A Turkish fascist
Tensions between The Netherlands and Turkey are very high as Turkish presidents calls the Dutch remnants of the nazis. Tensions between Turkey and other European questions are high.
This is of course a deliberate tactic by Turkish president Erdogan. By forcing European countries to take action against Turkish ministers who want to visit those countries to hold campaign meetings, Erdogan wants to prove his citizens that he absolutely needs to win the referendum giving him absolute power.
The fact that politically campaigning outside of Europe is strictly forbidden by Turkish law and is ignored by Erdogan proves, however, that he is a true fascist.
I also wonder. There are tens of thousands of Turkish people living outside Turkey. Part of them publicly support Erdogan. If he is such a good leader to them, why don’t they go and live under his rule, in Turkey? Why do they feel the need to stay in the West European country they live in? Surely they would be far happier living in their beloved Turkey with their beloved ruler? Or are they merely carrying out a long term strategy to slowly but surely take over Europe by spreading their population, much as islam is doing with religion?
I really do wonder…
Turkish people in Rotterdam demonstrating in favour of their great leader Erdogan. Why don’t they return to Turkey to live under his rule?
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It seems reality is rapidly catching up with fiction, wouldn’t you think?
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The Oscars ended in a true farce last night as it appeared only after the thank you speeches from the director and cast of La La Land that they had actually not won. So the whole thing had to be re-done with Moonlight, the much deserved factual winner of the Oscar.
The Oscars themselves are quite overrated and are the perfect sample of a very nationalistic view on film. One Oscar for the best foreign film? That just shows how little Americans are interested in the outside world and how extremely lousy their knowledge of languages is.
Taking into account that learning another language means learning another culture, it is clear that most Americans (and the inhabitants of most other English speaking countries) are culturally barbaric.
I myself am fluent in five languages and being able to speak another language does give you huge possibilities to grasp another culture. But in able to do that, you need to have interest in other cultures and be prepared to leave your own backyard, something most Americans seldom do.
The European and Indian film scenes are at least as important and qualitatively perhaps even better (with smaller budgets) than the American one, but as most of their films are not in English, they get relatively little attention.
Who am I to doubt Charlotte Rampling?
On 16 April Turkey will hold a referendum. If the voters of ‘yes’ have it, president Erdogan will install a pure presidential regime. This means that he would become both state and government leader. In reality, it means he will become an even bigger fascist than he already is.
A boy holds up a placard that reads “NO” as the leaders of Turkey’s nationalist groups gather to launch a campaign for “NO” ahead of the April 16 national referendum on expanding the president’s powers, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Critics say it would concentrate even more power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a leader they accuse of authoritarian behavior. The reforms would potentially allow Erdogan to remain in power until 2029. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
But polls suggest that the Turkish people may have seen the light as 58% may say ‘no’ to their fascist president. In order to turn the tide, the president has decided to ban all instances of the word ‘no’. The oscar nominated movie ‘No’ on the fall of Chilean dictator Pinochet has been removed from Digitürk’s offer. And brochures to promote saying ‘no’ to smoking were also removed.
Let’s hope that the Turkish people will massively say ‘Hayir’ to their fascist president. If not, Turkey would no longer be a democracy, something it barely is now.