Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T.S Eliot -Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948

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Τρομοκρατία στην κόψη του μαχαιριού

XinjangΜία διαφορετική (για την συνήθη ειδησιογραφία) “τρομοκρατική επίθεση” έλαβε χώρα κατά το πέρας του Ραμαζανιού, στην ταραγμένη μουσουλμανική (!) βορειοδυτική επαρχία της Κίνας Xinjiang. Ομάδα δραστών επιτέθηκε με μαχαίρια (!!) σε αστυνομικό τμήμα και σε δημόσια κτίρια ενω στην πορεία επιτιθόταν  σε περαστικούς και σε διερχόμενα συτοκίνητα (!!!). Ο απολογισμός είναι δεκάδες θύματα τόσο από την μεριά των Οιγούρων (τουρκογενής επί το πλείστον εθνική ομάδα η οποία αποτελεί την πλειοψηφία του πληθυσμού της επαρχίας και στα εξτρεμιστικά μέλη της οποίας αποδίδεται η επίθεση από τις επίσημες κινεζικές αρχές) όσο και από την μεριά των Han (η μεγάλη πλειοψηφία των κατοίκων της Κίνας). Η περιοχή γνωρίζει κλιμάκωση των εθνοτικών εντάσεων και συγκρούσεων.

Source and more:  ΒΒC, le figaro

Ottoman’s new deals

  • Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gives a thumbs-up sign from the cockpit of the Turkish Primary and Basic Trainer Aircraft "Hurkus" during a ceremony at the Turkish Aerospace Industries in AnkaraA decision has been finalized for an order  between 100 to 120 F-35s, (5th generation fighter) some of which will replace the fleet of F-4 and F-16 aircraft. The  F-35s will be used in unison with the indigenous TF-X fighter planned for maiden flight in 2023, country’s centennial as a modern republic.
  • Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will continue its design efforts for Gokturk-3, Turkey’s first indigenous SAR satellite. Turkey launched its first high-resolution reconnaissance satellite, Gokturk-2, to space from China’s Jiuquan launch facility in 2012. Construction of a second satellite by Italy’s Telespazio with even higher capabilities, Gokturk-1, is scheduled for launch in late 2014.
  • New contract negotiations were also awarded to Selah Makine shipyards  for the construction of two logistics support ships,
  • Ares shipyards are to build an undisclosed number of SEAL insertion boats, and MTA to procure two propulsion systems  for the Turkish Navy’s Ada-class (also known as Milgem) corvettes.
  •  Negotiation are in progress with China, regarding it’s HQ-9 missile system in the frame of Turkish strategic T-LORAMIDS high-altitude missile defense system.

Source :http://www.trdefence.com/?p=128873

Για όποιον δεν γνωρίζει που πηγαίνει, δεν υπάρχει ούριος άνεμος

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Ρωμαίος Στωικός Φιλόσοφος

Will once again Haghia Sophia (Αγία Σοφία) become a mosque?

Haghia Sofia

the history:  Since the conquer of  Constantinople from Mehmed II in 29 Mai 1453 and until 1935 the Haghia Sofia basilica has been converted to a mosque. That year Atatuk, as part of his drive to secularise Turkey converted it to a Museum. Radical Islamists endeavor to reverse that using the rhetoric “The Hagia Sofia is seen as a symbol of conquest, of Islam’s superiority over Chistinity”. Two other Haghia Sofia churches have already been converted: one in Iznick in 2013 and the second in Trabzon in 2013. Take into consideration, that the Haghia Sofia was the personal property of Mehmet II (the tile deed survives) and in his will decreed that it should remain a mosque “util judgment Day”. Mr Erdogan advisers, so far, dismiss the story as “fantasy”.

the (my) comment: For the time being, at least until the August’s presidential election,  Mr Erdogan plays the card  of the mild approach. At a later time, a debate on the issue is everything but impossible to be launched .

source: The economist