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Mar 27 11:51

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

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

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Mar 26 08:58

Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan Thought He Could Outmaneuver Putin

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

Mar 24 11:21

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

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

Mar 24 08:33

HAS ERDOGAN GONE FULLY ROGUE?

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 23 14:52

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Threatens Turkey

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

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

Mar 23 09:47

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

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

Mar 23 09:43

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

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

Mar 22 12:56

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

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

Mar 22 11:03

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

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

Mar 21 07:41

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Mar 20 13:18

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

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

Mar 20 08:13

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thin to the point of transparency!

Mar 19 19:55

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

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

Mar 19 10:59

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

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

Mar 18 08:54

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

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

Mar 17 15:27

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

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

Mar 17 13:11

Turkish Foreign Minister: Religious War In Europe's Future

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

RT:

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

Mar 17 10:20

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

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

Mar 17 10:09

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get singularly unpleasant in a heartbeat.

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

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

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

Mar 17 09:43

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

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

Mar 17 07:15

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

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

Mar 17 07:14

Germany Approves 13 Turkish Electoral Districts

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

Mar 16 15:46

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

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

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

Mar 16 15:40

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

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

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

Mar 16 10:20

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Mar 16 09:35

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

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

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

Mar 15 07:29

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

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

Mar 15 00:50

Twitter Has Been Hacked! #TwitterHack

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

Thousands of accounts per hour were posting the following message:

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

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

Mar 14 15:52

Will Turkey Unleash The Refugee Masses?

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

That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever.

Mar 14 14:33

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

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

Mar 14 12:27

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

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

Mar 14 11:42

Turkey seeks Russian loan to buy S-400 system

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

Mar 14 10:27

Netherlands mainstream media: The Turkey scenario was planned last week

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

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

Mar 14 09:52

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

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 14 08:22

Western chicken hawks are going cold on Turkey

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

Mar 14 08:03

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

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

Mar 14 07:55

Turkey BANS Dutch envoy from returning to Ankara as deputy PM warns ‘Europe will suffer'

TURKEY has banned the Dutch ambassador from returning to Ankara and suspended diplomatic talks as the war of words between the nations escalates.

Mar 14 07:34

‘YOU’RE ERDOGAN’S HOSTAGE, CLOSE BORDERS,’ FAR-RIGHT POPULIST WILDERS TELLS DUTCH PM

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

“You are being taken hostage by [Turkish President] Erdogan. Close the Dutch borders,” Wilders told his top rival, Rutte, during the 30-minute televised debate.

“That’s a totally fake solution,” Rutte retorted, hitting back at Wilders’ suggestion that the Dutch borders should be shut.

“You want Nexit, you want the Netherlands out of Europe. You know what it will cost… don’t do it,” he warned.

If the Netherlands were to leave the EU, it would be “the best thing that could happen to us,” Wilders argued.

Rutte responded that a “Nexit” would cost 1.5 million jobs and trigger “chaos.”

“What we have to do to protect our borders is not make agreements with people like Mr. Erdogan,” Wilders said, referring to the European Union’s migrant deal with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The palpable anger from many Europeans on the effects of unchecked immigration, resulting in many cases, in physical assaults on Europe's women, coupled with a vast lessening of the quality of their lives, may well result in both Wilders' electoral triumph in Holland, Le Pen's electoral victory in France.

The existing governments of these countries have earned the change-up, by not thinking the ultimate effects of such immigration through, as has Germany.

Mar 14 07:25

Merkel, Rutte agreed refugee quota in deal with Turkey, did not tell other EU leaders – report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte secretly agreed to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees from Turkey each year as part of an EU-Turkey deal but did not inform other EU leaders, a book by a German journalist says.

Mar 14 07:00

Turkey's determination against Kurds alienates US, Russia

Turkey achieved a milestone in its goals in Syria: It established a foothold in the heart of the country's north after driving Islamic State militants away from its borders and seizing al-Bab, one of the extremist group's major strongholds and a major supply route.

But Turkey's determination to also push back the Kurds is alienating the other big players in Syria — Russia and the United States — and threatens to undermine the fight against IS in the imminent assault on Raqqa.

Mar 14 06:49

Turkey’s Erdogan Wants Northern Syria and Iraq Annexed

Last August, he invaded northern Syria, his aggression code-named Operation Euphrates Shield – aiding anti-government forces, combating Kurdish YPG fighters, not terrorists.

His forces seized Jarabulus in northwestern Syria straightaway, continued advancing east.

Last November, he said his goal is gaining control over “5,000 square km (1,900 square miles) including al-Bab, Manbij and Tell Rifaat, creating a national structure and army for this expanded area to provide solid control and to allow the refugees return to these areas jointly with EU, and after these, focusing on IS’s de facto capital Raqqa and” YPG Kurdish fighters.

In late November, he said he launched cross-border military operations “to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” Days later, he retracted his statement. He can’t undo what he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mar 13 12:05

Turkey warns 'fascist' Netherlands will pay in rally row

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday warned the Netherlands would pay for blocking his ministers from holding rallies to win support in a referendum on expanding his powers, as a crisis escalated with Turkey's key EU partners.

Mar 13 09:56

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and widespread destruction of property among an array of human rights abuses.

The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how operations by the Turkish infantry, artillery, tanks and possibly aircraft drove up to half a million people from their homes over a 17-month period from July 2015 to the end of 2016.

Though the report is focused on the conduct of security forces in southeastern Turkey, the 25-page document underscores the deepening alarm of the United Nations over the measures ordered by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since a failed coup attempt last July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, but what is the UN (and the US government) actually prepared to do about these war crimes?!?

My prediction is that, yet again, the UN will prove impotent, and thoroughly useless in stopping these war crimes in any way.

And one cannot help but notice the hypocrisy that, according to the US government, some war crimes are perfectly acceptable, such as the Saudi war crimes against Yemeni non-combatants, in the killing and maiming of Yemen's children, and the starving to death to of Yemen's children by the Saudi blockade of Yemen ports, meaning no food aid can get in at all.

Images: wounded and slaughtered Yemeni children from Saudi air strikes

Images of starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi port blockades

The US government apparently has absolutely no moral qualms about being complicit to Saudi war crimes in Yemen, because it suits its geopolitical agenda; it will be interesting to see what the official Trump administration's response will be this UN charge about Turkish war crimes against the Kurds.

