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"We all thought the train accident would happen in late autumn in Brussels. However, things have changed. You need to get ready for it. The real accident will take place in Paris. Unfortunately, our relations with French politicians, which we see deteriorating by the minute, will not be repaired any time soon. It will be sad, but there's no way to stop it."
At least five people have been killed in a head-on train collision in north-eastern France, while others are still trapped in the wreckage.
A passenger train collided with a goods train in Zoufftgen, near the Luxembourg border, at about 1145 (0945 GMT).
It was initially reported that as many as 12 people may have died, but the French transport minister said later that five were confirmed dead.
A senior regional official described the scene as "an apocalyptic vision".
Rescue work is continuing at the scene of a head-on collision between two trains in France that left at least five people dead.
Mehmet Ali Birand was born in 1941 and started his career in 1964 in one of Turkey's leading newspapers, Milliyet. In 1972 he became the newspaper's European Editor, followed by Moscow Bureau Chief in 1984. In 1985, he started producing and narrating the news program "32nd Day". A news program about national and international issues, the programe has been airing for the last 20 years.
"Deception, sadness, tragedy." The united Turkish sentiment as France voted on the Armenia genocide bill. Protestors have gathered outside the French Embassy in Ankara to show their outrage. Some feel the law is being pushed through by French politicians who are against Turkey entering the European Union. French President Jacques Chirac has said Turkey should recognise the genocide before its membership is approved.
Let there be a train crash if that's how it's going to go
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
If we are going to start a new fight every week and continuously cut each other’s throats in the name of opposing Europe, if the European Parliament is going to continue with its current attitude, if some EU countries in the hope of resolving domestic problems persist with ridiculous moves even at the risk of driving Turkey away from Europe, then let it jump from the frying pan into the fire.
MEHMET ALİ Birand
I've been bothered by the same disturbance for a long time. I eventually exploded after Murat Yetkin wrote about it last week. Indeed, we are approaching an unbearably difficult point. Something inside me wants to say “If we really have no intention of pursuing this any longer and if we have vowed to turn life into hell for each other, then let's just give it up. Let there be a train wreck if that's what needs to happen.”
Turkey: An Economic Train Wreck?
By Lance Winslow
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Is Turkey becoming an economic Turkey and problematic issue for the European Union? Some have called Turkey; an economic train wreck. At least one person has been writing some hard-hitting articles, which have appeared in the Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times and World Financial News. What can Turkey do to prevent further decline from an obvious bird flu type virus?
Will the E.U. ever accept a Muslim country?
The pope’s speech denouncing Islam was “no accident,” said Sahin Alpay in Istanbul’s Zaman. After Pope Benedict XVI a few weeks ago quoted a Byzantine emperor who called the Prophet Mohammed’s teachings “evil and inhumane,” he was widely portrayed as a bumbling academic who didn’t realize his words would spark Muslim anger. Unfortunately, he is “not so stupid.” Years before his election as pope, then–Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger called Islam a growing threat to Europe’s “Christian identity.” He was speaking out against admitting Turkey, a majority-Muslim but officially secular nation, into the European Union. The pope no doubt planned his latest provocation, knowing that when Muslims reacted with fury, Christians in the E.U. would see them as fundamentalist crazies who don’t belong in Europe.
The pope isn’t the only one trying to keep Turkey out, said Ibrahim Karagul in Istanbul’s Yeni Safak. European media have gleefully joined the campaign to demonize Islam. The Danish cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed were part of that trend, and so is the controversy about head scarves on Muslim girls in French and German schools. Even European officials are complicit. They “represent Muslims as being hostile to all foreign societies.” In reality, it was the West that invented “and marketed” the concepts of the “clash of civilizations” and the “war on Islamic terrorism.” Some E.U. bureaucrats have even described the approach of Turkey to the E.U. as a “train wreck waiting to happen.” If that’s true, it’s not our fault.
Now its not all perfect, though as one of the muslims leading reporters, strongly linked with current islamic aagainst western policies, he did print that the day before in the turkish press.
I can't believe a great country like France can risk mutual interests in such a careless way, ignoring the accident's consequences.
Either the France we used to know no longer exists, to be replaced by a country without vision or strength, or we were taught about the wrong country.
As history records what is happening, they will record the attitude of the French parliament in dark bold letters.
SNCF told reporters its train had received a green signal to switch onto the first track, as the second one was closed for maintenance work.
A spokesman said: "For reasons that are not clear, these two trains came together head-to-head."
More than 100 rescue workers were sent to the crash site to set up a mobile hospital and treat victims, a local fire chief, Samuel Gesret, earlier told French television.
Originally posted by MischeviousElf
france and turkey are having a Diplomatic scuffle over Genocidal acts in the past