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May 25 11:01

Turkey's Erdogan: If Berlin wants to pull troops, we'd say 'Goodbye'

The future of the German troops at Incirlik has been thrown into question after Turkey blocked German lawmakers from visiting the troops this month, prompting Berlin to say it may consider moving the troops. Some 250 German troops are stationed at Incirlik, where they contribute to the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State.

May 25 09:22

‘TRUCKLOADS’ OF US ARMS AND AMMO REACH KURDISH MILITIA IN SYRIA – REPORTS

Over 100 trucks loaded with US armaments and ammunition, including heavy mortars and anti-tank missiles, have reached the Kurdish controlled northern Syrian city of Hasakah over the past weeks, Turkish and Kurdish media report.
The US arms shipment was reserved for the multi-ethnic Syrian militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by Kurdish YPG units, according to the media reports.

The SDF is fighting Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) and is preparing to launch an offensive on the city of Raqqa, considered to be the self-proclaimed capital of IS in Syria.

The trucks carrying the arsenal crossed into Syria from northern Iraq through the Simelka border crossing on two separate occasions on May 15 and May 20, Turkey's Daily Sabah reports.

The convoys reportedly moved to Hasakah and later headed to the Raqqa region where the SDF are currently battling Islamic State militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I would have to ask right now is, how long will Syria, Russia and Turkey allow this destabilisation to move forward in Syria?!?

Because the establishment of an independent Kurdistan will be seen as an existential threat by Turkey, who consider the Kurds an existential threat, and the Syrians and Russians, who don't dont want Syria having to yield one inch of its sovereign territory?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but I have to wonder; just when will American troops, fighting with the Kurds, be meeting up with Russian ground troops here?!?

Because my concern is, this is only a matter of when, not if, this happens, at this point.

May 24 10:10

NATO forced to change rules after Turkey’s spat with Austria threatens to paralyze alliance

he 28 NATO member states have reportedly agreed that military cooperation with non-members can be approved on a country-by-country basis after alliance member Turkey put a veto on Austria’s participation and froze out 40 other partner states in the process.

May 24 09:57

Turkey to Form 10,000-Fighter Army to Battle Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria

Sources in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) militant group disclosed that Ankara is about to form a new army of 10,000 FSA fighters to take part in battles against the Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

May 24 09:11

America Arms The Kurds And Terrorists, Turks Bomb Kurds And Assist Terrorists: What Side Is Everyone On?

Recently, the Trump administration approved the arming of Kurdish militias in Syria with heavy weapons. Early on, Trump had allowed for the shipment of various armored vehicles and light weaponry to be shipped to Kurdish fighters but the new announcement will see restrictions removed and allow for even more plentiful and powerful weaponry being sent to Kurds in Syria who are battling terrorists, Turkey, the Syrian military, and non-Kurd militias.

Turkey is obviously outraged at the new announcement. These Kurdish fighters are bound to use those arms against Turkey at some point if for no other reason that the fact that Turkey has invaded Syrian territory and launched a war not on ISIS but the YPG. At the same time, however, the United States and Turkey are allies with Turkey doing the bidding of the U.S. for the past six years of the conflict in Syria.

May 22 14:02

Turkish Violence 'Simply Unacceptable': Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has denounced a violent confrontation in Washington, DC, last week involving Turkish security personnel and anti-Ankara protesters, calling it “simply unacceptable.”

May 19 14:10

U.S. Citizens Want to Know if Erdogan Ordered Them Attacked at D.C. Protest

American activists opposed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan want to know if he personally ordered the violent disruption of a protest Tuesday in the U.S. capital, and say President Donald Trump needs to stand up for them.

Video released Thursday shows that Erdogan watched his supporters, including members of his security detail, charge toward protesters in the grassy Sheridan Circle, punching and kicking them before police restored order.

Just before chaos erupted, an aide bent over Erdogan, who was seated in the back seat of a car in the driveway of the Turkish ambassador's home. The aide communicated with another man who ran toward protesters. Seconds later, Erdogan supporters were breaking through the police line.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That foreign agents were allowed to rough up peaceful protestors is an absolute insult to all the American people, and should never have been allowed to happen.

May 19 00:42

Erdogan checked in Washington

There is no doubt that Recep Tayyip Erdogan came away from Washington on Wednesday with egg on his face, although less embarrassed than he would have been if Donald Trump had brought up human rights abuses, given that Turkey has always been and remains the European capital city of Torture. This meeting, on Wednesday 16 in Washington, was heralded by Ankara as the new beginning but it turned out to be the continuation of a relationship with difficulties in which Washington is the master and Turkey the obedient serf. More of the end of a new beginning or the beginning of the end for Erdogan as a somebody on the international stage. He may be mister big wallah wallah in Turkey but he is a nobody outside...

May 17 12:14

9 Injured, 2 Arrested In Anti-Erdogan Protests At Turkish Embassy In DC (VIDEOS)

Nine people were hurt, including one seriously, and two were arrested when a fight reportedly broke out between opposing groups of protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC. The demonstration occurred as the Turkish president was in town.

May 17 08:37

INSANE. Erdogan’s people rough up Kurdish protesters | Washington DC

May 16 13:01

US And Turkey: The Balkanization Of The Middle East

For the past 20 years Washington has aggressively pursued the age-old imperial strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia and East Africa. Frustrated at its inability to control national policy of various independent nation-states, Washington used direct and indirect military force to destroy the central governments in the targeted nations and create patchworks of tribal-ethno-mini-states amenable to imperial rule. Tens of millions of people have been uprooted and millions have died because of this imperial policy.

May 16 10:16

Turkey’s War on Kurds Increasingly Crosses Borders: Erdogan's US Visit to Focus on His Anger at US Support for YPG

Officially, Turkey considers itself at war with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a war which has lasted decades. Increasingly, however, PKK is being very vaguely defined, and includes Kurdish groups in several countries which Turkey argues are all basically PKK.

Doing this has allowed Turkey to go after limited PKK forces who have crossed the border into Iraq or Syria, but as lines blur, it’s tough to argue that Turkey isn’t just at war with Kurds in general at this point, particularly in Syria, where the PKK is virtually non-existent, and Turkey is after the YPG claiming they are the same group.

It is this interest in warring with the YPG, and with Kurds as such, that will be a big focus of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his upcoming visit to the US, where he will express outrage at US military support provided to the YPG to fight against ISIS, arguing that amounts to backing a terrorist group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem for Erdogan, is not so much the Kurds in Syria, as it is the US government's desire to carve out an independent Kurdistan in Syria, as a "buffer state" between Turkey and Syria.

CARVING OUT “KURDISTAN” IS THE US’ NEW END GAME IN SYRIA

I am watching the Faux feed as I type this, and Presidents Trump and Erdogan are making their joint statement. Turkish President Erdogan is NOT smiling.

President Trump has his work cut out for him, to convince Erdogan that a neighboring Kurdistan will be a "good thing", because it will balkanize bits of Syria, and that will help keep Turkey safe.

I have to wonder what the "quid pro quo" on this US-created independent Kurdistan will be, behind closed doors.

And apparently, no one has sent Syrian President Bashir Al Assad the memo that the establishment of such a country will gobble up hunks of the sovereign state of Syria.

May 15 08:47

BREAKING: Merkel 'to withdraw all German soldiers from Turkey' in MAJOR diplomatic row

ANGELA Merkel is considering withdrawing all German soldiers from Turkey in a major diplomatic snub.

It comes after Turkey refused to allow German politicians to visit soldiers at Incirlik air base.

May 13 09:55

Turkish PM: US Promises Kurds Won’t Stay in Raqqa

Speaking to reporters today during an official visit to London, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says that the United States has assured Turkey that even though the Kurdish YPG is being used to invade ISIS’ capital city of Raqqa, they will not keep control of the city after the battle.

These assurances appear to have been made to try to placate Turkish outrage over US plans to arm the YPG with heavy weapons for the Raqqa battle, and for the US choosing to back the YPG in the offensive against ISIS in general, something Turkey has repeatedly condemned.

