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A QUALE TITOLO, ALLORA, MERKEL TROIKA JABULLON, KIEV, UE 322 USA 666 CIA NATO, HANNO SPONSORIZZATO UN GOLPE CON CECCHINI ASSASSINI CIA, ABBATTUTO UN AEREO DI LINEA MALESE, E LORO STANNO FACENTO IL GENOCIDIO NEL DONBASS? IO NON HO AUTORIZZATO TUTTO QUESTO CRIMINE, CONTRO, IL GENERE UMANO.. QUINDI, VOI SARETE PORTATI DAVANTI AL TRIBUNALE DELLA STORIA E VOI SARETE CONDANNATI! ] [ Moldova: 44% a filo Ue, 40% a filorussi. Boom socialisti, primo partito con circa 22%. 01 dicembre 2014. MOSCA, 1 DIC - Con l'86% dei voti scrutinati, tre partiti filo occidentali sono in testa con il 44% alle elezioni legislative svoltesi ieri in Moldova, contro il 40% dei due partiti di opposizione filorussi. Boom dei socialisti, primo partito al 22%. Difficile ora la creazione di una maggioranza.
    Probabile una grande coalizione tra partiti filo Ue e comunisti, non ostili all'integrazione con Bruxelles, ma per una revisione dell'accordo di associazione con la Ue.
Northern Christians accuse government of neglect as Boko Haram continue its killing spree
Published: November 28, 2014 by Illia Djadi
Displaced Christians expressed their anger at the headquarters of the Church of the Brethren, or EYN Church, in Jos. Nov. 17Displaced Christians expressed their anger at the headquarters of the Church of the Brethren, or EYN Church, in Jos. Nov. 17
World Watch Monitor
Hundreds of Christians, displaced by the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria's North, have been staging protests to express their anger over the government failure to protect them as fresh attacks which claimed scores of lives in the region.
On Nov. 25, at least 78 people were killed when two suicide bombers attacked a market in northern Nigeria's Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, one of the most affected by the insurgency. A day before, suspected Boko Haram militants disguised as traders attacked Damasak town, near the Niger border, killing at least 48.
The demonstrators, from the northern states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe and others, gathered Nov. 17 at the headquarters of the Church of the Brethren, or EYN Church, in Jos, the capital of Plateau state, in Nigeria's center.
One of the protesters, Hannatu Ishaku, had lost her husband and two sons in a night raid on their hometown of Damboa earlier this year. She said the morning following the raid, the villagers who had fled returned to the village to assess the extent of damage. That's when she found the bodies of her husband, Yohanna Ishaku, and her two sons near a church building in the village.
"Maybe they had taken refuge at the church building when they fell into the hands of the attackers," she said, sobbing.
Hannatu is left with two daughters. Along with thousands of Christians, they have sought refuge in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The protest attempted to draw attention to the plight of internally displaced people, and to what they consider to be neglect by the federal government.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria for the North Central Zone, Daniel Kadzai, said Christians in the north have lost confidence in the government's ability to deal with the crisis.
''The Federal Government has toyed with the lives and limbs of the Christians in Northern Nigeria for political gains.
"There is no explanation the government can give as to why the Federal troops will run away from the towns prior to the attack on such towns by Boko Haram without putting up any resistance, if the government does not have a hand in the whole genocide on Northern Christians as is being speculated in the local and foreign media,'' Kadzai said.
The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), based mainly in the northern part of the country, is the worst affected by the insurgency. Information released during the protest shows that the church has suffered heavy losses and damages over the 5 years of Boko Haram insurgency.
Over 8,000 of their members have been killed, while more than 700,000, mostly women and Children have been displaced and now scattered in places like Jos, Abuja, Kaduna and Yola. Some 270 churches have been razed completely by the insurgents.
These figures are not taking into account the most recent casualties resulting from the occupation of Mubi, Maiha, Hong and Gombi Local Governments, between September and November.
Other communities are also affected but data on their level of victimization are not available.
Kadzai also blamed what he said has been a slow response from the international community, despite the worldwide wave of solidarity raised by the April abduction of about 300 Chibok school girls by Boko Haram.
''The international community has refused to notice the pogrom on Northern Nigerian Christians. Rather they have shifted their attention and resources only to Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Afghanistan as if those being killed in Nigeria are not human beings''.
