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When Bernard Lewis put forward his thesis titled “Balkanisations of the Middle East” in 1992, he predicted that a trend that had shaped the world in the 20th Century would also be highly influential in the new century.

The last century went down in history as a period when radical nationalism divided countries, nations and regions. It is natural that everyone loves and wants to protect his own nation, but radical nationalism, which violates other people’s right to life and empowers itself through the oppression of others, brought a lot of pain to the world. Central Europe was divided into many small states. New borders were drawn for the Balkans. The map of the Arabian Peninsula changed significantly. The former Soviet Union was divided into dozens of new states. Africa, South America and Far East Asia all took their share of this new world order. The number of countries in the world, which was around 77 at the dawn of the 20th Century, reached approximately 200 by the end of it.

A large majority of these divisions were the result of a bloody process. Balkan peoples, who had been living together for 500 years, started fighting with each other. Millions of innocent lives were lost, and many more had to abandon their homes. When Central Europe was divided into small states, it laid the foundation for the Second World War. Civil wars and regional conflicts were constantly present in Asia and Africa due to the divisions. Warlords took control of the majority of these conflict zones. Mass murders and genocides followed one after another. The trend of division took millions of lives.

A change at this magnitude in the world political map has brought many problems with it. First of all, the seeds of hatred, the effects of which would last for decades, were sown among the sister communities that lived together for many years. Secondly, the divisions were followed by large waves of migration as millions of women, children and the elderly had to leave their homes. Another important problem was the unsolvable border disputes. Artificial borders, that have no historical, geographical or social foundation have become reasons for conflicts that often dragged the countries into a hot war.

The Indian subcontinent witnessed events that are similar to those happening in many other parts of the world. Today, the Bengal region, often referred to as a conflict zone, was one of the richest regions in the world not long but only 300 years ago. It had an economy of 90 billion USD and a population of 150 million. These figures corresponded to the 20% of the world gross national product and 25% of the world’s population. A sense of civilization with many architectural structures that symbolizes wealth, such as Taj Mahal, was prevalent in the region. The Babylonian Empire brought order, peace and wealth to the region.

In the 18th Century, the Empire was divided into small states and disintegrated. The British who came to the region a century ago for commercial purposes took control of the Indian subcontinent by establishing colonial governments and the region remained as a British colony for 200 years. The local people were considered as second-class citizens, and even as uncivilized, primitive beings, and were subjected to inconceivable cruelty. During this time, hundreds of thousands of Indians lost their lives in the occupation wars of the British. Millions of innocent people died of starvation in the four planned major famines. All the resources of a giant civilization built on an area of millions of square kilometers were seized by the colonists. (1)

After World War II, this vast area experienced yet another division. The country was divided as Pakistan, which had a Muslim majority, and India, which had a Hindu majority. Like every division of the 20th Century, India’s division was also bloody. More than one million lives were lost, 15 million people migrated. After independence, there have been three great wars between these two countries. The departure of the British was as bloody as their arrival in every region it occupied. In the same period, three million civilian lives were lost in the civil war in Pakistan. East Pakistan seceded from the country under the name of Bangladesh. (2)

The imperialist forces have invariably left behind never-ending conflict zones. These conflict zones were a means of keeping the regions where they physically withdrew under their control. Disagreements in the Northern Kashmir region continue to this day. The Muslim-populated region was left to Hindus during the division; it should have been obvious that such a decision would result in violence. India and Pakistan fought over Kashmir in 1947, 1965 and 1999. A referendum that could easily end the conflicts has never materialized nor is it likely to do so in the immediate future. The region is now divided into three de facto regions after their giant northern neighbor China entered into the equation.(3) At the end of the 1980’s, a new conflict emerged in the region in which 70,000 civilians died; about 8,000 civilians are missing. It is generally acknowledged that the missing persons are most likely to be found buried in mass graves, which are being discovered every day.(4)

It is impossible for violence of this magnitude to occur on its own. The atmosphere of conflict is the most important strategy of those who plan to divide other countries. In this way, they are able to call the shots behind closed doors, sell weapons, and control the economy. Most importantly, they can continue to utilize the region to accomplish their own aims. In the meantime, as always, it is the innocent people who suffer during this process as a nation’s energy is exhausted in endless conflicts. Violence occupies the region.

What needs to be done to bring peace to the region, especially to Kashmir, is to build a rational and temperate culture where all the peoples are treated as first-class citizens, instead of creating a political understanding based on conventional interests. In the case of Kashmir, it is unrealistic to think of a system that Pakistan is not involved with. Pakistan, unlike India, is a part of a great family, the Muslim world. Muslims are also the spiritual guardians of Kashmir. India is one of the countries that the Islamic world considers as a friend and a brother. India’s economic and political interests lie in its friendship with the Muslim world. No matter where, the contest of military prowess is always unwinnable and it will only cause more bloodshed. It is the friendship-based alliances that will render the countries stronger and allow people to live in prosperity. Such an alliance would create a deterrent force no weapon can provide. Pakistan and India do not need new weapons, but new alliances. It is the reign of peace in the region which will bring comfort to the people, not conflict.


Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

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900,000 Rohingya Refugees: The Moment When Humanitarian Spirit Failed

In the face of the historical disasters humanity has experienced, a majority of the world has developed some sort of reflex to 'close their eyes' and 'play ostrich.’ Many leaders, administrators and representatives around the world prefer to remain indifferent and unresponsive to these catastrophes.  When asked about what the EU should do regarding the situation in Myanmar, High Representative Federica Mogherini gave a marked answer: "I tend to avoid answering questions that are not related to the agenda we had."

The answer also revealed an important truth: Today the world agenda is shaped only by the interests and problems of the powerful. Those who are oppressed are often left alone with their own problems if they are not rich, have no oil or natural resources, or do not have any relevance to serving the interests of the powerful.

Ignoring or underestimating the inhumane practices Muslims are subjected to has become an ugly tradition, particularly in certain circles. Problems that could easily solved with simple interventions, with little cost and effort continue to grow exponentially behind a collective wall of nonchalance. The disastrous events taking place in Rakhine, Syria, Africa or Southeast Asia continue to find a place in world news reports every day as a shame of humanity.

Most of the international institutions that could solve the problems of humanity are far from fulfilling their functions. For instance, the UN content themselves with simply condemning the incidents in Rakhine with a Security Council Resolution. They do not produce any concrete or constructive solution to the massacres and persecution the Rohingya Muslims - which the UN itself defines as "the most persecuted minority” - are subjected to.

As is known, the Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been subjected to severe oppression and persecution for nearly 40 years. They are continuously forced out of their homes by the Myanmar government and the army. The oppression, persecution, massacres and policies of exile are being systematically escalated by the Myanmar government since 2012 have reached an unprecedented form of outright ethnic cleansing in the last two years.

Despite this tragedy, there hasn't been a concrete solution or a form of intervention offered by the international community except for condemnations and calls for calm. The deplorable situation of 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who are fighting for survival in inhumane conditions in Bangladesh, is still being ignored.

In today's world, the money spent on areas such as luxury consumption, entertainment, sports, etc., reaches hundreds of billions of dollars each and every year. For example, US consumers alone spent 30.4 billion Dollars on video games in 2016.  Football clubs in the UK Premier League spent 1.47 billion Pounds on player transfers in the summer of 2017 alone. If you extend these numbers across the globe and over a longer period of time, it's hard to imagine the astronomical numbers that will emerge.

Indeed, what is meant here is not that sports or entertainment spending are wrong. However, the importance and sensitivity that should be conferred to the human life and to the right to live with dignity must at least be at this magnitude.

To provide with a few more striking figures ... Every year, ONE THIRD of the total amount of food produced for human consumption all over the world –roughly 1.3 BILLION tons per year– is wasted. The cost of wasted food is around $680 billion per year in industrial societies and $310 billion in developing societies. The money world spent on weapons in 2016 alone was $1.57 TRILLION.

However, with even a very small fraction of this money, it would be easily possible to ensure the survival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, enabling them to maintain their lives in humane conditions. Likewise, the starvation of millions of children in Africa could be easily prevented. Furthermore, Africa could be made a self-sufficient continent in a very short time.

The Islamic world is also exhibiting the same indifference and negligence towards humanitarian issues today. Muslims, who have been tortured and forced to leave their homelands for decades in Rakhine, are not being protected sufficiently by Islamic countries. However, it is unthinkable for a Muslim to remain as a mere spectator or look after his own interests while his brothers are suffering, being persecuted and fighting for survival in hunger and poverty. That is why Turkey’s bringing the issue to the agenda in contact with other world leaders, searching for solutions for the persecution in Rakhine in the UN meeting and the humanitarian campaigns launched are of crucial importance.

For now, the situation might seem a bit pessimistic. But a new generation, sensitive towards and troubled with the problems of the world, and most importantly determined to fight to correct them, is being raised and this is very promising. This generation, who successfully uses technology and social media to make their voices heard, is becoming a great force that improves and becomes more organized day by day. Pointing this major force in the right direction is very important. It would not be possible for governments to maintain their indifference so long as the masses raise their voices.

The Rakhine crisis is only one of the ongoing human tragedies in the world. People in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, East Turkestan, Palestine, Somalia, Asia and Africa try to survive among similar kind of tragedies every day, living in pain and suffering. Seas, rivers, mountains, forests and deserts continue to be the final resting place of refugees. It seems impossible to talk about justice and humanity in the world unless people start acting in line with their good conscience, not personal interests. The suffering in the Islamic world will not end unless Muslims put an end to sectarian divisions and conflicts and unite as a single force.

Therefore, it is imperative that people with morals, good conscience and noble spirit, people who derive joy from the happiness, comfort and peace of others rather than their own, start to have a voice. The salvation of the oppressed can only be ‘on the agenda’ of the world if such beautiful, intelligent, loving and compassionate people become the leaders of countries and administrators of international institutions. Only then can problems such as what the world is now seeing be tackled and peace and prosperity be brought to the downtrodden.

Adnan Oktar's piece in American Herald Tribune:

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What does future hold for Idlib?

After six and a half years of civil war in Syria, the necessary steps for peace and settlement still haven't been taken. One of the most problematic regions of this war, where hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions more have become refugees, is Idlib Province, which is located in the north of Syria and is also a close neighbor to Turkey. It is estimated that over one million Syrians are living in the province today.

Idlib has been subjected to endless bombardments, including a chemical attack in April 2017. In recent months, the heavy conflicts among the opposition caused a control shift in the region. As always, those who are tormented the most by these conflicts are the civilians, meaning women, children and elderly. The alliance between Iran, Turkey and Russia is extremely important for the resolution of the problem in Syria. The common basis of this league is the protection of Syria’s integrity. While this alliance is created, the parties involved made a point of not excluding the United States. However, a significant part of US policies on Syria, especially the arming of the PKK/YPG, contradicts both with the rightful demands of this alliance and the will of the Syrian people.

Idlib is one of the regions where the Sunni population lives. Al Qaeda's Syrian branch Al Nusra's dominance in the region under their new name Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, brought up concerns about US intervention. In January 2017, the Al-Nusra Front announced that they had merged with some other dissident groups close to them and started to operate under the name Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing located across the Cilvegozu of Hatay is also under its control.

The alliance of Russia, Iran and Syria is considering a formula that will enable Idlib to be rescued by the forces of the Syrian regime instead of a rescue operation supported by the US in the region.

Idlib is also neighbor of Afrin, which is controlled by the PYD, the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organization. An autonomous canton has been declared in Afrin by taking advantage of the turmoil in the region. The PKK/PYD seeks to get hold of Idlib and make it part of a communist independent Kurdistan that will extend to the Mediterranean, to exile all the Arabs and Turkmen in the region and to keep the region under the control of their dictatorship.

Human Rights Violations of the Terrorist Organization PKK in Syria

One of the biggest reasons why the war in Syria has turned into a conundrum is the fact that certain terrorist organizations were supported against the others. This grave mistake has turned Syria into an area of ​​reckoning for these bloody organizations. The fact that the PKK, the most brutal terrorist organization in the Middle East, which has killed nearly 40,000 people, was supported with weapons, ammunition and military training has further increased the severity of the situation. The PYD used its newly obtained power to brutally oppress the local people. Even though the human rights’ violations of the PYD were constantly released to the public, no sanctions have yet been imposed against this terrorist organization.

On September 2015, Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, the Chairman of UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic, stated that the YPG (one of the military units of the PKK/PYD) has also plundered and destroyed some regions in Syria, and thus underlined the fact that there is no difference between the PKK/PYD and Al Qaeda or DAESH.

The Syrian Human Rights Organization has reported and presented to the public many times that in all the regions the PYD declared cantons in, it destroyed and plundered both Arab and Turkmen villages and towns, forced thousands out of their homes, carried out massacres, intimidated people with arbitrary arrests and even forcefully assimilated the Kurdish opposition.

Establishing a "Safe Zone" in Idlib

 At the 2017 Astana Talks, which initially commenced with Turkey and Russia as guarantors and in which Iran was later included as a guarantor, the Syrian regime and the opposition were brought together and a ceasefire was declared in the country.

In the fourth session of the Astana Talks held in May, decisions regarding the future of Idlib were made. In these talks, it was decided to create "de-escalation zones" in Idlib and its environs, the northern rebel-controlled parts of the Homs, the eastern Ghouta region of Damascus and the Daraa and Quneitra districts in the south. The control of these ‘de-escalation zones’ was given to Turkey.

Turkey does not want an operation carried out by the US through the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organization in the region, or an operation by Syrian regime forces that will cause massive civilian casualties due to heavy bombardments. It is obvious that war, destruction and the deterioration of the integrity of Syria would be the outcomes of both cases. By the same token, the existence of the HTS is something Turkey doesn't approve of. The primary goal of Turkey is to wipe out all terrorist organizations in the region and then to create a safe zone for the civilian population.

