DARKDANGERBIGOTRY.COMhttp://darkdangerbigotry.comdarkdangerbigotry.com - Articles - Recently AddedenCopyright (C) 1994 darkdangerbigotry.com 1DARKDANGERBIGOTRY.COMhttp://darkdangerbigotry.comhttp://harunyahya.com/assets/images/hy_muhur.png11666What Has Turkey Learned From Terrorism?

The Middle East is a challenging region. Beset by strife and destruction on all sides, Turkey shoulders a great responsibility and mission as a country of this troublesome geography. It is for this reason that, given both the mission it has undertaken and its own geopolitical importance, Turkey has gone through many times of hardship from past to present.

Just as coups and terrorism form long and inseparable parts of the Middle East, the same sadly holds true for Turkey as well. The coup attempt Turkey went through on July 15, 2016 was a crucial lesson in terms of recognizing both the terrorist organizations and the treacherous deep structure Turkey is faced with. This coup attempt led to the realization that Turkey not only has to confront those terrorist organizations that do not hide their true colors and intentions, but also hypocritical ones that infiltrated the state from within, such as FETO.

The state of emergency, which has been in effect since then, aims to thoroughly expose this deep, insidious organization. Having infiltrated almost all vital institutions from military to police, from the judiciary system to politics, from the media to the economy, this organization demonstrated by martyring almost 250 civilians that the bitter enmity it bears is not just directed at those governing Turkey, but the Turkish people as a whole. This is an indication of the fact that the terrorism issue Turkey now finds itself again confronted with has never been a minor one.

FETO’s affiliation with the PKK terrorist organization, which has been perpetrating vicious attacks within the borders of Turkey for the last 40 years in order to seize Southeastern Turkey, was of course not a surprising revelation. The “solution process” initiated in 2014, which was based on negotiating with the Stalinist terrorist organization PKK, proposed various privileges to the PKK in return for laying down their arms. During that period, when discussing this issue, we laid great emphasis on the following potential dangers:

  1. A Stalinist terrorist organization that solely relies on weapons will never lay down arms.
  2. The promises of laying down arms and withdrawing from the country will never materialize; only the sick and maimed terrorists will be sent away from the country. During this phase, however, the terrorist organization will rejuvenate its cadre while feigning a withdrawal from the country.
  3. Meanwhile, the members of the terrorist organization will be deployed to the cities, forming the organization’s urban structure.
  4. This method will allow them the pretense of laying down their arms while they take root in cities under the threat of weapons, establishing their dominance in the region.

As the situation began to unfold in the exact same order we had foreseen, the Turkish government paid heed to our warnings and with a sudden maneuver, suspended the solution process. Some countries may have employed the reconciliation method in their struggle against terrorism; however, this method will certainly not prove a solution for the PKK issue in Turkey. The first and foremost reason of this is the fact that the PKK terrorist organization desires to found an anarchist communist state: To that end, the PKK presses its territorial demands and is bent on the worldwide propagation of the red communist system that it plans to establish over the territories it snatched from Turkey.

Therefore, a terrorist organization like the PKK will only be willing to strike an agreement so long as its territorial demands are met. This, however, is beyond consideration for the Turkish people and government.

So if the armed struggle does not yield the desired results and negotiation is out of question, does this mean that the issue is insoluble? It surely is not. As with all the issues regarding terrorism, the PKK problem is, at its core, ideological one. The reason that urges people to take up arms and join the PKK is the Stalinist ideology. Despite all their efforts to masquerade as an entirely unrelated organization under the PYD umbrella (the PKK and PYD are two sides of the same coin) to be able to curry the USA’s favor, anarchist communism has always remained the underlying ideology. Therefore, the ideological reasons driving these groups into the clutches of anarchism and communism must be thoroughly examined and confronted with due scientific response.

To that end, what needs to be done is to accurately identify the ways to make such a scientific response, as well as raising a youth with a well-developed national conscience. Although the Turkish national conscience manifested itself in an utterly valiant fashion during the July 15 coup attempt, a national education policy built around this goal is still sorely needed.

The same is also true for the FETO organization. In the broadest sense, FETO is a terrorist organization operating under the orders and shaped around the demands of certain secret foreign powers. It executed their orders and sought a divided Turkey. The insidious modus operandi employed by the organization surely makes the situation that much harder for both the Turkish government and the Turkish nation. But there are crucial and major steps Turkey has to take in order to avoid facing with these types of attacks ever again.

The fact that those who betrayed Turkey are the very people who were raised and trained in Turkey has prompted the question of how and through which methods they have been manipulated. People who are easily swayed into becoming traitors usually grow up in environments where sycophancy is cultivated at the expanse of national sentiments. For that reason, it is crucial that a youth with an ideological mission is raised and actions towards achieving this goal are taken in the country.

Terrorism is ultimately a problem rooted in ideology. If a person or a group takes up arms and tries to impose an idea, it means that that person or group has placed their faith in and passionately believed in an erroneous and highly dangerous ideology. It means that they have been deceived, albeit unaware of the deception that fools them.

This is because they have never been offered the scientific evidence that shows the erroneousness of their ideology. For Turkey, a country at the heart of the Middle East acting as a bridge between civilizations, efforts towards raising ideological awareness are of crucial importance. The serious shortcoming in this regard is the sole reason that allows the PKK to continue its existence in Turkey for 40 years and paves the way for the emergence of traitorous organizations such as FETO.

Of course, any discussion on terrorist organizations also calls for addressing the external factors that nourish and reinforce them. This, however, will have to be the subject of another article.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Eurasia Review (USA):

http://www.eurasiareview.com/16012018-what-has-turkey-learned-from-terrorism-oped/

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Christians Targeted by Middle East Terrorism

The Middle East and Anatolia are the lands of Christianity’s birth. Mary (pbuh) and her family lived on these lands. The Prophet John (pbuh) was born and martyred on these lands. The Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was born in the city of Bethelem, modern day Palestine and again ascended to heaven by God on these lands. This region is also considered sacred by the Jews. The oldest churches on earth, the Church of the Nativity, the Church of the Resurrection, Church of All Nations, are located in the Middle East. The founding saints of Christianity spread their religion across these lands. Today, many Christians follow the footsteps of St. Paul in Anatolia and commemorate the era of Christianity’s foundation. The Virgin Mary’s House in the Izmir region is one of the largest Christian pilgrimage sites. The Arabian Peninsula, the lands of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Anatolia are the very heart of all three religions. No political view or entity, and certainly no terrorist group, holds the power to change this historical fact.

For centuries, a peaceful mosaic of the three religions prevailed in the region. During this period, no wars were waged on the holy lands in the name of religion. This period, dubbed the Pax-Ottomana, lasted until the imperialist states divided the Middle East among themselves under the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Immediately after World War I, France and Britain occupied the region, sowing the seeds of hatred between Jews and Muslims on one hand, and establishing territorial dominance through artificial borders and puppet governments on the other. Every group that rose up against the invaders was crushed mercilessly.

Following World War II, Jews and Muslims were dragged into a spiral of violence through external interventions which would last 70 years. Muslims, too, were brought into internal conflict through nationalist and sectarian ideologies, and this great sedition has completely engulfed the region’s Islamic society. Now in the 21st Century, the region has virtually descended into chaos. In the span of a few decades, millions of Muslims have lost their lives while the major states of the Islamic world have fallen one after another. Another victim of this atmosphere of violence is the Christians residing in the region.

The Christian population in the Middle East further decreases with each passing day. Christian Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians, Merkits, Maronites and Copts were forced to abandon their lands. Orthodox Christianity is essentially on the verge of extinction in the region; the handful of Christians who have chosen to stay live a life of fear. Christians are the targets of radical groups and oppressive governments. Christians are also among the targets of provocative activities in the region. In the past several years, countless churches were razed down or bombed in Egypt. These attacks cost the lives of hundreds of Christians. The number of Iraqi Christians, which stood at 1.4 million in 2003, has plummeted to about 300,000 today. Chaldean, Syriac and Nestorian villages have been completely razed, rendering Christians as refugees in their own country.

Without doubt, Syria is the place where the flames of war now burn most intensely. Today, the Syrian Christian community has been caught in the conflict between the regime and separatist groups. Particularly in Homs and Latakia, many churches that were caught in the crossfire were utterly destroyed. The history of Syrian Christians dates back as far as Saint Paul; the pre-civil war population of this 2,000-year-old community was 2,000,000, whereas today it has been reduced to mere hundreds of thousands.

The northern region of Syria is one of the centers of Christian society. The region’s demography is predominantly comprised of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens. With the spread of the civil war, the PYD established a de facto canton in the region: Since the PYD have a desire to found a communist state in Syria, it is exerting pressure on the local Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen populations. The Christian Nestorians in the region are struggling for survival under PYD oppression. Numerous Christian villages have been burned down. The people of the region have been forced to migrate, and whatever possessions they left behind were looted by the PYD terrorist organization and its partisans. The Christians who struggle for their existence in the city of Qamishli have also come under armed attack from the PYD’s militants on more than one occasion. Especially since early 2017, a great many Christians in the region have lost their lives in PYD attacks. The PYD has declared Qamishli as the capital of the so-called canton and at the moment, it is trying to take away the right to life of the 50,000 Christians residing in Qamishli.

The Christians in northern Syria try to make their voices heard by the outside world at every opportunity. They tell of how the PYD seizes their possessions, how it levies taxes by force of arms, and how their youth are forced to fight in the PYD’s ranks. Johny Messo, the President of the World Council of Arameans, has consistently spoken out in his interviews about the PYD’s policies to seize the region and how the terrorist organization uses the weapons supplied to it by the USA against innocent Christians. Again in the past few days, 18 Armenian and Nestorian organizations issued a joint declaration protesting the oppressive policies the PYD pursues towards Christians. Regrettably, these pleas of the Christians of northern Syria have hardly made any impact in the Western media.

The PYD is being pampered by the coalition forces, particularly the USA. It is being provided with weapons and financial support, while a blind eye is turned towards its aggressive policies. The USA fails to realize that the world is drifting towards a new communist terrorism. The only thing the PYD/PKK has accomplished in their 40-year-long history is to tyrannize any nation that stands on their way, especially their own people. By remaining an ally of these communist terrorists, the West is knowingly playing with fire. They seem to not understand that terrorist organizations do not make allies or friends. An armed organization becoming an actual state in Syria will ignite the fuse of a new, unabated war and those who will suffer the most from this will be Christians, Muslims, Jews, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens; in short, the people of the region. The sparks of such a flame may swiftly spread to the entire world. For this reason, the policy of arming terrorist organizations and employing them as mercenaries must come to an end as soon as possible.

Ultimately, the duty that falls on all Muslims is to unite among themselves and unite with the downtrodden Christians and put an end to the oppression in the region targeting both Muslims and Christians alike.

Adnan Oktar's piece in News Rescue (USA):

http://newsrescue.com/christians-targeted-middle-east-terrorism/#axzz542ZVazW7

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Google: An emerging global actor in the Internet world

The diversity of information that Google provides is also a subject of criticism. The Internet is an environment with no quality control; anyone can gather whatever batch of information they wish and present it to the whole world

It employs over 70,000 people around the world. It owns five of the top 10 most downloaded mobile applications in the United States. Having being traded at $85 in its initial public offering, the company’s shares rose up to $600. The company with the highest mobile and digital ad revenue. In 2017, its revenue in the mobile market is expected to reach some $50 billion.

The above describes Google, one of the world’s leading technology companies. It has offices in many countries and their online products carry significance beyond their commercial value. Today, Google’s actions have profound effects that can change the entire world. With its current scale, it is not only a technology company but also a global actor.

