ATLASOFCREATION.COMhttp://atlasofcreation.comatlasofcreation.com - Articles - Recently AddedenCopyright (C) 1994 atlasofcreation.com 1ATLASOFCREATION.COMhttp://atlasofcreation.comhttp://harunyahya.com/assets/images/hy_muhur.png11666Africa blinded by illusory fiscal aid

It has been almost 50 years since the colonial powers withdrew from Africa. Today, the African countries no longer face military threats of the imperialist countries, nor are these regions governed by their officially appointed administrators. Nevertheless, it is still impossible to say that many African countries are fully autonomous or can utilize their abundant natural resources efficiently enough to ensure the minimum needs of their citizens are met. Africa sadly continues to suffer under extreme poverty in the wake of the post-colonialism era.

In his book titled Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World, the Academician Partha Chatterjee, a significant figure in post-colonial studies, conveys this fact to his readers as follows:

Europe and the Americas …. have thought out on our behalf not only the script of colonial enlightenment and exploitation, but also that of our anticolonial resistance and postcolonial misery. Even our imagination must remain forever colonized.[i]

Are colonial countries' renunciation of their formal political ties with their colonies, i.e. their seeming termination of the outright exploitation system, actually a change of strategy warranted by the current circumstances?

The answer to this question may be found in a report prepared with the joint efforts of the London-based Health Poverty Action and several other non-governmental organizations.[ii] This report quantified the total resource flow in and out of Africa and yielded the following result: Africa has an annual loss of £192 billion while only £134 billion flows in the continent each year, which shows  that some £58 billion is lost every year in Africa.[iii]

What is interesting here is that each year, many countries provide significant amounts of official aid to ensure Africa's development, yet the continent is still facing poverty -even the threat of famine in some parts. In the article titled "Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent" dated June 15, 2014, the British newspaper The Guardian states the reason for this thusly: “the UK and other wealthy governments celebrate their generosity whilst simultaneously assisting their companies to drain Africa's resources."[iv]

A part of the international aid to Africa actually acts as a virtual smokescreen to cover a pillaging scheme rather than help the continent's development.

Most of the countries that provide aid to Africa are trying to promote the image of “the heroic savior of the poor,” as stated in another article featured in The Guardian. In the same article the author also remarks that much more of what is given as aid is taken back from Africa, stating "Africa subsidises us, not the other way around."[v]

Tax avoidance havens in the global economy also play a crucial role in the looting of the available assets in African countries. These havens are either exempt completely exempt from taxation or their taxation rates are so low that it opens up an opportunity for unfair competition with other countries.[vi] In such countries, offshore accounts are used in many illegal endeavors such as money laundering, the breaking of financial sanctions, tax evasion and bribery.[vii]

A substantial part of those countries dubbed as 'tax havens' are comprised of ex-colonial countries.

These countries function as an international network that facilitates transferring the money made from Africa and it is known to all how this network functions. So much so that, it is even featured extensively in a university thesis on "Money Laundering"[viii]

There are other documents available that provide insight on how the system works. The prime example of this matter came to light following the public disclosure of 11.5 million confidential records and documents that has been kept by the Panama-based law firm of Mossack Fonseca for over 40 years. The most frequently mentioned countries in the records, also known as the 'Panama Papers', are; Britain, its ex-colony Hong Kong, and Britain's overseas territory, the Virgin Islands.[ix] What is genuinely interesting is that the Panama Papers include the names of six lords from the House of Lords of the UK, three former parliamentarians from the ruling Conservative Party, and numerous benefactors to British political parties.[x]

The British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn brought this issue before the British Parliament and a scandal erupted over the fact that Britain's overseas territories - and  countries under the Crown's umbrella - are used as tax avoidance havens.[xi]

Through their African-based companies, certain groups in the former imperialist countries are making ill-gotten profits in Africa and many other parts of the world, and legitimize these profits via the offshore banking system. These ex-imperialists thus collect what little financial aid they give away to Africa in far greater sums. Under the control of certain money exploitation centers, the mineral and agriculturally rich African continent continues to be exploited and suffer privation famine. It is imperative that this unjust mechanism is unmasked and various precautions are taken to prevent this practice. To be able to do so, the conscientious administrations of various countries as well as conscientious public and non-governmental organizations, need to make their voices heard. People should never allow themselves to be blinded by illusory financial assistance; greater attention must be paid to the underlying problem instead – a system of the most ruthless financial exploitation system. A strong public reaction against this will surely bring results and ultimately bring peace and prosperity to the long-suffering peoples of Africa.

 

[i] Partha Chatterjee, (1993) The Nations and its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press p. 5

[ii] Report prepared by the following NGOs: Health Poverty Action, Jubilee Debt Campaign, World Development Movement, African Forum and Network on Debt and Development, Friends of the Earth Africa, Tax Justice Network, People's Health Movement Kenya, Zimbabwe and UK, War on Want, Community Working Group on Health Zimbabwe, Medact, Healthworkers4All, Friends of the Earth South Africa, JA!Justiça Ambiental/Friends of the Earth Mozambique.

[iii] https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/jul/22/africa-rescue-aid-stealing-resources

[iv] Mark Anderson, “Aid to Africa: donations from West mask 60bn looting’ of continent, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/15/aid-africa-west-looting-continent

[v] https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/jul/22/africa-rescue-aid-stealing-resources

[vi] Cihan Gökçe, The Struggle against the Tax Havens in Preventing Tax Loss and Evasion, Offshore Banking and  the Turkey Example, Date Accessed: February 12, 2013

[vii]  http://www.ntv.com.tr/galeri/dunya/panama-belgeleri-nedir-kirli-parayi-anlama-rehberi,N8tfyV_t7kOip5j93JuG3g/RypohhQEIUC5zDvW4abAdQ

[viii] V. Çapraz, Detailed Information on 'Money Laundering', (unpublished master's thesis: Ankara 2001, p.217-218)

[ix]  http://www.ntv.com.tr/galeri/ekonomi/panama-belgelerinde-adi-en-cok-gecen-10-ulke,kfisujcnd0eW9f4npi0ZVQ/tnLp-pzGQEWRcU3dK9t85g

[x] http://aa.com.tr/tr/dunya/ingiltere-panama-belgelerini-inceleyecek/549078

[xi] https://www.avrupagazete.com/siyaset/220326-corbyn-den-ingiltere%E2%80%99nin-vergi-cenneti-olmaktan-%C3%A7%C4%B1kmas%C4%B1-%C3%A7a%C4%9Fr%C4%B1s%C4%B1.html

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Sunday Independent & Weekend Argus & Sunday Tribune

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Is The World's Resources Not Enough for Everyone?

Today, nearly 8 billion people live in the world. Each year, 4.5 billion tons of food is produced. Our world's food production has enough capacity to easily feed humanity, even with an overproduction of 50%. In other words, enough food is produced every year to feed 10 billion people. This statistic proves that famine is not the reason behind the wars of the world. No one is attacking or slaughtering others to survive; no one's survival depends on someone else's death. The point of this article is the fact that there lies only greed, selfishness and ambition behind the aggression, violence and boundlessness in the world.

21st Century technology is entirely capable of feeding and keeping all of humanity alive. But economists of the 19th Century argued the opposite. The so-called intellectuals of the time, primarily Thomas Malthus, came up with a strange claim arguing that while the human population is increasing geometrically, the nutrients are decreasing arithmetically, and so the human population needed to be held in check in order not to "starve." Malthus took his theory even further and began to argue that certain societies must be "eliminated," destroyed in other words, in order for population to be brought under immediate control, which would be possible through war, famine and catastrophes. However, neither a population increase acted as a limit on resources nor were resources becoming exhausted.

Although it had no scientific foundation, the theory of limited resources has long been regarded as the basic ideology behind colonialism. Those who follow Malthus's idea often rationalized forcefully plundering countries, exploiting them through military pressure, and condemning them to hunger in this way. However, even in the last thirty years, the amount of food produced per capita has increased by 20%. With the technology of 21st Century, the insufficiency of resources is no longer a reason for hunger.

In the 20th Century, economists such as Britain’s John Maynard Keynes tried to put Malthus' theories into practice. This propaganda was also the driving force behind the oil wars of the second half of the century. In the 1970’s, hundreds of articles and so-called scientific reports were prepared suggesting that the world's oil reserves would be depleted the 2020s. Greedy and ambitious politicians, soldiers and government officials always based their occupations and massacres on this assertion.

Today we know that the world is full of fossil fuel that will last for much longer, despite the overall increase in consumption; granted, it will be more difficult to extract, yet technological developments have allowed for this. However, the ambition for wealth that spread through colonialism seemed incapable of slowing down in the 18th and 19th Centuries and turned the 20th Century into a bloodbath as well.

Thus the question, "why is 12% of the world’s population living below the hunger limit today?" comes to mind. Indeed, according to the figures from the World Food Organization, 850 million people are starving today. The answer to this question is greed. Today the world's richest 1% and the poorest 50% have the same wealth.  The primary cause of hunger and poverty is that the resources are not being distributed equally or at least in near equal amounts. There is no doubt that a world in which the wealth of the richest 80 people is more than that of billions of people, or even dozens of countries, is suffering from injustice.

The second reason for hunger in the world is wastage. Today, a small minority of the world consumes a large portion of resources - and goes on to squander a good deal of it. Each year, one-third of total global food production is thrown away. 70% of this waste, amounting to some one trillion dollars, is from developed countries. In the Western world, it is estimated that each person wastes approximately 110 kg of food each year, while in Africa this figure is only 9 kg.   Food in developed countries is wasted in homes, restaurants and supermarkets, while in developing countries it is disappearing due to transportation and storage problems. As humanity, we waste 45% of vegetables and fruit, 35% of fish products, 30% of the bread, and 20% of the meat and dairy products we produce. This is a veritable mountain of wastage of 2500 meters in height and about 3 kilometers in diameter. 

The USA alone throws out 141 trillion calories of food every day. The annual value of this food is equal to 155 billion dollars. In other words, an amount of food four times the annual importation of the entire African continent is being wasted by the American people. In the EU, 90 million tons of food, worth 140 billion euros, a year is thrown out.  In Britain alone, 17 million tons of food is wasted annually.

Another important reason is the arms race. Today, the value of weapons sitting in military storage depots is in the trillions of dollars. Countries with raging civil wars became a weapons market. Weapons with increasingly lethal capabilities are simply left in storage to decay for years. While millions of dollars are devoted to killing people, almost no effort is made to keep people alive.

Today, the infrastructure that could feed millions of people in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen has been destroyed by bombardments carried out by those who wanted to use the weapons gathering dust in their warehouses. In other words, through war, humanity exhausts its means instead of producing, destroys instead of building.

 Today, sensitive people all over the world are trying to produce solutions to the problems mentioned above. But these valuable efforts often fail to produce a lasting solution because it is impossible to obtain lasting improvements unless the mentality that drags humanity into this selfishness is changed. In other words, it is not possible to win against the mosquito without draining the swamp. In our case, the swamp is the materialistic mentality that promotes selfishness, greed and violence. It is the educational systems, the economic models, and social ideologies that dictate these qualities to humanity. Evil cannot survive in a world where the ideologies of destruction give way to peace, where selflessness prevails in the face of selfishness, and where people enjoy sharing rather than hoarding everything. This is the greatest legacy we can leave for future generations.

Adnan Oktar's piece in American Herald Tribune:

http://ahtribune.com/economy/1840-world-resources.html

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The USA has only one choice to win the war in Afghanistan

Although Afghanistan has long remained on the US agenda, it has been in the limelight much more in recent months largely due to the fact that the US seeks to find a new strategy in the longest war the country has ever been in, a war, which has now lasted 16 years. Another reason is that the Taliban, which is frequently mentioned along with Afghanistan, has carried out the bloodiest attacks in its history and gained control of more than half the country.

It should be admitted that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical phase, especially since the onset of the spring assault, dubbed “Operation Mansuri” by the Taliban. In the last two months, scores of people, largely civilians, were either killed or badly wounded in truck bomb attacks carried out at the capital city of Kabul and other towns. More than 150 soldiers lost their lives in an attack at a military headquarters in North Afghanistan. The Afghan security forces have sustained heavier casualties during this bloody period.

