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  • Chinese delegation visits 'next Dubai' Kurdistan

    08/31/2012 6:53:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Global Trader ^ | August 2012 | unattributed
    Dubbed by some observers as the 'next Dubai' because of its vast oil reserves, liberal business environment and political and social stability, Kurdistan played host to the Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Ni Jian, for the first time recently. The Chinese interest follows the Kurdistan Region's deals with numerous western companies, especially in the oil and gas sector, who see the region as having impressive high-growth investment potential. Mr Jian met Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and they discussed the potential of setting up a consulate in Erbil, the region's capital, and improving trade links. Ambassador Jian...
  • Fierce Fighting in Syria Swells Refugee Exodus

    08/24/2012 6:04:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, August 24, 2012 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    Hundreds of soldiers and dozens of tanks and armored vehicles pushed into the centre of Daraya after a small group of defenders withdrew... Assad's forces had subjected the Sunni Muslim township to a three-day bombardment from artillery, tanks, mortars, rockets and helicopter gunships in which at least 70 people were killed, 21 of them on Friday they said... "The rebels have mostly slipped away. The fear now is that the army will round up young men and summarily execute them, like it did in Mouadamiya," he said, referring to a nearby suburb where residents said troops killed at least 40...
  • Turkey and US plan 'intelligence shield' and Syria 'after Assad'

    08/24/2012 5:48:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    rt.com ^ | Friday, August 24, 2012 | unattributed (probably agencies)
    Washington and Ankara have agreed to create an "intelligence shield" to prevent militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party from freely entering and operating on the Turkish territory from Syria as they discussed "after Assad" future. The format of the Turkish-American anti-terrorist cooperation anticipates joint collection and sharing of intelligence data on militants' activities on the Syrian territory and Turkish border districts, including possible rotation of chemical weapons on Syrian territory. According to the Turkish NTV channel the "intelligence shield" is to be directed by CIA operatives that have been previously working in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The shield's creation is the...
  • A Turkish origin for Indo-European languages

    08/24/2012 8:04:40 AM PDT · by Renfield · 43 replies
    Nature.com ^ | 8-23-2012 | Alyssa Joyce
    Languages as diverse as English, Russian and Hindi can trace their roots back more than 8,000 years to Anatolia — now in modern-day Turkey. That's the conclusion of a study1 that assessed 103 ancient and contemporary languages using a technique normally used to study the evolution and spread of disease. The researchers hope that their findings can settle a long-running debate about the origins of the Indo-European language group...
  • "Padlock" in 1,250 companies in Thessaloniki since the beginning of the year (Greece)

    08/22/2012 5:29:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Protothema ^ | 8-22-12 | unattributed
    One thousand two hundred and fifty companies of Thessaloniki put "padlock" from the beginning of the year until the end of August, according to a statement of the Crafts Chamber of VETH city. Individual companies seem to be the most "weak link", and 998 of them have ceased to operate in the specified period of 2012. The picture shows the craft community is a continuation of 2011, when during the same period (January 1 to August 22) removed from the register of companies VETH 1269. (mangled thru google translator)
  • In crisis, Greece rounds up immigrants

    08/22/2012 7:10:50 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/22/2012 | AP
    NEA VYSSA, Greece (AP) -- Border police jeeps hurtle along hot, dusty tracks past potato fields on their way to the river that marks the Greek-Turkish border. Sirens blaring, the convoys have been repelling wave after wave of migrants. ... In Athens, the operation is being bolstered by mass roundups of suspected illegal immigrants. They are seen lined up on the streets of the capital every day, many in handcuffs, waiting to be put in detention until they can be deported. In the first week of the crackdown in early August, police said they apprehended nearly 7,000 people for identification...
  • Turkey probes possible Syrian involvement in car bomb

    08/21/2012 4:32:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Daily Star, Lebanon ^ | Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Nick Tattersall, Ece Toksabay
    ...senior ruling party officials in Turkey blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Kurdish militants designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Turkey fears the PKK, which has waged an insurgency in the southeast for almost three decades, is exploiting chaos in Syria to expand its influence and has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of supplying it with arms.
  • 'Whale ribs, meteorites and chairs' [ Robert Ballard off Cyprus ]