One of the most elaborated subjects in international relations is the concept of an “actor.” In international relations, entities that can make independent decisions and take independent action are called actors. States, individuals, national interest groups, international organisations and transnational organisations are the most common actors of international relations. Even though they differ in type and organisational structure, the common characteristic of all actors is their ability to influence other actors. Google is also recognised as one of the major global actors among others, such as General Motors, IBM, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Unilever and Microsoft.

Google is not just a mere search engine; it offers a cornucopia of services in different areas. Google offers a wide variety of possibilities for a vast number of people in the world with services such as; Google Analytics for reviewing website statistics, the free online mail service Gmail, the document editing tool package Google Docs and Google Translate for helping people to communicate in different languages, the Internet browser Google Chrome, social media networks Youtube and Google plus, and Google Earth for displaying a 3D representation of earth based on satellite imagery.

Google is a technology company, but the services it provides also have a social aspect. For example, you can observe a forested area in a city, thanks to Google Earth, and measure how much of this area has been destroyed by urbanisation over time; likewise, you can watch a conflict between the security forces of a country and demonstrators.

Moreover, the ability to comment on the shared information, documents and videos can turn masses into participants in global or local events, helping the organisation of new social movements.

The fact that online data can be easily and quickly accessed today leads to the empowerment of both citizens and non-state actors. It strengthens the hand of global civil society against national Governments, international bureaucrats and traditional political elites.

Until now, the main sources of news for many countries were the Governments. Therefore, Press agencies were limited to the information presented to them by the Governments for their news pieces for the masses. In today’s cyber age, people have the ability to access news and information that can rival Governments in quality and speed. In this way, NGOs, think-tanks and various interest groups are able to question Governments’ practices more frequently and effectively.

Non-governmental organisations are now far more effective in their efforts on specialised subjects, such as the environment, global poverty, public health, personal rights and freedoms.

In this sense, it is possible to say that Google has made an important contribution to democracy and human rights in the world. However, the final picture is not so perfect. The diversity of information that Google provided is also a subject of major criticism. The Internet is an environment with no quality control; anyone can gather whatever batch of information they wish and present it to the whole world. It is not possible to know the reliability of the information that Google presents, especially on political issues.

Moreover, the parameters Google uses to determine the priority of search results are not entirely clear.

When these facts are taken into consideration, it can even be said that Google is the biggest propagator of political radicalism, racism, pornography or religious bigotry.

Undoubtedly, Google is already aware of this and is making every effort to establish the necessary control mechanisms but considering that there are one billion different web sites on the Internet, it will not be easy.

While Google distributes information, it also collects information from its users. This information includes a variety of personal information, from personal pictures to political tendencies, their holiday locations during the summer and the kind of food they prefer.

When we consider this side of their operations, it is not wrong to think of Google as the world’s largest intelligence firm. But how much of this information is shared and with whom? This is one of the most important questions of our time and unfortunately there is, for now at least, no clear answer. That’s why many countries feel the need to set up their own search engines and mail services, in order to establish a protective shield.

Another criticism is about Google’s influence on the new generation. According to this school of thought, Google makes it easy to jump to a variety of contents on different subjects. For this reason, it undermines young people’s ability to think and learn, and destroys their ability to focus.

Even though the world of the Internet has some drawbacks, it is actually an important world paving the way for very important developments. So much so that the wealth of information accessible through today’s Internet and social media have the power to influence the minds of the masses.

The effective use of this weapon may disturb some of the world’s delicate balances. This significant power over the masses can be well-used for the propagation of peace and reason. Hateful masses are created by propaganda and indoctrination; the same methods can be conveniently used to spread love and friendship across the world. It is even enough to merely change the type of language used on the Internet to achieve this.

Big Internet platforms like Google possess the power to do that. Propaganda, which is the driving factor of today’s wars, massacres, exploitation and brutality, can easily be utilised for positive suggestions.

It should not be forgotten that the human soul is more receptive to positive ideas. Platforms like Google should direct all their talents and capabilities to change the masses that shape the world; to create happy, free and peaceful societies and to break the chains of negativity.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer (India):

http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/agenda/opinion/google-an-emerging-global-actor-in-the-internet-world.html

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Together With Our Old Friend Egypt Once Again

Politics is a sensitive subject. It sometimes makes things rough, sometimes even brutal. When politics come between friends, this rough side of politics can be quite damaging. It is for this reason that we should not compare true friendships with the cold face of politics. True friends should resolve their problems amicably, leaving cold-faced concepts like “political interests” out of their dealings.

Turkey and Egypt have been two halves of the same apple for a very long time. Their alliance is based on brotherhood, not political calculations. Almost every Egyptian has some kind of connection, a relation, a bond with Turkey, and every Turk with Egypt. This brotherhood-based alliance is significant not just for these countries, but also for the entire region. For this reason, Turkey and Egypt are the two countries whose alliance and friendship must never be tainted.

After Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s statement on the improving relations with Egypt in 2016, last year saw a year where small but positive steps were taken towards this goal. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s positive remarks about Turkey, published in the Egyptian newspaper Akhbar el-Yom, resounded worldwide. Shoukry, expressing his desire for the normalization of relations between the two countries, said, “There is no doubt that there are a lot of bonds between the Egyptian and Turkish people. We hope relations will return [to normal] and we are always open to this.”

Undoubtedly, both countries responded quite positively to these statements. It was a very positive step towards the long-overdue elimination of any resentment between the two brotherly countries.

Speaking to a Turkish newspaper, the Al-Ahram newspaper managing editor Mohamed Sabreen said that they desire to have good relations with Turkey in the economy and other fields within the bounds of mutual respect, and continued, “We have no requirements for this. We just demand equal relations between the two countries as it should be. … Egypt hasn’t yet completely burned the bridges with Turkey. An agreement can be reached in consideration with the interests of the two countries. Looking out for the interests, welfare and development of the two countries is indeed an important matter but the important thing is to restructure the good relations within the framework of friendship.

Sabreen’s statement, “In negotiations, media/press can play a positive role in establishing mutual relations and can lay the groundwork for countries to sit around the same table. Turkish people are our brothers. We want good relations.” was quite positive and promising. Both the Turkish and the Egyptian people are already longing for the day when the two countries will stand together as friends. The press should make it their job to make their voices heard around the world and urge the politicians of the two countries to act in this regard.

Pointing out that certain powers are trying to create a conflict between Muslim countries by dragging the region into an overall Sunni-Shiite division, the Turkey and Iran expert Bashir Abdel Fattah continued with the following statements: “Egypt is aware of the problems experienced with Turkey, but also knows for a fact that this will never make these countries enemies. … Turkey and Iran shouldn’t be the enemies of Egypt. We need to normalize the relations immediately. … A unity between Turkey, Iran and Egypt will solve the problems.”

The above statements of Fattah have a special significance. Turkey and Egypt should stand united, not only as a manifestation of brotherhood, but also for the peace in the region. There is a serious policy of division at work in the region, and as Fattah correctly pointed out, the Sunni-Shiite conflict is being encouraged. The only purpose of this effort is to weaken the Islamic community. The two long-standing countries of the region, Turkey and Egypt, must not allow it to succeed; this responsibility lies on these two important countries. This alliance is needed, not only for the betterment of these two countries, but for the Muslims and non-Muslims in the region and all over the world to be able to live in peace and be protected from policies of terror, violence and destruction.

In fact, treacherous attacks on mosques and churches in Egypt show us that not only Muslims, but people of all faiths, are in need of protection. Establishing an alliance in the region is essential for this protection. This union should include all the countries in the region and it should stand as a barrier against the intended attacks on the Islamic world. No doubt, everyone knows how much power such an alliance would govern in the region. This opportunity should not be wasted due to unnecessary resentments; Turkey and Egypt must take immediate action in this regard. Turkey, in particular, should demonstrate that it embraces all the people of Egypt. The concerns of the Egyptian people should be relieved in this regard.

The recent developments concerning Jerusalem and the tensions brought about by the Syrian conflict have caused these two countries to better understand the need for such an alliance. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s participation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s recent emergency meeting regarding Jerusalem is an important positive step.

The Former director of the Egyptian Armed Forces Research Center, Major General Gamal Mazlum, stated that “Syria’s interests are more important than our dispute with Turkey. Egypt would never hesitate to sit down at a negotiation table where Turkey is one of the parties” and this is the way as it should be. It does not seem possible for the countries in the region experiencing problems to recover by their own means. The new US policy has, unfortunately, put a hold on a possible peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. All these facts are a clear sign that the solutions in question can only be achieved with an alliance between the leading countries of the region. Any further hesitation in this regard will lead to more people losing their lives in the region and terrorist organizations finding more opportunities and space to operate, which will turn the Middle East into an even greater nightmare. Instead of being responsible for this, a flame of friendship must be rekindled to overcome the flames of violence and brutality in the region.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets (Egypt):

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/01/14/together-with-our-old-friend-egypt-once-again/

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Economic globalization a code for exploitation?

Marco Polo was pioneering the global economy 700 years ago when he brought products from China to Italy via the Silk Road. Since then, with the development of transnational trade, the globalization of the economy has gained increased momentum. Today, it is not at all surprising for a company to produce goods in a country other than its homeland and then to sell its products around the world.

The global economy has become so widespread that it has started to affect state politics, international relations, international law and social dynamics. But, did economic globalization, which had such a profound effect on the world, bring prosperity to the people?

This question is answered differently by the advocates of globalization and its opponents. Advocates of classically liberal economics argue that competition and the possibility for high profit in the markets will naturally lead to the most efficient distribution of resources. According to them, economic globalization is an opportunity to increase the worldwide level of prosperity. Since the greatest advantage of economic globalization is that the game is played out between the winners and other winners, one of central ideas  was that globalization would make wealthy richer and poor less poor.

The argument of those who support globalization is based on the following assumption: A transnational company will prefer less developed countries with lower labor costs for production. In this way, unemployment, the chronic problem of underdeveloped countries, would be eliminated and with increasing employment, the concerned country would develop rapidly. Even though it sounds fairly reasonable on paper, the reality is not always so optimistic.

Many multinational, globally recognized brands have moved their production to countries like China, Indonesia and the Ivory Coast through subcontractors in order to benefit from by using cheap workforce. However contrary to what was claimed, manufacturers caused the conditions in these countries to go from bad to worse.

An activist named Jeff Ballinger published a report in 1991 in Indonesia documenting the low wages and poor working conditions for employees in one of the world’s most famous athletic shoe brand factories.. According to the report, the company's subcontractors were exploiting the employees by giving them a wage lower than the minimum wage in Indonesia[i] while it enjoyed record-high profits. On top of that, child workers were also employed in production and women workers were sometimes beaten by their supervisors with shoes due to trivial sewing errors and this punishment was a common occurrence.[ii]

Another example of abuse in economic globalization was observed in Ivory Coast. Chocolates were being produced for the world's most famous food brand from local cocoa, collected by children who had been kidnapped from their families or sold by their parents to child abusers. Moreover, this company continued to employ children under the age of 15 for ten more years after declaring its commitment to end child labor.[iii]

The globalizing economy hasn't created prosperity but only problems for underdeveloped countries in every period in history when the reins were in the hands of those with exploitative mindsets. It is possible to give similar examples: The article by The Guardian in April 2017, entitled "Threats, Bullying, Lawsuits: the tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market" about the international tobacco companies in Africa, describes the threatening and bullying methods employed by the largest tobacco companies in the world to prevent or impede the implementation of legislation for the prevention of smoking in eight African countries.[iv]  A similar article in The Independent describes the activities of large tobacco companies in Africa as follows: 

Tobacco firms have taken advantage of lax marketing rules in developing countries. They aggressively promote cigarettes to new, young consumers, while using lawyers, lobby groups and carefully selected statistics to bully governments that attempt to quash the industry in the West.[v]

Similar problematic practices can be seen with international mining companies operating in Africa as well. These companies pay very little tax to the government despite earning enormous incomes.[vi] Most of their employees are employed from their own countries, and most of their goods and services are again bought from their own countries.[vii] Thereby, not only do they not make any contribution to the economy or the employment of that country, they also pay ridiculously low prices to take possession of trillions of dollars worth of the natural wealth that rightfully belongs to the people of that country. In the end, the true owners of that natural wealth are worse off as time passes. An obvious system of exploitation continues to oppress people before the eyes of the whole world.

