HARUNYAHYA.COhttp://harunyahya.coharunyahya.co - Articles - Recently AddedenCopyright (C) 1994 harunyahya.co 1HARUNYAHYA.COhttp://harunyahya.cohttp://harunyahya.com/assets/images/hy_muhur.png11666Increasing the Number of Prisons Won’t Solve the Crime Problem

Every day, we come across news reports about femicide, child rape, scammers, serial murderers and people who commit brutal crimes. In a world , where the crime rate is on an ever-increasing rise, the first thing that comes to mind about crime prevention is the necessity and importance of prisons. The only solace we can find in the face of growing crime is the prospect that criminals will be locked away in jail where they will pay for their crimes.

Although prisons serve a function of securing criminals away from society and preventing them from committing further crimes, this is surely not their only quality. Prisons should also be able to serve as rehabilitation centers. Especially when global crime rates and the number of prisoners in jail are considered, it is important that they leave these centers as ‘rehabilitated people, and thus become healthy, normal, reasonable and level-headed individuals who make a contribution as work force, are beneficial for and, more importantly, harmless to society.

That being said, are prisons capable of serving this purpose? Unfortunately, the answer to this question seems to be ‘no.’

There is a clear indication that prisons are gradually losing their function of preventing crime. In many countries of the world, while the number of crimes committed is increasing year by year, prisons are gradually becoming places where prisoners are simply warehoused; worse yet, criminals become more professionally competent in committing crimes and criminal organizations openly operate. In the United States, 43% of prisoners released in 2005 were thrown back into prison after two years, and 77% were in prison again after five years.

One of the most important reasons why prisons lose function is the increasing rate of crime. As the number of crimes increase, naturally, the number of convicted criminals also increases.

For example, in the 1990’s there were 40,000 convicts in prisons around Britain, but today this figure is close to 86,000. This situation necessitates the establishment of new prisons, but due to high costs many countries cannot do that and for this reason prisons experience massive overcrowding.

For instance, there are 469 prisoners in the prison in Swansea, Britain, which has a capacity of 268 prisoners. The overcrowding is even worse in Leeds. Here, 1128 people are serving time in a prison with a capacity of 669. Similar overcrowding situations create new problems. Although the costs increase in proportion to the increasing number of prisoners, the money allocated for this does not increase as much. As such, one of the first methods utilized to keep costs down is to keep the number of prison officers low. Research shows that the number of officers in prisons in Britain is 40% lower than what it should be. Due to the reduced number of staff, prisoners are deprived of activities such as work, education, health and sports.

The same is true for the US as well. While the population of the United States is one-twentieth of the world’s population, the number of prisoners in US alone is equivalent to one-quarter of the number of prisoners in the entire world. More than 2.3 million people in this country are serving time in prisons. Another indication that shows prisons can no longer prevent crime is the increase in the number of crimes committed in prisons.

In Britain, the self-harm rate among prisoners was 17% in 2017 and violence among prisoners is also quite common. In Britain, prisoners tend to show violence against each other and against prison officials. Last year, 84 violent incidents were recorded for every 1,000 prisoners, which with a 32% increase compared to the previous year. Specialist teams such as the NTRG Tornado Team are deployed to prevent violent incidents in prisons.

The prevalence of violence fuels gangs and riots in prisons which leads to a high number of deaths. A bloody showdown between rival drug gangs in Brazil’s Amazonas province turned into a riot and 56 people were killed in the resulting disorder. Six of them were killed by decapitation.

Under these circumstances, countries are trying to temper the number of crimes by opening more prisons, hiring more prison officers and increasing the number of police officers in the streets. However, this is still not enough and crime rates continue to increase rapidly.

What needs to be done is not to increase the capacity of the prisons but to take effective preventive measures against crime. Some of the potential measures are as follows:

It is important to employ different types of sanctions instead of solely relying on imprisonment. These can be employed during or after imprisonment. People who commit crimes such as sexual harassment, rape, abuse and animal torture can be publicized and exposed in public places.

Another possible measure is to avoid putting first time offenders, in other words amateur criminals, in the same prisons with experienced criminals.

Social campaigns can be organized against culturally motivated crimes such as blood feuds and honor killings to show their flawed and evil nature.

Another measure is increasing the criminal apprehension rate by improving the technical capabilities of the police; people are less likely to commit crimes when they are sure they will get caught.

Imprisonment should not be seen as the only form of punishment. This form of punishment further strengthens the criminal inclinations of some individuals. This is why some individuals who have been released from prison often commit crimes again.

Minor crimes should not be avoided to be punished with imprisonment. In the case of recurrent crimes, the crime should be considered aggravated and punished accordingly to prevent being repeated to a larger extend.

In the fight against crime, increasing the punishment of a crime or aggravating the crime itself is not sufficient. The goal should be to eliminate crime altogether. For this, it is imperative to adopt an education system that will eliminate ideologies harmful to society. With a spiritual and scientific education program that will develop the feelings and understanding of national consciousness, love, and loyalty, it is possible to guide societies from hate towards love. The perceptions of society can be altered easily by utilizing the press and media tools. Creating fair solutions to important matters in a society, such as poverty, unemployment, and so on would also help in this regard. It should not be forgotten that it is primarily the problem of hatred which leads people to commit crimes. As long as governments and societies do not define a program that will eliminate the perception of hate in the first place, it is unlikely that technical solutions will lead to any long-lasting and meaningful solutions.

1. Evan Valetta, 10 staggering statistics about the US prison system, SBS19 December 2017, https://www.sbs.com.au/guide/article/2017/12/06/10-staggering-statistics-about-us-prison-system
2. Andrew Neilson, Our prison system is at breaking point – that’s why we need to put fewer people in jail, The Independent 18 July 2017, http://www.independent.co.uk/Voices/prison-crisis-inspector-report-violence-drugs-suicide-howard-league-penal-reform-a7847781.html
3. FullFact, The state of prisons in England and Wales, 2 August 2017, https://fullfact.org/crime/state-prisons-england-and-wales/
4. The Guardian, Dozens killed in gang violence at Brazilian jail, 2 January 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/02/dozens-killed-in-gang-violence-at-brazilian-jail-manaus

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):


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The expansion of the Universe

Science ‘discovered’ in the 20th century what the Quran had revealed 1400 years ago about the expanding universe. In 1929, in the California Mount Wilson observatory, an American astronomer by the name of Edwin Hubble made one of the greatest discoveries in the history of astronomy. While he observed the stars with a giant telescope, he found out that the light from them was shifted to the red end of the spectrum and that this shift was more pronounced the further a star was from the earth. This discovery had an electrifying effect in the world of science, because according to the recognised rules of physics, the spectra of light beams travelling towards the point of observation tend towards violet while the spectra of the light beams moving away from the point of observation tend towards red. During Hubble’s observations, the light from stars was discovered to tend towards red. This meant that they were constantly moving away from us.

Before long, Hubble made another very important discovery: Stars and galaxies moved away not only from us, but also from one another. The only conclusion that could be derived from a universe where everything moves away from everything else is that the universe constantly ‘expands’. To better understand, the universe can be thought of as the surface of a balloon being blown up. Just as the points on the surface of a balloon move apart from each other as the balloon is inflated, so do the objects in space move apart from each other as the universe keeps expanding. In fact, this had been theoretically discovered even earlier. Albert Einstein, who is considered the greatest scientist of the century, had concluded after the calculations he made in theoretical physics that the universe could not be static. However, he had laid his discovery to rest simply not to conflict with the widely recognised static universe model of his time. Later on, Einstein was to identify his act as ‘the greatest mistake of his career’. Subsequently, it became definite by Hubble’s observations that the universe expands. What importance, then, did the fact that the universe expands have on the existence of the universe?

The expansion of the universe implied that if it could travel backwards in time, the universe would prove to have originated from a single point. The calculations showed that this ‘single point’ that harboured all the matter of the universe should have ‘zero volume’ and ‘infinite density’. The universe had come about by the explosion of this single point with zero volume. This great explosion that marked the beginning of the universe was named the ‘Big Bang’ and the theory started to be so called.

It has to be stated that ‘zero volume’ is a theoretical expression used for descriptive purposes. Science can define the concept of ‘nothingness’, which is beyond the limits of human comprehension, only by expressing it as ‘a point with zero volume’. In truth, ‘a point with no volume’ means ‘nothingness’. The universe has come into being from nothingness. In other words, it was created. The Big Bang theory showed that in the beginning all the objects in the universe were of one piece and then were parted. This fact, which was revealed by the Big Bang theory was stated in the Qur’an 14 centuries ago, when people had a very limited knowledge about the universe: “Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before We clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?” [Al-Anbiyaa 21:30]

As stated in the verse, everything, even the ‘heavens and the earth’ that were not yet created, were created with a Big Bang out of a single point, and shaped the present universe by being parted from each other. When we compare the statements in the verse with the Big Bang theory, we see that they fully agree with each other. However, the Big Bang was introduced as a scientific theory only in the 20th century. The expansion of the universe is one of the most important pieces of evidence that the universe was created out of nothing. Although this fact was not discovered by science until the 20th century, Allah has informed us of this reality in the Qur’an revealed 1,400 years ago: “It is We who have built the universe with (Our creative) power, and, verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it.” [Az-Zariyat 51:47] 

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pakistan Observer (Pakistan):


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Overcoming Obstacles Before Turkish-Greek Alliance

Turks and Greeks are two people that lived side by side on the same lands for centuries; they mixed, bonded ad were tied to each other with many historical and cultural bonds. The natural outcome of this long co-existence should have been a close bond, fraternity and friendship, which is the case in many similar examples around the world. However, things have usually been the opposite for these countries. 

A deeper analysis reveals that the reasons behind this strange outcome have been certain circles that didn't consider the development of this friendship and alliance fit for their interests and plans. It is now a familiar habit for the said circles to step in and replay disastrous scenarios whenever an opportunity for Turkish-Greek friendship rises. The same circles have long taken every opportunity to sow the seeds of discord between the two countries, and to this end, have fueled artificial crises and conflicts, and even managed to bring the two countries to the brink of war for completely irrational and insignificant reasons.

During WWI, the plots of these secretive structures against the two countries became more prominent because they believed a Turkish-Greek alliance dangerous for their plans of domination and exploitation in the Middle East. Furthermore, continuation of the caliphate, a title preserved by the Ottoman Empire, didn't sit well with Britain, which had been making plans of dominance over the Middle East and the Islamic countries, as well as their natural resources and oil reserves.

As soon as WWI came to an end, Britain occupied Istanbul. However it didn't start a direct fight against the Ottomans and did not personally extend the occupation to Anatolia. Instead it used proxies because it was well aware that such an occupation would come with physical and moral costs. While distributing parts of Anatolia between the French, Italians and Armenians, Britain used Greece to to occupy Western Anatolia by making various promises.

At that time, Greece trusted British promises of support and invaded Izmir upon British coaxing. It even moved further into Aydin and Bursa. However, it never got the support it needed from the British. Instead, it was left alone without any proper resources to face the Ottoman army, which has been fighting overseas for the past 20 years. Inevitably, Greeks sustained heavy losses and had to retreat from Turkish lands they occupied after suffering a major defeat.

This wasn't the only time Greece was double crossed by Britain. In the Lausanne Treaty negotiations that followed the culmination of the Turkish Independence War, Britain was among the victors, but Greece, despite being an ally of Britain, was placed among the losers. Indeed, then-Greek Prime Minister Venizelos couldn't contain his surprise at this turn of the events and asked, "Why is Britain sitting among the victors, while I am with the losers despite being a British ally?.." Venizelos, without meaning to, was in fact summarizing the inevitable end of all those that trusted the British deep state's friendship and its empty promises throughout history.

Since then, the same deep and colonialist power, openly or secretly, maintained its policy of creating discord between the two countries. In the occupation of Ottoman lands after the WWI, the main driving force was no doubt Britain. Greece was one of the countries that were dragged into the conflict for the purpose of serving British interests.

Strangely, following Turkey's successful liberation from occupation and the foundation of the new Turkish state, an imaginary scenario was built where Britain was made to look like Turkey's good friend, and Greece as the arch -nemesis. This ugly scenario was supported with quite elaborate propaganda and provocation techniques as well as disinformation and gradually drove a wedge between the two countries. Turkey and Greece were not allowed to develop friendship, alliance and cooperation, which would certainly benefit both countries. Through various pretenses, this alliance, which could easily help build peace, stability and welfare in the region, was prevented from coming to fruition.

The Kardak crisis, which causes tension between two countries from time to time, is one of those artificial reasons used to prevent Turkish-Greek friendship. It first broke out when a Turkish ship ran ashore in the Kardak islets in 1996 in Aegean Sea. The crisis escalated after a dispute between the Greek and Turkish rescue crews and the countries were brought to the brink of war. However, the USA and NATO stepped in and helped solve the crisis.

22 years later, tensions once again flared on January 28, 2018 between Turkey and Greece due to the  Kardak islets. The Turkish Coast Guard prevented the Greek Defense Minister Kammenos' attempt to approach Kardak with a gunboat to throw a wreath into the island. After the warning, the Greek delegation left Turkish waters before the crisis escalated any further.

Clearly, even small islets can be used to pit two armies against each other and for warmongers to start war cries. It is obvious that neither Turkey nor Greece will gain anything from renewal of such artificial crises. On the contrary, it is clear that putting these two countries in danger by encouraging such a crisis will do nothing other than hurt them. Once again, the only party that will benefit from the resulting crisis will be the  secretive structures that consider an alliance in the region unfit for their purposes.

The same plots were also concocted  against the Turkish-Russia alliance. However, the sensible approach of both leaders managed to thwart the plot and even achieve the opposite results.

It is crucial that both Turkey and Greece act with prudence and common sense to foil these plots and be wary of provocative circles. Identifying and dismissing such agent provocateurs that have infiltrated the administration, bureaucracy and the media in both countries will be an important first step.

It is also very important that both countries maintain mutually respectful, well-intentioned, reasonable policies to counter provocations intended to stop Turkish-Greece friendship and alliance. In this context, President Erdogan's visit to Greece in 2017, which was the first presidential visit in 65 years, can be considered a very positive start for further improvement of relations.  Alliance, friendship and cooperation agreements in various areas will no doubt be a strong precaution against plots intended to turn the two countries against each other. It is of crucial importance that the countries ignore the provocations of certain interest groups and focus on rapprochement instead. The two countries are very similar to each other with their friendships, traditions, customs and life styles. For centuries they co-existed and they still do. Falling apart at times when friendship is required the most will do nothing but cause great harm to both countries and the region in general. Especially at times like this , when wars and economic crises abound in the world, it is vital to turn the negative into the positive and revive the 500-year-old friendship. 

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda (Russia):


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Did Cavemen Really Exist?

Have you ever considered the possibility that there never was a thing called the ‘caveman’? That there was never a time when people were living like animals, hunting and grunting, running around with clubs in their hands and animal furs wrapped around their bodies? Many people never thought that this could be the case, because the official narrative around the world insists that cavemen did exist, even though the archeological findings keep refuting it. But why?

Although fully refuted by scientific discoveries in biology, genetics and paleontology, there is still an immense effort to keep the theory of evolution alive. And those same circles are aware that if the history of human civilization does not match their imaginary theory of evolution, the number of unanswered questions will double. So they wrongly claim that human civilizations evolved too. In order to back up this scenario, imaginary times in history like the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age were invented, where humans were supposedly halfway through their civilization process.

