East Turkestan

Metin’s post prompted me to ask, what is happening with East Turkestan? The Uighur people face increasing pressure from Peking. Will they become more radicalized?

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The Turks’ Winter Solstice fest; Nar Dugan and Ayaz Ata!

Seems to not related with Christmas, the birth of Jesus but pre-Islamic the Turks had celebrated a holiday called “Nar Dugan” which referred to the winter solstice! “Nar” means sun and “Dugan” means birth, so it meant the birth of the Sun and in French Noel means “day of birth” and derived the Latin word “Natalis”.
In the Turkish customs the sun is very important, the pre-Islamic Turks believed in one God, they called God as “Tengri” and they prayed to Tengri in order to return the sun to them but the sun needs to fight with the night a mean darkness and evilness. According to their beliefs, the day and night are fighting in the shortest day but the longest night of the year on December 22, after the long struggle the sun gets victory over the night, a mean the Sun defeats the dark and evil powers, then the Sun’s victory is celebrated by the Turks under a sacred tree gorgeously, as the story goes, the sacred tree is White Spruce which is believed to symbolize the center of the earth and then it’s called Tree of Life and they adorned it with fruits, especially apple and pomegranate. Today, the Turkish women still use this tree in their carpets, rugs and laceworks as well as Turkish Muslims use it on the tiles to decorate inner walls of the mosques.

As I stated, the return of the sun is rebirth and they called this day; “Nar Dugan” and in this respect, during the coldest days of the winter and in the eve of Nar Dugan a Turkish saint Ayaz Ata comes in view to help the hungry, poor, orphaned people. The literal meaning Ayaz Ata; “Frost Father” and he was created of Moon light.
After following the Islam, except Seljukian period, Turkey’s Turks generally leave their old customs although the minority of the Turks in Central Asia, Siberia and Azerbaijan still celebrate Nar Dugan as before adopting Islam and they still decorate their homes with all kind of spruce and pine trees to celebrate the New Year solstice on December 22.
On the photo, a decorated tree of life adorned with fruits on the wall of 13th century Seljukian madrasah, Gok Madrasah (Sky Madrasah) in Sivas.Sivas-Amasya 019

Do the Police and CPS Need to be Re-Educated?

Liam Allan, 22, was charged with rape. He admitted having sexual intercourse with the complainant, but he said it was consensual. He was on bail for two years. The world was told he was a rapist. Three days into his trial the police and Crown Prosecution Service finally agreed to disclose thousands of text messages from the complainant to her friends. Some of those messages explained her liking for “rough” sex and said she fantasised about being raped. One of them said, of her intercourse with Mr Allan, that it was not against her will. Not surprisingly, all charges were dropped. The Director of Public Prosecutions has said that it is “regrettable” that disclosure of evidence which, in effect, proved Mr Allan’s innocence did not take place until three days into his trial. But she is not greatly troubled by the error. The impression she gives is that she thinks it is just one of those things, nothing over which to lose sleep. What are a mere two years in a young man’s life?

We don’t know quite as much about the case of Isaac Itiary, 25. We do know he was charged with rape of a girl under the age of 16. We do know he was kept in custody for four months pending his trial. And we do know he was black. But nothing much else has been revealed to us, save that the complainant’s text messages showed that she routinely posed as a nineteen-year-old. The age of the complainant was vital to the charge (I assume it was accepted that she consented to intercourse). The police and the CPS, however, did not think it relevant that she was in the habit of claiming to be nineteen-years-old. So Mr Itiary languished for months in prison while preparations were made for his trial and his lawyers were left in blissful ignorance of the fact that there was solid evidence that the complainant was in the habit of pretending to be much older than she was. In the end, the police relented and agreed to reveal all to the defence. That, inevitably, led to all charges being dropped. Continue reading

Britain First and social media.

There is much gloating from my erstwhile companions on the far left at the demise of Twitter accounts belonging to Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding (both of whom could qualify for political prisoner status alongside Julian Assange).

Whether or not one agrees (and I am not an Islamophobe as long timers well know) free speech is hate speech. One cannot gag views which contain dissent.

Nick Freeman and Liz McInnes.

Nick Freeman is a noted criminal maven. He said that we must have a register of false rape accusers, just as we have a sex offenders register.

Liz McInnes, a vile creature from Labour’s Mancunian bowels said it is a knee jerk reaction.

Not if one is falsely accused, however.

 

Liam Allan

Plod get it wrong again. Yet another false rape allegations fiasco. Following on Livio Dinaj the police look dumber than usual (quite a feat).

One wonders what it will take to get anonymity regranted in rape trials? Perhaps naming malicious accusers? Easily done outside of Britain. No borders in cyberspace.

 

In Defence of Dominic Grieve

A lot of those of my friends who, like me, hate undemocratic rule from Brussels are very cross with Dominic Grieve. They think, which is quite right (his protestations to the contrary do get very close to dishonesty – though I acquit him of the charge), that he is intent on keeping us in the EU despite the referendum. They reckon that is evil.

Well, I have to say I disagree with my friends. I have known Dominic for something like forty years. My recollection is that his father, who was also a Conservative MP, was also desperately keen on the European experiment. His mother was French, and I think he ran away with the silly notion, very early in his life, that it was not possible to be keen on European culture without also being keen on undemocratic rule by continental bureaucrats. European culture was a good thing (absolutely right) and therefore Britain should be ruled by unelected foreigners (obviously wrong). Continue reading

School Days

I don’t really understand the argument against grammar schools because I don’t understand what’s wrong with the principle of selection by ability. It’s used pretty much everywhere else, from sport to space-programs. If there was a way I could know how it felt to be opposed to the idea of grammars then I would try it.

Am I right in thinking that selection by ability is the only way to have a ‘two-tier’ system which is fair? A ‘two-tier’ system cannot be avoided because parents don’t care about other parents’ children. It seems to make sense, then, that the state mitigate this natural trait.

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Jane Austen.

So, Giles (Daddy got me this job) Coren is not a fan of Jane Austen. Neither am I but our reasons differ.

Northanger Abbey? High point, at the end, is a kiss. Not a bodice ripped off kiss, but a peck on the cheek kiss.

Mansfield Park? I’d rather read Das Kapital in Mongolian.

Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Shaggability (OK I made that up)…total pants.

Five miles from where Austen wrote, at the same time as she wrote, folks starved to death.

It is grim opp north lass.

Jah.

Innit.