Kurdish officials have never said anything about conquering Raqqa for somebody else, and it would be unusual for the group to be willing to commit so heavy to the invasion of a city if they didn’t have designs on incorporating it into their self-declared autonomous region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would the Kurds be fighting at all, if not for an independent Kurdistan?!?

The US government and military need to be very clear as to their ultimate intentions here; otherwise, they may well find Turkey leaving NATO, and leaving them with a vast hole in their garrisoning of the Middle East.

May 11 07:35

Arming the Kurds: Trump’s Syrian Gambit

President Trump’s decision to provide weapons to the Syrian Kurds, who are fighting Isis, potentially marks a crucial change in the political geography of the Middle East. In effect, the US is choosing to support its Kurdish ally in Syria, in defiance of Turkey, whose aim is to prevent the establishment of a quasi-independent Kurdish state there.

Mr Trump approved a plan on Monday to arm the Kurds directly, in order to enable the People’s Mobilisation Units (YPG) Kurdish militia and its Arab allies to assault and capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of Isis in Syria. The US will send heavy machine guns, anti-tank weapons, mortars, armoured cars and engineering equipment to bolster the attack.

May 10 12:43

Turkey Convicts Daesh British Member, Hands Him Jail Terms

A British man suspected of being a senior member of the Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group has been convicted in Turkey on terrorism charges and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

May 10 09:42

Turkey warns US against arming Syrian Kurd ‘terrorists,’ ponders end of ‘strategic partnership’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he hopes the recent US decision to arm Syrian-Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State will be reversed by the time he flies to Washington for a meeting with President Donald Trump next week.

The Turkish government has asked the US to reverse its decision to broaden support for Syria’s Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (YPG), stating that it is unacceptable for a NATO ally to support “terrorist groups.”

May 10 09:29

Turkish Dictator Recep Erdogan Calls For Muslims Worldwide To ‘Flood Jerusalem’, Warns Trump On Embassy

DURING HIS ADDRESS, ERDOGAN ALSO WARNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NOT TO MOVE ITS EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM, SAYING THE STEP WOULD BE “EXTREMELY WRONG” AND “ILL-ADVISED”

May 10 08:21

Turkey Slams US 'Unacceptable' Weapons Supply to Kurdish Militants

"The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable, such a policy will benefit nobody," Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli, New Arab reported.

"We expect that this mistake is to be rectified," he said, days ahead of a crunch meeting in Washington between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump.

But Ankara regards the group as a terror outfit which is effectively the Syrian branch of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency since 1984 against Ankara, leaving tens of thousands dead.

May 10 08:20

Every weapon obtained by YPG threat against Turkey: Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has expressed great resentment over the US administration’s decision to arm Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters battling Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria, stressing that every weapon obtained by the forces constitutes a threat to Turkey.

May 09 12:02

Radical Feminist Embraces Islam – Guess What Happened To Her Next

Liberals are quick to attack conservatives for violence and misogyny—but continue to give Islam a free pass.
Radical left-wing activist, Lacy MacAuley, who leads violent protest group “Antifa” in Washington, DC, came to regret that stance—after she accompanied her Muslim boyfriend to his homeland of Turkey, where “misogyny and patriarchy run deep.”

The Gateway Pundit dug up a ten-month-old archived blog post from MacAuley’s website. Called, “My experience of intimate partner violence, trapped in Turkey,” MacAuley explains her experience

Upon leaving Turkey, MacAuley has continued her work to rally against “totalitarianism” and “sexism” in the United States.

But like many liberals, she seems to still be unaware that the fact that women, minorities, and just about everyone else, are more free and more respected in the United States than most of the world.

May 09 09:34

Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground.

Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters in the Syrian capital, but he cautioned it was "premature" to say whether the deal would succeed.

"There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations," al-Moallem said. "The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centers."

Though he did not specify who the military police would be, he appeared to be referring to Russian observers already in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it appears that the US government and the rebels it has been arming and training, will completely ignore the de-escalation zones.

May 08 09:57

Erdo?an urges Muslims to visit Al-Aqsa to protect the mosque's Islamic identity

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an expressed Turkey's support for the Palestinian fight against the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, calling on Turks to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque often to protect the Muslim identity of the Holy place.

May 08 09:15

Turkey deploying troops to Syria’s militant-held Idlib: Report

The Turkish army is set to deploy forces to Syria’s militant-controlled northwestern Idlib province and establish military bases there, a report says.

May 08 09:15

Turkey may infiltrate into Iraq, Syria overnight: Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara would not tolerate the presence of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq's Sinjar region and northern Syria, hinting about an operation to flush militants out of the areas in Turkey’s south.

"Turkey knows what to do and when to do it, we may come there overnight all of a sudden," Erdogan said on Saturday.

May 08 08:32

Russia Says Deal Bars American Jets From Much of Syria’s Skies. U.S. Says No.

United States and allied aircraft will be banned from flying over much of Syria as part of a deal struck by Iran, Russia and Turkey to foster a cease-fire in the Syrian war, a senior Russian diplomat said Friday.

But a State Department spokesman later said that the agreement, which the United States did not sign, does not “preclude anyone from going after terrorists wherever they may be in Syria.” The spokesman, Edgar Vasquez, said Russian officials’ interpretation of their own agreement “makes no sense.”

May 07 08:38

Putin ‘orders Gazprom to start laying pipes along Turkish Stream’s sea route’

Gazprom will be ready to start laying pipes on the Turkish Stream offshore section in several days, the company’s CEO Alexei Miller told Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 4, as Russia’s TASS reported.

Putin has ordered Gazprom to start laying pipes on sea stretch of Turkish Stream pipeline.

“We will be ready to start laying the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in several days,” Miller said, as quoted by the Russian news agency.

The Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project agreement between Turkey and Russia was signed on Oct. 10, 2016, and ratified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 7.

The project, which was announced by Putin during a 2014 visit to Turkey, is set to carry gas from Russia under the Black Sea to Turkey’s Thrace region.

One line, with 15.75 billion cubic meters of capacity, is expected to supply the Turkish market, while a second line will carry gas to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a big deal, in light of the US government's objections against such a pipeline, because of how it will benefit Russia, economically, particularly in light of the natural gas which will be sold to Russia.

May 05 08:03

Russia says Syria safe zones closed to US-coalition jets

Jets from the U.S.-led coalition are barred from proposed safe zones in Syria set to be created under a deal inked by Russia, Iran and Turkey, Moscow's envoy said Friday.

"In terms of their actions in the de-escalation zones then from this moment these zones are closed for their flights," the Kremlin's envoy to peace talks in Kazakhstan Alexander Lavrentiev was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

"Aviation operations, especially by the international coalition forces, are absolutely not envisioned," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't Do that!!! We can and will bomb anywhere we want to, because you guys are all aggressors, Aggressors, AGGRESSORS!!!! We are the GOOD guys! You are all the BAD guys! Our bombs are holy. Our bombs are righteous! Our bombs are beloved by GOD!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 05 06:16

U.S. AND TURKEY ON COLLISION COURSE OVER KURDISH FORCES IN SYRIA

A top adviser for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik, warned on May 3 that United States troops and equipment risk being destroyed due to their proximity to Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

Turkey claims those fighters are aligned with the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging a guerrilla war in Turkey for years.

In a radio interview on Turkish media, Cevik was asked what would happen to U.S. forces that were working with Kurdish forces that Turkey wants to attack.

“It doesn’t matter whether they are patrolling there. If those PKK terrorists continue their activities within Turkey…you know they are infiltrating from Northern Syria (into Turkey.) That’s the region they infiltrate from,” Cevik replied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how the US is planning to carve Syria up into little fiefdoms, one of which is engineered to exist as an independent Kurdistan.

Neither Erdogan nor Syria's Al Assad are going to be very happy about this, however. And Russian troops on the ground in Syria, appear to be expanding their mission to advise and assist, and we have reports of Russian troops on the ground in Northern Syria.

Russia expands its advise and assist in Syria.Images:
Russian soldiers arrive in Northern Syria.

May 04 08:25

Breaking. Russia Setting Up Military Installations in Northeastern Syria, in YPG-Held Area

A number of Russian troops and vehicles have entered the area of the Afrin Canton controlled by fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), according to photos and videos appearing online.

