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  • In Spain, Catalonian Defiance Challenges Europe: Catalans will not submit to judiciary

    07/16/2017 7:05:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/16/2017 | Mike Konad
    In Spain, Catalonia is now in open rebellion against Madrid. While most Americans are unaware of what is going on, this crisis has a lot to tell us about Europe, and about ourselves. [At] the National Theatre in Barcelona ... on July 4th, the president of Catalonia’s government, Carles Puigdemont, announced plans to hold a unilateral referendum on independence from Spain on October 1st. The draft law he unveiled says that, whatever the turnout, if those voting in favour outnumber those against, within 48 hours the Catalan parliament will declare independence.  - The Economist The Spanish courts have been...
  • Sikh Referendum Campaigners Detained & Tortured In Punjab

    06/26/2017 9:49:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    Victims are a group of Sikh individuals from Punjab, India who were actively and peacefully advocating the call given by SFJ to hold referendum for Sikhs' right to self determination and to liberate Indian Occupied Punjab. The demand for referendum is based on the right to self determination guaranteed by the UN Charter and International Convent on Civil and Political Rights on the basis that Sikhs are indigenous people of Punjab, with a separate and distinct religious, cultural and linguistic identity. Sikh Referendum Campaigners were actively involved in "Referendum 2020" campaign by coordinating, participating and holding gatherings in the villages...
  • Laughing My Ossoff Kellyanne Conway Celebrates Humiliating Democrat Defeat

    06/20/2017 10:27:00 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 169 replies ^ | 20 Jun 2017
    White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway celebrated the humiliating defeat for Democrats in Georgia on Tuesday night after Republican Karen Handel beat her challenger Jon Ossoff. Laughing my #Ossoff, she wrote on Twitter after it was clear that Handel was winning. Conway also took a shot at the pundits who predicted a loss for Trump and Republicans in Georgia. Thanks to everyone who breathlessly and snarkily proclaimed GA06 as a referendum on POTUS, she wrote. You were right. Conway thanked Handel for being a grownup and running on the issues while actually living in the district she...
  • High-Stakes Referendum on Trump Takes Shape in a Georgia Special Election

    06/21/2017 4:39:56 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06/18/2017 | JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    Taking the stage in a half-filled airplane hangar to rally supporters of the Republican candidate Karen Handel, Health Secretary Tom Price could not help but point to the record-shattering surge of liberal money that has flooded into the special House race here. The out-of-state money is crazy, said Mr. Price, whose vacated congressional seat is up for grabs on Tuesday. Following Mr. Price, Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary and a former Georgia governor, was even more direct. I know some of you out there, some Republicans may even be turned off by our president, said Mr. Perdue, before making the...
  • Erdogan won his referendum, but what does that mean for Turkeys foreign policy?

    05/10/2017 6:47:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    KOM News ^ | 9 May 2017 13:40 CEST | none stated
    President Erdogan's posters adorn Diyarbakir's main roads alongside Turkish flags, 1 April 2017. By Ahmet Erdi Öztürk and Salih Dogan*Victory for the “yes” side in the country’s April 16 constitutional referendum granting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers has left commentators wondering whether his foreign policy still includes joining the European Union as a primary goal.EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker will seek a meeting with Erdogan at the May 25 NATO summit in what could be the European Union’s last effort to find common ground with Turkey. But EU-Turkey tensions are high, and it would not be surprising...
  • Did Trump congratulate Erdogan?

    04/20/2017 7:19:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    KOM News ^ | 19 April 2017 | none stated
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said that rather than congratulating Turkish President Erdogan, the bigger point and priority of Trumps call was to talk about important issues in the region with a NATO ally.Look, the Middle East is a pretty rough neighbourhood, and sometimes you have to get together to help them beat the bullies, like Syria, Sanders said. And that was something that certainly needed to be talked about.The deputy press secretary also said that the president was not prejudging the outcome of the referendum that granted Erdogan with new executive powers, and...
  • Erdogan: The ambitious sultan (day before Referendum)

