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Apr 29 10:48

From Talk To Action: Turkish MPs brawl over plans to strip them of immunity

Meanwhile a session in the Turkish parliament turned physical as lawmakers went from talk to action. Scuffles erupted in a heated debate over constitutional reform, which could see MPs stripped of their immunity from prosecution.

Apr 28 11:54

Turkey Demands To Remove Pic Accusing Erdogan Of Killing Boy, Geneva Rejects

Turkey’s demand to remove a photo of a boy from an exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, has been rejected.

Apr 27 12:53

Swiss rebuff Turkish request to remove art critical of Erdogan

Swiss authorities said on Tuesday they had rebuffed a Turkish request to remove a photography installation critical of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan from a public square in front of the U.N. site in Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Swiss.

Apr 27 09:32

Turkey demands Geneva remove photo attacking Erdogan

The Turkish consulate is demanding the City of Geneva remove a photo from an exhibition directly blaming President Erdogan for the death of a teenage protester. Erdogan's thin skin is stretching across national borders.

Apr 27 09:27

Nuland Instructs Cyprus To Cut Russian Ties and Accept Turkish Troops

To keep Russia out, Nuland wants President Anastasiades to accept Turkish forces in Cyprus under the NATO flag

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to go well. Cyprus sees NATO as an extension of the EU, under which Cyprus has suffered horribly. Turkey keeps violating Cyprus' air space, so there is a great deal of hostility in that direction. So, Cyprus will refuse the demand, which means there will be yet another covert US overthrow of a government, because wherever Nuland goes, chaos follows!

Apr 26 15:56

ISIS Slave Trade Suspects Acquitted By Turkish Court ‘Lacking Evidence’

New details have emerged in a criminal case alleging that Islamic State conducts a slave trade through the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

Apr 26 09:45

Germany to build air base in Turkey for Isis campaign

The German military are planning for a long-term military operation against terror group Isis, with plans for a €65 million air base in southern Turkey, Spiegel reports.

Apr 25 15:53

‘Mind Your Tweets’: Dutch Journalist Arrested In Turkey For Criticizing Erdogan On Social Media

Dutch columnist detained in Turkey ‘over Erdogan tweet’

Apr 25 15:24

Turkey president needs thicker skin against criticism: EU official

Donald Tusk, the European Council president, made the remarks during a recent visit along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to a refugee camp at Gaziantep near the Turkish-Syrian border .

"As a politician, I have learned and accepted to have a thick skin, and I have no expectation that the Press will treat me with a special care - quite the opposite,” Tusk said, adding, “The line between criticism, insult and defamation is very thin and relative, and the moment politicians decide which is which can mean the end between freedom of expression, in Europe, in Turkey, in Africa and Russia, everywhere.”

Recalling his own imprisonment in the 1980s for opposing Poland's communist government, Tusk said that he "was imprisoned for being critical of the regime - and if I remember well, my good friend President Erdogan had a similar experience 15 years later for expressing his views."

Apr 25 14:58

BURGLARY AT AMSTERDAM HOME OF REPORTER ARRESTED IN TURKEY

Ebru Umar’s home in Amsterdam was broken into overnight. The home was ransacked and a laptop was stolen, the Dutch journalist, currently stuck in Turkey after being arrested for insulting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said to Metro Nieuws.

“I currently find myself in a whirlpool”, Umar said to the newspaper. “So much is happening, but I’m stuck years. I’m not allowed to go to the Netherlands.” Her neighbor called her with the news of the break in. “The front door was forced and everything is turned upside down. My old laptop was stolen. Fortunately, I brought the new one with me to Turkey.”

Umar was arrested at her vacation home in Kusadasi on Saturday night for insulting the Turkish president on Twitter. She was released again on Sunday morning, but is not allowed to leave the country.

Apr 25 13:02

Fatalities Reported After Bus Blast in Yerevan, Armenia

A bus explosion has occurred in Yerevan, Armenia, killing at least three people and injuring six, according to Major-General Nikolay Grigoryan of the the Armenian Emergencies Ministry.

The explosion occurred in downtown Yerevan at the intersection of Halabyan and Arzumanyan streets and could be heard from miles away.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the explosion. The bus explosion occurred one day after the Armenian capital hosted ceremonies to mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One little factoid this article very carefully left out; it was the Turks who created genocide against the Armenians in 1915

The timing, right after ceremonies to honor those killed during the Armenian genocide, strikes me as more than a little interesting, and I have to wonder; did a Turkish or Azerbaijani agent/provocateur do this?!?

I hope Putin advises the Armenian government strongly upon good forensics on the investigation,and geopolitical restraint against Azerbaijan.

Apr 25 12:52

No Secret': Lavrov Warns of Turkey’s Meddling in Syrian Peace Process

As peace talks continue between the Syrian government and the High Negotiations Committee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned of Turkey’s "decisive influence" on the opposition council.

"In order to come to terms over six months it is necessary not to slam the door and dig in heels, as several delegates of the so-called Riyadh group have done," Lavrov said on Monday, speaking on the progress made through the Syrian peace talks.

Syria's General Fahd Jassem al-Freij (C), Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense allegedly visiting troops in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (File)
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Syrian Army Repels Multiple Terrorist Attacks on Aleppo
The ceasefire agreed on February 27 has largely held and includes 71 settlements. While there have been occasional instances of fighting, many of these can be attributed to terrorist groups like Daesh, which are outlawed and not part of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most reasonable, intelligent, diplomats of our time, and Lavrov is desperately attempting to create conditions leading toward peace, while the US and Turkish government are working feverishly to make a hash of the peace process in order to create regime change in Damascus.

Apr 25 10:19

Two rocket attacks hit Turkish town on Syria border, one dead, dozens injured

One person was killed and dozens were injured as the Turkish border town of Kilis was hit by rockets coming from Islamic State-controlled territories in Syria on two occasions on Sunday.
In the morning, two Katyusha rockets hit a residential area not from the town’s center, injuring 16 people, including children.

One projectile penetrated the roof of a house, while the other hit the garden fence, Dogan news agency reported.

An angry crowd gathered in the poor neighborhood shortly after the attack, shouting “enough is enough” and blaming the authorities for their inability to provide security. Eventually, riot police had to interfere to disperse the crowd.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was an horrific event for these people; however, in the broader scheme of things, one has to ask: how is the Turkish government going to spin this?!?

Apr 25 10:00

Obama Ramps Up Special Forces Mission In Syria Against ISIS

- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began, saying he would dispatch 250 special forces soldiers to help local militia to build on successes against Islamic State.

The new deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria six-fold to about 300. While the total U.S. ground force is still small by comparison to other American deployments, defense experts said it could help shift the momentum in Syria by giving more Syrian fighters on the ground access to U.S. close air support.

Obama said the move followed victories that clawed back territory from Islamic State.

“Given the success, I’ve approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel in Syria, including special forces, to keep up this momentum,” Obama said in a speech in the German city of Hanover, the last stop on a foreign tour that has taken him to Saudi Arabia and Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama: sir, that "clawing back" of territories has been largely the success of the Syrian military, coupled with the help of the Russian military.

I would like to politely remind you that doing the same thing precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

The alleged "moderate rebels" of whom you, members of the military, and Congress like to speak of so fondly, simply do not exist, period, end of discussion.

Putin has stated very emphatically that regime change in this country, through any attempt at a decap strike against Al-Assad, will absolutely not be tolerated, under his watch.

IT appears that this deployment of American troops in Syria, which come completely uninvited by the Syrian government, is just another provocation against Russia in Syria.

It will only be a matter of time before this conflict devolves into a "hot war" between the US and Russia over Syria; but of course, that's just the outcome you want to bring about, and rapidly, right?!?

And the reason for this is that the American economy is about to implode, and you desperately need a war to attempt to distract the American people from their economic misery, particularly in an election year.

I would like to strongly suggest that the ruse won't work, sir.

Less than 6% of the American people trust anything your corporate presstitutes and whorespondents have to say, and for damned good reason.

Your "unemployment numbers" are so far away from the reality of unemployment in this country, a sane person doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Putting the US into a war against Russia (and/or China) at the end of your presidency is an horrifically dangerous thing for you to do.

And I say this because our military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength, to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with either country.

Apr 25 08:39

Two rocket attacks hit Turkish town on Syria border, one dead, dozens injured

One person was killed and dozens were injured as the Turkish border town of Kilis was hit by rockets coming from Islamic State-controlled territories in Syria on two occasions on Sunday.

Apr 25 07:52

Turkish embassy wants Swedish channel to withdraw film on Armenian genocide

Turkey’s embassy in Stockholm has asked Sweden’s TV4 television network to pull a documentary on the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire because the film “will fail to serve the principle of objectivity.”

Ahead of Sunday evening’s scheduled broadcast of a documentary titled “Seyfo 1915 – The Assyrian Genocide,” TV4 said it received an email from Turkish embassy press officer Arif Gulen, in which he opposes the film’s use of the term “genocide,” which is often used to describe the tragic death of thousands of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks during WWI.

The letter, which was subsequently published on TV4’s official website, asks the station to “reconsider your decision on broadcasting of the… documentary film with a balanced and sensible attitude,” while cautioning that “only a competent international tribunal can determine whether a particular event is genocide.”

Apr 23 16:46

German politician arrested in Berlin for insulting Turkish president

During a rally supporting comedian Jan Boehmermann, Bruno Kramm, the head of the Berlin branch of Germany’s Pirate Party, was arrested for “insulting a representative of a foreign state” by quoting a line from the comic’s satirical poem slamming Erdogan. German police arrested Kramm while he was conducting a “literary analysis” of the German comedian’s satirical poem in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin during a protesy

Apr 23 08:56

Merkel urges EU to ‘share burden’ of refugee crisis with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Turkey, saying it is facing the brunt of the migration crisis by accepting three times more Syrian refugees than the EU as a whole in a joint press conference with the Dutch PM.

Apr 23 08:40

Erdogan Wants Everyone Criticizing Him Prosecuted

In Turkey, dissent is a criminal offense. Anyone criticizing Erdogan or exposing regime wrongdoing risks arrest, prosecution and imprisonment on charges ranging from insulting the president to espionage, treason or terrorism.

Apr 23 08:39

Turkish prison for refugees? EU to accept only 70,000 migrants from Turkey

Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is heading to Turkey on Saturday to discuss implementing the migrant deal that was sealed with Ankara in March. Under it the EU will deport illegal migrants to Turkey while providing Ankara with financial aid and promises of a visa-free regime for Turks.

Apr 23 08:38

TURKISH WRITER, WHO CAUGHT ERDOGAN LYING, FOUND DEAD

Turkish writer Ergun Poyraz, who had earlier said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has no actual higher education and as president he recived this education illegally, is found dead.

Poyraz organized an investigation that proved that Erdogan's diploma is a fake and he did not study at the university. Poyraz published the original version of Erdogan's diploma, which he allegedly wrote while studying at Marmara University. It turned out that the diploma is dated when the University of Marmara was not existent.

It should be noted that the 4-year college education is mandatory for the election of the President of Turkey.