Pro-Kurdish media activists speculate that the Russian military is going to set up a military base or even a “joint military base” in the YPG-held area near the border with Turkey.

According to more neutral sources, Russian military servicemen are setting up two posts near the border in order to monitor possible clashes between Kurdish militias and the Turkish military.

This comes amid increasing US military activity along the Syrian-Turkish border. According to Kurdish sources in northeastern Syria, US troops have been patrolling the Kurdish-held areas bordering Turkey. Thus, US troops are a buffer force that should prevent Ankara from combating Kurdish militias in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of time before US and Russian ground troops start to confront each other in Syria; and then, what?!?!?

May 01 10:04

Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia

While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russian alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar.

The Persian rival who showed the way

In 2012/2013, the US Treasury Department, under the Obama administration, initiated a raft of sanctions in an amateurish fashion against the Central Bank of Iran. As we were told, it was done to tire and bleed Iranian economic and social life enough to draw Tehran into negotiations concerning its nuclear programme. The argument of were they/weren’t they pursuing a weaponized nuclear program isn’t important; how the Iranians circumvented these sanctions is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this why we are seeing more and more demonization of Iran, to prevent it from finding more loopholes in US sanctions, and trading in a real commodity, rather than the dollar, which has absolutely no real backing behind it?!?

May 01 09:31

Tensions Grow Between US, Turkey Along Syrian Border

The US responded to last week’s Turkish attacks on allied Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria by deploying a growing number of US troops in armored vehicles along the Syria-Turkey border, aiming to provide some sort of buffer and to prevent more Turkish attacks.

It doesn’t seem to be working, and if anything, tensions are now growing between the Turkish government and the US, with Turkish officials unhappy that the US is getting in their way, and seeing it as amounting to the US taking the side of the Kurds against them.

Turkish President Erdogan insisted he was “deeply saddened” to see the US flag flying alongside “terrorists” from the Kurdish YPG, saying he intends to demand President Trump stop supporting the Kurds in an upcoming White House visit, adding “this needs to be stopped right now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question now becomes, just how far is the US government prepared to go, in preventing Turkey from interfering in the creating of an independent Kurdistan?!?

Apr 29 09:38

Beneath the waves: Has a sunken Russian ship been sabotaged?

Turkish divers could have found secret reconnaissance equipment and encryption codes on board The Liman after it mysteriously plummeted towards the sea bed in Turkish waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a valid concern. As I pointed out in "Rivero challenges the NSA", the most difficult part of breaking an enemy code is to figure out the methodology. The Allies in WW2 were not able to break the German Enigma until they captured an actual machine. Once they had that, building another machine to brute force the keys was relatively easy (not to disrespect the work of the people at Bletchley Park, of course).

If I were Russia, I would be deploying updated encryption systems with altered methodologies right now, and in an age of computer codes and software, it is much easier than it would have been for Germany to re-engineer the Enigma and ship out new hardware.

Apr 29 08:31

US Deploys Troops in NE Syria as ‘Buffer’ Between Kurds, Turkey

The US has deployed a number of special forces troops and armored vehicles along the border between Kurdish-held northeast Syria and Turkey, with most of the troops sent to the area around Darbasiya, which was the site of heavy Turkish attacks earlier this week.

Officially, US commanders say the troops are there “monitoring the situation,” though Syrian Kurds say that in practice the US deployment is an attempt to establish a “buffer” to try to limit fighting between the two sides,, which has been raging since Turkey’s airstrikes were carried out.

From Turkey’s perspective, there are two trains of thought on their recent push to attack the Kurdish YPG, who they consider “terrorists.” On the one hand, there seems to be some hope that if they can displace the Kurds enough during the buildup to the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, the US might agree to change it to a joint US-Turkey operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we will continue to see more US troops in Syria, as regime change is definitely back on the table here, in the thinking of the American deep state.

But what happens when US troops run into direct confrontation with the Russian ground troops, which are being deployed there very soon?!?

Russian Ground troops mobilising for deployment in Syria,
25 April, 2017

War with Russia over Syria?!?

This would be completely insane.

Apr 27 10:03

Our Turk Allies Just Attacked Our Kurd Allies – Whose Side Are We On?

Here’s a perfect example of how convoluted our Middle East policy is: our Turkish NATO allies attacked our Kurdish anti-ISIS ground forces in Iraq and Syria this week, killing as many as 70 fighters. The Kurdish YPG fighters make up the bulk of the US-backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” who are leading the US fight against ISIS in eastern Syria. How will the Kurds respond to the fact that their chief sponsor’s close ally keeps killing them?

Apr 27 09:30

Turkey Issues Warrants for 3,224 People Over Alleged Links to Failed Coup

Turkey has issued detention warrants for 3,224 people over suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, news channels NTV and CNN Turk reported on Wednesday, in one of the largest operations in months against the network which Turkey blames for a failed July coup.

Apr 26 15:07

Turkey-EU relationship at ‘lowest point’ after country added to human rights watchlist

TURKEY’s relations with the European Union have reached their "lowest point" in recent times, according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

His remarks came after a leading European human rights body placed Turkey back on a watchlist over concerns about the functioning of democratic institutions in the country.

The unprecedented decision to reinstate monitoring triggered a furious reaction from the Turkish government, which claims the “unjust” move was motivated by xenophobia.

Apr 26 09:08

Flynn May Have Broken Law Over Payments From Russia, Turkey: Oversight Committee

Tensions have escalated between the White House and US Congress as the likelihood of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s violation of law by receiving money from foreign governments heightens.

Apr 26 08:49

Turkey Cannot Fight PKK at Expense of Counter-Daesh Fight - US State Dept.

Turkey cannot fight the Kurdistan People’s Party (PKK) at the expense of the regional fight to defeat the Islamic State, also known as Daesh (banned in Russia), acting US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Tuesday.

"We’re also cognizant of the threat that the PKK poses to Turkey but again the point we made to Turkey and I’m making now is that Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against the terrorists that threaten us all," Toner told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the PKK were legitimised in Turkey, and given the opportunity for true representation, this would not be an issue; unfortunately, the Kurds have been persecuted and marginalised in every possible way, and Turkey is paying the price for it.

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Apr 26 07:07

German Weapons Giant Plans to Arm Ankara With New Turkish Panzer Factory

The German arms supplier Rheinmetall plans to build a factory in Turkey to produce tanks for the Turkish army despite concerns from opposition parties that the production will contravene German laws on arms exports.

Apr 25 08:28

TURKISH AIRSTRIKES ON KURDS COMPLICATE U.S. OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

A few hour ago the Turkish airforce hit Kurdish and Yezidi positons on both sides of the Singal mountains in east-Syria and west-Iraq. Near Derik in east-Syria more than 20 bombs destroyed a YPG headquarter, a radio station and a media center. At least nine YPK fighters were killed. The YPG is the Syrian sister organization of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey. The PKK is a designated terrorist organization. Within Syria U.S. special forces are embedded with the YPG and are coordinating YPG moves against the Islamic State in Raqqa. YPK and PKK follow the anarcho-marxist theories of their leader Abdullah Öcalan who is in isolation detention in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, what can the US offer Erdogan's Turkey, to make it comfortable with in an independent Kurdistan, when the Turkish government has made it clear that ethnic Kurds in their country are persona non grata, and done their best to suppress Kurdish political parties?!?

But until, and unless, the US has something to offer Turkey, in exchange for them accepting the reality of an independent Kurdistan, these attacks will continue, and most probably worsen.

Apr 24 14:25

INTERPOL: four Israelis Arrested for Trafficking Human organs in Bulgaria, a Rabbi among suspects

A Rabbi among suspects; traffickers would approach poor Bulgarians and offer to buy a kidney for transplant in Turkey.

Apr 24 11:05

Erdogan calls Shia paramilitary groups ‘terrorists’, threatening Turkish intervention in Iraq

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled the paramilitary forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq as “terrorists” and part of Iran’s “Persian expansion policy”.

