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10 Shameful Examples of Western Media “Reporting” On Turkey Coup

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By Shehzade Mustafa

It is hard to be shocked these days, but sometimes you just can’t help but be amazed by the audacity of some of the media. Below is a list (by no means complete) of irresponsible, inaccurate and downright malicious reporting by Western media outlets on the attempted coup in Turkey. It exposes many of them to be engaging in propaganda and duplicitous behaviour that would be unbecoming of even a high school newspaper.

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The Independent has been working hard to be as biased as possible against Erdogan. Here they are putting quotation marks around the word “treason” because apparently a deadly military coup against a civilian government leaves some room for doubt on whether it is a crime against the state.

Telegraph

The Telegraph (amongst many others) got to work early quoting experts trying to legitimise the army faction and their actions by labelling them “guardians of Turkey’s secular constitution.” Rather than present them as traitors to their uniform and their nation, noble intentions were being ascribed to one side.

NYT

The New York Times decided that the early and confusing moments of a coup would also be the perfect time to remind everyone of their obsession with Erdogan as a uniquely authoritarian leader. Again, the legitimate government of Turkey was being painted as somehow not so legitimate thereby attempting to soften the blow of the putsch.

Times of Malta

The Times of Malta decided to go even further and along with other publications, started tweeting an unnamed EU source saying that the coup was “likely to succeed.” The unverified nature of the comment and the sheer lack of journalistic integrity of publishing it at such a sensitive time is a gross betrayal of journalistic responsibility. Surely, this helped the coup plotters immensely in their goal to give the impression they had won.

Sputnik

Sputnik News from Russia was never going to be impartial, but presenting people who were risking their lives demonstrating against the coup as “celebrating” it is straight out of the propaganda books of the USSR. Again, publication after publication are pushing a consistent line that is pro-coup and anti-democracy.

The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast and many other publications outdid themselves by this totally unsubstantiated and untrue message stating that Erdogan had sought asylum in not one, but two European countries. In fact, as they were tweeting this – Erdogan was landing in Istanbul despite bombs reportedly going off there. As they and other journalists know, if Erdogan had fled the country then forces loyal to the government may well surrender thinking that all was lost. Despite knowing how high the stakes were, they persisted in publishing this blatant lie and still haven’t the decency to apologise or to investigate who fed them this misinformation and why.

VOX

The strapline for the VOX is “understand the news.” What it should say is “understand the news, the way WE want you to understand it.” They put out this piece relying on the short attention span and lack of information that many readers would be coming at the developing situation in Turkey with. Instead of providing “a clear guide”, they put together a hack job that included such clearly biased opinions such as this:
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This is not unbiased journalism. This is propaganda masquerading as journalism.

FoxNews

FOX News did what it does best. When a guest was presented with a struggle between a legitimate government the they don’t like and a brutal military coup that would lead to instability and tyranny, they chose the latter. Well, at least they don’t pretend to be fair and balanced.

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The Independent (again) took it one step further. They put out an article discussing a lunatic conspiracy theory that the whole thing was an elaborate hoax by the government just like the Nazis did previously (!) Apparently, if it is anti-Erdogan then even the craziest, most xenophobic and irresponsible views will find a willing home in the Independent.


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Finally, now that the coup has been thwarted, many commentators and publications went back to their favourite past-time – complaining Erdogan was too authoritarian and ruthless. I mean, it’s not like there was a coup attempt against him, his residence was surrounded by tanks, parliament was bombed and policemen were being murdered in their headquarters?

Oh wait. That is EXACTLY what happened.

To be clear, all the above does not mean that he is a saint. He is a politician and like any politician he has he has his faults and dealings in the murkiness of politics. These issues – whether the handling of the Kurdish terror threat, the economy, stifling the media – should be dealt with like they would in any country that these publications are based in – through the ballot not the bullet.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Counter and call out this propaganda and ask some serious questions as to why do they all seem so keen to have this leader, this government and this country fall?

After all, as Malcolm X said:

 

 

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    Maruf Sajjad

    July 16, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Does not surprise me anymore. This is something they are very good at. Muslims should learn how to properly use and counter these media.
    And salam to the brave people of Turkey.

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      Sulaimi

      July 16, 2016 at 9:09 PM

      Yes this is a good way to readdress the actual situation

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      Sule Suleiman Taura

      July 17, 2016 at 6:15 AM

      I strongly hails the people of Turkey f8r resisting this well-orchestrated coup. May the Almighty continue to help Erdogan and the people of Turkey.

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        Ayyub

        July 17, 2016 at 7:05 AM

        Amiin insha Allah

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        Haisraf

        July 18, 2016 at 5:17 AM

        Aamiin. In sya Allah.

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        Mustafa

        July 21, 2016 at 4:17 AM

        Let’s cut out the middle man and just worship Erdogan directly. That’s what we all want to do anyway.

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        Wali Mohammad

        July 24, 2016 at 10:33 AM

        Long live Turkey under leadership of Erdogan

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        AB HAMID BIN JAMAIN

        July 25, 2016 at 12:52 AM

        Aamiin, ya Rabbal ‘Aalamiin …

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        F>U

        August 16, 2016 at 9:03 AM

        English much? Maybe your almighty can cure cancer and all our other weaknesses.

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      aroos muhammed

      July 17, 2016 at 6:43 AM

      what we should do is to get closer to non muslim explain our true nature through actions. qwe should rely on three things I understand . knowledge Islam and techniques[ Rational and Hiqma]

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        sajid abbasi

        July 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM

        First we need to get closer to our Muslim brothers and sisters and let them open their eyes before they fall prey to such propagandas..

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      Leong Chan Fu

      July 17, 2016 at 8:32 AM

      In my opinion, As usual, UK-Russia-US will continue to support anything that go against Islam. History has shown us much thru WW1,WW2,Iraq,Syria,Afganistan,Palestine etc.

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        Yusri

        July 18, 2016 at 6:51 AM

        Dear Sir..thanks for the much understanding towards Islam..God bless you.

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        Abu Rayhan

        July 18, 2016 at 11:37 AM

        But eventually the Haq of Islam will emerge as victorious. Insha Allah.

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      ameerul

      July 18, 2016 at 10:44 AM

      yup.. we as a muslim should be intelligently counter back this lies that spread by the media.. internet is a very good platform for us to defend back.. we must be clever.. this is a very slick game..

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      Abu Rayhan

      July 18, 2016 at 11:34 AM

      The only way out for the Muslims is to stick to the teachings and guidance given by our beloved Prophet (PBUH).

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      Fatuma

      July 18, 2016 at 3:51 PM

      Well put my dear. This propaganda has to stop. This is the only muslim country and is working and they want to dismantle it. Hail the good people of Turkey and long live Erdogan. We stand with you

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        Qamariah

        July 18, 2016 at 5:56 PM

        Allahumma ameen…

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      AB HAMID BIN JAMAIN

      July 25, 2016 at 12:58 AM

      I do agree. It is quite an old story that western media are always bewildered every time a fundamentalist Muslim leader is in charge of a Muslim country, and prefer to have a secularist. But Muslims all over the world should realise that secularism is “an enemy” to Islamic Fundamentalism.
      And I’d believe that Turkish people are much wiser about the beauty of Islam as a whole, insya ALLAH walhamdulillah. Aamiin …

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    mona

    July 16, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    now you know who not to follow to get actual news .

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    Firasath

    July 16, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Dont forget Robert Baer ex CIA on CNN saying that he was invloved in many coups and giving live advise to coup plotters on how they should have arrested the president and shut down media immediately. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_578a2d02e4b08608d334c32c?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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    Mohammed

    July 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    We have gotten the chance to differentiate our enemies! Good work of Turkey people ashamed the Bandas!

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    Saeed

    July 16, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    What this shows is that they will Crush any Muslim leader weather elected by his people and Tarnish his character him as a dictator.
    As the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said they won’t be happy with you until you become one of them.
    Power to the people of Turkey and all those who believe in Islam.
    Submission to the will of Allah.
    We all stand one with you for your courageous against injustice For All Mankind.

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      Ibrahim

      July 16, 2016 at 4:01 PM

      Turkey has never been colonised in history bcos it’s ppl are very patriotic to their country. Let’s the colonisers try elsewhere. Congrats to the Turkish ppl.

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      Ali

      July 16, 2016 at 9:55 PM

      I am Turkish and he is a dictator. All these commenters are pathetic, aligning with this guy just because he is Muslim, despite him being a ruthless authoritarian. He is one of the reasons of all the troubles in Syria, he has been supporting ISIS for a long time.

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        umut

        July 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM

        i am a Turkish too, and i agree with you completely. this men, Erdogan, he is some kind of evilness. The people of Turkey, i mean half of the people is not well educated. Unfortunately government keeps the people ignorance. i and my social circle feel like stucked. Please dont let the islamic regimes success, please.

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        Ibrahim

        July 16, 2016 at 11:43 PM

        Useless Traitor, you’ll soon die of bitterness! But who cares?

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        Nigar

        July 16, 2016 at 11:49 PM

        Vatan hainisin Ali, ama mutlaka seninde sonun olacak.

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        raja

        July 17, 2016 at 12:11 AM

        Very sorry to have Erdogan as your dictator because apparantly he has good reputation and supporters especially those Extremist around the world. I do agree with you he is a dictator who managed to extended his terms as your country leader by changing constitutions and even his PM was leaving him few months ago right? He is the modern islamist dictator indeed

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        Mehmet

        July 17, 2016 at 2:27 AM

        İm turkish too this is my second comment this website delated mu comment. Ali dont be ridicilous how to say he is dictor, he is supporting isis i know you also know very well but just here you are trying to cheat people in syria there is a turkmen group that fight with isis and he is helping them but never help to isis as you know very well. People here saw how we support him against army and some people like you we are here we are in street to support him when he joint his fist ellection he took 34% vote amd now his latest election he took 52% vote people see how he is poplular in turkey and all people know what is meant dictator we are here talking about election but you are sayin dictator dont be ridicilous and dont try to cheat people

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        Mehmet

        July 17, 2016 at 2:31 AM

        Sorry this website didnt delate my comment just it became problem on my internet that’s why i couldn see my comment

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        Ahmed

        July 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM

        what I can say you are traitors, yes he is dictator to the evils like you.

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        Mustafa

        July 17, 2016 at 2:52 AM

        I am also a Turk and I am ashamed of your lies!

