Big pro-evolution biology demonstration in Turkey


This 3 July 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Turkey Stops Teaching High School Students Evolution

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Turkey: Teachers fight for secularism

Wednesday 20th September 2017

TRADE unionists in Turkey have called on the public to “raise their voice” against the removal of the theory of evolution from the school curriculum.

Ahmet Hamdi Camli, an MP from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, created uproar when he said: “It’s useless to teach maths to students who don’t know jihad.”

Government officials have called for a “vengeful and religious generation,” exclusion of the theory of evolution and the inclusion of jihad in the curriculum.

A mass rally for secular education organised by teachers’ union Egitim-Sen and the Alevi Bektasi Federation was held in Istanbul on Sunday.

MPs from the opposition Republican People’s Party and People’s Democratic Party joined the rally to “stand against bigotry and fight for the future of the country.”

Egitim-Sen general secretary Feray Aytekin Aydogan called for an education system that is “free, scientific, secular, and equal” and the right to be taught in Kurdish. “We are not going to surrender to darkness”, he said.

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Spanish right-wing government helps Turkish dictator, arresting Turkish German author


Turkish police arrests Turkish German author Doghan Akhanli in 2010

The right-wing government in Spain is a government of the Partido Popular; a party founded by a minister of the late dictator Francisco Franco. Now, they abuse the horrible attack in Barcelona for cracking down on Catalan political opponents and civil liberties. They also abuse it for promoting militarism and Islamophobia for a bloody ‘war on terror‘.

However, they except a few Muslims from their Islamophobia. The royal family in Saudi Arabia. And President Erdogan of Turkey, who is busy at making his country a dictatorship.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Spain arrests German-Turkish writer at the request of Turkey

Today, 01:15

Spain has arrested Turkish-German writer Doghan Akhanli at the request of Turkey. The German Foreign Minister Gabriel personally engages in this case to prevent extradition.

Akhanli, who is a German citizen since 2001, was arrested at his holiday address in Granada. Why he was arrested was not disclosed.

His lawyer calls the arrest politically motivated. Akhanli has written in the past about the Armenian genocide and human rights violations. After a Turkish coup in 1984 he spent years in jail.

Akhanli emigrated to Germany in 1991. When he returned to Istanbul in 2010, he was arrested for an armed robbery in 1989. He was acquitted, but this was reversed in appeal.

Turkish Erdogan emulates Guantanamo, Saudi Arabia


This 2012 video about torture is called UK’s channel 4 “Guantanamo Handbook” documentary.

Three years ago, this blog mentioned that the ISIS terrorist organisation had copied its torture and its orange jumpsuits for prisoners from the United States Guantanamo Bay concentration camp which is illegally in Cuban territory.

It now turns out that ISIS are not the only ones to emulate Guantanamo. Turkish President Erdogan, voted ‘dictator of the year’ along with the ISIS boss in a poll, now wants Guantanamo jumpsuits for prisoners as well.

From RTE in Ireland, 15 July 2017:

Mr Erdogan also said the suspects being tried on suspicion of involvement in the failed coup should wear uniform clothing like the notorious orange jumpsuits used at US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

“I spoke to the prime minister and… when they appear in court, let’s make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo,” Mr Erdogan said.

United States President Trump, who has praised moves toward dictatorship in Turkey, and who likes Guantanamo and torture, won’t object to that.

Guantanamo is not the only inspiration for ISIS. The Saudi Arabian absolute monarchy is another one.

ISIS and Saudi Arabia punishment

This graph is from Middle East Eye. It shows where the cruel ‘state’ of ISIS, present in parts of Syria, Iraq, Libya and southern Yemen gets its ideas of fanatically religious criminal ‘justice’ from: from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, staunch allies of the Pentagon and the CIA in the USA, of Theresa May in Britain, etc. etc.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world with the death penalty by beheading. ISIS might be called the second country; but ISIS territory is hardly a country. The French neo-fascist National Front party wants France to become the second country; but its candidate Marine Le Pen lost the presidential election.