Indeed, the concept of a globalized economy shouldn’t be blamed solely for the negativity it brings. Increasing international trade volume, production, transnational mutual investment and employment capacities and creating employment possibilities for the unemployed workforce worldwide are among the opportunities that the global economy offers for the benefit and prosperity of all people. However it seems that honest and trustworthy administrators, as well as internationally binding – and enforceable - legislation that prohibits the negative repercussions such as exploitation of wages and worker abuses are essential requirements in order to bring to fruition such benefits.

 

[i] Max Nisen, Bussines Insider, How Nike Solved Its Sweatshop Problem, 9 Mayıs 2013, http://www.businessinsider.com/how-nike-solved-its-sweatshop-problem-2013-5
[ii] İrfan Özfatura, Sıradan Atlet, Sıra Dışı Tüccar Phil Knight, Türkiye Gazetesi Haziran 2009. 
[iii] Joe Sandler Clarke, Child labour on Nestlé farms: chocolate giant's problems continue, The Guardian 2 Eylül 2015, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/02/child-labour-on-nestle-farms-chocolate-giants-problems-continue
[iv] Sarah Boseley, Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market, Nairobi 12 Nisan 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/12/big-tobacco-dirty-war-africa-market (Erişim tarihi: 8 Kasım 2017)
[v] Emily Dugan, The Unstoppable March of the Tobacco Giants, 28 Mayıs 2011, http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-unstoppable-march-of-the-tobacco-giants-2290583.html
[vi] Mark Curtis,  Britain’s New Africa Empire, Huffingtonpost 26 Temmuz 2016 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-curtis/britain-africa-development_b_11191728.html
[vii] Mining Online, Britain’s New African Empire 20 Şubat 2017, http://www.miningafricaonline.co.za/index.php/mining-features/mining-in-africa/3057-britain-s-new-african-empire

Adnan Oktar's piece in Cape Argus (South Africa) 

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What lies beneath Iran protests

Recent protests in Iran erupted on December 28, 2017, initially over an abrupt increase in food prices and the country's overall financial policies. Protesters first started to rally in the second largest city of Mashhad, known for its religious and spiritual identity and hosting the Imam Reza Shrine, then spread to many cities across the country. The riots, which then turned violent by damaging banks and municipal buildings, ended on January 4th leaving behind a number of casualties.

It is important to note that we will always stand by the elected government of Iran and be opposed to any attempts and moves intended to weaken the government or cause fragmentation in Iran. Needless to say, all democratic citizens of all countries are entitled to stage democratic demonstrations - just as President Rouhani commented - by saying Iranian citizens must have the right to voice their concerns.  He also made another important statement in Press TV as, "We are a free nation, and based on the Constitution and citizenship rights, people are completely free to express their criticism and even their protest."

It is true that in free countries, carrying out mass protests are defined as a legal right based in the law. As a matter of fact, Turkish law itself states: "As per the provisions of this law, without asking for a preliminary permit, everyone, on the condition of not bearing arms or attacking, has the right of assembly and demonstration marches for specific reasons that are not considered to be an act of crime according to law."[2] Additionally, some essential principles need to be preserved in such protests; there should be no violation of others' rights and security, and law and order should be sustained. When these provisions are not kept, and the protest turns out to be an occupation of that part of the city, uncontrollable elements are likely to be a part of such actions. For instance, in recent years due to such protests, regimes were toppled in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Ukraine, and a civil war started in Syria, while governments were changed in Jordan, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait and Lebanon. Again, social peace and order was severely disrupted in Iraq, Bahrain, Sudan, and Algeria.

Some foreign intelligence agents and fringe groups, with very different agendas than that of the protesters, try to exploit the vulnerability of the society in question and infiltrate the masses. For example, the sinister structure known as the British deep state has been concocting schemes for the Middle East and has been actively working to stage a plot against the strong countries of the region like Iran, Russia and Turkey because of their success in trying to end the bloodshed in Syria through Astana Peace Talks. One of the main methods of this establishment is to provoke the people against their governments; ultimately, that would lead to the fragmentation of countries through separatist violence or coup attempts.

Such methods were used and failed; first in 2009 in Iran, when the Reformist candidates' allegations of fraud in the presidential elections of the same year poured massive crowds into the streets demanding a change. This "Green Movement" was considered as the biggest civil unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamanei accused the American billionaire George Soros, who implemented the idea in the name of color or velvet revolutions, of trying to interfere in the 2009 riots.[3] It is a well-known fact that Soros funds the various youth organizations that contributed to the ousting of administrations in Poland, Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine.[4] It is also noteworthy that the Brookings Institute prepared a report on Iran in June of 2009 called "Which path to Persia? Options for a new American strategy toward Iran." In this report, it is stated that "...the most obvious and palatable method of bringing about its [the Iranian regime] demise would be to help foster a popular revolution along the lines of the 'velvet revolutions' that toppled many communist governments in Eastern Europe beginning in 1989."[5] The term 'color' or 'velvet' is intended to soften the image and make people believe that these incidents are peaceful protests. However, despite their innocent-sounding names, these have always brought destruction, bloodshed and suffering. Soros himself admits in The Bubble of American Supremacy how he uses this method as a tactic:

...working in countries whose government is hostile may be even more rewarding. [In hostile countries] it is important to support civil society to keep the flame of freedom alive. By resisting government interference, the foundation may be able to alert the population that the government is abusing its authority.[6]

Turkey saw its share of color revolutions during the Gezi incidents in 2013, in which demonstrators initially demanded the preservation of Gezi Park as a recreational area; protests then quickly spread to other cities of the country in a weirdly organized way and turned into armed and bloody uprising demanding the fall of government. Also, the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016 was another plot against Turkey, which was thwarted by patriotic Turkish citizens who protected their country. Iran and Russia were always on Turkey's side from the very beginning of this disaster.

Such stirring outcomes may have been realized by the employment of social media which has been popular in the last decade. Social media becomes an instrument for organizing, stirring and agitating the masses that are assumed to join the demonstrations just as they did in the 2009 Green Movement, the 2013 Gezi Park and recently in Iran's protests. The fact that those who tweet about these trends in Twitter regarding Iran are from foreign countries prove that these incidents are being organized by the British deep state. This is the classical tactic of the British deep state but they won't work anymore since people are aware of these plots.

It is vital that Turkey and Russia to be on alert to foil any plots to stir up trouble Iran. Other Muslim countries should also not remain unresponsive to the incidents in Iran and should act in the beginning before such marches progress into violent acts. On the other hand, Iran should respond to the peaceful protesters' demands in terms of the economy and employment to make a better life standard for its citizens. Iran's recent statement regarding the easing of punishments for violating the country's conservative dress code for women is greatly appreciated. Women are a significant segment of the society and should have more rights to partake in many duties including the government. Moreover, it would be a good progress for the youth - who make up nearly three-quarters of the population - to be able to voice their economic grievances and for officials to meet their needs through dialogue.

 

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/31/world/middleeast/iran-protests.html

[2] Law on Assembly and Demonstration Marches, Article 3

[3]  https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/iran-khamenei-warning-election-unrest-2017-vote.html

[4] Kjetil Fosshagen, "Arab Spring: Uprisings, Powers, Interventions", Berghahn Books, 2014, pp. 13-14

[5] https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/06_iran_strategy.pdf

[6] The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party, David Horowitz and Richard Poe, p. 231

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda'da (Russia):

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/10-01-2018/139658-iran_protests-0/

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A Well-Rounded Approach to Climatology

The Earth possesses a natural and balanced system that allows for self-sufficiency. Underground water sources, the elements in the soil, the ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the diversity of living organisms all combine to ensure the preservation of Earth’s perfect balance: This balance never shifts unless by an outside intervention.

Think of a house; the size of the windows of the house, the thermal insulation on the walls and the amount of fuel used to keep the house warm are all attuned to ensure that the household lives under near ideal conditions. If someone breaks the windows of the house and meddles with the parameters of the heating system, these ideal conditions can no longer be maintained in the house. That’s exactly the situation the Earth is in right now. The balance of the Earth has started to shift due to factors such as global warming, misuse of agricultural land and wastage.

Over the last 100 years, the average worldwide temperature has risen by 0.7 degrees. The reason for this rise is the change in the ratio of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, namely CO, CO2, NO and NO2. Greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, heat the Earth by covering it like a giant blanket. The use of fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal, the decrease in forested lands, and the unceasing emission of exhaust gases cause greenhouse gases to accumulate in the atmosphere. According to a report, even if greenhouse gas emission to the atmosphere ceased from now on, the global temperature will continue to rise between 0.5 -1°C over the next decades, which will lead to serious consequences.

Climate change causes changes in the amount of rainfall as well as in the temperature of the air, soil and water. This, in many regions, manifests itself as abnormal weather events such as violent storms, floods, extremely high temperatures and drought. Such dramatic changes in the atmosphere are affecting agricultural lands, thus, threatening life on earth. Scientists predict that, by 2050, between 2 to 5 billion people will not have access to sufficient food due to climate change.

Droughts and floods, two indicators of climate change, lead to the loss of agricultural crops prior to harvest. The rise in temperature increases the amount of agricultural pests and requires more irrigation, which depletes underground water sources. At the same time, the impoverished soil requires more fertilizer and therefore, the ground waters become polluted. Even though all of these negative factors do not result in a complete yield loss, they do lead to an overall drop in quality and nutritional value; it becomes increasingly difficult to process and store such products. As everyone knows, with a decrease in the quantity of any product, prices increase, and it thus becomes more difficult to maintain healthy nutrition.

All these interconnected developments are extremely important, because today the income of 80% of the world’s population depends on weather conditions in one way or another. Therefore, radical changes in the weather will hamper people’s ability to farm and as a result, 80% of the world will be affected by these changes.

Scientists agree that urgent measures are necessary in order to prevent any further deterioration of the natural balance and to prevent the increasing hunger problems as a result. In this regard, controlling the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is considered a priority that must be taken without further delay.

Today unfortunately, there is no general consensus on the use of biofuels as an effective way to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Even though it is argued that biofuels reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, other research proves otherwise. Many countries today choose a product to use as biofuel and focus on cultivation of this product on the land typically used for agriculture. For example, the US prefers corn, Brazil prefers sugar cane, and Indonesia prefers the canola plant; regardless of the preferred plant to use for biofuels, the end result is the destruction of valuable forested areas to create the necessary land to grow these plants. Indonesia lost some 8.400 square kilometers of its forests in 2012 alone. This directly affects the ecological balance and therefore the quality of agricultural products used for nutrition.

When all of these negative factors are combined, what we can see as an unintended consequence is not only the loss of agricultural diversity but more importantly, the area of arable land used to grow food products shrinks rapidly. If this situation is not mitigated by governmental measures, people will end up losing access to products and the arable land they need to feed themselves in the not- too- distant future. With the decline in food production, prices will invariably rise and people on low incomes, who often spend as much as 70% of their income on food, will no longer be able to feed themselves adequately, even if they were to spend all of their earnings.

Then, is it possible to prevent this dangerous outcome and protect the world from starvation?For this, we need to approach the issue from two different perspectives: Incentivizing methods that increase productivity in agriculture and raising people’s awareness. One of the first steps to take in this regard is to encourage agricultural practices that utilize natural farming methods instead of chemicals. Additionally, agro-ecological practices that eliminate the reliance of farmers on expensive fossil fuels and industrialized seeds will also increase production by ensuring that agricultural products are healthier and of higher quality. Combined with reduced costs, farmers will be able to earn more profit and thus the accessibility of food will increase.

