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#241 Yervant1

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:35 AM

AINA - Assyrian International News Agency
Sept 4 2017
 
 
Turkey's Mass Persecution of Christians and Kurds
 
By Uzay Bulut
Posted 2017-09-04 15:56 GMT

Since 2015, the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been attacking Kurdish-majority areas in the country.

A 2017 World Heritage Watch report details the destruction of one such town, Suriçi (Sur), as follows:

 

"[C]urfews were declared six times for several days each from September 2015. These curfews were 24-hour-a-day blockades and led to clashes between Turkish state forces and Kurdish rebel groups, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people and serious destruction of the affected area. The last ongoing curfew from 11 December 2015, accompanied by the use of heavy military weapons such as tanks, mortar and artillery by the government, was the most devastating one. Numerous historical buildings and monuments -- as well as the integrity and authenticity of Suriçi -- suffered damage and destruction."

 

The clashes have taken their toll on Turkey's Christian population, which is caught in the crossfire. According to a November 2016 report in The Armenian Weekly,

 

"The past year has been a living hell for the hidden Armenians of Turkey. The civil war between the Kurdish resistance guerrillas and the Turkish army has resulted in massive destruction in southeastern and eastern Turkey. Most of the buildings in the region have been bombed or burnt by the army and police forces, followed by complete demolition and razing of the damaged buildings... with only a few mosques, police stations, or government buildings left standing.

 

"Entire neighborhoods have disappeared, reduced to rubble. The Surp Giragos Church in Diyarbakır has escaped the fighting relatively intact structurally... But the Turkish security forces have used it as an army base, desecrating the church, burning some of the pews as firewood, with garbage and smell of urine everywhere."

 

similar report, from August 2017, appeared in the Armenian-Turkish weekly Agos. According to the report, "Armenian, Syriac and Chaldean Christians have not been able to worship in their churches for the last three years." This is because virtually the entire town -- and all Christian properties belonging to the indigenous Armenian, Assyrian (Syriac), Chaldean and Protestant communities -- was included in an expropriation plan adopted in March 2016 by the Turkish cabinet. Among the Christian properties expropriated are the Armenian Catholic, the Chaldean Mor Petyun and the Armenian Surp Giragos churches.

In response, the Surp Giragos church -- whose members claim that every time they visit, they see that the structure has suffered additional damage -- filed a lawsuit against the Turkish State Council. Other Christian foundations are also engaged in litigation to stop the expropriation, but the suits are still pending.

Surp Giragos is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East. According to Agos, its bell tower was destroyed by artillery fire during the 1915 Armenian genocide (at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, precursor to the Turkish Republic), because it stood taller than the minaret of a nearby mosque. After it was expropriated from the Armenian community during the First World War, it was initially used as a cotton storage warehouse. It remained in ruins for nearly a century, until being restored in 2011 and reopened to worship with the support of the Kurdish-administered Diyarbakır municipality.

Diyarbakır (originally named Tigranakert) was once ruled by the Armenians and Assyrians. Its most prominent feature, massive black walls that surround the city, were originally built by the Romans, who established a colony there in the third century A.D. When Rome fell, its Greek-speaking eastern realm continued as the Byzantine Empire. Expanding and fortifying the walls, Greek Byzantines tried to defend the city -- as well as the rest of Asia Minor -- from the armies of foreign invaders. Among these were the Persians, the Turks and Arab Muslims, who struggled for regional hegemony during the first expansion of the Islamic Empire in the seventh century, after the death of Muhammed.

The Islamic Arab armies won. Khalid Ibn al-Walid, also known as the "Sword of Allah," conquered the city and granted control over it to the Arab Bakr clan, which gave it its current name: Diyar Bakr -- the "place of Bakr," or the "city of the Bakr tribes." The city was then invaded and captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1515.

Among the oldest cities in the world, Diyarbakır is now predominantly Sunni-Muslim and Kurdish. Since 1923, in the wake of the genocide, the Armenians and Assyrians -- the first nations to adopt Christianity -- mostly disappeared from the region.

The Kurds have also been persecuted by the Turkish government for decades. Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, the co-mayors of Diyarbakır, for example, were arrested on October 30, 2016 for "being members of a terrorist organization," and Turkish authorities then appointed a custodian to run the city. In addition, there are currently 13 Kurdish MPs -- including the leaders of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) -- in Turkish jails.

Nor was Diyarbakır the only municipality to have been targeted by the Turkish government. In April 2017, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) announced that Ankara had appointed custodians to govern 83 Kurdish-run municipalities, and had imprisoned 89 Kurdish mayors.

YazidisAlevis and women in the region are also being abused by Turkish authorities, and dozens of Kurdish journalists who have publicized this have been imprisoned. The Kurdish news outlet Dihaber, for example, which has widely covered the devastation of Sur and the persecution of its Christians, was shut down by governmental decree at the end of August.