Apr 22 17:06

Regional Conflict Brewing in Azerbaijan, Armenia

By Brandon Turbeville

Regardless of which side you choose to listen to in the Armenian/Azeri conflict, one thing everyone can agree on is that the ceasefire is not holding. The regularly ignited dispute between the two neighboring countries has been a fixture for years but, over recent months, has seen a flare up that is threatening to throw yet another part of the world into chaos and open warfare.

Apr 22 14:28

Obama Bows to Turkish Genocide Denial as Erdogan Calls for War on Armenia

President Obama broke a campaign promise in refusing to honor the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians so as not to anger Erdogan, his dictatorial, terror sponsoring counterpart.

Nonetheless, with one last opportunity to identify a historical truth and properly honor the suffering of an entire people, President Obama once again joined a chorus of deniers, embracing what he once called an untenable policy, and sending a direct message to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US endorses his plans to kill dissenting ethnic minorities to recreate his version of the Ottoman Empire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am beginning to wonder if Edrogan is dealing with the result of multiple medications which are fighting each other, with results like this statement happening (multiple medication is a problem for older people), or if he is simply starting to lose his reality license.

Either way, it is a scary moment, particularly in light of the fact that Turkey is a NATO partner.

Apr 22 13:04

Turkey Takes Steps to Destabilize Caucasus and Crimea

Evaluating the Turkish initiatives and the background of the summit, it becomes clear that the Salafi regimes of Qatar and Saudi Arabia are making an attempt to use the Erdogan regime as the vanguard of their expansion in Eurasia. They likely believe that Turkey which controls the migration flow to the EU could help them to expand the influence through the European territories. According to this plan, the ongoing migration crisis should strategically change the religious, cultural and ethnic map of the Europe.

Turkey has also accepted the strategy and is taking steps to destabilize the situation in the Russian Caucasus and Crimea. There is a significant chance that agreements on financial aid to Tatar extremists deployed on the border with Crimea in Ukraine’s Cherson region are set.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Edrogan is pushing his luck with this project, and I have to wonder; is the US using Edrogan as the "picador" in order to fuel a war with Russia?!?

Looking at this plan, it would definitely appear so.

Apr 22 12:22

Did Wall Street Journal ad denying Armenian Genocide cross the line?

The decision by the WSJ to run an advertisement denying the Armenian Genocide was a judgment call, but it certainly seems to be pushing the limits of free speech, political cartoonist Ted Rall told RT.

Just days before Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on April 24, the WSJ courted controversy by publishing an advert by a Turkish group denying genocide occurred. Armenia claims over one and a half million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed by Turks in 1915. Turkey admits Armenians were mistreated but denies any genocide took place.

Apr 22 07:49

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.

The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens.

Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan has lost his mind! So far, the normally Muslim-bashing corporate media has been able to portray Erdogan as a "good Muslim" for helping to drive Assad out of Syria. But seizing Christian churches is not going to sit well with the public at all.

Apr 22 07:41

Dutch PM seeks answers from Ankara as local Turks urged to report those insulting Erdogan

The revelations have led to an outcry in the Netherlands, with a Dutch journalist telling RT that the campaign by the Turks is "aimed against everything that's being shared on Twitter, Facebook and even in private emails.” Frederike Geerdink, who is also an author, mentioned that Ankara is trying to “influence how Dutch Turks behave.”

"Politicians in Holland worry, they say this is what in Holland is called 'the long arm of Ankara,' meaning that the government in Ankara tries to get a grip on their diaspora communities" in various European countries, including Germany, Britain, Belgium, and now in the Netherlands, Geerdink said.

Apr 21 15:25

‘Responsible For Terrorism In Turkey’: Men Try To ‘Sack’ US Soldier At Air Base

The highly guarded Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, jointly used with US forces, opened its doors to locals on Saturday.

Apr 21 11:55

Ankara’s Support of Crimean Tatar Brigades to 'Seriously Threaten' Ukraine

The creation of a Crimean Tatar autonomous region in southern Ukraine would further destabilize the country and put in danger the lives of peaceful Tatar populations both in Crimea and Ukraine, Unver Sel, the head of the Turkish Federation of Crimean Tatar Communities, told Sputnik.

Crimean Tatars
© SPUTNIK/ YORI LASHOV
In Putin We Trust! Crimean Tatars Slam Turkey Over Aggressive Stance Towards Russia
Turkish media is actively discussing the issue of possibly creating a Crimean Tatar autonomous region in the Southern Kherson Region of Ukraine, right next to Crimea. The Crimean Tatar autonomy in Ukraine would have their own military units, likely comprised of foreign mercenaries and other radicals from around the world.
Sel believes that a Crimean Tatar autonomy and the further rise of Tatar military brigades would lead to a big disaster in Ukraine:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What part of "this is a really bad idea" does Turkey's President Erdogan NOT understand here?!?

If enacted, it could cause serious military and social problems for Crimea; or perhaps, this is just what Erdogan wants to see happen, as a "distraction" to Russia while he goes after parts of Syria to potentially annex them for Turkey.

Apr 21 10:09

Diplomats Warn Syrian Peace Talks Could Be Done for ‘At Least a Year’

With the rebels withdrawing from the Geneva peace talks and gearing up for the resumption of the Syrian Civil War, diplomats are desperately scrambling to try to keep the process going, and warning that if this round collapses, there won’t be another chance at serious talks for “at least a year.”

The rebel High Negotiation Committee (HNC), which represents only some rebels, pulled out citing anger over the Syrian offensive against al-Qaeda-held territory in Aleppo Province. Before that, there wasn’t much progress in the talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US wants these talks to fail miserably as an "excuse" for a major invasion, which could well lead to war with Russia.

Apr 21 10:04

US Officials Say Russia Preparing For Aleppo Offensive As Syria ‘Ceasefire’ Collapses

A report today in the Wall Street Journal cites a "senior US defense official" as saying that Russia has deployed artillery units near Aleppo, as regime-allied forces prepare for a new assault.

After the partial cease-fire took effect in late February, U.S. intelligence agencies tracked the movement of Russian artillery units south to areas where the Assad regime at the time was fighting Islamic State militants, particularly in the Tadmur and Palmyra areas. Russian troops directly man the artillery pieces, which have been used with devastating effect on the battlefield since last year, according to U.S. officials. Russia has also deployed advisers to support the Assad regime in its military campaign, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...raising US alarm about Moscow's intentions..." MY ASTROLABE!!

First, let us get this straight: the Russians are in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

Russia has been zapping any and ALL jihadists (including those funded and supplied by the US government).

Aleppo has been the de-facto capital of ISIS, ever since they took over there. Once the jihadists are uprooted in Aleppo, it is all but over for the alleged "Syrian moderate opposition" (of which there are none!!), and then Al Assad is in a position of real strength with any negotiating he might be doing with his opposition.

You don't have to be Fellini to figure this one out; there will be an assault on Aleppo; most likely it will be liberated by the Syrians, working with the Russians; and the US government will, once again, NOT have its regime change in Syria.

THAT is why US officials are being so petulant about this; they know what is coming, and have absolutely no way to stop it, save possibly a desperate decap strike against Al-Assad in Damascus itself, which could well mean war with Russia.

Apr 21 08:35

WSJ Criticized For Running Ad From Group Denying Armenian Genocide

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday encountered a backlash for publishing a full-page advertisement from a group denying the genocide of Armenians during World War I.

The ad was placed by Fact Check Armenia, an arm of a group that says its goal is “to preserve and protect Turkish national identity and culture.” Fact Check Armenia’s website explicitly refutes evidence that Armenians were systematically killed en masse by the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor to modern-day Turkey. But the ad sent a subtler message implying Armenians shared responsibility for the historically fraught relationship between Turks and Armenians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet the Wall Street Journal would never even consider allowing an ad pointing out the factual discrepancies in the orthodox history of WW2! :)

Apr 21 08:18

SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER ADMITS SAUDIS CREATED ISIS

The Saudis could never reconcile themselves to the US-led invasion of Iraq, not because it toppled Saddam Hussein but because it led to Shia majority rule in an Arab country. When Hosni Mubarak was toppled by Egypt’s popular revolt in 2011, Riyadh accused Mr Obama of betraying a US ally.

After the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to a lightning Isis offensive in 2014, even the late Prince Saud al-Faisal, the respected Saudi foreign minister, remonstrated with John Kerry, US secretary of state, that “Daesh [Isis] is our [Sunni] response to your support for the Da’wa” — the Tehran-aligned Shia Islamist ruling party of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If EVER Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel needed a Gandhi at the forefront of their collective geopolitical structures, it is right the heck now.

Because without this, these three countries could set the Middle East ablaze, and take the entire would with them.

Apr 21 08:10

Erdogan’s war on media: Sputnik Turkey chief banned from entering Istanbul, told to fly to Russia

Russian news agency Sputnik’s Turkish bureau chief has been blacklisted by Ankara, who refused him entry to the country in an airport, and seized his residence permit and press credentials.

“I landed in Istanbul at 0:40 today with Aeroflot’s flight 2134. The border control staff held me at the passport control for some 10 minutes, then ushered me to the passenger control premises without explaining anything,” Sputnik’s Turkish bureau Chief Tural Kerimov told RT from the waiting room for passengers attending inspection and screening at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

Apr 21 08:10

German TV journalist refused entry to Turkey, detained in Istanbul airport

A TV journalist for German broadcaster ARD, who was going to the Turkish-Syrian border to report on refugees, spent six hours detained in the Istanbul airport after having been refused entry into Turkey.
“Denied entry into Turkey. There's a note against my name. I'm a journalist. Problem?” Volker Schwenck, the chief of ARD's Cairo bureau, wrote on Twitter.

Turkish authorities haven’t yet given any explanations to the journalist, ARD Tagesschau news service reported.

Apr 20 14:33

Children, women killed by Turkish border guards while fleeing Syria

Eight Syrians were killed by Turkish border guards while fleeing violence in their war-torn country, according to footage obtained by The Times. Most of the victims were women and children.

Apr 20 10:34

‘Groups sabotaging Syrian truce should be put on UN terrorist list’ – Lavrov

Moscow wants groups sabotaging the Syrian cease-fire to be put on the UN terror list along with Islamic State, Russia’s Foreign Minister said, while the French FM agreed the truce was “fragile” and stressed Russia’s role in restoring Syrian “statehood.”

“There is much evidence that Jabhat al-Nusra is mimicking and trying to disguise itself under new names, uniting with small groups not included in terrorist lists, hence, trying to escape retribution,” Sergey Lavrov told reporters after meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow.

Lavrov specifically referred to two militants groups, Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam, which are fighting government forces in Syria, saying that Moscow had wanted them to be put on the terrorist list from the start, but had agreed to hold off on its demand as a compromise measure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is absolutely correct in his assessment.

As reported at www.nytimes.com yesterday:

For 38 straight days, the streets of the northwestern Syrian town of Maarat al-Noaman had been the scene of protests against the government and the Islamic extremists of the Nusra Front. On Tuesday, they became a scene of carnage, as government warplanes attacked the town’s marketplace, killing dozens of people, according to residents and rescue workers. The attack confirmed the apparent unraveling of a fragile cease-fire agreement between Syrian government forces and some armed opposition groups. The attack in Maarat al-Noaman, and a similar one in the nearby town of Kafr Nabl, came several days after the start of a new insurgent offensive in a neighboring province, and a day after the main Syrian opposition group said it would no longer participate in diplomatic discussions in Geneva.

