Im Osten nichts Neues

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Post by Witness » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:05 am

Some news from Turkey (where Erdogan is now "hyperpresident"):
Turkey suddenly sacks 18,000 officials in emergency decree, days before Erdogan is sworn in again

More than 18,000 civil servants including police officers, academics and members of the armed forces in Turkey are to be dismissed as the country gets set to lift the state of emergency that had been in place for around two years.

The decree was issued on Sunday, shortly after Recep Tayyip Erdogan's re-election last month as he prepares to take on an executive presidency with a revamped parliament.

Among those to be dismissed, around 9,000 are from the country’s police force. Around 5,000 more are from the armed forces and hundreds are academics from across the country. Their passports will also be cancelled.

Some retired service personnel who had their ranks annulled will also be deprived of their pensions as a result.

The ruling, which was 461 pages in size and published in the Official Gazette, also shuttered twelve non-governmental organisations, three newspapers and one television station.

But 148 people who were previously sacked are to be brought back in under the decree.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 37151.html

And for the typically oriental part:
Turkey's Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister amid nepotism fears

The appointment of Berat Albayrak appeared to rattle the markets amid concerns of nepotism in the upper echelons of power.

Mr Erdogan, who was re-elected last month, has vowed to "propel our country forward" with his sweeping new powers.

Opponents fear his new role, executive president, will destroy democracy.

Mr Erdogan's new position marks a transition away from a parliamentary system and the office of prime minister, which has been in place since the foundation of the modern Turkish republic 95 years ago.

It allows him to appoint ministers and vice-presidents and intervene in the legal system.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44774316

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Post by Witness » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:11 am

Iran General Says Israel Behind Climate Change and Is Stealing Clouds

An Iranian general has accused Israel of causing climate change in the revolutionary Shiite Muslim republic by stealing the water out of clouds passing over the Mediterranean.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, revealed the charges during an agricultural conference in the capital city of Tehran. He claimed Iranian scientific centers have proven that Israel and an unnamed neighboring country were secretly cooperating to extract the moisture out of clouds bound to pass over Iran, thus robbing the country of rain and snow.

"Joint teams from Israel and one of the neighboring countries make the clouds entering into Iran barren. Moreover, we are faced with the cases of cloud theft and snow theft," Jalali said, according to a translation reported by Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency of comments featured by the Iranian Students' News Agency.

The official further cited a recent four-year study showing that all highlands exceeding roughly 7,200 feet extending from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean have received snowfall except for Iran.
http://www.newsweek.com/iran-general-sa ... ds-1005190

They™ steal even clouds! :shock:

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Post by Giz » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:39 am

Witness wrote:
Iran General Says Israel Behind Climate Change and Is Stealing Clouds

An Iranian general has accused Israel of causing climate change in the revolutionary Shiite Muslim republic by stealing the water out of clouds passing over the Mediterranean.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, revealed the charges during an agricultural conference in the capital city of Tehran. He claimed Iranian scientific centers have proven that Israel and an unnamed neighboring country were secretly cooperating to extract the moisture out of clouds bound to pass over Iran, thus robbing the country of rain and snow.

"Joint teams from Israel and one of the neighboring countries make the clouds entering into Iran barren. Moreover, we are faced with the cases of cloud theft and snow theft," Jalali said, according to a translation reported by Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency of comments featured by the Iranian Students' News Agency.

The official further cited a recent four-year study showing that all highlands exceeding roughly 7,200 feet extending from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean have received snowfall except for Iran.
http://www.newsweek.com/iran-general-sa ... ds-1005190

They™ steal even clouds! :shock:
A rather precipitous accusation

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Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:44 am

Witness wrote: . . .
And for the typically oriental part:
Turkey's Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister amid nepotism fears
. . .
Could you explain what you mean by "typically oriental"? :notsure:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:26 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Witness wrote: . . .
And for the typically oriental part:
Turkey's Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister amid nepotism fears
. . .
Could you explain what you mean by "typically oriental"? :notsure:
He's European.

Anything east of Suez is "oriental". :lmao:
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Post by Giz » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:34 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Witness wrote: . . .
And for the typically oriental part:
Turkey's Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister amid nepotism fears
. . .
Could you explain what you mean by "typically oriental"? :notsure:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:50 pm

Fu Manchu is not "typical" anything.

He is the immortal embodiment of Yellow-Peril-ness. :coolspecs:
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Post by ed » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:37 pm

Are you denying the existence of Yellow Peril?
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Post by Giz » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:56 pm

ed wrote:Are you denying the existence of Yellow Peril?
Did you find his post... inscrutable?

