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  • Turkey jails Kurdish teacher with baby on terror charge

    04/22/2018 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 4-21-18 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish authorities have jailed a Kurdish teacher for her condemnation of the killing of civilians during anti-PKK operations in 2016. The teacher gave birth recently and will go to prison with her baby. “Do not stay silent… Do not let human beings and children die, and do not let mothers cry,” Ayse Celik said on-air during a phone-in show on Turkey’s Kanal D TV station in January 2016. She was reacting to military operations in her hometown of Diyarbakir and criticized Turkish media for their coverage of the events. “What is happening here is shown on...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed

    04/21/2018 9:05:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 21, 2018 / 2:35 PM / Updated 2 hours ago | Reuters Staff
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup. Erdogan made the comment in a live interview with broadcaster NTV. Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for the failed coup against Erdogan. He faces up to 35 years in prison. Brunson denies the charges.
  • Judicial Watch Announces ‘Deep State Update’ Special Panel Presentation

    04/21/2018 4:03:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | April 21, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced it will be holding a ‘Deep State Update’ special panel presentation on Tuesday, April 24th at 11:45 AM EST.Panel Experts will include Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan, The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, and JW attorney, Michael Bekesha Via Judicial Watch press release:
  • Trump Campaign Responds to Frivolous DNC Lawsuit

    04/20/2018 5:27:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    Donald J Trump Campaign ^ | April 20, 2018 | Donald J Trump
    NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Democratic National Committee filed a wide-ranging, partisan civil lawsuit in federal court against the Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, and the Russian Government. In response, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. notes that this frivolous lawsuit is a last-ditch effort to substantiate the baseless Russian collusion allegations by a nearly-bankrupt Democratic Party still trying to counter the will of the people in the 2016 presidential election. This civil lawsuit is completely without merit and will be dismissed in due time.“This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and...
  • Is an AKP victory inevitable in upcoming Turkish polls? (AKP = Erdogan's party)

    04/20/2018 4:53:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | April 19, 2018 | Amberin Zaman (Turkey Pulse)
    As the shock of early elections announced yesterday begins to recede, a sense of inevitability is seizing Turkey. No matter what, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will emerge victorious, or so groupthink has it. The presidential and parliamentary votes — moved forward to June 24 from their scheduled date of Nov. 3, 2019 — will be held under emergency rule, seemingly allowing Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to retain their iron grip.With last month’s sale of Turkey’s last notionally independent media empire, the Dogan group, to a pro-government businessman, state control of public messaging is near absolute. Selahattin Demirtas — the charismatic...
  • Iran’s ‘Moderate’ President Appoints Justice Minister Linked With Torture, Mass Executions

    04/20/2018 2:13:11 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 19, 2018 | Heshmat Alavi
    The ‘moderate reformist’ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed as justice minister Alireza Avayi, who participated in mass executions against political opponents. Who is Iran’s Alireza Avayi? Now Iran’s justice minister, he is also among those involved in imprisoning, torturing, and executing Iranians in the past 39 years.It appears the “moderate reformist” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed Avayi to replace the defamed Mostafa Pourmohammadi and continue his crackdown policy in the face of an uprising nation. Avayi’s recent speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council disgraced this world body and resulted in numerous protests. His appointment calls for a deep look...
  • Sabah correspondent calls for caliphate (Sabah = Turkish propaganda news source)

    04/20/2018 1:27:43 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 20 2018 | none stated
    A Germany correspondent for Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah has tweeted that the June election should represent the end of the Turkish republic and the beginning of a caliphate, left-nationalist OdaTV said . “95 years ago Atatürk got rid of both the Ottoman state and the caliphate with the words ‘Gentlemen, tomorrow we announce a republic’,” Martin Lejeune said on Twitter. “On June 24, the Kemalist republic will be gotten rid of, and with Allah’s blessing when the time comes the caliphate will again be born in Turkey. May Allah protect Muslims.”
  • 1 injured in Florida high school shooting; suspect in custody, officials say

