SEANALISTONE.COMhttp://seanalistone.comseanalistone.com - Articles - Recently AddedenCopyright (C) 1994 seanalistone.com 1SEANALISTONE.COMhttp://seanalistone.comhttp://harunyahya.com/assets/images/hy_muhur.png11666It is Possible to Minimize Fatalities in Mining

From cell phones to residential heating, from commuter trains to tablespoons, minerals are used in all aspects of daily life. With this wide usage of minerals, the mining sector increasingly gains greater importance. As the sector grows and flourishes, it becomes more profitable and attractive.

Mining, which usually does not require a large investment and where even a single pickaxe, shovel and a group of workers are deemed sufficient, is also a sector with the world’s highest number of fatal work accidents. The accident that took place in China on April 26, 1942, where 1,549 workers lost their lives, is considered to be the worst mining disaster in history.

Mining accidents due to various causes such as tunnel collapse, fire, flooding, gas entrapment, carbon monoxide poisoning and methane gas and coal dust explosions often result in mass deaths. It is, however, possible to reduce the frequency of accidents and prevent deaths.

For example, although Germany’s coal production volume is several times greater than that of Turkey’s, fatal mining accidents are an extraordinarily rare occurrence in the country as opposed to Turkey. This is because Germany has introduced a vital solution toward preventing mining accidents. The solution involves the use of fully remote-controlled, high-tech robotic systems and specialized machinery. Thanks to automatically operated mining systems, today it is possible to minimize accidents that occur during drilling, blasting, and loading and hauling of minerals through tunnels. Operated via an automation system, these systems not only prevent accidents, but also drastically increase the efficiency in mines.

De Beers Finsch mine in South Africa, Codelco’s El Teniente mines in Chile and Rio Tinto’s West Angelas Mine in Pilbara, Australia are among the first underground mines to adopt automated hauling and transportation systems.

In mines without access to these high-tech systems, it is also possible to take protective and preventive measures. The first and foremost among these is the utilization of detectors that give early warnings against toxic and explosive hazards. Capable of providing information on carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane gas levels and maintaining a wireless communication link with headquarters aboveground, these detectors minimize the risk of an accident. Moreover, the utilization of systems that safely capture coal dust, which causes explosions and fires in coal mines and proves too risky to even inhale, is another key measure against accidents. GE’s newly launched CoalPlus technology can reduce coal dust by up to 90% in different coal mining operations.

It is also possible to prevent fatalities caused by rock-falls and mine pit collapse. For this, digging locations must be planned ahead well to begin with; in addition, it is also possible to keep mine holes, rock surfaces and cracks under constant check via electronic monitoring systems. In fact, there are already available systems that make pillars and beams redundant and can support and advance through tunnels without any human intervention. There are already companies in the mining sector that procure such technological solutions.

Apart from these, using proximity detection and hazardous area signaling systems that ensure a safe distance between workers and heavy machinery is another way to reduce work accidents in mines. Through rollover, collision and speed warning systems, it is possible to protect both machine operators and workers in the area.

Trucks also play a significant role in mine pits. Truck drivers being attentive and vigilant during working hours are crucial for accident prevention. At this point, fatigue monitoring systems can come in handy. These systems detect the onset of fatigue and instances of micro-sleep in the truck operators and create an alert for them. Employing eye and head monitoring technology, an Australia-based company has developed a fatigue monitoring system called the Driver Safety System (DSS). Putting this system into action in mines will prove immensely helpful.

It is also possible to minimize accident risks by taking measures outside the mine pits. The first and foremost of these measures is proper training. It is of common knowledge that miners undergo various training classes at the beginning of their mining careers. However, miners should be put through compulsory and more extensive training programs. While novice miners are put through this training, the training that experienced miners have received should be periodically repeated through refresher courses; we can see examples of this in other industries. Employing machinery simulators and virtual reality technology during training sessions can help mine workers be better prepared for the working environment, improve their skills, and allow for better implementation of safety measures.

With or without the use of all these technologies, the mining sector absolutely demands a strict regulation when it comes to protecting people’s lives. In fact, the existence of such regulations alone is not enough. Mines must also be subject to frequent and meticulous audits to monitor whether the measures prescribed by the regulations are observed. These audits might also prove helpful in easing the tension caused by the suspicion of ‘negligence’ that comes to mind.

Another preventive measure often overlooked in the prevention of mining accidents concerns the freedom of the press. The fact that mining accidents are sometimes withheld from the public leads to a loose implementation of health and safety standards. Therefore, the media, unions and NGO’s being able to freely express their thoughts on mining accidents will play a big role in increasing measures in mines.

The mining sector needs to see efforts made towards a transition to automated systems; investments must be planned accordingly without delay, new regulations must be laid out to this end and any necessary aid should be provided by states.

In addition to all these measures, there is a key point that should always be remembered; human life is definitely far more precious than a chunk of minerals. The best preventive measure should be to avoid greed and the ensuing total disregard for human life for the sake of generating greater profits. And the primary way of achieving this is to implement an education system that will turn people away from the egoistical lifestyle that holds self-interest above all else and carry out a social life study that will change social perceptions. The greatest measure against disasters will be possible by first changing the human mentality.

References:

  1. Akansha Gupta, The world’s worst coal mining disasters, Mining Technology 15 Mayıs 2014, http://www.mining-technology.com/features/feature-world-worst-coal-mining-disasters-china/
  2. Praven Duddu, Mining safely – innovative technologies to prevent mining accidents, Mining Technology 2 Nisan 2014,  http://www.mining-technology.com/features/featuremining-safely-innovative-technologies-to-prevent-mining-accidents-4207131/
  3. Praven Duddu, Mining safely – innovative technologies to prevent mining accidents, Mining Technology 2 Nisan 2014,  http://www.mining-technology.com/features/featuremining-safely-innovative-technologies-to-prevent-mining-accidents-4207131/
  4. Philippe Dozolme, What Can Be Done to Prevent Mining Accidents? The Balance 16 Nisan 2017,
    https://www.thebalance.com/what-can-be-done-to-prevent-mining-accidents-2367337

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/02/13/it-is-possible-to-minimize-fatalities-in-mining/

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Adnan Oktar interviewed by Al-Masry Al-Youm1. You are widely famous for your pen name Harun Yahya, and your real name is Adnan Oktar. Why do you use a pen-name?

God informs the believers in the Qur'an that Prophet Aaron (as) and Prophet John (as) were sent to help Prophet Moses (as) and Prophet Jesus (as) respectively. Likewise, Muslims are the helpers, friends and brothers and sisters of the Messenger of God. I am using the pen name Harun Yahya as a sign of my prayers and intention to be a helper of the Messenger of God in the End Times. It is a name chosen with the intention to become a person who helps, supports, protects and watches over the prophets as Aaron and John did. 

2. Your concentration is entirely dedicated to refute some antagonistic venomous theories such as Darwinism and Romanticism. Why?

People complain about wars, exiles, wrongdoings and injustices, and they all want a change in the way things are going yet most of them either fail to or do not bother to identify the main reason that makes the world a ruthless, selfish, loveless and soulless place. People have virtually been clawed in their backs, but they do not bother to take a look at their backs to see whose claw it is. They do not dwell upon what it is that teaches people to be selfish and ruthless. What does Darwinism claim? It comes forth with the twisted claim, "Everything is a product of coincidences; life has no point. You derived from animals; fight and struggle among each other and only then will you obtain power." On top of that, it purports that this is a scientific fact, despite a complete lack of evidence. It presents cruelty, ruthlessness and selfishness to people as a scientific requirement. Showing people that this is nothing but a hoax means the utter elimination of conflicts, disputes and injustices. Evolution is not science: It is an idolatrous belief dating back to the Sumerians, to ancient Egypt. It is a pagan view that basically mocks people's intelligence. When Darwinists are asked about who brought about the banana, the strawberry, the cat, the rabbit, a daisy and humans along with the perfect order, knowledge and aesthetic in them, they reply, " chance." Chance is incapable of creating the cell that operates like a metropolis. Chance is incapable of producing millions of pages of data coded in the DNA. Chance is not familiar with symmetry, golden ratio or aesthetic. All is perfectly created by God. 

As for romanticism, it is a movement introduced by satan to estrange people from rationalism, sensibility, love and friendship. Romanticism has no affiliation with love whatsoever. Romanticism drives people away from conscientious and rational assessments, and into harming both themselves and those around them through sudden reactions, anger or a misguided enthusiasm. Therefore, explaining the erroneous nature of romanticism will provide a sound perspective to people upon which they can act reasonably. 

3. What are the concrete tangible results ensued in the wake of distributing and propagating your views worldwide?

I embarked on my scientific efforts in 1979; I was a university student back then. I produced a leaflet that proved the invalidity of the theory of evolution based on evidence. Today, I have more than 300 books in 73 languages. My articles are regularly featured on 216 newspapers, journals and websites in 43 countries. My live broadcasts reach millions of viewers every day in English, Arabic, Russian and French. God willing, as a result of this major effort, far fewer people believe in Darwinism today. Even the most famous advocates of Darwinism have taken a step back. Public surveys clearly attest to this fact as well. Thank God that me and my friends have been influential in spreading Qur'anic Islam to the world. With the way we live, we have demonstrated the entire world how Muslims can lead high-quality, lively, cheerful lives that value arts, science and quality. Islam used to remind people of unkempt, introverted, unhygienic ghetto-dwelling individuals who reject music, paintings, sculptures, a life of joy and beauty. We have shown that this is not the real Islam; that true Islam is the religion described in the Qur'an, the religion that brings beauty into people's lives. Thus, we have eliminated the influence of the system that alienates people from Islam and inclining them towards atheism. 

4. You are a fervent feminist who supports the freedom and entire emancipation of women to the extent that you take photos with them while they wear bikinis. What's your comment on that?

It is God who grants this freedom to women. When we take a look at the Qur'an, for example, the 31st verse of Surah an-Nur, we see that women are granted immense freedom. This verse tells us that women need to cover only their breasts and genitals. And in the 59th verse of Surah al-Ahzab, God commands that women can decide, of their own will and conscience, to wear a burqa to cover their revealed body parts in case of need. But one should pay attention to the fact that God leaves it up to the women's consciences to decide in which conditions burqa should be worn. If a woman feels safe and believes that she is in the company of people whose wisdom, faith and conscience she trusts, she can wear a bikini in that setting. There is nothing incompatible with the Qur'an in that. (For further and extensive information on this subject, our brothers and sisters can refer to the following book: Bigotry: The Dark Danger

The notion that regards women as potential sinners and dictates what they must and must not do is a part of both Darwinist -materialist ideologies and the traditionalist Islamic concept, which is not prescribed by the Qur’an. God wants all the impositions which have no place in the Qur’an to be lifted. 

5. Can you elaborate your view on the equality of men and women? 

Men have no superiority on women, or vice versa, that enables one gender to oppress the other. However, a closer look will reveal that, compared to men, women are more considerate, merciful and patient beings who are capable of see things more thoroughly, familiar with and bask in profundity, and are capable of intricate assessment of things. This puts women in quite an advantageous position. In my opinion, women must be given precedence and be in the majority in every area and aspect of life. For example, at least the half of the members of parliaments all across the world should comprise of women. A world governed by female wisdom, finesse, beauty and compassion would surely turn into a heavenly place. 

6. Are you in principle, with or against women wearing the veil (Hijab)?

As I have just mentioned, the hijab is not a commandment of the Qur'an; God commands women to wear a burqa in situations where they need to protect themselves. Only in such circumstances does God command women to go out wearing a burqa that covers their bodies from head to toe. But if our female friends wear a hijab instead of a burqa in places where they feel unsafe for the purpose of this commandment, then doing so is in line with the Qur'an. If they wear revealing clothes in places they feel safe, then this, too, is line with the Qur'an. 

7. Do you agree with the burkini, which is widespread in some Western and Eastern beaches? 

If a woman feels comfortable wearing a burkini, let her wear it; if she feels comfortable wearing a bikini, then let her wear it, too. Women should not be told what to do. Women know how to protect themselves very well through their own wisdom and conscience. There is a prevalent view, in both the West and the East, that women must be told how to live. No one tells men what to wear, what to do and how to swim. So telling women what to do is also irrational. 

8. What's your assessment of the situation of women in Turkey, the Arab regions and Islamic World?

Despite all the freedoms women are granted by the Qur'an, compared to the West, women of the Middle East and other Islamic countries live under harsher conditions. They enjoy relatively more freedoms in Turkey, but the freedom in the Qur'an, the freedom I find ideal, has yet to be achieved. This is of course due to the traditionalist Islamic conception which is not prescribed by the Qur’an. It is not possible for women to enjoy their freedom where a mentality, which regards women as half-beings, thinks that women should be beaten, forbids women from laughing or going out, and believes that hell will be teeming with women, prevails. God willing, the Mahdi era will be the time when women achieve total freedom exactly as stated in the Qur'an. In a hadith, the Messenger of God (saas) says that, women will be able to freely travel from Damascus to Mecca on their own in the Mahdi era. They will enjoy such freedoms that they will travel on their own to their hearts' content without any worry. They will not be scorned upon, nor suffer harassment and oppression. 

9. Why do you appear to swim against the current in Islamic society? Is this just to attract attention or do you have a new method applied to post-modernism and secularism?

The only thing I seek is to gain God's approval as much as I can. I read the Qur'an and try to put what I comprehend from the Qur'an into practice. I do not urge people to follow my suit, either. I urge them to follow the Qur'an. Looking at the Qur'an, I see that my lifestyle and the methods I use to spread the religion are in line with the Qur'an. Since I am a student of the Qur'an, I ask those who criticize me to make their criticism also in accordance with the Qur'an. I am open to criticism if they can prove through the verses of the Qur'an that something I do is wrong. However to date, I have yet to be told that what I am doing is wrong based on a verse of the Qur'an. They are truly convinced that beauty, wealth, quality, art and science are in the hands of the disbelievers. That is why they cannot believe that Muslims could also enjoy these blessings bestowed by God in their lives. However, both modernity and secularism exist in the spirit of the Qur'an. Prophets were the most modern people of their era; all of them were ultramodern. And the commandment of the Quran "You have your religion and I have my religion" (Surah al Kafirun, 6) is the most succinct description of secularity. 

10. You are called by conservatives an altered version of an Islamic secular personality who adheres to what is called liberal Islam; what's your comment?

The attitude that I criticize and object to the most is making additions to and omissions from the Qur'an. Mind you, the notion you define as "liberal Islam," in its essence, omits commandments from the Qur'an. What I advocate, however, is the complete practice of the Qur'an. If you take a closer look at the segment that you call conservative, you will see that the vast majority of them do not explain or advocate the burqa commandment, although it is in the Qur'an. They think that advocating the burqa will provoke negative reactions. I, however, tell explicitly and clearly exactly as God commands in the Qur'an that it is a religious duty for Muslim women to wear a burqa when they deem necessary.

