Monthly Archives: August 2006

When science meets ignorance

This is an article published in the last issue of the Ovi magazineOvi lehti

125 years after Darwin’s death, his theory – actually the only theory that has been proven correct with experiments – is causing problems once again. This turn to religion in the last few years and especially in USA proves that in the country of science, in the century of science, science is not taught or at least is taught as one side!

There is another side which believes that humanity came from the rib of a man, but the weirdest part is that Darwin doesn’t discard the existence of a god in the sense that there maybe a god who sends the hurricanes to punish people and show them that he’s angry, like they used to believe thousands of years ago.

However, 68 scientific academies all around the world felt obliged to publish a common announcement which we at the Ovi magazine feel that everybody should read and be aware of the threat of any kind of fanatics:

TWAS Endorses Statement on Teaching of Evolution
21 June 2006. TWAS and 66 other science academies worldwide endorsed a statement urging parents and teachers to provide children with the facts about the origins and the evolution of life on Earth. The statement was drafted by a group of members of the Inter Academy Panel on International Issues. It points out that “within science courses taught in certain public systems of education, scientific evidence, data, and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with theories not testable by science” and that “knowledge of the natural world in which they live empowers people to meet human needs and protect the planet.”

The IAP statement highlights that “evidence-based facts about the origins and evolution of the Earth and of life on this planet have been established by numerous observations and independently derived experimental results from a multitude of scientific disciplines,” and that “even if there are still many open questions about the precise details of evolutionary change, scientific evidence has never contradicted these results.”

In listing the facts, the statement indicates that the Earth formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago and that life appeared on the planet at least 2.5 billion years ago.
On evolution, it states: “Since its first appearance on Earth, life has taken many forms, all of which continue to evolve, in ways which paleontology and the modern biological and biochemical sciences are describing and independently confirming with increasing precision.” The statement continues: “Commonalities in the structure of the genetic code of all organisms living today, including humans, clearly indicate their common primordial origin.”

The statement acknowledges that “human understanding of value and purpose are outside of natural science’s scope” and that “a number of components — scientific, social, philosophical, religious, cultural and political — contribute to it.” It adds: “These different fields owe each other mutual consideration, while being fully aware of their own areas of action and their limitations.”

By Thanos Kalamidas

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Cry wolf

This is an article published in the last issue of the Ovi magazineOvi lehti

Just before Finland took over as president member of the EU and start a critical period for Turkish membership to the EU, the Turkish prime minister Mr. Erdogan took the chance of a long meeting in the European Parliament in Strasburg to give a long speech with the theme ‘freedom of speech and religion freedom’ that should be noticeable from the current European members on how Turkey is planning to deal with membership.

Mr. Erdogan appeared as the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic world and representative of them emphasizing that Islam-phobia should be considered a crime against humanity just like anti-Semitism. Nobody would disagree with that, but he might want to give some thought about the two missing elements.

Firstly, anti-Semitism and the genocide of the Jewish people from the Nazis must ring a bell with Mr. Erdogan because Turkey did exactly the same with the Armenian people. Therefore the first thing Turkey has to do is to apologize publicly to the Armenians for what they suffered under the Turks, then he must apologize to the Greeks, the Cypriots and all the Christians for what Turkey did to them and finally Turkey must stop the genocide against the Kurds.

The second element is the best friend and ally of Turkey, also known as the other Islamic ruthless dictatorship, Iran. Iran not only recognizes Israel but constantly threatens and wishes the total destruction of Israel. You see Mr. Erdogan, before you start giving advice you must check what’s going on in your own house and Mr. Erdogan’s house at the moment smells of hate and death.

Mr. Erdogan and Turkey’s foreign policy has often used the card of the Islamic country and its major role into the Islamic world that lately it sounds just like the old story about the boy who cried wolf. Europe has always been sensitive to political, racial and religious differences, just look at the thousands of people from all around the world who have found protection in Europe over the last two centuries.

During the race problems in USA or all through the MacArthur period in the USA, people found protection in Europe. The almighty Islamic leader Ayatollah Homeini was sheltered in France for over a decade to become the worst enemy of anything European after his return in Teheran.