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        Cass

        July 17, 2016 at 3:09 AM

        Turkey is a democracy so any changes need to be brought about using democratic processes. It seems that even the opposition wants to bring about change in this way.

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        A Pakistani

        July 17, 2016 at 3:56 AM

        Hi ali
        I feel sorry for you….if u remember col.gadafi of libya or sadam hussain of iraq….i bet erdogan is evil or pain in front of those people …..but just wait n think for one second……as soon as those gadafi n sadam were gone…….whats the state of those people felt oppressed n depressed n in pain with their leaders……..i can’t comment about turks under erdogan but i can tell ur future is no good at all without erdogan…….

        ..a Pakistani

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        Yunus

        July 17, 2016 at 4:02 AM

        You as Muslims are afraid of following in the steps of the prophet Mohammed pbuh , you want to have your alcohol, let your women run naked in the streets , gamble and eat of usary. You are afraid of all this stopping. We live in an age whereby everything that is wrong and you all know it is considered moral and the way way of Islam which is full of moral values is considered immoral. Wake up people. Respect all religions and cultures, then we can have a good society.

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        Mehmet

        July 17, 2016 at 4:42 AM

        Show me one dictator who were supported by his people against to some group of army (of course not our all army) everyone has their own mind and as i saw here people see this also i would like to thank our brother of foriegner people who support us we need you all guys not to this stupid people like ali

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        bab

        July 17, 2016 at 5:51 AM

        My brother do u want turkey to ne Luke libya then continue. That’s what Libya said about Mohammed Gadafi, I was in Libya few months ago and now they wish he was alive

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        Osman Ali

        July 17, 2016 at 8:14 AM

        The overwhelming majority wants him to stay and they showed us how strong leader he is. Erdogan is elected leader so you can’t call him dictator.
        May Allah protect him and all beloved Turkish poeple.
        Love from Somalia

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        Arooj

        July 17, 2016 at 8:18 AM

        Whether he is dictator or not. He is there by vote. That is democracy. The coup was to destablise your country. Once the government falls, US and NATO will come forward IN THE FORM OF AID and thus destroy the whole country. You should learn by several other Muslim countries. This is your home. You need to protect it from aliens. Your president is chosen by you through proper channel and if you want will be removed by you through proper channel. The army is never the solution. The army should not rule, it should only defend the country. Muslim or not open your eyes and do not fall into the trap of Israel. Your country is your home and no matter how bad or poor she is, she is your home.

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        Mustafa AUS

        July 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM

        I’m Turkish aswell, and find the need to state that Ali is a hater. Sana ve senin gibilere yazıklar olsun. Memleketin haline bak senin derdine bak seni fırsatçı şerefsiz. Mesele Erdoğan meselesi değil, mesele vatan meselesi….

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        Samatar

        July 17, 2016 at 3:12 PM

        You may be a Turkish, but no doubt you’re a MUNAFIQ!
        People elected this president and its up to the Turkish to unseat his government through the ballot not by the tanks of un-elected generals!

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          Aly Balagamwala

          July 19, 2016 at 7:22 AM

          Kindly be careful in your choice of words. Express your opinions do not attack the other person.

          Comments Team

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        Qidao

        July 17, 2016 at 7:11 PM

        Where you get all these nonsense bro

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        Ibrahim

        July 17, 2016 at 7:12 PM

        I tell you what, there is no way one can satisfy the rest 7 billion people in the world or 70 million + turkish nationals hence claims that Erdogan is bad, he did this or that is just comments of ignorant people. Be a president in his place (just think for a moment) there would be at least 30% people who would hate you. Be a president like him him in his country you would or could do at least 90% of what negative he did. In today difficult and manipulated by America world he is standing at least much better than most muslim leaders in the world. You are never going to be satisfied with anyone else, he is at least someone trying to do good for not only turkish people, but for the whole muslims of the world. Who on earth can speak and act on behalf of muslims which is 1.6 billion people defending their rights? Even Saudis being a nation of prophet Muhammad s.a.w don’t dare! So please haters SHUT UP! And think for a moment what would you do, be you on his position, you are extremely naive if you think that politics in world arena is so easy and simple, you are too naive if you think it’s just easy to be friend with Russia, Israel, Arab world, America and Europe and the rest of the world at the same time, you are too naive if you think satisfying all needs of 70 million people + be loved by 7 billion people is so easy. You are too naive if you catch him just for jailing people or building a castle or making millions for himself and his family, and close your eyes on what positive he has done and doing for his people and the whole muslim world! Go live in my country, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, All African countries etc etc example can be loooooonngg enough and say thank you Mr. Erdogan, verily you are doing something good for your people! Those who are haters are usually not victims, not those who are directly being oppressed by him or those whose even family members are being under his oppression, these are mostly just unlucky, broke, TV stuck, internet stuck, Facebook stuck brainwashed people who have no idea whatsoever about world policy, economy, macroeconomic, internal politics or anything like that, having financial, moral problems that they can’t sort out and naively thinking that leader should do something about it. That’s why, like it’s said in proverb “don’t judge him until you are on his shoes”!

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        İsmail Hakkı

        July 18, 2016 at 4:03 AM

        I am Turkish and I have master degree. I am working as a web developer in a one of biggest Turkish University. Why I am saying theese because people against Erdogan saying his supporters are not educated. He is not dictator. He elected democratically. The people which saying he supporting ISIS don’t have any proof and probably their age smaller than 25.

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        İsmail Hakkı

        July 18, 2016 at 4:09 AM

        I am Turkish and I have master degree. I am working as a web developer in a one of biggest Turkish University. Why I am saying theese because people against Erdogan saying his supporters are not educated. He is not dictator. He elected democratically. The people which saying he supporting ISIS don’t have any proof and probably their age smaller than 25. If Erdogan supporting ISIS why they are bombing our country? Also I agree Syria move was mistake.

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        Akanni

        July 19, 2016 at 7:44 AM

        Don’t be foolish, you cant appreciate what you have until you lose it, the westerner are evil and they want to surrogate u. can you see what is happening in Libya and Iraq. if you are not certified with your government you can go an join your evil people in America.

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        aygun

        July 23, 2016 at 10:52 AM

        you r traitor and gulenist

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        Murat

        August 6, 2016 at 5:40 AM

        Nigar hanim Ali sadece vatan haini değil aynı zamanda müslüman düşmanı.
        Yazık bir de o mübarek adı ona vermişler.

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        Ankaralı

        November 8, 2016 at 9:41 AM

        What a blatant liar you are! May Allah bring you to shame in both worlds. Posting on an Islamic sites lies about your own country knowing fully well that Erdogan is not a dictator nor current Turkish system is a dictatorship, you are such a pathetic liar, probably a Gulenist or a CHP proponents.

        Be man enough to say the truth, don’t be wretched so much.

        Erdogan may be harsh in some of his addresses but in no way whatsoever can he be called a dictator. This defamation is largely because of his electoral and popular victories and his not obeying the western powers in their schemes.

        I did not vote for Erdoğan twice as I was not happy with some of their practices, but I can assuredly say that they displayed the best performance ever.

        ı will not count them here.

        Now, to the Turks here.

        Alçaklık yapmayın, Allahsızlık yapmayın, kimin uşağıysanız açık açık söyleyin. Fetullahın uşağıysanız, uşağıyım deyin, o yalancı dillerinizi ateş yakar kavurur.

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      Pencolekhangek

      July 18, 2016 at 12:16 AM

      Absolutely true. That’s what our holy prophet had told us more than 1000 years ago. May Allah protect the people of Turkey.

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      Yasin

      July 18, 2016 at 2:04 AM

      #saeed
      Allaah said “they won’t be happy with you until you became one of them ” it’s Quran not Hadith.
      Jiza kalah
      Khayr.

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        sajid abbasi

        July 18, 2016 at 5:20 PM

        And one more correction for you bro,,…. It’s jazakallah, not jizakallah

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      Sarah

      July 18, 2016 at 1:25 PM

      And this comment goes both ways. People living in Muslim countries are often denied = rights because of there religion. This is why the media reports like this – because they fear the loss of secularisation. As Muslims fear religious suppression so do non Muslims. There should be no coercisn when it comes to religion. It is not for states or men to decide how people find their way to God.

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      sajid abbasi

      July 18, 2016 at 5:07 PM

      Great comment sir

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    Md Suhair

    July 16, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Shehzade Mustafa would do readers of the column a favor by listing sources that he feels are unbiased sources of reporting. And to be fair the NY Times and the Independent do an excellent job of presenting all view points letting the reader draw conclusions. By simply taking one among many articles in these newspapers to exemplify his belief is unfortunate. Whilst it is true many in the western press have anti-Islamist bent, we need to careful to avoid using a broad brush to paint all western media.

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      Sadat Hussain

      July 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM

      Are you sane mate ? One article among many article? I have been following the independent all along and absolutely agree what the writer is saying. Your fascination for these shameless outright hypocrites are beyond belief!

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      NCM

      July 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM

      MD Suhair, I agree with you. Shehzade probably doesnt know Turkish to see what is being reported there. These articles are good to the point of view of the “other.” The question for me is how much longer should Turkey remain an ally of the US. There is a lot of anti-American sediment even in this article. If you cannot take criticism then you are very democratic are you? I do not consider Turkey a democracy by any means. It is term loosely thrown around to make friends.

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        Ibrahim

        July 16, 2016 at 11:47 PM

        You’re democratic only you lick the **s of the west. Give us a break!

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        Murat

        August 6, 2016 at 5:44 AM

        Than why you can not allow their cricitise? If you are saying they should, you should have respect their cricitise too

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      A Pakistani

      July 17, 2016 at 3:59 AM

      Sir plz tell me single western channel who in ur opinion is not anti islam n shiws what happens in Palestine under Israel. Myanmar under government.kashimir under India.iraq under usa.libya undr usa. ……..and many more examples…..i hope u already must be knowing…….

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      Dr Tariq Rajbee

      July 17, 2016 at 4:23 PM

      You are trying to white wash the comment of Ali. These kind of people will get more respect if they read and UNDERSTAND Quran before following the western thought process.

