UPDATE: then read below for today’s commentary…
This is yet another sign of the erosion of Turkish secularism and its galloping re-Islamization, but what is noteworthy here is that the complaint was brought by Adnan Oktar (pictured above). Under the name Harun Yahya, Oktar has published a huge amount of Islamic apologetics material, including some “moderate” Muslim explanations of why jihad violence and suicide attacks aren’t justified in Islamic teaching, and so non-Muslims need not be concerned about them. But he seems to have no problem with the Sharia denial of the freedom of speech and enforcement of the prohibition on any criticism of Islam.
“Satirical Turkish site on trial for insulting religion,” from Al-Monitor, February 5 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
One of Turkey’s most popular websites, the satirical Sour Dictionary (Eksi Sozluk), is on trial for insulting religion. Forty contributing writers have been charged following a complaint by popular Islamic figure Adnan Oktar. The trial kıcked off Jan. 14 with 27 of the defendants in attendance.
Oktar, in his complaint to the prosecutor, claimed that some entries in the dictionary included comments that amounted to insults of religion and prophets. The entries he cited and for which the prosecutor eventually pressed charges include jokes that the Prophet Muhammad and Allah had “sent money” to Turkey’s Housing Development Administration and that Jesus Christ and religious people were of low intelligence. Other examples include an entry on suggestions for a 100th name for Allah in addition to the 99 names Muslims have for their god and another titled “Allah’s official sponsors.”
The prosecutor is seeking jail terms of six to 12 months for the Eksi Sozluk writers. The defendants disputed the charges against them at their first hearing, arguing that they had no intention of insulting religion and that their comments fell within the scope of freedom of expression. A second hearing was scheduled for Feb. 17.
A string of similar legal cases in recent years indicate that accusations of insulting religion, especially Islam, is being used with increasing ease and frequency to press criminal charges. Emma Sinclair-Webb, a Turkey researcher for Human Rights Watch, says that the trials point to a new trend. What was once an epidemic of cases of “insulting Turkishness” are now being replaced by those of “insulting religion.”
Al-Monitor readers will recall that world-famous Turkish pianist Fazil Say was sentenced to 10 months in jail for insulting Islam and its prophet on Twitter. His sentence was eventually suspended but remains, dangling over Say’s head.
Another prominent figure convicted of the same charges is the Turkish-Armenian intellectual Sevan Nisanyan, for making the following remarks in a television program: “I don’t believe that Muhammad was a prophet. I don’t believe in the existence of a prophethood institution. I find it absurd that anyone could claim receiving special revelations from god. To me, that’s impertinence. Muhammad must have either lied or had hallucinations.”
Nisanyan was given 13 months in jail. Although he is yet to begin serving his sentence, Nisanyan was sent to prison in January to serve a two-year term over a small structure he built in violation of construction laws on his own land in the village of Sirince, in Izmir province. As explained in Al-Monitor, many in Turkey are convinced that construction regulations were used as a pretext to punish Nisanyan for his outspoken views on the Armenian genocide and critical opinion of religion.
Other cases demonstrate that even people who refer to religious figures in a critical context can end up in court on charges of insulting religion. Take, for instance, Canan Arin, a lawyer from Antalya who was charged after she said that the Prophet Muhammad had married an underage girl. Her trial was suspended conditionally, but she will find herself back in court if similar charges are brought against her over a period of three years.
Cartoonist Bahadir Baruter was also charged and faced a year in jail over a cartoon he drew of a mosque wall with the inscription “There is no Allah, religion is a lie.”
The zealous pursuit of “insults to religion” extends beyond the courts, with media outlets facing administrative sanctions. The Turkish CNBC-e channel, for instance, was fined by the Higher Board of Radio and Television over an episode of “The Simpsons” deemed offensive to religion.