Oh, and did I mention that after the 2015 Saudi invasion of Yemen, the US began a massive construction on a US naval base on the Yemeni island of Socotra?!?

Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways

And as reported on 29 August 2015 at syria360.wordpress.com:

The US has invaded and occupied Yemen’s strategic Island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean and is now building up its biggest naval base there, media reports said. “Hundreds of workers from Asian countries have been deployed by the US navy to construct its biggest naval base on the island,” Arabic-language Al-Masyra TV quoted a Spanish-language newspaper as saying on Saturday. The Pentagon’s publicly disclosed military and security program for Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $67 million last year. “That figure does not include covert, classified assistance that the United States has provided.” [1] In addition, “Under a new classified cooperation agreement, the U.S. would be able to fly cruise missiles, fighter jets or unmanned armed drones against targets in the country, but would remain publicly silent on its role in the airstrikes.” [2] On January 1 General David Petraeus, the chief of the Pentagon’s Central Command, in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as operations in Yemen and Pakistan, was in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and said of deepening military involvement in Yemen, “We have, it’s well known, about $70 million in security assistance last year. That will more than double this coming year.” [3]

I cannot precisely recall the headlines from 29 August, 2015; but I can, with a great deal of certainty, assure you that the invasion, occupation, and the building of this US military base in Socotra, was never mentioned by the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents in the US.

So, in 2016, the US government spent $140 million, give or take, in "security assistance" in Yemen? (read: construction of this military base).

This creates an ability of the US Navy to project power into the Gulf of Aden, and Indian ocean. And I would suggest that this, and not the Houthi rebellion which threw the Al-Hadi government out of power, is the "real reason" the US government is complicit in Saudi war crimes, by allowing them to buy the bombers from US companies, and providing "guidance" for their bombing runs.

In any reasonable political solution to the problems in Yemen (and most experts do agree that the ultimate resolution has to be political, rather than military here), the Yemeni government would want to claim these territories back from the United States; but the continued Saudi, US-enabled attacks simply assure that such a political solution can not possibly happen, until the completion of this US naval base is a "fait accompli".

So according to the US government's "logic", is why Yemenis continue to die of Saudi bombings, and starvation of their children.

Mar 13 08:28

Turkish Riots in Rotterdam Threaten Dutch Political Stability Ahead of Elections This Week

The Reuters picture above of supporters of Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan are not from Istanbul or Ankara, but from riots overnight in Rotterdam that threaten the stability of the Netherlands ahead of Dutch parliamentary elections later this week.

The Rotterdam riots, which required a state of emergency to be declared by the Dutch government, are part of a larger unfolding drama involving provocations by the Turkish government inciting millions of Turkish citizens living in European countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how is that open borders thing working out for you?

Mar 13 07:56

German MPs call for troop withdrawal from Turkish airbase amid rally row

Amid a row with Turkey over its presidential powers referendum, some German MPs are calling for the withdrawal of troops deployed at Incirlik airbase. Germany is flying reconnaissance sorties from the Turkish base as part of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition.

Concerns over the presence of German airmen at the base, which is located in southern Turkey close to Syria, came from lawmakers of both the ruling coalition and the opposition. Florian Hahn, spokesman for security and foreign policy of the Christian Social Union (CSU), said the Germans soldiers and officers may become pawns in Turkish power games.

Mar 13 07:55

From trolling to insults: How Dutch-Turkish row escalated quickly, in 9 quotes

From a Dutch leader telling a Turk to see tulips instead of rallying, to a top Turkish official comparing the Netherlands to “Nazi remnants” and a “banana republic,” the two sides didn’t pull their punches in the two countries’ worst diplomatic crisis so far.

Mar 13 07:49

Fillon Accuses Hollande of Breaking Solidarity by Allowing Turkish Rally

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande on Sunday of violating the European solidarity by allowing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to hold a campaign meeting with Turkish expats in the northeastern city of Metz.

Mar 13 07:49

Dutch embassy & consulate in Turkey closed off as diplomatic row escalates

The Dutch embassy and consulate in Turkey have been closed off for security reasons, Reuters reported citing Turkish foreign ministry. A mass rally took place outside the consulate in Istanbul after Turkish Foreign Minister was refused landing in the Netherlands.

Mar 12 08:23

Erdogan accuses Netherlands of ‘Nazism and fascism’ after minister expelled

“If you are willing to sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations, you will pay for it,” Erdogan said on Sunday, as cited by Hurriyet. “What’s more, we’re not done yet,” the Turkish leader added.

Over the past few days, the West has revealed its “true face,” Erdogan continued, referring to the recent deportation of Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who was escorted out of the Netherlands by police.

Erdogan reiterated his previous assertion that the Netherlands’ conduct towards the Turkish officials was a sign of “Nazism, fascism,” repeating once again. “I said Nazism is dead. I thought Nazism was over, but I was wrong. It turns out that Nazism is reawakening in the West,” the president asserted.

Mar 12 08:17

Watch furious Turkish protesters rally in Rotterdam streets amid Dutch row with Ankara (VIDEOS)

The Dutch government has infuriated President Erdogan’s supporters in the Netherlands by preventing two Ankara ministers from staging rallies for the Turkish diaspora. Footage from RT’s Ruptly agency captures the violent scenes that happened next.

Mar 12 08:16

Turkey’s president Erdogan SAVAGES Dutch as ‘NAZI REMNANTS’ amid Rotterdam rally row

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the Dutch as being “Nazi remnants and facsists” as tensions heightened following the cancellation of a Rotterdam rally.

Mar 11 07:49

Dutch PM bars Turkish foreign minister in escalation of rally row

The Netherlands barred Turkey's foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam on Saturday in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres, and President Tayyip Erdogan retaliated, branding his NATO partner a "Nazi remnant".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This illustrates the real danger of the open borders. Enough refugees can take away political control of the nation from its indigenous population.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 10:14

Syria demands UN Chief and Security Council to oblige Turkey to withdraw its invading forces from Syria immediately

Damascus, SANA_ Syria held the Turkish regime responsible for supporting terrorism, which killed tens of thousands of innocent people and destroyed Syria’s infrastructure upon direct instructions from President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his security apparatus.

That came in two letters sent Friday by Foreign and Expatriates Ministry to the UN Secretary General and President of Security Council on the Turkish forces’ continued attacks on the sovereignty of the Syrian territories.

