I could not resist to reblog this nice overview by the musician Philip Lee, of what a dictatorship implies or means. I would have loved it to be placed on my private blog Marcus Ampe’s Space, but at the moment I am very far behind by posting my personal visions and non-religious articles. Not fitting yet in the series nor in my other blogspot “Our World” I am publishing it here in the hope you may enjoy it too.
In his article the writer looks at how a dictatorship gives total power to its ruler and its hallmark which is often a cult of personality. In Turkey Erdogan managed to built up his personal ‘cultus’ very cleverly, being patient enough to get his goal. As the the 12th President of Turkey since 2014 Erdogan has done all he could to bring the country back to 80 years ago concerning the way of life but this time in an economically much improved country, that must be said. though he handy made use of war to divert attention from domestic problems.
Today we not only see a dictatorship in Russia and Turkey, soon there is one looming around the corner with Trump and some other nationalists, who get the citizens in their trap by telling them lots of lies and making them cross against those who were before them so that attention on any default of them is taken away by diversion.
- current State of Emergency rule = wide net targetting coup conspirators + Erdoğan’s opponents => After 2016 coup, thousands arrested + thousands of civil servants (supporters of the many secular-oriented officials who opposed Erdoğan in the past) ousted from their jobs => eliminating any criticism or opposition.
- President Erdoğan targeting anyone who doesn’t support him > silence anyone who is critical of the ruling AKP party >by ongoing state of emergency
- Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) > breakdown of a peace process + escalating conflict between Turkish security forces + armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party => mounting civilian deaths + multiple human rights violations.
- Freedom of expression + freedom of the press curtailed or drastically censored > shutdown of newspapers + magazines
- Erdogan warns Europeans’ risk being ‘unsafe’ as feud rages with EU — Unless this stops “no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully.”
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A small European country just struck a bright beautiful blow for hope and unity! Add your voice to the global thank you letter below to join the celebrations — then spread it far and wide:
Wilders had promised to close all mosques, pull the Netherlands out of the EU and ban the Koran. After Brexit and Trump, the whole world was watching to see if the far-right would continue its terrifying rise.
20,000 marchers, 500km on a bus, 5 million views, 300,000 reached with newspaper ads, and a community united against hate.
Click to say Thank You to the people of the Netherlands:
Just before the election, we helped mobilise 20,000 people onto the streets to march together to celebrate the Netherlands’ long history of openness and tolerance.
On Sunday the Avaaz members took to the streets in The Hague, Paris and Berlin to celebrate and send a strong warning signal to Le Pen in France and the AfD in Germany that we are coming to stop them in elections there.
In January a Jewish community centre received a recording, which was obtained by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a news service. On the tape one could hear the pitch of the voice computer-altered, making the speaker sound a little like Donald Duck, but the message was hardly cartoonish.
“In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered.”
In February there was a rash of threats on Monday the 27th hit 20 Jewish institutions in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. It was the fifth round of similar threats that have come during the last two months, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which has counted 90 bomb threats for those two months.
Paul Goldenberg, who used to head a hate-crimes office for the state of New Jersey and is now in charge of investigating anti-Semitic threats for Jewish organizations, said, anti-Semitic incidents would increase in reaction to events in the Middle East, such as Israeli incursions in Gaza or Lebanon, but the recent incidents appeared to have no such trigger.
“I am a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, and these are extraordinary times. … I have never seen such an uptick in such a short period of time.”
Some analysts have tied the upsurge of hate crimes to the polarizing election of Donald Trump as president, but Naomi Adler, head of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said it dated to 2015.
“The rhetoric and disgusting speech began two years before the actual election at the beginning of the election season, but is not the whole explanation,”
“There is an incredible amount of anxiety and fear in our community.”
Jews, Christians and Muslims should show they want to be children of God. They should do everything to show the world the Love of God and how we as creatures created in God His image, should all respect every other human being, ass well as every other created being (animals and plants).
The best way to take away anti- or hate feelings is to make sure the wrong ideas about the religious community (be it Jews, Christians or Muslims) are taken away by openness and clarity of teachings and way of living, not isolating oneself from the rest of the surroundings society.
Find a reaction on the University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano inside view from a university Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about the recent tragedies, JCCs and cemeteries that are threatened and neighbourhoods or houses that have experienced anti-Semetic attacks.
