Category Archives: Turkey

Female Darwin Award of the Year Goes to . . .

HT_kadiza_sultana_amira_abase_shamima_begum_2_h_blur_jt_150221_v4x3_16x9_992 copyShamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and an un-named 15-year-old flew to Istanbul, in Turkey, from Gatwick airport on Tuesday.

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The three British schoolgirls believed to be on their way to war-torn Syria could face beatings, sex slavery and even being killed if, as feared, they become “jihadi brides”.

Police officers are locked in a race against time to trace Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and an unnamed 15-year-old pal who are believed to have gone to Turkey in a bid to cross-over into Syria to ISIS held areas.

But many western women who join ISIS have suffered dreadfully at the hands of the brutal regime.

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Turkish Man Kills Wife after Birth of a Second Girl

turkey-electrocution-of-wife copyA man in southeastern Turkey has received an aggravated life sentence after electrocuting and killing his wife after she gave birth to a second girl, rather than a boy.

Veysi Turan, a 29-year-old waiter in Diyarbakır, killed his wife by attaching bare cable to her feet while she was asleep in January 2014, according to Anadolu Agency.

Mübarek Turan, 33, had given birth to the couple’s second daughter a day before her death, infuriating her husband who wanted a baby boy.

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Gender Repercussions of Political Islam in Turkey

n_70054_1 copyCan a new victorious president, ready to transform Turkey, sustain a Muslim modernity while bypassing the individual rights and liberties of women and gay citizens?

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Probably not. Islamic doctrine is not based on individual rights as we understand them in the West. The law of Islam, the sharia, rests on what is permitted and what is not permitted according to the Koran, the words of Allah, and the sunna, the words and deeds of Mohammed who lived in the 7th century.

Thus, the underpinning of Islamic law is tribal and collective and has not undergone an “enlightenment” due to the pronouncements of Allah, Mohammed and Islamic scholars that the ideology based on the source texts are holy and can’t be changed or debated and are for all places, all peoples and all times.

Why? Because the texts say so. It is circular reasoning but Islam is not based on rational thought but on revelation, or revealed pronouncements. So when the Koran states, as it does in Chapter 4:34 that husbands can beat their wives, this is sacred law and cannot be changed.

This is the sadness of Islam. This is the sadness I feel when I see courageous and feisty Muslim women trying so hard to change what cannot be changed, their lack of liberty and respect from men. So when Muslim countries stray from their doctrine and sharia law, women have more freedom. When pure Islam is practiced as by the Islamic State jihadis and in Afghanistan, women become a commodity, to be bought, sold, used and abused, like an animal.

Erdogan Tells Female Journalist “To Know Her Place”

amberinTurkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a verbal attack on media and women, on Thursday (7 August), after he branded the reputed journalist of The Economist, Amberin Zaman, a “shameless woman” and told her “to know her place”.

Speaking at an election campaign rally in southern Turkey on Thursday (7 August), Erdogan indirectly shamed Zaman by labelling her as a militant.

“A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman,” said Erdogan before adding, “They gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper… and you insult a society that is 99 percent Muslim.”

His comments were in direct response to Zaman’s remarks on a television debate earlier this week where she had questioned the leader of the main opposition in Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, asking him whether a “Muslim society is able to question” its authorities.

Since then, Zaman’s remarks have been condemned on social media by pro-government supporters as “insulting to Islam and Muslims”.

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And what place is that Mr. Erdogan? The place right after male children and right above the female children and the slaves?

Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public Says Turkish Deputy Prime Minister

A woman laughing in publicA minister in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative government has outraged Turkey’s secular community by claiming that honest women should not laugh in public.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc also urged women and men to be chaste during a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) held during Turkey’s celebration of Eid, the day marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men,” Arınc said, according to Hurriyet daily newspaper.

Praising traditional values, the 66-year-old politician listed some rules women should abide to, saying: “She will not laugh in public. She will not make display of her attractiveness.”

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He sounds like the Ayatollah Khomeini who said that there was no fun in Islam.  These guys sound worried that they can’t keep their women on a leash. Are they afraid that “their” women will throw themselves at any man and ruin his honor?  What a bunch of insecure maroons!

Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter

Map of TurkeyA man in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir called police to inform them that he was murdering his wife, just a day after she gave birth to her second daughter, according to exchanges from a court hearing into the case on June 4.

V.T., 29, killed his wife reportedly by electrocuting her head while she was sleeping in their home on Jan. 25.

M.T., 33[his wife], gave birth to her second daughter on Jan. 24 and was discharged from hospital a day later. Asleep due to fatigue, M.T. was killed by her husband, who allegedly used an electricity cable and gloves to protect himself from the voltage, daily Radikal reported.

Read the rest: Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter   (h/t to Blazing Cat Fur)

Turkey’s Missing Children:  Many Are Made Sex Slaves

Sex trafficking on the riseMany of Turkey’s 3,249 missing children are now in the Far East, trapped as sex workers, the Lost Children Platform founder Yahya Durmaz said in an interview with daily Hurriyet. Durmaz, a businessman, founded the platform to find Turkey’s missing children, including around 2,800 girls, and reached out to thousands of volunteers in seven countries.

Read the rest: Missing Turkish Children: Many Sold into Sex Slavery.

Honor in Kurdistan . . .Photos of Dead Girls in Turkey Draw More Ire Than Their Murder

Turkish Girls Bodies Found After Honor KillingA photograph of two bodies being dragged out of a pond with chains has caused even a greater outcry in Iraqi Kurdistan than the murder of the two young sisters involved.

“We intend to visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs to ask them about it,” says Parwa Ali, an MP in the Kurdistan parliament for the Change Movement (Gorran), the second-largest Kurdish party. “This is too terrible. It is clear that the police from top to bottom needs training.”

The bodies of two sisters (aged 16 and 18) were found in a pond in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Said Sadiq, some 50 kilometers from Sulaimani, Kurdistan’s second-biggest city. They had been missing for two weeks, after appearing in court to fight their family’s opposition to marrying men they had chosen themselves.

The police used chains to pull the bodies out of the water.

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The picture of the girls, floating face down, was shared on Facebook, which led to reactions of shock and disgust.

“It shows the low value (that) is given to women,” someone commented. The condemnations of the way the bodies were handled overshadowed those protesting the deaths.

 “Honor killings” are a common feature in Iraqi Kurdistan, where women who are deemed to have dishonored the family by associating with men who are not immediate relatives are killed by a relative. Every year, there are hundreds of such murders, with victims often set on fire or forced into committing suicide

Read more: Murdered Girls in Turkey Dragged from Lake.

What’s the Arabic for “Chutzpah”? Muslim Murderer of Two Women Complains About Press Coverage

Turkish murderer of two women wondering why he can't kill women who reject him.A confessed Turkish killer of two Irish women asked for reporters to be banned from his trial because media reports were “depressing him”.

The request came shortly after the defendant, former waiter Recep Cetin, admitted the charges of murdering Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 53 and from Newry, Co Down, in August 2011, at the Fifth High Criminal Court in Izmir, Turkey.

Recep Cetin, appearing in court alongside his alleged accomplice father, Erup Cetin, appealed for the media to be banned because of the effect reports were having on his mental health.

He complained he was being treated like, “a Christian, an atheist or communist” in the trial.

“I am a Muslim. My father is innocent, yet he has been in prison for one and a half years. Camera records show my father was not at the scene,” he added.

Cetin claimed he was suffering from depression because of media coverage of the case and called for the court to remove reporters from the courtroom.

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