15 Mar

Terrorism and the Relative Value of Human Life

by Ertunc Ozen

Interim CEO of ATA Alliance

Friends, once again it is our melancholy duty to share the pain, grief, and suffering of Turkish people around the world. News of the terrorist attack in the heart of Ankara rocked not only that Capital city, but reverberated around the world as the Turkish diaspora tried to come to terms with the horror, and senseless loss of life. This is not the first time, not even the first time this year, that terrorists have turned Turkey’s streets into rivers of blood and destruction. (more…)

10 Mar

Greek MP insulting Turkish people gets kicked out of EU Parliament

An EU lawmaker affiliated with Greece’s extremist far-right Golden Dawn party was ejected from the European Parliament plenary session on Wednesday, after making racist remarks about Turkish nationals.

Parliament President Martin Schulz said the unusual move was justified to maintain the “dignity of our house” and undercut efforts to make racism “socially acceptable.”

He said the EU parliamentarian, Eleftherios Synadinos, would later get a chance to state his case. Schulz has in the past fined EU lawmakers who use racist language.

Synadinos made his controversial remarks during a debate that took place Wednesday morning at the plenary in Strasbourg, France, on a refugee summit that the EU held with Turkey earlier this week.

Synadinos in Greek described Turks as “spiritual barbarians, impious, cheaters and dirty,” Schulz said.

Synadinos went on to say that “a Turk is like a dog that acts fiercely but runs away when he has to fight the enemy” and argued that “the fist and decisiveness” is the only way to handle Turks.

Greece and Turkey have historically had a hostile relationship, but have cooperated during the refugee crisis. Schulz called Synadinos’ comments “unacceptable” and said they violated the EU’s values and principles.

The Greek lawmaker left the plenary of his own accord after Schulz dispatched ushers to accompany him.

The parliament president also quashed a protest by French far-right parliamentarian Bruno Gollnisch, telling him: “If you don’t calm down, you will get a tranquilizer.”


Source : Daily Sabah

19 Feb

19.02.2016 – Terror Attacks in Ankara

Once again, yesterday morning, (Wednesday rush-hour in Turkey time) the capital of Turkey, Ankara was shaken by a deadly suicide bombing and a series of smaller scale terrorist attacks in south east Turkey since then.

This time the shuttle busses carrying military personel was targeted in the heart of Ankara. According to Turkish media, the total number of deaths at these attacks exceeds 38 people many of whom are military personnel, and also more than 61 people are seriously injured.

As ATA Alliance, we pass our condolences to their loved ones and families. 

We also condemn this henious terror attacks with strongest possible terms.

These attacks once again prove that we live in an age where no single nation is prone from terrorism. We call to the Australian Government and Turkey’s other NATO allies to be one voice against terrorism, wether it is in Paris or in Ankara, and wether it is perpetrated by ISIS or PKK-PYD.

ATA Alliance 

02 Dec

FM : “We don’t recognise Karabakh and Armenia should end the occupation!”

Foreign Minister Julia Bishop has called on the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to come together to discuss the issue, and for Armenia to end the illegal occupation of Karabakh.

At the question time this week, Member for Cowan Mr Luke Simpkins MP has asked FM Julie Bishop a question about the illegal occupation of Karabakh by Armenia and if the Government recognises this occupation as legitimate.

FM Bishop answered the question firmly and unambiguously, comparing the situation with the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea: “Australia recognises the sovereignty of Azerbaijan and does not recognise Karabakh as a legitimate state”, Ms Bishop said. Minister Bishop also asked Armenia to end the occupation of Karabakh.

The Foreign Minister’s statement of Australia’s position accords with the numerous resolutions of the UN regarding the invasion and occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by the Republic of Armenia. So far, with the exception of NSW, no country apart from illegitimate satellite states such as Abkhazia have taken the extraordinary step of legitimising this illegal occupation.

ATA Alliance thanks the Foreign Minister for her dedication to United Nations and International Law. We also ask the government of NSW to reconsider the decision to “recognise” this illegal occupation, and whether it is appropriate that a state take any position with respect to what is clearly a foreign policy issue, let alone one that is contradictory to the position of the Commonwealth. We call on the government of NSW to not give in to lobbying efforts that have left NSW isolated along with a small number of illegitimate “nations”.

We also take the opportunity to thank Mr Luke Simpkins MP for once again bringing this important issue to the attention of Federal Parliament.