Ahmet Güvener, a pastor and the spiritual leader of the Diyarbakır Protestant Church, said in a recent interview that the anti-Christian practices in Turkey of forced assimilation, community plundering and church-desecration are not new. "We have been exposed to ethnic and religious discrimination for years," he told Dihaber, adding that, since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, not a single church has been erected.

"The state, which spends billions [of Turkish liras] and builds gigantic mosques, has not built a church so far," he said.

The situation is so acute that anyone who does not shun Christians or Kurds is imperiled. For instance, a 76-year-old Muslim grandmother in Diyarbakır who is active in a Kurdish political movement has been harassed by Turkish police for being a "hidden Armenian," simply because she reads the Bible as well as the Koran.

This hatred of Christians and Kurds in Turkey is not restricted to government officials. It is widespread among the public, as well, and expressed extensively on social media. In response to a tweet by a Kurdish journalist calling for an end to the devastation in Sur, Turkish twitter users not only called him a "vile, treacherous Armenian dog," and "Armenian sperm," who, like all Armenians, "must die," but hailed the destruction of the town for being kafir ("infidel"). This is in keeping with a common term in Turkey used to describe the grandchildren of survivors of the Christian genocide -- "kılıç artığı," or "remnants of the sword."

Turkey seems determined to annihilate even the defenseless "remnants of the sword" and whatever is left of their civilization. The situation of minorities in Turkey and their persecution by Turkey -- a member of NATO and perpetual candidate for EU membership -- must be told as often and as loudly as possible.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:09 AM

Christian Post
Sept 5 2017
 
 
Turkey's Mass Persecution, Abuse of Christians Detailed in New Report
 
By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter |  Sep 5, 2017 8:10 AM
 
img.jpg(Photo: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans and wave Turkish national flags during a pro-government demonstration in Sarachane park in Istanbul, Turkey, July 19, 2016.

The severe persecution and widespread "hatred" that Christians and other minorities experience in Turkey has been detailed in a report by a U.S.-based nonprofit international policy council and think tank.

The Gatestone Institute wrote in a report released Monday that Christians are persecuted by government officials and are severely abused by the public on social media.

It listed a number of articles, such as one from August 2017 in the Armenian-Turkish weekly Agos, which reported that "Armenian, Syriac and Chaldean Christians have not been able to worship in their churches for the last three years."

"This is because virtually the entire town — and all Christian properties belonging to the indigenous Armenian, Assyrian (Syriac), Chaldean and Protestant communities — was included in an expropriation plan adopted in March 2016 by the Turkish cabinet," it pointed out.

"Among the Christian properties expropriated are the Armenian Catholic, the Chaldean Mor Petyun and the Armenian Surp Giragos churches."

What is more, even Muslims who have refused to shun Christians or Kurds have been targeted, the think tank said.

   

"For instance, a 76-year-old Muslim grandmother in Diyarbakır who is active in a Kurdish political movement has been harassed by Turkish police for being a 'hidden Armenian,' simply because she reads the Bible as well as the Quran," Gatestone reported.

Christian pastors have been imprisoned, such as the case of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested last October.

Watchdog groups, such as the American Center for Law and Justice, have accused the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of keeping him in prison without any cause.

Turkish officials finally announced the charges against Brunson at the end of August, however, accusing him of "gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order."

The Gatestone report noted that Yazidis, Alevis and women in the region have also been abused by Turkish authorities, while dozens of Kurdish journalist have been imprisoned.

"This hatred of Christians and Kurds in Turkey is not restricted to government officials. It is widespread among the public, as well, and expressed extensively on social media," Gatestone explained.

It pointed to Twitter abuse, where Armenians and grandchildren of survivors of the 1914 Armenian Christian genocide are called "infidels," "vile and treacherous," with some saying that all Armenians "must die."

"The situation of minorities in Turkey and their persecution by Turkey — a member of NATO and perpetual candidate for EU membership — must be told as often and as loudly as possible," the report urged in conclusion.

Amnesty International has slammed Erdogan's government as well, accusing the president of having a "human rights meltdown" after the arrest of the group's Turkey director Idil Eser.

"This is not a legitimate prosecution," Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary general, said in a statement in July following the arrest. "This is a politically motivated persecution that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey."

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:23 AM

Title: Victims of Turkey's Islamization: Women
Victims of Turkey's Islamization: Women
by Burak Bekdil
August 31, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • "Women should know their place.... Gender equality is against human nature." — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • According to the ministry's findings, physical violence is the most common form of abuse: 70% of women reported they have been physically assaulted.

  • One of the suspects made a deal with K.C.'s family: he paid a sum of about $5,700 to the family and agreed to marry K.C. The family arranged a bogus wedding ceremony, took pictures and presented them to the court to save the man. Under pressure from her family, the rapist had suddenly become her fiancé.