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:43 pm

Giz wrote:
ed wrote:Are you denying the existence of Yellow Peril?
Did you find his post... inscrutable?
Emphasis added.

We're talking about Fu Manchu here, not some expendable minion.

The correct adjective is insidious.
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Post by Witness » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:27 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Could you explain what you mean by "typically oriental"? :notsure:
Family > Friends > Tribe > Country, King, whatever.

Add the old traditions: corruption, baksheesh, haggling…

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Post by Witness » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:30 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:He's European.

Anything east of Suez is "oriental". :lmao:
Wrong. The Orient starts at least at Venice, and on the southern shores of the Mediterranean at the Atlantic. (Even the locals say so…) 8)

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:30 am

Witness wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:Could you explain what you mean by "typically oriental"? :notsure:
Family > Friends > Tribe > Country, King, whatever.

Add the old traditions: corruption, baksheesh, haggling…
Short version: Anything East of Suez.

Yes that includes Jews. :wink:
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Post by Witness » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:20 am

Egypt to regulate popular social media users

Egypt's parliament has passed a controversial law that will allow the state to regulate social media users.

Under the law, a personal social media account, blog or website with more than 5,000 followers could be considered a media outlet and subject to media law.

Critics say the legislation will increase the authorities' ability to crack down on free speech and dissent.

A number of opposition activists have been arrested in recent months on charges of spreading false news online.

Tens of thousands of people have been detained in Egypt since 2013, when the military overthrew Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, following mass protests against his rule.

The new law - passed on Sunday by two-thirds of MPs - placed popular accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms under the supervision of Egypt's media regulator, the Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media.

The council was also given the power to block websites and file criminal complaints against platforms and individuals accused of offences such as "inciting people to violate laws" and "defamation against individuals and religions".

However, a provision that would have allowed pre-trial detentions of journalists was amended after pressure from the journalists' syndicate, AFP reported.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44858547

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Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over deadly Jakarta Starbucks attack

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman has been sentenced to death over his role in terror attacks carried out by IS-linked militants. He is considered to be the key ideologue of the Islamist extremists in Indonesia.

Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death on Friday by a court in Jakarta for ordering militants affiliated with the terror group "Islamic State" (IS) to carry out attacks, including a suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta in 2016.

Prosecutors said that several attacks in Indonesia occurred under his instructions given from prison, where he was serving a terrorism-related sentence.

Apart from the Starbucks bombing and ensuing gunfight, which killed four civilians and four militants, there was an attack on a bus terminal in Jakarta that left three police officers dead and an attack on a church in Kalimantan in which a 2-year-old girl died.
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Prosecutors say Abdurrahman is the major force behind the IS ideology in Indonesia, which is the largest Muslim nation in the world.
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesian-cleric ... a-44342679

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Post by Witness » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:30 am

China enforces dress code in Xinjiang by cutting up women's clothing

Uyghur women are being confronted on the streets by communist cadres, and having their dresses and shirts sheared off for being too long
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3483812

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Post by sparks » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:56 am

Are they exorcising his gay?
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:24 am

More likely they are getting him to agree to a divorce.
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Wedding photographer beats up groom for marrying child bride in Turkey

MALATYA, (Turkey) (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): A wedding photographer has been declared a hero on social media after admitting that he beat up a man who was getting married to a 15-year-old girl.

Onur Albayrak - a photographer in the eastern Turkish province of Malatya - saw red when he found out the girl's age, reported the Hurriyet Daily News.

Albayrak admitted the act on his Facebook account on July 7, adding that he did not regret his actions.
“Yes, the reports are correct. A child bride means child abuse, and no force in the world can make me photograph a child as a bride,” he said in a post on his Facebook page.

According to reports, Albayrak was hired to photograph the wedding at Malatya’s Turgut Ozal Nature Park on July 5.

When he noticed that the bride-to-be did not look like an adult, Albayrak reportedly asked the groom about her age.

The photographer reacted angrily when the groom answered that the bride was only 15 years old.

The two men soon started fighting, and the groom’s nose was broken in the quarrel, the Hurriyet reported.

“The groom had come to my studio some two weeks ago and was alone. I saw the bride for the first time at the wedding. She’s a child, and I felt her fear because she was trembling. The groom attacked me as I was leaving,” Albayrak said, noting that he is “happy to manifest his reaction”.
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According to Turkish law, the minimum age to marry for both men and women is 18. Only in exceptional situations a judge order is required to marry off 17 year olds. It is not legal to marry younger in any condition in Turkey.
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2 ... in-turkey/