Erdogan vows to recapture all lands once held by the Ottoman Empire — and more

Erdogan vows to recapture all lands once held by the Ottoman Empire — and more, by Uzay Bulut.

Referring to the days of the Ottoman Empire, Erdogan went on:

“Those who think that we have erased from our hearts the lands from which we withdrew in tears a hundred years ago are wrong.

We say at every opportunity we have that Syria, Iraq and other places in the geography [map] in our hearts are no different from our own homeland. We are struggling so that a foreign flag will not be waved anywhere where adhan [Islamic call to prayer in mosques] is recited.

“The things we have done so far [pale in comparison to the] even greater attempts and attacks [we are planning for] the coming days, inshallah [Allah willing].”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

The Ottoman dynasty and empire was established by a nomadic Turkmen chief sometime around the year 1300. During the more than 600 years of the Ottoman period, the Ottoman Turks, who also represented the Islamic Caliphate, regularly launched wars of jihad, invading and occupying lands across three continents.

Neo-Ottomanists in Turkey still proudly embrace the concept of jihad (Islamic holy war) against the kafirs (infidels). The head of the state-funded Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Diyanet, has openly described Turkey’s recent military invasion of Afrin as “jihad.”

This designation makes sense when one considers that Muslim Turks owe their demographic majority in Asia Minor to centuries of Turkish Muslim persecution and discrimination against the Christian, Yazidi and Jewish inhabitants of the area. In the 11th century, Turkic jihadists from Central Asia invaded and conquered the Greek-speaking, Christian Byzantine Empire, paving the way for the gradual Turkification and Islamization of the region through methods such as murder, kidnapping, rape and forced conversions.

The greatest 20th century Turkish assault against Christians took place in the 1914-1923 genocide of Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians (Syriacs/Chaldeans) in Ottoman Turkey. This did not prevent Turkey, which continues to deny the genocide, from becoming a member of NATO in 1952. The assault also did not stop Turkey, three years after joining NATO, from committing a savage anti-Greek pogrom in Istanbul or from forcibly expelling the remaining Greeks from Turkey in 1964.

It is precisely because the Turks have never been held accountable for their criminal actions and aggression that they continue to threaten the security and sovereignty of their neighbors. It is high time for the West wake up and take Ankara to task.

Robert Spencer:

Apparently Erdogan means at the very least the recapture of all the lands once held by the Ottoman Empire.

That’s not just Greece,  … That’s also Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and more.

How seriously this can be taken is anybody’s guess, but it shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. Erdogan is already moving against the Kurds in Syria, explicitly calling the action a “jihad” and invoking the Ottoman era repeatedly.

And “We are struggling so that a foreign flag will not be waved anywhere where adhan [Islamic call to prayer in mosques] is recited” refers to far more than just the old Ottoman domains. That means everywhere there are Muslims in Europe and everywhere else. The caliphate is, in Sunni Islamic theology, the sole legitimate government for Muslims on earth, to which all Muslims owe allegiance. Erdogan is saying more clearly than he ever has before, as far as I know, that he is going to restore the caliphate. And he is virtually promising war with the non-Muslim (at least for now) states of Europe.

How far we have come. Just a few years ago, mainstream analysts would dismiss my talk of jihad and the caliphate by pointing to Turkey as an example of how Islam can coexist with democracy, and confidently predicting that soon the rest of the Islamic world would follow Turkey’s lead. Now they don’t talk about Turkey so much anymore.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Welsh Labour isn’t working

Welsh Labour isn’t working, by Ioan Phillips.

The same party in power for two decades. Life expectancy in some areas barely scrapes past 60. A subsidy-addicted society haemorrhaging its best and brightest.

This is not some impoverished post-Communist banana republic. It is the reality of Labour Wales — lauded by Jeremy Corbyn as an example for a future UK Labour government to follow — but oft-overlooked by British free-market commentators and politicians.

When proselytising about the perils of socialism, they prefer to cite a Cuba or a Venezuela. These names do not resonate with voters because they are either too historical, or too geographically removed to have any significance. The Labour administration in Cardiff Bay offers a far more relevant and equally damning indictment of socialism precisely because it is a real-time example unfolding over the Severn Bridge. …

[The Welsh] fusion of soft nationalism with Left-wing policy prescriptions has — by every conventional indicator — been a failure.