On Feb. 6, 1935, Turkish women were allowed to vote in national elections for the first time, and eighteen female candidates were elected to parliament – a decade or more before women even in Western countries such as France, Italy and Belgium. Eight decades later, Turkish women look like unwilling passengers on H.G. Wells' Time Machine traveling back to their great-grandmothers' Ottoman lives.

Turkey's strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once proudly said that "Women should know their place," and that "Gender equality is against human nature". His deputy prime minister said that women not to laugh in public. It was not shocking to anyone when Turkey's Ministry of Family and Social Policies found in 2016 that no fewer than 86% of Turkish women have suffered physical or psychological violence at the hands of their partners or family. According to the ministry's findings, physical violence is the most common form of abuse: 70% of women reported they have been physically assaulted.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once proudly said that "Women should know their place," and that "Gender equality is against human nature". (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

More recently, Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracagiz Platformu, a women's rights organization, reported that 28 women were murdered by men in July 2017 alone. The same month, eight other -- luckier -- women were physically assaulted for "wearing shorts or 'indecent' outfits or smoking in public." The report concluded by saying, "The state remains silent."

Turkey increasingly features all possible social and political reflections of Islamism: authoritarianism, majoritarianism and officially-tolerated intolerance to everything Islamists may deem "un-Islamic." Women are often the target group, and might not avoid intimidation even if they dress in line with the Islamic code. Hayrettin Karaman, an Islamic scholar and the darling of Turkey's pro-Erdogan Islamists, recently argued that smoking cigarettes sends signals about women's morals. He wrote in his Aug. 3 column:

"When I see a woman who wears a headscarf but also smokes in public, I get the impression that she's saying: 'Don't mind the fact that I am covering my head. Don't give up on me, I have a lot more to share with you.'"

Naturally, many Turkish men took the cleric's words as a message of sexual availability. This kind of thinking is common in conservative Muslim societies. It did not used to be that way in secular Turkey. It is simply an outcome of Turkey's top-down government-induced social Islamization. That has two disturbing aspects: willing social participation of people who comply, and inequality before law.

In 2014, 17-year-old K.C. was raped and beaten by two men. She filed a complaint with the police, and the two suspects were detained. All normal, up to this point. One of the suspects made a deal with K.C.'s family: he paid a sum of about $5,700 to the family and agreed to marry K.C. The family arranged a bogus wedding ceremony, took pictures and presented them to the court to save the man. Under pressure from her family, K.C. changed her testimony and said she was not raped. The rapist had suddenly become her fiancé. Both suspects were released, an Islamic religious ceremony was arranged and the rapists were acquitted. Not really a happy ending. K.C.'s "husband" started to beat her regularly and the girl once again went to the police and told her real story. Her husband was her rapist and she had been forced to marry him.

Not every woman, however, who seeks protection from law enforcement authorities is so lucky.

On August 10, two women, Derya Kilic, 19, and Seray Gurer, 22, were sexually harassed by two unidentified men. According to their testimonies, the women then asked for help from two police officers in the street. Security footage shows a police officer starting to beat one of the women. In her later testimony, filing a complaint against the police, Kilic said the officer who hit her tried to "justify" the sexual harassment by saying they were "dressed inappropriately." She said:

"We wanted help from them because we could not see the license plates of the motorbikes that harassed us. But one of the police officers said the harassers were right because we were 'dressed inappropriately'".

This is where creeping Islamization has brought us. Better days are not ahead.

Burak Bekdil, one of Turkey's leading journalists, was recently fired from Turkey's leading newspaper after 29 years, for writing what was taking place in Turkey for Gatestone. He is a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

US Government Indicts Ally Of Turkey’s Erdogan In Major Money Laundering Case

 

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U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday announced indictments in a major money laundering case against four Turkish citizens, including a former economic minister who currently serves in the Turkish parliament and is allied with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mehmet Zafer Caglayan, one of the four indictees, is accused of accepting “tens of millions of dollars’ worth of bribes in cash and jewelry” from a scheme to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The indictment, handed down by the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Southern District of New York, is part of a case against Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian financier who is accused of running a money laundering scheme aimed at helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

 

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Prosecutors allege that Zarrab laundered money on the Iranian government’s behalf through Halkbank, a Turkish-government owned bank. Mehmet Atilla, Halkbank’s deputy chief executive officer, was also part of the scheme, prosecutors allege.

Both Zarrab and Atilla go to trial next month.

Erdogan, Turkey’s president, is intensely interested in the Zarrab case. He has reportedly asked both President Trump and President Obama to drop charges against Zarrab and to allow him to return to Turkey. Erdogan has also suggested in public speeches in Turkey that he is holding American citizens as prisoners as leverage in the Zarrab case.

Turkish analysts have said that Erdogan wants to block the case from going to trial because details of Zarrab’s money laundering scheme could be embarrassing for the Turkish president and his family. Prosecutors reportedly have wiretapped phone conversations implicating Erdogan family members in the scheme



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:40 AM

United States of America, friends like this you don't need enemies!