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      Qidao

      July 17, 2016 at 7:43 PM

      Please share the ‘unbiased’ report link here as evidence so that we can eveluate how ‘unbiased’ those western media are. But please dont just make a general sweeping statement to defend the western media categorically

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      Qidao

      July 17, 2016 at 7:47 PM

      Please give evidences of the ‘unbiased’ report link here so that we can eveluate how ‘unbiased’ those western media are. But please dont just make a general sweeping statement to defend the independent which prove to be not so independent

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    John

    July 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    It’s is very sad that media also is a powerful player who tries to destabilize the government by propaganding the lies to brainwash the mass people on earth. The failed coup clearly shows that the Turkish people don’t give a shit about the media and acted on its own for the sake of its own people and the country.. Hats off to patriotic Turkish people.. #mediafails #patriotic #turkishcoupfails

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      Hassan

      July 17, 2016 at 12:17 PM

      Dear All
      Let’s be realistic, there was a coup against an elected president, and for my point of view that is not a right channel to change a leadership of country that is not your choice. Period.

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      aygun

      July 23, 2016 at 11:01 AM

      Great comment my friend

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      Murat

      August 6, 2016 at 5:56 AM

      Hats off to John too.

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    Ali

    July 16, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    The hypocrisy Of west is beyond believe
    The media play big part twisting the trued to suit it needs .
    Let’s look at the facts
    The elected president was out of the main city 52% of the people
    1. Not all the military but some faction of the military with help from outside influence tried to stage A COUP
    2. They took control of main airport ‘two bridges that link to the two main city Istanbul and Ankara
    3.Some national television network
    4. The elected president call on his people to come out in numbers in supports of him and defy the military
    5. The people (estimated to be minimum half a million in less than2 hours took to the street
    6. BECOUSE of the will of the people his is rightly fully still a president of turkey

    Now let’s turn it the other way if the president had used the military and crush the civilians so he can hung to the power I could understand then
    Or
    When the military tried to overthrow the president people come out in support of the military

    Neither of it had happened .
    People choose and want the president they had elected Mr ERDOGAN

    So can any one of you explain to me why the media trying to paint him as blood thirst dictator.

    I will tell you why they misjudged it big time. They took a gamble and had hoped the great people of turkey will fall for their twisted hatred towards One of the view strong Muslim leader still around.

    ??????????????

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      Aisha

      July 16, 2016 at 8:16 PM

      well said Brother Ali..

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        Ahmed ilmy

        July 16, 2016 at 11:03 PM

        Brother Ali the biggest conspirater is keeping silent of their undermined action, we wish that the Rtddogan will cut path Islam, Masha Allah.

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        Muhammad Nafis

        July 17, 2016 at 3:11 AM

        Am Muhammad Nafis from Nigeria congratulations to all Muslims brother and sister may the peace rain in your country (amen) my country

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      Ibrahim

      July 16, 2016 at 11:50 PM

      I can’t say any better bro Ali. You’re a hero!

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      Mustafa

      July 17, 2016 at 2:57 AM

      This is completely true..

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      Mumin

      July 17, 2016 at 5:44 AM

      Very well explained brother Ali. In support of your comparison, a Turkish women phoned LBC yesterday, she said Erdogan is a dictator because he is trying to implement Sharia law in Turkey and majority of Turkish people are uneducated that’s way he’s been able to brainwash them in thinking he represents Islam.

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      El-Khair

      July 17, 2016 at 9:01 AM

      Ty for pointing out the very obvious Ali. So that people with blind hearts and narrow minds can see what is actually happening. Why would the people come out to help an ‘Evil Dictator’. I cannot help but laugh when I see some of the blatantly stupid negative response.

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 3:21 PM

      You are not a real Turkish and a muslim.As a Turk (still I dont think you are) you dont see what is happening around but many foreign see.What a pitty!Erdogan doesn’t need any such kind of events.He is already powerfull with his supporters he does what his people want.If he was a dictator as you said you wouldnt be here writing like this!!!

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      Mohd Arip

      July 17, 2016 at 8:28 PM

      You are all correct brother. The west are not at all confortable with Muslim resurrection. They dont even say that USA under Bush was wrong in evading Iraq!

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    Mushahid

    July 16, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    An article on May 30, 2016 by FA. – https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2016-05-30/turkeys-next-military-coup
    Foreign Affairs is the magazine of the Illuminati (NWO) in America . This article was published on May 30, 2016, just a month and a half ago! Do you think it was a mere coincidence ?
    I have zero doubt that the western as well as European regimes are heavily involved in this plot and in every plot against Turkey’s government.
    Now to prove this statement of mine , do check the major West , European and even the Russian news outlets. Its clear that they were and still are rejoicing the coup rather than condemning it with some most absurd analogy you have heard.
    The point i wanted to make with this post is –
    1. There is ALWAYS more to the news than what the general masses are shown.
    2. Many of the conspiracy theory are Facts and the News floated around by media houses are conspiracy.
    3. Life of people have become very cheap in today’s political games. You can see many regimes plotting against their own people, imprisoning them and even killing them.
    4. Many of the incidents are FALSE FLAG operations done by secret agencies for political – vested interest of nations.
    [[ Watch for yourself – Ex-CIA David Robert Steel: Every single incident in US is a False Flag – https://youtu.be/4QLUq4ddLEQ ]]
    5. DON’T SWALLOW ANY NEWS BLINDLY. Be rational enf to question –
    a. who is getting benefited by this action or incident ?
    b. whats the other side of story ?
    c. who will be targeted for this incident/action by media/people/govt. of the rest of world ?
    and most importantly,
    5. Pray ! pray for the whole of humanity. We are just pawns who hardly understand a thing going around us.

    Kuddos and big salute to people of Turkey ! May Allah protect you all from evil eyes.

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    GregAbdul

    July 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    what’s also very interesting to note is the absolute silence coming from the White House. Turkey is a US ally. They beg Turkey to use Turkish airspace and Turkish borders to assist in fighting in Syria. Yet when someone tries to overthrow the very people giving the US aid in fighting in the Middle East, Obama and company sit there mute waiting for the winner. Turkey should push back at the US government after this is over. These media statements are a lot less likely to happen if the White House stands with its Muslim allies openly.

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      AF

      July 17, 2016 at 4:29 AM

      Erdogan made Turkey the willing conduit for ISIS fighters worldwide to enter Syria. He also made Turkey the willing conduit for ISIS fighters to leave Syria and enter various non-Muslim nations for the purpose of terrorist jihad. I’m sure the tacit agreement was that ISIS would do their business on everyone else and leave Turkey alone. We can see how that turned out. In the meantime, the Western forces that Turkey “hosted” were fighting a high tech and extremely expensive battle that kept ISIS from actually invading Turkey.

      In short, Erdogan is a a snake who has served only his own narrow interests by simultaneously using the West while betraying us to our sworn enemies. Obama, the US, and the West in general do not owe Erdogan a thing. If he can’t keep his own military loyal to him, then that’s his problem, not the United States’. What does Obama have to do with it? Since when is he Erdogan’s big daddy? That is the kind of colonial mindset that I thought modern Muslims hated.

      People here apparently view the coup as a secular attack on Erdogan’s Islamist regime, which is extremely telling. I view Erdogan’s rule as living proof that once an Islamist takes leadership anywhere on the planet, the rights of secular people will gradually be diminished and destroyed. Human rights and Islamic rule cannot co-exist. What we will see now is the slow slide of Turkey into a failed state. Tourists and expats will shun it. Free-thinking Turks will and are already looking for a way out. The creative class will dry up or emigrate. It will increasingly look unstable to foreign investors. Many good and hard-working Turkish people will needlessly and unfairly suffer for Erdogan’s narrow minded vision of becoming a neo-Ottoman caliph.

      And you, Greg, will blame this failure on the US or the West if you possibly can.

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      Very good point You are exactly right.

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    Jalal

    July 16, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Becareful Turkey don’t let your country become like Iraq, Afganistan or Syria.
    Unite together as one Nation.
    Peace be upon you

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      umut

      July 16, 2016 at 10:39 PM

      we are sorry jalal, it s too late. we are living with fear and this is enough to feel like an Syrian person

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        Ibrahim

        July 16, 2016 at 11:56 PM

        @Umut, you’re a bitter traitor, go hang!

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        Sonu

        July 17, 2016 at 2:02 AM

        I think you are not Muslim

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        Quinn

        July 17, 2016 at 6:43 AM

        I have a friend, a young mother of one handsome boy, who were out to the streets to show her supports to her president. She said i better be dead than be a coward traitor to my country and leader. She got more balls than you apparently.

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        aygun

        July 23, 2016 at 11:16 AM

        you couldnt turkich people.Bad blood

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        Murat

        August 6, 2016 at 6:00 AM

        When you will suicide, Turkey still strong without fear. If it’s Turkey we would like to die by your religion and our country.

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      Mustafa

      July 17, 2016 at 2:59 AM

      Umut please stop your lies! You are a traitor and looser.

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 5:01 PM

      Thank you bro.We will not let our country be like Syria Iraq.Keep supporting and praying for us and for our President Erdogan!

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    Gohammed

    July 16, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    You muslim regressive people are the malignant tumour that’s spreading over the world over time. It’s nothing wrong with secularism and so far those news reporters haven’t published any truly ”biased” stuff. All they’ve published was the truth of Erdogan steering the country towards a dictatorship ruled with islam.
    Sincerely from Turkey

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      Ibrahim

      July 16, 2016 at 11:58 PM

      At least those heros who stood with their president are for us! The rest burry you head in the sand.

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      Qidao

      July 17, 2016 at 7:56 PM

      Please give evidence gohammed, dont just talk

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      Eddy

      July 18, 2016 at 9:14 PM

      Go and die fast…becoz u dont know whats the purpose of life

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    M.Yafai

    July 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Respect and love to the people of Turkey …
    All the haters in this world were calibrating against Turkey and it’s government.
    Bravo to you all for standing up for the truth and defending your country from those who want nothing but hatred and violence to your beautiful country ….

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 5:38 PM

      Thank you brother.

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      Eddy

      July 18, 2016 at 9:17 PM

      Salute Turkey !!

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    mr mr

    July 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Using single point quotation such a ‘this’ is different to double point quotation such as “this”. When applying single quotation the word could instead be italicized as another method of applying nuance.

    The reason for doing this is to refer to a quotation while also focusing on the meaning behind the word. So in the case of putting single quotations around the word treason, they are in fact highlighting this as both a quote and focal point for meaning within the sentence.

    The second reference “the army sees itself” is once again not what you are attempting to portray; there is no positive reinforcement of the military perspective here. In common English to highlight that personal reflection provides a point of difference is actually highlighting the fact that the subject matter has its own unique perspective; while everything else of relevance does not share that view.