However, something was clearly amiss. As the archeological findings increased and more and more details about the past civilizations emerged, the materialist thought of evolving human civilizations began falling apart at the seams. 40.000 year- old flutes showed that humans –at a time when the evolutionists wrongly claimed that they were primitive- made music, played it with the instruments they built, had fun, produced art and wore jewelry. In other words, they were like us and not primitive. Then scientists were confounded by the discovery of cave paintings that date back 30,000 years. These paintings and the paints used to create them were so impressive, they were clear evidence that people of the time were very advanced in their artistic skills. This was once again at a time when evolutionist claimed they were grunting primitive half-humans. However, these people were actually creating abstract art. Moreover, the paints they used were so durable that their art survived even after thousands of years. Wil Roebroeks, an expert in the archaeology of early humans from Leiden University in the Netherlands, expresses his surprise at this turn of events and admits: “...humans were more or less comparable to you and me.” Actually, they weren’t more or less comparable; they were the same as us. It is important to note here that many of our paintings today probably will not survive even maybe one thousand years. In that case, later civilizations can think we were primitive because nothing lasted to prove our advanced state of culture. When we apply this thinking to the past civilizations, it is highly likely that they also had advanced cultures but many of their achievements were lost to the destroying effect of passing time.

Then there is the Göbekli Tepe, which the Smithsonian Institute says ‘upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization.’ This is a site in Turkey that stunned the world in 1994 when a German archeologist revealed its importance. Göbekli Tepe is a 11,000 year -old site that proves that people of the time were not hunter-gatherers as previously imagined, but were rather highly sophisticated individuals who built temples in line with astronomical events, engaged in agriculture, created art by carving stones with intricate designs and used labor to carry huge stone blocks, some of which weigh as much as 50 tons. Scientists are still struggling to come to grips with the implications of these findings. Gary Rollefson, an archeologist with Whitman College in Washington says: ”With Göbekli Tepe, everything new that comes up destroys what we thought before. It’s nice to find this stuff, but it would be nice to understand it, too.” Another study suggests that the huge megalithic structures found at the site ‘may have been oriented – or even originally constructed - to “celebrate” and successively follow the appearance of a “new,” extremely brilliant star in the southern skies: Sirius.’ In other words, at a time when humans were supposed to be primitive according to the materialistic understanding, these people were highly civilized, studied astronomy, engaged in agriculture and produced art on stones. This makes one wonder: If stones are the only structures that are able to survive after thousands of years, one can only guess at the intricate art that was produced by these people on other, more fragile objects.

Then there are the famous pyramids of Egypt. Did you know that they are so incredibly built, even using today’s technology and every resource possible, that it would take 684 years to lay the 2.5 million blocks of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, built some 4,000 years ago, if ten blocks were laid every day. Yet scientists believe that this pyramid was built in a span of 20 to 30 years. So how did the Ancient Egyptians build these giant pyramids when there was supposedly no technology? By what power, with what machinery, by what techniques were the rock terraces set out? By what means were the rock tombs carved out? How was lighting provided during construction? (No staining or soot has been found on the walls or ceilings inside the pyramids and tombs.) How were blocks of stone removed from the quarries, and how were the differently shaped faces of the blocks smoothed? How were these blocks, weighing several tons, transported, and how were they fit together to an accuracy of 1/1000 of a centimeter? 

Or did you know about ancient stone carvings that clearly represent airplanes? Many ancient civilizations from the Sumerians to the Mayans left such stone carvings. For example, a model glider found in Egypt was discovered in 1898 and is 2,200 years old. The model's technical features are incredible. The shape and proportions of this wooden model's wings were designed in such a way as to give the aircraft a maximum lift with a minimum loss of speed, as in the Concorde, the product of today's most advanced technology. A History channel documentary says: “Over 2,000 years after the ancient Egyptians carved this mysterious bird, modern technology has proved beyond doubt that it could have flown.

Even these few examples speak one truth loud and clear: there has never been a ‘primitive man.’ Humans have always been humans, and they have always lived humane lives, have built civilizations, only some of which left traces behind. In every period of our world, there have been communities that lived in higher civilizations while in other parts of the world people lived in rather primitive conditions, just like today. While in some parts of the world people are sending space shuttles into space, in the forests of the Amazon Basin, there are tribes that are completely cut off from the modern world and the amenities it offers. However, this certainly does not mean that people in Amazonian tribes are less developed biologically or mentally. This is just a result of differences in culture and civilization.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia) & Al Bilad (Canada) & OANA:



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The rightful struggle of Turkey: The Afrin operation

Since the onset of the Syrian civil war, Turkey has been explaining one important fact over and over again to the world and especially to the members of NATO: this war is as much a threat to the integrity of Turkey as it is to the people of Syria.

As the war progressed, Turkey’s fears were proven right. The PKK, a terrorist group that has been carrying out acts of terrorism on Turkish soil for 40 years, claiming the lives of 40,000 Turkish citizens, and was in a bid to build a Stalinist regime in southeastern Turkey, stepped up its efforts in tandem with the escalating war. This time, its recruits were trained by professionals, their weapons supplied by the West. As the events unfolded, the coup attempt of July 15 took place in Turkey in 2016 and it became clear that the terrorist group FETO had provided support to the PKK.

The United States is still our ally, but one that failed expectations nevertheless. Turkey’s persistent protests have yielded no results.
The terrorist group plans to use this new position to gain easier access to the weapons of communist circles, and seeks to build a bloody state, which will threaten not only Turkey but also the Middle East and even the US that has been its protecting power. After getting no response to its protests and demands, Turkey was left with no choice other than launching a military campaign in Afrin, which was the center of all these plans.

Turkey started the Afrin operation, Operation Olive Branch, in line with UN Security Council resolutions 1624 (2005), 2170 (2014) and 2178 (2014) on the fight against terrorism, and the 51st item of the UN Charter on the right to self-defense. All the structures that Turkey is bound to report to, as well as the countries affiliated with NATO and the UN, were informed about the campaign. Its goal is defined as eliminating the PKK/PYD threat in the region, which is getting stronger and more settled every day.

Turkey, before and during the campaign, repeatedly expressed its respect for Syria’s territorial integrity and strongly emphasized that the goal is definitely not an “occupation.” It is also clear that the campaign has taken place with the knowledge of Russia right from the onset. As a matter of fact, Syria’s territorial integrity has always been a critical point in the negotiations carried out by the two countries.

Furthermore, Turkish authorities have clearly stated that the Turkish intelligence service, MIT, is in contact with the Syrian regime to ensure the territorial integrity of the latter. During the operation, Turkish planes repeatedly dropped fliers over Afrin villages which made a call for unity to the people of Afrin and assured them, saying “Afrin belongs to the people of Afrin.”

As is well known, the Syrian war has been one mostly fought with planes by many of the involved countries. Coalition forces, most notably US fighters, have been carrying out air-strikes against the country for the past seven years, while Russia, the patron of the Syrian regime, also carries out air-strikes, as does the Syrian regime.

It is clear that Turkey, having the second biggest army in NATO, is capable of carrying out its campaign using solely jet fighters. Indeed, it is clear that the PKK/PYD would not be able to fight back against aerial bombardment and that by employing such bombardments, Afrin could be purged of terrorist groups in a matter of days, if not hours. Moreover, such an option would prevent any Turkish losses.

However, as of this article being written we have had 43 martyrs in Afrin, and every day we receive news of new one. This is because the campaign is largely a ground operation, the only reason for which is preventing civilian casualties.

The Turkish Army has clearly assured the world that all the targets are thoroughly checked before they are hit and emphasized that only terrorist targets and their shelters, positions, weapons and equipment were being destroyed, and that the “utmost care and sensitivity” was being shown so as to not harm civilians or the environment. At the same time, religious, cultural, historical and archaeological sites, as well as public facilities, have not been targeted by the Turkish Armed Forces since the very beginning of this operation.

Throughout these seven years of the Syrian war, Turkey has always been determined to protect civilians, both inside Syria’s borders and outside them. At this point, it would be useful to note that it has been Turkey that welcomed Syrian refugees, who were chased away from EU waters by EU authorities and who were kept outside of the EU by barbed wire fences.

Columnists like Robert Fisk, who is known for his aversion to Turkey, have been predictably at the forefront of the campaign against Turkey’s ongoing operation in Afrin. His recent article in The Independent is based completely on disinformation.

In the light of all these details, it is important to ask the following question: what would the Western countries do if they were in Turkey’s position? Would they sit back and watch the world’s bloodiest terrorist group found a state along their border? Or would they completely raze the place to ground within a couple of hours using their jet fighters? Or would they do as Turkey did and start a sensitive land campaign that would last several months and would no doubt lead to losses and high costs? Let’s answer this question by quoting Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin: “The Afrin operation represents a test of sincerity for Western countries.”

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jerusalem Post (Israel):


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The Rohingya Crisis An International Issue

Due to the attacks launched by the Myanmar army in the last August, about two-thirds of the Arakan population, about 650,000 people, were forced to flee the country. Hundreds of villages were burned down and thousands were tortured, raped and killed in the most gruesome ways.

The inhumane treatment Rohingya Muslims are subjected to in Myanmar and the resulting immigration wave found wide coverage in the international media in the past year. Still, there haven’t been any initiatives to put an end to these terrifying events. However, a certain development that took place recently in January could trigger international initiatives to end this humanitarian crisis. The activists have asked for an international committee, which would clarify the real situation in Myanmar, to be established with the claim that the ongoing attempts which were supposed to stop the human rights violations in Myanmar are in fact not reliable.

The Myanmar government, so far, rejects all claims about human rights violations in the country and denies any connection between the attacks and official institutions.[i] While there have been strong suspicions otherwise, this situation has been a major setback in addressing the issue within the international law.

As a matter of fact, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, said in his statement to the BBC, "If the scale of the military operations is to be taken into consideration, these decisions must have been taken by top-level officials." According to Hussein, Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and General Aung Min Hlaing, who leads the army, may well find themselves facing charges of genocide in the future.[ii]

Following this statement, for the first time the Myanmar army admitted that ten Rohingya Muslims were killed by soldiers and Buddhist villagers. Human rights organizations have interpreted this confession as " the tip of the iceberg" and Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have both called for an international inquiry.[iii]

This inquiry has shortly been followed by another; the delegation of the EU to Myanmar called for an independent inquiry team to be admitted into the country from the Myanmar government. The EU delegation stated, "These brutal killings confirm the urgent need for a thorough and credible investigation into all violent incidents in the region. Impunity of perpetrators of such serious human rights violations must end." In the end, the EU's call to the Myanmar government is “to cooperate fully with the Human Rights Council's independent international fact-finding mission and other independent observers including journalists and to provide for their full, safe and unhindered access to all conflict areas without delay.”[iv]

There are many international institutions and organizations that can expose how grave the situation is for Rohingya; one of them is Amnesty International. Amnesty officials claim that they have concrete evidence proving that Myanmar soldiers raped and killed Rohingyas, burned down their villages, and buried civilians in mass graves.[v]

The UNICEF spokesperson, Marixie Mercado, who spent a month in the country last December, says that children in Rakhine State are forced to live under terrible conditions in exile camps, where the International Convention on the Rights of the Child has been repeatedly violated. Many children are severely undernourished, and have no access to clean water and food. They have to walk barefoot in cesspits. In addition, treatment centers in the camps are deliberately looted and destroyed. Mercado calls on the global community and the regional organizations and countries to leverage their influence to remedy this grave situation, stating that delivering humanitarian aid to the region is becoming increasingly difficult.[vi]

So far, the Myanmar government has not responded positively to the international organizations’ requests to make official observations in Arakan. As a matter of fact, the Myanmar government has denied access to Yanghee Lee, the UN’s Special Myanmar Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, to the country. Moreover, the government also declared that Lee will receive no cooperation whatsoever during her mission. Lee noted that even this declaration of the Myanmar government is an indication of the terrible events taking place in the country, and announced that following her visits to Bangladesh on January 18-24, and to Thailand on January 25-30, she will submit her report to the UN Human Rights Council, which will be held in the UN Geneva Office in March.[vii]

It is quite difficult for the Myanmar government to continue resisting against the increased demands and pressure of international human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations, especially the UN. If an official group - along with journalists - is given an opportunity to make observations, more concrete evidence can be gathered about the crimes committed in Arakan and those who are responsible. The discovery of such evidence is crucial to the initiation of the legal process to investigate the crimes committed.

The UN's top human rights officials described Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya population as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”[viii] This situation makes it vital to keep in mind two very important points that should not be overlooked:

The first is the fact that those leaders and administrators who’ve attempted ethnic cleansing throughout history have always used diabolically ingenious methods to conceal what they do. The other is that those who are responsible would prolong the process as long as they can, accelerating the pace at which the ethnic cleansing is carried out. For this reason, the international community must act faster and with greater organization in order to prevent more people from being killed or tortured.


                                    [i] Newseek, E.U. Calls For U.N. Probe of Myanmar Rohingya Human Rights Violations, March 16 2017, http://www.newsweek.com/united-nations-european-union-myanmar-rohingya-human-rights-violations-ethnic-569445

                  [ii] Justin Rowlatt, BM: Myanmar lideri ve genelkurmay başkanı Arakanlı Müslümanlara soykırımla suçlanabilir,
             BBC Turkish December 18 2017, http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-dunya-42397836

                                    [iii] The Daily Telegraph, Myanmar killings 'tip of iceberg' January 11, 2018 https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/myanmar-admits-to-10-rohingya-deaths/news-story/775cfd8b2f38b1e031f05691930cfba0

                                    [iv] European Union External Action, Local EU Statement on the Myanmar military's admission of extrajudicial killings of 10 Muslim villagers in Rakhine State, January 11 2018, https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/myanmar-burma/38134/local-eu-statement-myanmar-militarys-admission-extrajudicial-killings-10-muslim-villagers_en

                  [v] Amnesty International, Myanmar: Military’s mass grave admission exposes extrajudicial killings of Rohingya,   January 10 2018.

                  [vi] Unicef.org.uk, Children in Rakhine State, Myanmar, face appalling living conditions and in desperate need of support.

                  [vii] Fatih Erel, UN rapporteur on Myanmar to meet refugees in Bangladesh, Anadolu Agency 16 Ocak 2018.

                  [viii] Karen Mc Veigh, Rohingya children left stranded amid garbage and muck in Myanmar, the Guardian January 10 2018.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia):


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Helping is always a good idea – Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Civil War has ravaged that country for the past seven years. So relentless has been its destruction, it is difficult to believe that it was once a beautiful country. Before the war, 23 million people lived in Syria, but now almost half of the population has been displaced, with five million living outside the country as refugees and six million others displaced inside the country. Furthermore, close to 500,000 people have lost their lives and many more have been injured or disabled. Most of the country is now in ruins, offering a landscape of utter destruction that looks nothing like the country as it was before the war.