    08/20/2012 6:07:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Cyprus Mail ^ | August 19, 2012 | unattributed
    Famed explorer Robert Ballard's expedition over the Eratosthenes Seamount is currently collecting images during sweeps of the area using the latest technology to explore the sea floor some 70 miles off the island. After two days of exploring, the team's underwater robots, operating at 800 to 1,000 metres, yesterday reached the summit of the Eratosthenes, going over terrain from a previous sweep and then turned west to head to unexplored territory to the west. On Friday night they came across what appeared to be fossilised rib bones commentators suggested might have come from a whale, perhaps even 40,000 years old......
  • Nasrallah Threatens Hundreds of Thousands of Fatalities, Turning Israelis' Lives into Living Hell

    08/20/2012 8:58:18 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8-17-12 | Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
    Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Manar TV on August 17, 2012. Hassan Nasrallah: If Iran were weak, or it were strong yet cowardly, Israel would not have hesitated, and there would have been no debate, controversy, or disagreement in Israel. Israel would have bombed the Iranian nuclear facilities long ago. Why has Israel not done so yet? Why is there controversy in Israel whether to bomb or not to bomb? Because Iran is powerful and courageous, and because the Israelis know full well – and I, along with all of...
  • At Least 8 Killed in Southeastern Turkey Car Bombing

    08/20/2012 2:20:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/12 | Chana Yaar
    At least eight people were killed and dozens of others wounded Monday night in Turkey after a car exploded in the southeastern town of Gaziantep. The car was apparently was packed with a bomb and was set off by remote control, officials said. It was situated near the Gaziantep police station when it exploded, according to Turkish media. According to a report broadcast on NTV television, as many as 50 people were wounded in the blast. The bombing came as people were celebrating the second of the two-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy...
  • CIA spies 'smuggle 14 Stinger missiles into Syria so rebels can take out regime warplanes'

    08/18/2012 9:27:38 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 48 replies
    Mirror News ^ | 18 August 2012 | Chris Hughes
    CIA spies have smuggled up to 14 Stinger missiles into Syria so rebels can defend themselves from air strikes. The ground-to-air weapons have been delivered across the Turkish border to the Free Syrian Army and were partly paid for by Saudi Arabia, a security source claimed. President Bashar al-Assad’s MIG-23 warplanes and helicopter gunships have killed more than 1,000 people.
  • Gulf Arab countries urge their nationals to leave Lebanon

    08/15/2012 8:01:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Lebanon Daily Star ^ | August 15, 2012 07:09 PM
    Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE urged their citizens Wednesday to leave Lebanon immediately amid threats by members of a Lebanese clan who kidnapped earlier in the day over 30 Syrians, as well as one Saudi and one Turkish national. Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad al-Asiri, who is in Mecca, told the National News Agency he requested all Saudi nationals in Lebanon to leave the country after “the threats have become open.” … The Meqdad clan said Wednesday it abducted over 30 individuals it described as belonging to the Free Syrian Army, which it claims was behind the kidnapping Monday...
  • Not Everyone in the Middle East Hates Israel (my title)

    12/19/2001 7:29:22 AM PST · by mmmmmmmm....... donuts · 4 replies · 550+ views
    Jerusalem Report ^ | December 31, 2001 | Michael Rubin
    In the safe haven of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Jews and Israel are remembered fondly,if increasingly vaguely. "THEY CALL That lack of restraint?" the former Iraqi army officer exclaimed, while watching the BBC’s coverage of the Al-Aqsa Intifada on satellite TV last winter. "If this demonstration were held in Baghdad, there’d be 10,000 bodies in the street," said the Arab from Baghdad who now teaches in Iraqi Kurdistan. Almost 4 million people live in the safe haven of northern Iraq. A de facto autonomous region, it has been administered by the Kurds since 1991 when Saddam Hussein withdrew his administration in ...
  • Panetta: Syria no-fly zone "not on the front burner"

