Russia has almost 30 million Muslims. This is our Fatherland! And the plane downed by Turkey is ours! And the pilot is ours! And you knew that Russia has millions of Muslims, why did you shoot down our plane on the orders of USA and the West, killed our pilot, fighting ISIS, defending Muslims? With your consent and connivance the West destroyed Iraq, Syria, Libya. Now tell me, what are your reasons to accuse me that I am against Islam? I am a defender of Islam! And Turkish authorities help destroy the Islamic peoples and countries! Wake up!
Israel is counting on an increase in the number of tourists visiting the country after Russia cancelled all flights to the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, an assistant to the Ministry of Tourism director general, Neta Briskin-Peleg, said Tuesday.
The first Russian fifth generation fighter is not the much advertised T-50, which according to plan should begin to arrive into the Russian Military and Space Forces in early 2016, but the almost forgotten project MiG 1.44, which was abandoned in the early 2000s.
"Taking into account the fact that over in recent years trade between Russia and Turkey reached $30 billion, there will be a serious problem for Turkish business. Turkish companies would have to look for other markets, and not all of them will succeed," Pushkov underscored.
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"Annually, Turkey earned $3.5-4 billion on Russian tourists, which accounts for 12-18 percent of its overall tourist industry," he said.
Second, Turkish companies doing business in Russia will also be affected. According to Pushkov, last year their overall income was estimated 50 billion rubles ($750 million).
Third, Turkish companies exporting their products to Russia will sustain losses.
The success of the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism with the support of friends, especially Russia and Iran, has pushed some countries hostile to Syria to escalate the situation and increase the funding and supply of arms to militants,” SANA news agency reported Bashar Assad as saying.
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The president stressed that Syria and its partners would continue to vigorously combat all forms of terrorism, as they are confident that their destruction would be a major step toward stability in the region and in the world. It will also open the door to a political settlement in Syria, he added.
A new world order that eliminates the neocons and neo liberal war mongers of death and destruction
Enrique Ferro's insight:
However, to resolve the difficult crisis that followed the destruction of the Russian Su-24 quickly, the West is now searching for those "guilty" of this blatant attack, which is, without a doubt, the Turkish leader -- Tayyip Erdogan. It seems that NATO states are not afraid to criticize Turkey for its actions against Russia. Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel expressed harsh criticism of Turkey after the downing of Russia's Su-24 bombers by labeling it an "unpredictable player", reports the German Die Welt.
The members of NATO fear that the "impulsive actions" of Turkey's President will force them into a new major conflict, and NATO is not prepared to fight it yet. These "impulsive actions" may trigger the response that is required by Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. No wonder Hollande, while declaring war against ISIL, made no reference of Article 5, by quoting the EU Lisbon Treaty instead.
Two prominent Turkish journalists have been charged with espionage after alleging that Turkey's secret services sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, face life imprisonment if found guilty.Their report and video footage attracted a political storm in Turkey and a lawsuit filed by the president.Turkey faces severe criticism over its press freedom record.
Any country's diaspora can help build up or tear down the international image of its homeland. What about Russians who've gone to live abroad?
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The Russian immigrant I was talking with is a woman originally from Saint Petersburg. She's now a college professor in the US and married to an American. "There is no evidence of Putin's involvement," I said. Her reply was, "Yes, that's how they operate. They leave no traces behind."
That may or may not be true. But the point is that she held a presumption of Putin's culpability, even in the presence of evidence that most of the Litvinenko story had been fabricated by a political adversary. Her presumption seems based on a conviction that the negative news stories are indeed the honest truth. This goes well beyond just the Litvinenko affair.
I wonder how many mistaken beliefs this "expert" on Russia has reinforced in the minds of others.
Observations and musings about the Presidential election.how the electronic media is beating Obama's 2008 game, en route to sending Bernie Sanders to the White House, if his supporter have anything to say about it, notwithstanding Hillary's heavy artiillery.
The rush to bomb Syria is a cynical ploy to exploit the murderous tragedy in Paris for the benefit of the Washington-led agenda of regime change in Damascus. Bombing ISIS can help clear the way for the other militant Islamist rebels (including al Qaeda affiliates, now miraculously transformed into "moderates") whom the West and its Saudi allies favor.
This is a very interesting and thought-provoking op-ed. It deals with epistemic aspects at the global scale. Bringing Fort Russ at the fore as an alternative voice which is testing an enlightening discourse as far as the usual narratives are concerned is all the more pertinent. I find the quality of the contributions on this site all the more exciting and challenging. It is obvious that different angles are roughly present. Nonetheless I take issue with the idea that Russia and its president are fighting NATO's imperialism on behalf of tradition. Is the secular republic of Syria fighting for tradition? And then what about the Saudis' Wahhabi ideology, where should we put it, and yet it is a faithful ally of the US and NATO? Is Poland, a NATO member state, not a clerical political society? When we deal with progress and tradition, we should be careful. The US is far from being a progressive nation, and it is obsessed with religion, and half its inhabitants are strongly Fundamentalist, no atheist thinker can dream of a political career, and God is very relevant in the dollar representation... No such a thing happens in Russia, where the Communist Party is the second force, and religion for all its born-again rise, still lacks of influence, unlike in Saudi Arabia, Poland, or the US. And if tradition is what religion means, I don't think that the traditionalists in Fort Russ are right in making the oversimplification that NATO's "real endgame" is fighting Russia and Tradition as it is stated in Joaquin Flores' video. Russia, yes, but tradition? The Syrian struggle to save a secular state against the NATO-supported sharia militants doesn't fit in such a facile black-and-white scheme.
The Indian state of Goa has been removed from the Russian list of safe travel destinations. Earlier, Russian banned travel flight to Egypt and Turkey. The government considers China, Cuba and Vietnam as a replacement to the blacklisted resorts.
Russian economic sanctions imposed against Turkey would have a devastating effect on the Turkish economy, Ben Aris, editor-in-chief of the Business New Europe magazine, told Radio Sputnik.
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"I think he [Erdogan] was hoping to get Putin to the negotiating table and start talking about who's bombing who and who's protecting who, but actually these things have run out of control now," Aris told Sputnik.
Western news media and governments are keeping hush about an economic blockade by Ukraine against Crimea that is starting to appear permanent. TASS reports today that at least one of the electricity lines from Ukraine to Crimea that was sabotaged by right-wing extremists during the weekend of Nov 20-21 has been repaired. But no electricity is flowing to Crimea from Ukraine. The information comes from Russian Deputy Energy Minister Andrey Cherezov.
What is for certain, according to the online information about the SU-24 is that 243 mph is far below the normal operating range of the aircraft. The supersonic aircraft is not intended to fly at such a low speed. It is unlikely that a pilot would be flying at or approaching stall speed as his control over the aircraft can become an issue.
Snowden did not tell terrorists anything they did not already know. They have known for years that the US government is trying to monitor their communications. What the Snowden disclosures actually revealed was that the US government is monitoring the Internet communications and activities of hundreds of millions of innocent people under the largest program of suspicionless mass surveillance ever created.
The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had recently increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria, and accused its northern neighbor of firing shells at Syrian army positions.
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