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Erdogan: Women Are Not Equal

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Tayyip Erdogan

COMMENT: Supplementing analysis highlighted in FTR #787, we reiterate that Tayyip Erdogan’s supposedly “moderate Islamic democracy” is nothing of the sort. With roots in the Al-Taqwa milieu and the Muslim Brotherhood, his government is manifesting the Islamic fascism at the core of the Ikwhan.

Manifesting his “moderation,” Erdogan has explicitly stated his view that women are not equal to men.


“Turkish President Erdogan Says Gender Equality ‘Contrary to Nature’ During Women’s Rights Meeting” [Reuters]; ABC News; 11/24/2014.

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has said that gender equality is contrary to nature and feminists did not recognise the value of motherhood, at a meeting on women’s rights.

The conservative president said women’s “delicate” nature meant it was impossible to place them on an equal footing with men. . . .





2 comments for “Erdogan: Women Are Not Equal”

  1. http://www.thetower.org/1452oc-arrests-of-turkish-police-deepen-fears-of-government-crackdown/

    Arrests of Turkish Police Deepen Fears of Government Crackdown

    by TheTower.org Staff | 01.06.15 6:04 pm

    A sweep of arrests of Turkish police officers conducted Monday – Turkish news outlets reported the detained officers were arrested on charges of illegal wiretapping – is set to deepen concerns that Ankara is again cracking down on government workers it fears are aligned with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The arrests are the latest in a series of anti-judiciary purges being conducted by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). In January 2014, approximately 800 police officers were fired or reassigned, just weeks after the purge of some 350 Ankara officers who had taken part in a critical December 17 anti-corruption operation.

    For more than a year, the AKP has been locked in an open political war with police officers and prosecutors linked to Gulen, after Gulenists in December 2013 launched a series of graft probes that ensnared AKP elites, including now-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was at the time the country’s prime minister, and members of his family. Last month, Turkish police arrested dozens of journalists and media executives, including the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s most widely circulated newspaper.

    Turkish media had in December reported on American concerns over recent Turkish behaviors, noting that lawmakers on Capitol Hill had declined to include Ankara on a list of recipients of decommissioned U.S. warships. Today’s Zaman noted that “Members of Congress have been critical of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) policies such as limiting press freedoms, freedom of assembly and access to social media and increasing the executive branch of government’s grip on the judiciary, as well as anti-Semitic rhetoric by Turkish officials.”

    Posted by Vanfield | January 7, 2015, 9:47 am
  2. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2015/01/14/Turkey-bans-reports-Internet-posts-of-Islamist-arms-delivery-.html

    Turkey bans reports, Internet posts of ‘Islamist arms delivery’
    Nineteen security officials who stopped the trucks are currently on trial on “spying” charges.

    Agence France Presse, Istanbul
    Wednesday, 14 January 2015

    Turkey on Wednesday imposed an all-out media blackout, including on Facebook and Twitter, prohibiting publication of reports claiming Turkish intelligence services delivered arms to Syrian Islamist rebels last year.

    The Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) delivered a court ruling to Turkish newspapers, television, websites and social media networks, banning them from reporting the arms allegations.

    On Wednesday, a court ordered access blocked to any Internet site publishing the new cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet a week after 12 people were killed in a jihadist attack on its offices.

    The earlier interdiction on reporting the arms allegations arose from events in January last year, when Turkish police stopped and seized seven trucks near the Syrian border that were suspected of smuggling weapons into Syria. The move came as the government in Ankara denied suspicions it was aiding rebel forces.

    That ban was imposed after a Twitter account with handle @LazepeM leaked a series of documents indicating that the seized trucks were actually National Intelligence Agency (MIT) vehicles delivering weapons to Syrian Islamist rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

    Hurriyet newspaper reported that a Turkish court ordered the closure of all websites, including social media networks Facebook and Twitter, that don’t remove information or allegations linked to the documents.

    “There are several court decisions against the websites that published the signed documents,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying by Hurriyet.

    Twitter, which was previously blocked by the Turkish government, immediately removed the documents and suspended the account that published them.

    But by that time the information had already begun circulating on many other websites, as well as some Facebook accounts.

    The contents of the vehicles have never been revealed to the public, but MIT claimed they were carrying humanitarian aid to war-stricken Syrians.

    The government, which stands accused of protecting MIT officials, sacked the prosecutor involved in the case and blocked further investigation into it.

    Nineteen security officials who stopped the trucks are currently on trial on “spying” charges. They face so-called aggravated life sentences if found guilty.

    Turkey, which backs the rebellion against Assad, has repeatedly denied allegations that it is supplying arms to rebels or is backing Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.

    Turkey frequently orders blackouts of media coverage of controversial issues.

    In June it imposed a total ban on media reporting the kidnapping of dozens of Turks by Islamist militants in northern Iraq — a prohibition lifted when the hostages were released in September after a three month ordeal.

    Twitter and YouTube were temporarily blocked in Turkey last year after both platforms were used by opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to post allegations of corruption within his inner circle.
    Last Update: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 KSA 20:37 – GMT 17:37

    Posted by Vanfield | January 14, 2015, 10:27 am

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