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Let this be our pray for Gazza…

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Are those war-mongers urging for more fighting in Gazza, prompting more pain, do they realize what they are leading to?

If both sides keep attacking each other:

  1. Israel will retaliate more severely,
  2. When Israel retaliates more severely, there will be more civilian martyrdoms including children, women and babies,
  3. The most basic needs like water and power will be scarce in Gazza.
  4. The injured cannot be treated under heavy bombardment. Casualties can rise due to number of injuries.
  5. Gazzans will be deprived of their right to live in peace and security, which is the one of the most basic human rights.
  6. If Egypt and Israel prevents the passage of humanitarian aid as a way of deterring, Gazzans will be deprived of the most basic necessities.
  7. Gazzans can turn into refugees as they flee the bombardment.
  8. Everything will be razed to ground in Gazza.
  9. There will be no more schools, homes or hospitals in Gazza which Turkey helped build a lot throughout the years.
  10. The war can have lasting traumatic effects on Gazzan children.
  11. As Israel and Gazza spend their limited funds on weapons, they will get even poorer.
  12. The prolonging of this fight will only help the arm dealers.

Both Israelis and Gazzans are religious people. Everyone should forget their pride and make an effort for ceasefire and ultimately the peace. Pride is a trait of satan. The satan is trying to turn Muslims and Jews against each other, who are both the sons and daughters of Prophet Abraham. The religious Jews and Muslims should be aware of this plot. If an enemy is needed, satan is the enemy of both sides.

Shaytan is your enemy so treat him as an enemy. He summons his party so they will be among the people of the Searing Blaze. Quran, 35:6

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Just imagine for a second, if they agree on a ceasefire and declare peace right after that, what will happen?

  1. Israel will feel itself safe and therefore the sanctions on Gazza will be lifted.
  2. Border crossings with Egypt will be opened and there will be cooperation in many areas including commerce and education.
  3. Gazza and West Bank will unite.
  4. The union of Gazza and West Bank will help Muslims develop in many areas including their economy.
  5. If Palestine gets a self-sufficient economy, it can start doing trade with Israel.
  6. Trade between Palestine and Israel will help both sides get richer.
  7. When Gazza spends money on education rather than weapons, a new, modern, sophisticated generation of Muslims will be raised.
  8. Muslims will be able to practice their religion freely in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  9. If Gazans are well-educated and become contributing members to the economy, they will no longer need foreign aids.
  10. Palestine will no longer be an underdeveloped country and their cities will be modern just like Tel Aviv and Haifa.
  11. There will be no new settlements in the Palestine soil by Israel because there will be no more claims of Palestinians wanting to destroy the Jews.
  12. Palestinians will not have to spend hours everyday at checkpoints to go to their work or home, and live like strangers on their own lands.

These are possible scenarios and if all Muslims pray and make the maximum effort to make peace, God will respond to sincere prayers.

Your Lord says, ‘Call on Me and I will answer you.Those who who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell abject.’ Quran, 40:60

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Harun Yahya aka Adnan Oktar’s daily comments (17 June 2014)

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Isolated Russia

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Mr. Adnan Oktar aka Harun Yahya’s latest article on #Russia’s famous newspaper #Pravda

 

Adnan Oktar
Harun Yahya

Isolated Russia 

”Why is NATO expanding? We can’t see real reasons for that. We all know that the competitor who is the reason behind the establishment of NATO no longer exists”. These words belong to Sergey Yastrzhembsky, the presidential aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin back in 2004. Yastrzhembsky felt the need to make these remarks because NATO seemed to be expanding by incorporating former Soviet states while seemingly isolating Russia in the process. Surely there are reasons that make Russia’s concerns well-grounded. It is fair to say that the goodwill and conciliatory efforts by Russia under the leadership of Putin in the aftermath of the Cold War were not reciprocated in  kind, on the part of the US and the EU countries. The process, which first began and included former Soviet  states into NATO and the EU, was exacerbated with the Syrian civil war and became an undeniable rift with the Ukrainian crisis. The Western world seems to be pursuing an agenda to isolate Russia, which brings to mind the possibility of a revival of the Cold War mentality.

