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  • Pelosi’s Most Dangerous Ploy

    10/15/2007 6:13:14 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 38 replies · 142+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/15/2007 | Jed Babbin
    Congressional Democrats anxious to force a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq are frustrated by their inability to muster a veto-proof majority for legislation that would establish a firm date for retreat. But what they cannot do directly they are now working hard to do indirectly. According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey is the transshipment point for about 70% of all air cargo (including 33% of the fuel) going to supply US forces in Iraq. Included are about 95% of the new “MRAP” -- mine-resistant, ambush-protected -- vehicles designed to save the lives of...
  • Pope to Armenians: Never forget the genocide, but reconcile

    06/25/2016 12:19:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/25/2016 | Nicole Winfield and Avet Demourian 
    The world should never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, Pope Francis declared Saturday even as he urged Armenians to infuse their collective memory with love so they can find peace and reconcile with Turkey. Turkey, though, didn’t budge. In its first reaction to Francis’ recognition of the 1915 “genocide,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called the comments “greatly unfortunate” and said they bore the hallmarks of the “mentality of the Crusades.” Francis began his second day in Armenia by paying his respects at the country’s imposing genocide memorial and greeting descendants of survivors of the 1915...
  • Germany declares 1915 Armenian killings a "genocide"

    06/02/2016 6:38:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | June 2, 2016 | Sheena McKenzie
    The German parliament has passed a symbolic resolution recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as a "genocide." The resolution was passed with a "striking majority" said President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert, with only one politician voting against it and one abstaining. Between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians, and other minorities, are estimated to have been killed by what was then-Ottoman Turkey during World War One. ... Germany's resolution is likely to place a strain on relations between Berlin and Ankara, and follows a recent migrant deal between Turkey and the European Union, in which Germany...
  • Turkey says German vote on Armenian 'genocide' a 'test of friendship'

    06/02/2016 1:33:57 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/16
    German lawmakers' planned vote to recognize the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, will test the "friendship" between Berlin and Ankara, Turkey said Thursday, according to AFP. The resolution "will amount to a real test of the friendship" between the two nations, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. "Some nations that we consider friends, when they are experiencing trouble in domestic policy attempt to divert attention from it," he said at a meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AKP). "This resolution is an example of that." He stopped short of threatening Germany with political and economic retaliation,...
  • The only promise that Barack Hussein Obama has actually kept

    04/07/2016 3:53:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 4/7/16
    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America…” ALL OF A SUDDEN… • All of a sudden, Islam is now taught in schools. Christianity, prayer, and the bible are banned in schools. • All of a sudden, we must allow Muslim prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.• All of a sudden, we must stop serving pork in prisons because Muslims don’t eat it.• All of a sudden, we are inundated with lawsuits from Muslims who are offended by American culture.• All of a sudden, we must allow Muslim burkas to be worn...
  • Plans Underway for Pope Francis to Visit Armenia

    03/22/2016 2:04:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/21/16 | Cindy Wooden
    Vatican spokesman revealed that the trip may take place in JuneThe Vatican is studying the possibility of Pope Francis visiting Armenia in late June, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, confirming Pope Francis's desire to make the trip, denied that it already was set for June 22-26 as a news website reported. "It is true that a trip to Armenia in late June is being studied," he said on March 18, but the papal trip planners had not yet visited the country and neither the dates nor the program have been finalised. The vast majority of...
  • ARMENIA: Thousands Protest In Yerevan Against Electricity Prices [VIDEO] [LIVE STREAM]

    06/24/2015 5:21:03 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    Several thousand people have been protesting in the Armenian capital against rising electricity prices. The protesters marched on June 22 from Yerevan's central Freedom Square toward the presidential palace, but were stopped on Baghramyan Avenue by riot police backed by water cannons. At about 8 p.m. local time, the protesters sat on the road, blocking traffic. Police said the protest march was "unlawful" and warned that they would disperse the rally. Around midnight, police asked protesters to return to Freedom Square. Authorities turned off the street lights, prompting protest coordinators to demand that they turn them back on. Police later...
  • ARMENIA: Armenian protests: Thousands rally against energy price hike