The Syrian government demanded the UN Chief, the Security Council and the international community to oblige Turkey to withdraw its invading forces, stop the attacks and to maintain security and stability in the region and the world.

Mar 10 08:11

Trump Invades Syria

Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news!

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 09 07:03

Turkey ‘significantly’ stepping up spying in Germany – Berlin

Turkish intelligence has “significantly’ increased its activities in Germany amid the ongoing diplomatic spat between the two countries ahead of April’s referendum on widening the Turkish president’s powers, Germany’s domestic intelligence service says.

Mar 08 10:21

Trump’s Pentagon Moves Into Syria’s ManbijUS Troops Deploy With Kurdish Forces to Prevent Turkish Invasion

Turkey’s capture of the ISIS city of al-Bab last week set in motion a race for the city of Manbij, which Kurdish forces captured from ISIS last year, and which Turkish officials had long insisted would be their next target after al-Bab.

Several nations have interests in not seeing Turkey attack the Kurds, but on Monday, US troops were the first to the scene, with a deployment inside the city of Manbij, where they will embed with Kurdish forces as a “sign of deterrence.”

By the end of Monday, Syrian and Russian troops were also in the vicinity, with the Kurds having brokered a deal to give Syrian forces all the villages ringing Manbij, which would mean Turkey can’t advance with attacking Syrian government villages. Russia sent some forces into the area too to back Syria’s new claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey's territorial claims against certain areas of Syria are very troubling.

Mar 08 07:59

Trump recognises Turkey support ISIS U.S. TROOPS DEPLOYED TO SYRIA IN RESPONSE TO TURKISH THREAT

An armored column of American troops was spotted near the Syrian city of Manbij in a show of force after Turkey threatened to attack Kurdish forces currently occupying the city in an effort to prevent attack on Kurdish forces by Turkey.

The United States confirmed the presence of American soldiers near Manbij following video footage released by the Kurdish-affiliated Manbij Military Council (MMC) while sporadic gunfire continues between the MMC and Turkish forces to the west of the city.

The Manbij Military Council is one of four military councils established by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Trump is a peacemaker and will it seems not allow the Western Backed terrorist groups allies come to its aid.

Mar 08 07:27

Turkish FM accuses Germany of meddling in Ankara’s internal affairs ahead of April referendum

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused Berlin of putting pressure on Germany-based Turks and thus trying to influence the upcoming referendum that may dramatically increase presidential powers in Turkey.

“This is systematic obstruction, and Germany is applying systematic pressure on our citizens. This is unacceptable. We always want to see Germany as a friend but Germany's systematic anti-Turkey approach does not suit our friendship,” Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, addressing Turkish people at the residence of the Turkish Consulate General in Hamburg, as cited by Cumhuriyet.

Mar 07 08:01

Investigation Into Murder of Russian Ambassador Takes an Unexpected Turn

A 33-year-old Russian woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of Andrei Karlov, Moscow's ambassador to Turkey, the Turkish media has reported.

The woman, known only as Yekaterina, was arrested in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported Monday.

She is accused of contacting Karlov's killer, former police cadet Mevlut Altyntash, before the assassination, an unnamed law enforcement source told the newspaper.
A Russian-language report from RIA mentions connections to a "Russian company involved in sexual services in five-star hotels in Ankara".

Mar 06 09:42

Turkey Starts Playing Dangerous Games in Syria

As Erdogan inches closer to bringing a fundamental transformation to Turkey’s political system, his foreign policy is also starting to show signs of a big reversal. It seems that Turkey’s “NATO memory” is back and is forcing it to look towards its ‘original home’, the West. A series of incidents occurring inside and outside Syria have clearly shown that Turkey is not on the same page with Russia and Iran with regard to the resolution of conflict in Syria. It has revived it “safe zone” strategy, has already started to oppose Iran in the Russian led Astana process and Turkey-backed militias have picked up a fight with the Syrian army, marking a second clash of this nature in last one month only. Whereas these developments reflect Turkey’s drift away from the Astana peace process, these incidents also reinforce the fundamental truth of Turkey’s political and strategic position as the second biggest NATO member.

Mar 05 09:51

Syria’s Water Cut Off By Turkey Following McCain, Erdogan Meeting

Just a matter of days after John McCain’s “unusual” trip to Syria and Turkey, the Turkish government has cut off water supplies from the Euphrates River into northern Syria, violating international conventions on water rights.

Mar 04 08:38

Turkey Accuses Germany of Aiding Its Enemies

The accusations come after Germany canceled rallies by Turkish residents who were due to be addressed by ministers from Ankara, Reuters reports.

Turkish leaders accused Berlin of “sheltering” Turkey’s enemies, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that an imprisoned Die Welt journalist in Turkey was a “German agent” and member of the militant Kurdish group PKK.

Mar 03 12:25

German authorities block events where Turkish ministers to speak

German officials on Thursday blocked events where two senior Turkish government ministers planned to speak amid growing public outrage over Ankara's arrest of a Turkish-German journalist, dragging bilateral ties to a new low.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said he had called off a meeting with his counterpart in Germany and was returning home after a talk he was due to give in the southwestern town Gaggenau was canceled, with officials citing concerns about the size of the venue.

The city of Cologne also blocked an event where Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybecki was to speak on Sunday, amid security concerns.

In Ankara, the Turkish foreign ministry summoned the German ambassador for an explanation, ministry sources said.

The canceled events follow Turkey's arrest of Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for the prominent Die Welt newspaper, on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; Erdogan is now throwing dual-national reporters in jail, and trying them for saying something that doesn't fit the official Turkish narrative?!?

Mar 03 07:05

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 3, 2017: US-BACKED FORCES SURRENDER WIDE AREAS NEAR MANBIJ TO SYRIAN ARMY

The Syrian army, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the ancient city of Palmyra, including the Palmyra Airport from ISIS on March 2. Syrian army servicemen have been examining the historic part of Palmyra with the aim of demining the city.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) primarily consisting of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) will hand over wide areas west of the northern Syrian town of Manbij to the Syrian army, according to a statement released by the so-called Manbij Miltiary Council. The SDF wants to use Syrian army troops as a buffer against Turkish-backed militant groups in northern Syria and refers that this decision is made after talks with “Russia”, aiming to use the Russian and Syrian military and diplomatic capabilities to defend itself from Turkey.