The Christian group urged the United Nations to send peacekeeping troops ''to secure the lives of the remaining traumatized people.''
In recent weeks, the militants have hoisted their flag over more than 25 towns and villages, and have declared the establishment of a Caliphate.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian senate has yet to vote on President Goodluck Jonathan's request for further extension of emergency rule, which came to an end last week.
Some northern lawmakers reject the request, arguing that the emergency rule imposed in May 2013 and renewed once, has failed to protect civilians, still vulnerable to attack, in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Nigeria is ranked fourth on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) for 2013, issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace. According to the index, more than 80 per cent of the lives lost to terrorists occurred in five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.
The institute says Boko Haram is one of the four most-active militant organisations along with the Islamic State, the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Largely because of the violence, Nigeria ranks No. 14 on the World Watch List, a ranking of the 50 countries where life for Christians is most difficult. The list is published by Open Doors International, a global charity that supports Christians who live under pressure because of their faith.
Nigerian Bishops: 'Stop playing politics, protect innocent citizens'
Published: September 24, 2014 by Illia Djadi. Most Rev Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria. Most Rev Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria.
World Watch Monitor
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have called on the government to protect the lives and property of its people, as militants intensified their killing spree across the country.
In a statement ''While Nigeria bleeds and burns'' and signed notably by the President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, the Bishops urged the authorities to carry out their ''primary duty'' to protect the life of every Nigerian, irrespective of tribe, religion, social class or tradition.
"As Nigeria tragically bleeds and burns, we Bishops are really alarmed at the scale of human and material destruction, and the disruption of village and community life with increased levels of hatred and potentials for more conflicts in the nation. While Muslims are sometimes targets of these de-structive attacks, Christians, Churches and non- Muslims in general are the principal targets for extermination, expropriation and expulsion by the Boko Haram insurgents, the perpetrators of all these destructions''.
The Bishops accuse the government of not doing enough to stop violence and killings.
"In the face of this Boko Haram group and other criminal militias arming themselves beyond our le-gitimate government, and brazenly killing innocent, defenseless citizens, our government must do more than it is currently doing to safeguard our lives and defend our nation.
''It must do more than it is currently doing to fight off and disarm these actual destroyers of Nigerians and Nigeria. It must do more than it is currently doing to prevent segments of our nation from drifting into anarchy and mutual self-destruction and to bring criminals to justice''.
The Bishops' statement, issued at an Annual Plenary meeting in Warri Diocese, in southern Delta State (on Thursday, Sept. 18), warned over the danger posed by militants' insurgency.
"We warn every Nigerian community at local and state levels to be alert to the grave danger facing all of us and our nation from within and from without. The issue is not about who becomes president or governor or senator after the 2015 general elections. The issue is about the life and security of every one of us who loves his or her life and really cares about our living together in peace as noble Nigerians.''
A national 'all night prayer' rally is scheduled for both the 13th and 14th of November, 2014 (in the capital Abuja), to pray for the nation.
Goodluck Jonathan pictured at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January.Goodluck Jonathan pictured at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January.
Further violence and calls for action
Meanwhile, scores were killed in various attacks attributed to Islamist militants, prompting further calls for action.
On Sept. 16-17, a night raid carried out by unknown gunmen claimed the lives of 32 villagers in three predominantly Christian communities, in Sanga Local Government Area in Kaduna State, which is much further south than the current centre of Boko Haram operations. Attacks in central Nigeria are generally attributed to Fulani herdsmen, but, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria's Sanga Local chapter, the recent upsurge of violence requires careful consideration from the authorities. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the local Christian group claims that ''over 300 lives of Christians have been wasted'' in various attacks, since June. The latest violence, continues the statement, ''has clearly revealed that these attacks were carefully planned and carried out by some terrorist Islamic fundamentalists, mainly on Christians within the Local government''.
''Our children, women, including pregnant women and the aged, our clergymen, Churches, pastors' residences and our properties have been the sole and main targets of these attacks'' read the statement.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, at least 15 people lost their lives as suspected militants attacked the Federal College of Education of Kano, the main commercial city of northern Nigeria. Witnesses said the attackers stormed the college while exchanging fire with police officers posted outside the grounds. There was at least one suicide bomber among the group whose explosives went off when police shot him. Some of the attackers entered a lecture hall and opened fire on the students.