Who wants the cease-fire to fail?!?

Well, the US government, and its hired, trained, and funded mercs in Syria and beyond, the Turkish Government, and Israel.

I am hoping - and praying - that Putin will find a way to keep things calmed down, and that Syria is allowed to maintain its national integrity and identity without having to deal with the pain of a US decap strike with which to engineer regime change in Syria.

As happened in Libya, the results of such a move could be crippling and catastrophic for the Syrian people.

Apr 20 10:15

Washington’s Fake War on ISIS “Moves” to Libya

Libya is one place the “Islamic State’s” sponsors believe Russia can’t get them… In 2011, a NATO coalition led by the United States used its own engineered regional campaign of political destabilization, the “Arab Spring,” as a pretext to militarily intervene in first Libya directly, and in a more indirect way, Syria. US and European forces also “quietly” intervened in several other nations, including Mali and the Ivory Coast amid this regional conflagration.

Even in 2011, it was clear to geopolitical analysts that military intervention in Libya was an attempt to divide and destroy the country, giving the US and its collaborators a base of operations to further disrupt and reorder the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Almost immediately after US-led strikes on Libya coordinated with terrorist factions on the ground successfully overthrew the Libyan government, weapons and fighters were sent to Syria via NATO-member Turkey.

Apr 20 09:40

Ankara's Decision to Block Sputnik Site is 'Unacceptable' – Lawmaker

Amid the ongoing scandal that erupted after Turkish authorities shut down Sputnik’s Turkish bureau last week and arrested its editor-in-chief, political officials and journalists from around the world began condemning the actions of the Turkish government.

The website of Sputnik's Turkish bureau was blocked last Thursday by the Turkish telecommunications regulator as part of unclear "administrative measures" following a court ruling. The bureau's editor-in-chief, Tural Kerimov, was prevented from leaving an airport in Istanbul on Wednesday and stripped of his accreditation.

Co-leader of Turkey's left-wing pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, Selahattin Demirtas, harshly criticized the government and told Sputnik that free speech is going through one of the hardest times in Turkey's history.

Apr 19 09:53

USA troops get SACKED in Turkey

Apr 18 09:25

Free Syrian Army Warn Ceasefire on Brink of Collapse

A legal adviser of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) told Sputnik on Sunday that the ceasefire in Syria was on the verge of collapse and the FSA may withdraw from the negotiation process.
"Intensity of ceasefire violations by the regime is increasing, particularly in Aleppo, from the southern suburbs, where Iranian and Afghan fighters get together… This decision [to exit the negotiation process] requires consideration, perhaps the Free Syrian Army leadership will summit to decide whether or not to continue to participate in the negotiations," Osama Abu Zeid said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for the US, which is looking for any excuse, any justification for engineering a massive invasion, and decap strike against Al-Assad in Damascus.

There is just one little, itsy-bitsy problem here; and that is, What will Russia do when that happens?!?

Please remember, as reported yesterday in the independent.co.uk:

Vladimir Putin has personally assured Bashar Al-Assad that Russia will not let the Syrian government lose the civil war, according to a senior MP who recently met the Syrian dictator. During a visit to Damascus as part of a fact-finding mission, the Conservative MP David Davis held face-to-face talks with President Assad. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the Syrian leader discussed the motives behind President Putin’s partial withdrawal of military forces from the country, after Russian troops proved instrumental in turning the tide of the war in favour of the regime.

War with Russia?!? Over Syria?!?

Forgive me, but a short memo to the reality challenged in Foggy Bottom, AKA those in the bowels of power in Washington DC: this is a really, spectacularly lousy idea.

And why?!?

Because at this point in its history, the American military does not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

Apr 16 11:22

Turkey Backed Anti-ISIS Offensive in North Syria a ‘Fiasco’

Pressing the US to abandon its support for the Kurdish YPG, the Turkish government has thrown considerable effort behind a group of rebel factions in the northern Aleppo Province to launch an offensive against ISIS, seeing that as a way to convince the US that non-Kurdish rebels can be successful too.

It didn’t take long for it to become a disaster. The rebels captured the town of al-Rai, and saw it as a major gain. Four days later, they lost the town back outright, and the ISIS counteroffensive pushed back even further, hitting the territory of the Turkmen-dominated rebels.

Not only did they not keep al-Rai, but the fighting has displaced some 30,000 civilians, who are all flocking to the Turkish border, and are by and large being prevented from crossing by Turkish forces, who don’t want any more refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Turkish government, and military, get an F in tactics here; but moreover, the human cost in terms of the misery of refugees who cannot go home, and are not accepted into Turkey, after the mess Turkey created, is blatantly immoral, hypocritical, and unjust.

I think Erdogan has just demonstrated two things:

1. He had his conscience surgically removed before running for office.
2. He is pathologically incapable of thinking anything through to its logical conclusion.

And to NATO, a small memo: you had darned well better take a good, hard look at that second issue before you decide on defending Turkey militarily for whatever alleged reason.

Apr 16 10:49

US PLANS TO GIVE MORE WEAPONS TO AL QAEDA-LINKED REBELS IN SYRIA

Remember, the US is not intervening in Syria. According to The Wall Street Journal, the CIA has drawn up plans to provide more-powerful weapons to the so-called moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce in Syria collapses. While the CIA has been arming rebels for years, this new plan would included sending advanced weapons that could be used against Syrian and Russian aircraft and artillery.

This latest plan, labeled “Plan B” in the WSJ piece, comes after the US supported flooding Syria with weapons from Saudi Arabia and other regional powers. The weapons were given initially to groups like ISIS before being sent primarily to “moderate” rebel groups such as Al Nusra: the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

The US also has its own arms program, which has been sent into networks that include Al Nusra, leading some to wonder if the US has decided to partner with Al Qaeda, much as it did in the 1980s to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind the US government that doing the same, thing, in the same way, and yet expecting a different outcome, is a classical definition of insanity.

And trust me, the US government is doing everything in its power to insure that the cease-fire doesn't hold.

Russia, of course, has other ideas.

And war with Russia right now would be a lousy idea, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia (and/or China).

Apr 16 08:27

Turkish border forces ‘fire live rounds at Syrian refugees’ fleeing Isis fighting

Human Rights Watch, who made the claim, has called on Turkey to halt the shooting at Syrian civilians, adding that fresh fighting between Isis and armed opposition groups in northern Aleppo has resulted in the displacement of 30,000 people in just 48 hours.

The human rights advocacy group, citing international aid workers and heads of displaced person camps near the Turkish border, adds that three of the refugee camps are now deserted as a result of the fighting.

“As civilians flee Isis fighters, Turkey is responding with live ammunition instead of compassion,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Apr 15 08:19

Insulting Erdogan: Merkel Falls Flat over a Satirical Poem

The man has been penalized enough already. If you have to rely on support from Mathias Döpfner, head of the Springer Verlag publishing house, and Dieter Hallervorden, who leads a cabaret theater in Berlin, you're not in great company. If you become famous, if you make history, with a few repugnant lines of clumsy poetry and not with your significant television skills, you have lost control over the popular interpretation of your own work. If the high point of your fame consists of calling the Turkish president a goat fucker and triggering an affair of state, you are not to be envied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 14 14:23

US, Saudi, Turkey, Discuss Delivering Anti Aircraft Weapons To “Rebels” For Use Against Assad, Russia

By Brandon Turbeville

The CIA is reportedly discussing a plan to augment the fighting capability of the terrorist forces they have been supporting in Syria since the beginning of the crisis in 2011 if the “ceasefire agreement” currently underway in Geneva falls apart. The discussion centers around the supply of weaponry that would help the jihadists better respond to the Syrian and Russian air forces. The discussion is centered around the possibility of sending a variety of anti-aircraft technologies ranging from MANPADs (man-portable air defense systems) to less portable systems, including Soviet-era BM-21 Grad missiles...

Apr 14 08:05

Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders

The centre-left Social Democratic Party said on Tuesday that Germany should scrap a law against insulting foreign leaders – which has been used by the Turkish President to target a German comedian.

Apr 13 09:30

Lose-Lose Situation: Why 'Merkel is Trapped' Over Satire About Erdogan

In the next few days, Berlin has to prove the claim and announce its decision, but in any case Germany would lose, journalist Cristoph Seils wrote in his article for Cicero.

On Monday evening, it became known that the Turkish President also filed a personal official complaint against Böhmermann, German media reported.

It means that even if the German government does not allow Böhmermann to be prosecuted on the charges of "insulting governmental institutions or representatives of another state" (§103 of the Criminal Code), it is still possible that the prosecution will take place on charges of an ordinary "insult" against a person (§185 of the Criminal Code), which is punishable with a fine or up to one year in prison.

According to Seils, Merkel drove herself into this trap when she personally called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and referred to the text of the poem as "deliberately insulting".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As these photos of parade floats in Germany prove, the law against insulting foreign leaders is being selectively enforced.






Apr 12 11:26

German prosecutors file criminal complaint against comedian over defamation against President Erdo?an

Mainz state prosecutors filed a criminal complaint late on Monday against German comedian Jan Boehmermann, who recited an obscene poem about President Tayyip Recep Erdo?an during a satirical show on national broadcaster ZDF.

Turkey made a formal request that German authorities prosecute Boehmermann for insults against the president.

"The Turkish embassy, in connection with the ZDF broadcast 'Neo Magazin Royale,' sent a cable to the foreign ministry," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday during a regular news conference. "That is a formal request from the Turkish side for a prosecution in connection with comments made in this broadcast. The content of this cable and the way forward will now be carefully examined by the government. It will take a few days. I can't and don't want to anticipate the results of this examination."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like media censors in Germany are going to have a field day from this incident, and are going to become increasingly involved in the chilling of free speech here on all subjects.

I have to wonder; was this a live broadcast, or did a ZDF producer sign off on it during rehearsal?!?

And what PRECISELY was actually said here?!? I mean, this was supposed to be satire, right?!?

And what are they going to do with Jan Boehmermann?!? Fine him?!? Imprison him?!? Ban him?!?

Call me silly, but it appears to me that this guy just may have had his "George Carlin" moment, and may become stronger, and more in demand, than he ever was before!!

Apr 11 19:18

Turkey car bomb: Explosive-filled vehicle explodes at southeast military base

At least twenty soldiers have been wounded following a car bomb attack in the mainly Kurdish region of southeast Turkey.

Security sources said a vehicle filled with explosives crashed into a gendarmes’ base in the town of Hani, near the provincial capital of Diyarbakir on Monday night.

The force of the blast shattered windows and shook buildings around the town, according to witnesses. The Dogan news agency said some nearby buildings were damaged in the blast.

The Anadolu Agency has attributed the attack to “terrorists” affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and describes the target as a “military police station”.