    I could continue, but it is already clear much of your attempted hype train has be built on a very poor grasp of the English language.

    In reality the west would benefit more from Erdogan staying in rule; as a less secular form of Islam helps the middle east retain a more cautious and inward approach to other cultures and nations. This prevents any distinct change in the culture and social norms of the middle east, which might allow movement and influence from larger more difficult nations such as Russia (as they have attempted in the past, and resulted in the creation of the EU). This is what America wants, but they don’t want you to know they want that. So you’ll always see lies in the media, but be careful to ensure the articles you reference are actually applicable and not easily debunked.

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      Ayesha

      July 17, 2016 at 3:48 AM

      I Disagree…
      Apologetic Muslims will come up with such excuses always. America wants this and that and only we know and it dosen’t want you to know that, LOL. We all know they’ve been planning to welcome the coup as soon as it was successful and using media as their best weapon to swing public opinion. Its always subtle so that they can roll back if something untoward (like this failure by the Grace of God) happens :) Every sane, politically informed Muslim, who is also well-versed in our Prophet’s guidance on these times, know what America and all anti-Islam nations want. Its a simple agenda, “Wipe Islam and name of God from the hearts of Muslims” because they see Islam as the only threat to their New World Order. They believe in “nip the evil in the bud”. So any group of people showing any signs of Islamic Renaissance are uprooted, let alone a stable democratically elected govt. Erdogan is a thorn and no matter the amount of pressure with wars in neighborhood and refugees and propaganda against him, he “fails” to succumb to their desires. Happy living in a fool’s paradise. Better get acquainted with the world and its realities as much as you’re well versed in English.

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        Michael

        July 17, 2016 at 11:01 PM

        Why plane in sight no shoot?why get the judges name when this is done by military?even if got link,this done within 24hours?i am just an outsider.this seems like well planned plot by final benefactor.who benefits the most from this?very obvious someone use the distress feelings among the troops to force certain groups to launch a coup but at the same time,it is by a big part under their control.

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        Eddy

        July 18, 2016 at 9:25 PM

        Turkey economy is growing by day and the roots of Islam is being well preserved by Erdogan… the no.1 supporter of the freedom of Palestine… beating Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2nd spot.

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    Noor

    July 16, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    The west hates even the thought of a shadowy islamic government, leave alone some hesd of an islamic state trying to bring about positive islamic changes. Remember Mursi?

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    Muhammad

    July 16, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    The west is only trying to provoke us into war against each other they are trying to weaken our bond as Muslims and it’s actually working we as of today cannot care less about our fellow Muslim borthers and sisters for example in Syria when the fugitives seeked asylum in other countries there were countless Muslims countries around them but only a few of them gave them asylum most of them didn’t even bat an eye. The rich (Muslims) are so blinded by their wealth that they don’t consider the poor human either muslim or any other. This was not the case 1400 years ago we were in control all over the world we were the super power because we were united but then the Kuffar made us clash with each other and crumble, they broke out bonds and divided us into groups, into different countries. this all can be solved of we unite ourselves again
    – Love from a muslim brother may allah be with you

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      Saddam

      July 16, 2016 at 11:26 PM

      You’re going 1400 years into the past? Hitler was just 80 years ago. Should Germans reflect on how they should destroy you? What’s wrong with you?

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      Rakib

      July 17, 2016 at 2:15 AM

      Totally agreed with you brother ??

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      luigifinance

      July 18, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      Hey guy, I’m Christian and from Belgium. an no, our woman our no running naked in the street and we are not drunk all the time.
      We are not against Moslim or Moslim countries. Moslims get more changes in Europe than Christian get in the middle east. How many churches are there in Saudi-Arabia ? Can I set foot in Mekka as non moslim ? Who took over 1 min immigrants from Syria in ? Open your eyes and stop with this God’s madness. In a few year we’ll be sending people to Mars and a lot of you are still thinking about an era 1400 years ago ?

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    Saddam

    July 16, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Wow you’re crazy! You don’t have any problem with Ergodan turning the country into a dictatorship just because he’s Muslim? What’s wrong with you?

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      Minion

      July 17, 2016 at 1:28 AM

      Funny you call Erdogan a dictator, because your named yourself after a dictator. No doubt you liked him because he was a secular dictator (who ended up repenting from his kufr in his last days anyways)

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      Alinoor

      July 17, 2016 at 7:05 PM

      My friend , Turkey is bigger than you .The Turks love their country , they are patriots , brave and fought battles with people who tried to attack their land .Erdoğan is their president , he was elected by the people through fair and free elections .The problem you have is you are a traitor , you hate Turkey’s progress , instead of writing your pathetic words here try to help yourself .No weapon against Turkey and it is people will succeed.If you are Turkish person like this than you are a dead and bloodless brat go and seek asylum in those places you are taught how to be a traitor .Turkey will remain , They fought canakale war and became the winners .Learn history young and brainwashed little boy .

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    Jubair

    July 17, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    I am a reporter. I write in our news, Failed military coup attempt in Turkey. 280 Dead

    News Link: http://pressbangladesh.org/turkey-military-coup-attempt/

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    Faiz Abdullah

    July 17, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Erdogan is doing a lot of good thing to Turkey. The eonomy is growing, unemployment is low, more cheap education to the people and so on. He cares about his people. It is not easy to find a good leader in this world. Nobody is perfect and there is weakness here and there. But overall, he is a good leader and doing his best for the sake of the country.

    May Allah grant us all Muslim to be an obedient servant to Him. Ameen.

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      I am strongly agree with you friend.After Erdogan:We are healthy and wealthy.We love him But,People who dont want our country’s advanced growing dont like him.

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    Muhammed

    July 17, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    All praise is for Allah,who guided me towards truth,I can say this safely without fearing mockery here.:)

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      Ayyub

      July 17, 2016 at 7:12 AM

      Innal hamdalillah brother this is the age of fitnah the prophet told us in hadith and we need to unite and stay stong and forget all nation boundaries. If we dont we cant posibbly know how long we can stand to this orchestrated lies as an individual.

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    Ali

    July 17, 2016 at 1:32 AM

    The coup may not have been a good thing as the military would be more dictatorial, but it is amusing how so many western Muslims pretend to not notice how Erdogan does not allow dissent, how his family is corrupt, and how he has supported chaos in Syria, by turning .a blind eye to IS among his actions.

    But he is of the right sect and his followers shout Allah Akbar, that negates all his misdeeds, right ?

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      Ayesha

      July 17, 2016 at 3:58 AM

      No it doesn’t. But so long as he is democratically elected, you’ve all the means to disagree and show dissent within the boundaries of democracy and what this sort of system allows. I don’t agree with some of his internal policis, his clash with Golen but I totally support his foreign policy and that’s what earns him the respect internationally because we see him as the harbinger of what our hearts truly want. You can always topple him in the next election don’t worry. Coup is not an answer and anyone who supports this should very much reflect on history and the neighborhood states who had been living under military rules for decades. Enough deterrent. Every govt enforces its agenda, and criticism is always a part of the game. Why is he the only one not allowed to do that? Answer is very much obvious.

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        Qidao

        July 17, 2016 at 8:03 PM

        Well said Ayesha

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    Mehmet

    July 17, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    İm turkish too as you see some people who say im turkish here they are saying he is dictator but im telling you look at just now this situation how we supported him against to some kind of this cruel people-army and erdogan here is telling im ellected and if you dont want me when you dont elecet me i will go. When he joind his first election he took 34% vote and now his lastest election he took 52% vote and it shows how is popular in turkey and how we love him allah helps him

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      Mustafa

      July 17, 2016 at 3:01 AM

      Indeed… That all true.

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    Muzamilu Idrisa

    July 17, 2016 at 1:57 AM

    It doesn’t matter what happens or whatever they say, they will keep doing this, giving false information but at the end they will fail. May Allah protect the muslims of Turkey.

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      Ayyub

      July 17, 2016 at 7:20 AM

      As Allah state in the quran (86:15-16) they are plotting a scheme against you, but I (Allah) also plotting a scheme.

      Indeed in the end they will fail because the Almighty’s plan is better

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    Mehmet

    July 17, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    How to say erdogan is supporting isis dont try to cheat people all people know its just ridiculous. Just look at how he is supporting palestian and you know very well in syria there is a turkmen group they are also turkish they fight with isis and he helped them and he is still helping them but dont say he is helping isis it just ridiculous dont try to cheat people here i know you are so sad because your coup was not succesful we are here we are in streets to support him

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    Dwan

    July 17, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Congratulations…. much respect to the brave Turkish people… dont give a damn to the **s**le reporting by the western media.
    peoples power ..✊

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    sead

    July 17, 2016 at 2:51 AM

    Good job guys of exposing the propaganda. It is very important to understand that all media, ALL, left, right, progressive, alternative, from Russia, to australia and back, they were rejoicing to see another Muslim country fall into chaos. There is no alternative media when the issue is muslims or Islam, they all become gov’t ptopaganda. Muslims must take their destiny into their own hands, and not beg NATO and others to come and bomb Muslim countries. Anyone doing it is a traitor I hope Erdoan learned his lesson and that he will not any more play games with the devils. Great and inspiring actions of brave Turkish people saved their country, unlike Egyptians who bowed their heads to sisi and let him take over a country. Mash’Allah Turkish people still have the blood of the ottomans running through their veins.

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      Ayesha

      July 17, 2016 at 4:03 AM

      Great insight! My heart again bleeds for Mursi and what happened to his elected govt. But this, I fear, is going to be the next challenge for Erdogan as well. Proponents of irreligiosity to rule the world won’t rest until they lay to rest the budding seeds of Muslim Renaissance in Turkey.

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 8:17 PM

      I was about to cry hearing your voice.Thank you brillant man.This gives us much more power to defend our country against to indoor and outdoor enemies!

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    Muhammad Nafis

    July 17, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Am I Nigerian congratulations to all my brothers and sisters.brother ali you show them your real meaning of your name mash Allah barkallah fil

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      Ayyub

      July 17, 2016 at 7:29 AM

      Wa barakallahu fiik brother

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    Yussuf

    July 17, 2016 at 3:27 AM

    If he is a dictator he would have arrested you and killed you in the jail. you wouldn’t be expressing your nusty views nd lies in the Web .
    The good president Has got the support of not only the Turkish patriots but also Muslims and right minded people in the whole world.
    The Turkish people must now turn the attention to funders of that prematurely anchored attempt.