 

Asbarez.com   Ankara Mayor Urges Prayers for More Disasters in the US

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Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek

ANKARA–Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek on Tuesday in a tweet urged his constituents to pray for more disasters, such as hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to befall on the United States, so that Washington would not have time to grapple with Turkey.

Accusing the US of causing enmity among Muslims, Gökçek said: “The cost of hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the US is $290 billion. Let’s continue to pray: ‘God, give those who are fighting with us such troubles so that they forget us.’”

Following his initial tweet, the Ankara mayor posted a series of tweets about how his remarks were not targeted towards the innocent people of the U.S., but instead the government and its leadership.

“Our curse was against these people not against innocent people,” Gökçek tweeted after he shared an article about Donald Trump and Edward Snowden.

Gökçek is no stranger to controversial tweets and statements. In August, he referred to German politician Cem Özdemir of being an “Armenian servant” and a traitor. Özdemir, the son of Turkish immigrants, has been highly critical of the government in Ankara.

Following Gökçek tweet, Armenian member of Turkish Parliament Garo Paylan came to Özdemir’s defense by tweeting, “Cem Özdemir will enter history as Turkey’s pride, whereas you—as the racist fascist shame.”

 

 


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:27 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
Sept 15 2017
 
 
Several objects stolen from Istambul's Armenian church

Several items have been stolen from St Gregory the Illuminator Armenian church of Beyoglu district of Istanbul, Turkey, Ermenihaber.am reports.

The thieves were forced to run away after being spotted taking a massive icon and a cross out of the church.

They had to leave the two items outside of the building, managing, however, to take smaller objects with them, Turkish media report.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

http://panarmenian.n...eng/news/246576



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:31 AM

Even holy sites are not safe in Turkey!

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey

Sept 15 2017
 
 
Thieves break into Latin Catholic Church in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu, steal artifacts

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Four thieves broke into a Latin Catholic Church in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, stealing a number of religious artifacts on Sept. 15 but were caught later in the day.

Two of the thieves managed to break into the Catholic Church in the Karaköy neighborhood from a derelict building behind the church after initially failing to enter the shrine from the front door at around 7:30 a.m. The other two had been watching the surroundings for any threat to their robbery attempt.

The thieves later took the religious artifacts outside the church and loaded them into vehicles, which included a statue, a cross, many paintings and several religious books.

Meanwhile, police examined city surveillance cameras around the scene, determining the vehicles they used in the attempt and their subsequent addresses.

The four, identified only as Osman Adnan K., Adem H., Bekir M. and Karim M., of Uzbek-origin, were detained at three different addresses in the Zeytinburnu district.

They pleaded guilty and said they had sold a carpet stolen from the church to an auctioneer in Beyoğlu. It was later taken back before being sold.

While performing a search at their addresses, police also seized books and symbols, which had previously been stolen from different churches.

Their proceedings at the police headquarters have been ongoing.

In addition, the Catholic Church had reportedly been closed for five years due to renovations.

September/15/2017

http://www.hurriyetd...4&NewsCatID=509

 

 



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:15 AM

Christians in Turkish city of Diyarbikir facing mass persecution

September 17, 2017

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Turkey — it sometimes slips out of view since it doesn’t make the Secretary of State’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list for human rights violations.

But in the city of Diyarbikir for one, “entire neighborhoods” have disappeared. The Surp Giragos Church has been converted to an army base, the sanctuary desecrated with urine and garbage, the pews burned as firewood.

Those are just a few things mentioned in the report “Turkey’s Mass Persecution of Christians and Kurds,” released Sept. 4 by the Gatestone Institute. Since 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been attacking Kurdish-majority areas in the country, and Christians have been caught in the crossfire, according to the report.

In Diyarbikir “virtually the entire town — and all Christian properties belonging to the indigenous Armenian, Assyrian (Syriac), Chaldean and Protestant communities — was included in an expropriation plan adopted in March 2016 by the Turkish cabinet.” That expropriation plan included the Surp Giragos Church and others. Those ethnic groups haven’t been able to worship in their own churches for the past three years, according to the report.

“We have been exposed to ethnic and religious discrimination for years,” said Ahmet Güvener, a pastor and the spiritual leader of the Diyarbakır Protestant Church, adding that not one church has been built since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

And the government isn’t the only source of “hatred,” the report stated. That sentiment is “widespread among the public as well and expressed extensively on social media.”

It has spread even to mistreatment of Muslims who have refused to shun Christians or Kurds, said Gatestone Institute, a U.S.-based think tank and international policy group.

Harassed by Turkish police

“For instance, a 76-year-old Muslim grandmother in Diyarbakır who is active in a Kurdish political movement has been harassed by Turkish police for being a ‘hidden Armenian,’ simply because she reads the Bible as well as the Quran,” Gatestone reported.

