Erdogan Takes A Hostage: Authoritarian Turkish Leader Demands U.S. Turn Over Dissident In Exchange For American Pastor

Recep_Tayyip_Erdogan_2017We have followed the rapid destruction of the secular government and civil liberties in Turkey under the authoritarian rule of Erdogan. Erdogan used a failed coup to push his effort to create a de facto Islamic regime and to complete his work in arresting his critics, including forcing the resignation of thousands of secular academics, and suspending all civil liberties in a proclaimed state of emergency. Previously, Erdogan threatened the United States if it didn’t handIslamic cleric Fethullah Gulen over to him and that a failure to yield to his demands would be a “big mistake.”  Now he is taking hostages.  Erdogan is suggesting that he will not turn over pastor Andrew Brunson (who was arrested in 2016) unless we turn over Gulen for likely torture and execution.  Erdogan, who has destroyed the once free press of Turkey as well as secular institutions, is leaving no doubt as to his achieving tyrannical rule in the once modern Islamic nation.

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Indian Minister Claims Ancient Hindus Invented The Internet

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Biplab Deb, who is the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura, has become an international clown after claiming that the Internet was invented thousands of years ago by ancient Indians.   He now competes as the world’s least intelligent person with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who claimed that Muslims discovered America.

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“Revenge Rape”: Pakistani Council Orders Sister of Accused Rapist To Be Raped As Punishment

State_emblem_of_Pakistan.svgThere is another horrific report from Pakistan where village elders ordered a “revenge rape” as a punishment.  After a man was accused of raping a woman in Pir Mahal in the Toba Tek Singh district of Punjab province, the village council formed and ordered the sister of the accused to be raped by the brother of his victim as justice.  They all then reportedly watched the rape.

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Turkish President Erdogan Calls For Anti-War Students “Terrorists” In Latest Crackdown On Free Speech

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Uzbek Imam Declares That Thinking Of Another Man During Sex Will Make Children Gay

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Iran Charges Women With “Inciting Prostitution” For Removing Their Hijabs in Protests

In the latest clip, the woman is seen raising the headscarf above her head by a set of traffic lights in TehranWe have previously discussed the unparalleled bravery of the women fighting discriminatory Islamic law requiring them to wear veils and limiting their freedoms due to their gender.  This is particularly true of the women engaged in protests over compulsory headscarves in Iran.  Now however the Islamic regime is cracking down and not just arresting women but charging them with “inciting prostitution.”  It is the perfect sexist charge to go with deeply sexist legal system. A woman who asserts her most basic right to expression and religious choices is treated by the Islamic government as fostering prostitutes.

 

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The Gates Plea: Manafort’s Options May Now Run From Plea to Pardon To Prison

440px-Director_Robert_S._Mueller-_III-1Below is my column in the Hill newspaper on the Gates plea deal and what Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be hoping to achieve beyond sealing the fate of Paul Manafort.  In guaranteeing the testimony of Manafort’s close associate, Mueller may have practically limited the options to a plea or a pardon for Manafort. For the moment, Manafort seems more likely to wait for the latter than the former.  He chastised his former aide as lacking “the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence.” Perhaps, but Mueller clearly believes that whatever strength is lacking in Gates as a person will be made up as a witness facing 48-71 months in prison.

Here is the column:

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