ERDOGAN & THE "AL-QADDAFI PRIZE"
By Dr. Daniel Pipes
The prize description includes such gems as these:
"The Prize categorically believes that freedom is an indivisible natural right for Man ; it is not a gift or grace from anybody, and that safeguarding it is a general human responsibility."
Past recipients of the prize have included Nelson Mandela (1989), "The Red Indians" (1991), Louis Farrakhan (1996), Fidel Castro (1998), and Hugo Chavez (2004).
But it's the current recipient who is the most interesting: none other than the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He accepted the prize in Tripoli, Libya, on December 1, 2010, for his "distinguished service to humanity." In his acceptance speech, Erdogan said that the award will further encourage him to fight for human rights and that "Islamophobia" is a crime against humanity.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the prize in Tripoli, Libya, on December 1, 2010, for his "distinguished service to humanity."
The report on this event in the pro-Erdogan Zaman newspaper goes on:
After receiving the award, Erdogan reported on his meeting with al-Qaddafi, indicating that ties between the two countries are growing.
Accepting "Al-Qaddafi International Prize for Human Rights" three months ago says all one needs to know about Erdogan.
© Daniel Pipes 2011
Originally Published in National Review Online, February 28, 2011
Republished with the Permission of Daniel Pipes
Reprinted from the Daniel Pipes Mailing List, February 28, 2011
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Dr. Daniel Pipes, a Ph.D. in Islamic History (Harvard University, 1978), is Founder and Director of the Middle East Forum, Publisher of Middle East Quarterly, Founder of Campus Watch, Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, a signatory of the Project for the New American Century, a former board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a former adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Golden Circle supporter of the U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon, a former member of the U.S. Department of Defense Special Task Force on Terrorism and Technology, and a former lecturer at the U.S. Naval War College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pipes was the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute from 1986 to 1993.
Author or co-author of eighteen books, Dr. Pipes is a regular columnist for National Review Online, Front Page Magazine, the New York Sun, and the Jerusalem Post. His analyses of world trends and of forces and developments in the Middle East have appeared in numerous North American newspapers, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on American network television, as well as at universities and think tanks, to discuss the Middle East, Islam, and the Islamist threat to the U.S.A. and the West. He also has appeared on BBC and Al Jazeera, and has lectured in approximately twenty-five countries.
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American society and culture. His father is Richard Pipes, an American historian specializing in Russian and Soviet history
and serving as Professor of History at Harvard University from 1950 until his retirement in 1996. During the Cold War, the
worldview of Richard Pipes was strongly anti-Soviet and anti-Communist.
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