11. You are referred to in some circles as a cult leader in Turkey. Why and what is your comment about this?

I am not a cult or sect leader, nor am I a member of any sect. The reason this issue is frequently brought up is that the first news pieces published about me addressed me as "Adnan Hodja," and introduced me and my friends as a sect. I have said time and time again that I am neither a preacher nor a scholar; I am simply a sincere Muslim. My friends do not see me as a cult leader either; they see me as a friend whom they love dearly and I see them as my beloved friends. I am a person who really enjoys having fun, joy, beauty and art. I think people should live their lives to the full with enthusiasm, and with a love and passion for God, without overstepping the boundaries drawn by God in the Qur'an. 

12. What is your comment about the ladies on A9 TV, known as the "kittens"?

I love cats very much, because they are very sweet animals that know and can express love very well. Women too have a higher sense of understanding and appreciation for love; in this regard, cats and women are alike. So I sometimes say to my friends "love your pretty kitten heart" as an expression of love, which is the reason why the name "kitten" became well known in Turkey. 

13. Do you think that Islamic propagation rhetoric should be reformed, and if so, what are the means?

There is no such thing as reform in Islam. Religion doesn't need to be reformed. The only thing that needs to be done is to adhere to the Qur'an, to accept that the Qur'an is sufficient. Our Prophet (saas) had only one complaint: ‘My Lord, my people treat this Qur’an as something to be ignored’ (the 30th verse of Surah Al-Furqan). This is the reason of all the problems in the Islamic world today. God says in the Quran, "...We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear and as guidance...” (Surah an-Nahl, 89); “...We have not omitted anything from the Book...” (Surah al-An’am, 38) But despite the word of God, may God forbid the thought, they say "No we know better, the Qur'an is not enough." And this leads to inauspiciousness, backwardness, lack of quality and art to prevail in their lives. 

14. What are the best tools and means that may be aptly wielded to fight terrorism?

Education. As long as ideological training against terrorism is not provided, military measures will never yield results. We already see that they don't in the whole world. Terrorist organizations provide ideological education before teaching their militants to use weapons. First, they establish the foundation of belief. They convince that person to kill and die. In communist terrorist organizations, this is achieved through the education of Darwinist -materialist philosophy. The militants are taught false beliefs that they are so-called animals, they have to be selfish and merciless, and that conflict is essential to return to a primitive communal society; the radical terror organizations have many Islamic sources which are not prescribed by the Qur’an. It is inevitable that someone who believes that a person who does not pray, who drinks alcohol, or who steals must be killed will eventually be violent. The only thing to do is to reveal the invalidity of what these radical groups believe. If the invalidity of Darwinism is scientifically explained, the truths and miracles of the Qur'an are taught, and if the sufficiency of the Qur'an is explained, terrorism will cease to be a problem in the world. 

15. You issued a book on what you called the Religion of the Ignorant, lashing some social customs and habits on all levels. As you know Sayyed Qutb issued his views on what he called Twentieth Century Ignorance. Do you agree with him?

Sayyid Qutb is one of the important names of Islamic tradition, his ideas and works are valuable. However, I can't say that I agree with all his opinions. The morals and culture of ignorance is a notion that is included in the Qur'an with its wrongful ways. It refers to a way life prior to the revelation of the Qur'an. Today, a similar culture of ignorance has developed in many countries as the people have moved farther away from the Qur'an. But what is important is how to fight against this culture of ignorance. I believe that it must be achieved through knowledge, art, beauty and love. There is no problem that cannot be resolved through a loving and compassionate approach. 

16. Your friends met the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. As this is a very sensitive subject in the Islamic world, what would be the message you wish to deliver?

We have been in touch with the prominent circles of Israel for many years. High-ranking Rabbis, politicians and opinion leaders from Sanhedrin often come to Turkey as our guests. My friends also visit Israel and organize conferences, communicating true Islam to people. Such a connection and joint work between Jews and Muslims is the course our Prophet (saas) followed, in line with the teachings of the Qur'an. Our Prophet (saas) often hosted Jewish and Christian guests, and these guests often stayed at the companions' houses. When encountered a Jewish funeral, The Messenger of God (saas) stood up and showed respect. When we look at the Qur'an, we see that there is a warm connection between Muslims and the People of the Book: God made their food lawful for Muslims and it is also lawful for Muslims to marry Jewish and Christian women. Marriage is the closest and warmest tie between communities. Today, establishing friendly ties between the two communities is paramount for peace in the Middle East and in the world. 

17. In one of your books, which you talked about the shrines and temples of all the monotheistic religions, you mention that the Jewish people and Muslims should co-exist in love and peace. Why do you defend such view and solution despite the wide-spread despite objection in the Islamic and Arabic world?

These lands are considered holy lands by Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, and they are large enough for all of them to live together fraternally. We all have lived together in these lands for 400 years as Jews, Christians and Muslims. Today, it is possible for us to live in a modern, enlightened, and loving spirit all together. According to the Qur'an, the Israelites will be in this land. These are the lands of their ancestors just as well as our own. The people of Israel and the Palestinian people are the children of the same Prophet; they are both descendants of Prophet Abraham (as). It is actually strange to be surprised at the grandchildren of the Prophet living together in peace. The norm is friendship and love, but people are so accustomed to conflicts, fighting and being divided, yet when offered a loving solution, they ask, "Is that possible?" I have already stated that I am against all kinds of terrorism, including state terrorism. Indeed, Israel has done some wrongful acts, every country has. There are evil people in every society. But if you put evil aside and ally with the good, then you would weaken the influence of evil. My prayers and efforts are for the weakening of the evil. 

18. Why do you meet some allegedly suspicious figures such as Freemasons and receive accolades from them? What is the message you want to deliver? Are you a member of the Freemasonry clubs?

Freemasonry is a very old organization that has been around for 12,000 years. It was also present in the period of Prophet Solomon (as). As you know, the meaning of the word "mason" is stone builders, that is, stonemasons. It is known that Prophet Solomon (as) employed many stonemasons. Freemasons are a group that plays an active role in world politics. It is very important to spread Islam and explain the Qur'an in such a group. I have a 33rd degree Masonic diploma. But I’ve never been to a Masonic Lodge, nor did I attend any Masonic ceremony. The Freemasons who visited me gave me the diploma during the live broadcast. This happened before the eyes of my viewers, during a live broadcast. After that, we had conferences about the miracles of the Qur'an and the truths of faith in Masonic Lodges. Many Freemasons started praying. Similarly, I'm also in touch with the Knights Templars. I believe that Freemasons will also play an important role in the reign and spreading of Islam in this century. 

19. What are the challenges that encounter Muslim nations or the Ummah in the time being?

The most urgent need of Muslims is to adhere to the Qur'an and internalize and practice the Qur'an's loving, enlightened, compassionate, modern, high-quality, well-mannered, classy, ​​artistic and embracing spirit. Today, the shattering of the Islamic world has turned Muslims into easy pickings. Almost all the weapons developed are first tried on the Islamic world; dozens of civilian Muslims are martyred every day, and even their names remain unknown. It is always Muslims who are drowning in the Mediterranean, who are the targets of daily bombing runs, who are attacked by drones while praying, celebrating in wedding ceremonies or when on the road. Muslim lives are considered insignificant and because most of the Muslims do not consider themselves as significant, they have lost their self-respect. The only way to regain this self-esteem is to embrace the Qur'an and unite around a spiritual leader as God revealed in the Qur'an. If the Islamic world unites and bases this unity on the enlightenment and the modernity of the Qur'an, nothing will remain difficult to achieve for Muslims. 

20. What's the version of Islamic jurisprudence you follow?

I am a Hanafi. We all have to adhere to a sect until the declared appearance of the Mahdi. Insha'Allah, when the Mahdi appears, all the sects will be abolished, and religion will return to its essence just as it was in our Prophet's (saas) era. 

21. What do you think of the Shia-Sunni conflict; I mean Islamic sectarianism in the region? And how can the Islamic nations put an end to it?

Sunnis, Shiites, Wahhabis are all pure, saintly Muslims. Making people of the same Book, the same Prophet and the same Qibla turn against one another is one of the biggest schemes of the British Deep State. Creating conflict between Muslims who are brothers and sisters under the Qur'an means pitting brothers and sisters against each other. They are inciting this conflict through British Shiism and British Sunnism. The British Shiites despise Sunnis and the British Sunnis despise Shiites. They consider it an obligation to kill the members of the other denomination. Muslims should never accept such an evil mentality. Our God, our Qibla and the Prophet are one and the same. It is foolish behavior for brothers and sisters to try and oppress each other. Sunnis and Shiites should unite immediately. We should eliminate Sunni and Shiite enmity and unite as brothers and sister. The prominent figures of both sides coming together, giving speeches of brotherhood and performing prayers together would give a wonderful message to the whole world. Thus, the British Deep State would lose one of its major trump cards. 

22. What's your assessment of Turkish foreign policy, especially with Egypt?

Turkey should pursue an all-embracing policy towards Egypt. This should be the case not only for Egypt, but for all of Turkey's relations with other countries. Turkey cannot favor a country, sect or group over another. In the name of equity and fairness, she should keep in contact with all groups and views, have a friendly approach to all, and strive towards creating an atmosphere where all can live in harmony. I hope that Egyptian-Turkish relations will improve in the short term. As you know, Turkish-Russian relations also ran into various problems. We’ve had some disputes with Iran as well. I persistently called the Turkish government to resolve these problems and establish cordial relations. Thanks be to God, our efforts came to fruition. Now Egypt is the next, insha'Allah. Comprising of people of all beliefs and views, the Egyptians are a immaculate, pure nation, whom we consider as our precious brothers and sisters. It is my wish that our relations with Egypt will be restored to its former cordiality as soon as possible, or better yet, developed to an even better state.

23. Do you believe, as many Turkish politicians do, of the ‘Ottoman Caliphate renaissance’ as it was in the old days? Do you believe Ottoman glory will dominate the whole region all over again?

If the longing for the Ottoman era implies unity among Muslims, freedom of life and worship for Jews and Christians, and the prevalence of glory and arts, it is indeed great. However, while referring to the Ottoman Empire, it would not be right to accept everything they did as sacred and correct; this would not be right. The Ottomans too made many mistakes. What we currently desire is not an Ottoman Empire that repeats the mistakes of the past, but the reign of an enlightened, modern and high quality spirit based on the Qur'an, that is Islam as described in the Qur’an, over the Islamic lands. 

24. What do you think of Turkish Kurdish ethnicity being autonomous in a new "Kurdistan"?

Kurds are wonderful people. They are honorable, modest, hospitable and pious. Many people do not appreciate Kurds as their due, but they actually are the beautiful ornaments and the richness of the world. There is no such issue as Kurdish-Turkish discrimination in Turkey. A great many Kurds hold important posts in the military, governmental and intelligence organizations in Turkey. Turkey has had many Kurdish presidents and ministers. Kurds are our brothers and sisters; they vehemently object to the prospect of separation, secession. The PKK's taking the floor in the name of the Kurdish people is nothing but a deception. The PKK is not concerned with the Kurds. On the other hand, it is out of the question for the Kurds - a devoutly pious people- to embrace the PKK terror organization. The PKK wrench support from a part of the Kurdish population through threats, terrorism, compulsion and intimidation. Their true aim is to found a red communist Kurdistan along the lines of Marxist-Leninist ideology. This plan was orchestrated and is backed by the British Deep State. This goal, which means to establish an equivalent to North Korea in the Middle East, poses a grave threat not only to Turkey, but all the regional countries. The sinister plan is to establish a Communist state in the heart of the Islamic world, in between the Turkish and Muslim lands, and to utilize this entity to massacre Muslims en masse. Turkey will never allow the implementation of this plan.

25. What are your hobbies, Mr. Oktar?

I enjoy painting. I have done many oil and water-color paintings. Our fellow viewers who would like to check out examples of my paintings can see at our website, I also take great pleasure from activities that involve animals and nature. I have been making daily live broadcasts for some eight years, which lasts three or four hours on average. I use all of my time with the intent of gaining the most of God's good pleasure. I do not make any distinctions, like a 'social life' or 'religion.' Islam encompasses the entirety of my life. 

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Replies to claims regarding Mr. Adnan Oktar on the Dutch and Belgian media, made after the distribution of his book 'The PKK's Treachery and Oppression'The delusion that Mr. Adnan Oktar's (aka Harun Yahya’s) scientific claims are not taken seriously by scientists:

It’s very well known that Mr. Oktar provides precise and concrete evidences (such as fossils and molecular evidences) against Darwinism, a theory that thoroughly lacks any evidence. Indeed for this very reason he is the one Creationist author whose views are most respected all around the world. Readers worldwide enjoy his books which are also downloaded in high volume via the Internet.

European Darwinist publications, France being the foremost, consider Mr. Oktar’s works as a great threat against the theory of evolution and their comments about the impact of Atlas of Creation on Europe are expressed with despair. (For detailed information please see: http://darwinistpanicinfrance.com/index.php) This is no doubt the reason why Atlas of Creation was banned from the curriculum by the European Council. Aware of the profound effect of Atlas of Creation upon pupils, Darwinist centers strove to hinder the access of this precious work into schools. Consequently the situation is far more different from how it is depicted by some newspapers. The major reason of the Darwinist panic taking place in the world today is the works of Mr. Oktar which have great worldwide impact.

From the moment of the Atlas of Creation’s arrival in the Western world, reports about this giant work's extraordinary impact appeared in newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts in 60 countries. Leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Stern, The Economist, Corriere della Sera, Le Monde, Le Courrier and CBS News all carried reports about the lethal blow the Atlas of Creation dealt to Darwinism. Headlines regarding the Atlas of Creation, such as "the most dazzling attack on Darwinism," "a book that shines like thunder," "a huge offensive," "it has impacted like an earthquake," "a book that has had the impact of an atom bomb" and "how much longer can France hold out?" are all indications of the huge impact of this important book.


The baseless claims regarding Mr. Adnan Oktar's mental health:

Those ones who cannot respond to Mr. Adnan Oktar's intellectual opinion through scientific or logical arguments resort to libel and one of their slanderous claims is that Mr. Oktar's mental health is presumably distorted. However, this disinformation has been refuted with the council reports of 5 reputed hospitals in Turkey as well as 20 medical reports by psychiatry professors.

Besides, Mr. Oktar has been on live broadcast for about 10 hours a day for years and everyone is thus witness to the health and integrity of his reasoning and ideas. He has written more than 300 books and his articles have been featured in more than 500 newspapers and journals, in more than 70 countries. Currently, his articles are regularly published in 215 newspapers, journals and websites in 43 countries.  

The claim that Mr. Adnan Oktar does not write his books himself:

Mr. Adnan Oktar is the author of more than 300 books, translated into 73 languages and are read by millions around the world. His books are sold in more than 100 countries and more than 30 million copies have been sold up to date. Furthermore, more than 5,000 conferences were organized based on his books and works, and many academicians, politicians and scientists attended these conferences.

As Mr. Oktar has already made clear in a great many interviews, he is assisted in the preparation of these works by a team of some 30 people consisting of academics, scientists and educators. This team works on such matters and preliminary research, the collection of data and illustrations and performing the requisite translations for the preparation of Mr. Oktar's works, and the information gathered is subsequently all passed on to Adnan Oktar. In this way, and as a result of the author’s practical working principle, works containing Adnan Oktar’s profound words are able to come out very quickly. 