Wales, so renowned for its emphasis on the upwardly mobile vigour of “gwerin”, is now is the UK’s educational basket-case. Welsh students perform worse in PISA tests than their English, Scottish, and Northern Irish counterparts. …

It is not just Welsh young people being failed. Despite vaunted welfarist policies such as free prescriptions, free bus passes, and free school meals, little has changed for the poorest. Wales still has the highest proportion of low-income households in the UK and highest rates of childhood poverty, while in some areas the average life expectancy is lower than in Haiti or Laos.

Meeting deprivation with subsidised entitlements shores up the party’s core vote by allowing them to claim a monopoly over “guarding” their interests. …

Such endemic deprivation, coupled with the lowest average UK take-home pay, makes Wales’s graduate “brain drain” unsurprising. From 2013 to 2016, more than 44,000 left Wales.

Poor old Wales.

hat-tip Matthew

Pair jailed for UK homemade bomb attack plan

Pair jailed for UK homemade bomb attack plan, by the BBC.

A couple has been jailed for plotting a terror attack in the UK using a homemade bomb.

Munir Mohammed, from Derby, was handed a life sentence, with a minimum of 14 years. Pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan has been jailed for 12 years. …

Don’t bother playing the video, it’s just for the picture:

The 37-year-old, of Leopold Street, Derby, had volunteered for a “lone wolf” mission while messaging an IS commander on Facebook. … Mohammed had carefully and deliberately pulled El-Hassan in to the plot, to the point where her commitment was “consistent and sustained”. …

It is not clear why Munir Mohammed was in the UK given he arrived illegally and, according to evidence in the trial, seemingly lied about having any kind of justifiable claim for asylum.

But once he made that claim, he appeared to have entered legal limbo. He was placed in an immigration removal centre, but then sent to live in the Midlands.

He then used false documents to work in a food factory – while flirting with the idea of making his own poisons. …

Mohammed, originally from Eritrea and who lived in Sudan for some time before coming to the UK, investigated making poison while working at a supermarket ready meals factory.

The court heard he and El-Hassan, 33, of Willesden Lane, north-west London, had exchanged messages about ricin after meeting online.

El-Hassan wrote on the dating website she was looking for a simple man whom she could “vibe with on a spiritual and intellectual level”. … The mother-of-two advised fellow divorcee Mohammed on what chemicals he needed for the bomb.

A reader writes:

What does the West need people like this for?

Do they have better ways of running the health system? Are they vital for, say, better food production? Are they needed for R+D and innovation? Do they make improvements to the national transport system? No, no, no, and no.

So why are we letting them in? Because the West doesn’t need any of them.

The answer, apart of course from a strong statistical tendency of them and their kids to vote left, seems to lie in something an advisor to Tony Blair once admitted:

The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”, according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

He said Labour’s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working class vote”. …

It is hard to think of anyone who has caused the British more harm in the last thousand years than Tony Blair. See “Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser,” by Tom Whitehead in 2009.

We Might Finally Know Why The Blood of Young People Can Rejuvenate Old Brains

We Might Finally Know Why The Blood of Young People Can Rejuvenate Old Brains, by Mike McCrae.

Scientists have been rejuvenating old mice with infusions of not just the blood of younger mice, but even blood from teenage human beings – and we finally have our first clues on why this strange technique works.

Researchers have discovered an enzyme that helps rescue ageing brains from cognitive decline. …

It became clear that some circulating factor in the blood is able to change the level of Tet2 in the brain.”

Tet2 – or ten eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 2 – is known to play a role in epigenetically regulating activity in a number of genes. As we age, mutations in the gene for this enzyme accumulate, leading to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

Some of the genes it ‘tags’ are understood to be responsible for regenerating brain cells. The fact it becomes less efficient as we age potentially goes a long way to explaining our cognitive decline in our twilight years.

Pope Francis caves in to the Catholic Church’s old enemies

Pope Francis caves in to the Catholic Church’s old enemies, by Jennifer Oriel.