How often have Turks escaped to European countries asking for asylum and protection, and how often have cases of torture and discrimination committed by Turkey appeared in the European court? The answer is more often than ever should be for a candidate member country.

Mr. Erdogan and Turkey have often played with Europe’s fears that we will be called racist, but since when has a country guilty in every form of discrimination and racism became the judge of others. Turkey is so far away from judging that the discrimination against Kurds, for example, is even part of their constitution. Even Mr. Erdogan himself has used the European Court against Turkey in the past for discrimination.

Continuing, Mr. Erdogan remembered the story of the Mohammed cartoons emphasizing that “all freedoms have a limit”, but oddly enough the reason Mr. Erdogan had problems with the law in Turkey was because he was not allowed to practice his religion freely. What limits should freedom have?

In Turkey, Kurds have no right to speak or write their language, practice religion or their traditions, so in the end they have no right to breathe or say that they are of Kurdish origin. Actually, if the Turkish state could, they would have written international history all over again. Is this how they understand freedom of speech? My way or the midnight express?

Turkey keeps using methods of the old Ottoman Empire, bargain and disorientate, trying to manipulate Europe instead of focusing on their problems and have found Islam as their best hand to play. The idea of a three-piece Turkey is back on the table and has started to be mentioned again. The Kurdish part united with the Iraq’s Kurds and the Iranians as an independent country, then Anatolia and last the European part with Istanbul as capital joining the EU.

If Turkey and Mr. Erdogan want to have a future in Europe they must do something and fast, forgetting all the excuses because alike the little shepherd one day Turkey will cry wolf and nobody will go.

By Thanos Kalamidas

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Turkey feeling…unfairness!

This is an article published in the last issue of the Ovi magazineOvi lehti

How odd, after the latest events in the Middle East and in Lebanon, where obviously Israel has the blessing from the American administration, the Turkish prime minister said in an angry message that America has two different answers for two similar situations.

Mr. Erdogan would find nobody to agree more than Turkey’s old enemies. The Greeks and the Cypriots. Apparently, despite all political differences, this is one thing that Greeks and Cypriot politicians totally agree upon: American policy can be very unfair.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait it took only a few months for an international force, the biggest after the Second World War, to be assembled, led by the Americans and just a couple of weeks to free Kuwait sending Saddam back to his barracks. If that was not enough, Americans never forgive or forget, so ten years later they went back and finished the job, with fewer allies this time – call me UK. The second time they actually demolished Iraq and imprisoned Saddam.

Cyprus was invaded by Turkey, while Turkey used exactly the same excuses as Saddam used and apparently the same that Hitler used to invade Czechoslovakia 60 years before. The Americans didn’t bother to make a force, the UN was comfortable with just some announcements and they all called Cyprus for negotiations.

Turkey doesn’t recognize Cyprus as an independent country even today and I haven’t seen any of these leaders who chopped Saddam’s head doing anything with Turkey. Cyprus is a full member of the EU with the right to veto, however Turkey ignores that fact pressing to become a member and still occupies part of EU soil! Now, who is unfair?

Why is Mr. Erdogan complaining? Turkey has been practicing genocide for a long time starting with the Armenians and the Kurds are the latest victims. All this time America and other powers have been whistling innocently looking at the beautiful sunset till Turkey and Mr. Erdogan decided to export genocide going after the Kurds that are left in Iraq.

After baptizing them ‘terrorists’, an old trick that Hitler used often, they used an early form of Israel’s ‘cleaning operation’ in Lebanon and decided to clean the earth of all the Kurd ‘terrorists’ by invading Iraq. Unfortunately for Turkey, the Kurds of Iraq are the only allies the American have there and the only ones who practically helped them during the invasion so…no way Turkey! At least for now and in the middle of a civil war in Iraq, even the Americans are not willing to sell out their last allies there.

What’s missing? For the Americans to start correcting their unfair acts by starting in a chronological order and organize an army to free northern Cyprus from the invaders!

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