Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won first and historic Turkish presidential election in which voters decided who will lead a country over the next term, he will serve as the 12th President of the Republic since Kemal Atatürk abolished Ottoman Empire and transformed Turkey into a republican political system. Erdogan will succeed party colleague and one of closest political allies Abdullah Gül and will continue AKP era in presidential office. According to media reports Erdogan won with 53% of votes after almost 95% of counted votes, while his opponents Ekmeleddin Ishanoglu i Selahattin Demirtas got just over 30 and 9 percent of support from Turkish voters. Continue reading “Erdogan wins Turkish Presidential elections”
BC Legislature is not sitting this fall, MLA’s are either at home or doing small work in their ridings, while Premier Christy Clark is obsessively concentrated on trade and investment with Asia. She’ll be on the road to several Asian destinations during November, her deputy Rich Coleman recently finished a visit to Asia and now BC has new investment and trade Commissioner to the Far East. Former MLA and Cabinet Minister Ben Stewart who graciously offered his seat to Premier Clark after her debacle in Vancouver-Point Grey on last elections now will represent province in Asia for annual pay of $150,000. Continue reading “Clark creates more posts, still no results or investments”
In her last year book on Russian President Vladimir Putin, journalist Masha Gessen, wrote an exceptional description of this former KGB agent turned supreme leader of the Russian Federation over the last almost 15 years. She writes:
“Putin loved the Soviet Union, and he loved its KGB, and when he had power of his own, effectively running the financial system of the country’s second-largest city, he wanted to build a system just like them. It would be a closed system built on total control – especially control over the flow of information and the flow of money.”
In a days when Russian president-elect is getting ready for official start of his third term (six years) creators of his ‘sovereign democracy’ system are deflecting to the opposition. Gleb Pavlovsky and Marat Gellman were members of “Putin Project” which started in 1999 and 2000 in effort to create new governing system which is called “managed democracy”. According to Pavlovsky and others this system was designed to avoid political upheaval and restrict the choices Russian voters could make. Continue reading “Creators of Putin regime deflecting to the opposition”
SURREY – In Moscow in this time of the year winter is the strongest enemy of the citizens with temperatures way below -15C, but this winter Celsius minuses are not the biggest problem. Workers, professionals, intellectuals and businessmen’s supported by Russian Orthodox Church clergy are on the streets fighting against semi-czarist regime lead by Vladimir Putin and his puppet Dmitry Medvedev. Following recent parliamentary elections opposition and their supporters come out asking for more democracy and fairness in election processes, but United Russia’s leader Putin doesn’t care about their wishes. As time is passing by and elections date is coming close Putin’s regime is starting to lose grip on power causing more damage to themselves than to opposition movement which is defiant to stay at the streets to the end. Continue reading “Russia: Opposition on streets, administration out of touch with reality”
SURREY – Committee To Protect Journalists, renewed independent and non-governmental organization devoted to promotion press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal, issued recent two important annual reports. According to CPJ’s report on journalist imprisonment in 2011 number of those put behind bars jumped worldwide and Iran is leader, while Pakistan is a worldwide deadliest nation. Continue reading “In 2011 worldwide 78 journalists killed, 179 jailed – CPJ reports”
SURREY – Living in Canada and having all privileges of freedom especially when it comes to freedom of press and word doesn’t seems like anything unusual, we’re executing them every day in every possible way, through blogs, tweets, Facebook, print or electronic media, but that’s not a case in other parts of the world. Recently OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, visited Turkey to meet Foreign Affair Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussing media freedom situation in Turkey, in particular imprisonment of journalists and internet restrictions. Almost in a same time Mrs. Mijatovic released her condemnation on behalf of OSCE by recent killing of journalist Khadzimurad Kamalov in Russia’s southern republic of Daghestan. As many others including well known journalist and Putin critic Anna Politkovskaya, Kamalov, was shot dead near the newspaper’s editorial offices in Makhachkala. It seems that while one nation is leading fight against journalists through “lighter” and “democratic” options, other is using good old procedures used by previous leaders and regimes, just to mention Stalin, ending all problems with one or two bullets in the head. Continue reading “Turkey and Russia in the fight against journalists – Turks pushed them into prisons, the Russians simply kill”
“Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonors” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life”, Human Rigths Watch
SURREY – In some countries or regions honor killings are everyday events almost considered as a “normal” and just added to previous statistical data. Others are not aware of this events up to the moment when one of them strikes close to the home or even your own family. Reasons for this horrible crimes are different, in majority of cases related to religious or just personal reasons, and in total disagreement with common sense or reasoning. Here in Canada we saw several of these crimes in last few years, probably one of them not long ago in the case of Ravinder Kaur Bhangu of Surrey.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)estimates approximately 5000 women and girls are killed by members of their own families every year. If we simplify this number, even if this is only approximation, we’ll face ourselves with cruel fact that 15 women or girls were killed daily. Continue reading “Honor killings, reasons, and our actions”
Unnamed 21-year-old follower of Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who wanted to start music lessons program or school, asked highest state official if music is allowed or acceptable according to Islam. No one expected that Iranian leader will responded on this way, more over no one expected that respond will find his place on the list of the most radical ruling since the 1979 Khomeini Revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei said to his follower that even music is allowed or hallal in Islam, music is “not compatible” with high values of Islamic Republic of Iran. According to semi-official media Khamenei said:
“Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic. It’s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music.”
Clerical religious rulings or fatwa’s are usually followed only by their on followers, and they don’t have any impact on the regional or state levels, but in this case situation is completely different. Ayatollah Khamenei made his rulings, by his own fatwa, the only clerical whom orders will be considered as administrative orders for whole country. In his last month fatwa Khamenei said that his leadership is directly connected to Prophet Mohammad and obligated all Iranians to obey his rulings. His own practice is to not express his own views so often in public, but many analysts are convinced that Khamenei himself was a person behind crackdown of music in a time of 1979 Revolution.
Reformist Ayatollah Mohammad Khatami wins 1997 presidential elections, and loosened some tights connected to music and other pleasures in Iran. But since his successor Mohammad Ahmadinejad took presidential office radical views against music and musical practice in Iran are parts of state policies. Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, led by Ahamadinejad followers, has refused to issue thousands of permissions for distribution of music contents in country. They also refused to permit several hundred requests for concert or public events in a fear that those activities would be used by opposition against Ahmadinejad’s and Khamenei’s administrations.
“They are afraid of my concerts because of those moments before the concert is begun, when the whole hall is in silence and darkness when someone suddenly shouts ‘death to dictator’ and everybody accompanies and they are unable to identify that person”, said Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iran’s most prolific and popular classical vocalist.