Let’s look at the factors in the Syrian and Ukrainian crises. No one could deny that the Syrian civil war could have ended easily enough with a reconciliation between Russia and the Western world after Russia had been assured of its continued presence and its interests in Syria would remain unharmed; yet the Western countries, led by the US, chose to ignore Russia’s concerns over Syria and silently distanced themselves from the region.. They didn’t acknowledge the fact that Russia wasn’t going to risk losing one of its long-standing friends and allies, or that the increasing presence of radicalism  in Syria would pose a significant threat both to Russia and Syria. The West failed to recognize that Russia would most certainly not jeopardize its Eastern Mediterranean defenses. They could have eased Russia’s justified concerns through an alliance and helped find a reasonable and diplomatic means to end the Syrian civil war.

The current Ukrainian crisis is a clear proof of this new policy of isolation. The importance of Ukraine as an ally for Russia is clear and the actions of the USA and the EU in pretending not to understand that, while at the same time working to isolate Russia and forming friendships with former Russian allies, could be seen as an effort to divide the world into two poles. The Western world is perfectly aware of Ukraine’s position as an old friend, a trade partner and a defensive bulwark in the Black Sea for Russia, and should have been perfectly capable of foreseeing the reaction of Russia to such behavior. Realizing this fact the EU should encourage and extend a helping hand to Russia in its integration with the West. Regarding the issue of Ukraine and Crimea, the policy of isolation of Russia is completely wrong and unacceptable. I’ve been repeating one important fact for a long time: Putin is a wise and approachable leader with a good deal of foresight. He has made important strides in his country and is open to negotiation and reconciliation. The Russian people are also a very decent and loving people: Therefore, no one can condone leaving these beautiful people and a good leader isolated and pushing them into a mindset of insecurity and fear.

It is of paramount importance that the USA and the EU countries leave behind the traditions and the mentality of the Cold War and adopt an integrative policy that will include and reassure Russia. If NATO wishes to become stronger by maintaining its presence in the former Soviet countries, it should do so by incorporating Russia in NATO, not by cutting ties with it. This would further prove NATO’s point that it is a union of peace built to protect against possible external forces, not a military alliance against Russia.  Furthermore, the EU countries should be helping Russia to develop, not attempting to isolate it. Unless this is done, it would be unfair to put the entire blame on Russia for these conflicts.

The world needs unity and integration. To do this, the good people of the West and the good people of the East should come together and help each other to develop as a whole, instead of trying to destabilize and weaken each other. The current Russian, US and EU leaders are all reasonable people that are quite capable of building such an alliance; therefore, it is important that they seize this opportunity. It is crucial that the West abandons its notion of ‘I only think about my own people, my own economy, and my own lands.’ The West should try to empathize and work with Russia, not against it. It is high time that everyone sees the problems of the world today can be solved with unity, not with perpetual conflicts.

Harun Yahya

Turkey

The author is a leading Muslim commentator from Turkey. He has written more than 300 books in 73 languages

What awaits Turkey after elections?

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Harun Yahya

 

