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Yet again, Britain is discussing the banning of Muslim veil.
Here are some of the arguments from some intellectuals, anti-Muslims and political circles:
- Freedom of choice and protection of young women from being forced to wear the veil.
- 'Modern British way of life' and the need for citizens to comply with it.

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Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

Yet again, in front of our eyes, the Western powers are gearing up for another military intervention, this time in Syria. The possible date, the planned duration and the style of their attack is all laid out for us to see on TV stations. Digital graphics descriptions of possible attack scenarios are presented to us like a computer game.

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has refused to intervene after a school banned a Muslim girl from wearing the hijab — a veil worn by Muslim women and girls.”

Switzerland: Double racism, double standards

Last week we read two seperate news items on racism from Switzerland...

The first one was about asylum seekers: “The town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has banned asylum seekers from public swimming pools and sports facilities. The decision is symptomatic of Switzerland's increasingly restrictive asylum policy.... In a move described by the Swiss Refugee Council as "indefensible in both legal and humanitarian terms," the town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has introduced several "exclusion zones" for asylum seekers, including public swimming pools, sports facilities, church and school grounds.”

Fazıl Say, vurduğu tuşları tek tek ama özenle, çıkarmak istediği seslere göre seçiyor. Kendi bestesi neyse çıkan sesler de o. Oysa ki dünya 'çok sesli' bir yer. Kimi piyano çalıyor kimi de zurna.

AKP'nin bölge milletvekilleri Başbakan'a, ''Uludere bizi zor durumda bıraktı'' demiş.

Silahlar ve Çocuklar - ''Sadece 4 çocuğun bedeni tanınabilir haldeydi''

Bir bürokrat çıkar bir laf söyler. Boyunu, haddini ve görev tanımını aşan bir lafdır bu. Laf unutulur ama etkisi kalır.

Laf unutulur ama bu lafın birilerine verdiği gizli-açık mesaj birileri tarafından unutulmaz ve bir gün tekme olur, yumruk olur, tokat olur gider suçsuz, günahsız insanların canını yakar.

Bu yıl Nobel Barış Ödülü "60 yıllık çalışması sonucu Avrupa'da barışı geliştirdiği" için Avrupa Birliği'ne verildi. Komite adına açıklama yapan Norveç eski Başbakanı Thorbjoern Jagland, "2012 Nobel Barış Ödülü'nün Avrupa Birliği'ne (AB) verildiğini" söyledi. Nobel Komitesi Başkanı Thorbjoern Jagland, "AB'nin 60 yılı aşkın süredir Avrupa'da insan haklarına, demokrasiye ve barışa olan katkılarından dolayı ödüle layık görüldüğünü" belirtti.

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.

Insansız hava aracı Anka test uçuşunda düştü...

Çeşitli kaynaklar Anka Kuşu’nu şöyle anlatıyor. ‘’Simurg veya bir diğer ismiyle Zümrüdü Anka efsanevi bir kuştur. Pers mitolojisi kaynaklı olsa da zamanla diğer Doğu mitoloji ve efsanelerinde de yer edinmiştir. Sênmurw (Pehlevi) ve Sîna-Mrû (Pâzand) diğer isimlerindendir. Ayrıca zaman zaman sadece Anka kuşu olarak da anıldığı olmuştur.’’

Cumhuriyet Gazetesinin 16 Eylül tarihinde internet sitesinden verdiği haberin başlığı ''Hatay'da Halk Ayaklandı'' şeklinde. Sitelerinin 'flaş' ve önemli haberleri veren bölgesine koymuşlar bu haberi.

Bu yazi, Türkiye Suriye konusunda ulusalcılarının ve ulusalcı sosyalistlerin bir eleştirisidir.

With the recent killing of the US Ambassador to Libya during the protests against a film that is seen by the protesters as “anti-Muslim”, undoubtedly there will be questions raised about the freedom of speech. There will be debates on whether Islam is a tolerant religion or not. Experts will reignite the discussions on the doctrine of religion (Islam) and its suitability to democracy and modern life.

Let me state loud and clear: I condemn this killing.

Bu yazı sadece barıştan bahsedenleri ilgilendiriyor...

Nedeni, çıkış noktası ve bakış açısı ne olursa olsun barışın gerekli olduğunu savunanları ilgilendiriyor bu yazı...