On the other hand, the veracity or otherwise of the claim that his books are not written by himself can be established with the use of a very basic logic:

One of the main characteristics of books written by committees or groups is that they generally contain differing and contradictory views and statements.  There is no unity of logic and ideas in such books. They contain different descriptive techniques and use different types of language. The illustrations and designs selected for them are incompatible with one another. The information contained and views espoused in them are generally inconsistent. One can identify the styles of different writers as soon as one reads them. It is easy to see that such books have been authored by several different people. But there is a complete unity of language and logic in all of Mr. Oktar’s 300 or so books. All his books contain the same honesty, conviction, technique, profundity, descriptive power and wisdom. The books represent a distinct whole with the illustrations employed in them in terms of their artistry, esthetic value and quality. The reason for this is, despite the presence of a team supplying the requisite technical infrastructure for the preparation of these books, they are entirely the work of Adnan Oktar's profound intelligence, sincere belief and powerful foresight. 

 

The groundless nature of the allegations of a "supposed criminal enterprise" made against Adnan Oktar:

Some newspapers also carried various false statements about the court ruling and guilty verdict issued against Mr. Adnan Oktar and a number of members of the BAV (SRF [Science Research Foundation]) circle, but some important facts were totally ignored:

First of all, the court case mentioned by these newspapers is a political one that was opened following the military intervention of February 28, 1997 that abolished freedoms and legality in Turkey. This trial was one of the hundreds of unfounded cases that was sort out and heard to suppress intellectuals. Therefore, it is not based on legal foundations, but political intentions.

Secondly, it is established by the Turkish jurisdiction that torture was implemented for taking false testimonies at police security. The ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) judged that the Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights was violated during the detention period in relation to the trial. (See: Case of Tarkan Yavaş v. Turkey, Halil Muftuoglu v. Turkey).

Thirdly, the guilty verdict handed down by the court was OVERTURNED by the Supreme Court of Appeals on December 28, 2009 because of the legal errors and lack of evidence.

The guilty verdict and 3-year sentence handed down in 2008 to Mr. Adnan Oktar and various members of the BAV community was actually appealed to by the prosecutor, on the grounds of totally improper practice and statements taken and signed at the Security Directorate under duress and in the absence of a lawyer, and which were therefore legally inadmissible. The prosecutor also stated there had been various errors of law and practice committed. He TWICE REQUESTED ACQUITTAL during the court proceedings on the grounds that THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE AGAINST THE DEFENDANTS AND OF THE PROCEDURAL ERRORS COMMITTED BY THE COURT. He also APPEALED AGAINST THE SENTENCE following the ruling. We have complete respect for the court, but this state of affairs showed that the ruling should again be considered by the judicial authorities. Indeed, the Supreme Court of Appeals took this up straight away and OVERTURNED the ruling, citing 5 separate legal violations. (You can find detailed information on the subject here, here and here.)

The claims regarding the financial backing necessary for the publication and distribution of Mr. Adnan Oktar's books:

One subject that is frequently brought up is the financial backing necessary to publish Mr. Adnan Oktar's books. These books are printed and sold in their millions. Revenue is of course obtained by the publishing company from those sales. Furthermore, Mr. Oktar does not accept any royalty payments over the publication or sales of his books. Therefore, his royalties are also available for the publishing company to use to print further books.

Some people are amazed by the fact that Adnan Oktar's books are sometimes sent out free of charge. But there is nothing astonishing in that at all. Many publishers and companies employ similar sales techniques. Books given out free of charge serve as advertising, and people reading them go on to order other books, and generally order them in volume.  The investment is thus returned many times over. One of the most striking examples of this was the dispatch of books free of charge to selected addresses in France. As a result of that campaign, demand for books from France increased enormously and there was a huge boom in sales of books by Harun Yahya in that country.

The claims regarding Mr. Adnan Oktar's lady friends:

Women are incredibly valuable beings that display the most beautiful manifestations of God. In Mr. Oktar's opinion, certain qualities of women such as intelligence, love, compassion, mercy, profundity, consideration, kindness, grace, nobility, sensitivity, understanding, comprehension and intuition are superior to those of men. In the presence of women, the quality of men increases too.

Mr. Oktar maintains that women should assume at least as much responsibility and authority as men do in every aspect of social life from politics, trade, business, academic life etc.

As for the reason why Mr. Oktar's lady friends are referred to as "kitties" is the fact that he loves and values both women and cats very much, and also the disposition of cats and women are very much alike. Mr. Oktar sees both as very sweet and very friendly and as blessings. That's the reason why some publications started to refer to his lady friends as "kitties" or "kittens", and the name started to be widely used.

It was claimed in the newspapers that they have undergone plastic surgery. If they had surgeries, there would be hospital records. All surgeries in Turkey are registered in hospital records. An unofficial surgery is not possible. There are no hospital records of Mr. Oktar's lady friends for plastic surgery.

Also, they have published their childhood photographs, from three to four years old. They again had shapely noses, well placed mouths, beautiful eyes, the same as in adult age.

Needless to say, plastic surgery does not extend height or the neck anyway, which were among the claims made.   

The false allegations that Mr. Adnan Oktar is anti-semitic:

Contrary to what was claimed in some Dutch and Belgian media, Mr. Adnan Oktar is one of the most prominent names in the Muslim world that puts up a strong intellectual struggle against anti-Jewish sentiment. His articles are currently published in top Israeli publications including The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), i24NEWS, Israel Hayom, The Jewish Press, The Jewish Journal, Makor Rishon, Maariv, Vesti, Jerusalem Online, JSS News, Ynet and Channel 9, and these pieces clearly demonstrate Mr. Adnan Oktar’s views on Israel and Jewish people.[i]

God calls Jews ‘the People of the Book’ in the Holy Qur'an and advices an alliance with them. Mr. Adnan Oktar extensively explains the subject in his book entitled ‘A Call for Unity[ii], which has an associated website[iii] and a documentary movie[iv] bearing the same title. Anti-Semitism is tantamount to racism and is therefore directly against the principles of the Qur'an. Mr. Adnan Oktar is famous for his widespread efforts in explaining how anti-Semitism is against Qura'nic moral values with his books, articles[v] and websites.[vi]

He is also the most vocal Muslim author to say that "Jews have right to live in the Holy Land" and "Turkey should be allies with Israel": Indeed, his staunch defense of Israel’s right to exist and the Jewish people’s rights in the face of rising anti-Semitism around the world has put him right in the crosshairs of a good many radical groups. There are countless websites based on the works of Mr. Adnan Oktar with the aim of contributing to Muslim-Jew friendship by helping people understand Judaism correctly.[vii]

Therefore, contrary to the claims made, Mr. Adnan Oktar is a friend of Israel and the Jews. For this very reason, over the years, many religious figures, academicians and politicians from Israel have come to Turkey as Mr. Adnan Oktar’s guests.[viii] The representatives of Mr. Oktar have paid many visits to the Knesset, Israeli universities, and think-tanks as ambassadors of goodwill. Mr. Adnan Oktar acted as a mediator in the Mavi Marmara crisis between Turkey and Israel, and worked to mitigate the resulting tension between the two countries in the aftermath of the incident.[ix]

The allegation of Holocaust denial is also completely baseless. The fact is that an individual named Nuri Özbudak published a book that reflected his own ideas in 1995, but used Mr. Adnan Oktar’s name without his consent. Indeed, Mr. Adnan Oktar later filed a complaint about this book, called ‘The Holocaust Deceit’ that was published under his pen name without his knowledge and consent. Mr. Oktar officially revoked the powers of Nuri Özbudak from editing his books, translating them into foreign languages, making contract with foreign publishers, and using the pen name ‘Harun Yahya’ independently. The notary-approved documents show the revocation of Nuri Ozbudak’s powers. Mr. Adnan Oktar has also explained numerous times on the international media that he had not written the book in question.[x]

The truth is Mr. Adnan Oktar has numerous scientific works putting forth the atrocity practiced on the Jews. He wrote a book on the subject entitled Holocaust Violence[xi] where he provided detailed historical accounts of the genocide the Jews were subjected to under the rule of Hitler and the Nazis. His website [to be found at http://www.holocaustviolence.com][xii], his documentaries entitled ‘The Shame of the 20th Century: The Holocaust Violence’[xiii] and 'The Jewish Holocaust, An Islamic Perspective'[xiv] and numerous articles on the topic[xv] clearly refute these allegations. Mr. Adnan Oktar is the most prominent Muslim author that tells the Muslim and Arab communities the truth about the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews.[xvi]

Indeed, the German Der Spiegel published Mr. Adnan Oktar's statements explaining how the book entitled The Holocaust Deceit had not been written by him[xvii] and that the book he wrote, which is entitled The Holocaust Violence, provided extensive details about Hitler’s atrocities towards the Jews.[xviii]

 

The claims about Mr. Adnan Oktar's view about homosexuality:

Homosexuality is unlawful according to the Qur’an. Letting homosexual couples adopt children is particularly calamitous which in return results in many kids’ being subjected to violence and even rape. The Qur'an depicts homosexuality as an obscenity, an abomination. It is also unlawful according to the Gospels and the Torah. Just as how each Muslim is responsible for calling people to the righteous way by explaining that murder, theft, prostitution are unlawful in Islam, he must also explain that homosexuality is unlawful.

In our day, certain circles attempt to promote homosexuality as a supposedly legitimate, innocent and even sympathetic act. This perversity is being injected into especially pious societies in an insidious and planned manner. This way they try to generate new generations divorced from their moral and religious values, who have been subjected to moral decline and who have lost their souls, identities, self-confidence, honor and dignity. This method would make it quite easy to control and manipulate the masses that are thus debilitated.

This perversity threatens not only Islamic communities, but also the members of all religions. It is important for everyone to be wary against this threat.

However, this does not amount to saying that homosexuals must be maltreated, subjected to violence or be oppressed. That is something Mr. Oktar would never accept. He is fundamentally against all forms of violence or bullying, no matter against whom it may be. Mr. Oktar's words against homosexuality are against this forbidden act, not the individuals.

 

[ii] http://www.harunyahya.com/en/books/2954/A-Call-For-Unity

[iii] http://www.unionoffaiths.com/

[iv] http://en.a9.com.tr/watch/40724/Documentaries/A-call-for-unity---1

[v] http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Articles/196614/The-rise-and-fall-of-anti-%20Semitism

http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/anti_semitism_an_atrocious_trend
http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Articles/213111

www.jerusalemonline.com/news/middle-east/israel-and-the-middle-east/op-ed-the-temple-mount-and-human-rights-19508

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/When-will-Jerusalem-know-peace-383186

[vii] http://www.turkishjewishcommunity.com/index2.php

http://www.wisdomfromtorah.com/
http://www.islamdenouncesantisemitism.com/

http://www.unionoffaiths.com/

[viii] http://www.harunyahya.com/image-gallery/178-Adnan-Oktars-Israeli-Guests

[x] http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Excerpts-from-conversations/desifre/217657

[xii] http://www.holocaustviolence.com

[xiv] https://en.a9.com.tr/The-Jewish-Holocaust-An-Islamic-Perspective-269764

[xv] http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/it_is_essential_for_muslims_to_remember_the_nazis_atrocities_and_to_commemo

http://www.jpost.com/Experts/It-is-essential-for-Muslims-to-remember-the-Nazis-atrocities-and-to-commemorate-their-victims-339480
http://jssnews.com/2015/01/24/les-musulmans-doivent-se-souvenir-des-atrocites-du-nazisme-par-adnan-oktar/

http://arblogs.timesofisrael.com/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%85%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%A5%D8%AD%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B0%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%89-%D8%B6%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%82%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84/

[xvi] http://actualite-israel.com/les-musulmans-doivent-se-souvenir-des-atrocites-du-nazisme-par-ad-454280/

[xviii] http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-harun-yahya-all-terrorists-are-darwinists-a-580031.html

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One step closer to a resolution in Syria

The recent participation and involvement of regional countries in the solution process is an important milestone in the path towards a final resolution in the Syrian crisis. Furthermore, the visible change in the attitude of the parties involved also raises hopes for an approaching peace. For instance, groups that would not even discuss the thought of sitting at the same table until two years ago came together at Sochi. Indeed, there have been heated debates and exchanges, but it was clear that all the parties involved were willing to find some middle ground. After the mostly failed Geneva talks, the Astana and Sochi talks made up for lost time and managed to bring the parties one step closer to the solution.

However, certain circles who have always been skeptical about the Sochi efforts, seem to be happy that the talks started on a tense note and especially after certain opposition groups left the talks due to a flag crisis. However, this certainly does not mean that the talks will fail because the opposition groups that refused to enter the country in protest against the pictures and flags of the Assad regime asked Turkey to represent them and also requested Turkey deal with the process of building the anticipated Constitutional Committee. This is an important step in terms of the continuance of the resolution talks. It is clear that meetings between the quarreling parties do not produce any results. For this reason, negotiations held between Russia and Turkey, which represent the Syrian regime and a part of the opposition respectively, are more likely to achieve fruitful results. Russia and Turkey are two countries that understand and appreciate the importance of friendship and alliance. Therefore, negotiations held under their auspices have a higher likelihood of success.

According to the reports, more than 1,500 delegates attended the congress to which Syrian government authorities, as well as the representatives of ethnic and religious opposition groups, with the exception of terrorist groups, were invited.

To everyone's surprise, the conference ended with belligerent parties meeting on a common ground. Once again, it was Turkey and Russia's involvement that made the final joint statement possible, which is crucial for a real solution in the Syrian crisis.

The final statement is perhaps one of the most important steps ever taken with regards to the Syrian problem. The statement read: "To that end we agreed to form a constitutional committee comprising the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation along with wide-represented opposition delegation for drafting of a constitutional reform as a contribution to the political settlement under the UN auspices in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254." It also said that the Constitutional Committee would include the regime, the opposition, Syrian experts, independents, tribal leaders and women. It was agreed that women should have a representation of at least 30% in the government and government agencies and that the level should be increased to 50% after a certain amount of time. It was also stated that the UN-led Geneva process would see the final agreement on the mandate and terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure and selection criteria for the composition of the Constitutional Committee. The statement ended with a call to the United Nations Secretary-General to assign the Special Envoy for Syria for the assistance of the Constitutional Committee work in Geneva.

The fact that UN representatives and European allies were invited to the talks showed that the parties were in search of a genuinely global, not regional, solution to the Syrian problem. Even though Britain and France may not seem very happy with this crucial achievement, where Russia is the main player in association with Turkey and Iran, the West's ambitions to protect Western interests weren't taken into account in Sochi. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting that they informed the UN of the outcome, hoping that it would revitalize the Geneva process, and that the UN would achieve results in line with the decisions made in Sochi. All these steps clearly show that unlike certain Western allies, Russia is not trying to be in the spotlight and is not selfishly pursuing its own interests. It is clear that Russia and the countries of the region are sincerely working to build peace in Syria.

