July, 2016 Culture

Orthodox Church

BY PAUL GOBLE 
Many Ukrainians and their supporters have misunderstood the Orthodox procession organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Vitaly Portnikov says. It is not about putting direct pressure on the Ukrainian government as some suppose but rather about making an impression on the Universal Patriarch in Constantinople.

Culture, Europe, Politics, Russia


The Anglosphere has its roots in the Commonwealth tradition. But today's global world has forged a powerful unofficial alliance.
BY MICHAEL KENNY AND NICK PEARCE

During what has been an unusually turbulent period in British politics, one of the most important and potentially enduring shifts in the mindset of those at the apex of the political system has received far less attention than it merits. This concerns the striking re-emergence on the political right of the dream of an entirely different geo­political and economic future for the United Kingdom, one that claims to relocate it in the historical trajectory and distinctive values that once made Britain great.

 Terror in US

By MICHAEL LAITMAN 
The San Bernardino and Orlando massacres are not isolated incidents; they are the beginning of a new, bloody era in America.
This week, America celebrated 240 years of independence. Much has changed in America since the original thirteen states agreed to unite under the premise that all men are created equal, and are endowed with the unalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Now, it seems, America is about to face a final, lethal blow to these truths, which are apparently no longer self-evident.


"Islam is a political ideology that is not compatible with the German Constitution."

by Soeren Kern

"Former German President Christian Wulff said: 'Islam belongs to Germany.' That is true. This is also my opinion." — Chancellor Angela Merkel, January 12, 2015. "Angela Merkel's statement obscures the real problem: A growing proportion of Muslim citizens in Europe does not share the Western system of values, does not want to culturally integrate and seals itself off in parallel societies." — Thilo Sarrazin, renowned former central banker and a member of the Social Democrats, January 20, 2015.

Culture, Europe, Politics


At the end of fasting for 30 days, Muslims everywhere enjoy Eid al-Fitr, the Arabic name for the celebration marking the end of Ramadan. Turks use the word Bayram, instead of Eid, to mean feast and celebration. The disputes within Turkish society are numerous. First, what is the proper name of the celebration?

Culture, Politics, Turkey


by Burak Bekdil, The Gatestone Institute
Zaytung, a popular online humor magazine (a kind of Turkish version of The Onion) ran a story: Government officials in this eastern city are mulling the possibility of airdropping food, beverages and cigarettes onto busy streets, hoping that this may break some fasters' resistance to hunger, thirst and tobacco needs. The city has been in shock as, already one week into the holy month of Ramadan, no one has been publicly beaten up for eating, drinking or smoking.

Culture, Politics, Turkey

The world sees Americans as violent, greedy and arrogant.

BY TERESA WELSH

48 percent think Americans are violent. Democrats see Americans more negatively than Republicans. The survey polled people in 16 countries. 
A worldwide survey found that majorities of people in the U.K., Canada, Spain and Australia think of Americans as violent, greedy and arrogant.


By Paul Craig Roberts

 "Information Clearing House" - Democracy no longer exists in the West. In the US powerful private interest groups, such as the military-security complex, Wall Street, the Israel Lobby, agribusiness and the extractive industries of energy, timber and mining, have long exercised more control over government than the people. But now even the semblance of democracy has been abandoned.

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews
“Terrorism is like a boomerang… which will come back and hit you,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned the countries of the European Union on June 24. “Terrorism is like a boomerang… which will come back and hit you,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned the countries of the European Union on June 24. “If you [the EU] abet terrorists [and]… give them financial support, you will have worse days.” Five days later, the boomerang came back and struck – not precisely EU soil, but Istanbul. Sadly, in the president’s grossly inconsistent thinking, the terrorists hit Europe because the Europeans abet and financially help them, but when they hit Turkey it is not because Turkey abets and financially helps them.