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Turkey Attempted Coup Points The Finger Toward The US and Israel

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has blamed the coup attempt on US-based religious leader Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher and one-time ally who fell from Erdogan’s good graces for allegedly orchestrating a corruption scandal in 2012 and running a “parallel state”. In Istanbul on Saturday, Erdogan urged the United States to extradite the preacher.

The Obama administration would consider an extradition request for the US-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday. But he said Turkey’s government would have to prove Fethullah Gulen’s wrongdoing.

In Israel

Akin Ozturk during his tenure as military attache with Israeli politician Amram Mitzna

The israeli hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that Gen. Akın Öztürk, a former commander of the Turkish Air Force, was one of the two named orchestrators of the attempted military coup d’état; they are both to be tried for treason; Öztürk served more than 40 years and was a decorated combat pilot and member of the Supreme Military Council.

More than 2,800 military personnel that were part of the attempted coup d’état in Turkey on Friday night were arrested, including senior officers. The Turkish media have indicated two of them as having orchestrated the attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime: Lt. Gen. Metin İyidil, commander of combat and support training in the land forces, and Gen. Akın Öztürk, the former commander of the Turkish Air Force (TuAF) and Turkey’s military attaché to Israel from 1996 to 1998.

The 64-year-old Öztürk resigned from the TuAF in August of last year, but he continued on as a member of the Supreme Military Council, which is responsible for military appointments, inter alia. While he may be considered an enemy of the state following the attempted coup, but beforehand, he was one of its most decorated heroes with NATO and Turkish Armed Forces medals.
Turkish authorities have announced that Öztürk and İyidil will be tried for treason.


Coup orchestrators Ozturk and Iyidil

Earlier on Saturday, Erdoğan condemned those who planned the attempted coupbefore thousands of supporters: “They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything.” Earlier, Erdoğan said the government was arresting coup supporters in the military and warned “they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey.”

Turkey’s top judicial body, the HSYK, dismissed 2,745 judges on Saturday, according to Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.
More that 2,839 military personnel were detained.
The coup attempt began at around 19:30GMT on Friday with the partial closure by troops of two major bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

“Their immediate goal was to seize control of key areas like the Bosphorus Bridge or Taksim Square. In Ankara, they tried to storm the Presidential Palace, the Prime [Minister’s office], the National Intelligence Organization and the Parliament. They also attempted to take down the satellite infrastructure and, in some areas, seized control of telecommunications hubs.” A total of 265 people were killed in the attempted coup that played out overnight across Turkey

Congress Seeks to Undermine Iran Deal by Blocking Boeing Sale

51s8r95z5-LThe National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding the scheduled vote on amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 5485) and the House Financial Services Committee hearing regarding the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran:

“It is no secret that opponents of the Iran nuclear accord continue in their attempts to upend U.S. obligations under the agreement. By attempting to block Boeing’s pending sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran, opponents of the Iran nuclear accord are also seeking to undermine significant U.S. commercial interests and to impose humanitarian suffering on the Iranian people by denying them access to safe air travel.

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on amendments to the House Financial Services Committee appropriations bill that would put at risk the U.S.’s obligation under the nuclear accord to allow for the sale of such aircraft to Iran. These amendments would effectively prohibit U.S. authorities from licensing the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran. As such, the amendments pose a significant risk to the Iran nuclear accord, as the agreement to license the sale of such planes was a key component to winning Iran’s consent to reversing its nuclear program.

It is clear that some lawmakers have no interest in securing U.S. national security interests. Despite a track record of success in reversing Iran’s nuclear progress, Republicans continue to seek to undermine the nuclear accord at every turn. Their hope is to bring us back to the escalatory cycle that saw a growing Iranian nuclear program and the threat of war. As with so much else, these lawmakers are virtually alone in the world in their opposition to this historic agreement.

Proponents of these amendments ignore the fundamental issue at issue here – the humanitarian stakes involved in the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran. For the past three decades, Iran has had one of the worst civilian flight safety records in the world with more than 2,000 deaths caused by plane crashes. Iran’s civilian flight safety record is the result of U.S. sanctions that prohibited the sale of aircraft to Iran and – for a significant period of time – limited even the provision of spare parts and the servicing of repairs for Iranian commercial passenger aircraft. The lifting of these sanctions under the Iran nuclear accord allows the Iranian people to once again feel secure in their air travels. Holding the Iranian people hostage by limiting the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran is an inhumane policy that has fortunately been brought to a close. U.S. lawmakers should not be seeking a return to such an inhumane policy.