    08/14/2012 2:35:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 14, 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria are "not on the front burner," despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime air strikes. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Panetta said he is confident the U.S. could successfully enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, but doing so would require a "major, major policy decision" that has not yet been made. "We have planned for a number of contingencies that could take place and one of those possible contingencies is developing...
  • Topple Assad to prevent Syria breaking up -- Jumblatt

    08/14/2012 9:37:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Tom Perry
    Foreign states must do more to help Syrian rebels defeat President Bashar al-Assad and spare the country an "endless civil war" and possible partition, a leading politician in neighboring Lebanon said on Tuesday. Walid Jumblatt said the battle for Syria hinged on foreign backing to the rebels, who he believes can "easily" expel Assad from Damascus if the necessary weapons are supplied to their forces in the south, not far from the capital. He said the failure to provide such weapons was hypocritical and "fishy". "The more you accelerate the downfall, the more you save Syria from a possible partition,"...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Saudi Arabia keeps oil tap on for world growth, Russia hurts

    06/25/2012 1:12:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | June 25, 2012
    LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is showing no sign of changing its policy of high oil output to support global economic growth, despite a fall in crude prices below $90 a barrel for the first time in 18 months. Gulf and Western government sources in contact with Saudi officials said the OPEC power can tolerate oil at $90 or below for months, price levels that hurt Iran and Russia as they face off against Riyadh over the conflict in Syria. .... "If we keep producing at roughly the same rate, we're not flooding the market," said a senior...
  • More Turk Bias Against Greeks, Armenians

    08/13/2012 8:44:48 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | 12AUG12 | Michael Rubin
    The White House continues to talk about Turkey not only as a regional ally but also as a model for reform in the Middle East. It has been several years, however, since Turkish reforms contributed to democracy. The latest case in point is Turkish real estate reform. The Turkish government has announced new regulations. Here is the rub: While the government has removed onerous rules and regulations that made navigating Turkish real estate a nightmare, the government has in effect legislated its traditional hatreds. Armenians, for example, need not apply. They are by law unable to own housing or businesses...
  • Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent'

    08/12/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | Saturday, August 12, 2012 | AFP
    Turkey has been dealing with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region as though it were an independent state, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement released on Saturday. Turkey is "dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us," Maliki said in a soon-to-be broadcast interview with a Turkish television channel, according to the statement on his website. If Turkey "wants to establish good relations, its relations with the region must be built through the gate of Iraq," Maliki said. His remarks come after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kurdistan and made a...
  • Assessing the Threat to Turkey from Syrian-Based Kurdish Militants

    08/10/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 8/9/2012 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurdish militias recently took control of several towns in northern Syria, raising fears in Turkey that in addition to their camps in the mountainous border areas in Iraq, the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK) could also now operate against Turkey from Syria. It is however, unlikely, that the PKK could operate from Syria against Turkey. Even when former Syrian president Hafez Assad supported them before 1998, the PKK carried out few operations in areas near the Syrian border. Turkish Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria The Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the PKK-affiliated Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat (PYD -Democratic...
  • Five killed in Turkey chopper crash [ three Russians etc]

    08/09/2012 7:16:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, August 9th 2012 | IANS / Daily News
    At least five people, including three Russians, were killed in a helicopter crash in Turkey Thursday, according to Russian Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsia. The Kamov Ka-32 helicopter hit a mountainous slope before it crashed into a valley during a firefighting mission, killing all five people on board, Xinhua quoted a spokesperson for Rosaviatsia as saying. The other two killed were Turkish citizens, the spokesperson said. The accident would be investigated by Turkish authorities with assistance from Rosaviatsia and Interstate Aviation Committee, an organisation authorized to oversee the use and management of civil aviation in the Commonwealth of Independent States,...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Victory closer, divisions deepen in Syria opposition