    06/24/2015 3:15:47 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Thousands of people in the Armenian capital Yerevan have taken part in renewed protests against rising electricity prices. At least 6,000 made a second attempt to march to the presidential residence on Tuesday evening, reports said. Earlier, riot police with water cannon had dispersed a similar march and arrested about 200 demonstrators. Protesters are opposing a decision to increase electricity prices for households by 17-22% from 1 August. Armenia's electricity network is owned by a Russian company, which says the rise is necessary because of a fall in the value of the national currency, the BBC's South Caucasus correspondent Rayhan...
  • ARMENIA: Thousands Protest in Armenian Capital Amid Economic Hardship

    MOSCOW—Thousands of protesters rallied near the presidential residence in the capital of Armenia in the South Caucasu in the first shock wave of discontent over economic hardship sparked by recession in regional heavyweight Russia. Undeterred by police batons and water cannons used to disperse protests earlier in the day, when police detained more than 230 protesters, mostly young people waving Armenian flags marched toward the president’s residence in Yerevan on Tuesday evening before halting in front of rows of riot police clad in body armor and holding shields. Sanctions over Russia’s role in Ukraine, including restrictions renewed by the European...
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of sharp Karabakh escalation with tanks, artillery, aircraft

    04/02/2016 1:38:07 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-2-2016 | RT
    Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan have reportedly flared up overnight, with reports of gun and mortar fire coming from the border. Both Azeri and Armenian defense ministries accused each other of provoking the escalation. Azerbaijan said Armenian troops opened fire 127 times over 24 hours along the border. They are using mortars and heavy machine guns, the statement released on Saturday said. Armenia said Azeri troops went on the offensive overnight and are using tanks artillery and military aircraft. Militias in the unrecognized Karabakh republic, the focal point of the conflict, claimed they shot down an Azeri helicopter gunboat. Azerbaijan...
  • 101st anniversary of Armenian genocide marked worldwide

    04/24/2016 11:24:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Ya Libnan News ^ | April 24, 2016
    Lebanese Armenians wave a giant flag during a rally outside the Turkish embassy in the capital Beirut on April 23, 2016, to commemorate the 101th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915. It is 101 years since Turkey’s Ottoman government began arresting minority community leaders and setting in motion a campaign of systematic slaughter that had left 1.5 million Christian Armenians dead by the early 1920s. Lebanon’s Armenians marked on Sunday the 101 anniversary of when some 250 Armenian intellectuals were rounded up by Ottoman Turks as the first step of the genocide against...
  • Barack Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings ‘genocide’

    04/24/2016 10:38:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Times of India ^ | Apr 23, 2016
    Armenian-American leaders have urged Obama each year to make good on a pledge he made as a candidate in 2008, when he said the U.S. government had a responsibility to recognize the attacks as genocide and vowed to do so if elected. Obama's failure to fulfill that pledge in his final annual statement on the massacre infuriated advocates and lawmakers who accused the president of outsourcing America's moral voice to Turkey ... It's a Turkish government veto over U.S. policy on the Armenian genocide," Aram Hamparian, head of the Armenian National Committee of America, said in an interview. "It's like...
  • History Forgotten, the Armenian Genocide and the Assyrians Today

    12/29/2015 8:44:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/29/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “Around the world, Christians are facing violence, persecution, brutality in a way we have not seen in generations.” – Rey Flores, “The Wanderer” The leftist charlatans with their fake “war on women” movement are deafly silent in the face of a real genocide, the deliberate and brutal torture and killings of Christian men and women. Yazidi women and girls are kidnapped, raped, and driven into a life of slavery to ISIS as forced converts to Islam. A small army of resistance is fighting the scourge of ISIS, in a valiant attempt to save what is left of their tribes and...
  • Armenia calls NATO’s attention to the violation of its air space by Turkish helicopters

