One of Turkish president Recep Erdogan's key contentions in the ongoing diplomatic spat with Russia is that everything that Russia has accused Turkey of doing, from funding the Islamic State's oil purchases, to providing weapons for Syrian "rebels" intent on eradicating the Assad regime, is unfounded slander without a shred of evidence.
Here is the problem: evidence does exist, as we showed two days ago, when we presented the role Erdogan's son Bilal has played in ISIS oil transit, and not only that but also proof that Turkey has been smuggling weapons to Syria as the editor and a reporter from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper showed some time ago.
And in order to eradicate the evidence against him, yesterday Erdogan did what every dictator does when feeling threatened: he had the editor and his reported detained, jailed and accused of espionage precisely over the controversial story about an alleged arms shipment from Turkish intelligence to Syrian rebels.
The two Cumhuriyet journalists were accused of “political or military spying” by reporting “classified information” and “deliberately aiding a terrorist organization."
Moscow's firm and swift response forever changes the Grand Chessboard. The French appeared to vacillate, unable to get firm assurances from their Atlanticist partners in DC. Has this pushed Hollande towards Putin?
Events unfolded very quickly after the Turkish F16 fighter jet downed a Russian SU24 bomber over the Syrian territory, close to Turkish border. The act was characterised by Russian president Vladimir Putin as “backstabbing” on the part of the Turks. Russian authorities and the public are especially enraged because of the death of one of the pilots, and even more so by the videos of one of the pilot’s body being treated with utter disrespect by the Turkmen terrorists in Northern Syria - one of the groups that is well known for being backed by Turkey.
É absolutamente impossível compreendermos por que o governo turco abraça a estratégia suicidária de derrubar um SU-24 russo sobre território sírio – tecnicamente uma declaração de guerra da OTAN à Rússia –, sem a considerarmos no contexto real o jogo de poder de Erdogan no norte da Síria.
O presidente Vladmir Putin disse que a derrubada do jato russo havia sido uma "punhalada nas costas". Vejamos como os fatos em solo levaram àquela punhalada.
Ancara usa, financia e arma uma coleção de grupos extremistas em todo o norte da Síria, e precisa, a qualquer custo, manter abertas linhas de suprimentos para eles a partir do sul da Turquia; afinal, tudo de que aqueles grupos tem de fazer é conquistar Aleppo, o que abriria caminho para o Santo Graal de Ancara: a 'mudança de regime' em Damasco.
Ao mesmo tempo, Ancara teme mortalmente as YPG – Unidades de Proteção do Povo Curdo Sírio – organização irmã do PKK, partido curdo de esquerda. Esses todos têm de ser contidos a qualquer preço.
Russia’s state nuclear energy company Rosatom is ready to help Japan shut down the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. A huge earthquake and a resulting tsunami hit the plant in March 2011, causing three nuclear meltdowns and a massive radiation leak.
Turkey’s two neighbors and historical adversaries Greece and Bulgaria have witnessed sporadic protests denouncing Ankara’s remorseless in the shooting down of the Russian Su-24 plane, as well as NATO warmongering in general.
While we patiently dig to find who the on and offshore "commodity trading" middleman are, who cart away ISIS oil to European and other international markets in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars, one name keeps popping up as the primary culprit of regional demand for the Islamic State's "terrorist oil" - that of Turkish president Recep Erdogan's son: Bilal Erdogan.
For having the courage to come forward and expose the drone program for the indiscriminate murder that it is, 4 vets are under attack from the government they once served.
“My drone operators went public this week and now their credit cards and bank accounts are frozen,” Radack lamented on her Twitter feed (the spelling of her post has been conventionalized). This was done despite the fact that none of them has been charged with a criminal offense – but this is a trivial formality in the increasingly Sovietesque American National Security State.
Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis, who served as drone operators in the US Air Force, have gone public with detailed accounts of the widespread corruption and institutionalized indifference to civilian casualties that characterize the program. Some of those disclosures were made in the recent documentary Drone; additional details have been provided in an open letter from the whistleblowers to President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and CIA Director John Brennan.
.@wikileaks My #drone #whistleblowers went public this wk & now their #CreditCards + #BankAccts are #frozen. Advice? pic.twitter.com/4wymwZgeZ9
— unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted (@JesselynRadack) November 22, 2015
“We are former Air Force service members,” the letter begins. We joined the Air Force to protect American lives and to protect our Constitution. We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruiting tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”
The shelling of RT’s crew is another indication that Syria is becoming one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world, the UN and international watchdogs said, urging the attacks on the media to stop.
At least six people have been injured in Calais, after French riot police used tear gas to stop men from boarding trucks en-route to the UK. International charities say that conditions at the nearby Jungle refugee camp are at a “crisis point” following weeks of heavy rain.
