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  • US Senate passes defense bill to ban Turkey from buying F-35 Fighter jets

    05/26/2018 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    A U.S. Senate committee passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.The amendment to the National Defense Authorisation Act, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said.Brunson, a Christian pastor who may be jailed for up to 35 years, has denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial detention since 2016.It also faults NATO ally Turkey...
  • U.S. Senate defense bill would bar Turkey from buying F-35 jets

    05/26/2018 6:30:44 AM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 5/24/18 | Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said. Brunson, a Christian pastor who could be jailed for up to 35 years, denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial...
  • Pakistan to buy 30 of Turkey's homegrown T129 ATAK helicopters

    05/25/2018 7:55:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Photo: TAI Ankara and Islamabad have signed a deal for the sale of 30 Turkish attack helicopters, according to an election manifesto the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced Thursday. In a November 2017 interview with the Anadolu Agency, Pakistani Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said his country planned to procure 30 attack helicopters and four naval ships from Turkey. Hussain revealed that Pakistan was interested in the T129 ATAK helicopter, developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Italy-based AgustaWestland, rebranded as Leonardo Helicopters in 2016. The gunship helicopter was added to the inventory...
  • Millions say “Tamam" (Enough) to Turkey’s Erdogan

    05/11/2018 10:47:51 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 11:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    After Turkish President Erdoğan said “If the nation says "tamam" ("enough") we will go”, millions of tweets were posted with the word “tamam”, which received great attention from global media. In a speech yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “If one day our nation says tamam (enough), only then will we step aside,” and posts with the word “tamam” started popping up on Twitter. There were over 1.8 million posts that included the word “tamam”, while different versions/spellings of the word were also popular. The hashtag “devam” (“continue”) started by pro-Erdoğan groups immediately after lagged behind at 300.000 posts....
  • Gaza ministry removes baby from list of people killed by Israeli army

    05/24/2018 9:47:10 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 May 2018 | Hazem Balousha, Oliver holmes
    Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry has said it has removed an eight-month-old baby from a list of people killed by Israeli troops while authorities investigate to determine the cause of death. The ministry announced last week that Leila al-Ghandour died from teargas inhalation during a 14 May demonstration along the frontier, where it said Israeli fire killed more than 60 people. A doctor was later anonymously cited by the Associated Press as saying the infant had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe teargas caused her death. Ministry spokesperson Dr Ashraf al-Qidra said an investigation was now being...
  • Oil prices fall as Russia warns of gradual output increase

    05/24/2018 11:55:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 25, 2018 | Henning Gloystein
    Oil prices eased on Friday as Russia hinted it may gradually increase output, after having withheld supplies in concert with producer cartel OPEC since 2017.
  • The US Embassy Move Reflects the New Middle East

    05/24/2018 5:20:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 5-24-19 | Joshua S. Block
    A woman walks next to a road sign to the US embassy in Jerusalem, May 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad. When Iranian Quds forces fired missiles at Israeli targets on the Golan Heights recently and Israel responded by decimating significant parts of Iran’s military infrastructure inside Syria, something remarkable happened. The United States, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates all identified Iran as the aggressor. Bahrain even explicitly acknowledged the Jewish state’s right “to defend itself.” A decade ago, that would have been unthinkable, but the Middle East has changed in a very fundamental...
  • Turkey’s Currency Meltdown

    05/24/2018 12:14:14 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 64 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 May 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Turkey’s lira fell as much as 5% on Wednesday (23 May '18), and it’s lost more than a fifth of its value this year... On Wednesday the (Turkish Central) bank lifted a key lending rate to 16.5% from 13.5%... Mr. Erdogan has wanted to keep interest rates low before the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections when he hopes to consolidate even more power.
  • Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices

    05/23/2018 9:52:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is ripping the White House over high gas prices, arguing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is putting a pinch on middle class wallets. “According to energy analysts and experts, President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal has led to higher oil prices,” Schumer said at a press conference held at an Exxon filling station on Capitol Hill, where a gallon of regular costs $3.89. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices, something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people,” Schumer...
  • Armenian Genocide: Turkey Cracks Down

    05/22/2018 11:03:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 6, 2018 at 5:00 am | Uzay Bulut
    The Christian genocide in Ottoman Turkey lasted for 10 years -- from 1913 to 1923 and targeted Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christians. It resulted in the annihilation of around three million people. Sadly, Turkish aggression against the remaining Armenians continues. According to Turkish myth, it was actually the "treacherous" Armenians who persecuted Turks; and the Turks were acting in self-defense to rid themselves of murderous Armenians. A widespread Turkish claim is, "They deserved it." The lies and state propaganda, which hold the victims responsible for their own annihilation, are what enable the ongoing Turkish persecution of the country's...
  • Turkish crash has already begun, says economist

    05/22/2018 10:17:05 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | May 21 2018 | none stated
    There has been little room for optimism in recent predictions on Turkey’s economy, but even among pessimistic company, one strategist’s comments on Turkey to Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung came off as bleak. Turkey has already entered an economic crisis and can expect a “massive” fall in the value of the Turkish lira by the period after the June 24 elections “at the latest,” Turkish daily Cumhuriyet quoted economist Russell Napier as saying. After years of steady decline, the lira’s fall has accelerated sharply in recent weeks, repeatedly hitting record lows against the dollar and leading losses in emerging markets...
  • 2018 05 21 John Haller Prophecy Update: That Jerusalem Thing, Again!