    04/20/2018 8:57:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 20, 2018, 10:38 AM ET | Morgan Winsor & Alexandra Faul
    A suspect was taken into custody Friday following a shooting at a high school in central Florida, authorities said. Gunshots broke out at Forest High School in Ocala, some 38 miles south of Gainesville. One person was injured in the shooting, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. .. Around 2,200 students attend Forest High School. The students were evacuated and the high school placed on lockdown, along with 17 other schools in the area, according to Marion County Public Schools. .. The shooting happened just minutes before thousands of students across the country were set to rally against school...
  • Turkey Targeting Greece - Again

    04/20/2018 7:31:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Uzay Bulut
    With the illegal seizures and occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974 and the Syrian city of Afrin this March -- with virtually no global reaction -- Turkey apparently feels unchallenged and eager to continue; this time, it seems, with the oil-and-gas rich islands of Greece. "To take an interest in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Crimea, Karabakh, Bosnia and other brotherly regions is both the duty and the right of Turkey. Turkey is not just Turkey. The day we give up on these things will be the day we give up on our freedom and future." — Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
  • Sen. Lankford: Turkey Holding NC Pastor on 'Trumped-Up' Charges as Leverage Against US

    04/20/2018 3:47:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2018 | none stated
    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) called Thursday for the release of a North Carolina pastor jailed in Turkey on "trumped-up" espionage and terrorism charges. The imprisonment of Andrew Brunson has gained national attention in recent days after a tweet by President Trump. Brunson is on trial this week and faces up to 35 years in prison, if convicted. .. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis traveled to Turkey to observe the legal proceedings. Lankford explained that Brunson did humanitarian work in Turkey for 23 years and never had an issue renewing his visa. .. Fox News' Hollie McKay...
  • Trump tweet outrages pro-AKP newspaper (About Pastor Brunson's imprisonment)

    04/19/2018 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 19 2018 | none stated
    A tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump declaring his support for a U.S. pastor on trial in Turkey has “trample(d) on Turkey’s independent judiciary,” the pro-Turkish government Daily Sabah newspaper said on Wednesday. Evangelical Pastor Andrew Brunson, a long-term resident of the western Turkish city of Izmir, was arrested in October 2016 and charged with aiding and abetting the Fethullah Gülen movement, an Islamist movement that Turkey blames for masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016 and labels a terrorist organization. "Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted...
  • U.S. pastor Brunson breaks down at Turkish trial (kangaroo court trial)

    04/19/2018 3:02:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 16 2018 | None stated
    U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, incarcerated in Turkey since October 2016, burst into tears at the first hearing of his trial on terrorism charges in Turkey on Monday. Brunson sobbed before telling a court in the city of Izmir that he was in a single-person cell and suffering psychologically, according to Hurriyet newspaper. Brunson said he was taking pills to treat his condition and had asked to be transferred out of solitary confinement. The U.S. pastor is on trial for aiding and abetting the Fethullah Gulen movement, an Islamist movement that Turkey blames for masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016...
  • EU-Turkey: Closing the parenthesis (Turkey not invited to Sofia Summit)

    04/19/2018 2:44:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 18 2018 | Cengiz Aktar
    The European Commission this week revealed its 2018 enlargement report on enlargement that included Turkey, but only as a formality. Turkey is not even invited to a summit in Sofia on May 17 bringing together the leaders of the 28 EU member states and the other six candidate countries. In recent years, reports of Turkey’s progress towards EU membership have become regress reports. This time however, the Commission, sure that Turkey would never become an EU member, has really lashed out. The only progress highlighted in the report is in Turkey's migration and asylum policies. But the reason why is...
  • GOP reps refer Comey, Clinton, McCabe for criminal investigation