Feb 24 11:22

JOHN MCCAIN ILLEGALLY TRAVELS TO SYRIA, MEETS WITH LEADERS AND FIGHTING GROUPS; NO CRITICISM FROM MSM

Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition, McCain also met with Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria.

On February 22, McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, confirmed that McCain had made the trip, saying it was a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're all familiar with the tag line from the commercial about the credit card, asking "What's in YOUR wallet"?!?

And I have to admit that I have been curious as to what is in Senator McCain's financial portfolio; and how many of those companies are a big part of the US's military/industrial complex.

It is very unfortunate for this country that Congressional Representatives, unlike their President, are not obliged to put their financial affairs into a blind trust, upon taking their oath of office. And what, you might logically want to ask, right now about Senator McCain's estimated net worth?!?

Senator McCain's estimated next worth is 21 million dollarsd

NOW, THAT is a financial empire....which, geopolitically needs constant tending, so here's the most probable "back story" for his little, Logan Act- defying "junket" to the Middle East.

His loyalty to his corporate, warmongering masters cannot be disputed at this point; and this little "visit", I am reasonably certain, was not about creating regional peace through hard-won, moral negotiations which might alleviate the need for any further US military intervention in the Middle East, , but the incitement of even more bloody wars, from which his "good friends" in the military/industrial complex and the financial industry, will profit mightily.

Feb 24 07:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 24, 2017: TURKEY SEIZED AL-BAB. WHAT NOW?

On February 23, Turkey-led forces made a major breakthrough in their operations in northern Syria, recapturing al-Bab, Qabasin and Bzaah from ISIS. The Free Syrian Army and the Turkish army launched a fierce attack against ISIS units in the center of al-Bab and overrun the terrorist group’s defenses. As result, ISIS commanders decided to withdraw their units from eastern al-Bab and the nearby areas. So, Turkish forces took control of Qabasin and Bzaah almost without clashes.

Thus, Ankara achieved one of the main goals of its Operation Euphrates Shield, prevented Kurdish YPG forces from linking up the YPG-held areas along the Syrian-Turkish border. According to available information, pro-Turkish militants and the Turkish army would not push further to central Syria. A demarcation line between Turkish forces and the Syrian army lays at Tadef. Only practice will show is the Erdogan regime going to follow the existing agreements with Damascus, Moscow and Tehran or not.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 17 08:41

Turkey says almost taken Syria's al-Bab, activists cite heavy toll

Turkey's military said Friday it was close to taking Syria's al-Bab from ISIS, but activists said the extremists still controlled 90 percent of the town itself and that shelling and airstrikes had killed dozens of civilians in recent days.

Al-Bab, an ISIS stronghold 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, has been a prime target since Turkey launched an incursion last August to push the extremists from its frontier and prevent gains by a Kurdish militia also fighting them.

Feb 11 12:41

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

By Robert Parry

If you wanted to bring sanity to a U.S. foreign policy that has spun crazily out of control, there would be some immediate steps that you – or, say, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – could take, starting with a renewed commitment to tell the truth to the American people.

If you wanted to base U.S. foreign policy on the firm foundation of reality, you also could let the American people in on who is actually the principal sponsor of the terrorism that they’re concerned about: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban – all Sunni-led outfits, none of which are backed by Shiite-ruled Iran. Yet, all we hear from Official Washington’s political and media insiders is that Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 10 21:34

TWELVE MORE YEARS! Erdogan approves bill that could keep him in power until 2029

TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a bill boosting his powers under an executive presidential system, which could allow him to remain in power until 2029.

Mr Erdogan’s approval of the bill will allow the changes to go to a public vote, but opponents warn it could pave a path for dictatorship.

Feb 10 08:26

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 10, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY CLASHES WITH PRO-TURKSIH MILITANTS NEAR AL-BAB

In the northern Aleppo countryside, the towns of Tell Rifaat, Menagh, Mayer, Tell Jibbin, Ma’arasteh Khan and Hardatnin have joined a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government after talks with a Russian mediation. Tell Rifaat and Menagh had been controlled by the Kurdish YPG.

On February 9, an escalation erupted between Syrian government and Turkish forces in the area of al-Bab.

Initially the Turkish General Staff announced that an accidental Russian airstrike had killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in the area of al-Bab. The incident was confirmed by the Russian military.

Later at the same day, pro-Turkish militants engaged Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF) troops at Abu Zandin and Shamawiya located at the road to the ISIS stronghold of al-Bab.

Feb 09 10:10

RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKE ACCIDENTALLY KILLS THREE TURKISH SOLDIERS IN SYRIA

A Russian airstrike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others during an operation against the Islamic State in northern Syria on Thursday morning, Turkey's military said in a statement and Moscow confirmed.The head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, said the warplanes were targeting Islamic State sites in the al-Bab area.

Whether indeed "accidental", or payback for the downing of a Russian jet over the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015 is unclear, but according to Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences over the accidental loss of life in the airstrike, in a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hopefully, consistent and solid communication will prevent this from happening in the future; but it is tragic that it took an accident of this magnitude to get Turkey and Russia talking about coordinating day-to-day activities with their air strikes.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 03 09:51

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ARMING KURDISH FANATICS, TERRORISTS; U.S. AND RUSSIA FLOAT KURDISH AUTONOMY IN SYRIA

While Trump’s Syria plan has been incredibly vague up until this point, we are now seeing the position of the Trump administration coming into view. While, at this point, it might not be as bad as what was called for under Obama and Clinton, the new approach to Syria is concerning to say the least.

This is because mainstream news reports have revealed that the Trump administration is going ahead with a plan to arm Kurdish militants in Syria who are battling the Islamic State. Of course, these Kurdish fanatics are interesting in only one thing – independence and the creation of their own Kurdish state that eventually crosses the border of Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. They are not interested so much in fighting terror since they have allied themselves with terrorists to achieve their own goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment here, at velocity.

Are we looking at more "fake news" here, to attempt to sell US citizenry on the narrative that the US needs to be more thoroughly involved in a military solution to the many problems in the Middle East, rather than viable political solutions?!?

And I would politely like to remind President Trump, that doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the most classical definitions of insanity.

IF in fact these reports are true, it appears that both the Russian and US governments are hell-bent in balkanizing the Middle East, and bending it to their liking, and have made the decision that an independent Kurdistan will horrifically weaken the political ambitions of Syria; Turkey; Iran; and Iraq.

