Cigdem Göle

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  1. "And what do you want of me", she challenged. ... Her eyes, wide and large and wondering, watched him and asked him the ultimate question. "I came because I must", he said. "Why do you ask?" She looked at him in doubt and wonder. "I must ask", she said. He shook his head slightly. "There is no answer", he replied, with strange vacancy. ... "But why did you come to me?" she persisted "Because - it has to be so. If there weren't you in the world, then I shouldn't be in the world, either." She stood looking at him, with large, wide, wondering, stricken eyes. His eyes were looking steadily into hers all the time, and he seemed fixed in an odd supernatural steadfastness. She sighed. She was lost now. She had no choice. -------- Women In Love - D.H. Lawrence (Chapter XXIV, Death and Love)
  2. Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." Mahatma Gandhi, 'Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13,' May 3, 1919Israel is decapitating Gaza while claiming that it is only fighting Hamas by targeting and destroying schools, mosques, private homes, charities, public buildings, drug stores, colleges and universities and committing genocide on the people of Gaza all under the false pretext of fighting Hamas. The death toll continues to mount on this the third day of Operation Solid Lead intended by Israel to break the back of Hamas and uproot its capability to rain missiles on southern Israel. CNN reports hundreds Gazans are dead. The UN estimates that many of them are civilians. I find it extraordinary that considering the firepower the IAF is using against Gaza that not only is Hamas able to continue its barrage, but that some of the rockets have proven lethal. In the entire several week period leading up to the end of the ceasefire, several hundred militant rockets didn't kill a single Israeli. It seems that now the Palestinians are out for blood and intend to make every missile count, which may be why there are now Israelis dead. Israeli politicians continue to labor under delusions that this military operation can "clean up" their "problem" once and for all. Both sides are renewing calls for bloodshed as age-old arguments resurface. "Hamas terrorist" not recognizing Israel's right to exist and "Israel the bully" not accepting its own responsibility of closing off Gaza like a prison. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/...-kills-children
  3. Thank you for this thread, Mr Simkin. I came across this study on Dorian Gray a while ago as a part of my De Profundis research. It's an interesting reading material. The Evil in Dorian Gray: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Protagonist in The Picture of Dorian Gray http://dooku.miun.se/engelska/englishC/C-essay/HT06/Final/eklund%20rosanna_final%20essay.pdf
  4. May 4, 1965 Recently, in these days full of memories, I have considered how I would probably characterize Hitler today, after the passage of twenty years. I think I am now less sure than I ever was. All reflection magnifies the difficulties, makes him the more incomprehensible. Of course I have no doubts at all about the judgement of history. But I would not know how to describe the man himself. No doubt I could say that he was cruel, unjust, unapproachable, cold, capricious, self-pitying, and vulgar; and in fact he was all of those things. p.425 I don't even know what he felt for Germany. Did he love this country even a little, or was it only an instrument for his plans? And what I have frequently asked myself ever since our disagreements over my memoranda, did he feel in regard to the downfall of the Reich? Did he suffer on its account? p.426 My whole life, in fact, appears to me strangely alienated. Architecture I loved, and I hoped to make my name live on in history by building. But my real work consisted in the organization of an enormous system of technology. Since then my life has remained attached to a cause that at bottom I disliked. p.450-451 Spandau, The Secret Diaries A lot have been said about Albert Speer. For many, he was an opportunist who joined Hitler's entourage only to gain power, fame and privilege. For some, he was a loyal party member who believed in the Nazi ideals wholeheartedly. And for some, he was just a hypocrite trying to make his way out of the death sentence. The real motivations behind his actions will remain unclear. Maybe he was sincere when he said he took all responsibility and thus the guilt for everything that was perpetrated by way of crime or maybe he was merely playing the good Nazi.
