Turkey Shooting: Catherine Bury ‘Killed by Gardener’ in Dalyan Holiday Resort – IBTimes UK


Turkey Shooting: Catherine Bury ‘Killed by Gardener’ in Dalyan Holiday Resort – IBTimes UK.

Now all the ignorant, racist bigots will come out of the woodwork. Read the comments in The Huffington Post…atrocious! So many uneducated imbeciles  you can just predict the reactions!!

A Visit to Kurdistan?


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I took in a foster child aged 11,  14 years ago who was an asylum seeker from Kurdistan, Iraq. She was taken from an abusive family here in the UK. She is like our own daughter now MarshAllah!
She visited Erbil 2 years ago but was extremely limited in where she could go so was mostly indoors most of the time. However she really wants to go again with my husband and I as a safe family unit.
I would love to go to the regions around Erbil but i was afraid for so many reasons.

After reading Theopi’s blog i am seriously thinking of making this journey with my foster daughter. I will be looking into it much more and would love if there are any readers who come from or have recently visited this area, to tell me as much as they can.

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As we approach the cable car to take us to the top of Mount Korek, I’m stunned by the beauty that surrounds me. Bright white snow-capped mountains are all around. They glisten in the sunshine and despite the sub-zero temperatures give off a warm glow. And all is peaceful. A sharp contrast, I imagine, to 20 years ago, when gunfire must have echoed among these mountains and blood stained the snow.Me at the top of Mount Korek

But this no longer the battleground of Iraqi Kurds and Saddam Hussein’s regime. Thanks in part to a no-fly zone put in place 21 years ago, during the first Iraq war, and the more recent US-led invasion of 2003, some tranquillity has returned. The fall of the former dictator has given a once-persecuted people the security to rebuild and develop this now semi-autonomous region.

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Dont Hate Turkey! Sarai Sierra, American Tourist, Killed by Blow to Head


Sarai Sierra, American Tourist, Killed by Blow to Head, Turkish Police Say

A New York City woman vacationing alone in Istanbul was killed by at least one fatal blow to her head, Turkish officials said today. The body of Sarai Sierra, 33, was was identified by her husband, Steven Sierra, in a morgue, Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said today. After an intense search that lasted nearly two weeks, the body of Sarai Sierra was found near the ruins of some ancient city walls and a highway on Saturday. Sierra was wearing the same outfit she was seen wearing on…Full Story

I am not going to discuss the whys and wherefores of this poor woman’s death because we don’t really know what happened.

I have to say i am disgusted with a majority of comments i have read around the net. There are people bringing religion, ‘Islam’ into it, talk about how the Muslims hate Americans etc. People who have never been outside their own countries stating how awful, backward and dirty Turkey is. This is mainly coming from Americans and probably the ignorant unenlightened majority whilst the other decent Americans have to take the flak!

People have asked questions which i will give my opinion below.

Comment:What is a married woman doing going alone to Turkey to take pictures.

A:This is 2013 and women don’t need chaperone’s and that includes the majority of Turkish women.

Comment: She had children she shouldn’t have gone off alone.

A: The children have a father too don’t they? A woman does not stop living because she has children if they are in safe loving hands of family. There are reasons families cant always go away together, does that mean a women is always the one to stay behind?

Comment: Americans shouldn’t travel to Muslim countries. They hate us!

A: I wonder why? Look at your foreign policy but it has not been shown that this is a hate crime so there you go ‘Islamophobia’

Comment: So you leave your kids to go off on some trip to a country where you know Muslims live and who will be very upset that you are walking around in jeans without a male escort?  I’m a man and would never go into any Islamic country, at least not without the second U.S. Army.

A:How ridiculous is this commenter? Many women in Istanbul and most parts of Turkey dress in jeans, skirts, tee shirts etc. They just don’t show a lot of flesh.  Turkey receives over 30 million tourists a year and  the vast majority of Turkish people, including men, are honest, kind and decent but i suppose you will find a few like the commentator above !

I travelled alone a lot when i was younger because i am a bit of an adventurer. It was almost impossible for me and hubby to be able to go as a family as there was always an obstruction. My girls had grown up before i started travelling but i wouldn’t have hesitated to travel even when they were small if we could have afforded it.

Bearing in mind that we are Muslims you can see that we are very enlightened and believe in the rights of men and women. Although hubby would be nervous about me travelling alone, he understood the thirst i had for seeing new places and cultures and gave me his blessings. He put my care in Allah and in my good sense.

I have visited Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia  and Pakistan and i must say it opened my eyes and changed the misconceptions i had about so called third world countries. Unless you have been to these places you cant make a judgment by what you hear in the media. I won’t go into that here though.

My most loved place is Turkey where I/we have been going to for 16 years also having a second home there for 12 years .Its a beautiful place with good-natured hospitable people who are very welcoming.

Having mastered the worst pigeon Turkish we are able to communicate and make friends, watch tv and read newspapers. We have also explored non tourist areas in Turkey so i believe i have a right to say that  I understand the people and the culture.

On the whole Turkish people are torn between extremities of old and new but are seriously the most modern of Muslim countries. I have found that, just like anyone in any other country is that if you treat them with respect you get that back.

I do know that the tourist areas are probably the paces with the worst reputation for touting, hard selling and flirting and lone women should be aware and not believe everything they are told by the men. Most people in the tourist areas come from inland Turkey where they can live from hand to mouth so when they see an opportunity to benefit themselves they have no scruples regarding hitching up with a tourist. I have to admit that if i was in their shoes i might do the same.