In fact, pretty much everybody agrees on the fact that the US (and the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, led by NATO) has failed in Afghanistan. If “victory” is defined as saving the country from the Taliban, wiping out terrorists, maintaining peace, and building a new nation, the US is losing the war by any metric. This fact has been attested to by top-ranking American authorities as well. The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in his speech in the Senate, admitted: “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now.” General John Nicholson, Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, has stated that the war with the Taliban “is a stalemate.”

The new roadmap that is supposedly going to fix the failure is expected to be proposed in July. However, according to statements made by President Donald Trump’s staff, the new policies are not much different from their predecessors: Sending a couple thousand more troops to Afghanistan, grating broader authorities to forces in the field, making stronger military interventions, etc. Taking actions singlehandedly by excluding Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran, and imposing solutions in the region could be other examples of such precautions.

If the new US administration believes that this will bring victory and peace, they could not be more wrong. Without a doubt, three or five thousand more troops that will be sent as reinforcements to the 14,000 strong NATO force already deployed in the region will not be able to achieve what the over one hundred thousand troops that had been deployed by the Obama administration could not. Increasing the number of troops, albeit at a high cost, may bring a superficial, short-term and unsustainable victory; however, it will also embolden the Taliban to recruit new militants more easily and toughen up its resistance. Increased use of military force may lead to such negative results as seen many times in the history. For example, the “mother of all bombs” that was used for the first time in April at Afghanistan simply infuriated the terrorist organization and failed to intimidate them, as was the general idea. It is clear that being the largest military force in the world does not yield the expected results.

“Afghanistan, for Americans, doesn’t really exist as a country and a people,” writes William Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, criticizing the USA’s erroneous approach. “It exists only as a wasteful, winless, and endless war... It’s a job as well as a personal proving ground for U.S. troops. It’s a chance to test theories and to earn points (and decorations) for promotion for many officers. It’s hardly ever about working closely with the Afghan people to find solutions that will work for them over the long haul.”

Military strategies are doomed to failure since the Taliban militants vehemently cling to a radical ideology and erroneous beliefs. Their ideology is filled with superstitions, false commandments and bigoted beliefs that have absolutely no place in Islam. Terrorist organizations carry out their bloody attacks for the sake of this ideology that they have mistaken for religion. What renders them dangerous is not their weapons, but the radical ideology they adhere to. Therefore, terrorist organizations can be defeated not by retaliating to their violence with violence, but only by responding to the false belief they hold with the right one.

An extensive education policy that would reach out to all the ethnic groups in Afghanistan can succeed in a short time with the support of the US. There is no need for weapons, bombs, military headquarters and billions of dollars to achieve this. It is easy to design an intensive education program with well-informed and rational Muslims. This method is the only choice for the US. The swamps that spawn radical militants can only be drained in this way.

Such an educational strategy is new, unique, and has not been adopted by the US before. We hope that President Trump pays heed to our calls as he determines their new strategy in Afghanistan; by doing so, he will be taking take an unprecedented step towards wiping out radical terrorism, one of his electoral promises. Hopefully, he will take rational actions without giving in to the pressures he faces and he becomes the pioneer in establishing the peace, stability and welfare that the Afghan people have long been yearning for.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Al Bilad

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Rock Stars and Suicides

Rock stars and suicides are two concepts that have become disturbingly related. Far too many young talents lose their lives or choose to end it at the prime of their lives. Some of the rock musicians who lost their lives included:

Kurt Cobain, who died at the age of 27 by committing suicide,
Janis Joplin, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 27,
Nick Drake, who died at age 26 by taking an overdose of antidepressants,
John Ramon, who died from drug overdose,
Jim Morison, who lost his life at the age of 27, due to the same reason as John Ramon,
John Bonham of Led Zepplin, who drowned while he was drunk.

Marc Bolan, Richard Manuel, Keith Moon, Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan, Cass Elliot, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Chris Cornell and finally, Chester Benington, the 41-year-old star of Linkin Park, were also well-known talents who fell victim to the same vicious cycle.

Why do these people suffer from depression and prefer to hurt themselves with drugs, which lead to suicide? There is no doubt fame and its associated so-called benefits play a role in this. However, this alone is not the correct answer.

Hedonism, -pursuit of pleasure- has regrettably ensnared most of these talented musicians. Mostly coming from poor backgrounds, these young people are usually unequipped to handle the sudden rush of fame, along with which comes constant indulgence, non-stop travelling, and wealth. They find themselves surrounded by crowds all the time, but rarely those people include anyone that truly cares about them. Constant pressure, incessant and heartless scrutiny by the media and the public, unrestricted self-gratification, lack of human connection and spirituality, materialist values that run rampant in these industries eventually take a toll and push them to a world of depression and drugs. In addition, they are usually treated as profitable objects rather than respectable humans by most people in the industry and after a while, they painfully realize that all glamour and beauty of fame was an illusion that brought emptiness and loneliness. Most participate in rehabilitation programs to get rid of their addiction. However, these programs only scratch the surface of the problem and do not even try to solve the problems that led to the addiction in the first place. As a result, when the rehabilitation ends, most dive hard back to their old lifestyles, continuing where they left off.

Indeed, a recent research by Professor Dianna Kenny of the University of Sydney examined the lives of more than 12,000 musicians across all popular genres between 1950 and 2014 and found that musicians not only had significantly shorter life spans, they were also five to seven times more likely to die in an accident, two to seven times more likely to commit suicide. She said: “The results of this study are disturbing. Across the seven decades studied, popular musicians’ lifespans were up to 25 years shorter than the comparable US population. This is clear evidence that all is not well in pop music land.” Another 2014 study showed that the physically demanding task of being a rock star disturbs musicians’ internal clock, and circadian rhythms. Also they were six times more likely to have disruptions to their gene expression.

However, it doesn’t have to be like this. If these young people understand that life is not merely about worldly pleasures, their life and their art will undoubtedly be different. If they see that there are values much more significant than material ones, if they are treated as valuable human beings that truly and sincerely deserve love and respect, they will not fall so hard into depression. When that happens, they will not need excessive indulgence to find happiness, which never gives happiness anyway.

Furthermore, when this happens, millions of young minds across the globe, will stop wrongly believing that excessive emotionalism and drugs are fashionable. This will keep them falling from their own vicious cycle of depression and suicide. When these young people see that their role models are valuable, respectable human beings and not just talented artists, when they realize that their role models pay more attention to humanity, to spirituality, to kindness and love, and not just the materialist values, they will follow suit and work to be better versions of themselves. It is not hard to imagine how this massive change will reflect to our world today and in the future.

In other words, the music industry and artists have a great duty and a potential to help our world in an incredible way. With one song, with one TV appearance, with one public act of kindness, they can send an incredibly powerful message that will affect millions. There is no doubt that this change towards the brighter side, will help beautifully shape the future of our world.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

http://kashmirreader.com/2017/08/09/rock-stars-suicides/

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The perception operations of the mainstream media and the facts

For the last five years in particular, Turkey has been, on one side, tackling with the indirect effects of the disasters that have enveloped its neighbors Syria and Iraq. On the other hand, she struggles against serious challenges such as coups, uprisings, the PKK terror group and the FETO parallel state structure. In this multi-dimensional struggle, it could not have received some of its Western allies’ support she anticipated. Meanwhile she is presented to the international public as the guilty party, even regarding the issues that she is most right about.

In this organized perception operation, the mainstream Western media plays a leading role as always. At every opportunity, a cruel perception operation is carried out by means of this media in order to erode Turkey and foment a worldwide negative perception of Turkey. Some prominent American media institutions, think tanks and a major part of the European press support this campaign, which is led and orchestrated by some mainstream British media organs.

The question is: Is Turkey really a country of disasters as presented by these circles or does she face a giant campaign of defamation? To have a better grasp of this issue, we need to look at the primary claims and related justifications put forth by the institutions in question:

The claim that July 15th coup attempt was a “controlled coup”, a fiction staged by Mr. Erdoğan and his followers:

The July 15th coup was staged by 171 generals many times more than the number of generals who commanded previous coups in Turkey. The impossibility of convincing so many high-ranking people in the military to play a “coup theatre” is obvious.

Furthermore, this coup was the first one in Turkish history in which aircraft and ships were used. 35 aircraft, 37 helicopters, 246 tanks and armored cars and three ships were used in the coup.

It was certainly the bloodiest coup in Turkish history. 248 people, many of them civilians, were martyred while more than 1500 people were injured. F-16s bombed the Police Special Operations Center, the Turkish Parliament, the Presidential Palace, the MIT (Turkey’s intelligence service) complex and many other official and private institutions. Despite all this, some conditions which were unseen in previous coups caused the failure of the coup. The real reason why the coup failed was the thousands of citizens who took to the streets upon Mr. Erdoğan’s call and the resistance they showed against the coup plotter soldiers. The entrances of barracks and routes of tanks were blocked by trucks and heavy vehicles of municipalities while anti-coup generals and citizens destroyed airport runways. Meanwhile, the announcement by the rest of the Turkish armed forces stating they rejected the coup caused the failure of the coup. 

If these unanticipated incidents, unseen in previous coups, did not occur, it would not be possible for such a powerfully orchestrated coup to fail.

The slander that Turkey does not struggle against ISIS, and even supports it

When ISIS was included in the terror organization list of Turkey in 2013, it was not in the list of any other country at that time. Britain, Russia, Jordan, Israel, Italy, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and many other countries only subsequently proclaimed ISIS as a terror organization.

ISIS has carried out around 10 wide-scale, bloody terror acts in Turkey and the organization issued a death fatwa against Mr. Erdoğan. Similarly the anti-ISIS coalition is deployed from Incirlik airbase in Turkey and the Turkish army purged the Syrian city al-Bab from ISIS. While this is the case, it is obvious that the claims of Turkey supporting ISIS are only speculative at best. Meanwhile, everybody is well aware that such accusations are familiar tactics employed to create pressure on countries or to intensify black propaganda.

Unfounded news suggesting there exists no freedom of thought and freedom of press and that democracy does not function in Turkey:

It is true that there are some journalists and deputies are in Turkish prisons, though the number is not as many as claimed. Too much speculation is made on this issue and perception is generated as if these people have been put in jails because of their thoughts. However, these people were not arrested because of their personal views or political identities. They were convicted because of their verified direct or organic links to terror organizations such as the PKK, FETÖ, DHKP-C, KCK and MLKP. Today in the US, Britain or the European countries, let alone advocating a terror organization’s views openly, even implying it is a cause for immediate arrest and maltreatment of that person no matter what his identity might be.

Surely we hope that these people are released by the courts pending trial, and these arrests no longer become a pretext for any terror provocations. However, when we consider Turkey’s current situation, taking extra precautions in many issues would seem rightful.

Some of these journalists and politicians were convicted of disclosing state intelligence secrets to the public. Not only in Turkey but in all countries of the world, this is treason, which is an offense.

The claim that the state of emergency in Turkey is unnecessary and that people’s freedoms are curbed because of the state of emergency:

Although so far Turkey has faced many coup attempts and terror acts which were more brutal than those in European countries, and although they’ve occurred on a more frequent basis, it has an emergency state environment, which is more free than the one in France. While armed soldiers started to patrol London streets following only a single terror act in Britain, citizens in Turkey do not even notice the state of emergency. Even tourists are aware that the daily life in Turkey is not affected by the state of emergency.

The state of emergency in Turkey only brings regulations that limit the mobility of terror organizations and coup plotters. The reason why some media uses the state of emergency as a pretext is to irritate European countries and find a guise for the slander “the freedoms are being curbed.”

The Claim that the Referendum of April 16th made Mr. Erdoğan a dictator:

The new constitutional referendum held in Turkey on April 16th was concluded with the “yes” campaign prevailing. Following this outcome some European media organs resorted to outright hate speech. Some examples are as follows:

The Economist: "Turkey is sliding into dictatorship"... The Financial Times: "A bitter victory for Turkey’s new sultan"... The Independent: "Erdogan’s ‘rigged referendum’ will make Turkey prey for the country’s many enemies"... Bild: "German Turks voted for a despot"... Spiegel Online: " Turks have voted to give their autocratic president even more power"... Frankfurter Allgemeine: "Through the wild Erdoğanistan"...