    11/24/2015 5:05:03 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Horizon ^ | October 19, 2015
    Armradio - Armenian delegates have raised the issue of violation of the Armenian air space by Turkish helicopters on the sidelines of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's annual session held in Norway October 9-12. Member of the Armenian delegation Tevan Poghosyan has informed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the incident and addressed a letter to James Appathurai, the Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia and hopes to receive a response early in November. ... If NATO really values the inviolability of borders of its member states, it would be reasonable for the Alliance to serve an...
  • Fiorina sings the praises of Islam, Ottoman Empire 'greatest civilization'

    09/16/2015 3:41:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Wilmington Examiner ^ | 8/9/15 | Timothy Whiteman
    Former CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina may still be hearing the fading echoes of the praise heaped upon her by network pundits and GOP party insiders after her being informally declared the winner of the lower-tier Republican candidates debate last Aug. 6, 2015. In the wake of the nationally televised debate, the gushing of television personalities and happily spilled ink from establishment Republican stalwarts certainly gave the impression that Fiorina has become the new darling of the conservative movement. However, with a nation still in mourning for the mass slaughter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks...
  • France calls on Turkey to recognise Armenia killings

    12/14/2004 10:06:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 491+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 14 2004 | Honor Mahony
    This is a highly contentious issue for Turkey which has refused to recognise the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. Ankara insists that between 250,000 and 500,000 Armenians as well as thousands of Turks were killed when they clashed during World War 1. Armenians say that their people died or were deported under Turkish Ottoman rule.
  • Turkey threatens France with sanctions over Armenian 'genocide' law

    05/15/2006 9:37:48 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 16 replies · 562+ views
    AFP/dailystar ^ | May 15, 2006
    ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened France with trade sanctions if it adopts a bill making it illegal to deny that the 1915-17 massacre of Armenians in Turkey was "genocide," a Turkish newspaper said Sunday. "Patience has its limits. We do not have hatred (toward France) but we will impose our sanctions," the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet quoted Turkey's prime miniter as saying at a summit of Muslim countries on the Indonesian island of Bali. French lawmakers were due to consider next week a bill from the opposition Socialists which would make anyone denying the existence of the "Armenian...
  • Hillary and Christian Dhimmis

    04/27/2015 2:45:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Several years ago I visited a synagogue in Istanbul, one of the few remaining in all of Turkey. It had been firebombed a few weeks earlier – in response to some recent incident between Israelis and Palestinians. But because of security and a thick outer wall, it was relatively unharmed. Inside, ten elderly, eccentric Jewish Turks were gathered, the bare number needed for a minyan. We spoke for a short while about what it was to live as a religious minority in a big Muslim country. But I will never forget the atmosphere in that tiny congregation – wary, but...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan slams nations recognizing Armenian genocide

    04/25/2015 7:45:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2015 9:31 AM EDT
    Turkey’s president has lashed out at country leaders who have recognized the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide on the centenary of the massacres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France, Germany, Russia and Austria—whose leaders or parliaments recently described the killings as genocide—of supporting “claims constructed on Armenian lies.” He accused the United States of siding with Armenia, although President Barack Obama stopped short of using the term in his annual message. …
  • Prince Charles joins his son Harry and world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the disastrous

    04/24/2015 7:28:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2015 | SIMON TOMLINSON
    Prince Charles and his son Harry today joined world leaders to mark the centenary of the catastrophic Gallipoli landings which claimed 140,000 lives during World War One. The royals met descendants of fallen soldiers on the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark in Turkey's Dardanelles straits, the same crucial waters the Allies hoped to control 100 years ago. Instead tens of thousands lost their lives on both sides in a nine-month battle between the German-backed Ottoman forces and Allies including Australian, British and New Zealand troops trying to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. Today, soldiers from both the...
  • Turkish Demonstrators Asked to Leave Consulate Amid Armenian Genocide March