Apr 11 13:17

Erdogan won’t back down on Gaza blockade demands, regardless of risk to Turkish-Israeli ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will continue to insist that the blockade of Gaza be lifted, regardless of what this stance means for Turkey-Israel relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a Palestinian (nudge nudge wink wink) terror attack in Turkey now.

Apr 11 12:58

US Cannot Afford to ‘Lose Turkey as Ally’ Despite Their Differences

Semih ?diz, a Turkish political columnist of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about the future relations of the US and Turkey.

Apr 11 11:59

Turkey: US and Israel warn of 'imminent' attack threat

The United States and Israel on Saturday warned their citizens of a high-level, imminent threat of attacks in Turkey, with Israel urging its citizens to immediately leave the country.

Apr 11 11:57

Turkey’s Airstrikes Empty Villages in Iraq’s Dohuk Province

Villages in the northernmost Iraqi province of Dohuk have been targeted repeatedly by Turkish warplanes in recent months, as the renewed Turkish war on the Kurdish PKK spans both sides of the border. It’s taking a major toll on life in the area.

According to officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), about half of the villages in Barwari District, which borders Turkey directly, are completely empty now, with several hundred families displaced deeper into Iraqi Kurdistan by the Turkish war.

Local farmers still go into the area from time to time to tend their crops, but have moved their families away. One such farmer reported the village is being bombed continuously even though it’s empty.

Apr 11 09:30

FLASHBACK - Some 100 Turkish Special Forces Troops Cross into Syria - Source

At least 100 Turkish special forces soldiers have crossed into Syria’s northern Idlib province through a checkpoint on the Turkish-Syrian border, a source in Kurdish militia told Sputnik on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

100 troops is not a large force. That is why I think their mission was to launch rockets back into Turkey, as a false-flag to allow Turkey to declare war on Syria.

Apr 11 09:22

Syria prepares op to liberate Aleppo, Russia to assist – agencies cite PM Halaki

After liberating Palmyra from terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Syrian forces are now preparing a similar operation for the country’s second-largest city, Aleppo, Russian agencies reported citing Syrian PM Wael Nader Halaki.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is why the timing of the rockets going into Turkey reeks of a false-flag operation.

Apr 11 09:09

Rockets from Syria hit Turkish town Kilis, injuries feared - local media

Rockets fired from Syria have reportedly landed inside Turkey’s territory injuring several people in the southeastern border town of Kilis, security sources told local media.

It hasn’t been yet established if the rockets came from the areas controlled by Islamic State militants or Syrian government, Dogan News agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did the rockets come from the area where those 100 Turkish soldiers crossed into Syria a few days ago?

Apr 10 10:54

US Largest Maritime Exercise in Middle East, Mobilizing 5th Fleet against “Al Qaeda and Daesh”

The United States Navy is leading the largest maritime exercise in the Middle East with 30 countries participating in the event.
The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) aims to protect international trade routes against possible threats posed by terrorist groups like Daesh and al-Qaeda, according to US officials.

According to Press TV, the exercise was organized by US Naval Forces Central Command and began Monday in Bahrain, home to the US 5th Fleet.

On Saturday, commander of US Naval Forces Central Command Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan highlighted the importance of the exercise in protecting shipping routes, saying, “We know that they want to disturb trade lines”.

“This region provides a strong training opportunity for nations worldwide as three of the six major maritime chokepoints in the world are here: the Suez Canal, the Strait of Bab Al Mandeb and the Strait of Hormuz,” Donegan said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very interesting "justification" for this exercise, in light of the fact that neither Al-Qaeda nor Daesh have a navy that anyone on the planet knows about!!

Apr 10 09:49

Tensions Rising Between US, Turkey Over Possible Closure of Incirlik Base

Washington's unwillingness to take actions toward the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, may result in Ankara closing the Incirlik airbase to the US, an adviser to the Turkish president said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speaks with US President Barack Obama (L) during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit in Antalya. (File)
© AFP 2016/ YASIN BULBUL
Rising Tensions? Obama Rejects Proposal to Meet Erdogan During Turkish Leader's Visit to US
The news came amid deepening tensions between Washington and Ankara over US support for Kurdish forces fighting in Syria.
In late-March, US President Obama rejected Recep Tayyip Erdogan's request to participate in a joint event during a nuclear summit in Washington.
The move to close the Icirlik base would have a number of consequences for the Turkish government, an article in the Turkish newspaper Yeni Cag read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Edrogan thought for one millisecond that he could get away with it, he would create absolute genocide against the Kurdish population in Turkey, and beyond; but he knows that, in the court of world opinion, this cannot stand, so he is taking what he believes is the only step possible to "punish" the US government for its support of Kurds fighting Daesh in Syria.

This act, if it is taken, may well get Turkey thrown out of NATO; I frankly think this has not been thought through by the Turkish political hierarchy, because political insiders would have had to see what a clumsy threat it was, and what the ramifications would be.

What is desperately needed by the Kurdish people is inclusion into the Turkish political system, rather than expulsion and death.

Apr 09 16:16

Turkey, Refugees as a bargaining chip


Before you get emotional and say open borders are bad, (I agree) please listen to what is actually being said rather than what you assume is going to be said. We cannot solve this refugee crisis if we do not address the underlying cause of why there are so many refugees in the first place. Stop pouring sugar on the floor and stop kicking the ant hills, and you wont have ants.

Apr 09 15:54

EU Deports Refugees From Greece To Turkey

The EU deportations do not solve the problem that refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere confront, says Hazel Healy.

Apr 09 09:57

Turkish weapons factory director caught selling state secrets to US

‘The head of Turkey’s state-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) weapons factory has been arrested on charges of trying to sell weapon designs to a US company.

Apr 09 09:43

Out With ISIS, In With Ahrar ash-Sham – Erdogan's Plan to Keep the Syrian Border Revealed

No matter which way you cut it one thing is clear: Erdogan's Turkey regards ISIS as a welcome and essential bulwark against the Kurdish YPG.

Yet it's clear the days of that bulwark are numbered.

He needs a replacement and he needs it fast.

Apr 08 13:43

Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey

On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey «harshly criticized» foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul. At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that «The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What business do you have there? Diplomacy has a certain propriety and manners. This is not your country. This is Turkey». President Erdogan had made it clear that «this is Turkey» by declaring, before the trial even began, that the accused journalists will «pay a heavy price» for reporting that his National Intelligence Agency (M?T) had been smuggling weapons to rebel groups in Syria. Naturally, there was international interest in such a judicial process and, as is usual around the world, foreign diplomats attended the hearing in order to report to their governments the facts of the case as presented in court.

Apr 08 11:04

US-Turkey-Saudi Arabia Arm Terrorists With Surface-to-Air Missiles in Syria

Second Syrian plane shot down by Islamist rebels in one month as al-Nusra and Daesh continue to acquire American weaponry from Turkey, bankrolled by Saudi Arabia.

Apr 08 09:50

Out With ISIS, In With Ahrar ash-Sham – Erdogan's Plan to Keep the Syrian Border Revealed

No matter which way you cut it one thing is clear: Erdogan's Turkey regards ISIS as a welcome and essential bulwark against the Kurdish YPG. Yet it's clear the days of that bulwark are numbered. He needs a replacement and he needs it fast. So far the US has kept the Kurds from crossing the Euphrates against ISIS in strength. However, Erdogan must fear that can change any time now. No, pushing back the Kurdish advance would be too late. He needs to to preempt it instead. That is exactly what he is doing. He may have traded with ISIS and possibly supplied it before, but now he's shelling the hell out of it and dislodging it from the Syrian-Turkish border before the Kurds can do so themselves...

Apr 06 15:46

Turkey’s Gaziantep is main ISIS trade hub of antiques hauled in Syria & Iraq – Russian UN envoy

The Turkish city of Gaziantep is the trade hub used by Islamic State to sell objects of cultural heritage, stolen from Syria and Iraq. In an official letter to UN Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin outlined how the valuables are being transported and sold.

Apr 06 08:47

Western states block Kurdish participation in Syria peace talks proposed by Russia

Russia’s proposal to include Kurds in Geneva Syrian talks was vetoed by the UN Security Council’s Western members, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin reported, saying this contradicts UN resolutions on Syrian reconciliation and ignores calls for inclusive talks.

Apr 06 07:20

Will Turkey-EU deal work? Listen to the 'unnamed officials'

What, exactly, are they so confident about? First, that Greece will be able to seal its borders. Second, that it will be able to manage humane detention centres. Third, that it will deport all migrants who try to steal across. And fourth, that Turkey will support the Syrians whom Greece does eventually deposit in ports such as Dikili.

It requires some chutzpah to envision a world in which all those ducks line up. Supporters will note that the first 200 deportations took place peaceably yesterday (there are 8,000 people slated for return to Turkey from islands in Greece). Sceptics – and I include myself here – will note that these refugees were mainly Pakistani, and as such were already being deported by Greece before the EU deal was signed. Things will likely take a turn for the worse when authorities begin to actually round up Syrians who arrived in Greece after the cut-off date of 20 March. “I will throw myself and my family into the sea,” one told the AFP news agency.

Apr 05 14:14

Greece Starts Deporting Migrants Under EU-Turkey Deal Amid Protests

Authorities on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios have deported more than 200 migrants on boats bound for Turkey.

Apr 05 09:00

Turkish mercenaries and trainers to help the Azerbaijani army to attack Karabakh

"Informed sources report that on the front line of contact of the south-easterly direction towards helping the Azeri forces of the Turkish military instructors and mercenaries", - transmits, for example, the Armenian news portal ermenihaber.am. We contacted the person who is in the thick of things, and asked him to comment on this information: "Turkish instructors here, I confirm", - he told the Rusvesna, as a competent source in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. "Now the clashes are continuing in spite of Azerbaijan's stories about their stopping. Don't believe their words, battles and skirmishes are in fact continuing, "- said the source for Rusvesna. Armenian-Azerbaijani tensions and serious battles with the use of heavy equipment continue to remain the focus of Turkish electronic media.

Apr 05 06:12

Turkish President Erdogan announces support for Azerbaijan in Karabakh war

Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated that Turkey would support Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

At the congress of the Red Crescent Society in Ankara, Erdogan expressed his firm belief that one day Karabakh would return to its real owner. Erdogan made it clear that Turkey had always been on the of Azerbaijan, and was not going to change this position.

Apr 04 08:38

Did hacktivists really just expose half of Turkey's entire population to ID theft?

A trove of leaked information, purported to be the entire Turkish citizenship database, has been leaked.

The leaked info appears to contain names, addresses and ID numbers of more than 49 million citizens. If confirmed the leak would become one of the biggest privacy breaches, by number of records, ever.

Apr 04 07:42

Erdogan: US and Turkey are Reaching Conciliation Regarding Syrian Kurds

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced during his visit to the United States that Washington and Ankara are moving towards finding common ground in their approach to Kurdish forces in Syria.

Apr 04 06:34

German MP: 'Berlin is Cozying Up to Erdogan'

The deal the EU recently struck with Turkey makes the European Union an accessory to President Erdogan’s support of the terrorist groups in Syria, a German MP told Radio Sputnik on Saturday.

