Monday, November 2, 2015

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1---From Today's Zaman: Turkish PM calls for new constitution after election victory
http://www.todayszaman.com/national_turkish-pm-calls-for-new-constitution-after-election-victory_403123.html

The preliminary results suggest that the ruling party's gamble to hold new elections has paid off. Supporters at the party's Ankara and Istanbul headquarters were already waving flags in rapturous celebrations. Crowds outside President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's home in İstanbul were shouting "Turkey is proud of you."


The vote is a rerun of a June election in which AK Party surprisingly lost its one-party rule due to a strong showing by a Kurdish party. Most analysts had expected AKP to fall short again, but the preliminary results suggest it picked up millions of votes at the expense of the nationalist MHP and pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP). AK Party's vote tally jumped nearly nine percentage points. The secularist CHP was hovering around the same result as in June.


2---International observers argue Turkish election ‘unfair’ , globe and mail




The campaign for Turkey’s parliamentary elections, which saw the ruling AK Party win back a majority on Sunday, was unfair and marred by fear and violence, international election observers said on Monday.
The AK Party, founded by President Tayyip Erdogan, won close to 50 per cent of the snap vote according to unofficial results, following widespread violence in the mainly Kurdish southeast and a crackdown on media critical of the government.
The heads of the joint mission from the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said at a news conference the violence had a significant impact.
They pointed to attacks and intimidation against members of the pro-Kurdish HDP, which saw its support drop 2 percent compared with June polls.
“Unfortunately we come to the conclusion that this campaign was unfair, and was characterized by too much violence and fear,” said Andreas Gross, a Swiss parliamentarian and head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe delegation.


New mortgages for purchasing homes are churning out at a fast clip, with the borrowers getting those loans having some of the highest credit scores ever. Because credit is favoring a smaller segment of borrowers, the result is that loan performance is arguably the best in history.

Purchase mortgage originations in the second quarter of this year were up 15 percent from a year ago, according to Black Knight Financial Services. June, the height of the spring sales season, saw the largest purchase loan volume since 2007, due to a high volume of sales.
As cash-heavy investors move out, mortgage-dependent borrowers are moving in. Cash sales made up about 30 percent of total home sales in July, the latest reading, down from 34 percent in July 2014. It is at the lowest level in nine years


4--Turkish election campaign unfair, say international monitors
Violence against opposition parties and their premises, arrests and crackdown on press freedom hindered ability to campaign freely, report says


5---U.S. and Turkey on a Collision Course in Syria


Now, the YPG is pushing west from Jazeera towards Jarabulus. The US recently provided 50 tons of ammunition to the YPG and affiliated Arab fighters, readying for the battle to liberate the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.
Syrian Kurds are consolidating their territorial gains with the goal of establishing a security buffer along the Turkish-Syrian border. Contiguous territory controlled by the YPG serves a strategic purpose. It prevents jihadis from transiting from Turkey to Syria. It also provides a sanctuary for Syrians displaced by violent conflict.
Rojava's emergence is anathema to Erdogan, who abhors the notion of an autonomous Kurdish region along Turkey's border. To Erdogan, ISIS and the PKK "are the same."...


Turkey strongly opposes US support for the YPG. Turkish war-planes recently strafed YPG fighters on at least two occasions. Erdogan warns Washington, "We don't need anyone's permission."
Targeting the YPG opens a dangerous new front in the Syrian conflict. It also presents a conundrum to the United States.
It puts the US in a position of choosing between Turkey and the YPG. "Degrading and destroying" ISIS trumps concerns about tension with Turkey.
Moreover, Erdogan is out of favor in Washington. US policy-makers are upset by Erdogan's authoritarianism and anti-democratic governance, especially his crackdown on press freedom. The Pentagon is still smarting from Turkey's collusion with jihadi groups and half-hearted participation in the multinational coalition fighting ISIS...


The United States accept the AKP's electoral victory in parliamentary elections on November 1. However, it cannot condone policies that undermine US counter-terrorism goals.
When Obama meets Erdogan in mid-November at the G-20, he should reaffirm America's commitment to working with the YPG. He should also tell Turkey that an attack against the YPG - America's ally -- will be considered as an attack against the United States. The US and Turkish militaries need a protocol for de-conflicting in the event of a confrontation in Syrian air space.


6--The ruling Justice and Development is pushing for a majority in this four-party parliament. Its members wonder whether it will be possible to have a one-party government again. If that happens, it will only be by a small margin. But that will be enough for President Erdogan, because in that case he will act as if we have a presidential system — without going through a constitutional reform. He thinks he will be de facto president as long as the AK Party remains in power


7---http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_turkish-incursion-into-syria-would-be-disastrous-say-experts_380764.html
Turkish incursion into Syria would be disastrous, say experts  (archive)
Very important


8--Erdogans plan to remake the military
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/08/turkey-high-command-changing-at-critical-juncture.html


9--Archive  http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_turkish-military-in-mood-of-passive-resistance-against-ak-party-govt_381459.html
Gen. Özel is set to retire on Aug. 30 if the government does not opt to extend his mandate for another year during the YAŞ meeting.
Several developments taking place related to the military have become a source of speculations surrounding Gen. Özel and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). His medical leave and speculations that he will retire afterward emerged at the same time as a claim by an opposition deputy that the government will stage a military incursion into neighboring Syria within days and that Gen. Özel's medical leave is aimed at fending off any pressure that may be coming from the government regarding such an incursion. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime are the number one enemy of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has long sought Assad's downfall. Claims of invading Syria, however, were denied by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.