Erdogan’s Turkey is in a proxy war with the Saudi regime in Libya, and on the brink of war with it about Qatar. Nevertheless, Erdogan wants to emulate not only Guantanamo, but also Saudi Arabia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “chop off the heads” of traitors in a speech marking the first anniversary of the failed coup bid that aimed to oust him from power.

“First of all we will chop off the heads of those traitors,” Mr Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul, prompting cries from the crowds that capital punishment should be restored in Turkey.

German, Turkish NATO governments censor G20 journalists


This 6 July 2017 video is called Germany: Journalist knocked down by police officer during G20 protests, Hamburg.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Consternation in German press about locking journalists out of G20 summit

Today, 17:56

At the G20 summit in Hamburg last week, the admission certificates of 32 journalists were annulled. Four of them have worked in Kurdish areas in southeastern Turkey in the past. The German press suspects that Turkey has put pressure on the German government to prevent journalists from getting access to the G20.

The journalists’ accreditations were taken away without giving reasons. A photographer of the magazine Der Spiegel had collected his accreditation on Wednesday but was no longer admitted to the conference center in Hamburg on Friday.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert claimed that the decision was taken only on the basis of German intelligence. NOS correspondent Jeroen Wollaars says that Seibert is always believed uncritically by the German media. It is remarkable that this is not the case now.

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The journalists Chris Grodotzki and Björn Kietzmann went to the press with their story. They worked together near Diyarbakir in Southeast Turkey, where they had taken photos. Both were arrested for accusation of espionage and held imprisoned for one and a half day. They think that this event in Turkey is the background of the withdrawal of their G20 admission certificate.

Turkish journalist Adil Yigit, whose accreditation was also withdrawn, also points at the Turkish government. He took a picture of President Erdogan with the head of the Turkish secret service in Hamburg. Yigit suspects that the Turkish intelligence service has passed that on to the German service.

New information reveals extent of attack on democratic rights during G20 protest in Hamburg: here.

Turkish singer-songwriter Canan Sagar on her songs of freedom


This February 2017 music video from Turkey is called Canan Sağar – Taş Atma Çocuk (Official Video).

By Felicity Collier from Britain:

Song of freedom for a tortured nation

Saturday 1st July 2017

Turkish singer-songwriter Canan Sagar tells Felicity Collier that socialism and music are her twin life forces

Canan Sagar has been taking part in artistic activities all her life. Recently, she dedicated one of her songs to teachers who are on hunger strike in her country in protest at being dismissed by the government after last year’s failed coup attempt.

A teacher of music herself, Sagar spends her time writing, reading, and researching, as well as listening to and performing music. It’s a sheer labour of love, as she funds and records her songs independently.

She describes songwriting as a random act that hits when the moment is right, favouring “human-specific subjects,” as well as social and political issues.

The first political song she wrote was Tas Atma Cocuk (Don’t Throw Stones Child), which is about children being imprisoned for launching stones at police or soldiers in the largely Kurdish areas of south-east Turkey — it features on her second album.

Yuksel Caddesi is the song she dedicates to teachers whom she says are still in prison continuing their hunger strike, which has now lasted over 100 days.

“My song reached them,” she says, “and now I am in contact with many of the resisters — among them Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca who are still in prison.

“The Turkish state is turning a blind eye and ignoring their critical situation.”

She tells me how the University College Union here in Britain sent a solidarity letter to the teachers calling for immediate action to be taken.

Asked how her music is received in Turkey, she tells me: “If an artist openly declares their views it’s difficult to reach a lot of people, as society mainly listens to popular music.

“There are some political songwriters in Turkey, the main group being Grup Yorum.”

Turkey is going through extremely hard times, she tells me. “The politics are ruining this great country that has embraced different cultures and religions for centuries.

“The people have been divided and a chaotic atmosphere prevails across the whole country.

“In the referendum the government has been proven to have manipulated the results — invalid votes were counted as Yes at the last minute — and it shamelessly stays in power.

“This government has lost a long time ago, but is still fighting to stay in power by cheating and fraud,” she says.

Sagar laments the fact that she doesn’t go back to Turkey often enough — she does so only to record her songs and videos.