Solution: Alliances that will Protect Syria's Integrity

The de-escalation is to be achieved step by step, and region by region, through a very difficult process in Syria, where conflicts spark rapidly and cause enormous losses. In order to accelerate the steps taken for peace, it is imperative that the countries effective in the region act not only by looking out for themselves, but by thinking about the people and the post-war order. For that reason, instead of insisting on their own policies, they need to follow a rational, self-sacrificing, flexible policy for peace. Turkey took a positive and exemplary step in this regard by changing her initial politics pertaining to Syria.

A similar step must be taken by other countries active in Syria, especially by the USA. The USA must completely stop providing lethal aid to the PKK and halt its policy of "supporting some terrorist organizations in order to end the domination of another terrorist organization" that they have tried in different regions in the past and achieved nothing but failure every time.

Recent history is full of examples of terrorist organizations that grew stronger locally, only to cause trouble for the whole world including those who have helped and raised them. While trying to put an end to DAESH, the image of a new communist dictatorship established by the hand of the PKK right in front of the eyes of the whole world will cause new major threats in the near future.

If the goal is to ensure peace, in all sincerity, then this will only be achieved by bringing together the communities of different ethnicities, different sects, different religions and philosophical beliefs on the common grounds and by putting love, sacrifice, embracement to the forefront.

This can only be realized by putting the experience of making it possible for different ethnic origins and different sects to coexist in peace in the concerned lands for ages into practice. So it is absolutely crucial that the cooperation of Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian regime prevails with contributions from the USA, who should immediately stop providing ammunition to the PKK.

Adnan Oktar's piece in News Rescue:

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Powerful voices...

Bahrain has joined the world in condemning the systematic oppression and genocide being carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, particularly since 2012. 

The incidents of violence, which once again became a hot issue from August 25, could not be kept hidden from the world this time. Despite drawing strong reactions from the international community, the Myanmar government blatantly accused the Muslim “militants”, a familiar tactic employed in civil wars by the leading actors in policies of persecution unfolding in yet another genocidal country. 

Not recognising Rohingya Muslims – victims of apartheid and disenfranchisement policies and state terrorism since 1982 – as citizens of Myanmar, the country’s government has long been denying Muslims, who were essentially crammed into 42 different concentration camps, their rights to live. The people there cannot work, attend schools or visit their relatives. The central government has seized all the possessions of the Rohingya in these camps. 

The number of Myanmar Muslims, who have been forced to leave their country since August 25, has currently reached 400,000. Although the number of Rohingya, including infants, children and women, martyred by Myanmar’s army was stated to be around 3,000, according to a police officer, the number is actually around 20,000. 

Most of the Rohingya huddled on the Bangladesh border have been waiting outdoor for days, starving and utterly exposed to the elements, for help to arrive. Describing these events as “ethnic cleansing”, the UN states that although they have the means to help the Rohingya, their hands are tied because the Bangladeshi government failed to inform them about the locations of the camps that are planned to be set up. Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi government has dared to call on Myanmar to take back the Rohingya who were forced to leave their homes behind. 

Rohingya Muslims were expecting much from San Suu Kyi, who had come to power with promises of peace and brotherhood, for which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet now, Kyi is presented as the sole perpetrator of this major massacre. 

Kyi’s statement saying, “It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months,” was met by many with astonishment. Of course, a solution for the tumult in the region may not be worked out at short notice; but Kyi currently comes off as a leader who points the country’s armed forces at her people expecting a solution from her.

Immediately after the incidents had become plainly evident, Bahrain issued a written statement, strongly condemning the violence committed in the country by the authorities in Myanmar, and called on the international community to use every means available to end the suffering of the Muslim minority. 

The statement continued with Bahrain’s affirmation of its full support for all efforts to compel the Myanmar authorities to protect Rohingya Muslims and facilitate the arrival of all forms of relief and assistance to them, thus ending this tragedy and bringing peace and security to Myanmar. 

The reactions in Bahrain were not limited only to the upper echelons of the government as the people of Bahrain staged a wide-scale demonstration in support of the Rohingya. 

It is important that people raise their voices along with the governments. In such challenging situations, people making their voices heard through major public demonstrations prove just as effective as the joint talks held by politicians. 

It is of paramount importance that all Muslim countries come together and organise massive demonstrations to express their reactions. Muslims banding together with stronger bonds and standing like a fortress in the face of oppression and tyranny – especially in times like this – will yield great results. 

It should never be forgotten that the voice of unity is ever-powerful.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News:

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Mosul’s Salvation Lies With the Spirit of Brotherhood and Stratfor’s Attempt in Distorting History

The Stratfor think tank, also known as the "Shadow CIA" announced its opinion regarding the Mosul operation and the future of Mosul. The analysis, signed by Reva Goujon in October 2016, asserts that for centuries Turkey and Iraq have been laying claim to Mosul and both nations are in disagreement over it. In the essay, Goujon claims that Turkish Army is after the old-time Ottoman goal, and that it is carrying out operations in Syria to attain this goal.

While the article suggests these kinds of groundless accusations towards Turkey and Turks, it never mentions the fact that Britain invaded Mosul in 1918, defying the peace treaties, and that’s how the region’s energy sources, including Iranian oil, were exploited by Britain, and how dozens of Iraqi coups, revolutions, rebellions and assassinations bore the mark of the British deep state’s handiwork. Instead, the claim of the US’s and the EU’s desire to prevent terror and bring order to the region is narrated. Whereas, merely Iraq’s history of the last 20 years is enough to reveal the fact that the forces deployed to the region with the promise of fighting against terrorism has led to the deaths of millions of people, their exile from their homelands, and the wholesale destruction of cities.

The aforementioned analysis not only provides purely one-sided information, it is also full of historical, political and geographical errors. Revealing these errors will become a big part of generating a solution to establish a permanent peace in Mosul and the entire region.

Turkey’s goal is not annexation, it is to win the hearts’ of the people

Stratfor’s essay never touches on Mosul’s history with Turks and the Ottomans. It describes Mosul as a controversial region between Iran and Turkey. In fact, Mosul was an Ottoman territory for 400 years. During this time, Iran never made any demands concerning the city. Besides it is impossible for it to make any geographical claims. There is a mountain range which is very hard to pass, even impassable, between Mosul and Iran. Mosul is located 1,000 km from Persian Gulf and 400 km from Baghdad. On the other hand, its distance to Turkish border is 110 km. The mountain range which is claimed to be an obstacle between Mosul and Turkey is located in the East. The mountain range forms the natural border that separates the Mosul region from Iran. There is not a single mountain on the route from Northern or Northeastern Mosul to the Turkish border. This ease of transportation is the reason why this region has been a center for trade and culture for a thousand years in the first place. Besides, the Tigris River originates in Turkey and travels through Mosul. Thanks to this, river transportation has eased the transportation of goods and people. The Mosul Dam, which is much discussed nowadays, was built on this river.

In every period of history, the people of Mosul considered themselves as Muslims, rather than Turkish, Kurdish or Arabic. Their commitment was to the Muslims’ spiritual leader, the Caliph. When the mission of flag bearer of Islam passed to the Turks, Mosul became a Seljuk city. During the Crusades, while the Seljuks were defending the region, they chose Mosul as their headquarters. It was an Ottoman territory from the year 1535 until the time it was invaded by Britain, in other words Mosul has been a part of Turkish history for a thousand years. In her article, Stratfor analyst Goujan asserts that Turkey desires Mosul due to its rich oil fields. However, it is only some Western powers who is interested in Mosul for its oil, in other words, for profit. For Turkey, Mosul is an heirloom from their ancestors, a place where their Muslim brothers live. Turkey has ties of affection for the people of Mosul whom it will always protect and stand by.

Mosul is a City Where Turks, Kurds and Arabs Live Together

Goujan’s claim that Mosul is an Arabic city is not based on historical facts. After the First World War, the borders drawn under the leadership of period’s Britain put barbed wires between the people who have been living together brotherly until then. Today’s Iraqi borders, which were drawn in 1921 in the Cairo Meeting by 40 British among which there were spies, politicians, soldiers and businessman are comprised of three Ottoman provinces: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul. Among these provinces, Baghdad and Basra are Arabic regions. These are central and southern regions of today’s Iraq. Mosul province on the other hand, includes the entire northern territory. The people living there mostly consist of Turks and Kurds. The target of the current operation, the city of Mosul, is the center of this province. According to three important international documents, the League of Nations report, the Ankara Agreement and the Iranian Independence Text, this region is a “minority region”. The fact that such an emphasis is given even though Mosul is not an Arabic city in terms of demography is the reflection of the plan of dividing the Middle East as dozens of small partitions consisting of Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Sunnis, Shiites, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Nusayris and so on. Whereas, the Middle East doesn’t need new borders, but instead it needs strong unions based on love and brotherhood.

Mosul is Within the Boundaries of the Turkish National Pact

Another faulty claim in the essay is the supposition that the people living in Mosul consider Turks as so-called invaders and don’t want their support. On the contrary, the people of Mosul have always turned to Turkey and expected their support in their time of need. The people of Mosul have a bond with Turkey from the heart. Indeed, they stayed loyal to the Ottoman Empire even during the Arabic rebellions of WWI. They fought devotedly against British invaders and rebellious Arabic troops on the Ottoman front lines in the Ottoman Army. The reason of Turkey’s desire to acquire Mosul in the Lausanne meetings was not the oil. The reason is the fact that Mosul was still an Ottoman territory in the Armistice of Mudros which ended the First World War and the fact that it was acknowledged as Turkish soil in the Turkish National Pact declared by Ottoman Chamber of Deputies. The War of Independence was fought for the territories included in the Turkish National Pact. In the Turkish War of Independence, Turkish people didn’t fight for oil, but they fought bravely for their true brothers’ peace on the very soil they deemed as their homeland.

Kurdish people in the Mosul region are also friends of Turks

There is absolutely no conflict between the Kurdish people living in the region and Turkish state as Sratfor claims. The Kurdish people living in the Northern Iraq are also friends of the Turks. They always took shelter in Turkey when they ran away from Saddam’s oppression. The investors and traders traveling from Turkey to the region always visited their Turkish or Kurdish relatives. There has been an economic cooperation between Turks and Kurds ongoing for centuries in the region. For this reason, the Kurdish people of Mosul too consider themselves close to Turkey and Turkish people.

Throughout the history, the reason why Mosul prospered and became a center of power is its connection with Anatolia

Stratfor’s effort to present Turkish contractors’ investments in Mosul as “economic invasion” is not sincere by any means. One of the main factors of Mosul’s prosperity is its commercial ties with Anatolia. Just as how the economic interactions of companies belonging to a country thousands of kilometers away is natural, conducting business in a region which shares a border with Turkey is the natural right of Turkish companies. Easy transportation allows Turkish companies to be competitive. It is obvious that the Turkish companies have the lowest cost for tenders. The beneficiary is the government of Northern-Iraq, in other words, the local population, who can get work done for low cost. Besides, the other regions of Iraq are also built by Turkish construction companies. Turkish contractors fulfilled hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of contracts in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, Kuwait, Qatar and in many more countries.

Turkey is a Country Which Follows the Developments on its Borders Closely, It is not an Invader

Writer Goujon argues that Turkey wants to invade Mosul. In fact, Turkey just closely follows the developments for its own security and the peace of the local population. Those who exploit, bomb, invade, murder, destroy, divide, claim ownership on the oil fields of the region have always been the British Deep State. People of Mosul faced devastation during the period of the British mandate government. During the Treaty of Lausanne, Britain razed the Mosul region to the ground. Tens of thousands of Muslims living in Mosul lost their lives under the bombs the British Royal Air Force dropped.

Stratfor never mentions these historical facts in its analysis. The article tries to give the impression that the imperialistic interests of the young Turkish government and Britain were in conflict in Lausanne. But in fact, on one side there was the Britain which divided and invaded the Ottoman territory, while on the other there was Turkey, a country which fought a heavy war for independence for four years to defend its homeland.

The period’s Britain not only swallowed Mosul, but also the entire Middle East. The region’s Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Sunni, Shiite, Nusayri, Yazidi, Christian, Jewish and Muslim populations were victimized by Britain, their land was pillaged and their assets were seized.

There has been peace between Turkey and Iran for 400 years

An Iran-Turkey conflict is an imaginary claim. The Iran-Ottoman border, and later the Iran-Turkey border, have not changed for the last 400 years. The people of Iran and Turkey have never waged war against each other for the last four centuries. In fact, 20% of Iran’s population consists of Azerbaijani Turks. Stratfor’s claim of an Iranian-Turkish conflict is a far cry from historical facts. Today, Moscow, Tehran, Ankara, Riyadh and even Damascus are on the verge of an alliance. These peoples are not each other’s enemies and Iran has never laid any claims on Mosul.

Neither the Ottoman Empire nor Turkey has witnessed denominational strife

In no period has Turkey ever taken a side in denominational conflicts. The Turkish State is a friend to both Iran and Saudi Arabia. Our President, Mr. Erdoğan has stated innumerable times, “Our religion is not Shiite or Sunni Islam, it is Islam.”

The People of Turkey consider Syrian people as brothers

In the essay, Stratfor attempts to define the Turkish State’s Syria and Mosul policies as an “invasion”. The fact is 600,000 have lost their lives in Syria until today. Not one among them was killed by a Turkish bullet. These people have millions of relatives in Turkey. Turkey is now a home to three million Syrians. At a time when the majority of the European countries are erecting walls against refugees, the people of Turkey spent billions of dollars for their Syrian guests and, they continue to do so.