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NATO Heads Of State Summit Under The Dictate Of The US

Comment: “The gathering of NATO Heads of State and Governments in The Warsaw Summit rather will be not in sake of the EU. The NATO’s summit will as usual adopt a series of decisions, a package of US dictations sent earlier to NATO member states. For example, the US President Barack Obama demanded Germany to deploy military forces on the Russian border of Litauen. From my opinion strengthening the military presence at the Russian borders will have a negative effect on the relation between the European countries and Russia. Which is in the interest of the Transatlantic Pact and of the US, who themselves increased sales with Russia while their so-called partners, the vassal states of the EU, have lost by deploying the sanctions against Russia. “Divide et impera!” at work. When will the European Community stand up against this constant aggressions of the US-led NATO and vote for peace and cooperation with Russia?“

2015120James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies: NATO to Respond to – Strategic Reality – at Warsaw Summit

July 7, 2016 – The upcoming 2016 NATO Summit, which will take place in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8-9, 2016, will be a crucial milestone for the alliance. NATO faces a fundamentally changed security environment including a more assertive Russia- which is modernizing its military and increasing defense spending-and turmoil and violence in Iraq and Syria, which borders NATO member, Turkey.

Strengthening and modernizing NATO’s defense and deterrence posture will be the focus of the 2016 Summit, according to a recent NATO statement. At its 2014 Summit in Wales, NATO agreed to a number of short-term measures to bolster the alliance’s conventional deterrent. Dubbed the Readiness Action Plan, these measures sought to expedite the arrival of NATO reinforcements to states under attack from Russia.

This policy reproduces, on a smaller scale, the role US troops in Europe during the Cold War. Central and Eastern European states welcomed these pledges at the Wales Summit as a long-overdue adjustment to the alliance’s “strategic reality,” as noted in the 2015 CNS report, Ensuring Deterrence against Russia: The View from NATO States. The upcoming Warsaw Summit will build on the Readiness Action Plan and announce further steps that aim to strengthen the alliance.

The summit will also come with a major focus on cyber-related capabilities. The alliance is expected to declare cyber an operational domain of warfare, reflecting an increased Russian focus on asymmetrical warfare.

The Warsaw Summit, which will take place on 8-9 July 2016, will be a key milestone for the Alliance. Allied leaders will take the next steps in ensuring the Alliance’s collective defence. Strengthening and modernising NATO’s defence and deterrence posture will be at the heart of the Summit. Allies will also assess the long-term implications of the crisis on NATO’s relations with Russia and consider the next steps.

During the Summit, NATO Heads of State and Government will come together in the Polish capital to take decisions to adapt the Alliance to a fundamentally changed security environment. This will ensure NATO is able to respond to the full spectrum of threats from any direction.

Bürgermeister Dr. Häupl: Wir sind alle Österreicherinnen und Österreicher

13516594Bürgermeister Dr. Michael Häupl hat dieses Jahr wieder Vertreter der in Wien ansässigen Muslimischen Gemeinde zum Fastenbrechen anlässlich des Endes des Fastenmonats Ramadan eingeladen. Das Abendmahl anlässlich des Iftar, dieses für Muslime besonderen Festes, wurde im Rittersaal des Wiener Rathauses begangen.

Unterstützt wurde der Bürgermeister durch die Anwesenheit von Stadträtin Mag. Sandra Frauenberger, die in der Stadtregierung für die Agenden Integration, Frauen, Konsumentenschutz, Personal und Märkte zuständig ist und Gemeinderat Dipl. Ing. Omar Al-Rawi, der den Empfang organisiert hat. Gemeinsam haben sie alle die Gäste herzlich begrüßt. Wie immer war Al-Rawi die Hauptperson der Iftar Veranstaltung.

Zu den weiteren Gästen zählten der 28-jährige Theologe Ibrahim Olgun, der neue Präsident der Islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich (IGGiÖ), der vorherige Präsident der Islamischen Gemeinde Dr. Fuat Sanaç und Dr. Anas Al-Shaqfeh, sowie Vertreter von etlichen Sunnitischen und Schiitischen Islamischen Gruppen in Wien.

Häupl bat seine Gäste, eine Schweigeminute für die Opfer des Terrors am Kemal Ataturk Flughafen in Istanbul einzulegen. Er drückte seine Verurteilung von Terrorismus in jeglicher Form aus.