“I left at a very young age,” she explains, “I have lived in England all my life. But every time I visit, the passion to spend part of my life there, at some point, grows.

“There is a strong fight against the system and it is felt all across the country and honourable people are resisting no matter how hard the government hits back. They are fighting till the end.”

You can find many of Canan Sagar’s songs on YouTube, or even better if you live in or near London, she is playing at the next fundraiser gig put on by the London Readers and Supporters Group on Saturday July 8, at The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, London NW1 OQT. Other performers will include the poet Tim Wells and soul singer Maddy Carty. Tickets are on sale here: mstar.link/constitution2. Or by phone (020) 8510-0815

Turkish regime bans evolution science from schools


This video from the USA says about itself:

But Bruh, Evolution is Just a Theory…Happy Darwin Day!

12 February 2017

Out of 34 surveyed countries, guess where the United States ranked in the public acceptance of evolution?

Correction at the 3-minute and 19-second mark: I said 32 European countries, Turkey, and the US. I meant to say 31 European countries, Japan, Turkey, and the US.

The USA is 33rd out of 34 countries in that survey.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Turkey eliminates ‘controversial and complex’ evolution science in schools

Turkey has removed evolution science from school programs throughout the country. …

Evolution science used to be part of third-grade biology courses in secondary schools in Turkey. …

The measure had been announced before and led to criticism from Turkish academics. They pointed out to the government in Ankara that strictly religious Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where evolution science is not taught.

Though the Erdogan regime in Turkey is in a proxy war in Libya with the Saudi absolute monarchy, and is on the brink of a military conflict with the Saudi regime about Qatar, that still does not seem to stop Erdogan from emulating Saudi anti-science fanaticism. Or maybe Erdogan emulates the party of ex-South Korean president, creationist and dictator’s daughter Ms Park, impeached because of her corruption.

Or maybe it is influence of the Turkish millionaire businessman known as “Harun Yahya” (real name: Adnan Oktar).

“Harun Yahya” may sound somewhat less anti-science than many Christian creationists, as he does not attack scientific evidence that some fossils of animals or plants are hundreds of millions years old; while Christian creationists tend to claim that life on earth is just a few thousand years old. Nevertheless, “Yahya” is as anti-evolution as American fellow creationism. In Saudi Arabia, important ally of the USA, and theocratic dictatorial monarchy, teaching evolution is illegal.

In Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad of 20 March 2010, Dirk Vlasblom and others argue that neither “Harun Yahya” nor the Saudi state represent the mainstream of Islamic thought on evolution since Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species.

Translated from Vlasblom’s article; about late 19th century Muslim scholars Al-Afghani and Hussein Al-Jisr, quoting Mohammed M. Ghaly, a contemporary Islamic scholar:

Al-Jisr was much better informed about evolution theory than Al-Afghani, Ghaly says:

“Al-Afghani said that evolutionists believe that a flea in the course of centuries can transform itself into an elephant. Al-Jisr said that according to this theory, humans, like other animals, have evolved via natural selection and that it is not impossible that humans and apes have a common ancestor. He gave the evolution theory the benefit of the doubt and concluded that it does not conflict with the Qur’an, as long as space remains within the theory for God as the ultimate Creator. The creation story in the Qur’an is quite brief, said Al-Jisr, and is intended to affirm belief in God, not for scientific information.

This religious opinion (fatwa) was taken over by scholars from Turkey, from Syria and throughout the Arabic speaking world.”

SUPERIOR

Al-Jisr wanted his “approval” of Darwin to show that Islam as a rational religion is the ally of all true science, and that Islamic belief is superior to, in his eyes, dogmatic Christianity. That position was welcomed by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid

Sultan Abdul Hamid II

who wanted progress for his empire like in other countries. He gave Al-Jisr an important award in 1891.

Al-Afghani changed his mind as well. In his book Khatirat (ideas), he wrote around 1900 that evolution theory is indeed compatible with Islam.”

The article says that Al-Jisr’s views are still the mainstream view among Muslims, though conservatives attack them.