-metre shark has been caught in a river in southern Iraq more than 200 km (160 miles) from the sea.

    Karim Hasan Thamir said he was fishing with his sons last week when they spotted a large fish thrashing about in his net. “I recognised the fish as a shark because I have seen one on a television programme,” he told Reuters.

    The shark was pulled from the mouth of an irrigation canal that joins the Euphrates River. The Euphrates joins the Tigris River further east to form the Shatt al-Arab waterway which flows south past Basra into the Gulf.

    Dr. Mohamed Ajah, assistant dean of the college of science at Thi Qar University in Nassiriya, said barriers in river estuaries usually prevented sharks swimming upstream.

    “In this case, I think this animal was there for a long time but no one had managed to see it,” he said.

    Locals blamed the U.S. military for the shark’s presence.

    Tahseen Ali, a teacher, said there was a “75 percent chance” Americans had put the shark in the water.

    “This is very frightening for us. Our children always swim in the river and I believe that there are more sharks. I believe that America is behind this matter,” said fisherman Hatim Karim.

    AlertNet news is provided by Reuters


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