“Who are al-Hashd al-Shaabi? Who is backing them? The Iraqi parliament supports al-Hashd al-Shaabi, but, honestly, they are a terrorist organization, and should be known who stands behind it,” he said during an interview with the Qatari channel Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesperson of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU), also known as al-Hashd al-Shaabi, called Erdogan’s remarks as “a violation against an Iraqi security institution” that is “recognized by the parliament and the state”.

Hadi Al-Ameri, the former Iraqi minister of transportation and the head of the PMU Badr Organization, one of the biggest PMU forces in Iraq, in response called for a complete stop of trade with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just what the Middle East and Iraq need; more destabilisation, courtesy of Turkey!!

Apr 24 10:56

Turkey says it may suspend migrant deal with EU

Ankara will present a new document in May on its visa-free deal with the EU which if not accepted would put the refugee deal with the bloc at a standstill, EU Minister Ömer Çelik has said.

In an interview with private news channel CNN Turk on Aprik 22, Çelik said Turkey was doing its part in the deal with EU.

He said the refugee deal between the two sides would continue if the EU accepted Ankara’s fresh offer that would be submitted in May.

“If they accept our proposal, the [refugee] deal would be completed in a positive way, otherwise it would come to a standstill,” he said.

The EU and Turkey agreed in March last year on a plan to stop migration through illegal channels in the Aegean Sea by cracking down on human traffickers and improving the conditions of nearly 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Turkey reneges on this deal, all hell will break loose in Europe, which is already straining, economically and socially, from the huge impacts of previous waves of immigration from the Middle East and North Africa.

Apr 24 09:59

Turkey, After The Referendum

Turkey is a fundamentally divided society. The vote this weekend over a referendum to give the President additional powers and a longer term, showed the extent of Turkey’s divisions. The “Yes” vote, a victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, was won with 25 million votes, while the “No” campaign fetched almost 24 million votes. But given the nature of electoral democracy, a fractured verdict will nonetheless mean an expansion of the powers of Mr. Erdo?an and of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Apr 22 07:36

Russia says metro bomber funded by 'international terrorists' in Turkey: RIA

Russian investigators said on Thursday that the man suspected of detonating a bomb on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an "international terrorist group" in Turkey, the RIA news agency reported.

Apr 21 09:54

A Sad Day for Turkey

There are at least 25 factors that delegitimize the referendum and its results, and once implemented, the repercussions on Turkey’s future will be dire and essentially seal the fate of the country’s prospective democracy.

Finally, whether or not the West admits it, the referendum raises serious questions about Turkey’s commitment to NATO and its importance as an ally. Erdogan has shown time and again that he is untrustworthy in the way he is dealing with Western powers.

His repeated threats to flood Europe with refugees unless he gets his way, and his challenge to the US to stop aiding its ally, the Syrian Kurds (the YPG)—whom he views as terrorists assisting the PKK in their battle against his government—must simply be rejected.

Apr 21 08:10

Turkey says close to S-400 missile purchase deal with Russia

Turkey's talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached the "final stage," Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday.

"It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system but NATO member countries have not presented on offer which is financially effective," Isik said during a news conference in Ankara, local broadcaster CNNTurk reported.

"Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. But the final stage does not mean let's sign a deal tomorrow morning," he added.

Apr 19 07:34

Up to 2.5 million Turkish votes were possibly ‘manipulated,’ intl observer says

It is possible that 2.5 million Turkish votes were “manipulated,” changing the results of the recent constitutional referendum, an international observer monitoring the Turkish referendum told ORF radio.

Alev Korun, an Austrian MP and member of the Council of Europe observer mission, said that there is “a suspicion that up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated,” as cited by Reuters.

Korun also referred to the Turkish electoral authorities’ move to accept as valid around 1.5 million unstamped ballots and envelopes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I said on yesterday's radio show, no people vote away democracy. Erdogan's "victory" had to be a fraud.

Apr 19 05:20

FRAUD ALLEGATIONS TO TEST TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN’S NEW AUTHORITARIAN POWERS

US President Donald Trump was the first (and so far, to the best of our knowledge, only) Western leader to congratulate his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday on acquiring virtually dictatorial powers. But while the commanders-in-chief of NATO’s two largest armies may share a common authoritarian impulse, Trump may yet come to see Erdogan as a bad role model. Experts say the Turkish president’s proclamation of victory in Sunday’s referendum could bring short-term stability in NATO’s Middle Eastern anchor, but the future of this deeply divided country looks far from stable.

Apr 18 10:21

Video: Is Turkey Becoming A Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory In Vote To Give President Sweeping Powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in Sunday’s referendum over whether to give sweeping powers to the president, but Turkey’s main opposition party is calling for the the referendum results to be tossed out, citing irregularities.

Apr 18 08:41

TRUMP ENTHRONES ERDOGAN - DESTROYS ALL TRUST IN U.S. DIPLOMACY

Trump contradicted his speaker, the State Department and his allies by congratulating the Turkish President Erdogan for winning Sunday's referendum vote. He undermined his diplomacy.

Sundays referendum in Turkey makes the presidential office a quasi dictatorial position that leads the executive and can, via decrees, also overrule the legislative and judiciary elements of the state. President Erdogan is now in a dictatorial position. It maybe that a majority of the Turkish voters voted for this change but it is far from certain. The number of votes in doubt because they were not taken in accordance with the legal procedures (2-3 million) is higher than slight majority lead (1.5 million) for the "yes" side.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, President Trump, for having inflicted upon the American people yet one more disappointment in an incredible string of colossal disappointments since your inauguration.

Apr 18 08:38

A LOOK AT TURKISH ‘ELECTIONS’ IN TOONS

Monitors Say Turkish Referendum Neither Fair Nor Free

Apr 18 08:01

TURKS VOTE TO EXPAND ERDOGAN POWER

Apr 18 07:18

Turkish Soldiers, Kurdish Fighters Exchange Heavy Fire in Northern Syria

The Turkish Army soldiers and allied militants targeted heavily the positions of Kurdish fighters in five different regions in Northern Aleppo, escalating fierce clashes with the Kurds.

Apr 18 06:51

Trump Enthrones Erdogan - Destroys Trust In U.S. Diplomacy

Trump contradicted his speaker, the State Department and his allies by congratulating the Turkish President Erdogan for winning Sunday's referendum vote. He undermined his diplomacy.

Sundays referendum in Turkey makes the presidential office a quasi dictatorial position that leads the executive and can, via decrees, also overrule the legislative and judiciary elements of the state. President Erdogan is now in a dictatorial position. It maybe that a majority of the Turkish voters voted for this change but it is far from certain. The number of votes in doubt because they were not taken in accordance with the legal procedures (2-3 million) is higher than slight majority lead (1.5 million) for the "yes" side.

Apr 17 17:00

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Despite saying that the voting day was "well administered", the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe criticised the campaign, saying:

  • It was an "unlevel playing field" and the two sides of the campaign "did not have equal opportunities"
  • It was unbalanced due to the active involvement of the president and several senior officials
  • It was tarnished by a number of officials equating No supporters with terrorist sympathisers
  • State resources were misused
  • Under the state of emergency, essential fundamental freedoms were curtailed
  • Despite some measures, the legal framework remained inadequate for a genuinely democratic referendum
  • Apr 17 09:16

    Allegations Of Voter Fraud Mar Turkey Referendum

    Claims of voter fraud and other irregularities are tainting today’s critical referendum in Turkey, where voters are deciding whether to approve a massive expansion of presidential powers. The referendum, which will replace the country’s parliamentary system with a more concentrated executive system, could allow for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to remain in office until 2029.

    Given the high stakes, many Turks are on the lookout for irregularities. Videos purporting to show fraud, like voting outside of stations and voters submitting multiple ballots are going viral on Turkish social media. One video appears to show a voter emerging from his booth, then putting five envelopes into the ballot box.

    Apr 17 09:08

    EU Rapporteur For Turkey Warns Turkish Talks Will Be Suspended If Erdogan Gets "Unchecked Powers"

    Just hours after the predictable passage of today's Turkish referendum, the EU has promptly slammed the outcome, warning it threatens to slide the country's collapse into "authoritarianism" and that Turkey's accession talks with the EU will be suspended if the constitutional package is implement as per today's outcome.