Dr. Häupl verurteilte zudem die Instrumentalisierung von Feindseligkeiten gegen Ausländer oder Moslems als billige Wahlpropaganda in Österreich. Er unterstrich seine Freude, mit in Gemeinschaft mit österreichischen Moslems zu sein. Er sagte: Wir sind alle Österreicherinnen und Österreicher.

Dr. Faisal Ibrahim, ein syrischer Flüchtlingsarzt überreichte dem Bürgermeister Dr. Michael Häupl ein Dankesgeschenk.

Dr. Tammam Al-Kelani übergab daraufhin dem Bürgermeister das Wappen der arabisch-österreichischen Ärzteschaft. Er drückte ihm weiters seinen Dank für seine Unterstützung der syrischen Flüchtlinge in Österreich aus.

Ein neuer Skandal im Namen Islamischer Schulen in Wien

1312039_1_Mousa_31_PDAm 29. Juni 2016 war ich überrascht und schockiert, als ich beobachten musste, wie Dr. Hassan Mousa den Rittersaal des Wiener Rathauses Arm in Arm mit Dr. Faraj Allah Alsatheli, den Gesandten der Ägyptischen Al Azhar Alsharif Universität während des von Bürgermeister Dr. Michael Häupl veranstalteten Fastenbrechens des Ramadan betrat.

Dr. Moussa wurde am 23. Juni 2014 vom Bezirksgericht Hernals wegen Betrugs rechtskräftig verurteilt. Alle österreichischen Zeitungen haben über diesen Skandal berichtet. (PDF), (siehe links).

Ich frage mich, welche Beziehung besteht zwischen dem Österreichisch-Ägyptischen als Betrüger entlarvten “Helden” Dr. Mousa und Dr. Alshatheli, diesem hochrangigen Vertreter der Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Universität?

Währenddessen hat am 30. Juni 2016 die Gratiszeitung “heute” einen Artikel über einen weiteren Skandal von Dr. Mousa veröffentlicht. Unten ein link zu diesem Artikel:

“Protz-Kindergarten” ist pleite
Marmorbrunnen, Edel-Bibliothek, Ungereimtheiten bei der Kinderbetreuung: Ein privater Kindergarten wollte dafür städtische Förderungen. Nun ist klar, welcher: ein Islam-Bildungshaus – es ist pleite.
Unter dem Namen “Edu & Fun Schul-Bildungszentrum” betreibt Hassan Mousa in Floridsdorf eine Islam-Schule mit Hort und Kindergarten. Früher hieß die Schule “Al Azar”, hatte mit Mohammed M. Österreichs bekanntesten Dschihadisten als Schüler. Heute werden dort 250 Kinder betreut – “von Marmor und der Bibliothek mit Intarsien haben sie aber nichts”, so ein Insider zu “Heute”.

“Jetzt soll auch die Schule schließen.” Die Schulbewilligung läuft laut Stadtschulrat diesen Donnerstag aus. Wegen Unstimmigkeiten bei der finanziellen Prüfung soll außerdem die MA 10 (Kindergärten) mit 11.Mai den Fördervertrag mit dem Träger fristlos gekündigt und kein weiteres Geld der Stadt ausbezahlt haben.

Im April wurde gegen den Betreiber eine Anzeige eingebracht. Auch laufen Verfahren von Finanzpolizei und Staatsanwaltschaft sowie eine pädagogische Prüfung des Stadtschulrats. Jetzt eröffnete das Handelsgericht Wien ein Konkursverfahren, berichtet der Alpenländische Kreditorenverband. Der Betreiber soll den “laufenden Zahlungsverpflichtungen nicht mehr nachkommen” können. Hassan Mousa war auf “Heute”-Anfrage nicht erreichbar.


World Bank Group: Six Principles for Dialogue on Climate Action

DSC_5731The World Bank Group, along with 12 international organizations, launched a new initiative that will make it easier for governments, the private sector and the global community to work together to lessen the impacts of climate change and for the private sector to play a more active role in the design of policies and programs that tackle climate change.

The initiative brings together leading climate advocacy organizations around a set of six Principles for Dialogue on Climate Action, which will guide discussions at the global, local and country level as governments and their private sector partners implement plans and identify solutions to help deal with this major global crisis.

“When governments establish inclusive dialogue with the private sector as well as international organizations, civil society, and communities, they can produce better integrated and more comprehensive strategies capable of addressing a crisis whose impacts extend from remote villages and islands to the planet as a whole,” the Principles read.