    04/18/2017 6:52:33 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    KOM News ^ | 15 April 2017 | Hasan Hasan
    By Hasan Hasan*On Sunday, 16 April a referendum will be held in Turkey to codify Erdogans dictatorial ambitions and his plenipotentiary powers as an absolute executive whose power and authority cannot be challenged or checked. Think of an Anatolian version of Adolf Hitler and youll begin to get the idea.Erdogans ambition is nothing less than to be a modern-day Sultan or a new Caliph of the faithful. An aspiring despot seems more than ready to do whatever it takes in his desperate bid to maintain his grip on power even if it means ripping the country apart and putting...
  • Turkeys opposition CHP demands annulment of referendum

    04/18/2017 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    KOM News ^ | 18 April 2017 | Bulent Tezcan
    Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP). Turkeys main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP has called for the annulment of the results of Sundays referendum.CHP deputy chairman Bulent Tezcan slammed the decision by the High Electoral Board (YSK) to accept unstamped ballots as valid saying, Everyone knows that the no side won. After pressure and threats couldnt produce the desired results, the YSK took action. This election is an election without stamps and has no legitimacy, he saidreferring to the the last-minute decision by the YSK to use the unsealedballots.Packages were stolen, externally manufactured votes were used....
  • YPG reports intensified attacks by Turkish-backed gangs on Rojava (N. Syria)

    04/18/2017 10:50:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017, 14:00 | none stated
    YPG reported that the Turkish army and allied gangs continue their activities and attacks on the lands of Rojava, particularly Efrn Canton. YPG (People's Defense Units) Press Office released a statement providing detailed information about the continued attacks and activities of the Turkish army and affiliated gangs on Rojava soil. Reporting activities by Turkish UAVs over Koban border on April 11, YPG said Turkish-backed gangs attacked the villages of Maranez, Malikiye and Elkamiye with howitzer fire the same night. Following the bombardment, Maranez village was targeted with DShK fire. According to the statement, Turkish-backed gangs shelled the village of Beshemre...
  • AKP preparing for more extensive war by the end of the month (Turkey)

    04/18/2017 10:23:15 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | ERDOGAN ALTAN
    AKP is preparing for an extensive attack on the Kurdish Freedom Movement with support from the KDP. Recently, intelligence institutions, Turkish authorities, Iran and KDP have had several meetings. According to reports, there is a preparation for an extensive attack on PKK-held Medya Defense Zones by the end of April by AKP’s demand. The MİT Undersecretary first inspected the forces in Bashiqa and then he met with Masrur Barzani. Later, he met with KDP administrations in Hewler. An extensive war on Medya Defense Zones and Shengal were decided on in these meetings. TSK WILL CREATE A LINE OF ATTACK ON...
  • In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

    04/18/2017 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Philos Project ^ | April 18, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) constitutional amendment package. With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential system.It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a state of emergency, and labeled “no voters” as terrorists and traitors. In addition, many irregularities took place before and during the counting. The Supreme Election Board (YSK), for example, controversially announced that it would accept unsealed ballots after it...
  • As Turks Vote

    04/16/2017 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Sunday, April 16, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Voters went to the polls April 16 to vote on a new draft constitution that would officially increase the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The opponents of the bill including the Republican Peoples Party (CHP), the main opposition party in Turkeys parliament, have been trying to fight it in an environment where deviation from the point of view of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is often labeled by the government and its media as support of terrorism or treason.However, the CHP party is not and has never been a beacon of democracy either. A few days ago,...
  • Germany: Top Politician Wants Second Brexit Referendum

    04/13/2017 4:37:55 AM PDT · by davikkm · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | JACK MONTGOMERY
    The General Secretary of the German Social Democrats, led by former European Parliament President Martin Schulz, has said she wants Britain to hold a second referendum on EU membership now that it knows what a Brexit would mean. Katarina Barley, one of the most senior leaders of the party which operates as the main rivals to Angela Merkels centre-right coalition, said: When the referendum was held, nobody really knew what it would be about not the British people, not even the political class.
  • Three injured in knife attack by pro-Turkish government group in Brussels