    04/24/2015 7:22:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    ktla ^ | Anthony Kurzweil and Chris Wolfe,
    They’re throwing eggs and bottles at us,” said Kutsal Kocer, who was standing with the Turkish demonstrators. Kocer told KTLA she and the other Turkish demonstrators were asked to leave the building because police could not protect them from the marchers. “It’s a shame that these people are violent and they are turning this into a Christian/Muslim war,” Kocer said. A group of LAPD officers was seen a short time later moving the two groups further apart, seemingly calming the situation. Thousands of people took part in the mostly peaceful 6-mile march, dubbed the “March for Justice,” from the corner...
  • [Germany’s foreign minister] Steinmeier: Armenia wasn’t genocide

    04/25/2015 8:11:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Apr 2015 15:58 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insisted on Friday that calling Armenian massacres genocide risks belittling the Holocaust, after President Joachim Gauck broke a taboo by using the word on Thursday. Steinmeier stuck to his guns on Friday, arguing in an interview with Spiegel that “We in Germany need to be careful not to give justification to those who follow their own political agenda and say the Holocaust started before 1933.” […] Steinmeier has come in for fierce criticism this week, with one high profile politician comparing him to Germany’s First World War leadership. Both Gauck and Bundestag (German parliament) president Norbert...
  • RUSSIA: Turkish Foreign Minister [Dust-up with Putin]

    04/24/2015 4:10:28 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    ​Turkish Foreign Minister: "Russia arranged famine in Ukraine" The video of Vladimir Putin for the day was a hit the Internet. More information on this. zelv.ru Ankara recalled the Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the "mass atrocities" of Russia in the last century - the Holodomor, links and persecution of Muslims. Here is the full text of the STATEMENT from the Turkish Foreign Ministry: "We reject and condemn labeling the events of 1915 as 'genocide' Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite all our warnings and appeals. These policy statements that are in flagrant violation of the law, have no legal effect...
  • ‘American Sniper’ derailed by Muslim complaints at University of Maryland

    04/24/2015 2:36:52 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 46 replies
    The University of Maryland joins the University of Michigan in the ranks of educational institutions with an "American Sniper" controversy. Muslim student protests prompted the University of Maryland at College Park to announce the cancellation of the movie about deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. "American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes," the university's Muslim Students Association said in its petition, Fox News reported Thursday.
  • SERVICES MARK 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS by Islamic Turkey in WWI

    04/24/2015 1:45:29 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: Thanks to the efforts of those around the world who care about the crimes committed against Christian men, women, and children, more and more attention is being given to the Armenian Genocide of 1915, during which 1.5 million Christians were murdered by the Islamic Turkish Ottoman Empire during and after World War One. Other Christian victims included indigenous Christian Assyrians and Greeks subjugated by the Turks. It is an understatement to say that crimes against Christians, which are again on the increase now, 100 years later, need to be, and must be, given the official attention they deserve....
  • On the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, set in place by Turkish authorities

    04/24/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/24/15
    Armenians executed by Ottoman authorities in Aleppo, 1916 (Aleppo, where Christians are being exterminated once again 100 years later)This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you....
  • Pope Angers Turkey by Calling Armenian Genocide a Genocide

    04/24/2015 12:07:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | April 12, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    He said the G word. And Turkey is none too happy. Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic row on Sunday when, as had been widely expected, he called the mass killing of Armenians in World War I, “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The pontiff went even further though, and called on the international community to stop beating around the bush when talking about the slaughter of Armenians a century ago and call it a genocide once and for all. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican ambassador in Ankara in protest, reports BBC News. Although Turkey recognizes many Christian Armenians...
  • Thousands march in L.A. to mark 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide

    04/24/2015 11:57:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    l a times ^ | Brittny Mejia and Taylor Goldenstein
    Marchers created a mesmerizing blur of brightly colored flags Friday as they walked through the streets west of downtown Los Angeles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.. Participants had a common, persistent theme, calling for recognition of the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide. Many held nearly identical azure signs that thanked various countries for recognizing the Armenian genocide. President Obama has not used the word "genocide" in connection with the massacres since coming to office — and his name was greeted with boos at a ceremony before the march.
  • Hundreds will walk against genocide in Santa Rosa on Sunday