However, the constitutional proposal accepted by the referendum is simply a version of the Presidential or half-presidential system -used in many countries of the world- which has been adapted to the conditions of Turkey. In the new constitution, there is not a particular article related to Mr. Erdoğan. Whoever wins the elections will be the President and they will have the authority specified in the Constitution. Turkey is one of the countries in the world with the safest election environment where turnout is the highest. Yet it seems those who could not have find a reasonable pretext for claims of dictatorship for Mr. Erdoğan hope for help from the referendum results.

The media in question intensively uses many similar unfounded claims with a “mud-slinging” rationale. However, such defamation may be influential over people in different parts of the world who do not have enough information about the region and Turkey.

Recently it can be seen that such perception operations - with similar purposes and slanders - are becoming widespread in some Islamic countries. All these are the part of the plot designed to weaken the powerful countries of the Islamic world and then to set them against one another; the ultimate goal is to destroy the entire Islamic world. Against this insidious plot, there is no way out other than an alliance of the Islamic world.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Peninsula Qatar

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United, Malaysia And Turkey Stand Strong

Malaysia and Turkey; two countries on two different edges of Asia that are geographically apart, but together at heart. So much so that the common grounds and similarities they share exceed their differences.

They have distinct state and ethnic structures, political histories and pasts. On the other hand, both countries have common spiritual and cultural values. They always put the Islamic values of peace, love, brotherhood, altruism, cooperation and solidarity before national interests.

Moreover, both are steadily growing, rising economic powers; both are countries where Islam and the libertarian and pluralist democracy are practiced in harmony, the diplomatic spheres of which extends increasingly, and that have close relations with the Western states. And the most prominent ones are the love, fondness and deep-rooted bonds between the two Muslim nations.


A FRIENDSHIP THAT GOES WAY BACK

The friendship and cooperation between the Turks and Malays date back as far as 15th century. The early relations between the Ottoman Empire and the Malay Sultanate began during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conquerer.

In addition to trade agreements, two countries laid the foundations of a kinship by the marriage between the daughter of Mehmet the Conqueror and the son of the Malay Sultan. And the efforts of the Ottoman envoys serving in the Malay Archipelago helped foster good relations.

It was again the Ottomans who lent a helping hand and provide military and political support to the Malay people in their fight against the Portuguese and Dutch colonialism.

The close and sincere associations between the palaces of Johor and Istanbul were further strengthened in the 19th century. Sultan Abu Bakar came to Istanbul to visit Sultan Abdulaziz in 1866, and Sultan Abdulhamid II in 1893.

These visits also conduced towards the marriages of Lady Rukiya and Lady Hatice from the Ottoman Palace into the Malay Palace. And as Muslim Malay Turks, their grandchildren held major positions in the Malaysian government ranks.


DEVELOPMENTS IN BILATERAL RELATIONS

Following the independence of the State of Malaysia in 1957, the diplomatic relations with Turkey was re-established in 1964. Nevertheless, the 20th century marked a poor period in terms of bilateral relations. The bilateral relations were restored once again with the constructive role both countries played in the D-8 that was formed in 1997 through the joint effort of eight developing countries.

And the 2000s witnessed great developments, brand new breakthroughs and the beginning of a bright era in Malaysia-Turkey relations. In these years, the cooperation was raised to higher levels through the reciprocal visits by the heads and ministers of both states and signed agreements.

Economic relations that were elevated to cooperation on a strategic level through the Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnership signed in 2014, the decision to raise the volume of trade between the two countries to US$5 billion, and the Free Trade Agreement coming into effect in August 1st, 2015 were some of the milestones reached in the bilateral relations. These developments will at the same time help Malaysia and Turkey reach their goals of 2020 and 2023 respectively.

The statements made by President Erdogan in 2014 precisely express the inevitable need for unity between two brother countries: "We have considered and will continue to consider Malaysia as a country that is close, even brother to us. We are committed to work and we will continue our cooperation with Malaysia for the sakes of our countries, the Asia-Pacific region, and the entire world. As long as Turkey exists on one end of Asia and Malaysia on the other, if God is willing, the hope for peace will never be lost."


ECONOMIC, EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES

Following the mutual abolishment of visas, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his enthusiastic eagerness towards the reunion of the two nations, who had been kept apart for centuries, with the following statements: "We have very much in common between the two countries. Some of us share a common origin. We should not take this heritage we have for granted and come together to rediscover it. For better relations between peoples."

Despite the global crisis, both countries are successfully executing the rapid, steady and healthy economic development model that prioritises domestic production and export. Making joint investments as well as capital and technology transfers in areas where both public institutions and private companies have knowledge and experience will undoubtedly be to the benefit of them both.

The two countries usually act in concert within international organisations such as the United Nations, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, D-8, and ASEAN. Economic, commercial and diplomatic partnerships are definitely important; however, the extent of unity and solidarity should not be limited to these areas.

Educational and cultural activities, which have been ignored until today, are among the subjects that should be addressed immediately. Departments of Malay language, literature and history should be founded and popularised in Turkish universities, and departments of Turkish language, literature and history in Malaysian universities. Likewise, the necessary steps should be taken to allow many university students to receive education under foreign-exchange programmes.


MALAYS AND TURKS HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER

Malays and Turks must work in complete concert on both regional and international levels to produce solutions to the deep-rooted problems of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and contribute towards global peace, prosperity, social justice and stability.

Malaysia that is located in the east end and Turkey that is located in the west end of Asia can strive for global goals by utilising the considerable regional potentials they have through a diplomacy based on reconciliation and brotherhood.

When the greatness of the Muslim Turkic and Malay worlds are considered, one can better understand the immense power and energy the increasing cooperation will yield.

Malaysia and Turkey are the bright, modern and high-class faces of Islam. They set an example for the Islamic community and the entire world by embracing the values promoted in the Quran such as democracy, freedom of belief, love, respect, peace, brotherhood, justice and equality.

There is another great opportunity lying ahead of them. They can make an unparalleled contribution towards global peace, prosperity and comfort. And they can only achieve this by taking a mutual stand against the violence, bigotry, darkness, superstitions, radical ideologies and terrorist organisations that appear under the name of Islam.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Bernama & Malaysian Digest:

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/fe/newsfeatures.php?id=1377901

http://malaysiandigest.com/news/690113-united-malaysia-and-turkey-stand-strong.html

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Is Qatar crisis an opportunity for more productive alliances?

The 100-year time frame from World War I to the present day is at the same time the history of a design process conducted by a hundreds of years old global colonial empire on the Middle East and the Islamic world. This process effectively began in 1916, with the British provoking Hussein Bin Ali, the Emir of Mecca, to rebel against the Ottoman Empire under the false promise of forming an "Arabian kingdom", and the signing of the Sykes-Picot agreement.

The borders defined by Sykes-Picot were not drawn randomly. The ethnic, religious, tribal and sectarian distribution of the Middle East was assessed and the borders were defined in such a way as to provide a basis for maximum dispute, disagreement, discord and conflict.

As a matter of fact, Edward House, the US foreign policy adviser of then US President Woodrow Wilson, said the following about the agreement; "It is all bad. And I told (The Foreign Secretary of Britain Arthur) Balfour so. They are making it a breeding place for future war." Indeed, Sykes-Picot was the trigger of a bloody cycle of war and confusion that the region could not shake of for a century, as House predicted.

The latest updates to the design process that started with Sykes-Picot are still underway. The name of this updated program is the Great Middle East Project, which was introduced in the 2000s. Divisions, crises, conflicts, battles, civil wars, CIA-produced MI6-driven terrorist organizations, sectarian violence and palace intrigues are the most effective tools of this project.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen have received their share of this update in recent years. Qatar is the latest country to be forced into the scene of catastrophes as of the 5th of June.

Following US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia on May 20th and the Riyadh Summit where he signed a historic agreement with this country for over $ 380 billion in deals, the Gulf countries experienced what is perhaps the greatest crisis in their history. The Qatar crisis brought to minds the idea that issues other than the economy were also addressed in the visit.

For those who refuse to believe in clichés such as "supporting terrorism," the real reason for the crisis is interpreted by strategists as Qatar following policies independent of regional countries, and thus the British-US axis they are all contingent upon, in order to build friendships and alliances. Even though Qatar has always been a part of the Sunni alliance in the region until now, Qatar's isolated position seems to concern the global powers and those sheltered under their umbrella.

Qatar's close friendship and alliance with Turkey, ongoing for many years now, is also among the main reasons for the aforementioned concern and discomfort. Likewise, the fact that the shutdown of a Turkish military base was listed among the items stipulated to Qatar for the lifting of the blockade is, in this sense, significant. Since this demand has no relevance to the claim of Qatar's so-called support for terrorism, which was presented as the justification for the blockade, it serves to shed some light on the backdrop of the crisis.

On the other hand, the Turkey-Russia-Iran trio recently emerged as a very strong and unexpected regional alliance at the Astana Summit. Even the possibility of Qatar having an inclination towards aligning themselves with this powerful alliance is undesirable for the British-US axis, which controls the region.

As a matter of fact, among the main reasons for the embargo imposed on Qatar are Qatar's close relations with Iran and their economic cooperation. As it is known, Qatar struck a deal with Iran in 2014 to help develop its area in South Pars: Additionally, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim became a target after he criticized anti-Iran rhetoric. Qatar's refusal to join the so-called "Arab-NATO" under Saudi leadership, which is actually meant to serve as e a front against Iran, was the last straw.

Actually, these policies, which were presented as crimes and even considered equal to supporting terrorism, are actually nothing more than the rapprochement of two Muslim countries without sectarian discrimination. This development should be viewed as a positive step for the unity, peace, safety, prosperity and stability of the Middle East. The only body that would be disturbed by this situation is none other than an imperialist power, which is nourished by division, conflicts and sectarian violence. Indeed, immediately after the crisis began, Turkish President Erdogan stated that Qatar's isolation from the region is contrary to Islamic values.

Even though it is not officially listed among the justifications for blockade, it is obvious that the good relations Qatar has developed with Russia over the past few years are also among the most important veiled reasons for the crisis. Relations between Russia and Qatar have improved significantly in recent years. Especially with significant sanctions in place, the Russian economy has suffered from a lack of foreign investors; during this period, Qatar followed an active investment policy in Russia. As it is known, Qatar bought 19.5% of Rosneft, a Russian public oil company, with Glencore at the end of last year. Recently, as a noteworthy development, the Qatari ambassador to Russia, Fahad Mohammed Attiyah said in an interview with Sputnik that Qatar will adapt a new economic outlook, strengthen its existing partnerships with Russia and with other nations, and that Russia will become one of Qatar's largest trading partners.

As we can see, Qatar has already engaged in friendships, alliances and rapprochements years ago that have led to its exclusion today, and they made considerable progress. But exclusion for one front may be an important opportunity for another.

In the article titled "Trump's Gift to Putin in the Mideast" published in The New York Times on July 17, it is stated quite directly that the Qatar crisis is a great opportunity for Russia, Turkey and Iran:

"First, a major gaffe by President Trump helped Saudi Arabia split a Sunni Muslim alliance that was supposed to fight against the Islamic State. So much so that Qatar and Turkey moved closer together and became open to cooperation with Iran and Russia... "

Putin has already forged a working strategic partnership with Iran and an ever-increasing rapprochement with Turkey. The Trump administration has provided him with the means to dream even bigger -an opportunity to lead a broad-based alliance with countries leery of the Saudi-American axis. This includes not just Qatar and Turkey, which are Sunni, but also Shiite Iran and its regional friends, as well as Shiite-majority Iraq and potentially Oman. Together, those countries could wield significant power in the region and in global energy markets. Their coalescence would also raise the prospect of bringing together Shiite and Sunni populations...