Apr 04 06:31

Russia Tells UN Security Council That Turkey Is 'Main Supplier' of Weapons to ISIS, Media Yawns

The western media has been almost completely silent about a rather explosive accusation leveled against Turkey: According to Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Ankara is the main supplier of weapons and ammunition to ISIS and other extremist groups operating in Syria.

The accusation was made in a letter to the UN Security Council, and included a detailed list of weapons and chemicals that Turkey has sent across its border into Syria.

According to Churkin, Turkey has been using humanitarian convoys to deliver the weapons.

Apr 03 09:00

Greece on brink of chaos as refugees riot over forced return to Turkey

The Greek government is bracing itself for violence ahead of the European Union implementing a landmark deal that, from Monday, will see Syrian refugees and migrants being deported back to Turkey en masse.

Apr 03 08:49

Tough Breakup: US Displeased With Erdogan Targeting Kurds, Journalists

The tensions between long-standing allies Washington and Ankara mounted as the Turkish government continues to crack down on Kurds within the country and brutally suppress civil disquiet over a lack of freedom of expression in the country.

Apr 01 17:38

Erdogan army fighting in Syria, says President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says an army led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting in Syria alongside Takfiri militants.

"Today, the war against Erdogan and against Saudi Arabia is a war against terrorists. The Turkish army, which is not even Turkish, is Erdogan's army that is fighting today in Syria," Assad told Russia's RIA news agency.

He said the Turkish president allows the terrorists "to move into Turkish territory, to carry out maneuvers with tanks."

The Syrian president added that Erdogan trades oil stolen by Daesh, adding that the Turkish troops "carry out artillery attacks against the Syrian army - when it moves close - in order to help the terrorists."

Apr 01 17:36

Erdogan meets with Jewish leaders, seeks avenues to cooperation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Jewish leaders here reportedly to smooth ties as Turkey and Israel seek to reconcile.

Jewish groups in attendance included the Anti-Defamation League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, B’nai B’rith International, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Apr 01 09:59

Media face crackdown while Erdogan lauds Turkish democracy at US summit

While President Erdogan delivers a speech praising Turkish democracy, his security service cracks down on journalists and demonstrators at the same venue.

Apr 01 09:56

Turkey 'illegally returning Syrian refugees' - Amnesty

Turkey has illegally forced thousands of refugees to return to Syria, a report by Amnesty International says.

The group says about 100 Syrians have been sent back to their war-torn country every day since mid-January in breach of international law.

Apr 01 08:00

Europe Continues To Court "Prince In Brussels" Erdogan

Erdogan has boasted that he is proud of boldly blackmailing EU leaders into paying him protection money.

Erdogan's threats were almost criminally sinister: "... the EU will be confronted with more than a dead boy on the shores of Turkey. There will be 10,000 or 15,000. How will you deal with that?"

According to the agreement, 80 million Turkish citizens will have visa-free access to the European Union.

The nightmare scenario for a desperate EU is that no matter how much it bows to extortionist demands from Turkey, the migrant crisis will continue to grow. Even if Turkey closes down all migrant routes from Turkey into Europe, refugees could take new routes through North Africa or the Caucasus.

Meanwhile, 800,000 migrants are currently on Libyan territory waiting to cross the Mediterranean, according to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian.

Mar 31 10:45

Turkey's President Speaks At Brookings As His Bodyguards Attack Journalists, Protesters

In a few moments, Turkey's president Recep Erdogan will address the Brookings center with a speech titled "Global challenges and Turkey's goals for the year 2023." The speech can be watched below.

However, the major news is not Erdogan's speech, but what is taking place just before it, and how it puts any treatment of a Trump protest to shame.

According to FP, the speech descended into violence and chaos Thursday, with one journalist physically removed from the event site by Turkish security personnel, another kicked by a guard, and a third — a woman — thrown to the sidewalk in front of a Washington think tank where he was to speak.

A small group of protesters gathered across the street from the Brookings Institute near Dupont Circle in Washington, with one holding a large sign reading “Erdogan: War Criminal On The Loose,” while another used a megaphone to chant that he was a “baby-killer.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And DC police just let Turkish security get away with this behaviour?!?

This demonstration that "might makes right", is a red warning flag that a hubristic megalomania has consumed Edrogan, and set him on the path potentially toward starting World War III.

OF course, if the US is dead serious about starting a war with Russia, using Syria as the "excuse", Erdogan is the perfect "patsy" to do this.

Please remember: many foreign nationals, and US military dependents, are being ordered to leave Turkey ASAP; I cannot but help to get the feeling that something wicked this way comes, because the US has so far been unable to create regime change in Syria.

Mar 31 10:16

US Warns Assad Against Forming New Coalition With Opposition

With some progress apparently being made in the peace talks, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he believes a new constitution could be ready in a matter of weeks and a new unity government, including both the existing government and rebel factions, could be formed with little difficulty.

Convincing the rebels, such as they are, may not be the tough part, however, as the White House was quick to condemn Assad’s comments, and to warn that the US will never recognize any Syrian government that includes Assad.

The US has made regime change their stated goal in Syria for years, and has been bankrolling a series of not particularly successful rebel outfits to try to see that happen. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted a government including Assad is an “obvious” non-starter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Al-Assad is proposing here seems completely logical, but it will not give the US government the outcome it wants, which is Al-Assad out of office, so of course, the US government condemns this approach.

I have to wonder just what the US government is prepared to do to if in fact it appears that Al-Assad is able to make his proposed coalition government work, and doubt that they will be wanting to hold hands with the Syrian government, and sing "Kumbyah".

I just get the sense that something wicked this way comes, because the US government has gone too far down this road to quit now; and the announcement that the US (and other countries) were pulling out families of of troops in Turkey makes me wonder if Turkey will wind up as the "lynch pin" for a false flag inside the country, to be blamed on Syria, and off we go.

Mar 31 07:40

Huge explosion in mainly Kurdish-populated Diyarbakir, Turkey

An explosion occurred near a bus stop in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, local media reports. The blast reportedly took place as an armored vehicle was passing the bus station.

Mar 31 07:37

ISIS ‘Department of Artifacts’ document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey

A new trove of documents, obtained by an RT Documentary crew who recently uncovered details of illicit ISIS oil business with Turkey, sheds light on jihadists’ lucrative trade of looted antiquities along their well-established oil and weapons transit routes.

Mar 31 06:59

ISIS ‘Department of Artifacts’ document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE)

A new trove of documents, obtained by an RT Documentary crew who recently uncovered details of illicit ISIS oil business with Turkey, sheds light on jihadists’ lucrative trade of looted antiquities along their well-established oil and weapons transit routes.

Mar 31 06:23

Assad says Erdogan's army fighting in Syria

The Turkish army of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently fighting in Syria, but the country is ready to respond to the aggression, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an exclusive interview with Sputnik.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Turkey is going to launch the invasion of Syria and get WW3 really going.

Mar 30 20:11

What motivates US policy toward Israel?  An Analysis  by Lawrence Davidson

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy tells us that “American liberals should know … that they are supporting the first sign of fascism in Israel. I don't call it yet fascism, but [the] first signs [are] very clear. … And America keeps financing it. This should be known and should be recognized by any American, mainly the liberals, who care where their taxpayer money goes, and so much of it.

Mar 30 14:19

Secret Franco-Turkish Agreement to Create a Pseudo-Turkistan Straddling the Borders of Iraq and Syria

On the 31st October 2014, President François Hollande took the opportunity of an official visit by Recep Tayyip Erdo?an to Paris to organise a secret meeting, at the Elysée, with the co-President of the Syrian Kurds, Salih Muslim. Betraying the Turkish Kurds and their leader Abdullah Öcalan, Salih Muslim agreed to become the President of this pseudo-Kurdistan which was to be created on the occasion of the overthrow of democratically elected President Bachar el-Assad.

Mar 30 08:33

RT Revelation About Ankara-Daesh Oil Trade Discussed in Turkish Parliament

Deputy of the oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) Murat Emir has sent a corresponding request to the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in which he asked him to comment on the documents presented in the film.

The RT documentary crew recently came across bundles of unique documents, which revealed the scope of the illicit business and the revenue it provided. The report provided evidence that Turkey has been purchasing oil from Daesh, and is either supporting or ignoring terrorists crossing its border into Syria.

According to the report, Daesh was said to have gained up to $2 million daily from oil sales before the Russia- and US-led coalitions largely destroyed the group's oil infrastructure in late 2015.

Mar 30 07:37

BEX ALERT - 'ISIS is planning a major attack in Israel'

ISIS affiliate in Gaza claims ISIS will increasingly focus on US and Israel, promises a major attack in Israel is only a matter of time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, based on this story, the story that ISIS will attack Jewish children in Turkey, and all the nations that have issued travel warnings to get their people out of Turkey, here is what I think is about to happen.

There are going to be two or more false-flag attacks in Turkey and Israel which will be blamed on ISIS in Syria, which will allow both nations to declare war on Syria, even though the Russians and Syrians have pretty much chased ISIS out of the place. Syria will ask for Russia's help, the US will come in on the side of Israel and Turkey, and WW3 will be well and truly under way!


Mar 30 06:25

Turkey ‘demands’ takedown of Erdogan-mocking video, German authors add subtitles instead

Ankara reportedly pressurized Berlin into removing a satirical clip aired by NDR earlier this month. However, the show’s producers decided to amplify the message and released English and Turkish subtitled versions of the video criticizing the Turkish President.

Following the broadcast of the satirical piece titled “Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan” on an NDR show titled “Extra 3” on March 17, German Ambassador Martin Erdmann was summoned several days later to officially explain “in length” the reasons for the broadcaster’s behavior.

Mar 29 17:44

Short list of countries that advise to not travel to Turkey: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Slovenia, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, China and Russia

About 3/4 of the world are being advised by their Governments that traveling to Turkey is dangerous because of the radical religious terrorists that the Turkish Government is harboring in Turkeys effort to overthrow the popularly elected Syrian Government.

Mar 29 15:45

BEX ALERT - Isis has ‘advanced plans to attack Jewish children’ in Turkey, intelligence sources say

Isis has advanced plans to carry out a terror attack heavily targeting Jewish children in Turkey, according to intelligence officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This false-flag would allow both Israel and Turkey to declare war on Syria, to "get ISIS" ... except that Russia and Syria have pretty much kicked ISIS out of Syria! But this dovetails with all the nations that just issued travel warnings for their citizens to get out of Turkey NOW!

Mar 29 15:30

BOOGA : Isis has ‘advanced plans to attack Jewish children’ in Turkey, intelligence sources say

Isis has advanced plans to carry out a terror attack heavily targeting Jewish children in Turkey, according to intelligence officials.

Mar 29 11:03

Pentagon and State Department order families of U.S. troops and diplomats to leave Turkey

The United States will withdraw virtually all family members of U.S. troops and diplomats from its installations in Turkey, U.S. officials said Tuesday, citing security concerns as the campaign against the Islamic State continues.

The military decision was announced on the blog for U.S. European Command, which also instituted travel restrictions in Brussels last week after a terrorist attack killed 38 people, including three suicide bombers. At least four Americans were killed and about a dozen more were wounded, including an Air Force officer who was stationed in Europe and members of his family.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the motivation which led to these decision, it cannot bode well for peace in the Middle East.

