Saturday, October 25, 2014

Head of Turkey’s top religious body involved in row about new mosque.

Head of Turkey’s top religious body involved in row about new mosque. (HD)
Mehmet Görmez, head of Turkey’s top religious body Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has been involved in a hot debate on the efforts to build a mosque on a grove on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, saying that the love for prayer and love for nature should not be compared.
A mosque will be built on an 800 square meter plot. You can see people who bid to build a masjid [a small mosque] on one side, and other people protesting to prevent the cutting of the trees there on the other side,” Görmez said, while attending to a ceremony to mark the opening of a new forest area in the capital city of Ankara.

First of all, this does not appropriate,” he said.

The love for prayer and the love for nature should not be compared,” the country’s leading imam said, adding that people should not “express their angers using such love.” Hmmm........17,000 new mosques built under Erdogan, does it really need to be there?Read the full story here.

Video - Un jammable pocket-size drone to descend on US Air Force.

Un jammable pocket-size drone to descend on US Air Force. The target users of the drone are Pararescue, Special Forces and FEMA; it is also expected to come in handy for airborne in-tunnel surveillance systems. Read the full story here.

Israel's Defense Minister: Mideast Borders 'Absolutely' Will Change in future.

Israel's Defense Minister: Mideast Borders 'Absolutely' Will Change in Future. (NPR).

Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon is known for his blunt manner, and in an interview with NPR, he says a future map of the Middle East will look very different from the one that exists today.

The borders of many Arab states were drawn up by Westerners a century ago, and wars in recent years show that a number of them are doomed to break apart, according to Ya'alon, a career soldier who became Israel's defense minister last year.

"We have to distinguish between countries like Egypt, with their history. Egypt will stay Egypt," Ya'alon, who is on a visit to Washington, tells Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

In contrast, Ya'alon says, "Libya was a new creation, a Western creation as a result of World War I. Syria, Iraq, the same — artificial nation-states — and what we see now is a collapse of this Western idea."

Asked if Middle Eastern borders are likely to change in the coming years, Ya'alon says: "Yes, absolutely. It has been changed already. Can you unify Syria? [President] Bashar al-Assad is controlling only 25 percent of the Syrian territory. We have to deal with it."

On another key question facing the region, Ya'alon says he is deeply skeptical of a proposed deal between the international community and Iran on its nuclear program. He says that even if an agreement is reached, he thinks Iran is likely to break it.

"No deal is better than a bad deal," Ya'alon says. Read the full interview here.

US General Says North Korea Can Produce Nuclear Warheads Fit for Ballistic Missiles

US General Says North Korea Can Produce Nuclear Warheads Fit for Ballistic Missiles. (RN).

North Korea has technology allowing the country to manufacture miniaturized nuclear warheads, which could be mounted on a long-range missile and would significantly increasing their military capabilities, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing US Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the ROK-US Combined Forces Command chief.

Personally I think that they certainly have had the expertise in the past,” Scaparrotti stated during a press conference at the US Department of Defense, as quoted by the Associated Press. “They've had the right connections, and so I believe they have the capability to have miniaturized a device at this point, and they have the technology to potentially actually deliver what they say they have.

Scaparrotti added as a commander he cannot “afford the luxury of believing perhaps they haven’t gotten there.”

North Korea could have obtained the technology from Iran and Pakistan, Scaparrotti asserted, speaking after the Security Consultative Meeting and Military Consultative Meeting in Washington DC.

General Scaparrotti said he believes they have the capability to miniaturize,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, stressed. “That's not the same thing as saying that they have the capability to mount, test and deliver a nuclear weapon in an ICBM.

So far, there are no documented reports of North Korea successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, referred to by the US as KN-08. Although Pyongyang displayed the ICBMs at a military parade in 2012, experts expressed doubt the missiles are functional. “For something that’s that complex, without it being tested, the probability of it being effective is pretty darn low,” US Army General said.