    Apr 17 09:06

    McMaster ‘Doubts’ US Will Send More Troops to Syria

    In comments today on ABC’s “This Week,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster downplayed the chances of the US sending more ground troops to Syria, saying that it still “remains to be seen” if more troops are needed, but that he doubts the US will have to send any more.

    President Trump had appeared to rule out such deployments last week, insisting “we’re not going into Syria,” though of course US forces are already in Syria, and there are proposals still coming in calling for additional US troops to be deployed.

    The indications had been that McMaster was leading the push for more troops, however, and had even argued in favor of a deployment of some 50,000 US ground troops to fight in Syria. That McMaster is the one downplaying more troops now may suggest he’s been overruled.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This at least temporarily ratchets down the possibility of direct US/Russian military confrontation in Syria; but for how long, if regime change continues not to be accomplished in Damascus, which is the end goal of US foreign policy here?!?

    And so far, the arming of both the Kurdish YPG, and various anti-government rebels hasn't worked at all; in fact, these appear to be historically failed US policies.

    Apr 17 08:27

    Erdogan Wins Narrow Referendum Victory, Laying Bare Turkey’s Divisions

    Supporters of Tayyip Erdogan waved flags in the streets while opponents banged pots and pans in protest in their homes, after a narrow referendum victory gave the Turkish president sweeping powers and laid the nation’s divisions bare.

    The referendum will bring the biggest overhaul in Turkish politics since the founding of the modern republic, abolishing the post of prime minister and concentrating power in the hands of the president. Unofficial results, which the opposition said it would challenge, showed a narrow victory with 51.4 percent of votes cast in favor.

    Yet the procedures used in both the campaign leading up to the referendum as well as on the day of didn’t adhere to international standards and created an “unlevel playing field,” Tana de Zulueta, head of the team of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe observers present in Turkey, said in a news conference Monday.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Through this referendum, the Turkish people have given Erdogan nearly dictatorial powers; and heaven only knows what he will wind up doing with them.

    Apr 17 06:07

    President Erdogan warns Turkish opposition's challenge to his referendum victory 'will be in vain' as his supporters hunt down and beat protesters

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned opposition parties that their attempts to challenge his referendum victory 'will be in vain'.

    Thousands of protesters took to the street in a rally against the controversial victory, which will give President Erdogan sweeping new powers and could see him remain as president until 2029.

    It comes as shocking video from last night's demonstrations appeared to show a protester being attacked by pro-Erdogan Turks. In the clip, a person is chased down by a large group, who surround them and kick them to the ground.

    This morning, opposition parties complained of a number of irregularities in the voting, and were particularly incensed by an electoral board decision announced on Sunday afternoon to accept as valid ballots that did not bear the official stamp.

    Apr 17 06:00

    Turkish opposition calls for referendum result to be annulled over unstamped ballots

    Turkish opposition figures have called for the results of Sunday’s referendum granting new presidential powers to be annulled, citing unstamped ballots given to voters. The electoral board insists the referendum result is valid, however.

    Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP), said Monday that the “only one way to end the discussions about the vote's legitimacy and to put the people at ease… is for the Supreme Electoral Board to cancel the vote.”

    It is illegal to count the unstamped ballots as valid, Tezcan said. He added that his party had received complaints from a number of regions where people couldn’t vote in privacy, with some ballots counted in secret, as cited by Reuters.

    Apr 16 21:15

    Flashback: WikiLeaks Emails Show Turkey Tried To Hide Corruption Evidence

    Hacked government emails, leaked and newly indexed by WikiLeaks, show that Turkey’s ruling party knowingly misled the public about previously leaked audio in which the country’s leader tells his son how to avoid corruption charges.

    The emails come from the inbox of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister, who happens to be the son-in-law of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the country’s former prime minister and current president. Though per its policy, WikiLeaks doesn’t reveal its sources, the Turkish Marxist hacktivist group RedHack had previously claimed credit for and leaked Albayrak’s emails.

    At issue is the fallout from Turkey’s 2013 government corruption scandal, which led to the detention of more than 50 members of the ruling party, AKP. Despite December 2013 newspaper reports that Erdo?an’s son, Bilal, was named in a followup investigation, he wasn’t arrested.

    Apr 16 21:13

    Flashback: The Erdogan tapes

    In Turksh we have a proverb that goes, “You can chose the way you want to die.” That is where Erdogan is: If the tape is authentic, contrary to his claims — and it looks that way — it would mean he has committed a crime that would require a trial before the Supreme Court. On the other hand, if his converations were manipulated to create the tapes, how can someone who cannot even control his encrypted phones govern a country like Turkey for another 10 years?

    Apr 16 20:59

    Flashback: Erdogan cries foul over money tapes leak implicating son

    Turkey’s prime minister vowed to launch court proceedings to suppress “fabricated and treacherous” tapes of an alleged conversation with his son in which he purportedly instructed family members to hide tens of millions of euros in cash stored at his house.

    Apr 16 19:51

    Protesters in Turkey hunted down and beaten by supporters of President Erdogan after he won disputed victory in referendum to grant him more power and immediately vowed to bring back the DEATH PENALTY

    Thousands of Turkish protesters took to the street in a rally against the referendum result that will give President Erdogan sweeping new powers.

    People raided their kitchen cupboards and banged pots and pans as a symbol of defiance against the result, which could mean Erdogan will remain in power until 2029.

    Others held yellow banners in the air as they shouted 'Thief, murderer, Erdogan'.

    Apr 16 18:16

    'Yes' camp claims win in vote on new Erdogan powers

    The `Yes` camp in a referendum to give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogangreater powers claimed victory on Sunday but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided with the opposition crying foul.
    Opponents fear the constitutional changes, which would grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey`s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu, would lead the country to one-man rule.

    Apr 16 15:03

    How to bring down the elephant in the room

    The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

    Apr 16 09:05

    Tense Turkey decides its 'destiny' in vote on Erdogan powers

    Turkey voted today to decide whether to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers in a bitterly-contested referendum set to determine the future course of the key NATO member and EU hopeful.
    More than 55.3 million Turks were eligible to cast ballots on sweeping changes to the president's role which, if approved, would grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu.

    Apr 16 08:55

    Erdogan-2029? Early count results show ‘Yes’ vote winning in constitutional reform referendum

    With most of the ballots opened in the Turkish referendum on constitutional reform, over 51 percent of voters have supported expanding the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media report.

    Around 94% of ballots have been counted, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says adding that the "yes'' votes are leading with 51.7%.

    #Turkey#referendum2017 unofficial overall results
    YES: 51.74%
    NO: 48.26%
    Ballots opened: 94.74%https://t.co/pCgJ7oPKXjpic.twitter.com/HUMeo6ZKG8

    — ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) April 16, 2017

    Apr 15 08:12

    Turkish army evacuated 70 Kurdish villages in al-Bab region

    Revolutionary Forces General Commander Hac Ehmed said the invading Turkish army evacuated 70 Kurdish villages, forced the villagers to move and settled in their collaborators.

    Apr 14 13:17

    Steve Bannon told to bury the hatchet with Jared Kushner

    The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner

    Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.

    Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.

    Apr 14 13:11

    Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’

    “There’s a big fight [going on]”

    Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door”

    The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.

    Apr 13 15:58

    Turkey To Confiscate Bullion And Jewelry

    The dwindling credit of Turkey and significant decline in its currency has led to the new clever idea of confiscating gold with a smile. The Turkish Central Bank has come up with an idea of how to confiscate private gold while pretending they are helping you earn more money. Their objective is to make the private gold stocks of the citizens available to the financial system for themselves, but how to sell that to the people?.

    Apr 11 12:31

    Is Sunday the End of the Road for Turkey as a Secular Country?

    Turkey has long been a shining (only) example of how a Muslim majority country can exist as a progressive society with freedoms, rights and a secular rule of law. But slowly, as power has become more centralized in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the liberty and secularism that made Turkey so unique has been eroded. The culmination of this is coming on Sunday as Turks go to the polls to vote on a referendum to change the very system of government from a Parliamentary Democracy, to a bastardized Presidential Dictatorship.

