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  • Why the US Is Waging Economic War on Turkey

    08/18/2018 12:05:24 PM PDT · by davikkm · 23 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    The 70+ year alliance between the US and Turkey has finally come to a dramatic end. But this turn of events was nowhere near unforeseen. In fact, I have been writing about the progression of this calamity for over a year. In April, I even wrote that Turkey was getting ready for economic warfare by repatriating its gold from the Federal Reserve. Well, now we are here. As the US rolled out economic sanctions against Turkey in recent days, the Turkish currency (lira) lost 35% of its value against the US dollar. This has caused inflation to skyrocket, which is...
  • Turkey’s Economic Collapse Could Send ‘Millions’ of Migrants into Europe, Analysts Warn

    08/17/2018 5:44:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jack Montgomery
    Millions of people could pour into the European Union from Turkey in “another wave of migration” if the country’s economic crisis escalates into a full-blown collapse, some observers have claimed. Mainstream media periodical Newsweek suggests such a scenario “could have major political consequences” for globalist leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel, who effectively opened the EU’s borders unilaterally in 2015 but has been under pressure since the onset of the subsequent migrant crisis and a historically poor performance in the 2017 federal elections. Turkey’s foreign policy is becoming increasingly erratic Islamist leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has eroded the secular...
  • US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

    08/17/2018 5:33:46 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 8/17/2018 | ap
    <p>The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate itself from the conflict.</p> <p>The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend some $230 million that had been planned for Syria programs and would instead shift that money to other areas.</p>
  • New Statements From Kurdish Groups In Iran As US Forms Iran Action Group

    08/18/2018 3:31:00 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/18/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Kurdish groups who oppose the Iranian regime have recently been involved in a number of clashes with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This uptick in political activity and also armed conflict in western Iran, has led to a variety of statements. We have collected them in one place, two of them are exclusive to The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. Mustafa Hijri Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan On August 15 Mustafa Hijri, the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), gave an interview that appeared on Kurdistan 24. We received a version of...
  • U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

    08/17/2018 5:03:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | August 17, 2018 7:10 PM | Michelle Nichols
    The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of U.N.-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up U.N. civilian presence or expanded U.N. assistance, Secretary-General António Guterres wrote in a report on Friday. The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against Palestinian civilians and denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza. The resolution asked for proposals to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under...
  • Turkey’s Lira Currency Crumbles as Trump Turns the Screws After Erdogan Double-Cross

    08/13/2018 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 12,2018 | John J. Xenakis
    Trump met Erdogan at a Nato meeting early in June. Their discussions were very friendly, and after they ended, Trump thought they had made a deal: Trump would ask Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release a Turkish citizen, Ebru Ozkan, arrested because of alleged terrorist links to Hamas, and then Turkey would release pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in Turkey on October 2016 on charges of espionage, which the US considers are bogus charges. So on July 14, Trump called Netanyahu and requested that Ozkan be released, and she was released the next day. But Brunson was not...
  • ISRAEL’S LONG ARM REACHES PEDDLER OF DEATH: A clear and present danger is eliminated.

    08/17/2018 6:52:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/16/2018 | Ari Lieberman
    The spasm of Hamas-provoked violence that gripped the Gaza Strip and parts of southern Israel last week has temporarily halted for the time being. According to credible reports, Israel informed Cairo that it would begin targeting Hamas leaders and commanders if Hamas failed to rein in its assorted thugs and gangsters. Hamas heeded the call, and for good reason. Over the years, Israel’s various security branches have developed a penchant for liquidating dangerous enemies who seek to inflict harm on the Jewish State. Hamas is keenly aware of this fact having recently lost two of its operatives – Mohammad Zawari and Fadi...
  • Turkey is reportedly prepared to release the imprisoned US pastor...

    08/17/2018 8:39:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/17/18 | Ellen Cranley
    ....According to the Middle East Eye, officials in Ankara are willing to concede to US demands for the freedom of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical preacher accused of playing a role in the attempted coup there in 2016. Officials reportedly know Brunson's release is the first step to alleviating the diplomatic and economic crises sparked between the two countries, but are aiming....
  • Turkey's lira weakens 6% more on threat of more U.S. sanctions; U.S. Pastor's Appeal Rejected

    08/17/2018 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/17/2018 | Daren Butler, David Dolan
    Turkey’s battered lira weakened more than 6 percent against the dollar on Friday, after a U.S. warning that Ankara should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson. It has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, hit by both the diplomatic rift and investor alarm about President Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over monetary policy. Erdogan, a self-described “enemy of interest rates”, wants to lower borrowing costs despite high inflation. The currency crisis has deepened concerns about the broader economy - particularly Turkey’s dependence on energy imports and whether foreign-currency...
  • Statement From Iranian Resistance: Mullahs Give-away the Caspian Sea In Attempt to Preserve Regime

    08/16/2018 8:10:21 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 13 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/16/18 | L Todd Wood
    ran, Aug. 14, 2018 – In yet another attempt to preserve the faltering clerical regime, Hassan Rouhani, acting on orders from the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, signed the Caspian Sea Treaty, which is against the Iranian nation’s interests. Undermining the Iranian nation’s national interests, including one trillion dollars in damages from the unpatriotic war with Iraq, the destruction of the environment, the drying up of the nation’s water reserves, the plunder of the Iranian people’s wealth and its squander on exporting terrorism, warmongering, and nuclear and missile programs, are all familiar devices of the mullahs’ regime, which has declared safeguarding...
  • Brazil presidential front-runner vows to close Palestinian embassy

