February 2008

Turkish Professor Of Theology: “AKP Is Erbakan’s Real Child”

In an interview with Gercek Hayat Magazine, Marmara University Professor and Islam expert Ismail Kara said that the AKP is the real child of Erbakan, born when Refah [Welfare] Party [RP] was closed down after February 28, 1997 [post modern coup] which removed only the older generation of the party. He said that closing down of the Islamist RP was not an end, because AKP became the destination for the offspring of Erbakan’s Islamist Milli Gorus movement.

Prof. Kara added that Islam and being Muslim is different than Islamism which is a political ideology and a rather new phenomenon that erupted within Islam. He said that AKP’s top men are those that were the closest to Erbakan.

Source: Gercek Hayat Dergisi, Turkey, February 8, 2008

Date Posted: February 12, 2008
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Turkey’s Islamist Media Celebrates New Freedom For Turban As Mainstream Media Predicts “Chaos” And “Division”

While Turkey’s Islamist media celebrates Saturday’s parliamentary vote adopting the constitutional amendments that will allow Islamic headscarf in universities, the anti-Islamist, mainstream media reflects the fears of all modern Turks.

The radical Islamist Turkish daily Vakit reported on the dissatisfaction among some Islamist organizations with the new law for being limited to universities, and demanded freedom for wearing Islamic attire in the work place too, including government offices.

Vakit attacked the mainstream media organs, such as Hurriyet, Milliyet and Vatan for their headlines that predicted "chaos" and "division" in the country.

Source: Vakit, Turkey, February 11, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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EU Official Urges Turkey To Amend Much-Criticized Law Restricting Freedom Of Speech, Warns EU Patience Is "Running Out"

Joost Lagendijk, co-chairman of a joint Turkey-EU parliamentary commission, made the appeal outside an Istanbul court where he observed the third hearing of the trial of 19 suspects for the 2007 murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink.

"The EUs patience is running out... What we expect from Turkish leaders is not nice declarations but realistic moves," he said. Article 301 of the penal code provides up to four years in jail for "insulting Turkishness". Dink, who was convicted under the Article 301 for saying 1915 events were "genocide", was shot dead on January 19, 2007 outside his office in central Istanbul.

"If the case is not handled in a proper way, it will leave a stain, a dirty spot on Turkey’s image in Europe," Lagendijk said, urging the Turkish authorities to also uncover all "guys behind the scene" in Dink's murder.

Turkish government officials said last month that a draft amendment for Article 301 was ready, but no action was taken as the government focused all its attention on the highly divisive bill abolishing the ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities.

EU wants the [Turkish] government to take the necessary steps not only for the girls who want to wear headscarves but also for those students who want freedom of speech, Lagendijk said when asked about the controversial turban law.

Source: Hurriyet, Turkey, February 11, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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Mother-to-be to her husband: "A girl?.. I don't want to bring a girl to a headscarved, covered Turkey!"

Source: LeMan Weekly Magazine, Turkey, February 6, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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Iranian Secular Society in London:“AKP Rules Turkey Just Like Hamas”

Mainstream Turkish daily Milliyet reported that Faroborz Pooya, the leader of Iranian Secular Society centered in London, spoke to ANKA News Agency and accused PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan for ruling Turkey like Hamas. He also said that turban [Islamic headscarf] should not be made free.

Pooya told ANKA that allowing the turban in universities would bring about grave results for Turkey's secular order. He said what had started as a left wing revolution in Iran turned to an Islamist revolution and added that Turkey also housed strong political Islam.

Pooya likened AKP to Hamas which also won elections, and said that Hamas, AKP and Iranian rulers all come from the same roots; from political Islam.