    Apr 07 15:06

    Al-Qaeda's Sarin Gas Supplier Welcomes US Attack on Syria

    Turkish president Erdogan called for a US attack before it took place, praised it after it happened, and is urging further action to "stop the regime". Turkey's chief Islamist added his country was "ready to do our part" if the US presented a plan to impose regime change in Damascus.

    Apr 07 07:08

    Syria: Chemical Weapons Came From Terrorists In Turkey

    Syrian officials repeatedly warned the UN Security Council that terrorists from Turkey and Iraq were bringing chemical weapons into Syria.

    Apr 06 08:57

    MEPs Blast EU Migrant, Refugee Policy as 'Disastrous and Hypocritical'

    MEPs have said EU policy on migrants and refugees is "disastrous and hypocritical," one year on from the EU-Turkey migrant deal, which is collapsing amid warnings of a further surge in migrants crossing into Europe this year.

    Apr 06 08:50

    DONALD TRUMP HAS JUST COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO A DISASTROUS WAR IN SYRIA

    Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

    Apr 06 08:05

    TURKEY BLOCKED MY BLOG: A Turkish authority has issued an order to block your WordPress.com site: matrixbob.wordpress.com

    Apr 05 10:09

    Erdogan:? Turkish Army May Enter Iraq for Next Phase of Euphrates Shield Operation

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the next phase of Operation Euphrates Shield may include a stint in Iraq’s Sinjar Region.

    Apr 05 09:49

    Michael Flynn's Lobbying for Turkey Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to leave Trump's team due to his alleged ties with Russia, but this was only half the problem given his lobbying for Turkey, Russian academic Gevorg Mirzayan wrote in an op-ed for RIA Novosti. Flynn Intel Group received over $500,000 for three months of work on behalf of a Dutch firm with ties to Ankara.

    Apr 05 09:43

    Militants of Euphrates Shield Operation Trained in Turkish Garrisons

    A number of defected militants of the Ankara-led Euphrates Shield Operation disclosed that they have been trained by Turkish army officers and at bases on Turkey's soil.

    Apr 05 09:42

    Turkey Planning to Form More Terrorist Groups in Syria

    Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyadh Haddad said that Turkey is planning to form two new terrorist groups in Syria.

    Haddad said that Ankara intends to rebrand the ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists groups.

    He added that Turkey has vowed to give Turkish nationality and pay $400 monthly salaries to all fresh members of the new terrorist groups.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Turkey is now a state sponsor of terror.

    Apr 05 09:41

    Ambassador: Damascus to Respond if Turkey Continues Aggression in Syria

    Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said the government of Syria has the right to protect its territory by all means including military if Turkey does not stop its actions in Northern Syria.

    Apr 04 14:24

    Turkey Dismisses 45 More Judges, Prosecutors in Post-Coup Purge

    Since July 15, at least 113,000 people have been suspended or sacked from their public sector roles, or detained in connection with the group accused of trying to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, New Arab reported. Ankara has accused US-based opposition leader Fethullah Gulen with ordering the attempted putsch, claims he strongly denies. According to the Hurriyet daily, over 4,000 prosecutors and judges have been dismissed over alleged links to Gulen's Islamic movement since July. Those suspended in the latest round by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) include the three judges who ordered the release of 21 suspects in a trial of Gulen's "media structure" last week, state-run news agency Anadolu said. The HSYK is a key judicial council that appoints and removes personnel in the judiciary. Hours after the order on Friday, the suspects were not released because the ruling was challenged and new arrest warrants were issued, Anadolu reported.

    Apr 04 11:52

    Erdogan Identifies His Enemies: Kurds, ISIS and the USA

    Turks are heading to the polls in two weeks to decide whether to grant Erdogan more powers. To say the referendum campaign has been a lively one would be an understatement. While on the campaign trail, Erdogan has slammed Ankara's "enemies" for standing in the way of a brighter, more Erdoganian future for Turkey. A poster has appeared, disseminated among others by Ankara's mayor, which identifies forces working for the referendum to fail. They are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS, the chairmen of the Kemalist and Kurdish parties, and Erdogan's once ally but now archenemy, Fethullah Gulen. For good measure the contra section includes the banners of PKK militants and that of the United States. Basically Turkey's Islamists are saying anyone who is against their guy is probably a stooge of the Americans. Rather ironic when you consider that Turkey and the US are supposed to be close NATO allies. Notably missing from the demonized naysayers camp is Russia...

    Apr 04 10:57

    Turkish Official: Turkey Coup Was Entirely Staged

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and 180 members of his team orchestrated the coup in Turkey last July, according to a government official.

    Apr 04 09:34

    US to balkanize Syria under Kurdish pretext

    As early as 2013, Western powers have been rooting for the balkanization of Syria as the best possible outcome of the war tearing apart the country since 2011.
    Trends
    Islamic State, Syria unrest
    Since the war against Syria is significant in this period of imperialism, watching how it was led by the US, imperialist proxies and their so-called allies, one can fully understand that the war against the Syrian Arab Republic has been decades in the making.

    Throughout history, the imperialist powers have been facilitating and empowering the most intolerant, bigoted ideologies and groups in the region starting from the Balfour Declaration, passing through the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement and ending in the invasions of Iraq and Libya before making their way into Syria. The latest group to gain the full support of the US on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces (People's Protection Units).

    Apr 04 08:31

    Erdogan vows ‘good surprises’ & more Turkish ops in Syria as Euphrates Shield ‘ends’

    Days after Turkey said it had ended the controversial seven-month Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the military is planning new offensives and “good surprises” in the coming months on Syrian soil.

    The president said more cross-border operations are likely to follow against militant groups Ankara deems terrorist, including Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish militia known as People’s Protection Units (YPG).

    Apr 04 07:20

    ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring.

    Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq.

    Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

    Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield which saw Turkish forces and their jihadist proxies FSA occupy parts of Northern Syria was officially declared a success in a ‘mission accomplished’ style statement from Turkey’s National Security Council.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Why Erdogan felt emboldened to make such threats, right after Tillerson's visit to Ankara, is more than a little disconcerting.

    An independent Kurdistan would give Turkey a "safety valve" through which much of its disagreements with ethnic Kurds in Turkey, could be resolved.

    Apr 04 04:55

    ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring. Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq. Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

    Apr 03 12:02

    US Backstabbed Turkey. Now It's Erdogan's Turn to Return the Favor

    Turkey’s nationalist leader Recep Erdogan often tends to forget that his country belongs to NATO and its foreign and security policies are expected to toe the American line. The attempted coup last July should have prompted him to draw proper conclusions, but on the contrary, it made him even more resolute and assertive in the pursuit of independent foreign policies. He crossed the “red line” by his dalliance with Russia and his independent course on Syria, both of which weaken the US’ regional strategy. With the arrest of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, vice president for international banking, Halkbank (Turkey’s state-owned bank) by FBI sleuths in New York on Monday, the Empire has struck back at Erdogan. The New York district attorney’s office accuses Attila with participating “in a years-long scheme to violate American sanctions laws by helping Reza Zarrab, a major gold trader, use U.S.

    Apr 02 10:03

    US-Led Coalition to Create Zones of Stability in Syria

    A meeting of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition of 68 countries – the first meeting of the coalition since Donald Trump was elected US President – was held in Washington last week. It was announced that the US policy’s goal is creating «interim zones of stability» – the term used by State Secretary Rex Tillerson. It stops short of «safe zones», which the American military leaders are reluctant to use, despite of the fact that it is used by members of administration. It does not change the gist of the matter, meaning by and large the very same thing.

    Mar 31 09:20

    Several People Injured in Scrape in Front of Turkish Consulate in Brussels

    Several people were injured in a fight that broke out in front of the Turkish consulate in the Belgian capital, where expats can vote early on changes to Turkish constitution, Turkish and Belgian media reported on Thursday.

    Mar 30 10:29

    Turkey Rebrands Syria Operation, No Troop Changes

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yilidrim made a surprise announcement today, declaring that Operation Euphrates Shield, the name for the Turkish military’s invasion of Syria, which began in August of last year, has come to an end. Unsurprisingly, it’s not actually true.