The situation has impacted journalists and American Christians too. Andrew Brunson, a North Carolina native who served as pastor of a church on Turkey’s Aegean coast, was detained in October 2016 as a “national security risk.”

Watchdog groups, such as the American Center for Law and Justice, have accused President Erdogan of keeping Brunson in prison without cause, but in August, officials stated his charges as “gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order.” (TAB)

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:16 AM

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Draining the Swamp of Turkish Money and Influence

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By David L. Phillips
 Director, Program on Peace-building and Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

09/17/2017 09:00 pm ET

Turkey has mastered the art of buying influence in Washington. It pays expensive consulting contracts to lobbyists for “strategic consulting services in connection with political and public policy issues before the United States Government impacting the Republic of Turkey’s interests.” Turkey also makes major gifts to think-tanks, which act like lobbyists, circumventing the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Fourteen U.S. firms and individuals have filed documents with the Department of Justice disclosing their work as agents of the Republic of Turkey, its embassy, or its Ministry of National Defense. These firms have ties to former politicians on both sides of the aisle.

HalkBank, a state-owned Turkish bank, recently hired former Congressman Bob Wexler and Ballard Partners for $375,000 each quarter. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Halkbank’s deputy general manager, has been charged by the Justice Department for conspiring to evade sanctions on Iran.

The Gephardt Group, founded by former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt was hired by Turkey from February of 2016 through December of 2016 for $1.7 million. The Gephardt Group sub-contracted Capitol Counsel LLC, led by former Republican Congressman Jim McCrery, for $32,000 a month. The Gephardt Group also sub-contracted Greenberg Traurig LLP, where Rudy Giuliani works, for $40,000 each month.

Greenberg Traurig subcontracted The Daschle Group, founded by former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. The Daschle Group was to receive $432,000 in 2017.

Turkey and its embassy hired Amsterdam & Partners LLC for $50,000 each month, which subcontracted Mercury, which receives $20,000 each month. Paul Manafort was employed by Mercury.

The Flynn Intel Group, run by General Michael Flynn, was paid $530,000 by Turkish concerns to advance Turkey’s national security interests.

In May, Burson-Marsteller signed a contract with the Turkish Embassy for $1.1 million. Capitol Counsel gets $32,000 each month; Madison Group $20,000 each month; McBee Signal $20,000 each month; Jim Arnold $20,000 each month; MediaFix gets $9,000 each month. Turkey also paid APCO Associates $741,000 in 2016.

Think tanks are also cashing in. The Brookings Institution received multi-year six-figure gifts from the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), a progressive trade promotion agency traditionally tied to Turkey’s secular establishment.

The Atlantic Council of the United States has also benefited from Turkish largess. According to its web site, the Atlantic Council received gifts from the Turkish government and other Turkish sources beholden to the Turkish government in FY 2015:

- Turkish Ministry of Energy & National Resources ($250,000-$999,999).

- Türkiye Halk Bankası A.S. ($100,000-$249,000).

- Türkerler İnşaat ($50,000-$99,000).

- SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.Ş ($25,000-$49,999).

In 2013, the Atlantic Council released a list of “foreign government entities” that have given funds over the previous five years. The list includes Turkish concerns (without amounts):

- Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) (Turkey)

- Istanbul Natural Gas Distribution Company (IGDAS) (Turkey)

- Turkey Army College

- The Electricity Generation Company (EUAS) (Turkey)

- Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) (Turkey)

Turkish sources do not give money to be nice. Funds support the Atlantic Council’s annual regional energy and economy conference in Istanbul, and office operations.

Al-Monitor reported on the Atlantic Council’s participation in the visit of Erdogan to Washington in May 2017, DC. “Atlantic Council leadership is enthusiastically pursuing its relations with Erdogan and reportedly drew up a detailed memo for him offering advice on how to handle his meeting with Trump.”

The Atlantic Council arranged a forum at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence for Erdogan to pitch Washington luminaries such as Madeline Albright, William Cohen, and David Petraeus. Erdogan asked for help getting the U.S. to suspend military assistance to Syrian Kurds. He also demanded the extradition of Fethullah Gulen.

While the Atlantic Council was inside the residence providing a forum for Erdogan on May 17, U.S. citizens were outside being beaten up by Erdogan’s security guard. Nineteen members of Erdogan’s security detail have been indicted by a Grand Jury.

An Atlantic Council employee testified at a hearing of the Europe Sub-committee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in April 2017. Witnesses are required to submit a “truth in testimony” disclosure form. Question 5 asks: “Since January 1, 2013, have you or your organization(s) received any contract or payment originating with a foreign government related to the subject of the hearing or your representational capacity at the hearing?”

The Atlantic Council’s 990 Form submitted to the Internal Revenue Service indicates that Turkey, Azerbaijan and other governments are financiers. The Congressional Research Service should do an analysis of money flowing to think-tanks, including where the money comes from, for what purpose it is given, and whether think-tanks are functioning like lobbyists. If so, their 501©3 tax-deductible status should be revoked.