The Qatar crisis can be transformed into a great opportunity for Qatar, Russia, Iran and Turkey if they stepped into action correctly and without wasting time. Russia is likely to increase its activities in the Middle East under these circumstances. All three countries looking after Qatar, an important mutual friend and ally and giving this alliance a name in a formal union, could be a historic turning point for not just the Middle East, but for the whole world.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda:

http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/03-08-2017/138319-qatar_crisis-0/

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Iraq is in Danger of Facing a New Crisis

Some of the important recent news has been the official declaration of Mosul's liberation from ISIS. As a result of air bombardments and fierce street fighting, Mosul has been virtually turned into a ghost town with almost no buildings that are not demolished or damaged, and the heavy scent of the unburied dead covered the streets. Even though the catastrophe and destruction brought by the operation is painfully obvious, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Ibadi, "a great victory" was won. The detail that didn't go unnoticed was that even though the operation was closely monitored by the media for months, the news of its result was not as sensational as expected. The main reason for this is the emergence of a new development regarding the near future of Iraq; the realization of a highly dangerous development that could light the fuse of new wars and conflicts.

The subject, which led to controversy and great unrest, is a referendum. An independence referendum will be held on September 25th, as Mesud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) announced. The voters living in northern Iraq will be asked whether they want an independent Kurdistan. The referendum, consisting of a single and easy question, no doubt brings with it concerns regarding the possible consequences of it, even though the IKRG authorities claim otherwise.

First of all, the difference between this referendum and the one in 2005 is the fact that this will be an official one. More importantly, it is perhaps the last step before the IKRG formally secedes Iraq and the disintegration of Iraq begins. Barzani's recent statements, which reveal his determination in this regard, suggest that it is not merely a temporary political maneuver: "I was born for the independence of Kurdistan... I want to die in the shadow of the flag of an independent Kurdistan... All of these steps are for an independent Kurdistan."

Beyond this, there is another point in the IKRG statements which is almost an invitation for new conflicts. It is planned for that referendum to not only cover the territories of the Iraqi Autonomous Kurdistan Region, but also other controversial places, such as Kirkuk, Sinjar, Makhmur and Khanaqin. These have been regions of conflict between Baghdad and Erbil, in other words, between Arabs and Kurds, for many years, along with the fact that they are under the control of the IKRG.  Kirkuk especially is considered a red line for both sides. So long as the parties fail to agree on the division of land, government, authority and natural wealth, undesirable developments will be inevitable. The Iraqi central government responding harshly to the IKRG's efforts towards independence is an undesirable, but possible, outcome.

On the IKRG side, there is serious opposition to the referendum. The initiator of the initiative was the Democratic Party of Kurdistan under Barzani's leadership; the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan under the leadership of Jalal Talabani has provided conditional support. The other two major parties of the IKRG Parliament, the Movement for Change (Goran) and the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan, are objecting to the September referendum. They state that the priority of the IKRG should be to respond to the ongoing political and economic crisis in northern Iraq. Considering that IKBY Parliament has been closed since 2015, a formal constitution has yet to be realized, and the government in Erbil is barely able to pay salaries, their demand certainly has merit. Moreover, the other communities living in the region, namely Arabs, Turkmens and even Shiite Kurds (Feylis) want unity, not separation.

Judging by the responses, it seems that the IKRG will certainly not receive the support it expects from the world. The UN announced that it "has no intention to be engaged in any way or form as concerns the referendum". The United States stated that they "support a unified, stable, democratic, and a federal Iraq"; Russia, on the other hand, declared that it "supports Iraq's unity and integrity". Germany warned that the IKRG should avoid taking a unilateral decision and stated that attempting to establish a new state in the region would be equivalent of “playing with fire.” The two great powers of the region, Turkey and Iran, have opposed the referendum decision on the grounds that it do nothing but serve to increase tensions and instability. Such an initiative, which faces opposition from almost all of the international powers and neighboring countries, has a very low chance of success.

For a moment, let us assume that Northern Iraq is an independent state under the current circumstances. At best, this would be a weak and powerless state with difficulties standing on its own feet, having great problems due to its neighbors, struggling with political and economic crises domestically, and also standing alone against a fierce terrorist organization like the PKK. This would be done for the sake of economic stability, but in reality, it will not bring the expected peace, stability and prosperity to the Kurdish population of the region and other communities. In order for this peace and prosperity to be attained, the region needs to solve its own problems on peaceful grounds. If Iraq is divided and a new Kurdish state is established in the currently fragile situation of the Middle East, the greatest damage may be sustained by innocent, modest and moral Kurdish people and the other people of the region.

Although the idea of ​​independence at first may be appealing and attractive, it would be best if the IKRG abandons its emotional approach and decides matters with common sense. The Middle East is currently unresponsive to regional efforts of recovery; any salvation should come from a project which will cover the entirety of the Middle East. It is not possible to avoid dangers through isolation from the region. This shows how important it is for the Muslim people of the Middle East to act together for salvation.

The complex problems of Iraq can be solved more easily by protecting the national integrity of Iraq. This solution is achieved not through divisions but with cooperation, solidarity, compromise. The problems can be solved by the unified action of all Muslims, whether they are Kurds, Arabs, Sunnis or Shiites. Solidarity, not division, is required for the avoidance of new suffering and hardships and for the eagerly anticipated peace, stability, justice and prosperity, cooperation is required, not conflict. It is much easier to build a sense of national unity with understanding and brotherhood if the people believe in the same God, the same religion, the same Book and the same prophets, if they turn to the same Qibla, if they pray in the same mosques and share the same culture and values. But first, it is necessary to believe in this, to identify the centers of malice that provoke division and to silence these evil groups, and to constantly express the idea that alliance is the only way to stability. It should not be forgotten that the factor which has always weakened Islamic societies has been their division.

Adnan Oktar' piece in Kashmir Reader:

http://kashmirreader.com/2017/08/02/iraq-danger-facing-new-crisis/

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How much of a threat are cyber-attacks?

In the last months, the world has been shocked by two major cyber-attacks. In the first attack that took place in May, more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were controlled by WannaCry, a ransom program. The British healthcare system was on the verge of collapse. The destructive effect of the program was hardly stopped in two days. After the attack, it was found that WannaCry controlled computers through an exploit that National Security Agency had previously found in Microsoft’s software. Hackers carried out the cyber-attack by developing a program that took advantage of this exploit.

The second attack took place in June. The Petya virus, which was similar to WannaCry, first took control of Ukrainian state agencies, banks, power plants, airports and subway train systems. Afterwards, the computer networks of many EU and USA-based international companies were controlled by Petya. Evras and Rosneft, Russian energy companies, temporarily lost control of their computers. These cyber-attacks have shown that computer viruses, just like normal viruses, have the capability of becoming a global epidemic just in hours, or even in minutes. They spread around the world in the speed of light through fiber-optic cables. They find a “backdoor,” and break into our computers. The humanity does not have an immune system to fight back these virtual viruses. Cyber-attacks can only be stopped after they cause extensive damage. This, indeed, is very scary for humanity.

The world today is connected through digital networks. Digital technologies are part of our lives. As of 2016, 40% of the world’s population, which amounts to some 4 billion people, is connected to the Internet. Each second, 2,5 million e-mails are being sent, 7,500 Tweets are being sent, and 2,500 Skype conversations are being held; meanwhile, 60,000 Google searches are being made, 70,000 YouTube videos are being watched. If there are 18 million online devices in 2016, there will be 31 million devices that will be connected to the Internet in the year 2020.

Cyber-terrorism and real-life terrorism have many common characteristics. In both sides, terrorist organizations that was formed, raised and expanded by deep states are active. Cyber-terrorists, similar to their real-life counterparts, follow anarchistic and destructive ideologies. Terrorists of the cyber-world also have a great logistical advantage; they make their moves inside of an insidious, invisible world. They do not have to speak the same language, live in the same city, or even be next to one another. The organization members, who know each other only by their respective nicknames, carry out cyber-attacks that can bring whole countries to their knees. Cyber-terrorism is a threat for our laptops and cellphones now; however, as Internet technologies develop further, our homes, cars, workplaces, and buildings will also be open to digital attacks.

Moreover, a black economy has been formed through the dark web. The income of this economy, in which millions of dollars being exchanged, goes to the cyber-terrorist organizations. As real-life terrorists live on drug dealing, smuggling, plundering, and human trafficking, cyber-terrorists feed on credit card fraud, identity theft or illegal software. Criminal precautions are not enough in coping with both terrorist groups. In order to be successful in dealing with cyber-terrorism, the ideology of these terrorists should be coped with. Cyber-terrorists enjoy destruction, anarchy, and lawlessness. Having lost their joy of life, they live in a dark world that is full of hatred. This schizophrenic state of mind can turn many people into dangerous, merciless criminals. The fight against cyber-terrorism should focus on this dark state of mind. Anarchism is, after all, an ideology and every kind of terrorism is a tool used by this ideology in order to succeed. Just like violent real-world terrorism, cyber-terrorism also seeks to spread terror among societies. It aims to make people feel that their lives and wealth are under danger. Fear mongering is the fundamental objective of terrorists and anarchists. The fact that fear and hatred do not have a world-view and a scientific basis must be shown to those who carry out these assaults. 

The severity of cyber-attacks may become worse in time. Humanity is under severe threat from cyber wars. That is, many countries see cyber-attacks as a declaration of war. A spark that may lead to a shooting war is imminent in such uncontrolled environment. The international community should gather together and come up with solutions for this risky situation. Supranational organizations that can regulate the cyber-world should be established, and multinational cyber courts of law should be assembled. States should act in cooperation against their common enemies. However, as they do so, they should determine their ideologies well, and not repeat the mistakes they have made in their fight with violent terrorism. Their aim should be ideologies, not people.

Today, many states strive to make cyber-terrorism a lethal weapon. Digital terrorists are kept alive by deep states as an invisible weapon. These terrorists serve many intelligence agencies as dark triggermen. Cyber-terrorists, just like real-life terrorists, can only exist under protection. Without the protection of armies, deep states or intelligence agencies, cyber-attackers cannot continue their existence for even a minute. Therefore, in the fight against cyber-terrorism, the plot which these terrorists are a part of, and the extent to which these terrorists take actions should be identified well. Otherwise, we may not succeed, and may end up wasting time on fighting small actors of such terrorism, failing to notice the whole picture.

Cyber-armament is not a heartily-developed strategic project, and cyber-terrorists are not mercenaries who are given cyber-weapons. It is not difficult to see that this is going to turn into a sort of technologic apocalypse that will hurt everyone in the process. This is why it is imperative that certain circles that has considered wars as an answer until now, focuses instead on finding ways to ensure peace, reconciliation and welfare, without resorting to something that is doomed to fail.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Daily News & Riyadh Vision:

http://www.riyadhvision.com.sa/2017/07/31/how-much-of-a-threat-are-cyber-attacks/

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Strong Resistance to the Theory of Evolution in School Curriculums

Adnan Oktar's piece in Christian Media Magazine:

http://christianmediamagazine.com/strong-resistance-to-the-theory-of-evolution-in-school-curriculums/

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The unspoken Mideast refugees: Jews

Refugees are undoubtedly those who suffer most from the unabated wars and conflicts raging in the Middle East and various African countries. There are tens of millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, leaving their homelands and dispersing throughout almost the entire world. The tragedy of millions of Arab, Muslim or Christian refugees who have been forced to leave the countries they had lived in for hundreds of years, the homelands they were born and raised, have been on the global agenda particularly throughout the last decades. As a matter of fact, there is another downtrodden community in the Middle East, which has been suffering similar tragedies for a longer period of time.  These are the forgotten and unknown refugees of the Middle East: Jews.

Since the end of World War I, almost the entire Jews in Arab countries have been forced to migrate from their motherland. The documentary "The Forgotten Refugees," directed by Michael Grynszpan, relays the following information on the subject:

- In 1945, up to one million Jews lived in the Middle East outside of the Palestine Mandate. Within a few years, only a few thousand remained. Once vivacious, bustling centers of life, the old Jewish neighborhoods of Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad have today fallen silent.

- The striking words of Levana Zamir, who managed to escape from Egypt at the time, basically sums up the situation “Now, you can find in Egypt only perhaps 20 or 30 old Jews."

- In the 1920s, 40% of the population of Baghdad, considered the 'New York' of the Middle East, was Jewish.