    05/21/2018 7:43:18 PM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 5/21/18 | John Haller
    Jerusalem dominates the prophecy related news this week. Some significant developments with Turkey as well.
  • Putin and Erdogan publicly diss each other using startling body language

    05/21/2018 12:42:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    All is not well among the miscreants wreaking havoc in Syria. Heshmat Alavi, an Iranian human rights campaigner and blogger, spotted an incident broadcast on Turkish television that reveals mutual contempt between Russia's dictatorial leader, Putin, and Turkey's dictatorial leader, ErdoÄźan, at a public ceremony that also included Iran's dictatorial leader, Rouhani. Watch closely in the first seconds of the video embedded in the tweet, as Putin unmistakably responded to a body language insult by ErdoÄźan (failing to rise fully to shake his hand) by quickly and casually flipping ErdoÄźan's chair over and walking away to greet Rouhani as a...
  • Israel condemns PLO lies as Trump contemplates PLO demise

    05/21/2018 8:13:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/18 | David Singer
    These PLO lies should have been shredded decades ago. They have proved to be the greatest obstacle to peace between Israel and the PLO The historic opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem has provided opportunities for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to totally discredit the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and President Trump to review the PLO as a suitable Arab interlocutor to negotiate with Israel on ending the Jewish-Arab conflict. Addressing the large gathering of American dignitaries and Israeli public figures – Netanyahu declared:
  • Bernard Lewis, Influential and Renowned Middle East Scholar, Dies at 101

    05/20/2018 7:13:36 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/20/2018 | Ofer Aderet
    Jewish-American historian Bernard Lewis, one of the most famous and influential Middle East scholars in the world who warned of a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, died Saturday at the age of 101 in New Jersey. Lewis was a consultant to both Israeli leaders and two U.S. presidents. Generations of students, intelligence personnel and diplomats learned about the history of Islam through his writings. His research, which dealt with the history of the Middle East, brought him fame, but also many critics and enemies around the world. One of his strongest critics was the Palestinian-born intellectual Edward...
  • Syria war: Islamic State militants leave Damascus suburbs

    05/20/2018 10:24:39 PM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 May 2018 | BBC
    Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. ...army operations in the area were nearing their end and insurgent lines were collapsing. Al-Ikhbariya TV said a new plan is underway to storm IS-held areas in Hajar al-Aswad, near Yarmouk. The channel’s area correspondent said the coming hours would be “decisive” for restoring government control in Hajar al-Aswad, but didn’t mention Yarmouk. President...
  • Barack Obama praises Putin for help clinching Iran deal

    07/16/2015 6:44:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 15, 2015 | Roland Oliphant
    Russian-American cooperation on the Iran nuclear deal could pave the way for an agreement on Syria, Barack Obama has said, despite the current confrontation between Moscow and the West over Ukraine. Mr Obama praised Vladimir Putin for his role in the agreement and said there could now be an “opening” for further detente in the worst crisis in American-Russian relations since the Cold War. Speaking shortly after a historic agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme was signed in Vienna, Mr Obama said that there was now an opportunity for a "serious conversation" with Mr Putin about the fate of Bashar...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 20th, 2018

    05/20/2018 5:12:10 PM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 5/20/18 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. talks about the prophetic significance of the US Embassy move to Jerusalem.
  • PA chief Mahmoud Abbas rushed to hospital

    05/20/2018 3:35:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 67 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/18 | David Rosenberg
    Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas was rushed to a Ramallah hospital Sunday, after he complained of chest pains and a high fever. Abbas, 82, was hospitalized last week for a “minor surgery”, the PA’s mouthpiece WAFA reported last week. On Sunday, Abbas was rushed to a Ramallah hospital for treatment of “pneumonia and fever” a source close to the PA chief said, Yediot Ahronot reported. According to a source which spoke with AFP, the PA leader also suffered from chest pains. .....
  • Palestinian president hospitalized with fever

    05/20/2018 2:51:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:22 PM | Ian Deitch
    President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized with fever Sunday just days after undergoing surgery on his ear, an official said. The 83-year-old Abbas has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety over who will succeed him. A senior Abbas aide, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said the Palestinian leader was diagnosed with a fever on Sunday. Abbas had an ear operation last week, and returned to the hospital late Saturday for a follow-up. Saed Sarahneh, of Istishari Arab hospital, said late Sunday that “all tests are normal and his condition is reassuring.” He...