    04/24/2015 11:29:00 AM PDT · by rey · 12 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 24 April 2015 | CHRIS SMITH
    A world free of genocide will be on their minds — and comfortable shoes on their feet — when people of conscience meet Sunday morning outside of Santa Rosa’s Congregation Shomrei Torah. They’ll take part in the Walk Against Genocide, created seven years ago by a 14-year-old boy who’d become aware of the mass killings in Darfur and felt compelled to act. Since then, the walk Gabe Ferrick founded has raised more than $100,000 for relief to survivors of genocide in Darfur, Congo and elsewhere, and for advocacy to resolve the issues that can lead to mass killings. Participants in...
  • The Armenian Genocide and my grandmother's secret (muslims under a strange spell)

    04/24/2015 5:00:04 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    WND ^ | David Kupelian
    “The Turkish people are very hospitable people,” she said with surprising warmth, seeing as they had murdered her husband and dozens of other members of her extended family, just a few of the 1.5 million Christian Armenians killed by the Turks during the first genocide of the 20th century. Grandmom knew the Turkish people well, not just from having grown up in southern Turkey, but from having returned several times to the “old country” later in life, during more quiescent times. However, continuing her story, she intimated to me that the Muslim Turks lived under the spell of strange forces....
  • Obama still won't refer to the Armenian genocide by name. He should end the charade

    04/24/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | Thursday, 23 April, 2015 | Ali Gharib
    “The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” said a US senator named Barack Obama in 2008, before he sought to be elected to the highest office in the land. He was right then. He is so very wrong now. On 24 April 1915, near the end of the Ottoman empire, more than 200 Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul, most of whom were in government custody, were killed. More than a million of their kin were killed in the following...
  • Priorities: Nets Cover First Dog Bo 28 Times More Than Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 7:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dan Gainor
    Many historians call the Armenian Holocaust the first holocaust of the 20th Century, a dress rehearsal for the Nazi nightmare that followed. This April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of Turkish Muslims. That mass slaughter has gone virtually unreported by the broadcast networks. It was a genocide so awful that candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 he would acknowledge it as such. “As president, I will recognize the Armenian genocide,” he vowed. Obama has violated that promise every year since. This will be the seventh anniversary that Obama...
  • The Islamic Genocide of Christians: Past and Present

    04/24/2015 3:08:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/24/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today, April 24, we remember how exactly 100 years ago the last historic Muslim caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, tried to cleanse its empire of Christian minorities — Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks — even as we stand by watching as the new caliphate, the Islamic State, resumes the genocide.And in both cases, the atrocities were and are being committed in the name of Islam.In November, 1914, during WWI, the Ottoman caliphate issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree, proclaiming it a “sacred duty” for all Muslims to “massacre” infidels — specifically naming the “Christian men” of the Triple Entente, “the enemies of...
  • Nemesis as Moral Kingdom: The Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 2:58:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Vladimir Tismaneanu,Marius Stan
    Several years ago, Germany was the scene of an embarrassing episode when, under pressure from Turkey, the federated state of Brandenburg removed any reference to the Armenian genocide from a school syllabus.
  • Erdoğan, Obama to open mosque in US

    04/20/2015 4:48:06 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | April/20/2015
    The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said April 19. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who was on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a medium-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community. “During a phone call, President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan asked President [Barack] Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer in principle,’” Çavuşoğlu told the representatives. If Obama’s schedule allows at the time of the opening, he will accompany Erdoğan. The...
  • Obama and Erdogan to open new mosque together in Maryland

    04/20/2015 7:52:54 AM PDT · by blueyon · 59 replies
    By The Right Scoop ^ | 4/20/15 | By The Right Scoop
    A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening. Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony: ANADOLU AGENCY – The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday. Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to...
  • Iran Flexes Its Power by Transporting Turkey to the Stone Age

