MIDDLE EAST NEWS…

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I realize there are some who believe material such as this is out of place on a website focused on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Bible and being a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ’s, a authentic Christian.

We live in Biblical times. The Bible is not some dead, ancient book in which every event, story and part has occured. We’re living in Biblical times. What happens in the Middle East is of the utmost importance in the Bible story. Unfolding. Happening right now. Bible prophecy. Movements, actions taken or not taken. The fulfilling of every jot and tittle.

Sadly, not nearly enough people, both secular and Christian see things as such. That does not mean everything taking place every hour of every day in the Middle East is not worth paying attention to, at least having a modicum of awareness what is taking place within the region.

News stories such as the following, I believe, fit exactly here. It all ties in. Another thread comprising the fabric of the cloak being made and worn by the world.

All actions, everything that happens — EVERY THING — pertains to the workings of God’s righteousness, God and Jesus’ plan and Their being in control in the constant spiritual war taking place against and with the evil of Satan and his legions of fallen angels, minions and ministers working on his behalf in and on this world.

I realize my, or yours burning of something we’re making for dinner, getting a flat tire because we were unwise in checking the tread depth, or not avoiding that piece of twisted metal in the road are not world shaping Biblical events — but what happens in the Middle East is.

Israel is God’s land. Jerusalem is God’s city. What this is all about began a long time ago within one family and is the longest running, bloodiest, tenacious and meaningful family feud in world history (Isaac & Ishmael).

Everything that happens in the Middle East is important.

Should we spend too much time on matters such as this? Certainly not. Perspective and balance. An awareness and a knowledge. And that is what I am hopefully providing here with perspective and balance.

If so, please let me know. If not, please let me know. Anyone can contact me at ken@acrookedpath.com

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

 

Stalin Had Gulags, Turkey Has Courts

 

 

  • [Canan] Kaftancıoğlu [now under arrest for old tweets] came to prominence only after her critical role in defeating Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul’s municipal elections on March 31 and June 23, ending Islamist rule in Turkey’s biggest city after 25 years.
  • On September 20, a Turkish court held its first hearing of a case against two Bloomberg reporters accused of “trying to undermine Turkey’s economic stability.”…. “They’ve been indicted for accurately and objectively reporting on highly newsworthy events,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait.
  • Thirty-six other defendants, including prominent economist Mustafa Sönmez and journalist Sedef Kabaş, are also on trial for their social media comments on Turkey’s economy and banks.
  • In May, Erdoğan said that Turkey was still committed to full membership in the European Union. He must have forgotten that, among hundreds of other hair-raising democratic deficits, he is the president of a country that has banned more than 245,000 websites and domains.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey is the world’s top jailer of journalists. (Images source: iStock)

From 1936 to 1938, the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin brutally executed his “Great Purge,” a more innocent name for the wholesale liquidation of “enemies of the state.” The slaughter targeted, among others, Communist Party and government officials, journalists, academics, peasants, Jews, teachers, generals, members of the intelligentsia and many others. “Better that 10 innocent people suffer than one spy get away,” said Nikolai Yezhov, chief of the NKVD (People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs). “When you chop wood, chips fly.” In 1932, Stalin launched a war for the “Sovietization” of Russia. Seven decades later, Turkey’s Islamist strongman and president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, launched his war to “Islamize” Ataturk’s modern, secular Turkey.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, five countries are the world’s top jailers of journalists. At the top of its list is Turkey, leaving behind China, Eritrea, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Of the 172 reporters being held in those countries, 163 were detained without charge or for offenses classified as “anti-state” — the same crime for which Stalin jailed and exiled Russian dissidents. Erdoğan’s witch hunt is still going at full speed.

At the beginning of September, a prominent Turkish opposition official was sentenced by a court to nine years and eight months in prison for insulting Erdoğan and “engaging in terrorist propaganda” for tweets posted as early as 2012 and beyond. Canan Kaftancıoğlu, head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s Istanbul branch, was also accused of “insulting the government and public servants and inciting hatred and enmity.” All of the charges against her were based on tweets posted years ago. But why was she sentenced now?

Kaftancıoğlu came to prominence only after her critical role in defeating Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul’s municipal elections on March 31 and June 23, ending Islamist rule in Turkey’s biggest city after 25 years.

Kati Piri, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, tweeted that the verdict was “surreal and outrageous,” adding, “Erdoğan takes revenge for opposition’s election victory. Unacceptable!”

More recently, on September 22, a Turkish man received a record-breaking prison sentence for insulting Erdoğan. Burhan Borak, a resident of the predominantly Kurdish province of Van in eastern Turkey, was sentenced to 12 years and 3 months in jail, for seven social media posts in 2014. The sentence was the severest punishment for cases of insult against the president, according to Borak’s lawyer. (Between 2010 and 2017, 12,893 cases of insulting the president were filed, according to Professor Yaman Akdeniz, an academic and cyber rights activist.) With that, Erdoğan holds the title of the world’s most insulted president — a title he could have lost to Stalin if the Soviet dictator were still alive.

Instead of Stalin’s gulags, Turkey has its courts. On September 20, a Turkish court held its first hearing of a case against two Bloomberg reporters accused of “trying to undermine Turkey’s economic stability.” The allegations against Kerim Karakaya and Fercan Yalınkılıç are based on a 2018 story they wrote about how Turkish authorities and banks were responding to the biggest currency shock in the country since 2001.

“They’ve been indicted for accurately and objectively reporting on highly newsworthy events,” said Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. “We are committed to them and to press freedom and hope that the judiciary will do right by acquitting them.”

Thirty-six other defendants, including prominent economist Mustafa Sönmez and journalist Sedef Kabaş, are also on trial for their social media comments on Turkey’s economy and banks.

The pro-Erdoğan media are full of joy over the trial. “This [Bloomberg’s report and social media accounts] is an economic coup [d’état],” wrote Ali Karaasanoğlu, a columnist for the Yeni Akit daily and a staunch supporter of Erdoğan. “You [addressing the defendants] are suspects of a serious crime of aiming to appreciate the U.S., British and EU currencies.”

Against such gloomy background, Erdoğan keeps on teasing the civilized world. In May, Erdoğan said that Turkey was still committed to full membership in the European Union. He must have forgotten that, among hundreds of other hair-raising democratic deficits, he is the president of a country that has banned more than 245,000 websites and domains.

Burak Bekdil, one of Turkey’s leading journalists, was recently fired from the country’s most noted newspaper after 29 years, for writing in Gatestone what is taking place in Turkey. He is a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Related Topic from another source (FrontPageMag.com): What’s At Stake in Turkey’s Invasion of Syria — By Daniel Greenfield

Related Topics:  Threats to Free Speech, Turkey

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