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It is by now abundantly clear that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the process of rapidly transforming Turkey into a religious dictatorship that is increasingly resembling a totalitarian rather than just an authoritarian state. Having suspended all constitutional rights and guarantees, as well as the European Convention of Human Rights, under a blanket emergency rule law, Erdogan governs Turkey today much as the Stalinist regimes did in Eastern Europe after Soviet bayonets installed them there at the end of WWII. The list of abuses is long and getting longer by the day. So far, 79,000 public servants have been dismissed, 40,000 are in jail awaiting trials, 1016 educational institutions, including 15 universities, have been closed down, as have been 129 charitable foundations. Ditto for 1125 citizen associations, 19 trade
Last Friday Bulgaria’s Supreme Cassation Court, the country’s highest court of appeal, overturned the sentences of radical Pazardzhik imam Ahmed Musa and 12 others and returned the case to the Plovdiv court of appeals for a new trial. Importantly, the court determined that the Salafi ideology practiced by the accused imams is not among those “definitively established as anti-democratic movements in Islam,” that it is “determined by experts to be a religious, i.e. legitimate, movement in Islam” and that the sentences were wrongly imposed against a “contemporary ideological tendency within Sunni Islam.” Thus, the court argued that Musa and his colleagues were legitimately practicing their religion rather than engaging in subversive, anti-democratic activities as the lower court found. In doing that, the highest appeals court of the land essentially
As Europe is being subjected to a seemingly never ending series of terrorist attacks, a little noticed event in the United States may provide the answer to a question that Western authorities seldom ask – how did Muslim diaspora communities in the West get radicalized to the point of killing their fellow-citizens? That little noticed event is the declassification of 28 pages of the official US report on the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. For those familiar with the report, it has always been shockingly incongruent that of the 1000 pages of the report it was exactly the 28 pages that dealt with the Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11 that were classified secret in all the years of the Bush and Obama presidencies until just now. Creating the unmistakable impression