Istanbul park protests seen as German "covert operation" against Turkish economy
BBC Monitoring European
June 21, 2013
Here, a woman standing and reading on Taksim Square as part of an anti-government protests earlier this week. DPA
Column by Ibrahim Karagul: "The German Ergenekon is Attacking Turkey!"
I see a major portion of the developments in which Germany is involved, which it has touched, and in which its influence is felt as a sort of "deep state operation." I do not specifically try to think in this way.
But there are so many examples in this regard that a person is forced, whether he wants to or not, to ask "what is going on here?" There is always a deep and quiet German intervention against Turkey, and most of the time this is not perceived.
And this is why I have long been engaged in asking insistently about such a concept as the "German Ergenekon."
We cannot but discuss Germany, German foundations, and the Deutsche Bank operation in connection with the things happening in Turkey these days under the camouflage of the Gezi actions. We cannot avoid questioning the stance of Germany in the effort at a societal uprising in Turkey.
I recall the "house torching" operations and the multi-billion dollar operation by Deutsche Bank in the crisis of 2001. I thus present for your consideration the operation to pull billions of dollars out of Turkey and bring down the market on the day on which the Gezi actions were at their most intense, and likewise the anti-Turkey demonstrations organized in Germany in conjunction with various associations and foundations.
You will read in Yeni Safak today about the buying and selling carried out via foreign intermediary institutions in the most-traded stocks on the Istanbul Stock Exchange on 7 June, when the Gezi Park incidents were at their most intense.
You will see that stocks worth billions of dollars changed hands on a single day. You will read that Deutsche Bank, which had earlier taken billions of dollars out of the country and brought the economy down, tried the same method once again, and that it was a major intervention aimed at collapsing the Turkish economy, but that it was unable to be sufficiently successful.
A dark project, ranging from the murders of doner kebap vendors to the torching of hundreds of residences inhabited by Turks, was implemented in Germany. Houses were set ablaze and people killed in almost every province, and even in Austria, and their remains were brought back to Turkey. Sometimes neo-Nazi organizations were utilized in these attacks, but the great majority of them have still not been able to be cleared up. No, they have not been cleared up; they have been covered up.
There was a deep state structure at work. Systematic attacks were organized against Turks and Muslims. There were attacks in every area, connected with German intelligence and deep foundations and organizations whose budgets come from covert funds.
At that time, I drew attention to the "German Ergenekon" and said that the deep state structure, a systemic nexus, was carrying out covert operations in line with German national domestic and foreign policy, and that it was camouflaging these operations by means of extreme-rightist gangs.
Not many people paid much attention.
Even the statements by Prime Minister [Recep] Tayyip Erdogan regarding "the activities of German foundations and their financing of terrorism" did not suffice to draw attention to this organization and these structures engaged in effective actions in Turkey.
Because when it was a question of Germany, a silence came over everyone in Turkey, and particular over the intellectual community and civil society organizations.
The linkage between the murders of doner kebap sellers and German intelligence came out later. It was confirmed that the perpetrators of the killings were informants. Now the investigation and trial are continuing. But you can be sure that nothing will come out.
Recall the investigations into the arson attack against a house in Ludwigshafen on 2 February 2008, and the torching of close to 100 houses afterwards. Commissions were established, and investigations were conducted. No evidence was able to be found! Even in cities equipped with cameras, not a single photograph or a single eyewitness could be found. In the end, the German Federal Prosecutor`s Office completed the investigation. And what happened? They said “no evidence could be found” and the file was closed.
This is what happens with deep state operations.
Germany, which for years has put pressure on Turkey for human rights, and which has marketed rhetoric about justice and freedom, has also been adding deep state murders to its actions that have stirred up the ethnic and sectarian map of Turkey.
Unfortunately, it has once again resumed during these days. Germany took its place in the centre of the demonstrations in Istanbul. It put its signature, via foundations, via funding, and via certain circles within Turkish society, to scenarios of societal conflict.