10--Turkish Parliament authorizes military action in Syria and Iraq, but no sign it’ll come soon
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/middle-east/article24774103.html


Turkish lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly approved a possible deployment of Turkish ground forces in Syria and opened the door to basing foreign troops in Turkey.
But when and if Turkey will act to join the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State remained uncertain.
The Turkish government disagrees with the Obama administration over what the coalition’s aims should be in Syria, while its decision on whether to intervene in the seemingly imminent Islamic State capture of Kobane, a Kurdish Syrian town just across the border, is tied to its own battle against Kurdish separatists. The lopsided 298-98 vote also authorized sending ground troops into Iraq to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish initials PKK, which has waged a war for Kurdish autonomy against Turkey for three decades.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday derided U.S. tactics in Syria, which for the past 10 days have centered on airstrikes against tanks and checkpoints of the Islamic State, while avoiding Syrian government forces. Erdogan is a longtime advocate of ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Calling for a “decisive struggle against all terrorist groups in the region,” Erdogan said Turkey’s proposals for a long-term solution should be “taken into account, otherwise, tons of bombs that would be dropped from the air would only delay the threat and the danger.”
“In the struggle against terrorism, we are open and ready for any kind of cooperation,” he said at the opening session of Parliament. “However, Turkey is not a country that will allow itself to be used for temporary solutions.”
Erdogan blames the rise of the Islamic State on Assad. He said an effective war against the Islamic State is a Turkish priority, but he added: “The immediate removal of the administration in Damascus, Syria’s territorial unity and the installation of an administration which embraces all will continue to be our priority.”
Defense Minister Ismet Yilmez told Parliament during Thursday’s debate that Turkey’s priorities in Syria are to establish safe havens inside Syria for those fleeing the bombings of the Assad regime, no-fly zones within Syria, and training and equipping anti-Assad rebels in Turkey.

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  1. BILLY GRAHAM VERSUS GOD BY STEVE FINNELL
    WHEN IT COMES TO BIBLICAL TRUTH WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST GOD'S WORD OR BILLY GRAHAM?
    BILLY GRAHAM QUOTE: “YOU MAY KNOW THAT WE URGE IMMEDIATE AND EXTENSIVE BIBLE STUDY FOR EACH CONVERT. AS THE SCRIPTURE IS REVIEWED, THE PLACE OF BAPTISM WILL SURELY BE DISCOVERED. IF BAPTISM WERE A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION, WE WOULD CERTAINLY SAY THAT. BUT YOU COULDN’T SUPPORT THAT KNOWING, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT THE THIEF ON THE CROSS HAD NO OPPORTUNITY FOR BAPTISM OR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP. YET ON HIS CONFESSION, PARADISE WAS SECURED. JESUS SAID TO HIM, ‘TODAY SHALT THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE’ (LUKE 23:43).”

    Billy Graham said If baptism were required for salvation they would say that. The Bible does say that.

    Mark 16:16 ...and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

    Acts 2:38...and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...(NKJV)

    Acts 22:16 ....and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'(NKJV)

    John 3:5 ...unless one is born of water and the Spirit , he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(NKJV)

    Colossians 2:11-13...12 buried with Him in baptism....13...having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)

    1 Peter 3:21...which now saves us, namely baptism...(NKJV)

    Ephesians 5:25-27.....just as Christ also loved the church...26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word....(NKJV)

    Romans 6:4-7 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death........7. For he who has died has been freed from sin.(NKJV)

    Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(NKJV)

    Titus 3:5....He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    Acts 2:40-41,47 ...."Be saved from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 47...And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.(NKJV)

    The Lord only adds the saved, that is baptized believers, to His church.

    The thief on the cross question. Was the thief saved? Yes. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force. The thief was saved without being baptized. The thief was saved without believing that God raised Jesus from the dead. The thief was saved before the Day of Pentecost. Can men today be saved like the thief on the cross? NO. NO. NO.

    Abraham, Moses, and Elijah were saved without being baptize. Abraham, Moses, and Elijah were saved without believing that Jesus was the Son of God. They were saved without confessing Jesus as the Christ. They were saved without believing God raised Jesus from the dead. Can men today be saved like Abraham, Moses, and Elijah? NO. NO. NO.

    The requirement to being saved under the new covenant are. Faith: John 3:16, Repentance: Acts 2:38, Confession: Romans 10:9, Water Immersion: Mark 16:16


    WHO DO YOU TRUST BILLY GRAHAM OR GOD?

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  2. The question you have posed is known as a 'false dilemma'. This is a tactic of manipulation whereby a choice is presented (i.e. either Billy Graham or God) which is intended to move the debate toward a chain of reasoning desired by the manipulator.

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