Back in the epicentre of Boko Haram activity in the far north-east, on Friday, Sept. 19, at least 36 people were killed in an attack on the town of Mainok – about 60 km west of Borno State capital, Maiduguri. The assailants stormed the market at midday, shooting at traders, others not shot directly were killed by stray bullets or by vehicles as they tried to flee across the highway, local sources say.
Recent weeks have been marked by an intensification of Boko Haram attacks in north-eastern Nigeria. According to the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, which comprises the three states where the government has declared a 'state of emergency' Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, about 25 towns and villages are under Islamist control.
Most Rev. Oliver Dashe Doeme, bishop of MaiduguriMost Rev. Oliver Dashe Doeme, bishop of Maiduguri
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''Many of our people are being forced out of their ancestral homes, villages and towns. Right now, thousands are living in caves on the mountains, some in the forest; the few who were able to escape are being absorbed by friends and relatives in Maiduguri, Mubi and Yola. Thousands have managed to escape into the Cameroons and are living under very difficult conditions of lack of food, shelter and medication'', lamented Father Oliver Dashe Doeme, the Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, in a statement.
Bishop Doeme also warned of the risks resulting from the current crisis.
''We are faced with a huge humanitarian crisis; people are sleeping on the streets in Maiduguri, despite the seven or more camps within the city for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The State government is doing her bit to provide for them but the number is overwhelming and the resources are limited''.
Hundreds of Islamist extremists mob a Christian school
Published: November 26, 2014 by Salim Mia
Literacy class in Bangladesh; March 2014Literacy class in Bangladesh; March 2014
World Watch Monitor
Hundreds of extremist Islamists attacked a Christian school in Bangladesh, which welcomes children of all faiths, in response to locals who were outraged by rumors stating the school was forcing Muslim children to convert to Christianity.
On the morning of November 5, an Islamist mob attacked the South Korean funded Steve Kim Mission School located in Konabari town. Speaking with World Watch Monitor, an authority from Love Bangladesh Mission said the mob comprised about 200 people.
The students were not physically injured, but 12 of its 14 members of staff were beaten. Sumitra Kunda, 25, a female teacher endured a serious head injury. Another teacher, John Prokash Sarker, said that he managed to run away from six madrasa students, armed with knives and machetes, after being forced out of his classroom.
Bangladeshi madrasas
Millions of Bangladeshi students attend madrasas. The schools were established in the 1970's, soon after Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan, and there are two kinds: private Quomi madrasas and state-sponsored Alia madrasas.
According to the Guardian, madrasas are hidden in secrecy and viewed with suspicion for their links with militant Islam.
The furious mob's 'most wanted' was Michael Robin Mondol, who is in charge of both the school and church, they were calling his name loudly, but the staff managed to hide him.
Local officials told World Watch Monitor that they were unable to verify any truth behind the rumors of the school implementing 'forced conversions' that allegedly sparked the violence.
The school authority filed a case against 25 people in local police station after the incident
"We have arrested 17 people including three madrasa teachers," police officer Khandoker Rezaul Hasan told World Watch Monitor.
Wave of 'panic' & destruction
The attackers vandalized classrooms, destroyed the bakery and stole several items including computers and projectors.
They also torched the library, burnt Bibles, hymnals and chairs; then proceeded to cut the electricity lines of the school and destroyed a generator.
Mondol told World Watch Monitor that the vandalism lasted for about an hour and a half, and during that time, "A wave of panic swept through the school and traumatized everyone. Many students became sick in the following days."
"Some madrasa teachers wanted us to stop our education program. But we are helping the poor children. We teach the students what other schools teach in the area, except madrasas. We do not teach them Christian religion in the classes," said Mondol.
Details surrounding the rumours
Teachers of two local madrasas stirred up the discontent by going door to door stating that the school was converting the impoverished Muslim students to Christianity.
They distributed leaflets stating that those who allowed their children to study at Steve Kim Mission School are not good citizens and condemned them and to eternal damnation.
Gazipur district administrative chief, Deputy Commissioner Nurul Islam told World Watch Monitor that the allegation of converting the Muslim students to Christianity in the school was false and baseless.