  5. Thu Sep 24, 2:03 pm ET AP ANKARA, Turkey – Osman Ertugrul Osmanoglu, the eldest member of the former Ottoman dynasty, has died, officials said Thursday. He was 97. Osmanoglu died of kidney failure at an Istanbul hospital on Wednesday, the Culture Ministry said. He was the last surviving grandson of an Ottoman sultan and regarded as the head of the living members of the dynasty. Osmanoglu would eventually have become its sultan but for the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923 following the collapse of the Ottoman dynasty and the exile of its members to Europe. Osmanoglu moved to New York City in 1933, and was married to Zeynep Tarzi, an exiled member of the Afghan royal family. He returned to Turkey in 1992 and was granted Turkish citizenship in 2004. He was a descendant of Osman I, the Anatolian ruler who established the Ottoman Empire that eventually controlled parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and lasted about 600 years. Osmanoglu was born in 1912. His grandfather, Abdul Hamid II, ruled from 1876 to 1909. In 1924, the royal family was expelled by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who led the revolution that deposed the family and founded the Turkish Republic. He is survived by his wife, Tarzi. The funeral is expected to be held in Istanbul on Saturday ----------- There is an informative website about the history of the Ottoman Empire for those who would like to discover more about it. http://www.theottomans.org/english/index.asp
  6. Reading Circle has been added to this year's curriculum in the School of Foreign Languages, where students choose a novel and discuss the main idea, the plot and the characters in the classroom as groups of four or five. The roles of group members are as follows : Discussion Leader, Word Master, Summarizer, Passage Master and Culture Connector. A very useful activity for EFL students to connect with the culture and literature of the target language.
  7. The Smashing Pumpkins - Try, Try, Try
  8. The Tea Party - Heaven Coming Down
  9. I COME AND STAND BY EVERY DOOR (THE LITTLE GIRL) I come and stand at every door but none can hear my silent tread. I knock and yet remain unseen for I am dead, for I am dead. I'm only seven tho' I died in Hiroshima long ago. I'm seven now as I was then when children die they do not grow. My hair was scorched by swirling flame, my eyes grew dim, my eyes grew blind. Death came and turned my bones to dust, and that was scattered by the wind. I need no fruit, I need no rice, I need no sweets or even bread. I ask for nothing for myself, for I am dead, for I am dead. All that I ask is that for peace you fight today, you fight today, so that the children of the world may live and grow and laugh and play. Nazım Hikmet [1956] http://famouspoetsan...ts/nazim_hikmet
  10. My thanks to JDolva for the translation of the Swedish lyrics. It requires such talent to summarise all 23 lines with just one sentence "it's about letting go".
  11. I answered your questions even before you started asking them. The cargo of the flotilla has been addressed twice in the links I posted. But you keep ignoring it because you don't like it. What you understand from debate is bullying .Unfortunately, It's not going to work this time. Your arguments are baseless and you're nothing but a waste of time.
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  13. What, you're a psychiatrist now? Or have you been inhaling too much "chemtrails" lately? ------------- Why Israel Enforces the Naval Blockade of the Gaza Strip Recent attempts by the Israeli military to stop humanitarian aid from reaching the Gaza Strip have drawn world attention to the 1.5 million Palestinians living in deprivation. The seizure of the Rachel Corrie, named for an American activist crushed to death in 2003 by an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) bulldozer, is the latest effort to thwart the Israeli blockade. The ship was diverted to the port of Ashdod. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly justified the blockade of the Gaza Strip on the basis of Hamas rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. Since the June 2007 blockade began, however, only 30 deaths resulted from rocket attacks while the Israeli military offensive of December 2008 resulted in the deaths of 1,200 Palestinians. One of the greatest problems facing the people of Gaza is hunger and thus the reason for outside humanitarian aid. The On-Going Crisis of Need in Gaza Already in December 2008, The Observer, using United Nations' data, stated that 51.8 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza were "living below poverty line." The situation has only worsened. Adrian Blomfield, writing from Gaza City for the Telegraph (June 5, 2010), states that "people have been forced to subsist rather than live." At the same time, he quotes a pro-Israel commentator, Gerald Steinberg, who blamed the media hype on UN reports as "simply political propaganda." Professor Steinberg heads the NGO Monitor. Steinberg, as other apologists for Israeli military intervention to stop outside humanitarian aid by running the blockage, maintains that the relationship between Israel and the Gaza Palestinians is a military confrontation and any such aid should be considered immoral. (BBC interview, June 1, 2010) Under the guise of humanitarian aid, activists could supply the Palestinians with the means to continue a military confrontation. The Legal Center for Freedom of Movement (Gisha) publishes a list of prohibited goods regarding the Gaza Strip. Gisha is based in Israel and is supported by both Jews and Arabs. Prohibited items include chocolate, vinegar, fresh meat, fabric for clothing, fishing rods, spare parts for tractors, newspapers, and various fishing nets. Many of the prohibited items directly affect the Palestinian’s ability to farm and fish. Read more at Suite101: Why Israel Enforces the Naval Blockade of the Gaza Strip
  14. Cigdem, did you not know that international rules do not apply to the United States. That is part of being a super-power. What amazes me is that Israel is treated the same way as the United States. How did they manage that? Of course! How naive of me! As for your second question, Craig ought to know. Maybe he'd like to explain why Israel is considered a sacred cow.