When desperate civilians began to run for their lives, four of Syria’s neighbors, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, generously opened their doors despite their own economic hardships. Today, some 3.5 million Syrians live in Turkey; this represents the largest Syrian population outside of Syria itself. This has been an enormous undertaking for Turkey and it certainly hasn't been without its challenges, but the results have been commendable. Top-notch refugee camps across the country, praised by leaders like EU President Donald Tusk, are currently housing 250,000 refugees, offering free accommodation, food, education and healthcare services.[1] However, most Syrians chose to live in cities across Turkey and sure enough, there have been some difficulties. While some of the refugees could afford to rent houses, others had to resort to sleeping rough. Despite these problems, positive developments are outweighing the negative and Turkey’s commitment to helping the refugees is ensuring the sound integration of Syrians into Turkish society. For example, the government has started granting citizenship and 12,000 Syrians have already become Turkish citizens.[2]

Furthermore, Syrians who live outside the camps are entitled to free medical care in state hospitals after they complete their registration process. Additionally, their ‘temporary protection status’ keeps them from deportation.[3] According to the Turkish Minister of Education, close to 600,000 Syrian children have been placed in Turkish schools and are now studying with their Turkish peers.[4] President Erdogan recently announced that new houses would be built for Syrians so that they would no longer have to live in tent cities or refugee camps.[5] In order to cover these expenses, Turkey has already spent 30 billion US dollars.[6]

However, not all has been well and to the great embarrassment of the majority of Turks, there have been times when this generosity has drawn the ire of some. Even though they are in the minority, some Turks have expressed discontent with how much Syrians are given. Certain circles even tried to spread disinformation with inflammatory accusations intended to rile Turks up against the Syrian population. However, their attempts have come to nothing and the Turkish police successfully thwarted these criminal attempts.[7] Of course, there have been cases where Syrian refugees were involved in crimes, but people were sensible enough not to blame the entire community for the crimes of a few. After all, only the perpetrator is responsible whenever a crime is committed. And every society has bad apples, just like those thousands of people from every nationality in the prisons of the world who have done similar things. In other words, yes there have been problems, but we will work through them.

Today, Turks live happily with their Syrian guests and have proved that they are friends in need. Of course, our shared religion, our shared history as well as the similarities in our culture and traditions further facilitated this co-existence. As a result, many Syrians have already built themselves new, successful lives; for example, Mazen Almazlum (37) opened a bakery in Izmir and now sells famous Damascus deserts to his Turkish patrons.[8] Necip Dadan (22) studies architecture with 15,000 of his fellow Syrians who study in Turkish universities.[9] Hene Ibo, previously a teacher in Syria, now teaches at a Turkish school in Fatih. These are only a few examples of the thousands of stories of successful integration.[10]

While some Syrians want the war in their country to end so that they can return home, many wish to remain in Turkey and Turkey will leave that decision to them. The ongoing Afrin operation in Syria is important in this respect. Turkey has a terror issue along its border in Syria because the terror groups PKK/PYD/YPG constantly launch attacks against Turkey and kill civilians and soldiers using Afrin as a base. In order to end this terrorist problem, the Turkish army started a military campaign to purge the area of terrorists. Before the operation started, President Erdogan said that one of the goals was to create a safe zone in Syria to facilitate the return of Syrians should they wish to do so. Therefore, after all the towns and villages are cleared of terrorists and the Turkish army makes the area safe for the people of Syria, Syrians in Turkey can go back and continue their lives there should they so wish.

It should be noted that Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq are also poor countries, but they were no less generous and didn't turn those people away when they needed help the most.

In Turkey, we knew that our guests would come with their blessings and we witnessed it. Despite the financial repercussions of hosting 3.5 million people, Turkey is stronger today. Contrary to expectations, the Turkish economy did not fall, there was no social explosion due to flaring anger, and there was no bitter division because Syrians came and created a new, different community. On the contrary, everything is better now. As a matter of fact, the Turkish economy saw a record -high economic growth rate of 11.1% in the third quarter of 2017 and became the fastest growing G-20 country. This is an important indication of its economic strength, especially after the failed coup attempt of 2016. Moreover, it is now a stronger regional player through its renewed and stronger alliances with Russia and Iran.

Turkey offered its help with full awareness of the possible implications. It was very likely that its economy could suffer greatly but Turkey accepted that possibility. However, Turkey did not suffer. In fact, the example of Turkey shows that helping others at the expense of one’s own interests doesn't necessarily yield negative results. Helping others in their time of need, even if it means risking your own interests, is always a good idea.


[1] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/merkel-turkey-refugee-camp-160423101251609.html

[2] http://www.milliyet.com.tr/12-bin-suriyeli-turk-vatandasi-oldu-gundem-2410069/

[3] http://www.istanbulsaglik.gov.tr/w/sb/saggel/belge/Av_Elif_Selen_AY.pdf

[4] http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/608-bin-suriyeli-ogrenci-egitim-aliyor-40727379

[5] https://onedio.com/haber/cumhurbaskani-erdogan-acikladi-3-5-milyon-suriyeli-gocmene-kalici-konut-verilecek-807733

[6] http://www.yenicaggazetesi.com.tr/erdogan-suriyelilere-30-milyar-dolar-harcadik-167796h.htm

[7] http://www.karar.com/guncel-haberler/suriyeli-tecavuz-edip-oldurdu-haberi-bursayi-ayaga-kaldirdi-fotograf-yalan-cikti-594031

[8] https://www.haberler.com/suriyeli-multeci-turkiye-de-ticarete-atildi-ozel-4620516-haberi/

[9] https://www.cnnturk.com/video/egitim/turkiyede-15-bine-yakin-suriyeli-genc-okuyor

[10] http://www.akoder.net/haber-suriyeli-multeci-kadinlarin-basari-hikayeleri-177.html

Adnan Oktar's piece in WTX News (UK) & Indian Muslim Oberver (India):



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Status of women: Today and tomorrow

Initiatives aimed at abolishing strict rules that limit women’s rights and freedoms in various Muslim countries is just the beginning of a serious change

Regretfully many repressive, prohibitive, restrictive laws, rules and practices on women are associated with the Muslim world today. Numerous traditions and customs from the pre-Islamic male-dominant tribal culture have been the main foundation of this despotic mentality which women have been subjected to for centuries, supposedly in the name of Islam. In reality, they contradict with the essence of Islam.

However, there have been promising initiatives that aimed to soften or even completely abolish some of the strict rules that severely limit women's’ rights and freedoms in various Muslim countries, especially in the past year. Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia are among the countries where these positive developments have taken place.

One of the most talked-about countries in terms of revolutionary reforms, enacted in the field of women's freedoms in recent times, is undoubtedly that of Saudi Arabia. There have been pleasant developments in Saudi Arabia that can be considered as a first in the history of the Kingdom. Important steps have been taken to improve the situation and women’s rights and freedoms are at the forefront of these firsts.

In the past few years, the decision to offer physical education to girls in public schools is one such reform. The Ministry of Education announced that from the next academic year onwards, physical education classes, specifically for girls, will be introduced in the curriculum in public schools and necessary facilities will also be provided. The statement came just after King Salman's decision to soften the Kingdom's guardianship laws so that women in the country are able to access health and education services without the consent of a male guardian.

The Ministry stated that “...introducing sports classes in girls schools come as part of the Kingdom's ‘Vision 2030' plan for economic and social reforms”. As a matter of fact, a Saudi State school actually introduced sports for girls back in 2014, but after a consultative council advised against it at that time, the practice was scrapped.

It seems that the strategy of ‘Vision 2030', an initiative backed by Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, is progressing strongly and is having concrete and constructive effects despite objections from a conservative Opposition.

Women were allowed to enter the International King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh as members of the audience during the 87th National Day of Saudi Arabia last September. Um Abdulrahman al-Shihri, who travelled 1,100 kilometres from the city of Tabuk to watch the celebrations, said to Reuters: “You cannot imagine how happy we are today... Women are at all levels now. Women are now representatives in the Shura Council and some are doctors now. So why shouldn't we join the men in things that matter to our nation?”

One of the audience members who was watching the celebrations, which included fireworks, light shows and concerts, 25-year-old Sultana, said, “It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. I hope that tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things. Like driving and travel”. It did not take Sultana's wish to come true. A few days later, there was another remarkable development, a genuine first in Saudi Arabia.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued an executive order that women will also be allowed to obtain a driver's license and drive; he stated that the relevant laws will come into force by June 2018. The executive order also mentioned the fact that women being able to drive will be quite advantageous. This decision widely resonated within the Western society. Although a woman's right to drive seems to be a rather natural development, which should have happened a long time ago by global standards, it is actually a major step for women considering the conditions in Saudi Arabia.

Despite decades of such conservative suppression of women, Saudi Arabia has recently been experiencing a new historical development almost every day. Apart from that, recent policy actions in other Islamic countries on improving women's rights and freedoms are also extremely pleasing.

For example, last August, Lebanese legislators abolished the law (Article 522) that allowed offenders, who committed rape, assault, and abduction of girls to avoid judicial punishment if they agreed to marry the victims. “This is a very positive and long overdue development for the protection of women's rights in Lebanon”, said Lebanese researcher Bassam Khawaja at Human Rights Watch.

However, he also emphasised that there is still much progress to be made: “At the same time, in Lebanon, there are several long overdue women's rights developments that we still have to tackle. So the Parliament should… immediately pass legislation to end marital rape and also child marriage, which is still legal in Lebanon”.

Another Islamic country making positive progress in terms of women's rights is Iran. Iran recently issued statements for easing punishments for violating the country's conservative dress code, which has been in place since the 1979 revolution. Regarding Iran's mandatory hijab rule, Iranian women had started making regular protests, known as White Wednesdays, beginning in May 2017.

Likewise, similar laws were abolished in Jordan and Tunisia earlier this year. Human rights activists believe that these developments in Lebanon will have a positive influence in other Arabian and Islamic countries; articles that provide legal loopholes similar to Article 522 are still in effect in countries such as Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya and Syria.

There is no doubt that the decisive actions gaining increasing momentum in Saudi Arabia will serve as an important example for the Islamic and the Arab world. It is great to see that the fundamental rights of women, which they should have enjoyed from the moment they were born, are finally being returned to them.

But of course, this is not enough. In addition to this, it is our greatest desire to see women getting the respect, compassion, love and the rights they deserve in family, social and business environments alike, which is also a must for creating happy and healthy societies.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer (India) & Al Bilad (Canada):


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A fact admitted even by evolutionists: Australopithecus sediba is not an ancestor of man! As is known, a skull fossil belonging to a 12 or 13-year-old discovered in Malapa in 2008 was given the name "Australopithecus sediba". Between 2010 and 2013, six different articles about the said skull were published in Science magazine and it was declared among evolutionists as the so-called missing link that could be the ancestor of man.

Evolutionist claimed that A. Sediba, which is thought to have existed some two million years ago, predating Homo Erectus, must be the ancestor of man. As a result, various supposedly scientific articles were written, predicated on the claim that the fossil belonged to a transitional form due to some similarities it shared with Australopithecuses and some with humans. These articles made the headlines of many media outlets.

On 2010, when the articles were freshly published, we published our own articles refuting these claims. 1,2 

At the annual meeting of the American Physical Anthropologists Association in 2017, this issue was re-addressed by Bill Kimbel, a paleoanthropologist at Arizona State University. The A. Sediba skull was examined; old claims were refuted one by one, and the fact that Sediba is not an ancestor of humans but merely resembles other Australopithecenes was accepted. Thus, the so-called human ancestor claim that had been kept up for seven years was rejected by evolutionists.

The claim versus the fact.

Narrow cheekbones, small teeth, a pronounced nose:

The features of the said skull belonging to a 13-year-old life form were said to bear a closer resemblance to humans than Australopithecus so it was introduced as a so-called pre-human transitional form. However, it is glaringly obvious that the juvenile fossil did not complete its development. Thus, it is impossible to compare it with the available adult fossils. Even if we isolate and closely monitor a human or an animal from a young age, many anatomical differences occur with age even in the same individual. A 15-year-old has an entirely distinct skeletal structure than a 5-year-old. Likewise, there are many differences between when he is 15 and when he is an adult. Therefore, it is impossible to reach an accurate conclusion about a fossil based solely on minor structural differences.

The most crucial factor impacting the development of cheekbones and teeth is found in eating habits. A life form, whose diet requires vigorous and frequent chewing, will accordingly develop stronger chewing muscles or they will grow weaker in the opposite case. The bone structures that muscles are attached to and teeth will also develop or remain narrow at the same rate. Note that it is environmental factors rather than genetic ones at work here; bones and muscles undergo change and development to the extent allowed by genes. This fact gives rise to great structural differences even between the separate individuals of the same species. In other words, the existence of multiple variations is not an indication of diverse species. Therefore, notions such as cheekbone width or teeth size are not reliable when it comes to the classification of species. 

Narrow hip bone and long femurs:

Following the first skull finding in 2008, the ongoing excavation works on the same site this time yielded new fossil fragments belonging to an adult's hip bone and femurs. The ensuing speculations proclaimed that the fragments belonged to an adult A. Sediba. The narrow hip bone and long femurs of the life form were construed as being more suitable for standing and walking upright. However, there was practically no evidence suggesting that the two separate fossils belonged to the same species.

Age determination conducted on the fossils discovered in adjacent strata are based on the principle of determining the age of the strata where the fossil was found rather than the age of the fossil remain itself. This is a practice that leads to many possible misinterpretations. Fossils’ being found in the same strata and place is in no way an indication of the fact that they lived in the same period. Age determination of these layers comes with a margin of error as wide as 50,000 to100,000 years. Although 100,000 years may seem insignificant in terms of historical strata, it actually covers a long time period. Within this margin of error, numerous different life forms, even those who never shared a common time line, may be found in the same fossil layers. This fact shows how reliable linking fossil record can prove in providing evidence.

On another note, it is also quite astonishing that a narrow hip bone is considered sufficient for upright walking. Upright walking is a complex form of locomotion that requires many organs and systems from organs of balance to the spine, from the articulation system to hand-foot anatomy to work in harmony. It is obvious that narrowness of bone alone cannot be presented as evidence for upright walking. Many narrow-boned animals today are quadrupedal yet most of them cannot even stand on two legs for extended periods.

Brain volume

The Sediba is said to have a brain volume of 420 cm3, which amounts to the 95% of that of an adult's. As it stands, it is quite small compared to an average human's brain volume of 1200 to 1400 cm3. Evolutionists claim that brain volume was supposed to have increased over time until it reached the volume it has today. So, does fossil record have any traces of the gradual growth of brain volume? The answer is a definitive no! The brain volume of the first human is exactly the same as the contemporary humans,

This is a fact that evolutionists are very well aware of. They try to fill the huge gap in between with fake fossils or monkey fossils they try to pass off as humanoid, or they present ancient human fossils as those of monkeys. The aim here is to make it look like there is a gradual change at work. Australopithecus species have perfectly apish qualities while Homo fossils have perfectly human qualities. Evolutionist frauds that are occasionally put forward are the products of this desperation.

For example, a fossil that had been introduced in the past under the name "Homo habilis" as supposedly "humanoid" and distorted with the aim to fill the gap between Australopithecus and human turned out years later to actually belong to an ape fossil and had to be renamed as Australopithecus habilis. 3

Likewise, the fossil "Turkana boy" that was presented as the so-called evolutionary ancestor of modern humans turned out to have the exact same qualities as modern humans and not a different species. 4

Of course, we must not forget Ardi! Ardipithecus ramidus was introduced as a bipedal transitional form. Having reassembled the severely deformed hip bones in a laboratory with the help of their imaginations, evolutionists claimed that the life form was bipedal. This claim drew heavy criticism from other evolutionist circles as well. It was obvious from its feet and other qualities it possessed that Ardi was a perfect climber with a body unsuitable for upright walking.  That is because Ardi was a bonobo chimpanzee. 5

Evolutionists' desperation

The fake or distorted fossil claims that have been produced for over a century actually offer the best proof for evolutionists' desperation. Fraud is a practice only resorted to in the absence of evidence. Unable to find even a single fossil that belongs to the transitional forms among near 700 million fossils at hand as they hoped to, evolutionists resorted to fraudulence. If species had really come into existence in a gradual manner, as evolutionists claim, there would have been many transitional forms among the myriad number of fossils; in fact, the fossil bed would have been brimming with transitional forms. However, all fossils at hand suddenly appear on the stage of history with all their qualities perfectly intact and continue their species without undergoing any change. In that case evolutionists have two options; they will either admit that transitional forms do not exist or try to keep their claims afloat by producing false evidence by altering and distorting fossils.