Preceding article: What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism
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- Germany’s Muslim Demographic Future
- Actively Breaking Godwin’s Law (And thereby also indirectly following it.)
- Morning Star promotes claims of Israeli “apartheid” – from slave-state Qatar!
- University of Illinois Chicago: “The expression “Jewish Privilege” is particularly chilling for Jews, of course, because Jews are so disproportionately successful in many realms of competition”
- What has Zeldin Actually Done ?
- Do Not Reward Bad Behaviour: Trump Must Bury Anti-Semitic UN Resolution
- Maloney calls for formation of coalition to fight anti-Semitism
- Is Pope Francis ushering in a revival of Catholic anti-Semitism as it seeks to ally itself with Islam? Prominent Italian Rabbi Giuseppe Laras sounds the alarm
Disclaimer: I have chosen this article due to my photojournalism project that was also about anti-Semitism. I wanted to see how similar my questions were with another school’s student’s questions.
Jewish communities continue to receive threats and are attacked by anti-Semitism. The University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano interviews a Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about these recent tragedies.
The newsworthiness of this piece is evident with the current and continuous threats and attacks to Jewish communities. To get an inside view from a university Jewish student is a great way to frame a story. It is a first-hand attack, but in this case, it is not a first-hand experience.
The first thing that I notice about the questions asked were the audiences for the questions. Isaac Serna moves from a broad, national, audience to a specific, university, audience and back to a broad, national…
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Since a year or five we do notice that the ten years of the growing ‘right’ has not only brought an aversion against immigrants and/or refugees. More and more the Jewish community became target of bullying and hate actions.
The deathly attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels was something which should have awaken the politicians. In Belgium the Jewish schools and centres could receive extra security measures from the Belgian government. That is nice but should be something that would not be necessary.
All over the West-side of the European continent we do see a growing resistance or hate against the choice of living of the Jews in Europe. Several young Jews found it already better to take everything together and to leave this part of the world to go to live in Israel, even when that meant also to go in the army for two years.
Many of us really wonder what we should do today in the face of global anti-Semitism?
There are those who still caution a “better to hush it up and make believe it isn’t there” policy. Giving it publicity, they claim, will only stoke the fire. A shrill response is counterproductive. When we show that we hurt, the argument goes, we’re giving our enemies comfort.
But they are wrong. They are as wrong as those in the early stages of the Holocaust who pretended not to see, who claimed Hitler can’t really be considered a threat, who were sure that the evil of Jew hatred was so obviously uncivilized and barbaric that it had no chance of succeeding. Wait it out, said those who counselled against protests, those who didn’t want to identify themselves as Jews with profound interest in saving their fellow Jews. It can’t happen here, they claimed. But it did – and they were proven wrong six million times over.
There are all too many Hamans today. Anti-Semites require the spotlight of our attention and the public scorn of our protests and demonstrations.
Today we see the growing hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism as well as against Muslims, because of fundamentalist Muslims (Jihadists) defiling the Muslim faith and calling for a hate against Jews and non-believing people. It looks like we are also getting a revival of the rising nationalism like the one of the 19th century. Today we also see how the Roman Catholic Church, which in the 19th century sometimes subscribed to the idea of Jewish racial identity and sometimes denied it, like then not only fails to condemn European anti-Semitism and anti-Islamism, now the Muslim communities stayed too long silent condemning those Islamist fundamentalists who have nothing to do with real Islam. A problem by the Catholics is that in the East of Europe there are still some very right-wing priests and we must remember that in the Balkan several priests in the past had worked together with the Germans to get rid of the Jews. For Rabbi Giuseppe Laras this can well be the reason why the Catholic Church does not react stronger against the growing anti-semitism. He sees in it a continuation of a contempt towards the Jewish people that found genocidal expression during World War II, when Catholic Priests ran half the concentration camps in Fascist Croatia. Though we also should remember that this loathing also extended to Orthodox Christian Serbs, real or non-trinitarian Christians, like the Jehovah Witnesses, and also other minorities like the Roma who were slaughtered in these same camps by the hundreds of thousands.
By the threats of the jihadist groups like Al Qaeda, Daesh or ISIS, and the big amount of refugees coming into Europe lots of poorer Europeans see their jobs threatened and are fearing they would loose out on them.
