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Opinion: The human dignity in the face of hypocrisy

written by Costas Mavrides MEP   (S&D &DIKO),

D-TRDelegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee

Judiciary in Turkey had always been an instrument of the regime from the Kemalists generals to the President Erdogan’s  “Neo-Ottomanist regime“. Courts in Turkey simply don’t exist anymore. Currently there are only “President Erdogan’s Courts” that serve him while he considers that “the judiciary in Turkey is more fair than in any other European country”.

Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt  who has been in exile in Sweden discloses dirty little secrets regarding Turkey, since kemalism until today, with the aim of influencing certain officials in various key positions.  From politicians, academics, journalists and diplomats of foreign states to judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg! Into these “great exploits” of Turkey through blackmail and corruption, including interference with judges at the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg for a case involving the Republic of Cyprus. The reporter also lists Karl Bild’s (Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from October 2006 to October 2014) links as he’s openly a current apologist for Turkey’s Erdogan regime.

Incidentally, after the failure of the Annan Plan to reunificate Cyprus, Mr Bild took a leading role- with some Greek Cypriots-to punish the Cypriot government and to reward the breakaway regime. His wife, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt,  who is now a MEP, Sweden (EPP) is the head of the lobby in favour of Erdogan’s regime. Furthermore, bloodthirsty  Hakan Fidan , who heads Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency, is the head of  all regime’s dirty work. It is believed that the massacre in Egypt’s Al Arish province  has been carried out by the Turkish MİT. Or rather, this is a massacre carried out by Hakan Fidan on Erdoğan’s orders.

Against to all these people “related to corruption”, there are still some people who resist with boldness. The two co-chairmen of the  Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey,  Selahattin Demirtas ( of Kurdish origin) and Figen Yuksekdag (of  Turkish origin) who have been detained in different prisons since November 2016 with 7 other deputies had to be brought to court this month. The regime accuses them for “establishment of an armed terrorist organization” , “terrorist propaganda” (*) etc… After a year, the only evidence against them are the public speeches they had done for years! Turkey’s government soughts to imprison him for up to 142 years. In addition, the Kurdish leader is being tried in absentia after the court denied his right to attend, insisting he use a video link from the prison in which he is being held — an option he refused.

Consequently, the courts in Turkey are just an instrument for promoting the mandates of the regime. Courts are only in name. However,  the  ECHR (Strasbourg) rejected the request of the evicted to appeal directly to the European Court  and demands that all “Turkish appeals” to be addressed and exhausted first in Turkey! We’re faced with so much hypocrisy from the highest level of fairness and respect in Europe.

In the face of hypocrisy, Demirtas’ statement to “Erdogan’s Prosecutor” remains a timeless monument of dignity of humanity:

 “We are the elected representatives of people. We are not representing ourselves but the masses who elected us. We are member of parliament with a parliamentary immunity. I will not allow to disrespect the will of my people. I refuse to be an actor this judicial theatre that started just because Erdogan ordered it. I will not answer to your questions. Even bringing me here is illegal. Being in parliament or in prison, we will continue to defend our ideas and struggle. We have no doubt that we will get our country and people rid of this fascistic regime under the name of presidency. Sooner or later the democratic struggle will win. The regime under Erdogan will change. I have no requests or expectations from you. Only my people can question me for my political activities”. – Demirtas, Nov 2016.

Even if Demirtas remains still in prison, the young leader with his courage preserves the dignity of humanity.

Costas Mavrides, MEP (S&D) 

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the  position of Eyes on Europe & the Middle East.Translation made by Eyes on Europe & the Middle East. 
  • Notes:

*1. Ankara accuses HDP of having ties to the PKK, a named terrorist organization. In May 2016, the Turkish parliament voted to lift immunity from a select group of lawmakers, including many HDP members.

Where’s the truth? Did Russia hack the US election?

The US government publicly announced in October that it was “confident” Russia orchestrated the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations of the Democratic Party.

Late Friday afternoon, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a declassified version of its report on Russia’s interference in the US presidential election. The report, which draws on intelligence gathered by the FBI, CIA, and NSA, concludes with “high confidence” that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election” that included hacking the personal email accounts of Democratic Party officials and political figures.