Even though no one ended up behind bars in the above cases, the mere fact that people stand trial and risk jail sentences no doubt seriously intimidates the defendants as well as anyone with critical views on religion. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has come under fire for promoting “religious chauvinism.” It appears that prosecutors who endorse the AKP’s views or vie to win the government’s favor are working hard to come up with such cases.
The prosecutors use the seemingly general wording of “insulting religion,” but all the cases pursued thus far have concerned comments deemed to be offensive to Muslims. Insults and hate speech against Jews or Christians clearly do not merit similar vigilance.
In this charged context, the case against Eksi Sozluk is likely to produce a serious bullying effect on social media. It is an alarming trial that calls for close monitoring.
Linked at Islam Exposed – http://islamexposed.org/
EVERY investigation worth its merit must be premised upon solid building blocks, but they must fit into the puzzle – on their own – without being squeezed into place. Not only would a hinky investigation be non kosher, but it would be decidedly uncool. This address is anything but.
That being said and out of the way – before we get to the latest “connect the (Islamist) dots” – it is imperative to understand certain geo-political dynamics, even as traditional Sunni/Shia divides are seemingly (and momentarily) trashed aside.
As a historical backgrounder, Turkey and Iran are Occasional Allies, Enduring Rivals: Turkey’s Relations With Iran:
Building Block One:
“In reality, the motivation behind Turkey’s willingness to confront its Western allies over Iran’s nuclear program was never as simple as a desire to exchange membership of one alliance with membership of another. It was rather the product of a number of different factors, the most important of which was the desire to establish Turkey as the preeminent arbiter of power in its region: not a country which attached itself to others but a center to which others would gravitate…..
Economic relations between Turkey and Iran have developed rapidly over the last ten years. The two countries have signed numerous agreements and memoranda of understanding committing themselves to a closer economic relationship and bilateral trade has grown more than ten-fold. However, the main element underpinning the boom – the pipeline carrying Iranian natural gas to Turkey – dates to well before the AKP first came to power in November 2002; and the expansion in trade with Iran has taken place within the context of an attempt by the AKP to increase Turkey’s economic ties with all of its Muslim neighbors….
Indeed, one of the most striking features of the economic relationship between Turkey and Iran is that the gap between rhetoric and reality appears considerably greater than in Turkey’s economic relations with any other country. There is no questioning the appetite of Turkish and Iranian private companies for closer ties, particularly in the provinces on either side of their shared border. But, in practice, the two governments have displayed considerably more fervor for political posturing than for implementing the policies needed to strengthen economic cooperation…..
In speeches and public statements, in an indirect reference to Islam, politicians from both countries have repeatedly cited their “shared values” as forming the foundation for closer economic ties; often with the implication that religion makes Turkey and Iran natural partners for each other in a way that non-Muslim countries could never be. Over the last ten years, Turkish and Iranian officials have enthusiastically announced plans for a string of grandiose joint projects.
None has been realized….
There is no doubt that Iran has benefited much more than Turkey from the growth in economic ties. Iranian sales of hydrocarbons have ensured that the balance of trade is heavily in Tehran’s favor. By 2011, Iran had become Turkey’s largest supplier of crude oil and its second largest supplier of Occasional Allies, Enduring Rivals: Turkey’s Relations with Iran 51 natural gas. Yet, in early 2012, Turkish companies exporting to Iran continued to be faced with steep Customs duties, a huge fuel levy on transportation by Turkish trucks and an opaque and frequently xenophobic bureaucracy and legal system. While Iranians who have established companies in Turkey enjoy considerably more rights and a much more stable operating environment than their Turkish counterparts who have done likewise in Iran….”
MOST intrinsically, when it comes to Israel and regional dynamics, Erdogan’s Turkey and Iran’s Hitlerite regime are “kissing cousins”, sort of like a blended family that is often feuding but makes up when it suits everyone’s interests. As such, Turkey, whose Muslims are Sunnis form about 72%; Alevis of the Shia form about 25% of the Muslim population; and a Twelver Shia community form about 3% of the Muslim population, all should be considered Islamic twins separated at birth. Concomitantly, both want Israel gone (America buried too), whatever it takes. Methodology is “negotiable”.