In addition to the law, there are ethical issues. Turkey just signed a contract for $2.6 billion to buy S-400 missiles from Russia. Turkey’s President Erdogan is increasingly authoritarian, stealing elections and jailing opponents. In the Turkey case, think-tanks taking money from Turkish sources are abetting an anti-American and anti-NATO agenda.

Contractors and think-tanks pocket huge sums from Turkey. Time to spotlight Turkey’s investment in their activities.

Mr. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He worked on U.S.-Turkish relations as a Senior Adviser to the Department of State. His recent book is An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdogan’s Dictatorship.

Click here to access the article at the Huffington Post.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:11 AM

Civil (NOT) media member of furkey!

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia

September 23, 2017 Saturday


Garo Paylan files lawsuit against Turkish reporter for hate speech



YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 23, ARMENPRESS. Ethnic Armenian Member of
Parliament of Turkey Garo Paylan filed a lawsuit against Yeni Safak
newspaper’s reporter Hayretin Karaman.

The lawsuit was caused by Karaman’s article titled with the Turkish
saying “Gavurdan Dost, Domuzdan Post olmaz”, which is roughly
translated as “You can’t make pelt from swineand friends with a
gavur”. Gavur is a derogatory term which means faithless/non-Muslim in
Turkish.

Paylan’s attorney said the lawsuit emphasized that the term “gavur” is
used in the article for targeting non-Muslim citizens.

In addition, the lawsuit also mentions that during the country’s
republican history, the Property Tax was used against national
minorities who were the target of hate speech, the September 6-7
massacres, Hrant Dink’s murder, the attack on the Zirve bookstore in
Malatya, and the murder of father Santoro in Trabzon. The lawsuit
mentions that all of the above mentioned are a consequence of hate
speech.

The lawsuit pressed charges against Hayretin Karaman for “Inciting
hatred and hostility or humiliation”.

 



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:52 AM

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Sabri Siniji: Armenian masters’ works are delicate
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Sabri Sinijin, a Turkish antique seller living in Urfa, Turkey, says that for 25 years he has been buying Armenian and Greek things from villagers and sells them to antique art lovers.

Siniji, who has 150-200 years old handmade products in the store, noted that by the quality of a work it can be guessed what nationality it belongs to. The merchant told us that those things were bought or exchanged from peasants of surrounding villages.

“Peasants bring different antique things. Among them, works of Armenian and Greek masters are especially distinguished by the delicacy and quality of work. Dozens of years have passed, but they are still the same,” says Siniji.

 

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:15 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
Oct 5 2017
 
 
Violence lies 'at the root of Turkey's denial of Armenian Genocide'

Writer Dogan Akhanli has said in an interview with EUobserver that the Turkish regime had embraced violence as a means of rule.

He is currently stuck in Madrid after Spanish police arrested him while he was on holiday on the basis of a Turkish Interpol request.

Akhnali was born in Turkey but fled to Germany in 1991 after being persecuted for his views on the Armenian Genocide and on Turkey's repression of its Kurdish minority.

He said violence lay at the root of its denial of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and of its killings of Kurdish separatists.

He also said the regime's nationalist ideology created a dangerous environment.

"Under the Erdogan government, the history of violence is not just a story. It is not passive. It is killing people before our very eyes," he said, referring to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said Erdogan's mass arrests of people accused of sympathising with last year's failed coup, such as Ahmet Sik, another journalist, were part of the same pattern.

 


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:19 AM

Their sole reason for renovations is tourism, nothing else. Us stupids go there in droves and help the hands that ruined us.

Vestnik Kavkaza

Oct 10 2017
 
 
Armenian churches in Turkey's Gumushane to be restored
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Two half-destroyed Armenian churches in Turkey's Gümüşhane are planned to be restored in the coming months.

According to the Milliyet daily, the governor of Turkey’s Gümüşhane Province invited a group of researchers from Istanbul Technical University to Gümüşhane to conduct a study of the two Armenian churches that are located in the Süleymaniye neighborhood.

The Gümüşhane Provincial Hall has prepared a plan for the restoration of these churches in order to increase tourism potential in the province, News.am reported.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:20 AM

No wonder Europe doesn't want Turkey to join the union! Turkey will not change, it's in their DNA.

The Armenian Weekly

Oct 19 2017
 
 
Public Outcry over Osman Kavala’s Istanbul Airport Arrest Continues to Grow

By Weekly Staff on October 19, 2017

 
 
 

ISTANBUL (A.W.)—Public outcry over the arrest of prominent businessman and civil society activist Osman Kavala continues to grow, as Turkish police provide little to no information surrounding the detention.

