Both Egypt and Tunisia have looked to Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) as a model for the Arab Spring in their own states. In his recent book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, Andrew C. McCarthy condemns this outlook as “perverse.” “It is perverse to regard the Islamist AKP as a ‘model for the Arab Spring,’” he argues. “The main lesson of the Arab Spring is that the mirage of Islam as a moderating force hospitable to democratic transformation exists solely in our own minds, for our own consumption.”
McCarthy goes into depth about the changes in Turkey brought about by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership: a reduction in women’s rights, attacks against religious minorities, oppression of the press, and stacking of the judiciary. He exposes how Erdogan and his buddies at the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation work together to support Hamas and terrorist activities.
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Iran’s Interim Budget to offset western economic terrorism efforts
– By DR. ABDUL RUFF
Iran’s parliament debates President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s full-year spending proposals and has passed a three-month stop-gap budget in the wake of western economic sanctions badly affecting revenue flow from oil export. Western sanctions over its disputed nuclear program have cut oil exports by more than half over the past year, sharply reducing Iran’s income.
The International Energy Agency, which advises rich countries, estimated last week that Iran’s oil exports may have dropped below 1 million barrels per day in January, from 2.2 million bpd in late 2011.
The temporary “three-twelfths” budget authorizes spending of 450,000 billion rials total for the first quarter of the year. That is roughly equivalent to a single month’s spending in rial terms in last year’s budget, or $13 billion at the current open market exchange rate.
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