Turkey has been cautiously watching the bitter exchange of words between the AKP and Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet community over the last couple of months. Especially with the latest developments in the run-up to the elections and the attacks against the government gaining pace, Turkey is going through some hectic days. How is all this going to affect the elections?
Because Turkey is a democratic Muslim country, it has a special, leading role in the Middle East. The economic leap the country saw after the AKP took over in 2002, the admirable social developments and enviable foreign policy moves, has prompted the international community to aptly name and praise the Turkish leap as the ‘Turkish model’. This model is so successful because it combines human rights, democracy and liberties, the indispensable components of modern societies with the sublime values of the Qur’an such as love, justice and compassion.
One cannot ignore the undeniable success of the AKP government: Before 2002, Turkey’s GNP was around 230 million US dollars, but that skyrocketed to 830 million USD by 2014. The fact that this striking economic boom came at a time when the rest of the world is struggling with a deep recession makes it even more impressive. When the AKP took over, Turkey was the 26th biggest economy in the world, but after 12 years, managed to come in at 16th place. Export figures went up to 115 billion USD in 2010 from its previous 36 billion USD level. Furthermore, interest rates and taxes were significantly reduced during the AKP rule. The manufacturing industry got a fresh breath after the corporate tax was reduced to 20% from 33% and Turkish industries became more agile and competent in the international arena.
Surely, no matter where you go in the world, economics always play a big part in election results. It is not the economic success of the AKP that made is so popular though. There are far more important values that gave the party its staggering public support: according to a poll, 83% of the Turks define themselves as religious. In other words, in Turkey, which has a 99% Muslim population, a majority of the people are religious. It is important to note though that the religious sentiment in Turkey is not one of a radical or extremist kind; quite the opposite, the religious nature of the Turkish people is one of an embracing, loving and liberating kind that values science, art, approaches differences with respect and welcomes other religions with love and affection. This religious nature has had a positive effect on the political right wing. It is a known fact that since 1979, my friends and I have been engaged in an intense cultural effort to intellectually annihilate the ideological basis of the left through a thorough anti-communist, anti-materialist campaign across Turkey. After the left wing lost its intellectual basis, not being able to counter the ideological challenge, rightist parties naturally rose in the elections, once again emphasizing the outcome of the aforementioned intellectual efforts.
The civilization that Turkish people have built does not discriminate against Western culture. On the contrary, Turkish society has incorporated the enviable qualities of the Western world within its own culture. Therefore, secularism and democracy are crucial to Turkish society. The secularity in Turkey guarantees a model where everyone can freely speak their mind, be it a believer or unbeliever, with the utmost mutual respect and love and ensures that people can freely co-exist. This sentiment is championed by the center-right in Turkey; for this very reason, a center-right party in Turkey with this ideology will be fully supported both by religious and secular people, and will always have a great potential.
Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet community is a useful movement for the Islamic world with its modern Islamic ways and schools they open all around the world. The Community is widely respected by academicians, bureaucrats and civil servants and has a sizable public influence with their media organs. As long as they continue their cultural efforts without being involved in political rivalries, their efficiency will no doubt increase.
It would be failing to see the big picture if one believed that the Community has single-handedly orchestrated the current developments against the government in the run-up to the elections. Surely, as a party that managed to win elections three times in a row, the AKP has an intense opposition. Indeed, this widespread sentiment of opposing the AKP has managed to bring many different groups together and gave rise to an alliance unprecedented for Turkey. This large group of AKP dissidents, with different backgrounds and views, most probably gets their support from outside the country and can be aptly named a ‘parallel opposition movement’.
Amidst all these factors, one thing that needs immediate attention is that it is not right to try to topple an elected government with anti-democratic means. The allegations against the AK Party and the Prime Minister can, and should, be investigated according to the laws. However, none of those allegations can justify the manipulation of Turkish politics by a ‘hidden hand’ with illegal methods such as tapes and videos. Such methods are not acceptable in modern, democratic countries. Opening doors to anti-democratic practices will push Turkey back into a past that it doesn’t deserve to be in.

Despite the outcry of the past three months, the Turkish people still show great support to the AKP and it is because of their desire to protect democracy. The Turkish people have witnessed too many coups and therefore greatly appreciate their democracy. The expectation of people from the AK Party is more democracy, more freedom, and faster development. They expect the government to investigate the claims of corruption, revise the party and introduce new reforms for further development. If these expectations are not met, it is the people that will hold the AKP accountable just as in all democracies, not some certain ‘hidden hands’.

What awaits Turkey after elections?.

The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya

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By The Times editorial boardMarch 9, 2014

Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, has made substantial progress in the last few years, moving from military rule toward democracy, releasing political prisoners and freeing from house arrest Nobel Prize-winning democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. However, the government has relentlessly continued its appalling treatment of the Rohingya population that lives in Rakhine state in western Myanmar.

Muslim children in Myanmar's Rakhine state are seen carrying bundles of sticks collected from a forest to sell as firewood. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press)  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-rohingya-20140309,0,7735660.story#ixzz2wIfGClJx
Muslim children in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are seen carrying bundles of sticks collected from a forest to sell as firewood. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press)

A Muslim minority in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, the Rohingya are effectively denied citizenship unless they can meet onerous requirements, such as tracing their lineage back decades. They are restricted in where they can live and work, are limited to having two children and have been subject to brutal violence at the hands of mobs unchecked by local police. More than 1 million Rohingya live in Myanmar, including about 180,000 in squalid internal displacement camps, according to Human Rights Watch. The United Nations has deemed the Rohingya one of the most persecuted groups in the world.