    04/18/2018 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-18-18 | Judson Berger, Brooke Singman
    Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress on Wednesday sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of former bureau boss James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton in connection with 2016 campaign controversies. Attorney General Jeff Sessions already announced last month he had assigned a federal prosecutor to review some of those broader issues, while resisting calls for a second special counsel. But the referral represents an escalation of Republican pressure to probe top Democrats and Trump critics. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and 10 other House lawmakers want...
  • Congress Sends Criminal Referral To Sessions, Wray and Prosecutor Huber

    04/18/2018 5:03:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 67 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 18, 2018 | sundance
    Led by Representative Ron DeSantis congress has sent a criminal referral letter (full pdf below) to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Federal Prosecutor John Huber. The identified targets of the referral include: •former FBI Director James Comey; •former Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe; •former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; •former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; •current FBI Agent Peter Strzok; and •current DOJ Attorney Lisa Page (former Special Counsel to Andrew McCabe). The identified reasoning for each of the referrals is outlined in the letter below. However, the risk to James Comey is not simply contained within...
  • Vermont Governor Flips, Signs Massive New Gun-Control Law

    04/18/2018 3:19:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 81 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 12, 2018 4:25 pm | Stephen Gutowski
    In a stark reversal Vermont governor Phil Scott (R) signed a sweeping new gun-control bill into law on Wednesday.To shouts of "traitor" and "BS," Scott signed S. 55, which institutes sweeping new gun-control measures. The law bans the sale of any firearms to most adults under 21, bans the sale of rifle magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and handgun magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds, bans private sales of used firearms unless facilitated by a federally licensed gun dealer, and bans the sale and possession of bump-fire stocks. Anyone convicted of breaking the provisions of...
  • Vermont Gov. Caves, Signs Ban on Private Gun Sales After Campaigning on No New Gun Control

    04/18/2018 3:10:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Apr 2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) has caved and signed a ban on private on gun sales after running a gubernatorial campaign in which he rejected the need for more gun control. The legislation banning private gun sales also bans the sale of “high capacity” magazines and bump stocks. And it raises the age for long gun purchases to 21 throughout the state. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the “high capacity” magazine ban limits rifle magazines to 10 rounds and handgun magazines to 15 rounds.Scott pointed to a foiled attack on Vermont’s Fair Haven Union High School as justification for...
  • PKK case heard in CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union)

    04/18/2018 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News (Luxombourg) ^ | Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018, 12:50 | ANF LUXEMBOURG
    The case to remove the PKK from the European Union terror list was heard on Monday in the Court of Justice of the European Union. The verdict is expected to be announced in 6 to 9 months. The case filed in the CJEU to remove the PKK from the European Union terror list was heard in Luxembourg on Monday. The verdict in the case is expected to be announced in 6 to 9 months. The panel of judges said, “Looking at the last decade, the PKK hasn’t carried out any visible ‘terrorist’ actions, but there is an insistence that it...
  • An organizer of September 11 attacks captured by YPG (Muhammad Zammar)

    04/18/2018 1:36:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    ANF News (Berlin) ^ | Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018, 11:50 | ANF BERLIN
    One of the surviving members of the group that organized the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 German citizen Muhammad Zammar has been captured by the YPG. Muhammad Zammar, originally from Syria, had kept the German public and press busy for a long time. Zammar is known as the connecting member of the unit that organized the attacks of September 11, 2001, and was a close friend of the head planner Muhammed Ata. Like Ata, Zammar was part of a Hamburg cell of Al Qaeda and he left Germany immediately after the attacks that changed the world and opened up...
  • TEV-DEM co-chair: A new phase has begun in Syria

    04/18/2018 9:37:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    ANF News (Shehba) ^ | Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018, 00:00 | HIVDA HEBUN - ERSIN CAKSU
    “The Turkish state is playing on a few tables at the same time. There is no politics that is so solid and primal. Turkey tries to protect its interests by building relationships with one of the other depending on the day.” After the accusation made by the US, England and France against the Syrian regime which, they said, had used chemical weapons in Duma, there was a new turn in the Syrian crisis, which saw new attacks carried out by US-UK and France while the Turkish state has been siding with Russia and Iran for the last two years. Aldar...