Goujon criticizes Turkey for acting hastily in Syria without waiting for the international community. Today, the international society fails to achieve a consensus over peace. Every day, hundreds of innocent Arabs, Turks and Kurds are losing their lives. And the coalition forces have been continuing to bombard Syria for the last five years. Turkey is intervening in Syria by necessity in order to bring peace. Moreover, Turkey shares a 600-kilometer-long border with Syria. Beyond these borders lie terrorist groups that pose a genuine threat for Turkey. Turkey’s Syria operation only aims to secure its borders and Turkey is advocating for preserving the territorial integrity of Syria.

Having failed to bring peace to Syria, the international community launched an operation in Mosul as well, which jeopardizes an already fragile peace in Iraq. It is this mentality that pursues an invasion policy in the region. Turkey is merely striving towards preventing further, bigger massacres. Mosul is only 100 km away from Turkey. In the last 30 years, the Turkish Army had hundreds of opportunities to enter Mosul, and in none of those times mounted an imperialist campaign. Turkey has no such intention at the moment, either.

It was foreign interventions that introduced denominational conflicts in the Middle East.

The article’s claim, “If the countries of the region become more powerful in Mosul, a bigger war is inevitable. On the other hand, as the foreigners act with the mere intention of bringing peace to the region, there will not be any denominational wars,” is a delusion. During the Iraq invasion by coalition forces, 1.5 million people lost their lives. Iraq was dragged into denominational conflicts under the military rule of coalition forces. These powers brought the countries they entered into greater spirals of violence, leaving in their wake ruined lands ravaged by civil wars.

Both Stratfor and Goujon are doubtlessly well-aware of the facts we mentioned above. However, the idea that “Mosul will become a matter of conflict between Turkey and the Shiite Iraqi government, thus it will lead to a denominational war” is imbued in the public mind by certain circles. It is likely that this argument will be used to support and justify the need for the continuous presence of the coalition forces in Mosul. Moreover, it will likely be suggested that Mosul becomes an autonomous region under international supervision. The existence of such an autonomous and weak entity at the heart of the Middle East will clearly lead to more conflicts and wars. And the way to thwart this plan is through the alliance among the peoples of the region. Russia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and even Israel should meet on minimum common ground and tenaciously advocate peace against those who seek war. The peoples of the region are the ones who will establish peace and safety in the region, not those who come from tens of thousands of kilometers away.

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

]]>, 16 Sep 2017 19:35:22 +0300
Who is the real beneficiary of US sanctions?

The "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions" Act, passed by the US Congress and approved by the reluctant signature of President Trump, includes the strictest sanctions in United States history. The reactions of the respective three countries regarding the new sanctions imposed on Iran, North Korea and Russia have become the main topic of the world agenda.

Undoubtedly, the world focused mostly on the reaction of North Korea. Upon Trump's vitriolic statement after signing the sanctions, telling North Korea that they will be met with "fire and fury", the Pyongyang government announced that they are considering a strike that would create "an enveloping fire" around Guam, the western Pacific island where the United States operates a critical Air Force base. Stating that the strike plan would be ready by mid-August, General Kim Rak Gyom of the North Korean army  even shared the details about the number and the types of the rockets that will be used, the coordinates, and how long would those rockets be flying.

As for Iran, Iran considers these new sanctions a violation of the nuclear agreement signed with the United States in 2015. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent the US an ultimatum, stating that they will restart Iran's nuclear program in the face of such sanctions. During his speech in a vote of confidence meeting in the Parliament, Rouhani said:

"If America wants to go back to the experience (of imposing sanctions), Iran would certainly return in a short time - not a week or a month but within hours - to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations."

Russia, the primary target of the US Congress's new sanctions, did not lag behind in responding with harsh messages and responses. Putin demanded that the U.S. reduce its diplomatic and technical personnel in the Moscow embassy and its consulates in St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg and Vladivostok to 455 persons and that 755 employees of the U.S. diplomatic mission must ″terminate their activity in the Russian Federation by September 1st".

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev said on his official Facebook page that the US just declared a full-scale trade war on Russia with these new sanctions. At this point, he said, any hope of improving our relations with the new US administration is over.With this new act, while the sanctions imposed during the Obama administration due to developments in Ukraine have been further tightened and additional sanctions are being imposed as a result of Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 US presidential elections. The new act targets Russia's key economic sectors such as energy, shipping, metals and mining. Sanctions also put international firms that work in partnership with oil companies in Russia into the scope of the restrictions.

What kind of benefit is the US Congress hoping to gain from these sanctions; what kind of message it aims to communicate to the world by attempting to punish the most important powers -which in fact might become the most dangerous powers of the world if need be- with their own methods? What is interesting is that no matter how you look at it, it is not possible for the United States to attain any political, economic or commercial gains from these sanctions. That is because, with this policy, the US is not only targeting the three countries in question, but also those EU countries that have serious economic ties with Russia. It is clear that the European companies that are currently carrying out joint projects with Russia will also suffer from these sanctions.

The most important of these projects is the Nord Stream Project. The European countries that responded the harshest to these sanctions are Germany, France and Austria, which are in need of this energy and host the companies that carry out this project together with the Russians. At every opportunity, the spokesmen of these countries have expressed their views stating that these sanctions will harm  EU-US relations; Germany considers these  sanctions of the United States a violation of international law. A study in Germany shows that previous sanctions have cost the German economy $10 billion.

On the other hand, it is clear that the previous sanctions were unable to do any significant harm to the already self-sufficient Russia, who is constantly moving towards new alliances and trade relations due to these very sanctions. It doesn't seem like sanctions will do any additional harm to Russia in the future either. On the contrary, experts say that sanctions will help Putin instead. The sanctions are much more likely to make Russia, China, Iran and North Korea converge and form a stronger and more stable anti-US front than ever. After all, both Russia and Iran have long been experienced in struggling with sanctions and threats, overcoming them, and turning tough conditions into opportunities for their interests and benefits.

In this case, it appears that the biggest blow these sanctions deliver is actually to the US itself, which is now facing opposition from the most important parts of the world and even from its European allies. It is also clear that sanctions have harmed the economic and energy policies of many EU countries, and particularly Trump himself. Even Russia stated that the sanctions directly aim at Trump, who was forced to sign them into law even though he thinks the sanctions are "significantly flawed" and said that he didn't want them.

As a matter of fact, Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic Party in the US Senate, expressed the real message to be given with these sanctions, enacted by trampling on President Trump, as follows: "President Putin will not be able to get out from under the sting of these sanctions without the consent of Congress. Let this be an unequivocal message to Mr. Putin and any other nation that is thinking of interfering in our elections: If you interfere with  our elections, which we hold sacred, you will be sanctioned. Those sanctions will be severe."

In short, he implies, 'You may have gotten Trump elected, but see, the country is in fact ruled by us'. Indeed, Trump does not even have the authority to repeal, change or even soften this new act - which passed through the Senate with a mere two and the House of Representatives with only three 'No' votes -  without the consent of the Congress. In short, Trump and his administration have been defeated by the Congress even though both institutions are comprised of a Republican majority. He seems to have been targeted by some sort of a congressional coup, so to speak. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev pointed out exactly this submission with his following words, "The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way."

In short, the real deep power took control, as always. Trump has ostenstibly surrendered to this deep power, which has turned him into an adversary even to the political party he is a member of. Not to cause any misunderstanding, this power is not the Congress; the US Congress - like hundreds of other institutions - is merely an extension of this power. The deep power, even though were not able to make its own candidate the President, quickly brought the President to heel in a short time through the institutions it controls.

Although Trump sat in the Presidential seat through contradictory discourses and castigating criticisms towards previous administrations, essentially, he really didn't have a choice but to maintain the legacy of the old. Just as how Obama once radically criticized Bush, who was famous for his belligerent and bloody hawkish policies and was elected to the office with the promise of peace, but ended up surrendering to the same power afterwards.  As you might recall, Obama shed much more blood in the Middle East than Bush and sent many more troops to Afghanistan.

In the same way, today Trump has no choice but to submit to the great power that plots a plan of disaster  across the world, crossing the borders of the Middle East. After all, the weapons companies, the industries of war, the multinational financial and annuity industries, which are the greatest sources of income of the deep power, feed on great catastrophes, wars and massacres in every era. That's why they are constantly trying to increase the size and intensity of the wars and conflicts. This is the main purpose behind provoking super powers against each other and keeping tensions high. In the end, this deep power is the only beneficiary of these sanctions.

Trump and his close circle have referred to the existence of a deep establishment that has been constantly obstructing them since they came to power, and they started looking for them in US institutions. In fact the CIA, the FBI, the Congress, the Pentagon, etc., are merely the extensions of the deep state. If Trump were to think about the power that made him bring the previously removed bust of Winston Churchill back to the Oval Office posthaste, he would have understood the necessity of searching for the center of this centuries- old imperial deep power not inside the US, but on the exact opposite shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Adnan Oktar's piece in (Russia) :

]]>, 15 Sep 2017 21:51:32 +0300
The Jewish Holocaust

The Holocaust: Crimes against humanity

The oppression against Jews continued throughout the ages. The Assyrians, Babylonians and the Romans massacred and exiled the Jews and destroyed their temples and cities. In medieval times Jews were once again targeted: Labeled, discriminated against and chased from wherever they settled or took shelter… During World War II and the years leading up to it, many innocent Jews were subjected to persecution and genocide. They were forced out of their homes, and incarcerated in concentration camps under inhumane conditions. Millions of Jews were tortured and murdered in the Holocaust, which was a horrific period unprecedented in the history of mankind.

This was one of the gravest tragedies in history, yet many countries were apathetic and indifferent. It took some time for the United States to take action. The United Kingdom was aware of what was happening and nevertheless followed a policy that emboldened Hitler. Today the picture is quite different. In the Western Countries, the Holocaust has acquired the status and is now affirmed in the legislation in many countries. This however, is not the same case in the Muslim world of today. There is an indifference to anything to do with the Holocaust which results from both ignorance and a very one-sided propaganda.

As Muslims, it is very important to make the Islamic World aware of the reality of this unprecedented tragedy; that is the holocaust of the Jewish people. Today, it is crucial to revive the tenets of Islam that require upholding justice, protecting the oppressed, and showing mercy and compassion towards the innocent.

However, the lack of information on how the Jews were mercilessly massacred and the horror of the gas chambers, the concentration and exterminations camps during the Holocaust, leave many Muslims unaware of and totally indifferent to the inhumane brutality of the Nazis and their collaborators. So it is incumbent on us Muslims to put the facts of history straight by examining and questioning this horrendous crime against humanity. Too many people and too many countries condone or deny the horrors of the Holocaust.

The Nazis targeted the Gypsies, the mentally and physically handicapped, Poles, and Slavs as well as the Jews for extermination. From 1941 to 1945, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime systematically repressed large sections of the society and regarded them as enemies of the Regime. 26 million people lost their lives as a result of the Nazi massacres of civilians. Of these, 6 million were Jews, up to 750,000 Gypsies and the remainder Slavs, living in countries like Poland, the Ukraine, Russia and Yugoslavia.

The total number of those who died in World War II is a staggering 55 million and this includes both military and civilian casualties. In the face of such an atrocity and considering these facts, it is impossible today to deny the Holocaust, which remains one of the most evil and one of the greatest calamities in the history of mankind.


Nazi Propaganda against the Jews

The Holocaust did not occur in a vacuum. It was based on anti-Semitic beliefs, which means the hatred of the Jew, and it is the most lethal and ancient of all hatreds. Hitler used his ideological propaganda to infuse millions. He had a hypnotic effect and swayed millions into believing that the Jews, who represented less than 1% of the total German population, had to be eradicated.

The Nazis began by targeting the Jews with ideological propaganda to brainwash and 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 in order to spread hatred against Jews and other minority groups. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Hitler 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 the enmity against the Jews and other minority groups that were targeted, the “undesirables” as they were coined.

Therefore, even before coming to power, and as a result of the continual brainwashing of the German public against the Jews, the Nazi street gangs known as the SA storm troopers staged attacks on Jewish homes and businesses. Once the Nazis came to power, with Hitler’s directives, the SA initiated full-scale attacks on the Jews, and anyone or anything that was Jewish or belonged to the Jews. An elderly Jew walking down the street or a little Jewish child on the way to school could easily be assaulted by the brutal Nazi gangs without any questions asked.

The Nazis also initiated a boycott aimed at Jewish shops and businesses. Throughout Germany posters were hung, portraying the Jews as ugly monsters carrying slogans like “Don’t buy Jewish goods”. In September 1933, a law was passed prohibiting Jews from owning land. In November, Jews were banned from being newspaper editors. Further laws were passed in November, excluding Jews from trade unions and health insurance, and banning them from working as lawyers or judges. In 1935 all Jews were expelled from the army. Under the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, Jews were no longer able to work in many areas of German society. This extended into every sphere of life. Jews were now forbidden to marry Germans. Jews were no longer permitted to be teachers, doctors or dentists, and the cruel pretext was that “they would physically or spiritually poison the German people”. In 1940, the anti-Semitic film The Eternal Jew was screened in movie theatres all over Germany. In schools, teachers warned their students of the so-called “Jewish menace”, and during lessons Jews were wickedly insulted and maligned. It is no secret that Nazi Germany focused its attention on earning the support of some Muslim leaders and this continued during the War. They employed similar propaganda tactics in many countries in the Middle East. Radio Berlin began with Arabic and Persian radio broadcasts with the objective of creating hostility and hatred against the Jews.


The Chain of Events that led to the “The Final Solution”

On March the 15th 1939 the German Wermacht army invaded Czechoslovakia. On September the 1st with the outbreak of the War, Germany invaded Poland. Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. The invasion of Poland brought a new dimension to the Nazi’s twisted ideas of the “Jewish Problem”. In the areas occupied by Nazi Germany (in Radom, Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow), the Nazis confined the Jews to ghettos, always in the poorest areas of the neighborhood with no infrastructure, in dilapidated buildings with about 10 people in every room, and deported the Jews to newly constructed forced labor and concentration camps. All Jews were forced to wear yellow stars of David on their clothes so they could be immediately identified. It was now easy to mark, single out and target the Jews.

Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Gestapo, was so brutal that he was coined the “butcher of Prague”. He gave orders for the SS Special Action Units - death squads, mobile killing units known as Einsatzgruppen A B C D, to find every Jew in these occupied territories. Thus began the manic obsessive Nazi drive to comb Europe, intercept every Jew, deport him and murder him.

In the first two years of World War II, Hitler and his allies captured most of the continent of Europe, from the French coast to Moscow, from Denmark to Greece. Shortly before their collapse in 1945, the Nazis initiated a ruthless and murderous campaign in all the occupied regions under Nazi rule. Jews in particular, and then other ethnic and religious groups, were systematically murdered and this continued towards the middle of 1944, even when it became clear that Germany was losing the war.


Life and Death in the Ghettos

The largest of the ghettos was that in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. The poorest areas of the district were set aside for the Jews and Jewish residents from all the other parts of the city. The Jews were now forcibly moved into the ghetto. Before they were incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto, all their money and valuables were taken from them. Life in the Ghetto was horrendous. Death stalked the streets of the Warsaw Ghetto, which was eternally gripped by fear. One of the greatest enemies on the streets of the ghetto was total starvation as Jews were given only 184 calories a day. An average of 8 to 10 people were crowded into one room, inside dilapidated buildings. Every day, those living in the ghetto could be subjected to any form of abuse from the Nazis. Each day, an average of 100 people died of hunger, illness, or maltreatment of one form or another. 100,000 Jews died in 1940 and 1941 in the Warsaw Ghetto.


“The Final Solution”: Setting up the Extermination and Concentration Camps

On the 20th of January 1942, the Wansee Conference took place, in a magnificent villa just outside Berlin and over a sumptuous banquet. In this mansion, Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichman and 15 senior Nazi officials decided on the “Final solution to the Jewish problem”. This meant the systematic extermination of all Jews: Men, women and children and even babies, not leaving one Jew alive… This would take place in all the territories occupied and controlled by the Nazis. In accordance with this decision, the concentration and extermination camps and Auschwitz were established. Jews from all the countries occupied by the Nazis were transferred to these camps by SS units specially assigned to this task. When the Jews arrived at these camps in cattle-cars under inhumane conditions, most were gassed immediately and the rest were selected for forced labor. This occurred especially in Birkenau (also called Auschwitz II).

This process of “transporting–deporting” the Jews reveals the inhumane cruelty that the Nazis inflicted on the Jews. Entire Jewish families were rounded up from their homes or the ghettos at gunpoint with blows and abuse, and forced into cattle-cars that had earlier on transported mostly cattle, other animals, or goods. 100-120 people were crammed into each cattle-car.


The Death Camps

In the camps, under horrendous conditions, the Nazis murdered some 11 million people. How monstrous and ruthless can human beings become when they turn away from religious moral values and silence the voices of their conscience!

The concentration camps were first set-up as “labor camps”. Almost all, and Auschwitz in particular, were opened alongside major industrial complexes. Detainees who were brought to the camps were forced to serve the German war machine as slave laborers in these industrial areas. Nazi ideology did not restrict itself to the “pragmatic oppression” but turned these camps into sites with the sole purpose of exterminating all the “undesirables”, as they were coined.

During the last months of 1941 and until the end of 1944, a total of 11 million people, of whom 5.5 million were Jews, were murdered in gas chambers and by other brutal means. Many of the inmates died of starvation, illness, disease and maltreatment. 6 million Jews were murdered during the War. The Nazis had no compassion for infants and innocent children whose sole crime was that they were Jewish, for the old, and wretched, the handicapped and the sick; and the henchmen set about exterminating these victims with sadistic brutality.


The Nazis’ Hatred of Religion

The memoirs of Jews subjected to Nazi brutality and fanaticism show the Nazis’ “hatred of religion”. The most poignant examples are of how Nazis attacked the Jewish religious, distinctive symbols: A Jew with a beard and earlocks, who was wearing a black kaftan and a hat could be easily targeted, singled-out and marked.

Members of the SS and other Nazi groups mercilessly intercepted devout Jews, especially the elderly in the streets, brutally tearing and cutting their beards and earlocks; which are important symbols of faith for an ultra-orthodox Jew. They burned and tore up Jewish holy books and Torah scrolls and torched and burned thousands of synagogues.

The destructive propaganda against the Jews that began with Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 filtered itself into many areas of influence in so many parts of the world. Nazi Propaganda was not limited to the radio. The Nazis prepared training programs for the youth in the Islamic world depicting the Jews as enemies. It is of the utmost importance today to awaken people who are ignorant as to how the Jews were horrendously maltreated and oppressed in history. This should also be accompanied with an in-depth study of the Holocaust.

Today, two-thirds of the world population have neither heard about the Holocaust or they deny it. Denial of or indifference to such a tragedy is unforgiveable. Therefore, it is a moral responsibility that those who are knowledgeable about the horror that occurred between 1933 and 1945 must transmit this information to others.

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. The truth is, the denial of the Holocaust is the denial of historical facts and an ignorance of the systematic and dreadful massacre inflicted upon innocent Jewish communities throughout Europe. The Jews had no intention of entering the war or of attacking the countries where they were citizens and had lived for centuries. On the contrary, wherever they settled, they contributed culturally, socially, financially and even politically and so they became an integral part of the society in so many European countries. Jews were farmers, tailors, seamstresses, factory hands, accountants, doctors, dentists, lawyers, teachers and small business-owners.

Some families were wealthy, others were poor and by the early 30’s with the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany, the Jews became potential enemies.

During World War II every single human right was violated under Nazi Rule and this escalated with the hateful indoctrination of the Nazis against the Jews. The Nazis implemented a reign of terror. Exposed to the ever-present cruelty of the Nazi regime, the world became a place of hitherto unseen savagery.

Today, anti-Semitism is rampant throughout the world. It seems as if history might repeat itself and in order to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again, the countries of the world should unite to make sure that this horror never recurs.

Muslims should also lead a common and cultural “campaign” against groups that are in denial of the Holocaust. The educated and knowledgeable Muslims must explain to those who are unaware of the policies that paved the way to one of the greatest tragedies that mankind has ever witnessed.

Why is it so important to acknowledge and not to deny 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 suppress their consciences and remain silent or indifferent but they will actively oppose these wrongs. They must openly oppose and stand up bravely to this injustice; always drawing the strength to fight injustice, from their faith in God. A true Muslim should never accept being a bystander to such tyranny.

The indifference of so many to the horrors of the Holocaust stems from a lack of proper education, the ongoing “black propaganda” and disinformation. People of good conscience need to instill courage, resoluteness and honesty to stand up against evil ideologies.

All Muslim community leaders, whether they are political or religious leaders, have an important duty. These Muslim leaders must provide a comprehensive analysis of this atrocity to their communities and 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 Qur’an. It is of utmost importance and a moral obligation to alert a person’s conscience and to make sure that tragedies like this never recur.


Examples of Muslims who rescued the Jews

During World War II, there were many Muslims who risked their lives to help Jews flee and hide from the Nazis. Albania is an Islamic country, and was the only European country which hosted a fair number of the Jewish population that fled from Nazi brutality.

Dervis Korkut from Bosnia sheltered Mira Papo, a female resistance fighter. He also saved the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the rarest manuscripts written in Hebrew.

Selahattin Ulkumen, a Turk, saved 50 Jews from the gas chambers in Auschwitz. In retaliation, the Nazis murdered his wife, just after she had given birth to her son.

Hundreds of Jews were saved by Turkish diplomats during the War. The Turkish diplomats issued Turkish visas to these Jews who fled Nazi persecution, and organized their journey to Turkey where they were received with Turkish hospitality.

Behic Erkin was Turkey’s ambassador to Paris between 1939 and 1943. Kudret Erbay was the consul general in Hamburg from 1938 to 1942. These two Turkish diplomats were also personally involved in saving Jews from the Nazi occupied regions.

Arlette Bules, who was Jewish, discovered that her father was imprisoned by the Nazis and deported to the internment camp of Drancy, outside Paris.

In her memoir, she writes… “My mother immediately went to the Turkish Embassy and asked for help rescuing my father. Thanks to the letters written by the ambassador, my father was rescued”. During the last 500 years, when Jews and Turks were closely associated, there are many examples of how Jews and Turks helped one another in difficult times.

In a world where moral values were disintegrating, a small minority mustered up courage during the dark years of the Holocaust. These people are honored by Israel and called “The Righteous Among the Nations”. These brave non-Jews risked their lives in order to save Jewish lives and were exposed to lurking dangers, eternal threats without waiting anything in return. These righteous non-Jews regarded the Jews as fellow human beings and believed that it was a moral obligation to help these hapless Jewish victims in spite of the dangers that they were exposed to.

As Muslims, we stand against all kinds of tyranny in the world, including prejudice and hatred against the Jewish Nation.

We remember those who lost their lives and those who were witnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust and survived in spite of the Nazis’ murderous intentions.

It is imperative that all the countries fully understand that this horror must never happen again! 

Adnan Oktar's piece in News Rescue:

]]>, 15 Sep 2017 01:44:30 +0300
The mysterious meetings of Prinkipo and the dynamics of the color revolutions

Eleven suspects of Turkish and other nationalities, who claim to be “human rights activists” and met at a hotel in Prinkipo [Buyukada], Istanbul last month, have been detained on charges of espionage. It was stated that the suspects were plotting a malicious action plan similar to that of the uprising that was started in March 2013, at Gezi Park in Istanbul, and spread throughout the country by means of provocations.

This incident evoked shades of the mysterious meeting that took place at the Splendid Hotel in Prinkipo during the military coup attempt which occurred on July 15th last year. Seventeen people, consisting of international analysts and professors, many of who are foreign nationals, including the CIA advisor, American professor Henry Barkey, attended the meeting which lasted two days during the military coup attempt.

According to the workers’ statements, Barkey, who monitored the developments regarding the coup with his team in a private room all night long, was constantly on the line with the US. Meanwhile, he also requested the hotel authorities to prepare the necessary infrastructure for live connection to the CNN international and The Voice of America.

Ellie Geranmayeh, the senior policy fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations was among those attending this mysterious meeting at the hotel. Geranmayeh, through a Twitter message she posted at the night of the coup, attempted to break the will and motivation of the people who were withstanding the coup by spreading a lie which claimed that President Erdogan told the people to go out into the streets over Facetime on CNN Turkish while, he is going to a neighbor state for security.

Barkey, who said “In my first visit to Turkey, HSBC was blown up. In my second visit, the Gezi Incident broke out. And now, the coup attempt…” to a hotel attendant during his stay, seemed as if he was highlighting his connection to these issues. It was also remarkable that he left a bell with “Pennsylvania” (the state where the leader of the FETO terrorist organization, Fethullah Gulen, still resides) engraved at the reception as he was checking out on July 19th.

Elen Barkey, the spouse of Henry Barkey who is a Middle East expert who worked with the US Department of State and the CIA and a theorist of “Moderate Islam,” was also a senior CIA official. Barkey penned the book Turkey’s Kurdish Question along with Graham Fuller, who is also a Middle East expert at the CIA. It was also Henry Barkey who wrote a letter of reference for Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK separatist terrorist organization operating in Turkey, so he could stay in Italy while he was a fugitive. What is interesting is that his friend, Graham Fuller, also sent a letter of reference to a federal judge in Pennsylvania in order to provide FETO leader Fethullah Gulen with a Green Card. Fuller was also famous for his articles praising and defending Gulen in the American media.

It seems that some of the CIA Turkey desk directorates were mobilized on behalf of the terrorist organizations of FETO and PKK, which have dedicated themselves to divide Turkey. The isolated island of Prinkipo was chosen as a headquarters where the internal disturbances were plotted. The fact that they chose the Splendid Hotel, which was used as military headquarters by the British Army in 1919 during the occupation of Istanbul, also carried a symbolic message.

Member of Parliament Orhan Deligoz, who announced the July 15th Coup meeting at Prinkipo to the public and has been monitoring the espionage traffic taking place on the island ever since, informed the public that these meetings are held by the CIA and MI6 agents of the US and UK, that these agents use some villas that belong to the British and four hotels on the island, that these hotels had some unlicensed and secret sections, and that the most recent meeting was held in these sections.

Again, the German Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation, whose representative named “I.U.” was taken into custody, was behind the Gezi incident.  Amnesty International, whose Turkey director is “I.E.”, published reports legitimizing the provocative protests of the PKK during the trench events and the Gezi Park incident.

Moreover, maps on which the Eastern and Southeastern regions of Turkey were merged with the regions in Northern Iraq and Syria where Kurds live, and depicted as a new region were found on “A.G.”’s computer, a Swede attending  the meeting. This new region was named after terrorist organizations. “A.G.” admitted that the maps were stored on his personal computer.

It was also stated that “P.S.”, a German who attended the meeting, was the mastermind of the disturbances in many countries besides Turkey, including Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, and Nepal. “P.S.” testified and stated that HIVOS, a Netherlands-based “human rights foundation” financed the meeting.

HIVOS was the keyword connecting the Prinkipo meetings to the worldwide “deep transparency” project. This clue leads us to the world-renowned Georges Soros, who is the financier and mastermind of the ‘Color Revolutions’ successfully carried out in Yugoslavia in 2000, in Georgia in 2003, in Ukraine in 2004 and in Kirghizia in 2005, and was tried in Cuba. That is because HIVOS is little more than a subsidiary of Soros’ Open Society Foundation, which was the organizational headquarters of these Color Revolutions.