“Is the Pope Catholic?” used to be a rhetorical question. The Vatican’s new deal with the Chinese Communist Party makes the irony seem quaint. As the free world grapples with the communist-Islamist threat, Pope Francis is finalising a deal that could legitimise the most genocidal ideology in modern history. It elevates the CCP as a religious authority over millions of Chinese. It violates core Christian principles that sustain the free world. It renders millions of Chinese vulnerable to state persecution.

In March, the Vatican will recognise the Communist Party as a spiritual authority with the power to appoint bishops. The idea is controversial, as The Australian has been reporting over the past few weeks. The accord will reverse decades of Vatican resistance to communism. It will give the Chinese state power over church leadership.

Communists are thrilled by the prospect. For years, they tried to eradicate Christianity in China. Like their Bolshevik comrades, they persecuted Christians, killed priests, destroyed churches and made political prisoners of resisters. When they failed to kill God, the red state tried to make Christ communist. They constructed a parallel system of religion with church leaders appointed by the CCP and bibles rewritten to align with communist ideology. In diplomatic terms, it is Christianity with Chinese characteristics. In truth, it is communism.

For many years, the CCP has been frustrated by Catholics who refuse to worship the gods of the red state: Marx, Lenin and Mao. Underground churches have developed in Christians’ homes where Catholics defend the vital separation of church and state by resisting the communist bible and its politically correct, false Christ. Many believe these Christians, loyal to Christ’s secular teaching, are being led like lambs to the slaughter by the Vatican’s deal with the communist state.

In the Global Times, party loyalists gloated about the Pope’s “substantial concessions” to the communist regime. …

Pope Francis, long rumoured to be a darling of the socialist cause, is closely associated with men schooled in liberation theology. In general terms, liberation theology combines revolutionary socialism with selected Christian teachings on poverty. South American priests led the ideological charge by joining Marxist revolutionary movements and appropriating Christ for the cause. It was denounced by the Vatican in the 1980s. Liberation theologians reportedly have contributed to controversial papal policies in favour of porous borders and global governance of the environment.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Merkel walks out of parliament after AfD leader lambasts her support for migrant quota system

Merkel walks out of parliament after AfD leader lambasts her support for migrant quota system, by RT.

While some of the AfD leaders’ remarks were booed in the Bundestag on Thursday, the fact remains that it has seen a sharp growth in popularity. Recent polling found that it has garnered record-high support, becoming more popular than the Social Democrats (SPD) for the very first time [and the second most popular party in Germany].

hat-tip Stephen Neil

New South African president wants to seize land from white farmers without compensation

New South African president wants to seize land from white farmers without compensation, by RT.

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country.

The government plans to accelerate land redistribution through expropriation without compensation.

According to a recent study, black South Africans constitute 79 percent of the population, but directly own only 1.2 percent of the country’s rural land. Meanwhile, white South Africans, who constitute 9 percent of the country’s population, directly own 23.6 percent of its rural land, and 11.4 percent of land in towns and cities, according to the Land Audit report.

A similar program of land redistribution was carried out by then-Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Thousands of white farmers were forced from their lands.

However, food production plummeted without the experienced farmers’ contribution, and Zimbabwe’s economy suffered massively. In 2010, the Guardian reported that Mugabe used land reform to reward his allies rather than ordinary black Zimbabweans. In 2016, Mugabe signed a decree that foreign companies would face closure unless they sold or gave up 51 percent of their shares.

The left’s ideological assumption that all group of peoples have identical statistical properties is nonsense, and the cause of a great deal of mischief in the world. Inequality of outcome does not necessarily imply inequality of opportunity.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Italian Town ‘Taken Over’ By Nigerian Migrant Gangs

Italian Town ‘Taken Over’ By Nigerian Migrant Gangs, by Chris Tomlinson.

The largely abandoned former seaside resort town of Castel Volturno north of Naples has been taken over by Nigerian gangs who run drug and prostitution rings.

The town has a total population of around 30,000 people, of which an estimated 20,000 are migrants, French news magazine L’Obs reports.

Many of the Nigerian migrant women who walk the streets as prostitutes are underage, offering sexual favours for as little as 5 to 15 euros along the Via Domitiana by the sea.

The rampant petty crime and violence in the city has led to journalists wanting to write about the town requiring police escorts for their own safety.