Bu fikirler barışla birlikte nasıl bir ortamda yaşanılacağı konusunda farklı görüşleri olan ama bütün bunların üstünde, ötesinde  ve öncesinde barışı isteyenleri okumaya davet ediyor...

Barışın sunacağı yeni ufukları ve yeni yaşam mücadelelerini hayal edenler okumalı bunları...

"Savaş varsa başka bir sürü şey yok" diyenlere ve başka bir sürü şeyi isteyenlere olsun bu yazı...

Tonight (august 29th) at 10pm TV3 will air “Irelands Bogus Beggars: Paul Connolly Investigates”. This is a program they showed last year and it fits in well with their attempt to be the Daily Mail of Irish television.

The Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik legally sane and guilty, and sentenced him to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible penalty in Norway.

The outcome of this trial should be welcomed. Echoing Unite Against Fascism's statement, “The verdict that Breivik was “not insane” means that the far-right cannot dodge its responsibility by claiming that its virulent anti-Muslim racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric played no part in Breivik actions”, we should also see this as a “legal certification” that “political insanity” of fascism and racism cannot be reduced to (and therefore excused as) “mental insanity” of the person.

Türkiye'de kimi ticari büyük gazetelerin son haftalarda bir savaş uçağı fotografı fetişizmi başladı. Her gün İnternet'te ana sayfalarına savaş uçakları koyar oldular. Ne büyük arşivleri varmış bu gazetelerin. Pırıl pırıl, mavi göklerde süzülen uçaklar...

Bazen düşünmeden edemiyor insan. Bu gazeteleri basanlar başka bir dünyadan mı geldiler diye. Neyse ki yazar, düsünür John Molyneux'un kitabı yardıma yetişiyor anlamak için bu durumu – 'Will the revolution be televised – a Marxist analysis of the media'. John'la Dublin'de bir pub da kitabında anlattıklarının derinliklerine inmek kadar zihin açıcı birşey olamaz bu konuda.

A few years ago, in Iran, a university student told me that "Each time the US and the West threatens Iran with military attacks, the regime tightens its grip on various social/political elements of life. They use the "being under attack" argument and call for national unity and support for the regime. There are various political elements challenging the government in Iran and the government uses every excuse to disable these, including the sentiment of unity of the nation under attack"

A few days after this conversation there were two news items in one of the Iranian TV channels. The first one was about Hilary Clinton’s statement on how US will "obliterate" Iran. The following item was a warning from the government. It issued a warning to the people about their relaxed dress code, and said that "non compliance" with the regimes dress code will not be tolerated". The news channel went on about the great state of Iran and the bad foreign influences on some people...

I think this little episode is very relevant to the current situation in Syria.

I have read some articles about Breivik’s case in the prominent Turkish newspapers recently. They gave a simple reason for Breivik’s massacre that he experienced some ‘tragic’ childhood traumas. One of the headings of the newspapers was ‘He massacred because of a Turkish man.’ According to the report, Breivik testified that the father of one of his friends, a Turkish diplomat, destroyed his bicycle when he was 7.

After Norwegian killer had got arrested on 22 July 2011, the media eagerly followed him and tried to find out what kind of psychological problems he might have suffered. Psychiatric evaluations were published. Most probably various disputable claims on his psychological problems will be come up and discussed in the future. That may well be a common and understandable interest of all people, when somebody kills a large number of people in a cruel way and when it occurs in one of the most developed country in the world . However, as digging deep into the subject, we have realised that Breivik’s case is even more than a case of a serial killer so to speak.

Irish taxi industry, in general, went from bad to worse throughout the boom years of so called Celtic Tiger era and the following years of economic crisis. 10 years ago, there were too few taxis serving the public and we still remember the endless queues on taxi ranks on a weekend night.

Ülke öyle bir çalkantıda ki, çocuklarımızın boğazından geçen loklamalar  zehirliymiş, çocuklarda kanser yaparmış... İki haber dışında galiba kimsenin umrunda değil.

Umrunda mı?

Gravatlı, takım elbiseli üç-beş çıkarcı hıyar ‘’ yok efendim dış mihrakların oyunu’’, ‘’Green Peace’i mahkemeye veririz’’, ‘’Bu Türkiye’ye zarar vemek için düzenlenen bir oyundur’’ diye dursun, bizim ne idiğü belirsiz yarı oralı, yarı buralı kız közlenmiş biberleri yutuveriyor büyük bir iştahla.