    08/05/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Yara Bayoumy
    ...The head of the Syrian National Council (SNC), a long-established opposition umbrella group, said talks would be held within weeks to form a transitional government. The next day the Free Syria Army, a loosely coordinated group of insurgents fighting Assad's forces, floated a separate proposal that called for the establishment of a higher defence council bringing together military and civilian figures. And the day after that, a group of exiled Syrian activists who left the SNC announced a new opposition alliance that also aimed to form a transitional government. It is neither news nor a surprise that Syria's opposition is...
  • Tehran seeks help to free Iranians held in Syria [ asks Turkey and Qatar ]

    08/05/2012 12:24:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Reuters
    Iran has asked Turkey and Qatar to help secure the release of 48 Iranians seized by rebels in Syria on suspicion of being military personnel but who Tehran says are pilgrims. Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad accuse Iran of sending fighters from its Revolutionary Guard to help Assad's forces put down the 17-month uprising. Tehran denies the charge and says the group was on a religious pilgrimage to Syria. Iranian media said on Saturday that the 48 were abducted from a bus in Damascus, the latest in a string of kidnappings of visitors from the Islamic Republic,...
  • As Syrian War Roils, Sectarian Unrest Seeps Into Turkey

    08/05/2012 12:10:39 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    The Alawites here are worried they could become easy targets. Historically, they have been viewed with suspicion across the Middle East by mainstream Muslims and often scorned as infidels. The Alawite sect was born in the ninth century and braids together religious beliefs, including reincarnation, from different faiths. Many Alawites do not ever go to a mosque; they tend to worship at home or in Alawite temples that have been denied the same state support in Turkey that Sunni mosques get. Many Alawite women do not veil their faces or even cover their heads. The towns they dominate in eastern...
  • Turkey's Fate...Islam In Prophecy pt 15

    The modern nation of Turkey is an important player in the events leading to the Day of the Lord. Though it is a Muslim nation at present, in the earliest centuries of the new testament church, it was in the Turkish region that the gospel first flourished beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria. The apostles took the gospel to what then was refered to as the Roman province of Asia, within decades of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul taught there for two years as recorded in Acts 19.The original letters of the Apocalypse were addressed to churches in Ephesus,...
  • Obama: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Bat?

    08/03/2012 1:15:50 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Timothy Knight
    It is not unusual for President Obama and our allies to communicate on a regular basis, especially with the Turkish Prime Minister in regards to the ongoing situation in neighboring Syria, however the Turkish press and government are bewildered over a photo released by the White House of President Obama talking to the Prime Minister earlier this week: Maybe the President really likes baseball, or maybe he's trying to create the image of Teddy Roosevelt's famous "walk softly and carry a big stick" quote for the fall campaign, but either way it's a massive failure. Why do I say that?...
  • White House Dismisses Reports of Aid to Syrian Rebels

    08/02/2012 3:34:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Kent Klein
    Syrian human rights activist Ammar Abdulhamid, with the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says his contacts in Syria tell him there is no evidence of a surge in aid to the rebels. "I do not really see any intensification of these efforts. I see a lot of leaks, it seems to me, that were sort of primed to show that something is being done. But the reality is, so far on the ground, we have not detected any real involvement by the U.S. in the ongoing military operations in the country," Abdulhamid said. The State Department said Wednesday...
  • Kurds to stop oil exports in month unless Baghdad pays

    08/02/2012 3:51:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Alex Lawler and Peg Mackey
    Under Iraq's budget, the KRG is to supply 175,000 bpd of crude for export, but the KRG halted the trade in early April, saying Baghdad owed it a backlog of payments. The central government is required to route 50 percent of the KRG's export earnings to Kurdistan to cover producing companies' previous costs. Baghdad issued two payments in 2011, totaling $514 million; the KRG said it is owed $1.5 billion. Crude produced in Kurdistan is fed into Iraq's Kirkuk export stream and sold onto world markets via the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. The KRG export halt had cut Kirkuk...
  • Ahmadinejad: World forces must annihilate Israel