One of the most important parts of Sochi final statement was the determined stance about the preservation of Syria's integrity. Some highlights from the statement are below:

¨A strong, unified, meritocratic and national army that carries out its duties in accordance with the constitution and the highest standards [is required]. Its functions are to protect the national boundaries and the people from external threats and terrorism, with intelligence and security institutions to maintain national security subject to the rule of law, acting according to the constitution and the law and respecting human rights. ... equal citizenship irrespective of religion, ethnicity and gender...  The Syrian people alone shall determine the future of their country by democratic means, through the ballot box.¨

'Protecting the national boundaries' and 'equal citizenship irrespective of religion, ethnicity and gender' are no doubt crucial for the future of Syria. These phrases show that cantons or federal structures in the country will not be allowed and terror groups that seek to capitalize on differences in religion and ethnicity will not be given leeway.

President Putin's remarks about the congress presenting an opportunity for Syria to return to a peaceful, normal life were important. Referring to the clashes that have been going on since 2011, Putin said that conditions to close this tragic page of history have now emerged. Indeed, it is very important that guarantor countries stepped in and reached an agreement on the main principles regarding a constitution, which marks an important step in the resolution process of the Syrian crisis.  There is no doubt that the alliance of three friendly allies played a crucial role in this achievement. The three friendly countries, Russia, Turkey and Iran, represented different sides and showed that it was possible to find a middle ground.

Turkey's Afrin operation, carried out in coordination with Russia, was a show of determination in defiance of the West and particularly the USA. Necessary and justified steps taken with regards to the region and the alliance of NATO-member Turkey with Russia has shown certain groups that it was not the West that made all the decisions.

The Sochi talks and the resulting steps showed to the world that Russia was the main player when it came to Syria. It is clear that Russia's steps, made after consultation and agreement with Turkey, involves a solution that also embraces the opposition. This week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had once face-to-face and six phone conversations with his Russian peer Sergey Lavrov. This intense dialogue is due to the desire of these two allies to build the most positive and healthy peace process in Syria.

We hope that a constitution where all the groups of Syrian society are represented can be quickly created and country can be rebuilt after being completely purged off terrorist groups. This is going to be an achievement made possible by means of an alliance of regional countries built for the salvation of the Syrian people. Such an outcome will also quiet those circles that are keen on controlling everyone and prove wrong those who insist that 'it is good to be divided'.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda.rua (Russia) & Eurasia Review (USA):

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/06-02-2018/139952-syria_resolution-0/

https://www.eurasiareview.com/08022018-one-step-closer-to-a-resolution-in-syria-oped/

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Operation Olive Branch and peace in Syria

It has been ten days since the Turkish Army launched its ‘Operation Olive Branch’ in Afrin, Syria to purge the terror groups PKK-YPG and DAESH active in the region. According to Turkish authorities, the military campaign will continue until the region is completely cleared of terror groups and the last terrorist is captured.

In the meantime, Turkish authorities are skillfully managing the political aspect of the operation. Turkey keeps the international public, the US, NATO countries and particularly relevant countries like Iran and Russia informed about every step of the operation to justify the legitimacy of the operation. Many countries, most notably Russia and NATO, have long confirmed the link between YPG and terror group PKK and defended Turkey’s right to self-defense. Leading EU countries like Germany, France and Holland, despite initial expectations of opposition, also lent their support to Turkey.      

The US, despite its typically reserved approach, gave the impression that it would at least not be against the operation. It should be noted that the US military’s support for the YPG –the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group–  that went on for years and included supplying 5,000 trucks of weapons in addition to logistical and military training support, was one of the main reasons that made the operation necessary; it allowed the build-up of a heavily armed and large PKK-YPG terrorist corridor along the southeast border of Turkey. In the end, Afrin virtually became the terror group YPG-PKK’s gateway to the Mediterranean.

The situation is disconcerting; US weapons frequently turn up in the hands of PKK militants that stage attacks in Turkey.  In addition, PKK terrorists trained in YPG camps are known to infiltrate Turkey and carry out bloody terror attacks. Also, YPG-PKK bases in Afrin are frequently used by terrorists to fire rockets at settlements in Turkish settlements like Hatay and Reyhanlı.

A recent article published by the Washington Times pointed out the errors of the US administration, and supported Turkey’s rightful intervention.

"For months, Turkish officials tried to convey to the U.S. that enlisting one terrorist group to fight another is a risky strategy, especially when the former group seeks the territorial dismemberment of Turkey. The Trump administration, in return, sent mixed messages and failed to fulfill its pledges to a NATO ally’s security.

Turkey has vociferously opposed the U.S. for its continued cooperation with the PKK-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG) since the Obama administration. YPG is the armed wing of the Syrian People’s Democratic Party (PYD), which is the Syrian component of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK.) The PKK is an armed terrorist organization, listed as such by the United States.

Though not widely reported in the U.S., dozens of Turkish civilians have been killed in cross -border attacks by ISIL and YPG. Turkey, therefore, justifiably perceives the U.S. armament of the PKK’s Syrian militia as a national security threat.’’[1]

A lesser- known detail about operation ‘Olive Branch’ is that the name was not only picked for its peaceful message. The ancient Turkish Gilgamesh legend tells about how the Prophet Noah understood that the flood would soon be over, after the dove he released from his ship soon came back holding an olive branch with its beak. The name ‘olive branch’ represents the return of local people to their homeland, just like the inhabitants of the time returned to their lands after the flood was over. If Turkey can successfully remove the PKK-YPG also from Manbij following this operation, close to 500,000 Syrians who left the region to live in Turkey will be able to return home. In other words, even though the primary reason behind the operation is Turkey’s national security, the start of normalization in Syria will allow the displaced Syrians to finally return to their country.

In addition to central Afrin, a total of 4,500 square kilometers is planned to be cleared of PKK terrorists. However, considering that the YPG controls a total area of 78,000 square kilometers, this can be only the beginning. Many analysts agree that the cross-border operation will not be limited to Afrin, and the Turkish side is carefully monitoring the situation in the east side of Euphrates, which is currently under US protection.

Indeed, President Erdoğan said: ‘We will clean this terrorist pollution down until the Iraqi border, as this pollution is trying to surround our country’ while Turkish PM Yıldırım said that in order to keep Jarablus, Al Bab and Afrin under control, an operation in Manbij is necessary.

The Afrin operation is not the first time Turkey has conducted a cross-border military campaign. In the past, Turkey has conducted numerous cross-border operations against the PKK in Iraq and withdrawn as soon as it completed its mission. Turkey has never pursued, or even thought of an occupation policy either in Iraq or in Syria. On the contrary, Turkey has always defended the territorial integrity of both countries.

Therefore, there is no truth to provocative “occupation” cries of the PKK or certain circles that support the PKK. The Turkish army, after successfully removing the terrorist groups that have caused a serious security threat in the region for years, will retreat back to its borders as it has always done. In addition to removing the terror threat, this operation will be a crucial step towards the goal of ensuring permanent peace and security for the Syrian state and the Syrian people.

 

[1] https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/24/letters-to-the-editor-why-turkish-troops-are-in-af/

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jakarta Post (Indonesia):

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/02/02/operation-olive-branch-and-peace-syria.html

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A Women-Friendly Project in Istanbul

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and ISBAK (Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc.) recently initiated a new project designed to increase the quality of life style of 15 million Istanbulites. This project aims to make Istanbul the world’s premier “smart city” in the next decade.

ISBAK, currently working as the Architect of the Smart Cities idea in Turkey and around the world, has developed several key projects which are already active, such as creating solar energy for houses instead of relying on dams or nuclear stations in addition to Intelligent Lighting Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Electronic Detection System (EDS) and much more.

This project also aims to turn Istanbul into a woman-friendly city aiming to reduce the incidents of violence and abuse against these important members of the society. For example, women will be able to provide proof if there is a crime committed against them on public transportation through cameras installed in the public transportation system’s vehicles; this will be an important tool to reduce criminal activity and increase overall security in the city.

Regrettably, Turkey witnessed a very tragic event in 2015 where a 20-year old college student, Ozgecan Aslan, was murdered savagely as she resisted rape attempt by a minibus driver. Her murder sparked protests throughout Turkey and for the first time in Turkish history, women from 81 cities were in the streets. This was considered the first mass movement of Turkish women and these marches were highlighted in the coverage of prominent international media outlets.

Following this terrible incident, placing security camera systems in public transportation vehicles was prioritized. This system came into operation the mid-2017, first by starting with a test region in Istanbul – within the scope of the smart city project – and it has been carried forward at a remarkable pace. The number of minibuses with security cameras are expected to be over 6,000 at the end of the year and the aim is to ensure that any and all public transportation vehicles (buses, minibuses, dolmush, etc.) have security cameras. Additionally, cameras are being installed in the yellow taxis, with an aim to provide security for both drivers and passengers.

Many public transportation drivers are satisfied with this new practice stating that it will be a means to intervene in incidents such as theft or mitigate terrorism; this will facilitate the duties of the Security Forces. People will be able to be reunited with their property should they forget any expensive items inside the vehicles. According to the Public Transportation Management and Supervision Center, this move will provide non-stop visual reporting, location and speed information, accident or emergency situation intelligence and route control.

Even though there are some citizens who are not entirely convinced with the system, as they do not want to be under surveillance when they choose to travel in a private yellow taxi ; in general, however, most people are happy with this new security practice. For example, Ramis Yılmaz of the Harem Gebze Bus Owners Cooperation Association said, “In order to prevent a repeat of such incidents (referring to the Ozgecan murder), it is crucial that surveillance systems are installed in vehicles. We believe that the cameras will be [a] deterrent.”

One bus passenger, Damla Yildirim, also said that it would be great for all mass transportation vehicles to be equipped with the system and that it would be especially good for female passengers. Yildirim said that she has typically refrained from using shared taxis and added, “As a woman, I have always been nervous about using shared taxis. I was afraid that something would happen to me or my stuff would get stolen. So, it’s great to hear this new surveillance system is being installed inside the vehicles. I think all the female passengers will be happy about this development. I think it will prevent women from being sexually harassed in those vehicles. And if something does happen, the police will easily identify the culprit.”

This system will no doubt raise the level of security and overall quality, both for the drivers and the passengers and hopefully reduce the crime rate by serving as a deterrent to crime in mass transportation vehicles, where 10% of assaults against women were recorded in 2016. We believe that this woman-friendly practice will soon be found in every vehicle in Istanbul and ultimately spread swiftly all over Turkey.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/01/31/a-women-friendly-project-in-istanbul/

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Drones set to soar in all fields

Even though drones are simply a product of unmanned aircraft technology, today, they are associated with death. The reason for this is the increasing prominence of the military applications of UAV technology and their capability to carry bombs.

That being said, drones are rapidly becoming an important technological asset for relief efforts and the development of the health sector. God inspires scientists with such advanced technology that will be used for all of humanity, particularly in our era. Ideally, this important technology should be utilized for cooperation and aid efforts instead of bloodshed.  It seems like the peaceful use of drones can also provide substantial contributions to the economies of countries. For example, in the past few days, the International Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVS) has announced that, if the intended civil use of drone systems can be ensured, it will provide employment opportunities for more than 70,000 people in the US in three years and will create an influx of $13.6 billion to the economy.[i]

Numerous projects where drones are used for peaceful purposes are gradually being implmented. One of these projects is taking place in Rwanda, one of the smaller countries of Africa.

Rwanda is a country where people mainly live in rural areas. In this tropical country, the primary means of accessing health care services is through community clinics. However, it is impossible to store blood products in these community clinics. It can take four to six hours to transport blood products or other medical supplies with a vehicle. This is undoubtedly a very long time, which can result in the loss of lives in some emergency situations. If we consider the fact that birth often puts the mothers at risk of bleeding, the importance of quick medical intervention becomes clearer. Zipline, a California-based robotics company, is able to utilize drones to transport blood products and vaccines to wherever they are needed in Rwanda. The goal of Zipline in this non-profit program is to install drone stations to cover the entire country, each of which services an area with a 75 km diameter. In Malawi, blood samples from infants born to HIV-positive parents are being transported by drones. There is also a small distribution network in the Dominican Republic.[ii]

In the US, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on a drone system managed by healthcare workers via their mobile phones. It is believed that, besides distributing medical supplies, this project can also be used to find people who have become stranded in dangerous areas.[iii]

Another example of the peaceful use of drones can be seen in South Africa. South Africa is using drones to detect and prevent poachers that target elephants and rhinos. Drones can even provide surveillance for areas 33 kilometers away from where they take off.[iv] Another country that utilizes drones for similar purposes is the United Arab Emirates. Wadi Wurayah, the national park of the country, is being monitored by drones with a range of 40 kilometers.[v]

Drones also have the capability to provide information about the formation of tropical storms or hurricanes. In this regard, NASA is using its Hawk model drones, which can carry out 30 hour-long flights.[vi] NASA aims to measure atmospheric moisture, chemical compositions and radiation and gas levels at high altitudes, and investigate various other meteorological conditions via drones with a project called ATTREX.[vii]

A company in Orleans, France, is working on assembling small buildings with polystyrene foam which can be carried by small drones. Instead of through remote control, these drones are ultimately intended to work autonomously with the help of artificial intelligence.[viii]

In one of its reports in March 2013, the International Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVS) points out that the use of drones can make agricultural spraying far more efficient at lower cost.[ix]

One of the most promising areas for drones is cargo transportation. Indeed, Amazon has already patented it. The goal of the project is to distribute the products ordered from the website with drones. Amazon completed its first tests at the beginning of 2017 and even determined the procedure to be followed in case the distribution fails for some reason.[x]

It is also possible to conduct offshore observation with drones. Drones using artificial intelligence and scanning a specific area can predict many potential disasters by monitoring refugee trafficking or detecting oil leaks. With a similar monitoring procedure, forest fires can also be detected before they get out of control.

Due to the rapidly developing technology, drones can make life easier for everyone by offering invaluable services for humanity. They will undoubtedly become even more beneficial in the future as their flight distances and load capacities increase. Moreover, it is also a great convenience that by means of artificial intelligence, they will one day be able to function on their own without someone controlling them. 

But there are also some problems that need to be solved for this to happen. First of all, the legal regulations necessary for the use of drones must be perfected; there is currently a considerable vagueness regarding drone use. For instance, low-priced drones that offer camera surveillance could well constitute a threat for privacy. Another matter is the problem of flight routes, which will eventually become an issue as  drone usage becomes more widespread. Pre-determined air routes, similar to those used by civilian aviation, may become necessary for drones as well. Otherwise, a drone can fall on people’s head while walking down the road or sitting at a cafe.

Even though it seems like it will take some time, drones may end up being the harbingers of a new world of peace and convenience. Instead of being a source of horror with the bombs they carry, they can be a ray of hope for many people with the aid they bring and the contributions they make for humanity. This will only be possible if the voices of the supporters of peace overwhelm the cries for war.