Análise cuidadosa das longas declarações russas nos últimos três dias sobre as tensões com a Turquia sugere que Moscou descartou (pode-se dizer, praticamente) a teoria conspiracional de que Ancara teria tomado a desgraçada decisão de derrubar o jato russo na 3ª-feira passada com tácito encorajamento dos EUA.
Dado o clima prevalecente nos laços russos com o ocidente, não deve ter sido surpresa para Moscou que o secretário-geral da OTAN Jen Stoltenberg tenha manifestado o apoio rotineiro à integridade territorial da Turquia, ou que o presidente Barack Obama tenha visto o incidente da 3ª-feira pelo prisma do jogo que se vai consumando na Síria. Importante, Moscou com certeza observou que ambos, a OTAN e Obama aconselharam a Turquia a 'des-escalar' com a Rússia e deixaram claro que se trata de assunto entre Ankara e Moscou. (Ver no meu blog, US, OTAN tell Turkey to ‘deescalate’ with Russia.)
Moscou logo depois invocou o recente memorando Rússia-EUA sobre garantir a segurança das aeronaves de combate que operam na Síria "pelo qual os EUA assumiram a responsabilidade de que todos os participantes da coalizão liderada pelos EUA observarão regulações relevantes".
Moscou concluiu, depois de consideração meticulosa das evidências circunstanciais do caso, que a Turquia cometeu ato premeditado. Há muitas explicações acessíveis do por que a Turquia ter agido como agiu, mas Moscou parece ter-se concentrado em duas delas principalmente: a) a Turquia tentou precipitar uma confrontação entre a Rússia e a aliança ocidental, que desnortearia as operações militares russas na Síria; b) a Turquia tentou fazer descarrilar a operação russa em curso em áreas altamente sensíveis de fronteira pelas quais passam as principais rotas de suprimento para os grupos extremistas (como para a Frente Nusra).
De fato, pela avaliação que os russos estão fazendo, as relações russo-turcas nunca mais serão as mesmas de antes. Há profundo senso de traição que teria sido cometida no nível da liderança turca. No mínimo, o Kremlin esperava que o presidente Recep Erdogan manifestasse alguma lástima ou arrependimento pelo incidente. (Moscou ainda deu bom tempo para o Sultão pedir desculpas se quisesse, adiando a decisão final sobre as medidas de retaliação contra a Turquia.)
Police in Ankara used pepper spray against supporters of two prominent journalists accused of treason over publishing photos of weapons allegedly brought to Syria by Turkish intelligence. Several thousand rallied in their support in Istanbul and Ankara.
President Barack Obama has signed the Pentagon funding bill giving $800 million in aid to both “moderate rebels” in Syria and the Kiev regime. Obama also vowed to work around provisions blocking the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 on the eve of Thanksgiving, a four-day holiday for most Americans. He previously vetoed the $612 billion bill in a well-publicized ceremony in October, arguing that the lawmakers dodged the spending limits by shifting money into the warfighting slush fund.
Although Congress then trimmed the bill down to $607 billion, the cuts did not affect the $300 million aid to the Ukrainian government, or the “zombie” surveillance blimp program that has cost nearly $3 billion so far. It also left almost $500 million dedicated to arming and training “moderate rebels” in Syria – a program the Pentagon had already abandoned.
The Following is a list of names of the 101 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and Thursday November 26th, 2015, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The 17 Israelis killed in the same time period are listed below.
Body of Samer Saresi, lying where he was shot and left to bleed to death (image from Said Shoub – Twitter)
Russia is suspending its visa-free regime with Turkey from January 1, 2016, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The announcement comes in response to the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish Air Force earlier this week.
It's absolutely impossible to understand why the Turkish government would engage in the suicidal strategy of downing a Russian Su-24 over Syrian territory – technically a NATO declaration of war on Russia - without putting in context the Turkish power play in northern Syria.
President Vladmir Putin said the downing of the Russian fighter jet was a “stab in the back.” So let’s see how facts on the ground allowed it to happen.
Ankara uses, finances, and weaponizes a basket case of extremist outfits across northern Syria, and needs by all means to keep supply line corridors from southern Turkey open for them; after all they need to conquer Aleppo, which would open the way for Ankara’s Holy Grail: regime change in Damascus.
At the same time Ankara is terrified of the YPG – the Syrian Kurd People’s Protection Units – a sister organization of the leftist PKK. These must be contained at all costs.
So the Islamic State group – against which the United Nations has declared war - is a mere detail in the overall Ankara strategy, which is essentially to fight, contain or even bomb Kurds; support all manner of Takfiris and Salafi-jihadis, including the Islamic State group; and get regime change in Damascus.
This article is about the Turkish nationalist organization.