Crimes against foreigners are not as common as many Americans think. In fact on the whole Turkey’s crime statistics are 10 times better than US. I have bought 3 properties over the years carrying large amounts of money from bank to bank in taxis and peoples cars, i have left my handbag twice in a taxi and in a restaraunt and had them delivered back to my home/hotel. I have been escorted by families late at night making sure that i get home safely. When electricity goes off for hours or even all day, people have sent food or lamps.  If you are a visitor in a home as a guest you will be treated like royalty. If you need help there is always someone willing to help you even go out of their way to do so. I love the way people in Turkey look out for each other. Everything is not perfect nor is it anywhere but i have never felt afraid or alone in Turkey.

I have travelled to many many countries, Muslim and Christian and the people are no different except in the way they look, dress or behave socially. I find that a majority of tourists treat the natives as if they are ignorant or stupid when in fact they themselves are the ones who are! People who don’t travel far from their own culture think that their way is the only way and the rest of the world are wrong.

If you are a woman travelling alone to Turkey or for that matter any country you are as safe as you would be anywhere follow the rules below.

  • Always research the place your going to making sure you stay in a populated reputable area.
  • Learn a bit of the language, it will be appreciated.
  • Let people know of your plans even at your hotel.
  • Be friendly with other women including the natives. You can get advice are even a companion.
  • Walk assertively and confidently.
  • Don’t go out with strangers or even go to any unpopulated area alone .
  • Consider wearing a (fake) wedding ring.
  • Trust your intuition.

Istanbul was the 5th most visited city in 2012

Muslim-Jewish marriages herald a brave new world


Muslim-Jewish marriages herald a brave new world | Jonathan Romain | guardian.co.uk

�Something surprising is beginning to emerge in marriage patterns between members of different religions in Britain. In the past, “marrying out” was seen either as a religious sin, partnering up with an unbeliever, or as a social crime, betraying the faith group identity

But in today’s much more tolerant, pluralist society, mixed-faith marriage has become commonplace. People who mix together at work, socialise together afterwards. They concentrate on what they have in common – be it music, sport or crosswords – not the theologies that divide them.

In the past century in Britain, intermarriage tend to mean Jews (the main minority faith group) marrying Christians. However, in recent years a new trend has arisen: Muslims intermarrying. It reflects the fact that not only is there now a substantial Muslim community, but it is becoming more integrated in British society.

No one is surprised that some Muslims marry Christians – they are the majority population – but to the astonishment of many, Muslims and Jews are beginning to marry each other. This is unexpected, as the Israel-Arab problems in the Middle East have affected relationships between members of the two faiths over here.

Read more via Muslim-Jewish marriages herald a brave new world | Jonathan Romain        guardian.co.uk.

 

Kenan Malik – Mistaken identity | New Humanist


Kenan Malik – Mistaken identity | New Humanist.

One of the biggest complaints about globalisation is that as market forces sweep across the world, so does Western culture. In the end, many fret, whether you are in New York, Rome, Beijing or Mumbai you will buy the same pair of jeans in the same shopping mall, drink the same overpriced latte in the same coffee shop, and watch the same dreary Hollywood blockbuster. Local culture will be no more.

 Read more by clicking the link. Very good article

Forever Young Culture


Today we live in a culture where women are obsessed with their looks and for the majority of women, and of course some men, their looks are their first priority above health. They do everything in their power to stop the ageing process.They strive for what today’s society/media call perfection but who decides what or who is perfect?

Women spend billions of £’s on beauty products that they are told will defy the ageing process. They spend a fortune on cosmetic surgery on parts that they think are imperfect. The point is they don’t want to accept the inevitable. They dsire ‘youth’.

American culture is first in the line and now proclaim that looking good equals looking young (Bayer, 2004). Both men and women reported that cosmetic procedures were used to enhance work and professional outlooks and to increase physical attractiveness to improve romantic, friend, and social opportunities (Bayer, 2004). How superficial!!

In the UK a new survey of our spending habits has discovered that fear of ageing is no longer confined to the 35-49 year olds. Even twenty olds are worrying about ageing. What a burden we are laying on them  😦  .A survey  from the group Datamonitor,  discovered that British people spend far more than their European counterparts on trying to hold back the years.

We are living in a size zero society that is destroying a lot of our young people’s self worth and self esteem for the sake of magazines and other media where the camera exaggerates size and the TV makes a size 12 look like size16.

Get a grip people and open your eyes to how you are being manipulated for purely financial reasons of the capitalist.

I don’t like getting old but not from the angle of physical beauty. I fear it from the angle of physical function. I want my older years to be of good quality and full of activity. One never actually categorizes them-self as “old, or elderly”. I don’t, I am ageless so i don’t want to judged on my wrinkles or sagging flesh. I still have a lot to offer so don’t demean me or my counterparts.

Now i am not saying you shouldn’t look after your skin, control your weight or take good care of your appearance and get some exercise but i would like to say “chill out, allow and accept you WILL grow old” and enjoy it. Take time to be more patient and less judgmental about older people. Value their wisdom and memories, which you can only learn by.

Once the elderly were valued,cared for and respected they are now abused both verbally and physically whether it is in the home, nursing home or on the streets.

I feel sad for humanity when i see the world today

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