    This may, however, hint at a change in strategy for the Turkish military forces in the country, as they’ve seized all the readily accessible ISIS territory and seem to be shifting toward more fights against Kurdish forces further to the east. In all likelihood this will mean an escalation of the operation, with the Kurdish forces heavily backed by the US.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    As the US and Kurdish forces work to wrest bits of Syria and Iraq away from those countries to create a "Greater Kurdistan", things could get... very awkward for Turkey, a NATO member, very quickly.

    Mar 30 08:36

    German government explores 8 alternatives to its Turkish airbase – report

    German authorities have examined eight potential locations for the relocation of its air base currently situated in Turkey’s Incirlik military facility, Germany’s government said in response to a parliamentary inquiry, as reported by Die Welt daily.

    “The review of alternative sites to the Turkish aircraft base Incirlik found that, from a military perspective, locations in Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus were available,” the government said in its official response to the MP’s, which was seen by Die Welt.

    Mar 27 11:51

    Video: Turkey Refuses To Join US-Led Offensive On ISIS Stronghold Of Raqqa If Kurds Involved

    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Ankara is willing to support the anti-terrorist operation to free the IS stronghold of Raqqa in a US-led offensive.

    Mar 26 09:04

    US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

    In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

    Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

    The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

    Mar 26 08:58

    Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan Thought He Could Outmaneuver Putin

    Turkey’s partnership with Russia in Syria is proving a disappointment for Erdogan — leaving Ankara little choice but to accept Russian protection for the Kurds

    Mar 24 11:21

    EU wants Turkey's Erdogan to be the next 'Yanukovych'

    When discussing the recent scandal in the relations between Turkey and the European Union, many pay attention to the electoral aspect of this conflict - the forthcoming elections in Germany and France and a referendum in Turkey. However, it remains unclear why Turkish President Erdogan has decided to go to the length of the conflict... Turkish President Recep Erdogan is a very smart and experienced politician, who has an amazing, and I would even say, phenomenal political instinct. Erdogan has a remarkable sense of danger, which allows him to stay in power for so long despite intricate intrigues in the Turkish policy. He has felt something and decided to aggravate the relations with the European Union. There are reasons to believe that Erdogan understood that the EU was going to launch the process that could be referred to as the "Ukrainization" of Turkey, in which Erdogan would have to play the role of the Turkish Yanukovych or even Ceausescu or Gaddafi...

    Mar 24 08:33

    HAS ERDOGAN GONE FULLY ROGUE?

    Over the last 20+ years, America has applied the nebulous term ‘rogue state’ with a bit of impunity.

    So when discussing what makes a rogue state, it is better to construct a new, more neutral definition than rely on the American application of the word to any state which doesn’t dance to the NATO/US tune.

    Let us define a rogue sate as: a state whose government pursues unilateral aggressive policies which result in the country’s sudden or gradual isolation from regional neighbours, former allies and those beyond.

    But what about Turkey? Turkey is a great state, a powerful state, and a regionally important state with an economy to be reckoned with, in spite of recent downturns.

    But Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly going rogue.

    Mar 23 14:52

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel Threatens Turkey

    German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

    At the opening of the CEBIT industry fair in Hannover, German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded “that the Nazi comparisons from the Turkish side must stop … without any ifs or buts.” Germany would “not tolerate that the end justifies the means and all taboos are ignored.”

    Mar 23 09:47

    Is the Turkish President Working Directly With ISIS to Bring TERROR to Europe?

    Turkish President, Recep Erdo?an on Wednesday, said that “If you continue to behave like this, not a single European, not a single Westerner will be able to take a step on the road safely anytime in the world,” to the European Union.

    Mar 23 09:43

    Turkish President’s Statements Prove Turkey Not Meant for EU – Czech President

    Relations between the European Union and Turkey worsened after the cancellation of Turkish politicians' public appearances in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands by their respective regions’ authorities, ahead of Turkey's national referendum on constitutional reform. The referendum is slated to greatly expand the executive powers of Erdogan, who strongly criticized the EU for banning pro-referendum rallies and compared respective European governments to Nazis. His statements led to appearance of cartoons showing Europe as the land of Nazis.

    Mar 22 12:56

    Erdogan: Soon Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely on Their Streets’

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned the European Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European countries continues, Europeans won’t be able to walk their own streets safely.

    Mar 22 11:03

    Erdogan Threatens Europeans: You 'Will Not Walk Safely On The Streets'

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan escalated his rhetoric tenfold Wednesday after he seemingly threatened to kill Europeans in "the streets" throughout "the world" if the current diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands continues.

    Mar 21 07:41

    'Brexit’s not a problem, Turkey will join!' Germans RIDICULE UK for leaving EU

    A GERMAN satire show has ridiculed the UK as it suggesting Brexit was not a problem because Turkey was lining up to replace Britain.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Small difference. Refugees are trying to get IN to Great Britain. Refugees are trying to get OUT of Turkey!

    Mar 20 13:18

    Marion Le Pen to Erdogan: 'The Future of Turkish People Living in Europe is in Turkey'

    Marion Le Pen responded to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's urging Turks to "have five kids" in order to demographically conquer Europe by saying "the future of Turkish people living in Europe is in Turkey."

    Mar 20 08:13

    Turkish Defense Minister Hints at Berlin's Role in 2016 Turkish Failed Coup

    Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik has claimed that the statement from Germany's chief of intelligence who said that Ankara failed to convince Berlin in Gulen's role in the failed 2016 coup, raises question about the German authorities' own role in the mutiny.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Thin to the point of transparency!

    Mar 19 19:55

    Turkey accuses Germany of supporting 'Muslim cleric behind failed military coup'

    TURKEY has accused Germany of supporting a network of US-based Muslim cleric it blames for last year’s failed coup, in comments likely to raise tensions between the two countries.

    Mar 19 10:59

    Turkey brands Germany ‘HYPOCRITES’ for allowing huge anti-Erdogan PROTEST in Frankfurt

    THE Turkish government has accused Germany of hypocrisy after it allowed tens of thousands of Turkish Kurds to hold a protest in Frankfurt against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidency.

    Mar 18 08:54

    Erdogan Urges Turks in EU to Have More Children to Become 'Future of Europe'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish nationals living in European countries to have five children, to enroll children in better schools, to open businesses in order to become "the future of Europe."

    Mar 17 15:27

    'You Are Europe's Future': Erdogan Tells Turks In EU To Have Minimum 5 Kids

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the "injustices" imposed on expatriates there.

    Mar 17 13:11

    Turkish Foreign Minister: Religious War In Europe's Future

    I can’t help but wonder – is this a forecast, or a threat?

    RT:

    TURKEY’S FOREIGN MINISTER MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU HAS WARNED THAT EUROPE IS HEADED FOR “WARS OF RELIGION,” CLAIMING DUTCH POLITICIANS ARE TAKING THE CONTINENT “TO A CLIFF.”

    Mar 17 10:20

    ‘We’ll blow your minds’ Turkey threatens to allow through 15,000 migrants a MONTH to EU

    TURKEY today upped its extraordinary war of words with the EU as it threatened to let 15,000 migrants a month into Europe.

    Mar 17 10:09

    Playing Refugee Roulette': EU-Turkey Migrant Deal Verges on Collapse

    The 2016 refugee agreement between the European Union and Turkey, which the EU alleges has helped avert a migration crisis, is teetering on the brink - several damning reports on the damaging humanitarian impact of the deal have added further fuel to the growing inferno engulfing diplomatic relations between Ankara and Brussels.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File)
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    Why Erdogan is Likely to Put His Threat Into Action and Rip Refugee Deal Up
    The deal was inked in March 2016, and obliged Turkey to stop the passage of undocumented migrants arriving in the EU through its territory, in exchange for the EU accommodating Syrian refugees in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the EU pledged to introduce a visa-free regime and provide financial aid to Turkey.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is about to get singularly unpleasant in a heartbeat.

    Europe can barely cope with the refugees it is already trying to absorb, who have had no education or language skills of their adoptive countries, and cannot find work, except for the most menial, which they take away from European nationals.