    04/23/2015 6:27:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 38 replies
    Observer ^ | April 22, 2015 | Micah Halpern
    Half of Turkey—44 of 81 provinces, 40 million people including those living in Istanbul and Ankara, suffered a massive power outage that lasted a solid twelve hours. It happened on Tuesday, March 31st. It happened because Iran wanted it to happen. The blackout in Turkey was caused by a cyber hack that originated in Iran. This cyber attack was payback, a taste of what Iran has to offer. Everything went down. Computers, airports, air traffic, traffic lights, hospitals, lights, elevators, refrigeration, water and sewage, everything simply stopped. In an instant, Turkey was transported back to the stone ages.
  • Turkey is 'making NATO very uncomfortable'

    04/22/2015 6:52:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Business Insider India ^ | 4-22-2015 | JEREMY BENDER
    Turkey's push to carve out an independent foreign policy and purchase arms from countries outside of NATO is raising concerns among members of the defensive military alliance, Emre Peker reports for the Wall Street Journal. "Turkey is recasting itself as a nonaligned country in its rhetoric, which is making NATO very uncomfortable," a Western official in Brussels told the WSJ. Ankara's decision to purchase missile-defense technology from China, as opposed to from NATO member states, is the most visible break between Turkey and the rest of the NATO bloc. Turkey chose to purchase from Beijing due to a matter of...
  • Turkey to Buy Chinese Missile Defence System

    04/22/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Teddy Ng & Reuters in Istandbul
    [This is from the International Edition of SCMP] China has won the bid to co-produce a multibillion ($3Billion) long-range air and missile defence system in Turkey, in what is its largest and most advanced arms sales to a NATO country. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to approve the US$3 billion bid by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, rejecting rival offers from Russian, US and European firms. The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T, it was announced on Thursday. [snip]
  • Austria MPs symbolically recognise Armenian genocide

    04/23/2015 6:58:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 4/22/15 | Jon Dougherty
    Austrian lawmakers' decision to condemn as "genocide" the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I will have "unfavourable repercussions" on Turkish-Austrian relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. "The adoption of this declaration will inevitably have unfavourable repercussions on bilateral relations," he told his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz by telephone, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Turkey on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Austria over the lawmakers' condemnation. Earlier Wednesday, the leaders of Austria's six major parties issued a statement recognising the killings for the first time as "genocide" and calling on Turkey to...
  • Armenian President Warns about Danger of Genocide Denial

    04/23/2015 1:10:43 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 2 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Armenian President Warns about Danger of Genocide Denial, Brazilian Congressman Marco Feliciano Denounces Genocide of Armenian Christians By Julio Severo Armenian President Serge Sargsyan warned Wedsnesday about the danger to the world of the denial of the genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians by Muslim hordes of the Ottoman Empire. The national day for the remembrance of this massacre, which hit especially Armenian Christians, will be held in Armenia next Friday. “Genocide is a failure of the international community and its impunity is the premise for its repetition,” said Sargsyan in his opening speech in an international forum on the...
  • Rai: Turkey Must Apologize Over Armenian Genocide

    04/23/2015 9:18:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    BEIRUT: Turkey must apologize for the Armenian genocide, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai told reporters Tuesday from the Beirut airport before traveling to Yervan for a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings. "The ceremony which will be held [on April 24] in Armenia serves to sanctify the martyrs [of the genocide],” Rai said. “We pray for all the martyrs who were killed, whether they were Armenians, Assyrians or Syriac who were present in this large disaster.” When asked whether those responsible for the massacre should apologize to the Armenian people, the patriarch replied by saying that an...
  • Armenian Church to canonize all victims of Armenian genocide

