Erdogan wins Turkish Presidential elections


Erdogan speaking to his supporters in Istanbul (Photo: TRT)

Erdogan speaking to his supporters in Istanbul (Photo: TRT)

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

Clark creates more posts, still no results or investments


Clark and Stewart (Photo: Flickr)

Clark and Stewart (Photo: Flickr)

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

Putin continues fight against the West and the rest


Vladimir Putin, supreme Russian leader (Photo: Flickr)

Vladimir Putin, supreme Russian leader (Photo: Flickr)

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.” 

Creators of Putin regime deflecting to the opposition


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

Russia: Opposition on streets, administration out of touch with reality


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

In 2011 worldwide 78 journalists killed, 179 jailed – CPJ reports


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

Turkey and Russia in the fight against journalists – Turks pushed them into prisons, the Russians simply kill


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