  15. You wouldn't understand how I feel even if I tried to explain it to you for hours, because you lack the capacity, common sense and conscience. How could you possibly know what is good/bad for the Palestinians? How could you have opinions on a subject you know nothing about? And who are you to tell me what I should or shouldn't do? How did you come to the conclusion that I use Palestinians for "political cannon fodder"? What do you know about my political views? Your efforts to make the massacre in Gaza justifiable are almost as horrible as your avatar. Instead of throwing "shame on you" BS at me, do something positive ; educate yourself about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. If you support the ongoing conflict and don't constantly urge "Palestine" to take a deal and move on , you do NOTHING but enable the deaths that continue. You want common sense, then condemn Hamas and the residents of Gaza for NOT doing something POSITIVE for themself. Like taking a deal and working towards a BETTER future, instead of living in a past they will never recover. Lets review...the Flotilla was a POLITICAL STATEMENT, not humanitarian, it was DESIGNED to PROVOKE a CONFRONTATION and it did. Any YOU blame Israel??? Amazing! I have never supported any conflict. To the contrary, I want it to end, like most people do. Of course I condemn Hamas and its suicide bombings.But what about you? Would you care to condemn the Israeli army for killing innocents? I don't think so. Hamas is the worst thing that has happened to Palestine. I am and will always be against any act of violence targeting innocent people. And as for your "deal", if it was the best option, why didn't you Americans take it when the British captured your land in the 1770s? If it was so good, why did you fight back and establish an independent state? In the same context, why did the Native Americans refuse to "take the deal" and revolt against the US Army? When the Ottoman Empire was falling apart, it was invaded by many countries. Each one wanted a piece of land for themselves. But they couldn't succeed. Because the people refused to be dominated. Because they refused to "take the deal".And they fought for their freedom. Because every nation has the right to be independent. If someone entered your house and claimed it was theirs, you'd do anything to get them out of your property, would you not? What is amazing is your blind devotion to the Israeli government and your endless efforts to justify the cruelty going on in Gaza. And yes, I blame the Israeli government for attacking the freedom flotila, I blame them for the blockade in Gaza that makes the civilians fight for an aspirin or a loaf of bread, I blame them for all the suffering they cause in Palestine and I blame them for murdering the children of Gaza each and everyday without blinking an eye.
  16. You wouldn't understand how I feel even if I tried to explain it to you for hours, because you lack the capacity, common sense and conscience. How could you possibly know what is good/bad for the Palestinians? How could you have opinions on a subject you know nothing about? And who are you to tell me what I should or shouldn't do? How did you come to the conclusion that I use Palestinians for "political cannon fodder"? What do you know about my political views? Your efforts to make the massacre in Gaza justifiable are almost as horrible as your avatar. Instead of throwing "shame on you" BS at me, do something positive ; educate yourself about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.
  17. Your comments in this thread are proof that evolution isn't always an improvement. The political theater provide by the flotilla worked so wonderfully on you. You appear to be the perfect mark! Yes, it was nothing but a theatre. Ships carrying humanitarian aid "weapons", people trying to slaughter the poor swat team with "weapons" such as marbles and plastic chairs... What choice did the soldiers have other than shooting civilians at close range multiple times? Nothing could be as dangerous as a plastic chair! If this is your reasoning, there is no sense arguing with you. You will remain ignorant of the Middle East conflict no matter how much and how often you are ridiculed for it.
  18. What the Pirates of the Mediterranean did to the flotilla was not any different than what they have been doing in Gaza for years. It is despicable to say the least.
  19. Your comments in this thread are proof that evolution isn't always an improvement.