The first option is the sincere and scientific path. In the case of an absence of evidence, a scientist who conducts his scientific endeavors impartially will abandon the hypothesis and move on to working on new ones. The second path, on the other hand, is not a scientific but an ideological one; this path is paved on the exploitation of science for the sake of an atheistic ideology. So-called scientists are trying to keep their superstitious ideologies alive through supposedly scientific journals despite knowing the truth. Doing so brought success very easily a century ago due to lack of evidence and limited access to information. Evolutionists were able to easily make each other believe in the lies they invented. The impact of fabricated evidence would resound through decades. Today, however, along with the ever-growing scientific data and information having become largely accessible came the collapse of evolutionists' false ideologies; now everyone can clearly see how scientific data refutes evolution not to mention the fact that fake or misleading news can no longer have a long-lasting impact and are falsified within a few years at most. This situation is the definition of desperation for the evolutionist ideology. Evolutionists are no longer able to hold sway over large masses through their lies, and in fact, they merely humiliate themselves with their false claims.

Mr. Adnan Oktar's works and the impact they have made worldwide had played and will continue to play a huge role in exposing the evolutionists' deceits. The number of Darwinist news sites and publications is dwindling with each passing day. Evolutions are now having a hard time fabricating false evidence and deceiving people with fairy tales. We call on Darwinist scientists to assume a sincere and scientific demeanor on this matter and stop disregarding the evidence that brings about the collapse of the theory of evolution.


  1. http://harunyahya.com/en/Makaleler/22770/A-second-embarrassing-Ardi-case-for-Darwinists-Australopithecus-Sediba
  2. http://harunyahya.com/en/Makaleler/22578/Why-are-Darwinists-so-determined-to-humiliate-themselves
  3. http://harunyahya.com/en/Evrim-Sozlugu/16417/Homo-habilis
  4. http://darwinism-watch.com/lie-of-human-evolution/the-claim-that-homo-erectus-was-a-primitive-species-is-nothing-but-prejudice
  5. http://darwinism-watch.com/transitional-forms-deceit/darwinists-we-apologize-once-again-we-were-also-mistaken-about-ardi/
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Religious Sensibility and Spirituality are the Meaningful Solution to Gun Violence

The latest Florida mass shooting once again has the world thinking; what is the real cause of the problem? Is it the easy sale of guns? Or is it mental illnesses? Could that be due to lack of law enforcement or gaps in police intelligence? It is obvious that the reason lies in something deeper, as similar incidents occur too often. What about the culture of hate and how the media persistently glorifies violence?

Surely, there are many factors associated with such brutality and addressing each one individually could be a method for seeking a resolution. But, one crucial point seems to go unnoticed most of the time: unresolved anger issues. The traces of this disturbing trend can be spotted in a variety of settings; in peaceful street protests that suddenly turn violent, at schools where teenagers suddenly break down simply because someone looked at them the wrong way, or in a checkout lane in grocery stores. What is the reason behind this intense anger? What makes a person snap and commit an act of violence? The perpetrators of shootings and any kind of assault are divorced from all aspects of good morality mainly love, compassion and mercy. They view the world as if it is a bloody arena where they have to survive by implementing brute force, might and ferocity.

What makes these youngsters turn into vicious murderers is the indoctrination of materialism that has consistently washed away the morality of people and their joy of life. They are encouraged to be selfish, greedy and taught to pursue their own interests at the expense of others. They are driven away all the beautiful moral virtues such as love, compassion, forgiveness and understanding. They are made to believe that it is ‘them against the world’ and that there is no one they could truly trust in a world that is supposedly about a constant struggle and fight. When a person grows up with these messages, and worse yet, when they begin to believe them, how can that not translate into anger?

So it shouldn’t surprise us that after decades of this materialist indoctrination and the resulting culture, the world faces terrible episodes of angry violence. From East to West, the people of the world seem to be gripped by a senseless anger that results in horrible scenes. It is so easy to spark riots with a single skirmish that would lead hundreds of thousands into massive movements of animosity. Remember the 2011 England riots; thousands rioted in various cities of England, including London, and committed widespread arson and looting. The riots resulted in five deaths. Remember how the Arab Spring protests turned violent and led to horrible civil wars. Even terrorism is an indirect result of anger. According to a neuroscientist who studied the reasons behind violent acts, anger is the root cause of violence around the world more than anything else.

Clearly, this is a serious problem that we need to acknowledge and address immediately. Recently, some people attributed blame to mental illnesses for violent acts, especially after the recent Florida school shooting. The fact remains that violent crimes are rarely committed by mentally ill people; the sad truth is that the mentally ill are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators. According to experts in the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Violence by those with mental illness is so small that even if you could somehow cure it all, 95% of violent crime would still exist.” Thus, finding a solution to such illnesses will not bring an end to the problem.

Another issue that comes to the surface is the ease of gun sales in the USA which only adds fuel to the fire. However, this does not seem to solve this problem since even if new laws were passed to restrict gun sales, criminals will still have access to them. Yes, there are quick, short-term solutions like reducing the number of bullets manufactured or assigning plainclothes police officers to patrol crowded places. Online surveillance techniques could be used to detect and intervene in disturbed individuals who threaten others and who have a high likelihood of committing violent crimes. Even if such measures are taken, these are not real solutions that will truly solve the problem because if a person decides to use violence, he won’t need a gun. What is most important is to prevent the rage that takes hold of the individuals that commit these crimes.

So, after these short-term solutions, let’s do what is more important and will be more useful in the long-term. Materialist culture, combined with a constant glorification of violence for the most part, has eroded love and compassion encouraged by divine religions. It is crucial that we reestablish a culture of love and bring moral values back to our world. In order to accomplish this, Christians should be more pious, Jews should be more religious and Muslims should abide by the Qur’an. “Peace” is the first and foremost call of God to humanity in all religions that guide people to love, compassion, trust, forgiveness and self-giving for all of His Creation. Thus, Christians, Muslims and Jews should remember the beautiful words in their Holy Scriptures:

In addition to technical measures, states should make an emphasis to educating the public with the morals of religion and NGOs may play a primary role in this great effort. Only by means of a full-fledged campaign that prevents the arousal of negative feelings of hatred and revenge, people may be saved from the faulty assertions of materialism that makes their lives meaningless. Bringing back and fostering the beautiful virtues promoted by religion will help save people from the snare of anger.

There are no winners in a culture of hate. While trying to preserve and improve the conditions over the world and consign its physical environment to coming generations, the last hundred years showed us the consequences of ignoring the spiritual world, which is the conscious and intelligent being in life. Only then our world will be a safer place for all.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):


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Draw the line on hate crimes

Only imposing stringent penalties or exercising retaliatory violence is not a solution to hate crimes. Instead, emphasise on programmes that promote altruism, solidarity, respect and harmony within society

Dictionaries define the word ‘hate’ as ‘the feeling of ill-will and resentment towards someone,’ and it is occasionally used as a synonym of ‘disgust.’ In many works, hateful remarks are described as “hate speech” while crimes motivated by hatred are characterised as “hate crimes.”

Hate crimes, as also defined by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), are committed against an individual or a group, due to reasons that may arouse prejudice such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, physical or mental disabilities and gender.

Usually expressed in the form of violence, hate crimes can also manifest as harassment, threats, or bullying at school or at work. In addition, judicial authorities consider the use of offensive brochures and posters featuring insulting and threatening elements within the scope of hate crimes.

What sets hate crimes apart from other types of crimes is the fact that it essentially targets the ‘individual’s identity’. However, individuals or communities are not the only target  of hate crimes; public buildings such mosques and churches or the properties of minorities are as well. In such cases, the crime generally takes the form of vandalism, arson, bomb or loot.

Attacks on property can also be seen as messages of contempt, insult  or threat. Muslims and blacks have been determined to be the groups who generally suffer the most from of the said attacks. But it is not as if these gruoups do not target the ‘other’ in areas where they are dominant. On the whole, hate crimes are rising across demographics.

Although legislation provides definitions about hate speech and hate crimes, the latter remains one of the most controversial fields of law. The first issue regarding hate crimes is whether it should be regarded within the scope of freedom of expression.

Freedom of expression, one of the most fundamental personal rights as well as a requirement of democracy and human rights, is the individual’s freedom to address others.

That being said, many democratic countries have placed limitations on the freedom of expression and imposed a ban on hate speech. That is because modern states encourage free expression of opinions and ideas on the one hand, while trying to protect all segments of society on the other. The political and legal grounds for banning hate speech are to provide both security and assurance to vulnerable communities in a democratic society.

States are bound to maintain a balance between securing freedom  and protecting individuals. The most basic way for states to achieve this balance is to foster an individualistic awareness and morality that does not breed hate speech when left free.

Another major issue with hate crimes is that it is often quite difficult to determine if hate is the motivating factor behind the crime. One of the most significant example is the event that took place in January 2015 in Chapel Hill, the US, when three young men, Muslim by faith, were shot dead by their neighbour after a dispute over a parking space. The neighbours and the wife of the perpetrator, Craig Stephen Hicks, claimed that the murders were not committed for religious reasons.

However, Hicks’ Facebook page featured many anti-religious posts and comments. The houses of the victims, all of whom were Muslims, were also covered with marks of the shooting.  These facts aroused suspicion that the crime was, in fact, a hate crime.

In such cases, identifying the motive behind the crime is crucial  as many countries impose harsher punishment for crimes where hate is the motivating factor. Equally, not all altercations between people of different faiths, or ethnic backgrounds can be  termed hate crimes.

Hate crimes are a type of crime that stretch beyond borders and elicit restrictions on fundamental freedoms, such as education and travel of individuals, who are members of the groups targeted by the crime.

Therefore, countries either take stricter law enforcement measures or increase penalties for the aforementioned crime. However, such measures still fall short in preventing further hate crimes.

The ever-increasing sentiment of hate among the people poses a serious threat for the society in general. In order to completely eliminate this threat, all necessary legislative regulations and measures have to be introduced.

It should be remembered that what may seem to be on the surface, a seemingly minor incident, can have an impact on the whole of society. In fact, this was the case for the 2011 London riots and the 2014 Missouri riots in the United States.

Politicians should not incite or tolerate the spread of hatred in their countries for fear of the future of their political interests. For instance, fueling hatred of immigrants on the grounds that it will cause unemployment or perhaps create new expenses in one’s country, paves the way for greater disasters.

What needs to be emphasised at this point is that imposing more stringent penalties or exercising retaliatory violence is never a solution for hate crimes.

The best and most fundamental method of struggle against hate crimes is to lay an emphasis on programmes in the traditional media and in social media that promote altruism, solidarity, respect and harmony within the society, which will bring along tranquility and peace.

It is equally important to implement a system of morality that will encourage cooperation and unity among the people.

It should not be forgotten that achieving peace and harmony is easy; it is closely followed by a solution. The duty that falls upon the people is to constantly call upon the fundamental virtues that make us human, and cast out the egoistical and arrogant mentality from our lives.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer & Indian Muslim Observer (India):



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Identity politics: Next generation WMD of global exploitation system

Identity policies constitute a major form of perception management practiced to manage and steer populations by making use of certain identifiers and a sense of belonging. These policies, which are among the most frequently and commonly used as well as the most effective social engineering mechanisms in the world, have also introduced many terms into our daily life such as sub-identity, supra-identity, collective identity, identity crisis, etc.

While identity politics may aim to give a certain identity prominence or make it superior and dominant in a certain country or region, they may also seek to present certain identities as a target or an enemy, as well as marginalize and suppress them. Rhetoric may be produced over aggrieved or dominant identities. Ethnic, religious and sectarian differences are the most fundamental elements of identity politics. Not only states, but also political parties, groups, organizations, even terrorist movements, might make use of certain identities in order to pull more votes or followers.

Throughout the Cold War period, various ideological policies based on class differences reigned supreme across the globe. As it is known, the two most essential among them were the capitalist system, which prioritizes private property and the owners of capital and generally promotes a free market economy, and the socialist (communist) system, which is based on the working class and promotes public property and a centrally planned economy. These two ideologies essentially polarized the world into two opposing and hostile blocs. With the official dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 26, 1991, the Cold War era came to an end.

This historical turning point was also considered the beginning of a period where identity politics replaced the ideological ones. Class-based ideological politics were actually nothing more than identity politics pursued over people's socioeconomic identities. The dominant identities over which these ideologies were pursued were usually "the producers", "the oppressed", "the exploiters", "the workers", "the peasants", "the financiers", "the bourgeois" etc. The only thing that changed after the Cold War was that other elements of identity were brought into prominence in their stead, such as race, religion, sects, ethnic minorities, etc. Ultimately, the tensions and conflicts caused by the Cold War era ideologies based on class identity gave way to tensions and conflicts based on new identities.

The historical experience to date has shown that identity politics have always served the interests of those who exploit such identities, not those who carry them. This is the reason why these policies are backed and controlled by the imperialist exploitation system hidden from view behind the curtain across the world. While some identity holders believe that they are fighting for their own existence, rights and interests, they actually inadvertently contribute to the insidious multi-phase scheme of imperialism.

By cunningly utilizing all kinds of available identities within societies, identity politics accordingly aim to classify, categorize and polarize people. By means of identity politics, the exploitation system seeks to eliminate any collaborative and united efforts that would stand up and resist it. It divides societies and nations into smaller contending and conflicting units, and initiates the process of their ultimate submission or demise. Instead of combining their forces to make a united stand against this insidious ploy, distinct supra-identities within societies engage in strife among themselves due to their inflated identity egos, and thus, they become weaker and walk right into imperialism's trap.

The fragmentation process seen in the Balkans in the 1990's after the Cold War, and the ensuing formation of smaller states was followed by the religious, ethnic and sectarian divisions - and conflicts - which have been raging in the Middle East since the early 2000s' and countries and communities that have been effectively erased from history. The blood that has been shed in countries such as Rwanda and Sudan, the rising racist, ethno-nationalist and separatist movements in Europe, and the winds of independence and autonomy blowing through many European countries, all of these are textbook examples of the gradual divide-and-destroy tactic of identity policies.

The Catalonia and Basque regions in Spain, Scotland in the United Kingdom, the Flemish in Belgium, the Padania and South Tyrol regions in Italy, the Corsican, Brittany and Alsace regions in France and Bavaria in Germany are the main actors of the new identity policies now so active in Europe.

There are major active groups in Turkey and the Middle East that assume the same separatist role: The PKK terrorist organization, which seeks to exploit its Kurdish identity despite having no ties with the notion of being Kurdish and which also tries to garner international support through its Marxist identity; terrorist organizations such as DAESH and Al-Qaeda that claim an Orthodox Islamist identity; the MI6-controlled provocative sectarian movements that aim to instigate strife such as  British Shiism and British Sunnism can also be counted among such groups.

In short, the greatest and most effective weapon of the imperialist power which ceaselessly fans the flames that have engulfed the Middle East and the Islamic world today and intends to spread the flames of separatism to the whole world tomorrow, is not tanks, howitzers or missiles, it is identity politics.