This problem is never going to get fixed, is it? Instead, it will just become more and more common as more and more immigrants pour in from Africa. If it continues long enough, Europe will become like Africa. Steve Sailer’s vital graph again:

Population 1950-2010 Africa, ME, Europe

Netanyahu vs. the Left’s Deep State in Israel

Netanyahu vs. the Left’s Deep State in Israel, by Daniel Greenfield.

The [Israeli] Labor Party isn’t irrelevant. Its candidates may be a joke. Its base of support consists of Tel Aviv hipsters who never actually leave their leftist bubble except to visit Paris, New York or Berlin. Their burning social issue is how much more Daddy has to pay to get them a place in their trendy neighborhood. Not even Obama’s best people could help them get much mileage out of that one. …

But Labor’s deep state still runs much of Israel the way it did when Ben-Gurion was still alive. It doesn’t just have the media and academia, the non-profits and the elites, the way most national ‘lefts’ do. It also controls the old machinery of government that it spent generations running and robbing. …

If you think CNN’s Trumpmania is bad, the Israeli police and media have spent the better part of a decade trying to invent ridiculous Netanyahu scandals. How ridiculous?

Netanyahu’s wife was accused of stealing bottle deposits. “Attorney general mulls probe into Sara Netanyahu’s bottle deposits” isn’t a gag, it’s an actual headline. The catering budget at the prime minister’s residence has been under investigation for years. But there was no investigation when Shimon Peres, the last rotten remnant of the Ben-Gurion regime, threw a lavish birthday party that cost millions and included Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro and Barbara Streisand. Clinton’s fee of $500K was paid by the JNF, which instead of planting trees, was paying one dirty leftist to lionize another.

Israel’s lefty fake news outfits cheered Peres, but took issue with Netanyahu’s ice cream budget. …

None of these scandals ever actually go away. Much like the left’s perjury traps and obstruction of justice campaigns against Trump, discredited scandals are rolled into accusations of a cover-up. And when that doesn’t work, then there are accusations of a media cover-up. …

Who will protect actual journalists who report unfavorable information about the left’s deep state? The message is that any paper that reports the truth might be accused of conspiring with Prime Minister Netanyahu by the police leadership who have their own incestuous relationship with media outlets.

Israel has a first-world military and a third-world police. Israel’s military is competitive, professional and heroic. Its police force is Middle Eastern. At its best, it’s useless and at its worst, it’s deeply corrupt and abusive. The same holds true for the entire justice system which remains a fossilized remnant of its socialist past that deserves to be classed with those of Russia or Uzbekistan. …

Israel has a booming private sector. Its growing population of the descendants of Holocaust survivors, refugees from Muslim countries and the Soviet Union have little love for or allegiance to Labor. Its government bureaucracy is a widely loathed corrupt boil on an incredible nation. …

Labor failed to stop Netanyahu at the voting booth despite Obama’s experts working for them. And Obama isn’t around to restrain Netanyahu. A deep state coup against democracy is its last option. … The people won in America and Israel. But that just means that the deep state in both countries is becoming more ruthless in its efforts to defeat the voices, hopes and dreams of Americans and Israelis.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Infidel Women: Spoils of War

Infidel Women: Spoils of War, by Raymond Ibrahim.

The treatment of non-Muslim women as subhuman by jihadi organizations, such as ISIS or Boko Haram in Nigeria — where “infidel” females are bought, sold, gang-raped, mutilated, dismembered and burned alive — is relatively well known from ISIS videos. Less well known is that many of these practices are still taking place, often rampantly, across the Muslim world, as a 2016 report revealed…

Such incidents occur frequently. Christian girls are considered goods to be damaged at leisure. Abusing them is a right. According to the [Muslim] community’s mentality it is not even a crime. “Muslims regard them as spoils of war.” — Local residents, Pakistan 2014 …

One aspect of radical Islamist aggression that is overlooked – or purposely ignored – by Western liberals is that non-Muslim women tend to be its greatest victims. According to a recent Open Doors study, “Christian women are among the most violated in the world, in maybe a way that we haven’t seen before.” The study revealed that six women are raped every day simply for being Christian.