- In 1944, 55,000 Jews were living in Yemen; 150,000 in Iraq; 140,000 in Algeria; 80,000 in Egypt; 38,000 in Libya; 265,000 in Morocco; 105,000 in Tunisia; 100,000 in Iran; 27,000 in Syria and 5,666 in Lebanon. But today, except for a few thousand Jews in Morocco, Tunisia and Iran, the Jewish population in the aforementioned countries does not exceed "dozens".[i]

Jewish communities were first directly deported from these lands they had lived in for hundreds of years. Then, as a result of increasing social pressure, restrictive laws, discrimination and escalating anti-Jewish violence, the rest were forced to leave their countries over time.

However, difficult days full of arrests, executions, assaults and massacres were waiting the aggrieved Jews who chose to stay in their ancestral lands despite all these pressures. Rising Arab nationalism and the bigoted mentality dominating in many parts of the Islamic world in the name of religion fueled a collective animosity towards the Jews.

Former ambassador and historian Michael Oren's book, "Six Days of War" included similar sections:

"Mobs attacked Jewish neighborhoods in Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco, burning synagogues and assaulting residents.  A pogrom in Tripoli, Libya, left 18 Jews dead and 25 injured; the survivors were herded into detention centers. Of Egypt's 4,000 Jews, 800 were arrested, including the chief rabbis of both Cairo and Alexandria, and their property sequestered by the government. The ancient communities of Damascus and Baghdad were placed under house arrest, their leaders imprisoned and fined. A total of 7,000 Jews were expelled, many with merely a satchel."[ii]

These are only a few of the thousands of atrocious incidents that occurred in the aforementioned countries and similar others.

Today, Arabs and Muslims are the first mental images that come to mind when the Middle East and North Africa are mentioned. However, the majority of the present generations do not even know that these lands are actually the thousands-of-years-old ancestral homeland of the Jews, and that they bear the traces and relics of their thousands-of-years-old civilization.

For example, Mizrahi Jews live as the indigenous people of the Middle East and North Africa who have never left the region for about 4,000 years. In addition, most of the Jews who had been expelled to neighboring countries following the Babylonian occupation of Jewish lands in 586 BC, settled in countries such as contemporary Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and have continued to live there for thousands of years.[iii]

In that sense, the Jews came to settle in the region centuries before the Arabs did. Therefore, exiling the Jews, who are at least as indigenous to the region as the Arabs, from their ancestral lands cannot have anything to do with justice, law, or any religious or conscientious notions. Neither does persecuting, humiliating, killing them, preventing their acts of worship, or burning their synagogues have a place in Islam, the Qur'an or humanity. In fact, these are deeds that stand in flagrant contradiction with - and are explicitly condemned by - the Qur'an.

In the Qur'an, God commands the believers to be just towards all at all times (5/8, 4/135, 60/8); He informs that righteous Jews will have their reward in the Hereafter (3/113-115) and feel no fear (5/69). God also praises the Jews, who are sincere and faithful (7:159, 3/199); allowing Muslims to socialize through marriage and dining (5/5). Again according to the Qur’an, their synagogues are under the protection of God (22/40) and they are left completely free in their beliefs and worship (29/46, 2/256). Therefore, some people’s mixing oppression, hostility and injustice with their faith in Islam respresents a grotesque error, not to mention great cruelty.

All the atrocities and injustices that the Jewish community had to face in Muslim majority countries are the ugly consequences of the bigoted mentality that is entirely opposite to God’s message in the Qur'an and a racial deviance condemned again by the Qur'an (49:13). That is why, it is imperative that an intellectual struggle based on a reasonable, sincere interpretation of the Qur'an - be carried out against radicalism, in order for all people to enjoy their God-given rights and freedoms and not suffer further persecution and injustice. This ideological campaign is the only way to prevent the oppression faced by any and all downtrodden people of any religion, language or ethnicity. Hence, it is a very important duty that falls upon sincere Muslims who take the Qur'an as their guide and, of course, on all believers.

 

[i] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8RL2XRr48

[ii] Six Days of War, Michael Oren, 2002, pp. 306-307

[iii] http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jews-of-the-middle-east/

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jakarta Post:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/28/the-unspoken-mideast-refugees-jews.html

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Being just at all costs

Every child is born with an instinct to love. A small child does not know how to hate. Hate is a complex emotion that is usually either learned through experience, as in when a person shows hate toward you, or is taught as one matures. The idea and essence of love are inspired by and communicated to people mainly via the divinely revealed holy books, usually via stories that contain wisdom.

For example, both the Torah and the Koran tell a very important story about a fight between two brothers: Cain and Abel. This is the first fraternal fight in history. When we read this story in the Torah, we come to realize that the fight occurs because the two brothers did not try to solve the issue by peaceful communication, and the result was murder. If they had tried to overcome the difficult situation by using peaceful means the problem would have been resolved.

Sadly, people have experienced similar occurrences throughout the history and nowadays they are falling into a similar trap as the tension between Palestinian Arabs and Jews rises once again. At the holy site of al-Aksa, the conflict between young Palestinian men and Israeli police has escalated to a much more serious level. Places of worship should never be chosen as sites of conflict, let alone armed attacks. Carrying out violent acts inside a house of prayer is morally wrong and unacceptable.

One of the reasons why this incident has caused so much tension is that it has become common for provocateurs to exploit holy sites. Some political and religious leaders, and public personalities, manipulate society’s sensitive points to advance a political agenda.

The unrealistic and provocative rhetoric used by these individuals – “such as Israelis will come to destroy the Aksa Mosque” – lead their followers into the streets to protest en masse. It is unreasonable and inappropriate to use the Aksa Mosque as an instrument for religious provocation. This is also a grave offense in the sight of God because these reckless and baseless claims sometimes result in the spilling of innocent blood.

The installation of metal detectors at the al-Aksa compound – that would protect both Muslims and Jews alike – was used as a pretext for protest and violence. In fact, it was merely a political manipulation, at the expense of the Palestinian and Israeli civilians. On top of that, there was a call for a third intifada, designed to increase the tension.

Up to this point, such inflammatory announcements have caused more trouble and loss rather than providing any solutions.

Regretfully, a handful of young Palestinians execute violent actions – stabbing innocent people to death, driving over bus stops or throwing stones at cars – out of rage. Such actions end up affecting all innocent Muslims and non-Muslims living in the area.

Consequently, as long as these agitators continue to use brutal methods, their neighborhoods will turn into a place no Muslim would want to inhabit.

The Muslim governments, religious and political leaders have a great responsibility to take serious precautions against the increase of this fanatic mindset, as such fanatics they tend to radicalize everyone they encounter.

Governments should guide and teach their youngsters behaviors that are affectionate, respectful and protective of our Jewish brothers.

Anti-Jewish material on the Internet and on television and other places should be stopped. Every Muslim has a responsibility to be just and fair at all cost as revealed in the Koran, where God calls on the believers: “Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for God alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives” (Koran 4:135), and “do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness” (Koran 5:8).

Another argument against these kinds of violent acts is the misleading press coverage that present the facts in a highly distorted way. The loveless people who are inclined to violence and hatred use this kind of biased information to justify their heinous actions.

As a matter of fact, God warns believers against this danger both in the Torah and the Koran in a similar way.

“You who believe! If a deviator [the media: newspapers, television, the Internet] brings you a report, scrutinize it carefully lest you attack people in ignorance and so come to greatly regret what you have done” (Koran, 49:6).

“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd” (Exodus, 23:1-2).

Therefore, Muslims should be on alert against falling into the trap of those who seek to incite a fight between Jews and Muslims – because the real motive of the provocateurs is to spill blood and to eliminate devout Muslims and Jews from the Holy Land. Recently, as per such inflammatory media coverage, Turkey faced unwanted disturbances. Two synagogue attacks occurred in Istanbul in the wake of clashes over al-Aksa; first at the Neve Shalom synagogue, then in Balat Ahrida Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Turkey. The provocateurs should know that it is not a heroic but rather an immoral act to attack the places of worship. Besides, resorting to violent attacks is prohibited by the Koran. According to the Koran, all places of worship – synagogues, churches, mosques – are sacred, untouchable and must be protected (Koran 22:40). Therefore, all places of worship of our Jewish brothers, such as Neve Shalom Synagogue, should be kept under protection.

In Islam, peace is the ultimate goal; it is essential to come to a resolution with the opposing sides. However, today some Muslims prefer aggressive methods which they claim are in the name of Islam. Some commit murder or use suicide bombing and justify it as “holy war.” They are committing a grave sin in the sight of God. Most of these Muslims are ignorant of the fact that their actions are against the Koran. These ignorant people are deceived in the name of religion, where hate replaces love, rage replaces compassion, enmity replaces brotherhood and ignorance replaces art, beauty and culture.

Therefore, it is easy to provoke these people by putting a gun or a knife in their hands to murder people of other faiths.

Thus denouncing the acts of these radicals does not have an impact on them. The real problem is that they are brainwashed by this faith of rage instead of the Koran. The solution is to counter these lies by reminding and educating them of what the Koran teaches.

Erroneous beliefs should be replaced with accurate ones, thereby eliminating the disastrous outcomes. Otherwise both sides end up suffering. People should understand their true purpose and know that they are responsible for all their actions. They should know that they will never be happy through fighting and oppression. Rather they must behave in a caring, loving and affectionate way, sacrificing for others and living out their true purpose. Only then will they achieve happiness.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jerusalem Post:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Being-just-at-all-costs-500844

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Qatar Crisis And Muslims’ Responsibility

From the second half of the 19th Century onwards, the Muslim world has been wallowing in a pit of dissension and tumult. For the last 150 years, North Africa, the Middle East and the Near Eastern regions have been ravaged by myriad revolutions, civil wars, conflicts and invasions. Regardless of age or gender, millions of Muslims have been martyred in this environment of violence while millions more have tried to hold onto life in exile, refugee camps, devastated cities or derelict houses.

In this dark period, from Arabs, Kurds, Barbaries Turks, and Turkmens to Azerbaijanis, Afghanis, Iranians and Pakistanis, countless innocent people of all nations have lost their lives in conflicts between brothers. In the second half of the 20th Century alone, over 10 million Muslims were martyred by bullets fired from the guns of other Muslims. While the Muslim world was deeply grieving their lost, the orchestrators of these evils grew richer and politically stronger, allowing them to extend their influence over Muslims

At the turn of the 21st Century, terrorism has fueled the already raging flames of tumult further. Muslims are now routinely bombing mosques in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Libya; suicide bombers are wreaking carnage in marketplaces, bazaars, schools, hospitals and streets. A fog of tumult and dissension, the like of which has never been seen in the 1,400 years of Islamic history, has descended upon the entire Muslim community. The Muslim world is suffering from an acute case of lack of foresight. Politicians, state and military officials, intellectuals, opinion and religious leaders are dragging their feet in stifling the tumult. Summits convening with the mission of peace are proving fruitless.

The pleas of aggrieved Muslims are drowned out amidst the uproar of dissension. On the other hand, the fire raging in the Muslim community grows bigger with every passing day, engulfing more and more Muslims in its blazing flames and carving out a permanent place in the Islamic world.

Today, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan are beset with civil strife, while terrorism has become a part of daily life in Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and Algiers. Palestine stands divided in two.

The Western media features new maps every day that display a divided Iran and Saudi Arabia. In such a turbulent climate, Muslims are obliged to give precedence to their commonalities rather than their differences and promote unity instead of conflict. The Arabian Peninsula is already beset by dissent in the west, north and south. As of late, another step has been taken to drag its eastern region into chaos as well.

With Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya and Maldives on one side and Qatar on the other, a new division is being incited among the countries of the region.

The fuse of the latest fire was lit prior to Eid al-Fitr by seven countries’ boycott of Qatar. Qatar was urged to close down its embassies, while Qatari citizens were asked to leave these countries. The Saudi border, Qatar’s only land connection, was closed, a decision that prevented food and emergency aid from being delivered to the country. These severe sanctions were followed by an ultimatum requesting the fulfillment of a list of heavy demands. Among the demands were conditions such as the shutdown of Qatar-based media organizations and the discontinuation of military alliances that no sovereign state would ever agree to. At the end of the ten days given to Qatar to comply with the demands, the country responded by flatly rejecting the ultimatum. The meeting in Cairo did not change anything; Saudi Foreign Minister declared that the sanction will continue until the Qatar administration meet the demands.