But what will be the cost in blood and money to make such a military adventure a "success"?!? And how long are the US and Russia committed to pursuing this dangerous game of regime change?!?

Were I a bookie in Vegas, I really would not bet against the resurrection of the draft in this United States right now, possibly coming at the end of President Trump's first year in office.

Jan 29 09:37

How Trump's Safe Zones May Help Syrian Armed Rebels to Catch a Second Wind

US President Donald Trump's idea to build safe zones in Syria has provoked mixed emotions in Ankara. Speaking to Sputnik, Turkish security analyst Dr. Nihat Ali Ozcan suggested that the introduction of safe zones in Syria would tip the balance in favor of the Syrian armed opposition.

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 28 12:43

Syria: Undeclared US-NATO War of Aggression, Using Al Qaeda Terrorism as An Instrument of Death and Destruction

The following eight concepts are intended to clarify the nature of the war on Syria.

It was never “a civil war”. It was an undeclared war of aggression using Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists as the foot-soldiers of US-NATO and their Middle East allies.

From day one, terrorists were involved in the killing of civilians.

It started in Daraa as an insurgency integrated by Salafist mercenaries.

Most of what is presented below is backed up by mainstream and official sources of information.

While Aleppo has been liberated against the scourge of US-NATO supported terrorism, most mainstream media are accusing Syrian government forces of committing atrocities against civilians, describing Aleppo as a humanitarian crisis. What they fail to mention is that for the last four years the Eastern part of Aleppo has been occupied by Al Qaeda terrorists who are now upheld as “opposition” rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to take this moment to again commend Hawaii State Representative Gabbard for having had the courage to speak about her fact-finding mission in Syria on CNN, where she stated that there was no such thing as a "moderate rebel" in Syria.

The War Machine in this country is going to attempt to take her out of office, one way or another, but I believe that her courage under fire from the Deep State in this country deserves support and respect from both sides of the aisle; what she discovered means that everything the presstitutes and whorespondents have told US citizens about the situation in Syria is an absolute and complete lie.

Jan 27 14:50

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard interviewed after her trip to Syria

It is clear now more than ever: this regime change war does not serve America’s interest.

“Their message to the American people was powerful and consistent: There is no difference between “moderate” rebels and al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) or ISIS?—?they are all the same. This is a war between terrorists under the command of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda and the Syrian government. They cry out for the U.S. and other countries to stop supporting those who are destroying Syria and her people.”

Jan 27 13:45

Trump’s First Big Mistake – Justin Raimondo

Syrian “safe zones”: a disaster waiting to happen

This idea is a disaster waiting to happen, and could augur the unraveling of the President’s “America First” foreign policy, which supposedly abjures regime change operations in the Middle East and elsewhere. In 2013 testimony submitted to Congress by then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, the reality of what this would have to mean was outlined:

“Thousands of U.S. ground forces would be needed, even if positioned outside Syria, to support those physically defending the zones. A limited no-fly zone coupled with US ground forces would push the costs over one billion dollars per month.”

Jan 27 09:51

Turkey threatens to cancel migrant deal over Greek coup ruling

Turkey has threatened to cancel a deal with the European Union on taking back migrants who cross over to Greece.

Turkish officials are unhappy about a decision by the Greek Supreme Court not to extradite a group of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup in July.

Jan 27 08:27

Kushner's (AKA Trump) Syrian Safe Zone A Spit At Russia and Assad - Morris

Published on Jan 26, 2017

Any US sponsored safe zones will be recruiting places for mercenaries to destabilise the Middle East and increase the sectarianism.

Jan 25 09:04

Syrian families given cash cards of benefits made up of YOUR money to hit 200,000 by June

SYRIAN refugees in Turkey are getting monthly cash payments as part of a deal between the European Union and Ankara to stop the flow of refugees into the continent.

The controversial scheme, under which Syrians who fled their war-ravaged homeland are given about £21 a month, forms the central plank of a £2.5billion aid package from European states that was thrashed out with Turkey at the height of the migrant crisis last March.

Jan 21 06:32

Russia Signs Deal for Syria Bases; Turkey Appears to Accept Assad

Russia signed a long-term agreement on Friday to greatly enlarge its military presence in Syria, more than doubling the space for warships in Russia’s only Mediterranean port and securing rights to an air base that may already be adding a second runway.

The agreement covers the port in Tartus and an air base near Latakia, which have been pivotal in Russian assistance to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in fighting an array of insurgents. It ensures Russia’s ability to deploy forces in Syria for the next half-century and perhaps beyond.

News of the agreement came as Mr. Assad received what appeared to be another positive development: A Turkish official suggested publicly for the first time that Turkey would accept a peace deal in Syria’s six-year-old war that would allow Mr. Assad to stay in power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This looks like a very positive development toward a peaceful resolution of the military conflict in Syria; but please note the timing.

It happened right at the moment Obama left office, and Trump became President.

Everything Obama did to regime change Damascus was an utter, epic fail, which cost heavens knows how many Syrian lives in the process.

Jan 19 17:54

US Supporting Daesh, Using Turkey As Camouflage In Syria: Analyst

The US government’s recent pledge to step up support for Turkey’s military forces in Syria is a “desperate” attempt at taking back control from Russia, which has disrupted Western plots against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a former US Army officer based in New York.

Jan 19 09:45

Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. , was handed over the Israeli Air Force.

The Arrow 3, together with the Arrow 2, which has been operational since 2000, would "significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles" hitting Israel, the ministry said in a statement.

The Arrow 2 is designed to intercept projectiles high and low within the atmosphere. Arrow 3 missiles will fly into space, where their warheads detach to become "kamikaze" satellites that track and slam into their targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A little logic here; why in heaven's name, would Iran attack Israel, understanding full well that such an attack would result in Iran's becoming a large puddle of molten glass from the US/Israeli counterstrike?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't.

Jan 18 09:41

END OF ISIS: Russia AND Turkey launch joint aircraft campaign against jihadis in Aleppo

Russian fighter pilots will work with their counterparts in Turkey to defeat the sick jihadis in the Syrian capital once and for all.

In a televised address, Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said it was the first time the air forces of Russia and Turkey had teamed up in this way.

The senior Russian defence ministry official said the operation had been conducted in agreement with the Syrian government.

He said the said the joint action, which targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, had been "highly effective”.

Jan 17 15:43

‘Huge Wave Of Fire Passing By’: Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes Near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

At least 37 people have been killed after a cargo plane belonging to Turkish MyCargo Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood near Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, according to the emergency ministry.