A source explains HIVOS’ connection to the Soros Foundations that are located in four countries including Turkey as below:

“… the Soros Foundations in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey and Afghanistan are encouraging mutual cultural and artistic co-operation through a programme of grants operated in collaboration with three Dutch organisations: the European Cultural Foundation, the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS) and ‘Felix Meritis.’”

On the other hand, the fact that “O.D.”, who was among the people attending the last Prinkipo meeting, is an advisor to Soros’ foundations is indubitably not a coincidence. On the computer of this person, the insurrection plots that clearly highlight the purpose of the meeting saying “… we cannot wait for a resistance to kick off on its own. Let’s spread the justice protests over the provinces… These protests should happen every day” were confiscated.

In short, the Prinkipo meetings were one of the recent attempts of MI6, the CIA, Soros’ Institute of Open Society and Color Revolution chains targeting Turkey. They have yet to succeeded, but it seems that such plotters will not give up unless the Islamic world unites. It may seem as if they currently aim Turkey, Qatar and Iran: However, they ultimately target the entire world of Islam. The mentioned groups learned their lesson from the Turkish people in the attempted coup of July 15th, but this does not seem to be enough for them.  Unity not only in Turkey, but also in the Islamic world against such potential threats, should be our main objective.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Daily Mail News (Pakistan):

]]>, 14 Sep 2017 17:35:22 +0300
The Rohingya are awaiting our help now

The oppression and attacks on the Rohingya Muslims - ongoing for almost 250 years - have been on a sharp climb since 2012. Nearly 1,000 Muslims were ruthlessly martyred in Rakhine Province in June of that same year. 125,000 people were driven away from their homes and villages, forced to live in the mountains and forests. For the past two years, the Myanmar government has launched a campaign of genocide, full of fire, blood and brutality, aimed at completely destroying Rohingya Muslims.

In October, 2016, about 100,000 Rohingya Muslims were displaced as a result of resurgent military violence and oppression. More than 75,000 Muslims were forced to settle in the Kutupalong Camp and its surroundings in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar area; Kutupalong is widely regarded as quite possibly the worst refugee camp in the world.

Finally, the conflicts in the Rakhine region flared up after the killing of 10 police officers by ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) militants. Holding all Rohingya Muslims responsible for the death of the police officers, Myanmar’s military forces and gangs, went on a human hunt in the region and terrorized the poor innocent Rohingya.

Rohingya people who escaped from attacks, where thousands of Muslims have been martyred, burned alive and tens of thousands tortured, were rejected at the border of Bangladesh by the police as always.  Approximately 60,000 Muslims are still struggling to stay alive in the mountainous regions as they cannot cross the border.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Yanghee Lee, says the situation in Rakhine, which has been under attack by the army and various gangs since August 25th, is "much worse" than the last October. Yet, it is pleasing to see that Bangladesh recently allowed 270 thousand Rohingya to take refuge in its camps even though it has limited and weak resources.

The Myanmar government and the shadow behind all these incidents, President Aung San Suu Kyi, offer pointless explanations such as "there is no ethnic cleansing,” or “the reports are exaggerated" to cover up the facts.  Based on these unfounded explanations, she doesn't allow emergency humanitarian aid to reach the region. In this way, hungry, thirsty, homeless, weak, sick, disabled and wounded Rohingya survivors are being annihilated by depriving them of urgent necessities such as food, shelter and medicine.

A mysterious element which recently came to the forefront and played a leading role in the atrocities Rohingya Muslims faced, is the ARSA militia. As it is known, the latest disaster that Rohingya people experienced was the attack on Myanmar security points on August 25th by ARSA in which 10 policemen were killed. Likewise, the attacks, massacres and exiles targeting the Rohingya in October 2016 were also the result of the Myanmar security forces' bloody response to the attacks carried out by ARSA.

In other words, whatever key roles Al Qaeda, Taliban and DAESH played in the destruction, genocide and massacres experienced in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, the same role is now being played by ARSA in Rakhine.

As we know, there is a major international competition for the rich gas and oil deposits in the Bengal Gulf, off the coast of Rakhine. The two biggest competitors are the UK and China. The only means of transporting energy resources from the Gulf to China is straight through Rakhine Province.

The leader supported for so long by the British to end the Chinese domination in the region is, as expected, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now regarded as the chief perpetrator of the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi, introduced as the woman who would put an end to Beijing's dominance, is supported in this task, in other words, for the task of blocking the Myanmar-China energy transmission lines passing through Rakhine.

It is claimed that to this end, it is necessary to create complete dominance and control as well as a security sector in the Rakhine region by turning it into a "no man's land." As you can see, the inhabitants of the region, the Rohingya Muslims, are considered as the only obstacle standing in the way of this insidious strategy. This is the truth behind the policy of genocide, the severity of which has recently multiplied against the poor people of the region.

The oppression, persecution, torture and injustice faced by the Rohingya Muslims, officially declared as the most persecuted people in the world by the UN, are currently unprecedented. This cruelty, which is regrettably still in full swing before the eyes of the entire world should be protested and actively intervened against by the international community for the sake of civilization and humanity, and by Muslim societies for the sake of faith and brotherhood,.

Until now, humanity has stood aside as mere spectators while Rohingya Muslims were subjected to indescribable tortures and massacres and did no more than condoning those acts, issuing ineffective condemnations and reproach. However, this deplorable situation can be stopped by the joint and strong reactions of the Muslim world. The collective reaction and united sanctions of Muslim countries can show that the Muslims in that region are not unprotected or uncared for. Protecting these people who have experienced nothing but suffering at the hands of those around them, who look around with terrified eyes to everyone other than their own, ending their suffering, bringing them peace, happiness and security after years of fear and misery is essentially the duty of all Muslims. The international community may well have remained largely silent, but Muslims should not.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia):

]]>, 14 Sep 2017 14:37:05 +0300
Refugees and Turkey on the Sixth Anniversary of Syrian War

“We did not come to the realization of our responsibilities towards refugees until after the body of little Aylan washed ashore, just as our Western friends did.”

The above-cited words of the Turkish Republic’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Süleyman Soylu, probably best summarizes Turkey’s stand on the refugee issue. Since April 2011, Turkey has been welcoming the refugees fleeing Syria, which has now basically become an international arena for war, with the utmost hospitality. According to the numbers Soylu provided, Turkey is currently harboring 3,552,000 Syrian refugees. With their families slaughtered, and their houses, hometowns and country lying in ruin, these people escaped imminent death from the bombs that rain down upon them and have taken refuge in a nation that welcomed them unconditionally with open arms.

While accepting refugees into the country, the Turkish Government took all the necessary precautions against various terrorist elements, yet did not impose any conditions regarding the arrival and sheltering of our Syrian brothers and sisters: not once did it stop to consider whether the state could afford it or not. On the eve of the second year of the civil war, the Turkish Government anticipated that the situation in Syria would only worsen, yet never imposed any restrictions on the number of the refugees to be accepted. Millions of dollars were spent to build of one refugee camp after the other, and educational and social services were provided to the refugees while many were not even aware of these developments. During this process, Turkey encountered many difficulties as well. The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the matter: “According to data provided by AFAD, during the Syrian crisis, Turkey’s total expenditure for the refugees -including that of public institutions, NGOs and the Turkish people- amounts to 25 billion dollars. While carrying out all this work, Turkey continued to struggle against terrorism; against the PKK, the PYD, FETO and DAESH. Turkey went through multiple elections, coup attempts, all the while being subjected to economic operations.” As can be seen, however, none of these attempts to weaken Turkey were able to prevent us from providing shelter to Syrians.

The total number of Syrian refugees accepted by EU countries is 866,831. The number of Syrians hosted by Turkey, on the other hand, is 3.3 times that. As for the immigrants who seek entry to Europe, their tragic situation has been evident to all, particularly since last year. The actions of coastal security units seeking to sink refugee boats, the countries that have built barbed-wire barriers or walls along their borders, and the human traffickers who murder refugees by leaving them to be asphyxiated inside truck depots are not forgotten. The outlook may seem bright for some of the refugees who have been “accepted” into Europe; yet in certain countries, some refugees have been forced to shower in –10ºC weather with cold water, some have had their money, tents and blankets confiscated, while some have been left for dead on the streets in extremely frigid temperatures. According to data, 89.2% of asylum-seekers in a European country have suffered police brutality. The roots of this grave situation lie in the bitter fact that, in many regions and for many people, refugees are not regarded as human, but a redundancy that deserves to die. (We hold our refugee brothers and sisters in higher regard.)

Without a doubt, Turkey has been doing all these things with a conscientious awareness and a humanitarian sentiment, without expecting support or praise from anyone. The fact that there has been no change in Turkey’s immigrant policy since 2011, despite the massive expenditures and adverse provocations in this regard, is the most important manifestation of Turkey’s stance. But lately, there have been various concurrent accusations made against our Syrian brothers and sisters. These provocative statements are mostly lead by major media outlets, certain media personalities chosen to such end, and the ubiquitous Internet troll accounts specifically tasked with stirring up social media. Employed as instruments of instigation among the public, these figures are part of a small group tasked exclusively for this very purpose.

The provocations aimed at Syrians are a newly-introduced leg of the ever-failing attempts, which started with the Gezi Incidents and continued with the failed coup attempt of July 15. According to the data provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, compared to the overall rate of public order crimes in Turkey between 2014 and 2017, Syrians were only involved in such incidents at an annual average rate of 1.32%, and a significant portion of these incidents arise from internal disputes among Syrians themselves. Moreover, despite the rise in the Syrian population, in 2017 there has been a 5% drop in the number of crimes involving Syrians compared to the first six months of last year. Yet, for some reason, the date that provocations unanimously began curiously coincides with the date immediately after the last Eid al-Fitr. It is quite obvious that these accusing efforts through propaganda, which begin in a period when crime rates are already in sharp decline, are designed for specific purposes.

One thing is certain: despite all the provocations and challenges, the Turkish Government will continue to accept fellow Syrians into our country and strive to provide them with the best means possible. Hopefully, our Syrian brothers and sisters who are in our country will be granted Turkish citizenship as soon as possible and become a permanent part of our nation.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Peninsula Qatar (Qatar) 

]]>, 12 Sep 2017 21:02:31 +0300
The Ramifications of the Post-9-11 "War on Terror"

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 marked one of the biggest and most violent terrorist attacks in the history of humankind, striking horror in the hearts of the entire world. It was at the same time a critical turning point that altered the course of history since the early 2000s.

In the wake of this inhumane and brutal attack that shook all nations, and above all the people of the USA, US President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror." It was barely a month after he had declared the war during his speech in the Congress, he gave the order of air strike on Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

While the invasion of Afghanistan raged on, using the so-called report by Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister of Britain, and the British Intelligence saying "Iraq is in possession of weapons of mass destruction," this time the Bush administration gave the order for the invasion of Iraq.

However today, the Chilcot Report has exposed Blair's intelligence report, which subsequently dragged the US into the Iraq war, to be unsubstantial. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq whatsoever; Blair ultimately had to admit to this fact and recently, the messages Blair sent to Bush between 2001-2007 have been exposed in the press. These messages laid bare the fact that Blair was the person who guided the US President in every respect as well as that he was the mastermind behind the Afghan War.

Consequently, “the War on Terror" policy has caused harm for everyone except the terrorists:

– The Islamic world faces the greatest calamity and destruction in its history. Millennia-old ancient cities as well as metropolitan areas were reduced to rubble. Millions of civilians lost their lives while millions more lost their homelands, forced into migration. Hundreds of thousands were either injured or maimed. Tens of thousands were subjected to unimaginable torture and rape. The rest are now struggling in the clutches of poverty, disease and misery. Today, many children are being born with disabilities in Iraq and Afghanistan due to the use of white phosphorous and depleted uranium rounds being used against the local civilian populace.

– "The War on Terror" has taken - and continues to take - its toll on the Western world as well, although to a lesser degree than the Islamic world. Let alone ending terrorism, the method of military intervention has only served to escalate and infuriate it, and spread it to the entire world. In the words of Andrew J. Bacevich from Boston Globe, it caused the terrorism to "metastasize."

March 2004 MADRID; June 2005 LONDON; January-November 2015 PARIS; January 2016 ISTANBUL; March 2016 BRUSSELS; June 2016 NICE; December 2016 BERLIN; January 2017 ISTANBUL; April 2017 STOCKHOLM, May 2017 MANCHESTER; June 2017 LONDON; August 2017 BARCELONA...


These are the bloodiest examples of radical terrorism that spread from the Middle East to Europe following the 'War on Terror'...

The list would become hundreds of entries long if it was for the entire world.

– As for the USA, the material and moral damage the "War on Terror" campaign caused to the country was many times more than that of September 11.

A total number of 4,491 US soldiers died in Iraq between 2003 and 2014. By October 2016, the US military casualties in the Afghan War had reached 2,386 while 20,049 more were injured on duty and the number of civilian fatalities in Afghanistan during the war was 1,173.

Merely in 2012, the number of USA military members who had participated and committed suicide due to depression was 349. This number is even greater than that of the US soldiers who died at war in the same year.

The "War on Terror" also dealt the severest damage to the US economy. In fact, the Afghan War that has been ongoing since 2001 is the longest war in the US history. According to Linda J. Bilmes from Harvard University, the total cost of the Iraqi and Afghan Wars for the country is somewhere between $4 to 6 Trillion dollars. At the end of her research, Bilmes rightfully asks the question, "What did we buy for this Trillion Dollars?"

Surely the most significant repercussions of this economic collapse were felt throughout the US society. According to Feeding America, 48 million Americans, comprising 15% of the population, are below the poverty level, while 42 million Americans are struggling with hunger. According to a study conducted by researchers from Michigan and Harvard, the number of households in extreme poverty living on two dollars a day has doubled in the last 15 years, reaching 1.5 million. 20 million Americans are living in trailers.  565,000 homeless sleep on the streets every night, 48,000 of whom are ex-military.

