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07 June 2013

Western mischief called Arab Spring: Egypt & Turkey

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By Dr. Abdul Ruff

Dictatorial US led western world wants to decide the fate of the humanity according to their whims and fancies. With a series of terror wars on Islam, they want to change the world into one that hates Islam.

When the anti-Islamic western powers jointly enacted the Arab Spring in Arab world, they obviously had one major agenda: to destabilize Islamic regimes and replace with capitalist anti-Islamic rulers.

Turmoil brought down regimes starting with ... and Egypt where hypocritical regimes fell. However, things did not work that way and Islamist parties have gained prominence everywhere. Now the same western powers and their media lords are deeply worried.

Now the same western powers and their disappointed media nuts seek to replace them with pro- west regimes and working towards destabilizing the Islamist regimes by using the opposition and pro-west elements .

This is happening in Egypt where president Mohammed Morsi is facing stiff opposition from these west inspired anti-Islamic elements,

Egypt

A ruling by Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists' legitimate hold on power.

The ruling deepens the political instability that has gripped the country since the overthrow of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak two years ago. The ruling by highest court in the country the says that the legislature's upper house, the only one currently sitting, would not be dissolved until the parliament's lower chamber is elected later this year or early in 2014. The constitutional panel has already dissolved after completing the charter.

The ruling comes ahead of the scheduled climax on June 30 — the president's first anniversary in office — of a campaign by anti-government protesters to collect 15 million signatures of Egyptians who want to see President Morsi go. When elections were held in early 2012, over 70 percent of the seats were won by Islamists.

Ruling is likely to prolong the polarizing political transition that followed Mubarak's overthrow. Rival political groups disagree not just on policies and the future course of the nation but on the legitimacy of the basic institutions of government.

Mohammad Morsi, elected nearly a year ago, tried to reinstate parliament's lower chamber just days after he came to office on June 30 but eventually bowed to the court ruling and backed down. In both rulings on parliament's two chambers, the court contended that political parties that fielded candidates for the third of seats set aside for independent candidates, as allowed by the election law, amounted to a breach of the principle of fairness.

The president's supporters that the judiciary is filled with Mubarak loyalists determined to derail the nation's political process. Of the chamber's 270 members, 180 are elected with the other 90 being appointed by the president, Morsi.

Turkey

Premier of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan is facing the biggest challenge during his 10-year rule from some demonstrators who protest against demolition of a park. The protest started five days ago aimed at saving a city center park in Istanbul from shopping-center developers who had been backed by the government.

The nationwide demonstration was triggered after the police broke up a peaceful sit-in against the demolition on Friday. Some protesters were injured and at least 63 people detained during raid, according to Istanbul Governor's Office. Special police forces rushed to the scene and used tear gas and high-pressured water gun to disperse the protesters. Police used tear gas on protesters in Ankara but the clashes were relatively minor compared with major violence in Turkey's biggest cities on the previous two days. At least seven policemen were injured, including one seriously, during the clashes.

The angry protesters demanded Erdogan to step down, calling his government the "fascist" government during their protests in Istanbul and other cities. Police eventually withdrew from central Taksim Square early on Saturday evening.

Erdogan has called on demonstrators to end their protest, saying the government would press ahead with the redevelopment plans about Gezi Park.

Prime Minister Erdogan accused Turkey's main secular opposition party of stirring a wave of anti-government protests, as tens of thousands regrouped in Istanbul and Ankara after a lull and trouble flared again in the capital.

Calling the protesters "a few looters", Erdogan said he would press ahead with redeveloping Istanbul's Taksim Square, a project which provoked the demonstrations that have widened into a broader show of defiance against his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Erdogan singled out the Republican People's Party (CHP) - set up in 1924 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who founded Turkey's modern secular state - for attack over a dispute he described as ideological. "We think that the main opposition party which is making resistance calls on every street is provoking these protests," Erdogan said on Turkish television.

Turkey's fiercest anti-government unrest for years erupted when trees were torn down at a park in Taksim Square under governmentplans to construct a new mosque and rebuild a replica Ottoman-era barracks. "This reaction is no longer about the ripping out 12 trees. This is based on ideology," said Erdogan, whose conservative vision for the nation has angered more liberal Turks. Referring to the planned mosque, he added: "Obviously I will not ask for permission for this from the head of CHP or a few looters."
The atmosphere was more festive with some chanting for Erdogan to resign and others singing and dancing. There was little obvious police presence.

On Sunday rain appeared to keep the crowds away from Taksim Square initially, but this did not dampen the spirit of the protesters whose numbers later swelled. "We will stay until the end," said Akin, who works in motor trade and has been in Taksim for the past four days. "We are not leaving. The only answer now is for this government to fall. We are tired of this oppressive government constantly putting pressure on us."

There were more than 90 separate demonstrations around the country on Friday and Saturday, officials said. More than 1,000 people have been injured in Istanbul and several hundred more in Ankara, according to medical staff.

The ferocity of the police response in Istanbul shocked Turks, as well as tourists caught up in the unrest in one of the world's most visited destinations. It has drawn rebukes from the United States, European Union and international rights groups.

Helicopters fired tear gas canisters into residential neighbourhoods and police used teargas to try to smoke people out of buildings. Footage on YouTube showed one protester being hit by an armoured police truck as it charged a barricade.

Erdogan has overseen a transformation in Turkey during his decade in power, turning its once crisis-prone economy into the fastest-growing in Europe. "We have carried Turkey into a new era... If they call someone who is a servant of his country, then I have nothing to say to them," he said.

Among Turks in general Erdogan remains by far the most popular politician, but critics point to what they see as his authoritarianism and religiously conservative meddling in private lives in the secular republic. Tighter restrictions on alcohol sales and warnings against public displays of affection in recent weeks have also provoked protests. Concern that government policy is allowing Turkey to be dragged into the conflict in neighbouring Syria by the West has also led to peaceful demonstrations.

Islamist government’s pro-Islam reforms have upset both anti-Islamic elements in Turkey as well as their sponsors from the West.

The opposite parties have fuelled the crisis in order to revive the anti-Islamic tendencies in the society.

[Dr. Abdul Ruff is Specialist on State Terrorism; Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA); Independent Analyst; Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.). He is also former university Teacher. He can be contacted at abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com]

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