    04/22/2015 5:56:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Pravoslavic RU ^ | 04-20-2015 | Interfax
    Moscow, April 20, Interfax - The Armenian Apostolic Church will canonize all victims of the Armenian genocide on April 23. "The main event is scheduled for April 23: canonization by the Armenian Church of all genocide victims. Over half a million of people will be named as martyrs for faith and the fatherland," Archbishop Yezras (Nersisyan), the head of the Novo-Nakhichevan and Russian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, said in an interview published in the Monday edition of the magazine Ogonyok. Archbishop Yezras said events devoted to the 100th anniversary of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire...
  • Broken Promise: Obama Won't Describe Armenian Massacre As "Genocide"

    04/22/2015 3:33:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | John Sexton
    President Obama will once again avoid using the word “genocide” at a ceremony to designed to memorialize more than a million Armenians murdered by the Ottaman Turks 100 years ago. During his 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama repeatedly promised he would label the massacre a genocide as president.
  • Broken Promise: Obama Won’t Describe Armenian Massacre as ‘Genocide’

    04/21/2015 10:24:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | John Sexton
    resident Obama will once again avoid using the word “genocide” at a ceremony to designed to memorialize more than a million Armenians murdered by the Ottaman Turks 100 years ago. During his 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama repeatedly promised he would label the massacre a genocide as president. The LA Times reports the decision to avoid using the word genocide was revealed Tuesday after the White House held a meeting with Armenian groups. The ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of as many as 1.5 million people will be held this Friday. ... Rep. Adam Schiff of California has...
  • Obama breaks promise (again) to commemorate Armenian ‘genocide’

    04/24/2014 12:43:15 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/2014 | Olivier Knox
    During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama could not have been clearer about what he thought of the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915. "My firmly held conviction (is) that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence," he said in a statement. "The facts are undeniable," Obama wrote. "As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide." Once in office, though? Not so much. Not at all, in fact.
  • Turkey suddenly open to RESTORING ties with Israel, REFUSES to criticize Israeli election

    04/02/2015 6:13:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    Turkey, via their Deputy Prime Minister, is putting the word out on the street that it is open to a restoration of ties with Israel, even acknowledging that it is NOT Turkey’s place to criticize the recent Israeli election: snip Wow. The admitted refusal to criticize Israel over the election is definitely a change of pace for Turkey. I mean, when has Erdogan ever missed an opportunity to openly bash Israel? He was just ripping Netanyahu in January for just showing up to the Paris march against ‘radical Islam’, accusing him of killing 2500 Palestinians in the war last year....
  • Shock claim: Turkey provided 10,000 passports to ISIS

    04/15/2015 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 20 replies
    WND ^ | April 14 2015 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – Egypt is accusing Turkey of providing more than 10,000 Turkish passports to members of ISIS, the Islamic State, to facilitate travel of fighters across the region. An Egyptian intelligence official who asked not to be named told WND his country delivered a report to the U.S. documenting the astonishing claim. The official further charged that Istanbul is serving as the “headquarters” for ISIS planning. “Turkey continues to allow free passage to Iraq and Syria to IS fighters,” the official added. If the Turkish passport charge is true, it would present a worldwide ISIS travel threat. Already, there...
  • St. Paul church pushes to recognize Armenian genocide

    04/20/2015 6:22:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-17-15 | Richard Chin
    Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian made headlines recently by calling attention to what happened to the Armenian people 100 years ago. It was genocide at the hands of the Turks in what was then the Ottoman Empire, according to the pope, the reality show star and many historians. In Minnesota, the push to recognize the deaths of Armenians a century ago as the first genocide of the 20th century is being led by a small, new St. Paul church. In the past month, St. Sahag Armenian Church has put up billboards on Interstate 94 in St. Paul and Interstate 494...
  • Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ [Christian Genocide!]

    04/19/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lela Gilbert
    Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ by Lela Gilbert 16 Apr 2015 'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost' A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten In March last year reports emerged of a nightmare unfolding in the Armenian town of Kassab in northern Syria. A horde of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists descended on the city, forcing the Christian residents out of their ancestral homes. It was widely reported...