And how in heaven's name can Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove characterise the Turkish government as "our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism", when Turkey's government has been working with ISIS to bring ISIS troops back and forth through the Syrian border into Turkey, and collaborating in the selling of stolen Syrian oil!!!

In what upcoming military operation are the US forces going to be supporting Turkey, and how soon?

We know that John Brennan, the US's CIA head, was in Moscow earlier this month, attempting to convince Russian officials that regime change in Syria was the only way forward. Reuters.com reported this little factoid today:

The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency raised the issue of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving power when he visited Moscow at the start of March, RIA news agency said on Monday, citing the U.S. Embassy in Russia. CIA Director John Brennan also discussed the observance of the ceasefire in Syria, the news agency said. The CIA director reiterated to Russian officials that American support for a "genuine political transition in Syria," which would involve "Assad's departure in order to facilitate a transition that reflects the will of the Syrian people," the statement said.

And BTW, we know that the Syrian people's "will" was reflected the last time Al-Assad was re-elected, because in a free and fair election, he was overwhelmingly re-elected in a landslide.

We know that Secretary of State Kerry went to Moscow, last week, still preaching regime change in Syria, but was completely rebuffed; so what is the US government prepared to do now?!?

This evacuation of US military families and consular families in Turkey has a cold chill running down the back of my spine; it feels like something wicked this way comes, regarding Syria.

Mar 29 10:13

Pentagon Orders Hundreds Of Military Families To Evacuate Turkey

Has the US finally had enough of its "ally" Erdogan?

Mar 29 09:57

Erdogan lashes out at foreign diplomat over 'behavior' at journalist trial

Turkish President Erdogan has 'warned' Britain's Consul-General after he attended the closed-door trial of two Turkish journalists. Erdogan implied that foreign diplomats were only tolerated in Turkey at his discretion.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned British Consul-General Leigh Turner over his attendance of the espionage trial of two journalists, at which Turner also took a picture of himself with one of the two accused reporters.

"The consul general of a certain country went to the trial of a journalist charged with espionage, to support him. Moreover he gets a picture taken cheek to cheek with the journalist and had it published," Erdogan told the state-run Anadolu news agency. He added that, in other countries, diplomats displaying such "behavior" would supposedly not be tolerated for a day.
"If this person can still continue service in Turkey, it's only because of our generosity and hospitality."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were it not for the horrific costs for the defendants if convicted (life in prison), this trial would be an absolute farce.

I can understand why NATO is distancing itself from Turkey right now, as it slides into the grip of fascism, paranoia, and dictatorship.

Mar 28 12:41

Russian Documentary Shows ISIS Documents Of Turkey’s Assistance

Russian Television is starting a series of documentaries showing captured ISIS documents, and Turkish-border-stamped passports of ISIS fighters. The initial news-report also refers to a ‘fatwa’ that allegedly allows infidels to be killed to supply fresh organs for transplantation into severely injured ISIS fighters.

Mar 28 07:00

Russia signals interest to defrost ties with Turkey

In an abrupt turnaround, Moscow has put out feelers to Turkey signalling interest in calming tensions in the bilateral relations and opening a new page. The Russian civil aviation authorities have lifted the ban on flights to Antalya on the Mediterranean, which is known as the Turkish Riviera and a popular destination for Russian tourists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan will welcome this. Turkey's tourism has taken a major hit because of the regional conflicts.

Mar 27 07:35

Bombshell: King Of Jordan Blames Turkey For Terror In Europe, Says Israel "Looks Other Way" On Al-Qaeda

When Vladimir Putin told the world that ISIS gets a significant portion of its funding by selling oil to Turkey, he had just finished meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah.

The King is no stranger to confronting the jihadists. Last year, Abdullah threatened to fly combat missions against Islamic State himself following the release of a horrific video that depicted a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Mar 27 06:53

‘Russia at war with Anglo-Saxon media’ – Putin spokesman

One of the main reasons Russia has a “bad” global public image is the ongoing information war being waged by Anglo-Saxon media, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, while blaming Turkey’s leadership for a deadlock in relations.

Mar 27 06:47

Erdogan 'Believes in Radical Islam' Says Jordan King

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “believes in a radical Islamic solution” to the conflicts in the Middle East region, Jordan's King Abdullah II said during a confidential meeting with U.S. congressional leaders in January, where he also accused Israel of turning a blind eye to al-Qaida’s affiliate Nusra Front in Syria.

Erdogan “believes in a radical Islamic solution to the problems in the region,” King Abdullah told the U.S. leaders in January according to a memo obtained by The Guardian.

“[The] fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy, and Turkey keeps getting a slap on the hand, but they get off the hook,” he added.

Mar 26 09:40

Breaking/Exclusive: Erdogan to Belgium, Screw you, we will do it again!

We have something here that has been missed by everyone else, hiding in plain site. Belgium claims it was not correctly notified by Turkey of Bakraoui being sent back…DEPORTED actually. But Erdogan has made a big mistake himself.

You cannot put a deported terrorist on a commercial airline, especially by himself. It it grossly illegal to do such. Anyone on the no fly list, which all terrorist suspects are supposed to be on, can never fly commercial for the rest of their lives.

Mar 25 22:24

Muslims Are the VICTIMS of “Between 82 and 97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities”: US Government

The Little-Known Secret to Destroying ISIS Propaganda
ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Westerners is evil.
And as a white American from a Judeo-Christian background, I am repulsed by the fact that ISIS is targeting Christians in Syria and Iraq with brutal murder … including crucifixion. [And these crimes are invariably not reported by the Western media.]

But most victims of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorism are themselves Muslim.

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center – the United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism efforts – reported in 2011 (page 14):

In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97% of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.

Mar 25 21:13

Week Twenty-two of the Russian Military Intervention in Syria: Putin Announces a New Strategy

Putin himself has clearly said today that Russia will remain in control of the Syrian airspace:

All the components of the deployed air defence system, including close range Pantsir-F and long-range S-400 Triumph units will be on regular duty. I would like to note that we have significantly restored the potential of the Syrian air defence forces as well. All the parties concerned have been made aware of this. We proceed from fundamental international norms – nobody has the right to violate the airspace of a sovereign country, Syria in this case.

Mar 25 07:53

President Erdogan Wants To Dismantle UN Security Council

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey proposes that the UN Security Council be dismantled and reformed to reflect a more “democratic” institution – with more Islamic representatives.

Mar 25 04:58

Russia Bids Farewell

The massive terrorist attack in Brussels came as a Not So Fast answer to Vladimir Putin’s Mission Accomplished. It appears the world needs more of Russian intervention in the Middle East if the black killers from the desert are to be stopped. Luckily, Russia is not in a rush to leave completely. From what I hear in Syria, the promised withdrawal is rather a figure of speech. Some Russians are leaving, others are staying.

Mar 24 10:29

ISIS, oil & Turkey: RT films trove of jihadist docs detailing illegal trade with Ankara

An RT Documentary crew filming in northern Syria has seen Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) documents abandoned by retreating terrorists and found by the Kurds that, along with captured IS recruits, provide a stunning insight into the alleged Turkey-IS oil trade links.
Trends
Islamic State, Syria unrest, Syria-Turkey
Shortly after the outbreak of the Syrian war, IS became a game-changer in Iraq and, in particular, Syria. Beheadings on camera, mass killings, and enslavement, as well as apparent connections to the Paris and Brussels attacks had become synonymous with the terror group, giving it wide publicity.

Running a viable militant organization with such remarkable capabilities would be impossible without some logistical and financial support from the outside.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey's Erdogan, and his family, are neck-deep in collusion with ISIS, no matter how intense their denials.

And I have to ask; with the recent corruption made manifest in Turkey's dealings with ISIS; with a massive concentration of power to the office of the President in Turkey; and with the suppression of opposite points of view, indicating that a true dictatorship has taken over, does NATO really need Turkey as a member at this point?!?

Because, geopolitically, with "friends" like this.......

Mar 24 09:55

Video from Russian special forces arresting ISIS militants who shut down Russian helicopter with TOW

Mar 24 07:46

ISIS attacked Brussels? The US created ISIS? Therefore?

As far as the Brussels attacks are concerned, if we assume that ISIS was responsible, the whole scenario is turned upside down after analyzing the basis of ISIS.

The Obama administration (jointly with the Bush administration) should be announcing: “Well, we keep ISIS alive. Unfortunately, things happen. One of those things is Brussels.”

And then you could go on to query the sincerity of the word “unfortunately.”

Mar 23 17:35

Facing Turkey, Europe chooses suicide

By signing an agreement with Turkey to slow the influx of refugees – which happens to be illegal in international law – the leaders of the European Union have taken a step further in their pact with the devil. A large part of the 3 billion Euros annually allotted to Ankara will serve to finance support for the jihadists.

Mar 23 11:06

US Rejects Emergency Meeting with Russia on Syria Ceasefire Violations

Long-term struggle continues. Syrian UN envoy/chief peace talks negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari resisted pressure by Steffan de Mistura, proximity talks go-between, serving Western, not Syrian interests.

Al-Jaafari blasted Security Council members and other rogue states supporting terrorism.

It’s well-known what’s “happening on the Syrian-Turkish border and in Golan, and the way Israel is tending to the injured Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and treating them in its hospitals, with Qatar paying the bill.”

Endless war continues. Washington rejected Russia’s call for an emergency meeting on continued ceasefire violations. Putin’s patience has limits.

According to Russian General Staff’s main operations head Sergey Rudskoy, Moscow will use military force against ceasefire violators beginning March 22 - once “proof of systematic violations of obligations” is verified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is really a lousy state of affairs for Syria, and that the US government has rejected an emergency meeting with Russia over cease-fire violations, does not at all bode well for peace in the region.

Mar 23 10:10

TURKEY’S ERDOGAN WARNS OF ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS FOUR DAYS BEFORE EVENT TOOK PLACE

In an instance of bizarre timing or, perhaps, foreknowledge, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Europe only four days agothat it could see terrorist bombings and attacks in its cities in the near future if it does not cease support for and cooperation with Kurdish “militants.”
Interestingly enough, Erdogan mentioned Brussels as a potential target by name.

Only four days before the Brussels attacks, Erdogan spoke at a commencement ceremony for the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in Canakkale, Turkey on March, 18 where he stated that “there is no reason why the bomb that exploded in Ankara cannot explode in Brussels, in any other European city.”

“The snakes you are sleeping with can bite you any time,” he added.

While ISIS, a Western-created and NATO-directed terrorist organization, has claimed credit for the bombings, it should be pointed out that Erdogan was referring to “Kurdish militants,” whom Turkey considers terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the world of geopolitics, there is almost no such thing as coincidence...

One has to wonder if Edrogan was just spouting off, to hear himself speak, or had some kind of foreknowledge, and if that was the case, why he did not share what he knew with Belgian authorities?!?