Today, the world’s population is almost 8 billion and still increasing and 1.3 billion tons out of 4 billion tons annually produced goes to waste. it does not seem to be possible to explain the problems and the possible solutions in the world as a singular matter. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions would not be sufficient by itself; the prevention of waste is another fundamental issue that needs to be taken into consideration urgently as well. It is our responsibility to make the world a better place to live in by directly addressing problems with definitive solutions without blaming global warming or other factors as a single cause because a multi-faceted problem requires a multi-faceted solution.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India) :

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/01/10/a-well-rounded-approach-to-climatology/

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The Miracles of Jesus in the Bible and the Koran

Adnan Oktar's piece in Christian Media Magazine (USA):

http://christianmediamagazine.com/miracles-jesus-bible-koran/

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Risky Deal Between Myanmar And Bangladesh

The violence and persecution that the Muslim Rohingya people living in Myanmar's Arakan province in South Asia has been subjected to for many years still rages on before the eyes of the whole world. 

The main issue underlying the crisis is the fact that the Buddhist Myanmar government insistently refuses to recognize the very existence and rights of Muslim Rohingyas. The government considers the Rohingyas not as a distinct ethnic group, but as illegal immigrants and is trying to assimilate this community through all kinds of oppressive and dreadful practices. In 1982, with the efforts of the military junta, the identities of the Rohingyas were officially disregarded. While all the ethnic groups in the country are considered citizens, Muslim Rohingya people are not treated as minority citizens and forced to become stateless people.

Without their citizenship rights, the Rohingya people cannot benefit from any government services. When they get sick, they are not admitted to state hospitals. They are employed in government or private institutions without pay. They do not have the right to become a civil servant. They have to pay taxes to the government even for traveling between villages. They cannot own phones, mobile phones or motor vehicles. They are even prohibited from building concrete houses, but they can live in wooden houses; on top of that, these houses are owned by the government. They are not granted the right to defend themselves when they are convicted of a crime; they are directly imprisoned. The police or the military can raid their houses without justification. Moreover, they can be arbitrarily arrested.

As a result of the massacres and exiles carried out since 1942 within the framework of a systematic ethnic cleansing policy, of the original 4 million Muslim population in the region, only 800,000 thousand people remained. So far, 3 million Muslims have been forced to relocate to neighboring countries, hundreds of thousands have been martyred, and tens of thousands of women have been raped. Residential areas were burned and destroyed, hundreds of mosques and madrasas were turned into ruin.

During the rekindled attacks in recent months, Muslim villages, mosques and madrasas were set on fire and Muslims were burned alive in their homes. In the last week of August, between 2,000 and 3,000 Muslims were killed during attacks carried out by the separatist Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. According to the European Rohingya Council Spokesperson Dr Anita Schug, all the men living in the Saugpara village of Rathedaung city of Arakan were killed and only a single boy survived.[1] As Abdul Fayaz, one of the Muslims living in the region, desperately said to Al Jazeera, women were raped by the soldiers, houses were burned down, and everything was set on fire.[2]

Following this, Muslim Rohingya people wanted to take refuge in Bangladesh to escape from the violent oppression they were subjected to. However, these 600,000  people were kept waiting at the border for days, under the rain and without food.

When they finally reached Bangladesh, they were still unable to find peace. They faced numerous problems in the camps established for them. Speaking at a conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Geneva, Dr. Joanne Liu, the President of Doctors Without Borders, stated that the camp is no different than a time bomb in terms of sanitary conditions and described the environment as follows: Rohingyas are living in makeshift shelters made of mud and plastic sheeting, fixed together with bamboo and scattered across little hilltops. When you move deeper into the settlement, you come across a wooded area with no roads. There are almost no services available. The vulnerability of people’s living conditions is shocking. Whole families are living under plastic sheeting in muddy and flood-prone terrain. They have very few belongings, are vulnerable to attacks from elephants.  They have no access to clean water, latrines, food or healthcare."[3]

On top of all this, an agreement was recently signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar due to Bangladesh's persistent stance on sending Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar. According to this agreement, Rohingyas could be sent back to Myanmar in two months. The question is, will they be able to find their houses intact when they go back? Of course not. They won't even be able to find their villages in the region completely destroyed by the army, let alone their houses.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said in the emergency UN meeting at the Geneva headquarters on December 5th that the fact that Rohingya Muslims have been stateless for many years, subjected to discrimination, brutally displaced and their settlements have been systematically destroyed, points to an obvious attempt at ethnic cleansing. Asking, "Is there anyone who can claim that there are no genocide indicators in this situation?" Al-Hussein noted that an international criminal investigation on Rohingya is required. Stating that Myanmar security forces are treating the Rohingya minority barbarically based on eyewitness accounts, Al-Hussein also pointed out that all this must be taken into consideration and reminded attendees that so long as there are accounts of houses being intentionally set on fire, women and girls being raped, civillians being killed indiscriminately, and escapees being shot, it would be wrong to send Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to Myanmar. On the other hand, Al-Hussein stressed that the real causes of the crisis must be addressed and it must be guaranteed that basic human rights will be guaranteed.[4]

The statement of Al-Hussein is very important and entirely clear. It is unacceptable to send Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar unless Myanmar’s government completely moves away from their cruel mentality. Myanmar must immediately end the oppression and violence Muslims have been subjected to in the country for over 60 years. Rohingya Muslims are the citizens of Myanmar, like Myanmar’s Buddhists, and have the right to live a beautiful, free and high-quality life in Myanmar. The Myanmar government can only find a place among the civilized countries of the world if it adopts this egalitarian attitude.

 

[1]http://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/nearly-3000-rohingya-muslims-killed-in-the-last-three-days-2787305

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Aac-LcAxok

[3]  http://www.msf.org/en/article/bangladesh-opinion-rohingya-refugees-people-are-survival-mode

[4] http://www.dw.com/tr/bm-rohingyalara-soyk%C4%B1r%C4%B1m-yap%C4%B1l%C4%B1yor-olabilir/a-41663016
 

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia):

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/fe/newsfeatures.php?id=1424762

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An answer to the 'Alesi' Hoax put forward by evolutionist publications such as New Scientist and Nature

In August 2017, several international science and news organizations reported that the so-called "common ancestor" of humans and apes had been found. Many evolutionist publications in Turkey also jumped on the bandwagon without doing the necessary research on the issue. 

Based on an article published in the well-known evolutionist journal Nature, the report claimed that the fossil discovered in Kenya, named ‘Alesi’ and allegedly 13 million years old, may be the so-called "primitive ancestor" of all humans and apes.

This fossil, unearthed out of the rock layers in the Napudet region in the northern part of Kenya, west of Lake Turkana, belongs to an extinct ape species estimated to have lived 13 million years ago. This fossilized skull of a 16 -month- old infant ape was well- preserved because it was buried under the ground by a volcanic eruption. The skull is small enough to fit easily in one hand and the structures inside it, even the well-preserved tiny ear canals, allow for a detailed examination. (1)

In fact, journals like New Scientist called this little skull "the most complete extinct ape skull in the fossil record so far", confirming that it belongs to an ape. (2) In fact, all the available information about the fossil consists of the following:

  • Small, gibbon-like nose
  • Gibbon-like teeth
  • Chimpanzee-like ear tubes
  • Skull as big as a lemon

When we look carefully at the contents of the news pieces concerning this fossil, we immediately realize that there is no concrete finding that would suggest it belongs to "one of the oldest common ancestors of humans and apes."

Darwinists' obsession with evolution

As can be seen, this fossil is insistently presented as a new discovery that reveals the so-called evolutionary link between humans and apes, despite the fact that it clearly belongs to an ape. The facts are being distorted for ideological concerns and the skull has been introduced as "the oldest ancestor of humans" to be used as propaganda material.

Darwinists' way of conducting science works like this: The Darwinist scientist also initially observes the scientific findings on fossils or current living organisms but since he believes in evolution with all his heart, he produces a completely different story to adapt the truth to his Darwinist belief. However, the scientific method obligates him to present the true findings clearly, without distorting it with an ideological view. Scientific findings, conclusions and interpretations must be "testable". This method applies to all hard sciences; but it is different when it comes to Darwinist scientists.

No journal that calls itself scientific asks Darwinists what grounds or what scientific data they base their unscientific comments on because these journals' publishers and editors are Darwinists, too. They use science as propaganda material for evolution. The Darwinist  believes first in evolution, then practices science. The superstitious belief of evolution invalidates the scientific neutrality of these people and as a result, their interpretations end up being biased. So much so that, if there is any evidence against evolution, they try to make it fit or explain it away within the framework of evolution. Even though every new fossil unearthed proves God's creation of living things and invalidates the idea of ​​evolution, no Darwinist accepts it; indeed, they do not want to accept it.

The Alesi Hoax

Alesi is a fossil of a complete skull and it belongs to an extinct ape species. It doesn't demonstrate a single feature that can be interpreted as an evidence for a "common ancestor" by Darwinists. Despite this, what caused the evolutionists to write a fallacious story about a common ancestor?

Having found no evidence in the fossil records, evolutionists moved their so-called theory to the digital environment and produced genetic similarity percentages between each living organism. The claim that chimpanzee and human genes show 95-98% similarity is based on such calculations. Again, through some formulae programmed on a computer, they have invented a mutation speed presumed to be valid throughout history. In this way, they calculate the amount of years that must have passed since the so-called common ancestor for the calculated difference to occur between chimpanzee and human. The claim that this imaginary ancestor must have lived six million years ago was again processed with the help of a computer, and although not scientifically valid, this prediction has been published in Darwinist journals. In fact, what is being done here is the embodiment of Darwinist belief in evolution through statistical programs. But there are no fossil findings that prove these calculations reflect the truth.

Since Alesi is observed to be about 13 million years old, it is much older than the so-called common ancestor, the age of which was initially calculated in a computer to be six million years. Alesi, therefore, must be a common ancestor too, since, following the same logic, it is older than the so-called common ancestor. So is there any evidence found on the fossil of Alesi that suggests it to be a common ancestor? Certainly not. In fact, as the authors have already stated, the examination of the fossil's cranial features revealed that it is very similar to the ape species living today. The existence of similar features is not evidence for evolution but for a stasis in fossil records, which points to Creation.

Isaiah Nengo, one of the authors of the article, says, "If you compare Alesi to all living things, it looks most like a gibbon." (3)

It is obvious that there is an  ideological bias behind the claim that Alesi is a common ancestor even though scientists agree it bears similarities to a gibbon. If a fossil looks like a gibbon, then it can only be an ancestor of gibbons. We can conclude from this that, it makes no difference for Darwinists what the Alesi fossil looks like or which species it belongs to. Whether the unearthed fossil looks like a gorilla or an orangutan, the ideologically motivated logic of the evolutionists  would never see the truth and invariably come up with claims of a common ancestor.

CONCLUSION

As we can see, the fossil of Alesi certainly belongs to an ape based on its anatomical features and it bears no similarities to humans. To date, countless ape fossils have been found and most of them belong to various extinct species of apes. There is no finding in any discovered fossil that identifies it as an "intermediate form between human and ape species or as a common ancestor". All the ape fossils unearthed to date reveals only one fact: Apes were created with all their perfect features instantaneously, and they haven't undergone any changes in the course of millions of years; that is to say, they have never evolved.