On the other hand, when the countries and peoples who have been the biggest and longest-suffering victims of identity politics are mentioned, the first country that comes to mind is indeed South Africa. As a matter of fact, the wounds inflicted by the racist Apartheid mentality that terrorized the black citizens of that country between 1940 and 1990 are still being addressed.

No theory or school of identity politics has ever brought happiness and benefit to humanity at any point in history to date. On the contrary, identity politics have always been the chief perpetrator of separatism, dissent, disputes, enmity, strife, hatred and conflict. These policies have been considered, adopted or judged according to people's sociological and biological identities rather than their moral values, virtues or services.

It is quite obvious that the time has come for the separatist and polarizing identity politics to be replaced by unifying and solidifying politics based on the highest of identities, that is,  human identity. Of course, humankind inherently has diverse political, social, economic, individual, national, cultural, religious, ethnic and biologic identities. The goal is not to alienate people from their identities, but to prevent these identities from becoming an instrument of manipulation in the hands of the global exploitation system.

Being able to establish a global civilization where people of all identities will co-exist happily, fairly, peacefully, safely and prosperously will certainly prove to be the greatest historical achievement yet. This awareness is the only means that can provide a solution to the war, division, terrorism, anarchy and hatred.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda.ru (Russia):


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Blossoming Egypt-Turkey Trade Signals the Beginning of a New Era

“On the same day the Ottomans entered the war, the British declared martial law in Egypt […] the British authorities remained concerned about Egyptian loyalties. Unwilling to involve Egyptian soldiers in a fight where bonds of religion would almost certainly outweigh respect for the colonial authorities, the British decided to exempt the Egyptian people from the war entirely,” according to the book “The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East” by Eugene Rogan Eugene Rogan.

This is how Eugene Rogan, the famous British professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Oxford explains the strong bonds between Egyptians and Turks. Indeed, no matter what temporary disturbances might arise, the mutual love and respect of these two people has for each other is too strong to be ever broken.

Now, after a long hiatus, well-intentioned steps quietly taken by Turkey and Egypt to mend the previously strained ties of friendship have begun to come to fruition. And, trade and economic relations are picking up speed.

President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchange of Turkey (TOBB) Rifat Hisarciklioglu recently attended the Third Egypt Investment Conference held in Cairo. As the Vice President of EuroChambersHisarciklioğlu gave the keynote speech and thanked President of the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Commerce Ahmed al-Vekil, for hosting the successful forum. Later, Hisarciklioglu met with a group of Turkish businessmen in Cairo before a meeting with Tareq Qabel, the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry.

Last year, after four years of no contact, the TOBB delegation participated in the Egypt-Turkey Business Forum held in Egypt. Led by Hisarciklioglu, the Turkish delegation, which included  representatives of  Turkish firms in Egypt, met with their counterparts from 80 Egyptian companies and later paid a visit to Mr. Tareq Qabel, the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry, which Hisarciklioglu commented on with the following words: ‘We concluded the first meeting on Ministerial level after the coup’.

The two countries always enjoyed fruitful relations, which became stronger especially after the beginning of the 2000’s. So much so, the steady rise in the trade between the two countries reached the level of five billion USD per year before the relations were hit by the diplomatic crisis.  As a result, Turkey’s exports to Egypt fell by 5% in 2015 to 3.1 billion US dollars, and then in 2016, fell by another 12.7 percent to 2.7 billion USD. Nevertheless, Egypt is still the country in Africa that Turkey enjoys the greatest trade volume with. Similarly,  Turkish investments in Egypt are worth more than two billion USD.

Today, both sides are determined to go back to – and even exceed – these impressive levels of trade. As of 2016, the countries managed to reach $US 4 billion again in the first seven months of 2017 witnessing deals worth $US 2.4 billion. In addition, Turkish investors create a trading volume of between five and $US 6 billion in the Egyptian domestic market and employ 75,000  people. Also, in terms of volume and employment, Turkish investors are also in the top three in foreign investors in Egypt.

Clearly, trade, economic and social relations between Turkey and Egypt, which were strained to the breaking point after the military coup of 2013, are moving faster than those relating to diplomacy and politics. Recent messages from both sides express a strong desire to normalize relations and they also show that the process of rapprochement will accelerate.

As a matter of fact, the first signs of reconciliation began as early as  2016. After Egyptian Foreign Minister Sami Şükri sincerely remarked on the importance of alliance, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım expressed his thoughts with a similar warmth and on Turkey’s state television TRT, giving an important message about the Turkish-Egyptian relations: “Life goes on. We live in the same region, we need each other… We have geographical links and ties, not to mention our religious and cultural ties… It’d be good for the businessmen of the two countries to visit each other, increase their investment. This may help normalize our relations. We can even start meetings on a ministerial level. This is possible, nothing stands in the way of that. Frankly, we are ready for this, we don’t have any reservations about that.”

After these amiable messages from both sides, a parliamentary delegation from Turkey attended the Parliamentary Assembly – Union for the Mediterranean held in Cairo last September and took reconciliation one step further. Soon after, another Turkish parliamentary delegation attended a workshop of Global Counter-terrorism Forum in Egypt in October that was held to study the relationship between the parliaments and the judiciary in the fight against terrorism.

Egypt and Turkey are two friendly and fraternal countries, which have strong and long-standing historical, cultural, and religious ties. The two people have mixed for centuries and share numerous common values not to mention a very strong social bond. Therefore, it would be a historical mistake to let any artificial problems damage this beautiful friendship between the two countries. It is both necessary and easy for these two strong countries, which have been home to great civilizations of the past, to start a new era of strong cooperation and alliance, which will also make them superpowers in the world. An increase in trade volume will not only contribute to their respective economic development, but it will also bring a fresh wave of prosperity and activity to the region. Developing trade relations are always good for building alliances and friendly ties.  For these reasons, keeping trade ties strong can lead to very important steps. Both countries are willing and eager for this. We hope that 2018 will be a year in which the foundations of this strong and deeply-rooted alliance are laid.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets (Egypt):


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Why do African Americans still feel like outsiders in the USA?

We’ve all heard stories of people from different parts of the world talking about the American dream, or how they would love to move to the USA in search of a better life. This admiration prevalent in many parts of the world is due to the laudable freedoms and high living standards present in American society.

However, in recent years a new trend has been emerging and is certainly tarnishing this utopia. Every year, more and more people moving out of America due to a menacing problem that should have died out ages ago: racism.

The USA has a well-documented past with racism and over the years it has taken many forms. First, it was embroiled in intense slavery and racism, which went on for many years, some say it is still ongoing.

However, when the modern world rose, the country managed to skillfully uproot its racism problem. On the surface the results seem positive and today the grandchildren of victims of racism can live relatively normal lives without having to experience the same level of racism their ancestors encountered.

Nevertheless, this insidious problem seems to have taken a different form. It may not be a prevalent as before, but it is still there. And taken up a more sinister, more veiled up role. And its presence is strong enough to drive droves of young African Americans out of the country.

Due to this hidden, but very much existent problem, thousands of young people are seeking new lives elsewhere. African American communities are quickly popping up in various African countries like Senegal, Ghana, where fresh African Americans from the USA take up jobs like teachers or start their own businesses. American expats that left the country confirm that they chose to leave the country and the amenities it offered because they valued respect more than those luxuries.

This is strange given how USA is perceived as the center of progression and modernism. But it is still the truth. "You hear stories about the richest black people, like Oprah Winfrey, getting shut out of a store or Jay-Z not being allowed to buy [an apartment]. Those things happen. It doesn't matter if you're a celebrity, you're a second-class citizen. This was the biggest issue for me’’ says Muhammida el-Muhajir, who was a digital marketer in New York City, before moving to Accra, Ghana. Many of her peers share her sentiments and complain that no matter how successful they were, they always felt like outsiders in the USA.

Despite lack of comparable luxuries or amenities, they say they feel much happier in their new locations. El-Muhajir continues: "In America, you're always trying to prove yourself; I don't need to prove myself to anyone else's standards here. I'm a champion, I ran track and went to university, and I like to win, so I refuse to be in a situation where I will never win."

She certainly has a point. According to a report on the New York Times, New York has more hate groups than Georgia, Alabama or other states usually viewed as less friendly towards black people. In addition, New York City had 380 hate crimes in 2016, which was the highest nationwide. This is indeed worrying because New York is supposed to be one of the most progressive states of the country.

According to a report in US News, black preschoolers are far more likely to be suspended than white children. While in kindergarten through the second grade, black children are three times more likely to be suspended than their white teenagers. In the workplace, black college graduates are twice as likely as whites to struggle to find jobs.

A study found that people with “black-sounding names” had to send out 50 percent more job applications than people with “white-sounding names” just to get a call-back.

The racial divide is also real, about 73 percent of whites own homes, compared to only 43 percent of blacks. The gap between median wealth for whites (about $91,000) compared to blacks (about $7,000) is staggering, and that gap has tripled in just the past 25 years.

A black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop, and six times more likely to go jail than a white person. Local prosecutors are much more likely to upgrade a case to felony murder if you’re black than if you’re white. Qualified black jurors are all too often illegally turned away -as much as 80 percent of the time- in the jury selection process.

Given all these alarming findings, it is not very surprising to see that many African Americans feel like they’re going to be happier in other countries. Needless to say, such discriminatory attitudes cannot be generalized as belonging to the entirety of American society, but it is also true that there should be nothing left of that ugly mentality in this beautiful country. 

With the current generation of successful black stars and icons, African Americans are making inroads into closing the gap, but is the administration doing enough to support them.

Adnan Oktar's piece in WTX News (UK):


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Loneliness is a modern epidemic

Today, people of the world are connected to each other like they have never been before. A farmer in California can befriend a fisherman in Indonesia, while a young girl from New York City can exchange the latest fashion trends with her peers in Istanbul. In other words, our world is a very different, much more socially active place than it was a century ago.

Our acquaintances are no longer limited to families, neighbours or colleagues. Limitless options offered by the age of the Internet and communications seem to have brought everyone closer.

So, it is rather surprising to learn that people don’t feel the effects of this ubiquitous connectivity, and feel more isolated despite it.

According to a survey conducted in the United States of 2,000 people, almost 72 per cent reported feeling lonely and many said that the feeling was quite often. Also, according to the UK Campaign to End Loneliness, 52 per cent of people missed the feeling of being in the company of someone. Predictably, the picture in the rest of the world doesn’t vary significantly.

But, how is it possible that despite all the connection possibilities offered by the Internet, people feel lonelier than ever? It is clear that our reliance on technology increases every day, but it is also obvious that social technology or virtual communication doesn’t really replace actual, face-to- face interaction. Nevertheless, people continue to turn to false and less rewarding forms of communication.

Many young people today, instead of spending time with friends, choose to get behind a computer monitor where it is safer to be in the presence of virtual friends. It is not unusual for people to have thousands of virtual friends on the Internet, but not even know who lives next door. Similarly, most people don’t feel the need to visit their relatives any more and instead choose to seek solace in the company of their Internet associations or pets.

However, this is a dangerous trend. According to studies, loneliness can increase the risk of mortality by 26 per cent and when it becomes a long term issue, it can be more dangerous than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy explains in his article that loneliness could be associated “with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety”. The Mental Health Foundation also reports that feeling lonely negatively affects mental health and can lead to feelings of depression.

This is not surprising. Scientists discovered that social pain can be just as real as physical pain, because physical pain and loneliness activate the same parts of the brain. Another Harvard study showed that loneliness is toxic, and the more isolated people get, the more their unhappiness grows.

It is clear that this is a problem that we need to tackle urgently. People are not created to be alone; we need to socialise and interact with others. This is also the only way for young people to develop healthily and properly. Unless the epidemic of loneliness is addressed now, it is not too difficult to imagine the problem becoming more severe within the next couple of decades. Young people who are growing up with this sense of loneliness will soon be running the world and their mental health and stability should not be compromised by feeling of loneliness and isolation, matters that can be easily addressed.

Naturally, loneliness has an even worse effect on the elderly. Millions of seniors around the world struggle with lonely lives because they’ve been abandoned either by their families or society.

Depression and dementia are usually associated with isolation and loneliness, and many suffer these problems only because society and their families fail to show them the required affection and take care of them. However, for every problem there is a solution and loneliness is certainly not an unsolvable one.

First of all, it is important to prevent the constant inculcation of self-centred and materialistic ideas. Instead, people should be encouraged to be more attentive, caring and selfless. They should understand the health benefits of showing affection, care, and having real, physical socialisation. This awareness should be supported with campaigns informing people of the health hazards of loneliness in addition to their future implications for the societies.

Nursing homes could be built on the same premises as universities so that these two groups at the two edges of the age gap can interact. In this way, young people will be able to benefit from the invaluable life experiences of seniors, while senior citizens are saved from the trap of loneliness and can enjoy their later years in the presence of good company.

Britain particularly suffered from the problem and responded by setting up a ministry in charge of tackling isolation and loneliness. Theresa May announced that Tracey Crouch, whose official title is the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, will be working on a national strategy to address loneliness across all ages. It is also reported that the ministry will devise methods to measure loneliness and set up a fund to develop a wider strategy to solve the issue.

In other words, loneliness is certainly not a difficult problem to solve, but it is clear that it should not be left unchecked.

Adnan Oktar's piece in New Straits Times (Malaysia):


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Why the world has become a more dangerous place for children

Children’s suffering across the world appears to be on the rise. If one looks at the last year, for instance, it was another conflict-driven year and children paid the highest price. Even worse, their suffering wasn’t limited to predictable conflict regions such as Syria or Yemen. Dozens of countries became brutal arenas of child abuse. Do you remember the Central African Republic? Ukraine? South Sudan? These and many other regions saw increasing numbers of children being placed in the frontline of conflicts.

According to UNICEF’s Director of Emergency, Manuel Fontaine, “...children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds. As these attacks continue..., we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal.”

Sadly, such horror has become ordinary for many around the world. In the 1,000 days of fighting in Yemen, at least 5,000 children lost their lives or were injured. At the moment, 11 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and 385,000 are severely malnourished to the extent of facing death unless treated immediately. The situation is worsened by what’s been described as history’s worst cholera epidemic. According to Unicef, the disease infects one child every 35 seconds on an average. Another report by the same organisation revealed that two million Yemeni children are out of school, and more than three million children were born into the war.

In Syria, after years of violence, three million children had to flee to other countries, thousands perished on the way and thousands of others have fallen prey to human trafficking schemes in Europe and elsewhere. As to the situation in Syria, close to six million children require humanitarian assistance — and that’s when they are not being used as human shields or targeted specifically by snipers. Children of many other countries went through similar ordeals including Afghanistan, Eastern Ukraine, the Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar.

In the 21st century, one would expect the world to be a safer place for our children and not increasingly resemble the horrible days of the 20th century’s two world wars. It is almost unbelievable to hear that children are being specifically targeted by snipers in Syria, or hacked to death in the CAR or burned alive in Myanmar. However, the unacceptable and unthinkable is happening and the most innocent, the most vulnerable, the most precious members of our societies are being hurt. Clearly, our leaders need to take urgent action and stop these atrocities. We should not forget; every second we delay in taking action, a child might be getting hurt or killed somewhere in the world.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Hindustan Times (India):


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It is Possible to Minimize Fatalities in Mining

From cell phones to residential heating, from commuter trains to tablespoons, minerals are used in all aspects of daily life. With this wide usage of minerals, the mining sector increasingly gains greater importance. As the sector grows and flourishes, it becomes more profitable and attractive.