Mar 23 08:55

7 STRANGE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BRUSSELS TERROR ATTACKS THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS NOT ASKING

The horrific terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016 are going to reverberate in our memories for years to come, and perhaps that was the intention. Terror attacks are designed to create fear and to get attention, and these attacks have definitely done both. On Tuesday morning, two huge explosions ripped through Zaventem Airport in Brussels as travelers were getting ready to board their morning flights. You can view some raw footage of one of the bomb blasts right here. Just a short while later, another huge explosion was reported at a metro station just yards away from the European Commission headquarters. At this point, CNN says that at least 30 people have died and about 230 people are wounded as a result of these bombings. But what was the real motive for these attacks?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our hearts, (and some of our prayers),naturally, go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded in this horrific attack.

But even in our collective sense of being shaken badly by this incident, we have to pull ourselves together, and ask the logical, sang-foid question; cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

It is certainly NOT Syria, from where most of the Jihadists have fled, and Russia's leadership has stated that they will unilaterally defend Syria from any outside attack against Syrian soil.

I'm looking at the Faux News feed (which I can only do with the sound off, to prevent intense nausea), and Andy Mc Carthy, a former US Assistant Attorney for the Southern District of New York, made the statement to the effect that if these attacks were planned in Syria or Iraq, it poses a grave security problem for the US.

However, to date,and to the best of my understanding, there is no concrete evidence which has been presented that this was, in fact,the case.

There are certain, powerful elements in this government, and beyond, (think: the Saudi Arabian and Turkish governments) who would love to see the US military invade Syria, to get rid of Al-Assad; of course, that, most probably, means war with Russia.

There are certain, powerful elements in this government and beyond, who would love to see the US military completely re-invade Iraq; they, of course, are willfully ignore thinking about the powerful Shiite Cleric, Moqtada Al Sadr, who recently has been a peaceful force against the corruption of the Iraqi government, but could reconstitute his Mahdi army against American forces in a heartbeat.

There are certain powerful elements in this government, and beyond, who would love a complete US reinvasion/occupation of Libya, to control its oil, and have it sold only for US dollars.

How this attack is ultimately going to be spun remains to be seen; but trust me - it will be spun, most probably to support one of the agendas I have outlined above.

Mar 23 07:21

Then And Now: Cameron On Turkish EU Membership

Mar 22 13:31

Turkey’s Erdogan Warns Of Attacks In Brussels Four Days Before Event Took Place

By Brandon Turbeville

In an instance of bizarre timing or, perhaps, foreknowledge, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Europe only four days ago that it could see terrorist bombings and attacks in its cities in the near future if it does not cease support for and cooperation with Kurdish “militants.”

Interestingly enough, Erdogan mentioned Brussels as a potential target by name...

Mar 22 11:25

Turkey’s Erdogan Mentions Possible Brussels Bombing Just Days Before Attack

Less than a week before the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of possible bombings in European cities, including Brussels.

“There is no reason why the bomb that exploded in Ankara could not explode in Brussels, or in any other European city,” Erdogan declared during a ceremony commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in the coastal town of Canakkale on March 18.

It should be noted that Erdogan’s statement followed the deadly terrorist act of March 13, when a car bomb exploded at a bus stop near Ankara’s central Kizilay Square, leaving 37 dead and over 120 injured. The Turkish head of state blamed Kurdish radicals for the attack and berated European leaders for their refusal to recognize certain Kurdish organizations as terrorist groups.

“The snakes you are sleeping with can bite you at any time,” Erdogan added.

Mar 21 15:13

Repression In Turkey: Why International Solidarity With The Kurds Is Crucial

Political expert Bilhan Tuncel describes the conditions of Turkish Kurdistan under President Erdogan, and calls for international solidarity with the Kurds.

Mar 20 08:23

Kurdish crackdown: Is Turkey at war with its minority?

The Kurdish people have become a key element in the Middle-Eastern turmoil, viewed as allies by the US and Iraq and enemies by key US regional ally Turkey. One of the world’s largest ethnic groups without a state, they have a long and turbulent history.

Mar 19 11:27

Caught On Tape: Turkey Shoots At Kurds Waving White Flag In Cizre

Today’s bombing of Istiklal Caddesi was just the latest tragedy to strike one of Turkey’s urban centers. Images from the aftermath of the blast are, much like those that appeared on social media in the wake of last Sunday’s TAK attack on a transit hub in Ankara’s Kizilay, horrific.

It’s important that the world consider why this is happening. Whether these are false flags or actual PKK/TAK attacks is irrelevant. The critical thing to understand is that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is allegedly committing genocide against the country’s Kurdish population. Does that excuse suicide attacks staged by Kurdish militants? Obviously not, but what’s happening in the country’s Kurdish southeast is appalling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This genocide against the Kurds is NOT making the Turkish people more safe; in fact, it is having the polar opposite effect.

Mar 19 08:49

'Devastating': US Media Turns Back on Horrors of Erdogan’s Kurdish Assault

As the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues its crackdown on Kurdish communities in the country’s southeast, Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear host Brian Becker speaks with RT reporter William Whiteman, who has witnessed the devastation first-hand and is launching a petition to call for an international investigation.

Mar 18 12:28

Europe’s Free-Speech Apocalypse Is Already Here

Europe’s silence in the face of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hostile takeover of two of his country’s independent newspapers over the last weeks is being chalked up to the need to avoid jeopardizing Ankara’s finger in the dike of even more massive waves of Middle Eastern migration into the continent. But Europe’s cavalier attitude toward this kind of rising authoritarianism on its eastern border is more than just strategic indifference — it’s symptomatic of a steady erosion of core civil liberties within the EU itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a critical time for free, reasoned speech to be reverberating around the world, where people need to come together to solve the world's problems in an ethical and concrete way; not calling something out for what it is, is just plain wrong, and the deafening silence at Erdogan's increasing dictatorship, and the snuffing out of dissent, should be pointed out, logically, and the man named and shamed.

I don't know what you would call the country of Turkey at this moment; but it sure as heck is not a democracy.

Mar 18 12:02

British warships to intercept migrants off Libyan shore

British warships could be fighting back people smugglers within sight of the Libyan coast within months, under plans presented by David Cameron.

The Prime Minister told his counterparts at a summit in Brussels he wanted to expand a current EU naval force operating in the central Mediterranean to stop hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing from Libya to Europe.

Angela Merkel’s €6 billion aid-for-deportations deal was in serious jeopardy as leaders warned Turkish “blackmail” risked violating international law. Talks were set to grind through the night before a Turkish breakfast this morning with Ahmet Davutoglu, the country’s wily prime minister.

Mar 18 10:27

The Kurds: Turkey-NATO Genocide?

The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq has called the Turkish military operation against Kurds on the border in with Turkey genocide. Meanwhile, a growing number of world states are viewing Turkey as a rogue state, a NATO member growing more militant each day. The looming question is, “How far will NATO and the European contingent allow Erdogan’s government to go before reining him in?”

Mar 18 08:58

SECURITY SITUATION IN NUSAYBIN. TURKEY’S MILITARY CRACKS DOWN ON KURDS

The Turkish government is continuing its crackdown on Kurdish fighters in the country’s southeast, coupled with shelling Kurdish positions in Syria and bombing them in Iraq. The map represents the situation in the city of Nusaybin in Mardin Province of Turkey where the Turkish security forces are clashing with Kurdish fighters. The population of the city is 83,832 as of 2009. The citizens are largely ethnic Kurdish descent.

Mar 17 13:31

Russian Warplanes Bomb Column of Terrorists Entering Syria from Turkey

The Russian Air Force tracked and targeted a long column of terrorists crossing Turkish border to join their comrades in Northern and Northwestern battlefields in Syria.
The terrorists, that were mainly Turkmen, were caught by the Russian Air Force’s reconnaissance planes attempting to enter the Lattakia province from one of the Turkish border-crossings near Yayladagi.

Mar 17 10:46

Thousands Rally in Spain Against EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Ahead of EU Summit

Thousands of Spanish citizens gathered in over 50 cities across Spain to protest against a refugee plan between Ankara and the European Union to stem the flow of migrants to the bloc, a day ahead of the start of EU leaders' talks on Thursday, media reported.

Mar 17 10:43

Erdogan: Democracy, Freedom Have ‘Absolutely No Value Any Longer’

Concerns about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian leanings have been at the fore in the nation’s political dialogue since he assumed the presidency, and appear to have been well founded, as in a televised speech today he declared “democracy,, freedom, and the rule of law have absolutely no value any longer.”

Rather, Turkey is about one thing in 2016, and that’s wars, with Erdogan insisting anyone who supports his wars is a friend and anyone “on the opposite side are our enemy,” insisting the nation will treat them all with an iron fist.

Erdogan also vowed to turn the nation’s military against the opposition HDP, which opposes the war against the Kurds, saying that “wherever you run, our soldiers, police, and village guards will find you there and do what is necessary.” Erdogan had previously pushed for the HDP’s parliamentarians to lose their legal immunity so they could be charged as terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, the recent bombings in Ankara were horrific, and should be universally condemned.

But the genocide in Cizre was no proper response at all to this violence, and will only beget more violence.

Erdogan, by cracking down the way he has, and not allowing more political dialogue to heal the Turkish/Kurdish divide, is on his way to instigating a civil war in Turkey; and that is the last thing Turkey needs right now.

Mar 17 10:42

German embassy, consulate close in Turkey over terror threat

The German embassy in Ankara and consulate general in Istanbul have been shut down due to a terror warning, the Foreign Ministry said.

The German school in Istanbul has also been closed, the ministry said.

The closures of the consulate and school have been made following a warning that was “not conclusively verifiable,” according to an email sent by the German consulate to its citizens, DPA reported. The email added that the facilities would be closed as a precaution on Thursday.

Mar 17 10:41

EU Member States Oppose Speeding Up Talks on Turkey's Accession – EU Source

The acceleration of the negotiations on Turkey's accession to the European Union is opposed by all the bloc's member states, a diplomatic source in Brussels said Thursday.

"In fact, no one wants to accelerate the process of Turkey's accession to the European Union, but the main obstacle is Cyprus since Nicosia will continue to veto Ankara's accession as long as Ankara does not recognize Cyprus," the source told RIA Novosti.

Mar 17 09:21

Turkey's military crackdown on Kurds in anti-PKK op

Harrowing accounts of the alleged massacre of dozens of Kurdish civilians in the Turkish town of Cizre have emerged, as Ankara continues its crackdown on Kurdish fighters in the country's southeast, coupled with shelling Kurds’ positions in Syria and bombing them in Iraq.

Mar 17 09:11

Never Too Late: Turkish General Apologizes to Russia for Su-24 Downing

After Turkish poet Haydar Hussein and students in Istanbul expressed their regret in connection with the downed Russian Su-24 aircraft and the soured Russian-Turkish relations, the retired Turkish general spoke to Sputnik about the future of Russian-Turkish relations as he sees them.

Erdo?an Karaku?, a Chairman of the Turkish Union of retired officers and a Lieutenant-General of the Turkish Air Force, said in an interview with Sputnik, “I hope that soon the incident of the shot down Russian aircraft will be history and the Russian-Turkish relations will be normalized.”