So, with the above firmly placed in geo-political and Islamic context – in tandem with many facts on the ground – let’s hop over to today’s thesis and view it for what it is: IRAN’S ISLAMIC INTERSECTION ALIGNS WITH ADNAN OKTAR’S TURKISH/BROTHERHOOD CULT: VONGO HOSTS CEYLAN ÖZBUDAK & (IRANIAN-AMERICAN/IRANIAN-SYRIAN)DR. MAJID RAFIZADEH.
For a brief overview – as well as a primer – for the newly initiated, Ceylan Özbudak is not a newcomer to this site. Nor is she a newbie to other related venues. Pay special heed to the following via its truth telling:
Building Block Two:
“Ceylan Ozbudak works with the controversial Islamic leader Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya. One of Oktar’s announcements has been his desire to build a temple for all religions on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Ozbudak suggested that Turkey can mediate between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and other surrounding countries for peace. She added that Turkey could protect the Jewish people’s right to live in Israel as well as manage the region. But will this grandiose plan work and does Israel want to give up much of its sovereignty to be protected by the former Ottoman Empire?
Ozbudak hosts a television show called, ‘Building Bridges’, with a variety of other young Turkish women. They have stated on the program that in order to ensure peace, “we believe that this can only be done through a Turkish Islamic Union, where all the countries will be independent in their states, but they will be under one roof and Turkey will be the spiritual leader of this Turkish Islamic Union”.
The show airs on A9TV, which states on its website that it “has been set up to build up love, justice and solidarity among people and our main aim is being pioneer for peace all over the world by using the unifying policy of Turkish Islamic Union. In every show youwatch you will feel this policy clearly.”
It is now time to segue over to a recent explosive interview, whereby the aforementioned “hottie” and her “Oktarette’s”…(a pet moniker for those who pimp for Adnan Oktar’s “Building Bridges”) are all duly exposed:
Building Block Three:
But let’s start with Aylin Kocaman, one of the buxom “Oktarettes”, and her CLEAR threat to Lisa Michelle; a Zionist activist, who happens to be an administrator at several well-trafficked Facebook sites. The aforementioned Aylin does more than just purr. The threatening message-rant was lobbed in a supposedly pro-Israel Facebook group. Sickening.
“Lisa, you are so naive my dear. You probably thought that our silence towards your insults will not be responded at all. You are wrong. We made a pretty good research about you and something about your personal life amazed us. I am sure it will amaze many people around you. Don’t worry I will share it in public soon just like you did the biggest lies about us. The difference is I will be announcing the facts about you while you are spreading lies about us. I want you to taste this. You might have underestimated us. Apparently if you did your research sufficient enough you would find out that we have great possibility and power to reach every information in the world. I think, you thought insulting Muslims would be easy. Maybe for you it is easy to insult Muslims in Afghanistan, since you think they are powerless, but we are powerful my dear. You made a grave mistake.”
“Are you threatening me, Aylin? I have nothing to hide, and I am not insulting Muslims. I’m raising awareness about the truth. Larry [an adminstrator at the Facebook site], do you see that I was just threatened?”
Building Block Four:
To drive the Islamist nail even further, please internalize Adnan Oktar’s (the “Oktarette’s” cult leader) true Brotherhood allegiance, in as much as it has already been established – from a multiplicity of directions – that PM Erdogan is a Muslim Brotherhood leader. Interesting.
And for a little more Turkish suberterfuge, Oktar (aka Harun Yahya) exhorted this recent pronouncement:
Adnan Oktar, canlı yayında Erdoğan’a destek vererek, ‘şamata’ yapıldığını söyleyip sitem etti. Bırakın çalışsın Tayyip Hocam diyen Adnan Oktar, devamında “Ya çaldıklarını farzeledim, geri verirler. Bir o kadar da üstüne biz para verelim. Ne uzatıyorsunuz?” dedi.