References

1.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/09/meet-alesi-13-million-year-old-baby-ape-putting-face-earliest/

2. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143384-ancient-skull-belonged-to-a -cousin-of-the-ape-common-ancestor/

3.http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-skull-hints-at-african-roots-for-apehuman-ancestor/news-story/7d3fd0730c63d5f6933bcbb1cbb69a25

Adnan Oktar's piece in News Rescue (USA):

http://newsrescue.com/answer-alesi-hoax-put-forward-evolutionist-publications-new-scientist-nature/#axzz542h5hsnI

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Jerusalem should be the capital of love and friendship

After US President Trump revealed his decision to relocate the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, heated discussions began in the region, which is already grappling with intertwined conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Since the arguments and debates have mostly focused on the issue of whether or not making Jerusalem the 'capital', most observations and analysis ended up having a political nature. However, when it is Jerusalem that's in question, purely political or national-interest based approaches do nothing other than quickly cause a stalemate.

When it comes to Jerusalem, it is important to choose a different route, one that hasn't been tried so far. In order to clear this blocked path, it is important to move on from the tired political rhetoric, overused statements of the NGOs and human rights groups, and the completely ineffective and meaningless condemnations of the international organizations.

It is crucial that countries of the region, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or language, leave behind the concept of 'national interests' and unite around the principle of unconditional friendship and unconditional brotherhood on a secular, democratic and human-oriented basis. This should be done without having to resort to intermediaries that are strangers to the culture, faith, traditions, common heritage and lifestyles of people of the region, who have lived together for almost a millennium.

As people who have lived on these lands for at least one thousand years, we know each other. We are aware of each other's sensitivities. We have enough historical knowledge and culture to know that we do not need others to teach us how to live together. We can easily come together and build a platform where we can work out all our problems together through discussions. As a devout Muslim who lives by the morality of the Qur'an, I believe that this platform should be one of an alliance. Given the ethnic and religious nature of the Middle East, this should be an Islamic Union that incorporates all religions, cultures and ethnicities in a welcoming embrace; particularly, this Islamic Union should include the strong country Russia, the backbone of the region, which has made great contributions to peace in the Middle East recently, and which set a great example for the world with the successful alliance it has built with both Turkey and Iran.

The Islamic Union that I envision is an alliance of love, friendship and brotherhood and will bring Muslim countries - currently divided, leaderless and struggling with conflicts and pains - together, which in turn will embrace all other countries with love. The union will usher in great leaps in arts, science, technology, and work to bring peace to the world. When the Islamic world has a body where decisions are made jointly with the participation of all nations and where such decisions are effectively implemented, all issues, including terrorism, can be easily solved in a matter of hours.

However, it is important to clear up some confusion surrounding the concept of an Islamic Union; such misconceptions are prevalent both in Muslims and in the Western world. The Islamic Union that I am referring to, and which our world needs, is not a military alliance, or a potential fighting or occupying force. It is not a union built to invade, fight, seize territory or control members of other religions: On the contrary, it is going to be an alliance set out to bring and maintain peace. In this union, every country will maintain its existence, independence and administrative structure and will join forces only for the goal of building friendship. It is meant to create an atmosphere where not only Muslims, but Jews, Christians, Buddhists, atheists and people from all other faiths and backgrounds can live freely and happily.

An Islamic Union is not going to be built to say 'this is how we respond when we unite'. On the contrary, it is going to be built to bring brotherhood and peace, to create an atmosphere where Jews and Christians too can live, work, worship freely, safely and happily wherever they want in the Middle East, to put an end to injustice, oppression and persecution, to ensure that every person can speak their mind freely without any pressure or fear of persecution, to create an environment where all can work together, to achieve prosperity together, to put an end to poverty, destitution and sanctions, to develop art, science and technology, to create a more modern, higher quality life for all and to build a Middle East where women, children and young people can live freely and happily.

Under the umbrella of the Islamic Union, which will be built with these beautiful goals, countries of the region such Russia, China, Armenia, Georgia, Greece and Israel will all be equal members. The rights and privileges of a Muslim in Istanbul will be the same as of a Jew in Tel Aviv, an Orthodox Christian in Moscow or an Assyrian in Iraq. The Islamic Union will not be a cold diplomatic structure where stiff political meetings are held. On the contrary, it is going to resemble a large family, where Turkey, Russia and Iran are going to be the cornerstones. When there is a union built with this strong spirit of love, wisdom and enthusiasm, nothing will remain unsolvable.

The question of Jerusalem can be solved only with such a regional alliance. Creating an environment where Muslims, Christians and Jews can live together in peace is the first and most essential step. Muslims and Christians should be able to stay wherever they want in Jerusalem while Israeli citizens should also be able to settle down wherever they want in the Middle East, safe in the knowledge that Muslims will lovingly welcome them.

My wish for Jerusalem is for it to remain as a center of religion, even if it is declared a capital in a political sense. Its original state must be preserved. It would not be right to have the typical political hustle and bustle in Jerusalem. The current situation must be preserved, as Jerusalem is a sacred land for Muslims, Jews and Christians. We should not fall into a game that seeks to cause conflict between Muslims and Jews. Members of all three Abrahamic religions should be able to live together as brothers on this land and perform their acts of worship comfortably and in peace.

After this environment of peace is built, Muslims, Jews and Christians will build together the temple of the Prophet Solomon. Jerusalem and its vicinity, which are at the moment associated with conflicts and ceaseless fighting, will turn into lands of love. The only way to ensure this is by building the Islamic Union, so that the true Islam of the Qur'an can be lived, and all nations and faiths are embraced and welcomed. Turkey and Russia, which cooperate and ally for all issues of the region and have made a profound and meaningful impact with this friendship, should lead the way for this important alliance. President Erdogan and President Putin are the only leaders who can make this prospect come true.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda (Russia):

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/29-12-2017/139596-jerusalem-0/

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Keeping Human Rights Alive Where the Human Spirit is Dead

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” is the first document to regulate human rights and freedoms. It has been 70 years since its declaration, yet myriad new conventions and documents have been issued on the subject.

Among these documents, there are also exclusive conventions and documents aimed at women, children and people with disabilities aside from human rights in general. The European Convention on Human Rights comes into prominence among the aforementioned documents for both its content and its inclusion of a control mechanism regarding its implementation. What renders this convention important, however, is the determination displayed by all the contracting states of the convention towards compliance with the values of human rights and making progress in this regard.

Now the African countries are striving for bringing forth their own human rights document, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, or the African Charter, in short. And certain Western nations with a history of slaughtering Africans and snatching them away from their homelands for enslavement appear to be the foremost advocates of a forced labor ban. It is our hope that this situation does not give way to a new policy of colonization, and that it leads to positive steps to be taken for Africa.

The African Charter was recognized by the Organization of African Unity in 1981 and came into force in 1986. Today, over fifty countries have signed and ratified the Charter. Some of its properties separate the Charter from the European Convention on Human Rights and the American Convention on Human Rights.

  • First of all, the African Charter is not only confined to recognize rights, it also regulates the duties that should be fulfilled by the countries; when compared to the American Conventions, it places a strong emphasis on these duties.
  • Secondly, the African Charter is not only confined to individual rights; it also prescribes the rights of the peoples.
  • Thirdly, in addition to civil and political rights, the Charter also guarantees economic, cultural and social rights.
  • And finally, the African Charter gives the contracting states the power to impose considerable limitations and restrictions on the rights guaranteed in the Charter.

Africa’s history and the concern to preserve the culture and existence of myriad non-national communities render the first three items understandable. However, the fourth item draws a line between all these: The expression stating that various methods can easily restrict the implementation of the Charter is quite disconcerting. Although it is a fact that this expression was included with certain reservations in mind, it is crucial that this situation does not take on a form that will grant certain privileges to different groups.

Africa is indeed fraught with problems on many fronts. African countries are faced with numerous internal conflicts and as a result, we encounter widespread human rights violations. Establishing a mechanism by keeping this situation in mind is one of the more positive aspects of the Charter. However, it is highly important that these mechanisms are not exploited.

 

In the case of widespread violations, a specially assigned commission can investigate the violation claims under the name of “special case” and refer the issue to the Pan-African Parliament if necessary; if the Pan-African Parliament reaches a decision, the Commission then can investigate the claimed widespread violations and present a report on the issue. To date, the Commission has accepted important decisions on subjects such as free elections, fair trial, conditions of arrest, torture and capital punishment.

Another one of the most significant developments in Africa with regard to human rights is the foundation of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights. The African Court of Justice and Human Rights is authorized to hear the cases and disputes regarding almost all the human right documents acknowledged throughout the African continent. However the states that are party to the Court can make an application via the Pan-African Parliament and other organs authorized by the Parliament. In addition, the African Commission, the Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children as well as many human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations can also apply to the Court.

However, individuals and all non-governmental organizations in general are not openly given an opportunity to apply to the Court. This can be defined as a weak point in the path of ever-strengthening human rights on the continent.

However, according to the European Convention on Human Rights, a citizen of any European country can bring any right violations before the court. This, in turn, ensures that countries will exercise restraint in their treatment of their citizens.

However, every person does not enjoy such a right on the African continent, where conflicts are widespread and people do not feel safe. Human rights can only be protected to a certain extent. This situation leads to the following conclusion: Safety is the prerequisite for the human rights to take root in Africa. Once security is ensured, the basis that is necessary for the development of the country and its people to live in peace and prosperity can be provided easily. The advancement of human rights and people living in true freedom and democracy can be achieved through regulations to be made thereafter. What is essential is to set the people of Africa, who have lived under fear and oppression for years, free from the atmosphere of terror they are in and not tolerate those who strive towards exploiting these lands.

In order for this to be achieved, it is necessary to ensure that the African Union can implement strong and meaningful sanctions in cases of violations without discrimination. A stronger African Union that is committed to Human Rights will be the assurance of a safe Africa.

Adnan Oktar's piece in News Rescue (USA) :

http://newsrescue.com/keeping-human-rights-alive-human-spirit-dead/#axzz52V33WUMS

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A Comeback story

Besides war and cholera, hunger is perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis facing Yemen today. The UN is doing its bit. India just moved a grant. But more is needed

Everyone has dreams. Some people dream of achieving an important position in their career, some dream of a house, some a sports car... But have you ever met someone who dreams of milk? Or a bowl of hot food? In many parts of the world, sometimes, a mother’s biggest dream is to be able to take her child to the hospital. Even though it sounds unusual, these are the dreams of the Yemeni people. Does this make you wonder why?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, one of the most severe hunger crises in the world is currently happening in Yemen.

According to the United Nations’ March 2017 analysis, hunger rates have increased by 20 per cent, compared to the last nine months. Currently, it is estimated that about 17 million people suffer from hunger in Yemen. Two-third of the population does not have any food to eat and people are desperate for help.

The ongoing conflicts in the country have caused a serious decline in livestock and agricultural production. Out of the 2.2 million children, 460,000  are now suffering from severe malnutrition.

“A child in Yemen is 10 times more at risk of death if not treated on time than a healthy child of his/her age,” said Meritxell Relaño, UN Children’s Fund Representative in Yemen.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian aid coordinator in Yemen, describes the situation in Yemen as “catastrophic and rapidly worsening.” The following words of Fatima, who takes care of two grandchildren, both suffering from thalassaemia, one four and the other 11-year-old, reveals the terrible scale of this disaster: 

“We have no money to treat my grandsons or to feed ourselves. These days, we sell brooms and buy ourselves some flour and then eat it with water. Either we die from the bombing or from the hunger. My grandson needs treatment and on the top of all that he needs to eat healthy food. My grandson doesn’t know what the milk tastes like. The whole world watches us dying and stays silent against [the] coalition.” 

Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland, widely regarded as one of the most experienced diplomats in Europe, describes the situation he witnessed in Yemen as “shocking to the bones” and added:

“Men with guns and power inside Yemen as well as in regional and international capitals are undermining every effort to avert an entirely preventable famine, as well as the collapse of health and education services for millions of children.”