    08/02/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 2, 2012 | JOANNA PARASZCZUK
    n a speech published on his website Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel. Speaking to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of 'Qods Day' ('Jerusalem Day'), an annual Iranian anti-Zionist event established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini and which falls this year on August 17, Ahmadinejad said that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years." Repeating traditional anti-Semitic slurs, the Iranian president accused "Zionists" of controlling the world's media and financial systems. It was Zionists, he said, who were “behind the scene of...
  • Khamenei Warns Iran's Top Leaders: War In Weeks

    08/01/2012 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies
    DEBKA ^ | August 1, 2012
    On July 27, just before Friday prayers, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei summoned top Iranian military chiefs for what he called "their last war council." "We'll be at war within weeks," he told the gathering, DEBKAfile's exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose. Present were Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi, Khamenei's military adviser General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, Armed Forces Chief Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, Revolutionary Guards Corps commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari and Al Qods Brigades chief General Qassem Soleimani. The commanders of the air force, the navy and ground forces were also there.
  • Iran preparing to attack Saudi Arabia and Qatar?

    08/01/2012 9:45:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/1/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Reza Kahlili - the pseudonym for a former CIA agent who acted as a spy in the Revolutionary Guards - reports that Iran is preparing to attack Saudi Arabia and Qatar if it's necessary to save Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. “Dozens of Iranian ballistic missiles have been preprogrammed to hit Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia,” the source said. “Qatar will also be hit at the same time as it is directly involved with the events in Syria.” Iranian officials have increased their verbal attacks recently on Saudi Arabia, seeing the monarchy as behind the unraveling in Syria and...
  • A Russian-Saudi-Turkish-Chinese alliance to contain the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama?

    08/01/2012 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 7/31/'12 | David P. Goldman
    I suggested during our conference call yesterday that the only friend the Muslim Brotherhood has in high places is Barack Obama. I didn't mean that facetiously. Turkey's application to join the SIno-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Organization following Prime Minister Erdogan's July 19 pilgrimage to Russia is a diplomatic humiliation for the United States, and of the first order. Just when Washington is demanding that Russia withdraw support for the Assad regime in Syria, and when Turkey is the linch-pin for American logistics in support of the Syrian opposition, Erdogan has proposed in effect to joint the Russian-Chinese club (without being compelled...
  • Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles: report (MANPADs, man-portable air-defense systems)

    07/31/2012 8:26:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar al Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news report that a Western official did not dispute. NBC News reported Tuesday night that the rebel Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen of the weapons, which were delivered to them via neighboring Turkey, whose moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad's departure with increasing vehemence. Indications are that the U.S. government, which has said it opposes arming the rebels, is not responsible for the delivery of the missiles. But some...
  • AMERICA’S WAR-HORSE HARLOTS (The shame is boundless, the rape obscene.)

    07/28/2012 4:54:02 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 7 replies
    BRIGHTENING GLANCE ^ | 6/29/2012 | James Ryan
    AMERICA’S WAR-HORSE HARLOTSStoop, Romans, Stoop,And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's bloodUp to the elbows, and besmear our swords;Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,And waving our red weapons o'er our heads,Let's all cry, "Peace, freedom, and liberty !"                            Julius Caesar, Act III, i According to experts if you really, really want to get rid of a neighbor—“bump off” is the professional term—call the mafia. But if you’re a down-at-the-heels fast fading super power, broke and bewildered, and need to continue the Arab Spring fairy tale about having the Arabs choose America-friendly democracies that sprout like orange groves throughout the Middle...
  • Turkey: Forgotten Ally in a Forgotten War

    07/27/2012 7:50:02 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 18 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | 7/27/2012 | Richard Weitz
    Much has been made recently of the unique and ascendant role Turkey is playing in international relations. As a member of NATO, a diplomatic power broker in the Middle East and a rising international economic player, Turkey has become a novelty even in an era of unprecedented global cooperation and political interdependence. But this is actually nothing new. For more than half a century, Turkey has played this unique role, symbolized so succinctly by the bridge over the Bosporus River that links Asia to Europe, East to West. For the United States, the bridge to Turkey spans more than two...
  • Assad on the way out says Turkish Prime Minister