"I talked to many local people and I did not find the veracity of the allegation claimed by the Madrasa teachers that the school is converting the poor students to Christianity," said Islam
"It transpired that some Madrasa teachers did not like that Christians setup a missionary school in the locality," said Islam.
Mondol told World Watch Monitor that some of the rumours included members of our school 'putting the Koran, Islam's holy book, under the children's feet' and that all of the 'food we provided is made up of pork.'
"Many guardians of the students asked several times if we are converting them to Christianity," he said, and madrasa's threatened to evict the parents of the Muslim students unless they removed their children from our school.
Christian schools historically welcome
According to Asia News, despite 90% of students not being Christian, Christian schools and colleges are considered the best option in Bangladesh. The Catholic Church has about 600 institutions (from primary school to high school), 10 colleges and a university.
The Steve Kim Mission School is new to the area and situated in in Gazipur district, a sprawling industrial area of garment factories, around 50 kilometers north of the capital city Dhaka.
Since its inception on April 1 of this year it has enrolled around 200 Muslim students. It provides mainstream education from the first to fourth grade.
One of its ambitions has been to provide for local impoverished children, whose parents are mostly garment factory workers, by offering free education, school uniforms, books, pencils and meals.
Of Bangladesh's 154 million people, Sunni Muslims constitute 90% and Hindus 9% (2001 census). The remaining 1% is mainly Christian and Buddhist.
Peace prize awarded to Central African Republic top clerics
Published: November 25, 2014 by Illia Djadi
L to R: Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyamé Gbangou; Imam Omar Kobine Layama; Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga; at the Nov. 13 Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.. L to R: Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyamé Gbangou; Imam Omar Kobine Layama; Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga; at the Nov. 13 Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C..
Courtesy of SFCG
The three top religious leaders of the Central African Republic have been awarded a prize for their efforts for peace in the war-torn Central African Republic.
Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyamé-Gbangou, 55, President of the Evangelical Alliance; Imam Oumar Kobine Layama, 53, President of the Islamic Community; and Mgr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, 46, the Archbishop of Bangui, were among the five recipients distinguished by Search For Common Ground (SFCG) at a Nov. 13 ceremony in Washington, D.C..
In the midst of the country's two years of violence, often portrayed as confessional conflict, the three clerics formed a joint platform to promote peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims. Their message: Violence in CAR is not primarily caused by religious conflict; instead, the root of the conflict lies in the struggle for political power.
The Prize honours the Central African Republic and the builders of peace, Nzapalainga said in his acceptance speech.
''For many years, Muslims and Christians lived in harmony and in the respect of each other's beliefs. When politicians wanted to use the religion fibres to divide the people, whether to maintain power or to conquer it, we stood up as if we are a single man to say 'no' to this war and 'yes' to peace''.
This view is re-asserted by Imam Layama, who said the award is an encouragement in favour of peace, not only in the CAR, but for the world.
''It is a force to promote peace, justice and equity among men, and a weapon to combat all forms of religious extremism which politicians use to exploit our religions. Let us unite so that justice and peace come together''.
The three clerics travelled across the country, visiting areas plagued by violence, to facilitate dialogue among Christian and Muslim community members and hold community meetings to rebuild trust. They toured also European capitals - Rome, Brussels, Paris, London, and Amsterdam – to plead the cause of their country. They met with world leaders like Pope Francois in Vatican and UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, at New York. The diplomatic groundwork led to the deployment of UN peacekeepers to CAR in September.
For their efforts, TIME Magazine named them among the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2014, while the French Magazine Le Monde dubbed them "the three saints of Bangui."
L to R: Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga; Imam Omar Kobine Layama; Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyamé Gbangou; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a photo taken March 13 at the United Nations in New York.L to R: Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga; Imam Omar Kobine Layama; Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyamé Gbangou; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a photo taken March 13 at the United Nations in New York.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
The price of peace
This commitment for peace doesn't come without a price. Guerekoyame was absent, traveling in Europe in January, when his ill daughter died.
''It seemed like criminal negligence" to be away, he said in his speech at the award ceremony. "But today, my family and all of the other Central Africans still living can understand, through this recognition from Search For Common Ground, that to receive this prize for peace on behalf of a whole country and of a whole generation, difficult actions are sometimes needed.''