The number of people losing their lives is still climbing in spite of all the food aid initiatives of international organisations due to resource shortage or delayed shipments. Most of the aid cannot reach those who require it.

To top it all, the biggest concern of the UN officials is that the current supply lines being used for aid shipments will be closed in the not-too-distant future. If this happens, food aid to the country will come to a halt and millions of people will be openly left to die.

Despite the current food assistance, one child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes in the country. The current level of food aid cannot satisfy the needs due to both logistic and financial reasons. According to figures released at the Geneva meeting of the UN, the amount needed to prevent hunger in Yemen is $2.2 billion.

However, this amount cannot be raised among the powerful countries of the world. Considering that the UN estimates ending world hunger, each year would cost $30 billion, it is not difficult to see how easily the problem could have been solved.

Indeed, agricultural policies of the country must also be adjusted to raise the welfare level of Yemen so that the economy can be reinvigorated and the country can begin to supply enough food to its people.

One of the reasons for the food shortage in the country right now is the ineffective use of agricultural land. The country is using a large part of its land to grow ‘khat’, which is also used as an addictive drug.

For quite some time, the occupiers of the country have considered growing and selling ‘khat’ to be more profitable than growing food. With heavy consumption of this addictive plant, people have been dragged into hunger even further. 

Difficulty in transporting relatively small amounts of agricultural products, due to an increase in gasoline prices, is another major problem in Yemen.

The increase in gasoline prices is an issue plaguing the country's economy. Yemen was once a country that produced 450,000 barrels of oil per day. However, in the last six years, the amount of oil produced per day has dropped to 180,000 barrels.

Furthermore, the financial cost of the conflict between the Shiites and the Sunnis has also worsened the economic situation. Resulting higher oil prices have made the transportation of food a big problem. A major rise in the prices of gasoline  has affected the food logistics.

While transportation is becoming increasingly expensive, Yemenis no longer have access to clean water, health care and even education. With diseases such as cholera becoming widespread, this easily curable disease can lead to loss of hundreds of lives.

Raising greater awareness about the disaster in Yemen, where even the most basic human rights are inaccessible, and making more widely known to the world the troubles plaguing the country, will pave the way for a solution.

Keeping the tragedy in Yemen, which has been under blockade, topical and reminding people of the urgency of humanitarian aid will surely urge the global public to take action. In this sense, the UN’s call for “an emergency aid fund” and many similar other calls are of great importance, albeit insufficient as we have all seen.

There are urgent matters that need to be addressed in order to ensure stability in Yemen; immediately negotiating an agreement between the parties, securing a mutual commitment by the parties for laying down their arms and above all, facilitating the efforts of humanitarian aid organisations.

Yemen deserves to be remembered for its captivating natural wonders, not for war, blockades, hunger and cholera.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer (India):

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/a-comeback-story.html

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Women Bound by Chains of Radicalism

Today, in a large part of the Islamic world, especially in the MENA region, an understanding of religion prevails which has largely diverged from the essence of the Qur’an, its basic commandments and its teachings. This understanding is different from the religion explained to us in the Qur’an, and it even incorporates many practices which are in complete contradiction with the Qur’an. This religion, erroneously practiced in Islam, is actually a religion of superstition, “a religion of bigotry”, produced by people over time.

God clearly informs the believers in the verses that they are only responsible for what is written in the Qur’an, and warns those who follow a source other than the Qur’an (Qur’an, 68: 36-37) (Qur’an, 43: 44). Islam, as explained in the Qur’an, is a single religion that does not contain any contradictions, controversy or discord. The bigoted mentality, on the other hand, is divided into different groups and sects in itself that disagree on almost every subject and has produced hundreds of different micro-religions, for lack of a better term. (Qur’an, 6: 159) Some of those who advocate and practice the bigoted mentality are strongly opposed to compliance to the true religion God revealed in the Qur’an. For hundreds of years, they have shown a meaningless determination to blindly obey the made-up religion that they inherited from their ancestors without thinking, questioning, or doing research (Qur’an, 2: 170).

Bigotry is a satanic system that generates thousands of prohibitions and restrictions on every subject and alienates people from the blessings, beauty, and convenience God created for us. The biggest sufferers of this system are women. The system of bigotry alienates women from the world and social life, condemning them to a stunted, bleak and painful life in their homes, existing as little more than slaves of their husbands. This system reinforces every kind of discrimination and inequality against them and condones the oppression and ill-treatment they are subjected to. In order to make this unfair system enduring and lasting, the bigoted people have invented countless commandments in contradiction with the Qur’an, which allows for the oppression and exploitation of women, usurping even the most basic human rights of women.

Farhana Qazi is a Pakistani academician, writer, debater, political analyst and counselor living in the US who has a large number of scientific studies on ‘women in the Islamic world’. In an interview, Qazi points out that in Pakistan, culture trumps religion. Qazi describes Pakistan as “a country with patriarchal norms, age-old customs, and traditions, most of which deny girls and women their basic rights in Islam”.

The fact is, Qazi’s description doesn’t only apply to Pakistan alone; regretfully, the vast majority of the Muslim world fits the same description. The state of women is not so different in some other countries as well. For instance, in Afghanistan, women are not allowed to use their given names in official documents or even on tombstones, let alone enjoying basic human rights. It is considered inappropriate, even insulting, to address women with their own given names. An Afghan woman is left to the mercy of the men in her family in all facets of her life, such as education and marriage.

As a matter of fact, Qazi describes the Islamic world in general as a broken mass of billions blinded by age-old customs, traditions, and patriarchal norms steeped in ancient cultures. She also states that Islamic societies are destroyed by splinter groups, religious fanatics, and hardline conservatives issuing fatwas that oppose women’s rights.

Those with radical mindsets certainly do not hesitate to force women into the front lines when it serves their purpose while maintaining their status as undermined, oppressed and second class individuals in social life whose all basic rights are denied. Terrorist organizations, the true practitioners of radicalism, frequently utilize women in all kinds of militant missions, conflicts, terrorist acts, and suicide bombings.

As it could be seen, the bigoted radical mentality offers for those women whose identities they crush and destroy in social life a twisted opportunity to stand out and acquire a so-called identity in an environment of terror and violence. In such practices, this distorted belief system in question reveals once again its insincerity.

The radical mindset that prevents women from engaging in social life and civilization, and denies them even the very freedom of thought and action, is, in fact, striking a lethal blow to themselves, to their society, and to future generations. Children who grow up in a family where women are oppressed, deprived, imprisoned and left uneducated grow up as the inheritors of this ancient, stunted model, which is reflected in their education, their health and their physical state, as well as their mental and spiritual development. Islamic societies could not avoid being labeled as “backward”, “underdeveloped”, or a “third world country”, in any period.

Today, it would be erroneous to expect societies that shackle women – who constitute approximately fifty percent of almost any given population – to develop, progress, and become a strong, successful and a leading country in the world. To achieve all this, Islamic societies need to return to the very essence of Islam, the true Islam as it was revealed in the Qur’an. It is necessary for the societies in question to recognize the high value placed on women in the Qur’an and to reorganize their way of life accordingly. Societies in which women are considered as inferior have never achieved progress; they have, without exception, always been oppressed and forced into the background. The Islamic world should look into itself and recognize that the spirit of stagnation, conflict and exhaustion so prevalent among them today – and take urgent and necessary measures against it. The first measure to be taken in this regard should address the status of women. Breaking these heavy shackles on women will be a glad tiding for the good days to come for the Islamic world; it will lead to great changes in  Islamic societies, and with the elimination of this bigoted mentality, the Muslim community will be living in the most developed, peaceful and fair system ever conceived.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets (Egypt) :

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/12/26/women-bound-by-chains-of-radicalism/

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‘Wasted food’ could feed the world three times over■ Food wasted in the Europe and the US alone could feed everyone in the world three times over.

■ The food wasted in the US accounts for 25% of country’s water usage.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, every year one-third of all food grown in the world goes to waste. the price of this disturbing trend is a staggering $3 trillion.

In the United States alone, close to 50% of all produce is thrown away, which when taken together with other food products, corresponds to ‘one third of all foodstuff s’. Officials estimate that up to 50% of the food produced around the world never even makes it to people’s dinner tables.

In the meantime, every day, 815 million people – one in nine – go to sleep on an empty stomach. Furthermore, it is estimated that every ten seconds, a person dies of hunger or hunger-related causes. In Syria, close to 8.7 million people are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to affordable and nutritious food.

However, this painful problem doesn’t seem to stop mind-boggling waste taking place in other parts of the world. For example, in a viral video, more than half of perfectly edible fresh bananas are thrown away at an Australian farm because they don’t fit the size or shape specifics of supermarkets.

Similarly, up to 87% of tomatoes –also entirely edible and undamaged- in a Queensland farm are rejected and wasted, simply because their appearance is not good enough. this waste gains another disturbing aspect as new videos of hunger-related desperation emerges from Syria. One cannot help but recall the children in Syria trying to eat bread crumbs off the street. the devastating consequences and implications of food waste do not end there. the problem has so many layers and causes so much harm that it is difficult to estimate the actual damage.

For instance, such waste increases water usage, which is something our world cannot aff ord to lose. According to studies, the water used to grow these wasted produce could sustain nine million people every day. Furthermore the greenhouse gas emission caused by these ultimately wasted food products accounts for 10% of the total emissions. There is also the issue of unnecessary use of the world’s valuable agricultural lands.

According to studies, 30% of the world’s agricultural lands are used to grow produce that is never going to be eaten. The wasted food also takes up lots of landfill space, which is problematic considering that we already generate far too much garbage and have little place to put it. Food waste takes place due to a combination of reasons.

The most obvious one is when people throw away food they no longer want. But in many parts of the world, the problem is caused by lack of organizational skills. For instance in SouthAsia, half of the cauliflower is wasted because there is not enough refrigeration facilities, or sometimes tomatoes are not packed properly, causing them to get squished and wasted. When such organizational problems take place on a large scale, the resulting food wastage skyrockets and reaches unacceptable levels. the truthis, we can produce more than enough food to feed everyone in our world.

However, a combination of various factors such as indifference or lack of organizational skills or efficiency contributes to waste, which in turn starts a chain reaction of devastating outcomes. thank God, there are signs of improvement. People are becoming more and more aware of the problem and every day; new individuals, new business and new countries are joining in the fight against waste.

For instance, retailers in France are urged to donate their still-safe food if it is at risk of being thrown out. Many markets in Turkey, Denmark and the UK have begun to sell their still-safe food close to its expiration date at significantly discounted prices. Many other businesses have begun to donate the food that is otherwise going to be thrown out. Similarly, lawmakers in the European Union are working on plans designed to reduce food wastage by 50% by 2030. Indeed, there are many steps that can be taken on individual or government levels.

For example, it would be very easy for municipalities to set up social media apps to collect food that can be donated. Houses, restaurants and retailers could inform municipalities of the food they want to donate and municipalities could thus collect large amounts of safe and clean food on a daily basis. there would be use even for the food that no longer has aesthetic integrity for human consumption; this food could be collected in a similar manner and then used to feed stray animals and those in animal shelters. In other words, if there is will, there is certainly a way.

Our world is already struggling with many problems. there are already so many people suffering due to wars, conflicts, and violence. Let’s not add waste to our list of problems. And the next time when we want to throw out some perfectly edible food, let’s remember those two Syrian boys trying bravely to eat breadcrumbs off the street without complaining even once.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Arab Times (Kuwait):

https://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/wasted-food-feed-world-three-times/

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Biofuel(s): Seeing Both Sides

Fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas and coal, which are the essential energy resources of our planet, are available, yet in very limited amounts. Wars or crises emerging among countries cause problems in the use of these fuels. That is why various countries seek different solutions, and biofuels are one of those solutions.