    08/09/2018 6:43:51 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies
    The Tiimes of Israel ^ | August 9, 2018 | Marcus M. Gilban
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) — Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate has announced he will close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Jair Bolsonaro, a lawmaker from the Social Liberal Party, declared on Tuesday when the National Congress reopened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he added.
  • Turkey Hasn’t Been A U.S. Ally For Some Time

    08/16/2018 6:55:41 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 24 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/16/18 | L Todd Wood
    There is something incompatible when it comes to Western values and an Islamic theocracy; that should be obvious but unfortunately it is not to many. Sharia law, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to ultimately install in Turkey, doesn’t jive with the rule of law, free markets, capitalism, and individual rights. I have watched with fascination the decline and fall of the legacy of Kemal Ataturk within the Turkish political system. Most millennials, not being really taught history in college, in deference to social justice education, for sure have never heard of Kemal Ataturk. Simply put, after the fall of...
  • Worried About Turkey’s Economic Problems? China’s Could Be Worse

    08/16/2018 8:41:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/15/2018 | By Ruchir Sharma
    Falling back on a standard excuse of besieged strongmen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is blaming traitors and outside powers for his nation’s financial crisis, and describing the strong United States dollar as among “the bullets, cannonballs and missiles” foreigners are using to wage “economic war” on his country. Many emerging markets make themselves vulnerable to financial crisis by spending more than they can afford, and relying on foreign lenders to fund these profligate habits, but Turkey was an extreme case even before Mr. Erdogan took power in 2002. Of late, his reckless economic policies — including setting interest...
  • Turkish warplanes conduct strikes on Shingal: sources

    08/16/2018 7:21:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) News ^ | 20 hours ago | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The incident occurs after a meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish warplanes have conducted airstrikes in the Yezidi (Ezidi)-populated city of Shingal in northern Iraq; sources told Kurdistan 24 on Wednesday. According to the sources, there were some airstrikes to the west of Baraa village, located close to the border with Syria. Snip- In April 2017, Turkish airstrikes supposedly targeting the PKK-affiliated YBS killed five Peshmerga soldiers and wounded nine others, as well as causing extensive damage to the area, resulting in condemnation from...
  • US vigilant over Iranian activity in Hormuz,

    08/15/2018 2:25:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 12:13 August 9, 2018
    Washington: The United States is closely monitoring Iranian naval activity to ensure no disruptions occur to global shipping, a top US general said Wednesday, as tensions with Tehran intensify over renewed economic pressure from the Trump administration. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, said a recent Iranian naval exercise appeared to be linked to the Trump’s decision to reimpose trade sanctions in the wake of the US exit from the 2015 nuclear deal. “We are paying attention,” Votel told reporters at the Pentagon. “We’re extraordinary vigilant and watching for changes in the environment.” The two countries have exchanged...
  • Iran paramilitaries have chokehold on economy

    08/15/2018 2:30:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 16:08 August 14, 2018 | Omar Shariff
    Paradoxically, reinstatement of US sanctions benefits IRGC and associated conglomerates like Khatam Al Anbiya Dubai: Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated dramatically since President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in May and imposed stringent sanctions on its economy. Iran has also suffered a major decline in its currency this year — in part due to the US moves — with the rial losing more than half its value against the dollar since April. This has brought the focus back on the dire state of Iran’s economy. But who really controls it? To answer this question,...
  • Hamas using honeypots to target Israeli soldiers on Instagram

    08/16/2018 5:20:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 14, 2018 | Anna Ahronheim
    The IDF has uncovered another Hamas network posing as attractive young women on social networks in order to honeypot soldiers, this time on Instagram, in order to access as much information and intelligence on the army that they can. “This is a network in which the culture of sharing is paramount and where everything revolves around pictures and ‘see me,’” said Lt.-Col. A, the head of information security policies at the IDF’s Information Security Department. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. According to him, “Popularity and the need to follow back increases the risk” of soldiers...
  • Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment

    08/15/2018 7:05:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | AL JAZEERA
    Qatar pledges to make direct investment in Turkey, currently hit by currency crisis amid a diplomatic stand-off with US.
  • Iran’s Leadership Has No Solutions, And The People Know It

    08/15/2018 8:44:07 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 8 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/15/18 | Nikoo Amini
    In the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei makes all the key decisions and takes a public stance on all vital and strategic issues regarding Iran. He has the last word. He makes his public views known either in Friday Prayer sermons or in meetings with government officials. Last week, Khamenei made two public speeches and talked about the explosive state of the country. Not a day goes by that Iran’s officials and parliament members don’t talk about their concerns over the unstable state of the society and their fear of protests. Nonetheless, Khamenei tried to whitewash his concerns saying...
  • Turkey raises tariffs on several US products

    08/15/2018 12:23:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/8/18
    Turkey announced this morning its intention to raise tariffs on several products imported from the United States, including cars, alcohol and tobacco. .....