The radical terrorism that was transferred to the West through the military operations conducted in the Middle East since September 11 has turned the guiltless people of the US into a society in constant fear. Three terrorist attacks have been perpetrated in the US in the last five years. Three people died while 264 were injured in Boston Marathon in 2013 in a bomb attack perpetrated by radical terrorists. In December 2015, a married couple targeted a health institution catering to people with disabilities, causing the deaths of 14 people. The attack later turned out to be tied to ISIS.

Again under the justification of struggling against terrorism and security, countless laws and regulations such as the Patriot Act, which led to unfavorable consequences for the people of the US such as oppression, fear and violation of privacy, only added insult to the injury.

In conclusion, the current state of the USA brought about by the "War on Terror" fiasco the country was steered into through the guidance of Blair-MI6 collaboration does not appear bright at all. Let alone correcting this historical mistake, new governments, too, insist on repeating the same mistakes despite hundreds of futile and unsuccessful experiences.

However, even a small-scale academic study could have simply revealed the fact that radical terrorism has no place in the Qur'an; the Qur’an calls to peace, love, unity and brotherhood, the core and basis of Islam. It could have been easily realized that the radical terrorist mentality has its roots in primitive and violent traditions and superstitions such as ancient customs and tribal culture. And subsequently, this non-Qur'anic, bigoted, radical belief system constituting the sole ideological basis of terrorism could have been completely rooted out from the entire Islamic geography through a professionally organized education campaign based on the Qur'an.

These would surely have been the most perfect methods that would prove way more constructive, permanent, cost-free, safe, non-violent, non-destructive and definitive than all the military interventions conducted to this end until today.

This might have not been implemented yet, but what is vital is to compensate for the time that have been lost and start working altogether as soon as possible to prevent new 9/11’s from ever occurring again.

Adnan Oktar's piece in American Herald Tribune (USA):

]]>, 12 Sep 2017 20:15:14 +0300
Alliances In The Middle East Will End Divisive Policies

History books present the assassination of Austrian Hungarian prince Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo as the beginning of the First World War. Indeed, just a few weeks after Serbian anarchist Gavrilo Princip’s attack, a war involving the entire continent broke out. The assassination lit the fuse of the fire of war that would burn Europe.

Today, evaluating the past, it can be better understood that by taking the necessary precautions at the time, a possible war could have been easily prevented. Even though similar things are happening before our eyes right now, people can still become absorbed in the flow of events and drift along.

Today, 100 years after First World War, especially some Muslim countries are dragged into hot wars. Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq are in civil war. Egypt and Pakistan are struggling with coups. The coup attempt in Turkey could only be avoided thanks to the resistance of the people. Iran has been under embargo for years. Countries that are geopolitically close to the region experience a similar situation. Russia is under heavy sanctions, Ukraine is in civil war. Georgia and Kyrgyzstan were shaken by color revolutions. Palace coups are on the front burner in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The Arabian Peninsula is divided into two by the Qatar crisis.

On top of all this disorder, coalition aircraft are burning down Muslim cities under the premise of fighting against ISIS. The Mediterranean is filled with warships and warplanes. Maps that divide the Middle East are emerging one after another. The things that happened at the dawn of the First World War such as forming of blocs, the arms race, demonstrations of power, efforts to capture other countries, are happening exactly in the same way again, like a bad movie remake. The recent US arms shipments to the PYD in North Syria have reached 1000 trucks. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are signing new arms purchase contracts one after the other. The region is virtually dragged into a war that can swallow the whole world.

Since the spring of 2016, there have been developments in the region that can prevent the war. First, the tension between Turkey and Russia, the two countries that are sought to be isolated, has come to an end. The Russian-Turkish alliance, with the participation of Iran, began to take rational steps for a solution for the issue of Syria. Thanks to the Astana Talks, the civil war that has been going on in Syria for 5 years has been alleviated to some extent. Regarding the Qatar crisis, this alliance also prevented the conflict from escalating.

Today, two new fuses are sought to be lit in the region. The US is carrying out significant weapons aid to the YPG/PYD to be used against ISIS , which it considers as an ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria. Undoubtedly, the plan to establish a Kurdish state in Syria will lead to a great disorder in the region and bring new conflicts and disputes with it. Currently, YPG is proclaiming cantons in the Afrin region and in northern Syria, taking advantage of the administrative vacancy. No doubt, it is impossible for Turkey to accept such a dangerous structure. Moreover, Turkmen, Kurds and Arabs in Syria are suffering from the persecution imposed by communist PYD. The terrorist group has made countless human rights violations against the people of the region since it seized power by force. US supports a terrorist organization to fight against another terrorist organization. This is a faulty strategy that will lead to the division of Syria and cause the region to fall into conflict.

A new plan to disturb the territorial integrity of Iraq is also in effect. The Northern Iraq Regional Government is resisting for a referendum for independence. Despite the opposition from many countries, including Russia, US and Iran, the referendum process is progressing rapidly. The establishment of an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq may cause unrest in the region. Not pleased with this, the Iraqi administration will react to this, divisions will beget new divisions and further, it will also give the green light for a Kurdish state, which is planned to be established by the PKK.

Consequently, it should be seen that the kind of attacks which will cause more division and conflicts in the Middle East may be unfavorable and these plans must be abandoned for the time being.

The alliances developing in the region have always become instrumental for positive developments; and they still do. For instance, it is an important development that Turkey and Iran have announced their decision to jointly fight against the PKK and PJAK in response to the armament of the PYD. As a result of this alliance the two countries demonstrated that they wouldn’t allow the establishment of a communist Kurdish state extending from Qandil to the Mediterranean covering northern Iraq and Syria. There has been significant military and diplomatic traffic in the past few weeks regarding this issue. For the first time since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, an Iranian Chief of Staff came to Ankara. The Russian chief of staff also announced he will visit Turkey in a few days. Again, last week, it was reported by news agencies that a sales agreement for Russian S-400 missile defense systems have been signed by Turkey. With the participation of Qatar, this alliance has become even stronger.

These can be regarded as important steps to prevent the war scenarios planned in the region.

We need to remember that millions of Muslims are longing for an alliance that will protect the justice and the rights of the peoples of the region. Powers participating from outside the region usually gives priority to its own interests. This egoistic approach has only brought blood and tears to the Middle East for 150 years. Every plan that does not seek peace for the Middle East brings the world one step closer to the fire. In order to accelerate the steps taken for peace, the nations active in the region must act by thinking about the people in the region and the post-war regime. For this, it is necessary for them to follow a rational, self-sacrificing, flexible policy for peace. As for the establishment of permanent peace in the Middle East, it can only be achieved by the unification of communities of different ethnicities, different sects, different religions and philosophical beliefs in middle ground.

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

]]>, 09 Sep 2017 15:23:06 +0300
Let our voice be heard, now

AUNG San Suu Kyi, who came to power as the first civilian leader in decades after the junta regime in Myanmar, was considered a great hope for the Rohingya Muslims. The promises she made before the election were hopeful and peaceful. The Rohingya believed that things would change for the better, as reported.

Suu Kyi received numerous awards from Europe. First, she received the Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament, then the Nobel Peace Prize. While Europe was rewarding her, Suu Kyi, in contrast to her promises, expanded her policy of oppressing Rohingya Muslims. The expectations of the Rohingya, who have been subjected to genocide for years, resulted in disappointment, as reported.

The Rohingya have made the headlines with reports of massacres, genocides and exiles for a long time, and new reports on Aug 28 showed that the situation has become even more critical for Rohingya Muslims. The European Rohingya Council reported on Aug 28 that between 2,000 and 3,000 Muslims were killed in three days during attacks by the army in Rakhine province, Myanmar. Some human rights organisations in the region state that this number is somewhere around 20,000.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regional spokesman for Bangladesh Vivian Tan said the number of people fleeing to Bangladesh from the violence ongoing since Aug 25 has reached 270,000, and that the majority of them had not eaten for days.

While stating that there had been massacres in 20 villages, Rohingya writer Habib Rahman said: “Many people are hiding in jungles near their houses because they are shot dead if they try to travel to another place.

“Rohingya people are systematically locked up, and there are 42 concentration camps in Rakhine state, which are isolated from the world. Nobody can visit these places.” 

How these people lived in these camps and what kind of tortures they suffered were hidden from the eyes of the world until now. But the terrible brutality towards these poor people can no longer be hidden. Regrettably, by the time the world heard it, many innocent Muslims had died. Rahman said these acts of brutality included tank and rocket attacks on Muslims who escaped from their homes. According to Rahman, this is a “silent genocide”.

Even while these words are being written, massacres and genocide continue to take place in the region. The policy of driving Muslims in the region out of Myanmar is part of the policy of de-identification that began during the years when the country was under British colonial control.

The British administration of the period, which divided those lands into India-Pakistan and Bangladesh when they withdrew from India, left behind civil wars that killed tens of thousands of innocent people. Rakhine, which they attached to Buddhist Burma, was handed over to General Aung San in 1948, who had acted alongside the Japanese who occupied Burma during World War 2.

Therefore, the path for a policy in which they were continuously alienated by the aforementioned administration was paved.

Indeed, this policy was part of a plan. As a matter of fact, the energy routes that will pass through the homeland of Rohingya Muslims has long been the focal point.

The policy to annihilate the Muslim population on these valuable lands would be left to the Myanmar government. Consequently, Suu Kyi is just one of the leaders chosen to carry out this policy right now.

In the face of these facts, it is not realistic to expect a solution from Western powers or the UN for this tragedy. Even though certain powers in the West say the Rohingya need to be helped, they will be powerless against those who included the region in their deep plans.

Those who will benefit the most from the proposed energy routes will always be in favour of destroying the Muslim population there. Even though the meetings held to raise humanitarian aid are a demonstration of goodwill, the Muslim world should know that they will not produce any results.

It is about time the Muslim world abandons its strategy to wait for a solution from the West. Provided that they stay united, the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims would have tremendous potential and enormous power. The problem is that a large part of the Muslim world is buried in superstitions and embroiled in sectarian conflicts, neglecting to help the oppressed.

Indeed, sensible and mindful leaders are involved in a shuttle diplomacy on the subject. But we have to be quick.

The president of the Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stated that negotiations about helping the Rohingya were going on with leaders of countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Turkey has informed the Bangladeshi government that in exchange for accepting Muslims arriving at their border, all expenses would be covered by Turkey. This will at least ensure that the people who escape from that region can take refuge in a safe place. We also hope that the telephone conversation Erdogan had with Suu Kyi would be effective and yield results.

But of course, this cruel policy needs to be exposed and be loudly condemned. For this, a meeting of millions of people attended also by some Muslim leaders should be organised if necessary. It is clear that small meetings and condemnations will not make enough noise. A nation collectively condemning this brutality will be effective in a real sense. It is now time for Muslims to come together and make their voices heard. Our voice must reach the Rohingya who experience this brutality.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Arab Times'da (Kuwait) & New Straits Times (Malaysia):

]]>, 09 Sep 2017 14:17:20 +0300
Medical care: a basic human right for all

Throughout the history of mankind, there have been many major outbreaks that claimed millions of lives. The bubonic plague wreaked havoc on Medieval Europe, killing an estimated one-third of the population; historians estimate that a total of 50 million people lost their lives. The plague epidemic in the 19th Century could only be stopped after it claimed 30 million lives. The Spanish Flu outbreak that spread to the world during the last days of World War I infected more than 100 million people. It is believed that the Spanish Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in history, claiming - even though the actual number is unknown - at least 50 million lives. It is estimated that the two great Asian flu outbreaks of the 20th Century also claimed more than 10 million lives in total.

Many deadly diseases of the past have become non-fatal nowadays. Bubonic plague is curable; flu viruses are largely under control. Smallpox has been eradicated. With the drying of the swamps, malaria isn’t seen as much as it was in the past. Measles, typhus, scarlet fever, diphtheria, tuberculosis epidemics are, for the most part, things of the past. By means of antibiotics, immune system boosters and improved treatment methods, these diseases are no longer a serious threat to humanity, but only for a specific segment of the world population.

Malaria may not be claiming any lives in Europe, but the Palasmodium parasite causes the death of one million African babies each year.  Malaria is indirectly responsible for the death of five people for every life it directly claims. It weakens the body or destroys the immune system and causes diseases like typhoid fever, flu, and dysentery. Thus, those who can survive malaria struggle with other diseases.

Malaria's greatest carrier is the Anopheles mosquito. In Europe, mankind has won the battle against malaria by draining the swamplands, but in Africa the situation is completely different. The old continent, left alone in its fight with malaria, loses millions of lives every year. All around the world, about 300 to 350 million people are infected with Malaria each year and 1.5-2.7 million of them lose their lives. The vast majority of these people are living on African soil.

Like malaria, another disease that continues to claim lives in Africa is cholera. The cholera disease is caused by the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae, which first appeared in India. Following that, there were epidemics in Japan in 1817, in Moscow in 1826, and in Berlin, Paris, and London in 1831. Reaching Canada by means of immigrants, the cholera epidemic - after causing the deaths of tens of thousands of people - then spread to Hamburg again in 1892. Thanks to the developing medical science of the 20th Century, the influence of cholera in Europe is over. However, Africa is still struggling with this epidemic.

Cholera was first seen in Africa in 1970. Even though it has been 40 years since then, it is still considered as one of the most serious health problems of the continent. Central African lakes are a very important habitat for cholera bacteria in the region. During the rainy seasons, infected lake waters mix with the drinking water, allowing cholera bacteria to affect entire regions. In every rainy season, tens of thousands of Africans are infected with cholera. In fact, the bacteria disappear within 30 minutes at 56 degrees and within one minute in boiling water; solar radiation breaks apart the cholera bacteria within a few hours. In other words, it is very easy to eliminate the bacteria from the region. Simple preventive measures, such as boiling drinking water and keeping sewers away from potable water sources are enough to save tens of thousands of lives.