    07/26/2012 3:53:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    euronews ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | unattributed
    Assad's days are numbered according to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The news comes as Syrian government forces say they are preparing for a major push against the rebels in Aleppo on Friday. Speaking on Thursday the Turkish prime minister said that the Syrian President and his inner circle were on their way out which would usher in a new era. He also said that Turkey could act against a 'terrorist' organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat. A warning to Kurdish militants thought to be operating in the region. In Moscow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...
  • Turkey could act against Kurdish rebels in Syria

    07/26/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Ozge Ozbilgin
    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey could act against a "terrorist" organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat, in a warning to Kurdish militants believed to be active in the region. Erdogan's talk of possible intervention marked a new escalation in tensions between Turkey and its southern neighbour, which have been increasingly at odds since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to heed Ankara's calls to quit... His comments were Ankara's first acknowledgement of concern about the growing influence of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) - linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has...
  • IMF loans for Turkey transferred to the Israeli military industries[TURKEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED!]

    11/25/2001 6:00:24 PM PST · by oxi-nato · 64 replies · 451+ views
    Turkish news reports said on Friday that loans of the International Monetary Fund IMF the Turkish minister of the economy Kamal Darwish used to say it will arrive Turkey very soon in order to rescue the economy from its drastic recession, appeared to be used to rescue certain Israeli military industry companies instead of supporting the Turkish economy. The Turkish daily Millet said that it is expected that a sum of USD 700 million of the IMF loans will be transferred to the Israeli manufacturing company " AMA" and this loan will rescue the company from the drastic financial crisis ...
  • Israeli spy planes enter Hungary airspace following killing of Syrian national in Budapest

    03/18/2010 10:33:43 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 48 replies · 2,682+ views
    'Israeli spy planes flew over Budapest' Reports about Israeli spy planes entering Hungary follow mysterious killing of Syrian in Budapest Published: 03.18.10, 18:43 / Israel News Two Israeli aircraft appearing to be spy planes flew near Budapest's international airport last week but did not land there, Hungarian media reported Thursday. According to the reports, the planes were on a "spy mission" that may be connected to the assassination of a Syrian national in his vehicle Wednesday in the Hungarian capital. The two Gulfstream planes, reportedly equipped with the IDF's finest intelligence means, flew through Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania before entering...
  • Russia Backs Greece-Cyprus-Israel Triangle Against Turkey on Offshore Gas

    05/08/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    On May 3, Moscow criticized Turkey’s plans to explore natural gas deposits around the divided island of Cyprus, under the protection of Turkish naval and air power. Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s chief spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, cautioned Turkey that its actions “may exacerbate the situation on the territory of Cyprus” (Rossiskaya Gazeta, May 4). The Greek Cypriots and Israel are coordinating their plans to develop offshore gas deposits and export the product in partnerships with international companies. One export route under consideration would run via mainland Greece into Europe. The Republic of Cyprus, Greece and, recently, Israel are all involved in...
  • Netanyahu: We Want to Restore Relations with Turkey

    07/24/2012 5:26:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/7/12 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Turkey and Israel are looking for ways to normalize political relations, saying, “We want to restore relations with Turkey.” Netanyahu spoke to a group of Turkish journalists in Jerusalem and his comments were reported by the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman. “In a region where instability reigns, Israel and Turkey are two quite stable countries. I believe in [our] common interest,” Netanyahu told the journalists, adding that Turks and Jews have a long history. The newspaper noted that the conversation between Netanyahu and the Turkish journalists was the first time since the May...
  • Report: Syria Moves Chemical Weapons to Borders

    07/24/2012 5:15:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Syria's rebels late Monday charged the regime has moved its chemical weapon stockpiles to airports and airbases on its borders with neighboring countries. “We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons," Syria's largest rebel group said in a statement. “We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border,” it added. The move comes just one day after the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warned it could use unconventional weapons if...
  • EU: Hizbullah Not a Terror Organization

