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Bridget Johnson


July 2, 2014 - 9:02 am


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is running for president, and Turkish media have noticed that his campaign logo looks a lot like President Obama’s.

Obama and Erdoğan have been close, with Obama calling the Turkish leader “an outstanding friend.”

According to Hurriyet Daily News:

Both logos feature a sun to symbolize hope, with the circular shape of the Erdoğan logo tracing the outline of a tunnel. According to AKP officials, the sun – like the light at the end of a tunnel – is where a hard, zigzagging road leads, in reference to Erdoğan’s “journey of life.”

They added that the colors and typography have been designed to portray values like “sincerity, power, peace, union, prestige and assertive targets.”

The Erdoğan campaign also announced two official mottos on July 1: “National will, national power” and “The man of the nation, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”

Erdoğan, of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), is aiming to secure the presidency in the first round of balloting next month.

“When my nation tasked me with the prime ministry, we became the prime minister of 77 million [citizens], not only of those who voted for the [Justice and Development Party - AKP]. Everybody shall know that we will be the president of the Republic of Turkey, but not of a segment and a party, if we get elected on Aug. 10. Nobody shall doubt: I will be everybody’s president no matter who they vote in favor of or not,” Erdoğan told supporters, referring to himself as “we.”

Today the leaders of five political parties — the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Democratic Left Party (DSP), Democrat Party (DP) and Independent Turkey Party (BTP) — issued a joint declaration of support for the presidential bid of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, a former secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

And People’s Democratic Party (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş kicked off his campaign today at the infamous Madımak Hotel in Sivas, where Islamists attacked and killed 35 artists and intellectuals gathered in 1993 because one of the attendees had translated Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

“Those who are governing cannot ask for an account. Because those who need to render an account are them,” Demirtaş said in reference to the AKP. “They are not going to bring anybody to account. It is only by building a real democracy and a real government of the people that justice can be served in Sivas.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The Rise of the Caliphate, Courtesy of Obama...

Black is the color of al Qaeda, IS, and other such groups. A map released by IS shows their aspirations for the borders of the Caliphate, which would stretch from the Horn of Africa to India, from Spain to Austria to Greece, from the Crimea to the Balkans. Already, much of this area is infested with al Qaeda groups, who use terror to dominate the local populations and then move in with profitable criminal activities.

A “black hole” state is one which serves as a haven for organized crime. Should IS establish a Caliphate even half or one-quarter the size of what they aspire to, it will be the largest black hole state in the entire world, by far. It would be tantamount to the barbarian hordes sacking Rome and ending civilization across three continents.

We may never reach that point. But if we do, let there be no doubt: Barack Obama, who has given the United States nothing but a wrecked economy and an evolving dictatorship, has given the world back its Caliphate.
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Both are Crescents.
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They both tend to act like despots, so, yeah.
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