These developments may spell a raising of the tensions and open the door to the possibility of military activity that could engulf the west of the Arabian Peninsula and Iran on the other shore of the gulf. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, the countries imposing the boycott, are Sunni countries neighboring the Persian Gulf and on the other side of the Gulf lies Shiite Iran.

Likewise, on the northern coast of the Gulf lies Iraq’s Shiite-predominant region, Basra. It is impossible to make predictions about the potential consequences of an escalating Sunni-Shiite tension in the region.

Furthermore, the Gulf region sits on two-thirds of the global oil reserves and one- third of the world’s natural gas reserves: The Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf’s sole passage to the open ocean, is also the only gateway for Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Iranian, Saudi Arabian, Bahraini, Emirati and Qatari oil exports. 40% of the global oil trade passes through the Strait of Hormuz. This route coming under threat will also lead to the involvement of the international community in the crisis. Today, the Mediterranean has virtually become a naval war zone. The Persian Gulf similarly brimming with aircraft carriers, destroyers, sea-to-land missiles or warplanes will bring the region one step closer to an all-out-war. It is impossible to even imagine what this war might culminate in.

The aggrieved Muslims are once again the victims of the crisis sparked at the end of Ramadan. Qatari citizens being deported from their countries of residence have left many families facing risk of separation. The regional economy is experiencing a rapid collapse while Muslims are growing poorer for no reason. Above all, a sense of discontent and unease is settling in the region due to the atmosphere of uncertainty brought about by the crisis.

Today, those who profit from the ongoing tensions are by no means Muslims. On the contrary, this situation will create further schisms in the Islamic world, which will only serve the ends of certain power groups. Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Iran and Oman have not gone along with the boycott on Qatar, preferring to remain impartial in the region. However, remaining silent is not enough.

In this sense, Turkey and Kuwait’s conciliatory efforts are of paramount importance; the rest of the countries in the region too must absolutely partake in this effort. While His Highness Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, stated that it is “an indispensable duty” to resolve the disputes between the Gulf States, Turkey stepped in right after the onset of the crisis by conducting the necessary diplomatic negotiations and sending food to Qatar, preventing the humanitarian and political dimensions of the crisis from growing worse.

Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs, called for dialogue in resolving the crisis, stressing that the disputes between Muslims should definitely be tackled in unity and “under the Gulf umbrella”, in other words, among themselves. Al-Sabah’s words “Our brothers in Qatar are ready to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability,” in an effort to mediate between the two sides is truly commendable. It is crucial that the Turkish and Kuwaiti governments realize a major Islamic sign by playing a reconciliatory role in the crisis.

This is a behavior that should be supported, appreciated and prayed for its success.

Muslims can usher in an era of peace and serenity in the world only by maintaining friendly relations and joining their forces, not by provoking hostility against each other. Above all, by doing so, they will be fulfilling their Qur’anic obligations. Separation among Muslims is nothing but a trap, and falling into that trap has always cost Muslims dearly and has always resulted in violence and bloodshed. The Muslim community should realize that they are being lured into a trap, and seek out ways to achieve unity, not dissolution.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Eurasia Review & Nepal24Hours.com:

http://www.eurasiareview.com/21072017-qatar-crisis-and-muslims-responsibility-oped/

https://www.nepal24hours.com/qatar-crisis-muslims-responsibility-oped/

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Erdogan ushers in a new era for Turkey

One year ago on July 15, the people of Turkey lived a night of extreme atrocities. A group of deranged terrorists, disguised as Turkish soldiers, tried to take over the country and turned their deadly weapons on innocent Turkish people that bravely stood their ground.  

The truth is that the coup plotters had a very detailed, carefully planned strategy. They secured almost all key positions in the army, bought numerous henchmen to help them in their nefarious attack, had some of the world’s most advanced tanks, jet fighters, helicopters, machine guns at their disposal (which were by the way, paid for by the Turkish people) and had dark connections in various countries, who were excitedly waiting for the coup to succeed. But they failed.  

However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, proved that he was a true leader and refused to give in, no matter what. Although a group of assassins equipped with bombs, anti-tank rockets, phosphorus bombs, 167 grenades, 8 automatic guns and more than 30,000 bullets were after him and his family, he called a TV channel by Facetime and urged people to take to the streets. 

Turks had never given into pressure, or were subjugated in their history. Obviously, they weren’t going to do it now. So, as soon as they heard their leader’s call, they poured into the streets. From grandfathers and grandmothers to elementary schoolchildren, from housewives to teenagers, hundreds of thousands of passionate Turks poured onto the streets to defend their country and democracy. 

However, the coup plotters were so depraved, no one could see what was coming. The traitors that posed as Turkish soldiers, without blinking an eye, ran over innocent, completely armless people with tanks and indiscriminately firing at them from helicopters while dropping bombs.  

However, it is quite possible that if it hadn’t been President Erdogan’s and Turkish people’s brave stance, the coup plotters could have taken over the control of the country and plunged the entire region into turmoil. But this didn’t happen; as a couple of hours passed, Turkish people stepped up their resistance, and jumped in front of tanks. As people shouted ‘if this is not the day to die, when is it?’ the traitors realised their mistake. 

As President Erdogan put it, “Turkish nation fought the world’s most advanced weapons with their faith. There is no other example of this. They stopped the bullets with their chests.”

One year later, that honourable night was marked all around Turkey with joy, pride and honour. The Bosphorus Bridge, now named ‘July 15 Martyrs Bridge’ after 36 brave patriots were martyred there, saw the most glorious celebrations. Turkish leaders, celebrities, politicians and up to 6mn Turks beautified the roads leading up to the bridge. All together, they lovingly remembered and honoured their 250 martyrs, and 2,193 gazhis (injured). A year later, people again came to the bridge, but this time to keep vigil for democracy. The iconic bridge looked like a beautifully illuminated field of red roses with millions of Turkish flags proudly held. 

President Erdogan unveiled the memorial built at the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, which is a nine and a half metres tall limestone structure with a pentagon dome. Inside the structure, names of the 250 honourable martyrs are etched. The President then flew to Ankara, and spoke in the Parliament that was bombed by the coup plotters. Following his speech, Quran recitation took place in front of the Parliament and our people one more time showed that Turkey would never allow any coup to happen again. 

In addition to Istanbul and Ankara, millions of people celebrated the saving of their country in cities of Turkey. When asked, they all said that they would do the same thing if anything similar happened today. It should be noted that the Turks spent that entire night awake, standing guard for democracy. They did not go back to their homes, instead spent the night outside, stood in solidarity and showed their commitment to their country and leader. In other words, the spirit of July 15 was strong as ever, if not stronger. 

Usually, when there is a coup in a country, presidents are overthrown, governments are shut down, and parliaments are closed. But this time, it was different. This time, democracy won, this time civilisation, freedom and faith won. President Erdogan, refused to bow to imminent death and the Turkish people that trusted him, managed to avert the coup attempt. And now with these rallies, President Erdogan is ushering in a new era for Turkey. July 15 will now be the symbol of a new Turkey, a new direction for a better, brighter future. 

The Turkish nation, who saved their country one year ago, went to work the next day, without expecting any thanks or praise. They proved their loyalty to God, to their country, to each other and to their leaders. With the rallies of one year later, they proved that plots, invasion plans, dirty politics against Turkey would fail no matter how detailed and covertly planned.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Times:

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/557665/Erdogan-ushers-in-a-new-era-for-Turkey

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Will the Trend of Rock Star Suicides End Soon?

Not long after the shocking suicide of Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, the music industry lost another talent on July 21, when Chester Bennington, 41, the frontman of Linkin Park, took his own life following years of drug addiction and depression. He left behind a wife and six children.

Regrettably, these deaths weren’t entirely unexpected, especially given the disturbing pattern of depression and young death prevalent in the industry. In the last few decades, suicides, homicides, accidental deaths have become an eerily common sight for musicians. From Elvis Presley to Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison to Amy Winehouse, many great musicians have lost their lives prematurely due to the destructive lifestyles they led. As a matter of fact, a study led by Diana Kenny of Sydney University showed that rock stars tended to live up to 25 years less than the rest of the general population and their suicide, homicide and accidental death rates were much higher.

But why? Actually, part of the answer is almost common knowledge: The so-called ‘fast life’ that these young artists find themselves thrown in, is highly toxic despite its glamorous portrayal by the media. The sudden arrival of fame coupled with excessive indulgence, as well as alcohol and drug addiction, all too often proves to be a fatal formula. Surely, it is not possible to say that all musicians are affected the same way, but far too many fall victims to this vicious cycle. Especially when these excesses meet the culture of hate and materialism rampant today, a destructive emotionalism emerges and begins to haunt many talented artists.

As any Internet user might have encountered, hatred, hostility and cruelty is pandemic on the Internet. People attack each other unabashedly only for having different thoughts or different looks. However, for celebrities, it is a completely different story. They are constantly harassed, insulted, threatened and criticized both by the media and the public. No matter how successful they might be, there is always pressure to do more. They are criticized and scrutinized for every little thing they do. From their hairstyles to their art, from their looks to their children, they are constantly subjected to immeasurable amounts of scrutiny and animosity and on top of it, they can almost never find people around them that they can really trust and love. This persistent assault and isolation most of the time open deep wounds, and these wounds find the perfect environment to fester due to the negativity and melancholy that is almost a fashion in the world of music. As a result, many musicians make the mistake of turning to alcohol and drugs, which only compounds the severity of their problems. All these factors inevitably reflect in their music.

Furthermore, countless impressionable young people around the world look up to them in everything they do, and as a chain reaction, these teenagers are showered with intense amounts of angst, pessimism and toxic romanticism. Naturally, this negativity takes a toll on their young, vulnerable minds and souls.

This is one of the reasons behind the increased rates of depression, anxiety, delinquency, substance abuse and suicide among teens. According to a study, the suicide rate among teens rose by 200% between 1962 and 1982. The World Health Organization estimates that every year, more than 800,000 die by suicide and 15-29 age group –the most active followers of the music industry– are affected the most. Surely, there are many factors contributing to this trend but there is no doubt that the culture of depression promoted by some rock stars plays an important role. Many studies prove that listening to sad music can be very dangerous especially for people already suffering from anxiety and depression. In one study, researchers made participants listen to happy, aggressive and sad music and found that those that listened to sad music had higher levels of neuroticism and anxiety. Millions of young people already battling with low self-esteem, depression and angst, unknowingly throw themselves into a deeper depression by listening to gloomy music. It is not hard to imagine how this trend might affect the future of our world.

However, this destructive trend can be easily reversed both for the artists and their fans. If the artists and music industry in general understand and believe that true love and sincerity is possible, that spiritual values are more important than material ones, they can foster a different worldview that helps people overcome their sadness, depression and work to be better versions of themselves.

There is no doubt that music and art can be extremely effective ways of lifting people’s spirits and helping them towards a path of constant self–improvement. Indeed, in many different studies, scientists discovered that listening to happy music improves health and overall feelings of contentment. Once musicians and the music industry put their input into the equation of building a better world, they will quickly understand that their contribution is extremely important. This is crucial, not only for the sake of brilliant musical talents, but also for their millions of fans that are set to shape our world soon.

Adnan Oktar's piece in American Herald Tribune:

http://ahtribune.com/culture-media/1807-rock-star.html

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Insolubility is now a Tradition in Cyprus Talks

The Cyprus talks, following a familiar pattern that became a tradition in the last fifty years, once again collapsed at the conference held at the Swiss resort of Crass-Montana. At the end of the ten-day talks attended by Greek and Turkish Cypriot delegations and the representatives of the guarantor states of Turkey, Greece and UK, the conference one more time closed without an agreement.