The reason for this is simple. As harsh as Islamic law (sharia) is for men, it is even more so for women. The Koran gives men the authority to beat women for disobedience (4:34), that the testimony of two women equals that of one man (2:282); most of hell’s population consists of women; and women are likened to donkeys and dogs for distracting men from and annulling their prayer.

If Muslim women are viewed and treated as inferiors by radical Islamists, non-Muslim – “infidel” – women are, doubly so. They are seen as even more despicable than their male counterparts. Add to this the sexual subjugation of permitted beatings (Koran 4:34) and sex-on-demand, and it becomes clear why they are the greatest recipients of Islamic abuse — “meant for one thing, the pleasure of the Muslim man,” as one Muslim told a group of Christian girls, before terrorizing and murdering one of them. Koranic verses such as 4:24 seem to have encouraged the sexual enslavement of non-Muslim women in the context of jihad. …

To put it differently, all the Hollywood stars, militant feminists and social-justice warriors who are forever raging against “sexism” in the West — but who have nothing to say about Islam’s female victims — are not “defenders of women’s rights,” but “useful idiots” dedicated to subverting Western civilization no less than the terrorists they have been apologizing and covering for.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’

What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’, by Larry Elder.

Apart from the bizarre notion that educators should set aside one month to salute the historical achievements of one race apart from and above the historical achievements of other races, Black History Month appears to omit a lot of black history.

About slavery, do our mostly left-wing educators teach that slavery was not unique to America and is as old as humankind? As economist and author Thomas Sowell says: “More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.” …

Are students taught that “race-based preferences,” sometimes called “affirmative action,” were opposed by several civil rights leaders?  …

Are students taught that generations of civil rights leaders opposed immigration — both legal and illegal immigration? After the Civil War, black abolitionist Frederick Douglass implored employers to hire blacks over new immigrants. … About illegal immigration, an issue that nearly all of the today’s so-called black leaders simply ignore, Coretta Scott King signed a letter urging Congress to retain harsh sanctions against employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

NRA’s Loesch: I Wouldn’t Have Been Able To Exit CNN Town Hall If I Didn’t Have A Security Detail

NRA’s Loesch: I Wouldn’t Have Been Able To Exit CNN Town Hall If I Didn’t Have A Security Detail, by Ian Schwartz.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday morning at CPAC that she wouldn’t have been able to exit last night’s town hall on the Parkland, Fla. school shooting if she didn’t have a security detail. Loesch faced off with students who survived the shooting at a CNN-hosted forum.

“I want to make this super obvious point,” Loesch said. “The government has proven that they cannot keep you safe. And yet, some people want all of us to disarm. You heard that town hall last night. They cheered the confiscation of firearms. And it was over 5,000 people.” …

“The government can’t keep you safe and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government that’s already failed us numerous times to keep us safe. And then they also call Trump a tyrant but they say they want the president to also confiscate our firearms? Try to figure that one out,” Loesch said.

CNN Denies Student’s Claim The Network Planted ‘Scripted’ Questions At Gun Town Hall

CNN Denies Student’s Claim The Network Planted ‘Scripted’ Questions At Gun Town Hall, by Christian Datoc.

Colton Haab, a JROTC enlistee who has previously spoken with media outlets about how he helped his peers seek shelter during the shooting, did not take part in Wednesday’s event on the grounds that CNN attempted to plant “scripted” questions for him to ask.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab claimed. “I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions.”

CNN denies it:

A CNN spokesman reached out to TheDC and explained that while Haab did in fact submit remarks to be delivered, they were turned away once it became clear he planned on delivering an extensive speech and not just ask a singular question.

“There is absolutely no truth,” to Haab’s claim, CNN’s Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships Matt Dornic told TheDC. “CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.” …

But it looks like they probably did, at the very least using the event to make propaganda points for the PC narrative:

Despite CNN’s explanation, the network did in fact let multiple participants deliver lengthy remarks which went beyond the pale of simple questions.

In particular, Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was one of the 17 victims who lost their lives in last week’s tragedy, gave a speech while Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel And NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch sat on stage.

The grieving mother ended her powerful, four-minute-long remarks by asking Loesch, “what is your plan to put things into action? What is your action?” Yet Loesch was not given an opportunity to respond by moderator Jake Tapper.

The attitude that the “ends justifies the means” is common on the left at the moment.