    03/31/2017 8:16:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    KOM News ^ | 30 March 2017 | none stated
    69-year-old Sultan Ogras was stabbed in the throat. Update: 21:10 (CET) A second attack occurred against people protesting the first attack on the three no voters. A group calling themselves the Ottoman Hearths, thought to be a pro-Erdogan group was reported as carrying outthe attack. Police dispersed crowds as helicopters continue flying above the consulate.Threepeople have beenattacked by a pro-Turkish government group in Belgian capital Brussels as they were on their way to vote in Turkeys constitutional referendum.An elderly woman by the name of Sultan Ogras was injuredafter beingstabbed in the throat by the attackers. Two other men...
  • Austria travel warning for Turkish minority

    03/31/2017 8:06:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Mar. 30, 2017 | none stated
    VIENNA: Austria has warned its large Turkish minority about travelling to Turkey after a number were apparently caught up in a crackdown against suspected opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."Recently there have been sporadic cases of Austrian citizens being temporarily arrested, held up as well as rejected on arrival (in Turkey)," according to the warning on the Austrian foreign ministry website.It said that this happened "without there being any known concrete accusations being made by the Turkish authorities. In some cases Turkish authorities analysed mobile phones."The travel advice, updated on Wednesday, does not explicitly mention Austria's 360,000-strong Turkish minority, most...
  • David Cameron joins the Brexiteers saying he never 'liked' the EU and is glad he called a referendum

    03/30/2017 7:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:21 EDT, 30 March 2017 | James Tapsfield
    David Cameron has reinvented himself as a Brexiteer saying he never liked the EU and is glad he called the referendum. The former Prime Minister, whose political career was brought to a shuddering close when he lost the historic vote last year, made the comments as he addressed an event in Ukraine. It is not known whether he was paid for the speech at the National University in Kiev although he has racked up hundreds of thousands of pounds in earnings since leaving Downing Street last July. [] Despite masterminding the desperate Project Fear campaign with George Osborne...
  • Are Turkey's big businesses breaking with AKP?

    03/20/2017 8:44:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 20, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Filli Boya Paint, one of Turkeys best-known brands of construction paints, produced a short video to celebrate International Womens Day. Indeed, it has become a tradition in the last decade that male-dominated sectors, such as theconstructionindustryandcar manufacturing, honorwomens accomplishments in their field. This year's Filli Boya commercial was different, however. For starters, most of the speakers in the clip were middle-aged or elderly residents from rural areas. On top of that, the video gave voice to women and men from different regions of the country, identifiableby their attire. The adwas also intriguingly anti-government, but without mentioning the ruling Justice and...
  • Will Turkey be added to European list of undemocratic countries?

    03/09/2017 8:50:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 9, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    In a further blow to Turkeys spotty global image, the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called March 8for Turkey to come under its formal scrutiny, a status reserved for members thatare deemed to be backsliding on democracy. Nine countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Russia are currently on that hook. In a report statement the Strasbourg-based body, of which Turkey is a founding member, said, Eight months after the [July 15] failed coup and the declaration of a state of emergency, the Monitoring Committee is concerned to note that there has been a...
  • Will Erdogan postpone upcoming referendum?

    03/03/2017 5:34:58 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 2, 2017 | Cengiz andar
    The image of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan andChief of Staff Gen.Hulusi Akar sitting next to him is more expressive than anything else of the tremors involving the government and the military in Turkey. Dressed not in military fatigues but in an elegantly tailored civilian suit, Akar is a subservient-looking general which has to be the case in any democratic regime, indeed with a troubled look andanervous expression on his face,reflectingtheincreasing unease in the higher echelons of power. While the fateful date of April 16 the day the constitutional amendments that could give Erdogan extraordinary executive powers and transform him...
  • Danish parties call for deal to block EU referendum [fear another Brexit]

    02/27/2017 7:55:13 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    A group of Danish political parties plan to push for a parliamentary deal committing all the countrys pro-European Union parties never to put the countrys EU membership to an in-out referendum. The Danish Social Liberal Party, The Alternative and the Socialist Left Party argue that the deal tying Denmark more securely to the EU will help Denmarks economy by making international investors better able to predict the future. The deal would also help prevent the eurosceptic Danish People's Party demanding that either the Liberal or the Social Democrat party hold a referendum as the price of its support after...