Negotiations on Cyprus first started in 1968 for the purpose of reaching a settlement between the Turkish and Greek communities that lived on the island. From Rauf Denktas to Mustafa Akinci, from Makarios to Nikos Anastasiadis, many leaders from both sides attended these negotiations. These talks have spanned almost fifty years and saw the supervision of a multitude of UN General Secretaries from Kurt Waldheim, Butros Gali, Kofi Annan and Ban-Ki Moon to Antonio Gueterres. They were resumed in 2008 by Mehmet Ali Talat, the then President of the TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) and Dimitris Hristofyas, the President of the Greek side once again with the hopes of finding a solution to the ‘Cyprus issue.’ From September 2008 until January 2010, the two leaders met a total of sixty times, but none of these meetings produced a result.

In May 2015, the talks were again resumed with the participation of the current leaders of the two communities and were overseen by Espen Barth Eide, U.N. Special Cyprus Envoy. During the meetings, the parties discussed of a variety of topics including ‘Safety and Guarantees’, ‘Management and Division of Power’, ‘European Union’, ‘Ownership’, ‘Territory and Economy’ but once again failed to reach an agreement. Despite unnecessary and risky concessions offered by the Turkish Cypriot side due to mistaken policies, no settlement could be achieved.

The reason behind the never-ending impasse in the talks, which may go down in history as the longest chain of unresolved negotiations, is not very complicated: It is because the two sides have different understandings of what is meant by a “solution.”

The Greek Cypriot administration has never strayed away from the direction shown by the Greece administration and maintained its Megali Idea of one day being the sole ruler of the island. As a result, certain circles have continued to see the Turkish presence on the island as a minority that should eventually be ended, partly through assimilation and partly through deportation. To these circles, the first and most important step towards that goal is cutting off Turkey’s aid to the Turkish Cypriots and turning it into an isolated, weak and defenseless community.

Naturally, without these conditions being met first, the Greek Cypriot administration will not even pay attention to other concessions granted by the Turkish side. This is also the reason why they are so relentless about their ‘zero soldier, zero guarantee’ position. In other words, to the Greek side, “solution” means the Turkish acceptance of these conditions. As long as these conditions are not accepted, the Greek side will continue to walk out of the talks with accusations hurled at the other side.

The Turkish side regrettably, both during the era of the Annan Plan and afterwards, made numerous unnecessary concessions that only served to harm the TRNC and its citizens and offered absolutely no advantage. These concessions included reducing the number of Turkish troops on the island and transferring lands and properties. However, the Turkish side had also red lines such ‘Turkish troops remaining in the island’, ‘the continued guarantor position of Turkey,’ ‘the continued right of Turkey to intervene in Cyprus, as regulated by international treaties,’ which the Greek side never accepted. It is only because of the Greek Cypriot rejection that the Turkish side did not have to proceed with the unnecessary concessions. This, in fact, had been a blessing for the TRNC and her citizens because the concessions could likely have proven seriously dangerous.

The final talks in Switzerland clearly showed the true intentions of the Greek administration and also proved that unless the Turkish side gave up on its red lines, the Greek side would never agree on a settlement regardless of any other concessions made. Indeed, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavuşoglu made this point very clear in Crans-Montana and said, ‘This is a final conference. This is the final time’, and expressed his dismay with the 50-year-long stalling. He explained that the Greeks used prolonging the discussions as a tactic and said, ‘We are not going to negotiate forever. If it is supposed to happen, it will; if not, the negotiations will be held in another dimension.’

The Turkish troops on Cyprus are the biggest safety net of the TRNC’s citizens and the only guarantee that the dark and bloody incidents of 70 years ago are not going to be repeated. Indeed, the recent decision of the Greek Cypriot’s Parliament to introduce the commemoration of the 1950 Referendum (about annexing the island to Greece), in other words, ENOSIS, at all Greek Cypriot public schools, clearly shows that the threat of seventy years ago is still very much alive.

For these reasons, it is clear that Turkey will never concede or negotiate away her rights that are recognized by an international treaty. Expecting Turks to give up on these rights, which include ‘her right to unilaterally interfere in Cyprus,’ ‘to have troops on the island,’ and ‘guarantorship,’ is as Mr. Cavusoglu said, is a mere ‘dream.’

It should be noted that the Turkish Cypriots neither need nor are obliged to offer concessions such as a waiver of lands, transferring title deeds, sending Turkish soldiers away or accepting minority status or giving up on its earned rights and freedoms; they also do not have to put up with the pressure and pestering of certain communities. Fancy promises like EU citizenship in exchange for concessions are only a part of the sinister ENOSIS plan to weaken the identity, roots, honor and values of the Turkish community on the island and to assimilate them before taking away their freedoms, properties and lands.

As a matter of fact, from the point of view of the Turkish community on the island, there is no ‘Cyprus issue.’ All their problems, pains and troubles abruptly ended with the 1974 Peace Operation. The Greek and Turkish communities have been living in peace and brotherhood for decades now and experience clearly showed that the only system that could prevent a return to 70 years ago and that could ensure permanent peace and stability on the island is the ‘two-state, two-community model’. As long as the parties agree on these fundamental principles, there is no reason why there shouldn’t be further arrangements to ensure the harmonious, peaceful, safe, brotherly co-existence of the two societies on the island. Once this is achieved, the sides can mutually remove passport and visa regimes, grant mutual free movement rights and boost their social, cultural and trade relations, which will be no doubt great steps to ensure the further development and prosperity of the island for everyone.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

http://kashmirreader.com/2017/07/22/insolubility-now-tradition-cyprus-talks/

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Islam and the Trap of Bigotry

In recent times, the topics ‘modern Islam’ and ‘Islam and modernism’ have been frequently discussed in the Islamic world. When people examine them more closely, it becomes very apparent that Islam, both historically and in the future, presents us with an understanding of the most modern way of life and the perfect social model for all people. However, at this point it is useful to clarify what the expression ‘modern Islam’ really means, which is often misunderstood or distorted by some people.

First of all, ‘modern Islam’ is not the adaptation of Islam to the mentality, lifestyle nor to the understanding of morality and accepted social values of the period. Neither does it mean diverting morals from the essence of the religion of Islam.

Modern Islam is not the wannabe interpretation of Islam through superstitious philosophies such as socialism, communism, materialism, or Darwinism by people with inferiority complex who cannot properly comprehend the greatness of Islam. Also, ‘modern Islam’ is not at all an effort to integrate various degenerate cultural concepts and twisted moral values, such as homosexuality, into Islam by labeling these perversions as modern.

Modern Islam defines the fact that the Islam based only on the Qur’an, free from superstition and bigotry, teaches a concept of modernity that is far beyond the perception and comprehension of what most people or societies understand. Modern Islam is the perfect system that will emerge when people live in the sincerest after having understood the Qur’an in the most correct way. It is the true application of democracy and freedom.

Modern Islam is the Islam our Prophet (pbuh) and his companions lived by. The period in which these blessed people lived was a period where liberty, freedom of thought, democracy, justice and human rights were practiced perfectly. It was a time when happiness, comfort, honesty and sincerity prevailed, and Islam in its true sense was the most comfortable, easy and enjoyable way to live. If the Messenger of God had lived in this period, there is no doubt that he would be the most modern man of our time, the most beautiful example of modern religiosity.

Being the most modern is not a material concept. Modernity means being the most decent, the most imitated, the most loved and liked person in every respect such as morality, reason, culture, understanding, consciousness, attention, depth, status, attitude, manners, behavior, personality, fashion, art and the sense of love.

It is obvious that the understanding of religion, mode of thought and lifestyle prevailing in the overwhelming part of the Islamic world today, is unfortunately not at all related to the model described above. In fact, when Islam is mentioned, a system that is entirely against modernity, quality, aesthetics, art, science and freedom comes to mind in the Western world.

The only reason for this negative perception is because the majority of the Muslims are not following the Islam mentioned in the Quran but rather a religion of “bigotry”, filled with superstitions and dated practices far removed from the Qur’an, yet practiced in the name of Islam. The beliefs, rules, customs and traditions of the tribal culture of the past periods define the social, cultural and moral basis of this fanatic system. This superstitious system, which can also be referred to as the “religion of the ancestors” and severely condemned in many verses of the Qur’an, is unfortunately recognized as the “religion of Islam” among the majority of Muslims, and also in the Western world today.

Women are the greatest victims of tribal cultures, and have been subjects to the strongest sanctions, oppression, prohibitions and the hardships stemming from this bigotry. The fact that women are considered as second-class human beings, subjects to domestic and external violence, excluded from the social life, considered as the property of her husband or family, forced into marriage as a commodity, deprived of many humanitarian rights and freedoms like education and travel and rendered victims of honor or lapidation killings are all products of a twisted mindset that is inherited from male-dominated tribal order, all of which go against the Qur’an, and are inhumane, brutal practices.

Honor killings, which are committed every 90 minutes in the Islamic world, are considered to be a just act and are not subjected to legal sanctions. In some countries where honor killings are the most prevalent and considered virtually legal, more than 1000 honor killings are covered up and left unpunished every year.

While a bigoted understanding of Islam considers making women similar to men by leaving them neglected and unhealthy as acceptable, the Messenger of God has strongly banned women becoming similar to men and men becoming similar to women, and has always advised women to be well-groomed. At that time, Muslim women dyed their hair and used make-up, from materials such as henna and hail.

The only reason that some Muslims today are so removed from the possibilities and beauties that a contemporary civilization presents is because of the fact that they abandoned the Qur’an and fell into the grip of bigotry. Living according to an artificial representation of Islam, these people turned their backs on modernity, freedom, prosperity, quality, science, art and aesthetics, painting, music, sculpture, and furthermore became subject to all kinds of exploitations, suffering, poverty, and disaster

The greatest underlying reason for the Western world and the global powers to consider Islam as a threat to their own culture and civilization is because of the bigoted system that goes against the Qur’an. The reason for the emergence of concepts like ‘Islamophobia’ is due to the fear and horror of radicalism, primitiveness and violence, which again are a product of the bigoted system.

Returning to the true essence of Islam, that is, to a pure and true religion based solely on the Qur’an, will be the key not only for the salvation, peace, happiness and security of the Islamic world, but also for the whole world. This is only possible through education. To accomplish this, it is important that the education based on the essence of Qur’an is strengthened. Good sensible Muslims must also put their efforts into scientific works educating people. This is the only way to end the bigotry, anger and the brutality that arises from radicalism.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/07/19/islam-and-the-trap-of-bigotry/

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Why not make Africa a new Europe?

The migrant flow from Africa into Europe has been a significant problem for a long time, and the never-ending wars and poverty in parts of Africa only exacerbate the situation. These people, who have as much as every right to live dignified and high quality lives as the Europeans, risk dangerous journeys towards an unknown future, with the hope finding a better life.  However, conflicts continue and as poverty spreads, the problem will likely grow and more downtrodden and impoverished people will look to Europe in hopes of finding a safe haven and a dignified life.

Yet, it is clear that the entire population of Africa or the Middle East cannot be accommodated in Europe. Therefore, after providing temporary relief for urgent cases and especially for vulnerable people, the solution should focus on improving the living conditions of the lands in question.

Today we know that apart from the millions who wish to take refuge in other countries due to an imminent threat to their lives and dignity, there is also a significant group of people that want to do the same to achieve higher living standards. And they surely deserve to live high quality lives just like everyone else; every person is born equal and a person’s birthplace should not decide if they will be respected, valued and live a humane life. However, since it is impossible to fit the entire population of the world in certain areas only, we should work to achieve the desired living standards everywhere.

In other words, the solution to the refugee and immigrant problem should focus on two main points:

- Providing immediate shelter and relief to people that urgently need protection and help,

- Improving subpar living conditions in problematic regions so that people do not feel the urge to leave their countries and seek a better life elsewhere.

It should not be forgotten that the European colonial powers played an important role in the current impoverished and strife-ridden state of Africa. While Europe developed, prospered, and built a civilization of rich culture, art and science, certain European leaders of the time, in pursuit of their colonial dreams, breached every human right and moral value and terribly exploited Africa. So much so that between 1881 and 1914, in now what is called the ‘scramble for Africa,’ ninety percent of the continent came under European control. Over time, despite its natural resources, beauties, culture and art, the continent became impossibly impoverished. Today, despite its rich natural resources, 75% of the world’s poorest countries are to be found in Africa. In 2010, 414 million people were living on $1.25 or less a day in sub-Saharan Africa and almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished and 589 million people in the same area live without electricity.[i] And traces of those days still linger in certain areas: For instance, France still receives a so-called colonial tax from its former African colonies, which amounts to around 500 billion dollars a year.[ii] Many sources in Africa are still under the control of certain European countries. Furthermore, never-ending clashes, civil wars and conflicts continue to destroy the continent and force millions to rightly look for shelter and help.