Loosely translated: “reviewed by Adnan Oktar, giving support to Erdogan, ‘uproar’ has made my calling…. Tayyip Adnan Oktar, the continuation of “What I farzele they stole, they give back…so we lend the money. Would you hold out?”
More pointedly, he continues, “If they (Erdogan’s AK Party) stole money, I will personally make this amount of payment to the Turkish State.” Hmm.
To wit, and extrapolating further, Oktar’s response to the increasingly incendiary charges heaped at PM Erdogan – and in non-bastardized linguistic mumbo jumbo – must elicit a major question for all rational thinkers: why in the world would Adnan Oktar offer up tens of millions in funds, reportedly, close to a billion (which his cult is in possession of, but that’s best left for another discussion), to “bail” out PM Erdogan and his cronies? Indeed.
Building Block Five:
On January 25th at 12PM EST Ceylan Özbudak will be hosting a discussion regarding Turkey’s Role in the present day Middle East. She will be joined by guest speaker Majid Rafizadeh to talk about what role Turkey should have with neighboring countries Syria and Iran. Please join us for what should be a very informative event!
Building Block Six:
This “auspicious” event is sponsored by VONVO: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456183967943790/?ref=notif¬if_t=plan_user_invited
As luck would have it (for some, but not for others), the referenced “hostess” is also busy promoting Turkish delights, yet her FB shout out is highly revealing…forget about the regular tourist venues…she/her posse are highly familiar with “off the beaten”, male-titillating, tracks. How lovely. Oh, kudos to VONVO, for booking such a wonderful representative and “guest” for a discussion re the fiery Mid East!
Ceylan, the “hostess with the mostest”, wishes one and all: المتعة فى تركيا – have fun in Turkey – https://www.facebook.com/AlmttFyTrkya
Building Block Seven:
Alas, the featured guest at VONVO is an integral part of the “Oktarettes”, and it is little wonder (on this end) that some of her “colleagues” have been found, by our investigative team, as headliners on Turkish porn sites and the like! But no matter,“Building Bridges”, the media platform they front for, is seen as an “integral” platform for Mid East discourse and a “go to” address. Pray tell, for what? Credo quia absurdum!
Now, since you must have had your fill of the Turkish connection, let’s meander over to the Iranian front. Agreed, this side is presented much more circumspectly and in a very dignified package. Hats off.
Folks, at the upcoming VONVO confab, there will indeed be a distinguished guest. This site will provide some linkage, but only as foretastes. It will be up to each and every one – this site’s discerning readership – to draw their own conclusions.
The Iranian side of the equation – make no mistake, this guest bespeaks a kinship to Iran – is adroit with American finesse and exposure, and at the highest levels of policy making in Washington.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is an Iranian-American scholar, author and U.S. foreign policy specialist. Rafizadeh is the president of the International American Council. He serves on the board of Harvard International Review at Harvard University and Harvard International Relations Council. He is a member of the Gulf 2000 Project at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Previously he served as ambassador to the National Iranian-American Council based in Washington DC.
Listen up: key herein is the Ambassadorial connection (see bio clip directly above) to the National Iranian American Council and who they front for. You guessed it…the mullahs. Already exposed, a heads up to Reza Aslan: National Iranian American Council confirmed as front group for Iran’s bloody Islamic regime.
It gets even dicier, as said Iranian scholar has been a frequent, and fawned over, guest of the “girls”. And if the above “on and off” love-fest between Turkey and Iran (as described at the onset) is understood for what it is, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh has every reason to feel comfy, and this doesn’t even account for their bodacious loveliness.
Exhibit Number One:
Building Bridges program with WTPN, with their guests Majid Rafizadeh, Iranian-Syrian Scholar (11th June, 2012) – VIDEO
Exhibit Number Two:
Exhibit Number Three:
– VIDEO… and so many others! This linkage can go on all day…but who has the time.