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      Fati

      July 17, 2016 at 3:57 AM

      Bro. Yusuf well said. “if he is a dictator, he would have arrested u and killed u in jail, u wdnt be expressing ur nasty views n lies in d Web.” it’s high time people get to know d difference btn a dictator is and a peace loving leader. U have no idea what other countries are going tru for losing prominent and hard working leaders the this kind of prejudices.

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    Ayesha

    July 17, 2016 at 3:28 AM

    Erdogan shouldn’t blame FateHullah Golen publicly because this will anger his followers in Turkey and pave the way for a public rebellion which is no without any doubt, the next plot of CIA and Israel after failed military coup. Just like Mursi Govt, now they’ll deal with Erdogan destabilizing Turkey in disguise of popular opinion. Ultimately a civil war will break out as Erdogan followers constitute half of Turkey. Erdogan should realize the future threats and abstain from emotional outbursts publicly. His and Islam’s enemies are coldheartedly planning day and night to wipe Muslims from the face of the earth and leaders need to be extra vigilant and hawklike outing their trust only in Allah and not in their following.

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      mesut

      July 17, 2016 at 8:28 PM

      Ayesha I congratulate you!This is the real danger that will come up next.Second and the worst attempt to coup is civil war.We have to unite we have to be the one right now.We have to love each other .show respect to all kinds of politic opinions….

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    -MA-

    July 17, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    Please keep these types of articles coming. We need to show people how evil these people that control the media are! This does just this. Government mouth pieces.

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    Muhammad Ali

    July 17, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    A Saudi brother who was guided back to Islam alhamdolillah after a period of being an atheist, talked about organised groups whose job is to attack Muslims, muslim countries, muslim leaders and of course Islam in social and well-recognised media websites. But alhamdolillah we know very well that “If ALLAH is with you then who could stand against you? of course None”.
    Islam will win at the end as ALLAH promised in the Quran whether others like it or not!

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    Ali

    July 17, 2016 at 4:55 AM

    Erdogan and his AK Party have proven to be nothing less than the most success organisation who have delivered the most progressive governance for Turkey and her people since the establishment of the Relublic some hundred years ago. This failed coup is a clear indicator that the AK Party will continue to strengthen and cleanse Turkey of those who conspire against the very justice it now enjoys. Over 50% of the Turkish public voted for this man
    , they love him and he is delivering and meeting aspirations. Long may he continue his effective service for both Turkey and the Muslim world, he is a certain beacon of mercy

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    Mohamad

    July 17, 2016 at 5:08 AM

    Assalamualaikum…greeting brothers and sisters…Mohamad here from Malaysia!
    Congratulation Turkish Muslim on your victory!!!!!
    Now we can clearly see the hates against Islam all around the world.
    Allah has lift the hijab from our hidden enemies. May we tread ahead carefully so that we dont fall again to our enemies.

    May Allah saves us all.

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    Mohamed

    July 17, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    In fact they don’t harm any one except those they work or represent for,cause the truth always prevails, that is what happened in Turkey i am sorry. Somalis said ” witness of thousand do not agree on wrong” if they cover world events in a twisted,biased,favored,ill used,deluded ways there are always others who do cover the world events in the most neutral, mutual ways then that means the truth is going to come out anyways we don’t only listen what they say as we have lost confident in their reports then that is enough for punishment.

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    Roble

    July 17, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Thanks for this informative article.
    The turkish people have shown a great courage to safeguard their democratic insitutions and government. Under the leadership of Erdogan Turkey has moved from a indebted country to a powerful and vibrant economy. Of course every leader and goverment has weak sides. After this victory Erdogan should not go for retribution. He should further unite his country, control his emotions and continue to cement his vision of 2023. Revenge does not bring except destruction

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    bab

    July 17, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    This is so funny weather dictator or what at least you can go to ur mosque and pray,and by living your life peacefully. This is like ABCD all they want to do is destroy all Muslim countries. I am a Turkish and he is a dictator my bro keep saying it,go take gun and fight your own country, destroy it by the end you will be like Libyans or Iraqis roaming around the world seeking refuge,even if you are a Christian don’t you want to live peacefully my friend hehehe go ask Iraqis, Syrians or Libyans

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      Ayyub

      July 17, 2016 at 7:35 AM

      You sound so turkish bro, totally believe it

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    syahmi

    July 17, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    I dont know why but suddenly there are many people caliming to be turkish and shame Erdogan and when i check thier fb profile the fb was created almost hours ago. Not one, but many fb like this.

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    Hasan

    July 17, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    After a while I started to get tired of the US medias clear support for this coup against a democratically elected leader.
    It is a know fact that the (US) media serves as a mouth piece for the government. So if the media’s celebration of this coup further leads me to believe that the US government knew about this coup in advance and was supportive of it and used their usual stooges (the media) to subtly condone it.

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    Cristobal Saracu

    July 17, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Your effort to criticize bias in media reporting on Turkish coup attempt is itself extremely biased. We will never achieve healing and community as humans until we have actual, open minded dialogue.

    Erdogan was democratically elected and the Turkish people don’t need the military to help them choose their leader. Another civil war is the last thing man needs right now. But Erdogan is also an authoritarian and uses religion as a source of power. While I understand Turkey is in a tough spot geopolitically this can’t justify depriving civil rights to citizens.

    Let’s talk about all sides of the issue. Small media is just as guilty of not doing so as big media. Complaining that the bias in news reporting is bad because it isn’t consistent with your own biases is not going to help fix the problem.

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    Zada

    July 17, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    To all Muslims,bad government is better than no government, all Muslim
    leaders are good no one is perfect, love always your people and your
    Country, guns are devil, look what is happening in Somalia, Iraq, Libia, Siria,
    we can not have an other destroyed country which becomes thoughs and
    Haters playground how many haters are in Somalia all over the world,
    All Muslims think before you do any thing love each other have imman and
    My allah help turkey and all muslim country.

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    Yilmaz Türk

    July 17, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    This is the Radical-Zionist Propaganda of the global Finance-Mafia … They rule the World since 200 Years and do you think they will change ?

    Who owns the Media ? The global Finance-Mafia. Who controlls the Minds over the Media ? The global Finance-Mafia.

    Is this something new to you ? Or you just want to realize the Truth ?

    Why all this Wars and Terror happens ? What do you think ? How much Money and Trancsactions cant be tracked by the “Western” Governments ? Where does all the Money from the People go ? Why dont we have enough for all Children and Old People ? You never thought about this ?

    How could the Turkish President Erdogan change Turkey in 13 Years so well ? Look at Health Care, look at Income, Production, almost any Topic ? Why could he do more than the 80 Years before ? Because he acts for the Turkish People and he is not a Betrayer …

    Just listen to the murdered US-President Kennedy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdMbmdFOvTs

    Do you see why he had to be killed ?

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    J.Weir

    July 17, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I am Canadian. I am not Muslim but I respect those who truly aspire to be a thoughtful follower of Muhammad. I believe Islam is a beautiful religion that focuses on peace and equality. While reading the comments above, which appear to be written by the hand of Muslims, I do not see peace in the heart or minds of the authors. Is there no longer any time for quiet contemplation of the Koran’s guiding principles? In the many years I have been on this earth, I have never observed any good come from violence or closed mindedness.

    The article above concerning the media’s attempt to put a particular spin on the facts is nothing new. Newspapers, radio, TV are in the business of selling papers, advertisement funding, etc. Most educated men and women know that it is important to gather information from several sources in order to gain reliable knowledge. Even then, it is important to understand that the value of any information will never be exact We all see things, understand things according to our personal life experiences and values. I may see a black pot. You may see a dark grey pot.

    I understand the passion of Turkish peoples for their heritage, their faith, their vital role among humanity. I understand the need to protect family,and honour ancestors. The world, all governments, all religions, all communities will benefit and grow in an environment of respect. However, while reading the comments above, so full of hostility, there appears to be a great amount of pain and fear. Perhaps voices are not being heard or respected. In my experience, I’m heard more clearly when I’m not shouting.

    I see paranoia and anger among those in my community. It is sad to see normally kind and gentle people be swayed by sensationalism in the media and/or drawn into irrational dialogue. It is my view that we need to be more fully conscious, more mindful of discerning what is truly fact, what is hype, and what is twisted to simply gain my support. Whatever the event, whoever is speaking, I need to keep my emotions in check so I may think clearly and logically.

    I worked as a paramedic for many years. In training, I learned the first rule in responding to medical emergencies was, “Do no harm.” What would happen if every person had this as their first rule. Do no harm. Blessings

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      Abdulla

      July 18, 2016 at 3:58 AM

      You are right there are some people who wrote hate comments here too, I feel sorry for that from my heart. But at the same time its true that Muslims in Muslim countries are tired of Western Countries playing with their Democratic rights. See just couple of days back when Muslims all around the World started feeling happy about Turkeys Democracy and stability suddenly this happened. Its true that lot of People in Middle East also want their Countries to be Democratic but of course Western Governments never allow it to happen.

      I am sorry for the hate comments but at the same time I pray God almighty that Muslim countries and their Governments also to become Democratic and peaceful. Thanks for expressing your concern mam – thank you very much.

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    Abdul Ahad

    July 17, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    This is why the West and its mainstream media is against Turkey:
    Some of the reasoning for a Attempted Coup against Erdogan:

    1.Turkish economy between 2002 and 2012 caused a growth of 64% in real GDP terms and a 43% increase in GDP per capita
    2. Erdoğan inherited a debt of $23.5 billion to the IMF, which was reduced to $0.9 billion in 2012. He decided not to sign a new deal. Turkey’s debt to the IMF was thus declared to be completely paid and he announced that the IMF could now borrow from Turkey.
    3. In 2010, five-year credit default swaps for Turkey’s sovereign debt were trading at a record low of 1.17%, below those of nine EU member countries and Russia.
    4. In 2002, the Turkish Central Bank had $26.5 billion in reserves. This amount reached $92.2 billion in 2011. During Erdoğan’s leadership, inflation fell from 32% to 9.0% in 2004.
    5. Under Erdoğan’s government, the number of airports in Turkey increased from 26 to 50.
    6. Between 2002 and 2011, another 13500 km of expressway were built.
    7. For the first time in Turkish history, high speed railway lines were constructed, and the country’s high-speed train service began in 2009.[101] In 8 years, 1076 km of railway were built and 5449 km of railway renewed.
    8. Erdogan put greater investments into the healthcare system than any predecessor. As part of the reforms, the “Green Card” program, which provides free health benefits to the poor.
    9. Erdoğan increased Education spending from 7.5 billion lira in 2002 to 34 billion lira in 2011, the highest share of the national budget given to one ministry and number of universities in Turkey nearly doubled, from 98 in 2002 to 186 in October 2012.
    10. In 1996 1$=222 Lira and in 2016 1$=2.94 Lira (even after recent turmoil.
    11. Above all , he is following the footsteps of Li kuan yu that is undertake development at all cost even through dictatorial policies.
    Beside , not a single financial scam has been attributed to him . His younger brother was and still is a street fruit seller .
    Ideologically , he is towing a moderate course making corrections from the pure secular ideology of Ataturk.

