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Harvey Burgess

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  • Turkey Is Shutting Down over 130 Media Outlets; Can Democracy Survive?
    • Harvey Burgess 07/30/2016 at 7:08 am

      Richard, Erdogan is without doubt mentally ill. He has been described by mental health experts and others as bi-polar.
      In addition, we can explain what we are seeing now as the culmination of his long-held desire to seek revenge on the Kemalists (secularists loyal to Ataturk).
      Erdogan went to prison in 1999 for incitement to religious hatred. The offending poem included the lines "Our minarets are our bayonets, our domes are our helmets.."
      In recent years he and his AKP party have revealed their true colors, the crushing of the Gezi Park rebellion being one prime example.
      Also, don't buy the AKP line that the Gulenists are terrorists. There is a not a cigarette paper's difference between the AKP and the Gulen movement, they are kith and kin. Gulen has talked about infiltrating the veins of democracy and bringing it down at the right moment. It is a straightforward power struggle.

    • Harvey Burgess 07/30/2016 at 6:40 am

      Exactly, one rule for Israel, one for everyone else. And despite the fine words of Cornel West, it was a bridge too far for the DNC to even mention the word "occupation" in its policy statement on Palestine.
      I have a terrible sense of foreboding about the next year or two in Palestine. Hillary Clinton is as hawkish as it is possible to be and has been bought by Zionist tycoons such as Haim Saban and Sheldon Aldeson. And with Trump who knows what might happen.
      The Zionists will be ever more emboldened and I fear mass murder and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians on a horrific scale.

  • Brubeck Jazz Classic "Take Five" in Pakistan Style (Video)
  • The Gezi Park Protests: Is Turkey becoming Egypt? (Schubel)
    • harvey burgess 07/11/2013 at 5:36 am

      Excellent, insightful analysis Vernon. The issue of the lack of an all-embracing opposition movement, led by a charismatic leader, that you allude to, is a major problem. The consensus here in Istanbul is certainly that the AKP is damaged goods and that this will be reflected at the ballot box, initially in local elections scheduled for the spring of 2014.
      But turfing the mass political machine that is the AKP out of power is very hard to envisage in the current circumstances.
      The only other thing I would flag up is the whole "Ergenekon" imbroglio which, as you are no doubt aware, has seen hundreds of secularists languish in jail for years, on the pretext of plotting to overthrow the AKP. It has been a vindictive, premeditated, putsch against its Kemalist opponents.

  • Palestinian Legal strategy against Israel: The Real Prize is Europe
  • Two Canadians Discover the US has become a Police State
    • Harvey Burgess 10/18/2012 at 5:53 am

      "To be the victim of the unlimited power of offended mediocrity is an affront not to be borne by any man."
      One of my favorite quotes ever, by A.R Crewe, a writer/academic.

      As someone who's represented asylum seekers in the UK and has had numerous interactions with uniformed officialdom, I know that a) authority figures are all hard-wired in the same way, nationality is irrelevant and b) you just have to force yourself to stay calm, something that is much easier said than done. But there is no choice, challenging them can only ever end badly. Expecting them to communicate rationally and on a level playing field is simply never going to happen.

  • Schmidt: The Freedom and Democracy Struggle in Syria
    • With great respect, Arnold Evans, I don't think it's rocket science. If Asad and his clan had had any genuine interest in engaging with the opposition they would, first and foremost, have refrained from slaughtering and torturing thousands of their people.
      They would then have sought to initiate a national dialogue with all stakeholders following which they would have been able to put forward some meaningful proposals for reform i.e. the drafting of a new constitution, political pluralism, an independent judiciary, freedom of speech and movement etc.
      Just what type of regime do you think it is? Surely you don't deny that it's fascistic in nature?
      All these tyrants have done is repeat falsehoods about how malevolent foreigners and terrorists have sought to undermine them. The whole world knows that is a fallacy.

  • Gascoigne: Syria, the Invisible Massacre
    • Arnold Evans: "Unless Martin Gascoigne is Syrian, then he, like Barack Obama, is not in a position to answer any questions about the legitimacy of Syria’s government, nor or his own questions relevant."

      What a strange assertion. We have to be Syrian if we want to comment with authority on the Syrian situation. Really? I can see what JT McPhee is implying. It seems that you have your own agenda.

      Grumpy Old Man: "If the régime falls, what follows will be worse, especially for Syria’s Christians. Be careful what you wish for."

      Thanks but no thanks. I will not be careful when it comes to wishing every day for the downfall of a murderous regime which is slaughtering its own people with impunity. I feel sick to the core that the world is standing idly by while this outrage is happening.

      Alexno: "There is a lot of evidence now that the opposition have been exaggerating their reports. For example, the daily accusations of shelling: they have never been able to come up with a video showing the results of government shelling. Machine-gunning, yes; artillery, no. The buildings are all complete. The nearest I have seen was a photo of a room with two 20 mm cannon shell holes."

      How magnanimous of you to concede that machine-gunning is taking place. How dare the opposition embellish their case in such a cynical way. Their credibility is shot to pieces. All those tanks we see, they just happen to be patrolling through a whole host of city centers, but their intentions are in no way malevolent. The hundreds of eye witness accounts and videos cannot possibly be trusted. Awful that the Assad regime is being misrepresented.
      Bravo Mr Alexno, the great, objective, truth-seeker.

  • Hizbullah Leader Condemns Syrian Opposition
    • It seems to me that it is counter productive for Ghalioun to pledge to cut ties with Iran, Hizbullah and Hamas. At this very early stage, when his movement is, arguably, a million miles away from taking power, what would be the purpose of being so polemical?
      I, like many others, desperately want him to succeed and I find it disappointing that he feels the need to make such unnecessary pronouncements.
      Wise-up Ghalioun, I say. You need to sharpen your political antennae.

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