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By Qiguang Zhao

ISBN-10: 0820417580

ISBN-13: 9780820417585

Few symbols saturate human civilization so extensively and carefully as these of the ever-present and enigmatic dragon. This compelling ebook examines, compares, and analyzes the looks and symbolization of the jap and Western dragons and treats them because the crystallization of human cultures. It exhibits that chinese language dragons resemble each other yet recommend various rules in numerous contexts, whereas Western dragons have various appearances yet frequently denote a unmarried proposal. As some of the most impressive achievements of dragonology, this ebook deals remarkable new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», mental archetypes, and ideological symbols.

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It is scandalous today to hear intellectuals and members of the European Parliament claim that Europe is a “reality,” a “club” of Christian nations. It was historically false and is all the more false in this day and age. Millions of European citizens of Muslim denomination prove each day that they know how to remain true to themselves and, at the same time, they respect common values, democratic rules and human rights. The Islamic nature of Turkey is thus a doubly unfounded argument, but it is unfortunately the one which carries a lot of weight among politicians and European populations, who have not realized yet that Islam is already participating in Europe and that the issue of the compatibility of European and Islamic habits and values is a delusion.

It is believed that membership will improve quality of life. People are not pleased with their current situation even though they do not analyze the situation of the centruy very well. People see that EU citizens enjoy better standards. What will Turkey gain with membership?

Turkey has been ruled as an internal colony for 80 years; statesmen were significant, whereas individuals and citizens within the society are not considered important. There is a structure in which the rulers have always been regarded as very significant, and the ruled, like old vassals, have not been taken seriously. Therefore, we gained little prosperity and freedom, far below world standards. I, as a person, who is ruled cannot get my money’s worth from the rulers, the state. As a citizen of the Turkish Republic, I want prosperity and freedom at world standards.

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