The Phony War on ISIS

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Downing of Russian war plane shows what side NATO is on © – by Justin Raimondo The downing of a Russian warplane by the Turks raises several questions, which can all be rolled into one big one: In the war against ISIS, which side is Turkey – and NATO – on, anyway? Now let’s list the subordinate issues that cause us to question what’s really going on in Syria: How can the Turks claim they didn’t know it was ... Read More »

Where The Children Of War Sleep: Heartbreaking Images Show Syria’s Lost Generation

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Five years into the war in Syria, millions have fled in search of a safe place for their family to live. Award-winning photojournalist Magnus Wennman travelled around Europe and the Middle East to document where the displaced children of the refugee crisis are now calling home. Lamar, 5 years old, Horgos, Serbia Back home in Baghdad, the dolls, the toy train, and the ball are left; Lamar often talks about these items when home is mentioned. The bomb changed everything. The family ... Read More »

Japan’s newest and largest mosque opens its doors

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The Ahmadi Muslim community in Japan hopes its new mosque will promote intercultural understanding and dialogue. Michael Penn | Nagoya, Japan – The largest mosque in Japan opened its doors on November 20 near the central Japanese city of Nagoya, heralding a new chapter in the East Asian nation’s relationship with Islam. Islam has never made more than a marginal impact on Japan, although the history of Japanese relations with Muslims stretches back further than most people imagine, the Japanese included. ... Read More »

Australia slams Japan’s whaling resumption

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Japan cannot unilaterally decide to start whaling in the Antarctic Ocean again against the advice of scientists, says Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Japan is set to ignore an International Court of Justice ruling that last year prompted Tokyo to cancel the bulk of its whaling for the 2014-15 season. The Japanese Fisheries Agency has notified the International Whaling Commission that it will resume whaling in the 2015-16 season under a revised plan. ‘Australia strongly opposes the decision by Japan to ... Read More »

Why did it take Turkey just 17 seconds to shoot down Russian jet?

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Ankara has delivered an incendiary message to Moscow, and while there may be too much at stake for the conflict to spill out of control it also won’t go away The Guardian – Mark Galeotti Even if Turkey is right that a Russian fighter jet strayed into its airspace, the plane was within Ankara’s borders for just 17 seconds before being attacked – and was making no hostile moves against the Turks. Airspace incursions, granted usually in less politically tense ... Read More »

Why It’s Time For A Free Kurdistan

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Self-Determination It’s spread across several de facto “states,” but Kurdish nationalism has become a reality as the rest of the Middle East crumbles. The Daily Beast – Written by Aliza Marcus  and Andrew Apostolou * It’s time to stop debating whether or not the Kurds deserve an independent state. There are around 40 million Kurds across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria—the largest ethnic group without self-determination. Kurds have long sought independence, but the states in which they live have always ... Read More »

An open letter to Barack Obama

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Mr. Obama, I am writing this letter as a journalist leading a life in exile in the United States of America. I face life imprisonment in connection with four articles I wrote. These articles essentially drew attention to the fact that Turkey should refrain from posing for the same photo with terrorist organizations. I noted that I was concerned about the articles that appeared in Western media outlets concerning al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), ... Read More »

Four Ways Russia’s Military is More Advanced Than One Might Think

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There is a popular opinion in the West that Russian military hardware has fallen obsolete. In fact, Russia could be innovative in the field, with the West falling short. Sputnik The US magazine Popular Mechanics named four ways Russia’s military is more advanced than “you might think.” According to the article, many in the West tend to think that Russian hardware is second-rate, and that if the Russians make anything good, they must have copied it from the West. “In reality, Russia can be ... Read More »

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey

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Just more than 24 hours after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on after claiming the jet had violated Turkish airspace, Moscow is already exacting its revenge — albeit subtly. Business Insider – Natasha Bertrand “We’re not going to wage a war against Turkey. … But we will seriously reconsider our agreements with the Turkish government,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a press call on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. “Our attitude to the Turkish people hasn’t ... Read More »

Turkish journalists charged with spying over weapons report

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Two prominent Turkish journalists have been charged with espionage after alleging that Turkey’s secret services sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria. By Selin Girit BBC News, Istanbul Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, face life imprisonment if found guilty. Their report and video footage attracted a political storm in Turkey and a lawsuit filed by the president. Turkey faces severe criticism over its press freedom record. The journalists, who deny ... Read More »

Fifth refugee secretly moved from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal

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The ethnic Rohingya man from Myanmar arrived in Phnom Penh last week under the resettlement arrangements, as Cambodian political divisions deepen The Guardian – Lauren Crothers in Phnom Penh and Ben Doherty A fifth refugee from Nauru has been secretly moved to Cambodia, arriving last week under Australia’s controversial $55m deal with the south-east Asian nation. The man, understood to be an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, arrived in Phnom Penh as always-fractious political tensions inside Cambodia escalated further, and the ... Read More »

Turkey’s Diplomatic Dogfight

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MADRID – Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane risks opening a new front in the violence engulfing Syria, thereby dashing the hopes for a rapprochement between Russia and the West that had arisen in the wake of the Paris massacre. With Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan now engaged in a war of words, and given the nightmare scenario of something far worse, it is more important than ever that the European Union do all that ... Read More »

An Alarming New Escalation in the Syria War

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Turkish officials say their fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday 24 November after warning it ten times in the space of five minutes that it was violating Turkish airspace. Moscow said that a SU-24 was downed but could prove the aircraft never left Syrian airspace, with President Vladimir Putin himself saying it was 1km inside Syria. ICG – By Crisis Group Drawing on the expertise of its analysts covering Syria, Turkey and Russia, ... Read More »

Putin Tells The World What Kurds Have Been Shouting For A Year: Turkey Supports ISIS

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally told the world what the Kurds have been saying for over a year. Kurdish Question Published in North Kurdistan  That the Turkish state, it’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and AKP government are facilitating, supporting and benefiting from the terror waged by ISIS (Daesh). The downing of a Russian fighter jet this morning by Turkish F16 fighter jets in an area near the Turkey-Syria border has led Russian President Putin to speak bluntly about what ... Read More »

Migrant crisis: Syrian migrants braving Central American smuggling routes

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Two families, including four children, who turned themselves over to immigration authorities in a Texas border town on Tuesday. Sarah Kaplan Five men with fake Greek passports, stopped at a Honduras airport because of a missing vaccination certificate. A third family who showed up in Texas on Friday seeking asylum. A woman on a bus from Nicaragua, detained at the Honduras border Saturday. Since the start of Syria’s bloody civil war four years ago, a flood of refugees have fled the ... Read More »

NATO, Turkey, annexation of north Syria like north Cyprus?

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On Tuesday 24 November Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border, and yet again called for another NATO emergency meeting to obtain statements of solidarity with Turkey. The Times of Israel – Christina Lin * Back in July, Turkey also called for an emergency NATO meeting after an ISIS attack in the Kurdish town of Suruc (that Kurds blame on collusion of Turkish police), in order to justify and legitimize its bombing campaign against the PKK ... Read More »