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Osman Kavala (Photo: HaberTurk)

According to reports, Turkish police detained Kavala at Istanbul’s Ataturk Insternational Airport in the evening of Oct. 18. Kavala, the chairman of the non-profit Anadolu Kültür, was reportedly taken to Istanbul’s counter-terrorism police department upon his return to the city from Gaziantep.

The Turkish T24 news outlet cited Kavala’s lawyer as saying that he had returned from a meeting from Gaziantep after an order was issued for him to be detained.

According to some reports, police have also seized computers from the offices of Anadolu Kültür—an organization that promotes the art and culture of the region.

There has been much public discontent since the news of Kavala’s arrest was made public on Wednesday evening. The Foreign Ministry of France said on Thursday it was concerned about Kavala’s arrest, calling him “one of the most important and respected figures of the Turkish cultural scene and of civil society.” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes Romatet-Espagne told reporters that France will be “very attentive” to developments in the case.

U.S.-based independent watchdog Freedom House’s director of Eurasia programs Marc Behrendt called Kavala’s arrest “a significant escalation in the Turkish government’s assault on civil society and media.”

Behrendt noted that Turkish authorities detained Kavala a few days before the first court hearing on trumped-up criminal charges against representatives of local civil society organizations, and Amnesty International’s Turkey branch, and called the move “another signal that Turkey is targeting activists for holding opinions critical of the government.”

“Kavala should be released immediately and the charges against him made clear. The European Union and the government of the United States should publicly press for Kavala’s release,” Behrendt added.

Sevan Nişanyan, a Turkish-Armenian intellectual, travel writer, entrepreneur, and researcher who escaped prison and fled Turkey on July 14, took to social media to voice his displeasure regarding the arrest and harshly criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime for their human rights abuses. “Their intentions are clear,” he noted, saying that those who wish to express their love of culture, freedom, and pluralism in Turkey are silenced by authorities.

Member of European Parliament and Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri tweeted that she was disturbed by the arrest and said that she will propose to launch urgent call for his release in the European Parliament. Taner Akçam, Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University also called the arrest a “very disturbing development” on Facebook.

Kavala, a longtime supporter of Armenian Genocide recognition and Turkish Armenian reconciliation, visited Yerevan’s Armenian Genocide Institute and Museum on April 24, 2016. Speaking to Yerevan-based News.am, had called Turkish society’s changing attitutdes toward Armenians a slow, but moving process. “First of all, there has to be a sincere intention to look at history, to look at what had happened, to open up the archives properly and to have a very sincere dialogue with the Armenians. Fortunately, there are some steps, but we still can’t see that at the political level,” he had said at the time.

Kavala was also present at the re-opening of Diyarbakir’s Surp Giragos Church in 2011. The church had been recently renovated by the Surp Giragos Armenian Foundation, with the support of the local Kurdish-controlled municipality of the time.

Speaking to the Armenian Weekly, Kavala had expressed hope that the massive reconstruction and other initiatives in Diyarbakir would “have an impact beyond the city, on the national policy.”

During the past two tumultuous years, the church has been desecrated and largely damaged, as seen in a set of secretly taken photographs published by the Armenian Weekly in September.

Born in 1957, Kavala studied economics at the University of Manchester. In 1982, he took over the management of the Kavala Companies founded by his late father.

He was active in the establishment of a number of business organizations in Turkey, including Turkish-Polish and Turkish-Greek business councils and the Association of Tourism Investors.

Kavala has served on the boards of TURSAK (Turkish Audiovisual Cinema Foundation), TEMA (Foundation to Fight Soil Erosion), Helsinki Citizens Association, TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation), and Thessaloniki based Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in the Southeast Europe.

He has also taken part in civil society organizations promoting peace and understanding between Turkey and Greece and has participated in a number of civil initiatives for the protection of human rights and democratic solution of the Kurdish issues in Turkey.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:34 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Oct 19 2017
 
Merkel wants EU aid cut to Turkey for democratic backsliding

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for cuts in European Union financial assistance aimed at helping Turkey get ready for eventual EU membership, given what she called a troubling direction the country has taken on democracy and rule of law, Fox news reported.

Merkel said Thursday as she arrived at an EU summit that she considers Turkey's developments on democracy "very negative, not only because many Germans are under arrest."

According to the source, Merkel, however, praised Turkey for helping to stop the massive flow of migrants into Europe as part of a deal with the EU.

Turkey's bid to join the EU has stalled following a crackdown on dissent that followed a failed coup attempt in 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has arrested several German citizens, including journalists and a human rights worker.

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 09:59 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Oct 23 2017
 
 
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Society 15:43 23/10/2017 Region
The map of ancient Armenia unveiled in Germany causes stir in Turkish media

A map displayed at a community event in Germany on October 21 caused a stir in the Turkish media sources. Ermenihaber reports, an event named “Armenian History and Culture: Silent Ararat” held in the Cologne Catholic Church by the Armenian Primacy of Cologne featured a map of ancient Armenia with boundaries reaching as far as the present-day Turkey’s Samsun to the north and Mersin in the south, covering the present territory of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The map was widely shared by Turkish news outlets and slammed by users on social media platforms with plenty of criticism toward both the Armenian community and accusations to German official circles for authorizing the event.

