The West’s Steadfast Misunderstanding of Turkey and Islam

Since the Trump administration’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been ramping up his anti-Israel rhetoric, calling the country “a state of occupation and terrorism.”

This is worse than ironic. The Jews are not “occupiers” in their ancient native homeland, where they have lived for more than 3,000 years. Turks, on the other hand, 3,000 years ago were most likely in Central Asia, nowhere near the area that is now Turkey. To add hypocrisy to injury, Erdogan also said about his own country, “Let it be known that there has never been any holocaust or genocide in this nation’s past. There’s no campaign of ethnic cleansing, massacres, persecution, or torture in this nation’s history.”

Oh really?

The cities in today’s Turkey — most of which are in Anatolia (Asia Minor) and the Armenian highlands — were actually built by Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians; and Jews have lived there since antiquity. Turkic jihadists from Central Asia invaded and conquered the Christian Byzantine Empire in the eleventh century, thereby paving the way for the gradual Turkification and Islamization of Anatolia and Armenia. The Ottoman invasion of Constantinople (Istanbul) in the fifteenth century brought about the complete destruction of the Byzantine Empire.

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United States and North Korea Attaining Slow Boil

Beyond the Cusp

Despite media silence for the most part, North Korea has been slowly deescalating the tensions ratcheting up internal communications on open networks. Countering the rhetoric has been some talk coming from several international think tanks. The background talk is about intentions of North Korea not to simply test nuclear weapons or to build a pretty showcase where they are displayed for all the world to quake in fear but to build an arsenal equal or superior to that of any in the world and declare their seat at the table as an equal. CIA Director Mike Pompeo has warned in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, “Kim Jong-Un will not rest with a single successful test. The logical next step would be to develop an arsenal of weapons that is not one, not a showpiece, not something to drive on a parade route.” He pointed out that Kim Jong-Un…

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Italy’s far-Right repositions itself in bid to govern

The utter annihilation of Italy’s pro-European old guard at last weekend’s election means that the country will be led by one Eurosceptic party or a coalition with Eurosceptic leanings. The dealmaking has begun.

The largest single party, Luigi di Maio’s 5-Star, will seek a coalition with the centre left Democratic Party (PD) but there is a movement led by leftist former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to ensure that no deal is done between them, even though that would give Di Maio enough seats to govern (a majority of 24).

So the President, Sergio Mattarella, who oversees proceedings, will turn his attention to Matteo Salvini, leader of the Centre Right coalition after his La Lega party did better than his coalition partner Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.

He has 263 seats in the House, and needs 316. Despite having been regarded in the past as a swivel eyed fascist, Salvini has repositioned himself and comes across as intelligent and reasonable. Here he is addressing the British people on Brexit:

‘Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition of trading with Italy. You made a free choice with Brexit and I very much hope it will be possible to maintain completely open trade with the EU without any penalties.’

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GERMANY: One In Three Migrants Arrive By Plane

Nearly one-third of adult migrants arriving in Germany are traveling there by airplane, according to discoveries made by a member of parliament.

Leif-Erik Holm is an economist serving in the Bundestag as a representative of the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party, and upon receiving data from the federal government, he revealed findings that would indicate a possible “outrageous scandal” if they are accurate.

After dodging similar requests from media outlets, officials were forced to produce some information in response to MP Holm’s inquiry.

In a reportedly “strikingly evasive” reply, a state secretary eventually informed Holm that “slightly less than a third of the respondents questioned according to their information arrived by plane to Germany.”

“The Federal Government must clear up completely, whether the data of the asylum applicants apply and from where exactly they enter Germany, and they have to turn this off if necessary,” Holm told Junge Freiheit. “If in fact every third asylum seeker arrives by plane to Germany, that would be an outrageous scandal. I wonder how that’s possible with the rules in force.”

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