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 »

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 »

Could U.S.-Russia Tensions Go Nuclear?

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Believe it or not, hair-trigger launch alerts are still with us—and perhaps even more dangerous than during the Cold War. Politico – By Bruce Blair * The Russian warplane recently shot down inside Turkey’s border with Syria fits a pattern of brinkmanship and inadvertence that is raising tensions and distrust between Russia and U.S.-led NATO. Low-level military encounters between Moscow and Washington are fanning escalatory sparks not witnessed since the Cold War. And there exists a small but steadily growing ... 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 »

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 »

Crimea launches sabotage case against organizers of blackout

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RT – The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is investigating the recent bombings of the Ukrainian power grid that have led to blackouts in the Crimean Republic, chief Crimean prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya has told reporters. She said that the FSB had started the criminal investigation under the article ‘sabotage’. In the Russian Federation, this crime can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Earlier, Poklonskaya noted the FSB had started the probe at the prosecutors’ request, and ... Read More »

Sweden slams shut its open-door policy towards refugees

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‘We simply can’t do any more,’ prime minister says in announcing Sweden’s asylum regime will revert to EU minimum The Guardian – David Crouch in Gothenburg Video – Sweden’s deputy prime minister cries while announcing refugee U-turn Sweden needs “respite” from the tens of thousands of refugees knocking at its door, the government has said, announcing tough measures to deter asylum seekers in a sharp reversal of its open-door policy towards people fleeing war and persecution. The country’s generous asylum ... 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 »

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 »

The refugee crisis must not be used as a vehicle for Turkey to assert sovereignty in the Aegean Sea

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“Greece has only de facto, and also temporary, rule over EGAYDAAK and its administration there does not invalidate the fact that those islands are the territory of the Republic of Turkey,” *Turkish Minister of Defence, İsmet Yılmaz, (Statement made in March 2015) “I suggested, and came across with strong reactions, Greeks and Turks to form together a coastguard which will patrol the sea areas between Turkey and the Greek islands. Turks agree, Greeks don’t,…should we fight over for a sea ... Read More »

UK cinemas ban Lord’s Prayer ad before Star Wars

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London: The Church of England said on Sunday it was “bewildered” by the refusal of some of Britain’s biggest cinema chains to show an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The Canberra Times The 60-second advert, which shows a variety of Christians including a police officer, weight lifter and school children each saying one line of the prayer, had been due to be shown next month before screenings of the new Star Wars film “The Force Awakens”. Digital Cinema Media, which provides ... Read More »