It is very strange that similar demonstrations will be held this weekend in various German cities. The posters for the demonstration that will be held in Cologne, for instance, are extremely offensive. The German Ergenekon seems to have mobilized various components within itself. The Deutsche Bank operation, as well as the initiatives of the German foundations and the demonstrations that will be staged on the weekend, are being managed from certain centres. Just like the arson attacks carried out systematically against almost 100 houses.
A reminder -1: The German Ergenekon`s arson attacks against houses were launched at the same time as the Ergenekon operations in Turkey. Strange, is it not?
A reminder -2: The Deutsche Bank was involved in the great financial operation on 28 February, and the Turkish economy collapsed. This time as well, the same operation was carried out. Strange, is it not?
A reminder -3: The foundations that at one time financed terrorism with funds they got from covert allocations are now activating and funding a different segment of society. As soon as the ethnic conflict ended, they are nourishing a different “identity conflict.”
Is it not instructive that the demonstrations in German are being organized by our Alevi brothers, in particular? Strange, is it not?
Turkey should be aware of these things. And in particular, our fellow citizens and our people in Germany should be aware of this danger.
Source: Yeni Safak website, Istanbul, in Turkish 0000 gmt 21 Jun 13
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Turkish textbooks under fire in German schools
June 21, 2013
Education experts in Germany have called for a ban on some textbooks issued by Turkish authorities for use in German schools. They fear the books have a biased view of history.
Swearing an oath to the Turkish motherland is a normal part of school life in Turkey. In German classrooms, however, it is causing a stir. “It`s my goal to protect the young, honor the aged and love my country and motherland more than myself.”
It is a quote from the “Türkce ve Türk Kültürü” (“Turkish and Turkish culture”) textbook that many teachers in Germany are using to teach pupils in Germany of Turkish origin in Turkish.
It was specifically issued by the Ministry for National Education of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara for use abroad. The Turkish consulates in Germany sent the books out to all Turkish teachers in Germany, claiming that there simply wasn`t a better choice that could be used everywhere.
At odds with teachers in Germany
But that`s not so, said Hassan Taschkale, who is responsible for multicultural politics at the Education and Science Union in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. “There is sufficient and very good material out there, that`s why I`m not using these books,” he explained.
“It seems the government in Turkey is trying to impose its rituals on German-Turkish students, too,” he claimed.
The contentious textbooks have primarily been used in North Rhine-Westphalia, as teachers there are free to use additional material that is not normally included in the curriculum.
After many schools complained about the textbooks` content, the union has called for the books to be banned.
The group said it fears the texts are too nationalistic and, in places, present a skewed view of history. The state`s School Ministry is investigating those claims.
A right to Turkish culture and language?
The Turkish Embassy in Germany would not comment on the commotion surrounding the textbooks, instead pointing out Germany`s policy of not recognizing dual citizenship. “The people between the ages of 18 and 23 who chose Turkish citizenship regrettably lose their German citizenship according to German law,” the embassy said. “If you look at these young people as future Turkish citizens, then it is their right to get to know their culture and langauge.”
Accusations of altering history
The third volume of the textbook says that Armenians joined the Russians and English in 1915 and tried to weaken the Ottoman Empire. According to the text, the Armenians contractually agreed to give up their lands after the First World War. There is, however, no mention in the book of the expulsion and murder of up to 1.5 million Armenians.
“What is cited about the genocide is a real problem,” said Barbara Christophe of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, adding that she was not surprised as the book represents the same view of events taken by textbooks in Turkey.
While Christophe said it was good the book touched on the conflict with Armenians, which had been completely denied by school texts as late as the 1990s, she said it was done in an unacceptable manner. “This is naturally a representation that one cannot consent to,” Christophe said.
She also said Germany sets a standard for its history textbooks that is not comparable to other countries. Due to its Nazi history, Germans are particularly careful about the presentation of historical context. Christophe said school kids in Germany are always informed about history`s ethical dimensions in addition to factual data published in history books. This often means students believe they have adequately addressed a given topic and do not need to grapple with it personally. “That leads kids to think that what they are learning has nothing to do with them,” Christophe said.
She had a more positive view of British textbooks, “They try to show the historical dilemmas and create an understanding for how a person acted at a certain point in history.” Such an approach to history could be an example for Turkish textbooks, Christophe added.