According to the report, Putin’s aim was to impugn Hillary Clinton’s credibility and boost Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election, and more broadly to make the US electoral system look shady and untrustworthy. The intelligence report provided an accounting of Russian behavior during the election; the intelligence agencies were not tasked to assess whether Russian actions swayed the election.

On Monday, the 9th of January, Reuters reported that  President-elect Donald Trump accepted the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday.

Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, although Priebus did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia, so that’s not the issue,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”

It was the first acknowledgment from a senior member of the Republican president-elect’s team that Trump had accepted that Russia directed the hacking and subsequent disclosure of Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement, Donald Trump, he acknowledged that “Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat(ic) National Committee.”

The ODNI report states conclusively that Putin personally ordered the email hacks of Democratic Party officials as part of a broader campaign to influence the US election in Trump’s favor. This seems to have sprung, in part, from Putin’s paranoia concerning perceived US attempts to undermine his government. Surprisingly, the report explains that Putin was incensed about a series of scandals that embarrassed his government, such as the Panama Papers leak, which revealed (among other things) a secret $2 billion account held by Putin personally.

The ODNI report focuses, to an almost surprising degree, on RT — the Kremlin’s international, English-language propaganda media outlet. The report contains several striking observations about RT’s reach, message, and proximity to the Russian government.For instance, RT videos get more YouTube views than many other prominent, mainstream media outlets.

However, according to the NYTimes.com, the absence of any concrete evidence in the report of meddling by the Kremlin was met with a storm of mockery on Saturday by Russian politicians and commentators, who took to social media to ridicule the report as a potpourri of baseless conjecture.

  • “The public report did not include evidence on the sources and methods used to collect the information about Mr. Putin and his associates that intelligence officials said was in a classified version.” JAN. 7, 2017. New York Times.

In a message posted on Twitter, Alexey Pushkov, a member of the defense and security committee of the upper house of the Russian Parliament, ridiculed the American report as akin to C.I.A. assertions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction: “Mountain gave birth to a mouse: all accusations against Russia are based on ‘confidence’ and assumptions. US was sure about Hussein possessing WMD in the same way.”

The ODNI report provides no new evidence to support assertions that Moscow meddled covertly through hacking and other actions to boost the electoral chances of Donald J. Trump and undermine his rival, Hillary Clinton, but rests instead on what it describes as Moscow’s long record of trying to influence America’s political system. The election attack was personal, the report concludes: Mr. Putin thought Mrs. Clinton had insulted him and encouraged demonstrations against him in Russia.

For World Socialist Web Site, the continuing media offensive, presenting as indisputable truth allegations the government has been unable to substantiate, testifies to the fact that the campaign is driven by unstated (and unpopular) political aims, not by any foreign attack on America’s “democratic process.” Since the charges of Russian hacking directed against the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton were first made over five months ago, the aim has been to whip up public support for an increasingly confrontational posture toward Russia, particularly with regard to the civil war in Syria.

” For nearly six years, the CIA has been engaged in a campaign for regime-change, funding and arming Islamist militias with the aim of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s only Arab ally in the Middle East. In 2013, fabricated claims that the Syrian government had carried out chemical weapons attacks were used as a pretext for launching a full-scale air war against Assad. President Obama, facing popular opposition at home, divisions within the military establishment, and flagging support among the Washington’s NATO allies, called off the air assault at the last minute.”

On December the 31st, however, a similar and apparently benign event led to a report that Russian hackers may have penetrated the US electrical grid through a Vermont utility. The report, said Burlington Electric Department had found code associated with Russian hackers on an employee’s computer. Initially the Post reported the hackers had penetrated the grid, but then said the code was isolated to a single employee laptop.

The US Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation released an analysisof Grizzly Steppe the 29th of Dec, the same day the Obama administration announced sanctions against Russia for its role in hacks on US political organizations during the 2016 national election.

According to a follow-up story in the Post, unnamed federal authorities leaked news of the investigation “without having all the facts and before law enforcement officials were able to investigate further.”

Investigators did find some malicious code on the Vermont utility’s computer, though it was unrelated to Grizzly Steppe. Rather, it was a set of software tools called Neutrino that are “commonly used by cybercriminals to deliver malware,” the Post said.


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