Archive for January, 2012

A Movement with Purpose

Monday, January 30th, 2012

As I slowly began to browse though my quick google search of “Islamic Movements,” I ran into a giant blend of different ideas, theories, and aspects behind what people really think an Islamic movement is. Sure, it can be generally defined by a standard dictionary definition, but what are these movements really about? A fearful western culture tells us it’s about “those dang Moslems” trying to take over the world and whom have a keen desire of killing all infidels, where as other liberal (and more religiously accepting) people feel as if the Islamic faith is oppressive and unjust, and that most of these movements are people finally pushing for an established democracy. Personally, I feel as if there are, in fact, people who begin movements in the Islamic world for both the reasons listed above, but those are far from the only reasons in which movements throughout the Islamic world have arisen. Any sort of movement, whether it be religiously, politically, or reformatively motivated, will include people of many different backgrounds fighting for their own reasons. People can always paint opinions, perceptions, and ideologies in any which way they please, but I’m sure there should be some uniform motive behind any action taken by Islamic groups, whether they be fundamentalists, modernists, or non-faith oriented groups. I think it’s important to remember throughout the research process that to really understand why these movements are occurring, we need to step back and think as if we were in the shoes of a true party member of the group in question. But until then, there’s always a nice politician to give the media a “nicely worded” explination about these ongoing reformative movements throughout the Islamic world.

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Ataturk Society of America

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The Ataturk Society of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of Ataturk’s political legacy.  The ASA states that Ataturk’s political philosophy is:

  • Sovereignty belongs to the people
  • People alone administer people
  • Public sovereignty cannot be shared with any other authority, including religious authority
  • Secular education ensures public sovereignty and rationality in politics
  • For progress, science and reason must supersede superstition and dogma
  • Contemporary civilization is the common heritage of humankind
  • Peace at home and peace in the world assures the universality of civilization

The presence of an Ataturk Society in America implies that Ataturk’s legacy reaches beyond the borders of Turkey.

Ataturk Today

Monday, January 30th, 2012

This is an interesting website that considers itself “an educational archive of facts on the life & achievements of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the early period of the Turkish Republic”

January 2012 Border Talks

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Recent talks concerning a potential two-state solution were stalled after disagreements regarding the exact location of the borderlines as well as the nature of the separation. According to one PLO spokesperson, the plan proposed by Yitzhak Molcho is unacceptable. ”Basically, the Israeli idea of a Palestinian state is made up of a wall and settlements.” The Israelis contend, however, that their plan corresponds to to the framework agreed to by the United Nations and the USA.

The Incredible Turk – National Security Council Video

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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U.S. Sanctions Iran’s 3rd Largest Bank

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 23 2012

Ataturk: The Enemy of Islam

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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Some might think it to be a little extreme.  What do you think?  Comments are welcome.  Regardless, the music is interesting.

In Loving Memory Of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (A Hero’s Story)

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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Cool short picture video sort of lamenting the death of Ataturk.

Islamic Movements

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

A compare and contrast of extremist Islamic movements.


Hello world!

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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