 

[i]  Theras A. Gordon Wood, Drones At Home: 10 Peaceful Uses For Unmanned Fliers, 22 Nisan 2013, https://blog.urthecast.com/updates/drones-at-home-10-peaceful-uses-for-unmanned-fliers/
[ii] Zoe Flood, From killing machines to agents of hope: the future of drones in Africa, the Guardian 27 Temmuz 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/africas-drone-rwanda-zipline-kenya-kruger
[iii] Theras A. Gordon Wood, Drones At Home: 10 Peaceful Uses For Unmanned Fliers, 22 Nisan 2013, https://blog.urthecast.com/updates/drones-at-home-10-peaceful-uses-for-unmanned-fliers/
[iv] Zoe Flood, From killing machines to agents of hope: the future of drones in Africa, the Guardian 27 Temmuz 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/africas-drone-rwanda-zipline-kenya-kruger
[v] Faisal Abbas, Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators, Huffington Post,  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/faisal-abbas/drones-for-good-uae-honor_b_6640152.html
[vi] Theras A. Gordon Wood, Drones At Home: 10 Peaceful Uses For Unmanned Fliers, 22 Nisan 2013, https://blog.urthecast.com/updates/drones-at-home-10-peaceful-uses-for-unmanned-fliers/
[vii] Rachel Feldman, NASA's Climate Drones Research at 65,000 Feet, Popular Mechanics 14 Ocak 2013, http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a8630/nasas-climate-drones-fly-to-65000-feet-14978045/
[viii] Frac Centre, Flight Assembled Architecture/Architectures volantes,
http://www.frac-centre.fr/expositions/l-historique-des-expositions/rub/gramazio-kohler-raffaello-andrea/gramazio-amp-kohler-raffaello-andrea-179.html

[ix] AUVSI, The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integratıon in The United States, Mart 2013, http://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AUVSI/958c920a-7f9b-4ad2-9807-f9a4e95d1ef1/UploadedImages/New_Economic%20Report%202013%20Full.pdf
[x] David Grossman, Amazon Patents Drone Self-Destruction System, Popular Mechanics 2 Aralık 2017, http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a14000375/amazon-patents-drone-self-destruction-system/

Adnan Oktar's piece in Daily News (South Africa) 

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A peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria

Responsibility is on the leaders of Iran, Turkey, Russia and Syria to come together and make a decision regarding a joint military operation to eradicate active terrorist organisations which are a threat to Syria and the entire region

We yearn for peace in the Middle East but the Syrian Civil War is still at the top of the global agenda as many parties are actively involved. Our ultimate desire is to end this conflict, as far too many Syrians have suffered and lost everything they had. Turkey, along with Russia and Iran, have made significant efforts to stabilise Syria for some time. In this regard, they created the Astana Peace Process, which represents the most important initiative to date to end the conflict.

One of the main repercussions of the Astana Talks is creating de-escalation zones in Syria. Idlib was also agreed to be the fourth de-escalation zone in 2017. This Province is particularly important in the eyes of the affiliated countries for various reasons.

First, Idlib, which has a border with Turkey, is home to many armed radical groups, including ones transferred from Aleppo. These radical groups are to be contained in an area to prevent them from advancing to the Turkish border; Russian and Turkish troops have already been deployed in Idlib since the agreement. However, some violations have been determined in the zone that has put the process into jeopardy. If the situation in Idlib is solved, the process will continue unabated.

The responsibility lies on the shoulders of the guarantor countries that have to show great effort to keep this process alive along with the contribution of Turkey. Recently, there have been some drone attacks on Russian military bases in Syria which apparently took off from the region controlled by Turkey, but later Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call to clear the situation.

In a statement, Putin said, “There were provocateurs there, but they were not Turks, we know who they are. We know whom and how much they paid for these provocations.” It is important for these countries not to fall into the games designed to put them at loggerheads. The leaders of these countries have always put the integrity of Syria at the forefront and have always overcome the ruses of other countries that are disturbed by this unity since the beginning of this process.

The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria reported that violations of ceasefire were recorded in the Provinces of Idlib and in the suburbs of Damascus. The Russian military stressed that the cessation of hostilities is the only opportunity for a solution in the country.

Turkish President Erdogan rightly sees the terrorist corridor of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party  (PKK)/Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as the most dangerous threat on our border. The prospect of a Western-backed communist state in the region is a risk not only for Turkey, but for all the countries of the region, including Russia.

With the Euphrates Shield Operation, aimed to remove the Islamic State (IS) from the region, Turkey managed to prevent the PYD from connecting the two cantons of Cobane and Afrin on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Then, with the declaration of the de-escalation zones, Turkey deployed its troops in Idlib so that the PYD was blocked from the south to move further down into Syria. On January 14, Turkey retaliated in kind to the harassment fire of the PYD. President Erdogan stated the next day: “In the coming days, god willing, we will continue with Afrin to purge terrorism from our southern borders. We will eradicate the separatist terror group that has cost the lives of our 50 thousand people in the past 34 years.”

The PYD’s efforts to legitimise itself as the so-called representative of the Kurds, with the aim of terrorising the Syrian people, must not be allowed whatsoever. A terrorist organisation cannot be the representative of any people, nor can it be allowed to hide behind its so-called veil of legitimacy.

It should be noted that the PYD does not represent the Kurds: On the contrary, this terrorist group has brutally oppressed the Kurdish people and destroyed any Kurd in opposition to their views. They have caused great suffering for the Kurds living in the region, killing thousands of religious Kurdish people; thousands more have taken shelter in neighboring countries to escape the persecution of the PYD.

Despite this tragedy, the US has kept on arming the PYD and is now planning to declare it as a federation inside Syria along the Turkish border. Even though President Trump promised not to supply more weapons to the terrorist group, the Pentagon acted otherwise and flow of arms has continued. Even a delegation of executive officials, headed by Max Martin from the US Department of State, paid a visit to Northern Syria to meet with PKK/PYD top officials. The members of the

terror group told the American officials that they sought the establishment of a federal system in Syria. 

It is an open secret that since the First World War, the overall policy has been to keep the

Middle East under control by dividing it into smaller parts. Today, many circles discuss re-drawing the borders in the region and the current pawn being used to break up Syria and redraw its borders, is the PKK.

According to the plan, after Syria’s fragmentation, Turkey and Iran will follow suit, and a vast area of conflict will be created that stretches as far as Russia. The basic Turkish policy to preclude this possibility lies in preserving the territorial integrity of the Syrian state and Syrian lands.

To this end, it is crucial that the Turkish Government officially recognises the current Syrian

Government and state as legitimate bodies, because if there is not a sovereign Government in Syria, then it would provide an opportunity for the PYD/PKK to be legitimized.

This is what the circles that use the PKK as a pawn are trying to achieve: Leaving Syria without a state, turning the current Government against Turkey and the neighboring countries and taking advantage of the resultant power vacuum to build a communist terror state that would be under their control.

Since the Syrian Government is currently not recognised, many other parties want to attempt a land-grab for their own benefits. However, if Turkey contacts the Syrian state and recognises it as a legitimate state and if the Syrian Government convenes its Assembly and announces that it expects support from the alliance of Russia, Iran and Turkey, this plan will be completely foiled. Russia is in a unique position to set up the required stage for this step. The leaders of Iran, Turkey, Russia and Syria should come together to make a decision regarding a joint military operation to eradicate all the active terrorist organisations, particularly the PKK, which is a threat to the entire region.

Both presidential and parliamentary elections could be held after purging all the terrorist groups from Syria. When the region settles down, a democratic fair election in Syria would be possible. This newly-elected Government should seek solutions within the framework of diplomacy and understanding. The alliance of the three countries would produce fruitful solutions for the well-being of the Syrian people, who have the right to decide for their own future.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer (India):

http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/agenda/opinion/a-peaceful-resolution--to-the-conflict-in-syria.html

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The role of propaganda in the Holocaust

The Shoah was one of the gravest tragedies in history, yet many countries were apathetic and indifferent at the time. It took quite a while for the United States to take action. The United Kingdom was aware of what was happening, nevertheless, it initially followed a policy that emboldened Hitler. Today, even though in Western countries the Holocaust has acquired its status and is affirmed in the legislation of many, things are quite different in the Muslim world.

One-sided propaganda and a lack of information on how the Jews were massacred and the horrors of the gas chambers, the concentration and exterminations camps, leave many Muslims totally indifferent to the inhumane brutality of the Nazis and their collaborators. Thus, it is incumbent on Muslims to put the facts of history straight by examining this horrendous crime against humanity.

The Holocaust did not occur in a vacuum. It was based on antisemitic beliefs, the ancient hatred of the Jews. Hitler used his ideological propaganda to reawaken this dormant sentiment among millions. He used the power of his oratory and persuaded millions into believing that the Jews, who represented less than 1% of the entire German population, had to be eradicated ruthlessly.

The Nazis began by targeting the Jews with ideological propaganda to indoctrinate the German people with hatred and hostility against the Jews. “Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people,” Adolf Hitler wrote in his book Mein Kampf in 1926. He advocated the use of propaganda to spread hatred against Jews and other minority groups. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, they established a Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, headed by Joseph Goebbels. The aim of this “black propaganda” machine was to spread throughout Germany enmity against the Jews and other minority groups that were targeted, the “undesirables,” as they were coined.

The Nazis also initiated a boycott aimed at Jewish shops and businesses, a similar antisemitic strategy to what we see in today’s BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Throughout Germany posters were hung, portraying the Jews as ugly monsters and carrying slogans like “Don’t buy Jewish goods.” In 1940, the antisemitic film The Eternal Jew was screened in cinemas all over Germany. In schools, teachers warned their students of the so-called “Jewish menace,” and during lessons Jews were wickedly insulted and maligned.

On January 20, 1942, at the Wansee Conference, senior Nazi officials decided up on a “Final Solution to the Jewish problem.” This meant the systematic extermination of all Jews: men, women and children, even babies, not leaving one Jew alive. This barbarity would take place in all the territories occupied and controlled by the Nazis. In accordance with this decision, the extermination camps were established. In these camps, under horrendous conditions, the Nazis murdered some 11 million people, of whom nearly six million were Jews.

It is certainly no secret that Nazi Germany focused its attention on earning the support of some Middle Eastern leaders throughout the war. The destructive propaganda against the Jews that began with Hitler’s rise to power filtered into many areas of influence in many parts of the world. They employed similar propaganda tactics in many countries in the Middle East. Radio Berlin began Arabic and Persian radio broadcasts with the objective of creating hostility and hatred against the Jews. The Nazis prepared training programs for the youth in this geography as well, depicting the Jews as “enemies.”

Today, a not-insignificant percentage of the world’s population have neither heard about the Holocaust or deny it. Under the influence of and subjected to biased teachings and hate indoctrination against the Jews, some Muslim groups have become predisposed to denying this atrocity, but denial of the Holocaust is the denial of historical facts.

Why is it so important to acknowledge and refute this denial of the Holocaust? The reason is that in the future if any atrocities like this ever happen, targeted at the Jews or any other race, nation or religion, people will hopefully have learned and so will not desensitize their consciences and be bystanders but will actively oppose these wrongs. They must openly stand up bravely to such injustice, always drawing the strength to fight injustice from their faith in God.

The indifference of so many to the horrors of the Holocaust stems from a lack of proper education, ongoing “black propaganda” and disinformation. The role of propaganda, slander and disinformation is often not given enough emphasis. However, understanding the role of falsehoods and slander gives the message of the Holocaust meaning in daily life, and the need for upholding truth, scriptural morality and the value of life. People of good conscience need to instill courage, resoluteness and honesty to stand up to evil ideologies and their messages of hatred.

Muslims should also lead a widespread cultural “campaign”: educated and knowledgeable Muslims must explain to those who are unaware the policies that paved the way to one of the greatest tragedies that mankind has ever witnessed. It is also critical to revive the tenets of Islam that require upholding justice, protecting the oppressed, and showing mercy and compassion towards the innocent.

All Muslim community leaders, whether they are political or religious leaders, have an important duty. These Muslim leaders must explain that Islam would never permit such hatred or persecution. They must inform their communities that any Jew, or any other people that are afflicted, should always be helped by Muslims according to the Koran. It is of the utmost importance, and a moral obligation, to alert a person’s conscience and to make sure that tragedies like this are never repeated.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jerusalem Post (Israel):

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-role-of-propaganda-in-the-Holocaust-539981#/

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Double-edged

Bahrain’s youngsters must be protected from the dangers of social media, as well as appreciating its benefits. Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook and a co-founder of Napster, recently surprised the world with his harsh remarks against social media. He complained about Facebook’s harmful effect on society and warned against its potentially dangerous impact on children’s healthy development. He admitted that when they first came up with the idea, they wanted to get people addicted to the system as much as possible; the “Like” button was born as a result of this desire.

"…exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology" is how Parker describes the function of the “Like” button and social media in general. This is painfully true. Most people start a subconscious race in their minds with people they consider to be in their league and after a while, gaining either validation or eliciting feelings of envy in their peers turns into something of a life goal. This is a dangerous way of thinking.  Not only does it not help anyone, it makes people depressed when they feel they’ve fallen short of reaching these goals. When social media steps in to capitalize on that vulnerability, the outcomes can be disconcerting. However, we can easily change this trend by using it in a positive manner.

Many studies confirm the existence of this threat and show that social media can be more dangerous than it is helpful. According to a survey, out of 1,500 social media users, 62% stated that they felt inadequate, while 60% said they felt jealousy when they compared themselves to other on the platforms. Professor Margaret Duffy from University of Missouri also mentions about the harmful phenomena and says: “If it is used as a way to size up one's own accomplishments against others, it can have a negative effect”.

The constant desire to seek validation and make comparisons mostly affects impressionable young people, who are also the most vulnerable age group.  Unless such feelings are reined in, they can ultimately impair the formation of sound, strong characters in these individuals. In the past, when there was no social media, the need for validation was limited to a small number of friends and acquaintances; as a result, expectations - and the possible disappointment levels - were low.  Today however, the number of virtual faces creates unrealistically high expectations and the resulting disappointment can be overwhelming. In other words, even though social media can help and be useful in many ways, it can have this harmful effect as well.

As Parker suggests, this kind of thinking negatively affects the development of vulnerable young people. They’ve grow up with “Like” buttons, with followers, with too much attention on social media status. How will they cope in the real world? What will happen when the validation they seek in the online world doesn't translate into the real world? It is crucial that these issues are addressed before generations upon generations grow up with such unnecessary burden on their souls.

It is possible to replace such line of thinking with constructive and helpful thoughts by harnessing also the power of social media. Spreading positive messages consistently throughout this platform can balance out the more negative effects. It can be an extremely effective tool in overcoming prejudices, countering hate culture, spreading messages of love, understanding and peace. And the aforementioned desire for validation can be negated with the following hypothetical messages:

  • Remember that someone else’s validation - or the lack thereof - has no actual effect on you.
  • Realize that your own validation doesn't really affect anyone’s life, and the validation of the lives of others does not affect yours either.
  • Do not tie your self-esteem to the opinions of others, regardless of whether they’re acquaintances or anonymous Internet users.
  • Remember that your character is what counts, not what someone else thinks of you. 

With this kind of thinking, young people will hopefully be saved from the validation snare and start developing strong and independent characters that are less self-centered and more attentive to their environment.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News (Bahrain):

http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/304338/GDN-Readers-View-Double-edged

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Evolution fails to deny Creator

In his article in 2016, Harvard biologist Jack Szostak, a Nobel Prize winner, claimed that he had discovered a method that allows ribonucleic acid (RNA) to self-replicate.

This claim has been introduced as an answer to a very important question about the origin of life. However, only after a year, he was forced to retract his essay.