Recently, violence against the Rohingya has escalated, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Two attacks in January left an estimated four dozen Rohingya dead in a village in Rakhine, according to the U.N. report. Myanmar’s response has been to deny that it happened.

Late last month, Doctors Without Borders was ordered by the government to shut down its extensive operations across the country. Two days later, it was allowed to resume working everywhere except in Rakhine, where the organization provided primary care to tens of thousands of Rohingya.

This state-sponsored oppression must end. Myanmar needs to lift restrictions against the Rohingya and revamp its citizenship requirements. Security forces under government control should be deployed to Rakhine to supplant or oversee local police, who are often too prejudiced against the Rohingya to do their jobs properly. The government should also allow humanitarian groups back into Rakhine to provide aid and to monitor how the Rohingya are treated.

And it should investigate this latest mass killing. The U.N. report notes that some of the Rohingya played a role in the violence — they killed a police sergeant in retaliation for the initial killing of eight Rohingya villagers. That’s not excusable, but it’s also no excuse for continued mistreatment of the entire group.

Over the last few years, the U.S. has generously applauded the government of Myanmar for its steps toward democracy. President Obama has visited the country; an American ambassador has been installed. Now the United States should press President Thein Sein harder and call for him to extend that democracy to the Rohingya.

It’s unconscionable that Suu Kyi, a human rights icon, has not wielded her considerable moral authority to talk about this issue. She should abandon her diffident stand on the plight of the Rohingya and forcefully condemn the repression of and violence against them. It’s heartening that she is a member of the Burmese Parliament now and hopes to secure a change in the constitution that would allow her to run for president. But a strong leader would not allow short-term political expediency to keep her from speaking out on a critical, life-and-death issue.

Myanmar’s Deadly Medicine

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By  of The New York Times

A cynical decision by Myanmar to ban Doctors Without Borders from the state of Rakhine has left some 750,000 people without medical care since Feb. 28. About 150 people, including women with difficult pregnancies, are estimated to have died since the ban was imposed.

Lay Lay Win, 28, gave birth last month at a clinic in an area of Rakhine State where a health care crisis has grown worse. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times
Lay Lay Win, 28, gave birth last month at a clinic in an area of Rakhine State where a health care crisis has grown worse. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times

Myanmar acted after the group, which has provided medical care in Rakhine State since 1994, reported treating 22 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority for gunshot wounds and other injuries after an attack by a Buddhist mob in January. A United Nations investigation concluded that up to 40 men, women and children were killed in the rampage, which Myanmar denies took place.

If the goal in kicking Doctors Without Borders out of Rakhine State, and depriving hundreds of thousands of people of their only source of medical care, is to prevent foreign witnesses to the human rights violations in the region, it is a badly calculated strategy.

The Rohingya, who have lived in Myanmar for generations, have long been persecuted. In 1982, they were stripped of their citizenship and restrictions were placed on their right to travel within Myanmar or own property.

The government prevents Muslims from seeking medical help outside their villages, and Doctors Without Borders had been the only way for a pregnant woman facing a difficult delivery to get a referral to a government hospital, the group said.

As radical Buddhist leaders such as Ashin Wirathu have preached hatred against the Muslim minority, and incited more Buddhist mobs to attack Rohingyas since 2011, as many as 75,000 Rohingya have fled the country and thousands have been driven from their homes.

Anti-Rohingya fervor has swelled as Myanmar prepares for its first nationalcensus this month and next. Rakhine officials fear that if Rohingyas are allowed to acknowledge their ethnicity, an honest accounting will show that there are far more of them than the current estimate of 1.3 million.

Loath to slow Myanmar’s progress toward becoming a more open society, Western governments and international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations have been reluctant to antagonize Myanmar’s government. But attacks against the Rohingya have reached a point where Myanmar must be held to account.

Fortunately, the United Nations says it is seriously negotiating with Myanmar’s government to let Doctors Without Borders resume its work. The government has responded that the group may work everywhere else in the country. This is not acceptable. Myanmar must immediately let Doctors Without Borders resume its work in Rakhine State before more people die.

Excerpts from Harun Yahya aka Adnan Oktar’s today live show (26 Jan 2014)

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