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    Abdul Ahad

    July 17, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    The West is so concerned about this “Dictator”, what about Saudi Arab? DO they see democracy there? Or in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain? They are total hypocrites.
    I salute the Turks for their bravery and support to their leader.

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    Saad Zahid

    July 17, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Jazak ALLAH KHEIR for this post…may ALLAH help all the muslims around the world and help media to play a positive role always…AAMEEN.

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    Diana

    July 17, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Umut is what we call a troll. He is not Turkish. He even says half the population is not well educated but since the new government took over literacy rates, education and the economy have been booming. Pre current government literacy rates were below European standards and not they’re above 95% http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.ADT.LITR.ZS?locations=TR

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    Nahid Ali

    July 17, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Please Watch my video on this Article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmAWdQQSYac

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    Alinoor

    July 17, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    I know Turkish people , I lived with them for three years .They are good people and kind .This action taken by section of the armed men is treason , they were used by foreign agents to make sure that Turkey becomes like the other states whose leaders were toppled by foreign powers .I belief in the real Turkish people not the traitors who are used by other agents .Turkish people are brave , patriots and they love their land “Toprak” .They fought several wars while the world was not developed and they won against their enemies .They are not traitors .Now those who want to destroy Turkey are enemies , they will brand the president as a dictator .That is their scheme of destroying a country .They said Sadam Hussein had chemical weapons they lied and hanged Saddam Hussein , They supported The dictator Sisi of Egypt and overthrown Mohamed Mursi , they killed Muammar Gadhafi and destroyed Libya like the way they destroyed Iraq and other countries like Somalia , Yemen and Afghanistan .So The Turkey people will support and fight for their country .Let me tell those who say the people of Turkey are not educated they are liars and irrational .They are most learned people with well developed education system .I urge the Turkey people who are I term them as my brothers to be vigilant , patriots as always and defend their country as you defended it in Çanakale şavasi .Your forefathers gave you this land as an inheritance so that you can live in it and future generation can be proud of it .Kindly support your people and always be attentive against the plans set by the foreign agents who want to see you become refugees .God forbid .I always pray for Turkey .I lived in Turkey for three years doing my postgraduate study and I pray to Allah that Türkiye Cümhüriyeti and Turkish people will live in peace , prosperity and progress always till the day of judgement .Türkiye yaşasin .

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    Abdulla

    July 18, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    Yes I do agree that West and other Nations do not want Muslim Governments to be stable and Democratic. Now what we have to learn from it is to have patience and unity. And work on Democracy uninterruptedly. After Turkeys success we have to remove the Egyptian dictator Sisi’s rule from Egypt. All people of Egypt should come out on to streets to oust the Dictator and deport him from Egypt.

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    Adir Bar Yohanan

    July 18, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Looking forward to seeing you object to other examples of western media wrong reporting, such as, for instance, when they describe Arab Muslims who kills Jews in Israel as some sort of “angels of peace” or when they invert the role of the aggressor and victim when Hamas is throwing bombs in Israel and Israel defends itself.

    How about you also object to the vilification of Jews by Hamas and Palestinian Authority and send them you sharp commentaries (https://www.facebook.com/232661860157837/videos/vb.232661860157837/1048172468606768)

    How about sending your angry and virtuous condemnations also to Mecca for their incitement among Muslims to pray to God to destroy “Christian oppressors and Jewish criminals” (https://www.facebook.com/garajesanchez/videos/493862114129968).

    Unless and until you object and condemn Muslim hate-speech against other religions, you have no right to object to anything else.

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    A W Abdulkany

    July 18, 2016 at 5:04 AM

    Most of the journalists of western media behave like prostitutes. They do not know the meaning of ‘ethical reporting’. Heartless, bias beasts. When it comes to Muslims and Islam, they think they can do anything with. Twists, manipulate and prostitute with it. Jesus teat the incurable disease of this men of low calibre, whose earning are filthy. The families of these men are eating the fire of hell.

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    someone

    July 18, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    but Erdogan, has television station + news papers in his power, so you want to tell me that they always say the truth? 90% of the media in the world is BS controlled by politicians or friends of politicians, so please this is nothing new or surprising :D….his son run a news paper in turkey, i bet there will never be a critic published about him

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    Bashir Iliyasu

    July 18, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Congratulations to the people of Turkey. May Allah continue to protect Islam and Muslims all over the world.

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    J. Weir

    July 18, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Please allow me one more comment. There is much dialogue above identifying and criticizing the “West” and related governments. There is a perception that people of the “West” are in conflict with Turkey, Muslims, Islam. That may be true for some, but I believe it is a small portion of the western population. This is another example of misleading information. Yes, I know there is been crimes committed by non-Muslim countries in past generations including the European governments creating divisions and boundaries within the Middle East. Big mistake.

    I hope you will understand that many non-Muslim people in the “West” have no desire to cause harm or disrespect to the good citizens of the Middle East nations. In my experience with the Canadian government, our leaders are open to have a positive relationship that benefits both our nations.

    I have visited a few countries in the Middle East several years ago, including Turkey. It was a wonderful experience, but very short. The history, architecture, museums, markets were so exciting. But I saw so little compared to the vast potential. It is sad that I can no longer venture into the Middle East while there is a significant threat to my safety due to terrorism.

    Tourism brings people together, bringing opportunities to see and experience the beautiful culture and warmth of the citizens. If this were possible, Muslims may see that the West is comprised of not just bullish governments, but also the West is a composite of intelligent people very curious about the “East” (the religion, the people, the culture, the environment, etc.).

    We could discover we are very much alike. The majority believe in one God, have strong family values, work hard to maintain a home and education, and enforce laws that ensure a civilized society and equality. Sometimes we fail. Our leaders are not perfect. But here in the “West” the average citizen has no desire to see Turkey, or any other Middle Eastern nation fail. In fact, thriving nations are a significant asset to our global economy and security.

    What I want for myself and Canada is exactly the same what I hope for Turkey. Prosperity. Stability. Security. Peace.

    Blessings

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      SLD

      July 19, 2016 at 3:05 AM

      I’ll let you make your apologies for the “West”. You speak only for yourself and other people with a weak grasp of history.

      Modern Turkey was built on the deaths and displacement of millions of people, almost exclusively religious and ethnic minorities. These people were the slow victims of Ottoman colonialism which altered Anatolia and drove out Greeks, Armenians and others in favor of the Turkic invaders from Central Asia. The Ottoman empire invaded and colonized regions throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa, enforcing servitude and slavery that have never been forgotten and are the basis for conflicts in the Balkans and elsewhere. It is Ottoman colonization that forms the roots of conflict in Iraq, Syria, the Balkans and several other places. The West simply inherited the mess the Ottoman Turks created.

      As for the coup, we know now that Erdogan has arrested 7,500 people, including judges and prosecutors and others not in the military. A list had been prepared before this coup ever happened. There are signs of torture on those arrested and some have been murdered and abused by mobs. This is a purge. Purges are not signs of a democracy, but of a dictatorship.

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    As siddique Nigeria

    July 19, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    First of all I will like to start by congratulating Turkish people for over coming this assumed confused situation. The Entire event is aimed at removing a legitimate government in the name of depending democracy.
    My message to president Erdogan is” this guys are restless in their selfish aim. They will not rest until the entire region is doomed so as stage a return of colonialism” so Mr president Sir understand that between victory and unity there is a degree of compromise(AHS). Therefore your AKP should redress there strategy and aimed higher with you oR without you as the Boss.
    Atleast by doing that they world will get to understand that the so called ‘lslamist’ are ready to take over the World and establish Justice through their confused system of governance.

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    Halise

    July 19, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Thank you for this article. We need more people like you in the media

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    SLD

    July 19, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Now what, Muslim Matters? No more comments about the evil media attacking Erdogan?

    At this point, Erdogan has purged 50,000 people in Turkey from their jobs, and in some cases, from their liberty. This includes police, judges, attorneys, educators, and military. It is clear that this was a planned purge based on lists that had already been developed by the Erdogan government before the “coup” happened. There is open discussion that Erdogan staged all of this to target his political enemies. Islamist mobs have been allowed to torture and even behead people.

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    muharrem

    July 20, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    very interesting comments..
    sorry for my ignorance, can you guys explain me in the following;

    what is democracy in islam?

    what s the position of an undemocratic islamic leader?

    what s fairness to his people and to non muslims?

    what s the role of politics in realigon?

    Under the teachings of prophet Mohamed(pbuh), what are the ides of reflection of today and especially this coup attemp!.. ?

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    Masood Ahmed

    July 20, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    A muslim dose not commit a second lapse. Happened in Egypt now in Turkey and you still stand complaining. Who will listen to your crying? If you listen to Allah more than you do to the seperatist sheikhs, you can hope that Allah will listen to you. May He guide us to stop lamenting for ever. http://www.solution-for-peace.com

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    Istanbulite

    July 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    While it is true that the Western media (a very generic term) can be duplicitous and we should be critical of them, in this case overall it has been providing a much clearer picture of what has been happening in Turkey than state-controlled Turkish media sources since the coup attempt. It is perfectly true, for example, that the army here has traditionally seen themselves of the preservers of secular democracy. Indeed, the secularism that Atatürk brought in, effectively separating religion from politics, can be seen as precisely the reason that Erdogan’s ‘Islamic Democracy’ up to recently has been so successful. And that this state secularism seems to be under severe threat at present is the reason about 48% of Turks (most of whom are Muslim like you, dear brothers and sisters) are terrified right now. Let’s be clear: the state of Democracy in Turkey at present is as follows: if I tell you what I think, I could be arrested just for the thought. Freedom is rapidly disappearing from public life, even schools and universities. I think Muslims would be better off looking for other paradigms of Democracy than Erdogan’s Turkey. And a good start for the mobs out in the streets of Istanbul every night now supposedly answering the call to ‘protect democracy’ might be to take a short course on what democracy actually means.