Szostak’s lab at Harvard University has been hard at work trying to find an answer to the origin of life for many years.

Of course, this research is not objective or unbiased; their efforts are based on the assumption that life emerged through coincidences on its own, that is, by so-called evolutionary mechanisms.

Szostak’s lab was particularly interested in how RNA could replicate itself without enzymes. In the article that Szostak had to retract, he claimed that RNA could self-replicate without enzymes.

It is noteworthy to briefly explain why Szostak and many other scientists are desperately searching for the supposedly “self-replicating” RNA.

Evolutionists find themselves in a conundrum when they try to explain how the DNA molecule that contains the information of the proteins came into being in the first place.

Having failed to explain the complexity of DNA through coincidences, evolutionists sought new ways to explain it in the 1980s. Harvard chemist Walter Gilbert developed a scenario in 1986, claiming that billions of years ago, a self-replicating RNA molecule was somehow formed by itself.

He then claimed that this RNA molecule suddenly started to produce proteins with the help of environmental conditions. After that, he claimed, a need to keep this information on a second molecule arose, but he claimed the DNA molecule, nevertheless, managed to “form on its own”.

Like many evolutionists, Szostak believes that RNA was the first organic molecule to come into being. However, evolutionists need to show how RNA can replicate itself without other enzymes and proteins.

This is what Szostak’s lab was working on. They thought that if such a mechanism was found, the RNA’s ability to self-replicate would be confirmed, and that RNA could have formed through so-called evolution before DNA or proteins existed, which they hoped would provide a foundation for the evolutionist claims to the origin of life.

However, they never achieved this goal because neither RNA nor any part of the cell were products of coincidence.

The article that was published in Nature Chemistry in 2016 as a “discovery” that supported the theory of evolution, and that prompted Nobel prize winner Szostak, was about this “finding”.

However, post-doctoral researcher Tivoli Olsen from Szostak’s laboratory could not obtain the same results despite repeating the same experiments.

Not only was he unable to obtain the same results, Tivoli also saw that the previous results of the experiment had been misinterpreted.

Consequently, Szostak’s article was retracted. Szostak confessed that this “debacle” was “absolutely embarrassing” and continued:

“In retrospect, we were totally blinded by our belief (in our findings) — we were not as careful or rigorous as we should have been (and as Tivoli was) in interpreting these experiments.”

In fact, Szotsak’s sincere confession is quite significant.

The theory of evolution, which is not based on evidence, has been advocated for materialistic purposes because it was considered as the only way to deny the existence of a Creator.

Every scientific finding, from the moment they are discovered, has always been interpreted based on the theory of evolution by these people. As seen in Szotsak’s confession, their belief in evolution mars the objectivity of many scientists, causing them to misinterpret findings.

What is even more interesting is that how Szotsak’s words, which were aimed at those who believe in creation, actually described his own situation.

He said: “I think that belief systems based on faith are inherently dangerous, as they leave the believer susceptible to manipulation when scepticism and inquiries are discouraged.”

As can be seen, Szotsak’s words, in fact, quite accurately described people who blindly believe in the theory of evolution, even though there is no evidence to support it.

The theory of evolution is a non-scientific belief. Materialists and evolutionists have firmly embraced the theory of evolution to avoid acknowledging the fact that the universe and life are the products of a Creator.

In fact, since the 19th century, science has been stalled by evolutionist and materialist perspective, and a great amount of time, energy and material resources are being wasted in this regard. Every piece of evidence, from fossils to microscopic discoveries, are being assessed from an evolutionist and materialistic perspective.

The well-known confession of Richard Lewontin, a geneticist and evolutionist from Harvard University, clearly describes this fact: “We have ‘a priori’ commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world. On the contrary, that we are forced by our ‘a priori’ adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

The coexistence of the “necessary substances”, “necessary environmental conditions” and “necessary interventions” in necessary amounts and in the right time, in an idle, purposeless, aimless, uncontrolled environment, where no knowledge and intelligence exists as evolutionists claim, is indeed impossible.

Even for the formation of a single RNA molecule, an intelligent, knowing and powerful Creator must exist.

This is a very clear and definite truth, a truth demonstrated by science. Any effort to prove otherwise are condemned to be “retracted”.

 

[1] http://retractionwatch.com/2017/12/05/definitely-embarrassing-nobel-laureate-retracts-non-reproducible-paper-nature-journal/#more-52894

[2] Richard Lewontin, The Demon-Haunted World, The New York Review of Books, January 9, 1997, s. 28

Adnan Oktar's piece in New Straits Times (Malaysia):

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2018/01/328188/evolution-fails-deny-Creator

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Agro-ecological Farming: The Solution For a Possible Hunger Crisis

Today, there exists an undeniable food problem in the world. In fact, even though our planet has enough resources to feed all of the 7.5 billion people living on it, the combination of many factors such as the amount of wasted food, inefficient resource management, and organizational shortcomings make it so that hunger and income inequality are now a chronic problem. Increasing our agricultural efforts is undoubtedly the first solution that comes to mind. However, when the relevant data is taken into consideration, this measure alone would hardly be beneficial without the necessary effective regulations.

According to the United Nations, agricultural production needs to be increased by 60% in order to be able to feed the two billion people to be added to the world population by 2050. One way to achieve this is to improve efficiency in agriculture, in other words, increasing the amount of product that can be obtained from a unit agricultural land. However, there is a limit to this increase. Besides, there are many arguments out there claiming that using genetically modified products to achieve this increase may lead to undesirable results. Another way is to increase the amount of available arable land. However, in developed countries, arable land has largely reached its upper limit. For this reason, extensive work is being carried out to create additional arable lands suitable for production. One other option is to repurpose large tracts of land in underdeveloped countries for agriculture and although this solution seems to be problematic in some ways, it looks like the only viable one. Then, what kind of prospective planning can be done in this regard?

Scientists suggest agro-ecological agriculture instead of currently prevalent industrial agricultural methods because the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and dense fossil fuels commonly currently used in industrial agriculture cause great harm to agricultural land and the environment. Additionally, even though industrial agriculture helps products be produced for lower costs, prices inevitably rise due to the multiple supply chains the products have to go through before reaching the consumer. The most pronounced problem in this regard is the unhealthy products produced by industrial processes. Indeed, there are also social problems, such as the big companies operating in industrial agriculture forcing villagers out by buying up their land.

Today, many scientists are proposing agro-ecological farming as a solution for these problems. The main characteristic of agro-ecological farming is the employment of natural methods instead of resorting to industrial fertilizers and agricultural pesticides. Besides, since agro-ecological farming doesn’t utilize fossil fuels, or uses it in minimal amounts, the products end up healthier and of higher quality, and the expenses of the farmers are reduced. As a result, the products can be made available at a more affordable price along with better reliability and accessibility.

The aim of agro-ecological farming is ‘producing for the people, not for companies’. This way, field owners can sell their products directly to retailers or consumers rather than selling them to companies at low prices. While this strategy eliminates supply chains and monopolization, it also prevents food prices from rising and makes it easier to access.

Agro-ecological farming is in fact not a utopia. Successful examples can be observed around the world.
In Eastern Africa, for instance, organic methods are preferred against agricultural pests rather than chemical pesticides. According to the Oakland Institute’s assessment, the yield on maize farming without the use of chemical pesticides was increased by an average of 1 to 3.5 tonnes per hectare. Additionally, through a program at Wote, run by the Kenyan government and the agricultural research center ICRISAT, approximately 400 farmers were observed to have increased their productivity and they could sell their products for more favorable prices.

Another example can be seen in the Yunnan region of China. Scientists and farmers have succeeded in developing a species resistant to rice fungus disease by crossbreeding various rice species and they’ve achieved an 89% increase in products.

Agro-ecological principles can be adapted to any farm in every size. Living in the US state of Montana, the Bob Quinn family began growing different types of wheat, buckwheat, barley, flax, lentils, clover (for green manure and hay bales) and peas (for green manure) in their 1,500 hectare farm. The five-year crop rotation eliminated insects, diseases and weeds, and increased the quality of the soil, thereby ensuring first-class yields.

The success of agro-ecological farming not only depends on producers, but on consumers as well. First of all, people need to pay attention to whether they are buying healthy products with high nutritional value; or food grown not by the sun and the soil, but with the help of biotech and fossil fuels and spoiled by plastics and chemicals.

It is essential for the United Nations to present agro-ecological farming as an alternative food policy for the prevention of a possible global hunger crisis and for people to enjoy healthier nutrition. Indeed, the ministry of agriculture in every country also should encourage and support these practices.

 

[1] Alex Ruton; Eight ways to solve world hunger, the Guardian 8 Mayıs 2013, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/jun/08/eight-ways-solve-world-hunger

[2] J. Price Gittinger; Analyse Economique de Projects Agrivoles, Edition Economica Paris, 1985, s. 5

[3] IPES-Food. 2016. From uniformity to diversity: a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems. International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food systems.

[4] Henrietta Moore ; Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet?, the Guardian 9 Ekim 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/oct/09/agroecological-farming-feed-world-africa

[5] Janet Cotter ve Reyes Tirado; Food security: The answer is biodiversity, Greenpeace Briefing  Haziran 2008, http://www.greenpeace.org/greece/Global/greece/report/2008/7/food-security.pdf

[6] Janet Cotter ve Reyes Tirado; Adı Geçen Eser.

Adnan Oktar'ın Kashmir Reader'da yayınlanan makalesi:

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/01/18/agro-ecological-farming-the-solution-for-a-possible-hunger-crisis/

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What Has Turkey Learned From Terrorism?

The Middle East is a challenging region. Beset by strife and destruction on all sides, Turkey shoulders a great responsibility and mission as a country of this troublesome geography. It is for this reason that, given both the mission it has undertaken and its own geopolitical importance, Turkey has gone through many times of hardship from past to present.

Just as coups and terrorism form long and inseparable parts of the Middle East, the same sadly holds true for Turkey as well. The coup attempt Turkey went through on July 15, 2016 was a crucial lesson in terms of recognizing both the terrorist organizations and the treacherous deep structure Turkey is faced with. This coup attempt led to the realization that Turkey not only has to confront those terrorist organizations that do not hide their true colors and intentions, but also hypocritical ones that infiltrated the state from within, such as FETO.

The state of emergency, which has been in effect since then, aims to thoroughly expose this deep, insidious organization. Having infiltrated almost all vital institutions from military to police, from the judiciary system to politics, from the media to the economy, this organization demonstrated by martyring almost 250 civilians that the bitter enmity it bears is not just directed at those governing Turkey, but the Turkish people as a whole. This is an indication of the fact that the terrorism issue Turkey now finds itself again confronted with has never been a minor one.

FETO’s affiliation with the PKK terrorist organization, which has been perpetrating vicious attacks within the borders of Turkey for the last 40 years in order to seize Southeastern Turkey, was of course not a surprising revelation. The “solution process” initiated in 2014, which was based on negotiating with the Stalinist terrorist organization PKK, proposed various privileges to the PKK in return for laying down their arms. During that period, when discussing this issue, we laid great emphasis on the following potential dangers:

  1. A Stalinist terrorist organization that solely relies on weapons will never lay down arms.
  2. The promises of laying down arms and withdrawing from the country will never materialize; only the sick and maimed terrorists will be sent away from the country. During this phase, however, the terrorist organization will rejuvenate its cadre while feigning a withdrawal from the country.
  3. Meanwhile, the members of the terrorist organization will be deployed to the cities, forming the organization’s urban structure.
  4. This method will allow them the pretense of laying down their arms while they take root in cities under the threat of weapons, establishing their dominance in the region.

As the situation began to unfold in the exact same order we had foreseen, the Turkish government paid heed to our warnings and with a sudden maneuver, suspended the solution process. Some countries may have employed the reconciliation method in their struggle against terrorism; however, this method will certainly not prove a solution for the PKK issue in Turkey. The first and foremost reason of this is the fact that the PKK terrorist organization desires to found an anarchist communist state: To that end, the PKK presses its territorial demands and is bent on the worldwide propagation of the red communist system that it plans to establish over the territories it snatched from Turkey.

Therefore, a terrorist organization like the PKK will only be willing to strike an agreement so long as its territorial demands are met. This, however, is beyond consideration for the Turkish people and government.

So if the armed struggle does not yield the desired results and negotiation is out of question, does this mean that the issue is insoluble? It surely is not. As with all the issues regarding terrorism, the PKK problem is, at its core, ideological one. The reason that urges people to take up arms and join the PKK is the Stalinist ideology. Despite all their efforts to masquerade as an entirely unrelated organization under the PYD umbrella (the PKK and PYD are two sides of the same coin) to be able to curry the USA’s favor, anarchist communism has always remained the underlying ideology. Therefore, the ideological reasons driving these groups into the clutches of anarchism and communism must be thoroughly examined and confronted with due scientific response.

To that end, what needs to be done is to accurately identify the ways to make such a scientific response, as well as raising a youth with a well-developed national conscience. Although the Turkish national conscience manifested itself in an utterly valiant fashion during the July 15 coup attempt, a national education policy built around this goal is still sorely needed.

The same is also true for the FETO organization. In the broadest sense, FETO is a terrorist organization operating under the orders and shaped around the demands of certain secret foreign powers. It executed their orders and sought a divided Turkey. The insidious modus operandi employed by the organization surely makes the situation that much harder for both the Turkish government and the Turkish nation. But there are crucial and major steps Turkey has to take in order to avoid facing with these types of attacks ever again.

The fact that those who betrayed Turkey are the very people who were raised and trained in Turkey has prompted the question of how and through which methods they have been manipulated. People who are easily swayed into becoming traitors usually grow up in environments where sycophancy is cultivated at the expanse of national sentiments. For that reason, it is crucial that a youth with an ideological mission is raised and actions towards achieving this goal are taken in the country.

Terrorism is ultimately a problem rooted in ideology. If a person or a group takes up arms and tries to impose an idea, it means that that person or group has placed their faith in and passionately believed in an erroneous and highly dangerous ideology. It means that they have been deceived, albeit unaware of the deception that fools them.

This is because they have never been offered the scientific evidence that shows the erroneousness of their ideology. For Turkey, a country at the heart of the Middle East acting as a bridge between civilizations, efforts towards raising ideological awareness are of crucial importance. The serious shortcoming in this regard is the sole reason that allows the PKK to continue its existence in Turkey for 40 years and paves the way for the emergence of traitorous organizations such as FETO.

Of course, any discussion on terrorist organizations also calls for addressing the external factors that nourish and reinforce them. This, however, will have to be the subject of another article.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Eurasia Review (USA):

http://www.eurasiareview.com/16012018-what-has-turkey-learned-from-terrorism-oped/

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Christians Targeted by Middle East Terrorism

The Middle East and Anatolia are the lands of Christianity’s birth. Mary (pbuh) and her family lived on these lands. The Prophet John (pbuh) was born and martyred on these lands. The Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was born in the city of Bethelem, modern day Palestine and again ascended to heaven by God on these lands. This region is also considered sacred by the Jews. The oldest churches on earth, the Church of the Nativity, the Church of the Resurrection, Church of All Nations, are located in the Middle East. The founding saints of Christianity spread their religion across these lands. Today, many Christians follow the footsteps of St. Paul in Anatolia and commemorate the era of Christianity’s foundation. The Virgin Mary’s House in the Izmir region is one of the largest Christian pilgrimage sites. The Arabian Peninsula, the lands of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Anatolia are the very heart of all three religions. No political view or entity, and certainly no terrorist group, holds the power to change this historical fact.