There are opposing views about the use of biofuels; some are totally against them while others promote them as the “saviors” of our planet. The question is: which view is correct?

There are various forms of biofuels and they are each manufactured through a detailed process through various stages. In the manufacturing of biofuels, the USA uses corn and soy beans, Brazil uses sugar cane, while Europe prefers flaxseed and rapeseed. Biofuels are promoted as “clean fuels” on the grounds that they decrease the amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere. However, some research reveals otherwise. The carbon footprint of biofuels is higher than for fossil fuels. For instance, the carbon footprint of both diesel and gasoline is 85 kg per gigajoule, while that forsoy beans produced in the USAis 340 kg per gigajoule. Kenneth Richter, Friends of the Earth campaigner, interprets the data provided by a new report commissioned in Brussels thus:

“Most of the crops used for biofuels at the moment produce more emissions than fossil fuels; therefore biofuel targets in Europe make no sense and are doing opposite of what they are supposed to be doing.”

The wide use of agricultural areas to grow crops which are the raw materials for biofuel manufacturing has received harsh criticism. For instance, those fields that once used to grow soy beans for animal feed are currently allocated for biofuels. This ends up in the transformation of rain forests into soy bean fields to compensate for the local market loss. As is known, rain forests are essential for ecological balance. Similarly, the rate of deforestation has increased so much that Indonesia has, for the first time, surpassed Brazil in the rate of its clearance of tropical forests. In 2012, Indonesia lost 8,400 sq. km of its forest. Deforestation begets drought, drought begets diminishing of plant and animal species, which may in the long-term lead famine.

Bioethanol, one of the most popular biofuels, is mainly manufactured from sugar beet, sugar cane, corn, wheat, rice and potatos, which are the main foods of people. If you have a car that runs on biofuel, you would have to use 352 kilograms of corn in order to fill up a 50-liter tank. Biofuel consumed more than 6.5% of global grain output and 8% of the world’s vegetable oil in 2010. No doubt, this rate is much higher today.

Farmers sell their crops to biofuel companies and this leads to an increase in food prices. A news report in The Telegraph reads as follows:

“Although biofuels are not the only reason for the price increases in food over the past years, they certainly play a large part. It is hard for poor people to buy food when well-meaning Westerners drive up the prices with heavily subsidized biofuels. It is estimated that 30 million people are starving as a direct result of biofuels. And if we don’t reign in the biofuels juggernaut, models show that another 40-135 million people could be starving by 2020”.

Indeed, in Germany, where one in eight acres of farmland is now used for biofuels, the price of wheat is at its highest of the last 25 years, according to a report dated 2012. This rate has increased even further today.

As evidence reveals, the so-called “nature friendly” biofuel manufacturing system of today does harm to both ecological and social life.

Biofuel is mainly used with the expectation of a decrease in gasoline expenses. However, biofuels cannot totally replace gasoline; they can only be used after blending. Biofuels are thought to be cheaper than gasoline. However, a gallon of E85 ethanol contains 80,000 BTU of energy compared with 124,800 BTU for the same amount of gasoline. That means you would have to buy 1.56 gallons of E85 for every gallon of regular gasoline. But it’s cheaper, right? Not quite. Technically, a gallon of E85 costs 19.9 percent less than gas, but since you’ll have to fill up more often, E85 ends up costing you more.
One of the harms caused by biofuel manufacturing is the diminishing pastures needed by sheep. Those who engage in husbandry in Germany complain that meadows where sheep have always grazed are being turned over to the growing of crops for power generation.

The negative aspects of biofuels can be eliminated to turn them into more beneficial fuels, yet for this end, all countries must collaborate to develop a common policy. Some of the solutions are the limitations that will be set on the use of crops as biofuels, controlled sales, incentives in electricity production from sun and wind, and manufacturing biofuels from non-food plants such as moss. However, what first needs to be done is to raise awareness in our society.

In order to leave an inhabitable world to the next generation, the even distribution of resources, the prevention of worldwide waste and turning to human-oriented solutions are essential. The near future will be shaped according to how this process is managed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/climatechange/7614934/Biofuels-cause-four-times-more-carbon-emissions.html
2BBC, “Endonezya orman açmada Brezilya’yı geçti, 30 Haziran 2014, http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler/2014/06/140630_endonezya_brezilya_ormanlari Son erişim tarihi: 18 Kasım 2017)
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Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):

https://kashmirreader.com/2017/12/24/biofuels-seeing-both-sides/

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How effective are embargoes?

Trade embargoes that have been used to convince a change in the government policies of specific countries go back to 432 B.C. Athenian Empire. Pericles was the one who first imposed sanctions on Megara for land violation. However, the embargo did not work in favor of Pericles and the Peloponnesian war was triggered as a result of the sanctions. Sanctions have been used throughout history at specific times, especially in the 18th when England used this method against other states with the aim of political retaliation. Applying sanctions has become a global trend in the 20th century and increased rapidly since then. The US has been at the top of the list applying the maximum number of sanctions when compared to other states.  

Embargoes have been used as a political tool in the post-Cold War era and the reason it has been on the agenda lately is because of the the UN's decision to lift the sanctions off Iraq on December 2017 for a total of 27 years since its invasion of Kuwait in 1990. It's a significant step for Iraq to try and normalize its economic and political situation in the international arena. When embargoes are closely analyzed worldwide and compared historically, it is clear that new embargoes are unlikely to be more effective than the previous ones. They do not succeed in forcing any nation or government that is subject to the sanctions to make the necessary policy changes. The outcome mostly hurts the civilian population instead. Nicholas Burns, the most senior professional US diplomat in the Bush Administration, confirmed this fact and said that "There are very few examples looking back over the last 25 to 30 years where sanctions have actually succeeded." But why do states prefer a method that does not provide the desired result? Most diplomats tend to believe there is no alternative way of forcing other states to take the necessary steps as Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's ambassador to the UN between 1998 and 2003, also says that "there is nothing else between words and military action if you want to bring pressure upon a government. In a modern legitimacy-oriented world, military action is increasingly unpopular and in many ways ineffective, and words don't work with hard regimes. So something in between these is necessary. What else is there?"

As far as the freshly lifted embargo in Iraq is concerned, the outcome was disastrous especially for the civilian population in terms of their economic infrastructure, physical infrastructure, psychological stress, decline in health and number of deaths. The Iraq case clearly shows that sanctions do not necessarily generate the desired behavior on the states they are imposed on, as David Baldwin, Professor of World Order Studies at the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, and some other scholars have observed, "the economic effects of sanctions do not necessarily translate into political impact. There is no direct transmission mechanism by which social suffering is translated into political change." In terms of the perishable outcome of the sanctions in Iraq on children, a Yale professor Joy Gordon advocated that the best assessment of excess child mortality under five during the sanctions who would not have died if pre-war and pre-sanctions conditions were kept - was between 670,000 and 880,000. The undue harm to the Iraqi civilians made many policymakers to reconsider the effects and the methods of the sanction being imposed.

The world's longest and cruelest embargo was without a doubt the US sanctions imposed on Cuba, which started in 1958 and lifted in December 2014, which Obama called a failure. In 2011, former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern criticized the long-term embargo by stating: "It's a stupid policy. There's no reason why we can't be friends with the Cubans, and vice versa. A lot of them have relatives in the United States, and some Americans have relatives in Cuba, so we should have freedom of travel." The effects of the US Embargo and economic sanctions have again hit the civilians especially due to the absence of medical aid from the former Soviet Union. Moreover, several other public health catastrophes have occurred indicating that such sanctions may have intense effect on the health of unprotected populations. Nevertheless, despite the huge negative impact on social lives of Cuban people, the US administration implemented several new sanctions in 2017 including travel restrictions holding responsible for the diplomat attacks.

Some experts argue that long-term embargo against Iran is also similar to Cuba. The Islamic Republic of Iran, with a population of 80 million, has suffered under severe economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the EU since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Even though the UN, the EU and the Obama administration lifted the sanctions in 2016, Trump re-imposed new sanctions on Iran. As a result of these sanctions, the Iranian economy has been hurt with very high inflation and unemployment rates. Unemployment amongst the youth was at 25% and for women it was more than 40%. However, Iran is expected to overcome this unemployment easily as it has a large population, 64% which are under the age of 35 and the literacy rate is 87% with approximately 4.4 million students - of which 60% are female - registered in universities as of the 2012-2013 school term.

Russia is also another important country that has suffered tremendously due to the sanctions imposed on them both by the US and the EU. As of March, 2014, owing to the voting in Duma regarding Crimea's annexation to Russia, the U.S. and EU broadened the sanctions against Russia, tightening restrictions on leading Russian state banks and corporations. Due to these sanctions, Russia encountered economic challenges in 2014 and 2015, including capital flight, swift devaluation of the ruble, inflation, being isolated from international capital markets, and domestic budgetary pressures. Growth slowed down to 0.7% in 2014 before contracting intensely by 3.7% in 2015. Interestingly, the sanctions also had some reverse repercussions on the EU since Russia retaliated by restricting the imports of food products and raw materials from those countries. As a result of this move, many European countries suffered economic loss more than they had imagined.

Recent academic research on embargoes have shown that sanctions have a very detrimental effect on civilians rather than coercing governments to behave according to desired policies. For example, the US has wanted to oust the Cuban regime but despite the very harsh and intense set of sanctions on the country, it has not succeeded.

Instead of relying upon embargoes, which doesn't work, an advisory group should find an alternative reasonable solution via diplomatic means. This group of mediators must take all the necessary precautions to protect the children and the needy so that they would not fall victim to losing their health and medical infrastructure, necessary food products, and education resources during the embargoes. The great responsibility falls on the shoulders of powerful countries to protect the innocent civilians and thus they must use all their means to protect people who are being oppressed, slaughtered, and starved.  

As an alternative mechanism to the typically one-way exploitative embargoes that are far from being realistic, the regional states should have strong trade relations based on their local currencies because most of the powerful countries can impose embargoes to attain the rich resources of these countries such as oil. Sanctions can only be good to put an end to an ethnic genocide or oppression in a country to protect the civilian population, just as we see in Myanmar. Yet, these sanctions must be limited to arms and arms-related raw materials production. The states must ensure that the sanctions imposed on specific governments do not have any negative impact on the remaining countries of the region.

Adnan Oktar's piece in PRAVDA.ru:

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/22-12-2017/139514-embargo-0/

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Alarm at violent video games

Today, playing video games and watching interesting videos on the internet are among the indispensable activities that hundreds of millions of people spend their leisure time on to have fun. Advanced visual effects, action scenes and unusual stories make video games much more appealing than their alternatives. Children and teenagers especially show great interest in video games of various exciting genres such as adventure, sports, racing, war and strategy.

Indeed, it is a clear fact that there are many benefits to playing video games, as it assists in developing children and teenagers' intelligence and skills and improves their general sense of culture. However, there is an important point of discussion, which is the destructive psychological effect that the increasing promotion of violence in the virtual world has on children and teenagers. Many psychologists, sociologists, educators, communicators and academics agree with this view. As a matter of fact, most of the computer games that appeal to millions of children worldwide include violence.

Besides the games that encourage violence and can even lead one to suicide, the number of such videos is also quite high. 'Choking Games', 'Fire Challenge', 'Eyeball Challenge', 'Human Embroidery', '48 Hours Challenge' are among these.

Those who play violent video games and watch violent movies are known to grow aggressive over time and begin to exhibit various behavioral disorders. Experts point out that these games, which dull ethical behavior and drive people to hatred, hostility and aggression by desensitizing them, are addictive and encourage harmful actions against others. Children and teenagers who are continuously subjected to these games and movies acquire a marginalized sense for firing a gun, and for killing or harming themselves or others.