Mining, which usually does not require a large investment and where even a single pickaxe, shovel and a group of workers are deemed sufficient, is also a sector with the world’s highest number of fatal work accidents. The accident that took place in China on April 26, 1942, where 1,549 workers lost their lives, is considered to be the worst mining disaster in history.

Mining accidents due to various causes such as tunnel collapse, fire, flooding, gas entrapment, carbon monoxide poisoning and methane gas and coal dust explosions often result in mass deaths. It is, however, possible to reduce the frequency of accidents and prevent deaths.

For example, although Germany’s coal production volume is several times greater than that of Turkey’s, fatal mining accidents are an extraordinarily rare occurrence in the country as opposed to Turkey. This is because Germany has introduced a vital solution toward preventing mining accidents. The solution involves the use of fully remote-controlled, high-tech robotic systems and specialized machinery. Thanks to automatically operated mining systems, today it is possible to minimize accidents that occur during drilling, blasting, and loading and hauling of minerals through tunnels. Operated via an automation system, these systems not only prevent accidents, but also drastically increase the efficiency in mines.

De Beers Finsch mine in South Africa, Codelco’s El Teniente mines in Chile and Rio Tinto’s West Angelas Mine in Pilbara, Australia are among the first underground mines to adopt automated hauling and transportation systems.

In mines without access to these high-tech systems, it is also possible to take protective and preventive measures. The first and foremost among these is the utilization of detectors that give early warnings against toxic and explosive hazards. Capable of providing information on carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane gas levels and maintaining a wireless communication link with headquarters aboveground, these detectors minimize the risk of an accident. Moreover, the utilization of systems that safely capture coal dust, which causes explosions and fires in coal mines and proves too risky to even inhale, is another key measure against accidents. GE’s newly launched CoalPlus technology can reduce coal dust by up to 90% in different coal mining operations.

It is also possible to prevent fatalities caused by rock-falls and mine pit collapse. For this, digging locations must be planned ahead well to begin with; in addition, it is also possible to keep mine holes, rock surfaces and cracks under constant check via electronic monitoring systems. In fact, there are already available systems that make pillars and beams redundant and can support and advance through tunnels without any human intervention. There are already companies in the mining sector that procure such technological solutions.

Apart from these, using proximity detection and hazardous area signaling systems that ensure a safe distance between workers and heavy machinery is another way to reduce work accidents in mines. Through rollover, collision and speed warning systems, it is possible to protect both machine operators and workers in the area.

Trucks also play a significant role in mine pits. Truck drivers being attentive and vigilant during working hours are crucial for accident prevention. At this point, fatigue monitoring systems can come in handy. These systems detect the onset of fatigue and instances of micro-sleep in the truck operators and create an alert for them. Employing eye and head monitoring technology, an Australia-based company has developed a fatigue monitoring system called the Driver Safety System (DSS). Putting this system into action in mines will prove immensely helpful.

It is also possible to minimize accident risks by taking measures outside the mine pits. The first and foremost of these measures is proper training. It is of common knowledge that miners undergo various training classes at the beginning of their mining careers. However, miners should be put through compulsory and more extensive training programs. While novice miners are put through this training, the training that experienced miners have received should be periodically repeated through refresher courses; we can see examples of this in other industries. Employing machinery simulators and virtual reality technology during training sessions can help mine workers be better prepared for the working environment, improve their skills, and allow for better implementation of safety measures.

With or without the use of all these technologies, the mining sector absolutely demands a strict regulation when it comes to protecting people’s lives. In fact, the existence of such regulations alone is not enough. Mines must also be subject to frequent and meticulous audits to monitor whether the measures prescribed by the regulations are observed. These audits might also prove helpful in easing the tension caused by the suspicion of ‘negligence’ that comes to mind.

Another preventive measure often overlooked in the prevention of mining accidents concerns the freedom of the press. The fact that mining accidents are sometimes withheld from the public leads to a loose implementation of health and safety standards. Therefore, the media, unions and NGO’s being able to freely express their thoughts on mining accidents will play a big role in increasing measures in mines.

The mining sector needs to see efforts made towards a transition to automated systems; investments must be planned accordingly without delay, new regulations must be laid out to this end and any necessary aid should be provided by states.

In addition to all these measures, there is a key point that should always be remembered; human life is definitely far more precious than a chunk of minerals. The best preventive measure should be to avoid greed and the ensuing total disregard for human life for the sake of generating greater profits. And the primary way of achieving this is to implement an education system that will turn people away from the egoistical lifestyle that holds self-interest above all else and carry out a social life study that will change social perceptions. The greatest measure against disasters will be possible by first changing the human mentality.


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  2. Praven Duddu, Mining safely – innovative technologies to prevent mining accidents, Mining Technology 2 Nisan 2014,  http://www.mining-technology.com/features/featuremining-safely-innovative-technologies-to-prevent-mining-accidents-4207131/
  3. Praven Duddu, Mining safely – innovative technologies to prevent mining accidents, Mining Technology 2 Nisan 2014,  http://www.mining-technology.com/features/featuremining-safely-innovative-technologies-to-prevent-mining-accidents-4207131/
  4. Philippe Dozolme, What Can Be Done to Prevent Mining Accidents? The Balance 16 Nisan 2017,

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):


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Adnan Oktar interviewed by Al-Masry Al-Youm1. You are widely famous for your pen name Harun Yahya, and your real name is Adnan Oktar. Why do you use a pen-name?

God informs the believers in the Qur'an that Prophet Aaron (as) and Prophet John (as) were sent to help Prophet Moses (as) and Prophet Jesus (as) respectively. Likewise, Muslims are the helpers, friends and brothers and sisters of the Messenger of God. I am using the pen name Harun Yahya as a sign of my prayers and intention to be a helper of the Messenger of God in the End Times. It is a name chosen with the intention to become a person who helps, supports, protects and watches over the prophets as Aaron and John did. 

2. Your concentration is entirely dedicated to refute some antagonistic venomous theories such as Darwinism and Romanticism. Why?

People complain about wars, exiles, wrongdoings and injustices, and they all want a change in the way things are going yet most of them either fail to or do not bother to identify the main reason that makes the world a ruthless, selfish, loveless and soulless place. People have virtually been clawed in their backs, but they do not bother to take a look at their backs to see whose claw it is. They do not dwell upon what it is that teaches people to be selfish and ruthless. What does Darwinism claim? It comes forth with the twisted claim, "Everything is a product of coincidences; life has no point. You derived from animals; fight and struggle among each other and only then will you obtain power." On top of that, it purports that this is a scientific fact, despite a complete lack of evidence. It presents cruelty, ruthlessness and selfishness to people as a scientific requirement. Showing people that this is nothing but a hoax means the utter elimination of conflicts, disputes and injustices. Evolution is not science: It is an idolatrous belief dating back to the Sumerians, to ancient Egypt. It is a pagan view that basically mocks people's intelligence. When Darwinists are asked about who brought about the banana, the strawberry, the cat, the rabbit, a daisy and humans along with the perfect order, knowledge and aesthetic in them, they reply, " chance." Chance is incapable of creating the cell that operates like a metropolis. Chance is incapable of producing millions of pages of data coded in the DNA. Chance is not familiar with symmetry, golden ratio or aesthetic. All is perfectly created by God. 

As for romanticism, it is a movement introduced by satan to estrange people from rationalism, sensibility, love and friendship. Romanticism has no affiliation with love whatsoever. Romanticism drives people away from conscientious and rational assessments, and into harming both themselves and those around them through sudden reactions, anger or a misguided enthusiasm. Therefore, explaining the erroneous nature of romanticism will provide a sound perspective to people upon which they can act reasonably. 

3. What are the concrete tangible results ensued in the wake of distributing and propagating your views worldwide?

I embarked on my scientific efforts in 1979; I was a university student back then. I produced a leaflet that proved the invalidity of the theory of evolution based on evidence. Today, I have more than 300 books in 73 languages. My articles are regularly featured on 216 newspapers, journals and websites in 43 countries. My live broadcasts reach millions of viewers every day in English, Arabic, Russian and French. God willing, as a result of this major effort, far fewer people believe in Darwinism today. Even the most famous advocates of Darwinism have taken a step back. Public surveys clearly attest to this fact as well. Thank God that me and my friends have been influential in spreading Qur'anic Islam to the world. With the way we live, we have demonstrated the entire world how Muslims can lead high-quality, lively, cheerful lives that value arts, science and quality. Islam used to remind people of unkempt, introverted, unhygienic ghetto-dwelling individuals who reject music, paintings, sculptures, a life of joy and beauty. We have shown that this is not the real Islam; that true Islam is the religion described in the Qur'an, the religion that brings beauty into people's lives. Thus, we have eliminated the influence of the system that alienates people from Islam and inclining them towards atheism. 

4. You are a fervent feminist who supports the freedom and entire emancipation of women to the extent that you take photos with them while they wear bikinis. What's your comment on that?

It is God who grants this freedom to women. When we take a look at the Qur'an, for example, the 31st verse of Surah an-Nur, we see that women are granted immense freedom. This verse tells us that women need to cover only their breasts and genitals. And in the 59th verse of Surah al-Ahzab, God commands that women can decide, of their own will and conscience, to wear a burqa to cover their revealed body parts in case of need. But one should pay attention to the fact that God leaves it up to the women's consciences to decide in which conditions burqa should be worn. If a woman feels safe and believes that she is in the company of people whose wisdom, faith and conscience she trusts, she can wear a bikini in that setting. There is nothing incompatible with the Qur'an in that. (For further and extensive information on this subject, our brothers and sisters can refer to the following book: Bigotry: The Dark Danger

The notion that regards women as potential sinners and dictates what they must and must not do is a part of both Darwinist -materialist ideologies and the traditionalist Islamic concept, which is not prescribed by the Qur’an. God wants all the impositions which have no place in the Qur’an to be lifted. 

5. Can you elaborate your view on the equality of men and women? 

Men have no superiority on women, or vice versa, that enables one gender to oppress the other. However, a closer look will reveal that, compared to men, women are more considerate, merciful and patient beings who are capable of see things more thoroughly, familiar with and bask in profundity, and are capable of intricate assessment of things. This puts women in quite an advantageous position. In my opinion, women must be given precedence and be in the majority in every area and aspect of life. For example, at least the half of the members of parliaments all across the world should comprise of women. A world governed by female wisdom, finesse, beauty and compassion would surely turn into a heavenly place. 

6. Are you in principle, with or against women wearing the veil (Hijab)?

As I have just mentioned, the hijab is not a commandment of the Qur'an; God commands women to wear a burqa in situations where they need to protect themselves. Only in such circumstances does God command women to go out wearing a burqa that covers their bodies from head to toe. But if our female friends wear a hijab instead of a burqa in places where they feel unsafe for the purpose of this commandment, then doing so is in line with the Qur'an. If they wear revealing clothes in places they feel safe, then this, too, is line with the Qur'an. 

7. Do you agree with the burkini, which is widespread in some Western and Eastern beaches? 

If a woman feels comfortable wearing a burkini, let her wear it; if she feels comfortable wearing a bikini, then let her wear it, too. Women should not be told what to do. Women know how to protect themselves very well through their own wisdom and conscience. There is a prevalent view, in both the West and the East, that women must be told how to live. No one tells men what to wear, what to do and how to swim. So telling women what to do is also irrational. 

8. What's your assessment of the situation of women in Turkey, the Arab regions and Islamic World?

Despite all the freedoms women are granted by the Qur'an, compared to the West, women of the Middle East and other Islamic countries live under harsher conditions. They enjoy relatively more freedoms in Turkey, but the freedom in the Qur'an, the freedom I find ideal, has yet to be achieved. This is of course due to the traditionalist Islamic conception which is not prescribed by the Qur’an. It is not possible for women to enjoy their freedom where a mentality, which regards women as half-beings, thinks that women should be beaten, forbids women from laughing or going out, and believes that hell will be teeming with women, prevails. God willing, the Mahdi era will be the time when women achieve total freedom exactly as stated in the Qur'an. In a hadith, the Messenger of God (saas) says that, women will be able to freely travel from Damascus to Mecca on their own in the Mahdi era. They will enjoy such freedoms that they will travel on their own to their hearts' content without any worry. They will not be scorned upon, nor suffer harassment and oppression. 

9. Why do you appear to swim against the current in Islamic society? Is this just to attract attention or do you have a new method applied to post-modernism and secularism?

The only thing I seek is to gain God's approval as much as I can. I read the Qur'an and try to put what I comprehend from the Qur'an into practice. I do not urge people to follow my suit, either. I urge them to follow the Qur'an. Looking at the Qur'an, I see that my lifestyle and the methods I use to spread the religion are in line with the Qur'an. Since I am a student of the Qur'an, I ask those who criticize me to make their criticism also in accordance with the Qur'an. I am open to criticism if they can prove through the verses of the Qur'an that something I do is wrong. However to date, I have yet to be told that what I am doing is wrong based on a verse of the Qur'an. They are truly convinced that beauty, wealth, quality, art and science are in the hands of the disbelievers. That is why they cannot believe that Muslims could also enjoy these blessings bestowed by God in their lives. However, both modernity and secularism exist in the spirit of the Qur'an. Prophets were the most modern people of their era; all of them were ultramodern. And the commandment of the Quran "You have your religion and I have my religion" (Surah al Kafirun, 6) is the most succinct description of secularity. 

10. You are called by conservatives an altered version of an Islamic secular personality who adheres to what is called liberal Islam; what's your comment?

The attitude that I criticize and object to the most is making additions to and omissions from the Qur'an. Mind you, the notion you define as "liberal Islam," in its essence, omits commandments from the Qur'an. What I advocate, however, is the complete practice of the Qur'an. If you take a closer look at the segment that you call conservative, you will see that the vast majority of them do not explain or advocate the burqa commandment, although it is in the Qur'an. They think that advocating the burqa will provoke negative reactions. I, however, tell explicitly and clearly exactly as God commands in the Qur'an that it is a religious duty for Muslim women to wear a burqa when they deem necessary.

11. You are referred to in some circles as a cult leader in Turkey. Why and what is your comment about this?

I am not a cult or sect leader, nor am I a member of any sect. The reason this issue is frequently brought up is that the first news pieces published about me addressed me as "Adnan Hodja," and introduced me and my friends as a sect. I have said time and time again that I am neither a preacher nor a scholar; I am simply a sincere Muslim. My friends do not see me as a cult leader either; they see me as a friend whom they love dearly and I see them as my beloved friends. I am a person who really enjoys having fun, joy, beauty and art. I think people should live their lives to the full with enthusiasm, and with a love and passion for God, without overstepping the boundaries drawn by God in the Qur'an. 

12. What is your comment about the ladies on A9 TV, known as the "kittens"?

I love cats very much, because they are very sweet animals that know and can express love very well. Women too have a higher sense of understanding and appreciation for love; in this regard, cats and women are alike. So I sometimes say to my friends "love your pretty kitten heart" as an expression of love, which is the reason why the name "kitten" became well known in Turkey. 

13. Do you think that Islamic propagation rhetoric should be reformed, and if so, what are the means?

There is no such thing as reform in Islam. Religion doesn't need to be reformed. The only thing that needs to be done is to adhere to the Qur'an, to accept that the Qur'an is sufficient. Our Prophet (saas) had only one complaint: ‘My Lord, my people treat this Qur’an as something to be ignored’ (the 30th verse of Surah Al-Furqan). This is the reason of all the problems in the Islamic world today. God says in the Quran, "...We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear and as guidance...” (Surah an-Nahl, 89); “...We have not omitted anything from the Book...” (Surah al-An’am, 38) But despite the word of God, may God forbid the thought, they say "No we know better, the Qur'an is not enough." And this leads to inauspiciousness, backwardness, lack of quality and art to prevail in their lives. 