In August 2013, Rev. Guerekoyame was arrested following comments about the government, in a sermon. Despite being a Member of the National Transitional Council (NTC), an acting parliament set up after the 2012 military coup, which granted him immunity, he was put into prison.
In response, Nzapalainga gave himself up to the prison authorities as an act of solidarity.
''I went to prison and asked for a sleeping mat so that I can stay with Rev Nicolas. Whatever the time it will last: 3 days, or months, I was determined to remain in prison with him," the archbishop told World Watch Monitor.
Guerekoyame was released after the intervention of the Minister of the Interior.
The commitment of the three clerics was also marked by other dramatic episodes, Mgr. Nzapalainga recalled.
The December 2013 eruption of violence which followed the offensive of Anti-balaka militiamen in Bangui forced Imam Layama to leave his home and seek refuge at Parish St. Paul.
''When the life of a brother is threatened, we must provide him assistance," Nzapalainga said. "For more than five months, we welcomed Imam Layama and his family in our midst. This brought us closer a lot. We shared meals and discussed on how to find solutions to the crisis in CAR''.
Other dramatic episodes followed.
''In February 2014, we went, the Imam and I, to meet with pastors, priests and imams, gathered within the compound of St. Jacques Parish in Bangui, to convey the message of reconciliation and peace. But when we arrived, we learned that the driver of an imam seemed to be a former Séléka fighter, and suddenly, an angry crowd came to us, wanting to kill him. But we refused to give the man to the crowd, despite the rising tension.
''We stayed there from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., without food or drinks, trying to find a solution to the situation, in vain. The man was saved, thanks to the intervention of African peacekeepers. We narrowly escaped certain death that day, as stones were thrown from everywhere.''
Violence in CAR has claimed the lives of several clerics. In October 12, a Polish priest has been abducted by armed men in the extreme west of the country close to Cameroon. Rev. Mateusz Dziedzic of the diocese of Tarnow, in Baboua was abducted by members of a rebel group called the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC). The kidnappers demanded the release of their leader imprisoned in Cameroon, in exchange for Dziedzic.
The SFCG prize is not the first of its kind to honor the contribution of clerics for peace in CAR. In September, Human Rights Watch honored Rev. Bernard Kinvi, who saved the lives of hundreds of besieged Muslims, whom he sheltered in the Catholic Church. He received the Alison Des Forges Award, which celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others.
Rev. Aurelio Gazzera participated in mediation efforts that helped bring stability in Bozoum, in the northwest of the country. In June, he took part in the Oslo Forum, one of the highest-level meetings of peace mediators, in Norway. At a panel discussion with the President of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, he also reported on his experience with mediation.
Turkey plans new global Islamic university. Published: November 25, 2014, Christian seminaries still blocked from opening, The 29 Mayis University in Istanbul's Umraniye districtThe 29 Mayis University in Istanbul's Umraniye district
World Watch Monitor
In an aggressive move to position itself as the intellectual center of the Muslim world, Turkey has announced plans to open an Islamic university similar to Egypt's Al-Azhar, the oldest and most respected center of Islamic learning.
Ankara's announcement comes amid years of legal stonewalling for Turkey's Christian minorities to build their own seminaries.
The Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs put forth plans in October to transform the private 29 Mayis University into an Islamic school. According to state officials, it will become an "example" to Al-Azhar.
"We want to found an international Islamic university in Istanbul, and this is an important project for humanity," Turkey's Department of Religious Affairs head Mehmet Gormez said in a public statement.
"Scholars graduated from universities like this will be a part of the solution, rather than the source of the problem," said Gormez, in a political swipe at Egypt.
Turkey's relations with Egypt have soured since the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from power in July 2013. Ankara lost much prestige and money when the Egyptian counter-revolution swept away Mohammad Morsi, a protégé of Erdogan.
Opening its own Islamic university suggests that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's goal is to de-legitimize Egypt's religious credentials by making them Turkey's own, Michael Rubin, Middle East specialist at the American Enterprise Institute, told World Watch Monitor.
The move to build an Islamic seminary is also part of a trend in Turkey of viewing itself as the once and future spiritual leader of the Muslim world. When the current Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, was Foreign Minister, he spoke enthusiastically of "Neo-Ottomanism," or Turkey regaining the power it held as the Ottoman Empire.
