One of 11 members of Germany’s parliament (622 members) with Turkish roots; about 3 millions people of Turkish descent live in Germany; half of them retain Turkish citizenship,
making Germany in effect Turkey’s fourth-largest electoral district. Some 2,000 of the country’s 3,000 mosques are Turkish, and 900 of those are financed by DITIB, an arm of the Turkish government, which sends the imams from Turkey.
As of 2013, Russia possessed an estimated 8,500 total nuclear warheads of which 1,800 were strategically operational, and the United States
had an estimated total 7,700 nuclear warheads of which 1,950 were strategically operational. At the peak of the arsenal in 1988, Russia possessed around 45,000 nuclear weapons in its stockpile, roughly 13,000 more than
the United States arsenal, the second largest in the world, which peaked in 1966.
As of September 2013, the United States has officially recognized 32 Broken Arrow incidents, which refer to accidental events that involve nuclear weapons, warheads or components, but do not create the risk of nuclear war. Some of these events include:
The level of corruption in Cambodia exceeds most countries in the world. Despite adopting an 'Anti-Corruption Law' in 2010, corruption prevails throughout the country. The 2010 Anti-Corruption Law provided no protection to whistle-blowers, and whistle-blowers can be jailed for up to 6 months if they report corruption that cannot be proven.
An investigation conducted by United Nations showed that in the first 10 months of 1982, Thai pirates attacked 289
Vietnamese refugee boats - with, on average, more than three attacks per boat; there were 484 known deaths or murders and 583 identified rape victims.
Stop and Seize in the United States - Under the federal Equitable Sharing Program, police have seized $2.5 billion since 2001 from people who were not charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued.
“To compare the hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, grandmothers, veterans, correctional officers, nurses and all the workers who came out to peacefully protest and stand together for their rights as Americans to ISIS terrorists is disgusting and unacceptable,” Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt responded to
(Wisconsin Governor) Scott Walker who says he can take on ISIS because he took on Labor Unions
"We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel." -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage of my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery - then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. "(The Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at the PUSH convention in 1993.)
"When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
(Juan Williams, on Bill O'Reilly's show, Fox News, 10/16/2010 - National Public Radio(NPR) fired Juan Williams for expressing his feeling, and said that he should have kept his feeling about
Muslims between himself and "his psychiatrist or his publicist".)
Anybody can become angry--that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way--that is not
within everybody's power and is not easy." (Aristotle)
"I have no enemies, and no hatred. I firmly believe that China's political progress will never stop, and I'm full of optimistic expectations of freedom coming to China in the future. Because no force can block the human desire for freedom, China will eventually become a country of the rule of law, in which human
rights are supreme." (Liu Xiaobo's "final statement", written two days before he was sentenced to 11 years last December (2009) for "inciting subversion". - He was
awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.)
"And we need to recognize that the only way that America can lose the war on terror is if we defeat ourselves." (President
George Bush's Speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation, 5/28/2008).
"I tried to walk a line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely, but I now realize that I did not fully accomplish that goal." (Bill Clinton, 1998).
"The only thing they (the English) have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease." (French President Jacques Chirac)
"France is doing everything it can, but the problem is that it is impossible to stop Bush from pursuing his logic of war to the end." (French President Jacques Chirac).
"Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations. "(Kofi Annan)
"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires." (Nelson Mandela)
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight,
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." (Martin Luther King's Speech "I Have a Dream" - Address at March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Washington, DC.)
"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." (Ronald Reagan, 1982).
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." (Julius
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains." (Winston Churchill)
"The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of evil. (Albert Einstein, 1949)
Abraham Lincoln - The 16th U.S. President successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil
War, preserving the Union, ending slavery, and rededicating the nation to nationalism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy.
Bill Clinton - The 42nd U.S. President is remembered for more than just his presidential skills. Clinton presided over the continuation of an economic expansion that would later
become the longest period of peace-time economic expansion in American history. He left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.
Fidel Castro - Cuban leader and Communism supporter held power longer than any national leader other than Queen Elizabeth. His
personal control over a Communist revolution made him perhaps the most important leader in Latin America since its 19th century wars of independence.
Jacques Chirac - The second-longest serving President of France (1995 to 2007), is nicknamed 'Le Worm' by the British Sun newspaper and mocked remorselessly for his opinions and alleged corruptness.
He is remembered as the president who successfully made well-known policies, including lower tax rates, the removal of price controls, strong punishment for crime and terrorism, and business privatization in France.
Kofi Annan - A Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the
2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people.
Tony Blair - The United Kingdom Labour Party's longest-serving Prime Minister (5/1997 - 6/2007) will be remembered as the PM who strongly supported United States foreign policy, notably by participating in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Blair raised taxes, introduced significant constitutional reforms, promoted new rights for gay people, and signed treaties integrating Britain more closely with the EU.
Margaret Thatcher - The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She is remembered as the PM with political philosophy and economic policies
emphasized deregulation, particularly of the financial sector, flexible labor markets, and the selling off and closing down of state owned companies and withdrawing subsidy to others.
Nelson Mandela - A famous global figure and African leader who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and served 27 years in prison. He has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.