For centuries, a peaceful mosaic of the three religions prevailed in the region. During this period, no wars were waged on the holy lands in the name of religion. This period, dubbed the Pax-Ottomana, lasted until the imperialist states divided the Middle East among themselves under the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Immediately after World War I, France and Britain occupied the region, sowing the seeds of hatred between Jews and Muslims on one hand, and establishing territorial dominance through artificial borders and puppet governments on the other. Every group that rose up against the invaders was crushed mercilessly.

Following World War II, Jews and Muslims were dragged into a spiral of violence through external interventions which would last 70 years. Muslims, too, were brought into internal conflict through nationalist and sectarian ideologies, and this great sedition has completely engulfed the region’s Islamic society. Now in the 21st Century, the region has virtually descended into chaos. In the span of a few decades, millions of Muslims have lost their lives while the major states of the Islamic world have fallen one after another. Another victim of this atmosphere of violence is the Christians residing in the region.

The Christian population in the Middle East further decreases with each passing day. Christian Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians, Merkits, Maronites and Copts were forced to abandon their lands. Orthodox Christianity is essentially on the verge of extinction in the region; the handful of Christians who have chosen to stay live a life of fear. Christians are the targets of radical groups and oppressive governments. Christians are also among the targets of provocative activities in the region. In the past several years, countless churches were razed down or bombed in Egypt. These attacks cost the lives of hundreds of Christians. The number of Iraqi Christians, which stood at 1.4 million in 2003, has plummeted to about 300,000 today. Chaldean, Syriac and Nestorian villages have been completely razed, rendering Christians as refugees in their own country.

Without doubt, Syria is the place where the flames of war now burn most intensely. Today, the Syrian Christian community has been caught in the conflict between the regime and separatist groups. Particularly in Homs and Latakia, many churches that were caught in the crossfire were utterly destroyed. The history of Syrian Christians dates back as far as Saint Paul; the pre-civil war population of this 2,000-year-old community was 2,000,000, whereas today it has been reduced to mere hundreds of thousands.

The northern region of Syria is one of the centers of Christian society. The region’s demography is predominantly comprised of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens. With the spread of the civil war, the PYD established a de facto canton in the region: Since the PYD have a desire to found a communist state in Syria, it is exerting pressure on the local Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen populations. The Christian Nestorians in the region are struggling for survival under PYD oppression. Numerous Christian villages have been burned down. The people of the region have been forced to migrate, and whatever possessions they left behind were looted by the PYD terrorist organization and its partisans. The Christians who struggle for their existence in the city of Qamishli have also come under armed attack from the PYD’s militants on more than one occasion. Especially since early 2017, a great many Christians in the region have lost their lives in PYD attacks. The PYD has declared Qamishli as the capital of the so-called canton and at the moment, it is trying to take away the right to life of the 50,000 Christians residing in Qamishli.

The Christians in northern Syria try to make their voices heard by the outside world at every opportunity. They tell of how the PYD seizes their possessions, how it levies taxes by force of arms, and how their youth are forced to fight in the PYD’s ranks. Johny Messo, the President of the World Council of Arameans, has consistently spoken out in his interviews about the PYD’s policies to seize the region and how the terrorist organization uses the weapons supplied to it by the USA against innocent Christians. Again in the past few days, 18 Armenian and Nestorian organizations issued a joint declaration protesting the oppressive policies the PYD pursues towards Christians. Regrettably, these pleas of the Christians of northern Syria have hardly made any impact in the Western media.

The PYD is being pampered by the coalition forces, particularly the USA. It is being provided with weapons and financial support, while a blind eye is turned towards its aggressive policies. The USA fails to realize that the world is drifting towards a new communist terrorism. The only thing the PYD/PKK has accomplished in their 40-year-long history is to tyrannize any nation that stands on their way, especially their own people. By remaining an ally of these communist terrorists, the West is knowingly playing with fire. They seem to not understand that terrorist organizations do not make allies or friends. An armed organization becoming an actual state in Syria will ignite the fuse of a new, unabated war and those who will suffer the most from this will be Christians, Muslims, Jews, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens; in short, the people of the region. The sparks of such a flame may swiftly spread to the entire world. For this reason, the policy of arming terrorist organizations and employing them as mercenaries must come to an end as soon as possible.

Ultimately, the duty that falls on all Muslims is to unite among themselves and unite with the downtrodden Christians and put an end to the oppression in the region targeting both Muslims and Christians alike.

Adnan Oktar's piece in News Rescue (USA):

http://newsrescue.com/christians-targeted-middle-east-terrorism/#axzz542ZVazW7

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Google: An emerging global actor in the Internet world

The diversity of information that Google provides is also a subject of criticism. The Internet is an environment with no quality control; anyone can gather whatever batch of information they wish and present it to the whole world

It employs over 70,000 people around the world. It owns five of the top 10 most downloaded mobile applications in the United States. Having being traded at $85 in its initial public offering, the company’s shares rose up to $600. The company with the highest mobile and digital ad revenue. In 2017, its revenue in the mobile market is expected to reach some $50 billion.

The above describes Google, one of the world’s leading technology companies. It has offices in many countries and their online products carry significance beyond their commercial value. Today, Google’s actions have profound effects that can change the entire world. With its current scale, it is not only a technology company but also a global actor.

One of the most elaborated subjects in international relations is the concept of an “actor.” In international relations, entities that can make independent decisions and take independent action are called actors. States, individuals, national interest groups, international organisations and transnational organisations are the most common actors of international relations. Even though they differ in type and organisational structure, the common characteristic of all actors is their ability to influence other actors. Google is also recognised as one of the major global actors among others, such as General Motors, IBM, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Unilever and Microsoft.

Google is not just a mere search engine; it offers a cornucopia of services in different areas. Google offers a wide variety of possibilities for a vast number of people in the world with services such as; Google Analytics for reviewing website statistics, the free online mail service Gmail, the document editing tool package Google Docs and Google Translate for helping people to communicate in different languages, the Internet browser Google Chrome, social media networks Youtube and Google plus, and Google Earth for displaying a 3D representation of earth based on satellite imagery.

Google is a technology company, but the services it provides also have a social aspect. For example, you can observe a forested area in a city, thanks to Google Earth, and measure how much of this area has been destroyed by urbanisation over time; likewise, you can watch a conflict between the security forces of a country and demonstrators.

Moreover, the ability to comment on the shared information, documents and videos can turn masses into participants in global or local events, helping the organisation of new social movements.

The fact that online data can be easily and quickly accessed today leads to the empowerment of both citizens and non-state actors. It strengthens the hand of global civil society against national Governments, international bureaucrats and traditional political elites.

Until now, the main sources of news for many countries were the Governments. Therefore, Press agencies were limited to the information presented to them by the Governments for their news pieces for the masses. In today’s cyber age, people have the ability to access news and information that can rival Governments in quality and speed. In this way, NGOs, think-tanks and various interest groups are able to question Governments’ practices more frequently and effectively.

Non-governmental organisations are now far more effective in their efforts on specialised subjects, such as the environment, global poverty, public health, personal rights and freedoms.

In this sense, it is possible to say that Google has made an important contribution to democracy and human rights in the world. However, the final picture is not so perfect. The diversity of information that Google provided is also a subject of major criticism. The Internet is an environment with no quality control; anyone can gather whatever batch of information they wish and present it to the whole world. It is not possible to know the reliability of the information that Google presents, especially on political issues.

Moreover, the parameters Google uses to determine the priority of search results are not entirely clear.

When these facts are taken into consideration, it can even be said that Google is the biggest propagator of political radicalism, racism, pornography or religious bigotry.

Undoubtedly, Google is already aware of this and is making every effort to establish the necessary control mechanisms but considering that there are one billion different web sites on the Internet, it will not be easy.

While Google distributes information, it also collects information from its users. This information includes a variety of personal information, from personal pictures to political tendencies, their holiday locations during the summer and the kind of food they prefer.

When we consider this side of their operations, it is not wrong to think of Google as the world’s largest intelligence firm. But how much of this information is shared and with whom? This is one of the most important questions of our time and unfortunately there is, for now at least, no clear answer. That’s why many countries feel the need to set up their own search engines and mail services, in order to establish a protective shield.

Another criticism is about Google’s influence on the new generation. According to this school of thought, Google makes it easy to jump to a variety of contents on different subjects. For this reason, it undermines young people’s ability to think and learn, and destroys their ability to focus.

Even though the world of the Internet has some drawbacks, it is actually an important world paving the way for very important developments. So much so that the wealth of information accessible through today’s Internet and social media have the power to influence the minds of the masses.

The effective use of this weapon may disturb some of the world’s delicate balances. This significant power over the masses can be well-used for the propagation of peace and reason. Hateful masses are created by propaganda and indoctrination; the same methods can be conveniently used to spread love and friendship across the world. It is even enough to merely change the type of language used on the Internet to achieve this.

Big Internet platforms like Google possess the power to do that. Propaganda, which is the driving factor of today’s wars, massacres, exploitation and brutality, can easily be utilised for positive suggestions.

It should not be forgotten that the human soul is more receptive to positive ideas. Platforms like Google should direct all their talents and capabilities to change the masses that shape the world; to create happy, free and peaceful societies and to break the chains of negativity.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer (India):

http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/agenda/opinion/google-an-emerging-global-actor-in-the-internet-world.html

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Together With Our Old Friend Egypt Once Again

Politics is a sensitive subject. It sometimes makes things rough, sometimes even brutal. When politics come between friends, this rough side of politics can be quite damaging. It is for this reason that we should not compare true friendships with the cold face of politics. True friends should resolve their problems amicably, leaving cold-faced concepts like “political interests” out of their dealings.

Turkey and Egypt have been two halves of the same apple for a very long time. Their alliance is based on brotherhood, not political calculations. Almost every Egyptian has some kind of connection, a relation, a bond with Turkey, and every Turk with Egypt. This brotherhood-based alliance is significant not just for these countries, but also for the entire region. For this reason, Turkey and Egypt are the two countries whose alliance and friendship must never be tainted.

After Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s statement on the improving relations with Egypt in 2016, last year saw a year where small but positive steps were taken towards this goal. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s positive remarks about Turkey, published in the Egyptian newspaper Akhbar el-Yom, resounded worldwide. Shoukry, expressing his desire for the normalization of relations between the two countries, said, “There is no doubt that there are a lot of bonds between the Egyptian and Turkish people. We hope relations will return [to normal] and we are always open to this.”

Undoubtedly, both countries responded quite positively to these statements. It was a very positive step towards the long-overdue elimination of any resentment between the two brotherly countries.

Speaking to a Turkish newspaper, the Al-Ahram newspaper managing editor Mohamed Sabreen said that they desire to have good relations with Turkey in the economy and other fields within the bounds of mutual respect, and continued, “We have no requirements for this. We just demand equal relations between the two countries as it should be. … Egypt hasn’t yet completely burned the bridges with Turkey. An agreement can be reached in consideration with the interests of the two countries. Looking out for the interests, welfare and development of the two countries is indeed an important matter but the important thing is to restructure the good relations within the framework of friendship.

Sabreen’s statement, “In negotiations, media/press can play a positive role in establishing mutual relations and can lay the groundwork for countries to sit around the same table. Turkish people are our brothers. We want good relations.” was quite positive and promising. Both the Turkish and the Egyptian people are already longing for the day when the two countries will stand together as friends. The press should make it their job to make their voices heard around the world and urge the politicians of the two countries to act in this regard.

Pointing out that certain powers are trying to create a conflict between Muslim countries by dragging the region into an overall Sunni-Shiite division, the Turkey and Iran expert Bashir Abdel Fattah continued with the following statements: “Egypt is aware of the problems experienced with Turkey, but also knows for a fact that this will never make these countries enemies. … Turkey and Iran shouldn’t be the enemies of Egypt. We need to normalize the relations immediately. … A unity between Turkey, Iran and Egypt will solve the problems.”

The above statements of Fattah have a special significance. Turkey and Egypt should stand united, not only as a manifestation of brotherhood, but also for the peace in the region. There is a serious policy of division at work in the region, and as Fattah correctly pointed out, the Sunni-Shiite conflict is being encouraged. The only purpose of this effort is to weaken the Islamic community. The two long-standing countries of the region, Turkey and Egypt, must not allow it to succeed; this responsibility lies on these two important countries. This alliance is needed, not only for the betterment of these two countries, but for the Muslims and non-Muslims in the region and all over the world to be able to live in peace and be protected from policies of terror, violence and destruction.

In fact, treacherous attacks on mosques and churches in Egypt show us that not only Muslims, but people of all faiths, are in need of protection. Establishing an alliance in the region is essential for this protection. This union should include all the countries in the region and it should stand as a barrier against the intended attacks on the Islamic world. No doubt, everyone knows how much power such an alliance would govern in the region. This opportunity should not be wasted due to unnecessary resentments; Turkey and Egypt must take immediate action in this regard. Turkey, in particular, should demonstrate that it embraces all the people of Egypt. The concerns of the Egyptian people should be relieved in this regard.

The recent developments concerning Jerusalem and the tensions brought about by the Syrian conflict have caused these two countries to better understand the need for such an alliance. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s participation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s recent emergency meeting regarding Jerusalem is an important positive step.

The Former director of the Egyptian Armed Forces Research Center, Major General Gamal Mazlum, stated that “Syria’s interests are more important than our dispute with Turkey. Egypt would never hesitate to sit down at a negotiation table where Turkey is one of the parties” and this is the way as it should be. It does not seem possible for the countries in the region experiencing problems to recover by their own means. The new US policy has, unfortunately, put a hold on a possible peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. All these facts are a clear sign that the solutions in question can only be achieved with an alliance between the leading countries of the region. Any further hesitation in this regard will lead to more people losing their lives in the region and terrorist organizations finding more opportunities and space to operate, which will turn the Middle East into an even greater nightmare. Instead of being responsible for this, a flame of friendship must be rekindled to overcome the flames of violence and brutality in the region.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets (Egypt) & Jefferson Corner (USA):

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/01/14/together-with-our-old-friend-egypt-once-again/

http://www.jeffersoncorner.com/together-with-our-old-friend-egypt-once-again/

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Economic globalization a code for exploitation?

Marco Polo was pioneering the global economy 700 years ago when he brought products from China to Italy via the Silk Road. Since then, with the development of transnational trade, the globalization of the economy has gained increased momentum. Today, it is not at all surprising for a company to produce goods in a country other than its homeland and then to sell its products around the world.

The global economy has become so widespread that it has started to affect state politics, international relations, international law and social dynamics. But, did economic globalization, which had such a profound effect on the world, bring prosperity to the people?

This question is answered differently by the advocates of globalization and its opponents. Advocates of classically liberal economics argue that competition and the possibility for high profit in the markets will naturally lead to the most efficient distribution of resources. According to them, economic globalization is an opportunity to increase the worldwide level of prosperity. Since the greatest advantage of economic globalization is that the game is played out between the winners and other winners, one of central ideas  was that globalization would make wealthy richer and poor less poor.