    This will not end well, and unfortunately, we may see a call to arms by many nationals who feel that they have been completely marginalised, and their quality of life diminished intensely by this flood of refugees.

    And unlike Holland, where I strongly suspect that there was intense vote-rigging deployed to keep Wilders out of office, there won't be enough vote riggers and electronic systems which can possibly squelch the rage of these people who feel they have been betrayed by their governments to have let this happen.

    Mar 17 09:43

    Istanbul association of exporters confirms Russian grain imports restrictions. Turkey’s duties on Russian wheat, corn not to affect bilateral relations — Kremlin

    President of the Istanbul Association of Exporters Zekeriya Mete has confirmed that Russian grain imports have been restricted, adding that all supplies that have already arrived in Turkey will be accepted. According to Mete, "the move may be a response to the existing bans imposed by Russia on Turkish exports." "Turkey will buy the required volumes of grain from other countries. However, I expect the issue of imports from Russia to be solved somehow in the nearest future at the government level," he added. Earlier on Friday President of Russia’s Grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky told TASS that Turkey has suspended issuance of licenses for duty-free import of sunflower oil, wheat and corn from Russia. According to Zlochevsky, Turkish contractors of Russian exporters have informed about it. Russian exporters are now obliged to pay a duty amounting to 130%. The new terms of grain supplies to Turkey are very unprofitable for Russia...

    Mar 17 07:15

    Erdogan's blackmail could crash the EU once and for all

    Turkey will soon hold a referendum that is very important for Erdogan. If he wins, he’ll gain virtually unlimited power over Turkey. But in order to win, he needs to enlist the support of the multi-million Turkish diaspora living in EU countries, a large part of whom have kept their Turkish passports, and therefore the right to vote.

    Mar 17 07:14

    Germany Approves 13 Turkish Electoral Districts

    The German government approved 13 Turkish electoral districts so that Turkish citizens living in Germany will be able to cast their vote in the forthcoming Turkish constitutional referendum.

    Mar 16 15:46

    NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam close to Erdogan calls for weapons NOW amid tensions with EU

    TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS - an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised - as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara deepens.

    The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan - and in the midst of a keeping fallout between Ankara and EU leaders.

    Mar 16 15:40

    'We may CANCEL it' Now Turkey threatens to PULL migrant deal with EU amid Netherlands row

    A LANDMARK migration deal between Turkey and the European Union (EU) could be scrapped as tensions between Turkey and the bloc reach boiling point.

    The one-for-one migrant deal which has allowed Greece and Italy to redirect illegal migrants back to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s country is being re-evaluated, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

    Mar 16 10:20

    2 YEARS AFTER THIS AMERICAN JOURNALIST WAS KILLED, HER ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ ON SYRIA ARE PROVEN AS FACTS

    Serena Shim was killed two years ago on October 19, 2014, in Turkey while reporting on the intense battle for the Syrian border city of Kobani which was the focus of international media attention. She was 29 when she died.

    The city of Kobani, which has one of Turkey’s major border crossings with Syria, because it was under threat of being completely captured by the Islamic State. The US was forced to respond because Islamic State grew out of control and threatened the border stability of Turkey, and it became the first major area bombed during the US campaign in Syria.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Truth is always "inconvenient" when war and regime change are at stake, to services the geopolitical aims the American Deep State.

    Mar 16 09:35

    Udder chaos: Turkey deports Dutch cows in strange show of solidarity with Erdogan

    The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands has taken a bizarre turn with Istanbul sending a consignment of 40 cattle back to the Dutch.

    Turkey's Association of Red Meat Producers has sent 40 prized Holstein cattle back to the Netherlands saying that it no longer wants them due to the ongoing diplomatic spat between the two nations.

    Mar 15 07:29

    'Their character is BROKEN!' - 'Hysterical' Erdogan blames Dutch for Srebrenica massacre

    TENSIONS between Turkey and the Netherlands are at boiling point after the Turkish President blamed the Dutch for massacring 8,000 Muslim men in Bosnia.

    Mar 15 00:50

    Twitter Has Been Hacked! #TwitterHack

    Twitter has been hacked, although the direct cause is unknown.

    Thousands of accounts per hour were posting the following message:

    ? #Nazialmanya????#Nazihollanda Bu size ufakbir????#OSMANLITOKADI #16Nisan da görü?mek üzere Nemi yazd?m????????Türkçe Ö?REN #RT

    The hacked accounts also posted a link to a video in Turkish.

    Mar 14 15:52

    Will Turkey Unleash The Refugee Masses?

    Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union.

    That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever.

    Mar 14 14:33

    Turkey is about to vote its destiny, and Erdogan has a backup plan just in case he loses

    At the national referendum on April 16, the Turkish public will vote in a rather autocratic constitution. If Erdogan and his former political party (that he never fully relinquished control over) manage to convince the public, then the offices of head of government and head of state will be represented by one person with more additional powers.

    Mar 14 12:27

    Turkey to inundate Europe with migrants after conflict in the Netherlands?

    A conflict between Turkey and the Netherlands has escalated further. The Kingdom's Ambassador to Ankara was banned from entering Turkey. It was stated by the Republic's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus. However, the country offended with acts of the Dutch authorities went on. Kurtulmus reported that all the ministerial state meetings as well as those of higher level with the Dutch representatives were cancelled. Beside that, he recommended the Turkish Parliament to annul friendly agreements between Ankara and Amsterdam. As Pravda.Ru reported, a plane with Head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu on board could not land in the Netherlands... Later the Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya tried to get to the Netherlands by land. However, she was stopped by police and expelled from the country as an "undesirable alien". Europe though fears that it may face migration problems given the conflict with Turkey. As Ankara has contained refugees to some extent.

    Mar 14 11:42

    Turkey seeks Russian loan to buy S-400 system

    Turkey has announced its wish to obtain Russia’s loan to buy weapons, including S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) air defense missile systems, Rostec state corporation CEO Sergey Chemezov told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Tuesday. "They have voiced their wish to get a loan, but now the issue has not been solved. The Finance Ministry is holding talks, as soon as they sign this and take a decision on allocating a loan, we will already ink contracts on supplies, including of S-400," Chemezov said. The Rostec CEO gave no details on when this decision could be taken. In February, Chemezov said that Turkey had shown interest in the Russian-made S-400 system and was in talks with Moscow on the possible supplies. In November 2016, Turkish National Defense Minister Fikri Isik reported about these talks. China was the first to buy the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. It was announced in the spring of 2015 that the relevant contract had been signed.

    Mar 14 10:27

    Netherlands mainstream media: The Turkey scenario was planned last week

    Relevant quote translation:
    On Saturday, that minister (Kaya) became the symbol of tenacity on both sides. But the strange thing was: in the middle of last week I was given a detailed explanation in the Hague on how the weekend would proceed. First the (Turkish) minister of foreign affairs blocked from entering the country, next the arrival of another Turkish minister by car - the whole scenario was already known.

    [And indeed PM Rutte is now the hero of the day for kicking out those evil Turks, and will probably win the elections tomorrow. If not, there's always vote fraud to fall back on, because while only paper ballots are used that are counted by hand, the final tally is made by computers owned by an English company called Fox-IT, and they are known to be unsafe. http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nederland/politiek/onderzoek-bevestigt-verkiez... ]

    Mar 14 09:52

    LATEST TOONS ~~ TURKEY, THE ‘OTHER’ MIDDLE EAST DEMOCRACY

    Mar 14 08:42

    More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

    We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

    Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

    As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

    The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

    IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

    Of course... THAT would be logical.

    Mar 14 08:22

    Western chicken hawks are going cold on Turkey

    Where is the increasingly vituperative spat between Turkey and The Netherlands (and other EU countries) going to lead? Why is this political fall-out between fellow NATO members happening at this precise moment?

    Mar 14 08:03

    ‘You’re Erdogan’s hostage, close borders,’ far-right populist Wilders tells Dutch PM

    The war of words between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and far-right populist Geert Wilders exploded in a face to face debate on Monday as Wilders called on Rutte to close the Netherlands’ borders.

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