Jan 17 10:36

Istanbul Nightclub Attack Involved Intelligence Organization: Turkey

The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organization, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

"It appears the Reina attack is not just a terrorist organization's act, but there was also an intelligence organization involved," Kurtulmus said during an interview with broadcaster A Haber. "It was an extremely planned and organized act."

PHOTOS: Scenes of Chaos and Mourning After Istanbul Attack

A gunman killed 39 people at Istanbul's Reina nightclub, a swanky venue by the Bosporus where scores of people had gathered to celebrate the New Year.

The suspect opened fire with an automatic rifle, throwing stun grenades to allow himself to reload and shooting the wounded on the ground.

Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among the victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's one thing to blame a foreign government's intelligence apparatus, but another thing entirely to prove it; and I have to wonder that no governmental agency has been named as the guilty party yet, and why the timing of this assertion has not been paired with the reveal of which foreign agency is suspected of being behind the massacre.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 16 11:25

Turkish President Erdogan to be declared 'great sultan'

The Turkish Parliament passed in a first reading the bill about a constitutional reform to sharply expand presidential powers in Turkey. According to Anadolu Agency, the discussion of 18 articles of the bill continued from January 9 and caused quite a commotion in the Parliament of Turkey. The amendments expand the powers of the president. The president will thus be able to chair the the cabinet or individually appoint the head of the government. In accordance with the new amendments, the president will be able to issue decrees and submit issues of constitutional changes to referendum. The president may not suspend his party membership. If the document is adopted, the armed forces and intelligence agencies of Turkey will fall into direct subordination to president. Currently, both the armed forces and intelligences agencies of Turkey are subordinated to the Supreme Military Council. The amendments may reinstate death penalty in Turkey too.

Jan 14 21:06

Turkey threatens to shut down UK and US airbases crucial to fight against IS

BRITAIN and the US are drawing up plans to move warplanes and Special Forces from crucial airbases after Turkey threatened it would kick the allies out.

If carried out, the threats would cripple the ground war against Islamic State.

It comes after stark warnings from Ankara that the West is not doing enough to support Turkey’s position against the Kurds.

Last night one expert warned that Ankara had taken yet another step towards dissolving its membership to NATO.

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 13 14:51

Doubt over U.S. access to Turkish air base threatens NATO's power

Unconfirmed reports already alleged that the U.S. was withdrawing its nuclear weapons from Turkey. But even this news pales in comparison with recent statements by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak that the Turkish government might end the presence of U.S.-led NATO forces at Incirlik Air Force Base. These developments raise two questions: 1) what are the causes of the recent deterioration in relations; and 2) what is the possible future format of military cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey. The first question is relatively easy to answer. Recent moves by Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan can be explained by his mistrust of Washington. The use of an artificial enemy represented by the "extremist preacher,” Fethullah Gulen, helped Erdogan purge the country's security agencies. Now, the “fight against Gulen” is creating a number of problems for Ankara, including strained relations with Washington.

Jan 13 14:44

Turkish Lawmakers Brawl Over Moves To Bolster Erdogan Powers

Turkish lawmakers on Thursday approved three more articles in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as lawmakers brawled and threw objects in a session of high tension.

Lawmakers have since the start of the week been debating the first reading of the 18-article bill to change the constitution to create an executive presidency.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 08 10:17

Ankara: Cyber Attack from Washington Caused Blackout

Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak announced that his ministry had experienced a cyber attack from the United States that led to frequent blackouts in the country. The recent power outages across the country, has led to an increase in complaints from residents of Istanbul and nearby cities, Turkish Minute reported. Albayrak, which is the son-in-law of President Erdogan, has tweeted last week on his official account on “Twitter”, that has made serious warnings about the status quo, but his tweets faced ridicule by users. Albayrak has told the Turkish television that as "we witnessed yesterday, an intensive cyber attacks from the United States, such attacks on various departments of the Ministry of Energy, have been implemented on a regular basis, but we thwarted them all”. Turkey’s largest city faced rolling power outages since last week, when the country was hit by unusually cold weather and snowstorms.

Jan 08 04:36

Turkey assumes USA staged Istanbul night club attack

Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit tweeted a photo collage of outgoing US President Obama as the Istanbul terrorist, on which Obama does bear a striking resemblance to the Istanbul shooter. The caption to the picture said: "Clearest photo of the murderer"... In an interview with Sputnik, authoritative security expert Jevad Galiyashevich noted that the US administration of Barack Obama was violating the laws of its own country, while President Obama was arming terrorists instead of fighting with them. The terrorist attack at a night club in Istanbul came as an obvious attempt to avenge Turkish President Erdogan for his rapprochement with Russia. The Americans put their terrorist dogs on Erdogan to humiliate him and put pressure on Turkey to make the country step away from its plans to regulate the crisis in Syria, the expert added.

Jan 08 04:01

Turkish Energy Minister says US hackers attack country’s power network

Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said that the country’s power supply network has been recently subject to intense cyber-attacks, which are supposed to be conducted from the US, according to the Sabah newspaper. "In recent days the Energy Ministry underwent a number of powerful cyberattacks that were conducted from the United States," Albayrak said. He added that those attacks were the cause behind frequent power failures that occurred recently. The Minister said that the attacks were registered at the time when most of the plant failures took place, in particular in Istanbul that suffered most. "We have to take precautions against any possible acts of sabotage," he said adding that his ministry is already taking all necessary measures.

Jan 07 10:34

BREAKING: Turkey agrees to withdraw its troops illegally stationed in Iraq

Following the announcement of a meeting between Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the two counterparts have agreed for the total withdrawal of all Turkish soldiers illegally stationed in the Bashiqa region near Mosul.

Iraqi television quoted al-Abadi confirming an agreement reached with Turkey on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq.

Jan 06 13:49

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”.

Jan 05 07:54

Turks turn down US military help, asks Russia for air support: US officials

Turkey has declined the US military’s offer to provide air support for its troops in Syria, asking Russia to take on the role instead, American officials say.

Jan 05 06:35

Two killed in Izmir explosion, PKK suspected of attack – governor

A police officer and a courthouse employee have been killed in an explosion outside Izmir courthouse in western Turkey. The governor of Izmir said that initial findings suggest Kurdish PKK militants were behind the attack.

Reuters reports that two suspected attackers have been killed following clashes with police.