The argument of those who support globalization is based on the following assumption: A transnational company will prefer less developed countries with lower labor costs for production. In this way, unemployment, the chronic problem of underdeveloped countries, would be eliminated and with increasing employment, the concerned country would develop rapidly. Even though it sounds fairly reasonable on paper, the reality is not always so optimistic.

Many multinational, globally recognized brands have moved their production to countries like China, Indonesia and the Ivory Coast through subcontractors in order to benefit from by using cheap workforce. However contrary to what was claimed, manufacturers caused the conditions in these countries to go from bad to worse.

An activist named Jeff Ballinger published a report in 1991 in Indonesia documenting the low wages and poor working conditions for employees in one of the world’s most famous athletic shoe brand factories.. According to the report, the company's subcontractors were exploiting the employees by giving them a wage lower than the minimum wage in Indonesia[i] while it enjoyed record-high profits. On top of that, child workers were also employed in production and women workers were sometimes beaten by their supervisors with shoes due to trivial sewing errors and this punishment was a common occurrence.[ii]

Another example of abuse in economic globalization was observed in Ivory Coast. Chocolates were being produced for the world's most famous food brand from local cocoa, collected by children who had been kidnapped from their families or sold by their parents to child abusers. Moreover, this company continued to employ children under the age of 15 for ten more years after declaring its commitment to end child labor.[iii]

The globalizing economy hasn't created prosperity but only problems for underdeveloped countries in every period in history when the reins were in the hands of those with exploitative mindsets. It is possible to give similar examples: The article by The Guardian in April 2017, entitled "Threats, Bullying, Lawsuits: the tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market" about the international tobacco companies in Africa, describes the threatening and bullying methods employed by the largest tobacco companies in the world to prevent or impede the implementation of legislation for the prevention of smoking in eight African countries.[iv]  A similar article in The Independent describes the activities of large tobacco companies in Africa as follows: 

Tobacco firms have taken advantage of lax marketing rules in developing countries. They aggressively promote cigarettes to new, young consumers, while using lawyers, lobby groups and carefully selected statistics to bully governments that attempt to quash the industry in the West.[v]

Similar problematic practices can be seen with international mining companies operating in Africa as well. These companies pay very little tax to the government despite earning enormous incomes.[vi] Most of their employees are employed from their own countries, and most of their goods and services are again bought from their own countries.[vii] Thereby, not only do they not make any contribution to the economy or the employment of that country, they also pay ridiculously low prices to take possession of trillions of dollars worth of the natural wealth that rightfully belongs to the people of that country. In the end, the true owners of that natural wealth are worse off as time passes. An obvious system of exploitation continues to oppress people before the eyes of the whole world.

Indeed, the concept of a globalized economy shouldn’t be blamed solely for the negativity it brings. Increasing international trade volume, production, transnational mutual investment and employment capacities and creating employment possibilities for the unemployed workforce worldwide are among the opportunities that the global economy offers for the benefit and prosperity of all people. However it seems that honest and trustworthy administrators, as well as internationally binding – and enforceable - legislation that prohibits the negative repercussions such as exploitation of wages and worker abuses are essential requirements in order to bring to fruition such benefits.

 

[i] Max Nisen, Bussines Insider, How Nike Solved Its Sweatshop Problem, 9 Mayıs 2013, http://www.businessinsider.com/how-nike-solved-its-sweatshop-problem-2013-5
[ii] İrfan Özfatura, Sıradan Atlet, Sıra Dışı Tüccar Phil Knight, Türkiye Gazetesi Haziran 2009. 
[iii] Joe Sandler Clarke, Child labour on Nestlé farms: chocolate giant's problems continue, The Guardian 2 Eylül 2015, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/02/child-labour-on-nestle-farms-chocolate-giants-problems-continue
[iv] Sarah Boseley, Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market, Nairobi 12 Nisan 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/12/big-tobacco-dirty-war-africa-market (Erişim tarihi: 8 Kasım 2017)
[v] Emily Dugan, The Unstoppable March of the Tobacco Giants, 28 Mayıs 2011, http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-unstoppable-march-of-the-tobacco-giants-2290583.html
[vi] Mark Curtis,  Britain’s New Africa Empire, Huffingtonpost 26 Temmuz 2016 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-curtis/britain-africa-development_b_11191728.html
[vii] Mining Online, Britain’s New African Empire 20 Şubat 2017, http://www.miningafricaonline.co.za/index.php/mining-features/mining-in-africa/3057-britain-s-new-african-empire

Adnan Oktar's piece in Cape Argus (South Africa) & Indian Muslim Oberver (India):

http://indianmuslimobserver.com/2018/02/01/economic-globalization-doesnt-bring-prosperity-everyone/

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What lies beneath Iran protests

Recent protests in Iran erupted on December 28, 2017, initially over an abrupt increase in food prices and the country's overall financial policies. Protesters first started to rally in the second largest city of Mashhad, known for its religious and spiritual identity and hosting the Imam Reza Shrine, then spread to many cities across the country. The riots, which then turned violent by damaging banks and municipal buildings, ended on January 4th leaving behind a number of casualties.

It is important to note that we will always stand by the elected government of Iran and be opposed to any attempts and moves intended to weaken the government or cause fragmentation in Iran. Needless to say, all democratic citizens of all countries are entitled to stage democratic demonstrations - just as President Rouhani commented - by saying Iranian citizens must have the right to voice their concerns.  He also made another important statement in Press TV as, "We are a free nation, and based on the Constitution and citizenship rights, people are completely free to express their criticism and even their protest."

It is true that in free countries, carrying out mass protests are defined as a legal right based in the law. As a matter of fact, Turkish law itself states: "As per the provisions of this law, without asking for a preliminary permit, everyone, on the condition of not bearing arms or attacking, has the right of assembly and demonstration marches for specific reasons that are not considered to be an act of crime according to law."[2] Additionally, some essential principles need to be preserved in such protests; there should be no violation of others' rights and security, and law and order should be sustained. When these provisions are not kept, and the protest turns out to be an occupation of that part of the city, uncontrollable elements are likely to be a part of such actions. For instance, in recent years due to such protests, regimes were toppled in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Ukraine, and a civil war started in Syria, while governments were changed in Jordan, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait and Lebanon. Again, social peace and order was severely disrupted in Iraq, Bahrain, Sudan, and Algeria.

Some foreign intelligence agents and fringe groups, with very different agendas than that of the protesters, try to exploit the vulnerability of the society in question and infiltrate the masses. For example, the sinister structure known as the British deep state has been concocting schemes for the Middle East and has been actively working to stage a plot against the strong countries of the region like Iran, Russia and Turkey because of their success in trying to end the bloodshed in Syria through Astana Peace Talks. One of the main methods of this establishment is to provoke the people against their governments; ultimately, that would lead to the fragmentation of countries through separatist violence or coup attempts.

Such methods were used and failed; first in 2009 in Iran, when the Reformist candidates' allegations of fraud in the presidential elections of the same year poured massive crowds into the streets demanding a change. This "Green Movement" was considered as the biggest civil unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamanei accused the American billionaire George Soros, who implemented the idea in the name of color or velvet revolutions, of trying to interfere in the 2009 riots.[3] It is a well-known fact that Soros funds the various youth organizations that contributed to the ousting of administrations in Poland, Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine.[4] It is also noteworthy that the Brookings Institute prepared a report on Iran in June of 2009 called "Which path to Persia? Options for a new American strategy toward Iran." In this report, it is stated that "...the most obvious and palatable method of bringing about its [the Iranian regime] demise would be to help foster a popular revolution along the lines of the 'velvet revolutions' that toppled many communist governments in Eastern Europe beginning in 1989."[5] The term 'color' or 'velvet' is intended to soften the image and make people believe that these incidents are peaceful protests. However, despite their innocent-sounding names, these have always brought destruction, bloodshed and suffering. Soros himself admits in The Bubble of American Supremacy how he uses this method as a tactic:

...working in countries whose government is hostile may be even more rewarding. [In hostile countries] it is important to support civil society to keep the flame of freedom alive. By resisting government interference, the foundation may be able to alert the population that the government is abusing its authority.[6]

Turkey saw its share of color revolutions during the Gezi incidents in 2013, in which demonstrators initially demanded the preservation of Gezi Park as a recreational area; protests then quickly spread to other cities of the country in a weirdly organized way and turned into armed and bloody uprising demanding the fall of government. Also, the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016 was another plot against Turkey, which was thwarted by patriotic Turkish citizens who protected their country. Iran and Russia were always on Turkey's side from the very beginning of this disaster.

Such stirring outcomes may have been realized by the employment of social media which has been popular in the last decade. Social media becomes an instrument for organizing, stirring and agitating the masses that are assumed to join the demonstrations just as they did in the 2009 Green Movement, the 2013 Gezi Park and recently in Iran's protests. The fact that those who tweet about these trends in Twitter regarding Iran are from foreign countries prove that these incidents are being organized by the British deep state. This is the classical tactic of the British deep state but they won't work anymore since people are aware of these plots.

It is vital that Turkey and Russia to be on alert to foil any plots to stir up trouble Iran. Other Muslim countries should also not remain unresponsive to the incidents in Iran and should act in the beginning before such marches progress into violent acts. On the other hand, Iran should respond to the peaceful protesters' demands in terms of the economy and employment to make a better life standard for its citizens. Iran's recent statement regarding the easing of punishments for violating the country's conservative dress code for women is greatly appreciated. Women are a significant segment of the society and should have more rights to partake in many duties including the government. Moreover, it would be a good progress for the youth - who make up nearly three-quarters of the population - to be able to voice their economic grievances and for officials to meet their needs through dialogue.

 

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/31/world/middleeast/iran-protests.html

[2] Law on Assembly and Demonstration Marches, Article 3

[3]  https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/iran-khamenei-warning-election-unrest-2017-vote.html

[4] Kjetil Fosshagen, "Arab Spring: Uprisings, Powers, Interventions", Berghahn Books, 2014, pp. 13-14

[5] https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/06_iran_strategy.pdf

[6] The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party, David Horowitz and Richard Poe, p. 231

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda'da (Russia):

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/10-01-2018/139658-iran_protests-0/

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A Well-Rounded Approach to Climatology

The Earth possesses a natural and balanced system that allows for self-sufficiency. Underground water sources, the elements in the soil, the ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the diversity of living organisms all combine to ensure the preservation of Earth’s perfect balance: This balance never shifts unless by an outside intervention.

Think of a house; the size of the windows of the house, the thermal insulation on the walls and the amount of fuel used to keep the house warm are all attuned to ensure that the household lives under near ideal conditions. If someone breaks the windows of the house and meddles with the parameters of the heating system, these ideal conditions can no longer be maintained in the house. That’s exactly the situation the Earth is in right now. The balance of the Earth has started to shift due to factors such as global warming, misuse of agricultural land and wastage.

Over the last 100 years, the average worldwide temperature has risen by 0.7 degrees. The reason for this rise is the change in the ratio of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, namely CO, CO2, NO and NO2. Greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, heat the Earth by covering it like a giant blanket. The use of fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal, the decrease in forested lands, and the unceasing emission of exhaust gases cause greenhouse gases to accumulate in the atmosphere. According to a report, even if greenhouse gas emission to the atmosphere ceased from now on, the global temperature will continue to rise between 0.5 -1°C over the next decades, which will lead to serious consequences.

Climate change causes changes in the amount of rainfall as well as in the temperature of the air, soil and water. This, in many regions, manifests itself as abnormal weather events such as violent storms, floods, extremely high temperatures and drought. Such dramatic changes in the atmosphere are affecting agricultural lands, thus, threatening life on earth. Scientists predict that, by 2050, between 2 to 5 billion people will not have access to sufficient food due to climate change.

Droughts and floods, two indicators of climate change, lead to the loss of agricultural crops prior to harvest. The rise in temperature increases the amount of agricultural pests and requires more irrigation, which depletes underground water sources. At the same time, the impoverished soil requires more fertilizer and therefore, the ground waters become polluted. Even though all of these negative factors do not result in a complete yield loss, they do lead to an overall drop in quality and nutritional value; it becomes increasingly difficult to process and store such products. As everyone knows, with a decrease in the quantity of any product, prices increase, and it thus becomes more difficult to maintain healthy nutrition.

All these interconnected developments are extremely important, because today the income of 80% of the world’s population depends on weather conditions in one way or another. Therefore, radical changes in the weather will hamper people’s ability to farm and as a result, 80% of the world will be affected by these changes.

Scientists agree that urgent measures are necessary in order to prevent any further deterioration of the natural balance and to prevent the increasing hunger problems as a result. In this regard, controlling the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is considered a priority that must be taken without further delay.

Today unfortunately, there is no general consensus on the use of biofuels as an effective way to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Even though it is argued that biofuels reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, other research proves otherwise. Many countries today choose a product to use as biofuel and focus on cultivation of this product on the land typically used for agriculture. For example, the US prefers corn, Brazil prefers sugar cane, and Indonesia prefers the canola plant; regardless of the preferred plant to use for biofuels, the end result is the destruction of valuable forested areas to create the necessary land to grow these plants. Indonesia lost some 8.400 square kilometers of its forests in 2012 alone. This directly affects the ecological balance and therefore the quality of agricultural products used for nutrition.

When all of these negative factors are combined, what we can see as an unintended consequence is not only the loss of agricultural diversity but more importantly, the area of arable land used to grow food products shrinks rapidly. If this situation is not mitigated by governmental measures, people will end up losing access to products and the arable land they need to feed themselves in the not- too- distant future. With the decline in food production, prices will invariably rise and people on low incomes, who often spend as much as 70% of their income on food, will no longer be able to feed themselves adequately, even if they were to spend all of their earnings.

Then, is it possible to prevent this dangerous outcome and protect the world from starvation?For this, we need to approach the issue from two different perspectives: Incentivizing methods that increase productivity in agriculture and raising people’s awareness. One of the first steps to take in this regard is to encourage agricultural practices that utilize natural farming methods instead of chemicals. Additionally, agro-ecological practices that eliminate the reliance of farmers on expensive fossil fuels and industrialized seeds will also increase production by ensuring that agricultural products are healthier and of higher quality. Combined with reduced costs, farmers will be able to earn more profit and thus the accessibility of food will increase.

Today, the world’s population is almost 8 billion and still increasing and 1.3 billion tons out of 4 billion tons annually produced goes to waste. it does not seem to be possible to explain the problems and the possible solutions in the world as a singular matter. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions would not be sufficient by itself; the prevention of waste is another fundamental issue that needs to be taken into consideration urgently as well. It is our responsibility to make the world a better place to live in by directly addressing problems with definitive solutions without blaming global warming or other factors as a single cause because a multi-faceted problem requires a multi-faceted solution.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India) :

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/01/10/a-well-rounded-approach-to-climatology/

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The Miracles of Jesus in the Bible and the Koran

Adnan Oktar's piece in Christian Media Magazine (USA):

http://christianmediamagazine.com/miracles-jesus-bible-koran/

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