DSC_5727Announcing the Principles, at the start of the Dialogue for Climate Action conference in Vienna, Austria today, Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice said, “This represents a significant milestone in global climate action and is an important step forward in bringing together governments, businesses, and civil society to collectively take action to fight climate change. The principles help scale opportunities for industry action in climate change and investments in climate technologies and will help reinforce the global commitment made in Paris.”

Climate change is a fundamental threat to economic development and has the potential to push 100 million people into poverty by 2030. The amount of work that needs to be done is considerable. Developing countries will need about $100 billion of new investments by 2020 to bolster their economic resilience against the effects of climate change. Cooperation between governments and the private sector can accelerate those investments in emerging economies, but dialogue between the two will be essential.

“Private sector must be a part of an effective solution to climate challenge,” said Abdelouahed Fikrat, General Secretary, Moroccan Ministry of Environment. “These principles capture the essence and the starting point of how to design effective action oriented climate dialogues that allow public and private sector to collaborate. Morocco’s experience and approach confirms that. A centre of competences for climate change (4C Morocco) established as a capacity building and dialogue platform for private and public actors as well as academia and civil society, is set up. The principles of the declaration and the event holds potential to contribute significantly to COP22 agenda and offer a real tool to policy makers to engage with private sector.”

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Who Is The New President of Austria?

DSC_5072 copyAlexander Van der Bellen, a 72-year-old economics professor and former Green Party leader backed by the socialist party (SPÖ) and Muslim community during the Presidential elections in Austria was elected to be the next Austrian president.

There has been a 0.6 percent difference between Van der Bellen receiving 50.3 percent and the Freedom Party’s candidate Ing. Norbert Hofer receiving 49.7 percent.

Hofer was ahead after polls closed Sunday. He got 51.9 percent of the Austrian votes. In simple words he was the winner of the elections. Van der Bellen got 48.1 percent of the Austrian votes.

On Monday morning, the Austrian Ministry of Interior published a clarification on its website. The ministry stated that the data released on its website about the Austrian presidential election was an error.


later, the difficult equation of the elections was changed. The postal votes of the Austrians living abroad were given to Van der Bellen. More than 700,000 absentee ballots changed the the final count and showed Alexander Van der Bellen as the winner with 50.3 percent, compared to 49.7 percent for Hofer.

Tuesday 24 2016, Hofer urged his supporters to respect the result and show tolerance to those with different political views.

He wrote in his Facebook account: “I will remain loyal to you (the public) and make a contribution to a positive Austria. Please do not be discouraged, the use of this election campaign is not lost but an investment for the future.”

Hofer asked all Austrians for unity, joining efforts by Van der Bellen to overcome the ideological divisions that led to the close contest.

Van der Bellen was born in Vienna in 1944 to a politician father. In 1976, he was appointed associate professor at the University of Innsbruck and then became professor of economics at the University of Vienna.

Van der Bellen started his career as a politician by joining the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), but he switched to the green party, became its chief, then resigned after the September 2008 election. He became commissioner of the City of Vienna for Universities and Research in 2010.

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Austria’s Presidential Race: Far-Right Hofer Wins with 51.9%


Illustration by Erich Tiefen Bach

Ing. Norbert Hofer, 45, anti-immigration candidate of the Freedom Party won Austria’s Presidential election with 51.9 percent of the vote, referring to official data from the Ministry of the Interior states. The figures could change when postal ballots are counted on Monday.

The Ministry states that Green Party candidate Alexander van der Bellen, 74, gathered only 48.1 percent of the ballots cast.

For the first time since the Second World War, the main parties in Austria, socialist party (SPÖ) and Christian Democrats (ÖVP), were eliminated in the first round of elections on April 22 2016.

The defeated parties in alliance with the Muslim minorities in Austria have backed strongly Prof. Alexander van der Bellen in the second round of election.

The Freedom Party ran an anti-immigration campaign for the Austrian presidency which argues for tougher rules on asylum seekers and protecting Austria’s borders. About 90,000 foreigners asked for asylum in Austria since the last year, equivalent to about 1% of the Austrian population.

The presidency in Austria is a largely ceremonial post. The president has limited power, but a victory for Mr Hofer could be the springboard for Freedom Party success in the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2018.

The Freedom party is one of Europe’s best-established nationalist parties. In 2000, under Jörg Haider, its charismatic leader who died in a high-speed car crash in 2008, the party entered into a coalition government with the Christian Democrats – prompting other European countries to try to ostracise Austria.

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