Source: Milliyet, ANKA News Agency, Turkey, February 9, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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Turkish Islamist Website Teaches Women How To Conduct Themselves; “A Woman’s Jihad Is To Please Her Husband”

The Islamist website Takva.com wrote:

A woman’s Jihad is to please her husband (Taberani)

The Prophet said about a woman who made herself beautiful for her husband, and spoke to him with nice words to please him, “Go and tell her that she has achieved half-martyrdom” (Shir’a)

It is easier for a woman to go to heaven. The woman who does her namaz (Islamic prayer) five times a day, keeps her fasts, protects herself from strangers and obeys her husband goes to heaven (Ibni Hibban)

When a man has a need and calls his wife, she has to answer to his need immediately, even if her hands are in the stove (Tirmizi)

Angels will curse and torment the woman all night, if she does not come to bed when asked by her husband (Buhari)

Woman cannot spend even her own possession, unless she gets her husband’s permission (Taberani)

Woman who goes out of her house without her husband’s permission, will be cursed every day, until her husband’s forgiveness (Deilemi)

Woman cannot accept anyone in her house – including her parents, brothers and sisters – without her husband’s permission (Taberani)

Ban your wives from wearing fancy attire! Sons of Israel were cursed because their women wore fancy clothes when they walked to the temple (Ibn Maje)

Source: Takva.com

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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PM Defends Islamic Headscarf

Milliyet, Turkey, February 11, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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AKP Government Supports “Freedom” For Headscarf, Ignores All Other Women Rights

Erhan Ustundag of the human rights website Bianet.org wrote that although the AKP claims wearing headscarves in universities is about "freedoms" and "rights", the government does not promote women's rights at all.

Ever since AKP came to power, it boasts success in its economic policies. PM Tayyip Erdogan likes to talk about the rise in income per capita. However in all other areas the picture is bleak.

According to UNDP 2007-2008 report, Turkey ranks 84th in terms of human development, and a worse 112th in terms of gender equality. A clear indication of inequality is in women’s ability to participate in economic and political life. In a list of 93 countries, Turkey ranks 90th, followed only by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Yemen. As female employment decreases, the government does nothing to reverse the trend and hypocritically presents the headscarf issue as an issue of access to education.

A recent study published by academics in the Bosphorus and Sabanci Universities lends support to the UNDP data on gender inequality in Turkey and finds that the ban on Islamic headscarves prevented only 1 percent of the high school girls from going on to university. Other factors were much more influential: Of all women who did not go on studying, 29.8 % were not able to pass the entrance exam, 14.6 % gave up education for early marriage, 10.5% were not permitted by their families, 14.6% said they had to work and 6.3% did not have any money.

Instead of dealing with Turkey’s problem of gender discrimination, AKP chooses as its only priority, the freedom to wear an Islamic headscarf.

Source: Bianet.org, February 7, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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Turkish Interior Minister: The Islamic Revolution, Result Of Iranian People’s Struggle

Many high level Turkish officials and government ministers attended Iran’s national day reception in Ankara. During the reception, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay told Iranian official news agency IRNA that the [1979] Islamic revolution was the result of the struggle of Iranian people. Atalay said that Iran is Turkey’s neighbor and friend.

Iran’s Charge d’Affaires in Ankara Gulamreza Bageri Mugaddem cut the cake together with Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler. In response to the question, “What do you think about claims that Turkey might become like Iran, after the new turban laws?” Mugaddem said, “Turkish people are awake and aware. They know best, to which direction they will go. Insh’allah (Allah willing) our relations will further grow”.

Source: Hurriyet, Turkey, February 11, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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Iran Hails Turkey's Decision To Free Islamic Headscarf In Universities

Iran's presidential advisor Hojatoleslam Biriya welcomed Ankara's recent decision to lift the ban on wearing Islamic headscarves by Muslim women in Turkish universities.In his address at a conference held on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the cleric said that the move indicated Islam’s victory in Turkey over laic forces and the spread of Islam in the entire world.

Biriya said, “We are witnessing the strengthening of the ties between Muslims everywhere.Women in Western countries are unfortunately used as a means for vulgarity, while Islam puts the emphasis on women's dignity”.

Source: Hurriyet, Turkish Daily News, February 11, 2008

Date Posted: February 11, 2008
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