Furthermore, the treatment of patients with cholera is quite simple today. The oral administration of minerals such as sodium, potassium, chlorine and bicarbonate, which are lost due to dehydration, is sufficient. Severe cases on the other hand respond immediately to antibiotic treatment. With these simple treatments, the mortality rate of cholera drops from 50% to 1-2%. But many Africans continue to lose their lives in agony due to being unable to receive treatment. According to estimates by the World Health Organization and similar health organizations, cholera infects one million Africans each year and claims the lives of approximately 60,000 Africans.

Another region struggling against cholera is Yemen. There are 250,000 recorded cholera cases in the area where the civil war still rages on, and cholera is causing 1,000 Yemenites to lose their lives every month. WHO, UNICEF ​​and the Red Cross have stepped in against the epidemic that local administrators found themselves unable to manage. However, some three million Yemenites that have been forced out of their homes as a result of the four-year-old civil war are still vulnerable to cholera. The sanitation infrastructure has almost entirely broken down in the country, and it is almost impossible to find clean drinking water; such adverse conditions are causing the epidemic to spread rapidly. Without immediate intervention, 10,000 Yemenites will die due to a disease, the treatment of which has been known about for 50 years.

In the 21st Century, the population of the world has approached 7.4 billion. The SARS virus, which initially appeared in Asia, spread across different continents in a very short time. An epidemic alert was issued worldwide after the first Ebola outbreak in Africa. The Zika virus, which emerged in Brazil in May 2015, spread to 21 countries in five months. Diseases are not the problem of a single region or a single country. An epidemic that appears in some place in the world threatens the entire planet.

However, humanity has suffered enough because of egoism and selfishness in the past as well as it does nowadays. Now it is time for love, sacrifice, friendship and sharing. Ignoring the death of innocent children in Africa due to financial impossibilities is an affront to humanity. The World Health Organization and its member countries must realize the urgency of the issue and act immediately. Some people ignore the problems of the world when such problems happen in faraway places because they think it will not happen to them. However, it is a very important humanitarian duty for those who have the means, to take the initiative by getting in contact with reliable non-governmental organizations to take immediate action for finding a solution to this health tragedy in Africa. Every delay and neglect on this issue costs thousands of children's lives. 

Africa is a continent with very rich natural resources, yet it also faces many challenges. It is of the utmost importance that other countries are prevented from exploiting their riches for their own benefit, and ensure that Africans can live comfortably on their own soil. All countries that have the power and the means should listen to the voice of their conscience and extend their helping hand to all suffering people, especially to Africa.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Star (South Africa) & The Pretoria News (South Africa)

]]>, 08 Sep 2017 17:23:15 +0300
Women; more than just statistics

There are 7.5 billion people living on earth and women constitute more than the half of that number. This is not a mere statistical number. They are our loved ones; mothers, sisters and wives. The number of men who feel no love for a woman is so few that they could be counted on the fingers of a hand.

Yet women, one of the most beautiful aspects of our lives, live under constant oppression. Sometimes they suffer unfair insults and disrespect when they should be treated with love and courtesy instead. In some circles, societal rules and peer pressure always tend to dominate women and dictate how to live their lives. Most women’s husbands, fathers, brothers, relatives, bosses, colleagues and teachers virtually deem it a duty to curtail their freedoms. Billions of women are seen as potential sinners at any given moment and treated as beings that need to be kept under constant control. This is a widespread disease that afflicts the entire world. Whether the man who enforces this system of oppression lives in the East or the West, an atheist or religious, a scientist or an illiterate usually does not change this fact.

Eastern societies are the first thing that comes to mind when the subject of women's oppression is mentioned; anti-religious circles, in particular, try to present the societal rules that promote the oppression of women as an inherent part of Islam. However, this is a disaster brought about not by Islam, but by the superstitious religious conception. This misogynistic so-called religious structure is a bigoted mentality diametrically opposed to the most fundamental values of Islam. On the contrary, women are praised and held in high regard in the Qur'an. God commands to always treat women with love and respect.

This problem can also be observed in Western societies under different ideologies. Darwinism, one of the principle ideologies underlying Western culture, presumed that woman, compared to man, is a life form who has yet to complete her evolutionary process. In fact, Charles Darwin, the founder of the theory of evolution, is a classic misogynist. In his book titled The Descent of Man, Darwin writes, “It is generally admitted that with women the powers of intuition, of rapid perception, and perhaps of imitation, are more strikingly marked than in man; but some, at least, of these faculties are characteristic of the lower races, and therefore of a past and lower state of civilization.”1

Fascism and communism, owing their inspiration to Darwinism, also emerged as misogynistic ideologies. In Nazi Germany, the standing rule was that no more than the 10% of high school graduates were allowed to be girls. In 1929, there were 39 National Socialist educational institutions but only two among them were for girls. According to the Nazis, a woman's duty was to be impregnated in breeding farms by young German men whom they had never seen before in their lives and give birth to a new Aryan race.

Shortly after the Bolshevik revolution, a law was introduced dictating that all women between the ages of 17 and 32 were properties of the state. Supposedly liberated from the yoke of their husbands, these women were put to work in mines and factories under the severest conditions. In the eyes of communism, women were little more than a new labor force.

It would be far-fetched to suggest that the modern Western societies are one step ahead of their century-old predecessors. Capitalism has reduced women to just another commodity to be sold or purchased. States sometimes not only encourage, even tariff, this vile trade.

But, then again, in Western societies women are still fighting for equal citizenship rights. In many countries, women were granted the right of suffrage only in the last 70-80 years. Only one in five members of the US Congress is woman. Workplaces continue to remain riddled with sexist conduct against women. In a sexist tirade, a Polish member of the European Parliament argued not long ago that women should earn less than men because they are supposedly weaker and less intelligent. Today, social media, the Internet, video games, newspapers, magazines, TV series, movies and books have largely become platforms where women face discrimination. 

Not only in the Eastern societies, but also in the Western world, scores of women perish at the hands of their husbands every year. In 40% of femicide cases around the world, the murderer is either the husband, a fiancé or a boyfriend. In the EU, one out of every five woman suffers violence from her husband. In Canada, one out of every two women has suffered physical violence or sexual abuse at least once after the age of 16. Every year, some five million women worldwide are subjected to domestic violence and abuse by their husbands. One-fifth of these downtrodden women had to receive medical treatment as a result of the violence they went through. In the USA, in 2006 alone, the number of women who were victims of rape or sexual abuse was 240,000. As one can clearly see, when it comes to misogyny, the whole world, Western and Eastern, displays more or less the same atrocious characteristics.  

Such level of oppression dims the glow of life within women, hampering their enthusiasm and happiness towards life. Women, under pressure, have become reluctant to look, to feel beautiful and attractive. The world has become deprived of feminine beauty. The world has also largely become deprived of women's wisdom, productivity, diligence and aptitude for elaborate thinking. This wonderful blessing has been wrested away from our life as a consequence of the misogynistic oppression.

So long as women, the ornaments of the world, are not happy and free, the world will remain incomplete. Quality, arts and aesthetics will see no progress. One of the most pivotal forces that will end violence and establish the culture of peace on Earth is love for women. As women become more beautiful, they will beautify the world along with them. The more respect women are shown, the more livable the world will become.

1. John R. Durant, The Ascent of Nature in Darwin's Descent of Man" in The Darwinian Heritage, Ed. by David Kohn, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985, p. 295.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Sun Daily (Malaysia) & BERNAMA (Malaysia) & The Borneo Post (Malaysia) & Riyadh Vision (Saudi Arabia):

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A letter to humanity

The Islamic world just celebrated Eid-Al Adha but what hit the headlines were not messages of happiness but bloodshed and oppression. Rohingya, Muslims who have been exposed to extensive torture and killing by some of the armed forces of Myanmar and extremist Buddhist groups, suffered a horrific massacre starting with an incident on August 25th when a small group of militants attacked government outposts and Myanmar’s military retaliated in a disproportionate show of force.

According to the official reports, the numberof martyrs were 3,000 between August 25-28. However, a more accurate and much higher toll was  claimed by a Mro ethnic anonymous police officer, confirming the murder of at least 20,000 Rohingya from August 25th to 31st. Hence, tens of thousands fled to Bangladesh, where they spoke of that their villages being torched, women being raped and friends being massacred. Sadly, there is not one Rohingya left who hasn’t lost at least one family member.

The stories of these persecuted people hurt one’s conscience and compel him to remember how he should be grateful of what he has and not to complain about what he misses. As per a Rohingya eyewitness from Maungdaw Township, Myanmar army officers raided their village and began shooting at people’s homes. He described the situation that resembled like horror movies with these horrifying words: “Government forces and the border guard police killed at least 11 people in my village. When they arrived they started shooting at everything that moved. Some soldiers then carried out arson attacks. Women and children were also among the dead… Even a baby wasn't spared.”

On the other hand, Myanmar officials still justify their actions as Army Commander Secretary General Min Aung Hlaing upholds the notion that clearing the Rohingya villages is crucial to eliminate the small militant groups. His appalling comments indicate that he won’t slow down his campaign, describing it as “unfinished business” going back to the time of WWII. Moreover, in a documentary by Channel 4 putting forth some of the realities in the country, we can see the same disturbing mindset in other state officials as they claim that there are no Rohingya in their country - neither now nor in history - and insist they are foreigners with no identities. A book handed out to the Channel 4 representative by government officials once more reveals how the people of Myanmar perceive the 1. 1 million Rohingya, who used to have a population of about four million before the attacks.They do not even pronounce their name but rather refer to them as “R” word (the Rohingya people are beyond such a claim) and deny their existence in the area and evaluate it as as “a political construct based on a myth”.

However, history shows the story is the other way around. The established history of Arakan goes back to 3 BC and Islamic faith reached Arakan on the 8th century AD through the Arab merchants. Following King Narameikla’s conversion to Islam in 15th century, the Arakan Islamic Kingdom was established and Islam has spread rapidly since then. In 1784, Burma invaded Arakan and inflicted torture on two ethnic groups: Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist Rakhine.  The Arakan people who fled this tyranny took refuge in Bangladesh. Both groups co-existed in peace and tranquility until the 19th century. Later on, the Burmese government incited Buddhists against Muslims and in 1942 the first overt massacre, known as Karbalai Arakan, took place and the sequence of events we’re all familiar with followed.  

Following attacks that accelerated in 2012, thousands of Rohingya were tortured, burned alive or executed. Many had to escape due to the brutality Myanmar’s forces and the Buddhists carried out. Only since October 2016, some 87,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. Some used local boats to cross a stream to reach the Bangladeshi side of the border. Regrettably, these boats often capsized and many Rohingya lost their lives to this river trying to escape by running away from their homelands. The scale of the disaster in these latest occurrences are visible even in  satellite images as Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said, “This new satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of destruction…may be far worse than originally thought.”

These recent violent attacks prompted the UN and some countries to express their concern over the effect on civilians. Turkish President Erdoğan took a strong stance against this savagery being imposed on Muslim minority by calling it a “genocide”. He called on the international community to take action to help the Rohingya minority, saying the world was "blind and deaf" to their plight in a speech on August 28th.

One may wonder what lies behind the motives of Myanmar’s military and extremist Buddhist groups to be able to act so heinously against these oppressed Muslims. Children are dying of hunger if not burned or shot, women and the elderly are summarily executed without any discrimination. They have no home and no place else to go to. The reason for this suffering and pain is the lack of leadership in the Islamic world. There are many solid steps to be taken to prevent this plight such as holding big, crowded rallies, cutting diplomatic ties with Myanmar’s government or imposing sanctions on them, organizing meetings with leaders of the UN or other powerful states, informing the unaware of what is going on in this part of the world via social media or WhatsApp groups, writing articles in the mainstream media to voice their concerns, but none of them will be sufficient. What is necessary to end the spilling of the blood and to dry the tears of the eyes of the Rohingya is to pray for the unity of the Islamic world regardless of difference in opinions and focus on the teachings of the Qur’an. Let us join  forces and not let any other genocide  like Srebrenica or Rwanda take place.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Tehran Times

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The worst global cholera outbreak: Yemen

The relentless fighting in poverty-stricken Yemen has brought yet another monstrous problem: the largest cholera epidemic ever recorded in world history

For almost two years now, an unrelenting war has been ravaging Yemen. The conflict began when an uprising forced former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over the office to Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. However, a myriad of problems, including al-Qaeda attacks, corruption, unemployment and the continuing support of some military officers for the former president has caused serious problems for the new administration.

Consequently, the Houthi movement, supporting Yemen’s Shia minority attacked at a vulnerable time and manage to seize the control of northern Saada. When Houthis tried to take control of the entire country, Mr. Hadi fled abroad in March 2015. These developments led to a Sunni Arab coalition that received logistical and intelligence support from the US, the UK and France, to restore Mr. Hadi’s government. Two years have passed but despite relentless fighting, no end seems to be in sight. Although Hadi and his government returned from exile to live in a temporary home in Aden, the situation still persists.

Since the onset of the clashes, close to 5,000 civilians –a third of which are children- have been martyred, and 8,200 people were injured according to the United Nations. Two million people were internally displaced, 180,000 have left the country and a staggering 17 million people are considered food insecure. Moreover, close to 15 million have no access to safe drinking water or sanitation. Waste collection has stopped in almost all major cities. Furthermore, about 3.3 million children and pregnant women are malnourished. The food shortage is so dire United Nation describes it as ‘the world’s largest food security crisis.’