For six centuries, the Ottoman Empire controlled everything from Eastern Europe to the Arabian Peninsula, with the caliph claiming direct spiritual descent from the prophet Mohammad.
"The Turkish attempt to create competition with Al-Azhar does not aim at spreading the Islamic faith in the world, but rather underlines political goals," Al-Azhar instructor Mohammad Shahat al-Jundi told Al-Monitor. "[Turkey] aims to attract Muslims to study in Turkey to outshine Al-Azhar. It wishes to restore its glorious past as the caliphate state."
The closed Greek Orthodox Halki Theological School situated on Heybeli Island near IstanbulThe closed Greek Orthodox Halki Theological School situated on Heybeli Island near Istanbul
World Watch Monitor
Dreams of new seminaries or even re-opening old ones have been impossible for Turkey's Christians to realize over the decades. The state holds a tight monopoly on opening religious schools of higher education. Most notably, it forcibly closed down the Greek Orthodox Halki Theological Seminary in 1971. Requests by the Armenian Apostolic Church to open an institution to train its priests under the General Directorate of Higher Education have been ignored for seven years.
Turkey's ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) has held out the possibility of re-opening Halki Seminary for years. But Erdogan has made the re-opening contingent on two conditions: the Greek government not interfere with its Muslim citizens choosing their own mufti; and Turkey be allowed to renovate two Athens mosques from the Ottoman era.
Any Christian citizen among Turkey's Armenian, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant minorities who wants to receive a seminary education must study abroad, or remotely. The high cost of education abroad as well as limited participation due to language restrictions are recurrent problems, according to a 2013 Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) report on religious freedom in Turkey.
Religious freedom expert Mine Yildirim of the NHC says there is no state initiative that will result in the opening of a seminary for any belief other than Islam. Turkey's insistence on the principle of reciprocity continues to block the reopening of the prestigious Halki Seminary.
"Human rights cannot be subjected to the principal of reciprocity, and the right to establish seminaries for religious instruction is not only guaranteed under the Lausanne Treaty, but also the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," she told World Watch Monitor.
Turkish Protestants have few options for theological education. They either learn informally from a pastor in their church, attend Turkish-language theology seminars abroad, or get formal theological training in English in the West.
Only a handful of Turkey's approximately 50 Protestant pastors have a formal seminary education, due to the language barrier and high costs, Umut Sahin, General Secretary of the Association of Protestant Churches, told World Watch Monitor.
An empty classroom at the closed Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary on Heybeli Island, IstanbulAn empty classroom at the closed Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary on Heybeli Island, Istanbul
World Watch Monitor
Yildirim said she believes the situation will change only if religious or belief communities apply to the Constitutional Court of Turkey and the European Court of Human Rights to seek judicial remedies. No group has opened such a lawsuit, but she argues such an application would be successful.
No such restrictions exist for the Islamic university, even though it faces challenges of its own. Its location is in a crowded residential district on the city's Asian side. The current university, 29 Mayis University, consists of only a few buildings and there is little room to grow.
Local Turkish analysts say there is no hope of it displacing Al-Azhar, due to its thousand-year pedigree as the global center of Muslim scholarship.
"If our government ever thinks of founding an institution meant to be competing Al-Azhar, it would be a sheer misadventure, a loss of time and energy," Gencer Ozcan, a professor of political science at Istanbul's Bilgi University, told World Watch Monitor.
Other analysts say that the move is about Erdogan's aggrandizement rather than the nation itself.
"It's less that Turkey sees itself as the premier Muslim state, and more that President Erdogan sees himself as a new Sultan, if not Caliph," said Rubin.
"Erdogan wants to make himself leader of the Islamic world. It's not simply Neo-Ottomanism; it's gone well past that."
Turkey has been on a building binge of mosques since the Islamist AKP began its rule 12 years ago. Approximately 17,000 mosques have opened in the last decade, increasing the country's total from 76,000 to 93,000. They are all funded by the government. All imams receive their salary from the state.
Critics of Turkey's president say that his recent moves to reinforce the AKP's political Islamist agenda have tarnished Erdogan's image as a Muslim democratic reformer—that he is drawing mosque and state dangerously close together.