Mar 16 16:56

After Russia’s Withdrawal, Turkey, Saudi Must Accept Failure

Opponents of the Syrian government, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, “have to accept” that their regime change policy “has failed” as Russian troops start withdrawing from the crisis-hit country, says a former advisor to the US Senate.

Mar 16 11:35

Deadly fighting spreads in southeast Turkey after Ankara bomb

Fighting between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants spread on Tuesday, with tanks, helicopters and armored cars deployed after a suicide bombing that killed 37 people in the capital Ankara.

The deadliest violence took place in Diyarbakir, the largest city in mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey, where Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters blocked roads and clashed with security forces overnight as a police helicopter flew overhead, witnesses said.

One police officer and three militants were killed in Diyarbakir and a second police officer was killed in the town of Nusaybin, where the PKK launched an attack, security sources said.

No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday's car bomb that tore through a crowded transport hub in Ankara, but security officials have blamed two members of the outlawed separatist PKK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By initiating a crackdown against the Kurds, Edrogan has succeeded in making all the Turkish people far less safe.

What he should be doing is negotiating with the heads of the Turkish political arm of the PKK and create some trust-building; if this doesn't happen, and soon, Turkey may well find itself in the middle of a bloody civil war.

Mar 16 11:31

British scholar arrested in Istanbul over ‘terrorist propaganda’ in Kurdish holiday invitations

A British academic has been arrested in Istanbul for allegedly distributing invitations to Kurdish New Year celebrations. He was accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda” amid the ongoing crackdown on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and its supporters.

Mar 16 11:17

Syria conflict: Kerry plans key talks in Russia

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Russia next week to discuss Syria, after Moscow began withdrawing most of its forces from the country.
Mr Kerry said Russia's move, along with the opening of UN-mediated Syria talks in Geneva, may be "the best opportunity" to end the conflict.
The UN special envoy to Syria said the talks now had a new momentum.
The first Russian planes started leaving on Tuesday, a day after Russia's announcement.
However, Russia would continue its air strikes in Syria despite the partial pullout, Deputy Defence Minister Nikolay Pankov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But I wonder what is going to happen when Lavrov tells Kerry that Al-Assad's departure, at this point, is not negotiable?!?

Because I will almost bet you, that is precisely what Lavrov is going to say!!

Mar 16 09:27

‘French government is actually neoconservative pretending to fear rise of far-right’

These are all right-wing parties, these are imperialist parties, and they all support the foreign wars that have created the migration crisis. Social democracy traditionally has always functioned as an agency of the ruling class in the labor movement, says independent political analyst, Gearoid O'Colmain.

European left-wing political leaders have held talks in Paris on pressing issues including economic reforms and far-right sentiment spreading across Europe.

The French President, Francois Hollande, chaired the meeting which was attended by EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini, European Parliament President Martin Schultz and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The talks come as Europe is expected to finalize a migrant deal next week, to send thousands of refugees back to Turkey.

Mar 16 09:25

Put Up or Shut Up: Cyprus Demands That Ankara Fulfil Its Promises

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said during a meeting with EC President Donald Tusk, who’s touring the European capitals ahead of the upcoming EU summit on the migrant crisis, that Turkey must fulfill its obligations before Nicosia backs the agreement between Brussels and Ankara on the return and resettlement of refugees.

Mar 15 14:31

Feeling the Pressure: Erdogan 'May Become Even More Isolated'

The next few months may see the further isolation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will continue to antagonize more people at home and abroad, according to Ian Bremmer, a well-known US political scientist.

Mar 15 11:17

Ankara Bombing Shows Turkey’s War Fueling Blowback Beyond Kurdish Southeast

Monday’s massive car bombing in the Turkish capital of Ankara, the second such bombing in three weeks, is being loudly blamed on the Kurdish PKK by ruling officials, hoping to parlay it into increasing support for their ever-escalating war against the Kurdish southeast.

Yet if the claims hold true, it reflects a big problem for the Turkish government, that their war against the Kurdish separatists is fueling some pretty major blowback outside of the southeast, and the Erdogan government’s gleeful escalation into Kurdish territory, as well as attacks against Kurdish areas in Iraq, aren’t making Ankara any safer.

Turkey has no shortage of security woes, with a long border with ISIS, war against seemingly every Kurdish group in the region, and a Marxist-Leninist group that launches its own bombing attacks from time to time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey has to be through diplomatic negotiations, not assassinations of the innocent, as happened in Cizre.

And if you, perchance, did not hear about or read about it through the corporate outlets of the presstitutes and whorespondents, there is good reason.

This got reported on Friday of last week, by rt.com. Please read this, and share it with everyone you know. William Whiteman, the reporter who reported this story, deserves a medal, as does rt.com, which published it.

Harrowing accounts of an alleged massacre of dozens of Kurdish civilians in the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre have been collected by RT’s William Whiteman, who traveled to the area following reports of a brutal military crackdown on the population. Trends Turkey crackdown on Kurds Reports of Turkish troops slaughtering hundreds of civilians trapped in the basements of Cizre, which is located in Turkey’s Sirnak province, first surfaced in February. Some 150 people were allegedly burned to death in one of them. That particular claim was made by Turkish MP Feleknas Uca from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, who spoke to Sputnik agency. These and other trapped people were reportedly denied access to food and medical supplies. However, until now, the alleged atrocities committed by the Turkish forces could not be substantiated on the ground. Whiteman found witnesses who survived the offensive and were able to show the exact place of the mass killing, while providing terrifying details on what had happened. Three, four – maybe five hundred people. There were old people, women and children – some as young as 10 years old. They killed a heavily pregnant woman,” added the woman, blaming Erdogan for indiscriminately killing innocent people during the so-called counter-terrorism operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatists. “Women and children lived here. Erdogan killed all of them with heavy artillery, he destroyed this home,” added the woman. While inspecting the town, Whiteman reported a strong scent of decomposing bodies. This led him to another chilling discovery – a building whose basement has served as a mass grave. 150 allegedly 'burned alive by Turkish military' during crackdown on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Between 45 and 50 people were burned alive in one of the buildings, according to a local woman speaking to Whiteman. What is worse, many of the victims appear to have been cold-bloodedly beheaded by the Turkish troops, she said. “They [Turkish forces] burned all of them. When we entered this basement we found decapitated bodies,” the witness told Whiteman. “They burned them and beheaded them.” RT has submitted the footage shot in Cizre to HRW (Human Rights Watch), MSF International and MSF Middle East (Médecins Sans Frontières), the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), the OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), and Amnesty International. The channel asked if the organizations in question are planning to investigate the claims of Turkish forces' atrocities against civilians there, and if any statements will be made. Ever since the military operation on the Kurdish population in the Cizre region began, members of the European Parliament have been addressing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in open letters and public speeches, calling on him to put an end to the violence in Turkish regions inhabited by Kurds.

Apparently, in Edrogan's mind, "counter-terrorism" means wholesale genocide of the Kurdish people; will someone, please, in his sphere of influence, disabuse him of this notion?!?

Mar 14 15:31

Turkey’s Erdogan Looks to Expand Terrorist Definition to Include Civilians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said on Monday that it is necessary to broaden the definition of terrorism to include supporters of terrorism — even people who are not directly involved in any kind of terror activity.

Mar 14 11:39

Turkish jets pound PKK camps in Iraq after Ankara bombing

Turkey’s air force hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Monday, hours after a suicide car-bombing in Ankara killed 37 people and heightened tensions with the Kurdish rebels.

Mar 14 10:49

Turkey “Invades” Syria on the Eve of Geneva “Peace Talks”

Witnessing his Ottoman Empire remake dream crumbling on the ground in northern Syria, sultan Turkish President Recep Erdogan launched his highly touted (mini-)invasion into Syria this weekend. After a near month and a half of constant daily artillery shelling into Syria from the Turkish side of the border, Ankara has just stepped up its desperate aggression in the five year war to rid Syrian president Assad. Russian Foreign MinisterSergey Lavrov meeting in Geneva for peace talks resuming on Monday stated that Turkey is advancing its “creeping expansion” into Syrian territory which of course violates both the recent US-Russian ceasefire as well as all international law.

Mar 14 10:46

US Embassy Confirms Turkey Warned It About Terrorist Threat Before Blast

The US embassy in Turkey said it learned from the Turkish authorities about a terrorist threat in Ankara before the Sunday blast and had time to warn the US citizens and Turkish employees of the embassy.

Mar 14 09:32

Syrian al-Qaeda Seizes US-Made Missiles in Fight

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, has turned on one of their traditional allies in Idlib Province, the US-backed Free Syrian Army wing called Division 13, accusing the group of planning to attack its own bases.

Nusra followed this up with attacks on the Division 13 bases, seizing both bases and a number of US-made anti-tank missiles from the group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a number of FSA fighters were detained.

Nusra dominates the Idlib Province as the head of a coalition of Islamist-leading rebel factions. This coalition includes, or at least included multiple US-backed factions who are recipients of US arms. The US has expressed concern about Russian airstrikes against Idlib, even if targeting al-Qaeda, on the grounds they threaten American allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is the US government giving weapons to alleged "Syrian moderates" who are completely impotent at keeping US-military supplied out of the hands of Syrian Al-Qaeda?!?

Mar 13 22:03

Lavrov: Kurds must be invited to Geneva peace talks to preserve Syria’s integrity

Moscow strongly insists that the Kurds be invited to the the upcoming Syrian peace talks in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, suggesting that leaving them out could endanger Syria’s territorial integrity.

“If the Kurds are ‘thrown out’ of the negotiations on Syria’s future, how can you expect them to want to remain within this state?” Lavrov said in an interview with Russian REN TV channel aired on Sunday.

“We believe that the process, which starts in Geneva, must necessarily include the Kurds, if we all mean what we say in declaring our commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Mar 13 22:02

Ankara bombing: President Erdogan vows to bring terror 'to its knees'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to bring terrorism "to its knees" after an attack in the capital Ankara that killed at least 34 people.

Mr Erdogan said the suicide car bomb would serve only to strengthen the resolve of Turkey's security forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan is about to uncork on the Kurds.

Mar 13 20:56

Ankara Blast Death Toll Reaches 34 - Turkish Health Minister

Thirty-four people were killed in the blast in the centre of Ankara on Sunday, said Turkish health minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu.

"Thirty people perished at the scene, while four died in hospital. We suspect there could have been one or two suicide bombers among the casualties," Muezzinoglu told journalists at a press briefing in Ankara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to be blamed on the Syrian Kurds to justify invasion.

Mar 13 20:56

Turkey blocks social media following Ankara attack

A court in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday evening ordered a ban on access to Facebook and Twitter, after images from the deadly car bombing earlier in the day in the city were shared on the social media platforms, Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Got something to hide, Erdogan?

Mar 13 20:07

Ankara blast: Turkish court 'blocks Twitter and Facebook' after explosion

After the attack kills 34 people and images from the explosion are widely shared, a court orders social media sites to be blocked, say local users

Mar 13 13:16

Erdogan Threatens To Shut Down Constitutional Court

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has threatened the most senior constitutional court in Turkey with being permanently shut down after the court released two detained newspaper editors who had spoken out against Erdogan’s tyrannical regime.

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