German textbooks exclude migrants
When it comes to integration, the textbook expert said German school books are less than satisfying. Christophe participated in a study of the presentation of migrants and migration in German textbooks where she said she found outdated views.
“There are phrases that exclude children with foreign heritage,” she said. “Sentences like `the Muslims are people who need our understanding` can still be found today in German textbooks.”
That was one reason Christophe said discussions about the controversial Turkish textbooks should not only point the finger at Turkey but also look at how integration can be improved here in Germany. Banning the books from being used, she said, would send the wrong signal.
© 2013. Deutsche Welle.
Turkish paper sees foreign efforts to destabilize country behind protests
BBC Monitoring European
June 06, 2013
Commentary by Ibrahim Karagul:”I Too Would Have Wanted to go to Taksim!”
Let us go beyond the riots, beyond the Gezi “resistance”
Let us go beyond the devastation to the streets, beyond the debates about police violence, beyond those people make the chaos out to be heroism, beyond those who are trying to impose order on Turkey, beyond the anger and the resentment and the social strife.
Can we move beyond all this? Of course, not. It is too difficult. Especially because the social strife and disquiet are at serious levels. There are people in offices, in schools, in universities and even on the streets who are looking at each other timidly. While people have stopped greeting each other in apartment blocks we have to stop, think a bit, question the process that is causing the streets to be divided and to issue warning upon warning.
But when doing this we have to be able to see or try to see the next step or at least predict what surprises might lay in store. There are so many questions that need to be answered by those who cannot abide even the tiniest of questioning.
How is it that certain artists and journalist are able to act in such concert as soon as the riots begin?
How is it that even though the affair has gone beyond Gezi Park the riots are becoming more widespread and the leaders are able to become more evident?
How is it that this degree of unseemliness, ugliness, aggression and hypocrisy can be marketed with such an innocent face and with a media image?
How is it that as soon as the Taksim riots began statements came from certain European countries that were almost exact copies of one another? How is it that so many foreign nationals can get organized on the streets and “fight”?
How is it that foreign intelligence agencies, lobbies and capital circles are able to undertake a joint attack against Turkey aiming to support the riots?
How is it that foreign funds and agencies can mount an operation that looks like a serious project aimed at bringing down Turkey`s economy by publishing abnormally unhealthy reports?
How is it that foreign trustees acting in concert with certain local political and capital elements are able to get organized within just a couple of days and undertake actions aimed at ramping up the riots to the scale of social conflict?
How is it that Iranian intelligence and the intelligence elements of certain European countries are able to form partnerships in Turkey to the same end? I am thinking there is a need right now to question Germany, the United Kingdom and France as much as Iran.
This is an operation. One that goes far beyond the Gezi Park activists. Therefore, let nobody try to market this operation via our young people.
I can see a new partnership formed by elements both at home and abroad whose signatures are on all previous crises, coup scenarios and projects to punish Turkey.
At a time when ethnic conflict and the PKK issue are coming to an end, when a peace process is under way and when Turkey`s society has begun to breathe again, they are propagating a new wave of anger and hatred. This time, they are again implementing scenarios aimed as social division based on identity.
We know the men behind those projects and those people who are giving them financial, political and media support. We know them. They are trying to replace that bloody war that wasted 40 years of this country`s time and put tens of thousands of its children in the ground with a new one.
Let us all say no to this. Let us resist and oppose this.
They would spread the tension in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir across all of Anatolia if they could. They would have the people pour into the streets. They would have us relive the painful examples on Turkey`s history.
The affair has now gone way beyond Gezi Park, the political opposition and opposition to the AKP [Justice and Development Party] and Tayyip Erdogan. What is wanted is social upheaval and a kind of shift in power.
Were it not for that I would have wanted to go to Taksim. But that is not the case. We are in smack the middle of a dirty operation; an operation built on the innocence of activists who are not resorting to violence; an operation inciting one section of Turkey`s society to rebellion.
Shame on those who are trying to milk this threat for power, to make it out to be heroism, and those who are trying to exact revenge.
Source: Yeni Safak website, Istanbul, in Turkish 0000 gmt 6 Jun 13
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