To note for reference, eastern parts of Turkey (formerly the Ottoman Empire) were part of the historical homeland of Armenians under the name Western Armenia that emerged following the division of Greater Armenia between the Byzantine Empire and Sassanid Persia in 387 AD.

The area was conquered by the Ottomans in the 16th century and became known as Turkish Armenia or Ottoman Armenia. During the 19th century, the Russian Empire conquered all of Eastern Armenia from Iran, while Armenian population of the Western part was affected under the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians known in the history as the Armenian Genocide.

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 03:26 PM

Hey Mr. ErDOGan how about your country's record on journalists human rights? How many are relinquishing in filthy prisons? Violating the rights of the minorities and imprisoning them on fake charges and the Armenian Genocide along with Greeks and Assyrians. Also stealing the properties of all these mentioned minorities, should I go on or is this enough you immoral thug. 

 

  Myanmar detains Turkish media reporters for flying drone over capital 

 


Two foreign journalists working for Turkish state media have been detained for more than 24 hours in Myanmar for flying a drone over a parliament building in the capital, the government said Saturday.

The incident comes during high tension between Myanmar and Turkey, which has lambasted the Southeast Asian nation for its treatment of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Last month Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Myanmar of incubating "Buddhist terror" and carrying out a genocide against the Muslim group.

The reporters, Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, were arrested on Friday in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw while they were on assignment for Turkish state broadcaster TRT.

They are "under interrogation for flying a drone over the Hluttaw (parliament) building", said a statement published by Myanmar's Ministry of Information.

The pair was working with well-known Myanmar journalist Aung Naing Soe, whose house in Yangon was searched by authorities on Friday night, according to local media.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August, running from burning villages they say were set alight by soldiers and Buddhist mobs.

Several journalists have been arrested in Myanmar this year, fuelling fears of an erosion of the press freedoms which blossomed after the end of junta rule in 2011.

 

Many have been charged with defamation or arrested for reporting on armed rebel groups.

 



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:51 AM

News.am, Armenia
Oct 31 2017
 
 
Houses once belonging to Armenians are turned into boutique hotels in Turkey
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Sabah newspaper of Turkey has reflected on the details of turning houses, which once belonged to Armenians and are still preserved, into boutique hotels. 

Accordingly, Gaziantep (Antep) town, which is considered the tourism center of  southeast Turkey, has numerous historical houses that are gradually turned into hotels.

Tourists visiting the town have begun preferring to stay at boutique hotels instead of chained-brand hotels. And this fact has forced businesses and proprietors of old houses to renovate these homes as boutique hotels and provide respective services.

The locals, however, do not inform tourists that these houses once belonged to Armenians.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:03 AM

Armenpress News Agency, Armenia
October 30, 2017 Monday


Erdogan turns to cursing in NK conflict comments



YEREVAN, OCTOBER 30, ARMENPRESS. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, who arrived in Azerbaijan to participate in the opening of
the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, once again made a statement about the
Nagorno Karabakh conflict. This time the Turkish President turned to a
genre of curses as he exhausted his political vocabulary.

In an interview to Azerbaijani media, Erdogan particularly said: “We
damn Armenia’s occupation policy”
. He mentioned that “the NK conflict
is a bleeding wound not only for Azerbaijan, but also for Turkey”. He
didn’t miss the chance to once again express his support for
Azerbaijan in the matter.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:35 PM

Armenpress News Agency, Armenia
November 11, 2017 Saturday


National minorities in Turkey are under hate atmosphere – MP Selina Dogan



YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 11, ARMENPRESS. It is difficult for national
minorities living in Turkey, including Armenians, to exercise their
rights of international guarantees and civil legal norms. In addition,
the minorities have appeared under the crosshairs of hate speech in
the state of emergency which was declared after the failed military
coup attempt, ethnic Armenian Member of Parliament of Turkey Selina
Dogan from the Republican People’s Party told Politik Yol in an
interview.

She stressed that after the death of Hrant Dink the issues of
Armenians living in Turkey became more visible and discussed.

“There is an increasing level of hate atmosphere in the country in the
recent years. And this has all become a domestic policy issue. A
revolution is being attempted, and the next day Fetulah Gullen is
being called Armenian. This is a card which is always kept in the
pocket and shown on every convenient occasion. It is unfortunate that
although the Turkish Criminal Code regulates hate crime, every time we
address this law we are unable to have any result. On the contrary,
every time we turn out to be guilty”, Dogan said.

Dogan says the national legislation of Turkey, which is still in use
which was adopted during the Ottoman Empire, should be amended in
compliance with modern requirements.






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