    07/24/2012 12:49:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    The European Union on Tuesday rejected Israel's request that it categorize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm." She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if "tangible evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be brought. .....
  • Muslim Antichrist? Idea stirs hornet's nest

    07/24/2012 10:59:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | July 23, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Popular Turk personality fires back, says Christians teamed with Satan A WND author’s bold claim that the biblical Antichrist will be Islamic has rankled one of the Mideast’s most dynamic personalities, prompting the creator of a TV show reportedly seen by millions to fire back that it’s not Muslims, but Christians who are “on the side of the Antichrist and Satan.” Adnan Oktar, who writes Islamic creationist books under the pen name Harun Yahya, is reported by Reuters to be one of the most widely distributed authors in the Muslim world, with a publishing empire that boasts over 250 books...
  • Syrians revolt, fly own flag at refugee camp in Turkey

    07/22/2012 6:35:26 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Hurriet Daily News ^ | 22 July 2012 | anon
    Syrian refugees started a riot in a Gaziantep refugee camp today, taking down the Turkish flag and replacing it with their own, DoÄźan news agency reported. Syrian refugees at the site began protesting about the 1,500 Turkmen refugees that had been added to the camp, precipitating a verbal argument with security officials. The row soon escalated into a riot as hundreds of Syrians took Turkish police officers hostage and seized their guns. The Turkish flag at the entrance was taken down and refugees replaced it with their own. Syrian refugees also heavily damaged the central building nearby while destroying computers...
  • Should Turkey be afraid of the Syrian Kurds?

    07/21/2012 10:36:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    cnn.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Soner Cagaptay
    After the Syrian uprising began in spring 2011, Ankara took a firm stand against the Bashar al-Assad regime’s crackdown. Turkey adopted some tough rhetoric toward Assad and began offering refuge to members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) opposition group. Turkey also provided safe haven to Syrian refugees fleeing persecution, as well as hosting some members of the armed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army. Simultaneously, reports surfaced that Assad was re-allowing the PKK, which Damascus sheltered in the 1980s and the 1990s, to operate inside Syria. In March of this year, for example, the PKK was accused of moving...
  • Syrian rebels prepare for bloody Ramadan face-off

    07/21/2012 3:18:21 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 7/20/2012 | Sophie PILGRIM
    While the rest of the Muslim world prepares for a Ramadan of fasting and festivities, in Syria, opposition fighters are gearing up for a month of fighting against the Bashar regime - a battle each side believes will bring an end to the other. “This will be a very special Ramadan in Syria,” 28-year-old Waleed al-Homsi* nods pensively. “By the end of this month, everything will be fine. No more revolution, no more Assad. A new Syria will be born.” Speak to any anti-regime activist like Waleed, and he or she will tell you the same thing. Riding a wave...
  • Turkey, Saudi Arabia promoting stricter Islam in Albania

    07/20/2012 4:27:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNA ^ | 7/20/2012
    Other countries’ propagation of a stricter form of Islam in Albania is causing tensions with Christians and with other Muslims, a charity leader says. Peter Rettig, head of the South-East Europe Section of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, said that young imams trained in Turkey and Saudi Arabia are spreading “a different form of Islam from what is customary” in Albania. The countries are strongly promoting the building of Islamic schools. “This is leading to tensions,” he told Aid to the Church in Need. The Catholic charity’s project partners have reported incidents that are “not dramatic”...
  • Cyprus Preparing for Influx of Foreigners Fleeing Syria Violence

    07/19/2012 9:19:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:42 AM
    Cyprus is preparing to assist with the evacuation of as many as 200,000 European Union and third- country nationals in Syria if violence in the country escalates, the government said. “We have plans to enable the evacuation not only from Syria but also other countries in the area,” Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulli told reporters in Nicosia today. People fleeing the upheaval will reach Cyprus “by plane or by boat and will remain in Cyprus 48 hours before they are transported to their country”. The plan is similar to the one applied in 2006, when 65,000 citizens from the EU and...