In the main, and assuredly so, VONVO (https://www.facebook.com/max.lingelheim), as an independent media platform, is free to host whatever guests they want and to connect them worldwide. No one is disputing this. However, what cannot be disputed are the underpinnings of this event: it is absolutely and incontrovertibly Muslim Brotherhood connected, as well as to the “liking” of the Iranian mullahs. More than food for (western) thought.
In this regard, whichever media platforms host the Building Bridges Islamic crew, they must “man/woman up” and admit to the fact that they are indeed giving them a platform.
As such, many hundreds of thousands of readers at this site (and elsewhere) are no longer fooled by those whose main defenses are akin to feigned punts: blah, blah…all sides “deserve” equal time. Perhaps, but all “sides” must be identified correctly, demonstrating where their allegiances/agendas lie. After all, lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the pig’s ugly face.
Mind you, this site doesn’t hide behind its ZIONIST and CONSERVATIVE agenda, it’s out there for all to see – like it or not. Therefore, why should others be allowed to shuck and jive! Agreed?
Moreover, rational folks understand that certain media platforms are designed to air diverging positions. Fine. We get that. NEVERTHELESS, again, all sides must be properly identified (to the audience at hand) and vetted. It is a matter of due diligence and integrity. The viewership has a right to know to whom they are listening, in particular, regarding such devastatingly important matters!
Besides, more than enough proofs – re the related program at VONVO – to choke many horses….pigs too.
DUE to all of the above – those in the know – we will be watching very closely for the related event which will debut on January 25th at 12PM EST (eastern standard time…for those of us in the Mid East, 7PM Israel time), in order to determine how truthfully the background of the guests are presented. After which, let it rip…
This site – and its investigative team – urges its readership to tune in and judge for themselves. We shall see if the media platform addresses (and properly identifies) who’s who. We shall also judge if VONVO finds it worthwhile to attach itself to the shuck and jive (conference) show – or not.
ADDENDUM:updates to above related issues…interesting tidbits-
Subsequent to another recent commentary (within a few days of its posting), regarding the Turkish cult (intersecting with other matters), a new “follower” to my twitter emerged – DR. MAJID RAFIZADEH. What are the odds, and with millions of twitter folks in cyberspace? Mind you, this blogger is not very active on twitter, but no matter.
Adina Kutnicki, You have a new follower on Twitter.
Majid Rafizadeh @majidrafizadeh President of International American Council. Fr Ambassador.Senior fellow:Harvard.Political scientist:CNN,Nytimes..Columnist Alarabiya Rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu USA, Washington DC. Website: · http://www.tinyurl.com/majidrafizadeh
Next up in the “coinquidink” realm, less than 12 hrs after the above VONVO commentary emerges online, lo and behold, again, out of millions on FB, guess who “friends” this blogger? You would be right, if you said – Max Ringelheim!
Max Ringelheim wants to be friends with you on Facebook. SUNY Buffalo 179 groups Confirm Request See All Requests
Looks like two of the aforementioned players want to keep in “close contact” – or not.
It gets even stranger – or not. Tundra Tabloids , a rocking anti-jihadi website – with this site unaware of their re-posting – linked the smokin’ hot VONVO expose’.
Well, talk about SWIFT blow back!
Upon posting the following comment at their site, as a prelude to this blog’s VONVO,
“HEY MAX RINGLEHEIM, IS THIS YOUR NEW VONVO BUSINESS MOVE, BEING IN THE POCKET OF IRAN AND THE AKP……?
Posted on 18/01/2014 by KGS
Keeping your eye on the brass ring, blinds you to whatever is happening around you.
Max Ringleheim from VONVO (of whom I’ve always had doubts) has now seriously compromised himself in his entanglement with Adnan Oktar and his creepy cult of big boobed blond bombshells. Adina Kutnicki has the full scoop on this event and the connections between the various parties.“
and within “two shakes of a lambs tail”, a ferocious DDOS hack attack ensued – guess where it originated from?