We need not only to shout out our pain, we should motivate others to open their eyes and to see what is going on. We have to call onto those who say they are lovers of God.
We need to assert our Jewish identity – not mask it – with increased passion and vigor. We need to make the elimination of anti-Semitism not simply a Jewish cause but the universal response to a heinous crime which for far too long has soiled the pages of history.
As we prepare to observe Purim this year, let us make the noise required to eradicate the genocidal ambitions of anti-Jewish hatred which still continue to plague us.
- Religious Practices around the world
- Protest against Tzahal concert in Antwerp
- Migrants to the West #6
- 2014 European elections
- Hamas the modern Philistines
- January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
- World remembers Auschwitz survivors
- 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
- French Muslims under attack
- At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
- Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
- The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
- Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
- Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
- Anti-Semitic threats towards Jewish Centers continue to rise in numbers
- anti-Semitism, the DNC, and Donald Trump
- Anti-Semitism row at Bristol University as lecturers rally round academic who claimed Jews should stop ‘privileging’ the Holocaust
- Jeffrey Goldberg on Mel Gibson: He is “Hollywood’s leading antisemite”
- This #Muslim interfaith activist knows more about #Zionism than most Jews
- France has passed the point of no return
- Far-right candidate sees a France sans kippas, headscarves — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc
- Anti-Semites attack Philadelphia, USA Jewish cemetery
- Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized, more than 100 headstones toppled
- How has it come to this?
- Another day, another Muslim ban
- Meet ‘Based Stick Man,’ the Alt-Right’s LARP-y New Hero
- Mourning Oak Grove
- Israel: Boycotters are no longer welcome — Israel restricts visas — “If anyone insults us, we respond.”
- Israeli Apartheid Week in France — anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment has been high in France while Jews flee to the Israeli homeland — Under French law boycotting is illegal
- President Trump Vows to Give Up Denouncing Anti-Semitism for Lent
- In Israel, Lauding and Lamenting the Era of Trump
- American Liberal Jews: “staggeringly naive believing that marching at airports with signs that read “We love Muslims” will change those Muslims who hate Jews into Muslims who love Jews”
- Steve Cohen’s ‘That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Anti-Semitic’
- Rochester Area JCC Re-Opens After Morning Bomb Threat
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- “The sad phenomenon of Jews accusing other Jews of provoking antisemitism can be found throughout Jewish history”
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- In An Angry And Fearful Nation, An Outbreak Of Anti-Semitism (by K Street)
- Remembering Amalek’s oppression of us-and others
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- United against Freedom…
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- The Restless Ghosts of Baiersdorf
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- Labour selects anti-Semite as New Plymouth candidate
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- US ‘Outraged’ by UN Report That Accuses Israel of Establishing ‘Apartheid Regime’ That ‘Dominates the Palestinian People’
- The Guardian: Why won’t YouTube and Google consider moderators to tackle online hate?
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- Italian rabbis accuse biblical conference of fueling anti-Judaism
- 167 House members ask Trump to retain ambassador to combat anti-Semitism
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- Organizations call for Sebastian Gorka resignation for ties to far-right group
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The moral standing of religious institutions does not come from working within the system. It comes from standing outside that system – sometimes supporting it, sometimes resisting it, but never a part of it. And when the system turns toward authoritarianism, nativism, and even elements of fascism, those with moral vision know clearly where they ought to stand.
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women sticking up for themselves + striving for equality
founders of the Women’s March > Round 2, a strike referred to as “A Day Without a Woman.” = to show exactly how extensive the value of women + their work are
women experience unequal pay in exact same role, discrimination, sexual harassment, + more in the work place
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Once again, women are sticking up for themselves and striving for equality! I know, crazy right? The founders of the Women’s March are coming back for Round 2, a strike referred to as “A Day Without a Woman.” The goal of the strike is to show exactly how extensive the value of women and their work are, despite that women are far more likely to experience unequal pay in the exact same role, discrimination, sexual harassment, and more in the work place. Although participating in the strike through choosing to abstain from work would be completely ideal, that may not be a realistic agenda for women of all backgrounds, demographics and jobs. But luckily, there are a plethora of ways you can be an active member of this strike! Here’s how:
- Wear red!: Strikers will paint the country red in representation of “revolutionary love and sacrifice,” according to the organizers…
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