US Army General also criticized North Korean leadership for trying to develop military capabilities instead of focusing on improving the lives of ordinary people. North Korea’s military capabilities “include several hundred ballistic missiles, one of the world’s largest chemical weapons stockpiles, a biological weapons research program, and the world’s largest special operations force, as well as an active cyber-warfare capability,” Scaparrotti added, according to an article published on the Pentagon’s website. Hmmm.....Anyone realize he just said that IRAN Might have manufactured miniaturized nuclear warheads

Turkey's Intell Chief Hakan Fidan: "ISIS is an popular establishment, I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset"

Turkey's Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan: "ISIS is an popular establishment, I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset" (Awd).

Ankara- Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, known by the MİT acronym, has drawn a lot of attention and criticism lately for his controversial comments about ISIS.

ISIS is a reality and we have to accept that we cannot eradicate a well-organized and popular establishment such as the Islamic State; therefore I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset about Islamic political currents and not be cynical at all,” said Mr. Hakan Fidan during a press conference in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Fidan added that in order to deal with the vast number of foreign Jihadists craving to travel to Syria, it is imperative that ISIS must set up a consulate or at least a political office in Istanbul.

He further underlined that it is Turkey’s firm belief to provide medical care for all injured people who fled Syria regardless of their political or religious affiliation.

Recently as the fierce clashes between Kurdish forces and ISIS terrorists continue in the besieged city of Kobani, countless number of ISIS injured fighters enter the Turkish territory and are being admitted in the military hospital in Hatay Province.

Over the last few days, the Kurdish fearless guerillas could fend off ISIS forces who wanted to capture Kobani, the Syrian Kurdish strategic city which is situated only few kilometers away from Turkish border.

Hemin Hawrami, a Kobani-based senior Kurdish official said that Turkey's Erdoğan and his oil-rich Arab allies have dual agendas in the war on terror and as a matter of fact they are supplying the Islamist militants with weapons and money.

Hawrami who was speaking via Skype highlighted the danger of Turkish-backed terrorist groups and added that what is happening in Syria cannot be categorized as a genuine and popular revolution against dictatorship but rather it is a chaos orchestrated by Erdoğan who is dreaming to revive the infamous Ottoman Empire. Hmmmm....NATO 'Ally' ...what, where ??

Senior Iranian Cleric Condemns Upholding of Saudi Cleric’s Death Ruling, still OK To hang women.

Senior Iranian Cleric Condemns Upholding of Saudi Cleric’s Death Ruling, still OK To hang women.(Fars).

Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani condemned Saudi Arabia for upholding the death sentence given to prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and warned Riyadh to change its decision.

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, "We warn Saudi Arabia to be careful that in a country with over 30 percent of Shiite population it will have to pay a heavy price for executing a Shiite cleric."

Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani also blasted the so-called advocates of Human Rights for remaining silent about upholding the death sentence of Sheikh al-Nimr.

A court in Saudi Arabia upheld a death sentence given to Sheikh al-Nimr.

A Saudi court had recently sentenced Sheikh Nimr to death. However, the enforcement of the ruling has been postponed.

The senior Shiite cleric is accused of delivering anti-government speeches and defending political prisoners. Hmmmm....Can't have clerics being hanged what is this world coming to?

Iran: Reyaneh Jabbari hanged

Great Britain closer to quitting EU.

Great Britain closer to quitting EU. (Express). By: Macer Hall

FURIOUS David Cameron last night conceded that Britain had been pushed closer to a European Union exit after receiving an eye-watering £1.7 billion Brussels bill.

Red-faced with anger, the Prime Minister vowed to block payment of the “completely unacceptable” surcharge presented by EU officials in a surprise overhaul of national contributions.

“It is not acceptable, it is an appalling way to behave,” Mr Cameron said.

Calls for the UK to withdraw from the EU intensified yesterday following the cash demand, which will cost every family in the country £65.