However, it is possible to make Africa a new center of culture and civilization. It is possible to make Lagos another Paris, Dar es Salaam another Rome or Addis Ababa another London. The continent has more than enough potential and culture to make this happen. For instance, according to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, ‘Africa accounts for three-quarters of the world’s platinum supply, and half of its diamonds and chromium. It has up to one-fifth of the world’s gold and uranium supplies and it is increasingly home to oil and gas production, with over thirty countries now in this category.’[iii]

In addition, these wonderful lands were home to impressive civilizations in the past. For example, while Europe was struggling in the darkness of the Middle Ages, Timbuktu was home to world’s first university. In the 12th Century, in a city of 100,000 people, this school had 25,000 students who came from all around Africa to excel in knowledge and a variety of talents.[iv] Today, it is perfectly possible to make it again a center of education and culture, a hub of art and music, a safe haven that promises a good, dignified life to both its residents and visitors.

Indeed, we have seen this transformation many times in the past. For example, until the 1960’s and 1970’s, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Portugal were primary sources of emigration and millions of people migrated to countries like the USA, Australia and Belgium. However, as living standards rose in these countries, the trend reversed and the sources of emigration turned into magnets of immigration.[v] There is no reason why Africa cannot achieve this, given its potential, its natural resources, its cultural background and diversity, coupled with the willingness of the world to help. But first, the modern colonization should stop immediately. After that, under the auspices of the UN, each country –proportional to their GDP– can contribute to a fund reserved for the development and improvement of living standards in Africa. When this happens, not only the inhabitants of this beautiful continent, but Europeans will benefit as well. They will finally be relieved of the social and economic challenges brought about by mass immigration and will have a new destination, almost a new version of Europe, where they can go and enjoy a high quality life in a completely different setting amidst a different and exciting culture. However, until this is done, the immigration influx will clearly continue.

So let’s take concrete steps to solve the root causes of the problem and make every place of human settlement in the world a desirable location, where people live high quality lives befitting their human dignity.

 

[i] http://borgenproject.org/10-quick-facts-about-poverty-in-africa/

[ii]  http://www.globalresearch.ca/frances-colonial-tax-still-enforced-for-africa-bleeding-africa-and-feeding-france/5547512

[iii] https://www.uneca.org/es-blog/africa-must-benefit-its-mineral-resources

[iv]  http://www.africanecho.co.uk/africanechonews4-mar24.html

[v]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_Europe

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Star & Cape Times & Cape Argus:

http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/opinion/africa-has-everything-it-needs-to-become-newer-exciting-version-of-europe-10373827

http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/opinion/africa-has-the-potential-to-be-the-new-europe-10400425

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The winners and losers in the destruction of the Gulf

No one can deny the presence of a concrete plan being implemented that is beyond conspiracies in the Middle East: a plan that seeks to incite separation, conflict and hostility between Muslims. Having been implemented since the early 20th century, the plan that divides the Islamic states and gradually perpetuates violence in the Islamic World has become more active and obvious in recent years.

The implementers of this plan, which has broken Iraq into pieces and almost destroyed Syria, have stepped into action to make their biggest and most frightening move in recent times. Their aim is to break the strength of Muslims and play the Gulf States off against each other.

Some analysts insistently claim that the crisis between Qatar and Saudi-allied states arise from various regional problems.

They keep throwing out the phrase “supporting terrorism” as if they do not know that this excuse has been repeatedly used on the targeted countries. They cannot realise that a regional crisis is being created and that the indictment of a country over “supporting terrorism” is part of their plan. They cannot comprehend that this allegation is carefully designed and cut out to fan the flames of the Sunni-Shia conflict. In fact, the aim of the plan is far beyond the non-existent regional problems. The plan is: “If the Islamic world ever comes together, they will be a strong force; thus, they should not be allowed to become a joint force under any circumstances.”

The Islamic world has fallen for this insidious trap for a long time. The Gulf is, on the other hand, the hearth of the Middle East; they should never fall for it. The Gulf is the backbone of the Islamic world and the region in which the Islamic states should come together and become a strong, joint force. It should never be divided. The artificial conflict that is being created within the framework of a plan in the region should end as soon as possible. If it is desired that the Islamic world becomes strong and powerful, there is no other solution except that this artificial conflict should be resolved.

Turkey is one of the countries that best knows Qatar. Qatar, similar to Turkey, has never accepted becoming a protectorate state. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s analogy on Qatar, “a foul-weather friend,” is an accurate description; Qatar has stood by Turkey in the toughest of times, and never feared condemnations from another states. The Turkish people will never forget that Qatar supported the Turkish government against coup plotters during the attempted coup that took place on July 15th. Thus, it has always been appreciated in Turkey that both states make trade investments with one another, that Qatari companies carry on business in Turkey and that Turkish soldiers are deployed in Qatar.

Without a doubt, Turkey is a “foul-weather friend” for Qatar as well. Right after the emergence of the Gulf crisis, statements from and the efforts of both the President of Turkey and the Turkish authorities sought to “break the ice” among Gulf states. From now on, Turkey’s responsibilities are much more important. Turkey’s first priority is to play the role of a mediator state in this artificial crisis in the Gulf that only serves the interests of some. Those who unwillingly incite the crisis in question should realise that they are being deceived, and Turkey should take actions to create awareness.

The Islamic World should not overlook the fact that these Muslim countries, who could not come together when Iraq was invaded and Syria was filled with violence, could expeditiously concert to exclude a Muslim state. Those who do not want unity among Muslims had kept Islam states from coming together while Muslims were waiting for help. However, all of a sudden, this mindset promoted a blockade against a Muslim state and supported an alliance of such a blockade. On the contrary, in fact, this shows that Muslims can immediately form an alliance at will. This plan of division and destruction should be recognised, and an alliance to protect and rescue excluded Muslims should be formed more swiftly.

The fundamental mistake that most Muslims have made for centuries is that they fail to realise the magnitude of their power. The key thing in using this power that Islam brings is to unite. Muslims, as long as they unite and form an impeccable alliance, will be the most efficient and powerful force in the world. Against such an alliance, no one will be able to bring the Muslim world down, bomb Muslim states and desolate the Muslim people. When Muslims become stronger, not only Muslims, but no one in the world will experience such misery.

This fact which most Muslims have not realised has been understood by the mindset that plots for dividing the Middle East. Their devoutness to divide the Muslim world is rooted in this reason. They are very much aware of the fact that Muslims have the power to destroy any sinister plan if they ever united together. This is the origin of their fear. Therefore, the tragedies occurring in Middle East and Africa are not incidental – they are part of the plan.

The Gulf States, who are in state of crisis at the moment, should rationally and carefully assess the statements and comments without being provoked. They ought to know that the plot is to bring destruction to all Gulf States, not just one state. Their aim is to divide all the strong Muslim states in the Middle East and make the region the home of terrorism though the primary target of the plan looks like the Riyadh regime. The Islamic World, who has fallen for such sinister traps, should see the truth and unite.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Peninsula Qatar:

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/opinion/18/07/2017/The-winners-and-losers-in-the-destruction-of-the-Gulf

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Radicalism and Islam: Two diametrically opposite concepts

The concept of “Radical Islam,” which is widely used today, especially in the Western world, emerged in the second half of the 20th century as a concept that entirely contradicts the essence of Islam and the Koran. The radical minded people misinterpret the Holy Scriptures, God sent to people for peace and brotherhood, and through their self-invented superstitions, work to legitimize violence against people from different beliefs and thereby completely violate their faith in the process.

The process, which dates from before the 9/11 attacks to the present day and has recently been imprinted on people’s memories through terrorist acts carried out by ISIS gave rise to concepts like “radical terror” and “Islamic terror.” Hardly a day goes by, we don’t hear new terror attacks in either Afghanistan, Iraq or a European city via the news reports along with the concept “radical Islam.” These terrorist attacks vary from strapping bomb to one’s chest and walking into a crowd before blowing one’s self up, or driving a bomb-laden car/truck right into the middle of a crowd of civilians, or killing people of different faiths while performing religious obligations in Holy places like churches. Therefore, people from any part of the world can never feel safe from these heinous attacks.

Today, as a consequence of this process, certain individuals seek to wrongfully identify the concepts of radicalism and terrorism with Islam and devout Muslims. However, historical and sociological studies reveal that concepts such as “radical” and “radicalism” had emerged long before they were associated with Islam.

The Encyclopedia Britannica writes that the term “radical” was used politically first by the British Whig Party parliamentarian Charles James Fox in 1797. Subsequently, the word “radicalism” was used to describe the mentality that aims to render any political idea, thought system, belief or ideology dominant by overthrowing the existing system through revolution, usually by employing methods of oppression, violence and terror.

As we can see, radicalism arises as a tyrannical ideology that is more concerned with dictating and imposing ideas, thoughts and beliefs, rather than their substance. The attempts to make extreme leftist political views prevalent through bloody communist revolutions instead of democratic means or to impose extreme rightist, nationalist ideas upon people through dictatorial fascist methods, instead of advocating these ideas within the parliamentary system, are all examples of radicalism.

Adopting the path of oppression, violence, terror and war in order to impose a religious belief or way of life, and to realize religious ideals is, likewise, outright radicalism. The essence of the Abrahamic religions preaches common sacred values ​​such as love, peace, brotherhood, altruism, and cooperation. Yet some followers of these religions later on fall into the trap of radicalism.

It is, in fact, an enormous mistake and contradiction for “Islam,” the lexical meaning of which is peace and welfare, to be mentioned side by side with a brutal and horrific mentality such as radicalism. That is because it is impossible to find any basis for radicalism in the Koran, the only valid source of Islam. On the contrary, the verses of the Koran advocate the freedom of belief and thought in a way that is even stronger than some modern societies of today do. The Koran precisely mentions that there is no compulsion in Islam [2:256] and does not in any way allow interference in the other party’s religion [109:4-6].

The Koran’s respect of individual beliefs emphasizes the underlying logic of today’s modern secular thinking while expressing all manners of freedom of belief in the most concise way.

The Koran opposes even the slightest act of forcing towards the beliefs and acts of worship of others, let alone oppression, violence and terrorism. Islam’s Holy Book reminds believers that they are only a reminder, not a compeller [88:21-22; 50:45].

Yet today, in the majority of the Islamic world, albeit unwittingly, people have abandoned the Koran and began to live a model of religion that is bigoted and in total contradiction with the spirit of the Koran and its commandments. They have adopted and practiced the manners, customs and traditions they inherited from their ancient tribal cultures and their ancestors; they have absorbed the wrong interpretations and explanations of the various insincere preachers whom they regard as scholars, and the false narrations and the innumerable superstitions unduly attributed to Prophet Mohammad, mistakenly taking them for Islam.

It is evident for many reasons that these people are used as pawns in the redesigning of the world, not knowing what they are doing, in the hands of those that hold the reins of exploitation.

The only way to pull the masses, who were molded through extremism, out of the muddle they have been stuck in, and to save them – and the entire world – from the clutches of radicalism and terrorism is to lead those people back to the essence of Islam, that is the Koran. Spreading the authentic Islam based on the Koran, cleansed of extremism, is the definitive solution to terrorism. Those who seek solutions by force must come to realize that twisted philosophical and religious interpretations cannot be ended through the force of arms but need to be countered intellectually. Hopefully, the money currently being squandered on weapons will be spent on education instead and the solution-seekers will join forces with illuminated, modern, loving and sensible Muslims.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader & Riyadh Vision:

http://kashmirreader.com/2017/07/16/radicalism-islam-two-diametrically-opposite-concepts/

http://www.riyadhvision.com.sa/2017/07/18/radicalism-and-islam-two-diametrically-opposite-concepts/

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