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    Oneworld#onenation

    July 29, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    I’m not a muslim, but I am a Buddhist and a lover of Turkey and have followed their politics for years. I totally agree with Istanbulite that politics and religion are and should be kept separate. What is the fight against ISIS (Daesh) about????? They want a caliphate, an Islamic state, that’s what it’s about people; just like Erdogan is wanting for Turkey. Daesh are slaughtering muslims, Christians, non believers; anyone who are resistant to their way of fulfilling their dream of having an Islamic state with Sharia law, which lets face it….belongs back in the day of the Old testament in the bible (before Jesus Christ) They are conducting themselves in a barbaric way in order to get what they want.
    Now lets take a look at your President: For years now he has locked up academics, high court judges and journalists; anyone who has spoken out against him. He has shut down media outlets permanently that have spoken out against him. He has brought in a law that should anyone have a brother, sister, wife, mother friend etc etc who speaks ill of him; they can be taken to court and put in prison!!!! What on earth is that about? Are people not allowed to have an opinion (freedom of thought and speech) or if you do, then you will go to prison! What about the soldiers that have been arrested after the coup and raped and beaten until they can’t walk. The self same soldiers that were told the coup was a ‘a drill’. (This was told to me by many Turkish friends, not just the media) Is this democracy do you think? ” Democracy isn’t about, and I quote an earlier comment “Drinking alcohol and running around naked in the streets”. That is freedom of choice. As is freedom as to how many children we have, if we can use contraception or not, freedom to wear or not wear make-up, freedom to have our head covered or not, freedom to smoke or hold hands in public or not and ultimately; freedom to have a tongue in our head and to be able to use it without fear of being thrown in prison or beaten; or both!
    We won’t mention how he and his son has raped the economy and their fellow Turks with the building of a palace that’s not needed, the millions of lira he has accrued while being in power, the 100’s of 1000’s of lira his wife spends or the money that was found in shoe boxes etc at his sons home; stolen from the people of Turkey. Money that could have been invested in your beautiful country and for your people as so many live in poverty and as such; your children have to work from a young age to support many families instead of having the freedom of choice for a good education. Why build all the huge roads for infrastructure out to the East, but don’t invest money for industry and farming there in order to use these roads to their full potential of transporting Turkish industry on these roads?
    Please wake up and see what he is doing to your country and you and your children and your children’s children. My heart breaks as he is killing Turkey and turning back the hands of time that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk started so many years ago. I will continue to watch Turkey and I so hope my prediction of 3 years ago is so, so wrong but so far; I’m being proven right.

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    Dr Zubair

    July 29, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Really proud of Turkey
    May ALLAH bless you and President Erdogan.

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    Reez

    November 25, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Your article just shows that the old saying “religion and intelligence are enemies” still stands strong today. Religion has no place in politics, schools, higher education or international relations.

    Archaic views by some people on here show why millions from the middle east are escaping.

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Zahra Billoo Responds To The Women’s March Inc. Voting Her Off The New Board

Zahra Billoo

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Earlier tonight, I was voted off the Women’s March, Inc. national board. This followed an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination.

The past 48 hours have been a spiral of bad news and smear efforts. Part of the smear campaign is motivated by opponents of the Women’s March, because the organization has traditionally challenged the status quo of power and white supremacy in our country. However, much of the campaign is driven by people who oppose me and my work challenging the occupation of Palestine, our country’s perpetuation of unjust and endless wars, and law enforcement operations targeting the American Muslim community.

The Women’s March, Inc. is an organization I once held dear. I spoke at the first march, spoke at regional marches every year after, spoke at the convention, participated in national actions including the original Kavanaugh protests, and worked to mobilize Muslim women for their efforts.

During the past few years right-wingers, from the President’s son to the Anti-Defamation League and troll armies, have targeted the Women’s March, Inc. For so long, I’ve admired their resilience in speaking truth to power, in working together, and in never cowering. Over and over again, the co-founders of Women’s March, Inc. put their lives on the line, winning power for all women in all of our diversity. The Women’s March, Inc. that voted me off its board tonight is one that no longer demonstrates the strength that inspired millions of women across the country.

To see and experience its new leaders caving to right-wing pressure, and casting aside a woman of color, a Muslim woman, a long-time advocate within the organization, without the willingness to make any efforts to learn and grow, breaks my heart. This isn’t about a lost seat, there will be many seats. The Women’s March, Inc. has drawn a line in the sand, one that will exclude many with my lived experiences and critiques. It has effectively said, we will work on some women’s rights at the expense of others.

To be clear, anti-semitism is indeed a growing and dangerous problem in our country, as is anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant sentiment, Islamophobia, ableism, sexism, and so much more. I condemn any form of bigotry unequivocally, but I also refuse to be silent as allegations of bigotry are weaponized against the most marginalized people, those who find sanctuary and hope in the articulation of truth.

In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words. I told the truth as my community and I have lived it, through the FBI’s targeting of my community, as I supported families who have lost loved ones because of US military actions, and as I learned from the horrific experiences of Palestinian life.

In attempting to heal and build in an expedited manner within Women’s March, Inc., I offered to meet with stakeholders to address their concerns and to work with my sisters on the new board to learn, heal, and build together. These efforts were rejected. And in rejecting these efforts, the new Women’s March, Inc. demonstrated that they lack the courage to exhibit allyship in the face of fire.

I came to Women’s March, Inc. to work. My body of work has included leading a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization for over a decade, growing it now more than six-fold. In my tenure, I have led the team that forced Abercrombie to change its discriminatory employment policies, have been arrested advocating for DACA, partnered with Jewish organizations including Bend the Arc and Jewish Voice for Peace to fight to protect our communities, and was one of the first lawyers to sue the President.

It is not my first time being the target of a smear campaign. The Women’s March, Inc., more than any place, is where I would have expected us to be able to have courageous conversations and dive deep into relationship-building work.

I am happy to have as many conversations as it takes to listen and learn and heal, but I will no longer be able to do that through Women’s March, Inc. This action today demonstrates that this organization’s new leadership is unable to be an ally during challenging times.

My beliefs drive my work, and I am not seeking accolades or positions of power. These past few days have been the greatest test of that. My integrity, my truth, and my strength comes from God and a place of deep conviction. I will continue my work as a civil rights lawyer and a faith-based activist, speaking out against the occupation of Palestine and settler-colonialism everywhere, challenging Islamophobia and all forms of racism and bigotry in the United States, and building with my community and our allies in our quest to be our most authentic and liberated selves.

Onward, God willing.

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The Duplicity of American Muslim Influencers And The ‘So-called Muslim Ban’

Dr Joseph Kaminski

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As we approach the beginning of another painful year of the full enforcement of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (a.k.a. ‘the Muslim ban’) that effectively bars citizens of several Muslim majority countries from entering into the United States, the silence remains deafening. As I expected, most of the world has conveniently forgotten about this policy, which thus far has separated over 3,000 American families from their spouses and other immediate relatives. In June 2019, the Brennan Center of Justice notes that: The ban has also kept at least 1,545 children from their American parents and 3,460 parents from their American sons and daughters. While silence and apathy from the general public on this matter is to be expected— after all, it is not their families who are impacted— what is particularly troubling is the response that is beginning to emerge from some corners of the American Muslim social landscape.

While most Muslims and Muslim groups have been vocal in their condemnation of Presidential Proclamation 9645, other prominent voices have not. Shadi Hamid sought to rationalize the executive order on technical grounds arguing that it was a legally plausible interpretation. Perhaps this is true, but some of the other points made by Hamid are quite questionable. For example, he curiously contends that:

The decision does not turn American Muslims like myself into “second-class citizens,” and to insist that it does will make it impossible for us to claim that we have actually become second-class citizens, if such a thing ever happens.

I don’t know— being forced to choose exile in order to remain with one’s family certainly does sound like being turned into a ‘second-class citizen’ to me. Perhaps the executive order does not turn Muslims like himself, as he notes, into second-class citizens, but it definitely does others, unless it is possible in Hamid’s mind to remain a first-class citizen barred from living with his own spouse and children for completely arbitrary reasons, like me. To be fair to Hamid, in the same article he does comment that the executive order is a morally questionable decision, noting that he is “still deeply uncomfortable with the Supreme Court’s ruling” and that “It contributes to the legitimization and mainstreaming of anti-Muslim bigotry.”

On the other hand, more recently others have shown open disdain for those who are angered about the ‘so-called Muslim ban.’ On June 6th, 2019, Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, a Senior Faculty Member at Zaytuna College, Islamic scholar and the founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative, rationalized the ban on spurious security grounds. He commented that,

The so-called Muslim ban, of course, has us on edge about his potential. But, to be fair, a real Muslim ban would mean that no Muslim from any country should be allowed in the US. There are about 50 Muslim majority countries. Trump singled out only 7 of them, most of which are war torn and problem countries. So, it is unfair to claim that he was only motivated by a hatred for Islam and Muslims.

First, despite how redundant and unnecessary this point is to make again, one ought to be reminded that between 1975 and 2015, zero foreigners from the seven nations initially placed on the banned list (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) killed any Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and zero Libyans or Syrians have ever even been convicted of planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil during that same time period. I do not think these numbers have changed over the last 4 years either. If policy decisions are supposed to be made on sound empirical evidence and data, then there is even less justification for the ban.

Second, Bin Hamid Ali comments that ‘the so-called Muslim ban, of course, has us on edge about his [Trump’s] potential.’ Whoa… hold on; on edge about his potential? For the millions of people banned from entering the United States and the thousands of Muslim families connected to these millions of people, this ‘potential’ has been more than realized. To reduce the ‘so-called Muslim ban’ to just targeting ‘war torn and problem countries’ is to reduce our family members—our husbands, wives, and children—to (inaccurate) statistics and gross stereotypes. Are spouses from Syria or Yemen seeking to reunite with their legally recognized spouses or children any less deserving to be with their immediate family members because they hail from ‘problem countries’? How can one be concerned with stereotypes while saying something like this? Is this not the exact thing that Abdullah bin Hamid Ali seeks to avoid? Surely the Professor would not invoke such stereotypes to justify the racial profiling of black American citizens. What makes black non-Americans, Arabs, and Iranians any different when it comes to draconian immigration profiling? From a purely Islamic perspective, the answer is absolutely nothing.

