Turkish President Erdogan takes selfie at soldier’s funeral, imitating Tony Blair

Turkish President Erdogan takes selfie at soldier's funeral, imitating Tony Blair

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Turkish police raid at magazine’s office because of Erdogan selfie

Today, 14:09

The Turkish police have raided the magazine Nokta. The magazine had a photomontage on its cover showing that President Erdogan takes a selfie during the funeral of a Turkish soldier.

The Turkish counterterrorism unit this morning at 8.30 invaded the magazine’s office in Istanbul and seized various documents. The edition with the photograph of Erdogan on the cover was taken from the shops across the country.

Also it was said that the Twitter account of Nokta was closed because of “insulting the president” and “spreading terrorism“. However, at the moment the account is still online.


The photomontage shows Erdogan taking a photograph of himself at the coffin of a Turkish soldier killed in fighting with the Kurdish PKK. By placing the photo Nokta stands accused of helping opponents of the president.

They claim that Erdogan uses the conflict with the PKK to win support for his AK Party. The editors of the magazine say they were inspired by an edited photograph in 2013 of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair on it takes a selfie near an explosion during the war in Iraq.

Tony Blair selfie while Iraq explodes, by Peter Kennard

This month the Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink was arrested in Turkey and deported. She reported on the fighting between the PKK and the Turkish army. She said that she was afraid that journalists in Turkey are at the whim of the military.

British Blairite smears leftist Corbyn as ‘ISIS terrorist’

This video from Britain says about itself:

Does Tony Blair‘s Face Belong On Milk Cartons? Russell Brand The Trews (E151)

22 September 2014

Reaction to news today that Tony Blair has said British boots on the ground in Iraq should not be ruled out and that ISIS are “precisely” the same terrorist forces he battled during the conflict.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Labour First’s Akehurst putting off new activists

Monday 7th September 2015

A LEADING right-wing Labour Party organiser was blasted yesterday for putting off new activists by comparing the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to the spread of Islamic State (Isis).

Luke Akehurst, former secretary of pre-Blairite right-wing faction Labour First, was quoted making the comparison in the Observer.

“The analogy an MP gave me was that these people are moving through the party like Isis in their jeeps in Iraq,” he said. “They need to push on, take over, before they lose the momentum.”

But Tessa Frost, a new member in Mr Akehurst’s own Oxford East constituency who joined Labour before Mr Corbyn declared his candidacy, was not impressed by the former NEC member’s comments.

“Luke seems to fail to understand that repeatedly insulting our intelligence, calling us the ‘bad guys’ and making these comparisons makes for an incredibly alienating and hostile environment for new members,” she told the Star.

“I’m not the only member who won’t be looking forward to our next constituency Labour Party meeting because it means chancing a real life encounter with him.”

ATTEMPTS to undermine Jeremy Corbyn by forcibly packing his shadow cabinet with his opponents would amount to a “coup,” Labour democracy campaigners said yesterday. The revelation that MPs are still planning to remove the leader’s power to appoint shadow ministers in spite of party rules came as a prominent organiser on Labour’s right wing compared Mr Corbyn’s rise to the spread of Isis in Iraq. Members of the shadow cabinet have been appointed by the leader since 2011, when Ed Miliband ended the long-standing practice of elections among MPs: here.

Corbyn ‘insane’ for not invading Iraq, Tony Blair says

Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Iraq war

From the British satirical site The Daily Mash:

Corbyn insane not to invade Iraq, says Blair


JEREMY Corbyn’s lack of a plan to invade Iraq would spell disaster for Labour, Tony Blair has claimed.

The former prime minister attacked Corbyn’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics, saying Labour would be unable to win future elections without a huge war instigated by right-wing Americans.

Blair said: “He clearly has no plans for an invasion of Iraq, which is an insult to British voters who so wisely put their faith in me, George W. Bush and Jesus.

“He needs to ditch this drivel about taxing the rich and set out his bombing plans. Right now, I don’t know who he wants to bomb, or if he even wants to bomb at all.”

He added: “In politics you’ve got to be realistic. That’s why the next Labour leader needs to re-invade Iraq using these special robot soldiers I’ve drawn and coloured in myself.

“They’re nuclear and have lasers.”

Iraq war questions Chilcot won’t ask, let alone answer: here.