"Diplomats may have wanted to see Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party as just the Islamic equivalent of a Christian Democratic Party in Europe, but they would be wrong," said Rubin. "Erdogan has said he wants to raise a religious generation and he means it. He is simply Khomeini in a suit, and we forget that at our peril."
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Pubblicato: 25 novembre 2014
Seminari cristiane ancora bloccati dall'apertura
Second Turkish trial implicates authorities in planned attack on church leaders
Published: November 04, 2014 by Damaris Kremida. Pastor Emre Karaali of the Izmit Protestant Church on the steps of the Courthouse in Izmit with his lawyer after the 3rd hearing on Oct. 21, 2014Pastor Emre Karaali of the Izmit Protestant Church on the steps of the Courthouse in Izmit with his lawyer after the 3rd hearing on Oct. 21, 2014
World Watch Monitor
In a surprise October decision, a Turkish judge has filed a criminal complaint against a police chief and an army captain, implicating them in a plot to kill a church leader in Izmit, 60 miles east of Istanbul.
It's the second recent court case in Turkey to try suspects with alleged connections to higher authorities for plotting violence against Christians. The trial against five young men who brutally murdered three Christians in 2007 at the Zirve Christian Publishing House, a crime which hit global headlines, is still continuing in the southeastern city of Malatya.
In Izmit, Turkish Protestant Pastor Emre Karaali and his lawyers believe the 13 suspects who plotted to attack him and his congregation in 2012 did not act alone, but were guided by police and military forces who conceived the plot.
In the third hearing of the case on Oct. 21, suspect Ufuk Suer, 34, said the ring-leader of the group was in contact with the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) leading up to their arrest, according to the court minutes.
Although other suspects had also testified they had links with higher authorities and MIT, Judge Yusuf Coskun seemed initially hesitant to implicate the police or army, according to Karaali. The pastor said he thought the judge's decision was a significant development in the case.
In June his lawyer had requested the court to conduct a formal investigation of the police and military authorities identified in the case file.
"The judge accepted our request and filed a criminal complaint against them," Karaali said. "We weren't expecting it. It was a surprise decision."
Police arrested 13 suspects on Jan. 16, 2013 in connection with a months-long plot to attack Karaali and his congregation.
Police claimed they arrested the suspects just before they were about to attack. The suspects had infiltrated the church feigning interest in Christianity, and police said they gleaned information by listening to their telephones.
"There is now a connection between this case and the police and military," Karaali told World Watch Monitor. But he admitted he was now "uncomfortable" that these newly named suspects were still free.
The judge has so far declined the prosecution lawyer's requests that all suspects be kept in custody. After several days of interrogation following their arrest, all but one was released. Ferhat Cakar, the alleged ring-leader, had been held in detention for six months pending the trial but due to delays, had since been out for more than a year.
Karaali said he felt tense in court for the first time before the third hearing began.  The suspects appeared "cool" and "confident," he noted, as if nothing worried them. 
"Our expectation is to find out who was behind these [13] people's plans," he said. "Because these people could not have done what they did without support, that's obvious. Someone used them and that's also obvious. So the question is who, and why?"
The two new suspects, police chief Hasan Erdogan and captain Levent Birsin, were ordered to appear at the next court hearing scheduled for Jan. 15.
Similarities with the Malatya trial.
In both cases, Karaali explained, public opinion was primed before the planned crime through negative media propaganda, claiming Christians were posing a threat to the relevant city.
Months before the plot to attack the church in Izmit, he says Turkish journalist Banu Avar told visitors at a local book fair that "imperialist missionaries" were targeting the city to convert its population.
Similarly, a public protest was orchestrated in Malatya when Christian literature arrived at the Zirve office, where the murder later took place, prompting disinformation against Christian activities in the local news.
Just as in Izmit, the Malatya suspects also infiltrated the Christian groups. Some of the accused killers had met with their victims under the pretext of studying the Bible, to build a trust relationship with them.
Finally, the suspects had links with the police and military in both incidents.  "I think the process was the same, the scenario was the same, but the results were different," Karaali said.
Karaali has declined an offer of police protection, although he moved his wife and two small children to a more secure location after the alleged plot was exposed.
The church leader came from a Muslim background to Christianity 14 years ago. Now 35, he has pastored the Izmit Protestant Church, under the legal umbrella of the Istanbul Protestant Church Foundation, since 2009.
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