Nowadays, even a more menacing problem is threatening the already devastated country: a massive cholera outbreak. According to the World Health Organization, Yemen is experiencing an outbreak of ‘unprecedented scale.’ So much so, since the modern records began, more people in Yemen has gotten cholera in a single year than any other country in the world. In only a few months, 400,000 people have been infected and around 2,000 people have died as a result.  Children under 15 and people over 60 are especially at risk.

Cholera is a bacterial disease and can quickly turn fatal if untreated. Every year, 100,000 people around the world die from this preventable condition. Places with insufficient sanitation and water treatment are usually considered the most high-risk because the disease is usually contracted through contaminated water and food. Yemen’s basic public services have ceased to function due to relentless conflict and access to clean water has become almost impossible. Moreover, almost half of the medical facilities have been closed or destroyed by air strikes and there aren’t nearly enough health-care workers to alleviate the situation. All these problems contribute to the crushing spread of cholera.

Despite all the disastrous factors involved, taking immediate and effective precautions the top priority from now on. And it is certainly not the aid groups, or international organizations that should feel the sole responsibility in this respect. On the contrary, all the countries, all the leaders should work together to build a collective help effort so that fellow human beings -innocent children, babies, ladies, the elderly- of Yemen can be saved from their ordeal. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation can swiftly convene, raise funds and organize relief efforts. UN and WHO are already working in cooperation with many international aid organizations, but their efforts fall short. It is imperative that the aid and international donations increase and are well coordinated to get the necessary help to where it is needed the most. It should be remembered every passing day without a solution would mean more innocent children, more innocent people losing their lives.

That being said, as Muslims we should not forget the main point in the current ordeal the Yemenis are experiencing today is the sectarian hatred played. Why is there a sectarian divide among Muslims, when our Lord commanded us to unite as brothers and sisters and to love each other? For centuries, for generations, this artificial, meaningless, clueless hatred caused vast number of innocent lives and played into the hands of those that wished to see them weak. Yet, it is not late for the fragmented Muslims to take concrete steps to unite with the members of other sects. Instead of focusing on the differences, they should join forces as one big nation putting forth their commonalities. Once this is realized, the tide will shift and the picture will change very rapidly; and everyone will be amazed how things can be rebuilt with solidarity, no matter how fierce the previous destruction was. It’s high time that this rebuilding starts.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Al Bilad

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Lessons in leadership

"The leader of the people is their servant." - The Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Mohammed was an excellent human being. Born and raised in the brutal atmosphere of ancient Arabia, where violence and bloodshed was the norm, he shone as a symbol of pure integrity, kindness and nobility. This fineness of character was so prominent, it earned him the name Ameen (the trustworthy) even before he became a Prophet.

He was also an excellent leader. His ability to steer through extremely difficult situations with the guidance of the Qur’an and his genius allowed him to arise out of a bloodthirsty society –dangerous and determined to harm him - unharmed and victorious through peace and diplomacy.

When he became a prophet and started spreading the beautiful message of God, the response of his people was extremely hostile. But, he was unstoppable.

As the years passed and the number of his followers increased, so did the level of persecution. When these violent attacks reached unbearable levels, he sent his most vulnerable companions to present-day Ethiopia, which was a Christian kingdom back then, to ensure their safety. Others followed suit, but the Prophet stayed behind until he made sure that everyone left. He put the safety of his people before his own.

When he migrated to Medina, the city was embroiled in constant clashes between tribes that vied for control. However, he successfully mediated between these groups, who were Jews, Muslims and pagans and drew up a treaty that is considered the world’s first. With this treaty, he essentially built the world’s first pluralistic society where all citizens were equal and where their rights were equally secured. The significance of his achievement can be better understood in the light of today’s constant conflicts between different groups, and how they cannot be solved no matter how many leaders or international organizations work to do it.

As the years went on, the number of Muslims grew and Prophet Mohammed became one of the strongest men in Arabia. However, no matter how powerful he was, he continued to amaze with his extremely humble and kind disposition. He was so approachable that anyone – be a Muslim, Christian, Jew, slave, tribe leader – could just walk inside his mosque and start a conversation with him.

Throughout his life, his gentle nature drew people to him. His deep love and respect for women, children and animals had a profound effect on society which had absolutely no such concepts up to that point.

After six years in Medina, the Prophet wanted to go back to Mecca to do hajj. But this meant that he would be unarmed, because Muslims are not allowed to carry weapons during the hajj. In other words, he was walking into the midst of his enemies unarmed, only with his trust in God. When they were stopped by a Qurayshi cavalry and were denied entry to Mecca, Prophet Mohammed chose diplomacy and peace. But the Qurayshi nevertheless broke the treaty, prompting the Prophet to gather an army of 10,000. They expected the Prophet to storm into Mecca and take revenge for years of torture and oppression. However, in the finest example of true leadership, he didn't do that. Instead, he declared a general amnesty, including for his former enemies, and said that no one would be forced to convert to Islam. He showed that peace should always be chosen over war and that only a true leader can lead his people towards the goodness.

Barnaby Rogerson, the author of ‘The Prophet Mohammed: A Biography’ explains this beautiful moment of forgiveness: '’He pardons the Meccans, but not just pardons, he pardons with kindness.’’

Today we are in dire need of such leadership: Leaders that are brave, just, humble, and compassionate… And there are certainly countless lessons to be learned in the life of the Prophet Mohammed that can offer us great insight.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News & Morocco World News:

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Charlottesville Is a Reminder of What Racism Brings

The violent clashes that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia recently have once more attracted the attention of the world to the racist ideologies and structures in the US. Especially the fact that the streets of a peaceful city was besieged and terrorized by heavily armed militias aroused significant worry among many. That protests turned violent only in a few months in a country that had long served as a global model of social peace is truly mind boggling. The US government should take urgent precautions in the face of rising racism and the pro-violence counter-groups rising with it. The world needs a USA in which the common sense prevails. 

The USA is perhaps one of the countries with the most notorious history in regard to racism. A mere 150 years ago, American people decimated each other in a civil war that had erupted because of slavery. One million Americans lost their lives on both sides in four years. The rich, fertile lands and infrastructure of the South were effectively destroyed. Although slavery was constitutionally abolished in the wake of the war, it took a century before it could be fully materialized in the real life. During this period, anti-black organizations such as the Klu Klux Klan fought hard to prevent the rights American black citizens had obtained from being implemented in the social sphere. Movements such as the eugenics movement and racial hygiene policies, which emerged in the first half of the 20th Century, were also racist approaches. 

Racial violence was ever present in the US territory, particularly in the southern regions, until the very end of World War II. Only after the civil society movements of the 60’s did it became possible for blacks and whites to attend the same schools, travel on the same buses and eat at the same restaurants. Today, an ideological substructure that favors the discrimination of people according to the color of their skin is still prevalent among certain segments of the society. This climate of violence is giving rise to terrorists who reckon themselves as patriots such as Timothy McVeigh, the infamous Oklahoma City bomber, who caused the deaths of 168 people. This is an issue that the US society has to tackle for itself.

Members of the white supremacy movement carry Nazi flags and wear Swastika tattoos. These groups chant Nazi slogans such as "blood and soil," expressing the idealization of a racially defined ethno-nationalistic body ("blood") united with a geographical area ("soil"). They hold anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish views as well, as is the case with Charlottesville.  Although these values are certainly not a part of the US society, they still find supporters among racist, right wing extremists.

Radical right terrorists have also perpetrated numerous mass killings over the recent years.  Six Indians lost their lives in a mass shooting carried out on a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, while in 2014, three innocent Jews were slaughtered in an attack on a Jewish community center. One of the most vicious attacks of late was carried out by Dylann Roof. In a massacre that took place at a black Methodist church in Charleston, Southern California, nine pious Christians lost their lives. All of these attacks were perpetrated by the followers of white supremacist organizations.

Today, this racist movement has myriad small structures within the US. These groups are largely spearheaded by neo-Nazis. Neo-Nazis coordinate their activities over the Internet. Another major racist group following the neo-Nazis is the White Nationalists. Although compared to the neo-Nazis, this movement can be said to hold a more moderate view, they are still waging a struggle to establish an ethno-nationalist state based on racial purity. Right under this group are the neo -Confederates. This faction, too, pursues the same end: founding a white-only state. They have a nostalgic attachment to the pre-Civil War South era. Even though the KKK movement is not as rampant as these groups, nor anywhere near as powerful as they were a century ago, they maintain their activities in the certain parts of the country nonetheless.

As for the so-called Alt-Right, which has recently emerged as a more modern and urban movement, it does not consider itself as being in the 'racist' category. However, liberals, feminists, social justice warriors or immigrants beg to differ.

In the last three elections, these discussions expanded into the US politics. The rightist voters united against Obama's practices which they believed went against American values. Donald Trump was elected the president of US by a narrow margin with the votes of pious and conservative voters. Following the announcement of the election results, the streets overflowed with the protests of left-leaning voters. The protests acquired a violent aspect by the actions of the radicals. Today, the USA is in a vicious cycle where violence begets violence and hatred begets more hatred.  Meanwhile, the politicians, statesmen and intellectuals, who are supposed to work toward a solution, are distancing themselves from common sense.

This irrational atmosphere promotes and fosters both radical rightist and radical leftist movements. Having been initiated through the provocations of only a handful of pro-violence groups, these organizations are rapidly extending their social footing, absorbing the political center in the process. On the other hand, the radical rightist protests have brought out Antifa, a pro-violent leftist movement. Today, Antifa shows up in any and every rightist activity, wearing masks and carrying bats. It declares all conservative cadres to be racists and essentially turns peaceful protests into war zones.

The violence taking place today will serve no purpose other than promoting racism even further.

Adnan Oktar's piece in American Herald Tribune:

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Three religions can co-exist peacefully again

MANY people in Europe and the United States do not know the extraordinary good morals of Prophet Muhammad and that he treated people compassionately, regardless of their religion and social strata.

Many Muslims are not aware of this either. The use of violent discourses against Christians and Jews by certain Muslim countries has led to misconception.

However, verses in the Quran and historical facts show that Prophet Muhammad was fair and compassionate to Christians and Jews, and that he tried to create an atmosphere of love and reconciliation between Muslims and members of these religions.

The greatest testament to this is that Prophet Muhammad allowed Christians and Jews to practise their religions as they saw fit. He provided them with assurances by making treaties that enabled the People of the Book to sustain their existence as autonomous communities.

The first relationship between Muslims and Christians was based on mutual trust. During the early years of Islam, Muslims were subjected to oppression and persecution by the Meccan pagans.

With the recommendation of Prophet Muhammad, they took refuge with the Christian kingdom of Abyssinia (Ethiopia). The Christian King Najashi protected the Muslims and refused to hand them over to the pagans.

After this, the pagans intensified their oppression against the Muslims. Thereupon, Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina, where they developed a model of co-existence with the Jews already residing there, that would set an example for future generations.

Prophet Muhammad attended the weddings of Christians and Jews; visited them when they were sick and honoured them when they visited him.

When the Christian community of Najran visited him, he laid his frock on the ground so that they could sit on it; opened a mosque in Medina for the Najran Christians to worship and married Christian and Jewish women, and had children with them.

The Jews were allowed to partake in the Medina Agreement signed between Muslims and the tribes of Avf and Khazraj. The Jews were allowed to exist as a separate religious group.

The foundation of tolerance Muslims showed towards the Jews were laid out in the following decree in the Medina Agreement, “The Jews of Bani Awf will be treated as one community with the believers. The Jews have their religion.”

Articles 26 to 33 state that the People of the Book will have the same rights as Muslims, and the 16th Article states that “they will be treated with equality”.

He stated to Christian Ibn Harris Ka’b and his co-religionists the following articles that state: “The religion, churches, lives, chastity and goods of all Christians living in the East and West are under the protection of God, the Prophet and all believers. No Christian will be forced to accept Islam. If a Christian is subjected to murder or injustice, Muslims have to help him.” He read the following verse: “... only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way. And say: ‘We have faith in what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to you. Our God and your God are one and we submit to Him’.” (Surat Al-‘Ankabut, 46).

This mentality continued after Prophet Muhammad had died. During the spread of Islam, the Jewish and Christian communities were given their freedom to worship and enforce their own laws.

During the era of the Caliphs, churches that were destroyed were restored by Muslims. Christians and Jews were allowed to build new synagogues and monasteries within the Islamic land. For example, the Monastery of Saint Sergius, which was located outside Medina and was previously burnt by Patriarch Mar Amme, was rebuilt during the period of Hazrat Uthman.

All these are clear historical facts with supporting witnesses and documents. However, in many countries today, we come across an extremist mentality of Islam that has no tolerance of living in the same country — let alone in the same city — with Christians and Jews.

In many places, including Europe and especially in the Middle East, incidents range from attacks on places of worship to murder. This aggressive attitude is unique to these extremist groups who base their beliefs on superstition, which has no place in the Quran.

In the Quran, a model society based on love, peace, tolerance and justice is described. For example, in Surat al-Ma’idah, God says that the Torah, which was sent down to Jews, is a guide for people: “We sent down the Torah containing guidance and light, and the Prophets who had submitted themselves gave judgment by it for the Jews. As did their scholars and their rabbis — by what they had been allowed to preserve of God’s Book to which they were witnesses.” (Surat al-Ma’idah, 44)

A lasting peace among members of the three religions is only possible through the destruction of bigotry and extremism. True religions, religious morality, devout people and adherence to the Quran are necessary to attain this.

Conflicts that occur because of a hunger for land or ideological greed are bound to grow and become terrifying. It is, of course, possible to prevent this from becoming widespread.

Muslims should carry out an educational campaign based on the Quran. Within this campaign, it is essential to emphasise that religions command their followers to live in peace.

Such an education will eradicate the mistakes and hostility caused by bigotry and extremism. Undoubtedly, those who experience such a change of mind will not have any reason to be hostile towards, or fight another religion.

Adnan Oktar's piece in New Straits Times:

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