14. What are the best tools and means that may be aptly wielded to fight terrorism?

Education. As long as ideological training against terrorism is not provided, military measures will never yield results. We already see that they don't in the whole world. Terrorist organizations provide ideological education before teaching their militants to use weapons. First, they establish the foundation of belief. They convince that person to kill and die. In communist terrorist organizations, this is achieved through the education of Darwinist -materialist philosophy. The militants are taught false beliefs that they are so-called animals, they have to be selfish and merciless, and that conflict is essential to return to a primitive communal society; the radical terror organizations have many Islamic sources which are not prescribed by the Qur’an. It is inevitable that someone who believes that a person who does not pray, who drinks alcohol, or who steals must be killed will eventually be violent. The only thing to do is to reveal the invalidity of what these radical groups believe. If the invalidity of Darwinism is scientifically explained, the truths and miracles of the Qur'an are taught, and if the sufficiency of the Qur'an is explained, terrorism will cease to be a problem in the world. 

15. You issued a book on what you called the Religion of the Ignorant, lashing some social customs and habits on all levels. As you know Sayyed Qutb issued his views on what he called Twentieth Century Ignorance. Do you agree with him?

Sayyid Qutb is one of the important names of Islamic tradition, his ideas and works are valuable. However, I can't say that I agree with all his opinions. The morals and culture of ignorance is a notion that is included in the Qur'an with its wrongful ways. It refers to a way life prior to the revelation of the Qur'an. Today, a similar culture of ignorance has developed in many countries as the people have moved farther away from the Qur'an. But what is important is how to fight against this culture of ignorance. I believe that it must be achieved through knowledge, art, beauty and love. There is no problem that cannot be resolved through a loving and compassionate approach. 

16. Your friends met the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. As this is a very sensitive subject in the Islamic world, what would be the message you wish to deliver?

We have been in touch with the prominent circles of Israel for many years. High-ranking Rabbis, politicians and opinion leaders from Sanhedrin often come to Turkey as our guests. My friends also visit Israel and organize conferences, communicating true Islam to people. Such a connection and joint work between Jews and Muslims is the course our Prophet (saas) followed, in line with the teachings of the Qur'an. Our Prophet (saas) often hosted Jewish and Christian guests, and these guests often stayed at the companions' houses. When encountered a Jewish funeral, The Messenger of God (saas) stood up and showed respect. When we look at the Qur'an, we see that there is a warm connection between Muslims and the People of the Book: God made their food lawful for Muslims and it is also lawful for Muslims to marry Jewish and Christian women. Marriage is the closest and warmest tie between communities. Today, establishing friendly ties between the two communities is paramount for peace in the Middle East and in the world. 

17. In one of your books, which you talked about the shrines and temples of all the monotheistic religions, you mention that the Jewish people and Muslims should co-exist in love and peace. Why do you defend such view and solution despite the wide-spread despite objection in the Islamic and Arabic world?

These lands are considered holy lands by Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, and they are large enough for all of them to live together fraternally. We all have lived together in these lands for 400 years as Jews, Christians and Muslims. Today, it is possible for us to live in a modern, enlightened, and loving spirit all together. According to the Qur'an, the Israelites will be in this land. These are the lands of their ancestors just as well as our own. The people of Israel and the Palestinian people are the children of the same Prophet; they are both descendants of Prophet Abraham (as). It is actually strange to be surprised at the grandchildren of the Prophet living together in peace. The norm is friendship and love, but people are so accustomed to conflicts, fighting and being divided, yet when offered a loving solution, they ask, "Is that possible?" I have already stated that I am against all kinds of terrorism, including state terrorism. Indeed, Israel has done some wrongful acts, every country has. There are evil people in every society. But if you put evil aside and ally with the good, then you would weaken the influence of evil. My prayers and efforts are for the weakening of the evil. 

18. Why do you meet some allegedly suspicious figures such as Freemasons and receive accolades from them? What is the message you want to deliver? Are you a member of the Freemasonry clubs?

Freemasonry is a very old organization that has been around for 12,000 years. It was also present in the period of Prophet Solomon (as). As you know, the meaning of the word "mason" is stone builders, that is, stonemasons. It is known that Prophet Solomon (as) employed many stonemasons. Freemasons are a group that plays an active role in world politics. It is very important to spread Islam and explain the Qur'an in such a group. I have a 33rd degree Masonic diploma. But I’ve never been to a Masonic Lodge, nor did I attend any Masonic ceremony. The Freemasons who visited me gave me the diploma during the live broadcast. This happened before the eyes of my viewers, during a live broadcast. After that, we had conferences about the miracles of the Qur'an and the truths of faith in Masonic Lodges. Many Freemasons started praying. Similarly, I'm also in touch with the Knights Templars. I believe that Freemasons will also play an important role in the reign and spreading of Islam in this century. 

19. What are the challenges that encounter Muslim nations or the Ummah in the time being?

The most urgent need of Muslims is to adhere to the Qur'an and internalize and practice the Qur'an's loving, enlightened, compassionate, modern, high-quality, well-mannered, classy, ​​artistic and embracing spirit. Today, the shattering of the Islamic world has turned Muslims into easy pickings. Almost all the weapons developed are first tried on the Islamic world; dozens of civilian Muslims are martyred every day, and even their names remain unknown. It is always Muslims who are drowning in the Mediterranean, who are the targets of daily bombing runs, who are attacked by drones while praying, celebrating in wedding ceremonies or when on the road. Muslim lives are considered insignificant and because most of the Muslims do not consider themselves as significant, they have lost their self-respect. The only way to regain this self-esteem is to embrace the Qur'an and unite around a spiritual leader as God revealed in the Qur'an. If the Islamic world unites and bases this unity on the enlightenment and the modernity of the Qur'an, nothing will remain difficult to achieve for Muslims. 

20. What's the version of Islamic jurisprudence you follow?

I am a Hanafi. We all have to adhere to a sect until the declared appearance of the Mahdi. Insha'Allah, when the Mahdi appears, all the sects will be abolished, and religion will return to its essence just as it was in our Prophet's (saas) era. 

21. What do you think of the Shia-Sunni conflict; I mean Islamic sectarianism in the region? And how can the Islamic nations put an end to it?

Sunnis, Shiites, Wahhabis are all pure, saintly Muslims. Making people of the same Book, the same Prophet and the same Qibla turn against one another is one of the biggest schemes of the British Deep State. Creating conflict between Muslims who are brothers and sisters under the Qur'an means pitting brothers and sisters against each other. They are inciting this conflict through British Shiism and British Sunnism. The British Shiites despise Sunnis and the British Sunnis despise Shiites. They consider it an obligation to kill the members of the other denomination. Muslims should never accept such an evil mentality. Our God, our Qibla and the Prophet are one and the same. It is foolish behavior for brothers and sisters to try and oppress each other. Sunnis and Shiites should unite immediately. We should eliminate Sunni and Shiite enmity and unite as brothers and sister. The prominent figures of both sides coming together, giving speeches of brotherhood and performing prayers together would give a wonderful message to the whole world. Thus, the British Deep State would lose one of its major trump cards. 

22. What's your assessment of Turkish foreign policy, especially with Egypt?

Turkey should pursue an all-embracing policy towards Egypt. This should be the case not only for Egypt, but for all of Turkey's relations with other countries. Turkey cannot favor a country, sect or group over another. In the name of equity and fairness, she should keep in contact with all groups and views, have a friendly approach to all, and strive towards creating an atmosphere where all can live in harmony. I hope that Egyptian-Turkish relations will improve in the short term. As you know, Turkish-Russian relations also ran into various problems. We’ve had some disputes with Iran as well. I persistently called the Turkish government to resolve these problems and establish cordial relations. Thanks be to God, our efforts came to fruition. Now Egypt is the next, insha'Allah. Comprising of people of all beliefs and views, the Egyptians are a immaculate, pure nation, whom we consider as our precious brothers and sisters. It is my wish that our relations with Egypt will be restored to its former cordiality as soon as possible, or better yet, developed to an even better state.

23. Do you believe, as many Turkish politicians do, of the ‘Ottoman Caliphate renaissance’ as it was in the old days? Do you believe Ottoman glory will dominate the whole region all over again?

If the longing for the Ottoman era implies unity among Muslims, freedom of life and worship for Jews and Christians, and the prevalence of glory and arts, it is indeed great. However, while referring to the Ottoman Empire, it would not be right to accept everything they did as sacred and correct; this would not be right. The Ottomans too made many mistakes. What we currently desire is not an Ottoman Empire that repeats the mistakes of the past, but the reign of an enlightened, modern and high quality spirit based on the Qur'an, that is Islam as described in the Qur’an, over the Islamic lands. 

24. What do you think of Turkish Kurdish ethnicity being autonomous in a new "Kurdistan"?

Kurds are wonderful people. They are honorable, modest, hospitable and pious. Many people do not appreciate Kurds as their due, but they actually are the beautiful ornaments and the richness of the world. There is no such issue as Kurdish-Turkish discrimination in Turkey. A great many Kurds hold important posts in the military, governmental and intelligence organizations in Turkey. Turkey has had many Kurdish presidents and ministers. Kurds are our brothers and sisters; they vehemently object to the prospect of separation, secession. The PKK's taking the floor in the name of the Kurdish people is nothing but a deception. The PKK is not concerned with the Kurds. On the other hand, it is out of the question for the Kurds - a devoutly pious people- to embrace the PKK terror organization. The PKK wrench support from a part of the Kurdish population through threats, terrorism, compulsion and intimidation. Their true aim is to found a red communist Kurdistan along the lines of Marxist-Leninist ideology. This plan was orchestrated and is backed by the British Deep State. This goal, which means to establish an equivalent to North Korea in the Middle East, poses a grave threat not only to Turkey, but all the regional countries. The sinister plan is to establish a Communist state in the heart of the Islamic world, in between the Turkish and Muslim lands, and to utilize this entity to massacre Muslims en masse. Turkey will never allow the implementation of this plan.

25. What are your hobbies, Mr. Oktar?

I enjoy painting. I have done many oil and water-color paintings. Our fellow viewers who would like to check out examples of my paintings can see at our website, I also take great pleasure from activities that involve animals and nature. I have been making daily live broadcasts for some eight years, which lasts three or four hours on average. I use all of my time with the intent of gaining the most of God's good pleasure. I do not make any distinctions, like a 'social life' or 'religion.' Islam encompasses the entirety of my life. 

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Replies to claims regarding Mr. Adnan Oktar on the Dutch and Belgian media, made after the distribution of his book 'The PKK's Treachery and Oppression'The delusion that Mr. Adnan Oktar's (aka Harun Yahya’s) scientific claims are not taken seriously by scientists:

It’s very well known that Mr. Oktar provides precise and concrete evidences (such as fossils and molecular evidences) against Darwinism, a theory that thoroughly lacks any evidence. Indeed for this very reason he is the one Creationist author whose views are most respected all around the world. Readers worldwide enjoy his books which are also downloaded in high volume via the Internet.

European Darwinist publications, France being the foremost, consider Mr. Oktar’s works as a great threat against the theory of evolution and their comments about the impact of Atlas of Creation on Europe are expressed with despair. (For detailed information please see: http://darwinistpanicinfrance.com/index.php) This is no doubt the reason why Atlas of Creation was banned from the curriculum by the European Council. Aware of the profound effect of Atlas of Creation upon pupils, Darwinist centers strove to hinder the access of this precious work into schools. Consequently the situation is far more different from how it is depicted by some newspapers. The major reason of the Darwinist panic taking place in the world today is the works of Mr. Oktar which have great worldwide impact.

From the moment of the Atlas of Creation’s arrival in the Western world, reports about this giant work's extraordinary impact appeared in newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts in 60 countries. Leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Stern, The Economist, Corriere della Sera, Le Monde, Le Courrier and CBS News all carried reports about the lethal blow the Atlas of Creation dealt to Darwinism. Headlines regarding the Atlas of Creation, such as "the most dazzling attack on Darwinism," "a book that shines like thunder," "a huge offensive," "it has impacted like an earthquake," "a book that has had the impact of an atom bomb" and "how much longer can France hold out?" are all indications of the huge impact of this important book.

The baseless claims regarding Mr. Adnan Oktar's mental health:

Those ones who cannot respond to Mr. Adnan Oktar's intellectual opinion through scientific or logical arguments resort to libel and one of their slanderous claims is that Mr. Oktar's mental health is presumably distorted. However, this disinformation has been refuted with the council reports of 5 reputed hospitals in Turkey as well as 20 medical reports by psychiatry professors.

Besides, Mr. Oktar has been on live broadcast for about 10 hours a day for years and everyone is thus witness to the health and integrity of his reasoning and ideas. He has written more than 300 books and his articles have been featured in more than 500 newspapers and journals, in more than 70 countries. Currently, his articles are regularly published in 215 newspapers, journals and websites in 43 countries.  

The claim that Mr. Adnan Oktar does not write his books himself:

Mr. Adnan Oktar is the author of more than 300 books, translated into 73 languages and are read by millions around the world. His books are sold in more than 100 countries and more than 30 million copies have been sold up to date. Furthermore, more than 5,000 conferences were organized based on his books and works, and many academicians, politicians and scientists attended these conferences.

As Mr. Oktar has already made clear in a great many interviews, he is assisted in the preparation of these works by a team of some 30 people consisting of academics, scientists and educators. This team works on such matters and preliminary research, the collection of data and illustrations and performing the requisite translations for the preparation of Mr. Oktar's works, and the information gathered is subsequently all passed on to Adnan Oktar. In this way, and as a result of the author’s practical working principle, works containing Adnan Oktar’s profound words are able to come out very quickly. 

On the other hand, the veracity or otherwise of the claim that his books are not written by himself can be established with the use of a very basic logic:

One of the main characteristics of books written by committees or groups is that they generally contain differing and contradictory views and statements.  There is no unity of logic and ideas in such books. They contain different descriptive techniques and use different types of language. The illustrations and designs selected for them are incompatible with one another. The information contained and views espoused in them are generally inconsistent. One can identify the styles of different writers as soon as one reads them. It is easy to see that such books have been authored by several different people. But there is a complete unity of language and logic in all of Mr. Oktar’s 300 or so books. All his books contain the same honesty, conviction, technique, profundity, descriptive power and wisdom. The books represent a distinct whole with the illustrations employed in them in terms of their artistry, esthetic value and quality. The reason for this is, despite the presence of a team supplying the requisite technical infrastructure for the preparation of these books, they are entirely the work of Adnan Oktar's profound intelligence, sincere belief and powerful foresight. 


The groundless nature of the allegations of a "supposed criminal enterprise" made against Adnan Oktar:

Some newspapers also carried various false statements about the court ruling and guilty verdict issued against Mr. Adnan Oktar and a number of members of the BAV (SRF [Science Research Foundation]) circle, but some important facts were totally ignored:

First of all, the court case mentioned by these newspapers is a political one that was opened following the military intervention of February 28, 1997 that abolished freedoms and legality in Turkey. This trial was one of the hundreds of unfounded cases that was sort out and heard to suppress intellectuals. Therefore, it is not based on legal foundations, but political intentions.