More recently, Sherman Jackson, a leading Islamic intellectual figure at the University of Southern California, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, also waded into this discussion. In his essay, he reframed the Muslim ban as a question of identity politics rather than basic human right, pitting Muslim immigrants against what he calls ‘blackamericans’ drawing some incredibly questionable, nativist, and bigoted conclusions. Jackson in a recent blog responding to critiques by Ali al-Arian about his own questionable affiliations with authoritarian Arab regimes comments:

Al-Arian mentions that,

“the Muslim American community seemed united at least in its opposition to the Trump administration.”  He and those who make up this alleged consensus are apparently offended by Trump’s so-called Muslim ban.  But a Blackamerican sister in Chicago once asked me rhetorically why she should support having Muslims come to this country who are only going to treat her like crap.

These are baffling comments to make about ‘Trump’s so-called Muslim ban.’ Jackson creates a strawman by bringing up an anecdotal story that offers a gross generalization that clearly has prejudiced undertones of certain Muslim immigrants. Most interesting, however is how self-defeating Jackson’s invocation of identity politics is considering the fact that a large number of the ‘blackamerican’ Muslims that he is concerned about themselves have relatives from Somalia and other countries impacted by the travel ban. As of 2017, there were just over 52,000 Americans with Somali ancestry in the state of Minnesota alone. Are Somali-Americans only worth our sympathy so long as they do not have Somali spouses? What Jackson and Bin Hamid Ali do not seem to understand is that these Muslim immigrants they speak disparagingly of, by in large, are coming on family unification related visas.

Other people with large online followings have praised the comments offered by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali and Sherman Jackson. The controversial administrator of the popular The Muslim Skeptic website, Daniel Haqiqatjou, in defense of Jackson’s comments, stated:

This is the first time I have seen a prominent figure downplay the issue. And I think Jackson’s assessment is exactly right: The average American Muslim doesn’t really care about this. There is no evidence to indicate that this policy has had a significant impact on the community as a whole. Travel to the US from those four countries affected by the ban was already extremely difficult in the Obama era.

What Haqiqatjou seems to not realize is that while travel from these countries was difficult, it was not as ‘extremely difficult’ as he erroneously claims it was. The US issued 7,727 visas to Iranian passport holders in 2016 prior to the ban. After the ban in 2018, that number dropped to 1,449. My own wife was issued a B1/B2 Tourist visa to meet my family in 2016 after approximately 40 days of administrative processing which is standard for US visa seekers who hold Iranian passports. On the other hand, she was rejected for the same B1/B2 Tourist visa in 2018 after a grueling 60+ day wait due to Presidential Proclamation 9645. At the behest of the Counselor Officer where we currently live, she was told to just finish the immigration process since this would put her in a better position to receive one of these nearly impossible to get waivers. She had her interview on November 19, 2018, and we are still awaiting the results of whatever these epic, non-transparent ‘extreme vetting’ procedures yield. Somehow despite my wife being perfectly fine to enter in 2016, three years later, we are entering the 10th month of waiting for one of these elusive waivers with no end time in sight, nor any guarantee that things will work out. Tell me how this is pretty much the same as things have always been?

What these commentators seem to not realize is that the United States immigration system is incredibly rigid. One cannot hop on a plane and say they want to immigrate with an empty wallet to start of Kebab shop in Queens. It seems as if many of these people that take umbrage at the prospects of legal immigration believe that the immigration rules of 2019 are the same as they were in 1819. In the end, it is important to once again reiterate that the Muslim immigrants Jackson, Bin Hamid Ali and others are disparaging are those who most likely are the family members of American Muslim citizens; by belittling the spouses and children of American Muslims, these people are belittling American Muslims themselves.

Neo-nationalism, tribalism, and identity politics of this sort are wholly antithetical to the Islamic enterprise. We have now reached the point where people who are considered authority figures within the American Islamic community are promoting nativism and identity politics at the expense of American Muslim families. Instead of trying to rationalize the ‘so-called Muslim Ban’ via appeals to nativist and nationalist rhetoric, influential Muslim leaders and internet influencers need to demonstrate empathy and compassion for the thousands of US Muslim families being torn apart by this indefinite Muslim ban that we all know will never end so long as Donald Trump remains president. In reality, they should be willing to fight tooth-and-nail for American Muslim families. These are the same people who regularly critique the decline of the family unit and the rise of single-parent households. Do they not see the hypocrisy in their positions of not defending those Muslim families that seek to stay together?

If these people are not willing to advocate on behalf of those of us suffering— some of us living in self-imposed exile in third party countries to remain with our spouses and children— the least they can do is to not downplay our suffering or even worse, turn it into a political football (Social Justice Warrior politics vs. traditional ‘real’ Islam). It seems clear that if liberal Muslim activists were not as outspoken on this matter, these more conservative voices would take a different perspective. With the exception of Shadi Hamid, the other aforementioned names have made efforts to constrain themselves firmly to the ‘traditional’ Muslim camp. There is no reason that this issue, which obviously transcends petty partisan Muslim politics, ought to symbolize one’s allegiance to any particular social movement or camp within contemporary Islamic civil society.

If these people want a ‘traditional’ justification for why Muslim families should not be separated, they ought to be reminded that one of al-Ghazali’s 5 essential principles of the Shari’a was related to the protection of lineage/family and honor (ḥifẓ al-nasl). Our spouses are not cannon fodder for such childish partisan politics. We will continue to protect our families and their honor regardless of how hostile the environment may become for us and regardless of who we have to name and shame in the process.

When I got married over a year prior to Donald Trump being elected President, I vowed that only Allah would separate me from my spouse. I intend on keeping that vow regardless of what consequences that decision may have.

Photo courtesy: Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch

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5 Quick Things Americans Can Do For Uyghurs Today

Abu Ryan Dardir

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“I may die, but let it be known that my nation will continue their struggle so long the world continues to exist.” Kazakh leader Uthman Batur. He said these words as Chinese authorities executed him for resisting the communist occupation. Currently, China has, one million Uyghurs (Uighurs), Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities held in concentration camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) (East Turkistan) in northwestern China.

Their struggle surpasses the 10 or so years since we have become aware of it. Just like the Rohingya genocide, we waited till the last minute. We are always late and say, “Never Again.” It happens again and again.

In my lifetime, there have been horrendous genocides that could have been prevented to stopped. As a child, I remember Rwanda in the headlines, then a year later Bosnian genocide. Then we hear these demonic stories after the fact. I remember stories from survivors from Bosnia, and thinking to myself, “How are you here and functioning?”

Let us not be fooled to why this is happening now. It is related to economic advantages. The Chinese government’s present signature foreign policy initiative is the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) that seeks to connect the PRC economically to the rest of the Eurasian continent through massive infrastructure projects that will stimulate international trade. The western and south-western components of the BRI require the XUAR to serve as a transportation and commercial hub to trade routes and pipelines that will join China with Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and the entirety of Europe. As a result, the XUAR has become an important strategic region for the Chinese, and the state views its indigenous populations as an obstacle to developing its vision for this future critical center of international commercial networks.1

The expansion of their trade route also ties in Iran hence the sanctions placed, but that’s a different report for a different time. China, of course, has defended their actions by claiming its an anti-terrorism plan. Getting reliable information is hard. China has made it a point to make things difficult for reporters. Yanan Wang, a China-based journalist from the Associated Press, has reported extensively on and from Xinjiang.

In a ceremony at Asia Society on Tuesday commemorating AP’s 2019 Osborn Elliott Award for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Wang described the subtle ways government minders worked to thwart her reporting: “(Both of the times we went there we arrived at the airport, we had a welcoming committee from the local authorities. They’re always very polite and professional. They say that “you’ve arrived in Xinjiang and we’re here to assist you in your reporting. Tell us what you’re working on so we can help you.” They offer us drives in their car and plenty of hospitality.

Basically, from the moment we arrive, we’re followed by at least one car. There are a bunch of interesting scenarios that we came across. You can see that the local handlers are trying hard to be professional. They are members of the propaganda department, so they’re PR professionals. They don’t want to make it appear like it’s so stifling. At one point, we were taking photos, and someone suddenly appeared on the scene to say he was a “concerned citizen.” He said he’d seen us taking photos and that it was an infringement of his privacy rights. He had this long monologue about privacy rights and about how it wasn’t right for us to take photos of him without his knowledge. We asked him, “Well, where are you in these photos?” and he’d go through all of them. He said we had to delete all of them. He’d say, “This is my brother,” or “This is my place of work, you have to delete it.”

They had all of these interesting tactics to work around the idea that they were trying to obstruct our reporting and make it appear that someone who claims to be a concerned citizen.)”2

On top of that, locals that talk to journalist are punished, sometimes go missing.

I decided to do something this time around; I got in touch with an Uyghur community near my residence to see how an individual could help. It started at a Turkic restaurant, and from there, I have been involved in whatever capacity I am able. Through this effort, I got in touch with a Turkic professor in Turkey who has students stranded as they are cut off from contacting family back in Xinjiang. He helps them out financially; my family and friends help with what they can.

As Muslims in the West, there is no doubt we should act. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith” (Muslim).

How Can You Help Uyghurs

Here are a few things you can do to help:

1. Ask Congress to pass To pass S.178 & H.R.649 Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. Urge your senator and representative to support this cause. It has been introduced. This bill can help the Uyghur community to be treated like Tibetans (another region oppressed by China).

2. Stay informed. The mainstream media is not the place to get accurate information on the situation. Be skeptical of where the data is coming from, stick to reliable sources that are verified. As mentioned above, journalists find it difficult to report.

3. Donate to Uyghur Human Rights Organizations to end concentration camps: UHRP, Uyghur American Association Donate to Awareness Campaigns: Save Uigur Campaign 

4. Boycott or reduce buying Made in China products

5. Follow these links for updated information: facebook.com/Uyghur-Human-Rights-Project-227634297289994/ and facebook.com/ChinaMuslims

This crisis is an ethnic cleansing for profit. These are dark days as we value profit over people.

1.Statement by Concerned Scholars on mass detentions | MCLC …. https://u.osu.edu/mclc/2018/11/27/statement-by-concerned-scholars-on-mass-detention s/

2.Why It’s So Difficult for Journalists To Report From …. https://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/why-its-so-difficult-journalists-report-xinjiang

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