One of the latest examples of this is a new trend that has become widespread in China: Human embroidery; that is, stitching patterns into one's skin and publishing pictures of the result. It is believed that this was inspired by a forbidden Japanese character and follows a trend set by another game called 'Blue Whale', a 'game' of self-harm and suicide.[1]

Blue Whale, developed in Russia and spread to the whole world through social media, is another controversial game. Child and teenage suicide cases in many different countries in the world such as China, India, Iran, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States are associated with this game.

Participants of Blue Whale, which targets children between 10 to 14 years of age, are asked to perform 50 violent acts each day. This 50-day long game features commands such as self-inflicting cuts in the arms and legs, remaining isolated, and listening to loud music. At the end of this period, the player is commanded to commit suicide by jumping from a high place or by hanging himself.

Despite the attempts to ban this game, it has spread all over the world through social media. Moreover, Blue Whale is not the only example; there are hundreds more that drive children and teenagers to violence and suicide. However, putting a ban on this game has not been successful.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has published a list of recommendations on how parents can protect their children from Blue Whale. In this list, it is recommended that parents should ensure their children browse useful websites suitable for their age rather than websites that promote unethical behaviors and violence, and parents are also recommended to ensure that their children can access the Internet only on a shared computer located in a common area of the house. Parents are also advised to talk to their children often and pay close attention to them.[2]

Pink Whale was developed in Portugal against the harmful and dangerous ways of Blue Whale. This game is based on the principle that one can do good over the Internet. Some of the rules of this game are having a positive mood, loving oneself and others, making new friends and helping people in need.

Despite technical or legal bans and other efforts, the games and movies that promote violence can still be easily accessed, and the number of children and teenagers falling into this trap still increases. This shows that a great deal of responsibility falls to families in solving the problem.

Children who grow up with love and respect through strong and warm family ties tend to have a peaceful and balanced inner world. In the absence of these strong ties, it is inevitable for children to break away from their family and social environments and gravitate towards harmful trends in the virtual world.

It is extremely important for parents to strengthen their children with a strong personality and good morals. It is likely for children and teenagers who grow up without guidance in this regard to become loveless individuals who are only concerned with material gain, who do not care about anyone but themselves, who tend to give up when faced with the slightest difficulty, and who are likely to adopt a desperate and pessimistic mood and lose their will to live, turning into people with mental problems, ready to commit a crime. Children should be raised as spiritually strong individuals that enjoy beauty with a moral code that teaches treating every living being kindly and positively. Such children are unlikely to fall into a spiritual void and become vulnerable to the dangers that lead to evil and perverseness.

Today there is the danger of 'Blue Whale' or 'human embroidering', yesterday there were others, and yet another danger will arise tomorrow; hence it is important to get to the root of the problem and analyze effective solutions.

 

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40382127

[2] http://unicef.in/Uploads/Publications/Resources/pub_doc148.pdf

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Daily News (South Africa)

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Urgent call to end Syria's 'silent massacre'

Almost anyone with a conscience   would lend a helping hand to those in need. However, there are so many people who are in urgent need, yet go unnoticed, and their situation is much worse than what we encounter in our daily lives.

There is an ongoing silent massacre in the East Ghouta region of Syria. It is ‘silent’ because the cause of this massacre is more than just bombs or bullets; it is the fact that any means to achieve humane living conditions are being completely blocked and eliminated in the region. This massacre is being largely ignored by the media and for this reason the world public cannot voice their opinion in opposition, because they are unaware of the bad news. However, what takes places there reveals a major crime against humanity and the extent of it.

The conditions in the East Ghouta region, which was besieged by the Syrian regime in 2012, have become even more difficult, particularly with the closing of the roads used for food assistance in recent months. The government also restricted the aid provided by the UN and other international organizations. Thus, according to a report issued by the UN World Food Program (WFP), the people of Ghouta have no access to food; they are forced to resort to eating garbage or animal fodder. We see people fainting due to starvation and they can only feed their children every other day or in turn.

WFP spokesman Dina Al Kassaby says the situation in East Ghouta is "absolutely desperate."  The increasing sieges and attacks in the region led to the deaths of many civilians and mass hunger incidents. UNICEF states that the rate of malnutrition in children rapidly increased from 2.1% to 11.9% since January; the emergency limit is considered to be 10%. Mothers cannot breastfeed their children and fathers cannot go out to bring home food due to ongoing conflicts. Even if they can go out, food prices in the region are 85 times higher than those in Damascus, which is just a few kilometers away, making it impossible for them to buy. In East Ghouta, there are 400,000 people in need of food assistance; however the current food aid is enough to feed only 100,000 people.[1]

The UN recently announced that 500 people are at risk of death and must be evacuated immediately. According to the information provided by NGO’s in the region, 1,000 children are at risk of death due to food and medicines shortages. The UN special adviser Jan Egeland describes this situation as a "total disaster." The image of baby Sahar Dofdaa, published not long ago by AFP, shows the gravity of the situation. Weighting less than two kilograms, her eyes are hollow and her ribs poke out of her chest; her skin has become wrinkled due to the loss of muscle tissue. Syrian activist Raed Srewel says, “Thousands of children are in danger, and if there is no international movement or a UN initiative to resolve this, the consequences will be extremely dangerous and Ghouta will become a humanitarian catastrophe,” emphasizing the gravity of the situation in the region.[2]

It is quite surprising that there are no measures taken to prevent this massacre that is occuring before the eyes of the UN, an international organization with 193 member countries and with annual budget of 2.5 billion dollars. Besides the UN, the foreign ministries and diplomatic missions of many countries are also keenly aware of the situation. A peculiar silence and helplessness reign over these experienced and crowded cadres with enormous budgets whose goal is to produce solutions for such serious problems. If the silent massacre in East Ghouta is not prevented soon, history will remember the institutions and cadres who couldn’t prevent this massacre with the shame of having made no effort, along with those who are responsible for the situation.

The human tragedy that takes place before the eyes of the whole world today in East Ghouta can be stopped with the contributions of Turkey, Iran and Russia, the three guarantor countries for the ceasefire in Syria. East Ghouta is located within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone the three countries have agreed to establish in Syria. In order to deliver the necessary food and medical assistance, which are extremely vital for the region, committees can be established under UN control with the participation of officials from the regime, Russia and Turkey. With these officials supervising the delivery of humanitarian aid, it can be possible to relieve the regime's concerns that weapons are being sent to the opposition through this humanitarian assistance.

Due to the high amount of assistance needed by the local civilians, a very comprehensive relief operation is required. It may be possible to evacuate the civilians by increasing the duration and frequency of the sporadic ceasefires achieved between the conflicting parties in the region. The needs of the evacuated civilians can be supplied in the area controlled by Turkey - or in Turkey - which always welcomes women, children and elderly refugees. Other countries in the region can come up with effective plans to ensure the safety of their brothers in faith and see to it that they receive all the physical and moral support they can get.

Establishing a rational alliance among the countries of the region will be the way to bring a permanent solution to the problems of the region. With the rational and conciliatory steps to be taken by Turkey, Russia and Iran towards resolving the ongoing dispute in Syria, and under the guarantee of this alliance, a permanent ceasefire can be achieved in the region. After the ceasefire is established, it would be possible to end the persecution of the innocent and to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need. It is essential that decisions that will reconcile the opposing parties are made on common grounds, that these decisions are implemented immediately and that measures are taken to stop the bloodshed in the region, and initiatives to prevent terror attacks are actualized without delay. These vital steps can only be taken if alliances based on love and friendship, in which all ethnic or sectarian discrimination is eliminated and the people of the region are joined together, act in unison for the common good of the region. Demonstrating this commitment can strengthen the enforcement of the international community for the establishment of safety requirements needed by civil society. For this reason, it is very important for the public in Muslim countries to loudly voice their demands for an alliance.

 

[1] Middle Esat Eye, Child malnutrition hits 'all-time high' in East Ghouta, says UN, November 30 2017, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/child-malnutrition-hits-all-time-high-east-ghouta-says-un-506304877

[2] Kareem Shaheen, Syria: shocking images of starving baby reveal impact of food crisis, The Guardian October 23 2017,  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/syria-shocking-images-of-starving-baby-reveal-impact-of-food-crisis

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Mercury (South Africa) & Al Bilad (Canada)

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What awaits Syrians in the post-war period

It is probably an understatement to say that the situation in Syria is dire.  Take for example a woman who forgets about her hunger and listens to the cries of her children and boils grass to feed them.  In East Ghouta babies cry due to dehydration and exhaustion. It’s important to decide which is better: to maintain the current status quo or to find a way to escape from this whirlpool of destruction and misery. This definitely describes the current situation in Syria where there is no choice but to leave.

Russia, Iran and Turkey have been planning and coordinating efforts to stabilize Syria for some time. These three nations have made compromises to bring peace to the region and come to common ground in order to end this conflict. They first created the Astana peace process which represents the most important initiative to date to bring an end to the Syrian conflict. Since then there has been intense diplomatic efforts among leaders of the region, especially in the last 10 days preceding the Sochi Summit. The top officials including the Chiefs of Armed Forces of these three countries made frequent visits to each other trying to find a quick solution to the ones suffering in Syria. On November 22, 2017, the Presidents of these three countries gathered in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to hold the Sochi Summit. Prior to that Turkey opened its air space which has been blocked for four years to Russia.

In terms of the outcomes of the Sochi Summit, the three participant countries determined their priorities for further cooperation on Syria. The trio agreed to pave the way for a future National Dialogue Congress to be held again in Sochi in December, intending to help establish a new constitution for Syria and for new presidential elections to take place in which Assad will be included. The Sochi Summit is the result of the cooperation of these countries that followed Astana peace talks. As AK Party MP, Berat Conkar, co-chairman of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, said vis a vis the Sochi Summit: "Based on the same goals pursued by Russia, Iran and Turkey, we are actively moving towards a positive outcome in resolving the Syrian conflictFor our region, such events as the last summit, are of much greater importance, [since they are aimed at] ending the chaos that prevails here and ensuring order and prosperity in the first place."

Turkey has made one very important and sensitive request during these talks and in this agreement; that this upcoming Syrian national dialogue congress must not include PYD terrorist group. The PYD, which is the PKK in Syria, is not the representative of the Kurds. Therefore, the President made a very clear statement regarding that the PYD would never be allowed to partake at the negotiating table by saying: “No one should expect us to be under the same roof with terror organizations that target our national security,” As they reached an agreement at the Sochi Summit, Putin started a phone diplomacy with President Trump, King Salman and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to inform them about recent developments in Syria and the outcome of the Summit. 

The significance of this three-way alliance has definitely disturbed some Western powers as analysts consider this alliance as the shift in powers in the Middle East. Hence, there have been a series of political attacks against this trio from many sides.

Nevertheless, this league does not seem to be affected by these negative political maneuvers and is ready to participate in the reconstruction process of Syria. The nexus will keep on striving hard on possible outcomes that are likely to take place in Syria once hostilities completely stop. The most important result it has yielded so far was the decision to keep the territorial integrity of Syria. This topic, on which all three countries refused to compromise, stands as the evidence that no radical or terrorist entity can continue its existence within the Syrian territory. 

Other important developments as a result of this alliance were the permanence of ceasefires and establishing de-escalating zones. This will definitely pave the way for the continuity of the negotiations, accelerating the solution process. Regarding the future Syrian national congress and plans for an upcoming election, it will be the Syrian people who will have a say. This is where democracy will come into play. These countries that are ready to support Syria in the reconstruction process, should organize the construction of homes, hospitals and schools promptly for those who have taken refuge in other countries so they are able to come back. For those who have experienced the bitterness of war to be able to adapt to a normal life, there should be moral and spiritual training courses and these innocent war victims should get all the spiritual and physical support they need from this alliance.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jakarta Post (Indonesia):

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/12/16/what-awaits-syrians-post-war-period.html

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