The Grey Wolves (Turkish: Bozkurtlar), officially known as Ülkü Ocakları (Turkish: [ylky od͡ʒaklaɾɯ]; "Idealist Clubs" or "Idealist Hearths"),[B] is a Turkish nationalist organization. It is variously described as ultra-nationalist or neo-fascist. Formally a youth organization with close links to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), it has been described as MHP's "militant youth arm", "unofficial militant arm", and "paramilitary and terrorist wing". Established by Colonel Alparslan Türkeş in the 1960s, it was the main nationalist force during the political violence in 1976–80 in Turkey. During this period, the organization became a "death squad" engaged in "street killings and gunbattles". According to authorities, 220 of its members carried out 694 murders of left-wing and liberal activists and intellectuals. Attacks on university students were commonplace. They killed hundreds of Alevis in the Maraş massacre of 1978 and are alleged to have been behind the Taksim Square massacre of 1977. The masterminds behind the attempt on Pope John Paul II's life in 1981 by Grey Wolves member Mehmet Ali Ağca were not identified and the organization's role remains unclear.[C] Due to these attacks the Grey Wolves have been described by scholars and journalists as a terrorist organization.
A staunchly Pan-Turkist organization, in the early 1990s the Grey Wolves extended their area of operation into the post-Soviet states with Turkic and Muslim populations. Up to thousands of its members fought in the Nagorno-Karabakh War on the Azerbaijani side, and the First and Second Chechen Wars on the Chechen side. After an unsuccessful attempt to seize power in Azerbaijan in 1995, they were banned in that country. Kazakhstan in 2005 also banned the organization, classifying it as a terrorist organization.
Under Devlet Bahçeli, who assumed the leadership of MHP and Grey Wolves after Türkeş's death in 1997, the organization has been reformed. Despite this, its members have been involved in a number of violent attacks and incidents directed mostly against Kurds. The organization has also been active in the Turkish-controlled portion of Cyprus. It has affiliated branches in several Western European countries with significant Turkish populations, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. In Germany, they are the largest far-right organization with at least 10,000 members and are monitored by the authorities as an extremist organization. According to sociologist Doğu Ergil, the Grey Wolves are supported by 3.6 percent of the Turkish electorate as of 2014.
In 2014, US and EU installed its own hand-picked puppet regime in Kiev, Ukraine. This caused a chain of epic failures that have made many ardent cheerleaders for ‘regime change’ to question whether or not tipping over the elected government in 2014 was a very good idea.
The worst part of the whole operation was that US and EU central planners thought it prudent to activate and partner with NeoNazis and proto-fascist militants in order to achieve their short-term regime change goals. Once the coup d’etat had taken place in February 2014, western agents of change were stuck with a horrific political Frankenstein they had created.
While the battles have been raging in Syria and elsewhere, few in the west have been aware that the architects of instability have been busy opening up a new front for proxy, asymmetric warfare – in Crimea. To add to the shock and awe, western agents have brought together two of the worst groups of miscreants the world has ever known.
Since ancient times an army required significant logistical support to carry out any kind of sustained military campaign. In ancient Rome, an extensive network of roads was constructed to facilitate not only trade, but to allow Roman legions to move quickly to where they were needed, and for the supplies needed to sustain military operations to follow them in turn.
In the late 1700′s French general, expert strategist, and leader Napoleon Bonaparte would note that, “an army marches on its stomach,” referring to the extensive logistical network required to keep an army fed, and therefore able to maintain its fighting capacity. For the French, their inability to maintain a steady supply train to its forces fighting in Russia, and the Russians’ decision to burn their own land and infrastructure to deny it from the invading forces, ultimately defeated the French.
Nazi Germany would suffer a similar fate when it too overextended its logical capabilities during its invasion of Russia amid Operation Barbarossa. Once again, invading armies became stranded without limited resources before being either cut off and annihilated or forced to retreat.
This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was “caught with IS pants down.” By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called IS–or Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preference–terrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under interrogation by the Iraqi intelligence he apparently said a lot regarding the role of Netanyahu’s IDF in supporting IS.
In late October an Iranian news agency, quoting a senior Iraqi intelligence officer, reported the capture of an Israeli army colonel, named Yusi Oulen Shahak, reportedly related to the ISIS Golani Battalion operating in Iraq in the Salahuddin front. In a statement to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency a Commander of the Iraqi Army stated, “The security and popular forces have held captive an Israeli colonel.” He added that the IDF colonel “had participated in the Takfiri ISIL group’s terrorist operations.” He said the colonel was arrested together with a number of ISIL or IS terrorists, giving the details: “The Israeli colonel’s name is Yusi Oulen Shahak and is ranked colonel in Golani Brigade… with the security and military code of Re34356578765az231434.”
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