Secondly, it is established by the Turkish jurisdiction that torture was implemented for taking false testimonies at police security. The ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) judged that the Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights was violated during the detention period in relation to the trial. (See: Case of Tarkan Yavaş v. Turkey, Halil Muftuoglu v. Turkey).

Thirdly, the guilty verdict handed down by the court was OVERTURNED by the Supreme Court of Appeals on December 28, 2009 because of the legal errors and lack of evidence.

The guilty verdict and 3-year sentence handed down in 2008 to Mr. Adnan Oktar and various members of the BAV community was actually appealed to by the prosecutor, on the grounds of totally improper practice and statements taken and signed at the Security Directorate under duress and in the absence of a lawyer, and which were therefore legally inadmissible. The prosecutor also stated there had been various errors of law and practice committed. He TWICE REQUESTED ACQUITTAL during the court proceedings on the grounds that THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE AGAINST THE DEFENDANTS AND OF THE PROCEDURAL ERRORS COMMITTED BY THE COURT. He also APPEALED AGAINST THE SENTENCE following the ruling. We have complete respect for the court, but this state of affairs showed that the ruling should again be considered by the judicial authorities. Indeed, the Supreme Court of Appeals took this up straight away and OVERTURNED the ruling, citing 5 separate legal violations. (You can find detailed information on the subject here, here and here.)

The claims regarding the financial backing necessary for the publication and distribution of Mr. Adnan Oktar's books:

One subject that is frequently brought up is the financial backing necessary to publish Mr. Adnan Oktar's books. These books are printed and sold in their millions. Revenue is of course obtained by the publishing company from those sales. Furthermore, Mr. Oktar does not accept any royalty payments over the publication or sales of his books. Therefore, his royalties are also available for the publishing company to use to print further books.

Some people are amazed by the fact that Adnan Oktar's books are sometimes sent out free of charge. But there is nothing astonishing in that at all. Many publishers and companies employ similar sales techniques. Books given out free of charge serve as advertising, and people reading them go on to order other books, and generally order them in volume.  The investment is thus returned many times over. One of the most striking examples of this was the dispatch of books free of charge to selected addresses in France. As a result of that campaign, demand for books from France increased enormously and there was a huge boom in sales of books by Harun Yahya in that country.

The claims regarding Mr. Adnan Oktar's lady friends:

Women are incredibly valuable beings that display the most beautiful manifestations of God. In Mr. Oktar's opinion, certain qualities of women such as intelligence, love, compassion, mercy, profundity, consideration, kindness, grace, nobility, sensitivity, understanding, comprehension and intuition are superior to those of men. In the presence of women, the quality of men increases too.

Mr. Oktar maintains that women should assume at least as much responsibility and authority as men do in every aspect of social life from politics, trade, business, academic life etc.

As for the reason why Mr. Oktar's lady friends are referred to as "kitties" is the fact that he loves and values both women and cats very much, and also the disposition of cats and women are very much alike. Mr. Oktar sees both as very sweet and very friendly and as blessings. That's the reason why some publications started to refer to his lady friends as "kitties" or "kittens", and the name started to be widely used.

It was claimed in the newspapers that they have undergone plastic surgery. If they had surgeries, there would be hospital records. All surgeries in Turkey are registered in hospital records. An unofficial surgery is not possible. There are no hospital records of Mr. Oktar's lady friends for plastic surgery.

Also, they have published their childhood photographs, from three to four years old. They again had shapely noses, well placed mouths, beautiful eyes, the same as in adult age.

Needless to say, plastic surgery does not extend height or the neck anyway, which were among the claims made.   

The false allegations that Mr. Adnan Oktar is anti-semitic:

Contrary to what was claimed in some Dutch and Belgian media, Mr. Adnan Oktar is one of the most prominent names in the Muslim world that puts up a strong intellectual struggle against anti-Jewish sentiment. His articles are currently published in top Israeli publications including The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), i24NEWS, Israel Hayom, The Jewish Press, The Jewish Journal, Makor Rishon, Maariv, Vesti, Jerusalem Online, JSS News, Ynet and Channel 9, and these pieces clearly demonstrate Mr. Adnan Oktar’s views on Israel and Jewish people.[i]

God calls Jews ‘the People of the Book’ in the Holy Qur'an and advices an alliance with them. Mr. Adnan Oktar extensively explains the subject in his book entitled ‘A Call for Unity[ii], which has an associated website[iii] and a documentary movie[iv] bearing the same title. Anti-Semitism is tantamount to racism and is therefore directly against the principles of the Qur'an. Mr. Adnan Oktar is famous for his widespread efforts in explaining how anti-Semitism is against Qura'nic moral values with his books, articles[v] and websites.[vi]

He is also the most vocal Muslim author to say that "Jews have right to live in the Holy Land" and "Turkey should be allies with Israel": Indeed, his staunch defense of Israel’s right to exist and the Jewish people’s rights in the face of rising anti-Semitism around the world has put him right in the crosshairs of a good many radical groups. There are countless websites based on the works of Mr. Adnan Oktar with the aim of contributing to Muslim-Jew friendship by helping people understand Judaism correctly.[vii]

Therefore, contrary to the claims made, Mr. Adnan Oktar is a friend of Israel and the Jews. For this very reason, over the years, many religious figures, academicians and politicians from Israel have come to Turkey as Mr. Adnan Oktar’s guests.[viii] The representatives of Mr. Oktar have paid many visits to the Knesset, Israeli universities, and think-tanks as ambassadors of goodwill. Mr. Adnan Oktar acted as a mediator in the Mavi Marmara crisis between Turkey and Israel, and worked to mitigate the resulting tension between the two countries in the aftermath of the incident.[ix]

The allegation of Holocaust denial is also completely baseless. The fact is that an individual named Nuri Özbudak published a book that reflected his own ideas in 1995, but used Mr. Adnan Oktar’s name without his consent. Indeed, Mr. Adnan Oktar later filed a complaint about this book, called ‘The Holocaust Deceit’ that was published under his pen name without his knowledge and consent. Mr. Oktar officially revoked the powers of Nuri Özbudak from editing his books, translating them into foreign languages, making contract with foreign publishers, and using the pen name ‘Harun Yahya’ independently. The notary-approved documents show the revocation of Nuri Ozbudak’s powers. Mr. Adnan Oktar has also explained numerous times on the international media that he had not written the book in question.[x]

The truth is Mr. Adnan Oktar has numerous scientific works putting forth the atrocity practiced on the Jews. He wrote a book on the subject entitled Holocaust Violence[xi] where he provided detailed historical accounts of the genocide the Jews were subjected to under the rule of Hitler and the Nazis. His website [to be found at http://www.holocaustviolence.com][xii], his documentaries entitled ‘The Shame of the 20th Century: The Holocaust Violence’[xiii] and 'The Jewish Holocaust, An Islamic Perspective'[xiv] and numerous articles on the topic[xv] clearly refute these allegations. Mr. Adnan Oktar is the most prominent Muslim author that tells the Muslim and Arab communities the truth about the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews.[xvi]

Indeed, the German Der Spiegel published Mr. Adnan Oktar's statements explaining how the book entitled The Holocaust Deceit had not been written by him[xvii] and that the book he wrote, which is entitled The Holocaust Violence, provided extensive details about Hitler’s atrocities towards the Jews.[xviii]


The claims about Mr. Adnan Oktar's view about homosexuality:

Homosexuality is unlawful according to the Qur’an. Letting homosexual couples adopt children is particularly calamitous which in return results in many kids’ being subjected to violence and even rape. The Qur'an depicts homosexuality as an obscenity, an abomination. It is also unlawful according to the Gospels and the Torah. Just as how each Muslim is responsible for calling people to the righteous way by explaining that murder, theft, prostitution are unlawful in Islam, he must also explain that homosexuality is unlawful.

In our day, certain circles attempt to promote homosexuality as a supposedly legitimate, innocent and even sympathetic act. This perversity is being injected into especially pious societies in an insidious and planned manner. This way they try to generate new generations divorced from their moral and religious values, who have been subjected to moral decline and who have lost their souls, identities, self-confidence, honor and dignity. This method would make it quite easy to control and manipulate the masses that are thus debilitated.

This perversity threatens not only Islamic communities, but also the members of all religions. It is important for everyone to be wary against this threat.

However, this does not amount to saying that homosexuals must be maltreated, subjected to violence or be oppressed. That is something Mr. Oktar would never accept. He is fundamentally against all forms of violence or bullying, no matter against whom it may be. Mr. Oktar's words against homosexuality are against this forbidden act, not the individuals.


[ii] http://www.harunyahya.com/en/books/2954/A-Call-For-Unity

[iii] http://www.unionoffaiths.com/

[iv] http://en.a9.com.tr/watch/40724/Documentaries/A-call-for-unity---1

[v] http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Articles/196614/The-rise-and-fall-of-anti-%20Semitism




[vii] http://www.turkishjewishcommunity.com/index2.php



[viii] http://www.harunyahya.com/image-gallery/178-Adnan-Oktars-Israeli-Guests

[x] http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Excerpts-from-conversations/desifre/217657

[xii] http://www.holocaustviolence.com

[xiv] https://en.a9.com.tr/The-Jewish-Holocaust-An-Islamic-Perspective-269764

[xv] http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/it_is_essential_for_muslims_to_remember_the_nazis_atrocities_and_to_commemo



[xvi] http://actualite-israel.com/les-musulmans-doivent-se-souvenir-des-atrocites-du-nazisme-par-ad-454280/

[xviii] http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-harun-yahya-all-terrorists-are-darwinists-a-580031.html

http://harunyahya.co/en/Articles/270337/replies-to-claims-regarding-mrhttp://harunyahya.co/en/Articles/270337/replies-to-claims-regarding-mrThu, 08 Feb 2018 17:23:57 +0200
One step closer to a resolution in Syria

The recent participation and involvement of regional countries in the solution process is an important milestone in the path towards a final resolution in the Syrian crisis. Furthermore, the visible change in the attitude of the parties involved also raises hopes for an approaching peace. For instance, groups that would not even discuss the thought of sitting at the same table until two years ago came together at Sochi. Indeed, there have been heated debates and exchanges, but it was clear that all the parties involved were willing to find some middle ground. After the mostly failed Geneva talks, the Astana and Sochi talks made up for lost time and managed to bring the parties one step closer to the solution.

However, certain circles who have always been skeptical about the Sochi efforts, seem to be happy that the talks started on a tense note and especially after certain opposition groups left the talks due to a flag crisis. However, this certainly does not mean that the talks will fail because the opposition groups that refused to enter the country in protest against the pictures and flags of the Assad regime asked Turkey to represent them and also requested Turkey deal with the process of building the anticipated Constitutional Committee. This is an important step in terms of the continuance of the resolution talks. It is clear that meetings between the quarreling parties do not produce any results. For this reason, negotiations held between Russia and Turkey, which represent the Syrian regime and a part of the opposition respectively, are more likely to achieve fruitful results. Russia and Turkey are two countries that understand and appreciate the importance of friendship and alliance. Therefore, negotiations held under their auspices have a higher likelihood of success.

According to the reports, more than 1,500 delegates attended the congress to which Syrian government authorities, as well as the representatives of ethnic and religious opposition groups, with the exception of terrorist groups, were invited.

To everyone's surprise, the conference ended with belligerent parties meeting on a common ground. Once again, it was Turkey and Russia's involvement that made the final joint statement possible, which is crucial for a real solution in the Syrian crisis.

The final statement is perhaps one of the most important steps ever taken with regards to the Syrian problem. The statement read: "To that end we agreed to form a constitutional committee comprising the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation along with wide-represented opposition delegation for drafting of a constitutional reform as a contribution to the political settlement under the UN auspices in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254." It also said that the Constitutional Committee would include the regime, the opposition, Syrian experts, independents, tribal leaders and women. It was agreed that women should have a representation of at least 30% in the government and government agencies and that the level should be increased to 50% after a certain amount of time. It was also stated that the UN-led Geneva process would see the final agreement on the mandate and terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure and selection criteria for the composition of the Constitutional Committee. The statement ended with a call to the United Nations Secretary-General to assign the Special Envoy for Syria for the assistance of the Constitutional Committee work in Geneva.

The fact that UN representatives and European allies were invited to the talks showed that the parties were in search of a genuinely global, not regional, solution to the Syrian problem. Even though Britain and France may not seem very happy with this crucial achievement, where Russia is the main player in association with Turkey and Iran, the West's ambitions to protect Western interests weren't taken into account in Sochi. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting that they informed the UN of the outcome, hoping that it would revitalize the Geneva process, and that the UN would achieve results in line with the decisions made in Sochi. All these steps clearly show that unlike certain Western allies, Russia is not trying to be in the spotlight and is not selfishly pursuing its own interests. It is clear that Russia and the countries of the region are sincerely working to build peace in Syria.

One of the most important parts of Sochi final statement was the determined stance about the preservation of Syria's integrity. Some highlights from the statement are below:

¨A strong, unified, meritocratic and national army that carries out its duties in accordance with the constitution and the highest standards [is required]. Its functions are to protect the national boundaries and the people from external threats and terrorism, with intelligence and security institutions to maintain national security subject to the rule of law, acting according to the constitution and the law and respecting human rights. ... equal citizenship irrespective of religion, ethnicity and gender...  The Syrian people alone shall determine the future of their country by democratic means, through the ballot box.¨

'Protecting the national boundaries' and 'equal citizenship irrespective of religion, ethnicity and gender' are no doubt crucial for the future of Syria. These phrases show that cantons or federal structures in the country will not be allowed and terror groups that seek to capitalize on differences in religion and ethnicity will not be given leeway.

President Putin's remarks about the congress presenting an opportunity for Syria to return to a peaceful, normal life were important. Referring to the clashes that have been going on since 2011, Putin said that conditions to close this tragic page of history have now emerged. Indeed, it is very important that guarantor countries stepped in and reached an agreement on the main principles regarding a constitution, which marks an important step in the resolution process of the Syrian crisis.  There is no doubt that the alliance of three friendly allies played a crucial role in this achievement. The three friendly countries, Russia, Turkey and Iran, represented different sides and showed that it was possible to find a middle ground.

Turkey's Afrin operation, carried out in coordination with Russia, was a show of determination in defiance of the West and particularly the USA. Necessary and justified steps taken with regards to the region and the alliance of NATO-member Turkey with Russia has shown certain groups that it was not the West that made all the decisions.

The Sochi talks and the resulting steps showed to the world that Russia was the main player when it came to Syria. It is clear that Russia's steps, made after consultation and agreement with Turkey, involves a solution that also embraces the opposition. This week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had once face-to-face and six phone conversations with his Russian peer Sergey Lavrov. This intense dialogue is due to the desire of these two allies to build the most positive and healthy peace process in Syria.

We hope that a constitution where all the groups of Syrian society are represented can be quickly created and country can be rebuilt after being completely purged off terrorist groups. This is going to be an achievement made possible by means of an alliance of regional countries built for the salvation of the Syrian people. Such an outcome will also quiet those circles that are keen on controlling everyone and prove wrong those who insist that 'it is good to be divided'.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda.rua (Russia) & Eurasia Review (USA):



http://harunyahya.co/en/Articles/270304/one-step-closer-to-ahttp://harunyahya.co/en/Articles/270304/one-step-closer-to-ahttp://fs.fmanager.net/Image/objects/6-makaleler/pravda_adnan_oktar_one_step_closer_to_a_resolution_in_Syria2.jpgTue, 06 Feb 2018 22:40:05 +0200