Jan 05 06:34

Turkey questions US coalition presence at Incirlik Air Base amid ‘confidence crisis’

Top Turkish officials have questioned the use of Incirlik Air Base by the US-led coalition, citing a “confidence crisis” with Washington and inadequate support for Turkey’s ground forces in Syria.

The US-led coalition does little to provide aerial support to Turkish troops deployed in Syria as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

“Our people ask, ‘why are they using the Incirlik Airbase. We allowed not only the US but also other countries’ jets to use Incirlik to jointly fight [Islamic State],” he said.

“What purpose are you serving if you do not provide aerial support against Daesh [Islamic State] in the most sensitive operation for us?” he added.

Jan 04 21:43

’Foreign intelligence services’ may be linked to Istanbul club massacre – Turkey’s deputy PM

The New Year massacre at an Istanbul nightclub was prepared and carried out way too “professionally” to rule out the possibility that the terrorist act was supported by “foreign intelligence services,” Turkey’s deputy PM believes.

After Turkish authorities established the identity of the New Year's eve attacker, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, in an interview with the Hurriyet Daily News, has suggested that external intelligence services could be involved in the terrorist act. Thirty nine people were killed and 69 wounded in the attack.

Jan 04 17:09

Why Terrorists Attack Turkey More Than Any Other Nation

Since terrorism affects Turkey so frequently, one has to wonder – why do terrorists, which usually come from Islamic State, attack Turkey when it’s a primarily Muslim nation?

Jan 04 10:49

“Dreadful Year” Of Attacks In Turkey Capped By 39 Dead In Istanbul Nightclub Attack

Police in Turkey have launched a series of raids across Istanbul as they search for a man who opened fire inside a nightclub during a New Year’s celebration, killing 39 people.

Jan 04 07:12

Good News: Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia's supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in Syria has been worked out and is being implemented. So far it appears to be holding, and after nearly six years of horrible warfare the people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives.

What is so important about this particular ceasefire? It was planned, agreed to, and implemented without the participation of the United States Government.

Jan 03 07:39

Bloody retribution: Turkey's jets and tanks hit 100 ISIS targets in Northern Syria just hours after the terror group's gunman kills 39 New Year's Eve revellers in an Istanbul nightclub

Turkish jets and tanks hammered 100 ISIS targets in Syria just hours after the terror group's gunman killed 39 New Year's Eve revellers in an Istanbul nightclub.

Dramatic aerial footage shows warplanes using rockets to obliterate ISIS hideouts near the towns of al-Bab, Tadif and Bzagah in the north of the war-torn country, killing 22 extremists and destroying buildings.

The video emerged as Turkish authorities continued their manhunt for the nightclub killer who arrived in a taxi before slaughtering partygoers.

Jan 03 06:34

Lebanon bids farewell to rest Istanbul victims

Lebanon Tuesday bid farewell to two of the victims killed in a mass shooting inside a popular Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day.

Jan 02 19:17

Erdogan Claims To Have Evidence, Photos, Video Of U.S. Coalition Support For ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

Shortly after Christmas, and lost in the holiday shuffle, Turkish President and terrorist supporter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a statement accusing the U.S.-led coalition of supporting not only terrorists in Syria but ISIS itself. He also stated clearly that Turkey has proof that U.S.-led coalition is supporting the notorious terrorist organization it claims to be fighting.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, December 27, Erdogan stated that “They give support to terrorist groups including Daesh (ISIS).”...

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 08:53

Gunman Kills At Least 39 In Attack On Istanbul Nightclub

A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.

Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just over an hour into the new year. Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more.

The attack shook NATO member Turkey as it tries to recover from a failed July coup and a series of deadly bombings in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on Islamic State and others claimed by Kurdish militants.
The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying the attackers shouted in Arabic as they opened fire at Reina.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, condolences to the families and friends of those where were slain here, and prayers for those wounded, that they get the best of care, and recover soon.

But this attack follows an all-too-familiar, and terrifying, pattern; a gunman (or gunmen) enters a crowded place, and start killing people at random, then disappears into the night.

So I have to ask, in a very cold-blooded way, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Jihadists, attempting to destabilise Turkey?!? Or the Turkish government itself, because now, as after the failed coup in July, they have an even larger "justification" for clamping down on human rights, and minorities?!? Or an attempt by Western nations to destabilise Turkey, because it sees, and feels,Turkey's shifting to become more Russia-Centric?!?

As reported at the atlantic.com last month:

For weeks, the main shopping areas of Turkey’s capital city have been eerily vacant. On October 29, the U.S. government advised family members of embassy staff to leave the country, while other nations sent out warnings, recommending their citizens avoid streets with high foot traffic throughout the month of December, in response to intelligence indicating a likely attack by the Islamic State. With two bombings and one assassination over the past ten days, everyone expected an attack of some sort in Ankara. But few would have predicted the form it would take, when, on Monday night, a 22-year-old police officer named Melvut Mert Altintas gunned down Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. “God is great!” he shouted in Arabic, and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in Turkish, as he stood over Karlov’s motionless body. For months, Turkey has been unraveling. Shortly after the attempted coup of July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced a state of emergency to remove any lingering threats from supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled religious and political leader who the state blames for orchestrating the failed putsch, as well as people affiliated with the Kurdish movement. Mass purges touched nearly all job sectors, with education and the state judicial system taking the biggest hits. Anyone suspected of a crime could be held for 30 days without charge in detention centers where inmates are reportedly being tortured. RELATED STORY Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey on December 20, 2016. 'Russia Through Turks' Eyes' Even the most mundane rituals changed. An extra security check was installed in airports, just after the second set of x-ray machines, where Turkish citizens—as opposed to foreigners—are closely monitored. In the corners of once-bustling restaurants, the prospect of civil war with the Kurds is a common topic of discussion; the slowing economy is another, as the Turkish lira breaks its own record lows against the U.S. dollar from one week to the next. A vacuum salesman told me he no longer made a profit at the current exchange rate; a wine seller said he’s on the verge of closing his shop.

We cannot know for certain who orchestrated this crime; but my sense, right now, is that it was an outside state actor of some kind, who has a goal of completely destabilising the Turkish government.