And he admitted the latest insult to UK taxpayers – with the bill due to be paid by December 1st – was undermining his drive to keep Britain in the EU.

When pressed on the issue by the Daily Express he said: “It certainly doesn’t help, put it that way.”

Mr Cameron insisted: “It is an unacceptable way for this organisation to work, to suddenly present a bill like this for such a vast sum of money with so little time to pay it.

And it is an unacceptable way to treat one of the biggest contributors to the European Union.”

Repeatedly thumping his lectern with a clenched fist, he added: “I am not paying that bill on December 1st.
"If people think I am, they’ve got another thing coming; it is not going to happen.
“As an important contributor to this organisation, we are not suddenly going to get out our chequebook and write a cheque for two billion euros; it is not happening.”

As the row deepened, there was fresh pressure for the Prime Minister to accelerate his promised in-or-out referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage warned that Mr Cameron was in “real political trouble”.
Yes, it’s outrageous, but that’s how the European Union works,” he said.
He’s in a very weak position. He can do nothing about this."
And I think, really, he’s now being pushed into a position where, unless he brings forward his referendum promise, I think he’s in real political trouble.” More here.

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Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case An Early Test For New 'moderate' Government

Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case An Early Test For New 'moderate' Government.(Rfelr).

Afghan authorities have arrested a newspaper’s owner and editor on charges of blasphemy, a move that poses an early test for new President Ashraf Ghani as he seeks to balance international demands for free speech with calls in powerful religious circles for severe punishment.

Ghani, a Western-educated technocrat, has gone to great lengths to court religious leaders by downplaying his foreign pedigree. But he has also called free speech protections a priority, recently allowing a U.S. journalist expelled by his predecessor to return to Afghanistan.

The owner and the editor in chief of the “Afghanistan Press Daily,” an English-language newspaper based in Kabul, were arrested October 24, according to a government official close to the case who spoke to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity. Their names have not been made public.

The newspaper’s offices and publishing house have also been shut down, the official said.

The arrests came after the newspaper published an October 15 op-ed that questioned God’s existence and launched a scathing attack against the Islamic faith. The piece has been widely condemned in the deeply conservative and religious country, where Islam is the state religion.

That anger boiled over into the streets of Kabul on October 24, when dozens of residents staged a protest against the newspaper. Demonstrators demanded that the daily be closed and the author of the op-ed be sentenced to death, warning that the protests would continue if their demands are not met.

The author, who wrote the article under the byline “A.J. Ahwar,” has been identified as Ahmad Javeed Ahwar, a 27-year-old Afghan student believed to be in the Netherlands.

On a Facebook page believed to be his but which has since been deactivated, Ahwar describes himself as a “secular, anti-Taliban activist.” Ahwar also appears to maintain a blog titled “True Pen.”

Ahwar’s op-ed was titled “The Islam Of The Taliban And ISIS,” an acronym referring to the Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared an Islamic caliphate.

In the piece, Ahwar claims that Islamic teachings give militants groups like IS and the Taliban license to kill nonbelievers. “What type of God you are? Are you insane? Can you tolerate an innocent human being to be killed? Are you OK with it? You ‘God’ are not understandable,” he writes.

He goes on to compare the “level of intolerance” in Islam to that of the Nazis.

“The fact is that neither God cares about human, nor does it matter to him if you worship him or not. It is a very old and boring novel now. We are OK without God,” Ahwar concludes.

Sources close to Ahwar’s family say he and his wife are currently seeking asylum in the Netherlands. Social media users have suggested that he wrote the piece to boost his case.

The newspaper has issued an apology and tried to distance itself from Ahwar. In an October 18 apology posted on its website, the newspaper said the article was published due to “a technical mistake.”

We strongly condemn ideas and comments that were published to use this mistake for their political and individual purposes, we are not related to any political, religious, or any other armed groups,” the statement read.

‘Insult To The Whole Islamic Nation’ Read the rest and full story here.