Dec 31 18:40

At Least 35 People Killed After Shooters Dressed As Santas Open Fire In Istanbul Nightclub - Live Feed

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Turkey greeted the New Year with another tragedy after at least 35 people were killed and 40 wounded around 1:15 am local time, when gunmen dressed as Santas opened fire on New Year's revelers at a nightclub in Istanbul on Sunday morning, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

Dec 31 09:10

Turkey Transferring Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Aleppo to Aden

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

Dec 30 07:09

Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, announced the ceasefire Thursday after forging the agreement with Turkey, a longtime backer of the opposition.

The truce went into force at midnight but monitors and rebels reported almost immediate clashes, and violence appeared to escalate later Friday as warplanes bombed areas in the country's northwest, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whose warplanes?

Dec 30 06:40

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claims to have concrete documentary proof that the West is backing ISIS

Turkish President Erdogan has claimed he has evidence the West is supporting ISIS as he intensifies the political crackdown against rivals following a failed coup.

Tayyip Erdogan claims to have photos and videos proving that western nations backed groups including Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, who have launched numerous violent attacks on Turkey in the past.

It comes as he called for the US to extradite his political nemesis, preacher Fethullah Gulen, who the authorities accused of leading a plot to seize power in July.

Gulen, a former political ally turned foe, denies the accusations and Washington has refused to return him to Turkey.

Dec 29 12:53

US Denies It Created ISIS, Accuses Turkey Of Spreading "Fake News"

Two days ago, Turkey's outspoken president Erdogan, now grudgingly pivoting into the Russian sphere of influence and away from NATO, accused the US of supporting and arming ISIS and said he has "confirmed evidence" to back up his claim: "They give support to terrorist groups including ISIS" Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Tuesday, adding that US coalition forces "give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos."

Naturally, the US could not possibly let this allegation go without responding, which it did on Wednesday when it denied Erdogan's allegations, and accusing Turkey of spreading "fake news."

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 28 14:58

Turkish President Erdogan Claims He Has “Confirmed Evidence” US-led Forces Supported ISIS

Obviously Erdogan feels the US has screwed Turkey over to be suddenly changing his tune. Actually, he’s been acting different towards his “allies” ever since Turkey accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt and took over the Incirlik US air base.

Dec 28 10:34

Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria

President Barack Obama has long been under fire from the US national security elite and the media for failing to intervene aggressively against the Assad regime.

But the real strategic blunder was not that Barack Obama didn’t launch yet another war in Syria, but that he decided to go along with the ambitions of America’s Sunni allies to create and arm a Syrian opposition army to overthrow the regime in the first place.

Now a former Obama administration official who is knowledgeable on the internal discussions on Syria policy, speaking to this writer on condition of anonymity, has shed new light on how and why that fateful decision was made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this account is true, President's Obama's catastrophic failure regarding Syria, and that of his entire team, was a pathological inability to think through a scenario to its potential logical conclusions.

There was no "single way" in which the war in Syria could have ended; there were multiple possibilities, and that Obama and his team didn't understand that, has grave implications for other huge foreign policy failures on the part of his administration, which President-Elect Trump will now inherit and have to clean up.

Dec 28 07:44

TURKEY AND RUSSIA ‘BROKER CEASEFIRE DEAL FOR ALL OF SYRIA’

Turkey and Russia have agreed a ceasefire plan for all of Syria that should come into force this evening at midnight, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

The plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo, brokered by Turkey and Russia earlier this month to allow the evacuation of civilians, to all of the country, it said.

But, like previous ceasefire plans that had been brokered by the United States and Russia, it excludes "terror" groups, the agency said.

If successful, the plan will form the basis of upcoming political negotiations between the regime and opposition overseen by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital Astana, it added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the Brits are working furiously to sabotage these efforts, and keep the jihadists in play. As reported Monday at globalresearch.com, and originally reported at farsnews.com, Izvestia.com:

A group of British Generals and military advisors have arrived in Syria to recruit and train the terrorist groups which have withdrawn from Aleppo, a Russian daily reported. The Izvestia newspaper reported that UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon had earlier said that 20 British military instructors have already arrived in Syria to “restore the combat capability of units of the moderate opposition which has retreated from Aleppo”. Earlier reports, in October, said that Britain had sent its military experts to Syria before Aleppo’s liberation by the Syrian army to train the fresh terrorists for combat, first medical aid and defuse bombs. Based on reports in certain media and the social media pages, the mission of these advisors changed with a change in conditions and their first mission now is to assess the combat capabilities and military equipment of the terrorist groups which have left Aleppo and they are due to determine new strategies for the so-called “moderate” dissidents to unite them under a united military command. The British Generals and officers are now being safeguarded by the air force. Since the West fears intensified infighting among the remaining terrorist groups after the liberation of Aleppo, it is attempting to unite them and turn them into an army which can efficiently fight, the Russian daily concluded. The Syrian state television announced on Wednesday that the final phase of the evacuation of the terrorists from Aleppo city had resumed.

What the UK is doing here, which had to be signed off by the highest levels of the British government, is tantamount to an act of war against another sovereign country, Syria; and not only that: they are risking war with Russia, which was invited by the Syrian government, to get rid of all of Syria's jihadists.

Dec 28 07:39

RUSSIA, TURKEY PUSH NATIONWIDE CEASEFIRE PLAN IN SYRIA

Turkey and Russia agreed on a nationwide ceasefire plan in Syria.

The agreement proposes end of hostilities in the country starting at midnight local time on December 29.

The truce agreement has to be approved by the Syrian government and does not extend to terrorist organizations operating in the country.

If the cease-fire succeeds, the Syrian government and opposition will launch peace talks in Astana (Kazakhstan) brokered by Russia and Turkey, according to Anadolu.

Dec 27 13:35

Turkey Announces Proof U.S. is Supporting ISIS

Turkey’s President set to release confirmed evidence with pictures, photos and videos proving the United States supporting ISIS.

Dec 27 13:21

SYRIA ROUNDUP: ALEPPO LIBERATED - TURKEY'S PROBLEMS INCREASE

As planned by the Russian forces the liberation of east-Aleppo was completed before Christmas. There are no longer beheadings by Takfiris in East-Aleppo. Instead a Christmas mass could be held in the damaged Elias Cathedral in the Old City in east-Aleppo. A total of about 88,000 people left the area during the evacuation of east-Aleppo. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross some 35,000 (13,000 militants and their immediate families) left to al-Qaeda held areas in Idleb governate. The UN Humanitarian Relief Organization found that 54,000 entered the government held west Aleppo.

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